Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria (328), is an important person in the history of the church and his legacy lives on to inspire and influence the church today. Having been outlawed or banished as many as five times over the course of his ministry because of his strident theological views, he defended his position regarding the deity of Christ which was eventually accepted by the church and affirmed by the Council of Constantinople (AD 381).
Romans 3:21-26 is Paul’s exposition of the righteousness of God and it is central to his letter to the church in Rome. In this passage, Paul sets out his understanding of God’s righteousness, as well as his view of the gospel itself. In Paul, God’s righteousness is revealed through faith in Jesus Christ, and it is apart from the law (3:21), although Paul later acknowledges that the law still plays and important role in the gospel (3:31).
This is part-one of a four-part series based on a research paper I drafted while in seminary in 2014. The title of the paper is, The Theological Significance of Adam: A Literary Analysis of Romans 5:12-19 and the Imputation of Adam’s Sin. This paper has been cited by a number of students and other bloggers on … Continue reading The Significance of Original Sin for People Today, Part 1
This is part-two of our four-part series on Original Sin and the imputation of Adam’s sin onto the human race. In part-one of our series we discussed the theological reasons and the importance for this study. Theologically, Adam serves as a foreshadowing, a “type” of Christ in the Scriptures. Therefore, theologically speaking for the typology … Continue reading The Significance of Original Sin for People Today, Part 2
The following is part-three of our four-part series on Original Sin. I our last article we discussed some of the literature supporting the various views concerning Adam’s sin and its impact to humanity. In this article we will discuss the concept of corporate solidarity and the idea of how the actions of one person has an … Continue reading The Significance of Original Sin for People Today, Part 3
The following is the conclusion of a four-part series on Original Sin. In part-three of our series, we talked about the imputation of sin and how the guilt of Adam’s sin could be transferred to his descendants, all of humanity. In this article we will discuss the role Adam plays in the theology of the Apostle … Continue reading The Significance of Original Sin for People Today, Part 4
It’s Easter time when Christians direct their attentions to the Cross and meditate on the redemptive work of Christ. As I listen to young preachers deliver their messages this Easter season, it has come to my attention, and is increasingly obvious to me, that many do not seem to have a firm footing in Orthodox … Continue reading Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?
Many recognize that is it God’s divine grace, His unmerited favor, that makes redemption of humanity possible through the Son, Jesus Christ. However, it must also be recognized that it is God’s divine grace working throughout the redemptive process of sanctification to transform us into the image of Christ bringing newness of life to every … Continue reading How Does Divine Grace Translate into a Changed Life?
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 In one sentence we have the essence of the Christian message. It is difficult for Western ears to appreciate the power of John’s announcement, but these … Continue reading The Lamb of God
The Bible: Consisting of the Old and New Testament it is God’s written Word to us. All Scripture is authoritative and able to judge the thoughts and intensions of the heart. It is “God Breathed” as the Holy Spirit moved men to pen His message to us. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, … Continue reading The Bible