A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
How shall we escape from these curses and receive God’s blessings when we can never perfectly obey God’s law? We are to march from the Ebal, the Mount of Cursing to Gerizim, the Mount of Blessing, through the perfect obedience of another Man.
the pagan Gnostic impulse of evangelicalismâ€””a quest for secret knowledge apart from the text of Scripture (gnosis), a disparaging of matter, including an aversion to things physical and intellectual”â€”finds an effective beachhead in many evangelicals today through this tripartite view.
Paul connects three of his major themes in his epistles: Godâ€™s grace in election, redemption and sanctification. We are his own chosen possession, redeemed and cleansed from all our sins and uncleannesses, and as elect and redeemed people, we are to live godly and righteous lives in this present age while waiting for our blessed hope in the age to come.
A friend, pastor of an evangelical church in Baclaran, ParaÃ±aque, Metro Manila, received a comment on his blog from a devotee of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. The comment has echoes of the evangelical mindset of big numbers and budgets as indicators of success and God’s blessing.
As you celebrate Christmas, remember that as a Christian, you have a King from Bethlehem who rules over your lives. Is Jesus the King of your lives? And as your Shepherd, do you know his voice when he calls you, and follow his commands as he leads you in your earthly pilgrimage?
Beneath Matthewâ€™s genealogy is the story of Godâ€™s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christâ€™s are Abrahamâ€™s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).