Understanding the Text

Hebrews 4:14–6:20 “Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Heb. 5:1). With Jesus as our High Priest, we can approach God’s throne with confidence. OverviewHaving Jesus as High Priest guarantees our welcome by God (4:14–16), forContinue reading “Understanding the Text”

Understanding the Text

Hebrews 3:1–4:13 “Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself” (Heb. 3:3). Heeding the Word of Jesus is our key to rest. OverviewJesus is superior to Moses the Law-giver (3:1–6). The generation Moses led failed to respond to God’sContinue reading “Understanding the Text”

Hearts Must Change Before Institutions Can

“No longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother” (Philemon 16). BackgroundSlavery. A high percentage of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire were slaves. Slaves were viewed as property, and had few personal rights in the Roman world. Several of the New Testament epistles encourage Christian slaves to serve theirContinue reading “Hearts Must Change Before Institutions Can”

Into the Word: Titus

Titus 1–3 “I left you in Crete . . . that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town” (Titus 1:5). Titus summarized the things that we too should teach—and must learn. Biography: TitusLittle is known of Titus. He is mentioned in Galatians 2:1–3 as a companion of Paul.Continue reading “Into the Word: Titus”

I Fought the Law and the Law Won

In his letters, the apostle Paul warned the believers in the churches in Rome and Galatia not to place their hope for salvation in the works of the law. To the Roman Christians, he said, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his [God’s] sight” (Romans 3:20). To theContinue reading “I Fought the Law and the Law Won”

How Should You Think About Your Body?

How should the Christian think about his or her physical body? What should a Christian say to a person who has ‘body issues’, who is dissatisfied with their body and is contemplating possibly drastic action to change it? The Book of Common Prayer Epistle reading for today, the 23rd Sunday after Trinity, makes an important contributionContinue reading “How Should You Think About Your Body?”

Why Were the Angel Michael and Satan Fighting Over Moses?

Jude verse 9 refers to an event which is found nowhere else in Scripture. Michael had to struggle or dispute with Satan about the body of Moses, but what that entailed is not described. Another angelic struggle is related by Daniel, who describes an angel coming to him in a vision. This angel, named GabrielContinue reading “Why Were the Angel Michael and Satan Fighting Over Moses?”

God’s Word for Today

It is one of the better known passages in Scripture: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7) That’sContinue reading “God’s Word for Today”