From fear and trembling to refuge (Psalm 2)

I have always had a particular attraction to Philippians 2:12, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling," partly because it creates a crisis for evangelicals with a formulaic "decision for Christ" account of salvation. I do believe that justification by faith is a core part of our salvation, but I also think that δικάιοω (justify) means "make just" more than "declare just" in a way that the English language screws up with the word "justification." Though we need to have Christ's justif … [Read more...]

My Soul Languishes for Your Salvation: Monster-Psalm Meditation #11

Psalm 119:81-88 My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes fail longing for your word, saying, When will you comfort me? For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke; yet I do not forget your statutes. How many are the days of your servant? When will you judge my persecutors? The arrogant dug pits for me, which are not according to your Torah. … [Read more...]