The Hebrew language of Genesis 6:5 and 8:21 basically means that all humans are mentally bent toward evil. the Apostle Paul clearly shows that our natural desire is to do bad, not good. Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are treacherous and we cannot know them. What can we do?
Galatians 5:22-26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let... Continue Reading →
Before we begin unraveling the topic at hand, it might be best if we borrow the story from Dr. Robert Stein’s book, A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible (pp. 11-13): Tuesday night arrived. Dan and Charlene had invited several of their neighbors to a Bible study, and now they were wondering if anyone would come.... Continue Reading →
What needs to be qualified is the terms that are often thrown around. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 All Scripture is inspired by God [theopneustos] and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work. What does this... Continue Reading →
Ephesians 4:30 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
The authors of the Bible were men, who spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, i.e., inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to author their books. The Holy Spirit today guides Christians as they walk with God. The Holy Spirit will be at work in the Christian life when ...
Hitherto in other CPH blog articles, we have been treating the Holy Spirit in terms of the past, but now we come to the present tense. Is the Holy Spirit a power in the present age? If so, what kind of a power? Is he making an issue with men as a direct power and working upon them immediately, or is he working through an instrumentality, and, if so, what is the instrumentality?
That the Holy Spirit sustained a relation to the apostolic church that it does not sustain to the church of today is clearly evident to the student of the Word of God. The church of the apostolic age had no New Testament as we have today. Hence, the necessity of ...
In interpreting Scripture, attention should be paid not only to the speaker and his message but also to the parties addressed. Some passages are universal in their application, others that are national, and still others that are addressed to individuals only.