Christmas Carol Theology: Joy to the World

In the early part of the eighteenth century, Isaac Watts published a book of imitation psalms, intending to make the presence of Christ explicit in the psalms of David. His version of Psalm 98, written to celebrate the second coming of Christ, became instead one of the most famous Christmas carols in the English-speaking world. The later verses of Watts’ “psalm” became known as “Joy to the World”. Looking carefully at the lyrics, we discover many rich applications of Psalm 98 to the work of Christ, begun at His first advent, and continuing to His second.Verse one open with the…

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XXIII: Praying and Proclaiming - Ephesians 6:18-24

Paul began this epistle with grace and peace, and explained over the next six chapters how it’s possible for sinners to receive grace and peace from a holy God, and how we should live as members of God’s household in response. Now he brings the letter to an end with grace and peace once more. This is the message of Ephesians: you are united with Christ by faith to receive grace and peace from God.In 6:17, Paul reminds us that while we have peace with God and with one another in Christ, we don’t yet have peace in this world.…

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XXII: The Whole Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-17

Although Ephesians 5 got us excited for the wedding between Christ and His Bride, Ephesians 6 comes and reminds us that warfare comes before the wedding. Because this is true, the Church needs something in addition to the beauty of holiness and the splendor of submission. We need the power to be strong, and verse 11 tells us how and why. We stand strong by putting on the armor of God, so that we can stand against the schemes of the Devil. We stand in the strength of God’s might by fortifying ourselves through God’s gifts, pictured here in one ofBut…

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CJ Bowen