Dallas Professor Rebuffs Common Quibble on “Eis”

On the day of Pentecost, at the conclusion of his presentation, the apostle Peter issued the following command. "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto ['for' KJV] the remission of your sins . . ." (Acts 2:38 ASV). The Greek preposition eis (for/unto) has long been a point of controversy between ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

The Use of the Preposition “Eis” in Matthew 12:41

In numerous articles we have called attention to the force of the preposition eis as used in Acts 2:38. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto eis the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. See our recent article, The Preposition Eis in Acts 2:38 ... read more »

1 Timothy 1:16 – Believe unto Eternal Life

Many denominationalists are strong opponents of the concept that baptism is a divine condition for the remission of past sins. However, the Bible explicitly teaches that immersion is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). The term "for" in this passage is a translation of the Greek word eis, a preposition which means unto, in order to, to obtain (see ... read more »

An Exchange with Professor Wallace of the Dallas Seminary

In a previous article titled: Dallas Professor Rebuffs Common Quibble on Eis , we reviewed some material in Daniel Wallace's excellent book, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics (Zondervan, 1996). We identified Dr. Wallace as a "Baptist," and we used the expression "the Baptist Dallas Theological Seminary." Our Mistakes We have received a communication from Professor Wallace correcting us in two ... read more »

Acts 2:38 – Carroll Osburn and “For the Remission of Sins”

Carroll Osburn, a Bible professor at Abilene Christian University, wrote a book titled, The Peaceable Kingdom.This volume is saturated with error from beginning to end. One of the points argued is the notion that it is inconsequential as to whether one believes that "baptism is 'for' or 'because of' the remission of sins" (p. 90).The allusion, of course, is to ... read more »

Rich Nuggets in Romans 14:9

Due to our frantically busy lives, there are so many things that we are prone to overlook when we read the sacred Scriptures. Consider, for example, Romans 14:9: "For to this end Christ died and lived, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living." "For" is a conjunction which explains a previous statement, namely that, "...we ... read more »

A Rose Is a Rose; Or Is It?

A few years back, I was teaching some students in a remedial reading class. I remember working with a young boy named Jacob. As we were sounding out the words on the page, we came to a couple of sentences like these: John rose from the table. John smelled a pink rose. The task was a relatively simple one: Determine ... read more »

Is a “Word Formula” Required in Administering Baptism?

"A friend of mine contends that Matthew 28:18-20 does not apply to us today (i.e., baptism into name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). He says that from the day of Pentecost onward, baptism was administered only in the name of Jesus.Would you comment on this?" There are several things to be said in response to this ... read more »

Scholastic Subterfuge

Franklin Johnson was a professor at the University of Chicago. His book, The Quotations of the New Testament From The Old - Considered in the Light of General Literature, is a valuable resource in discerning the manner in which the New Testament writers employed texts from the Old Testament in the propagation and defense of the gospel. While reading this ... read more »