• What Are The Incidental Proofs That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Are The Incidental Proofs That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading

    What Are The Incidental Proofs That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine – Spiritual Reading Incidental proofs of the deity of Jesus Christ: The six lines of proof of the Deity of Jesus Christ which I have given you leave no possibility of doubting that Jesus Christ is God, that Jesus of Nazareth is God manifest in a human person, that He is a being to be worshipped, even as God the Father is worshipped; but there are also incidental proofs of His absolute Deity which, if possible, are in some ways even more convincing than the direct assertions of His Deity. 1. Our Lord Jesus says in Matt. 11:28, “Come unto me,…

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    Should We Worship Jesus Christ As God And Deity – Spiritual Reading

    Should We Worship Jesus Christ As God And Deity – Spiritual Reading. We are taught in so many words that Jesus Christ should be worshipped as God, both by angels and men. In numerous places in the gospels we see Jesus Christ accepting without hesitation a worship which good men and angels declined with fear, and which He Himself taught should be rendered only to God (Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:52; Mark 14:33; cf. Acts 10:25, 26; Rev. 22:8, 9, R. V.; Matt. 4:9, 10). A curious and very misleading comment is made in the margin of the American Standard Revision upon the meaning of the word translated “worship” in these passages, and that is that…

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    Was Jesus Christ A Real Human Man – Spiritual Reading

    Was Jesus Christ A Real Human Man – Spiritual Reading. “And the word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14. “Who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of man; and being found in fashion as man, he emptied himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea the death of the cross.”—Phil. 2:6-8. “There is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man,…

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    Who Were Jesus Christ’s Earthly Parents – Spiritual Reading

    Who Were Jesus Christ’s Earthly Parents – Spiritual Reading. First of all, the Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ had a human parentage. We read in Luke 2:7, “And she (i.e., Mary) brought forth her first born Son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  Here we are told that our Lord Jesus Christ, though supernaturally conceived, was Mary’s Son. Mary was as truly His mother as God was His Father. He had a human parentage as truly as He had a divine parentage. In the first chapter of this same Gospel of Luke, in the 35th verse, we read, “And the…

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    What Is The Extent Of Justification In Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Extent Of Justification In Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading. To what extent is a man who believes in the Lord Jesus justified? This question is very plainly answered and wonderfully answered, and gloriously answered in Acts 13:38, 39, “Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins: and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which he could not be justified by the law of Moses.”  These words very plainly declare to us that every believer in Jesus Christ is justified “from all things.” In other words, the old account against the believer is all…

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    What Is Your Confirmation Of Faith – Spiritual Reading

    What Is Your Confirmation Of Faith – Spiritual Reading. I want you to notice the security which Paul confidently expected for all the saints. He says–“Who shall confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is the kind of confirmation which is above all things to be desired. You see it supposes that the persons are right, and it proposes to confirm them in the right. It would be an awful thing to confirm a man in ways of sin and error. Think of a confirmed drunkard, or a confirmed thief, or a confirmed liar. It would be a…

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    What Is The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading. Many speak of the New Birth or of Regeneration without any definite conception of just what the New Birth is, and so are never sure whether they themselves have been born again or not. As plain and clear a definition of the New Birth as we can find in the Word of God is given in 2 Pet. 1:4, “Whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.”  From these words of Peter it…

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    What Are The Results Of The New Birth And What Follow’s When One Is Born Again – Spiritual Reading

    What Are The Results Of The New Birth And What Follow’s When One Is Born Again – Spiritual Reading. 1. The first of these results is found in:  1 Cor. 6:19, where we read: “Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have from God?” These words were spoken to believers, to regenerated men, and they plainly tell us that when one is born again, the Holy Spirit comes to take up His permanent dwelling in the man and that the man who is born again thus becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit. It is true that we may not always be…

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    What Is The Importance Of The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Importance Of The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading. For just a few moments let us look at the necessity of the New Birth. This is set forth in one of our texts and in the verses following, 1 John 3:5, 6: “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.”  We see here that the New Birth is a universal necessity, and we see why it is a…

  • Is God A Spiritual Entity Or A Physical Entity - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is God A Spiritual Entity Or A Physical Entity – Spiritual Reading

    Is God A Spiritual Entity Or A Physical Entity – Spiritual Reading. First of all “God is Spirit.” This we read in our first text: John 4:24, “God is Spirit.” You will note that in your Bible, both the Authorised and Revised Versions, you read, “God is a Spirit.” But there is no indefinite article in the Greek language, and wherever it is necessary in the English translation to fit the English idiom, it has to be supplied, and it is supplied, in this case. But there is really no reason for supplying it here any more than there is for supplying it in 1 John 4:8 and translating, “God is a Love,” or in 1 John 1:5…

  • At What Time Is A Believer And Christian Justified - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    At What Time Is A Believer And Christian Justified – Spiritual Reading

    At What Time Is A Believer And Christian Justified – Spiritual Reading. The Time Of Justification: When is a believer justified? This question is answered plainly in one of our texts, Acts 13:39, “And by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which he could not be justified by the law of Moses.” What I wish you to notice particularly now in this verse is the word Is, “Everyone that believeth is justified from all things.” This answers plainly the question as to when a believer is justified. In Christ Jesus every [believer in Him is justified from all things the moment he believes. The moment a man believes in Jesus Christ that…

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    Are Hell And Hades The Same Place – Spiritual Reading

    Are Hell And Hades The Same Place – Spiritual Reading. Hell and Hades are not the same. First of all, in order to clear the way for the study of what Jesus says on this subject, let me call your attention to the fact that Hell and Hades are not the same. There are numerous places in the Authorised Version where we find the word “Hell” but where that word does not occur in the Revised Version, and where the word “Hades” is substituted for the word “Hell.” The Revised Version is right at that point, as every Greek scholar knows. Hades is not Hell. “Hades” is the Greek equivalent of…

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    What Is The Relationship Between God And The World And The Men He Created – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Relationship Between God And The World And The Men He Created – Spiritual Reading. We turn now to a consideration of the present relation of this Personal God presented to us in the Bible, to the world He has created and to the men whom He has created. 1. In the first place we find that God sustains, governs and cares for the world He has created. He shapes the whole present history of the world. This comes out again and again. A few illustrations must suffice. We read in Ps. 104:27-30: “These wait all for thee, that thou mayest give them their food in due season. (28) Thou givest unto them,…

  • What Do You Think Of The Christ _ The Deity Of Jesus Christ - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Do You Think Of The Christ | The Deity Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading

    What Do You Think Of The Christ | The Deity Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading. “Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, What think ye of the Christ? Whose son is He?”—Matt. 22:41, 42. The question that our Lord Jesus here puts to the Pharisees is the most fundamental question concerning Christian thought and faith that can be put to anybody in any age. Jesus Christ Himself is the centre of Christianity, so the most fundamental questions of faith are those that concern the person of Christ. If a man really holds right views concerning the person of Jesus Christ he will sooner or…

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    Is There One God Or More | The Trinity – Spiritual Reading

    Is There One God Or More | The Trinity – Spiritual Reading. One more fact about the Christian conception of God remains to be mentioned and that is: There is but one God. The Unity of God comes out again and again in both the Old Testament and the New. For example, we read in Deut. 4:35: “Jehovah he is God. There is none else beside him.”  And in Deut. 6:4 we read: “Hear O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.” Turning to the New Testament in 1 Tim. 2:5 we read: “There is one God, one mediator also between God and man, himself man, Christ Jesus.” And in Mark 12:29 our Lord Jesus Himself says: “Hear O Israel, the…

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    How Can You Illustrate Faith – Spiritual Reading

    How Can You Illustrate Faith – Spiritual Reading. To make the matter of faith clearer still, I will give you a few illustrations. Though the Holy Spirit alone can make my reader see, it is my duty and my joy to furnish all the light I can, and to pray the divine Lord to open blind eyes. Oh that my reader would pray the same prayer for himself! The faith which saves has its analogies in the human frame. It is the eye which looks. By the eye we bring into the mind that which is far away; we can bring the sun and the far-off stars into the mind…

  • What Is The Fact Of The Resurrection Of The Body Of Christ And Our Bodies - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Is The Fact Of The Resurrection Of The Body Of Christ And Our Bodies – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Fact Of The Resurrection Of The Body Of Christ And Our Bodies – Spiritual Reading. Turn first, please, to II Tim. 2:8, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel.” Here Paul explicitly declares that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead according to the gospel which he preached. Now what was raised? Certainly not His soul. That did not die. Turning to Acts 2:27-31, we find that the soul of the Lord Jesus went into Hades, the abode of the dead. These are Peter’s words, spoken on the day of Pentecost, there recorded, “Because thou wilt not leave my soul unto…

  • What Will Be The Character Of Our Resurrection Bodies - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Will Be The Character Of Our Resurrection Bodies – Spiritual Reading

    What Will Be The Character Of Our Resurrection Bodies – Spiritual Reading. 1. First of all, we know that the body which is raised will not be exactly the same body that it was when it was laid in the grave. This appears from I Cor. 15:35-38: “But some will say, how are the dead raised? And with what manner of body do they come? Thou foolish one, that which thou thyself sowest is not quickened, except it die: and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not in the body that shall be, but a bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other kind; but God giveth it a body even…

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    When Will The Resurrection Of The Body Take Place – Spiritual Reading

    When Will The Resurrection Of The Body Take Place – Spiritual Reading. There remains but one question to be considered and we can deal with that very briefly. That question is, when will the resurrection of the body take place? This question is plainly answered time and again in the Bible. For example, it is answered in Phil. 3:20, 21: “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.” …

  • When Does Sanctification And Being Set Apart Take Place - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    When Does Sanctification And Being Set Apart Take Place – Spiritual Reading

    When Does Sanctification And Being Set Apart Take Place – Spiritual Reading. We now come to the question about which there has been the most discussion, the most differences of opinion, the most controversy. When does sanctification take place? If we will go to our Bibles to get the answer to the question there need be no difference of opinion. There are three parts to the answer. 1. The first part of the answer is found in:  I Cor. 1:2, “Unto the Church of God, which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus…

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    Is The Devil Real And Does He Exist – Spiritual Reading

    Is The Devil Real And Does He Exist – Spiritual Reading. The first point to make clear is that there is a Devil. This is plain from our first text, John 8:44: “The Devil. . . .is.” The whole verse reads: “Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do: He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.”  These are the words of Jesus Christ. With any one who has any right to call himself a Christian,…

  • What Is The Existence, Nature, Character, Work And Destiny Of The Devil - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Is The Existence, Nature, Character, Work And Destiny Of The Devil – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Existence, Nature, Character, Work And Destiny Of The Devil – Spiritual Reading. 1 John 3:8: “The Devil Sinneth.” The Bible doctrine concerning the Devil, his Existence, Nature, Character, Work and Destiny is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, and is of vital importance. The teaching of the Bible on this subject is not a mere matter of theory or dogma. It is a matter of most practical every day importance. Experience shows that if men are in error in regard to this subject, they are pretty sure to be in error on other questions that are fundamental. When men and women begin to question the existence of a…

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    What Is Sanctification And Being Set Apart – Spiritual Reading

    What Is Sanctification And Being Set Apart – Spiritual Reading. In the first place let me make it clear that, Sanctification is not the “Baptism with the Holy Spirit.” The two are constantly confused. There is an intimate relation between the two, but they are not at all one and the same thing; and only confusion and misconception can arise from confounding two experiences which God keeps separate. That Sanctification is not the baptism with the Holy Spirit and that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is not Sanctification, will become clear as we proceed and find out from a study of the Bible just what Sanctification is. In the second place,…

  • How Can You Be Sanctified And Set Apart - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    How Can You Be Sanctified And Set Apart – Spiritual Reading

    How Can You Be Sanctified And Set Apart – Spiritual Reading. 1. The first part of the answer is found in our text of this chapter:  I Thess. 5:23, “And the God of Peace himself sanctify you wholly and may your Spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It appears from this verse that God sanctifies men, and Sanctification is God’s work. Both the separation of men from sin and their separation unto God, is God’s work. As it was God who in the old dispensation set apart the first-born of Israel unto Himself, so it is God who in the new dispensation…

  • How To Be Victorious And Triumph Over The Devil - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    How To Be Victorious And Triumph Over The Devil – Spiritual Reading

    How To Be Victorious And Triumph Over The Devil – Spiritual Reading. Now just for a few moments let me show you from the Word of God, how, in practical every day life, to get the victory over the Devil. There are four things to be borne in mind. 1. Read first: James 4:7, “Be subject therefore unto God: but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” This teaches us that, we are first of all to surrender to God and then to resist the Devil and that, if we do resist him, for all his cunning and power, he will flee from us. Although the Devil is strong, it is ours…

  • What Can One Do To Get Born Again And Get Saved - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Can One Do To Get Born Again And Get Saved – Spiritual Reading

    What Can One Do To Get Born Again And Get Saved – Spiritual Reading. The question, therefore, confronts each one of you, Have you been born again? There is no more important question that you could possibly face. Face it in these pages and don’t dodge it. And that brings us to the immediately practical question, How are men born again, or what must any one here to-day, who is not born again, do in order to be born again right here this morning? This question also is plainly answered in the Word of [God; and I can give you the answer in a very few minutes and give it so…

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    What Is The Proof For The Personality Of The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Proof For The Personality Of The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading. There are four separate and distinct lines of proof of the Personality of the Holy Spirit. 1. The first line of proof of the Personality of the Holy Spirit is that all the distinctive marks or characteristics of personality are ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Bible. What are the distinctive characteristics of personality? Knowledge, feeling and will. Any being who knows and feels and wills is a person. Oftentimes when you say that the Holy Spirit is a person, people understand you to mean that the Holy Spirit has hands and feet and fingers and…

  • What Is The Importance Of The Doctrine Of The Personality Of The Holy Spirit - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    What Is The Importance Of The Doctrine Of The Personality Of The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Importance Of The Doctrine Of The Personality Of The Holy Spirit – Spiritual Reading. 1. The Doctrine of the Personality of the Holy Spirit is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship.  If the Holy Spirit is a person and a Divine Person, and He is, and if we do not know Him as such, if we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal influence or power, then we are robbing a Divine Person of the worship which is His due, and the love which is His due, and the confidence and surrender and obedience which are His due. And may I stop at…

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    Was Jesus Christ Subject To Human Limitations – Spiritual Reading

    Was Jesus Christ Subject To Human Limitations – Spiritual Reading. But the reality and completeness of our Lord’s human nature comes out not only in the fact that He had a human parentage and a human body: we are also clearly taught that, while as God he possessed all the attributes and exercised all the offices of Deity, as a man He was subject to human limitations. 1. He was subject to the physical limitations which are essential to humanity:  In John 4:6 we read that Jesus Christ was weary. The words are “Jesus, therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.” But God…

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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…

  • Do Prophets Speak Words From God Or They Utter Their Own Thoughts - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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,…

  • What Was The Human And Physical Nature Of Jesus Christ - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • What Divine Offices Predict The Divinity And Deity Of Jesus Christ - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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…

  • What Are The Similarities Between Jesus Christ And Jehovah God - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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…

  • What Names And Titles Prove That Jesus Christ Is God And Divine - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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…

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    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…

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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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    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 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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    Questions And Answers About The Trinity – One God In Three And Three In One

    Questions And Answers About The Trinity – One God In Three And Three In One. What is the meaning of trinity in the Bible? The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from Greek τριάς and τριάδα, from Latin: trinus “threefold”) holds that God is one God, but three coeternal consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as “one God in three Divine Persons”. Wikipedia Why is the Trinity important? A fundamental doctrine. The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most difficult ideas in Christianity, but it’s fundamental to Christians because it: states what Christians believe God is like and who he is. BBC What is the Trinity symbol? A…

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