Notes from the Desk of Tom Nelson

Governing the Body

Jesus said, “the body is weak.” What are you doing to keep you body in check? Read part 8 of the “Theology of Success” series…

A Work Ethic

We are to have a higher standard and motivation- the glory of God in whatever He calls us to do. Read part 6 of the “Theology of Success” series…

Submitting to Authority

Disrespect of authority is a compass needle pointing to disaster. Read part 5 of the “Theology of Success” series…

Making Independent Moral Choices

A successful person must cancel out the clatter of white noise and listen solely to the Master’s voice. Read part 4 of the “Theology of Success” series…

The Fear of God

The continuation of the “Theology of Success” series

The Incomparable Christ Part XXXI: The Eternal State

In a somewhat cryptic, enigmatic text Paul says to the Corinthians in I Corinthians 15:24-28, “Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXX: The Great White Throne Judgement of Christ

“…on the day when according to my gospel God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ” (Rom. 2:16) “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world through a man…” (Acts 17:31) Jesus Christ is not only man’s savior but is also man’s judge.  He will either have taken man’s […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXIX: The Kingdom of Christ

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” How many know this verse by heart and have recited it a thousand times and yet have no concept of what Jesus meant.  The Kingdom of God as the Old Testament speaks of it is not some great noral or spiritual […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXVIII: The Second Coming of Our Lord

How puzzling it must have been to the prophets and to those who read them concerning the person of the Jewish Messiah.  In some texts He is seen as silent and suffering unjustly until death.  In others the Messiah is seen as reigning in Jerusalem, destroying armies, splitting mountains and bringing peace to all the […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXVII: The Day of the Lord

The apostle Paul said, “God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world through a man.” (Acts 17:31)  Jesus said the Father “hath committed all judgment to the Son.” (John 5:22)  Every knee shall bow as the rebellion of man shall be quelled and punished.  Man will be either saved or crushed.  […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXVI: The Bema, the Judgment Seat of Christ

“For we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each of us may be recompensed for his deeds in the body whether good or bad.”  2 Cor. 5:10 It is called the Bema or the Judgment Seat of Christ and is, in my opinion, the most untaught area of Christology.  It’s not […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXV: The Rapture of the Church

What is Christ doing now? Paul said it clearly. “A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Rom 11:25). The “fullness of the Gentiles” are the “sheep of another fold” (John 10:16), the elect of God that God will save in this age. The church age is […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXIV: The Ascension and Session of Christ

Jesus physically ascended forty days after His appearing to the twelve.  Then He . . . a man, man’s representative man . . . the Last Adam . . . sat down enthroned at the right hand of God.  You see, God will not change His purposes even though sin might complicate things.  Man was […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXIII: The Resurrection of Our Lord

Did Christ really rise from the dead?  Was it prophetic of the Messiah?  Is it important?  Why did He have to rise?  What did the resurrection accomplish? The first thing to note is that He most assuredly did rise.  In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Paul said that the resurrection is foundational to and inseparable from true […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXII: The Death of Christ

Why did Jesus have to die? “Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from Me.” What this means is “if there is any other way to forgive men and save men apart from My suffering and death then let it be so.” But we all know the divine response… “Not my will but […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XXI: The Passion or Sufferings of Christ

It was a somber Savior who approached Jerusalem that Passover, the 33rd Passover of His life; the 3rd of His ministry.  The crowd who awaited Him was exhilarated because if ever there was a Messiah, this was him.  This one who did Messianic miracles (Isaiah 35) and who could lead Israel to freedom.  But Jesus […]