The following articles are related to the topic of LAW AND GRACE

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 »

One of Paul’s Final Prayers

Perhaps the most poignant of all Paul's letters was 2nd Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and obviously not long before his death (cf. 4:6).This document thus is the concluding literary composition of the noble apostle.The letter embodies words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Tim. 1:2). The ... read more »

Is Accountability “Hereditary”?

"Could you explain passages such as Exodus 20:5; 34:7, and 1 Samuel 3:13? They seem to suggest that a later generation is punished for the sins of a former one. Does God hold one generation accountable for the sins of another?" Let us look as these texts individually, and then draw such conclusions as are warranted by the evidence. Exodus ... read more »

The Me-First Syndrome

"Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side [of the sea of Galilee]. And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of ... read more »

Should Christians Have All Things in Common?

"Does the New Testament indicate that the early Christians were forced to equally distribute their possessions among one another?" No, rather Luke testifies to the voluntary, loving, and selfless disposition of Christians in Jerusalem: "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to ... read more »

Is the Mormon Church the Restored Church?

The Mormon doctrine concerning the church is a maze of confusion and contradiction. According to Mormon teaching: "When Jesus Christ lived in mortality he established a Church" (Petersen 1974, 1). It is contended, however: [W]ith the passing of the so-called apostolic age the Church gradually drifted into a condition of apostasy, whereby succession in the priesthood was broken; and that ... read more »

Gold, Silver, and Iron: Three Rules of Human Conduct

NOTE: The gifted T. B. Larimore (1843-1929) once delivered a discourse titled "The Iron, Silver, and Golden Rules" (see Srygley 1949, 190-207). That presentation furnished the seed thoughts for this article. Jesus had been teaching in Galilee, the northern region of Palestine. Great throngs followed him and doubtless he was weary. Accordingly, he took his disciples and ascended a mountain ... read more »

Paul’s Spectacular Journey

In his second letter to the church of God in Corinth, Paul records these fascinating words. I must needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know ... read more »