The following articles are related to the topic of JESUS, DEITY

What Was the Nature of Cain’s Sin?

We were discussing Cain's sacrifice in Genesis 4 in class recently, and some suggested that Cain's "vegetable" offering was what God wanted, but Cain just did not give his "best." My answer was that he and Abel should have offered the same thing (i.e., an animal sacrifice); however, I cannot prove that to be so. Though there is no explicit ... read more »

Textual Studies: Making Sense of the “Sense”

The term "sense" is a common word. In sentence structure, it has to do with the manner in which a term is employed within a given context. The term "sense" itself illustrates the importance of the concept of which we speak. Sense, for example, may refer to the exercise of wisdom, as in the statement, "He is known for his ... read more »

In the Days of His Flesh

It is one of the most touching passages in the entire book of Hebrews. A portion of the verse reads like this: "Who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him who was able to save him from death" (Heb. 5:7). The immediate context deals with the qualifications of ... read more »

The Authorized Elements of Church Music

Jesus Christ declared there are three elements to appropriate Christian worship. It must be directed to deity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); worship must be rendered in "spirit" (sincerely), and it must be offered consistent with revealed "truth" (John 4:24; 17:17). Paul declared worship must be "in the name of Christ"; the phrase signifies by his authority (Colossians 3:17; cf. ... read more »

The Growing Trend of Performance Worship

Acceptable worship is a God-centered phenomenon. It involves not only an attitude, but also a submission to certain prescribed acts. Through worship, Christian people, grateful for divine redemption, pour out their souls in adoration to deity. When men, in their worship, seek to direct attention to themselves, instead of God, they seriously err. This is a truth that some learn ... read more »

The Blood of Christ Across the Centuries

John the baptizer introduced Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29). In the concluding book of the New Testament, the apostle John depicts the Lord as "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8, KJV, ASVfn). "From the foundation of the world" means that the death of ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

Reflections on the Goodness of God

The incident is found in all of the synoptic accounts (Mt. 19:16-22; Mk. 10:17-22; Lk. 18:18-23). A young, wealthy ruler was acquainted with the ministry of Christ. On a certain occasion, therefore, this official ran to Jesus, knelt before him, and asked: "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" In his response, the Lord asked: ... read more »

Who Is Paul’s “Man of Sin”?

In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul spoke of the return of Christ and the glories associated therewith. Because some of these saints apparently misunderstood the instruction of that initial epistle, or had been influenced by false teaching, the apostle was constrained to write a second letter, attempting to correct the erroneous ideas entertained by the Thessalonians. ... read more »

Have You Considered The Consequences Of Sin?

The theme of "sin" dominates the Bible. There are at least eight different terms in the Hebrew Old Testament reflecting some aspect of sin, e.g., "bad," "wickedness," "iniquity," etc. Some thirteen different words in the New Testament similarly depict various shades of sin, e.g., "evil," "unrighteousness," "transgression," etc. (cf. Pfeiffer, 2003, 1594-95). Sin has left a deadly legacy upon our ... read more »