My Thoughts on “Performing Deeds In Keeping With Repentance”

What produces repentance that leads to salvation?  “Godly grief” or “godly sorrow” over one’s sins.  Not worldly sorrow over our sins, but godly sorrow.  Worldly sorrow over sin is comparable to the thief who isn’t sorry he stole, but is terribly sorry he’s going to jail.  Godly sorrow would have the thief, regardless of whether he’s caught, truly sorrowful that he stole in the first place.  That’s because he feels the same kind of sorrow and grief over his sins that God feels.… Read More My Thoughts on “Performing Deeds In Keeping With Repentance”

Zechariah: The Burden of the Word of the Lord Against Wicked Cities

“Burden” literally refers to something heavy one must carry, but as used figuratively by the prophets – some translations use the term “oracle” instead of “burden” – it carries with it the concept of a divine verdict or punishment given against a people or nation (Zech. 9:1a; cf. Nahum 1:1; Is. 13:1).… Read More Zechariah: The Burden of the Word of the Lord Against Wicked Cities

Bible Q&A: Since Jesus Died For Everyone, Why Did He Say That His Blood Was Shed “For Many”?

Jesus died for all (2 Cor. 5:14-15).  Since that is the case, why did He say that His blood was “shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28)? “All” (2 Cor. 5:14-15) refers to the whole of humanity.  Christ “died for the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6), which would be everyone since “all have sinned… Read More Bible Q&A: Since Jesus Died For Everyone, Why Did He Say That His Blood Was Shed “For Many”?

Bible Q&A: If God Is Never Wrong, Why Did He Tell David That Others Would Surrender Him Even Though That Didn’t Happen?

God clearly said that the men of Keilah would surrender David (1 Samuel 23:12), but then David leaves the city in the next verse.  If God is never wrong, then why did the men of Keilah not surrender David to Saul like God said they would? Let’s examine the context: 1 Samuel 23:7-14 (ESV) 7… Read More Bible Q&A: If God Is Never Wrong, Why Did He Tell David That Others Would Surrender Him Even Though That Didn’t Happen?

Zechariah: An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy

Remember, God had not commanded these fasts.  The Jews had come up with their observance completely of their own accord.  They commemorated the coming of the Babylonian army (the tenth month – 2 Kings 25:1), the breach the Babylonians made in Jerusalem’s wall (the fourth month – Jer. 39:2), the burning of the temple (the fifth month – 2 Kings 25:8), and the killing of Gedaliah (the seventh month – 2 Kings 25:25).  God wanted them to observe them no longer.  Now they were commanded to feast instead of fast, and to do so with joy, gladness, and cheerfulness, loving truth and peace.  Their joy would motivate those in the cities around them to serve the Lord as well (8:20-23).… Read More Zechariah: An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy