Bible Study Commentaries
Jul 22, 2014
When witnessing to a woman in a home, I have sometimes asked her whether her husband is a Christian. It is not uncommon for her to say, “I don’t know. I will have to go ask him.” That answer tells me what it is she thinks indicates one’s spiritual condition, namely, whether one’s name is on a church roll somewhere. In fact, in conducting a funeral for a non-church attendee, family members go to a lot of trouble, hoping to find a record in church files that the deceased was a member. Being saved becomes equivalent to church membership. Remember, though, that just being good does not guarantee that one is saved. Let’s look at enduring faith.
Jul 22, 2014
In reading Peter’s epistles, I am reminded of a casual remark made by a former fellow student and dedicated pastor. He shared that as he tried to study in sermon preparation, his mind would wander from member to member as he recalled the special events they faced. He admitted his burden for them usually overcame his need to study. He would get up from his desk and go to them. He was not a dynamic preacher, but he was one of the best pastors I have known. When he was stricken with a terminal disease, he was steadfast in his dying commitment. Opining that we preachers must sometimes be called on to show people how to die, he did.
Jul 22, 2014
Daniel was a statesman forcibly removed from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon. Despite the pressures he encountered to compromise his faith, Daniel resolutely remained faithful to God. Perhaps the meaning of his name, “God is Judge,” motivated him to faithfulness. The book named for the main character divides into two sections. Daniel 1-6 provides an autobiographical description of the pressure to compromise in a pagan culture. Daniel 7-12 portrays God’s directing history toward its climatic, victorious conclusion. The book of Daniel, therefore, offers both challenge and encouragement on an individual level and on the big cosmic drama. Humans build godless kingdoms, yet God builds an eternal Kingdom. The primary message of Daniel is that God’s people are never at home in a godless culture.
Jul 22, 2014
Living for God sometimes brings Christians into conflict with others. While believers do not instigate the conflict, the clear demarcation between the values and lifestyles of believers in comparison to many nonbelievers creates issues. The manner in which believers respond to conflict bears testimony either to faithfulness or fickleness.
Jul 10, 2014
Peter and James, authors of New Testament books by those names, were intimately associated with Jesus. Neither Peter nor James ever directly quoted Jesus, but their epistles throb with allusions to the teachings of Jesus. Peter’s denials of Jesus did not negatively influence what he wrote. On the contrary, Peter’s writings reflect his profound appreciation for God’s grace. The opening words of the first epistle testify to the depth of his contact with Jesus and His teachings. Peter was not present when John the Baptist received his revelation from God at our Lord’s baptism. The Holy Spirit, dove-like, descended on Jesus and the Voice identified Him as the Son of God (John 1:32-34), but accounts probably spread. Further, Peter, James, and John heard the Voice from a cloud on the mountain which identified Jesus as God’s Son (Matt. 17:5).
Jul 3, 2014
Many skeptics and unbelievers scoff at the concept of hope and view hope as futile. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of men.” The character of God provides proper grounds for hope.
Jul 3, 2014
A leading theologian described the importance of worship. “Christian worship is the most momentous, the most urgent, the most glorious action that can take place in human life.” Does the terms momentous, urgent and glorious describe the worship services at your church?

Worship is momentous, urgent and glorious. The Bible sets forth a pattern of God judging His people for faulty worship. Ezekiel the priest served a people experiencing God’s judgment for their worship practices. Because of idolatrous worship of the worship leaders and people, God used the Babylonians to destroy the temple and carry many of the people into exile.
Jul 3, 2014
As we have seen, Simon Peter opened his epistle with some heavy theology, beginning with the Trinity. He enticed us with the prospect of a divine inheritance in the life to come. However, he abruptly changes our attention to the impact the Gospel makes on our daily lives. With that in mind, I have adopted informal headings for each section to reflect the mood.
Jun 26, 2014
Abraham, originally known as Abram (Gen. 12:1), stands out as one of the most significant men in history. Followers of three world religions—Judaism, Islam and Christianity—trace their physical and/or spiritual heritage back to him. Christians look to him as the clearest example of the meaning of saving faith. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the Lord; and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3 quotes these words approvingly. Romans 4:5 adds for clarification, “But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who declares righteous the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness.” Our study in the Book of Hebrews highlights some of God’s qualities that point to our reasons for loving and trusting Him.
Jun 26, 2014
The prophets of Israel and Judah preached God’s Word to the people of God; they also preached the message of God to the surrounding Gentile nations. Although the nations failed to receive the revelation of God’s Word, God held the nations accountable for moral principles understood by all people. For example, the prophet Amos pronounce God’s judgment against the nations surrounding Israel due to military brutality, forced enslavement, genocide, and infanticide (killing mothers and the infants in the womb). God reveals a basic understanding of morality through the human conscience (Rom. 2:14); therefore, God holds all people accountable.
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