The following articles are related to the topic of OBEDIENCE

Matthew 18:26 – An Unpayable Debt

In one of his parables, Jesus told of a certain king, who, examining his financial records, discovered a debtor who owed him the staggering sum of ten thousand talents (Matthew 18:24). According to the footnote in the ASV, a talent was worth about $1,000, hence, this servant was in debt to the tune of $10 million. When the servant was ... read more »

Teresa’s “Exorcism”

A news article from 2001 caught my eye that is deserving of some comment. The late Roman Catholic nun, commonly known as "Mother Teresa," reputedly had an "exorcism" performed on her while she was hospitalized in 1997. This was reported recently by Henry D'Souza, "Archbishop" of Calcutta. The disclosure was made during the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the ... read more »

Who Is the Mysterious Shiloh?

"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh come: And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he has washed his garments in wine, and his vesture in the blood of grapes: his eyes shall ... read more »

The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ

The word diatheke appears thirty-three times in the Greek New Testament. In the King James Version it is rendered by "covenant" twenty times, and by "testament" thirteen times. The word can convey a twofold sense - depending on the context in which it is found. First, it may signify a covenant, or, as we might express it more commonly, a ... read more »

Six Great Truths Cornelius Can Teach Us

One of the amazing things about the Bible is how much truth can be stored in such small places. There is a passage in Acts 10 that illustrates this point. Cornelius is a rather mysterious character. He appears and disappears in the same Bible chapter, Acts 10. This Gentile soldier's marvelous moral character, and his noble influence, even among Jews ... read more »

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

King Saul — A Case Study in Apostasy

Saul, son of Kish, Israel's first king, stands as a solemn warning to all who followed thereafter. He was the ruler born of Israel's wishes - that the Hebrews might "be like" the heathen nations nearby (1 Samuel 8:5). In the providence of God, he was appointed their king. Yes, allowed by the Lord, but later removed by the same ... read more »

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens' famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, closes with the oft-cited words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do ..." With apologies to the renowned author, we wish to reflect upon two cities of the ancient world - one of which did "far, far better" than the other in its response to the gospel of ... read more »

Was Cornelius Saved Without Baptism?

"Was Cornelius, the Roman centurion of Acts chapter ten, saved before and without baptism?" Some so claim. They reason in this fashion: Cornelius received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized (Acts 10:44-48). But only a child of God receives the Holy Spirit. Thus, Cornelius was a child of God before his baptism. The argument is invalid for several reasons: ... read more »

John 6:27-29 – The “Work” of Faith

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul thrillingly declares: "For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (6:23). The expression "free gift" translates the single Greek word, charisma.This term is related to the original word that is frequently rendered "grace" charis).It thus denotes a gift that is ... read more »