Denny’s Blog 2016-10-29T15:10:43-04:00

You Are Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). The you is plural. Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people (Matthew 5:1). Salt is a preservative. Salt brings out flavor. Christian people scattered over society preserve the degree of goodness, righteousness, and love still [...]

By | July 20th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

The Sanctification Mandate

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and [...]

By | July 13th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

No Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world (1 John 2:16). Such desire and lust is not from the [...]

By | July 6th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Anti-Christs, Secessionists, and Assurance

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if [...]

By | June 29th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Spirit, Water, Blood, Assurance (1 John 5:6)

This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ (1 John 5:6). What does it mean that He came by water and blood? The prepositional phrase is adverbial, modifies the main verb, and tells us how Christ came. As Westcott (1966) indicates, [...]

By | June 22nd, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Faith, Victory, Assurance (1 John 5:4)

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. First John 5:1 and 5:4 both speak of someone born of God. Verse 1 begins with the masculine, whoever, but verse 4 starts with the neuter, whatever. “By the use of the neuter whatsoever John states [...]

By | June 15th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Love and the Law (1 John 5:3)

First John 5:3 defines love in terms of the Ten commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. In what events may we recognize the love of God? They are in the keeping of His commandments (Haas et al., 1972, [...]

By | June 8th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Making God Visible

"No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us … If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [...]

By | June 1st, 2020|Denny's Blog|

God’s Memorial Day

In the United States, we set aside Memorial Day each year to remember those who gave their lives in the armed forces. We remember those who died on faraway battlefields to bring freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples. We commemorate their actions by honoring them [...]

By | May 25th, 2020|Denny's Blog|

Law Versus Gospel (Galatians 3:21), Part 2

With the words of Scripture, we again ask, “Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God?” (Galatians 3:21). Our automatic answer is, “Yes.” Of course, the Law is contrary to the promises of God. Law and faith, law and grace, are opposed. The [...]

By | May 18th, 2020|Denny's Blog|