Proper 3 · Romans 1:8-17 · May 25, 2008


Proper 3 · Romans 1:8-17 · May 25, 2008

By Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. The apostle Paul had long planned to visit the brethren in Rome who had heard the Gospel from other Christian preachers (1:13). When Paul wrote his Epistle to the Romans, he had yet to deliver a collection to the poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem before making the long-awaited trip to the ..


Easter 4 · 1 Peter 2:19-25 · April 13, 2008


Easter 4 · 1 Peter 2:19-25 · April 13, 2008

By David I. Lewis, Introduction: In the three year lectionary the Fourth Sunday of Easter is also designated “Good Shepherd Sunday” with readings from John 10 as the Gospel text dispersed over the three years. Today’s Epistle is read on this Sunday perhaps especially because of verse 25 which does relate to this theme—”For you were ..


Easter 3 · 1 Peter 1:17-25 · April 6, 2008


Easter 3 · 1 Peter 1:17-25 · April 6, 2008

By Arthur E. Graudin, Textual Considerations: The words “judges each one according to each one’s deeds” (1:17) (ESV) are a reminder of the final judgment described by Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46. Good deeds do not earn salvation but are the evidence of faith. The words εv φοβω (1:17) have been translated “with fear” (ESV), “in fear” ..


Lent 5 · Romans 8:1-11 · March 9, 2008


Lent 5 · Romans 8:1-11 · March 9, 2008

By Jeffrey A. Gibbs, Romans 8:1-11 is a rich and theologically important text. Here Paul expresses in remarkable fashion both the distinction and the proper relationship between the Spirit’s work to bring salvation to believers (subjective justification) and the same Spirit’s presence in believers to empower them for Christian living (sanctification). Moreover, because the Spirit ..