What is Repentance?

What is Repentance?

Even a cursory reading of Scripture reveals that repentance is important.  Therefore it needs to be defined accurately. This is not a place to be slipshod. The Greek word translated repent literally means to change your mind.  That is also an accurate description of repentance.  In modern terms, it is a change of mindset, a […]

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

People regularly ask about the meaning of the parable of the prodigal son that is recorded in Luke 15.  Although it has become well-known by this title, it would be better described as the parable of the forgiving father.  He is whom Jesus emphasizes in the parable. The father’s forgiveness is remarkable in light of […]

A License to Sin?

A License to Sin?

A common response to the teaching that forgiveness is God’s gift is the thought that this then gives people the license to sin all the more. Paul already answered that objection in Scripture. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to […]

All Sin is Extremely Serious

All Sin is Extremely Serious

Our legal system has an extensive classification of crimes.  There are various types of misdemeanors. There are different classes of felonies. Some crimes are minor while others are extremely serious. But the Bible doesn’t do that in regard to sin. That is because every sin, in the last analysis, is a sin against God. So […]

“Not Guilty”

“Not Guilty”

God wants us to be so sure that we are forgiven that he went the extra step and stated it in legal terms. Just as we would tremble in fear if we heard the judge’s gavel drop followed by his verdict of “guilty”, so we tremble with joy to hear the judge pronounce us, “not […]

How About Enduring to the End?

How About Enduring to the End?

Scripture often encourages us to endure in the faith or warns us about falling away. One representative passage is Hebrews 10: 35-36 . Don’t passages like that demand work on our part? Yes they do. That being said, two important points need to be made. First, the main work that needs to be done is […]

Faith and Works

Faith and Works

Admittedly, the thought that Christ did everything to make us acceptable to God and we don’t do anything violently clashes with what we naturally think. We just assume that we have to do something to merit God’s favor. The apostle Paul acknowledged that when he wrote, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a […]

Radiation Suit

Radiation Suit

One way I like to picture God’s holiness is as strong radiation. His holiness constantly is radiating out from him. By its very nature, it destroys anything imperfect with which it comes into contact. This is why, in order to enter God’s presence, we can’t have the slightest imperfection. Otherwise we will be destroyed. But […]

Sins Eight Miles Down

Sins Eight Miles Down

One of my favorite Bible passages is Micah 7:19: “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Scientists say the deepest part of the ocean is over 39,000 feet down which translates to about eight miles down. That’s a […]