Are You In or Out?

It is an incomparably weighty matter to be either in Christ or outside of Christ. In fact, the most crucial question of your life and mine is this question: Am I in Christ? The New Testament emphasizes the significance of being “in Christ” in a variety of ways. Consider a few of them, adapted from […]

Lot’s Choice

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him the choice of the land, we read: And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the […]

Something More than Christians?

Sometimes people will ask, “What are you, religiously?” One who follows the Bible may simply answer, “I am a Christian.” But this may not satisfy the one asking the question; he may insist on greater specificity: “I mean, what church are you a member of?” The Bible believer will simply say, “I am a member […]

An Outdated Constitution

Imagine that anthropologists discovered a constitution put in place by a society that occupied our territory hundreds of years ago. What an excitement for students of political history! Such a document would be studied carefully to the last letter, because it would give us insight into an older society, and might even give us some […]

The Perfect Mediator

One of the sweetest words in the Bible surely is “reconciliation.” Paul wrote that “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:11). The word translated reconciliation means “reestablishment of an interrupted or broken relationship.” And, in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, the apostle Paul called the […]

The Virgin Birth and Isaiah 7:14

Sometimes it is suggested that the virgin birth of Jesus is not very important, and that we don’t really need to believe in it.1 However, if Christ was not born of a virgin, then the Bible is plainly incorrect in teaching that he was, and we no longer can trust the Bible. If we doubt […]

Four Generations

From time to time we see a photograph that pictures four generations of family members. These photographs are very special, because they show that there are shared values and memories among those who span the decades and yet represent the same family. There is a Bible verse that mentions four generations. It’s 2 Timothy 2:1-2: “Thou […]

Naaman and Us

The biblical account of Naaman, the commander of the army of Syria (2 Kings 5:1-14) is a beautiful living picture of how God saves man. Naaman was afflicted with leprosy, a terrible disease. His wife had a servant girl who had been captured from Israel. The Hebrew servant girl urged that the family consult with […]

What If Apollos Had Said…

The Alexandrian saint named Apollos is a great friend to every Christian. In Acts 18:24-28 we read about his powerful, Bible-based preaching, by which he refuted Jews who were claiming that Jesus was not the Christ. We should emulate his development of skills in apologetics. Before Apollos could preach both eloquently and rightly, however, he […]

The Kingdom in the Model Prayer

I have paragraph headings in my Bible, and the paragraph heading above Matthew 6:5-15 says, “The Lord’s Prayer.” This is misleading, for the prayer in the passage is a sample or model for prayer given from Jesus to his disciples, and not a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father. (If you want to read […]

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