The following articles are related to the topic of JUSTIFICATION

Luke 1:41 – Baby or Fetus?

When the virgin Mary learned that she was pregnant, and that she would bear the Christ child, she journeyed to the hill country of Judea and sought out her kinswoman, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, of course, was also pregnant with the child who would come to be known as John the Baptizer. Luke, the medical doctor (Colossians 4:14) and historian, declares that ... read more »

Romans 1:20 – The Testimony of Creation

In Romans 1, Paul delivers a blistering indictment against the ancient pagan world. The heathen society of that day had drifted far from God. The darkness of idolatry had smothered out a true view of Deity. No excuse could justify such flagrant rebellion, and for the following reason. "For the invisible things of Him [God] since the creation of the ... read more »

What About Social Drinking and the Old Testament?

A brother argues that Deuteronomy 14:26 proves that the use of alcoholic drinks is not sinful, otherwise the Lord would not have sanctioned it. Would you comment on this?" The text of Deuteronomy 14:26 reads as follows: "And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, ... read more »

Miscellaneous Questions

"Why does the Bible say that the men who were with Saul 'heard' the voice of the Lord (Acts 9:7), when a later account says they 'heard not' the voice (Acts 22:9)? Is this a contradiction?" According to Acts 9:7, the men traveling with Saul, "heard" the voice. The term for "voice" in Greek is phones, in the genitive case. ... read more »

Did Christ Abolish the Law of Moses?

"Some teach that Christians are not under obligation to keep the Sabbath day in this age. If that is the case, how is Matthew 5:17-18 to be explained? Did not Christ say that the law would not be destroyed; that it would last as long as heaven and earth?" In Matthew's record of what is commonly called, "The Sermon on ... read more »

Was Jesus the “Suffering Servant” of Isaiah 53?

"I have been discussing the Bible with a Jewish gentleman. I have tried to show him that the prophecies of Isaiah 53 were fulfilled by Jesus. He claims, however, that since the term 'death' (vs. 9) is a plural term, this excludes an individual person (Christ) from the focus of the passage. How would one respond to this?" It is ... read more »

The Twisted Logic of Liberalism

It strikes me as odd.Why would one construct an argument, grounded in an appeal to biblical authority (e.g., precedent), in an attempt to prove that divine authority is not needed for one's religious practice? And yet this is precisely what some are attempting to do these days.The argument runs something like this. The Jews of the first century engaged in ... read more »

Was Jesus Created First?

"A friend, who is a Jehovah's Witness, says that Jesus Christ was the first creature made by God the Father. He cites Colossians 1:15, where Jesus is said to be the 'firstborn of all creation' as proof. Can you comment on this?" The Watchtower dogma, that Jesus was the first being created by the Father and, therefore, he is not ... read more »

What Is the History of Infant Sprinkling?

"Could you tell me when infant baptism first began and why it was started?" In the first place, there is rarely any such practice as infant "baptism."The Greek verb baptizo means to immerse.Babies, whenever they are administered what is commonly called "infant baptism," are almost never immersed.Whatever else one may wish to call the practice, it is not infant "baptism." ... read more »

Does Ezra Deserve Criticism?

A Bible class recently was engaged in a discussion regarding Ezra's command that the men of Israel, in the post-Captivity period, put away their foreign wives (Ezra 10). The text reads: "And the priest stood up, and said unto them, 'You have trespassed, and have married foreign women, to increase the guilt of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, ... read more »