How Do I Know I’m Saved?


“Are you saved? Are you sure?” These questions are sometimes used to scare people into signing up for works-based insurance, which is bad. And they can trigger salvation-anxiety, which is really bad. But the questions themselves are legitimate. In scripture we are exhorted to examine ourselves to see [...]

Why is the Narrow Gate Hard to Enter?


What is the narrow gate? You probably know the answer to this question – the narrow gate is Jesus – but what does it mean to find the narrow gate, and why did Jesus say many would try to enter and fail? Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will [...]

Take Up Your Cross Daily (Luke 9:23)


Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luk 9:23). What does it mean to take up your cross daily? I’m going to give you two interpretations and you can choose. Interpretation #1: Jesus is preaching self-denial Following Christ is all about [...]

Jesus and the Starfish


A starfish lay dying on the burning sand. A universalist walked by and saw the starfish’s plight. “What’s up little starfish?” “I’m dying on the burning sand. If only someone could throw me in the cool, cool ocean.” “I’ve got good news for you little starfish. No one dies on the burning sand,” [...]

What was Last Adam’s Greater Work?


The history of the world, as told by some people, runs like this: Adam disobeyed God and as a result brought death to all mankind, but Jesus came and put everything back the way it was. This sort of thinking puts Adam and his everyday sin on the same level of Christ and His incomparable gift. What was Jesus’ [...]

Is Adam Greater than Jesus?


“Are you saying that Adam is greater than Jesus?” This is a comment I often hear from those who preach universal salvation. It usually comes at the end of a conversation like this: Me: Jesus died and rose again so that we might have new life, His life. Repent and believe the good news! They: No, everyone is [...]

Forgiven, Reconciled, and Saved?


The world sure is a strange place. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something new hits you on the side of the head. When I was growing up, the number one theological question was this one: “Once saved, always saved?” People who asked this question wanted to know whether it is possible for a [...]

Is Jesus the Savior of the World?


I know, it’s a dumb question. And yet among Christians this question – Is Jesus the Savior of the world? – leads to two radically different answers: (1)    Yes – all can be saved (2)    Yes – all are now saved Between these two answers lies one of biggest debates raging on Gracebook, sorry [...]

Laodicea, Part 4: “Buy” Your Salvation (Rev 3:18)


UPDATE: This is an old article. An updated and expanded commentary on this passage can be found in Paul’s book Letters from Jesus. The letter to the Laodiceans is just 222 words long. In 47 of those words Jesus describes the Laodiceans and lukewarm and self-sufficient. The thing that made them self-sufficient [...]