The Righteousness of God Through Faith

The Righteousness of God

righteousness of GodWe were born with a spiritual birth defect, and this defect must be corrected before we can enjoy fellowship with God. The problem (birth defect) is our sin nature, which produces our sinful actions. We inherit our sin nature from our parents, who inherited it from their parents, and so on. We all descended from a common ancestor who passed along his sinful nature through reproduction by placing all humanity in our common predicament of sin with all its horrible consequences. And unless and until we correct our sin nature, we cannot reach the standard of perfection required by God. Continue reading

Parables – The Prodigal Son – Conclusion

The Prodigal Son

the prodigal sonAs we ended the previous post, we saw that the Pharisees were unable to see why God shows favor to sinners. Jesus teaching how sinners are a thing of value to God and worthy of being counted, of being found and restored. Telling a story where a rebellious son longs to distance himself from a Father’s authority. And a patient Father willing to grant the son his distance so he might ultimately preserve the relationship. Continue reading

Parables – The Prodigal Son

Parables – The Prodigal Son

Parables themselves present clear stories from everyday events that many in the crowd in Jesus’ time would recognize. Jesus did not code His teaching to prevent some people from understanding, since all equally would understand the imagery. All those gathered there certainly comprehended the aspects of the stories related to their everyday lives. The meaning of His teaching was cloaked because (as Jesus Himself stated) only certain people were intended to understand the meaning. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit, believers are able to understand the meaning of His parables. Continue reading