2459b. The most important lesson learned from theology is to be able to acknowledge Christ. That is something a teacher should never cease from teaching from student to student (p. 416).
5468. Gregory correctly said: “Holy Scripture is a river in which an elephant floats and a lamb wades.” Because the intellectuals and great scholars do not understand it, but simple and humble people understand it. (p. 374).
1040. Comments regarding language. The Greeks certainly have good and lovely words, but not sentences. Their language is very friendly and charming, but not rich in sayings. The Hebrew language on the other hand is rather simple, but majestic and glorious; precise and sparse in words, but with deep meaning, which cannot be duplicated.
I learned more Hebrew when I compared one place and passage to another, than when I directed my attention solely to grammar. If I were younger, I would learn this language, for without this language one can never rightly understand Holy Scripture. Then the New Testament, although it may have been written in Greek, is nevertheless full of Hebraisms and in a Hebrew style. Therefore is has been correctly said: “The Hebrews drink from the spring, the Greeks from the water line which flows from the spring, and the Latins from the pool.
I have mastered neither Greek nor Hebrew, but nevertheless I will forage into Hebrew and Greek. But the language alone cannot make one a theologian, but is only an aid. (p. 102).
7037. Gifted Students. They talked about what a great difference there was among the better scholars, and that not all students were equal, and some of them were outstanding, but not all of themnn would wake the dead with their oratory skills. Then Dr. Martin Luther made the comment that not all of them were equally gifted; those who were blessed by God had it. God had structured it so that the learned served the uneducated, the uneducated must humble themselves before the learned, whom they need. If everyone were equal, no one would advance, no one would serve the other, there would be no peace.
The peacock complains that it does not have the voice of the nightingale. Therefore, through inequality God has accomplished the greatest parity. For we see, when someone excels, they have more and greater blessings than others, and they become proud and arrogant, exercise dominion over the others, hold them in contempt, and rule over them. That is why God created among the general population people with varied and unequal skills, with many and unequal ranks, and each must reach out a helping hand to the other; no one can do without the other (p. 217).
2462. Psalm 110 is the pinnacle and head of all Scripture. It gives an account of the kingdom and the priesthood of Christ in the most splendid manner, in that it states that it Christ who rules over everything and comes for everyone and has everything in His hand. It is an excellent spiritual exposition. This Psalm is invaluable, and whenever I am sick I rely on it. (p. 217).
18. Children’s faith and lives are the best, because they hold fast to the Word and simply know God, and they believe in God for certain, just as He said and promised. But we old fools suffer from heartache and hellish fire, debate the Word at length, and finally must follow their example and cling to the Word. It’s the devil’s clever little trick, yes, pranks, that we let ourselves be led away from the Word so wretchedly that not even we know how. We are foremost poor souls, for whom it would be best if we died early and were hastily covered with dirt. (p. 392).
When you think back on your spiritual journey, who were the people God used to encourage you in the faith? Your parents? Maybe a teacher or a pastor? A grandparent? A close friend? Most believers can think of at least one or two people who were instrumental in their Christian growth.
In Philippians 2:19-24, Paul introduces Timothy, his spiritual “son in the faith,” whom he planned to send to the church in Philippi as an encouragement. Paul trusted that Timothy would show genuine concern for the people there and would serve as a positive role model of Christ-like living.
What can we learn from Timothy’s example? And what does his life teach us about Jesus?
That is the question I tried to answer this past Sunday when I preached this passage at Christ’s Covenant Church. You can listen to the audio here.
And of course, if you want to read more about this passage, you can check out my commentary here.
Over at the The Paul Page, Don Garlington has written a lengthy review of Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. While surveying all of the essays, he devotes special attention to the three essays by James D.G. Dunn, Stephen Westerholm, and N.T. Wright because of their relevance to the discussion about the so-called Old and New Perspectives on Paul. The entire review is worth reading, but here is Garlington’s conclusion:
All in all, this volume is more useful than many Festschriften in its accumulation of essays that provide exegesis of biblical texts, interaction with current scholarship, and applications to the church at large. Apart from disagreements that advocates of the new perspective might have with the honoree, this is a book that should be consulted often. No doubt, we will remain in Doug Moo’s debt for some time to come.
3530. It is God’s greatest blessing when love continues to bloom in marriage. At first love is passionate, an intoxicating love, which blinds us, and like a drunk we forge ahead. But when we have slept off our intoxication, then there remains among the faithful true married love, while those without faith have regrets. (p. 51).
For the last two months I have been working on another secret project: serving as a beta tester for Bibleworks 10. I have been using Bibleworks for over 20 years (starting with version 3.0!), and it has become an essential tool for me in studying God’s Word. Hardly a day goes by where I do not open Bibleworks, whether it’s to help me work on a lecture, write a book, prepare a sermon, or simply grow in my relationship with God. It is the Bible software that I recommend to my students and train them how to use. The value of what you get in the base package is simply without parallel in the world of Bible software. With the release of version 10, Bibleworks has further cemented its place as the premier software for studying the Biblical text, especially in the original languages.
The base package includes a number of improvements to an already strong foundation. In addition to several changes that allow the user greater flexibility in the interface, Bibleworks 10 includes a number of new features. An EPUB reader allows you to use e-books to enhance your study of Scripture. The Forms tab instantly allows you to see all the forms of a word and the number of occurrences of each form. The User Lexicon Tab allows you to create your own custom lexical entry for words that is saved automatically. High resolution images of the Leningradensis Codex allow you to see the manuscript basis for many of our Hebrew texts, joining an existing collection of key NT manuscripts. Sound files for the Greek NT allow you to listen to the text being read.
Bibleworks 10 also has several new add-on modules available for an additional cost. Perhaps the most exciting are the Stuttgart Original Languages Packages OT and NT editions. These modules contain the critical apparatus found in the printed text (NT=NA28; OT=BHS4) as well as other tools produced by German Bible Society. The ESV Bible Atlas is another helpful resource available as well.