Warfare

Like it or not we are in warfare - I Timothy 1:18 – 1:20 (commentary)

It is sometimes helpful to pick out certain verses of a biblical passage which summarize in concise terms what the passage is all about. The phrase that, perhaps, best summarizes this entire letter is “Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience” (vv. 1 …

A Nation That Was About to Go to War - Psalms 20:1 – 20:9 (commentary)

This psalm is about a nation that was about to go to war. War is a terrible thing but there are times when it is the only possible answer to circumstances and there is no other solution. Throughout history God has frequently used war to bring rebellious nations to their knees. Th …

The Lord Gives The Victory - Joshua 10:29 – 10:43 (commentary)

In a series of quick raids Joshua attacked and conquered the key cities of southern Canaan. These included; Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron and Debir (vv. 29-39). Joshua and his army went from city to city, utterly destroying each one and slaying its king and inhab …

The Promise of Victory Over Sin - Galatians 5:16 – 5:21 (commentary)

Paul describes the two conflicting forces that operates within every believer (vv. 16-17). The believer still has within him the old nature, the flesh; it is not eradicated, as some would have you believe, but is to be made subject to the new nature. The terrible mistake made by …

Paul Defends His Authority - II Corinthians 10:1 – 10:6 (commentary)

We need to keep in mind that throughout this letter Paul is writing to a divided church, and a church that is being seduced by false teachers. These false teach­ers charged Paul with being very courageous when he wrote letters from a distance, but said that he was …

Judgment is Described - Joel 3:9 – 3:16 (commentary)

Joel lists four significant events toward which history has long been pointing: The assembling of troops (verses 9-11). Plowshares are beaten into swords and pruning hooks into spears (v. 10) as the nations assemble for battle. Judgment is compared to the har …