Category Romans

Paul and Ecclesiastes

“For the creation was subjected to futility…” (Romans 8:20) The Greek word, mataioteti, translated futility in the ESV of Romans 8:20, has been much discussed by commentators. The noun only occurs in two other places in the New Testament (Ephesians 4:17,…

The Spirit of Prayer

“Hannah wept…She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.”  (1 Samuel 1:7, 10). Dale Davis notes that there is a myth which circulates around the church that runs along the line that Old Testament believers didn’t have…

Christos – Messiah

I preached on 2 Samuel 23 today in which David describes himself in his last words as ‘the anointed of the God of Jacob’. The word translated ‘anointed’ (mashiyach – that is, messiah) was interesting to research. I commented in my…

Descended to the Dead

I wrote last week about the line in the Apostles’ Creed: ‘Descended to the dead’ (or hell). I’ve since read an article on The Gospel Coalition site by Matt Emerson about the debate. Like I did, Emerson also refers to…