It is a whole galaxy studded with many of the biggest stars in the firmament of Christian doctrine. It may well be doubted if many passages of similar length are more freighted with divine truth than are these words of the Commission.
“Paradise” in the New Testament is found only here and in Luke 23:43 and in Revelation 2:7
It is an amazing folly indulged by some Christian scholars who fancy they can find out all about this war from pagan mythology, such mythology itself, in all probability, having been concocted from perverted and corrupted “versions” of a truth evidently known by the early patriarchs.
The entire New Testament gives no other means, provides no other device, and suggests no other ceremony or action that can bring the believer INTO CHRIST.
Baptism is the only way.
What is the “manner of this prayer”? It is: (1) short, (2) spontaneous, (3) God-oriented, the first three petitions being for things of God rather than for things of men, (4) extemporaneous, being given in two forms by Christ himself as evidenced by the Matthew and Luke accounts, (5) to the point, and (6) full of humility.
One of these little ones … is a characteristic reference of Jesus to those who are “babes in Christ,” whose faith is young and weak.
Christians are sometimes called “bondslaves” to Christ; but here their status is compared to that of children adopted by a loving father.
Regarding the proper time of observance for the Lord’s Supper, the New Testament teaches that it was observed upon the first day of the week, the first day of EVERY week, and “not upon any other days of the week.” These passages are therefore no permit to take it any time we please.
It is impossible to describe heaven. No metaphor, regardless of how powerful, can really carry the full weight of what the holy apostle sought to reveal in this sparkling portrayal of the final home of the soul.
Salt keeps food from being insipid and preserves it from corruption. Both these functions are performed by Christians for society as a whole.
Psalm 37 teaches that the prosperity of the wicked is superficial and temporary, and that those who trust in God may be certain that, finally, they will be the ones who are blessed.
Paul flatly declared that Christians are “dead to the law by the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4), this having reference, of course, to all requirements of the law in their totality.
And Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The argument in these verses is simple, but profound. If Satan was really casting out Satan, a ridiculous absurdity on the face of it, then Satan’s kingdom was being destroyed.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
It is the “buy now, pay later” aspect of the penalty of sin which commends it as an attractive employment for many; but this verse is a warning that payment is certain, and that “death” is the quid pro quo of sin. “This for that!”
The name in view here “is Lord, [@kurios], the Old Testament name for God.
Without the knowledge of God, man is but “a disease of the agglutinated dust.”
Judging the conduct of other Christians is a subject of such universal concern within the church that the collateral scriptures applicable to this question should be remembered here.
The love of money springs from sinful discontent with one’s status in life, his possessions, the extent of his luxuries and comforts, or his lack of the power money might bring; but there is a corollary of that discontent, namely, a lack of trust in the providence of God.
By any definition, salvation by “faith alone” means salvation without the church of Jesus Christ; and in such a view the crucifixion of our Lord is reduced to the status of a senseless murder.