A stout man shouted down a very lengthy stone hallway, “Leave now.  You do not belong here!” My fellow college intern and I had casually strolled into an architecturally interesting building having finished touring the nearby Tower of London. Curiosity had led us to open the massive door and step inside.

There would be no answers. There would be no access.  Being cast out was unsettling. Continue reading “Access”

Digging Out God’s Message

by Barry Newton
While God’s message is not difficult, sometimes to arrive at a Biblical understanding requires more than a casual glance. Studying to show yourself approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15) demands more than quickly embracing our initial impressions. One valuable Bible study tool for English readers involves studying scripture in various translations.

Reading Philippians 3:9 in different translations immediately reveals further digging is warranted. The NIV has, “be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, … but that which is through faith in Christ.” On the other hand, the KJV reads, “be found in him, not having my own righteousness, … but that which is through the faith of Christ.” Some newer translations, like the NET, support the KJV: “be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness …, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness.”

To accurately excavate God’s message, was Paul communicating in this text that Christians are righteousness in Christ because of their faith in Christ or because of Christ’s faith?

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