The Efficient Work of the Cross

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Romans 3:23–24 I am certain the former verse has been cited to everyone reading. It is used to demonstrate that everyone has failed to make the mark God has …

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Why do Really Bad Things Happen? Could God Stop Them?

They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My heart.Jeremiah 7:31 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) There is something God …

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What Seems to be Vengeance Becomes a Beautiful Picture of Redemption

So these things will be for a statute of judgment to you throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.Numbers 35:29 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Moses by direction from God had just given established the idea of sanctuary cities. These are places where someone who accidentally kills another …

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Purified by Obedience

Since your souls have been purified by obedience to the truth through the Spirit unto a genuine brotherly love, love one another deeply with a pure heart, for you have been born again, not from perishable seed, but imperishable, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.1 Peter 1:22–23 — Modern English Version …

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Dead Isn’t Inability

And you were dead in your trespasses and sinsEphesians 2:1 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) This is a favorite proof-text for some. It is brought to bear upon a superstitious condition of men. That would be the alleged Total Depravity of humanity as touted in the Calvinist TULIP short-hand. …

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The Last Man

For since death came by man, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.1 Corinthians 15:21 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) I love nuggets of truth hidden in plain sight. For that reason, this is one of my favorite portions of Scripture. Death came by man. It came …

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Especially to Those Who Believe

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.1 Timothy 4:10 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Sometimes, Scripture is very precise in what is being said. Many times, that …

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The Wages of Sin

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) The wages of sin is death. It's that simple. Think about what Paul is saying. Understanding this critical point is a foundation for …

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Genesis 2:17: You Will Surely Die?

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."Genesis 2:17 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) When you read that verse, what comes to mind? I offer, most who read the …

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Preached through Jesus the Resurrection of the Dead

As they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly troubled because they taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But …

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