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For the Truth’s Sake: Confidence Resting Upon a Sure Foundation

Ron Halbrook
Nashville, Tennessee

For The Truth's Sake, Christians rejoice in blessed assurance. This confidence cannot exist on a true foundation while we live in sin. Before forgiveness of his sin, David said, "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring (groaning) all the day long." After forgiveness he exclaimed, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Ps. 32). While living as "children of disobedience," we are "by nature" of such living, "the children of wrath . . . having no hope, and without God in the world" (Eph. 2:1-13). Only fear and trembling can abide in a soul where there is "a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries . . . It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . For our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 11:27, 31; 12:29).

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Fear of Hell and Hope of Heaven

The most basic motivation that the Bible offers is the threat of punishment if we do not obey God; however, the wrath that awaits us is not an immediate punishment in this life. Though disobedient people face consequences in this life, the ultimate and final punishment will be executed on the last day – eternal separation from God in hell:

"… When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power" II Thessalonians 1:7-9 (see also Matthew 5:27-30; 10:28; 13:40-42; 25:41-46; Romans 2:5-9)

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From Heaven or From Men

Clinton D. Hamilton

The question for this column is a broad one dealing with the subject of forgiveness, especially in relation to the idea of forgiveness in the Old Testament system. Whole theories that actually contradict what the Scriptures teach are built on misinterpretation of the concept of forgiveness. Some of these theories would, if true, make the sacrificial death of Christ unnecessary. This is because the theory is that the sacrifices under the Law of Moses actually re-moved sins. When the Old Testament speaks of forgiveness, one needs to understand these statements in relation to what is taught about the sacrifice for forgiveness; this sacrifice is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Question: Discuss the subject of the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament with the 10th chapter of Hebrews where it states that there is no forgiveness under the Old Testament.

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Do We Have David’s Desire?

In Psalms 27:4 David said: "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple."

The author placed a value upon one thing above all others, and that was "to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life." Our accomplishments are determined by our desires, and the realization of our desires in proportion to the strength of them. Divided aims have a tendency to weaken and to thwart and, perhaps, completely destroy our accomplishments. The important thing in David's life was "to dwell in the house of the Lord." He had set his affection upon that.

His talents, possessions, and abilities were instruments toward the accomplishment of the desires of his heart. The Psalmist also said that he would "seek after this desire."

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If Christ Be Not Raised


Homer Hailey
Tampa, Florida

 

Your attention is invited to a study of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The importance of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is suggested by the fact that, according to one writer, it is mentioned directly one hundred and four or more times in the New Testament. Though the resurrection of the body of Jesus is the very foundation rock of the Christian religion, it is questioned today by many so-called scholars in the field of religion. Some of the present theories are: there was a resurrection of His cause which, it should be mentioned, was never buried but which was just being born!

Our study at this time concerns itself with the items of salvation involved in the resurrection of Jesus, as set forth by Paul in I Cor. 15.12-19. In this passage the apostle is refuting the position extant in Corinth that there is no resurrection of men; he does this by associating the Christian with Christ in such a way as to show that if Christ was not raised, then the whole structure of Christianity. .falls- to the ground: Let us read his own statement:

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