In this fifth installment of our “Perplexing Passages” feature, we again address three matters: Speaking the Truth in Love; Separation of Church and State; and Infant Baptism. *(If download does not begin automatically, right click on the “Download” button and then click “Save As” or “Save Target As”)
Here we see the promise, prompting, and permanence of joy. Scriptures for Study: What has blessed you the most in this study of “absolutes”?
This staggering text speaks of affection, affirmation. and application. Scriptures for Study: Read the verses cited above where philos is used for friendship. What observations can you make?
This text is the climax of the two preceding verses, and we see here the Shepherd and the sheep, and then our salvation, security, and steadfastness. Scriptures for Study: What do the following verses declare about our security: Romans 8:33–39; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:13?
Jesus’s sacrifice was voluntary, vicarious, and victorious. Scriptures for Study: What do the following verses declare about Christ’s vicarious sacrifice: Isaiah 53:4–5; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24?
We see here the offense, the object, and the overshadowing. Scriptures for Study: Note the exclusivity of Christ in the following verses: John 3:36; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 5:11–12; 2 John 9.
Here our Lord notes man’s inability and God’s intervention. Scriptures for Study: Read Ephesians 2:1–10. What does this wondrous passage tell us about salvation?
Truth cannot be deduced by reason or discovered by reaction, rather it can only be disclosed by revelation. In our next few studies, we will consider six absolutes from the Savior: sovereignty, salvation, sacrifice, security, solidarity, and satisfaction. Scriptures for Study: To prepare for our study, read these six texts…
Jesus’ sixth “I Am” statement, which declares exclusivity: “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” Scriptures for Study: Note the exclusivity of Christ in the following verses: John 3:36; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 5:11–12; 2 John 9.
Postmodernism has taken over the thinking of the secular culture and has even begun to creep into the church. As questions arise about the essence of truth amid crises of morality and practice, it is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture that is the key issue for those fundamental concerns…