• Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by Dennis Johnson

    Jesus’ announcement that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin that will never be forgiven is “hard” for two reasons. First, it seems to contradict Scriptures that tell us Christ’s blood can effect forgiveness for every sin (1 John 1:7, …Read More

  • Cursing of the Fig Tree by Daniel Doriani

    On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of acclamation and then tossed the money-changers from the temple. God had appointed it as “a house of prayer,” but its priests had made it “a den of robbers.” Jesus spent the …Read More

  • I and the Father Are One by Andreas Kostenberger

    When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), what did He mean? The gender of the Greek word for “one” in this passage is not masculine but neuter, designating the Father and Jesus not as one person …Read More

  • No One Knows by Robert Rothwell

    Is our doctrine of Christ big enough to accommodate a Jesus who is both truly God and truly man? Maybe that seems like an odd question in this context, but it gets to the heart of why many people have …Read More

  • Not One Jot or Tittle by Brandon Crowe

    Matthew 5:17–18 is a key text for interpreting the Sermon on the Mount and the entire gospel of Matthew:

    Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish …Read More

  • The Purpose of Parables by Ben Dunson

    In Matthew 13:10–17, Jesus explains to His disciples why He teaches in parables. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (v. 13) …Read More

  • Jesus and His Apostles: Teaching in Harmony by R. Fowler White

    Have you ever gotten the impression that the teaching of the apostles is at odds with the teaching of Jesus?  Sometimes it may seem that way, especially when we see Jesus emphasizing certain things that the apostles don’t, and vice …Read More

  • The Witness of John by Robert Cara

    I have just again read through the gospel of John. Yes, it is an amazing book at many levels. At the level of literature, it is enjoyable to read. The vocabulary is fairly simple, but the repeated use of similar expressions …Read More

  • The Witness of Luke by Robert Rothwell

    Imagine for a moment that you are a citizen of the Roman Empire during the first century. You are living at a time of peace and prosperity under the reign of the caesar, whom many call “lord.” Most of your …Read More

  • The Witness of Mark by S.M. Baugh

    Matthew contains 97 percent of Mark’s verses. Why, then, do we have Mark, since we could just read Matthew? Two competing theories reply that either Mark was written as a digest of the larger Matthew or that Matthew was written …Read More