Death of a Lamb

Article by Staff

Since the church no longer keeps the Passover with the slaughter of a lamb, we miss important and poignant details that could enhance our observance.


What Is the Second Death?

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The second death is an event beyond physical death. It disproves the traditional heaven-hell and immortal soul doctrines, yet demonstrates God's perfect justice.


Dead to the Law?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Romans 7:4 says we are 'dead to the law through ... Christ.' What does this mean? The context shows that it refers to the 'old man' that perished at baptism.


Does Scripture Allow for Killing in Self-Defense?

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Many believe that we are allowed to take another's life in defense of our own, God's Word distinguishes only between accidental and premeditated killing.


Murder by Degrees

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

James Beaubelle, focusing on the nuances of the Sixth Commandment, explains that the proper meaning of the verb kill or murder entails the calculated, pre-meditated or planned intent to exterminate someone while motivated by hatred or any of its kissing cousins, such as envy or greed. Manslaughter and criminal negligence also …


The Sixth Commandment

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The commandment against murder is the one most universally followed by man. But Jesus shows there is much more behind it than merely taking another's life.


Amazing Grace

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The old song speaks of "Amazing Grace" but do we really understand just how amazing it is? John Ritenbaugh fills in some details on this vital topic.


The Third Resurrection: What Is Its Value?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

What purpose does the Third Resurrection serve? Is it just so God can punish the incorrigible? Does it play a part in OUR salvation?


Innocent Victims?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We often hear of "innocent victims" dying in some tragic way, but are they truly innocent? John Ritenbaugh discusses God's perspective of the sinful, human condition.


The Sixth Commandment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The sixth commandment, forbidding murder, is rare among the Ten Commandments in that a clear line can be drawn between its commission and its consequences.


Why Hebrews Was Written (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God inspired the book of Hebrews to answer the difficult questions church members were struggling with during the tumultuous first decades of the church.


Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

'Ready Answer' by Martin G. Collins

It seems that some sins should be worse than others in God's eyes. Though all sin merits the death penalty, some sins carry greater consequences and penalties.


Benefits of the Third Resurrection

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Lake of Fire (Second Death or Third Resurrection), dreadful as it initially appears, produces both immediate as well as ultimate benefits or good.


Holy Days: Passover

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Passover may be the most important festival ordained by God. Not only does it memorialize Christ's death, it also symbolizes our redemption and the covenant.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Justification does not 'do away' with the law; it brings us into alignment with it, imputing the righteousness of Christ and giving access to God for sanctification.


Justice and Grace

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sometimes we are disturbed, even angered, because an act of God seems unfair. We have difficulty because we do not understand holiness, justice, sin, and grace.


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Six): The Sin Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus' perfect offering of Himself for us fulfilled the sin offering of Leviticus 4. Our acceptance of His offering for atonement puts us under obligation.


What Sin Is & What Sin Does

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

No one seems to talk about sin anymore, but it still exists and continues to wreak havoc! Scripture describes sin and its great effects in our lives.


Refuge! Refuge! (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The cities of refuge highlight the great importance God placed on the sanctity of life, especially in beings created in God's image.


The Sixth Commandment

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus magnifies the Law in Matthew 5, moving beyond the behavior into the motivating thought behind the deed, warning that we do not retaliate in kind.


The Sixth Commandment (Part One) (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our society is becoming increasingly violent. The sixth of the Ten Commandments covers crime, capital punishment, murder, hatred, revenge and war.


Why Did Jesus Have to Die by Crucifixion?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Crucifixion is man's most cruel form of punishment. Why did Jesus need to die this way? What does it teach us? And was Jesus stabbed before or after He died?


The Commandments (Part 15)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus emphasized the spirit of the law, which places deterrents on the motive (anger, resentment, envy, revenge), preventing murder from ever taking place.


What Do You Mean . . . the Unpardonable Sin?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Can a Christian commit a sin, and still be a Christian? Or would this be 'the unpardonable sin'? Or would it prove he never was a Christian?


Hebrews: Its Background (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Although God never intended the Old Covenant to endure eternally, the spiritual law (shared by both the old and new covenants) lasts forever.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Ten)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on mankind's most fearful enemy, death—the cessation of all life processes, examines various definitions of death. Senescence, disease, malnutrition, accidents, suicide, and murder are all contributory causes of death. The Bible defines or describes death as the cessation of respiration. The …


Biblical Principles of Justice (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

All authority for law and justice resides in God; when God is taken out of the picture, darkness and chaos dominate. God's laws create a better life and character.


Acts (Part 14)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the intent or purpose of the scripture in Deuteronomy 23:2 prohibiting offspring from illegitimate unions (often carrying psychological baggage and irreversible physical damage) from holding offices of responsibility in physical Israel for ten generations. Acts 14 begins with the people of the …