Continuing with Hebrews chapter 2, and springboarding from the last discussion about angels and humans, we examine closely the humanity of the Son and how He lowered Himself.

Many who call themselves "Christians" claim that Jesus was only human. We look deeply at the arguments from Hebrews chapter 2 to see that the emphasis on humanity only shows us why Jesus has to be more than only a human.

We see words and phrases that clearly show that humanity was a voluntary means to accomplish the goal of redemption. He wasn't created human by His Lord. He choose to take on humanity.

 

Scriptures examined:

Hebrews 2:5-18

 

Other Scriptures referenced:

Psalm 8:4-6

Psalm 144:3

Job 7:17-18

Acts 2

Hebrews 1:4-6

John 10:18

January 13, 2020

Angels vs. Humans

This episode takes a look at how angels are different from humans (as if there were any doubt). But this episode truly continues the series on understanding God, Jesus, incarnation, and redemption.

While reading Hebrews chapters 1 and 2 to focus on the incarnation of the Son, I noticed that the role of angels kept coming up. Then, the idea of this episode was born.

We notice three main negative points about how angels compare to humans:

  1. Angels are not created "in the image of God."
  2. Angels are not given dominion.
  3. Angels are not offered redemption.

I hope this episode encourages you to see God's love in redemption for you as your value and privilege exceeds even the glory of the angels.

January 6, 2020

Incarnation and Humility

The theology of Christmas is not over at Truthspresso! We continue to look at Jesus Christ as He is described in the Bible.

We look at Philippians 2:3-7 to see how the mind of Christ to be humble helps us understand the incarnation. We take a deep dive into verses 6 and 7 and parse words and phrases with a fine-toothed comb.

Letting humility guide us in understanding some Greek, we conclude that this beautiful passage of Scripture cannot be stronger in teaching that Jesus is the one person of the Son of God with two natures--divine and human.

December 30, 2019

Christmas and Incarnation

What is Christmas all about? Boughs of holly? Flashy colors? Cheer? Generous gift-giving?

Not that these things are bad, but Christians know that we should be celebrating something much deeper and more meaningful: the birth of Jesus Christ.

But even many Christians haven't thought through the depth of who Jesus Christ is and why we celebrate His birth. What really is His birth about? Why did He have to be born, anyway? Just who and what is Jesus Christ?

Get ready to look at Christmas through the eyes of a clear doctrine of the incarnation of the Son--and understand what it isn't.

In this episode we see how the doctrine of the Trinity is absolutely fundamental to a true doctrine of an incarnation of God. Yes, Christmas itself demands the Trinity.

December 23, 2019

The Trinity Demystified

Do you have difficulty understanding God as a "Trinity"? Even if you believe it, you might not fully understand it or know how to explain it.

My hope is that this episode will rid you of the problem forever!

The doctrine of the Trinity is the most vilified doctrine by atheists, people of other religions, and even by those who consider themselves Christians but are against the teaching.

 

Scripture Passages Cited (in order of mention):

John 4:24

Isaiah 40:18

Isaiah 40:25

Deuteronomy 6:4

Isaiah 43:10

Isaiah 44:6

John 14:16-17

Matthew 28:19

2 Corinthians 13:14

Ephesians 4:4-6

1 Corinthians 12:3-6

John 17:3-5

Micah 5:2

Hebrews 9:14

 

December 16, 2019

The God-ness of God

What makes God "God"? How is God like us and how is God different from us?

We look at some attributes of God as we see provided in the Word of God.

Christians, prepare to be challenged and encouraged to appreciate God in ways that we may be tempted to forget.

By no means an exhaustive list, we look at God's

  1. Aseity
  2. Eternality
  3. Goodness
  4. Transcendence
  5. Immanence
  6. Love
  7. Perfection

We see how all God's attributes come together in the cross of Jesus Christ.

In this episode we continue to examine equality politics by doing some thought experiments with favorite colors and ice cream preferences.

We examine the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence to define and describe basic human "negative rights." We contrast these with the "positive rights" that statist politicians propose that ultimately result in tyranny.

Defending the equality that we share as human beings and embracing the differences with which God has made us all unique as individuals helps us prosper.

Attempting to make "equality" of outcome or possessions leads to poverty as we restrict what people have to offer in favor of the lowest common denominator.

A good model of how this works is how the Apostle Paul describes the Christian church as a body.

 

Sources Cited:

"The big scoop: America's favorite ice cream flavor, revealed"

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/11/us-favorite-ice-cream-flavor-chocolate-vanilla-butter-pecan

 

The Declaration of Independence :)

U.S. politics seem to be inundated with goals of closing "gaps" and making everyone "equal." We should understand in what ways we are supposed to be "equal" and in what ways being "unequal" expresses the unique talents and skills with which God has designed us.

We let professional sports and the Olympics teach us lessons about why diversity in gender, intellect, height, enthnicity, and other differences are something we should appreciate. Would pursuing coercive social goals of reducing "unfairness" and making us as "equal" as possible in outcomes result in crushing productivity and destroying useful talents?

 

Sources Cited:

"In an ethnic breakdown of sports, NBA takes lead for most diverse"

https://globalsportmatters.com/culture/2018/12/12/in-an-ethnic-breakdown-of-sports-nba-takes-lead-for-most-diverse/

 

"How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners"

https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2013/11/01/241895965/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-the-worlds-best-runners

Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful day of the year when you can thank God for all He has done for you while chowing down to your heart's content.

This episode is a short, light-hearted look at 16 fun (and sometimes weird) facts of trivia about a holiday steeped in American tradition.

Yesterday, November 19, the Internet received a steady diet of news articles and outcries about how Chick-Fil-A allegedly changed its stance on donating to "anti-LGBTQ" organizations.

Let's do what many have failed to do and separate fact from fiction. Is this another case of this year's "fake news"?

 

Sources:

"Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations"

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/18/business/chick-fil-a-lgbtq-donations/index.html

 

"Did Chick-fil-A Stop Donations to Groups Criticized as Anti-LGBT?"

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/chick-fil-a-anti-lgbt-donations/

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