The Parable of the Lamp in Mark 4:21-23

The Parable of the Lamp in Mark 4:21-23

Few acknowledge what Cranfield (1966:164) rightly emphasises regarding the parable of the lamp (Mk 4:21–23), namely that Mark does not regard verses 21 and 22 as ‘proverbial wisdom or moral exhortation, but as containing the mystery of the kingdom of God’. When...

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Like David Like the Son of David

Like David Like the Son of David

No, the Messianic kingdom has not yet been established. Just like David was anointed as king but had to wait many years before he was enthroned, so too has the Son of David been anointed but has not yet been enthroned. David was first rejected and experienced...

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Why Study Prophecy?

Why Study Prophecy?

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote, ‘Do not despise prophecies’ (1 Thes 5:20). These days, however, many ‘leaders’ say that studying Bible prophecies diverts attention away from evangelism, Christians should not ‘try to figure out...

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Are You Seeking Easter Eggs or the Afikomen?

Are You Seeking Easter Eggs or the Afikomen?

Are you searching for Easter eggs or is the idea that children search for something that is part of the Passover Seder? Why is this question relevant at the time when we commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah? The Feasts of Passover and...

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Salvation and Discipleship

Salvation and Discipleship

Is there a difference between justification and sanctification, and between a believer’s relationship and fellowship with God? Can we distinguish between God’s gift of eternal life and God’s rewards based on works? I believe the Bible teaches that we are saved by...

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Theological Identity Theft

Theological Identity Theft

Does a woman stop being a woman when she becomes a believer in Jesus Christ? Is the employee-employer distinction erased when a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ? If all who belong to Christ are children of Abraham, does this mean that all Abraham’s children...

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Clearly Seen, Being Understood …

Clearly Seen, Being Understood …

On the day that unbelievers are judged, will a person be able to successfully argue that God should acquit him (or her) because there was not enough evidence for the existence of God? Similarly, if a person never heard the gospel of Christ, will he or she be found...

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Prayers in Jonah 2

Prayers in Jonah 2

The book of Jonah is neither an allegory nor some fantasy. This is a true story about a true prophet (2 Kings 14:23-25) who fled in a ship to Tarshish and who was swallowed by a large fish and vomited out three days and three nights later (Jonah 1:3, 17; 2:10). The...

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The Judgement Seat of Christ

The Judgement Seat of Christ

The doctrine of the judgement seat (in Greek: the bēma-seat) of Christ straddles not only soteriology (the teaching about salvation), but also ecclesiology (the doctrine of the Church) and eschatology (end times teaching). Despite this, why is there so little teaching...

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Perilous Times

Perilous Times

It seems that Christians, especially those in the West, are going to have a much harder time going forward. Much of Western civilization was built on Biblical principles and a Christian worldview. But this foundation is facing a full-frontal and all-out attack, if not...

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Why MUST Christ Reign On the Earth Before the Eternal Order?

Why MUST Christ Reign On the Earth Before the Eternal Order?

Why does 1 Corinthians 15:25 state that Christ “must” reign until He put all his enemies under his feet? In the very next verse, God says that the last enemy to be destroyed is death. Will there be death in the eternal order? When will unfulfilled and unconditional...

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Exodus, Joshua and Revelation

Exodus, Joshua and Revelation

There are many typological connections between the books of Exodus and Revelation. But the same can be said for Joshua and Revelation. Why is this the case? What typological connections exist between these three books? When may these Old Testament types be fulfilled...

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