Death Is Separation From That Which Lives

Where Are the Dead?

In every aspect of this separation, it is sin that causes the death. There is no real life (i.e. God’s Life) in sin, and therefore, sin is death (Romans 6:23). We Christians know that life comes from God. Therefore, true life requires God – our repentance from sin and our burying that sin in baptism from which we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-6)!

It is fair to say that unless Christ returns first, we will all die (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Only two in all of Holy Writ escaped physical death: Enoch (Genesis 5:22-24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11). It is equally fair to say that unless the soul possesses the life of Christ (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-4) when it departs from this tabernacle called a body, that soul will not live eternally with God! Thus, realizing the certainty of physical death, it is imperative we realize the certainty of spiritual life (Romans 8:6).


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Where Are The Dead? by Michael J. Davis. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Their Eyes Were Opened

The Gospel Restored

It is said of our First Parents, after they had sinned, that their eyes were opened. Now, reader, if this was the fact with them, be assured that it is the fact with all who obey the gospel. There is a glorious magic in the word of God—the magic of unalterable truth; and the eyes of all who obey him are opened to matters which previously were wholly hid from their eyes. Adam possibly promised himself an easy forgiveness; the antediluvians lightly esteemed the word of God by his servant Noah who preached to them. Pharaoh haughtily exclaimed, “Who is this Jehovah, that I should let Israel go?” And Israel themselves tempted him in the desert and questioned his word; but Adam and the antediluvians and Pharaoh and Israel discovered to their own fatal dismay that, however lightly they had esteemed God’s word, there is no lightness with him. He means what he says. And if men obey the gospel their eyes are most assuredly opened to the propriety of the course which they have chosen to pursue; and if they do not obey it, their eyes will just as assuredly be opened finally to their own fatal mistake, the mistake of trifling with the word of so great a King as God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.—Has he commanded men every where to believe in the name of his Son our Lord, to reform, and be immersed? There is no question of it. The faith, the gospel as it began to be preached at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, was to be preached in all the world. All then, who hear of the faith preached at Jerusalem, are bound to obey it in the form given to it there, for in no other was it to be preached to the world. Now it may seem a light matter to deviate from the primitive annunciation of the gospel by those who were inspired to speak it correctly; but all who are guilty of such a deviation, will doubtless, one day, have their eyes opened to the danger of their own unfortunate procedure. Reader, return to the primitive faith, the primitive church order, and the primitive morals of Christianity, and you will soon perceive the infinite propriety of the course which you have adopted.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Gospel Restored by Walter Scott. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Instructions About Sin

Plain Bible Study Guides

There are two main points to take from these instructions about sin that we can apply to us.

Avoid Sin

In these laws, we can see God’s attitude toward sin. He does not look favorably on sin and expects His people to strive avoid it. As Christians, we are to “consider [ourselves] to be dead to sin” (Romans 6:11) and strive to “be perfect, as [our] heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). We are not to have the attitude of the Romans who thought they could “continue in sin so that grace [would] increase” – Paul explicitly condemned that mentality since Christians have “died to sin” and must not “still live in it” (Romans 6:1-2). Some today are like those that Jude warned about – “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality” (Jude 4, NIV). We are not to take God’s grace as permission to sin but as a call to repudiate sin (cf. Titus 2:11-12).

Be Distinct from the World

Just as the children of Israel were to be distinct from the nations around them, we must be distinct from the world. Paul said we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). He told the brethren in Corinth, “‘Come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord, ‘And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you’” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Just as the Israelites were called to be holy (19:1-2), we as Christians must be also. Peter wrote, “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).


The above post is an excerpt from the Leviticus Study Guide. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Calvinism in its Most Loathsome Form

The Reformation For Which We Are Pleading: A Collection of Articles by Moses E. Lard

Here it may be well to pause long enough to note the fact, that Calvinism in its most loathsome form, and the doctrine of original sin, different though they are, yet land their votaries very near the same mark. Calvinism places infants in hell, for no crime whatever, either of the parent or the child, personal or transmitted. Original sin places them there, for no sin of the child, but for a transmitted one of the parent. According to neither is the infant placed in hell for its own sin. Both, then, alike make God the author of the damnation of the innocent. In other words, both represent God as creating some infants for no purpose but to damn them, and as damning them for no reason except that he has created them. The difference between the two doctrines just at this point is a difference not worth drawing.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Reformation For Which We Are Pleading: A Collection of Articles by Moses E. Lard. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

We Must Hate Every False Way

The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119

From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104).

The world wants us to be tolerant toward sin and error to the point that we cannot even call anything sin and error. Yet David said that his understanding of God’s precepts led him to “hate every false way.

The same should be true for us. We should “hate every false way” because God hates it. The psalmist wrote elsewhere, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit” (Psalm 5:4-6).

Furthermore, we should also “hate every false way” because sin causes souls to be lost. Sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:2) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). If we understand God’s word, we cannot help but hate what is false.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Psalm of the Word: A Study of Psalm 119. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!