Alan Gomes

Visits to Heaven and Hell, Part Two

By Alan Gomes Jan. 28, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

This blog post is an excerpt from my forthcoming 40 Questions on Heaven and Hell. This book is part of Kregel Publisher’s “40 Questions” series, edited by Benjamin L. Merkle. Besides the issue treated in this blog post, my book will also deal with questions such as: Does the soul or spirit survive the death of the body? How could a God of love send people to an eternal hell? What is heaven like? What about infants who die? Are there animals in heaven? What are the new heavens and the new earth? How can we be happy in heaven if our unsaved loved ones are not there? And what will the resurrection body be like?

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Visits to Heaven and Hell, Part One

By Alan Gomes Jan. 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. Culture, New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

This blog post is an excerpt from my forthcoming 40 Questions on Heaven and Hell. This book is part of Kregel Publisher’s “40 Questions” series, edited by Benjamin L. Merkle. Besides the issue treated in this blog post, my book will also deal with questions such as: Does the soul or spirit survive the death of the body? How could a God of love send people to an eternal hell? What is heaven like? What about infants who die? Are there animals in heaven? What are the new heavens and the new earth? How can we be happy in heaven if our unsaved loved ones are not there? And what will the resurrection body be like?

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Some Reflections on 1 Cor. 2:14

By Alan Gomes May. 8, 2013 10:37 a.m. Apologetics, Evangelism, Philosophy, Spiritual Formation, Theology, Historical Theology

The Bible is God’s very word and therefore carries the authority of God himself. And that word of God, Scripture tells us, is a powerful thing—“living and active and sharper than even a two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). It floods the soul with its resplendent rays, laying bare God’s truth and putting all darkness to flight. Yet, as this text tells us, not all receive the truth of this light, and some esteem it as folly itself. How can this be? If Scripture is “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16), how could any reject its authoritative claims?

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A Lord's Supper Meditation

By Alan Gomes Jan. 31, 2012 11:13 a.m. Church Life, Theology, Historical Theology

[This Lord's Supper meditation was given at Grace Evangelical Free Church of La Mirada on 1.29.12.]

Tonight we are about to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, in which we focus our thoughts on the marvelous work of redemption that Christ accomplished for us. In the next 10 minutes or so, I’d like us to mediate upon the depth of what transpired.

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Justification and the New Perspective

By Alan Gomes Apr. 11, 2011 10:50 a.m. Biblical Exposition, New Testament, Theology

The great reformer Martin Luther once declared that the biblical teaching of justification by faith alone “is the doctrine by which the church stands or falls.” Historically, Protestants have understood justification to mean that God declares us “not guilty” for our sins because Christ bore them in our place, and also that God declares us as being positively righteous in his sight because of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us, i.e., credited to our accounts.

However, a recent teaching called the “New Perspective on Paul” has called into question the traditional Protestant understanding of justification.

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