Commentary

Chapter 13 - Not Lost and Not Saved

THE ELDER SON (Luke xv. 25—32.) Every one of the class that were now following the Lord would realize in the prodigal his picture, and thus would find the invitation of grace superscribed with his name. Publicans and sinners would have the mirror plainly before them, and the truth in the description was absolute truth, - the condition of all men, if they could but realize it. With the other class who murmured against this grace, their lack of realization made it necessa...

Chapter 12 - The Lost Son

(Luke xv. 11 - 24.) The third parable of this chapter, while it reveals no less than the former ones the heart of God, reveals on the other hand, more than these, the heart of man, and that whether as receiving or rejecting the grace that seeks him. It is in this respect the fitting close of the appeal to conscience. Publican and Pharisee are both shown fully to themselves in the holy light which yet invites and welcomes all who will receive it. Whatever applications...

Chapter 11 - The Lost Piece of Silver

(Luke xv. 8 - 10.) The second parable of this chapter, brief as it is, is undoubtedly the most difficult of the three, and that not merely because of its brevity. The thought of the woman, and that of the house, seem to introduce elements which if intelligible from a Christian are all the less so from a Jewish stand-point. Yet we may not omit them as of no importance. Scripture is nowhere less than perfect, and to impute what is our own ignorance to defect in it is irrever...

The Spiritual Order of Paul's Epistles

We believe that the order of arrangement of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches was Divinely established; and that there is a progress of spiritual experience from Romans to 2 Thessalonians. ROMANS: RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. In Romans man is shown without righteousness: "There is none righteous, no, not one." This involves man’s fundamental relation to God. Christ is set forth a propitiation, meeting all Divine claims, and by His death releasing man from the necessit...

Reflections

Summertime is usually a time for reflection and relaxation. A time when decisions are made to begin afresh with some good solid Bible study in September. Maybe you've even decided the book or the topic you're going to dig into. So you are going to make that all too often neglected trip to the bookstore for some help. Some of you live too far from a book store and you begin to look through the retail book catalog that has a great number of offerings. But the same questio...

Great Distinctions

0How do you build a library?" I've often been asked. Well, seldom is it built by a pre-arranged plan. I've been blessed by being around older people who have taken an interest in me and given me books that have been helpful to them. Also, while a bookstore manager, I was given a number of books for promotional purposes. Another contributing factor to uneven growth is that everything I see on certain subjects is purchased. One of those subjects is the New Testament Church. Consequentl...

Eagles and Crowns

Something about the eagle's size, power, and regal look stirs me. My favorite coffee mug has eagles painted on the side; I have a calendar (last year's) that has drawings of eagles for each month. The text of Isaiah 40:31 with a cross-stitched eagle hangs on the wall of my of my study, and a molded brass eagle paperweight sits on my desk. But I have never held a real eagle, and very seldom seen one up close--except once, in the San Diego Zoo. I stood in front of the...

Faith Works

A professor I had in college once said, "Knowledge is the amassing of facts, while wisdom is the ability to use those facts in a correct way." Not bad for a college professor. There is a group of Old Testament books known as "wisdom literature." Proverbs is one of those books and the word "wisdom" is used 59 times in the 31 chapters. There is one book in the New Testament that gives us some of the same "wisdom literature" flavor. It is the book of James. We do not see m...
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