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A Basic Precondition

"They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)" (v. 9) For reading & meditation: John 20:1-18 The late Bishop John Robinson stated: "The resurrection of the body of Christ is no essential belief for Christian people, and it would make no difference to their fait... Read More

A Father's Pleasure

"And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love ... ' " (v. 11) For reading & meditation: Mark 1:1-12 We continue with the thought that what makes the Bible unique is its Author. Some years ago a cartoon appeared in a Christian magazine depicting a woman at the counter of a lending libra... Read More

A Sacrificial Head

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." (v. 24) For reading & meditation: Luke 9:18-27 Suppose a tiny seed had a will of its own and decided to save itself by refusing to be buried. It would abide alone. It would save itself but would not sa... Read More

An Unintentional Tribute

"'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can't save himself!' " (v. 42) For reading & meditation: Matthew 27:32-44 What humiliation and shame our Lord endured for us on the cross of Calvary. Cicero, a Roman philosopher, said of crucifixion: "Far be the very name of a cross not only from the bodies of ... Read More

At-One-Ment

"God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood." (v. 25) For reading & meditation: Romans 3:21-31 Herbert Spencer, whom we quoted earlier, wrote: "The task of religion is at-one-ment: atonement. If it fails to do this it fails at the vital point." Its ritual may be beauti... Read More

Attainment or Obtainment?

"... he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead ..." (v. 18) For reading & meditation: Colossians 1:1-20 Does salvation come up from mankind through striving, helped by the Divine, or does it come down to us from above, through the act of God and our receptivity of that act? Is it an ... Read More

Bankruptcy Confessed

"... you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ ..." (v. 11) For reading & meditation: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 In his book Conversion - Christian and Non-Christian, C. Underwood says that the future of religion lies with the religions of the East, such... Read More

Conversion - a Miracle

"... in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value." (v. 6) For reading & meditation: Galatians 5:1-15 Permit me to pause in our meditations on the chief differences between the Christian faith and non-Christian religions to turn our eyes inward to the state of affairs within... Read More

Exposed Realism

"... he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." (v. 29) For reading & meditation: Matthew 7:13-29 If the men and women of this world took an unbiased look at Jesus as presented to us in the four Gospels, they would see, as Bishop Stephen Neill put it, that "Jesus Chri... Read More

God Came Himself

"... God ... sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." (v. 9) For reading & meditation: 1 John 4:7-21 There have been two great attempts to find God throughout the ages," said Dr. E. Stanley Jones, "one, philosophy, the other, moralism." The attempts of philosophy to ... Read More

God's Great Masterpiece

"... and the Scripture cannot be broken ..." (v. 35) For reading & meditation: John 10:1-18 I said yesterday that I subscribe to the supervisal inspiration of the Bible. I believe God led the minds and hearts of the writers of Scripture to go to the right sources for information, to come up with the... Read More

Good Man or God-Man?

"Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" (v. 46) For reading & meditation: John 8:31-47 Jesus publicly made the challenge: " Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?" Here we are face to face with a kind of person who had not been seen since Adam in his pre-fallen condition - a man without sin. The di... Read More

Greater than the Bible

"You diligently study the Scriptures. ... These are the Scriptures that testify about me ..." (v. 39) For reading & meditation: John 5:31-47 Jesus claimed to be greater than the Scriptures. Everyone else has to put themselves under the authority of the Scriptures. In one sense, of course, Christ sub... Read More

In All the Scriptures!

"Were not our hearts burning ... while he talked with us ... and opened the Scriptures to us?" (v. 32) For reading & meditation: Luke 24:13-35 The Bible is unique in its varied penmanship. The Scriptures were written over a period of some fifteen hundred years by about forty different penmen, and ye... Read More

Lord and God

"Thomas said to him, ' My Lord and my God!' " (v. 28) For reading & meditation: John 20:24-31 Jesus Christ accepted worship as God. What other person in his right mind has ever made such a claim? Earlier Simon Peter had made the confession "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16... Read More

M. A. - Mightily Assured

"... let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith ..." (v. 22) For reading & meditation: Hebrews 10:19-25 In every religion in the world apart from Christianity there is a note of uncertainty concerning this matter of personal salvation. Many modern religious attitudes are... Read More

No Change - No Conversion

"Greet ... Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia." (v. 5) For reading & meditation: Romans 16:1-16 A word which the gospel associates with salvation is the word "conversion." Salvation is the offer of divine forgiveness and the gift of eternal life; conversion is the ... Read More

No Other Name

"Salvation is found in no one else ..." (v. 12) For reading & meditation: Acts 4:1-12 We looked yesterday at the statement to the effect that all religions are the same. We must watch out for such statements, for when they are repeated over and over again, and by seemingly sincere people, we can be ... Read More

One Faith, One Lord

"... contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints." (v. 3) For reading & meditation: Jude 1:1-16 What makes the Christian faith different from every other faith? Prince Charles, who is next in line to the British throne, has let it be known that if and when he becomes king he ... Read More

One Long Search for God

"For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts ..." (v. 21) For reading & meditation: Mark 7:8-23 We need to be reminded that there is in life a dark and terrible problem - the problem of evil. Herbert Spencer in Natural Law in the Spiritual World defines physical life as "inward correspo... Read More

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