Was the Cross Always God’s Plan?

It’s hard to fathom Jesus Christ’s final, agonizing hours upon a Roman cross. The floggings, the torture, and the humiliation He had endured were reserved for the worst of criminals. It is no wonder, then, that with His last breath, Jesus cried out in a loud voice “Tetélestai!”—“It is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus’ final wordContinue reading “Was the Cross Always God’s Plan?”

Once Saved, Always Saved?

First of all, slogans like “Once Saved, Always Saved” are always regrettable because they polarize an issue, causing them to be touted or denounced vehemently not on the basis of truth as truth is, but only as it is represented in the stark world of sloganeering. Take for instance, the present slogan—Once Saved, Always Saved.Continue reading “Once Saved, Always Saved?”

Our Need for Redemption Is Ancient

In Egypt, the Israelites were immigrants. They came to Egypt as refugees. Things started out favorably, but as the text says, the new ruler in Egypt “had not known Joseph” (1:8). Now the Israelites lived in fear because they were discriminated against. Pharaoh said, “Let us deal shrewdly with them” (v. 10). As a resultContinue reading “Our Need for Redemption Is Ancient”