In the professing-Christian world, an insidious, false belief exists: that the God of the Old Testament was a cruel, angry God, while Jesus, the God of the New Testament, is kind and loving. Pat Higgins, using the Bible's own testimony, shows that nothing . . .
The Hebrew Scriptures reveal the existence of the Father. Deuteronomy 6:4 refers to God as one, signifying unity of purpose and identical character.
Jesus Christ is the Word, by whom the world was created. He has always interfaced between mankind and the Father, having primacy as our Lord, Master, and Ruler.
Richard Ritenbaugh reflects upon the degeneration of the word "glory." When applied so frequently to mundane human affairs, its application to God Almighty suffers. Biblical glory first appears in the burning bush incident, which describes God as. . .
Jesus Christ's promise of the Helper is often used by Trinitarians as a proof text, yet Christ warns the disciples His language is figurative. The Advocate, Helper, and Holy Spirit are alternate terms for Himself. God the Father and Jesus Christ make their. . .
John 1:1-3 reveals Jesus' pedigree as the Logos (Spokesman), whose function was to declare or reveal the Father. He had existed with His Father from eternity.
David Grabbe, examining Jesus Christ's practice of referring to Himself in both the first and third person, assures us that Christ is not referring to someone else (for instance, a third person of the trinity) when He refers to Comforter, Angel of God, Ser. . .
High Christology as a doctrinal stance was not enough to prevent the eventual apostasy of those in Asia Minor. Doctrine must produce the right conduct.
God personally communicated with Adam, Eve, Abraham, Moses, the prophets, and to us through His Son. With the Scriptures, God teaches His faithful today.
The blending of paganism with inspired Scripture has degraded and obscured the meaning and glory of what happened in the announcement of Jesus Christ's birth.
Richard Ritenbaugh compares the massive Rock of Gibraltar to our Rock of Defense, Jesus Christ—Yahweh—the LORD, the God of the Old Testament. When Moses uses the metaphor of a rock, he thinks of the connotative qualities of enduring, unchanging. . .
The Shekinah, the pillar of cloud and fire, depicts God's visible presence and protection. Yet His glory is manifested in many other ways as well.
If a foundation is flawed, the building cannot stand. God built His spiritual temple on the prophets and the apostles, and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone.
Human beings, even those who have been called, have an innate fear that God will not always provide. This fear originates in doubt about God's power.
God's command for Israel to execute total war on the Canaanites has a rational—and yes, Christian—explanation. He is not cruel; there is a benevolent reason.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the holiness movement of the 19th century which led to the emergence of Pentecostal and charismatic congregations, persuasions which have engulfed one-fourth of the entirety of Christian denominations and 8% of the world's. . .
John Ritenbaugh, after observing that the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 may have had a longer period of testing than those called at the end time, also observes that harrowing trials will come at greater intensity at the time of the end, creating a virtual. . .
The Passover is a beacon of hope in an otherwise hopeless milieu. Jesus provided hope at His last Passover, exuding confidence despite what lay ahead.
Were the clean and unclean laws abolished at the cross? A closer look at the pertinent New Testament scriptures reveals God's intent.
In this sermon on the admonitions of I Corinthians 10, John Ritenbaugh warns that, like our forebears, we can lose our salvation if we live a life of divided loyalty even though we have mechanically and physically gone through the ordinances. Like the Old . . .
Christ Himself asserted the superiority of the Father. Jesus serves as the revelator of the great God, providing the only means of access to Him.
David Grabbe mentions the ancient heresy of Marcionism, which taught that the God of the Old Testament was inferior to Christ, the God of the New Testament, a teaching echoed in some Protestant thought to this day. Comparing the names of God as they appear. . .
Jesus Christ and God the Father are one in spirit and purpose, purposing to draw us toward that same kind of unity that currently exists between them.
Although Christ is not the Absolute Deity, He is nevertheless the complement of the Father. He had a pre-existence as the God of the Old Testament.
The Father and Son are separate; the Father is the source of all power, while the Son serves as the channel through which we interface with the Father.
We must challenge the Bible to verify its claims, and conversely, we must take up the challenge to put its instructions to the test in our lives.
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the book of John was unique, designed for individuals predominantly educated in the Greek culture. One commentary organizes this 21-chapter book around nuances of believing, including proposals for, presentations for, reacti. . .
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Jesus was placed on trial not for what He did, but for what He claimed about Himself. John has provided at least eight separate forms of witness, establishing the veracity of Jesus Christ's identity as God in the flesh. Fulf. . .
Oftentimes, in our haste to get to the "good stuff," we skip the introductions of books and articles. Richard Ritenbaugh explores the first chapter of Revelation and shows that skipping it deprives us of vital information necessary for understanding the re. . .
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