The following articles are related to the topic of GRACE

Justified by Faith

The text is thrilling beyond the human tongue to express: Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2). The Exegesis Bible passages brim with inspired ... read more »

Jude 2 – Kept for Jesus Christ

In the opening verse of his brief letter, Jude refers to Christians as beloved who are "kept for Jesus Christ." Those of a Calvinistic persuasion would see this phrase as an indication that a Christian can never fall from grace. "If we are 'kept' for (or by) Christ," they ask, "how could we ever be lost?" The answer is: whereas ... read more »

Words Fitly Spoken

Solomon once said that, "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a network of silver" (Prov. 25:11). This proverb likely describes the beauty of a word spoken appropriately and at the right time. Perhaps the pithy saying could be a reminder to God's people today that their own words should be wisely chosen for the time in ... read more »

Ephesians 2:8 & Revelation 2:4-5 – The Church at Ephesus

The cause of Christ was planted in Ephesus when Paul came to that city during the course of his third missionary journey. There, he encountered twelve men who had known only the baptism of John the Baptist (having received that ordinance after its expiration). Accordingly, Paul instructed them more precisely in the gospel, and immersed them "into the name of ... read more »

Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

A Profile in Christian Courage

John F. Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage, in 1956. He selected eight United States Senators to exemplify the virtue of courage, which, according to Ernest Hemingway, is "grace under pressure." The New Testament contains several examples of courageous Christians who were pressure-treated by their experiences, and they brilliantly endured what they faced with ... read more »

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 »

Praise the Lord – A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14

The book of Ephesians is about the church - the eternal purpose of God in Christ. The epistle takes us from eternity to eternity, in contemplation of the divine plan. Obviously, God wants us to understand something about his eternal purpose. Ephesians demands our careful attention. Its theme could not be more important. What should we expect from studying this ... read more »

Is Christian Worship Regulated by New Testament Law?

A recent article from a gentleman affiliated with the Independent Christian Church contends that the New Testament is not a "set of laws" to which the Christian is obligated. He argues that the essence of the New Testament is love and grace, and "love is not law" and "grace is not law." One of the conclusions our friend draws, therefore, ... read more »

The Roman Catholic – Lutheran Peace Treaty

The formal beginning of the Protestant Reformation, as generally fixed by historians, was October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther went to the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a parchment to the door containing ninety-five "theses" (actually, indictments), objecting to various elements of Roman Catholic doctrine. Most of these were directed against the Roman dogma relating to the ... read more »