All posts by CAFNepal

He is Risen!!!


“You seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been raised. He is not here.” Mark 16:6

Isaiah 53 (New International Version)

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression [a] and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken. [b]

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes [c] his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life [d] and be satisfied [e] ;
by his knowledge [f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, [g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong, [h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Advertisements

Saved by Grace through Faith in Isaiah 55:6-13


[I was assigned to write an exegetical paper on any of the passage from the Old Testament in the Winter Semester in 2008. Here, I’ve presented my term paper on Isaiah passage which I liked]

Saved by Grace through Faith in Isaiah 55:6 – 13

Isaiah 55:6-13 (English Standard Version)

6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12″For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Observation:

As we look through the previous chapters, Isaiah – the great prophet of his time in the Southern kingdom, Judah – proclaims the amazing promises of God followed by the announcement of the oracles of judgment on them. Isaiah himself bears name as the author of the book. Because of its account of length, values, and coverage of the subject matter, the book has been assigned as the first rank among other major and minor prophetic books. The recorded apostasy of Israelites and God’s judgment oracle upon them can be found halfway down the book of Isaiah. However, the chapters subsequent to 39 have hope, grace, and mercy. Chapters 40 onward are the clear picture of coming out of darkness to light[1]. Continue reading Saved by Grace through Faith in Isaiah 55:6-13

Static Goal but Shifting Form of Evil


“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Once British statesman, Edmund Burke made this statement. Does this quotation sound not so good? Certainly, it is. However, we should not underestimate the truth that human goodness is not enough to triumph evil, nor should we fear of defeat from evil because of inadequate goodness in us. While the human race is doomed to inevitable death, and evil deceives and seems victorious in our pain and suffering, still he is deprived of autonomy and constantly defeated.

The implacable character of evil can never turn to good; yet, Evil can be resisted for time being. CS Lewis also affirms that “Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good”[1]. He has presented three different human perspectives of evil in his series respectively: the Screwtape Letters, the Problem of Pain, and the Great Divorce.

Lewis never portrays Evil as a horned, disfigured, and terrific creature, as the folklores and folk tales tell us about it. Neither the devil is a comic figure that has big paws, claws, and horn[2]. In the Screwtape Letters, the author reminds his readers in the preface that the devil is a liar. He is an unseen mysterious force that acts just opposite of goodness of God. We do not find him wandering and scaring people as a dreadful monster. Yet, he is real and could be frightful that we have thought of him. Continue reading Static Goal but Shifting Form of Evil

“There is No Condemnation” (Romans 8:1): But Why Not?


In his essay “There is No Condemnation”, Chuck Lowe answers his thesis “Why there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ?” Before he presents his answer, he speculates on the precepts of the instant answer from the evangelicals– the substituionary atonement of Christ justifies us from our sins – to new believers . In this regard of explaining the meaning of “no condemnation”, the commentators also have considered trouble in explaining the meaning of the text. The main theme of the essay of Lowe is that people cannot escape from the condemnation through the atonement of Christ alone, but they should be transformed by the Spirit which is the sanctification from the law of sin and death.

Regarding the plain truth of the text ‘no condemnation’, it preserves the forensic impression of spirit-led Christian life that is transformed to righteousness of Christ. Thus, the fruit bearing life of the spirit invalidates condemnation which demands death. Further, Lowe writes that enslavement to sin leads to death. No one is excused for sinning. God does not show favoritism. The law of sin and death applies to Christian and non-Christian equally. Nevertheless, the condemnation requires eschatological judgment of our sin from God; the judgment can be avoided through the redemptive and propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Lowe states that, “condemnation and death are dethroned by justification and life through Jesus Christ” (234). Therefore, the author highlights the prominent themes of justification through the alien righteousness of Christ from the Romans first five chapters. Continue reading “There is No Condemnation” (Romans 8:1): But Why Not?

Where is God when it Hurts?


Where is God when it Hurts?

In his Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Where is God When it Hurts, Philip Yancey brings forth the very realistic questions and dilemmas about human pain and suffering in this world. If there is a benevolent, loving God, why is then there such a substance called pain in this world? Do they have any specific meaning for human lives? Does God decree and orchestrate every heartbreaking and sobering tragedy in order to convey his divine message to people? Or is God unwilling and unable to cope with the ongoing havoc and chaos caused by evil in this world?

Despite nobody wants pain, there is pain. Are hands of God not long and strong enough to pull his people from the pit of pain? Where was God when six million Jews, God’s chosen people were dumped in the burning oven? Why did God not intervene when those children who did not know right from wrong were thrown into the oven and the surrounding atmosphere was full of human burning smell? Was he watching from the distance? Do these wicked acts of human beings, in fact, not make God the author of evil?

These are the questions that linger in every human mind which is trying to find the unfulfilling answer to these questions. Yancey looks at three distinctive areas of life where pain has affected – physical, emotional, and spiritual. By employing decent numbers of examples from the Bible and his own experiences in life, he helps us to look into this kind of scandalous topic like undeserved pain and suffering and why we suffer. Continue reading Where is God when it Hurts?