Notes from Isaiah 55

In the book of Isaiah there is a thrilling prophecy of the salvation that was to be made available as a result of the promised Messiah's victory over death. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without ... read more »

Three Quick Points from 1 Timothy 2:4

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges that prayer be made on behalf of all men -particularly rulers -to the end that we may have a peaceful existence conducive to the Christian life. The apostle contends that this is acceptable in God's sight, "who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" ... read more »

The Meanings of “Righteous”

The Greek adjective dikaios, usually rendered "righteous" or "just," occurs about eighty times in the New Testament.It is not easy to assign it a solitary meaning, because the term is used in a variety of ways, depending upon the context. Let us illustrate at least three senses in which the inspired writers employed this word. (1) The term is used ... read more »

Deuteronomy 5:3,12 – The Scope of the Sabbath

To whom was the seventh-day sabbath a religious obligation? To the whole of humanity from the beginning of time? Or just to the Israelite nation from the era of Sinai? Modern sabbatarians argue for the former view, but the Scriptures support the latter conclusion. In a preface to the inauguration of the Ten Commandments, Moses declared: "Jehovah made not this ... read more »

Colossians 1:13 – The Present Kingdom

Those who subscribe to the theory of dispensational premillennialism contend that Jesus came to this earth twenty centuries ago with the express purpose of establishing His kingdom. But because he was surprisingly rejected by the Jews, He postponed the kingdom plan, and, in the place of the kingdom, He set up the church. There is, of course, no support in ... read more »

2 Chronicles 4:5 – The Capacity of the Laver

Unbelievers think they have discovered a discrepancy between the capacity of Solomon's laver, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 4:5, and that of an earlier account in 1 Kings 7:26. The former account states that the basin contained 2,000 baths (c. 11,500 gallons), while the later record gives the figure at 3,000 baths (c. 17,500 gallons). Several solutions have been postulated ... read more »

3 John – The Church Boss

The apostle John is frequently characterized as the "apostle of love" because there is a marked interest in love in his writings. But love does not ignore wrongdoing, and John was not averse to rebuking error when the occasion demanded it. In his letter to Gaius, John spoke of Diotrephes, a brother who was consumed (as indicated by the present ... read more »

Acts 10:6 – Simon, the Tanner

On account of the death of a Christian woman whose name was Dorcas, Peter had been summoned from the town of Lydda over to Joppa - a distance of some eleven miles (cf. Acts 9:38 - note that distance in your margin). After the apostle raised the benevolent saint from the dead, he remained in Joppa for many days. Doubtless ... read more »

The Christian Priesthood

Several terms are employed in the New Testament to express various relationships that Christians sustain to God and to one another. They are designated as "children" in view of the new birth process that is required for a spiritual union with their Creator (John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26-27). As a result of his incarnation (John 1:14), Jesus entered ... read more »

Genesis 6:1 – The Nephilim

The context of Genesis 6:1ff speaks of the "sons of God" who took wives of the "daughters of men." Subsequently, the record reveals that in those days "the Nephilim were in the earth." From these phrases, it has been assumed by some Bible students that certain fallen angels ("sons of God") mated with women of the earth ("daughters of men"), ... read more »