Category: Theology

THE PLAN OF SALVATION IS A COVENANT »

The plan of salvation is presented under the form of a covenant. This is evident: First, from the constant use of the words berit and diatheke in reference to it. With regard to the former of these words, although it is sometimes used for a law, disposition, or arrangement in general, where the elements of […]

THE NEED FOR REGENERATION »

The need for regeneration lies in man’s total depravity. Every member of Adam’s race is a fallen creature, and every part of his complex being has been corrupted by sin. Man’s heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9). His mind is blinded by Satan (2 Cor. 4:4) and darkened by sin […]

JOHN MACARTHUR: BIBLICAL WARNING ABOUT FALSE TEACHERS »

1. The warning against false teachers Christ then said, “Beware of false prophets” (Matthew 7:15). For every true prophet calling people to the narrow way, are a multiplicity of false prophets calling people to the broad way that leads to destruction. Christ’s warning [about false teachers] was not new. Deuteronomy 13:1-5 documents the presence of […]

WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT HELL? »

It is common to say that hell is the absence of God. Such statements are motivated in large part by the dread of even contemplating what hell is like. We try often to soften that blow and find a euphemism to skirt around it. We need to realize that those who are in hell desire […]

JOHN GERSTNER: DOES GOD LOVE THE SINNER AND HATE ONLY HIS SIN? »

by Dr. John Gerstner (1914-1996) “Repent or Perish” forces people to ponder seriously the popular slogan, “God hates the sin and loves the sinner.” Is a necessary repentance consistent with “God loves the sinner?” If God loves the sinner while he is alive, it is strange that God sends him to hell as soon as he […]

JESUS: THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD »

By Apprising Ministries correspondent Mike Ratilff of Possessing the Treasure In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2 ESV) I heard a sermon once a long time ago in which the preacher defined a cult as any […]

JESUS' PERSPECTIVE ON SOLA FIDE »

Many who have embraced “the New Perspective on Paul” are also proposing a different slant on the doctrine of justification by faith. When the text of Scripture is interpreted in the new light, they say, Pauline support for the principle of sola fide [faith alone], the doctrine of imputation, and the distinction between law and […]

FUTURE DELIVERANCE »

Paul asserted that Christ delivers all believers from the eternal wrath of God. This means that they may wait for the return of Christ with confident hope: For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true […]

BACK TO ETERNITY PAST »

 Only by looking to eternity past do we gain the proper perspective to fully grasp the magnitude of our salvation. Before the Creation of the world, before anything was brought into being, God already had His plan of salvation set in motion. Who would begin an enterprise as enormous as the Creation of the universe—and […]

BRIAN M. SCHWERTLEY: THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST »

Many people who object to the biblical doctrine of the atonement do so because they do not understand who God is. They reason within themselves: “Why doesn’t God simply forgive and forget? Wouldn’t God forgive people as long as they say they are sorry and endeavor to be a better person? Isn’t the idea that […]

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