'Jesus Christ' Tagged Posts

'Jesus Christ' Tagged Posts

THE HUMILIATION AND EXALTATION

The Bible teaches us about the two natures in Christ.  Our Savior is not two Christs, but One – the God-Man – not half-God and half-Man – but totally God and totally, sinless Man in One Person.  In the womb of the virgin Mary, God the Son took to Himself a perfect human nature. So we speak of the two natures in Christ. The Bible also teaches us about the two…

GRACE NOTES

As we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end of all things.  We instinctively picture ourselves and others before the great throne on that last day.  Who will enter that eternal kingdom and who will not? Our own times are awash in what we might call universalism, the sentimental idea that merely dying entitles a person to enter heaven, that…

REFORMATION 501 – THE HEIDELBERG DISPUTATION

Last year we marked the 500th anniversary of what most folks consider the starting pistol of the Lutheran Reformation – Luther’s hammering of the       95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Oct. 31. 1517.   With these theses or statements in Latin, Luther proposed a debate among…

“SHIBBOLETHS”

The 12th chapter of Judges tells us how the men of Ephraim crossed to the east side of Jordan to fight against Jephthah and the men of Gilead.  Jephthah and the Gileadites won. The survivors of Ephraim tried to retreat to their own territory on the west side of the Jordan. But whenever an Ephraimite requested safe passage across the Jordan River, the men of Gilead would…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

In the second chapter of his second letter, Peter releases a blistering attack on false teachers.  We know that false doctrine is poisonous. We know that true doctrine is the only antidote.   In the Small Catechism Luther was accustomed to ask:  “Where is this written?”  He then set down the Bible passages where a given doctrine or teaching was found.  By way of review…