“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).
The “violence” that the Lord said the kingdom had suffered since John’s day was the violent resistance that the unbelieving leaders in Israel waged … ➡
In our day, it’s easy to be wrongly programmed to equate numbers with a church being successful. Certainly, we want to grow. However, the Lord has a far different standard for success that we need to embrace as our standard. Paul said, “… it is required in stewards, that … ➡
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
Today’s Scripture, believe it or not, lies at the heart of prayer.
Like innumerable other Christian subjects, prayer is terribly misunderstood. Superstition thus lurks in this realm. Since not considered dispensationally, prayer … ➡
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being” (Psalm 146:1,2).
Why does the Psalmist exhort, “Praise the LORD?”
Let us continue reading: “ Put not your trust … ➡
In the controversy over “Pauline truth,” not a few Fundamentalists have joined Modernists in attempting to exalt “the teachings of Jesus” (on earth) above the Word of God through Paul. “Which,” they ask, “should bear the greater weight with us, the words of Jesus, or the words of Paul?”… ➡
For 2500 years “death reigned from Adam to Moses” (Rom. 5:14).
During this period of history it was demonstrated that “death passed upon all men,” not because the Law of Moses had condemned them to death, but simply because they were the offspring of fallen Adam, and depraved by … ➡
Two boys fight in a back alley. Fists fly. Shouts go up from the other youngsters standing by. “Give it to ‘im! Let ‘im have it!”
Finally one of the two struts away with an arrogant bearing, head and shoulders wagging. He has won!
But has he? Look at … ➡
We heartily thank God for every politician, athlete, actor or even criminal who comes to know Christ as Savior. But conversion alone does not qualify one for a place of prominence in Christian service. This, especially in Paul’s epistles, is reserved for mature believers, wholly separated to God and … ➡
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access…” (Rom. 5:1,2).
“Being justified… we have peace with God”!
What a priceless blessing! We believers are prone to take this blessing altogether too much for granted. Since the … ➡
It is true indeed that salvation is bestowed by grace and received through faith — entirely apart from works, religious or otherwise. But it is equally true that it costs to embrace the truth and costs even more to stand for it, rather than selling out. This is why … ➡
“Paul…an apostle of Jesus Christ…in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:1,2).
If you’re a Gentile, you should be eternally grateful that Paul, “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13), was made an apostle “in hope of eternal life.” You … ➡
According to the Bible the world, or earth, will never come to an end. The word “world,” which our Lord uses in this connection, does not refer to the earth, or even the people on it. It is the old Greek word aion, or age. Several ages in … ➡
Perhaps you are reading these lines but do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We want you to know that life begins at Calvary! To illustrate consider for a moment the vertical beam of the Cross. It represents the way through which the broken relationship between God … ➡
Nineteen hundred years ago Paul wrote to his fellow- believers in the vicinity of Ephesus: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming [Lit., buying up] the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15,16). Those were indeed evil days, when a wicked tyrant … ➡
When St. Paul was at Ephesus his proclamation of the gospel caused such a stir that the idol makers, who were losing money, protested until “the whole city was filled with confusion.” Soon somebody started a chant: “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” Others joined and the chorus swelled … ➡
The story is told of an innocent man who was accused of killing someone, and was on trial for murder. The man was innocent, but the case against him was strong, and his brother was afraid he’d be convicted. So he decided to bribe a seemingly slow-witted man serving … ➡
It is not so much death that many fear as the thought that death might usher them into the presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 14:12).
But even this need not be feared if we have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). The Apostle Paul, … ➡
The Apostle Paul, referring to his journey to Jerusalem to tell the apostles and elders there about the good news that had been committed to him, says:
“And I went up by revelation and COMMUNICATED UNTO THEM THAT GOSPEL WHICH I PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES, but privately to them
“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle…” (Titus 1:1)
Did you ever wonder why Paul, an apostle, began his epistle to Titus by first referring to himself as a servant, the Bible word for a slave? Well, it helps to learn why the apostle opened two of … ➡
When John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ appeared on earth, God’s people had been under the law of Moses for fifteen hundred years. Little wonder John and his Master looked for fruit among them.
When the hypocritical religious leaders came to join John’s growing audience and asked … ➡