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

Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete

Crete is a large island in the Mediterranean near the southern entrance to the Agean Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by a people whose reputation was less than ideal. A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). Jews from this region were present in ... read more »

A History of the Baptism Apostasy

The theme of baptism is one of the simplest and easiest to understand of most any theological subject in the New Testament. How tragic it is, therefore, that there should be so much confusion-indeed such uncommon error-in the community of "Christendom" regarding this important New Testament doctrine. According to The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament (Kohlenberger et al. ... read more »

Dispensationalism and Zechariah 14

Dispensationalists-those enamored with the notion that Christ will return to the earth to establish a political kingdom over which he will reign for one thousand years-rely heavily upon Zechariah, chapter fourteen, as an important Old Testament element of the premillennial scheme. Dispensational writer Hobert E. Freeman characterizes this chapter as a description of "the destruction of Israel's enemies, salvation of ... read more »

A Realistic Look at Sin

If you want to liven up a conversation, introduce the subject of sin. The reactions will be varied. Some will get angry and others will jokingly sneer about it. Some will suggest that the idea of sin is an arrogant imposition of "religion" - an invention of the priest craft and clergy for the purpose of exercising control over the ... read more »

The Thrilling and Mysterious Ways of God

Most serious Bible students concede that the book of Romans is one of the more difficult compositions of the New Testament - at least in some places. One of these is the section that embraces chapters 9-11. There, the inspired Paul discusses the sovereignty of God (i.e., his right to exercise his will in human affairs), in terms of how ... read more »

Messianic Previews in the Book of Zechariah

The kingdom of Judah continued to dredge itself into apostasy until a day of calamity was inevitable. In a series of three invasions by the Babylonians (606 B.C., 597 B.C., and 586 B.C.) the nation was devastated. The land was ravaged, Jerusalem was destroyed, and some seventy thousand Hebrews were taken into captivity. Jeremiah had prophetically proclaimed that the captivity ... read more »

Baptism: Essentials and Nonessentials

There are some very important issues associated with New Testament baptism, and the person who wants to obey God must not neglect these essentials. At the same time, some matters associated with the sacred obligation are in the realm of expediency, hence allow for some flexibility. In this brief study, let us reflect on these categories. Essentials Consider the following ... read more »

Paul’s Prayer for the Weak

Perhaps the most poignant of all of Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and 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, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Timothy 1:2). ... read more »

Some Character Traits of Paul, the Apostle

The renowned German scholar, Adolf Deissmann, once declared: "There is no single person since Nero's days who has left such permanent marks on the souls of men as Paul the New Man." He noted that the grand apostle of Christ, "rising from the mass of the insignificant many" is "still molding the world at the present moment" (1957, viii). F.F. ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Approved, Disapproved, and Proved

One of the most illustrious discourses adorning the Book of Acts is Peter's proclamation on the day of Pentecost. We do not, of course, possess the entirety of the words and events of that remarkable day described in Acts 2. It is not revealed, for example, what the apostles were preaching in those new languages when they were accused of ... read more »