The world is full of trouble. It comes to everyone. But in the book of Romans, Paul tells us that there is an important difference in how affliction operates in the life of a believer and how it operates in the life of an unbeliever. Someone who believes in Jesus Christ for eternal life can
By Ken Yates, Lt. Col. (ret.) One Judgment or Two? Many people believe that all of mankind will one day stand before God in a final judgment. At this judgment, God will either cast each person into the lake of fire, or allow them into His Kingdom. This appears to be the majority opinion of
Grace and Works Free Grace theology emphasizes that eternal salvation rests upon the grace of God. We receive eternal life as a free gift through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from our works, the moment we believe in Him for that life. Unfortunately, throughout Church history people have taught that works are
To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain. By Matt Chandler. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013. 224 pp. Hardback, $11.99. This book by Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX, is a devotional commentary on the book of Philippians. However, it does not provide an exposition of the book.
By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation, 2nd edition. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2013. 141 pp. Paper, $9.99. Gaffin is the Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Not surprisingly, he comes from a Calvinistic and Reformed perspective (p. 4). Mark
The Present Possession of Eternal Life Is One Aspect of Jesus’ Words of Life In John 6:26ff, the Lord has an extended conversation with a large crowd of Jews. Some of the things Jesus says are easy to understand. He says that it is the will of the Father that all who believe in Him
Power to Make War By Zane C. Hodges. Dallas, TX: Redención Viva, 1995. 135 pp. Paper, $8.95. Those who have read the writings of Zane Hodges have come to expect certain things. One of those things is that Hodges will carefully look at the Scriptures, often pointing out things that the reader may not have noticed