In The Word

Hope in Sorrowful Seasons

By Kyra Riley 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Death seemed like a rare occurrence until the coronavirus pandemic. I live in New York City, and at the virus’s height last spring, hundreds of lives were claimed every day here. Every morning, my phone was inundated with news notifications…700 lives, 800 lives, 1000 lives.…

How to Use Highlighters Effectively in Our Bibles

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Note: Every Friday, we will be featuring a new “how to” blog post here on The Daily Grace Co. blog. Our heart is to provide helpful content that is very practical. The aim of these “how to” posts are not to be prescriptive. Even the very best methodology is powerless to change our hearts! However, we believe that the Christian life involves active participation.

The Sea and Her Monsters

By Sarah Morrison 
Former Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co.  

I probably don’t need to tell you that the book of Revelation contains dense and (at times) peculiar imagery. It’s frankly a book that a lot of us can tend to avoid.…

A Call to Remember

By Jana White  
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co.  

God often called His people to remember. In Deuteronomy 8, we see a particular case of Moses calling the people of God to do that very thing. Although it can be difficult for us to remember previous seasons in our lives, there is value in remembering where we have been and how the Lord has been faithful to us in every season—in good and bad, in discipline and in assurance.…

The Devil Knows the Bible, Do You?

By Sarah Morrison  
Former Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co.  

One of the many fascinating stories in the Gospels is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Told in both Matthew 4 and Luke 4, we read that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.…

The Sovereignty of God

By Jana White 
Editor for The Daily Grace Co. 

This year most of us have experienced something unprecedented. We have faced a global pandemic—a virus that spread throughout the world causing death and destruction. With this came a disruption in normalcy.…

It Was the Will of the Lord to Crush Him

By Joy Lopes 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Honesty Hour  

A tainted view that I held for many years and have heard from the hearts and mouths of believing and unbelieving friends alike, is that God the Father only loves us because of what Jesus did on the cross—that before Jesus’ sacrifice, God did not love or want me and that His wrath was against me fully and finally, until Jesus stepped in to appease Him. 

The lie of those words feels heavy even to write, but it is something I believed for a long time. In those years of misunderstanding, I did not know there was anything wrong with my theology—what I believed about God. I figured it did not matter much because I was in Christ, and so God the Father saw Him and not me anymore. I thought I was hidden from Him; I did not have to face His disappointment, disapproval, or rejection. In a way, it was like I had disappeared completely, and only Christ was left–which is not wholly false.  

Scripture Interprets Scripture  

But I would read verses like Galatians 2:20 which says that I have been crucified with Christ and He is now the One who lives, and I would use that to fuel that misconception of Father God’s view of me. The Scriptures themselves do not pollute our understanding of God, but the preconceptions we bring to them can influence our application, or misapplication, of the Bible. This is why we need Scripture to interpret Scripture for us and not our own, extrabiblical ideas. This means that we should rely on other parts of the Bible to shape our understanding of more difficult passages and continually ask the Holy Spirit to guide us.  

If I had allowed the rest of the Bible to influence my understanding of Galatians 2:20, I would have understood that while its words were completely true—that I have been crucified with Christ and that He lives perfectly in my place before the Father—I would have also seen that Jesus’ blood covers me in this way because the Father purposed that it should, in order to draw me near to Himself. His blood cleanses me to make me presentable to the Father, not to hide me from His view (Ephesians 5:25-27).

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