Keys in the New Testament

Here are some ancient keys, a door knob (center), and the remains of the mechanism (upper right) which would have probably be nailed to a large wooden door. Courtesy of Allard Pierson Museum These keys are typical of ones found during the period of the Roman Empire which is the Early Christian Era. However, keys were known even earlier in the Kingdom of Judah, as … Continue reading Keys in the New Testament

Staurogram Oil Lamp and Description

This oil lamp is displayed in The Allard Pierson Museum of The University of Amsterdam. The Staurogram is similar to the Egyptian Ankh which is thought to signify life or eternity. The Staurogram offers a physical likeness of crucifixion and was used by the early church as a monogram on items, such as this oil lamp, indicating their faith. Also, the Staurogram was used in … Continue reading Staurogram Oil Lamp and Description

The Filioque Controversy

Introduction and Elaboration of New Covenant Principles For the growing and mature Christian, the Filioque Controversy is of tremendous importance. This theological question is the most important issue in the 2000-year history of the Christian community. Here are areas which the question affects: First, the understanding about God. This is important because the point of redemption is to reconcile us with our Creator, Redeemer, and … Continue reading The Filioque Controversy

The New Covenant: A Definition

The New Covenant is poorly understood today. Part of the problem is terminology. A covenant in today’s parlance involves obligations from both parties of an agreement. The covenants spoken of in the bible are not a covenant like we think of today. It is a testament of benefits to those in Christ. Christ has died and left a will to the beneficiaries. A testament records … Continue reading The New Covenant: A Definition

Celsus, Panthera, and the Genealogy of Mary — Peter Lorenz’s Blog

Peter Lorenz has another installment arguing for Mary’s genealogy in Luke’s Gospel. Utilizing primary sources Peter shows from history that the early Christians held that Luke gives Mary’s lineage. It is likely that Jesus was known as from David’s line through Joseph because many times He was referred as “the Son of David.” Those who acclaimed Him as such probably thought Joseph was His real … Continue reading Celsus, Panthera, and the Genealogy of Mary — Peter Lorenz’s Blog

Justin Martyr and the Genealogy of Mary — Peter Lorenz’s Blog

Pete Lorenz has written an excepted post of his longer essay, which deals with Luke’s genealogy in the early Uncial Manuscript “D”. Here, he notes the almost universal early acceptance of Mary’s genealogy, in Luke 3. Justin Martyr is the focus in this post. Females in first century Judea, had a genealogy, just like males since Elizabeth was “from the daughters of Aaron,” in Lk. … Continue reading Justin Martyr and the Genealogy of Mary — Peter Lorenz’s Blog

Galatians 4.4: Born Under the Law

Redemption Under the Mosaic Law Jesus was born under the Law for the purpose of redeeming those under the Law (the Jews), and adopting them as children, since they were in slavery under rules of scripture. One reason that the Mosaic Law was given was so that folks would recognize the sin principle inside them. However, the Mosaic Law provided a remedy for sin, by … Continue reading Galatians 4.4: Born Under the Law

John 4.48: Seeing Signs and Miracles

“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” (NIV) An official from Capernaum had a son who was near death. He had heard that Jesus had returned to Galilee from Jerusalem since Jesus always attended each of the three annually feasts along with all the requirements of the Jews. Jesus was the only person who perfectly kept the Mosaic Law. The … Continue reading John 4.48: Seeing Signs and Miracles

Job Posting Announcement

Again, Steve Hays does a good job illustrating vicarious atonement. He also relates substitution to the principle of asymmetrical agency: Romans chapter 5 notes the similarities and contrasts regarding aspects of Headship. “Headship” is the theological concept of how humans are both condemned in Adam and justified in Christ. I once had the whole of Romans 5 memorized but now can only recite the … Continue reading Job Posting Announcement