It is true that the Holy Spirit is closely associated with God’s power. But this does not mean that ‘the Holy Spirit equals God’s power’.
A number of lines of Biblical evidence show that the Spirit is a person.
First, by definition a person is a being with intelligence, emotion, and will. Continue reading “Is the Holy Spirit a Person or a Thing?”
Christians often say that ‘Jesus is Lord’. What does this mean? Do we understand what we are saying? Continue reading “What does it mean to say that Jesus is Lord?”
If Jesus were not brought back from the dead after His sacrifice, there would be no salvation. We would have nothing to believe, nothing to put our faith in. Continue reading “Is the resurrection of Jesus really that important?”
Moses, the great prophet anticipated a greater prophet (Deuteronomy 18 v15). Jesus did do what prophets do: Deliver God’s message to God’s people. Not only did He deliver the message, He is the message; He is the Word of God (John 1 v1).
Jesus is also our High Priest, like Aaron and his sons initially were. Jesus did what priests do: represent God’s people in God’s presence by bringing their sacrifices and offerings. Not only did He bring the sacrifice, He is the sacrifice (Hebrews 7 v27).
As a descendant of David, Jesus was qualified to be King on David’s throne. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be a King (Isaiah 9 v7). Jesus acknowledged to Pilate that He was indeed King of the Jews, as the crowds at His triumphant entry to Jerusalem recognised. When Jesus returns, He will reign on Earth (Revelation 17 v14; 19 v16) in fulfillment of David’s covenant, which promised David an eternal throne (2 Samuel 7 v16).
Condensed from Understanding Theology by Daryl Aaron.
There will be times when being a disciple means speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful, and speaking up for things that are true and just and good.
It takes courage, wisdom and prayer.
Culture is ‘the way we do things round here’.
Although you may not be able to change the way your company or your gym or your Parents’ Association does things by next Monday, you may well be able to begin with a few people and a few small actions. What things bother you – and what are the values that underpin them? What could be done differently that would make it a better place for people to flourish? What would make it more like God’s will being done on earth as in heaven?
There are many ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for those who need it, but through the way we respond in difficult and indeed ordinary situations.
How do we engage with the check-out person, or the lonely shopper in the charity shop, or the new parent at the school gate, or do an appraisal with the other person’s long-term interests at heart, not just the company’s?