John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Peter's declaration that we are a royal priesthood and lively stones, states that we must develop the characteristics of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. In this priesthood, we have a commonality of being born into a spiritual family, all having Jesus Christ as our Savior, Shepherd, and High Priest. …
The 'confirm[ing] a covenant with many' in the Seventy Weeks Prophecy hints at a future confirmation of the covenant to complete the seventieth week.
Jeremiah compares studying and meditating upon God's Word to physical eating, enabling a person to receive spiritual energy, vitality, and health.
The apostle Matthew structured his genealogy of Jesus Christ in three equal sections. To make it work, he had to exclude three kings, but which three? John Ritenbaugh provides background and wades through the jumble of similar names to narrow the answer to four kings and a choice between two sets of three. Which set would God …
When we sing this popular hymn, are we singing a lie? No, this is a commision to apostles, and right now we are doing what God desires of us.
The conversion of Cornelius is nearly as pivotal as the original Pentecost because the Gentiles are given the same portal of salvation offered to Israel.
It is not the physical nation, but the spiritual remnant with whom God is working, circumcising their hearts and writing His laws in their minds.
Israel plays a prominent part in Scripture. Here is God's stated purposes for choosing and using the children of Israel throughout His Word—and beyond.
God's highest goal is not salvation, but sanctification into godly character, leading to membership in His family as co-rulers with Jesus Christ.
God chose ancient Israel 1) to be separate, 2) to demonstrate His love to them, 3) to keep His promises to Abraham, and 4) to make a covenant with them.
Acts 15 focuses upon the Council of Jerusalem, discussing the controversial subject of circumcision and its relationship to salvation.
The Bible contains mysteries (God's invisible activities on our behalf)that have been hidden in plain sight, but made clear by revelation from God's Spirit.
The identity of the 144,000 in Revelation has long been a source of controversy. However, when we let the Bible interpret itself, the answer is plain!
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the Sabbath Command (as well as all of the Ten Commandments) was made for both Jews and Gentiles (all of mankind). Throughout the book of Acts, Gentiles are faithfully keeping the Sabbath along with the Jews. Paul's insistence that a relationship with God could not be established by keeping the …
The biblical instructions for Sabbath keeping apply far more to the church than to the Israelites, who did not have the fullness of scriptural counsel.
No one has any excuse for doubting God's purpose for mankind, whether revealed publicly through His Creation or privately through the Holy Scriptures.