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“But what about John 1:1?”

[This is an excerpt from Chapter Nine of our book: One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith] John 1:1–3 (KJV) (1) In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by [dia] him, …

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Why Did Jesus Have To Suffer and Die?

Two primary qualities of God help us understand why Jesus Christ had to suffer and die in order to redeem mankind. First, God is righteous. Thus, His justice demands that a penalty for sin be paid. As Kenyon writes: God cannot ignore the fact of man’s hideous transgression. That transgression must be punished, and if man is restored to God, …

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Was Jesus Born on December 25 or September 11?

FAQ: I have heard a number of people say that Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th, the date that Christians celebrate as his birthday. Is that true? If not, why do people celebrate on that date and when was he born? “Merry Christmas!” Centuries old, those cheery words are still being spoken each December by countless millions of …

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The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was the “Passover Lamb” who was sacrificed for our sins. In this article, I want to focus on the definition of a “sacrifice.” We will examine what it was that Jesus sacrificed, what were the benefits to him (and thereby to us) for his doing so, and what it will look like for us to follow in his …

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The Golden Thread

[This is an excerpt from Chapter Four of our book: One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith] Luke 24:44–46 (NRSV) 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must …

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The Burial of Jesus Christ Starring: Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea is one of the unsung heroes of the Bible, but from looking at Christian writings through the centuries, it seems that his heroism has gone largely unrecognized. As we set forth the biblical truth regarding how significant a role this man played in human history, we trust that you will be encouraged by the magnificent precision of …

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The Book of Revelation: “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”

[This is an excerpt from Chapter Fourteen of our book: One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith] When the Redeemer of mankind began his ministry, he was recognized by John the Baptist, who spoke the now-famous words, “…Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Throughout Scripture, it is clear …

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The Book of Acts: “A Man Accredited by God”

[This is an excerpt from Chapter Ten of our book: One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith] The book of Acts forms the biblical link between Jesus Christ coming to fulfill the Old Testament promises to Israel and his beginning the Church (the “Body of Christ”) on the Day of Pentecost.1 It presents a clear …

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Reasons Why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is Believable

This addendum to our FAQ about the birth of Jesus Christ will set forth the corollary truth about his second “birth,” something not as well-known but, in reality, just as necessary as his first birth in accomplishing God’s plan for him as the Savior of mankind. Had Jesus not been born in Bethlehem, and then chosen to live a sinless …

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Living For the Man Who Died For You

How would you feel about someone you first met (briefly) on an interstate highway when he dove in front of a speeding semi-trailer truck and pushed you out of its path? No doubt it would take you a minute or so as you lay beside the road to realize what had just happened and push through the shock factor. Then …