The Fulfillment of the Old Testament

The New Testament teaches that the Old Testament was written to admonish and instruct Christians, that God’s dealings with the people in the Old Testament serves as an example to us today (1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Romans 15:4).  “All Scripture,” both Old and New Testaments, “are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  There is much about God and ourselves which we can learn by studying the Old Testament, and by learning it we can grow to be better servants of God.… Read More The Fulfillment of the Old Testament

Psalm 51:5 and Calvinism

If children are inherently sinful, Jesus would not have taught us to become like them in order to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:2-3; 19:14).  Likewise, God would not have told Israel that their children have no knowledge of good or evil and would not be put to death for their father’s sins if their children were in fact born evil due to inheriting their father’s sins (Deuteronomy 1:39; 24:16).  The Holy Spirit would not have inspired Paul to write that Jacob and Esau had not done anything bad before they were born if in fact they had been conceived in sin (Romans 9:11).… Read More Psalm 51:5 and Calvinism

More Thoughts on Predestination

God desires all to be saved and for none to perish (1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9).  That being the case, why would God predestine only some of us to be saved regardless of whether we repent of our sins as some say?  If God has already determined that some of us are predestined for salvation unconditionally, that means He has also predetermined that the rest of us are destined for an eternity in hell regardless of whether we strive to serve Him or not.  Why would He have already decided that some of us are going to hell regardless of whether we repent if He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell?… Read More More Thoughts on Predestination

Biblical Predestination

God did not randomly predetermine us for unconditional salvation or condemnation.  He has predetermined that those who obey His gospel and are “faithful unto death” will receive “the crown of life” Revelation 2:10).  Christ is “the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).  He has promised that we must do more than call Him “Lord” to enter heaven; we must also “obey the will of My Father” (Matthew 7:21).  Does that describe you and me?… Read More Biblical Predestination

Calvinism and 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

During my college days, the end of each semester would always be a hard time for me because that’s when all the papers and projects were due and the final exams were given.  Once I turned in that final paper and gave my last completed exam to the professor, a tremendous feeling of satisfaction would always come over me, a felling that said, “Now I don’t have to do anything else.  I have no more responsibilities.  I can relax, take it easy and do nothing.”  It’s tempting to have that same mindset when it comes to Christianity. … Read More Calvinism and 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

“Do Not Be Conformed to this World”

Having a conformity mindset easily leads to doing things which one knows are wrong in the sight of God.  If everyone uses bad language, conformists will use bad language also.  They will dress immodestly because everyone else does so.  They will drink alcohol since everyone else is drinking at the get-together.  Conformists do this because they are afraid of the scorn and ridicule which inevitably comes from their peers if they do not conform and instead behave differently than them.  Fear makes it much easier to conform, all the while forgetting or ignoring the fact that conforming to the sinful ways of the world makes one an enemy of God (1 John 2:15-17).… Read More “Do Not Be Conformed to this World”

“I Am the Light of the World”

When we turn to His Word and obey it, His light illuminates our lives, no matter how darkened by sin they may be (Psalm 119:105).  It’s tragic that many refuse this Light because they refuse to obey God’s Word.  Don’t be one of them!  Accept what His Word says about receiving the salvation He offers through His grace and our confessed faith, repentance and baptism into His body which is His one and only church (Titus 2:11-12; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4-6).  Once you’ve come up out of the waters of baptism having obtained His gift of grace, keep it by continuing to obey His Word, penitently confessing your sins when you commit them (John 8:31-32; Hebrews 10:26-31; 1 John 1:7-9; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11).… Read More “I Am the Light of the World”