New Testament

The Case for the Reliability of the New Testament (Free Bible Insert) – Christian Article

I’ve written quite a bit about the reliability of the New Testament eyewitness accounts in Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels and at ColdCaseChristianity.com. I believe there are many good reasons to accept the Gospels as eyewitness accounts, and I’ve focused on four characteristics of reliable eyewitness testimony to demonstrate the trustworthy nature of the Gospels. In an effort to summarize the case for the New Testament in a different way, I’d like to offer…

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Do We go to Heaven when We Die? Do People see Heaven during a Near Death Experience? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

I recently received a letter from a visitor to our website who was writing because an article conflicted with what they had been taught. She wrote, “Jesus said ‘I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.’ I’ve always been taught that place would be in heaven. But your article leads me to…

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There is Something Strange about Jesus’ Death! What Happened in Matthew 27:52-53? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

Jesus died–the veil was torn–there was an earthquake–and immediate resurrection of saints! The remarkable events recorded in some verses of Matthew 27, which occurred at the very moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, have been passionately debated for years. Scholars are ‘all over the map,’ so to speak, about what is really meant by this short description in the Bible’s first Gospel. (50)”Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (51)At that moment the curtain…

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The whole counsel of God – Christian Article

In Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian church elders, he says, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, ESV). Other versions note that Paul did not hesitate to proclaim to them the whole will of God (NIV), or the whole purpose of God (NAS). In June 2001, John MacArthur accomplished something that is extremely rare in Christendom. He finished preaching through the entire New Testament, verse by verse. To his church’s…

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Why Study the Book of Ephesians? – Christian Article

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series. The Church Is God’s In my first pastorate, I started preaching the book of Ephesians in my second year. After I was in the fifth or sixth week of the series, a kindly, older church member came to me and said, “Pastor, may I ask you a question? When you are preaching through Ephesians, you are not trying to tell us what this church should do. Instead, you are…

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The Bible according to Origen – Curious Christian – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Origen of Alexandria was an early Christian ascetic, bible scholar, and theologian who lived from 184 to 253 AD, spending much of his life in Egypt. He was a prolific writer and one of the most influential figures in early Christianity. Origen is also an early witness to what books were included in the Bible, especially the New Testament. Around 250 AD Origen wrote: “But when our Lord Jesus Christ comes, whose arrival that…

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Why Study the Book of Luke? – Christian Article

This article is part of the Why Study the Book? series. Recovering What Was Lost It’s hard to forget the story of Jesus and Zaccheus. The scene is a bit ridiculous: a small man, hated but curious, climbs a tree to see Jesus; Jesus stops to say, “Get down here—I have to stay at your house today!” The crowd complains while Zaccheus overflows with joy and repentance. Then Jesus speaks one of the most comforting promises ever made: “The Son…

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The Gospel in 2 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Gospel Paradoxes Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel. Rather than a well-ordered theological treatise (like Romans or Ephesians), we find a letter that stylistically is somewhat free-flowing. Yet it is overflowing with the apostle’s gospel-love for his readers. Though this can sometimes make the argument of the book difficult to follow, the unique historical setting of the book allows the modern reader to…

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The Gospel in 1 Corinthians – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. What Christ Has Done The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians. The letter opens with a celebration of the cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18–31), closes with an emphasis on Christ’s resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3–58), and repeatedly presents Christ and the gospel as the essence of Paul’s preaching (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 3:10–11; 9:16; 15:1–8). Patterns of Gospel Truth Despite…

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The Gospel in Acts | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Spreading the Gospel Acts is the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world, from the cross and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Nothing is more prominent in Acts than the spread of the gospel. Jesus promises a geographic expansion at the outset (Acts 1:8), and Acts follows the news of his death and resurrection as it spreads from Jerusalem to…

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The Gospel in John | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Exercise in the Obvious Setting out to find a gospel-focus in John’s Gospel might seem like the “challenge” of finding a mountain in a photo montage of the Swiss Alps—an exercise in the obvious. Yet there is a great difference between holding a travel brochure in your hand and actually standing at the base of the Alps. It is the difference between pleasant thoughts and soul-gripping wonder; a…

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The Gospel in Mark | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Fulfilled Promises The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises. This is clear right from the start, as Mark begins his account by focusing on the fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3 in John the Baptist, who prepares Israel for the comforting arrival of Yahweh to his people (cf. Mal. 3:1). Yahweh will come to pardon—and to rule over—his people (Isa.…

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The Gospel in Matthew | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

This article is part of the Christ in All of Scripture series. Jesus, the King Matthew’s Gospel is focused on explaining what the gospel is and how it should be applied in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. For Matthew, the gospel is the good news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his plan to reclaim the world from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign over it (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; 11:5). God has given…

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Every Faithlife Sale Happening Now, in One Post – Christian Article

From free books to discounts on Logos 8, here’s everything that’s free and on sale this month on Logos.com, Faithlife Connect, and Faithlife Ebooks. Free books At the links above you’ll also find books for $2–$4, including two popular Old and New Testament exegesis books. 4 free Bible study bundles To celebrate the new year and all the new opportunities to dig into God’s Word, we’ve put together four free bundles. One is for anyone who doesn’t own a Logos…

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What Kind of Christian are You? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); This article is neither a deep Bible study nor one that unveils a mysterious biblical event. It is just a reflection of my own inner thoughts about how I look at religion and Christianity and how I observe and catalog Christians in particular. First, let’s have a short overview of religious beliefs and the many divisions. Some people believe in a god, and some don’t. Some really aren’t sure of what they believe, but…

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Every Logos Sale Happening Now, in One Post – Christian Article

From free books to discounts on Logos 8, here’s everything that’s free and on sale this month on Logos.com, Faithlife Connect, and Faithlife Ebooks. Free books At the links above you’ll also find books for $2–$4, including two popular Old and New Testament exegesis books. 4 free Bible study bundles To celebrate the new year and all the new opportunities to dig into God’s Word, we’ve put together four free bundles. One is for anyone who doesn’t own a Logos…

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What is God’s View on Ghosts, Channeling, and Spiritism? – The Outlaw Bible Student – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Do you believe in ghosts? According to the Huffington Post, nearly half of Americans do. A HuffPost poll “shows that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations.”1 In the U.K., 52 percent of respondents indicated that they believed in ghosts, and that belief is even more widespread in much of Asia.2 Even among Christians in the United States, the…

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Is God Different In The Old Testament Than In The New? – Christian Article

Tweet Did God change from the Old Testament to the New? Was God more violent and harsh in the Old Testament than in the New? Old Testament Sometimes, people have difficulty reading the Old Testament because there is so much violence. They might read how God commanded Israel to completely annihilate the pagan nations that were living in the Promised Land which was given to Israel. For example, 1 Samuel 15:3 says,…

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3 Westminster John Knox Bundles 30% Off – Christian Article

With a publishing history dating back to 1838, Westminster John Knox Press (WJK) and its predecessors have faithfully served scholars, students, clergy, and general readers for almost two centuries. This month we’re putting several WJK resources on sale. Browse the highlights below to see if any would be a good addition to your library, or browse all the WJK resources on sale. The Old and New Testament Library Series (63 vols.) – 30% OffThis series offers authoritative commentary on many…

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