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Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?

Some scholars allege that when Jesus died he literally bore our sins in his body on the cross. Others believe that Christ only bore the penalty for sin. Which view represents the truth of the matter? A number of prominent sectarian theologians contend that as the Lord languished upon the cross, he literally bore our sins in his body, so ... read more »

Does the Old Testament Condemn Tattoos?

"So many young people are getting tattoos these days. In Leviticus 19:28, the Bible says: 'Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you; I am the Lord.' Would not this passage condemn having a tattoo?" One must be very careful about trying to use Old Testament passages as proof-texts for ... read more »

How Many Prophecies Are in the Bible?

This week, we will address several questions related to the Bible and statistics. I have heard it said that prophecy is one of the stronger proofs pointing to the fact that the Bible is from God. Can you tell me approximately how many prophecies the Scriptures contain? Various books cite different figures, depending upon the manner in which one counts ... read more »

Paul’s Passion for Needy Brethren

Paul's concern for the poor saints at Jerusalem was a burning issue that passionately manifested itself in his writings. He mentions it in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, spends two chapters on it in 2 Corinthians (8-9), and alludes to this circumstance in his letter to the Romans (15:26-27).In addition, the apostle introduces the topic in his defense before the Roman governor, ... read more »

Walking Through the Book of Ephesians

The Greek verb peripateo, rendered "walk" in the English Bible, is found 96 times in the New Testament. Eight of these are in Ephesians. The word is composed of two roots, peri (around), and pateo (walk). Literally, to "walk around." Figuratively, it denotes the sphere of one's existence-his manner of life. It can be used negatively (for evil), or positively ... read more »

Does Divine Justification Exclude Human Obedience?

"A friend insists that the word 'justified' in the New Testament is in the passive voice, therefore, it is something that God does, not man. Therefore, a human action, such as baptism, couldn't be part of the justification process. Is this correct?" Your friend's argument could not be more incorrect. While the passive form "justified" emphasizes the fact that ultimately ... read more »

What About Singing “Psalms”?

"Since the law of Moses was abolished by the death of Christ (Colossians 2:14), and the Psalms were a part of that law, why did Paul allow the singing of psalms in Christian worship (Ephesians 5:19)?" In the first place, when one recognizes that the Mosaic law was abolished by Christ's death - and it certainly was (Romans 7:4; Galatians ... read more »

Help Me, Doctor!

On August 19, 1999, Dr. Joseph Bruner operated on little Samuel Armas to repair a diagnosed fatal case of spina bifida at Vanderbuilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. What was unusual about this surgery was that it was performed while Samuel was still inside his mother's womb. An incredible photograph taken during the surgery appeared to suggest that little Samuel was ... read more »

A Lesson from the Leech

There are some things that never say, "That's enough." Agur, the son of Jakeh (see Prov. 30:1), sets before our minds this idea of "insatiable things." The leech has two daughters: give and give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough" - Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, ... read more »

Portraits of the Christ

Some of the New Testament documents resemble others to a degree-and that by design. For example, there are similarities in the Gospel accounts-especially in the synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke); Ephesians and Colossians contain some parallels, as do 2 Peter and Jude. But the book of Hebrews is unique. It is almost the "holy of holies" of the New Testament ... read more »