“Given for You”: A Lucan Theology of Substitution & Atonement

Jesus’ statement in Luke 22:19, “This is my body, which is given for you,” represents the most explicit teaching in the Gospel of Luke of the substitutionary character of the death of Christ. However, some scholars contend that this portion of the pericope is unoriginal to Luke’s Last Supper tradition, being omitted by Codex BezaeContinue reading ““Given for You”: A Lucan Theology of Substitution & Atonement”

John 6 & The Pastoral Implications of the Doctrines of Grace

Those who profess the doctrine of unconditional election and the doctrines of grace more broadly cherish them as a comfort and a hope. They hold that these truths humble the proud heart, encourage a believer weak in faith, and provide fuel for the flame of worship. James Boice and Philip Ryken write, “The doctrines ofContinue reading “John 6 & The Pastoral Implications of the Doctrines of Grace”

Assurance & Warning: A Biblical Perspective

There are five passages in the book of Hebrews that have been called the “Warning Passages” (Hebrews 2:1-4; 4:12-13; 6:4-8; 10:26-31; 12:25-29). The meaning and application of these verses have been understood differently by various theological traditions. Of course, warning is not unique to the book of Hebrews, as the rest of the Bible containsContinue reading “Assurance & Warning: A Biblical Perspective”

The Christology of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon

The purpose of the book of Acts is to continue the expressed purpose of the Gospel of Luke, namely, to expound “all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1). The author’s first attempt to this end is his inclusion of Jesus’ command for his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming SpiritContinue reading “The Christology of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon”