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A Poignant Invitation to a Wayward People

One of David's burning ambitions was to build a "house" for his God. He was not permitted to engage in that enterprise, however, because he had "shed much blood" (1 Chronicles 22:8). It therefore fell to Solomon, a less-aggressive ruler, to build the temple on behalf of Jehovah (1 Kings 5:3-5). The temple must have been magnificent beyond description. The ... read more »

God’s Great Plan — In Perpetuity

In the title of this article, every word is significant. First, it asserts that "God," creator and ruler of the universe, is the author of a plan. Second, it affirms that in quality and scope, the plan is "great." Third, it declares that the Lord has not acted capriciously; rather, he has deliberately and progressively implemented a strategy. Finally, the ... read more »

Did the Ancient Gentiles Have the Hope of Salvation?

The Bible student is aware of the fact that the law of Moses was given to the nation of Israel. It was intended to regulate the Jews' conduct and to provide a mode of forgiveness (through the Levitical sacrificial system) when they transgressed the law. Where does this leave the Gentiles who lived before the coming of Christ? Were they ... read more »

The Blood of Christ Across the Centuries

John the baptizer introduced Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29). In the concluding book of the New Testament, the apostle John depicts the Lord as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8, KJV, ASVfn). "From the foundation of the world" means that the death of ... read more »

The Crimson Flow

The inspired writer of Hebrews affirmed that "apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (9:22). This sacred text either states, or implies, several things: There is a human condition known as "sin" (cf. vv. 26,28).That condition requires "forgiveness."There is a divine plan by which that forgiveness is obtained.Somehow, that plan involves the shedding of blood. From the ... read more »

The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

The fact that human beings were made in the very image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should suggest, to those who contemplate issues seriously, that we are more than mere temporal creatures passing through time toward oblivion. The concept of an eternal future, which involves punishment for those who choose not to serve God, is one that strikes a ... read more »

In the Steps of Abraham

Abraham is an imposing figure whose presence adorns the pages of both Testaments of the Bible. He is mentioned no fewer than seventy-three times in the New Testament. Paul commends those who "walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham" (Romans 4:12). Through his faith and obedience, the founder of the Hebrew nation was called the "friend ... read more »

Revelation 6:9-11 – Are the Dead Ones’ Souls Sleeping?

There is much Bible evidence to demonstrate that the soul is entirely conscious in the after-death state. One of the biblical contexts which sheds light on this subject is Revelation 6:9-11. Read this narrative very carefully "And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of ... read more »

Haggai 1:6 – A Bag with Holes

The first group of Jews returned from the Babylonian captivity in 536 B.C. under the leadership of Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:1-2). At first, the Hebrews had been anxious to reestablish their religious tradition. They set up the altar of burnt-offerings at its original site (Ezra 3:2-3), and laid the foundations of the temple (Ezra 3:8-10). They became discouraged by opposition, however, ... read more »

Before I Die: An Excerpt

The final recorded words of a person generally are perceived to be of keen interest. Particularly is that so when the individual is of considerable prominence. Paul, God's chosen apostle to the Gentiles, wrote thirteen known books of the New Testament. His final composition was the second letter to Timothy. The fourth chapter of that epistle contains a concluding exhortation ... read more »