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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 »

2 Peter 1:11 – The Eternal Kingdom

It is a serious mistake not to recognize that a word can carry a different meaning in a variety of biblical contexts. The individual situation must always be carefully examined. For example, the term "kingdom" has different connotations under various circumstances. Jesus spoke of the "kingdom of God" that had been in operation under the Mosaic regime (Matthew 21:43). The ... read more »

Ephesians 4:13 – The Unity of the Faith

In Ephesians 4:11, Paul lists certain miraculously endowed offices in the early church - apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teaching pastors. These works were in the nature of supernatural "gifts" (v. 8). The apostle declares that these gifts were for the maturing of the saints in their work of ministering, i.e., equipping them for service (Arndt & Gingrich, Greek Lexicon, p. ... 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 »

The Case of Eutychus

As Paul was concluding his third missionary campaign, he, along with eight traveling companions, came to Troas on the western coast of provincial Asia (Acts 20:6). Here they waited for seven days, finally meeting with the saints of that city on Sunday. It may have been early evening when the assembly convened. At some point the brethren ate the Lord's ... read more »

Daniel’s Prophecies: Encouraging and Enlightening

Skeptics despise the book of Daniel. If Daniel received visions as he said he did, and if he wrote these prophecies as he claimed to have done, then this book is unmistakably a product of divine inspiration. The issues raised by those who arbitrarily assign the book to an unknown, unnamed author of the second century B.C. are not our ... read more »

The Divine View of Death

In a psalm that is designed to emphasize the love of God for his children, an inspired writer declares: "Precious in the sight of Jehovah is the death of his saints" (116:15). The word "precious" is of considerable interest. The Hebrew expression (yakar) is used to depict a variety of things in the Old Testament. For example, the term describes ... read more »

Three Prayers of Thanksgiving

Out of the biblical doctrine of the "Fatherhood" of God naturally arises the concept of prayer. What child does not need, and wish, to communicate with his father? Thus, in the "model prayer," the Lord taught his disciples to pray: "Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). One manifestation of prayer that should flow abundantly from the heart of the Christian ... read more »

Gog and Magog — What Is the Meaning of Revelation 20:8?

"Who are 'Gog and Magog,' that surround and threaten the 'saints,' as mentioned in Revelation 20:7-8?" Here is the full text that elicits consideration. "And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to ... read more »

What Was the Gift of Tongues?

"Please explain 1 Corinthians 14:2. Would not this indicate that the 'tongue' was a mysterious, spiritual utterance, known only to God, rather than a human language?" No, it wouldn't. Note the following factors: - The term "unknown" is not in the original text. It was added by the King James translators. It is unwarranted and unnecessary. - The nature of ... read more »