“The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain” (2 Tim. 1:16).
In a verse preceding this one, Paul challenged Timothy to “be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His … ➡
When we rightly divide the Word of truth, we learn that Paul’s epistles are written directly to us, the Church, the Body of Christ. The letters of Paul are the commands and will of Christ for His Church in this current dispensation of grace (Eph. 3:2). Our Bibles … ➡
“I don’t know the exact time and date I was saved. I’ve been told that I should know this if I’m truly saved. Is this true?”
Knowing your spiritual birthday is not required at all. Whether you know in your heart that you’ve placed your faith in the gospel … ➡
“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are…evil beasts…” (Titus 1:12).
When that Cretian prophet said that the Cretians are “evil beasts,” he was saying that they were men who “despise government…brute beasts” who “speak evil of dignities” (II Pet. 2:10-12), men who … ➡
“In a recent Bible study meeting, a man (of course!) stated that women shouldn’t wear makeup. I feel he is clearly insane and deserves a sound beating. What Scripture can I use to make him see the error of his ways?”
LOL, it would probably be best to spare … ➡
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
A retired clergyman told the following story: “When I was a younger man, I volunteered to read … ➡
This is a day of endless opportunities to serve the Lord. One life–your life–can make a difference. When God parted the waters of the Red Sea, how many did He call to lead His deliverance? One man: Moses! When the chosen people of God were faced with extinction at … ➡
“If the purpose of water baptism was to make the Jews a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:6), did women have to be baptized?”
It’s true that Jewish men were baptized because priests had to be baptized (Ex. 29:4), and only men could be priests. But water baptism was also… ➡
The key that unlocks the truths of God’s Word is in understanding a consistent method of Bible study that God Himself emphasizes in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the Word of truth.” In this … ➡
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 … ➡
WHO can pray? We all can pray. You don’t need a pastor or spiritual leader to do your praying for you. God wants you to pray and personally bring your requests to Him. Prayer does not have a formula. It doesn’t have to be done perfectly using particular words … ➡
“You have said that the she bear killed the children in 2 Kings 2:22-24 because of Israel’s sin (Lev. 26:14,22). Others explain those difficult verses by saying the Hebrew words for ‘little children’ referred to older kids, who may not have all died. Could this be so instead?”
If … ➡
“What is the promise the writer is talking about in Hebrews 11:39?”
“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.”
God “promised” the Old Testament saints mentioned here a Savior (Jer. 33:14,15; Acts 13:23) that they didn’t live to receive (Luke 10:24). He … ➡
“What are your thoughts on passing a collection plate? I went to a grace fellowship recently where they did that. I believe that is a ritual that causes some to feel obligated to give, and not with a cheerful heart (2 Cor. 9:7).”
An offering plate is not incompatible … ➡
In comparing the ministry of the twelve apostles with that of the Apostle Paul, we must observe carefully:
1️⃣ The twelve were chosen by Christ ON EARTH (Luke 6:13) while Paul was later chosen by Christ IN HEAVEN (Acts 9:3-5; 26:16).
2️⃣ Prior to Paul’s conversion the twelve had … ➡
In Job’s day, everyone knew that God was rewarding good behavior with things like wealth and good health (Job 1:1-3). That’s why Job’s three friends all told him, in so many words, that he must have sinned to have incurred the loss of his health and wealth. This is … ➡
“The world passeth away” (1 John 2:17).
“The whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19).
Christians who spend their time and energy in social service, civic reform, programs for the uplift of the community, etc., forget that this world is like a sinking ship. They are wasting their … ➡
The Word of God is always relevant–it transcends the ages! If a particular matter isn’t dealt with specifically in Paul’s writings, we are to defer to a broader principle. For example, you may want to ask yourself the question, will my action or participation in something glorify God? If … ➡
“He that is spiritual judgeth [discerneth] all things, yet he himself is judged [discerned] of no man” (I Cor. 2:15).
The truly spiritual man is so far above the wisest sages of this world, yes, so far above the mass of Christians with whom he comes into contact, that … ➡
Nearly two millennia ago, the Apostle Paul advised young Pastor Titus,
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing…gravity” (Titus 2:7).
That word “gravity” means seriousness. It refers to something that is gravely serious. That’s why Paul’s words here have led some pastors to … ➡