Salvation Archive

The New Birth

If not the most popular, John 3:3 is one of the most popular teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. What is taught by the Lord in that text is indeed a core doctrine of Christianity. You have to experience the teachings of John 3:3 before you can be called a Christian. It is a sine qua non of Christianity. By now you may be wondering …

The Error of Legalism

Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” (Acts 11:1-3). The background to the text is Acts 10, where the apostle Peter had a vision in which he was instructed …

Grace Beyond Race

You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them (Acts 11:3). Peter has run into trouble with his Jewish–“circumcision party” —brethren for heeding the voice of the Spirit to fellowship and eat with Gentiles (Cornelius and his household. Acts 10). They protested. As Jews, they had thought every other person was unclean. In fact, the whole narrative in Acts 10 does confirm this. Even Peter …

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