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

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, “Receive Ye the Spirit”?

"What does the following passage mean? 'And when he [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit'" (John 20:22). The surrounding context in John's Gospel record reads as follows: "Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. ... read more »

Acts 15:9 — Hearts Cleansed by Faith

In Acts 15 at the conference in Jerusalem, Peter testified as to how God had used him as an instrument for the conversion of the Gentiles. In connection therewith, he declared that the Lord "made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith" (15:9). Some religious folks assume this means that salvation is given upon ... 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 »

Clouds Without Water: A Review of the New ACU Commentary

In the little letter that bears his name, Jude, a half-brother of our Lord, addressed a malignant first-century movement that threatened to undermine the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Certain teachers had wormed their way among the early saints with the ambition of changing the fundamental composition of Christianity. They wanted an "emerging church," different from that of ... read more »

The Judas Make-Over

"Was Judas Iscariot a 'hero,' who secretly worked together with Jesus Christ to bring about the Messianic mission? Or was he a villain who betrayed his Lord and Master?" Ever since the second century A.D. there have been efforts to cast Judas Iscariot (the traitor who delivered Jesus over to the Roman authorities) into a redesigned mold of historical revisionism. ... read more »

Some Final Words from Paul

Second Timothy was the final epistle Paul penned before his "appointment" with death was realized (cf. Hebrews 9:27). As he set to parchment his concluding instructions to Timothy, his faithful friend, he could almost hear the executioner sharpening his sword. He wrote: "For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come" (4:6). The Bible student, ... read more »

The Significance of the Day of Pentecost

Acts chapter ten is a very unique portion of the New Testament. It commences by introducing the reader to a splendid citizen of Caesarea, a Roman centurion whose name was Cornelius. Though a Gentile, Cornelius had been attracted to the concept of Israel's one God. Hence, he was devoutly religious and a splendid example of high moral ideals. He was, ... read more »

Is Holy Spirit Baptism Available Today?

"If Cornelius experienced the 'baptism of the Holy Spirit,' why can't men receive that same baptism today?" While it is a fact that Cornelius did receive a "baptism" of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:45; 11:15-16), the key to understanding why Holy Spirit baptism is not being replicated today is to be found in discovering the purpose behind the particular events ... read more »

My People Are Destroyed for a Lack of Knowledge

In those days before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians (722 B.C.), the prophet Hosea focused upon one of the causes of Israel's impending destruction - ignorance was a fundamental problem (Hos. 4:6). In a similar vein, Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, warned the southern kingdom of Judah of a coming time of punitive devastation: ... read more »

The Fig Tree Incident—A Contradiction?

"Can you explain the apparent contradiction between Matthew and Mark? In Matthew's account, Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, and then cursed the fig tree the next day. (Mt. 21:10-22). Yet in Mark's account he cursed the fig tree first, and then drove the moneychangers out - on the same day (Mk 11:11-26)." The problem of an alleged ... read more »