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Paul Wells

Paul Wells
Role: Professor

Paul Wells was born in Liverpool, England. He is  an Emeritus Professor of the Faculté Jean Calvin Aix-en-Provence, France, and Associate Professor at North West University (SA). Dr. Paul Wells is also the Editor in Chief of Unio cum Chirsto. He lives in southern England.

His Th.D. thesis at the Free University of Amsterdam, James Barr and the Bible (1980) was republished last year by Wipf and Stock. He received a D.D. (Honoris Causa) from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, in 2010. Recent publications include a new translation and edition of Calvin’s Institutes in modern French (Editions Excelsis) and in English Cross Words and Taking the Bible at its Word (Christian Focus Publications).

Latest sermons by this teacher

2017 Spiritual Emphasis Week
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
Duration:57 mins 57 secs
No words have ever been more important than the seven words of Jesus on the cross. They are held together by the central word, the fourth, "My God, why have you abandoned me" (Mark 15.34). In the first three words, Jesus speaks in His divinity with power to save, even from the cross. In the final three words He speaks as man, the Son of the covenant, who will return in victory to His place at God's right hand.

In the second word of Christ on the Cross that Dr Paul Wells will speak about in this message, Jesus from the cross, demonstrates that He is the author of special grace as He saves a lost life. The dying thief must believe that only a crucified Saviour can help him.

Oh yes, the dying thief will die, and we too will die one day. But how are you going to die? Will you die without hope? Or will you die with the assurance of eternal life in heaven like the dying thief did? It is possible to live a wasted life and perish without hope! But that ought not to be the case with you! This could be a message of hope and encouragement for you. Please read on!
2017 Spiritual Emphasis Week
Thu, Mar 02, 2017
Duration:57 mins 23 secs
One of the greatest problems among human beings today is that when wrongs are done to us, revenge is sought rather than forgiveness being offered.

But here, Jesus introduces in his first word from the cross, a special sort of forgiveness. Why does he say: "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do" at a very horrible and painful moment when the nails are piercing his hands and feet, nailing him to the cross of wood in the most cruel and indescribable way? This is totally contrary to the way any of us acts!

When we are hurt, what do we do? We shout. We reply in kind. We want to hurt others as much they as they have hurt us. But here, there is no animosity, no resentment, and no hatred on the part of Jesus.

Can you see the great compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ for lost humanity in these words in which he said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." And here, the most surprising thing is that the Lord of history, who could have called down legions of angels to deliver him from the cross, instead exercises a unique forgiveness!

In this exposition of the if the first word of Christ on the Cross, Dr. Paul Wells wants us to consider three main points about this unique prayer: Its purpose Its effects Its power.

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