The following articles are related to the topic of GOODNESS

The Yoke of Christ

Though the citizens of Galilee had observed Christ performing many mighty works, most of them were not moved to repentance (Matt. 11: 20ff). In spite of that spirit of rebellion, however, the Lord still invited them to: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and ... read more »

From God’s Mind to Man—The Bible

In the long-ago biblical ages, there were occasions when God spoke personally to men (Gen. 3:9; 12:1ff; cf. Heb. 1:1). That method of communication is not operative today. Eventually, the Lord had his will committed to written documents (collectively known a the Bible). These literary narratives can be investigated and verified, thus establishing their claims of divine origin. There is ... read more »

Jehovah’s Righteous Branch

The prophet Jeremiah was a prisoner of his own people, confined to "the court of the guard" in the city of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 33:1). He had agitated the Hebrews by his prophecies of the coming Babylonian invasion, and the ravaging of the city of Jerusalem. The day would come, he declared, when the city will be filled with the dead ... read more »

How Can I Be a Better Bible Student?

"Can you recommend some methods that would help me be a better Bible student, daily enriching my life by the Word of God?" The corruption and confusion of our modern world has driven many sincere people to a desire of taking a fresh look at the Bible as a source of help in their lives. But there is one problem; ... read more »

I Want What You Have

The word "covetous" is translated by three words in the Greek New Testament. Epithumeo means "to fix the desire upon."Zeloo is translated "covet earnestly" in 1 Corinthians 12:31(KJV - used in a good sense).Orego means "to stretch after," thus "covet after" is the way it is rendered in 1 Timothy 6:10 (Vine's Expository Dictionary, p. 254-55). The word "covet" usually ... read more »

Effective Bible Study — An Urgent Need For Everyone

It was never the will of God that direct, supernatural communication - from heaven to earth - be a perpetual phenomenon throughout this planet's history. Rather, "the things of God" (cf. 1 Cor. 2:11) were to be committed to a series of inspired documents, collectively known as the Bible. The Holy Scriptures were designed to provide men with all things ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Pioneer in Human Development

There is very little information in the New Testament regarding the first thirty years of Jesus' life upon this earth. And that is not without purpose. The details of those early years are obviously not essential to the divine scheme of redemption. The fact is, the brevity of the Gospel narratives provides subtle evidence of biblical inspiration. Mere human authors ... read more »

Are There Degrees of Blessedness and Punishment in Eternity?

"Will there be differing degrees of rewards in heaven and different levels of punishment in hell?" Before we address the question directly, recognizing some preliminary observations and principles would be helpful. God is good The Bible is very clear in affirming that God is a being of absolute goodness. The Psalmist declared: "Good and upright is Jehovah?" (25:8; cf. 100:5). ... read more »

Two “Stewards”—A Study in Contrast

The term "steward" derives from a compound Greek term, oikonomos, signifying "house arranger." Employed ten times by the New Testament writers, it basically has to do with one who has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a household, i.e., the property belonging to another. It is used of church leaders, "elders" (Titus 1:7), of teachers of the word, e.g., ... read more »

The Doctrine of “Determinism” — What Is It?

"Determinism" is a term widely used in philosophical and religious circles with varying connotations, depending upon the convictions of those employing the expression. This article will focus upon two of these theories. Atheistic Determinism A general definition of "determinism" contends that: "[A]ll events whatsoever are to be understood as the necessary outcome of certain causes and so may be regarded ... read more »