“Let Us Grow” ( Ephesians 4:15, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


If Christians are perfect already, then why does Paul urge us to “grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ?” His admonition makes no sense if we have accomplished the ultimate state, i.e. sinless-ness, i.e. holi-ness. Yes, we are declared sinless, we are positioned in Christ as holy, but we continue…

“The Priest Is The Lamb” ( Hebrews 7:25, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“But because [Christ] remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.” Under the old covenant, the priest literally stands between the people and God. Annually, the priest offers an unblemished lamb as a sacrificial…

“Without Excuse” ( Romans 1:20, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


God’s creative force — His Spoken Word — is difficult to imagine much less comprehend. That God Speaks “Let there be light” and light appears; that He makes matter and energy from nothing is staggering. Even the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe does not explain how something came from nothing. Where…

“In Christ, All Alive” ( 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


A monk tells me that all people everywhere eventually will be saved. I’ve read this view on the internet, on Facebook particularly. I’ve wondered about Paul’s statement that all things will be united under Christ, eventually. This is God’s purpose — yes? — to put all together under the authority of Christ. “But now Christ…

“God’s Power” ( 1 Corinthians 1:18, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


What is the message of the cross? Paul writes that this message is “foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” Therefore, it makes sense to know what this message is exactly. The message of the cross is that God’s power saves us. We do not…

“Deny And Take Up” ( Luke 9:23-24, KJV ) by Carley Evans


Jesus gives up His rights — His rights to glory, His rights to being worshiped, His rights to His full power. Simultaneously He takes up human flesh with its physical weaknesses — with functions we never mention when we speak of Jesus perhaps because we can’t quite wrap our minds around those functions in regards…

“It Is Finished” ( John 19: 30, KJV ) by Carley Evans


“When Jesus, therefore, receives the vinegar, He says, ‘It is finished;’ and He bows His head, and gives up the spirit.” Jesus dies on the cross, accomplishing payment for the sins of the world. He is buried, visiting hell to remind our adversary he has no power over us. “Peter, therefore, goes forth, and that…