Matthew (Part Twenty)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


Purge Me With Hyssop

Article by Staff

The Bible frequently uses the hyssop plant as a symbol of cleansing and purification. In relation to Christ's sacrifice, this herb has a connection to the Passover.


The Beatitudes, Part 6: The Pure in Heart

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Purity before God is far more than just being clean. To Jesus, being pure in heart, described in the Beatitudes, touches on the very holiness of God.


Why 153 Fish? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Why did Jesus provide exactly 153 fish? Apparently, the number stuck in John's mind for decades. This number must hold some significance, but what is it?


The Pharisees (Part 1)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Having their origin in the days of Ezra, the Scribes and Pharisees were extremely zealous for the law, separating themselves for this exclusive purpose.


Did God Change the Law of Clean and Unclean Meats?

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Were the clean and unclean laws abolished at the cross? A closer look at the pertinent New Testament scriptures reveals God's intent.


Approaching God Through Christ (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The one who comes before God must be pure in body and mind. The priests had to wash themselves from a bronze laver, midway between the altar and the entrance.


God's Sea of Glass (Part 1)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Unlike tumultuous waves, the sea of glass before God's throne is tranquil and serene. Before we can stand on this sea of glass, we must be set apart and cleansed.


The Priesthood of God (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our responsibility as a royal priesthood and a kingdom of priests is to become holy as God is holy, exceeding the holiness of the Levitical priesthood.


Elements of Judgment (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We dare not 'do away' anything that is part of God's mind, or we will not be in His image. Acts 15 did not give Gentiles exemption from keeping God's Law.


Eden, The Garden, and the Two Trees (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The real cradle of civilization is not Mesopotamia, but Jerusalem, where God started His physical creation and where He will bring it to spiritual fruition.


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Five): The Peace Offering, Sacrifice, and Love

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The peace offering teaches many things, but one of its main symbols is fellowship. Our communion with the Father and the Son obligates us to pursue peace.


Matthew (Part Twenty-One)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Parts of God's law are not presently required, yet not 'done away." Paul took a vow that required animal sacrifice. Ezekiel 34-48 shows the sacrificial law observed.


Why 153?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The first sign in the book of John corrected the physical need for wine; the eighth sign of 153 fish corrected a spiritual need on the part of God's people.