Miracles and the God of Israel

Miracles and the God of Israel

The New Testament is filled with accounts of signs, wonders, and miracles. But what did they mean to the first century Jews who were following Jesus? Many teach that miracles and the gift of the Holy Spirit meant that God was spiritually reinterpreting and realizing the hope of Israel. I disagree. In this teaching I work through a number of miracles in the Gospels and show how they actually reinforce the hope of Israel. The God who still works miracles is still the God of Israel.

Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession

Paul summarized his role as an apostle: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). This sacrificial death in light of the coming resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12ff.) is the faith with which the apostles were “entrusted” (cf. 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 5:19; Gal. 2:7; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 1:11; Tit. 1:3)…

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus is quite perplexing (akin to Peter’s reinstatement). Jesus’ declaration that one must be “born again” is a cornerstone of modern evangelicalism (at the end of his life George Whitefield said he preached on John 3:3 no less that 5,000 times!). However, the traditional evangelical explanation is…

Peter’s Reinstatement

Peter’s Reinstatement

Often referenced and sermonized, but rarely explained, the events of Peter’s denial and reinstatement are quite puzzling. I would offer an alternative explanation. Peter denied Jesus because of his sympathy with zealotry (which was common in Judaism at the time). Zealotry is confidence in the strength of man concerning…