What Must Be In The Golden Rule

易地思之 (Koreans say yuk-ji-sah-ji) is a very popular Korean saying in Chinese characters. Its origin is not clearly known but it is said that it may be a modification of a teaching of Confucius. The saying transliterates, ‘Put yourself in the other’s situation hypothetically and think about the situation from the other’s standpoint.’ As I…

The Power and the Holy Spirit in the New Covenant

As we understand the new covenant of God, we may need to think about the relation between the power and the Holy Spirit. This will give us an insight into what happened on the day of Pentecost and also may give us a better interpretation of Luke 24 and Acts 1 and 2 in terms…

Is Telling A Truth Not Judging?

A preacher preached that it is not judging to tell a scripture for it is truth. He was applying the idea to the virtual case that may happen between a Christian and a gay. His point was that to tell a gay that ‘it is not right to be a gay according to the Scripture…

The New System by Faith: Romans 10:6-8

Apostle Paul makes somewhat weird statements in this verses. “But the righteousness that is based on faith says, ‘Do not say …. ‘The word is near you in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim)” (ESV). Why does he say that? What  is the specific point that…

Human, the Holistic Creature

A Teaching of Matthew 12:33-37 Many say that human being is an organism. However, the statement does not reflect the true human being. Human being is not only physical and biological but also mental and further spiritual. So, it is more suitable and so more precise to say that human being is a holistic being—holistic…

A Literary Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 15:29

Synopsis This writing is an interpretation based on the literary principle that the literary context has to be the guide to the interpretation of each part of the text. Since the verse is very difficult to interpret, this writing gets clues from the context. The context of the passage is obvious from the rest of…

Do You Love Me More Than These? John 21:15

The disciples went fishing. That was after they have seen the risen Lord already twice. Peter was going fishing and the other ones were with him. They endeavored to catch fish over the night only to catch none. As the risen Lord told them to cast the net to a point, they did and they…

Who Is The Stronger?

Strength is regarded as power. When a person has strong body he is regarded to be powerful. So, many people crave for strength. It is not only since the superhero movies came up in Hollywoods, but it’s been since early human history. Ancient people even worshiped some gods because of their strength, such as Hercules…

How Can I Do All Things In Christ? (Philippians 2:5-8)

Jesus, on the cross, right before he died said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34; ESV hereafter). Here, ‘them’ refers to the Roman soldiers who executed him and the Jews who had accused him falsely, arrested and tortured, and handed over to Pilate to crucify him. He prayed for…

Get Behind Me, Satan! (Matt. 16:23)

In the Bible, apostle Peter is the first human being who confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (Matt. 16:16). Peter seemed to have gotten great insight in the teachings of Jesus. To the confession, Jesus admired Peter greatly, even saying, that he would establish his church on the confession (16:18). However, actually, Peter…

Religion or Love? (Mark 3:1-6)

On a Sabbath day, Jesus entered a synagogue. And he found a man with a withered hand. Jesus must have felt compassion for the man and felt like healing him. However, there was a problem, the Pharisees. He was coming from a controversy with them. They were too strict to understand the intention of God…

Faith and Authority (Matt. 8:1-4)

At the Sermon on the Mount many people were astonished. Jesus did not teach them like Pharisees and scribes, but as one who had authority (Matt. 8:1-2).  One of those who recognized the authority of Jesus was a leper. He approached Jesus and knelt down before him and called him “Lord” (8:3). Kneeling down before…