The following articles are related to the topic of INSPIRATION

Hebrews 1:4 – Better Than the Angels

The "Jehovah's Witnesses" contend that Jesus Christ, prior to His incarnation, was Michael, the arch-angel. This assertion is completely baseless, and the first chapter of the book of Hebrews is a forceful refutation of this notion. Throughout this chapter the inspired writer is arguing that Jesus Christ is superior to angels. Note these points: Christ is better than the angels ... read more »

Isaiah 6:1-5 – Isaiah’s Vision of Jehovah

In the year that king Uzziah died, Isaiah saw "the Lord" sitting upon a throne. Heavenly creatures stood above this divine Being crying, "Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." In the presence of such majesty the prophet felt his exceeding sinfulness, hence, declared: "Woe is me! for I am undone; because ... read more »

Micah 1:1 – The Doom of Samaria and Jerusalem

Micah was a prophet of the Lord who lived in the city of Moresheth (about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem). He proclaimed Jehovah's revelation in the reigns of Judah's kings, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He was, therefore, a contemporary of Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 1:1). Some characterize him as the "country" preacher, while Isaiah was the "city" preacher. The thrust of ... read more »

Acts 15:9 — Hearts Cleansed by Faith

In Acts 15 at the conference in Jerusalem, Peter testified as to how God had used him as an instrument for the conversion of the Gentiles. In connection therewith, he declared that the Lord "made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith" (15:9). Some religious folks assume this means that salvation is given upon ... read more »

Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?

The Islamic holiday, Qurbani Id (or Id Al-Adha), is known as the "Sacrifice Festival." Muslims celebrate this "great feast of sacrifice" on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim year. According to their doctrinal scheme, this day celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by Hagar, Ishmael. If you remember the Old Testament account, you ... read more »

What Does the Scripture Say?

"What does the scripture say?" Is this a relevant question? The fourth chapter of the book of Romans begins with a question. Was Abraham, the physical forefather of the Jewish people, found to be just before God due to his own efforts, e.g., the perfect keeping of divine law? The implied answer is, "No." Had the patriarch been justified on ... read more »

The Philosophy of John Calvin

John Calvin was born in 1509 in a small village about fifty miles north of Paris. When he was fourteen years old, he went to Paris to study theology and philosophy. For a while, he turned his attention to pursuing a law degree. But in 1534, he began work on his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he completed ... read more »

Ignore this Lesson and You’re History!

The mountain shook, and God spoke. When the Lord's voice thundered from Sinai, a covenant was made with Israel, and mankind was educated in the ways of God. When Israel arrived at Horeb, God required three days of preparation (Exodus 19:3-25). The divine manifestation was an epic moment in redemptive history; that's the way Israel was to consider it. God ... read more »

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 »