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“When does God raise His people from the dead?” If you ask that question to a group of young children, they will likely hesitate for a moment. Then, with a bit of uncertainty in their voice, some of them may answer, “After they die?” This answer is correct, of course, but there is more. So we could follow up with a more specific question: “Does God also raise His people from the dead before their bodily life comes to an end?” This second ques­tion gets right to a central point about salvation. And when a young believer understands the answer...

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Beginning with this article, I intend to start a new series on the subject of salvation by grace alone. It is of central importance that we thoroughly understand this truth, and that we know how to take the Scriptures in hand and teach this truth to our chil­dren and to others. We all frequently encounter those who claim to believe that salvation is entirely a gift of God’s grace, but who then contradict themselves when they speak of man having to fulfill a condition to be saved. When speaking to these people, we do well to explain to them key...

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The devil told Adam’s wife that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit. Many people still today think that what the devil said was true. Viewed externally, it might appear that what the devil said was correct. Adam and his wife both partook, and yet their bodily life continued. Contrary to what might have been expected, they did not drop down dead on the spot. But what happened to Adam and his wife on the inside? Instead of communing with God, they ran away from Him. Instead of confessing their sin with sorrow, they made excuses...

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We have considered the fact that the life we have in Christ is higher than the life Adam had before the fall. Should that not lead us to think about whether it was God’s plan all along that Adam would fall, so that Christ would come, and raise us to the higher life that is found only in Him? Indeed, it was God’s plan. In fact, everything that takes place does so according to God’s perfect plan. God’s will always accomplished Every event in history is something that God has de­creed will take place. In eternity, God ordained every­thing that...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2012, p. 232. The life we believers now have in Christ is a life that is actually higher than that which Adam had before the fall. We have an everlasting, heavenly life. Such a life Adam outside of Christ never could have obtained. It could be enjoyed only in the last Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ. Everlasting life: A life that cannot be lost There was a difference between the life that Adam had and what the Bible refers to as “everlasting life.” The life that is everlasting cannot be lost. Adam’s life...

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Previous article in this series: November 15, 2011, p. 86. For Adam to attain a life that he could not lose, he would have to be able to get to the point where it was no longer possible for him to sin. Some think that Adam eventually would have arrived at this point, if he had only remained obedient long enough. But such an idea originates in the mind of man. It is nowhere spoken of in Scripture. Jesus Christ is the one and only man that was and is unable to sin. So for the first Adam to get...

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Previous article in this series: April 15, 2010, p. 324. According to the modern theory of evolution, certain species of organisms have evolved over time into new species. Simple species have gradually evolved into more and more complex ones. Such a teaching runs directly contrary to the biblical truth that plants and animals always reproduce “after their kind.” After their own kind On the third day, God made different kinds of plants, all of which reproduce after their own kind: And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2011, p. 155. It is a common teaching that all human beings bear the image of God. Scripture, however, says that to bear God’s image is to be righteous and holy, and to know God as your friend. It ought to be clear that such can be said only of the regenerated believer, who in the new man is God’s child and bears His image. So how do people attempt to defend the position that all human beings bear God’s image? What method do they commonly use? The erroneous “broader-narrower” distinction One way...

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Previous article in this series: June 2010, p. 404. Why did God create this universe? Obviously He did not need anything. He is perfectly self-sufficient. Nor was He lonely. He enjoyed perfect fellowship within Himself as the triune God. So why did He create all the things that He did? What was His purpose in doing so? Created for Christ There are a number of passages in Scripture that tell us the reason why God created all things. In the book of Revelation, for example, we are told that He created all things for His own pleasure: Thou art worthy,...

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Previous article in this series: March 15, 2010, p. 272. When witnessing to those who profess to be Christians, we come across a variety of views on the subject of creation. Some will admit that they believe in evolution, even though it blatantly contradicts the teaching of Scripture. Others will say that they reject the theory of evolution, yet they will still insist that the six days of creation may have lasted for an extremely long period of time. This latter group, though denying evolution, is still falling into a very serious error. Even if they confess the truth concerning...

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