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The Sinner’s Greatest Need

Norman E. Fultz

As the crowd left the church building, a couple was discussing the "sermon." She was saying, "I found it very heartening to bear a forthright voice lashing out against the evils of white bread, chemical fertilizers, enzyme washing agents and non-returnable bottles."

There are many issues facing society in any given generation. What to do with hazardous wastes, problems with the national debt, the effects of a nuclear winter, the presence of radon gas in homes, the dangers to human health from heptachlor in cattle feed, along with almost countless other things, are matters that deserve some degree of concern. And it is proper that there should be arenas for their debate. But the mission of the church in the New Testament is on a different plane. "Preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching" was Paul's charge to Timothy (2 Tim. 4:2). Even a secular cartoonist, as the one who drew the scene de-scribed in the opening paragraph, can see that modern churches have turned aside from the spiritual.

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Mercy

By Mark Mayberry

Psalms 103:8-18

“Mercy among the virtues is like the moon among the stars, – not so sparkling and vivid as many, but dispensing a calm radiance that hallows the whole. It is the bow that rests upon the bosom of the cloud when the storm is past. It is the light that hovers above the judgment seat.”(1)

Mercy is an important biblical concept. The word appears hundreds of times in both the Old and New Testaments. In the New Testament, the term “mercy” is often found in the apostolic greetings. For example, Paul began his letter to Timothy by saying, “Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Tim. 1:2). Grace speaks of God’s “unmerited favor” toward sinners. Peace belongs to those who enjoy fellowship with God. But what is mercy?

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Romans 1-3: “All Have Sinned”

James E. Cooper
Murray, Kentucky

The great theme of the book of Romans is briefly laid down in 1:16-17: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed the righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written. But the righteous shall live by faith. " The gospel is God's power to save all believers. In it is revealed "a righteousness of God from faith unto faith." God's plan for making men righteous in His sight is contained in the gospel which was delivered "to the Jew first, and afterward to the Greek," just as Jesus had instructed (cf. Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8).

Having laid down the fact that the gospel is a universal plan for obtaining a right relationship before God, Paul next developed the theme of the universal need of mankind for the gospel. God's wrath is "revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness" (1:18). The rest of chapter one (1:18-32) is devoted to showing the ungodliness and unrighteousness of the Gentile world, and their need for the provisions of the gospel. Chapters two and three continue the argument, and show that the Jew needed the gospel just as much as the Gentile because he practiced the same ungodliness that condemned the Gentile.

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A Biblical View of Sin

Mike Willis
Bowling Green, Kentucky

That America is faced with a misunderstanding regarding the nature and consequences of sin is an understatement. Christians need to guard themselves against becoming a victim to society's definition of sin lest sin be minimized in their eyes. What better source to learn a biblical doctrine of sin can be found than the opening chapters of Genesis?

The record of the beginning of sin is related in Genesis 2-3. Most of us can recite the story from memory. After God created Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden to dress and keep it (Gen. 2:15). He commanded them, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:16-17). Sometime later, the devil appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent, deceived her and persuaded her to eat of the forbidden fruit. She persuaded Adam to eat of the fruit. God appeared to them in the Garden, pronounced the curses upon Adam and Eve, and excluded them from the Garden and access to the tree of life.

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Sins Of Ignorance!

Russell H. Dunaway
Cincinnati, Ohio

Perhaps one of the most controversial issues among brethren today is that which arises concerning the child of God and his sins of ignorance. Some brethren teach that if a child of God sins through ignorance, that sin of ignorance will not separate him from God; rather, this sin of ignorance will be cleansed with the blood of Christ unconditionally. In this lesson, we shall see that this is simply not taught in the Bible. Throughout the history of God's dealings with man, provisions for a sin committed in ignorance have been made, but these provisions were conditional.

Sins Of Ignorance Under The Law Of Moses

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