Recently, a local-church preacher addressed the issue of physical baptism for believers.  His message included being baptized both in Jesus’ name, and also being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  His last statement is based on God’s so called ‘Great Commission.’ Jesus’ ‘Great Commission’ in Matt. 28:16-20 is interpreted almost […]

The following is a chronological sequence of the biblical references to God’s New Covenant.   Around 1405 B.C., Moses alluded to God’s New Covenant (Deut. 30:1-6). Around 835 B.C., Joel mentioned God’s promise of pouring out the Holy Spirit on all mankind—an aspect of God’s New Covenant (Joel 2:28-32). Around 588 B.C., Jeremiah specifically mentioned […]

GOD’S WEDDING FEAST FOR JESUS Matt. 22:1-14, 25:1-13   Introduction Jesus’ marriage to His bride the church will take place in heaven (Rev. 19:7-9). Right after the end of the great Tribulation featuring Jesus’ Second Coming to the earth, God begins a wedding feast for Jesus and his bride. Jesus described this feast in a […]

THE TWO GATES Matt. 7:13-14 The Analogy Both the wide gate and the narrow gate represent Jesus and salvation. Salvation Salvation is comprised of two parts: justification and sanctification.  Jesus described this spiritual reality in His analogy by using two gates.  The wide gate signifies justification.  The narrow gate signifies sanctification. Biblical Definitions Justification is […]

HUMANKIND

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Humankind can be divided into five sections.  The five sections are: Humankind’s spiritual state; God’s salvation; God’s covenants; Humankind’s future; and God’s scriptures. The following study will briefly highlight each section from God’s scriptures. Humankind’s Spiritual State When Adam and Eve ate God’s forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, […]

Dispensationalism is a theological approach to Bible study.  Simply put, dispensationalism recognizes that the contents of scripture are separated into historical segments without any indication by the author of such segments. For example, the Gospel of Matthew has at least three segments featuring Jewish information from the past, the present (i.e., at the time of […]

JESUS’ COMPARISON OF THE TEN VIRGINS   Introduction In the gospels, only Matthew recorded Jesus’ comparison of events in the kingdom of God on earth with the behavior of ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).  What is particularly noteworthy in the comparison was that the bridegroom’s meeting with the virgins was delayed until after midnight.  The following […]

Introduction The idea behind the Handbook was to compress the major points of scripture into single or short sentences without any biblical citations.  So many writings about theological topics are complex and take hours to read and understand. Death: means separation, not annihilation.  Five kinds of death are: physical (separation of the human spirit from […]

PRAYER

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Years ago, a local church pastor pointed out a passage from Romans 8:29-30 wherein it is revealed that those foreknown by God are ultimately and irreversibly destined for heaven.  The passage’s sequence: those foreknown are predestined, called, justified, and glorified (i.e., in heaven). At another local church, a group of people kept a prayer book […]

In 2 Pet. 1:10, the same Greek word (???????) has been translated into recent English-Bible editions as “election” (e.g., ESV, 2001 edition) or “choosing” (e.g., NASB, 1995 edition).  Both the ESV and NASB translations are ‘word-for-word’ translations rather than ‘thought-for-thought’ translations.  ‘Thought-for-thought’ translations mean that the translators concoct the thought content of the original human […]

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