How does authentic Christianity have a chance to succeed in today’s market-driven Christianity where consumerism and self is king? We need to return to an authentic God! In Genesis chapter one God’s word states, “In the beginning, God”. God alone is self-contained, self sufficient and self-satisfied, and is in need of nothing. God does not change:

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

 God’s essential glory cannot be changed and it cannot be augmented nor diminished. This God is awe-inspiring, and worship provoking, he remains God and will never change.  Moses affirms this in:

EXODUS 15:11
11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

Modern day, market-driven Christianity is continually remodeling itself in a new form of Gnosticism. It has progressed from naming and claiming it (prosperity), to grace. The reason for this is that these Christians have no means of freeing themselves from anxiety and guilt of modernity and life style. It is a continual remodeling to reinvent a relevant Christianity. I used to be one of these myself!

Church has become, to many, a place where we can discover a self-help method or be motivated by practical preaching. Michael Horton reminds us correctly, “Being revolutionized in our understanding of God, ourselves, our world, and our time and place in the light of God’s works would actually help us stand up to the pressures of life”(A better way).

Well, what is needed today? We need the ability which God gives us to die to self. It is not easy but extremely difficult. It is easy to serve self, mask self, but to die to self is a challenge. Paul the Apostle reminds us in:

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

The great divide begins at what is authentic. According to the online dictionary: “Authentic describes something that is original or true and not a copy of anything else”. Why would any person want a copy? I most certainly don’t want a copy of God. The divide can be easily recognized in the following question: Did God discover me as a sinner or did I discover Him? You see, when God discovers the sinner, and His attainment of their salvation, now that is grace!



Has the resurrection and the ascension lost its rightful place in church life?

Many today within the church know little about the atonement and how it applies. The subject of atonement is for another day. Let’s now cogitate on the resurrection and the ascension.The ascension relates to the rising of Jesus from the earth into heaven forty days after the resurrection.

LUKE 24:50-53

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

At the resurrection Christ’s spirit was reunited with His body and He was raised from the dead, just as Christians who have died will be reunited to their bodies and raised in their perfect resurrected bodies. The resurrection of Christ did not consist in the mere re-union of body and soul, but especially in that, in Him, His human nature, both body and soul, was restored to its original beauty and strength and even raised to a higher level. In distinction from all those who had been raised up before Him, He arose with a spiritual body.

1 CORINTHIANS 15: 20 & 23 

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Our resurrection will be a rising from the dead into a glorious new kind of life not subject to aging, sickness, deterioration, weakness or death. At Christ’s resurrection our spiritual journey was established; that is our justification, sanctification and glorification. However because of Christ’s ascension, Christ completed the process so that we can walk in Christ’s justification, sanctification and glorification. Jesus as our High Priest is the only sinless person who went into the holy of holies and was not destroyed by the direct presence of the holy God.

G.K. Beale reminds us that Christ’s kingship and priesthood belong together and are a result of the ascension. “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens” (Heb 8:1). Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the good things to come. He became the priest of the new creation; those whom His heavenly Father calls.

 Our only access to the new heavenly creation is through the completed work of Jesus Christ as the Father draws us.

Thank you Jesus for competing the work “sinless” or without sin!


Love and justice are inseparable relating to our salvation by grace. It has been fascinating for me over the years to witness many preachers and congregation members ignoring justice and over emphasizing love. The love and justice of God are of equal importance.

When we sin, Justice must not take centre stage in order to ignore love. The blood of Jesus Christ is our propitiation. Simon Kistemaker defines propitiation as a “wrath moving sacrifice”. The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus Christ. This was done so that you and I may enjoy the vindication of God’s justice. Now we are subjects of God’s grace, the Apostle John reminds us of this, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36 ESV).

What an incredible Savior who meets the justice of heaven so that the wrath of God can be removed from me and placed on Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. We deserved to bear the wrath of God; yet he who knew no sin became sin so that we may become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

God’s wrath and anger is against ungodliness and unrighteousness (Rom 1:18). God’s wrath is also against those who make excuse for or dismiss their sins and the sins of others (Rom 1:32).For us who live by faith in the grace of God, sin has still to be mastered in our daily lives by the blood of Jesus Christ. Let’s not forget God’s wrath is propitiated by Jesus Christ. By his blood, His life and death, Jesus has taken the punishment for us. What a Savior. The balance is in knowing God’s love and His justice equally. 

Cheap Grace

Salvation never comes by human effort, the law or works. All the benefits are in God and not in self. If there is no clear revelation of the origin of sin, man will always corrupt the benefits which he should receive at salvation.
Let’s look at one of God’s benefits in salvation, “grace”. As we proceed it is important to note that none of the benefits of salvation such as grace can be conferred by man. Grace is not something we can bestow on ourselves. It is only God who can grant us grace. Well then, what is cheap grace? Dietrich Bonhoeffer called it “cheap grace” and said: “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves”. Man once again tries to get involved with God’s works and claim them as his own. Grace should never be cheapened by man. Wayne Grudem gives us a great definition for grace, “God’s goodness toward those who deserve punishment”. We receive grace from Jesus and His finished work.

JOHN 1:16-18
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

The conviction of sin always precedes receiving grace by faith in Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

In conclusion God must deal with the sin question in our lives before we can enjoy the benefits of salvation.