When we read Pss 1–2 together, we quickly see carefully composed word parallels, and knowing these parallels opens our understanding of the theological message of these psalms. The purpose of this 2-part article will be to lay out these parallels, which will then provide the proper groundwork for Part 2.
An account of “given-ness” must start with a Giver, and follow a structure of Giver–giving–given.
This essay is a prolegomenon that explicates what theology studies, how theology studies it, and why theology studies what it does in a peculiar manner.
Theology is far from a boring or cold discipline because it studies the “happy God” who shares his happiness with those who know and love him.
Man is an imitative being. We naturally tend to mimic those whom we love and admire, and we all have our own set of heroes that we style ourselves after in various ways. Scripture does not condemn this tendency in itself, but it does require it to be directed toward the right exemplars.
Thomas Aquinas’s treatment of the doctrine of God in his Summa Theologiæ clearly has a peculiar and compelling structure that shapes the mind to have a correct understanding of God the Trinity.
Water is a prominent theme throughout Scripture. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, water is present in creation, functions in judgment, and ultimately appears as an image of salvation for God's people.
Does Romans 9 talk about corporate or individual election? Must we choose between the two? Here’s a proposal on how to think about Romans 9.
It isn’t easy to look past in-the-moment temptations, but if the future joy of a clean conscience and a heart aligned with God’s word is satisfying enough to us, and if the fleeting pleasures of sin look as disastrous and God-dishonoring as they really are, then we will find motivation to overcome.
According to Hebrews 12:2, did Jesus only seek his Joy by enduring the cross? Is this what "for the joy that was set before him" means? Yes, but there's more. The author of Hebrews carefully crafted this prepositional phrase to convey the precious twofold reality of Jesus' death for believers.
If you love Jesus Christ, you will come to him; you will expose yourself to the light, and you will thus prove that your works are God's works in you. He accomplishes his will through your life, and he will receive the glory for such a marvelous work of love.