Posts from November 2019

Posts from November 2019

VICTORY!

On this final Sunday of the liturgical Church Year, our thoughts turn to Christ’s final appearing, to the arrival of the King of Kings, to the sweet comfort of which Paul wrote in Romans 8:  “So then, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”    What will happen to us in that moment when He returns?  Here is how St. Paul so elegantly puts it in 1…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

This particular Sunday has come to be called “Saints Triumphant.”   That word “saints” is a rich Bible word which deserves a look-see. The word “saint” is sometimes wrongly used to refer to a person of the past who was so holy and perfect that he or she earned their way to heaven and then had left-over “points” or merits to share with someone else.  This false teaching is…

“NO CONDEMNATION”

In Christ’s own description of the sheep and goats before His throne of judgment in today’s text, and in Paul’s words from our epistle lesson that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” we have the plain teaching of the Bible that we are accountable to God.   This is the terrifying preaching of the law.  God is utterly seriously about every word He says.…

THE SONG OF RUTH

Today we examine the little book of Ruth.  The most famous verses of Ruth, as translated in the King James Version have often been sung at weddings: Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge: Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die,…