Category Archives: Bible Study

The Sufficiency of Scripture (1) – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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            One of the believer’s greatest losses comes when he forgets the resource he possesses in God’s Word, and we are severely losing in modern Christendom. One has well said that there has never been so great a spiritual lethargy toward understanding Scripture despite our unique access to much Scriptural teaching. Though we are privileged with deluxe bound copies of […]

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A Super Overabundant, So Great Salvation: Romans 5:1-11

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In my studies of Romans, I have often enjoyed Paul’s enthusiasm for his topic. This is evident in that Paul ends his sections with climaxes. For instance, after Paul’s personal introduction in Romans 1 he triumphs by saying, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one […]

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The Inspiration of Scripture (1) – Understanding 2 Peter 1:12-21

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            In any conversation about the Bible, one’s presuppositions about inspiration (the God-breathed nature of Scripture) will always come to the fore. Whether it is authority, accuracy, preservation, infallibility or any pivotal aspect of Scripture, the fact of Scripture’s divine origin must and will define our view on every one of them. Scripture is what it is, because it is from […]

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The Character of Scripture (3) – The Bible and Practical Life

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Scripture’s Metaphors/Comparisons of Itself – The Bible and Practical Life             The Bible is full of many types of illustrations, meant to convey spiritual truth in a way that physical beings can relate to. Several metaphors are used of Scripture, and most of them relate to things in life that are utterly essential. These metaphors touch areas of life such […]

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The Character of Scripture (1) – An Exposition of Psalm 19

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            If the Bible is not assessed for what it is at the very beginning, any observations that follow will be maligned. If we do not see it as revelation from God, we may forget to see Him at the center of it all. If we do not see it as a spiritual book, we may lose the full impact […]

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The Conflict of Two Wisdoms – 1 Corinthians 1-3

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            As expressed in previous articles, it is essential that we know the Biblical development of a topic based on prime texts that address it. When discussing the Biblical approach to theology and doctrine, we would be at a loss to miss the clarity of 1 Corinthians 1-3. In it God has declared the supremacy of His wisdom as well […]

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The Narrow-Minded God

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Believers are facing a tremendous battle in Western culture, namely over tolerance, relativism, and subjectivity. The media, Hollywood, mainstream “Christianity,” education, and any other outlet of information all bombard us with the message that respect toward every belief is the highest virtue. We know in our minds that this doesn’t align with reality, but with such a massive force of […]

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Daniel: He Believed in His God – Lessons from Daniel 6 on Faithfulness in Persecution

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced similar threats as Daniel did, but at least they had each other. Daniel apparently only had himself. (Of course, we will see that this wasn’t his mentality). Where will we be when all our moral support is gone and everybody except our own self turns against God and therefore against us? Now, it may be […]

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They Yielded Their Bodies – Lessons on Persecution and Commitment from Daniel 3

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We are normally quick to hail the bravery of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and try in some superficial measure to learn from them; but we should admit to ourselves that we often view their situation as being long ago and far away, thus lacking true potential for changing our lives. But the reality is, these men existed. These men had […]

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Coming to Grips with Persecution

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From a large-scale perspective, revival and persecution are very close in purpose for the people of God. Revival restores them to spiritual vitality and an impactful collective testimony. Persecution purges them to spiritual purity and singleness in affection toward God. Revival positively raises us toward spiritual maturity. Persecution negatively cleanses against spiritual complacency and immaturity. Persecution pushes Christians together; revival […]

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