On This Reformation Day…

Let us be grateful for such a moment in the history of the church in which we come to understand justification by faith. Although it was already established in the Bible, it was far from a reality during Martin Luther’s time. Many (even today) believe that by one’s works, justification is earned rather given graciously. But like Luther before realizing this truth, many are overburdened and weary of their works. They labor and toil without realizing that the perfect work of Christ completes it all, as He says “it is finished” as a sacrifice  “once and for all” (Hebrews 10:10). Jesus Christ not only gives justification, but He is our justification! Without a grasp of this truth, diminishes the gospel altogether for justification the doctrine by which ‘‘the church either stands or falls.” as stated by Luther

Secondly, let us be grateful for the spread of the Bible for the layperson. For too long, it was merely relegated to the clergy. But thanks to individuals such as John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, and Martin Luther, various translations of the Bible were being put out and then some. We need the Bible now more than ever, especially in an age where biblical truth is either questioned or neglected altogether. Many cry for revival, but the truth is that you can’t have a revival without a reformation. We must get back to the Word of God as the source God has given us to proclaim! It is absolute truth. Without it, we wouldn’t come to an understanding of justification by faith and the Gospel. We would not see God’s redemptive plan throughout both Testaments. We wouldn’t know of our sin and radical depravity.  Moreover, we wouldn’t know God as He truly is in the Word. The Word of God therefore, is indispensable to reformation. No other source comes close. I don’t care how creatively, or well researched it is, or how prophetic it sounds. God’s Word is final and it is sufficient! (2 Timothy 3:16)

Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est secundum Verbum Dei”(The church Reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God)


Happy Reformation Day!

Discernment and Desire

“If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” John 7:17

Hello brothers and sisters, this verse spoke volumes to me today so just wanted to share my thoughts! God’s will is discerned/desired by His people. True desire and true discernment go hand in hand. First, God’s will is to be discerned by His people. It is in His objective Word in which we refute falsehood. When preachers fail to discern true and false, they fail to warn God’s people as anything goes. Heresies and doctrines of demons are invited without caution. Such lack of discernment is poisonous and destructive. But when the Word is rightly handled, so the truth is outspoken against all falsehood. This is a must! No preacher should preach should they choose not to discern nor encourage discernment.

Second, God’s will is to be desired by His people. Those coming to know Christ are driven by a desire for His Word. In doing so ,they seek to know Him more, and desire to make Him known. Such desire God grants to His people in which they hold fast to without compromise. Therefore, through their desire for the Word, they likewise discern with the Word! For it is from God. May the saints cry, “I need Truth ”!

Famine in the Church Worldwide

““Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12

The greatest famine of the day is beyond food or water but the famine of God’s Word. Spiritual famine leads to spiritual poverty that leads to spiritual destruction. Not that the Word of God is void in itself, but it is void in the sense that it is underutilized. Who bothers preaching the Bible anymore? Many view God’s Word, better yet, God’s eternal Word as outdated and obsolete.

I can’t help think of the parable of the seed/sower in which the seed is God’s Word. But here’s the thing, that seed isn’t being sown by today’s preachers. Let that sink in folks. If the Word of God isn’t being preached, then how can believers grow in their faith in Christ? Oftentimes, many discouraged people share how their pastor doesn’t share from the Word of God. Most sermons today can be lined up with self-help talks and be no different! Just put the name Jesus on to make it Christian. But there is no transformation, no conviction, and is no exposition of sound biblical truth. Moreover, how can anyone be saved without hearing the Gospel (Romans 10:17)? Think about that, no one will be able to be saved without hearing the Good News. Instead there is easy believism, and false converts. Let us therefore, return to Scripture for it is God’s means of grace to His church and it is sufficient (2 Timothy 3:16). And don’t fret, there is abundance of His Word to be consumed.


Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ by John MacArthur (Book Review)


Understanding who Jesus is is essential in understanding the good news that is the Gospel. Without Him, there is no Gospel! So not only does it begin with Him but it ends with Him. Christ is the Gospel through and through in which the church must know. Pastor-teacher John MacArthur looks at several aspects of Christ that verify who He is. That being said, its Christological focus is the book’s greatest strength in which all other alternatives fall by the wayside. This is not an exhaustive book by any means for the scholarly but for the layperson. As a matter of fact, there is no chapters for introduction/conclusion. It is short but sweet.  Christians would consider picking up this book in understanding more about Christ. It would especially be good to read alongside new believers in the faith as it is a short book. “Who do you say that I am?” is what Jesus asks for all of us as His people and we must answer! It is crucial to our salvation in Him, our relationship to Him and our witness about Him. It is Good News after all.

3.5 out of 5 stars.


“The right understanding of Jesus Christ is essential to understanding many other vital truths, particularly the gospel and salvation. There’s no good news apart from Christ.”

“Clearly, how you answer the question “Who is Jesus?” has significant and ultimately permanent consequences. The right answer alone can lead to salvation. Yet one can be very close to the right answer and still miss it, resulting in eternal disaster.”

“The glorious realities of Christ are like the numberless stars of heaven. Each feature of His life shines with blazing brilliance, and there are so many they’re almost incalculable.”

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Truth or Territory- A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare By Jim Osman (Book Review)

Spiritual warfare is often a hot topic in the church today. This book addresses two views on spiritual warfare: Truth (Scripture) or Territory (beyond Scripture), hence the title. Deliverance ministries are all the rage these days. With the latest strategies, methodologies, and revelations, non-discerning people are sure to be swept off their feet. Yet these preachers say “thus saith the Lord” to come off as legit. If you attempting to challenge or refute the message, you are labeled a religious spirit or heretic (how ironic). Not this book! This addresses spiritual warfare as a “battle for truth”.

What I enjoyed about the book is how it stays true to God’s Word. True spiritual warfare focuses on Christ; not trying to talk to Satan or his demons as deliverance ministries would tell you. Additionally, many proof texts in the spiritual warfare movement are refuted with its biblical context. What I would like to see is how demon possession is dealt in real life, not involving deliverance ministries. The solution is preaching the Gospel of course, but I have yet to see that with my own two eyes. What if you are walking down the street and someone who is demon possessed approaches you? What are you going to do? What if nothing works? Nevertheless, spiritual warfare is a hot topic that is a battle for the truth. Not only does this book succeed in defining it but also offering thorough explanations. It is worth reading and re-reading. I give this book a solid 5 stars.

There’s a playlist on Youtube in which Jim Osman and Justian Peters discuss more on the book. Check it out!

Notable Quotes

“Spiritual warfare is the most widely misunderstood subject in modern evangelicalism. When most Christians hear or read the words “spiritual warfare,” they envision some sort of mystical hand-to-hand combat that is waged with demons by certain types of prayers, mantras, incantations, or practices such as binding Satan, praying a hedge of thorns, exorcisms, or rebuking demons in an attempt to take territory from Satan and claim it for Christ.”

“We are at war over truth! Spiritual warfare is a truth war. We fight lies by advancing truth. When truth advances, God is glorified and the forces of darkness suffer defeat.”

“The gospel and the Word of God are the means of waging true spiritual warfare. Once we understand that true spiritual warfare is a war over the truth, then we are left with little doubt as to the identity of our weapon. It is the gospel of truth contained in the Word of Truth.”

“Ironically, while the modern church seems preoccupied with battling demons, it has developed complete apathy toward the truth. The modern church’s reckless disregard for truth has handicapped its ability to wage real spiritual warfare. The church has laid aside its one God-given weapon in favor of fleshly man-made weapons which can never tear down the mental fortresses in which men are held captive.”




Our Shining Savior

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it” John 1:5

Happy Monday everyone! Today I will announce that I will write devotionals every Monday! What better way to start the week with a brief devotional to get your minds upon the things of God. Today I want to share a verse that speaks so powerfully to me and it is found in John’s prologue in chapter 1. What better way to begin John’s Gospel by exalting Christ!

Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12). It is the light that has come from God and is God Himself (John 1:1). He is the eternal logos of God. Thus Christ is our Present Light who is always shining. The verb “shines” is present tense so there is no end. There is never a break or hiatus. There is never a substitute or replacement. Jesus Christ is our ever shining light. Like a lighthouse leading boats to shore, so Christ leads us to Him amidst the fog of darkness. Christ shines as our present light. Anytime. Anywhere!

He is also our Permeating Light. “In Him was life and the life was the light of men”  (John 1:4). O how our lives were consumed by darkness. So much so that it was our light. We couldn’t see outside of it, only in it. Yet the light of Christ comes bringing to light of our sinfulness, depravity and rebellion. And only through the Gospel can the light of Christ comes through. It won’t be through self-realization, epiphanies, or resolutions. How can we since we won’t? The depraved sinner chooses to be cloaked in darkness , yet Christ exposes the darkness with His light so that He “takes us out of the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Lastly, He is our Persistent Light. As long as we live in this fallen world, darkness is always present. Yet it can never prove superior to Christ our Light. Thus it can never be snuffed out nor extinguished. Thus we can hold fast to Christ for He always shines bright no matter how dark it is! Amidst the pressing darkness, Christ is our persistent light and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Theology Matters 6: Biblical Theology

As we learn the Bible, we learn it’s progression as the unfolding story of redemption. Consider the puzzle as it is comprised of many pieces. Each piece is different, not displaying the full puzzle on it’s own. It may give an idea, but a relatively small one at that. It is vague at best. However, it gradually makes sense when the pieces come together. Upon completion, it is a beautiful masterpiece!

How much more do we see that when Scripture is seen in its fullest ? Every story and every book in the Bible shows continuity and progression. Covenants are unfolded, laws are given, promises are offered, and each points to something greater. Or better yet, Someone Greater. In today’s post, I want to discuss biblical theology and what it entails.

In consideration of biblical of theology, it is imperative to see that Christ is the full picture of Scripture. Christ is the tapestry in which all the puzzle pieces come together. Consider His Words to the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).  You can read Scripture all you want, but without Christ as the goal , then you’ve missed the point. You can’t read Scripture without Christ, you can’t know Christ apart from Scripture, lest you make misconceptions.

Christ is the focal point binds Old and New Testament together. Although there is a 400 year gap between both Testaments, The Bible maintains the continuity of God’s redemptive work. For instance, there are foreshadows and typologies that point to Christ before His primary advent. Even in the fall’s aftermath, God promised a “seed” that will crush the Serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15). Or how Christ would be the suffering servant in Isaiah 53? Or how post-Resurrection we see what Jesus does to verify Himself, “and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself “(Luke 24:27) .Although there are concepts and precepts, one must always ask- “how does it point to Christ?” He is ultimate hermeneutic.

In understanding biblical theology, one can see that Scripture interprets Scripture. Why do you think we have concordances and cross-references? Scripture is a vast treasure through and through, from Genesis to Revelation and biblical theology is Scripture’s snapshot. It works hand in hand with systematic theology despite their distinct roles. Systematic looks at doctrinal matters, while biblical theology looks at progressive revelation in the Bible. One looks at the progression (Biblical theology), while the other looks at the finished work (systematic theology).  Therefore, both are necessary to know and grow in our theological pursuit.

Next time, the importance of Christian history will be discussion in continuation of the theology matters series. You can read all my posts in the series here.

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