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I.              Epistolary Introduction - 1:1-17   A.            Paul and the Principles of the Gospel- 1:1-7   1.             The messenger of the gospel - 1:1   a.              his captivity - v. 1a b. ...Read More

"If the Epistle to the Romans rightly has been called 'the cathedral of Christian faith', then surely the eighth chapter may be regarded as its most sacred shrine, or its high altar of worship, of praise, and of prayer. . . . Here, we stand in the full liberty of the children of God, and enjoy a prospect of that glory of God which some day we are to share" (Charles Erdman).   The beauty of Romans 8 can be seen in two of its most prominent characteristics. (1) Ther...Read More

The Existence and Activity of Satan...Read More

It was not primarily by virtue of his divine nature that Jesus lived the kind of life he did, but rather through his constant and ever-increasing reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. Three issues that undergird this thesis:   First, the unprecedented presence of the Spirit in the life of Jesus. John 3:34-35 - “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things in...Read More

"If there is, among the distinctive articles of the Christian faith, one which is basic to all others, it is this: that our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man for our salvation. This is the affirmation that we have in mind when we speak of the doctrine of the incarnation" (F. F. Bruce)   “Orthodoxy insisted upon the two natures, human and divine, cohering in the one historical Jesus Christ. But orthodoxy has never been able to give this id...Read More

Introduction   Charlie Brown was sitting in the living room watching TV when he heard a loud noise in the kitchen. He went to check it out and caught Snoopy, his dog, raiding the refrigerator. "Hey, what are you doing?" he asked. "You can't just take things out of the refrigerator." Pulling out his Bible, Charlie directed Snoopy to Exodus: "Thou shalt not steal." Snoopy took the Bible from Charlie's hand and flipped over to Deuteronomy 25:4 where it says: "Thou sh...Read More

How is a Christian to act with regard to matters not explicitly addressed in Scripture? How is a Christian to conduct himself/herself in situations on which the Bible is silent? This is the question Paul addresses in Romans 14. We could as easily ask: "What is the nature and extent of Christian freedom" The NT speaks of three types of freedom: 1) Freedom from the condemnation of God (cf. Rom. 8:1); 2) Freedom from the compulsion to sin (cf. Rom. 6:14); and 3) Freedom fro...Read More

In this study we are looking primarily at the arguments used by classical Pentecostals and some Charismatics to defend Spirit-baptism as an experience that is both separate from and subsequent to conversion.   The Analogy based on the experience of Jesus   This argument is as follows. Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. This is said to correspond with our regeneration or new birth by the Holy Spirit. Years later (@ 30), Jesus ...Read More

One might well argue that Daniel 9:24-27 is both the most complex and the most crucial text in either testament bearing on the subject of biblical prophecy. Its complexity is questioned only by those who have not studied it, or perhaps by those whose conclusions concerning its meaning were predetermined by unspoken theological commitments. That Daniel 9 is as crucial as I have suggested can hardly be denied. For example, dispensationalists have largely derived from Danie...Read More

Bibliography On The Ministry of Divine Healing and The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit...Read More

Ephesians is surely one of the greatest of our NT books. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it 'the divinest composition of man. J. A. Robinson described it as 'the crown of St. Paul's writings. F. F. Bruce referred to it as 'the quintessence of Paulinism, and the Catholic scholar Raymond Brown contends that only Romans could match Ephesians 'as a candidate for exercising the most influence on Christian thought and spirituality. Klyne Snodgrass has written that ''Pound for P...Read More

God's Church: Its Doctrinal Foundation (the Indicative) - 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 B.             Praise 1:3-14 C.             Prayer 1:15-23 D.            Our Salvation 2:1-22 1.       ...Read More

We have noted on several occasions that Ephesians is comprised of two distinct yet integrally related parts: God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 God's Church: Its Practical Responsibilities (the Imperative) 4:1-6:20 What is the significance of these two sections, especially their relationship to each other? "Hitherto, under Paul's trusty guidance, his crusaders have been treading the loftiest passes of revelation, absorbed in the panor...Read More

I.               God's Church: its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 II.             God's Church: its Practical Responsibilities (the Imperative) 4:1-6:20 A.             Walking Worthy 4:1-5:21 1.           &nb...Read More

In terms of its place in the argument of the epistle, Rom. 1:18-3:20 is something of an interruption. Moo explains:   "Paul implicitly acknowledges that 1:18-3:20 is an interruption in his exposition of the righteousness of God by his clearly intentional 'reprise' of 1:17 in 3:21: 'But now the righteousness of God has been manifested. . . .' Why this interruption? What is the purpose of this step-by-step indictment of humanity?" (88)   It would appear that ...Read More

IV.          God's Purpose with Israel - 9:1-11:36 V.            God's Principles for Living - 12:1-15:13   a A.            The Christian and Life - 12:1-21   Here we see the spiritually organic relationship between Christian doctrine and Christian duty. From the lofty theological heights of Romans 1-11,...Read More

IV.          God's Purpose with Israel - 9:1-11:36 V.            God's Principles for Living - 12:1-15:13 A.            The Christian and Life - 12:1-21 B.            The Christian and Law - 13:1-14   1.        &nbs...Read More

How is a Christian to act with regard to matters not explicitly addressed in Scripture? How is a Christian to conduct himself/herself in situations on which the Bible is silent? This is the question Paul addresses in Romans 14. We could as easily ask: "What is the nature and extent of Christian freedom" The NT speaks of three types of freedom: 1) Freedom from the condemnation of God (cf. Rom. 8:1); 2) Freedom from the compulsion to sin (cf. Rom. 6:14); and 3) Freedom fro...Read More

Jesus on Divorce and Remarriage...Read More

[1701 / Yale College established]   1703 / Born October 5, East Windsor, Connecticut   He had 10 sisters (no brothers), all of whom were at least 6 ft. tall! Jonathan’s paternal grandmother was a chronic adulteress who bore another man’s child. She was psychotic, often given to fits of perversity, rage, and threats of violence (her sister murdered her own child and her brother killed another sister with an ax). She eventually deserted her family...Read More

I.              God's Purpose with Israel - 9:1-11:36 A.            Israel's Fall - 9:1-33   1.             Paul's pain - 9:1-5 2.             God's purpose - 9:6-13 3.         &nb...Read More

Fettered yet Free             Jonathan Edwards was right. If the concept of libertarian freedom can be established, Calvinist theologians (he called them “reformed divines”) will have lost all hope of defending their view of “original sin, the sovereignty of grace, election, redemption, conversion, the efficacious operation of the Holy Spirit, the nature of saving faith, perseverance of the saints,...Read More

Paula was raised in a Christian home where church attendance was commonplace. But it wasn't until she was eleven years old that she began to take a serious interest in who Jesus is. That summer she attended a church camp and for the very first time consciously repented of her sins and put her faith in the atoning death of Jesus as her only hope for eternal life. It was a wonderful experience that brought both joy and a sense of relief. She never doubted from that moment ...Read More