The following articles are related to the topic of UNITY

Luke and the Old Testament

Luke was a Gentile and so far as anyone knows, he was the only non-Hebrew to author a book of the Bible - with the possible exception of the book ofJob. (Note in Acts 1:19 that Luke cites an Aramaic word and identifies it as a term in "their [the Jews'] language.") From a strictly naturalistic viewpoint, therefore, one would ... read more »

Buy a Sword?

Would you discuss Luke 22:36-"[L]et him sell his cloak and buy a sword"? Some claim this passage is in conflict with Matthew 5:39, which prohibits a disciple of Christ from exercising physical retaliation, while others allege that Luke's statement authorizes the Christian's use of carnal weapons in defense of the cause of Christ. Several observations regarding this matter are in ... read more »

The Value of the “Factious” Spirit

What a curious title for an article! And yet, the concept is biblical. In that controversial epistle, commonly called First Corinthians, Paul deals with a variety of church problems. They were problems conveyed to the apostle via the reports of others (1 Corinthians 1:11), and concerning which the Corinthian saints had inquired of their "father" in the gospel (7:1; 4:15). ... read more »

A Study of Romans 14

To eat meat or not eat meat. That was the question many Christians struggled with in the first century. It was such a controversy that Paul spent a whole chapter in the book of Romans addressing what may seem to us a trivial question. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently has been both misunderstood and ... read more »

A Common Faith and Common Salvation

The word "common" is a very common word, both in English and in Greek, the language in which the New Testament was composed. In fact, the particular form of Greek employed in the Mediterranean world of the first century was Koine (common) Greek because it was "used and understood throughout the civilized world, being spoken freely on the streets of ... read more »

An Analysis of Romans 14

The fourteenth chapter of the book of Romans is an intriguing piece of literature. Often misunderstood, frequently abused, it offers much instruction for the spiritually minded student. It confronts a variety of issues. The text arises out of a transitional era in religious history when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system (the Mosaic regime) to ... read more »

The Explosive Growth of the Kingdom of Christ

In the following parable, the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the commencement and growth of that kingdom He was planning to establish. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the ... read more »

Did Jesus Christ Exist in the Form of God on Earth?

Some conservative writers have attempted to defend the idea that the second Person of the Godhead, at the time of the "incarnation" (i.e., when "the Word became flesh"-John 1:14), laid aside "the form of God." They contend that the concept of an infinite God being clothed within a human body is illogical. Though these authors undoubtedly mean well, their position ... read more »

The Gwen Shamblin Controversy

Gwen Shamblin is a weight-loss instructor who operates out of Nashville, Tennessee. In a span of eight years (from 1992 to the present) she has taken her weight-control program from an in-home operation to a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Her book, The Weigh Down Diet, has sold more than a million copies in the last three years. Seemingly at the peak of ... read more »

Principles of Interpretation: The “Expansion” Concept

It is rarely the case (if ever) that the entire body of truth, relative to a doctrinal matter, is found neatly compacted in one contextual location. In researching a biblical theme, therefore, one must gather the available data pertaining to an issue from various sources, systematically harmonize whatever the Scriptures say about the subject, and then take the whole. One ... read more »