Daily Archives: March 20, 2021

March 20 Evening Quotes of The Day

Blessing in Every Season
2 Corinthians 4:17; Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit, because there is no winter there. The Lord bless all seasons to his people, and help them rightly to behave themselves, under all the times that go over them.


Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Gifts Are Meant to Serve Others
1 Corinthians 10:24; 12:7; 1 Peter 4:10–11

Whatever we obtain from the Lord is granted on the condition of our employing it for the common good of the Church, and, therefore, the legitimate use of all our gifts is a kind and liberal communication of them with others. There cannot be a surer rule, nor a stronger exhortation to the observance of it, than when we are taught that all the endowments that we possess are divine deposits entrusted to us for the very purpose of being distributed for the good of our neighbor.


Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 20 Evening Verse of The Day

3:29 To be Abraham’s seed is the same thing as being his “sons” (v. 7), but now the additional element of being heirs is introduced, previewing 4:7 (Rm 8:15–17).[1]

3:29 descendants of Abraham Faith is what makes a person a descendant of Abraham—not ethnicity or circumcision. Those who have aligned themselves with Abrahamic faith are not obligated to become circumcised or to observe the law, both of which came later. Paul sees the work of Christ as the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham (vv. 7–9; Gen 12:1–3).[2]

3:29 Abraham’s offspring. Paul states the main point of his argument: those who belong to Christ are part of Abraham’s family, and hence they do not need to be circumcised to become part of God’s people.[3]

3:29 Abraham’s descendants. See note on v. 7. Not all physical children of Abraham are the “Israel of God” (cf. 6:16), that is, true spiritual children of Abraham (Ro 9:6–8). Gentile believers who are not physical children of Abraham are, however, his spiritual children in the sense that they followed the pattern of his faith (see note on Ro 4:11, 12). heirs according to promise. All believers are heirs of the spiritual blessing that accompanied the Abrahamic Covenant—justification by faith (Ge 15:6; cf. Ro 4:3–11).[4]

3:29 To be Christ’s through faith (3:26, 27) also means to be Abraham’s sons (seed) (3:7) and blessed (heirs) with him (3:9), according to God’s promise (Gen. 12:3).[5]

3:29. Paul now turns a corner in his argument. Christ is the singular Seed that was promised. Thus if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed. This is wonderful truth. And since Abraham was the heir, all his seed (spiritual descendants) are heirs according to the promise.

All believers, faithful or not, have this passive inheritance of which Paul has been speaking thus far (cf. 3:18). Having returned to the theme of heirship, Paul now considers that more carefully.[6]

3:29 The Galatians were deluded into thinking that they could become Abraham’s seed by keeping the law. Paul shows otherwise. Christ is the seed of Abraham; the inheritance promised to Abraham was fulfilled in Christ. When sinners believe on Him, they become one with Him. Thus they become Abraham’s seed and, in Christ, they inherit all of God’s blessings.[7]

3:29. Third, believers in Christ are Abraham’s seed. As Paul previously stated, Christ is the Seed of Abraham (vv. 16, 19); therefore being in Christ makes a believer a part of that seed and an heir of the promise to Abraham. Any discussion of the seed of Abraham must first take into account his natural seed, the descendants of Jacob in the 12 tribes. Within this natural seed there is a believing remnant of Jews who will one day inherit the Abrahamic promises directed specifically to them (cf. Rom. 9:6, 8). But there is also the spiritual seed of Abraham who are not Jews. These are the Gentiles who believe and become Abraham’s spiritual seed. They inherit the promise of justification by faith as Paul explained earlier (cf. Gal. 3:6–9). To suggest, as amillenarians do, that Gentile believers inherit the national promises given to the believing Jewish remnant—that the church thus supplants Israel or is the “new Israel”—is to read into these verses what is not there.[8]

3:29. Furthermore, in Christ, believers are Abraham’s seed. As the offspring of Abraham, we are heirs of the promise of righteousness through faith. Thus, grace is superior to the law because it unites us with God and one another in a way that the law could not.[9]

3:29 “if” Here, “if” introduces a FIRST CLASS CONDITIONAL SENTENCE, assumed to be true from the author’s perspective or for his literary purposes.

© “if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise” Not all national or racial Israel was truly spiritual Israel (cf. 6:16; Rom. 2:28–29; 9:6), but all who are the true Israel are so by faith. Therefore, no more distinction was made between Jew and Gentile; only between those who have faith in the Messiah and those who do not. There is no favoritism with God. God’s one-time, universal gracious plan for the redemption of mankind is repentance and faith in His crucified Son. Those who respond by faith are made sons and heirs of God! There is no longer the OT distinction of Jew vs. Greek.[10]

29. Paul concludes this beautiful chapter as follows: And ifyou belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise. The close connection with verses 27, 28, as well as with verses 6–9 and 16–18, is immediately apparent. It is unnecessary, therefore, to repeat what has already been said in the discussion of these passages. Clearly, the apostle once again stresses the fact that “belonging to the seed of Abraham is not determined by physical descent but by faith” (Ribberbos, op. cit., p. 150). “In Christ” the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile no longer exists. Therefore, the Judaizers have no right to demand of the Gentiles anything else than that which they demand of the Jews, namely, true and living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout the whole vast earth the Lord recognizes one, and only one, nation as his own, namely, the nation of believers (1 Peter 2:9). These are Abraham’s seed. These, too, are the heirs (for this concept see on 3:18) according to the promise which centers in Christ.[11]

Because of Union with Christ we Receive a Full Inheritance (3:29)

The third matter Paul states here is, because of this union, we have entered into the fullness of our inheritance: And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. Because of union with Christ, we are the seed of Abraham. The term translated ‘offspring’ is ‘seed.’ Because of faith in Christ, we are reckoned as descendants of Abraham. In other words, the Gentile Christian is as much a descendant of Abraham as the Jewish Christian.

The inheritance then belongs to us on the basis of promise believed and not by works performed. Our inheritance is not something that is postponed until heaven; it begins now. There are at least three things involved in this inheritance. First, there are the spiritual benefits that are ours in Christ. We have already enumerated these: regeneration, faith, justification, adoption, sanctification, union, redemption, assurance, boldness in prayer, all these things are ours right now as part of our inheritance.

Second, there is eternal life itself. We have begun to participate in eternal life, but at our death we will enter into the personal glorification that will be perfected at the second coming of Christ.

Third, the inheritance includes the earth itself. The earth does not belong to the wicked, instead they use it by usurpation. The earth belongs to the family of God. God in His providence has not necessarily given great possessions to His people now, but what He has given to them is theirs to enjoy. The Bible knows no bifurcation of spiritual and material. Part of our inheritance, if we are in Christ, is that we may enjoy the beauty of this world that Christ has made. We can enjoy food, music, gardens and trees, history, geography, and geology; all of these things are ours in Christ. God will not withhold any good thing from us. He delights in blessing us. Our problem is that we turn blessings into gods. The fault lies not in the created world; it lies in our hearts. We need to understand that as the sons and daughters of God we have been given this world to enjoy as part of our inheritance.

And so we are in the family of God; it is a glorious reality. We should think often on it and aim to live in the full reality of union with the Lord Jesus Christ.[12]

In Christ we are Abraham’s seed (verse 29)

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. We have seen that in Christ we belong to God and to each other. In Christ we also belong to Abraham. We take our place in the noble historical succession of faith, whose outstanding representatives are listed in Hebrews 11. No longer do we feel ourselves to be waifs and strays, without any significance in history, or bits of useless flotsam drifting on the tide of time. Instead, we find our place in the unfolding purpose of God. We are the spiritual seed of our father Abraham, who lived and died 4,000 years ago, for in Christ we have become heirs of the promise which God made to him.

These, then, are the results of being ‘in Christ’, and they speak with powerful relevance to us today. For our generation is busy developing a philosophy of meaninglessness. It is fashionable nowadays to believe (or to say you believe) that life has no meaning, no purpose. There are many who admit that they have nothing to live for. They do not feel that they belong anywhere, or, if they belong, it is to the group known as ‘the unattached’. They class themselves as ‘outsiders’, ‘misfits’. They are without anchor, security or home. In biblical language, they are ‘lost’.

To such people comes the promise that in Christ we find ourselves. The unattached become attached. They find their place in eternity (related first and foremost to God as His sons and daughters), in society (related to each other as brothers and sisters in the same family) and in history (related also to the succession of God’s people down the ages). This is a three-dimensional attachment which we gain when we are in Christ—in height, breadth and length. It is an attachment in ‘height’ through reconciliation to the God who, although radical theologians repudiate the concept and we must be careful how we interpret it, is a God ‘above’ us, transcendent over the universe He has made. Next, it is an attachment in ‘breadth’, since in Christ we are united to all other believers throughout the world. Thirdly, it is an attachment in ‘length’, as we join the long, long line of believers throughout the whole course of time.

So conversion, although supernatural in its origin, is natural in its effects. It does not disrupt nature, but fulfils it, for it puts me where I belong. It relates me to God, to man and to history. It enables me to answer the most basic of all human questions, ‘Who am I?’ and to say, ‘In Christ I am a son of God. In Christ I am united to all the redeemed people of God, past, present and future. In Christ I discover my identity. In Christ I find my feet. In Christ I come home.’[13]

29. That the use of the heis (‘one person’) in verse 28 rather than the neuter hen (‘one thing’) is no accident is shown by this verse. Grammatically, it says if you are Christ’s, but the meaning is stronger than this. We might almost paraphrase ‘if you are part of Christ’s body’. Paul is going to apply to the collective whole of the Christian church that which he has previously predicated of Christ in person, that is, the inheritance of the Abrahamic promise. Those who in this way are Christ’s are (collectively) the ‘offspring’ (singular again) mentioned in the famous passage in Genesis, and so the ‘heirs’ (plural, for we severally enjoy the benefits) in fulfilment of God’s promise. This in itself will show that Paul’s insistence on the use of the singular in 3:16 is more an exegetic device than anything else. Once we see that the primary reference is to Christ, Paul is prepared to allow that there is a secondary and collective reference to all Christians, as being ‘in Christ’.[14]

29. Then are ye Abraham’s seed. This is not intended to convey the idea, that to be a child of Abraham is better than to be a member of Christ,—but to repress the pride of the Jews, who gloried in their privilege, as if they alone were the people of God. They reckoned no distinction higher than to belong to the race of Abraham; and this very distinction he makes to be common to all who believe in Christ. The conclusion rests on this argument, that Christ is the blessed seed, in whom, as we have said, all the children of Abraham are united. He proves this by the universal offer of the inheritance to them all, from which it follows, that the promise includes them among the children. It deserves notice, that, wherever faith is mentioned, it is always in relation to the promise.[15]

3:29 / Paul asserts that the Galatian believers belong to Christ, which means that they are Abraham’s seed. The word “seed” is plural and brings to mind Paul’s comments in 3:16. In that verse Paul argued that the promise was given to the singular “seed,” Christ. Now Paul includes the Galatian believers in that promise on the basis of their belonging to Christ. The key element for receiving the promise of inheritance is whether or not one is “in Christ,” or, as Paul puts it here, “belongs to Christ.” Those who are in Christ are the heirs. Paul’s use of the simple present tense, you are, highlights his desire to convince the Galatians to acknowledge and embrace the wondrous new life they have.[16]

29 Paul now comes full circle, unfolding the logical consequences of the preceding discussion for the question under debate in Galatia, namely, Who are the heirs of the divine promises? Answer: “And if you are of Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs in accordance with promise.” English translations typically understand “if you are of Christ” to mean “if you belong to Christ” (taking “of Christ” as a genitive of possession, so NRSV, NIV, CEB; see also NLT, ESV). The preceding material, however, might more readily dispose the hearer to understand the meaning as “if you are a part of the larger whole that is Christ” (a “wholative” genitive, also called a partitive genitive). Paul has been speaking of the many, both Jews and gentiles, being incorporated together into Christ, even being “plunged into Christ” through baptism.

Paul has been addressing this question from the outset of chapter 3, first calling the Galatian converts to remember their actual experience of receiving the Spirit and of God’s working in their midst (3:1–5)—in other words, to remember that they had already received what was promised (3:14). He went on to demonstrate from Scripture that “those who exhibit trust,” following Abraham’s example, are Abraham’s genuine sons and daughters (3:7) and receive the blessing along with Abraham (3:9). He demonstrated from a close reading of the promises themselves that God bequeathed this blessing upon Abraham and upon a particular offspring of Abraham, and not Abraham’s descendants generally, such that those who joined themselves to that particular Seed (Christ) joined themselves to the heir, to share the inheritance (3:15–18). He returns to this argument, claiming that he has now demonstrated what he had set out to prove, much as a mathematician signs “Q.E.D.” at the conclusion of a mathematical proof. In baptism, the Galatian converts joined themselves to Christ, the Seed of Abraham, thereby becoming collectively that Seed of Abraham to whom God gave the promise, the true heirs of God’s promise of the Spirit and of righteousness and, thereby, the life that the Spirit was given to nurture and bring to completion (3:29). There is nothing more that Torah observance or circumcision could do for the Galatian Christians, save undo the work of the Spirit in their midst.

A major goal for Paul in Galatians is to demonstrate that the social lines of division created by the distinctions made between Jew and gentile and enforced by the regulations of Torah for keeping the two groups separate are transcended in the new community formed in Christ, with the result that the regulatory principles of the “old creation” (even those once given by God!) no longer have authority over relationships in the community of the “new creation” (Gal 6:15). Paul’s vision continues to challenge the global Christian community wherever Christians allow longstanding ethnic and racial divisions, prejudices, and hostilities to guide their interactions with one another ahead of our unity in Christ. To name just the largest of a herd of elephants in the room for American Christianity, Christians of European descent and Christians of African descent often find the history of race relations in America regulating and restricting their relationships to a far greater extent than their mutual experience of being submerged into Christ and adopted into God’s one family. Paul’s vision challenges us all to work very diligently, and in the Spirit’s power, to love one another as sisters and brothers—and address the very real issues that continue to plague race relations in America from that mutual love and commitment—rather than continue to live out the scripts that the broken domination systems of America have written for us over the centuries. “New creation” is indeed waiting to be birthed in this regard.

One could rewrite the preceding paragraph, changing what is required, again and again in country after country. In Sri Lanka, it is the challenge to live and love as brothers and sisters in Christ first, rather than as Sinhalese and Tamils in line with the scripts written for these ethnic groups over decades of alienating practices and civil war. Whatever its particular local manifestation, Paul’s vision calls Christians to take the necessary steps to come to a place where Christ’s actions on behalf of Christians from both groups (or from multiple groups) are valued more highly and regulate interaction more completely than the history of those groups as written in and by “this present, evil age.”

Paul goes on to include two other pairs reflective of social divisions and vast inequalities. He denies any prescriptive relational value to the labels “slave” and “free person” in the Christian community. While Paul in the context of the Roman Empire could not abolish slavery per se any more than he could abolish the valuing of ethnic distinctions in the world at large, he could urge members of the new community in Christ to reject those distinctions and the regulatory weight they exercised on the lives of individuals and on their interrelationships. Such urging is seen most clearly in his letter to Philemon. Tragically read in ways that supported the institution of slavery in the antebellum American South, this letter actually challenged Philemon forcefully to make his own Christian identity real by honoring the new identity of the newly converted Onesimus as a brother above—and even in place of—their former relationship of master and slave. Christians are challenged by Paul’s vision not to allow the socioeconomic or caste divisions in their societies to limit, constrain, or regulate the life of and relationships within the community of the new creation.236 This community is called to order its common life in ways that demonstrate the lack of stratification (and the affinities and avoidances such stratification nurtures) among those whom God has made sisters and brothers in the one family of God.

Finally, while the physical differences between, and hence the division of humanity into, “male and female” are inherent in nature (see Aristotle, Politics 1.2 [1252a25–32]) and perhaps even in God’s design for creation itself (Gen 1:27), the expectations that relegate females to supporting roles are not. These are, instead, inherent in the fall and the curse (see Gen 3:16c). A Christian husband and wife are first and foremost fellow heirs of the gift of life and are called to bestow mutual honor (1 Pet 3:7), and on that basis to extend mutual submission (Eph 5:21). This mutuality extends, of course, into the larger life of the Christian community, which is to become a place where one’s immersion into Christ and one’s responsiveness to the Holy Spirit—and not one’s gender—guide how one will contribute, and be valued as a contributor, to the life of the church.238 We can look to certain scriptural texts for support in resisting this vision, but when we do so, we should also bear in mind that the rival teachers could and did do so as well.

In the one family that God has created in Christ, the dividing walls of ethnicity are torn down, social prejudices are neutralized, and gender inequalities and male chauvinism are negated. Paul challenges us to continue to examine our hearts and our practice along these lines, asking continually, what would life in our congregation (and all its components) look like if we approached all such issues from the position articulated in Gal 3:26–28 and committed ourselves to live out fully this facet of the baptismal life, the new creation? Does our practice perpetuate these divisions and the social inequalities they inscribe, or does our practice challenge them, witnessing to the “new humanity” being formed in Christ in their communities, where Christ is all and in all?[17]

29  As those who are united to Christ and who participate in the new existence made possible by him, believers “thus belong to Christ,” and since Christ is the true offspring of Abraham (v. 16b), those who thus belong to Christ are collectively also Abraham’s true “issue,” and as such individually heirs in fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.

Thus the new dispensation of faith is described in these verses (26–29) as one in which believers become sons of God through faith, since they are united to Christ by baptism, being constituted thereby Abraham’s true offspring and therefore heirs of the promised inheritance.

Before going further in Paul’s argument we pause to note several important considerations that arise from vv. 23–29.

(1) V. 24 states, again, that justification is through faith, but a comparison of v. 22 and vv. 23f. reveals a further point. The theme of imprisonment is repeated from v. 22a and strengthened in v. 23, and the divine purpose is described both as the imparting of the promise through faith to those who believe (v. 22b) and as justification by faith (v. 24b): just as “through faith” in v. 24b corresponds to the same phrase in v. 22b (where it is paraphrased by NEB), so also “that we might be justified” (v. 24, RSV) corresponds to “that the promise … might be given to those who believe” (NASB). This means that the “promise” of v. 22b is to be understood as the promised blessing of justification; this is in harmony with our conclusion reached earlier (on v. 22) that the promise there has to do with the righteousness mentioned in v. 21. Therefore, justification by faith is seen to be the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham, a conclusion which is in line with our earlier observation (on 3:8) that the promise to Abraham implicitly involves and anticipates the doctrine of justification by faith.

(2) From vv. 26–29 it is seen that believers are individually God’s sons and collectively the true offspring of Abraham. They are God’s sons since by faith they have been incorporated into Christ, the Son of God, and they are collectively the true seed of Abraham since, by virtue of their faith-union with Christ, they are one person in him who is the true “issue” of Abraham (cf. v. 16). Materially, therefore, God’s sons are also the true issue of Abraham and sonship to Abraham is identical with sonship to God; since the promise is fulfilled in sonship to Abraham (v. 29c), it is fulfilled in sonship to God. But we have just seen that the promise is fulfilled in justification, and earlier (on vv. 7–14) that it is fulfilled in reception of the Spirit; hence, justification by faith, reception of the Spirit by faith, and becoming sons of God by faith are intimately linked together as different expressions for the fulfillment of the promise. From this we may infer that these three are not separate and distinct experiences but closely interwoven parts or aspects of the single experience of faith-union with Christ. Experientially, they take place at the same time in fulfillment of the same promise; logically, however, they are distinguishable and their logical relationships to one another will become clear in the next section of the text (4:1–7).

(3) The promise to Abraham is seen to have a double fulfillment. From the salvation-historical point of view, it is fulfilled in Christ, the promised seed (v. 16), and in all those who are comprised in him (v. 29). Experientially considered, on the other hand, it is fulfilled in the individual believer’s threefold experience just referred to: justification, reception of the Spirit, becoming a son of God. These two points of view are, of course, complementary: the latter takes place in the individual when he comes to be “in Christ,” an incorporation effected by faith. Hence it is by faith-union with Christ that the individual aligns himself with the central event of salvation history and partakes of the benefits accruing therefrom.

(4) The principle of justification by faith is again presented within the framework of salvation history as that which comes into force in the new dispensation, which is sharply set off from the earlier dispensation at the point where the Christ-event cuts into history. The coming of Christ as the ground of salvation also ushers in the principle of faith as the means of justification, and this is set over against the function of law which held sway until the coming of Christ and the revelation of faith: the coming of Christ meant the cessation of law, so that the principle of justifying faith could take over. This division of history into two parts, with Christ as the line of demarcation, is connected with Paul’s interpretation of the apocalyptic doctrine of the aeons: the present evil age (cf. 1:4) is still dominated by law, but in Christ the age to come has dawned and the law has ceased to be valid for those who through union with Christ already exist in the age to come.[18]

heirs of the promise

And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (3:29)

The spiritual promise of eternal salvation and blessing given to Abraham belongs to all those who belong to Christ. They are all heirs according to that promise, which is fulfilled in Christ. This is not a reference to the promises given to Abraham regarding the land (Gen. 12:1; 13:14–15; 17:8), but refers to the spiritual blessings that come to all who, being justified by faith just as Abraham was (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3–11), will inherit the spiritual promises given to Abraham. Not all the physical seed of Abraham will receive the promises of salvation (Rom. 9:6–11), but many who are not physical seed of Abraham will receive them by coming to God by faith as he did, thereby becoming his spiritual offspring.

Those who are children of God are “heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17). Christ’s inheritance belongs to “all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32), His fellow “heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). They are “sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13), the promise of inheriting God Himself. “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup,” exulted David (Ps. 16:5).

In his vision on Patmos, John “heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.… He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son’ ” (Rev. 21:3–4, 7).

John Stott lucidly summarizes his comments on this passage in the following words: “We cannot come to Christ to be justified until we have first been to Moses to be condemned. But once we have gone to Moses, and acknowledged our sin, guilt and condemnation, we must not stay there. We must let Moses send us to Christ” (The Message of Galatians [London: Inter-Varsity, 1968], p. 102).[19]

[1] Luter, A. B. (2017). Galatians. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1862). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ga 3:29). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2251). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ga 3:29). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1523). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Wilkin, R. N. (2010). The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 838). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1886). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 600). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[9] Anders, M. (1999). Galatians-Colossians (Vol. 8, p. 40). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[10] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul’s First Letters: Galatians and I & II Thessalonians (Vol. Volume 11, p. 39). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[11] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Galatians (Vol. 8, p. 151). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[12] Pipa, J. A., Jr. (2010). Galatians: God’s Proclamation of Liberty (pp. 141–142). Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications.

[13] Stott, J. R. W. (1986). The message of Galatians: Only one way (pp. 101–102). Leicester, England; Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[14] Cole, R. A. (1989). Galatians: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 9, pp. 156–157). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[15] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (p. 112). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[16] Jervis, L. A. (2011). Galatians (p. 108). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book.

[17] deSilva, D. A. (2018). The Letter to the Galatians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (pp. 340–343). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[18] Fung, R. Y. K. (1988). The Epistle to the Galatians (pp. 176–178). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[19] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1983). Galatians (pp. 100–101). Chicago: Moody Press.

March 20 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

God as Father and Church as Mother
Matthew 16:18

He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his mother.


Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The One Who Does Not Hinder Evil Does Evil
Job 11:14; 1 Corinthians 5:13; Galatians 2:11; Ephesians 5:11; 1 Peter 5:9

He who does not hinder evil when he can, even although the evil purpose may be frustrated, is not clear of that purpose.


Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Who do you believe facts or the media ?

Another fearmongering article about “rising cases” instead of telling the real truth – CASES + DEATHS are rapidly falling lower – but it all goes against the government agenda to keep things closed. #government #fearmongering #insanity #US #covid19 #coronavirus – EU much same.

Kamala Harris Bragged About Her Pot Use on National Airwaves, Will She Be the Next Person from the Biden Administration to Get the Boot? | The Western Journal

On Thursday, during a speech, President Joe Biden gaffed and called his veep “President Harris.”

Funny, but there’s a sliver of truth in there: Vice President Kamala Harris has done a lot of the heavy lifting convincing the progressive left that Biden is all right, and few doubt there’s the significant possibility she’s at the top of the 2024 presidential ticket.

Good thing she’s not a lower-level White House staffer, else she would have disqualified herself before she even began.

As you may remember, Harris was unapologetic about the fact she’d used marijuana at least once. She told the radio program “The Breakfast Club,” when asked about her past marijuana usage in February 2019, “I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale. It was a long time ago. It was a joint.”

She laughed about her experience and seemed to endorse its use, saying, “I think that gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy,” while demurring on whether or not the drug should be made legal nationally. It’s currently legal in Washington, D.C., incidentally, as it is in 14 other states.

Yet, according to a report from The Daily Beast, young Biden staffers are getting cut from the White House roster for using pot in the past, even if it was in one of those states where it was legal.

“Dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use, frustrating staffers who were pleased by initial indications from the Biden administration that recreational use of cannabis would not be immediately disqualifying for would-be personnel, according to three people familiar with the situation,” The Beast reported on Thursday. Others were fired or put on probation.

Staffers said they’d initially been informally told by transition team members that past marijuana use would be overlooked, to a certain extent, if listed on the extensive background check necessary to work in the White House. And that still seems to be the official party line inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — yet, The Beast’s report seems to indicate there was an abrupt reversal of some sort.

“There were one-on-one calls with individual affected staffers — rather, ex-staffers,” one former staffer told the outlet. “I was asked to resign.”

The calls were led by White House Director of Management and Administration Anne Filipic, according to The Beast.

“Nothing was ever explained” to them about why they were being fired, staffers said. “The policies were never explained, the threshold for what was excusable and what was inexcusable was never explained.”

As The Beast pointed out, the Biden administration has taken a lighter line on former pot usage than previous administrations have. For instance, the number of times you’ve used marijuana and can still be considered for a White House position was increased from what it was under the Barack Obama or Donald Trump administrations, and there were what The Beast called “limited exemptions” in positions that don’t require security clearances.

Employees cannot use marijuana, which is still viewed as illegal by the federal government, while they work at the White House. The actions don’t appear to be related to marijuana showing up on a random drug screen, however.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded with a tweet that linked an NBC News article from several weeks ago regarding the policy and insisted the personnel moves had only affected a handful of people.

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“We announced a few weeks ago that the White House had worked with the security service to update the policies to ensure that past marijuana use wouldn’t automatically disqualify staff from serving in the White House,” Psaki tweeted.

“As a result, more people will serve who would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use. The bottom line is this: of the hundreds of people hired, only five people who had started working at the White House are no longer employed as a result of this policy.”

In an additional statement to The Daily Beast, Psaki insisted “we worked in coordination with the security service to ensure that more people have the opportunity to serve than would not have in the past with the same level of recent drug use. While we will not get into individual cases, there were additional factors at play in many instances for the small number of individuals who were terminated.”

Could it be for inconsistencies in their account of their marijuana use? Outright lying, even? Because, you know, Harris did that, too.

During that interview on “The Breakfast Club” in February 2019, Harris placed her marijuana use in college. Host Charlamagne tha God asked her, “What were you listening to when you was high? What was on? What song was on?” Another host asked if it was Snoop Dogg.

“Oh yeah, definitely Snoop,” Harris said. “Tupac [Shakur], for sure.”

This means there are one of two things wrong with this.

First, Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986 and got her law degree from the University of California, Hastings in 1989. Tupac’s first solo album, “2pacalypse Now,” was released in 1991. Snoop Dogg, then known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, only began attracting attention for his work on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” in 1992 and released his first solo album a year later.

I understand drugs can warp your sense of time, but it can’t dilate it so much that you can listen to albums that hadn’t been released yet.

Then there’s the other possibility — the fact that she wasn’t lying about listening to Snoop or Tupac while dazed and confused, but that’s even more of a problem.

While no one necessarily wants to hold a young adult’s feet to the fire for habits they’ve left behind, Harris wasn’t just any young adult. In 1990, she took a position with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, according to her bio. She stayed there until 1998, when she joined the Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

In other words, if her usage wasn’t exclusively confined to college or that one joint, she was doing this while she was enforcing laws against marijuana users.

To be fair, the first scenario is significantly more likely than the latter, since Harris said other things that indicate she probably wouldn’t run any rap category on “Jeopardy.” (During the campaign, she called the aforementioned Tupac, who has been very dead for a very long time, the “best rapper alive.”) That said, Psaki’s tweeted explanation about The Daily Beast’s story brought a certain debate moment to mind.

Again, relying exclusively on a Daily Beast story is like flying Spirit Airlines when you absolutely need to be there on time, and with all your luggage: You’re taking a risk. That said, the writers seemed fairly confident this didn’t involve cases of failed drug tests, serious dissembling or other problematic behavior, at least with the individuals they talked to.

Meanwhile, these staffers were working in a White House where the second-in-command (and, let’s face it, president-in-waiting) had used marijuana when it was illegal everywhere, wasn’t as culturally acceptable and the punishments were far more severe.

Furthermore, we know she’s lied about it publicly in some way — and while talking about having Tupac and Snoop on the stereo isn’t the same as lying about drug usage patterns on a White House job application, keep in mind a presidential campaign is arguably the longest White House job application there is.

Not that this purge will end up taking Harris, of course. However, it’s interesting to see the same double standard former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii pointed out rear its ugly head again.

Source: Kamala Harris Bragged About Her Pot Use on National Airwaves, Will She Be the Next Person from the Biden Administration to Get the Boot?

“Burn Your Masks!” Massive Anti-Lockdown Protests Rage Worldwide | ZeroHedge News

Thousands, and possibly tens-of-thousands of protesters across Europe marched on Saturday against continued government lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions based on questionable science – which have resulted in mass unemployment, destroyed small businesses, stoked widespread depression and mental illness, and cost taxpayers trillions to keep the whole ship from sinking.

Protesters in London, Germany, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Vienna and elsewhere came out for the Worldwide Rally for Freedom.

Photo via PA

In central London, thousands of anti-lockdown activists were seen walking through Hyde Park, chanting “stand up, take our freedom back!

In Germany, police used pepper spray on protesters in the city of Kassel, where 15,000 – 20,000 demonstrators showed up, according to the Daily Mail. Some 1,800 officers were placed on standby in Berlin.

Several thousand people gathered at the main protest site on a square in Kessel’s city centre, packed closely together without wearing face masks, an AFP reporter saw.

Scuffles erupted when a group of demonstrators tried to break through a police cordon to join up with other protesters, resulting in shoving and prompting officers to use pepper spray. -Daily Mail

Pictured: Protestors take part in a march demanding the compliance of basic rights and an end of the restrictive coronavirus measures in Kassel, central Germany, on March 20
Protesters clashed with police in Germany and Croatia on Saturday as new lockdowns were introduced in France, Poland and Ukraine to battle a third wave of coronavirus. Pictured: Demonstrators clash with police in Kassel, central Germany (via the Daily Mail)

In Melbourne, Australia, protesters chanting “Free to speak. Free to breathe” came out by the thousands.


The Netherlands:

Photo via @lkNet





This is what happens when you destroy economies based on questionable science.

Source: “Burn Your Masks!” Massive Anti-Lockdown Protests Rage Worldwide

EChurch@Wartburg 3.20.2020 Wade Burleson: Love Does Not Seek Its Own — The Wartburg Watch

A Prayer for the Lenten Season link

You chose a people for your own,
to lavish love upon,
raise up prophets, priests and kings,
to be the nation through which
the Messiah would be revealed to the world,
and through whom your kingdom would come.
You chose this people gathered here
to be your children,
loved and blessed, forgiven
through the one who knew no sin,
the King of Glory whose crown was made of thorns,
and whose name we raise in worship.

Prayer for the Lenten Season link

Sovereign Lord,
your hand has touched
the dry bones of our faith,
your Word has breathed
new life where there was death,
your spirit raised
us up from where we lay,
your love has brought
us home and to your Cross,
and by your grace
we stand forgiven, free.

A Prayer for the Lenten Season link

Forgive those things we have done
which have caused you sadness,
and those things we should have done
that would have brought you joy.
In both we have failed
and you.
Bring us back to that place
where our journey began,
when we said that we would follow
the way that you first trod.
Lead us to the Cross
and meet
us there.

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from
the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to
judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

A Benediction link

May we know the love of the heavenly Father deep in our hearts
May we understand our significance in the center of His family,
and the bonds that hold us so close as brother and sister
May we understand the lengths that He was prepared to go for all mankind
and freely respond in the Today which He has given for us to cherish.

An ending treat: The Evolution of Worship Music

EChurch@Wartburg 3.20.2020 Wade Burleson: Love Does Not Seek Its Own —

Weekly Headlines – March 15-19 — Christian Research Network



























Weekly Headlines – March 15-19 — Christian Research Network

20 Mar 2021 News Briefing


How US tensions with Russia and China could impact Israel
The US is in the midst of growing tensions with both Russia and China, there are two countries that US national defense strategy sees as “near-peer” rivals in the world. In a sense, the US has created a self-fulfilling prophecy in this regard, putting in place openly a national strategy that views these countries as a global problem, and then ending up in a problem with them.

Oregon Health Officials Propose Making Mask Mandates Permanent
Oregon state health officials unveiled a new proposal in January which seeks to make temporary mask mandates permanent. The current order, passed in November by the state’s workplace safety department, which requires all employers to implement state-imposed guidelines for social distancing and mask compliance, is set to expire on May 4. Oregon health bureaucrats are now seeking to make the rules permanent.

China Arrests at Least Ten Christians in Raid of Private Bible Study
Police in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang raided a Christian bible study session held at a private residence this week, detaining at least ten participants, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Thursday. The Ren’ai Reformed Church was raided by officials including the civil affairs bureau and the police on the morning of March 16,” Huang, a Christian resident of Guiyang…told RFA on March 17.

Australia warned of ‘life-threatening’ flash floods
Emergency authorities in Australia are warning of “life threatening” flash floods as torrential rains batter parts of the country’s east coast. Dozens of people have been rescued from floodwaters, and residents in many low-lying communities of New South Wales have been ordered to leave their homes. Police say hundreds of people have flocked to evacuation centres in areas north of the city of Sydney.

Anger, condemnation after Turkey exits treaty to protect women
Turkey has sparked local and international outrage after it withdrew from the world’s first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women. The 2011 Istanbul Convention, signed by 45 countries and the European Union, requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation.

Japan earthquake sparks tsunami alert as 7.2 magnitude quake strikes
A massive 7.2. magnitude earthquake has triggered a tsunami in Japan after a quake struck off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. Waves of up to one meter hit land 20 minutes after the earthquake hit at around 6.09pm on March 20, NHK reported. Japan’s meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake hit, as the U.S. consulate urged people to seek higher ground.

BREAKING: Eruption At Fagradalsfjall
The Icelandic Met Office has just reported that an eruption has begun at Fagradalsfjall, long expected to be the location of a possible volcanic eruption. This eruption is being called Geldingadalsgos, after Geldingardalur, the valley where the eruption is taking place. The announcement states that the first announcements of an eruption came to the Met Office at 21:40 Icelandic time, and were later confirmed visually. Scientists and the Grapevine are on the way to the location now for further reporting.

Intelligence Officials Believe China Meddled in 2020 Election to Damage Trump: Report
A report from the U.S. intelligence community suggests that a minority of intelligence officials believed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did, in fact, attempt to hinder former President Donald Trump’s chances in the 2020 election, while reporting that the CCP did not “deploy interference efforts.”

France’s Macron admonishes Iran amid slow progress on nuclear talks
French President Emmanuel Macron accused Iran on Thursday of continuing to violate a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and said Tehran should act responsibly. France, along with Britain, Germany and the European Union, is trying to bring the United States and Iran to the table for informal talks that would be a first step to reviving the 2015 deal, which lifted international sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

Recent Australian wildfires led to record atmospheric pollution
Ilan Koren at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Eitan Hirsch at the Israel Institute for Biological Research analysed satellite data collected between 1981 and 2020 to look at what effect the devastating bushfire season in Australia had on aerosol concentrations in the stratosphere. the researchers noted that stratospheric smoke persisted across the southern hemisphere until at least July 2020, after which time it became more difficult to separate the smoke signal from other sources.

Jordanian crown prince’s planned visit to Temple Mount wasn’t so innocent
However, though the security arrangements for the historic visit had been carefully planned by the two parties, the Israeli authorities were surprised to discover at the time of the visit that the number of armed bodyguards who would be accompanying the prince was significantly greater than previously agreed, and this dispute led to the cancellation of the visit. To further complicate matters, it was subsequently leaked that the prince had planned to meet left-wing Israeli politicians during his visit. The leaks regarding the proposed visit of the Crown Prince indicate ulterior motives behind the event. It appears there were plans to take photos of the armed Jordanian bodyguards accompanying the prince as he triumphantly entered Al-Aqsa so as to project him as a hero and protector of the mosque.

China takes over first Biden admin-China summit to attack US for 18 minutes
Top U.S. diplomats met with their Chinese counterparts on Thursday for the start of a planned two-day summit in Alaska … Yang said U.S. human rights problems are “deep-seated” and did not come up only in the last four years, like the Black Lives Matter movement. “So we do hope, for our two countries, it’s important that we manage our respective affairs well, instead of deflecting the blame on somebody else in this world,” Yang continued. According to the Washington Examiner, Yang spoke for around 18 minutes, despite a customary two-minute allotment for opening remarks.

UPDATE 1-France’s Macron says he will push for new approach on Lebanon
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would push for a new approach in the coming weeks on Lebanon as the country’s main actors had made no progress over the last seven months to resolve the economic and political crisis.

CA liberals, who hate the Right, want to purge ‘hate’
California lawmakers claim they want to keep the bad guys from putting on a police uniform but a California-based religious liberty attorney says left-wing legislators should be forced to define “bad guy” since that defines everyone who is not a liberal. Brad Dacus, who leads the Pacific Justice Institute, calls AB 655 a “modern-day witch trial” that is attempting to run off conservative Christians in the guise of purging police departments of law enforcement that is affiliated with a hate group.

Report: Dozens of White House Staffers Abruptly Suspended, Asked to Resign
The Biden Administration has suspended dozens of young White House staffers for past marijuana use that the administration had previously said would not disqualify them from their positions, according to a Thursday report. The Daily Beast reported that affected staffers were “suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program,”

Asteroid Twice the Size of Earth’s Largest Building Passing By this Sunday
Despite the asteroid passing by at a projected 1.25 million miles away (five times further away than the moon), NASA has marked this asteroid as a ‘potentially hazardous’ object. Were a rock of this size to hit earth, it would do a tremendous amount of damage.

42 “mystery chemicals” from unknown sources discovered in people
A study from scientists at UC San Francisco is demonstrating a new screening method developed to better identify human-made chemicals in people. The proof-of-concept research discovered more than 100 chemicals, including 55 that have never been reported found in humans before.

Digital Trails: How The FBI Is Identifying, Tracking, & Rounding-Up Dissidents
…the very technology we hailed as revolutionary and liberating has become our prison, jailer, probation officer, Big Brother and Father Knows Best all rolled into one…There is no gray area any longer.

Teacher Dies Hours After Getting AstraZeneca COVID Shot In Italy – Manslaughter Investigation Launched
A day after Italy, Germany and the Netherlands joined a growing list of European countries suspending the experimental AstraZenca COVID shots due to reported cases of fatal blood clots, a manslaughter investigation has reportedly been launched in Italy over a 57-year-old clarinet teacher who passed away on Sunday, less than 24 hours after having the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Human Rights Campaign Demands Christian Schools Abandon Beliefs or Lose Accreditation
The large, influential pro-LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has demanded that Christian schools must abandon their beliefs or face losing their accreditation.

Israel passes law mandating new arriving passengers wear TRACKING BRACELETS during quarantine period
The Israeli parliament just passed a law mandating that all arrivals to the state wear electronic tracking bracelets while undergoing mandatory Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines at home.

Biological male wins female beauty pageant in Nevada
A transgender person is now one step closer to being crowned Miss USA. Kataluna Enriquez, a biological male, won the Miss Silver State USA pageant this week, an event considered the biggest preliminary competition for the Miss Nevada USA pageant, KVVU-TV reported.

Evacuations in NSW due to potentially record and life-threatening flooding, Australia
Residents across New South Wales, Australia, have been ordered to evacuate on Friday, March 19, 2021, after severe flooding– described by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as “potentially life-threatening”– swept through the state. Severe inundations are already occurring along major rivers, with some expected to surpass record levels overnight.

Biden family accused of helping Chinese spies infiltrate American government
Emails extracted from Hunter Biden’s laptop suggest that the entire Biden clan is guilty of aiding and abetting Chinese espionage against the United States.

Here’s why “wokies” (leftists) no longer qualify as HUMAN… and are devolving into a life form with less sense than fire ants or bacteria
If you were to try to categorize the intelligence and neurological complexity of “wokies” (Leftists), you would have to compare them with the intelligent behavior of other life forms on planet Earth.

Norwegian media says some people “have to die” from coronavirus vaccines as a sacrifice to humanity
The medical establishment, at least in Norway, is finally admitting that Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are killing people. Along with this admission comes a major shift in the narrative, though.

Myanmar Military Seizes George Soros Organization’s Bank Accounts, Announces Arrest Warrants After Coup
The military government in Myanmar, in place after a coup provoked by widespread accusations of voter fraud plagued the country’s recent election, has now seized the bank accounts of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

OBEY: Americans vaccinated for coronavirus to be monitored and tracked by Google and Oracle for the next two years
Before leaving the White House, the Trump administration quietly revealed that Americans vaccinated for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) under Operation Warp Speed (OWS) will be monitored and tracked by Google and Oracle for at least the next two years

“The central committee believes, as long as we resolve the United States problem at one blow, our domestic problems will all be readily solved. Therefore, our military battle preparation appears to aim at Taiwan, but in fact is aimed at the United States, and the preparation is far beyond the scope of attacking aircraft carriers or satellites.

America’s Embrace Of The Demonic Delusion Of Transgenderism Is Further Proof That God Has Removed His Hand And Given Us Up As A Nation 
There irony of transgenderism, a sociopolitical ideology that demands that you ‘accept them as they are’, is that transgenders don’t accept themselves ‘as they are’. Such is the case of Kataluna Enriquez, a person born as a biological male who insists that he is actually a woman. If that is not the definition of mental illness, I don’t know what is. Oh wait, maybe it’s this.

SecDef Austin Warns North Korea: US “Ready To Fight Tonight”
Biden admin seeking to make diplomatic contact since mid-February, while Pyongyang blasts “lunatic” policies…

Source: 20 Mar 2021 – Rapture Ready

Headlines – 3/20/2021

Final TV polls show Netanyahu gaining support and near to majority; rivals slip

Final Polls Give Netanyahu Wide Edge Over Right-Wing Competitors But Not 61 Mandates

Netanyahu ‘recruited’ Pfizer’s CEO to his election campaign – will it work?

Shin Bet head asked Abbas to scrap Palestinian elections if Hamas runs – report

Cars torched, wall daubed in Palestinian village in apparent hate crime attack

Iceland adds Judaism to list of state-recognized religions, life-stance groups

Macron: Iran must stop aggravating a serious nuclear situation

Iran to conduct initial testing of redesigned Arak nuclear reactor

Saudi Arabian oil facility struck in drone attack

Senators call on Biden to officially recognize Armenian genocide

Biden administration considering 6-month extension for US troops in Afghanistan

Taliban warn of ‘reaction’ if US doesn’t withdraw by May deadline

14 House Republicans vote against a measure condemning military coup in Myanmar

Myanmar people want peacekeepers sent in, UN sanctions in place, top official says

North Korea to Sever Ties With Malaysia Over Extradition of Citizen to US

Top NATO Scientist With Security Clearance Busted Spying for China

Extraordinary diplomatic clash signals tough times ahead for the US and China

US official accuses China of ‘grandstanding’ in tense bilateral talks

Fiery Start to U.S.-China Talks Shows Acrimony Will Remain

Intelligence expert says U.S.-China summit a ‘disaster,’ Biden should replace top diplomat

White House says Biden is ‘quite busy’ after Putin invites president for ‘live’ chat

Stephen Miller: America’s enemies see ‘the president is not home’ and ‘they are pouncing’

Sean Hannity explains why Biden’s fall, cognitive struggles are a ‘nightmare scenario’

Biden stumbles multiple times and falls climbing Air Force One stairs – White House blames wind

CNN, MSNBC erupted over Trump’s ramp walk – but virtually ignore Biden’s staircase stumble

Donald Trump Jr. mocks Biden tumble, accuses him of having dementia

Gunmen Kill 13 Police in Daytime Ambush in Central Mexico

Samuel Rodriguez warns Biden’s immigration policies give ‘green light’ to cartels, traffickers

‘Biden Should Be Ashamed’: GOP Says Border Crisis Feeding Child Sex Trafficking

Gov. Abbott slams Biden for ‘failure’ at minors facilities. DHS reportedly considers flying migrants to states near Canadian border.

‘It’s a fight we need to win’: Biden braces for Georgia voting rights battle

Senate Democrats Fear ‘Armageddon’ in Midterms if Filibuster Reform Fails

Democrat introduces resolution to expel Greene

Effort to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene could set pattern for sustained partisan war

Rep. Marjorie Greene demands answers after Twitter suspended her ‘in error’ on day Dems move to expel her from Congress

CNN ‘fact-checker’ praises Biden as ‘generally factual,’ calls inaccuracies ‘slips rather purposeful lies’

Facebook Says It ‘Limit’ the Reach of Groups that Break Rules

Federal judge pens dissent slamming decades-old press protections

Federal judge warns ‘dangerous’ media has ‘very close to one-party control’ in blistering libel case dissent

Biden inauguration priest Rev. Kevin O’Brien under investigation in California

Biden White House reportedly weeds out dozens of staffers for past pot use despite Kamala Harris bragging about using cannabis

5 White House staffers lose jobs over drugs, marijuana use

Four Proud Boys leaders charged in coordinated plot to attack US Capitol

VP Kamala Harris: ‘Racism Is Real in America, and It Has Always Been’

Biden, Harris console Asian American community after deadly attack

Biden urges Congress to pass hate crime legislation in response to violence against Asian Americans

Stephen Colbert Blames Trump’s ‘Kung Flu’ Racism for Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Brother of Man Killed in Atlanta Spa Shooting ‘Angry’ at Focus on Race

When The Narrative Replaces The News: How the media grotesquely distorted the Atlanta massacres

Bill Maher on Atlanta-area massage parlor shootings: ‘What if’ it isn’t a hate crime?

Maher blasts cancel culture over Teen Vogue editor’s ousting: Woke ‘brats’ control the media now

Classic Monopoly game is about to get a ‘woke’ upgrade: Community Chest cards to be updated with ‘feel-good moments’

Mission to clean up space junk with magnets set for launch

Japan hit by tsunami waves after magnitude 7.2 earthquake

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Nagqu, China

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Marquelia, Mexico

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits off the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Earthquake swarm under Mauna Loa volcano, Aviation Color Code remains at Yellow, Hawaii

Long-dormant volcano comes to life near Iceland capital

Small explosion at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua erupts to 40,000ft

Mt Etna in Italy erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 21,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia eurpts to 11,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Evacuations in NSW due to potentially record and life-threatening flooding, Australia

Deadly flash floods hit Luanda, Angola

King Fire scorches 5,800 ha (14,300 acres) of land in Brooks County, Texas

Bill Gates says he’ll fly a lot less and eat more synthetic meat to fight climate change

Thousands of mice swarm farms in eastern Australia

‘You can’t escape the smell’: mouse plague grows to biblical proportions across eastern Australia

Rep. Tom Reed Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Cuomo faces new allegation of misbehavior by another female employee

Cuomo joked he wanted to ‘mount’ female staffer like a dog, says new Ronan Farrow story in New Yorker

Washington Post opinion piece urges Democrats not to turn Andrew Cuomo into ‘another Al Franken’

California Recall Backers Submitted 2.1 Million Signatures Ahead of Deadline – Far Above Required Amount

California recall all but certain based on official signature update

Scientist behind Pfizer vaccine: mRNA shots for cancer coming ‘in couple years’

Geert Vanden Bossche, DVM, PhD, calls the World Health Organization (WHO) for immediate stop of mRNA vaccines

Don’t Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected

Covid Spiking In Over A Dozen States – Most With High Vaccination Rates

Scientists Say They Found Cause of Rare Blood Clotting Linked to AstraZeneca Vaccine

Eastern European Country Limits AstraZeneca Shots After Nurse Dies of Anaphylactic Shock

Europe’s vaccine rollout needs AstraZeneca – but public confidence is dented

Gibraltar ‘first nation in world’ to vaccinate entire adult population

New Military Policies Coerce Service Members Into Getting COVID Vaccines

Peer-Reviewed Study Claims CDC Skewed CCP Virus Fatalities Upward

Robot doctors take over hospital to reduce COVID spread

Tech troubles? No problem! US youth help seniors navigate COVID challenges

The pandemic’s unexpected privacy pitfalls

Sen. Rand Paul rips Fauci as ‘unconcerned with liberty,’ ‘not being honest with the American public’

‘Show us the evidence’: Rand Paul rips Fauci over post-vaccine mask mandates

CDC Relaxes Social Distancing in Schools to 3 Feet

Countries around the world have some unusual rules to combat coronavirus

SOUTHCOM’s Faller: China Used Pandemic to Expand ‘Corrosive, Insidious Influence’ in Central, South America, U.S. Influence ‘Eroding’

NGO pans UN rights council for criticizing Israel on vaccination of Palestinians

Gov. DeSantis: Proof of vaccination not required to live your lives as free people in Florida

Airlines test ‘digital passports’ for coronavirus vaccination status

Europe’s COVID-19 setbacks risk another summer travel washout

Michigan restaurant owner in jail for defying virus orders

Texas Roadhouse CEO died by suicide amid ‘unbearable’ post-COVID symptoms, family says

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)

Weekend Snapshot · Mar. 20, 2021 – Top Stories This Week

Dems Roll Out the Immigration Welcome Mat

The House votes to legalize millions while Team Biden says, “We’re open.”

Democrats’ Numbers Gambit With Illegal Aliens

Biden wants a high number of illegals for the political power, so he’s downplaying and blame-shifting the current border crisis.

Atlanta Attack Wrongly Blamed on Guns, Racism

It appears that the suspect’s motive was tied to sex addiction, not race.

Memo to Trump: Call Joe Manchin

If former President Trump wants to ensure the future of American Liberty today, he should call Manchin and propose a recall vote in West Virginia.

Who’s Up for Paying Higher Taxes?

Joe Biden’s handlers have a plan to “pay for” even more federal spending.

Wow, COVID Relief Is a Sham, and Biden’s Trying to Sell It

He and Harris are traveling the country to build support for their $1.9 trillion boondoggle.

Rand Paul Probes Tony Fauci

The Kentucky senator wasn’t buying Fauci’s insistence that we need to keep wearing masks long after we’ve been vaccinated.

$27 Million for George Floyd’s Family Isn’t Justice

The city of Minneapolis has effectively convicted Derek Chauvin before the trial starts.

It’s Time for a Cancel Culture Bash-Fest

Perhaps mockery and derision is the way to defeat this leftist sick-think.

How Big Business Got ‘Woke’

The Left has made a concerted effort to change the culture of American companies.

After-Effects of Washington Post Fake News

The Post’s “bombshell” on Trump’s Georgia call continues to unravel.

The States Will Have to Save Women’s Sports

After a Biden-Harris order to destroy them, federalism is the best tool in the box.

DeSantis: No Woke Racism in Florida Schools

Florida’s governor says no tax dollars will support Critical Race Theory in schools.

Senate Filibuster on the Dems’ Chopping Block

But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warns that he will shut down the Senate should they move forward.

An Army of Social Justice Warriors

Lowering standards for the sake of “equity” for women will harm military readiness.

Democrats Now Party of Leftist Elites, GOP of Working Class

The shift in voter support between the two parties is becoming more significant.

Cartoonists are Canceled, Charlie

The “fact-checkers” come for satirical cartoons that hammer a leftist shiboleth.

Was the Shooting of Ashli Babbitt Justifiable?

When the identity of a police officer in a high-profile case fits the Democrat agenda, they throw him under their bus.

Will Biden Hold the Line in U.S.-China Summit?

Tellingly, there is no plan to discuss the biggest elephant in the room — China’s unleashing the COVID pandemic.

Biden’s Iran Policy Is Turning Back the Clock

Rejoining the nuclear deal, enabling Tehran’s regional hegemony. It’s all on the docket.


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Biden Admin’s Lack of Honesty About Border Crisis is “Unconscionable” | Chad Wolf on Fox Business

Heritage Visiting Fellow Chad Wolf joined Fox Business, Thursday, March 18, to talk about the the latest on the border crisis, the Biden administration’s lack of honesty and openness with the American people about the crisis, and why we need to strive to secure our borders fast.

Reagan-Appointed Judge Tears Into “Democrat-Run” Media, Calls For SCOTUS to Remove Protections | WayneDupree.com

This man is going to war with the biased media

As we all know, the media in this country is a monster that’s grown in epic proportions over the past several years and at this point is virtually unstoppable.

The press yields unfounded power and it’s almost all controlled by the Democrats.

While conservatives have found their own alternative ways to get news and information, the main media still runs the roost and there’s really no signs of their power waning.

But one Reagan-appointed federal judge has seen enough of the biased media and is taking serious action to make sure they’re kept in check.

Judge Laurence Silberman is proclaiming that conservative voices are being quashed by the liberal media and that in order to reestablish a fair playing field, he’s imploring SCOTUS to overturn major legislation that gives the media this huge advantage.

From The Daily Mail

A federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C. has penned a scathing dissent accusing the media of being a ‘trumpet’ for the Democratic Party, while calling on his colleagues to overturn a Supreme Court landmark decision protecting the press.

Senior Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman lamented that conservatives are being oppressed by overwhelmingly liberal news media, academia and tech companies creating ‘a frighteningly orthodox media culture.’

The judge responded to a decision on Friday to toss a libel suit filed by two former Liberian officials against human rights group Global Witness, over a report implying they had accepted bribes from an oil company.

Silberman, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1985, was the only judge to dissent in the case, which found the plaintiffs could not prove ‘actual malice’, under New York Times v. Sullivan 1964.

The 85-year-old judge criticized the legal precedent in his dissent for increasing the power of the media, something he described as ‘so dangerous’, ‘because we are very close to one-party control of these institutions.’

He then went on to launch an attack on media organizations as well as Silicon Valley, which he claims is responsible for the increasingly anti-conservative bias in the news.

God bless this man!

Why aren’t there more federal judges who are fighting this fiercely to ensure that our 1st Amendment rights are protected?

Source: Reagan-Appointed Judge Tears Into “Democrat-Run” Media, Calls For SCOTUS to Remove Protections

Scoop: ICE securing hotel rooms to hold growing number of migrant families | Axios

The Biden administration has awarded an $86 million contract for hotel rooms near the border to hold around 1,200 migrant family members who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, DHS officials confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: It’s a sign of growing numbers of migrant families trying to come to the U.S. — in addition to already overwhelming numbers of kids crossing the border without their parents or legal guardians. Both trends appear to be straining government resources.

  • The contract through Endeavors, a Texas-based nonprofit, is for six months but could be extended and expanded. The hotels will be near border areas, including in Arizona and Texas.
  • ICE oversees the custody of migrant adults and families who cross the border illegally after they are apprehended by border patrol agents. The agency is already transforming its family detention facilities into rapid-processing centers with the goal of releasing families within 72 hours.
  • Regardless, the contracts with hotels point to the agency not being able to keep up with the growing numbers of families in its custody.

The big picture: Immigration agencies have used hotels in the past — as recently as last year for unaccompanied minors who the Trump administration was quickly expelling under an emergency public health order.

  • Hotel rooms are likely a safer option than border patrol stations, but do not have to follow the same safety protocols that official government detention spaces do.

By the numbers: The number of migrant family members caught crossing the southwest border more than doubled between January and February — rising from 7,000 to nearly 19,000, according to the most recently released agency data.

  • Border officials continue to use a Trump-era order to quickly return many families to Mexico. But Mexico has limited capacity to take in migrant families and won’t accept some with young children, according to administration officials.
  • 42% of families were expelled to Mexico last month — down from 64% in January and 91% in October, according to the data. More than 13,000 family members who crossed the U.S. border illegally have been allowed into the country since the start of January, many released into border communities.
  • The Biden administration does not use the order to expel unaccompanied children, as the previous administration did.

What to watch: The Biden administration has been pressuring the Mexican government to increase its own immigration enforcement, to help slow the number of Central Americans making their way through the country to the U.S.-Mexico border, the New York Times and Washington Post have reported.

  • The U.S. is also giving more than 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Mexico.

Source: Scoop: ICE securing hotel rooms to hold growing number of migrant families

Mexican officials admit Trump’s immigration policies helped curb the overwhelming surge of migrants

The Biden administration is searching for answers on how to handle the current border crisis, which has seen the highest number of illegal immigrants at the U.S. southern border in the last 20 years, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and a senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement .

Source: Mexican officials admit Trump’s immigration policies helped curb the overwhelming surge of migrants

March 20 Morning Quotes of The Day

The One Who Ends Well Is Approved
Romans 2:7; 5:3–4; Galatians 1:6; Hebrews 10:36; James 1:4, 12; 5:11; Revelation 14:12

It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God’s sight.


Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

“Holy Scripture Is Like a Diamond”
Psalm 119:130; Hebrews 4:12–13

The Holy Scripture is like a diamond: in the dark it is like a piece of glass, but as soon as the light strikes it the water begins to sparkle, and the scintillation of life greets us.


Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

March 20 Morning Verse of The Day

9:6 Although Mt 4:16 applies the passage as a whole (vv. 2–7) to Jesus Christ by implication, the NT does not specifically apply to Him the names, or titles, listed in this verse. Some commentators believe Isaiah was describing a Judean ruler to come during his own time; thus, these names were applied to the reigns of Hezekiah, Josiah, and even Ahaz. But even if the names do not recur, as such, in the NT, they fit the ministry and messianic role of Jesus. As a “Wonderful Counselor,” He is a doer of “miracles, wonders, and signs” (Acts 2:22) who sends the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to continue His work (Jn 14:26). Hailed as “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28) in His resurrection, Jesus has been given “all authority … in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18). As one with the Father (Jn 10:30), He is eternal—“alive forever and ever” (Rv 1:18). As a member of David’s royal line (Rm 1:3) He is the Prince who brings peace between Jew and non-Jew (Eph 2:14), whose rule over all kingdoms (Rv 1:5) brings an end to wars.[1]

9:6 “Wonderful, Counselor” is actually one name instead of two. Government was considered a burden and thus was often described as being borne on the back or shoulders. “Mighty God” (˒el gibbor, Heb.) is literally “God Hero,” i.e., “an heroic God,” an emphasis upon the deity of the Messiah. The word “Father” describes the relationship God is to have with His people (63:16; Ps. 103:13), while “Everlasting” defines the type of fatherhood, forever guarding and sustaining. He establishes a peace beyond the temporary cessation of warfare. Taken together, the four names of the coming Messiah are an extension of the name “Immanuel.” They are not names in the modern sense but rather attributes of the One to whom they are given (cf. 7:14, note).[2]

9:6 child … son. The good news is the birth of Jesus Christ. The four royal names express His divine and human qualities, giving assurance that He is indeed “Immanuel” (7:14).

born … given. The verbs are consistent with His humanity and deity respectively.

Mighty God. As a warrior, God protects His people (10:21; Deut. 10:17; Jer. 32:18).

Everlasting Father. The Father and King cares for His subjects (40:9–11; 65:17–25; Matt. 18:12–14; 23:9–12; Rom. 8:15–17).

Prince of Peace. His government brings peace (2:4; 11:6–9; Ps. 72:7; Zech. 9:10; Luke 2:14).[3]

9:6 a son has been given to us The promise of hope through a future Davidic king. Attempts to connect this promise to a ruler of Isaiah’s day usually focus on Hezekiah, son and successor of Ahaz, the king to whom Isaiah delivered his warnings and who rejected his offer to provide a sign in Isa 7:12.

The sign provided in 7:14 and the prediction of a future ideal Davidic ruler point ultimately to the Messiah, but immediate hopes for Judah’s future would have been directed at the Davidic line, continued through Hezekiah. However, Hezekiah was likely already born during the Syro-Ephraimite conflict that forms the historical backdrop of this part of Isaiah.

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God This list of titles or attributes for the future king include divine titles that would be unusual if referring to a human Davidic king. For example, “Mighty God” clearly refers to Yahweh Himself in 10:21.[4]

9:6 to us. A gift of divine grace to sinners. a child … a son. This is the invincible figure striding across the world stage, taking gracious command, according to vv. 4–5 (cf. Ps. 2:7–9; Luke 1:32). Isaiah presents the events as if it were the time of the child’s arrival, with an expectation of what he will achieve (Isa. 9:7). Wonderful Counselor. A “counselor” is one who is able to make wise plans (cf. 11:2). He is a ruler whose wisdom is beyond merely human capabilities, unlike intelligent but foolish Ahaz (cf. 28:29). Mighty God. A title of the Lord himself (10:20–21; Deut. 10:17; Neh. 9:32; Jer. 32:18). Everlasting Father. A “father” here is a benevolent protector (cf. Isa. 22:21; Job 29:16), which is the task of the ideal king and is also the way God himself cares for his people (cf. Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Ps. 103:13). (That is, this is not using the Trinitarian title “Father” for the Messiah; rather, it is portraying him as a king.) Prince of Peace. He is the ruler whose reign will bring about peace because the nations will rely on his just decisions in their disputes (cf. Isa. 2:4; 11:6–9; 42:4; 49:7; 52:15). This kind of king contrasts with even the best of the Davidic line that Judah has experienced so far, because these titles show that this king will be divine. Thus this cannot refer to, say, Hezekiah (whose father Ahaz was king at the time), who for all his piety was nevertheless flawed (cf. 39:5–8) and only human.

9:6 The Messiah is both human (from the line of David) and divine (see John 1:14; Col. 2:9).[5]

9:6 child … son. These terms elaborate further on Immanuel, the child to be born to the virgin (7:14). The virgin’s child will also be the royal Son of David, with rights to the Davidic throne (9:7; cf. Mt 1:21; Lk 1:31–33; 2:7, 11). government. In fulfillment of this verse and Ps 2:9, the Son will rule the nations of the world (Rev 2:27; 19:15). Wonderful Counselor. In contrast to Ahaz, this King will implement supernatural wisdom in discharging His office (cf. 2Sa 16:23; 1Ki 3:28). Mighty God. As a powerful warrior, the Messiah will accomplish the military exploits mentioned in 9:3–5 (cf. 10:21; Dt 10:17; Ne 9:32). Eternal Father. The Messiah will be a Father to His people eternally. As Davidic King, He will compassionately care for and discipline them (40:11; 63:16; 64:8; Pss 68:5, 6; 103:13; Pr 3:12). Prince of Peace. The government of Immanuel will procure and perpetuate peace among the nations of the world (2:4; 11:6–9; Mic 4:3).[6]

9:6 Born speaks of the Child’s humanity and given of His deity. Wonderful, Counselor is one name, meaning “wonderful divine Counselor” (11:1–5). Mighty God indicates that the Lord is a powerful Warrior (10:21). Everlasting Father describes a King and Father who provides for and protects His people forever (40:9–11; Matt. 11:27–30). Thus the word Father is used here of the Savior’s role as an ideal king. Prince of Peace is the climactic title (2:4; 11:6–9; 53:5; Luke 2:14; Rom. 5:1). The Child is the true Prince—the One who has the right to reign and who will usher in peace. The four double names combine aspects of Jesus’ deity and His humanity. Together, these four double names assert the dual nature of the Savior: He is God become man.[7]

9:6 The First Advent is described in verse 6a: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” The first clause speaks of His humanity, the second of His deity. The next part of the verse points forward to the Second Advent:

the government will be upon His shoulder—He will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. The rest of the verse describes His personal glories:

His name will be called Wonderfulthis name is a noun, not an adjective, and speaks of His Person and work.

Counselor—His wisdom in government.

Mighty God—the omnipotent, supreme Ruler.

Everlasting Father—or better, the Father (or “Source”) of eternity. Eternal Himself, He confers eternal life on those who believe in Him. Vine comments: “There is a twofold revelation in this: (1) He inhabits and possesses eternity (57:15); (2) He is loving, tender, compassionate, an all wise Instructor, Trainer, and Provider.”

Prince of Peace (Sar-Shālôm)—the One who will at last bring peace to this troubled world.[8]

6. For unto us a child is born. Isaiah now argues from the design, to show why this deliverance ought to be preferred to the rest of God’s benefits, namely, because not only will God bring back the people from captivity, but he will place Christ on his royal throne, that under him supreme and everlasting happiness may be enjoyed. Thus he affirms that the kindness of God will not be temporary, for it includes the whole of that intermediate period during which the Church was preserved till the coming of Christ. Nor is it wonderful if the Prophet makes a sudden transition from the return of the ancient people to the full restoration of the Church, which took place many centuries afterwards; for in our observations on chapter 7:14, we have remarked, that there being no other way that God is reconciled to us than through the Mediator, all the promises are founded on him; and that on this account it is customary with the Prophets, whenever they wish to encourage the hearts of believers by good hope, to bring this forward as a pledge or earnest. To this must be added, that the return from the captivity in Babylon was the commencement of the renovation of the Church, which was completed when Christ appeared; and consequently there is no absurdity in an uninterrupted succession. Justly, therefore, does Isaiah teach that they ought not to confine their attention to the present benefit, but should consider the end, and refer everything to it. “This is your highest happiness, that you have been rescued from death, not only that you may live in the land of Canaan, but that you may arrive at the kingdom of God.”

Hence we learn that we ought not to swallow up the benefits which we receive from God, so as instantly to forget them, but should raise our minds to Christ, otherwise the advantage will be small, and the joy will be transitory; because they will not lead us to taste the sweetness of a Father’s love, unless we keep in remembrance the free election of God, which is ratified in Christ. In short, the Prophet does not wish that this people should be wholly occupied with the joy occasioned by the outward and short-lived freedom which they had obtained, but that they should look at the end, that is, at the preservation of the Church, till Christ, the only Redeemer, should appear; for he ought to be the ground and perfection of all our joy.

A child is born. The Jews impudently torture this passage, for they interpret it as relating to Hezekiah, though he had been born before this prediction was uttered. But he speaks of it as something new and unexpected; and it is even a promise, intended to arouse believers to the expectation of a future event; and therefore there can be no hesitation in concluding that he describes a child that was afterwards to be born.

He is called the Son of God. Although in the Hebrew language the word son, I admit, has a wide acceptation, yet that is when something is added to it. Every man is the son of his father: those who are a hundred years old are called (Is. 65:20) the sons of a hundred years; wicked men are called the sons of wickedness; those who are blessed are called the sons of blessing; and Isaiah called a fruitful hill the son of fatness. (Is. 5:1.) But son, without any addition, can mean none else than the Son of God; and it is now ascribed to Christ, by way of eminence, (κατʼ ἐξοχὴν,) in order to inform us, that by this striking mark he is distinguished from the rest of mankind. Nor can it be doubted that Isaiah referred to that well-known prediction, which was in the mouth of every person, I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son, (2 Sam. 7:14,) as it is afterwards repeated, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (Ps. 2:7.) Had it not been commonly and generally known that the Messiah would be the Son of God, it would have been foolish and unmeaning for Isaiah simply to call him the Son. Accordingly, this title is derived from the former prediction, from which the Apostle reasons, that the excellence of Christ exalts him above all the angels. (Heb. 1:5.)

Now, though in the person of a child Christ might have a mean appearance, still the designation of Son points out his high rank. Yet I do not deny that he might have been called the Son of David, but it is more natural to apply it to him as God. The titles which follow are still less applicable to Hezekiah. I shall soon give an ample refutation of the sophistry by which the Jews attempt to evade this passage. Let them slander as they may, the matter is sufficient plain to all who will calmly and soberly examine it.

A Son hath been given to us. There is weight in what he now adds, that this Son was given to the people, in order to inform the Jews that their salvation and that of the whole Church is contained in the person of Christ. And this giving is one of the chief articles of our faith; for it would have been of little avail to us, that Christ was born, if he had not likewise been our own. What this child will be, and what is his rank, he declares in the following statements.

And the government hath been laid upon his shoulder. To suppose, as some do, that this is an allusion to the cross of Christ is manifestly childish. Christ carried the cross on his shoulders, (John 19:17,) and by the cross he gained a splendid triumph over the prince of this world. (John 14:30.) But as the government is here said to have been laid on his shoulders in the same sense in which we shall see that the key of the house of David was laid on the shoulders of Eliakim, (Is. 22:22,) we need not go far to seek ingenious expositions. Yet I agree with those who think that there is an indirect contrast between the government which the Redeemer bore on his shoulders and the staff of the shoulder which was just now mentioned; for it agrees well, and is not liable to any objections. He therefore shows that the Messiah will be different from indolent kings, who leave off business and cares, and live at their ease; for he will be able to bear the burden. Thus he asserts the superiority and grandeur of his government, because by his own power Christ will obtain homage to himself, and he will discharge his office, not only with the tips of his fingers, but with his full strength.

And his name shall be called. Though יקרא, (yĭkrā,) he shall call, be an active verb, I have not hesitated to translate it in a passive sense; for the meaning is the same as if he had made use of the plural number, they shall call. We have a French idiom that resembles it, on appellera, literally, one shall call, that is, he shall be called. The Jews apply it to God, and read it continously, he shall call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. But it is very evident that this proceeds from a desire, or rather from a licentious eagerness, to obscure the glory of Christ; for if they had not laboured with excessive keenness to rob him of his Godhead, the passage would run on very smoothly as interpreted by our divines. Besides, what necessity was there for ascribing to God those attributes, if the Prophet meant nothing more than that God gave a name to Messiah? For the attributes which are usually ascribed to God are either perpetual or accommodated to the case in hand, neither of which suppositions can here be admitted. Again, it would have been an interruption of the regular order to insert the name of God in the midst of various titles, but it ought to have run thus, the mighty God, Wonderful, Counsellor, shall call. Now, I do not see how the name יועצ (yōgnētz) can be applied absolutely to God, for it belongs to counsellors who attend kings or other persons. If any obstinate wrangler shall contend for the notion of the Rabbins, he will show nothing but his own impudence. Let us follow the plain and natural meaning.

Wonderful. It ought to be observed that those titles are not foreign to the subject, but are adapted to the case in hand, for the Prophet describes what Christ will show himself to be towards believers. He does not speak of Christ’s mysterious essence, but applauds his excellencies, which we perceive and experience by faith. This ought to be the more carefully considered, because the greater part of men are satisfied with his mere name, and do not observe his power and energy, though that ought to be chiefly regarded.

By the first title he arouses the minds of the godly to earnest attention, that they may expect from Christ something more excellent than what we see in the ordinary course of God’s works, as if he had said, that in Christ are hidden the invaluable treasures of wonderful things. (Col. 2:3.) And, indeed, the redemption which he has brought surpasses even the creation of the world. It amounts to this, that the grace of God, which will be exhibited in Christ, exceeds all miracles.

Counsellor. The reason of this second title is, that the Redeemer will come endowed with absolute wisdom. Now, let us remember what I have just noticed, that the Prophet does not here reason about the hidden essence of Christ, but about the power which he displays towards us. It is not, therefore, because he knows all his Father’s secrets that the Prophet calls him Counsellor, but rather because, proceeding from the bosom of the Father, (John 1:18,) he is in every respect the highest and most perfect teacher. In like manner we are not permitted to get wisdom but from his Gospel, and this contributes also to the praise of the Gospel, for it contains the perfect wisdom of God, as Paul frequently shows. (1 Cor. 1:24, 30; Eph. 1:17; Col. 1:9.) All that is necessary for salvation is opened up by Christ in such a manner, and explained with such familiarity, that he addresses the disciples no longer as servants but as friends. (John 15:14, 15.)

The mighty God. אל (El) is one of the names of God, though derived from strength, so that it is sometimes added as an attribute. But here it is evidently a proper name, because Isaiah is not satisfied with it, and in addition to it employs the adjective גבור, (gibbōr,) which means strong. And indeed if Christ had not been God, it would have been unlawful to glory in him; for it is written, Cursed be he that trusteth in man. (Jer. 17:5.) We must, therefore, meet with the majesty of God in him, so that there truly dwells in him that which cannot without sacrilege be attributed to a creature.

He is, therefore, called the mighty God, for the same reason that he was formerly called Immanuel. (Isa. 7:14.) For if we find in Christ nothing but the flesh and nature of man, our glorying will be foolish and vain, and our hope will rest on an uncertain and insecure foundation; but if he shows himself to be to us God and the mighty God, we may now rely on him with safety. With good reason does he call him strong or mighty, because our contest is with the devil, death, and sin, (Eph. 6:12,) enemies too powerful and strong, by whom we would be immediately vanquished, if the strength of Christ had not rendered us invincible. Thus we learn from this title that there is in Christ abundance of protection for defending our salvation, so that we desire nothing beyond him; for he is God, who is pleased to show himself strong on our behalf. This application may be regarded as the key to this and similar passages, leading us to distinguish between Christ’s mysterious essence and the power by which he hath revealed himself to us.

The father of the age. The Greek translator has added μέλλοντος, future; and, in my opinion, the translation is correct, for it denotes eternity, unless it be thought better to view it as denoting “perpetual duration,” or “an endless succession of ages,” lest any one should improperly limit it to the heavenly life, which is still hidden from us. (Col. 3:3) True, the Prophet includes it, and even declares that Christ will come, in order to bestow immortality on his people; but as believers, even in this world, pass from death to life, (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14,) this world is embraced by the eternal condition of the Church.

The name Father is put for Author, because Christ preserves the existence of his Church through all ages, and bestows immortality on the body and on the individual members. Hence we conclude how transitory our condition is, apart from him; for, granting that we were to live for a very long period after the ordinary manner of men, what after all will be the value of our long life? We ought, therefore, to elevate our minds to that blessed and everlasting life, which as yet we see not, but which we possess by hope and faith. (Rom. 8:25)

The Prince of Peace. This is the last title, and the Prophet declares by it that the coming of Christ will be the cause of full and perfect happiness, or, at least, of calm and blessed safety. In the Hebrew language peace often signifies prosperity, for of all blessings not one is better or more desirable than peace. The general meaning is, that all who submit to the dominion of Christ will lead a quiet and blessed life in obedience to him. Hence it follows that life, without this King, is restless and miserable.

But we must also take into consideration the nature of this peace. It is the same with that of the kingdom, for it resides chiefly in the consciences; otherwise we must be engaged in incessant conflicts and liable to daily attacks. Not only, therefore, does he promise outward peace, but that peace by which we return to a state of favour with God, who were formerly at enmity with him. Justified by faith, says Paul, we have peace with God. (Rom. 5:1) Now, when Christ shall have brought composure to our minds, the same spiritual peace will hold the highest place in our hearts, (Philip. 4:7; Col. 3:15,) so that we will patiently endure every kind of adversity, and from the same fountain will likewise flow outward prosperity, which is nothing else than the effect of the blessing of God.

Now, to apply this for our own instruction, whenever any distrust arises, and all means of escape are taken away from us, whenever, in short, it appears to us that everything is in a ruinous condition, let us recall to our remembrance that Christ is called Wonderful, because he has inconceivable methods of assisting us, and because his power is far beyond what we are able to conceive. When we need counsel, let us remember that he is the Counsellor. When we need strength, let us remember that he is Mighty and Strong. When new terrors spring up suddenly every instant, and when many deaths threaten us from various quarters, let us rely on that eternity of which he is with good reason called the Father, and by the same comfort let us learn to soothe all temporal distresses. When we are inwardly tossed by various tempests, and when Satan attempts to disturb our consciences, let us remember that Christ is The Prince of Peace, and that it is easy for him quickly to allay all our uneasy feelings. Thus will these titles confirm us more and more in the faith of Christ, and fortify us against Satan and against hell itself.[9]

[1] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1006). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Is 9:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 963). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 9:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1257). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Is 9:6). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 818–819). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 947). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[9] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Vol. 1, pp. 306–313). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.


Amazing Love (Part 4 of 7) – Programs – Truth For Life

The Prodigal Son left home to live life his way. His plan soon led to disaster, though, and he humbly returned home. In his father’s warm welcome, we catch a glimpse of God’s amazing love. Hear more when you join us on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. 

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