Predestination via the Backdoor
By Louis Rushmore, Editor
read your explaination on predestination. Below is my quick
paraphrase of how I understand your teaching on this
people who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ are lost is clearly
mankind—not God—is responsible for man’s
sin problem (Isaiah 59:1-3;
Third, that the one God of the universe exists and is all powerful is discernible from observation of the created world (Romans 1:19-20; Psalm 8:3; 19:9). As surely as Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary or a jumbo passenger jet had a creator (rather than resulting from random accident, such as an explosion), everything in this world and the planets and the universe, too, had a Creator.
Fourth, once aware from general revelation in the created universe that God exists, one has the responsiblity to seek specific revelation from our Creator God (Isaiah 40:26). By inspiration, the apostle Paul wrote that mankind is “without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Consequently, the example of Cornelius is heartening, and is the only biblical example of God responding to a prayer prayed by someone who is not his spiritual child (Acts 10:1-4); Acts chapters 10 and 11 unfold the opportunity presented to Cornelius to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ in answer to his prayers. The providence of God (Romans 8:28) works behind the scenes to fulfill the purpose of God, in the case of Cornelius, providing him opportunity, in response to his prayers, to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
are no more in a position than was Job of old to second guess God or
the biblical declaration that God is no respecter of persons (Acts
Sixth, we who live parts of the world where there exists greater opportunity, or in a period of time during which greater opportunities exist, to hear the Gospel or study God’s Word have greater responsibility: (1) to apply that biblical instruction to our own lives, and (2) tell as many others, near and far, about the Gospel of Christ as we possibly can. Part of the reason that people in some parts of the world are not aware of Christianity is because those who are aware of Christianity have not told those who are not aware of Christianity about it.
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The Transfiguration of Christ
By Louis Rushmore, Editor
What does the word “transfigure” means when pertaining to Jesus Christ?? Thank you very much. ~ Sonny
biblical account of the Transfiguration of Jesus
Christ appears in
Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines the term as “to change into another form.” Barnes’ Notes says of the word for “transfigure” that: “It does not denote the change of the substance of a thing, but simply of its appearance. It puts on a new aspect.” Adam Clarke’s commentary adds: “That fullness of the Godhead, which dwelt bodily in Christ, now shone forth through the human nature…” The Gospel Advocate Commentary for the Book of Matthew, likewise, observes: “Jesus was ‘transfigured’ or appeared in his glorified state not veiled by human flesh.” Even more descriptive, James Burton Coffman in his commentary remarked: “The heavenly glory of Christ irradiated his face and clothing, demonstrating his eternal nature in a way to make the apostles who witnessed it absolutely certain that Christ was God in human form. The profound impression made by the event was permanent. Long afterward, John wrote, ‘We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14).” Note also: “Although His features retained their recognizably human form, everything else about Him took on a blinding light, blazing with sun-like glory. This is the incident which so marvelously encapsules what the Apostles meant when they said: …‘We were eyewitnesses of His majesty’ (2 Pt. 1: 16ff)” (Fowler). More expressive yet of what the three apostles beheld, we have the following:
usual outward expression of our Lord in His humiliation was
that of the Man Christ Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, the One acquainted
grief. He, to the world, was the travel-stained, itinerant preacher,
claimant to the Jewish
The appearance of Jesus Christ on the occasion of His Transfiguration corresponded with the audible words from God Himself: “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). Both by divine, audible confirmation and observable, visual evidence, the apostles of Christ (who were soon to be deprived of personal contact with Jesus) were sufficiently assured of the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth that they could carry on for a lifetime, come what may, as ambassadors of Christ in every way. The Transfiguration was temporary in manifestation, but permanent in affect, first to the apostles, and then for all humanity afterward as the testimonies of those eyewitnesses are recorded upon the Pages of Inspiration.
Barnes, Albert. Barnes’
Boles, H. Leo. Gospel
Advocate Commentaries. CD-ROM.
Clarke, Adam. Clarke’s
Coffman, James Burton. Coffman’s
Fowler, Harold. Bible Study Textbook
Series: Matthew, III. CD-ROM.
Vine, W.E. Vine’s
K. S. Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament :
For the English Reader. CD-ROM.