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Christ's inheritance

Christ’s Inheritance

CHRIST’S INHERITANCE We must remember that the conditional covenant God made with Moses and the nation of Israel did not supersede or nullify the Abrahamic promise.[footnote]See Galatians 3 and Romans 11:28–29.[/footnote] So while Christ fulfilled the terms of the law to redeem us, he wasn’t necessarily focused on the Mosaic law in particular, but on … Read More

Second Coming

The Second Coming of Christ

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST In many algebra textbooks, the solutions appear in the back of the book. But students quickly discover that copying these answers down will not help them understand how to solve algebraic equations. What a student must do is apply what he has learned to a problem, then see if his … Read More

Resurrection of the righteous

The Resurrection of the Righteous

THE RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS The resurrection of the righteous (also known as the saints or the just) is part of a judgment process; the relationship between resurrection and judgment will be discussed further in chapters 14 and 15. For now we will focus on resurrection. God’s gift of salvation entails the receipt of an … Read More

Resting at death

Resting at Death

RESTING AT DEATH What does it mean to be raised physically, to appear with God in glory, or to see God as he is? What will our bodies be like in the resurrection? Like the bodies of angels.[footnote]See Matthew 22:30 and Luke 20:36.[/footnote] Our bodies will be transformed to be just like Christ’s resurrected body, … Read More

Christian Myths about Death

Cultural Myths of Life After Death

CULTURAL MYTHS OF LIFE AFTER DEATH Greek mythological influence has infiltrated Christianity since its origins. In the early days of the Church. Since Gnosticism and other beliefs were pronounced as departures from biblical teaching, early leaders of the Church easily quelled and discarded such heretical arguments. But Greek culture continued to quietly influence the Church, … Read More

Human nature

Human Nature

HUMAN NATURE Before we can be judged, we need an examination. God examines our condition to see if we are “good.” This is the quickest test ever. As Christ said, “No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19b). We pass the examination if we are deemed perfect.[footnote]See Matthew 5:48.[/footnote] But ever since the fall … Read More

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Baptism and Rebirth

BAPTISM AND REBIRTH Before ascending into heaven, Christ told his disciples to go and baptize all nations (Matthew 28:18–20). The early Church often baptized whole households.[footnote]See Acts 16:14–15 and Acts 18:8.[/footnote] Today, we tend to baptize individuals. But in all cases, the ceremony is a symbol of baptism of the Spirit, which brings salvation through … Read More

Dueling natures

Dueling Natures

DUELING NATURES Until God puts his nature within us, we cannot love God. Even if we in our human mind agree with the concept of a loving God, we are not able to respond with love in our human nature. Only God is capable of love, though he does share this ability when he gives … Read More

The way to God

The Way to God

THE WAY TO GOD Because God created the earth and everything in it, he has every right to decide the path we are to take. The created do not get to complain to the Creator. “Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to … Read More

Judgment Day

Judgment of the Righteous

JUDGMENT OF THE RIGHTEOUS We now come to the third of the primary end-time events. Following the return of Christ and the physical resurrection of the faithful, God will pass judgment. But on what criteria will we be judged? Will God’s assessment boil down to “justified” or “damned” in a pass/fail sense? Or will he … Read More