“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isa 59:1-2)Continue reading
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.” (Lk 1:68)
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. Just as Boaz bought back land to guarantee Ruth and Naomi’s inheritance, by His death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed us from sin to secure our eternal life. In the book of Ruth, Boaz, as a close relative of Ruth’s dead husband, was the kinsman-redeemer for Ruth. In marrying Ruth, Boaz revived the lineage and patrimony of Naomi’s family.
When God administered the Ten Commandments, He began by stating, “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Ex 20:2). In Egypt, the Israelites had no freedom, dignity, or hope. Through His deliverance, God revealed Himself as the true God who cares for them. His commandments reminded them of His salvation and kept them from falling back into any form of bondage to sin. God gave them the commandments so they would have true freedom. God gave them the commandments because He loved them.Continue reading
This sinful world is under the clutches of Satan (1 Jn 5:19). God’s intention is to save those who believe in Him from the power of darkness. It is not rare to sin against God in the community of faith. In fact, it is a common experience for many. At times, it is hard to figure out how God would show His righteousness and mercy at the same time in dealing with the sinners in Zion, the church (cf. Isa 33:14). However, one of the burning questions we frequently ask is: what is wilful sinning?
This is an issue that the writer of Hebrews raises. For us to sin wilfully is to disregard God, and thereby, to jeopardise our spirituality. The word ‘wilful’ gives a sense of blatancy; rebelliously going against what is divine and the will of God. Wilful sinning is to intentionally act against the knowledge of the truth (Heb 10:26a), despite being well-acquainted with it. Continue reading