The following articles are related to the topic of OBEDIENCE

The True Meaning of Grace

The concept of God's "grace" is thrilling beyond words. It shines its brightest, however, against the seemingly dark backdrop of another aspect of our Creator's nature - that of sacred wrath. The Wrath of God The most common Greek word for "wrath" is orge. The term occurs 36 times in the New Testament (cf. Rom. 1:18; 2:5). Another expression denoting ... read more »

1 Timothy 2:4 — Salvation through Knowledge

There are many strange ideas in the religious world regarding salvation. Some contend that all people will be saved (Universalism). That notion is contradicted by dozens of passages (see Matthew 7:13,14). Others, like the Calvinists, argue that before the world was created God chose some, the elect, to be saved, and others He predetermined to be lost. That notion is ... read more »

Will God Bring All Sins into Remembrance?

How do you harmonize Hebrews 8:12, which says that God will remember sins no more, with Ecclesiastes 12:14, which states that God will bring every evil work into judgment? Ecclesiastes 12:14 affirms the following: "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil." The thrust of this sober ... read more »

2 John 6 – The Nature of Love

Exactly what is love? Is it merely a sentimental, emotional disposition towards God? Or does love involve more than that? When the Lord suggested that the "great" commandment is loving God with all of one's heart, soul, and mind (see Matthew 22:38-40), what did that entail? John sheds some light on that when he writes: "And this is love, that ... read more »

Galatians 1:23 – The Faith

The term "faith" is used in different senses in the New Testament. Frequently the word is employed subjectively, meaning it has to do with one's personal belief - the faith that abides in the Christian's heart. At other times, "faith" is used in an objective sense. In such circumstances it stands for the gospel system - the body of doctrine ... read more »

Baptism for the Dead: Revisited

We received a letter from a distinguished professor at Stanford University, disputing the position we argued relative to the "Latter-day saints" dogma of "baptism for the dead" in another article published on this web site (See Mormon Doctrine: Baptism for the Dead .) Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, claimed to have received a "revelation" from God on January ... read more »

What Was the Nature of Cain’s Sin?

We were discussing Cain's sacrifice in Genesis 4 in class recently, and some suggested that Cain's "vegetable" offering was what God wanted, but Cain just did not give his "best." My answer was that he and Abel should have offered the same thing (i.e., an animal sacrifice); however, I cannot prove that to be so. Though there is no explicit ... read more »

Acts 4:32 – The Jerusalem Church of Christ

One of the most thrilling passages in the book of Acts is recorded as follows: "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul..." (4:32). Several important points from this passage must be noted. The Church, a MultitudeThe church had come to consist of a "multitude."It started on Pentecost with at least 3,000. "They then that ... read more »

Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?

"What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 7:14 when he said that an unbeliever is 'sanctified' by a Christian spouse?" First, the Bible student must understand the meaning of the term "sanctified," and the various uses of that term that are made by the sacred writers of the New Testament. The word appears in two grammatical forms in the New ... read more »

Does the Bible Sanction Rahab’s Lying?

Many are confused regarding the story of Rahab who, although she lied when she hid Israel's spies, was described as being "justified" (James 2:25; cf. Hebrews 11:31). How does one harmonize this with biblical ethics? The narrative regarding the Canaanite, whose name was Rahab, in no way sanctions lying. There are several factors that must be taken into account in ... read more »