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Christ was being tried because the Jewish leaders wanted Him dead. The third phase of the Jewish trial was coming to a close. Christ stood before Annas, before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin during the middle of the night, and once more before them later in the morning so they could ratify what they did illegally during the night. (According to Jewish law it was illegal to try a man at night.) They Condemned Him to death for blasphemy because He said He was the Son of God. However, He merely stated the truth.
So many Christians are confused by the theology and the experiences of Charismatic people. And they have become so visible because of Christian television, radio, books, magazines, and because their ministries are so aggressive that we all are inundated by them through direct mail. Television and the media has spread this movement, it has created for them a tremendous platform. In fact, it is probably not far from the truth to say that most people would assume that Evangelical Christianity is what the Charismatic movement represents, because it is such an exposed movement.
This has been a favorite passage of Christians for many, many years--but it also speaks very pointedly to us in the church today. Although we will develop this passage in relation to the tongues issue, Paul's major point is that love is the only permanent thing. The Corinthians needed to hear this because they were so busy fracturing the fellowship over the temporary items and forgetting the one thing that was eternal.
Eschatology means the study of last things or future events (i.e. prophecies). That study can cover all things that were future at the time of their writing, or it can include only those things which are still future from our present vantage point. It deals with the consummation of all things, both those things which relate to individuals and to the world.
A good title for the book of Hebrews is "The Superiority of Christ" because that is its message. Jesus Christ is superior to everything and everyone. Hebrews is both a tremendous and difficult book. It has many truths that are difficult to understand if we are not diligent in our study. Apart from having an intimate knowledge of the Spirit of God and a commitment to understand the Word of God, you will not understand Hebrews. Also, my former Old Testament professor, Dr. Charles L. Feinberg, said that you cannot understand the book of Hebrews unless you understand the book of Leviticus because Hebrews is based on the principles of the Levitical priesthood.
The book of Jude is probably one of the most neglected books in the Bible. In spite of its short length, it is extremely important. The beginning of the Church Age is described in the Acts of the Apostles; its end is dealt with in the Epistle of Jude (which somebody has titled, "The Acts of the Apostates"). The book of Acts describes the deeds and teachings of men of God who began to build the church, and Jude, the last New Testament epistle, relates the deeds and teachings of evil men who will be living when the Church Age comes to an end.
The study of what the Bible teaches about itself is called Bibliology. The Bible claims to be a revelation from God about Himself. The true church has believed all through its history that the Bible is the embodiment of a divine revelation and that the records which contains that revelation are genuine, credible, canonical, and supernaturally inspired. Bibliology examines the Scriptures to see if these beliefs concerning the Bible are true.
Theology itself is the science of God and His works and systematic theology is the systematizing of the findings of that science. Some deny that theology is a science, doubting whether we can reach any conclusions in this field that can be regarded as certain and final. Having rejected the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God and having accepted the view that everything is in a flux, the liberal theologian holds that it is unsafe to formulate any fixed views about God and theological truth.
In Romans 8:1 Paul says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus." We will never be condemned; we will never experience judgment for our sin because we are made righteous in Jesus Christ. That is a marvelous reality, but we will appreciate it only when understanding what it means to be condemned. It's being delivered from the horrors of God's judgment reserved for those who reject Him. As American Puritan Jonathan Edwards alluded to in his famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," the wrath of God upon the wicked is as intense as His love is to the saints.
In 1 Peter 2:4-10, Peter weaves his way in and out of some very wonderful truths. In the midst of new revelation he gives us, he repeatedly quotes or alludes to the Old Testament. Peter's knowledge of the Old Testament was apparently so extensive that it came out in his writing almost inadvertently.
Christ then told the disciples that He needed to return to His Father. However, He said they should rejoice and not be sorrowful because He would send a comforter--the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will enable the disciples to do "greater works" than Christ did when He was with them (v. 12). So then the presence of the Holy Spirit is the key to the fulfillment of Christ's promises. In John 16:14 Jesus says, "He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. " The Holy Spirit's ministry is to take the promises of Christ and make them operative in the life of every Christian.
Many books have been written on the subject of how to study the Bible. This method's value is that is teaches the expository method of studying Scripture, which focuses on an exegetical investigation of the Bible and teaches the individual how to study the Word of God for himself.
There is this great difference between the works of men and the works of God, that the same minute and searching investigation, which displays the defects and imperfections of the one, brings out also the beauties of the other.
Some people think that the church is a visible religious organization governed by a heirarchy of semiofficial-type people. Other people think that the church is an efficient social or quasi-social agency designed to disperse to the community those things that will meet their needs. Other people think that the church is the building going up across the street that they would like to stop from being built. Other people think that the church is a useful place to go if you die, get married, have a baby, or want to get baptized.
The debate over the role of women in the church has reached massive proportions. The feminist movement has penetrated almost every area of our society, and has recently made inroads into the church. I am amazed at how many evangelical churches, colleges, and seminaries are abandoning biblical truths they have held for all their existence. Books have been written affirming new truth regarding the role of women in the church. Scripture teaching the traditional roles of men and women are being reinterpreted. Some say they should be ignored because they merely reflect Paul's anti-female bias. Others are saying those passages were added by later editors and do not reflect the intent of the original authors. The church, the bastion of the truth of God, is falling fast to the march of the feminist army.
While courage, conviction, and integrity are respectable qualities from even a secular viewpoint, it is even more essential that they be manifested in the life of every Christian. That's because the name "Christian" identifies us with Christ, who never compromised or deviated from the truth. He is the perfect example of courageous integrity.
Years ago someone was trying to find out why particular churches experienced great growth. That person visited my office and said, "All across the country I have found that large churches have leaders who desire to build the church. I want to ask you the same question I have asked them: Do you have a great desire to build the church?" I answered--much to his surprise--that I had no desire to build the church because Christ said He would do that.
When you became a believer, you were placed into Christ. You received all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies and all things that pertain to life and godliness. Therefore you became complete in Him, positionally.
Most people go to church for what they can get. Some people just check out the church page in their newspaper to see who’s playing where on a given Sunday, and go for what will appeal to them or “bless” them. Well, if you go to church just for what you can get out of the music, or what you can get out of the sermon, or just to get blessed, you’ve missed the point. The music and the sermon aren’t ends in themselves, they are but stimuli to cause you to worship God. And if you have any thought less than that, you’ve missed the point!
The term "theology" is applied, not only to the science itself, but to any treatise on that science. This is true, not only of a discourse upon the one true God, but even of one upon the many false gods of the heathen.
Today we are living in a period of time like the days of Noah when there is no fear of God before men’s eyes (Rom. 3:18). The unsaved know the judgment of God is upon those who do such things as they do today, yet they not only do them but they have pleasure in them that do them (Rom. 1:32). They are treasuring up for themselves wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgments of God (Rom. 2:5).
Is it any wonder “every man does what is right in his own eyes” today? Is it so difficult to explain why our culture rejects and abhors the thought of moral absolutes? Do we wonder why the church has become so wishy-washy about morality? The Bible tells us why. We have ceased to ponder and appreciate the moral perfection of God. And once our view of the holiness of God is diminished, our moral values decline proportionately. A study of the character of God will establish and undergird morality.
This is the book the Catholic press is afraid to mention. If you are a Catholic, or have Catholic friends or loved ones, this story is for you.
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Chiniquy aspired to the priesthood of Rome, but his joy of being ordained a priest of Rome became "as if a thunderbolt had fallen upon me when I pronounced the awful oath which is required from every priest: 'I will never interpret the Holy Scriptures except according to the unanimous consent of the Holy Fathers' " (excerpt from Chiniquy's "Fifty Years in the Church of Rome").
The purpose of this book is to examine the five points of Calvinism in order to prove that they are thoroughly scriptural and to dispel the common misconceptions often heard regarding them. This task will involve refuting some of the typical Arminian doctrines which are so popular today. Many poor souls have been seduced by Arminianism’s appeal to human autonomy. People need to be made aware that Arminianism is a deadly perversion of the gospel of Christ.
To see clearly the relation of the Christian religion to the preceding history of mankind, and to appreciate its vast influence upon all future ages, we must first glance at the preparation which existed in the political, moral, and religious condition of the world for the advent of our Saviour.
Some people have assurance when they shouldn't have it then because somebody gave them a false gospel. They believed it and then they believed they're saved. Some people have a false assurance because somebody told them their faith was real when in fact it may not have been. So we need to understand then, first of all, in this matter of assurance that some people have it who have absolutely no right to it.
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"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty glory in his might, let not the rich glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth, and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord" (Jer 9:23,24). A spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature.
It is our deep conviction that the vital question most requiring to be raised today is this: Is man a totally and thoroughly depraved creature by nature? Does he enter the world completely ruined and helpless, spiritually blind and dead in trespasses and sins? According as is our answer to that question, so will be our views on many others.
That our Lord "laid down his life", that he was not powerless in the hands of his enemies comes out clearly in John 18 where we have the record of his arrest. A band of officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, headed by Judas, sought him in Gethsemane. Coming forward to meet them, the Lord Jesus asks, "Whom seek ye?" The reply was, "Jesus of Nazareth" and then our Lord uttered the ineffable title of deity, that by which Jehovah had revealed himself of old to Moses at the burning bush - "I am". The effect was startling.
This condemns the church of Rome, which, instead of obeying the whole moral law, blots out one commandment, and dispenses with others. They leave the second commandment out of their catechism, because it makes against images; and to fill up the number of ten, they divide the tenth commandment into two. Thus, they incur that dreadful condemnation: 'If any man shall take away from the words of this book, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.' Rev 22: 19.
The three chapters of this little book were originally three lectures delivered during the winter and spring of 1966 at the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was the purpose of these lectures to give a clear exposition and defense of a precious truth of our Reformed heritage which is under frequent attack in our times, the truth of creation as set forth by Scripture.
Long before the incarnation of God the Son, He was indeed really present at the Old Testament preachings of His Word and at the administration of His Sacraments of Circumcision and of the Passover. Moreover, such presence must have been Spirit-ual and could not have been fleshly or physical. For the Son had then not yet become flesh.
To this day, these doctrinal declarations have remained unaltered; and they continue to be a mighty bulwark against the heresy of Arminian free-willism, the danger of which is as great and greater than it was in the days of Jacobus Arminius himself.
Upon approval of the application of a candidate for Masonic membership (i.e., an "initiate"), he must participate in three secret initiation ceremonies, called "degrees." After completion of the First Degree, the candidate becomes an "Entered Apprentice Mason." After completion of the Second Degree, he is a "Fellow Craft Mason." With completion of the third degree, he is a "Master Mason." This makes him a full member worldwide. The Master Mason can join other Masonic organizations such as Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Shrine. Many Masons do not join these organizations and may know little about them.
That is a fabrication; that is a form of idolatry that has created in Mary another member to the Trinity, who hears and answers prayer and who mediates and dispenses grace. Nothing could be more foreign to Scripture. Mary has never heard anybody pray—ever at any time. Mary has never appeared to anybody, nor has she ever assisted anybody in anything. Other topics included.
Out of Satan`s shadowy world of homosexuality, in a display of defiance against society, they came forth-those who suffer the agony of rejection-the dispair of unsatisfied longing-desiring-endless lusting and remorse crying that gay is good-their tragic lives prove that there isn`t anything gay about being "gay."
In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a “War of the Cross,” or a Crusade, to retake the holy lands from the infidel Muslim Turks. Several versions of his speech at the end of a Church Council have survived. Although we cannot be sure of the exact words the Pope used, the substance however is the same. The heart and mind of papal power in twelfth and thirteenth centuries is seen in these sentences, “All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested.” Hmmmmmm.
A Divine Cordial (also published by Banner of Truth Trust as All Things for Good)
Though a Christian has not a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the gospel, yet he has a certain knowledge. " We see through a glass darkly " (I Cor. xiii. 12), therefore we have not perfection of knowledge; but " we behold with open face " (2 Cor. iii. 18), therefore we have certainty. The Spirit of God imprints heavenly truths upon the heart, as with the point of a diamond. A Christian may know infallibly that there is an evil in sin, and a beauty in holiness. He may know that he is in the state of grace. " We know that we have passed from death to life " (I John iii. 14).
As there are infinite varieties in Christian experience, so there is a propriety in narrating the great story of the Christian's pilgrimage in different forms. Those who have read Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" will find MacDuff's 50 page allegory no copy, but a spirited example of the same style.
Who is regulating affairs on this earth today—God, or the Devil? That God reigns supreme in Heaven, is generally conceded; that He does so over this world, is almost universally denied—if not directly, then indirectly. More and more are men in their philosophizing and theorizing, relegating God to the background. Take the material realm. Not only is it denied that God created everything, by personal and direct action, but few believe that He has any immediate concern in regulating the works of His own hands.
Why is it that God abandons a society? Couldn't we say, "Well, all societies are like this?" I mean, "You've got to expect this; this is the way people are. Why would God abandon us in this situation when we need Him most?