Commentaries on Biblical Teachings

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Zechariah

Zechariah has been called "the temple builder" and "the seer" (Robinson). Patterson referred to this prophet as "the idealist" while Ward branded him "the enthusiast". Since such a large part of his book centers on eight visions which he received in one night Zechariah might appropriately be called "the prophet of night visions".

Zechariah

Lamentations

Lamentations is one of those Old Testament writings which has yet to receive its full share of recognition and appreciation by the Christian world. The reason for the neglect of this little book is not difficult to discover. In the popular view Lamentations is a somber and gloomy record of unrelieved grief as Jeremiah weeps over the ruins of Jerusalem. ... This five-fold poem is really an affirmation of faith in the justice and goodness of God.

Lamentations

Ephesians

Ephesians was written by Paul from prison in Rome. Ephesus was in the general area of Colosse. The letter to the Colossians, this letter, and Philemon were all carried by the same messenger. Many of the same issues are treated in Ephesians and Colossians.

Ephesians

Galatians

Galatians is an explosive book. Paul wrote it in the heat of battle. He made no attempt to hide his deep feelings. The issue was too crucial for the apostle to write calmly. At stake was the gospel of God's grace to all men.

Galatians

Jeremiah

The year 627 BC was a crucial one in the history of redemption. That was the year that God ordained a timid young priest to the prophetic ministry. Jeremiah was destined to become the dominant figure of redemptive history during that eventful half-century from 625-575 BC. What kind of man did God choose to vocalize the final divine appeal to the condemned nation of Judah? How did God mold and shape the raw material that was Jeremiah of Anathoth?

Jeremiah Intro Jeremiah (Parts 1 - 7)

Luke

Luke was the author of both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Paul refers to him as "the beloved physician" (Col. 4:14) and one of his "fellow workers" (Philemon 24). He no doubt ministered to Paul's personal medical needs on his second missionary journey, and during Paul's imprisonment in Rom. He also helped in the work of preaching the gospel. He was the first medical missionary. Some scholars think that he was the first minister of the church at Philippi. Just before Paul's execution by the emperor Nero, Luke is mentioned for the last time in the Bible. Paul says, "only Luke is with me" (2 Tim. 4:11). Luke generally is thought to have been a Gentile. Early Christian tradition says that Luke came from Antioch of Syria, that he, like Paul, was single, and that he lived to the age of 84.

Luke

Ezekiel

The book of Ezekiel stands in the English bible fourth among the Major Prophets. It ranks second in actual word count among the prophetic books (39,407 words compared to Jeremiah's 42,659), and stands third in size in the entire Bible (behind Psalms and Jeremiah). In spite of its size, this book may well be the most neglected of the prophets. Previous surveys have convinced the average Bible student that he cannot possibly understand this material. Ezekiel is regard as one portion of Scripture with little spiritual value and even less contemporary relevance..... This is most unfortunate. Ezekiel has a vital message for God's people, a message not duplicated elsewhere in the sacred canon.

Ezekiel

Isaiah

An Expository Commentary on the Book of Isaiah
He has been called "The Prince of the OT Prophets", "the Saint Paul of the OT", and "the greatest prophet". Isaiah son of Amoz was a theologan, reformer, statesman, historian, poet, orator, prince, and patriot. He was "prophet of the gospel before the Gospel", the fifth evangelist....

Isaiah

Holy Spirit

What does it mean to be "Baptized in the Holy Spirit"? There is a lot of controversy in today's churches about the terms "Gift of the Holy Spirit", "Filled with the Holy Spirit", "Baptized in the Holy Spirit"? What was the New Testament pattern and how is the holy spirit baptism related to water baptism.... if at all?

Holy Spirit

Harmony of the Four Gospels

The Fourfold Gospel by J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton, was published in book form in 1914 by Standard Publishing, Cincinnati; it was first issued quarterly in 1905 as Standard Bible Commentary. The expanded electronic version has been transcribed from a copy of the 1914 edition. The electronic text was released into the public domain in 1993 as note files for the Online Bible. This version corrected typographical mistakes of the original and updated the reference system. The editor has continued the editorial process in this edition.

The Fourfold Gospel is an incomparable tool for the study of the life of Christ. The texts of the four Gospels have been woven together. The reader is alerted to the change from one Gospel narrative to another by parenthetical (a) (b) (c) or (d), representing Matthew, Mark, Luke and John respectively. The editor has updated to some extent the grammar and spellings of the original work. Superfluous comments or outdated notes have been eliminated. Occasionally the editor has inserted his own comment on a verse and so indicated by the parenthetical insertion of (JES). The Scripture version is a modernized American Standard Version, i.e., the old English has been modernized. The reader should be aware that no two scholars are in total agreement as to the chronological order of certain incidents in the life of Christ. The lengthy discourses of Jesus have been eliminated from this student version because class assignments will require students to research these discourses on their own.

Four Gospels