Romans

After Paul’s third missionary journey, he wanted to go to Rome and then to Spain (Acts 19:21; 20:3-6; cf. Romans 15:24). According to the traditional view, Paul wrote the letter to Romans possibly in Corinth in AD 56-57 (Bailey & Constable 1999:249) or, according...

The Gospel of John

The reason why the fourth Gospel about the Lord Jesus Christ was written is “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31). This book is for believers and unbelievers, for babes in Christ and...

The Gospel of Luke

Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Both books were addressed to “Theophilus”, a real person whose name in the Greek means “lover of God” (Luke 1:3-4; Acts 1:1-2). Because the longest book in the New Testament is systematically and “consecutively...

The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark depicts Christ as the suffering yet powerful Servant of the Lord (Bailey & Constable 1999:67). Perhaps appropriate for a servant, Mark omits any genealogy. Christ fulfils the various Servant songs of Isaiah (42:1-9; 49:1-13; 50:4-11;...

Keys of the Kingdom

When he confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Peter is blessed by given the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:16, 19). What did Peter really receive? What do these keys not mean? In a context where even John the Baptist wavered and others...