On Repentance 

Exodus 13:17 — “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt…”

Notice that in this verse, God does not want the people to repent.  The question is repent from what?  It is very important to remember that if one is to repent, something must be repented from or repented toward, or both.  The act of repentance must have an object.

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The Architect

Exodus 25:40 — “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.”


When the Lord gave Moses instructions for building the tabernacle and the related components, the instructions were quite explicit.  As we read through the books of Moses, we find in Genesis interesting and intriguing stories. The beginning of Exodus is the exciting story of God’s redemption of the children of Israel from out of the bondage of Egypt.  Then we get to the later chapters, and begin to get into the details about the tabernacle, the altar, the ark, and so on.  We can begin to ask ourselves, “why is this here?”, and “why do I need to know this?”

When we get to a place like this, and we see all of these details and wonder why they are there, preserved for us, and how this information can be of use to us, we can count on finding the answer in God’s word. Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, who was the prisoner of Jesus Christ for us Gentiles, (Ephesians 3:1, Romans 11:13), has this to say about that which was written in time past:

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Of Him are Ye in Christ

By Russell Miller
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 1:30

To be out of Adam and “in Christ” is a very marvelous thing. No human effort or merit could accomplish such a thing. But the Lord Jesus Christ, through His finished work of redemption, has reversed what the devil through Adam wrought for mankind. The Bible plainly describes what we were in Adam and how “the works of the flesh” degrade his descendants.

Tit 3:3–5 : “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. [4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, [5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

In what Christ accomplished is our position and standing “in Him”, and instead of sin and unbelief Paul declares:

1Co 1:30 : “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

Praise the Lord. Now, by the grace of God, we may enter the presence of God’s holiness without fear, for His wrath was poured out against sin upon His Son. This glorious position by virtue of just simply being “in Christ” is ours to enjoy forever. What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord! May we never lose sight of it, nor what He did for us on that cruel cross.

1Co 1:31 : “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

 Of Christians and Politics

I heard this read at the inauguration of President Trump and for the first time I really understood full context:

1 Timothy 2:1–7 — “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

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Two Baptisms Involving the Holy Spirit

There are two baptisms which involve the Holy Spirit which often are mixed and considered to be one and the same.

Many Christians who stand firmly for the distinctiveness of the 3 Persons of the Godhead do not consider the difference in these baptisms.  In the first case, that baptism which occurred in the upper room before the Apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost following our Lord Jesus’ resurrection, it was God the Son Who did the baptizing, while the Holy Spirit is the content with which the people were baptized.

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Answering Bob DeWaay

I have added a page to my site that has received a pretty good amount of traffic from search engines.  This page is answering a critic.  He is not a critic that has come to Distinguishing Truth, but a critic that seems to be the “go to guy” when someone is looking to speak against Bible believing Christians such as myself, who recognize the distinctiveness of the revelation that the Lord Jesus gave to Paul as the distinct revelation for the Body of Christ in this Dispensation of Grace.

It is a rather long essay, because it includes the entire article that Mr. DeWaay published as well as my comments.  The article by Bob DeWaay in Critical Issues Commentary goes back to 2008, but came to my attention in 2015, as it was used as the most important article in discrediting certain doctrines that I held and continue to hold.  It is not a quick read, which is why I did not add it as a blog post.  He writes from what seems to be a “Reformed Dispensationalist” perspective, or what seems to be “dispensational in eschatology only”.  That means that he understands a future for Israel, and that is about it.

DeWaay, an “antihyperdispensationalist”, and it seems a disciple of John MacArthur, wrote an appallingly unscriptural and misrepresentative attack against people he determined to be “hyperdispensationalists”…

The page on Distinguishing Truth is here: Answering Bob DeWaay

The Maker

The Maker of the universe
As Man, for man was made a curse.
The claims of Law which He had made,
Unto the uttermost He paid.

His holy fingers made the bough
Which grew the thorns that crowned His brow.
The nails that pierced His hands were mined
In secret places He designed.

He made the forest whence there sprung
The tree on which His body hung.
He died upon a cross of wood,
Yet made the hill on which it stood.

The sky that darkened over His head
By Him above the earth was spread.
The sun that hid from Him its face
By His decree was poised in space.

The spear which spilled His precious blood
Was tempered in the fires of God.
The grave in which His form was laid,
Was hewn in rocks His hands had made.

The throne on which He now appears
Was His from everlasting years,
But a new glory crowns His brow,
And every knee to Him shall bow.

—F. W. Pitt

Upcoming Bible Studies

Greetings to everyone who has been visiting this site.  Thank you to all of you who have followed the Galatians study. I hope and pray that you all enjoyed reading them and I know that I learned from the study in Galatians.  I pray that God will teach all of you as you study the scriptures for yourself as well.

I am taking the posted studies and will soon have the entire study available as a download in pdf format for anyone who would want it.  It will just require a little bit more proof-reading before I put it on the site.

Also, in the weeks ahead, I am planning two weekly studies, one published on the weekend and one published mid-week.  The midweek study will be a verse-by-verse on Colossians and the weekend study will be exploring the Apostolic commissions.  I hope that you all will enjoy these new studies too.

As we in the United States of America celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, it is certain that we all have more to be grateful for than we have words of gratitude.  Our Father in Heaven has blessed us greatly. Praise Him for His great gift of wisdom, sanctification, righteousness and redemption that He has given to us freely by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption for us on the cross of Calvary.  Praise Him that He has given to the world His offer of reconciliation by the blood of Christ and that no amount of sin stands in the way of the sinner and the Savior.  He is mighty to save all who come to God by Him.

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Ephesians 1:3)

As we enter the Christmas season, I am reminded of the words to the carol “The First Noel”  I will close with the last verse:

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind has bought.