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A Heart of Gold

I Corinthians chapter seven makes a statement regarding how we affect others by our attitude toward sin. Paul was made to be comforted in his inner being at the news of the Corinthian's repentance and willingness to work out other troubling issues (2 Corinthians 7:6-7). Paul knew that the Corinthians could have done otherwise at the hearing of the straightforward charges he made against them in his first epistle to them. The Corinthians could have hardened their heart against Paul and the gospel of Jesus Christ; however, they were made sorry "after a godly sort," and repented of their sins (1 Corinthians 7:9). Not only was Paul comforted in the Corinthian's repentance but Titus was as well (see 2 Corinthians 7:15). Truly, our disposition toward sin in our lives affects others. When the Apostle John wrote to the "elect lady and her children," he "rejoiced greatly that I have found...
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Establishing Bible Authority

How Authority works in the Old Testament (Part 3 of 3) Consequences for Disobedience There are terrible consequences to the person who does not follow God's laws exactly as He delivered them (Judges Sometimes man partially obeys God yet this divided service is due awful punishment too (1 Samuel 15:3, 13; 1 Kings 18:21; 2 Kings 17:33, 39-40). Those who simply reject God's standard and make up their own way of life Will not go unpunished (Judges 21:25; 2 Samuel 6:6ff; 1 Kings 12:25-33; 2 Kings 5:11). The Lord God Almighty is not only a loving and merciful God but a God of great wrath, fierce anger, and tndtgnat jon against those who trample His divine standard under foot (Isaiah 6624; Lamentations 2:20• 22; 4:13; Ezekiel 7:1-8; 18:4; Joel 2:1-2; Amos 4:12-13; 6:13-16; Zephaniah 1:8). The Lord will "return" all that man has done agatnst authorized standard back upon their...
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Establishing Bible Authority

How Authority works in the Old Testament (Part 2 of 3) Man's Divinely Appointed Responsibility  Man is to know his divinely created place in this universe. Man's highest priority in this life is meeting Jehovah's authorized standard (Exodus 10:3; Leviticus 11:44; Job 4:12-21; 38:1ff; Proverbs 2:1-9; 3:13-18; 4:7; 8•.7-9; Psalm 9:20; 119:72; Jeremiah 6:16-20). To sin against Jehovah's divine will is to transgress against one's own nature (Ezekiel 14:12-13). Man; however, was never designed by Jehovah to create spiritual laws to follow (Jeremiah 10:23). Those individuals who do not follow the natural God appointed life of perfect obedience are deemed rebellious, polluted (Zechariah 3:1), and hard hearted (Exodus 5:1-2). Such individuals forsake all God's mercy (Jonah 2:8). Man has absolutely no right to create even one law in relationship to his spiritual direction (see Leviticus 10:1ff). Jehovah is clear regarding His divine will for man. He has set the standard...
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Establishing Bible Authority

Old Testament Review This article is the first of three that shall examine the subject of establishing Bible Authority. A study of both the first and second covenants will yield a greater understanding of how authority works. There are members of the body of Christ who continue to be confused about various questions such as marriage divorce and remarriage, the two covenants, who is a false teacher, and more recently the A. D. 70 Doctrine. The objective of this study will not be to answer all your Bible questions and solve all the "brotherhood issues." The objective is rather to remind us all of the initial direction we must take when seeking out answers to Bible questions. As one studies both the first and second covenant laws an interesting fact comes to the surface. Though the laws change God's founding principles revolving around authority remain the same. No matter what...
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Grace

By Travis Pyle What is grace? W. E. Vines defines grace as Divine favor (p.501). How do we obtain grace? Grace is a gift from God, Romans 5:15, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath about unto many." God has given His grace to all men (Titus 2:11). Many people of the denominational world would say since it is a gift an individual must do nothing to receive it. The Bible teaches the contrary (Acts 2:38). The Gospel's Relationship to Grace: How shall we obtain faith except we hear the word of God? From times of old, God has given us a way for his creation to be saved. Isaiah, a prophet ordained by God, went forth...
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