The following articles are related to the topic of GOSPELS, THE

Have You Been Called by God?

"Many teach that before a person can be saved, he must be 'called' by God. Can you explain how this happens?" God calls every person who is saved. Not only does God pardon the sinner (cf. Rom. 3:26), but he also teaches him of the need and means of forgiveness. The Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, ... read more »

The Rescue of Christ — So-Called

Solomon once declared that "of the making of many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh" (Eccl. 12:12). Truly, books roll from the presses by the millions - year after year. Not infrequently books reveal that they have been buttressed by "much study" which generates a "weariness of the flesh." Some of them ... read more »

A Skeptic Disputes the Resurrection of Christ

Ralph Matthews is a former college instructor whose retirement days are consumed with writing mini-diatribes against the Christian religion. In point of fact, he has nothing new to contribute; his hackneyed criticisms are but a regurgitation of past infidel quibbles. On occasion, however, they do provide an opportunity to illustrate the superficiality of skepticism's arsenal. In a recent article, this ... read more »

Philippians 1:16 – Providence and Persecution

The real quality of a Christian is not seen when times are ideal; rather, when the going is rough - then a person's true character is revealed. When Paul pens the letter to the saints in Philippi, he is imprisoned in Rome - a two-year incarceration (Acts 28:30; Philippians 1:13, 17). Great affliction was his (4:14), compounded by the fact ... read more »

1 Thessalonians 1:9 – Conversion – A Turning Process

It is an amazing thing that there are so many people who entertain the notion that conversion to Christ involves merely a warm feeling of trust in Jesus - without any real reformation of lifestyle from evil to good. It must be a comforting dogma, but it is without scriptural substance. The Thessalonicans are a case in point. When confronted ... read more »

The Papacy and Mark’s Significant Omission

About six months before his death, Jesus was in northern Palestine, in the area of Caesarea Philippi. It was at this time that a conversation of some renown, between Christ and his disciples, took place. Matthew's version of the narrative is as follows: "Who do men say the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; ... read more »

The Soul’s Anchor Is the Hope of Heaven

The Czech playwright Vaclav Havel contemplated, "Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out." For the Christian, however, hope in God is both - things will turn out well, and make sense, "in the day ... read more »

A Message from an Angel

In the 14th chapter of the book of Revelation, the apostle John, while exiled on the island of Patmos, sees a vision of a Lamb on Mount Zion. Though the Lamb had been slain, he now is "standing" (cf. 5:6). This most certainly is a representation of the resurrection of God's slain Lamb, Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:29; 1 Peter ... read more »

The Truth about The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code theory (both the book and a subsequent movie of the same name), has generated significant publicity over the past several years. Of course the crackpot journalists, TV talk-show hosts, and liberal theologians are vigorously promoting these productions as the "truth" about Christianity. Even some naive folks, who ostensibly are associated with "Christendom," are encouraging their friends ... read more »

2 Timothy 1:5 — Godly Parents — Wicked Parents

In 2 Timothy 1:5, Paul commended Timothy, his young companion in the gospel, for the unfeigned, i.e., genuine, faith which was in him, and which earlier had been in his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. What a warming example of godly parental influence. The Old Testament contains a glaring contrast which is worthy of notation. One of Judah's wicked ... read more »