Day 344 Romans 11-13

Day 344
Romans 11-13

As it happened, no nation had been more privileged spiritually, yet more deeply entrenched in unbelief than Israel. As Paul made clear, Israel’s unbelief was not caused by unfairness or unfaithfulness on God’s part (9:1ff)


Day 343 Romans 8-10

Day 343
Romans 8-10

The eighth chapter of Romans is a like a gospel symphony unveiling in a series of cantos all that Jesus Christ accomplished in His death on the cross (J.S. Bach created an entire cantata from it). As it happened, the Apostle’s


Day 342 Romans 4-7

Day 342
Romans 4-7

The grand, melodious tune of the gospel, that sounds too good to be true, is that guilty sinners are justified through faith in Christ alone apart from works. The gift of God’s righteousness to sinners is an amazing offer of


Day 341 Acts 20:1-3, Romans 1-3

Day 341
Acts 20:1-3, Romans 1-3

After Paul dispatched his letter to the Corinthians, he revisited the churches of Macedonia and began preaching the gospel in Illyricum, the mountainous territory that runs along the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.


Day 340 2 Corinthians 10-13

Day 340
2 Corinthians 10-13

In the final unit of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he shifted from his impassioned appeal to the repentant majority (9-11) to offer an intense rebuke of the “super-apostles” who were


Day 339 2 Corinthians 5-9

Day 339
2 Corinthians 5-9

Paul ended the previous section by declaring that even though the outward body is slowly deteriorating–one ache after another–the inner life of the Christian is being renewed daily. Gripped by a gospel-shaped resiliency, he maintained that any “momentary affliction” will be


Day 338 2 Corinthians 1-4

Day 338
2 Corinthians 1-4

As it happened, in the weeks following his letter to the Corinthians (54-55 A.D.) Paul and his team were beleaguered. He intended to stay in Ephesus until Spring, but there was a change of plans.


Day 337 1 Corinthians 15-16

Day 337
1 Corinthians 15-16

Unusual ideas had found indubitable traction in Corinth. One of those ideas was a low view of the human body. Earlier in the letter, Paul had to correct an early Gnostic influence in the church that


Day 336 1 Corinthians 12-14

Day 336
1 Corinthians 12-14

Next, Paul responded to a question the Corinthians asked regarding “spiritual things” (pneumatikoi, v.1). The word is more general than simply a reference to spiritual gifts and probably


Day 335 1 Corinthians 9-11

Day 335
1 Corinthians 9-11

When it comes down to how Christians should live and the factors that influence the decisions they make within the arena of freedom, Paul argued that love is the decisive dynamic. A Christian may be free to do something (i.e. where there is no