Matthew 16:18 – Building the Church
This article is an exposition of Matthew 16:18.
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This article is an exposition of Matthew 16:18.
This article discusses the predominance of infant baptism in the history of the church.
This article discusses the various possibilities for the authorship and addressees of James.
This article shows the significance of dew in Scripture. It was a symbol of blessing, the resurrection, and the ministry of God's people in the world. Also, it is associated with baptism and manna.
This article makes observations about wine and wineskins from the texts dealing with the matter (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39).
This article discusses the battle of Gog and Magog recorded in Ezekiel 38-39, and suggests that it is fulfilled in the book of Esther.
This article explores in some detail the significance of the flying scroll in Zechariah 5:2.
This article considers the portrait of the daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:16-24.
This article seeks to show the unifying element of the different activities of a priest in the Old Testament. It argues that a priest was an administrator of the royal household.
Why did John the Baptist need to live on a diet of locusts and wild honey? This article suggests it was to symbolize his special role in redemptive history.
This article addresses five common misconceptions about the Reformation.
This article makes a case from church history and Scripture for prayer at set times of the day.
This article discusses the structure of Genesis, commonly known as connected to the ten uses of the word toledoth, "generations."
What is the significance of the sunrise in Scripture? This article shows its relevance, and how the death and resurrection of Christ constituted the definitive transition from darkness to light.
This article offers an exposition of Romans 8:31-39.
This article considers the frequent cry for application of the Scriptures without the hard work of studying them. It shows from history that the doctrine of perspicuity makes interpretation hard rather than easy.
This article considers how the reign of Asa began well but took a bad turn and ended poorly.
Struggling to incorporate the Christian creeds into the congregation's life and worship? This article suggests five ways to incorporate the creeds into the worship service.
What are your thoughts on the disciple Thomas? This article suggests that he was the first of the Twelve to enter fully into Easter faith.
This article shows that on account of the various boundary laws in the Old Covenant, the people of God were never fully able to serve as priests to the nations. This fact called out for the coming of Christ and inauguration of the new covenant.
This article concentrates on the theological significance of the kapporet, the mercy seat. It shows how its symbolism is important background for understanding the Day of Atonement.
This article shows how the account in 2 Samuel 11-2 Samuel 12 of David's sin with Bathsheba and its aftermath is structured in a chiasm, centring on Nathan confronting David's sin.
This article highlights the pastoral care of John Calvin.
This article considers how to translate Deuteronomy 6:4.
This article considers the account of Judges 19, and shows how Israel has become Sodom. It also shows how the story recalls some of the events of Exodus, as well as anticipates the story of Saul in 1 Samuel.
This article discusses the relationship of the Holy Spirit to water, and how this concerns the relationship between Spirit baptism and water baptism. It discusses relevant passages in Acts, such as Acts 8, Acts 10, and Acts 19.
This article discusses the significance of the mentions of fire in the narrative of John the Baptist in Matthew and Luke. In doing so it discusses whether John's use of Spirit and fire together indicates two separate baptisms.
This article shows how the theme of help is central to the account in 1 Chronicles 12.
This article explores the purpose and meaning of baptism by John the Baptist, as well as of Jesus undergoing baptism by John.
This article breaks down the differences between Paul's and James' use of Genesis 15:6.
This article is an exposition of Proverbs 3:1-12.
This article explains the relevance of the gatekeeper in Scripture, especially from the account in 1 Chronicles 9:1.
This article explains the various areas under biblical theology: covenant theology, literary theology, typology, and ritual theology.
This article argues that the number 153 in John 21:11—the amount of fish the disciples caught—represents the totality of the nations of the world that will be drawn in the new creation.
This article shows how the mockery that the Lord Jesus faced in Matthew 27 was a way to reveal the truth about him, a fulfillment of prophecy.
This article explains the meaning of the burial clothes of the Lord Jesus. It shows how his linen garments spoke of his work as great high priest on the great Day of Atonement. It also indicates how the myrrh and aloes were associated with marriage and kingship.
This article explains the meaning and significance of the Mount of Olives in Scripture. It suggests that this is the location where Christ was crucified.
This article discusses the ending of Isaiah 61, where the Lord promises a new name for Zion, and a second wedding. The Servant of the Lord, as well as all God's people, are to refuse to rest and allow God to rest until Zion enjoys a complete restoration.
This article discusses the literary breadth of the Torah, or five books of Moses, and how interpretation of the Torah can make use of a unique application of the medieval quadriga.
This article discusses the origin and theology connected to the design of the pipe organ.
This article considers the warnings from the Lord in Isaiah 5 and Isaiah 9, and the reversal that will come because of the birth of a child. The author shows how the sequence of judgments in chapter 9 is a sacrificial sequence.
The teaching that God claims us at our bodily root—pictured in baptism—is confirmed for Paul in the offering of our bodies in Christian obedience, a fact he indicates in Romans 12..
This article speaks to the bodily character the sacrament of baptism. In doing so it addresses the phraseology of some, that baptism is our act of obedience or the expression of our faith. It reiterates how baptism addresses itself to the objectivity (not subjectivity) of our body, and it uses Romans 6 to do so, showing that the primary NT paradigms of baptism—death and resurrection—present the objectivity of the body, and are prospective, rather than retrospective.
This article shows by way of Ezra and Nehemiah how Christians today can in good conscience be faithful servants of governments here below because we serve the higher King in heaven.
This article investigates the way in which a chiasm means something, and it uses the book of Philemon as case study.
This article shows how the atonement text in Revelation 16 is an inverted atonement text.
This article shows the correlations between Jonah's time in the big fish and the Lord Jesus in the tomb. It attempts to show that the tomb of Jesus is not just Jonah's fish, but also the Holy of Holies.
This article demonstrates how faith includes not only believing but also submitting to authority.
This article explains that part of the problem we have with lust is that we learn to take a very passive view toward our thoughts. It shows how one's sexual identity should be a collaborative process with one's spouse.
This article considers Isaiah's vision of the Lord in Isaiah 6.
This article shows how Christian parents should regard their children first and foremost: as brothers or sisters in Christ.
This article discusses the issue of the death penalty in the Mosaic Law, and the way Christians are to understand these laws.
This article considers who the singers were inside the Temple. It looks at Psalm 84, and reflects on where the small birds nested and sang.
This article investigates the significance of Pentecost for the church, with due consideration given to 2 Corinthians 3.
This article gives the explanation for why the Lord Jesus told Mary Magdalene in John 20:17, "Do not cling to me." The author argues that Jesus is acting out of the prophetic typology of the Song of Songs.
This article shows a correspondence between the details of the encounter between Mary Magdalene and the Lord Jesus after his resurrection (John 20), and the Song of Songs.
This article considers the figure and role of Mary Magdalene in the gospel narrative, particularly in the Gospel of John.
This article argues that eschatology was introduced already in Genesis 1.
This article considers the exercise of fasting, and its connection in Scripture to feasting. It dwells on Adam's original fast in the garden, and how that was intended to prepare him to enjoy the banquet to come.
This article considers the identity of Anna the prophetess as revealed in Luke 2:36-38.
This article goes through several common conceptions about the Middle Ages and shows the error in them.
This article explains the perspective of Augustine on virtue among pagans. He contended that the damaging effect of sin on human nature did not do away with the goodness that is human nature.
Should we expect the Lord Jesus to include a substitutionary atonement theory in every one of his parables? Not at all, contrary to what liberal theologians have suggested by their criticisms of the parable of the prodigal son. This article shows at the same time how the atonement is a series of historical events, and not simply that of the cross.
This article discusses the way we can understand the fulfillment of many of the predictions of the prophets in the Old Testament. The main context in which to understand them is the covenant context.
This article considers James 5:14-15 and the issue of anointing the dying. The author makes a case for why we should still have this practice today, even if it's not a sacrament.
This article explains the great value in reading through Leviticus with intent.
This article highlights the theme of Jesus as prophet in the Olivet Discourse in Mathew 24.
This article considers the possibility of baptismal imagery in James 1:21.
This article shows by way of chiasms that Deuteronomy 8 has at its heart a description of the good land that the Lord is giving to Israel.
This article considers the high-priestly prayer of John 17, particularly the expression of mutual indwelling of the Trinity, and of Jesus' reference to himself receiving glory and passing it on, and the unity that issues from this.
This article explains why the first chapters of Genesis are important. It offers a God who speaks and is interactive in time. Human beings are placed in this harmonious world to rule as images in God's cosmic temple.
This article explains how it is the Holy Spirit who is the divine agent for renewing the family. So the author urges parents to be diligent in prayer, and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
This article looks at Isaiah 66 to see what has changed in the course of Isaiah's prophecy and what it all means. The ministry of hardening in which Isaiah was involved was also Jesus' ministry, in which a remnant was yet being gathered.
This article discusses the gospel that is there in the genealogy of Adam. It gives thought particularly to the children mentioned in Genesis 4, such as Cain and Seth.
This article continues with an examination of the structure of 1 Timothy, particularly 1:12-17 and 6:13-16, and 1:18-20 and 6:12 (and their respective interconnections).
This article provides a structure and outline of 1 Timothy.
How can heaven and earth be joined together when they are currently so separated? This article gives the answer: through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He fulfills all the recoverings that happened in the Old Testament sacrificial liturgy by becoming the covering himself. This article concludes with reflections on how this comes into the Christian life of forgiveness, based on 1 John 1:6-2:2.
This article discusses the events of Leviticus 16, known as the Day of Atonement. Multiple atonements happened on that day, and this article goes into some detail on the nature and purpose of these.
This article looks at the Day of Atonement through the cosmological lens of Genesis and its vision of unity.
This article outlines the redemptive-historical significance of wells in Scripture.
This article takes a redemptive-historical look at the Lord's war against death.
This article discusses how the women at the cross of Christ become models for every disciple.
This article offers an explanation of the meaning of the "white stone" in Revelation 2:17.
This article explains the concept of appointed times in the Old Testament feasts.
This article discusses the biblical terms and phrases used for the tabernacle in order to provide some insights into its nature and function.
This article considers the prophecy of Isaiah 60, and the promised light that will dwell in Israel yet attract the nations of the earth.
This article takes a close look at Matthew 11 within the context of the book as a whole in order to assess the answer to the question of what kind of tune is the Lord Jesus referring to in verses 16-17.
With a view to the structural cues in the genealogy in Matthew 1, this article examines the connections between the events beginning with the birth of Isaac up to Jacob's departure into Egypt and the events from the time of David up to the the Babylonian exile.
This article considers the Lord Jesus' prayer in John 17. It discusses the perichoresis, or mutual indwelling, of the Trinity, and how the church is incorporated into that communion of the Father and Son by the Spirit.
This article explores the first part of the genealogy of Matthew 1. It shows that the life of Abraham up to Isaac foreshadows the history of his descendants, as it compares that account to the time from Abraham to King David.
This article looks at the parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, and argues that the Lord Jesus is talking primarily about the history of Israel that climaxes in his own ministry.
This article is an exposition of Genesis 1:3-13.
This article offers an exposition of Genesis 1:1-2.
This article is an exposition of Exodus 23:19, which is the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk.
This article offers an exposition of the benediction in Revelation 1:4-5.
This article considers the depraved state of Judah in Isaiah 57, and the great mercy of the Lord in drawing near to them anyway.