Grace in Focus – July/August 2020
Judgment According to Works
By Bob Wilkin Everyone who has read the Bible carefully recognizes that God promises that at the end of the age, He is going to judge everyone according to his works. Eschatological judgment will not be according to one’s faith. Works will be the issue. A Sampling of Works Judgment Texts Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. “Fear God
Looking at the White Stone from a Different Angle (Revelation 2:17)
By Ken Yates In Rev 2:17 Jesus promises to give to the overcoming believers at Pergamos a white stone. This is clearly a reward for faithfulness. It is a reward that will be given at the Judgment Seat of Christ, when the Lord rewards believers for their obedience. I have often wondered what this reward
Is the Gospel Missing in John?
By Shawn Lazar I was reading an article by a mid-Acts theologian about the saving message in John’s Gospel (“The Gospel Missing in John”). Although I sympathize with emphasizing the “Jewishness” of the Gospels, and I’ve learned a great deal from mid-Acts and Acts 28 dispensationalists, I think the contrast between the Twelve and Paul
Romans 5: A Concise Commentary
From The Grace New Testament Commentary (Revised Edition) By Zane Hodges The Description of this Victory (5:1-5) 5:1. The first of the results of by-faith justification is the blessing of peace with God. When God justifies a sinner who believes in Jesus, a fundamental peace is established between the sinner and God. The nature of
A Letter from Nepal
By Suresh Budhaprithi Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has severely affected the lives of people around the globe. But I would like to shed light upon a virus which is a thousand times more dangerous and deadly than COVID-19. It is the virus that people have been carrying from generation to generation, often without even noticing it.
Building A Bible Study Library
By Allen Rea Occasionally, though not as often as I’d like, I’m asked how to start a good Bible study library. You do not need thousands of volumes to study the Bible; if you will invest in a few volumes and spend a lot of time in them, then you will grow. When it comes
Faith Alone in One Hundred Verses: Three Chapters from the Forthcoming Book
By Bob Wilkin Triply Justified by Faith, Not Works (Galatians 2:16) …knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for
Top 5 Passages to Ponder
By Summer Stevens Across the globe, these last few months have given most people a precious gift: time. Time for family and relaxation, sure, but hopefully you’ve also taken the opportunity to spend extra time in prayer and in the Word. The pressure has been off to get kids on the bus or rush off
Is Desiring Eternal Rewards Selfish?
By Kathryn Wright Introduction I remember when I was a teenager attending an adult Sunday school class for the first time. The lesson was on 2 Cor 5:10, which talks about the Judgment Seat of Christ. This judgment is not to determine salvation from hell, but rewards given for faithful service to the Lord. One
Two Reflections on Ecclesiastes
By Shawn Lazar Ecclesiastes in a Syllogism As I was making lunch, my son, Zane, came into the kitchen and asked, “Has it been an hour yet?” “An hour from when?” “No! Just, has it been an hour?” “From now? I’ll have to start counting.” “No from later.” “Well, if it’s an hour from later,