“Unto the pure all things are pure…” (Titus 1:15).
Boy, a verse like that sure begs the questions, “Who are these pure people, and why are all things pure for them?”
Well, the word “pure” just means “clean,” as we see when Solomon asked,
“Who can say, I have
“Les Feldick taught that Isaiah 53:2 doesn’t mean the Lord Jesus was ugly, but that there was nothing in Him that would attract the Jews to Him as their King and Messiah. What do you say?”
I never thought about it that way, but Les is right! Isaiah wrote:… ➡
One person can always make a difference. By one vote Texas was added to the union, Andrew Johnson was saved from impeachment, and Adolf Hitler gained power over the Nazi party. In the spiritual realm, one person has frequently made an enormous difference. Only Jehosheba hid young Joash from … ➡
“We know that that, as Gentiles, we will be in heaven with our Savior, but our Lord and Savior will also reign in the new Jerusalem. Will He be in both places at the same time?”
In the eternal state, the Lamb will have a throne on the new … ➡
As the Apostle Paul came to the end of his list of qualifications for the ministry, he closed by insisting that pastors should always be
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince
Our Apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture…is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written to and for the nation Israel under the law, in accordance with her earthly, millennial hope. It is in the epistles of … ➡
Spiritually speaking, Paul considered Timothy his “son in the faith” (I Tim. 1:2). And, like any parent, he had noble aspirations for his loved one. In the Book of II Timothy, he is very specific about four things he wants Timothy to become for the Lord.
First, he wanted … ➡
How much, I wonder, do the Christian parents among our readers show their children their love for the Word, and for Christ, and for the souls for whom He died?
For many years I worked with my father, first full-time, then part-time, as a city missionary in Paterson, N.J. … ➡
“In hope of eternal life, which God…promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2).
In the Law of Moses, God promised the people of Israel that they could “live” (Lev. 18:5)–live eternally–if they kept His commandments. We know that’s what Leviticus 18:5 meant because the Lord quoted that verse … ➡
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost…” (1 Thes. 1:5).
On Paul’s second apostolic journey, Paul, Silas, and Timothy had communicated the truth of the gospel of the grace of God to the Thessalonians. However, Paul recognized … ➡
“He shall pray for thee” (Gen. 20:7).
Abimelech, king of Gerar, had taken Abraham’s wife as his own, but had done so innocently. Sarah was a beautiful woman and Abraham, fearful for his life, had said: “She is my sister,” and Sarah had vouched for Abraham’s subterfuge, telling Abimelech: … ➡
“How did Paul have the option to live or die in Philippians 1:23?”
Paul wasn’t thinking of taking his life, for that would have violated the commandment “thou shalt not kill.” God purposely left that commandment open-ended to include suicide. That is, He didn’t say, “Thou shalt not kill … ➡
I once read a testimonial from a father who lamented being so consumed with his career that he did not share his faith with his children. The result was that one of his sons plunged himself into a lifestyle of atheism, drug addiction, immorality, and other destructive behaviors. Some … ➡
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27).
God does not want us to be angry with a sinful anger. We know it is possible to be angry “and sin not” because God gets … ➡
The Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, begins with the words, “Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.” According to the Bible, apart from Christ, mankind is “dead in trespasses and sins” to begin with. There is no doubt about that. We need … ➡
When soldiers are behind enemy lines during war, communication with commanding officers and artillery is critical. During World War II, the U.S. Army directed Privates Ben Yahzee and Charlie Whitehorse to communicate with superiors on the radio using “The Navajo Code.” It was based on the Navajo language, containing … ➡
Three times in Rom. 1:14-16, the Apostle Paul uses the phrase “I am,” and each one carries an important message for every true believer in Christ.
First he says in Verse 14: “I am debtor” — debtor to all men, to tell them about the saving work of Christ. … ➡
“What did Paul mean when he said he was the chief of sinners?”
“…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Tim. 1:15)
When we think of sinners, we generally think of those who commit carnal, fleshly sins such as fornication and … ➡