While some are repulsed by the command for a wife to submit to her husband, many ignore the command for slaves to obey their masters. They’d rather act like it’s not there, like dust quickly brushed under the rug as the guests approach. We wear the Bible’s slavery passages like a stain we got on […]Read more "A Call for Slavery (Colossians 3:22–4:1)"
The Institutio is not only the masterpiece of Christian theology; it is a devotional classic. It is theologu, therefore, shot through with the warmth of ardent devotion. —John Murray, Calvin as Theologian and ExpositorRead more "The Exegetical Systematician: Read Calvin’s Institutes"
When the New Testament addresses parenting, it is the father who is addressed. There are only two places in the New Testament where parenting is explicitly dealt with. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 ESV) “Fathers, do not provoke […]Read more "A Boat that Won’t Float Downstream (Colossians 3:21)"
Perhaps no doctrine of the New Testament offers more sanctity to this fact than that the church is the body of Christ which he has purchased with his own blood. That which elders or bishops rule is the blood-purchased possession of Christ, that which cost the agony of Gethsemane and the blood of Calvary’s accursed tree. It […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: Pastor, She Ain’t Yours"
“20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” —Colossians 3:20–21 (ESV) A saboteur has not only been largely welcomed into our midst, but afforded a cabinet position. We’ve promoted the spy. While fleeing Absalom (2 Samuel 15–17), David strategically sent one of […]Read more "“Family-friendly”? (Colossians 3:20–21)"
We cannot think of Christ properly apart from the church. All the offices he exercises as head over all things, he exercises on behalf of the church. If we think of the church apart from Christ, or transfer to the church prerogatives that belong only to Christ, then we are guilty of idolatry. But if […]Read more "The Exegetical Systematician: You Cannot think of Christ apart from the Church"
“18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” —Colossians 3:18–19 (ESV) Wives are to submit. Husbands are to… love. Is that what you expected to be paired with submission? This isn’t to deny, but define authority and headship. Men, the authority […]Read more "Bleed Her Beautiful, Love Her Lovely (Colossians 3:19)"