Imagine the scene- you are bringing your blameless ram to offer as a sacrifice on the altar in obedience to the Law of God. You place your hand on the head of the animal and slaughter it. The blood is spread on the altar by the priest. Does this sacrifice take away your sin? Yes … Continue reading Did the Old Testament Sacrifices Forgive Sins?
One of the pivotal moments in church history is the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Jesus’s words before His ascension give us important keys to understanding what happened at Pentecost. “Baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5) Jesus orders the disciples to stay in Jerusalem and to “wait for the promise of the Father”, … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: Pentecost
Hopefully it is now apparent that regeneration and circumcision of the heart are different things; a shadow and the substance. On top of this, we have seen that the Old Testament points to the future event of regeneration in the New Covenant while the New Testament actually realizes this promise. However, we'll now look at … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: The Upper Room Discourse
The Old and New Testament provide us with quite a few passages regarding the New Birth/Regeneration. In the Old Testament, we see passages describing the New Birth as a future event, while in the New Testament, we see it described as a present reality. Let’s examine some of these passages more closely. Old Testament Jeremiah … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: Regeneration in the Old and New Testament
This morning, I listened to a podcast hosted by one of the professors at my seminary, Dr. Owen Strachan. I'd encourage you to listen to it here: The guest on the podcast was Pastor Brad Merchant, and he and Dr. Strachan spent time discussing the basic question of: Do you manage your technology, or does … Continue reading Do You Use Technology Well?
There is clear evidence that the Spirit of God was at work in the Old Testament very actively. However, what kind of work was He doing? Regenerating? Indwelling? Gifting faith? Circumcising the heart? We know He was and is circumcising the heart; Paul tells us that in Romans and Colossians. Yet what does the Scripture … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: The Work of the Spirit in the Old Testament
Is circumcision of the heart synonymous with regeneration? If so, does that mean that justified Old Testament saints were regenerate while they lived on the earth? Circumcision was first instituted by God in Genesis 17:10-27 as the outward sign of God’s covenant with Abraham. This covenant was given specifically to the nation of Israel (though … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: Circumcision of the Heart
Is there something different and new about the New Covenant? Are there benefits immediately available to Christians under the New Covenant that weren't available before? Through the prophet Jeremiah, God promised a covenant that was coming, a covenant that was different than any other covenant made with Israel: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the … Continue reading The Newness of Regeneration: Introduction
God’s people have been a singing people. From the song of Israel’s deliverance in Exodus 15 to the song of the overcoming saints in Revelation 15, Scripture is filled with singing. Sometimes these songs are about God, sometimes they are to God, and other times they are about the works of God. It’s no wonder, … Continue reading Why We’ll be Singing More Psalms in 2019
This last Sunday, we entered the month of December- one of my favorite times of the year for church music and hymn lyrics. While our church doesn’t follow the church calendar strictly, every December we sing songs about the incarnation and the arrival of Christ the Messiah. I’ve come to find that these songs contain … Continue reading Christmas Carol Theology: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus