The following articles are related to the topic of SALVATION

Testing the Spirits

The power of the public speaker is enormous. Who can forget the swelling pride of the British during their darkest hour as they were led to the battle with the words of Churchill? Or the tremendous impact of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? Even those who are not great orators wield significant influence over their listening audience. The bumbling Marshal Applewhite ... read more »

2 Timothy 2:1 — The Domain of Grace

Some sincere folks entertain the notion that divine grace is somehow unconditionally diffused into the religious atmosphere, descending upon those whom the Creator has randomly chosen. Others feel that grace is bestowed simply on the basis of trust in the Lord. Misunderstanding Ephesians 2:8-9, they labor under the impression that grace is received by faith alone. Neither of these views ... read more »

Every Spiritual Blessing Is in Christ

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . " (Eph. 1:3). The word "blessed" is eulogetos - like our word "eulogy." It means, "to speak well of."There are related words for "blessing" men, but this word is only used of God in the New Testament. Men may be "praised" for their benevolent deeds occasionally, ... read more »

How to Go to Heaven — Sincere, but Wrong

Two ladies walked up the driveway. They handed me a small, tri-folded brochure that contained the service times of their church group. It advertised the religious group as being "independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian." The tract claimed that the religious body is "an old fashioned, independent, Baptist Church ... read more »

John Calvin and Grace

One of the most influential religious figures of the last millennium was John Calvin of Switzerland. Calvin was born in 1509. At the age of fourteen, he went to Paris to study the classics. He was so austere that his fellow students nicknamed him "The Accusative Case." In 1529, he commenced the study of civil law. Presently, though, Calvin became ... read more »

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 »

Paul’s Experience on the Damascus Road

"I enjoy getting your articles very much. I agree with the fact that we hear from God through his word, but I do not believe that is the only way he speaks to us.If God only speaks to us through his written word, how do you explain the account of Paul's experience [on the road to Damascus]?" When we discuss ... read more »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »

Praise the Lord – A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14

The book of Ephesians is about the church - the eternal purpose of God in Christ. The epistle takes us from eternity to eternity, in contemplation of the divine plan. Obviously, God wants us to understand something about his eternal purpose. Ephesians demands our careful attention. Its theme could not be more important. What should we expect from studying this ... read more »

Will Everyone Go to Heaven?

A letter from a courteous reader asserted his belief that all people will be saved ultimately. He feels there is Bible support for this position, though he introduced not a solitary passage in defense of the theory. Perhaps there is some value in discussing this theme. It is becoming more popular in this day of widely diversified religious views, and ... read more »