The Fall of Laish

Laish

During the days of the judges, the tribe of Dan “was seeking an inheritance for themselves to live in” (Judges 18:1). Five men were sent to spy out the land and find a place they could take as their possession. As they searched the land, they found a suitable target – the city of Laish. “Then […]

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The Real Pharisees: Conclusion

The Real Pharisees

So who are the real Pharisees? As we have seen in this study, the way they are described in the Scriptures is often not what is intended by those who would use the label today.

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By What Are We Justified?

Man at sunset

The concept of justification is of major importance in the gospel. But what does it mean to be justified? Thayer defines the word as declaring or pronouncing one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be. In the New Testament, justification is about God recognizing us as being righteous or right before […]

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13th Year of Plain Bible Teaching

Open Bible

The first year of Plain Bible Teaching began on August 1, 2005. After completing twelve years now, the thirteenth year begins today. I want to extend a big “thank you” to all of you for reading, commenting, and sharing this material with others. My goal has always been to publish materials that can accurately be described as “plain […]

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The Real Pharisees (Part 17): The Pharisees Wanted to Hold Onto Parts of the Old Law

The Real Pharisees

“But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, ‘It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses’” (Acts 15:5). Despite all of the problems that we have seen with the Pharisees throughout this study, some of them had evidently believed and obeyed […]

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The Real Pharisees (Part 16): The Pharisees Overemphasized Making Converts

The Real Pharisees

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23:15). One might wonder how it could be possible to overemphasize making converts. After all, one of the […]

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Christ Our Mediator

Cross at sunset

One of the ways that Jesus is described in the New Testament is as a mediator. Paul wrote, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). It is important that we understand what this means. Let us consider what the New Testament teaches […]

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