Tony Evans’ Blog

The Ministry of Christ

The Ministry of ChristHe is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. – Colossians 1:18 Christ has ascended into the heavens and sits at the right hand of God the Father. What is He currently doing—what is His present ministry to His people? Scripture paints several pictures of Christ’s present ministry to help us visualize, understand, comprehend, and appreciate what Christ […]

The Spiritual Man

The Spiritual ManHe who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 Spiritual men and women—Christians—have learned to think as Christ thinks because they have the mind of Christ. To “appraise” in the verse above means to examine. A spiritual person examines life from God’s perspective. What our brain is to our body, […]

The Natural Man

The Natural ManHe was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. – Acts 1:9 People don’t talk much about one significant event of Jesus’ life—His ascension. We know it happened, but many of us aren’t sure of its significance. But when Jesus went from earth back to heaven, a link occurred that was very important. The ascension was important because it fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy that He would return to His Father: “I came forth […]

The Importance of the Resurrection

The Importance of the ResurrectionTo these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. – Acts 1:3 Jesus is unique for many reasons, but the most distinguishing factor is without question His resurrection. The whole Christian faith rises and falls on the truth of the resurrection. The resurrection is intellectually feasible, and there is proof for the resurrection of Christ that can […]

The Accomplishments of the Cross

The Accomplishments of the CrossWho will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. – Romans 8:33 The cross of Christ provided the basis for our justification. Justification is a legal term that means to acquit, or to be found not guilty. In the courtroom of your life, you are accused of the guilt of your sins, but by the blood of Christ you are found not guilty. Justification is a pardon from the death penalty. Because of what Christ has […]

The Nature of the Cross

The Nature of the CrossAccording to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. – Hebrews 9:22 God forgives sin through the shedding of blood. You can’t come up with your own method of getting rid of your sin. Forgiveness of sin requires blood. Why did God make that requirement? It goes all the way back to the garden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the first thing God did was slay an […]

The Need for the Cross

The Need for the CrossI know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. – Romans 7:18 The cross is the defining portrait of Christ; it is, in fact, how He defined Himself because He said that He came into the world to die. He was born to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Jesus’ death on the cross is the centerpiece of […]

Remarkable Fruit

Remarkable Fruit[God] made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. – 2 Corinthians 3:6 The Holy Spirit within us makes life real; life comes alive. When we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer, life is no longer simply theology. The theology in our heads becomes real in our lives, drawing us closer to God through the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit […]

Walking in the Spirit

Walking in the SpiritWe know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. – 1 John 3:24 We all live in the flesh, so we will struggle with the desires of the flesh until we get to heaven. But we can bring these desires under the Holy Spirit’s influence. “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Notice that the apostle Paul doesn’t say we won’t have the […]

The Raging Battle

The Raging BattleI say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. – Galatians 5:16-17 The very Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. God wants to express His mind, […]