• Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • Interpreting Scripture

    2 Timothy 2:13b

    If we divorce the meaning of the biblical text from its author’s intent, the text can mean anything we want. This happened during the medieval era, when all sorts of fanciful allegorical readings were used that had little if any ...Read More

  • Scripture and the Two Natures of Christ

    John 1:17

    In the interest of “protecting” the humanity of Christ, many people want to believe that He held some incorrect views or taught some wrong things. But if Christ did teach or believe error, that denies His full deity, for God ...Read More

  • Infallibility and Inerrancy

    Titus 1:2

    Some people have recently used the term infallibility even though they believe the Bible does contain errors, so we need to be on guard against the possible misuse of the word. Historically, however, Christians have said Scripture is infallible because ...Read More

  • The Divine Origin of Scripture

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    We must have the firm confidence that Scripture is the Word of God, or we will not be able to stand firm in the day of trial. Scripture may have been written thousands of years ago, but it is the ...Read More

  • Progressive Revelation

    Hebrews 1:1–2

    Progressive revelation means that we who live in the new covenant era are blessed to know more about God’s plan and its outworking than those who lived under the old covenant. That does not mean, however, that we ignore the ...Read More

  • Evil in Heart

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally ...Read More

  • The Source of Defilement

    Mark 7:14–19

    God is not primarily concerned about external matters; He is most concerned about our hearts. External actions often manifest inner realities, but it is also true that we can act in a way that does not match the true thoughts ...Read More

  • Making Void the Word of God

    Mark 7:9–13

    Matthew Henry comments that “it is the mischief of impositions, that too often they who are zealous for them, have little zeal for the essential duties of religion, but can contentedly see them laid aside.” Like the Pharisees, we can ...Read More

  • Prophetic and Apostolic Tradition

    Mark 7:5–8

    It is easy to condemn the Pharisees for their traditions, but as Dr. R.C. Sproul notes in his commentary Mark, “The temptation to add to God’s law is not unique to the Pharisees. We have to deal ...Read More

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