The following articles are related to the topic of GRACE

Was the Siege at Jerusalem in A.D. 70 the Worst in World History?

Please explain Matthew 24:21: "[F]or then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. Premillennialists claim that this prophecy cannot refer to the destruction of Jerusalem, since there have been "tribulations" much greater than those suffered in Jerusalem during the Roman invasion (A.D. 70). For example, ... read more »

Logic and Stem Cell Research

In his epistle to the Roman saints, Paul rhetorically asked: "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" The apostle then answered his own query. In the English versions it is variously translated: "God forbid" (KJV; ASV), "By no means!" (RSV); "Certainly not!" (NKJV). The Greek Testament reads: me genoito, an expression, used 15 times in the New Testament. ... read more »

A Gracious Petition

Perhaps the most poignant of all Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and obviously not long before his death (cf. 4:6). This document contains the concluding written words of Paul. They are words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, his "true child in faith" (1 Tim. 1:2). The message ... read more »

Did Jude Quote from the Book of Enoch?

"Could you comment on the prophecy of Enoch, as mentioned in the book of Jude (vs. 14)? Was Jude quoting from the apocryphal 'Book of Enoch'? If so, does this reflect upon the concept of Bible inspiration?" The book of Jude is a powerful little treatise that warns the children of God of the dangers of apostasy from the faith ... read more »

Hebrews 9:5 & Romans 3:25 – Christ Jesus: Our Propitiation

In the ninth chapter of the book of Hebrews, the inspired writer discusses the tabernacle arrangement of the Old Testament regime. "And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies; having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, ... read more »

Romans 9:22 – Is Eternal Punishment Fair?

Many religionists who deny the biblical teaching of the eternal, conscious torment of hell do so strictly on emotional grounds. They reject everlasting punishment - not because they have carefully studied the scriptural evidence, and have arrived at their convictions on an intellectual basis - but because, in their view, eternal punishment just "doesn't seem fair." How could a just ... read more »

Can a Sheep Stray from the Fold?

"A friend of mine insists that a Christian can never fall away from the grace of God so as to be lost.One of the Bible verses that she uses in support of this idea is in John's Gospel, chapter 10, verses 27-28.'My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal ... read more »

In What Sense Has Christ Abolished Death?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a marvelous collage of Old Testament characters who lived the life of faith. After rehearsing these examples, the inspired writer offers this encouragement. "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let ... read more »

A Philosophy for Christian Living

Of all Paul's epistles, the letter to the church at Philippi is the most personal. It reveals more of the apostle's philosophy of life than any other. Within that treatise is this most enlightening affirmation. "Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to ... read more »

A Message from John

One of the most thrilling passages in John's first epistle is found in chapter 2, verses 1-2. The text reads as follows: "My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin.And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and ... read more »