The following articles are related to the topic of OBEDIENCE

Did God Ask Moses To Be Deceitful?

After Moses had concluded his stunning interview with Jehovah at the site of the burning bush, he was commanded to: Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that ... read more »

The Sinner’s Prayer — Is It Biblical?

"Ministers frequently tell lost people that they need to 'pray the sinner's prayer.' Exactly what is this 'sinner's prayer'? Is this prayer biblically based? If not, what is its origin?" The so-called "sinner's prayer" is a popular phenomenon in Protestant circles. It is employed at the conclusion of various denominational "revival" services in appeals to convince sincere people to "get ... read more »

Ephesians 2:8 & Revelation 2:4-5 – The Church at Ephesus

The cause of Christ was planted in Ephesus when Paul came to that city during the course of his third missionary journey. There, he encountered twelve men who had known only the baptism of John the Baptist (having received that ordinance after its expiration). Accordingly, Paul instructed them more precisely in the gospel, and immersed them "into the name of ... read more »

Hebrews 11—What Is Faith?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Faith." Certainly it does present an informative discussion of what constitutes genuine belief. Note the following points. Faith Is Rational By faith we "understand" that the universe is not self-existent; rather, it was designed by the Creator (Heb. 11:3). The notion that one cannot be intelligent without ... read more »

Science and the Eagle’s Wings

As the citizens of ancient Judah languished in Babylonian captivity (prophetically described by Isaiah), they apparently complained that God was not actively watching over them. They appear to have suggested that the Lord had grown tired while on duty, so to speak. In response to this foolish charge, the prophet Isaiah declared that Jehovah, being the all-powerful Sovereign (Genesis 17:1), ... read more »

The Role of “Works” in God’s Plan of Redemption

Most Protestants, reacting adversely to the "works system" of Roman Catholicism, have adopted the extreme (and unscriptural) view that works play no role whatever in human salvation. Some allege that salvation is on the basis of "faith alone," while others (e.g., radical Calvinists) argue that God chose the redeemed before the world began, and that redemption, therefore, is entirely unconditional. ... read more »

Does John 6:37 Teach Calvinist “Predestination”?

"Please explain John 6:37.Who are those 'given' to Christ?Does this mean that they were selected by God before the foundation of the world, and are 'elected' - irrespective of their personal obedience?" The passage under consideration reads as follows: "All of those whom the Father gives me shall come unto me; and him who comes to me I will in ... read more »

Ephesians 1:4 – Predestination

As he commences his letter to the saints in Ephesus, Paul declares that God: "chose us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world ... having foreordained [predestinated - KJV] us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself?" (1:4-5). Does this passage teach that our salvation is strictly a matter of God's arbitrary election, settled before the ... read more »

1 John 1:7 – The Cleansing Fountain

In the Old Testament, Zechariah foretold a time when a fountain would be opened to the house of David for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). The reference, of course, was to the shedding of the blood of Christ and the redemptive effect of that divine offering under the New Testament economy. While many Bible students are aware of the ... read more »

2 Corinthians 6:1 – The Grace of God

Perhaps no subject in the Bible is more misunderstood than that of "grace." And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). Many entertain the notion that grace is some sort of divine blanket that is unconditionally thrown over the sinner to cancel the effect of his sin. ... read more »