Christ as Redeemer

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The idea of redemption is that of 'buying back,' of paying the cost—often a steep one—to restore someone or something to a former condition or ownership.


The Last Jubilee

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reminding us that we have experienced a taste of the Millennium, announces with the blast of the shofar that freedom and liberty will abound with the approach of the 50th year Jubilee. People will be released from their debts and land will be returned to its original owner. The Jubilee was designed to keep the …


According to His Pleasure

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God 'took pleasure' in Christ's being bruised, not in the pain and suffering that His Son endured, but in the ultimate goal of adding to His Family.


Christ's Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus perfectly fulfilled the Old Testament types, slain as the Passover Lamb, resurrected with the cutting of the wavesheaf, and ascended to His Father at the time of the waving of the sheaf.


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Six)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, beginning with Pat Wingert's article, "The Incredible Shrinking Bride," decries the short-sighted elaborate planning for a fleeting opulent event at the expense of more important aspects of the marriage covenant. Christ provided a model of a husband loving the bride as his own flesh, sacrificing Himself …


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 3): Hidden Treasure

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The church constitutes Christ's treasure, hidden in the world, purchased and redeemed with Christ's blood. The Pearl of Great Price depicts a rich merchant (Christ), the only one who had the means to redeem His church. The Dragnet symbolizes the scope of God's calling while the separation process indicates God's high standards …


The Love of Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on the frightening set of events known as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord recorded in the Olivet prophecy, describes tumultuous, cataclysmic sights in the heavens, ushering in the return of Jesus Christ to rescue the earth and its contents from certain destruction, replacing the extant …


Will You Marry Me? (Part Two)

Article by Staff

The story of Boaz and Ruth and the cup of betrothal at Passover ask us to consider: Are we committed to this wonderful relationship with our Fiance?


Themes of Ruth (Part Three): Redemption

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus redeemed us with His shed blood from the penalty of our sins, but He also works as our High Priest, continually redeeming us until we are resurrected.


The Lamb of Revelation

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

In Revelation, John refers to Christ as the Lamb more than any other designation because of His role of Redeemer, which is different from a sin offering.


The Law of the Firstborn

Article by Staff

It is an unusual fact that the subjects of God's spring holy days and firstborns appear in the same contexts. Here is what this means to us.


Worthy to Take the Scroll

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Though often skipped, Revelation 5 narrates an event of tremendous magnitude: the opening of the divine scroll. What is the scroll, and why did John weep?


Worthy to Take the Scroll

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The sealed scroll most resembles a title deed, which can only be opened by the redeemer of the property. The rightful owner of the title deed is Jesus Christ.


Boaz and Pentecost

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The name of Boaz (a type of Christ) appears many times more than Ruth (a type of the church), indicating Christ's intense work on behalf of the church.


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.


Themes of Ruth (Part Two): God's Providence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As we count the 50 days toward Pentecost, we should consider the events of our lives, coming to understand that they reveal God's on-going maintenance.


Debt and Obligation

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We live in a time when people have acquired a weak sense of obligation to family, society, or nation. Because sin cannot be undone, all are debtors to God.


The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Understanding our obligation to Christ leads to a deeply held loyalty to Him. Our redemption should make us strive to please Him in every facet of life.


Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that the adjective preternatural refers to 1.) something beyond nature and to 2.) something well-planned in advance, maintains that God intended the majority of human beings to be saved. When we measure the ripple effect of all the sins committed from the time of Adam and Eve until now, we realize …