Scriptures: TULIPThe sons of Adam born with spirit dead cannot receive the words that God has said. God’s ways and thoughts transcend what men can know: for glory, God has chosen certain souls. Christ only died for them He calls elect: but not for men ordained to wrath’s...
Fall of Man
The following narrative imagines the Fall of Man. Dramatic dialogue highlights the spiritual states that may have motivated the decision by Adam and Eve to sin.
The narrative begins after Eve speaks to the serpent. Eve runs to find Adam. Then the two of them run back to the middle of the garden, where they find the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve calls the trees the Good Tree and the Evil Tree. Adam and Eve discuss everything that happened. God narrates the action scenes.
When reading, I encourage you to think about the roles and responsibilities that God has assigned to husbands and wives. Consider what it means to serve as a help meet. Consider what it means to serve as a leader. Consider how one’s spiritual state affects one’s ability to honor God and serve others.
The Fall of Man, a narrative adapted from Genesis, chapters 2-3 KJV …
Throughout Hebrews, one theme resonates over and over again: the just shall live by faith. And that faith places its trust in the completed Work of Christ upon the cross. Remission of sins requires a perfect sacrifice, and Jesus Christ offered His sinless body for that very purpose. Any other means by which Man seeks his own righteousness, the author of Hebrews condemns as “willful sin deserving of judgment and fiery indignation”, for it desecrates the blood of the covenant and insults the witness of the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Hebrews, a summary outline, adapted from the King James Bible …
Doctrines of Men
Do we believe our church communities have fully expounded the Word of God? . . . Do we believe we have fully explicated the details of Christian doctrine? . . . Do we believe there is nothing left to learn? . . . Or do we believe we shall never stop learning?
In his Epistle to the Romans, the apostle Paul establishes foundations for many church doctrines: truth and lies, faith and sin, faith and works, spirit and flesh, Jews and Gentiles, justification and sanctification. Paul even identifies the object of our true earthly obedience: civil authority or church authority.
A summary outline of the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, adapted from the King James Version . . .
Suffering with Purpose
Who in their right mind would purposely suffer? After all, suffering causes pain, and pain should be avoided at all costs, right? Wrong, at least logically, for to denounce the purpose of suffering assumes the conclusion that suffering is bad. But is it?
Did you know that the mere existence of suffering is of our own making? That’s right, we all contribute to the causes of suffering. Moreover, depending on how we respond to suffering, we either exacerbate our pain or we experience a beautiful personal transformation.
This commentary identifies the origins of suffering and offers solutions to suffering with purpose.
If you repel at the thought of suffering without hope, this commentary is for you.
Breath of Life
What distinguishes the souls of Man from animals? Why do the souls of animals not go to Heaven? On what basis do the Scriptures and science agree on the definition of moral agent? What makes Man capable of fellowship with God? What makes Man morally accountable to God?
Did you know that the answer to these questions depends on how you interpret the phrase “breath of life”?
This commentary on Breath of Life explores the Scriptures to discover the answer to these questions.