The Bible: Studies by David Frampton

Union with Christ

Dear Saint, when confronted with sin, tell yourself who you are. “Who am I that I should sin? I am new in Christ, a child of God, the Holy Spirit lives in me, and I have great spiritual armor that I can stand against the evil one and sin. My Father has provided the way of escape for me (1 Cor 10:13). I should not sin.” Then we are living in our new freedom that Christ has given us, we can rejoice in the Lord.

David HJ Gay Mininsty

What Price Antinomianism?

If I were a serious advocate of Covenant Theology, determined to put a stop to new-covenant theology, I would set up an ‘automatic correct’ on my computer, one which would enable me, by means of a single keystroke, to enter the word ‘antinomianism’ in any manuscript on which I might be working. I am sure I would find myself using the word so often when writing against…

Study Series in John's Gospel

The Witness of Jesus’ Testimony at the Feast of Tabernacles (I)

How has Christ obtained such freedom for ones who were once enslaved? The freedom which Christ’s people enjoy has been accomplished like all other freedom; at a great cost and by a mighty sacrifice. Great was the bondage and therefore, great was the price necessary to be paid to set them free. Mighty was the enemy who claimed them as his captives, and it needed mighty power to release them from his grip.

A Study Series in First Peter with Dr Steve Orr

The Suffering Savior (Part Three)

When persecuted Jesus did not retaliate simply because He trusted in God in a general but specifically because He trusted that God will one day judge and that He will judge justly. That’s why He could hand over any thoughts of retaliation and we should follow His example. Last time we referred to Colossians 3v23-25 where we read…

Thoughtful content from Dr Gary Shogren

Ancient scrap of Mark’s Gospel

We now have this little piece of papyrus. It is an amazing find, and it looks like it’s now regarded as authentic. It is a scrap of the gospel of Mark, hand-copies in the 80s AD at the very latest. It comes from Egypt and was dated by its handwriting style, by Carbon-14, and by other texts found near it. I have told my students about early manuscripts of the New Testament and usually I end with, “But they will find even older and more remarkable ones over the next few years, I’m sure of it. From the first century, even.”

Ron served on faculty for more than 20 years at Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary. At the seminary, from 1995-2007, he was professor of historical theology and ethics. He earned his PhD at King’s College of the University of London. His research featured Richard Sibbes (1577-1635). He now teaches internationally while serving as a pastoral care consultant to missionaries with Barnabas International. Ron authored Discover the Power of the Bible and writes on spreadinggoodness.org

Conversion as Conversation

My life-changing response to God’s love—my conversion—came through a conversation with Christ. I was a young skeptic—ready to dismiss my Sunday-School charade of faith—when a chain of unlikely events caught my attention. Was God at work? Did he actually exist? Or, more to the point, if he did exist was he trying to catch my attention?

Women of the Word : A Book Review by Jimmy Snowden

Women of the Word

Many Christians do not read the Bible regularly, not because they lack a desire to commune with God or hear His voice, but because they find Bible reading to be frustrating. Some find it too difficult to understand thinking that relating with God through His word should be far easier. Others are completely unaware that there are actual rules and principles to abide by to read the…

The Bible: Studies by David Frampton

Promise and Fulfillment

In everything God acted to glorify, to show the surpassing worth and honor, of his servant. This is one of the most amazing parts of God’s story. From a human perspective, we might well wonder, “How can the disgusting, disgraceful death of Jesus on the cross ever result in praise and honor?” It seems too hideous and beyond impossible. When it happened, he suffered pain and mockery; afterwards, it has been a stumbling-block to the Jews and foolishness to the nations.

David HJ Gay Mininsty

Three Verses Misunderstood

The law ‘was added’ to God’s promise to Abraham, given 430 years before the law (Gal. 3:19). Paul did not say that the law was ‘incorporated’ into the promise, or added to the promise in the sense that the pair made one covenant, a covenant of grace. Quite the opposite!