A Believer’s Baptism

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins….” —Acts 2:38

In the early 1500s, the flames of reformation were kindled and spread rapidly through Europe as God began to restore the knowledge of Biblical truths. The world had been in relative spiritual night from the dark, papal reign of the Roman Catholic church who had apostatized the truth of the early morning church. The Protestant Reformation, beginning in Germany with Martin Luther in 1517, grew as people began to see the fallacy of Catholicism. Many of the reformers, while not seeing all the light, were getting pockets and rays of truth on various doctrines and practices. Read more

From Babel to Pentecost or “Other Tongues”

“And the LORD said….let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech….Therefore is the name of it called Babel” (Genesis 11:6-9, KJV).

After the great flood in the time of Noah, people once again became wicked in the sight of God. Out of the pride of their hearts, they began to build a tower to heaven which became known as “Babel.” To prevent their prideful idolatry, God caused them to speak in different languages. Previously, “The whole earth was of one language, and of one speech” (Genesis 11:1). Without a common language, unity was disrupted and people were scattered upon the face of the earth. This was the origin of the different languages in the world. Read more

Have Ye Received the Holy Ghost?

“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” (Acts 19:1-2a).

The disciples at Ephesus believed in repentance but were unaware of the full plan of salvation available through Jesus Christ. Upon hearing the good news, they were baptized. Paul then laid hands on them, prayed, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.Read more

The Ruin of a Wise Man

“Ask what I shall give thee,” the Lord God said to King Solomon (1 Kings 3:5). Instead of asking for riches, fame, or long life, Solomon asked of the Lord, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (9). The Lord was pleased at Solomon’s request and gave him wisdom such as never was or will be in the future (12). The fame of Solomon was spread abroad because of his great wisdom and understanding.

Solomon prospered and was blessed because of this divine gift of wisdom. He built a beautiful temple for the worship of the Lord. In spite of all his wisdom, Solomon disobeyed God and loved women of other lands who were idolaters. God had given specific command: “Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love” (1 Kings 11:2). Read more

Woman Clothed with the Sun

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1).

The apostle John was privileged to see a glorious vision of this woman in the firmament of heaven, resplendent in illustrious light. The visions recorded in Revelation are often figurative in nature to bear out vital truths. Symbolically, a woman is representative of a church–whether false or true. In this vision, the woman was depicted as pure for she was clothed with the sun. She represents the purity and glory of the apostolic church. It is in direct contrast to the apostate church represented in later visions by a harlot–a woman unfaithful to her husband.

The woman in this vision is standing on the moon. The moon has no light of itself but reflects only a small percentage of the true light given by the sun. The moon is an apt symbol of the Old Testament Covenant which was a “shadow of good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). The covenant was a schoolmaster and teacher to bring us unto Christ (Galatians 3:24-26). It pointed forward to something better to come.Read more