Melchizedek’s Return

Psalm 110’s allusion to Melchizedek is a reference back to a short story from Abraham’s time. After war broke out across the land (seemingly between humans and the giant descendants of the Nephilim) and Abraham’s nephew Lot was kidnapped, Abraham headed out with his servants to rescue him. He entered into the war and won,…

Temple #4: Christian Bodies

In the last few days we’ve talked about how God’s presence was found in the temple of Eden, the Tabernacle, and Solomon’s temple. With all of this as our backdrop, we can now get to the symbolic reports that followed Jesus’ death, starting with the curtain. In all of God’s manmade temples the Holy of…

The Benefit of Jesus’ Departure

Until Jesus came along, figures who moved in the power of the Spirit were not exactly plentiful. In fact, in Samuel’s time the Spirit seemed so infrequently found that it’s mentioned that the “word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision” (1 Sa 3:1).  But under the new covenant…

The Kenotic View

One of the passages that teaches us that Jesus is both God and man is Philippians 2:5-8. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of…

Fully God, Fully Man

Many of us have made Jesus so inhuman that he becomes, as Paul Wallace says, a lot like Superman: he’s an alien, an immigrant from an unearthly realm sent to us—yes, by his father—from the heavens. He looks like one of us but is not really one of us. Like Clark Kent, his humble exterior…