About 2600 years ago there was a young King who set his mind and heart to serve God in a clean and honest way. The trouble was that, through the corrupt way of life of his fathers, his people had grown used to idolatry and all manner of unclean and disgusting practices. But the King was not without friends and advisers, especially the High Priest and the Chief Scribe. And these three, together with a number of other ordinary folk, had heard the still small voice of their God speaking within their hearts, saying, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” And to their limited ability, they sought to do just that. [Read more…]
The “Strait Gate and the Narrow Way” is a theme too common to require further exposition. Or so most Christians think.But the compelling truth behind it, once examined, might very well cause some “gnashing of teeth”.
Our Lord’s words are found in Matthew 7:13-14, and Luke 13:23-30. By comparing these two passages, it will be seen that our Master used the analogy on two separate occasions.
There are three words which need our attention. [Read more…]
Readers of the Bible often find what they call “examples of (seeming) divine injustice”. Many Christians are likewise perplexed when reading certain portions of the Scriptures, but would recoil from using such language of their Lord. In this case the attitude is usually one of “sweeping it under the carpet out of sight.”!! In this essay we shall address ourselves to one such area of conflict that sticks out like a sore thumb to many who read the Bible. We refer to the apparently capricious nature of God’s dealings with certain nations and peoples. [Read more…]
Genesis is the seed-plot of the Bible. We should always be returning there to re-assess where we are going. Without Genesis chapter 3 the world around us, and even we ourselves, remain a mystery. Let us take a fresh look at one verse in Genesis 3. God said to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.” [Read more…]
Genesis Chapter Nine
1. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” [Read more…]
Thou art worthy 0 Lord to receive glory and honour and power, for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev. 4:11
There is a certain grandeur about these words that cannot be matched by any further comment from us. It is sufficient that the 24 elders in heaven said them after hearing the ascription of praise uttered by the 4 Cherubim. But it is well for us to ponder the significance of these words, and ask ourselves what God’s plan of creation is all about. I shall not write as an authority, or as a learned man, but as one who desires to express my thoughts, and confess my own smallness and inadequacy, and above all to reflect the praise brought by the elders in heaven. [Read more…]
Isaiah prophesied, saying, “Arise, shine, for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!” (Isa.60:1) Truly uplifting words, and enjoyable to read. But what do they mean? What is GLORY?
John witnessed of Jesus saying, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
The simple fact is this.
Glory is the character of God, expressed in the Person of Jesus our Lord. [Read more…]
N.B. This article is an expansion of P.T. 32
God is the Father of glory, (Eph.1:17) in other words He is the Author of it. Jesus is the Lord of glory (Jas.2:1) just as He is the Lord of the Sabbath. What is this glory? In the last Telegraph we gave an outline answer to this question – glory is none other than the intrinsic character of God, all that is truly of Him in power, wisdom, beauty, and love. But “no man has seen God at any time” (Jn.1:18) and therefore the glory of God remains hidden. [Read more…]
“The love of money is the root of all evil.”
This is a well-known saying. it is found in Paul’s first letter to Timothy, (6:10) and in this paper we shall be looking at the implications of this statement. [Read more…]
Many attempts have been made to interpret the books of Daniel and Revelation. No two commentaries seem to agree. Theories abound. It’s obvious they cannot all be correct! And if we enter the arena, can we hope to do any better? We are not claiming to have any or all the answers, but wish to share an understanding which we feel is important, especially at this time, when the Middle East powder keg seems ready to blow up in the faces of all mankind. [Read more…]