Category Archives: Christology

4 Words that Connect Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 1 and Ephesians

Dueteronomy 6:4-9 is one of the most popular passages in the entire Old Testament. Those verses serve as instruction about intentionally passing on faith to the next generation before the Hebrews enter the promised land. There are four words in Deuteronomy 6 that are later echoed in Psalm 1 and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians…I have put them in bold,

“4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the way/path, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Here they are in Psalm 1,

“Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in the way/path of the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.

Here they are in the book of Ephesians,

Sit:

Ephesians 1:19-20 – “That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” [Christ is seated]

Ephesians 2:6 – “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” [we are seated with Christ]

Walk (many of these are missed in the NIV and NRSV as they are translated to live):

Ephesians 2:2 – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked

Ephesians 2:10 – “ For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Ephesians 4:1 – “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called

Ephesians 4:17 – “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind

Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Ephesians 5:8 – “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

Ephesians 5:15 – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

Stand:

Ephesians 6:11 – “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:13-14 – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”

Way:

Like Psalm 1, Ephesians also talks about two “ways”:

  1. Way of the world
    1.  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” – Eph 2:2
    2. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;” – Eph 4:22
  2. Way of Christ
    1. That, however, is not the way of life you learned” – Eph 4:20
    2.  and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Eph 5:2

It seems to me that Paul is drawing off of two of the most famous passages from the Law (Torah) and the Writings (Ketuvim) and cast them in a new light in Christ for us to be able to appreciate the great blessings we have in Christ. I am indebted to the powerful little book by Watchman Nee entitled, “Sit, Walk, Stand” where he points Paul’s use of those three words in Ephesians.

Jay Guin’s Article on the Future of Progressive Churches of Christ

Thought provoking article and comments on Jay Guin’s recent article the Future of Progressive Churches of Christ. I believe part of the way forward is in us being in tune with how the timeless Gospel intersects the present times. Said another way, how are the eternal truths of the Gospel actually applied and lived outContinue Reading

Missional Renewal and Congregational Change Part 1: The Gospel is Born At The Margins

While Wineskins is undergoing some maintenance, some of the recent articles are not currently accessible. I am posting this article by Fred Liggin here so people can access it until the Wineskins re-design is complete. Thanks to Fred for contributing this! In my Gospel and Cultures class while at Rochester College, Mark Love often remindedContinue Reading

Finally Read Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

I finally got around to reading Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright on the trip to Bakersfield this weekend. The book could have been called “Surprised by What the Bible Actually Says About Heaven and Resurrection and What That Has to do with the MissionContinue Reading

Easter, Bodily Resurrection and the Immortality of the Soul

One really common belief across religions is that existing comes with an inalienable right to continue to exist in perpetuity (forever). That is called the immortality of the soul. That view didn’t come from Judaism or Christianity but from the Greeks. Socrates and Plato both influenced this idea and it has had a heavy influence inContinue Reading

Frank Viola’s Kind Words Toward the Church of Christ And Restoration Movement Heritage

Frank Viola recently spoke at the NCY Ministers Conference. All of you guys from a Church of Christ/Restoration Movement background should hear his presentation, especially the introduction. I appreciate his kind words regarding the contribution churches of Christ have made to Christianity (first 10 minutes or so of the talk). I also appreciate Frank’s willingnessContinue Reading

Two Questions that Are Essential For Discipleship

Last year we created an evangelistic study of Mark called Jesus 101. The study is designed to be used with seekers so that they can discover who Jesus is by studying Mark. Mark is the perfect book for that because it is a little bit of a mystery until chapter 8. At that point inContinue Reading

A Few Things I Don’t Get About Calvinists

Be forewarned, the following post contains broad generalizations based on what could be an unrepresentative sampling of Calvinist authors. I have been reading from various Calvinist authors recently and one of the things I have noticed time and time again is that they don’t talk about “Christianity.” They talk about “Calvinism”. Where most of usContinue Reading

Why Mormonism is Not Christianity – Ben Witherington

Have a read – Why Mormonism is Not Christianity It is a really good read but if you don’t have the time the thumbnail sketch. It all boils down to trinity of “ologies”: theology, Christology, and soteriology. According to Dr. Witherington, the differences are significant enough to question whether we would consider them Christians asContinue Reading

John Piper on What One Must Believe to Be Saved

Have a look at this video of John Piper telling what he believes one must believe to be saved. To read a transcript click here. He includes the following: Believe and confess his Lordship and his resurrection Recognition that we sin That God exists and that he created a world where sin is a possibilityContinue Reading

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