Jesus himself used the terms “CHURCH” and “KINGDOM” interchangeably in his announcement at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:18) It is mandatory to view the Lord’s words there as a reference NOT to two institutions but to ONE.
The Elect are people who will love God and choose to serve him are “the elect” foreordained before all time to inherit eternal salvation.
Of all the primary steps of obeying the gospel, faith, repentance, confession and baptism, all are said to be “unto” or “toward” salvation, God, Christ and the remission of sins; whereas of baptism alone is it declared that it is “INTO Christ.”
There are a number of prophecies of the end of the world which do not suggest that it is to be accomplished by fire. No industry, no kitchen, no household were ever possible without the means of disposing of the refuse; and it would be illogical to suppose that God could run the whole universe without some means of taking care of the refuse.
The great prophecies of Isaiah which formed the background of the apostle’s thought here, and which he would immediately quote, foretold, the formation of the Christian church, for the spiritual worship of God, under the image of a temple, which God would build on Messiah as a foundation-stone thereof.
The natural man finds it very difficult to receive spiritual things, due to his inherent preoccupation with the mechanics of them, the “how” of everything. Nicodemus’ question is therefore one of remarkable interest to all. How persistently man probes every mystery!
“So loved the world” is the burden of the entire corpus of divine revelation. No MAN could have died for all men; only God in the form of man could have done it.
The verbal prophecies, numbering some 333, foretold the coming of the Messiah in such detail and clarity that hardly any phase of our Lord’s life and character was omitted.
Paul mentions, in Romans 13, a spiritual condition called “SLEEP,” and his call for people to AWAKEN out of it provides strong emphasis upon the dangers of such stupor.
It is fitting enough, and absolutely in accord with what is revealed in the prophets that the judgment should finally come at the end of the Fourth Great Transgression of humanity.
There are four things mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1, which belong to the Christian by virtue of his being “in Christ.” Satan, death and hell have no claim on the one who is “IN CHRIST!”