The State God

Five years ago, a brother hinted that if I wanted to know what was going on in the ‘real world’, I should read the business pages less, and follow politics more. My lifelong interest has always been theology; I am interested in connecting general and specific revelation, and how the end is declared from the beginning. And so, despite some concerns about the lingo and vocabulary of the laws of the various lands, I took my brother’s advice. I was immediately intrigued by this new-found interest, and to my surprise, I soon found out that the concepts I ran across were quite familiar.

The Mystery of the Woman in Revelation 17

What is the mystery which Revelation 17:5 and 7 reveal? Does the mystery refer to the title of the woman (“Mystery Babylon the Great”; NKJV) or is the name of the woman “Babylon the Great”, about which Revelation 17 reveals a mystery (cf. NASB)? And if so, what is the mystery?

Is the Rapture a New Teaching?

A common argument against the doctrine of the rapture is that it is a new teaching and, so the argument goes, because it is new, it cannot be true (cf. Ladd 1956:31). Du Rand (2007:317) writes that teaching about the rapture only gained momentum after 1830 when the dreams of a certain Margaret MacDonald were revealed. But is teaching about the rapture new, or is it rather old? Is something true or false because it is old or new?

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The Shepherd and His Flock

The Shepherd and His Flock

The New Testament uses various symbolic illustrations to describe the relationship between the universal Church and Jesus Christ. These symbolic illustrations can help us to get a better understanding of our relationship with Christ. We have looked at some of these...

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The First-Fruit and the Harvest

The First-Fruit and the Harvest

The New Testament uses various symbolic illustrations to describe the relationship between the universal Church and Jesus Christ. These symbolic illustrations can help us to get a better understanding of our relationship with Christ. We have looked at some of these...

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The Head and the Body

The Head and the Body

The New Testament uses various symbolic illustrations to describe the relationship between the universal Church and Jesus Christ. These symbolic illustrations can help one to get a better understanding of our relationship with Christ, and today we discuss how the New...

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The Universal Church

The Universal Church

Our discussion about the universal Church — what it is and what it is not, also considers questions such as: What is God's purpose with the Church? When did Christ start to build His Church; and when will He finish this work? . . . Introduction The Greek word...

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Positional Truths and Blessings of Believers

Positional Truths and Blessings of Believers

When a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, he or she is instantaneously enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 2:10). This can be referred to theologically as positional truths or blessings. . . . Whenever the Apostle Paul...

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Justification and Sanctification

Justification and Sanctification

What does the Bible teach about justification and sanctification? What do these words mean and why is it important that believers know this? Salvation has three facets — justification, sanctification and glorification — but we focus only on the first two facets today....

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Eternal Security (Part 3)

Eternal Security (Part 3)

Which so-called ‘problem passages’ can be considered when dealing with the issue of eternal salvation? In this third and final discussion of Eternal Security we discuss some of these passages that have been labelled as so-called ‘problem passages’. . . ....

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The Incarnation

The Incarnation

How did the Word of God become “incarnate” (from a Latin word meaning “in flesh”), taking on human nature? What is the doctrine of the incarnation, the means of the incarnation and the reasons for the incarnation? How would you describe the character and also the...

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The Divine Nature of the Messiah

The Divine Nature of the Messiah

Is the Christ that you worship God, or was he just a good person, someone with only a human nature? Can you prove the Deity of Christ from the Scriptures? What happened when the Son of God took on human nature (the doctrine of “kenosis”)? The word “Messiah” is a...

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God the Father

God the Father

The Gospel of John starts with an elaborate chiastic structure which ends with these words: “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18; cf. 1:1-2; NKJV). What does God the Father do and...

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The Trinity

The Trinity

Throughout history there has been resistance against the concept of the Trinity, or Tri-unity of God. “How could God be one, and how could God be three?” This seems to be a contradiction. Disciples of Jesus, however, find this answer in the Scriptures: There is only...

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The Dispensations of God

The Dispensations of God

One way to gain an overall perspective of God’s special revelation is to focus on the Biblical covenants (as we recently did). Another way to understand the meta-story of the Bible — “to rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) — is to focus on the doctrine...

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Biblical Covenants Part 8

Biblical Covenants Part 8

The Mosaic Law is described by Paul as the “the middle wall of partition” (Ephesians 2:14 ASV), that is to say the “law of commandments contained in ordinances” (Ephesians 2:15). If, during the time that the Mosaic Law was applicable – from Sinai to the cross of the...

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