The following articles are related to the topic of FORGIVENESS

Every Spiritual Blessing Is in Christ

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . " (Eph. 1:3). The word "blessed" is eulogetos - like our word "eulogy." It means, "to speak well of."There are related words for "blessing" men, but this word is only used of God in the New Testament. Men may be "praised" for their benevolent deeds occasionally, ... read more »

Is a “Loveless Marriage” Scriptural Grounds for Divorce?

"There is no spiritual law that demands you stay in your loveless marriage," wrote "Reverend" Norman L. Conaway. He prefaced his remarks by saying, "I am a spiritual advisor." Mr. Conaway was responding to a woman whose depressing circumstance was shared with "Dear Abby," and published in newspapers nationwide ("Dear Abby," The Record, Stockton, Ca. November 12, 2002). This lady, ... read more »

1 Peter 1:22 – “You Have Purified Your Souls”

In his first epistle, Peter wrote: ". . . [Y]ou have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. . . " (1:22). There are several important points in this clause. First, it affirms that human beings possess a "soul." While the term "soul" may be employed simply for a person (cf. Exodus 1:5; 1 Peter 3:20), or to ... read more »

Lord, Teach Us How To Pray

The disciples saw something in Jesus that they lacked. So one asked him, "Teach us how to pray" (Luke 11:1). Can we develop this spiritual quality? Can we learn how to pray? Certainly we can, and we must, in order to stay strong through the temptations and trials of life. Think of the times of day when Jesus was found ... read more »

Solomon’s Temple Dedication Prayer and “Repentance”

The temple that Solomon constructed in Jerusalem was a magnificent structure, and the day of its dedication was one of solemnity and reverence. Though the king of Israel was flawed in a number of particulars, his prayer of dedication on this occasion was a model of spirituality. It is particularly significant as a "lexicon" definition of sorts of what is ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »

Will God Bring All Sins into Remembrance?

How do you harmonize Hebrews 8:12, which says that God will remember sins no more, with Ecclesiastes 12:14, which states that God will bring every evil work into judgment? Ecclesiastes 12:14 affirms the following: "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil." The thrust of this sober ... read more »

Some Wise Words from Zophar

The history of Job is fairly familiar to most Bible students. By the permissive will of God, the great sage of Uz suffered grievously. When three of his friends heard of the patriarch's misfortunes, they came to comfort him. But because of their flawed theology, namely that all suffering is the result of personal sin, they turned out to be ... read more »

What About the Thief on the Cross?

"Why do you insist that baptism is essential for salvation? While hanging on the cross, Jesus pardoned the thief who was crucified with him. And that forgiveness was granted without baptism (Luke 23:43). Surely this is a clear example of salvation by faith, not by baptism." To argue that the example of the thief on the cross is a pattern ... read more »

Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21

Please explain 1 Peter 3:21, especially the phrase which says that "baptism" is the "answer of a good conscience." Would not this teach that a person has a good conscience before he is baptized? Would not this indicate then that salvation precedes baptism? 1 Peter 3:21 says: . . . which also after a true likeness doth now save you, ... read more »