The following articles are related to the topic of BIBLE, INSPIRATION OF

Did Matthew Blunder?

After seventy years in Babylonian captivity, the Israelites, by the decree of King Cyrus of Persia, returned to their Palestinean homeland. Some fifty thousand Jews made the long journey. One of their initial projects was to begin rebuilding the temple of Jehovah. The foundation was joyfully laid (Ezra 3:11). Due to Samaritan opposition, however, the work was suspended (4:24). And ... read more »

Do Angels Minister to Christians Today?

"Please explain Hebrews 1:14. Do angels minister to Christians today?" The inspired passage poses this question: "Are they [angels] not ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?" There are several points worthy of note here: First, as the question is framed in the Greek New Testament, there is the use of ... read more »

Was Christ Raised from the Dead on Sunday?

"Would you explain Matthew 28:1, 'In the end of the Sabbath' (KJV), or 'Late on the Sabbath' (ASV)? This seems to say that the women came to the tomb and found it empty on the evening of the Sabbath, which would indicate that Jesus was raised on Saturday, not Sunday." No, this does not mean that Jesus was raised from ... read more »

Did David Sin against God Only?

"In Psalm 51, it appears that David is praying for forgiveness after having committed fornication with Bathsheba (as indicated in the superscription). How then could he have said to God, 'Against thee, thee only, have I sinned' (v. 4)?" The solution to this problem is to be found in the sense in which Israel's great king is using the language. ... read more »

Confronting Islam: Examining the Qur’an

An article appeared in the July, 1997 edition of The Christian Chronicle under the title, "The Islamic World." The author, managing editor Glover Shipp, suggested that "Churches of Christ are at the amateur level in communication with and converting Muslims." Citing Wesley Jones, who is reputed to have a better insight into this matter than most of us, brother Shipp ... read more »

Mark 2:5 – A Visible Faith

Once more Jesus had returned to the city of Capernaum. When the crowds learned of His whereabouts, they pressed near the house where He was, jamming even the doorway, and He proclaimed the Word to them (Mark 2:1ff). Being aware of the Lord's power to effect miraculous healing, some benevolent men were determined to bring one of their friends-an invalid-into ... read more »

Luke 1:41 – Baby or Fetus?

When the virgin Mary learned that she was pregnant, and that she would bear the Christ child, she journeyed to the hill country of Judea and sought out her kinswoman, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, of course, was also pregnant with the child who would come to be known as John the Baptizer. Luke, the medical doctor (Colossians 4:14) and historian, declares that ... read more »

Song of Solomon 1:1 – Solomon’s Song

The historical background of the Song of Solomon is one of the most difficult to establish of the various documents of the Old Testament. This 117-verse "love poem" is a matter of great controversy among biblical scholars. Is it allegory? No. Does it involve typology (a picture of Christ and His church)? Perhaps, but this is vague unless one assumes ... read more »

1 Corinthians 1:17 — Paul Not Sent to Baptize

One of the arguments used by certain denominationalists in an attempt to negate the importance of baptism in the scheme of redemption is based upon Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 1:17: "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. . . " For example, Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, in their book, When Critics Ask, reason ... read more »

James 1:17 – The Shadow Cast by Turning

One of the traits of God is that of His immutability. He is stable - unchanging in His nature (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). In illustrating this quality of the Creator, James writes: ". . . with whom [God] can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning" (1:17). Nature changes, but Jehovah does not. Of special interest here, ... read more »