Our Resurrection – Future And Bodily

1 Corinthians 15:1-58

The Word of God deals exclusively with the question of the dead’s resurrection in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15. From this chapter, we understand that the Corinthians held a position similar to Hymenaeus and Philetus in 2 Timothy 2:18. Concerning them, the apostle Paul tells his spiritual son Timothy (2 Timothy 2:16-18):

16 Avoid godless chatter because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Read more “Our Resurrection – Future And Bodily”

Our Participation In God’s Saving Plan

The Role of Christ in Salvation

Salvation has two sides. The first is that which our Lord Jesus Christ did. Jesus Christ is the core of the gospel. Without his deed, without his mission nobody could ever be saved. What was His mission? His mission was His birth on this earth, to live a holy life, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to manifest the will of the Father, to die on the cross for our sins, to be raised from the death, and finally to ascend to heaven where He awaits union with all of His followers and when His enemies will be put under his feet. Our Lord Jesus Christ completed his mission. On the cross he said: “It is finished”. Read more “Our Participation In God’s Saving Plan”

Straightening Our Ministry Motives

Matthew 19:16-20:16

The text from Matthew 20:1-16 is known as “The Parable of the workers in the vineyard”. In this parable as in a number of other parables Jesus allows us to look into the human heart and see what lies within it. This particular parable deals with an attitude that like pride and unforgiveness has no place in the kingdom of God. In our world this attitude is considered to be normal and acceptable. But this is an attitude that is rather dangerous because even we as believers often tolerate it in our lives. Read more “Straightening Our Ministry Motives”

The Power of Meekness

1 Samuel 25:1-44

In the passional of St. Macarius, we read an interesting story.

Once on his way home, St. Macarius was walking through the desert with his disciple – a young novice. The path lay through a forest. Walking faster, the novice left the old man behind. Then he suddenly met a pagan priest. Read more “The Power of Meekness”