Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Love one another

John in 1st John 3:12-17 address the characteristic lack of love displayed by children of the devil, while in vv.18-24 he talks about the characteristics of love displayed by the child of God. Scripture presents Cain outwardly as a God-worshiper who even offered sacrifice (Gen. 4:3-5). Cain’s murderous actions, however, revealed that inwardly he was a child of the devil (John 8:44). In 1 John 3:12-17, John presents the first of three behaviors of the devil’s children manifesting their lack of love—murder, the ultimate expression of hate. Cain’s offering was not acceptable because he was sinful (Gen. 4:6). Jealousy was behind his hate and murder, as in the case of the religious leaders who had Christ executed. History is filled with stories of the persecution of the saints by the world (Heb. 11:36-40). This does not surprise believers because hateful Satan is their father (1 John 3:10). The phrase “passed out of death into life”, because we love highlights that becoming a Christian is a resurrection from death to life, and a turning of hate to love (Gal. 5:6; 22). A lack of love indicates that one is spiritually dead. Love is the sure test of whether someone has experienced the new birth or is still in the darkness of spiritual death (1 John 2:9, 11). Someone who is characterized by hate has never experienced the new birth. John...

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The issue of Adam and Eve

In recent days many people have questioned whether Adam and Eve are really persons or not. Typically the people who question Adam and Eve also question whether the Bible is authorative, inerrant and sufficient. Most of these people are scientists with no Bible or theological training and traditionally come to the Bible not to learn from its teachings but rather impose their scientific findings upon the Bible. In recent days also, Dr. C. John Collins has written an excellent book called Did Adam and Eve really exist, which I recommend you read and I have also reviewed. That book will help you to understand more of the arguments against Adam and Eve and learn to answer some of the objections to the issue of Adam and Eve being historical persons. My specific purpose in this article is to focus on why understanding Adam and Even are real persons and how this view affects our lives as believers. The issue of whether Adam and Eve are historical persons is a huge issue because Genesis presupposes they are. If Adam and Eve are not actual persons who lived then making sense of the Garden of Eden, the Fall and more makes no sense. Furthermore if we deny that Adam and Eve are literal persons then we deny how sin came into the world and the existence of sin becomes God’s fault...

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Lessons Learned in Seminary Part 1- The Gospel

Introduction Recently I have been doing some thinking about lessons I have learned in Bible College and Seminary. This Fall will mark four years I have been in Bible College and Seminary at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. These four years have been spent in the undergraduate and graduate level classes via distance education. Through these four years I’ve learned a number of lessons that I believe apply to all believers and some may only apply to Bible College or Seminary students or perhaps even those in a professional ministry setting. After giving it much thought about which topic, I would start this series on, I decided I would start with the Gospel.  I want to be upfront that this series will be more practically oriented rather than a biblical treatment on the topics that I will discuss. I say this up front so you know that I will be speaking from what I have learned and also my experience. The Gospel It may seem rather obvious to start with the Gospel but I consider it necessary. In the four years I’ve been in Bible College and Seminary I’ve come to see the Gospel not in any way different than I have before I went to Bible College/Seminary but rather as more precious and more beautiful than I ever dared imagine. I’ve come to see more of the Gospel and...

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Homosexuality, New York and Marriage

Introduction Yesterday June 24th, 2011, the state of New York became the sixth state in the United States to legalize gay marriage. The New York Senate passed the bill earlier yesterday evening (June 24th, 2011) and then Governor Andrew Cumo signed it into law. New York joins Vermont and New Hampshire as the only states to legalize gay marriage through state legislatures. In every other state it has happened through the courts. This bill doubles the number of people in the United States who will have access to same-sex marriage.  In this article, I want to explain briefly the biblical arguments against homosexuality and how to minister the Gospel in this climate. Biblical Arguments In the beginning God created man and He created man in His image and likeness. The Lord saw that man was in need of a helpmate and He took from Adam his rib and formed Eve. Adam and Eve then became one flesh and the Lord established the institution of marriage. In Leviticus 18 the Lord gave laws related to sexual practices. These specific laws assume the general prohibition of adultery (Ex. 20:14). Leviticus 18:22 outlaws all homosexuality (Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10). Romans 1:26-27 make it clear that God gave them up to dishonorable passions a reference that goes back to Romans 1:18, 24. God gave them up is...

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The Marks of Grace in the life of the Christian

Introduction Today were going to look at 2nd Peter 1:3-12 and conclude with what we can learn from this passage. In this first main section in 2nd Peter 1:3-12, Peter emphasizes that God’s grace results in godliness. 2nd Peter 1:3-4 His in 2nd Peter 1:3 refers to Jesus Christ. Christ’s power is the source of the believer’s sufficiency and perseverance (matt. 24:3-; Mark 5:30; Luke 4:14; 5:17; Rom. 1:4; 2 Cor. 1:29). The genuine Christian is eternally secure in his salvation and will preserve and grow because he has received everything necessary to sustain eternal life through Christ’s power. To be godly is to live reverently, loyally, and obediently toward God. Peter means the genuine believer ought not to ask God for something more (as if something necessary to sustain his growth, strength, and perservance was missing) to become godly, because he already has every spiritual resource to manifest, sustain, and perfect godly living. “Knowledge” is a key word in 2nd Peter (2 Peter 1:2, 5-6, 8; 2:20; 3:18). Throughout Scripture, it implies an intimate knowledge (Amos 3:2). The knowledge of Christ emphasized here is not a superficial knowledge, or a mere surface awareness of the facts about Christ, but a genuine, personal sharing of  life with Christ, based on repentance from sin and personal faith in him (Matt. 7:21).  This call “called us to his own glory and...

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