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In his first epistle, Peter has been talking about believers living in a world hostile to the faith. In chapter 3 of verse 13, we read this question, "Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?" You can imagine the looks that must have floated around the room when this was read...
Luther once said, "Whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between the Law and the gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture." John Newton wrote something similar, "The correct understanding of the harmony between law and grace is to preserve oneself from being...
When Adam stood in the Garden of Eden before the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he was confronted with the absolute authority of God. The command from God could not have been more clear, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you...