Christian Living – [New Life – New Focus]

  Colossians 3:1-4 1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3 For ye died, and your life is Read More …

Can a Person Be a Christian and Not Live the Life of a Christian?

  Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2016 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.   Introduction A true born-again Christian who doesn’t live the Christian life, would provide the perfect definition of an oxymoron. A Christian is not someone who merely says Read More …

The Dreaded “W” Word!

There is much we can learn from the teaching of Charles Stanley. At one time, he was my favorite Bible teacher. I’ve read at least one of his books, and perhaps two or three – not sure, as it’s been many years. However, there is one area of teaching where he is way off track, Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 3:7-11 (One Way Trip)

Scripture quotations are from the English Majority Text Version (EMTV) unless noted otherwise. Philippians 3:7-113:7 But such things as were gain to me, these I have considered loss for the sake of Christ. 3:8 More than that I also consider all things to be loss, on account of the surpassing worth of the knowledge of Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 1:28-30 (Suffering for Jesus)

“27 Only let your life as citizens be worthy of the gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one soul striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 and in nothing terrified by Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 1:12-13 (Identifying With Christ)

Philippians 1:12-13 “12 Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the advancement of the gospel,” I’m sure that Paul’s imprisonment would have been a real concern to the Philippian Christians, and so he is trying to comfort them about his circumstances. All the Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 1:8-11 (Striving for Excellence)

Philippians 1:8-11 “8 For God is my witness, how I long after you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” “affection”  (Gr. splagchnon – 4698) Preceptaustin: “Affection (4698) (splagchnon [word study]) literally refers to the bowels but in the NT used figuratively to describe the inward parts indicating the heart as the seat of emotions Read More …

Commentary on Colossians, 3:5-7 (Characterization of True Faith)

Colossians 3:5-7“5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”“Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth”This is a command. This is something that God requires of us. This is both a one time decision we make, and Read More …

Commentary on Colossians, 1:1-8 (Fruit of the Gospel)

Colossians 1:1-8“1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother.”“through the will of God”Paul was made an apostle through the will of God. This is not something he sought after. Indeed, when he received the call he was still an unsaved man, spearheading major persecution against those who Read More …

Commentary on Galatians, 3:1-5

Galatians 3:1-5 “1 O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was vividly portrayed as crucified?” Paul now returns his address to the Galatian Christians.“foolish”What the Galatians were now believing about salvation was not according to sound wisdom. What they were believing didn’t make any sense. Before embracing a new understanding about Read More …