Atonement by Blood

The Prophesied Blood Sacrifice It seems to me that one of the most dramatic events in the history of the world took place in the life of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 21, we have the story of how Christ instructed His disciples as to how they should find a donkey and bring that animal to Him. If the keeper of the donkey objected, they were to simply say that the king needs him. They brought the donkey; Christ climbed astride that donkey, [...]

The Seal of Victory

(Read Part 2) The Change When the Lord Jesus comes for His church at the time of the rapture, the bodies of believers will “put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:54). This body of humiliation and limitation wastes away. It dies and goes into the grave. But 1 Corinthians 15 has the body in view, not the soul. When the believer is resurrected at the coming of Christ, he will be given an immortal body. What a tremendous expectation! We are hampered by [...]

An Instantaneous Transformation

(Read Part 1) Resurrection No Mystery The Old Testament saints believed in a resurrection. Therefore, when Paul wrote about it to New Testament believers, he was not revealing a mystery. Hebrews 11:17-19 tells us that Abraham was directed to offer his son as a sacrifice. He obeyed, . . . concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead. And Joseph believed in the resurrection of the body. Just before his death, he said to his brethren, God [...]

No Church in the Old Testament

The true church of Jesus Christ is a mystery! It is not an organization but an organism, living and vitally connected to its risen Head, the Lord Jesus. Paul wrote these astounding words in Ephesians 3 to announce that God had revealed a new truth to him: How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery . . . which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—as We Face an Uncertain Future?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief (Read Part 1) In this short series we are seeking to analyze the times in which we live in light of Biblical truth—like “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). We are basing our thoughts on the experiences of King Hezekiah, who ruled from 729 to 686 B.C. and became one of Judah's greatest kings. In 715 B.C. he assumed the sole kingship [...]

Facing the Challenging Future

(Read Part 1) Each of us is moving through this mysterious continuum called “time.” While we do not know exactly what time is, we know that it is transporting us, like it or not, into the future. Try as we may to hold onto yesterday or even today, still the past is taken from us, forcing us constantly to look ahead. It is impossible for us to steer the speeding craft of our lives except by looking ahead. The reality of life [...]

The Year Which is to Come

Welcome to the new year! The year of our Lord, 2017, is now upon us and, considering the days in which we live, it is viewed with anticipation by some, curiosity by many and apprehension by others. What will this new 12-month span of our lives include for the world? While, strictly speaking, it is impossible to “view the future,” and impossible, as well, to predict the future, there are certainly some generalizations which can be made about the year which is [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—in Our World and Nation?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief “Where do we go from here?” That is the question before us as we begin this new year of 2017, and it will be the object of our examination in this short blog series. As Bible-believing Christians, we can examine this question on many different levels. We will look at it specifically in the following areas: Where do we go from here—in our world, in our nation and in our service to God and [...]

The Reasons for Observing Christmas

(Read Part 1) The book of 1 Corinthians addresses many issues, although the primary emphasis is upon the believer’s eternal salvation, which one receives by Divine grace through faith in Jesus Christ. One issue mentioned is the matter of “things sacrificed to idols” (8:1), a subject that was given meticulous consideration. Within the Greek culture of 1 Corinthians, families often participated in religious sacrifices. Sacrificial animals would be offered in pagan temples, and only a portion of the meat was burned in those rituals. [...]

By |2018-01-10T17:12:33-06:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Featured Posts, History|Tags: |1 Comment

Celebrating Jesus’ Incarnation

The vast majority of Christians celebrate Christmas without any thought as to whether they should, whereas others insist that pagan elements associated with the day forbid the church from any observance. For instance, the ancient druids worshiped trees (especially the oak), and pagan motivations resulted in the decoration of the tree. Others question the legend and role of Saint Nicholas in Christmas celebrations and other popular customs. The observance or non-observance of Christmas continues to provoke lively discussions among Christians. Since the [...]

By |2018-01-10T17:10:26-06:00December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Featured Posts, History|Tags: |1 Comment

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