The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 4: The Superiority of Grace to Law as Seen in Romans 3:21-10:15

Click here to go to the first article in this series. Paul fought a running battle with legalistic thinking within the early church; they too had those within their number who thought that righteousness could be produced through the keep­ing of the Law, and this conflict shows through clearly in his epis­tle to the Romans. … Continue reading The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 4: The Superiority of Grace to Law as Seen in Romans 3:21-10:15

The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 3: The Superiority of Grace to Law as Seen in Galatians 2:11‑5:26

Click here to go to the first article in this series. In this letter Paul addressed what he termed a “desertion” (NASB) from God to a different gospel (1:6). This was a serious theological matter and quickly brought with it a forceful response from the Apostle (1:8). Those who introduced their heretical teaching of Christian … Continue reading The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 3: The Superiority of Grace to Law as Seen in Galatians 2:11‑5:26

The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 2: The Superiority of Grace as Seen in Hebrews 7-9

Click here to go to the first article in this series. Hebrews chapters 7-9 were written to address the obsolescence of the Law and its replacement by the New Covenant. Let’s step through these three chapters and see what they have to say about the present applicability of the Law. Hebrews 7:1-10 Melchizedek was a … Continue reading The Relationship Between Law and Grace, Part 2: The Superiority of Grace as Seen in Hebrews 7-9

Why Matthew 24:36-25:30 Describes the Rapture of the Church, Not the Second Coming of Christ

Pretribulationism underwent a subtle, yet significant transformation in the first half of the twentieth century. The earlier pretribulationism of J.N. Darby and C.I. Scofield began to be replaced by the pretribulationism of Henry C. Thiessen and Lewis Sperry Chafer, and later John F. Walvoord. The dividing line between these two forms of pretribulationism centers on … Continue reading Why Matthew 24:36-25:30 Describes the Rapture of the Church, Not the Second Coming of Christ

The Fall of Man Into Sin

An understanding of the moral fall of man and it consequences is essential in understanding many other important biblical truths. We can­not understand or accept the concept of original sin, referring to the initial sin of Adam, apart from a literal (objective) understanding of the Genesis account of man’s direct creation by God. Those who … Continue reading The Fall of Man Into Sin

Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 9: Notes on Tribulation Chronology

[This is the ninth in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith. To jump to the next article in this series tap or click here.] Just as it is important to … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 9: Notes on Tribulation Chronology

Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 7: The Tribulation Described

[This is the seventh in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith. To jump to the next article in this series tap or click here.] In the previous article we discussed … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 7: The Tribulation Described

Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 6: Background to the Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week)

[This is the sixth in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith. To jump to the next article in this series tap or click here.] Both the Old and New Testaments … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 6: Background to the Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week)

Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 5: What Will the Millennium be Like?

[This is the fifth in a series of articles on biblical future prophecy. The material has been adapted from the author’s book, What the Bible Says About the Future, second edition, 2011, by Sam A. Smith. To jump to the next article in this series tap or click here.] In the previous article (Biblical Future … Continue reading Biblical Future Prophecy –Part 5: What Will the Millennium be Like?

Chronological and Topical Index to Biblical Future Prophecy

This index is a virtually exhaustive listing of biblical future prophecy passages in chronological-topical order. (Prophecies related to the first advent of Christ are also listed in this index since the eschatological age i.e., the "last days," began at the first advent, cf. Heb. 1:2. ) Passages are grouped according to time and topic, so … Continue reading Chronological and Topical Index to Biblical Future Prophecy

Principles of Basic Biblical Interpretation

Hermeneutics is the philosophy of interpretation. It’s called a “philosophy” because it begins with self-evident truths and applies those truths in a logical manner. This is only a survey of the subject. A complete discussion of hermeneutics would include specific issues in the interpretation of every literary genera included in the Bible. While the principles … Continue reading Principles of Basic Biblical Interpretation

What the Bible Actually Says About The Origin of the Universe

This is only an introduction to the complete article, which can be found here. A Brief History of Biblical Cosmology One of the very interesting areas of biblical studies is creation. This didn’t used to be a hot topic, but in modern history several things have happened to bring this issue to the forefront. Years … Continue reading What the Bible Actually Says About The Origin of the Universe

Calculating the Prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks

This post is only a summary. To view the complete article click here. The key to understanding the prophecy of Daniel's 70 weeks is to properly calculate the end-point of the 69th week.  We should first notice that the prophetic data is given in integers (whole numbers).  Although the 7 years/week x 69 weeks x … Continue reading Calculating the Prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks

Hosea: The Story of God’s Unfailing Love

If God gave you the assignment of marrying someone you knew would be unfaithful, what would you think? What would you do? This actually happened to the Old Testament prophet Hosea. Of course there’s some background we need to understand to appreciate his story, and I’m only going to give you the abbreviated version. Ready? … Continue reading Hosea: The Story of God’s Unfailing Love