Salvation, a journey requiring perseverance
My wife and I were discussing theology over lunch earlier today. I shared with her my thoughts on the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints to the effect that even though our final salvation is assured, it is still necessary for us to strive towards the goal (see Philippians 3:12-14). And then she said…
Notes on Perseverance of the Saints
(These are essentially the notes I wrote in preparation for a bible study I did on Romans 8:28-31.) Perseverance of the Saints is to be preferred over the term eternal security because the former includes the latter without doing away with the reality that the saints do persevere and will persevere. The saints persevere because…
Apostasy and Grace
Some give up: lava on the street, no walking from now on. If grace is true, where is the power? Why still a slave to sin? But grace flickers amidst the ocean of corruption, like a magic candle. Soon it will burn everything up!
Remaining in the Truth
(Outline of devotional given to the Men’s Group of Ikthus East – Bacolod City last July 6, 2019) 1 John 2:24-27 ESV  Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.…
What does God seek?
“Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been…
Anointed by the Holy One
(A devotional given to the Men’s group of Ikthus East Bacolod.) TEXT: 1 John 2:18-26 INTRODUCTION: The apostle John wants us to distinguish between those who are truly God’s children and those who aren’t. At the same time he wants to protect us from false teachers. God’s children have received an anointing from the Holy…
Doomed or Delivered?
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Judgment is indeed according to works. On the day of judgment the books will…
Dynamics of Change
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory…
How are we justified before God?
Galatians 3:6-14ESV  just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all…
Photo by Joshua Hanks on Unsplash “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things…