• 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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    Is The Bible And All Scripture Inspired By God – Spiritual Reading

    Is The Bible And All Scripture Inspired By God – Spiritual Reading. The seventh thing that the Bible makes plain regarding the work of the Holy Spirit in the various writers of Scripture, is that all Scripture, that is everything contained in all the books of the Old and New Testament, is inspired of God. We are distinctly taught this in 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. Here we read, “All Scripture (more exactly, every Scripture) is given by inspiration of God (more literally, God-breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, (or teaching), for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (rather, instruction which is in righteousness), that the man of God may be perfect (rather, complete) thoroughly furnished(better, furnished completely) unto all good works (rather, every good…

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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…

  • Who Gives Prophets And Apostles The Words To Speak - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Who Gives Prophets And Apostles The Words To Speak – Spiritual Reading

    Who Gives Prophets And Apostles The Words To Speak – Spiritual Reading. The 6thing that the Bible makes clear as to the inspiration of the apostle and prophets is that, the Holy Spirit in the Prophets and Apostles gave not only the thought but also gave the words in which the thought was to be expressed. We find this very clearly stated in 1 Cor. 2:13: “Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words.”  One of the most popular of the false theories of Inspiration in our day is that the Holy Spirit was the author of the thought,…

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    How Are Men Justified – Works Or Atonement – Spiritual Reading

    How Are Men Justified – Works Or Atonement – Spiritual Reading. In general there are two opposing views of justification: one that men are justified by their own works, i.e., on the ground of something which they do themselves. This view may be variously expressed. The good works that men speak of as a ground of their justification may be their good moral conduct, or their keeping the Golden Rule, or something of that sort. Or they may be works of religion, such as doing penance, saying prayers, joining the church, going to church, being baptised, or partaking of the Lord’s Supper, or the performance of some other religious duties.…

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    What Is Justification By Faith – Spiritual Reading

    What Is Justification By Faith – Spiritual Reading. The first thing for us to understand clearly is what justification is. It is at this point that many go astray in their study of this great truth. There are two fundamentally different definitions of the meaning of the words “justify” and “justification.” The one definition of Justify is, to make righteous, and of Justification, the being made righteous. The other definition of “justify” is, to reckon, declare, or show to be righteous, and of “justification,” the being declared or reckoned righteous. On these two different definitions two different schools of thought depart from one another. Which is the true definition? The way to settle 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 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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    What Is The Lake Of Fire In Hell Like – Spiritual Reading

    What Is The Lake Of Fire In Hell Like – Spiritual Reading. Is the lake of fire a place of conscious torment, or is it a place of annihilation, i.e A place of non-existence or is it a place of non conscious existence? There is one other question that remains to be answered, and that is, is the lake of fire a place of conscious torment, or is it a place of annihilation, i.e., a place of non-existence, or is it a place of non-conscious existence? There are those who believe in a literal hell, but they do not believe that those who are consigned to it will consciously suffer there…

  • Can A Loving God Send You To A Real And Literal Hell - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Can A Loving God Send You To A Real And Literal Hell – Spiritual Reading

    Can A Loving God Send You To A Real And Literal Hell – Spiritual Reading. “In danger of the hell of fire.”—Matt. 5:22. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.  Matthew 5:22  I wish that the things that I am going to preach to you were not true. God wishes so, too, “The Lord is longsuffering to us ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to…

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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,…

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    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…

  • Is Jesus Perfect And Infinite In All Power, His Intellectual And Moral Attributes - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is Jesus Perfect And Infinite In All Power, His Intellectual And Moral Attributes – Spiritual Reading

    Is Jesus Perfect And Infinite In All Power, His Intellectual And Moral Attributes – Spiritual Reading. The next thing to be noted about the Christian conception of God is, that God is perfect and infinite in all His intellectual and moral attributes and in power. 1. First of all, fix your attention upon our first text: “God is Light”  (1 John 1:5). These three words form a marvellously beautiful and overwhelmingly impressive statement of the truth. They set forth the Absolute Holiness and Perfect Wisdom of God. The words need rather to be meditated upon than to be expounded. “In Him is no darkness at all.” That is to say, in Him is no…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Is The Lake Of Fire In Hell, Real And Literal Fire - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is The Lake Of Fire In Hell, Real And Literal Fire – Spiritual Reading

    Is The Lake Of Fire In Hell, Real And Literal Fire – Spiritual Reading. This is not so vital a question as the question, is there a literal hell, but nevertheless it is an important question, and I believe the question is plainly answered in the Bible, and plainly answered by Jesus Christ Himself.  To turn again to the passage already referred to, Matt. 5:22, we read: “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…

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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.” …

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    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,…

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    What Is Character And Nature Of The Devil – Spiritual Reading

    What Is Character And Nature Of The Devil – Spiritual Reading. 1. First of all, the Bible teaches us that the [Devil is a person. This comes out in our second text, 1 John 3:8: “The devil sinneth.” Only a person can sin. When we say that the Devil is a person we do not mean that necessarily he has a body, certainly not such a body as he is pictured as having in various paintings and engravings that are supposed to represent the Devil. A person is any being who knows and feels and wills. When we say that the Devil is a person we mean that he is a being who…

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    What Are The Results Of The Atoning Death Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading

    What Are The Results Of The Atoning Death Of Jesus Christ – Spiritual Reading. 1. The first result of the atoning death of Jesus Christ is that a propitiation is provided for the whole world. We read in 1 John 2:2, “He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.” This plainly means that by the death of Jesus Christ a basis is provided upon which God can deal in mercy and does deal in mercy with the whole world. All of God’s dealings in mercy with any man are on the ground of Christ’s death. Only on the ground of Christ’s death could God…

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    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…

  • What Is The Proof For The Personality Of The Holy Spirit - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    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…

  • Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit In Apostles And Prophets Different From His Work In Other People - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit In Apostles And Prophets Different From His Work In Other People – Spiritual Reading

    Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit In Apostles And Prophets Different From His Work In Other People – Spiritual Reading. The first thing that the Bible teaches on this point and claims for itself is, that the work of the Holy Spirit in apostles and prophets, in the various [human authors of the different books of the Bible, differs from His work in other men, even in other believers in Christ. It teaches that the Holy Spirit imparts to apostles and prophets an especial gift for an especial purpose. We find this clearly taught in 1 Cor. 12:4, 8-11, 28, 29, where we read, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same…

  • The God Of The Bible As Distinguished From The God Of Christian Science And The God Of Modern Philosophy – Spiritual Reading

    The God Of The Bible As Distinguished From The God Of Christian Science And The God Of Modern Philosophy – Spiritual Reading. I have three texts: John 4:24: “God is Spirit.” 1 John 1:5: “God is Light.” 1 John 4:8, 16: “God is Love.” These three texts give three of the most remarkable statements that were ever uttered and set before us in the clearest possible way the Christian conception of God as distinguished from every other conception of God. The Christian Scientists constantly quote one of our texts: “God is Love.” In fact they quote it more than almost any other passage in the Bible, but they do not mean at all by “God is Love” what 1 John…

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    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…

  • Is God A Person - Spiritual Reading Blog Post Banner Image

    Is God A Person – Spiritual Reading

    Is God A Person – Spiritual Reading. The next thing that the Bible teaches about God is that God is a person. That is to say He is a being who knows, feels, loves, hears prayer, speaks, acts, a being who acts intelligently upon us and upon whom we can act. While God is in all things, He is a personality distinct from the persons and things in which He is, which He has created. The Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments is full of this vital conception of “a living God” as distinguished from the mere cold abstraction of “The Absolute,” or “The Infinite,” or “The Supreme Being,” or “The…

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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…

  • 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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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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    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…

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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 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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