• You Don't Have To Be Afraid Of Finishing Your Journey Of Faith_Here Is Why - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Of Finishing Your Journey Of Faith|Here Is Why – Spiritual Reading

    You Don’t Have To Be Afraid Of Finishing Your Journey Of Faith|Here Is Why – Spiritual Reading. A Dark fear haunts the minds of many who are coming to Christ; they are afraid that they shall not persevere to the end. I have heard the seeker say: “If I were to cast my soul upon Jesus, yet peradventure I should after all draw back into perdition. I have had good feelings before now, and they have died away. My goodness has been as the morning cloud, and as the early dew. It has come on a sudden, lasted for a season, promised much, and then vanished away.” I believe that…

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    What Was The Human Relationship Of Jesus Christ To God – Spiritual Reading

    What Was The Human Relationship Of Jesus Christ To God – Spiritual Reading. The completeness of the humanity of Jesus Christ comes out in still another matter, and that is, the relation that He bore to God as a man was the relation of a man, so that God was His God. He himself says to Mary in John 20:17, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.”  The evident meaning of this is that Jesus Christ’s relation to God, the Father, was the relation…

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    Should Forgiveness Of Sins Go With Repentance – Spiritual Reading

    Should Forgiveness Of Sins Go With Repentance – Spiritual Reading. It is Clear from the text which we have lately quoted that repentance is bound up with the forgiveness of sins. In Acts 5:31 we read that Jesus is “exalted to give repentance and forgiveness of sins.” These two blessings come from that sacred hand which once was nailed to the tree, but is now raised to glory. Repentance and forgiveness are riveted together by the eternal purpose of God. What God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Repentance must go with remission, and you will see that it is so if you think a little upon the…

  • Who Is The Real Speaker In Prophetic Utterances _ The Holy Spirit Or The Prophet - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Who Is The Real Speaker In Prophetic Utterances | The Holy Spirit Or The Prophet – Spiritual Reading

    Who Is The Real Speaker In Prophetic Utterances | The Holy Spirit Or The Prophet – Spiritual Reading. The thing that the Bible teaches regarding the Inspiration of the Prophets and the Apostles and their utterances, is that the Holy Spirit was the real speaker in the prophetic utterances, that what was said or written was the Holy Spirit’s Word that was upon the Apostle’s tongue, and not the word of the Prophet or Apostle. This is said in the Bible in so many words, over and over again. For example, in Heb. 3:7 we read: “Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit saith, To-day if ye shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts,…

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    Do Prophets Speak Words From God Or They Utter Their Own Thoughts – Spiritual Reading

    Do Prophets Speak Words From God Or They Utter Their Own Thoughts – Spiritual Reading. The thing that the Bible makes perfectly clear is, that not one single prophetic utterance was of the prophet’s own will (i.e., it was not in any sense merely what he wished to say), but in every instance the Prophet spoke from God, and the Prophet was carried along in the prophetic utterance by the Holy Spirit, regardless of his own will or thought. We find this stated practically in so many words in 2 Pet. 1:21 where we read: “For no prophecy (literally, not a prophecy) ever came (literally, was brought) by the will of man; but men spake from God being moved (literally,…

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    What Was The Human And Physical Nature Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading

    What Was The Human And Physical Nature Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading. But not only did Jesus Christ have a human parentage, He had a human physical nature, a human body. This comes out in the first of our texts, “The Word Became Flesh,” and in Hebrews 2:14 we are taught “Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also (i.e., our Lord Jesus also) himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to naught him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.”  Words could not make it plainer that our Lord Jesus had a real human body, a real human physical nature. Indeed,…

  • Why Did Jesus Christ Shed His Blood And Die - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Why Did Jesus Christ Shed His Blood And Die – Spiritual Reading

    Why Did Jesus Christ Shed His Blood And Die – Spiritual Reading. 1. First of all, the Bible distinctly and repeatedly tells us by direct statement, and by countless typical reference in the Old Testament, that He died as a vicarious offering for sin; that is, that He, an absolutely perfect, righteous one, who [deserved to live, died in the place of unjust men who deserved to die. For example, we read in Isa. 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” And in the eighth verse we read, “By oppression and judgment He was taken…

  • What Mysteries And Hidden Truths Are Revealed To Apostles And Prophets - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Mysteries And Hidden Truths Are Revealed To Apostles And Prophets – Spiritual Reading

    What Mysteries And Hidden Truths Are Revealed To Apostles And Prophets – Spiritual Reading. The thing taught in the Bible regarding the inspiration of the Apostles and Prophets, the inspiration of the various authors of the books of the Bible, is that truth hidden from men for ages, and which they had not discovered, and could not discover, by the unaided processes of human reasoning, even human reasoning at its very best and highest, has been revealed to Apostles and Prophets in the Holy Spirit. We find this very clearly taught in Eph. 3:2-5: “If so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of God which was given me to…

  • Why Was Jesus Christ's Death Necessary And Important - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Why Was Jesus Christ’s Death Necessary And Important – Spiritual Reading

    Why Was Jesus Christ’s Death Necessary And Important – Spiritual Reading. The first thing that the Bible plainly teaches on this question is the absolute necessity and fundamental importance of the death of Jesus Christ, the absolute necessity and fundamental importance of the shedding of His blood. The tendency of our day in Unitarian circles, and in orthodox circles that have been leavened by the corrupting leaven of Unitarianism, is to minimise the importance of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. The tendency is to make His life and character, His teaching and leadership, the main thing. Christian Science even goes so far as to deny the fact of His…

  • Were The Revelations Made To The Prophets By The Holy Spirit Independent Of Their Thinking - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Were The Revelations Made To The Prophets By The Holy Spirit Independent Of Their Thinking – Spiritual Reading

    Were The Revelations Made To The Prophets By The Holy Spirit Independent Of Their Thinking – Spiritual Reading. The third thing that the Bible makes perfectly clear as to the inspiration of the Prophets and Apostles is, that the revelation made by God through His Holy Spirit to the Prophets was independent of the Prophets’ own thinking, that it was made to them by the Spirit of Christ which was in them, and that they themselves oftentimes did not thoroughly understand the full meaning of what the Spirit was saying through them, and that what they said was a subject of diligent search and inquiry to their own mind as to…

  • God's Doctrine Of Atonement Vs Unitarian And Christian Science Doctrines Of The Atonement - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    God’s Doctrine Of Atonement Vs Unitarian And Christian Science Doctrines Of The Atonement – Spiritual Reading

    God’s Doctrine Of Atonement Vs Unitarian And Christian Science Doctrines Of The Atonement – Spiritual Reading. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22 One of the most fundamental, central and vital doctrines of the Christian faith is the Christian doctrine of the Atonement. Without the Bible Doctrine of the Atonement you have no Christianity, but the Devil’s substitute for Christianity. Without the Bible Doctrine of the Atonement you have no real gospel, but an utterly false and soul-destroying philosophy. In speaking on the doctrine of the Deity of Christ I said: “If a man…

  • Is It True That The Bible Is The Word Of God - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is It True That The Bible Is The Word Of God – Spiritual Reading

    Is It True That The Bible Is The Word Of God – Spiritual Reading. The thing that the Bible teaches concerning the extent of the inspiration of its writings is that because of this inspiration of Prophets and Apostles, the writers of the Bible, the whole Bible as originally given becomes the absolutely inerrant Word of God. In the O. T. David says of his own writings, in 2 Sam. 23:2, a passage already referred to, “The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me, and His Word was upon my tongue.” In Mark 7:13 Our Lord Jesus Himself calls the law of Moses “the Word of God.” He says “making void the Word of God by your tradition, which…

  • What Is The Distinction Between God The Father, God The Son And God The Holy Spirit - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Is The Distinction Between God The Father, God The Son And God The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Distinction Between God The Father, God The Son And God The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading. But now we come to the question, Is the Holy Spirit a distinct personality from the Father and from the Son? He might be a person, as we have clearly seen that He is, and He might be a divine person, as we have just seen that He is, and at the same time He might be only the same person who manifested Himself at times as the Father and at other times as the Son, and in that case there would not be three divine Persons in the Godhead, but…

  • What Is The Proof That The Holy Spirit Is God And Divine - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Is The Proof That The Holy Spirit Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Proof That The Holy Spirit Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading. The deity of the Holy Spirit: We take up first the question of the Deity of the Holy Spirit. The fact that the Holy Spirit is a person does not prove that He is divine. There are spirits who are persons but who are not God. There are five distinct lines of proof of the Deity of the Holy Spirit, that the Holy Spirit is God. 1. The first line of proof of the Deity of the Holy Spirit is that each of the four distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Bible.…

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    What Divine Offices Predict The Divinity And Deity Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading

    What Divine Offices Predict The Divinity And Deity Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading. There are seven distinctively divine offices. That is to say, there are seven things that God alone can do, and each one of these seven distinctively Divine offices are ascribed to Jesus Christ. The seven distinctively Divine offices are: Creation, Preservation, Forgiveness of Sin, the Raising of the Dead, the Transformation of Bodies, Judgment, and the Bestowal of Eternal Life, and each of these is ascribed to Jesus Christ. Creation is ascribed to Him. In Heb. 1:10 these words are spoken to our Lord: “And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the…

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    What Are The Similarities Between Jesus Christ And Jehovah God – Spiritual Reading

    What Are The Similarities Between Jesus Christ And Jehovah God – Spiritual Reading. Statements which in the Old Testament are made distinctly of Jehovah, God, are taken in the New Testament to refer to Jesus Christ. We have not time to illustrate this at length, but will give but one illustration where many might be given. In Jer. 11:20 the prophet says, “But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.”  Here the prophet distinctly says that it is Jehovah of Hosts who judgest and triest the reins and the heart. And in the 17th chapter and…

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    What Names And Titles Prove That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading

    What Names And Titles Prove That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading. There are many names and titles clearly implying deity are used of Jesus Christ in the Bible, some of them over and over again, the total number of passages reaching far into the hundreds. Of course, I can give you only a few illustrations. Turn with me first of all to Rev. 1:17, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last.”  The context shows clearly that our Lord Jesus was the speaker, and here our Lord…

  • Is Jesus Christ Omnipotent _ Omniscient _ Omnipresent _ Eternal And Immutable - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is Jesus Christ Omnipotent | Omniscient | Omnipresent | Eternal And Immutable – Spiritual Reading

    Is Jesus Christ Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Eternal, And Immutable – Spiritual Reading. All the five distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ, and “all the fulness of the Godhead” is said to dwell in Him. There are five distinctively Divine attributes, that is five attributes that God alone possesses. These are Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Eternity, and Immutability. Each one of these distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ. First of all, omnipotence is ascribed to Jesus Christ. Not only are we taught that Jesus had power over disease and death and winds and sea and demons, that they were all subject to His word, and that He is…

  • How Long Is Future Suffering And Punishment In Hell - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    How Long Is Future Suffering And Punishment In Hell – Spiritual Reading

    How Long Is Future Suffering And Punishment In Hell – Spiritual Reading. What the bible teaches regarding the endlessness of future punishment. To find out exactly what the Bible teaches as to the endlessness of future punishment let us turn first of all to the words of our Lord Jesus Himself in Matt.25:46 (R. V.), “And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.”  The first question that confronts us in studying this passage is what the word aionios (aionion) which is here translated “eternal” means. The best Greek-English dictionary of the New Testament is Thayer’s. In this dictionary Thayer after a careful study of the word, its derivation and…

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    Will All Men Be Saved And Brought To Repentance – Spiritual Reading

    Will All Men Be Saved And Brought To Repentance – Spiritual Reading. There are several passages of Scripture which those who believe that all men will ultimately repent and be brought to accept Christ and thus saved, urge against what seems to be the plain teaching of the passages we have been studying. The first of these is: 1 Peter 3:18-20: “Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering…

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    Is Suffering And Punishment In Hell Eternal – Spiritual Reading

    Is Suffering And Punishment In Hell Eternal – Spiritual Reading. Is future punishment everlasting? Jesus Christ plainly taught that there was to be a literal hell and that this hell would be a place of conscious suffering, suffering far beyond that experienced by any one here in this present life, but we are faced by another question of great importance, Is this future, conscious suffering of the impenitent to be endless? All You Want to Know About Hell: Three Christian Views of God?s Final Solution to the Problem of SinKindle Edition By Steve Gregg. There are many who believe in future punishment of a very severe and awful character, and who indeed…

  • Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading

    Deliverance From Spiritual Captivity, Sin And Bondage – Spiritual Reading. In this place I would say a plain word or two to those who understand the method of justification by faith which is in Christ Jesus, but whose trouble is that they cannot cease from sin. We can never be happy, restful, or spiritually healthy till we become holy. We must be rid of sin; but how is the riddance to be wrought? This is the life-or-death question of many. The old nature is very strong, and they have tried to curb and tame it; but it will not be subdued, and they find themselves, though anxious to be better,…

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    Is There A Real And Literal Hell – Spiritual Reading

    Is There A Real And Literal Hell – Spiritual Reading. There is to be a literal Hell. The Bible says so, Jesus says in Matt. 5:22, “But I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger [of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire.”  In the 29th verse of the same chapter the Lord Jesus says: “And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members…

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    What Is The Devil’s Destiny – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Devil’s Destiny? – Spiritual Reading. The Devil’s Destiny: Turn in the first place to Rev. 20:1-3: “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the keys of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: After this he must be loosed for a little time.”  We are here taught that at the Second Coming of…

  • Hell Is Too Awful, Don't Let The Fleeting Pleasures Of Life Lead You There - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Hell Is Too Awful, Don’t Let The Fleeting Pleasures Of Life Lead You There – Spiritual Reading

    Hell Is Too Awful, Don’t Let The Fleeting Pleasures Of Life Lead You There – Spiritual Reading. “The future state of those who reject in the life that now is the redemption offered to them in Christ Jesus is plainly declared in the Word of God to be a state of conscious, unutterable, endless torment and anguish. This conception is an appalling one, but it is the Scriptural conception. It is the unmistakable, inescapable teaching of God’s own word. I wish that all men would repent and accept Christ. If any one could show me one single passage in the Bible that clearly taught that all men would ultimately repent,…

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    What Is The Character Of The Devil/Satan – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Character Of The Devil/Satan – Spiritual Reading. The Character Of The Devil. As to the character of the Devil, the Bible teaches us that he is a being absolutely wicked. In Matt. 13:19 he is called, “The Wicked One.” That is to say, he is one who is the personal embodiment of absolute wickedness. In I John 5:19 R. V. also he is called “The Wicked One.” God is “The Holy One,” that is to say the One who is the personal embodiment of perfect holiness. The Devil is just His opposite, the personal embodiment of consummate wickedness. The Devil is to evil what God is to good. In I John 3:8, we read: “He that doeth…

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    What The Devil Does – How He Work’s And Manifest’s – Spiritual Reading

    What The Devil Does – How He Work’s And Manifest’s – Spiritual Reading.  The Work of the Devil. In the first place we are taught that the Devil tempts men to sin. We have a most striking illustration of this in his temptation of our Lord. We have in the Bible three accounts of this temptation. We will look at Matthew’s account. Matt. 4:1-9: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered. (3) And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the son of God, command that these…

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    Where Are The Issues Of Eternity Settled – Before Or After Death – Spiritual Reading

    Where Are The Issues Of Eternity Settled – Before Or After Death – Spiritual Reading. There remains one other important question; and that is, where are the issues of eternity settled. There are those who believe that the punishment of the persistently impenitent is everlasting, that it has no end, but they also believe that the issues of eternity are not settled in the life that now is, but that with many they are settled after death and that when men die impenitent they will have another chance. Believing in endless punishment does not necessarily involve believing that there is no chance after death. There are many who believe that…

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