Gospel

Signs of the Kingdom

The Bible Advocate has evolved over more than one hundred fifty years with several changes in name, ranging from Hope of Israel to today’s title. One thing that has not changed is the belief that Jesus Christ will return again and establish His kingdom on this earth. This message is important because it provides hope […]

A Beautiful Witness

Cosmos and cosmetic — two words that don’t seem to have much in common but share a common Greek root. The Greek word has two primary meanings: order and beauty. While these ideas might seem disparate to us, in Greek they were closely related. Things in proper order, like the cosmos, were beautiful. Beautiful things […]

The Gospel According to Isaiah

Christians, rightly, give emphasis to the New Testament as their principal source of doctrine and their guide for daily living. The four Gospels describe clearly the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And they lay down a pattern for disciples in every generation to follow. The Epistles, as well as Acts and Revelation, give added […]

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Kingdom Glory

The gospel message of the King and His reign.

Bible opened to the Gospel of John

John: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 4

Background and Scope The purpose of this series is to explore a supposed rift in how Jesus is depicted in the Gospels. As many scholars have noted, John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed some have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. To put it simply, “If […]

Bible opened to the Gospel of Luke

Luke: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 3

Background and Scope This is part of a series exploring how Jesus is depicted in the Gospels. Many scholars have noted that John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed some have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. To put it simply, “If Jesus was as He is […]

Bible opened to the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 2

Background and Scope This is part of a series exploring how Jesus is depicted in the Gospels. Many scholars have noted that John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed some have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. To put it simply, “If Jesus was as He is […]

Bible opened to the Gospel of Mark

Mark: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 1

From its declaration that “the Word was God” to Thomas’ worship of Jesus as “My Lord and my God!” John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed, many people have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. For them, John’s logos and incarnational thought and his explicit portrayal of Jesus’ divinity is […]

The Doctrine of the Incarnation: A Historical Exploration – Part 1

The Christian orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation makes a rather stunning and unique claim. This doctrine states that the eternal Son of God became a human being, maintaining a divine nature and a human nature within one Person. He lived a physical life, died a physical death, and was resurrected. Such a claim stands out […]

Understanding Gospel Indicatives & Imperatives

“I’d like to be baptized someday but I don’t think I’m ready yet. I need more time.” I’ve heard statements along these lines several times. Those making this sort of statement wrongly believe that they must first be good enough before receiving the salvation that Christ offers them. Some have parents enforcing this false belief. Others […]