Yearly Archives: 2003


Conclusion

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 23 “Conclusion” December 28, 2003 Review Tonight, with our 23rd installment in this series, we conclude our study of biblical eschatology, or the Bible’s teaching about the future. We began by noting that, though it is natural enough to think of eschatology as concerned with questions about […]


Heaven No. 3

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 22 “Heaven, No. 3” December 14, 2003 Review In our consideration of the Bible’s doctrine of heaven we have so far noted the Bible’s characteristically image-laden description of the heavenly world and life to which believers are heading. It is described to us in symbols and metaphors […]


Heaven No. 2

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 21 “Heaven, No. 2” December 7, 2003 Review We said last time that, as with the prospect of eternal punishment, the description of eternal life provided in the Bible is neither very literal nor specific. It is a general picture of a life of wonderful fulfillment, the […]


Heaven No. 1

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 20 Heaven, No. 1 November 30, 2003 We have finished our series on the Bible’s doctrine of hell as a subsection of this larger evening series on the Bible’s doctrine of the future. We come to our last subject, namely, heaven. In the nature of the case […]


Hell No. 4

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 19 Hell, No. 4 November 23, 2003 Tonight we conclude our studies on the destiny of the lost as part of our larger series on the Bible’s doctrine of the future, or eschatology. We begin tonight by listening once more to some of our Lord’s remarks on […]


Hell No. 3

STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 18 Hell, No. 3 November 16, 2003 We have the past two Sunday evenings been considering the doctrine of hell as a doctrine under attack, as, indeed, it has always been. I have sought both to confirm that the judgment of the lost in the world to come is, in fact, […]


Hell No. 2

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 17 November 9, 2003 Hell, No. 2 TEXT: Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Review We introduced our study of the destiny of the lost last time by pointing out that the very idea of damnation, of hell has become an alien thought in modern Western culture. It is […]


Hell No. 1

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 16 October 26, 2003 “Hell: No. 1” Text: Genesis 19:23-29 v. 28 The Dead Sea area, where these cities were, still reeks of sulfur fumes and asphalt deposits are still to be found. Precisely what sort of physical eruption occurred no one can say for sure. The […]


The Last Judgment

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 15 October 19, 2003 “The Last Judgment” In Christian theology and spiritual writing “The Four Last Things” is a characteristic title for the subjects of Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven. Those are the four last things. However death is really not in quite the same class as […]


Paucitas Salvandorum?

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 14 October 12, 2003 “Paucitas Salvandorum?” I said last week that I had concluded our consideration of the Bible’s teaching about the Second Coming, or, more precisely, our consideration of where and how the Second Coming fit into the consummation of history and the end of the […]


Dispensationalism

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 13 October 5, 2003 “Dispensationalism” We have been speaking these last weeks of the various interpretations of the great eschatological texts of the New Testament and what they suggest about the way in which the history of this world and this age will come to an end. […]


Revelation 20

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 12 September 28, 2003 Revelation 20 Review We are in a subsection of our series on the Bible’s doctrine of the future. Having considered a number of the motifs or major themes that the Bible uses to describe the future (the seed, the land, the Day of […]


The Olivette Discourse

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 11 Matthew 24:1-35 September 21, 2003 Having completed a series of studies on the motifs of biblical prophecy, the various themes according to which the Bible presents to us its vision of the future, the end of history, and the consummation of the kingdom of God, I […]


Examine Yourselves

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Examine Yourselves” 2 Corinthians 12:11-13:14 August 3, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn This morning we conclude Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Paul, remember, has been recounting his ministry, both its troubles and its privileges, as a way of exposing the claims of the false teachers in Corinth […]


Judgment of the Wicked

STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 9 “Judgment of the Wicked” July 27, 2003 We have been studying the various motifs or central themes the Bible uses to describe the unfolding future of the kingdom of God. We have considered the seed, the land, the day of the Lord, the last days, the salvation of the nations, […]


The Salvation of the Jews

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 8 “The Salvation of the Jews” July 20, 2003 Review After a hiatus of several weeks we return tonight to our studies in the Bible’s doctrine of the future, or what is called “eschatology.” We have learned that the Bible is shot through with eschatology, that its […]


Unanswered Prayer

Download Text “Unanswered Prayer” 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 July 20, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment We considered this same text last Lord’s Day morning in regard to the meaning and the application of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” I want to read it again, this morning, to deal with another aspect of its […]


Strength in Weakness

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Strength in Weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 July 13, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 Remember, Paul’s “boasting” is a ploy, a means to expose the false apostles who were troubling the church in Corinth. He “boasts” to expose their boasting for the proud, self-assertion that it […]


Through Many Dangers

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Through Many Dangers” 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 July 6, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.16 Paul reminds his readers that in all of this “boasting” about himself he is only playing a role. By making a point about himself he is exposing the bogus apostles for what […]


Heretics and Heresy

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Heretics and Heresy” 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 June 29, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.1 This next section of the letter, extending to 12:10 drips with irony. A title for the entire section might be “A Little Foolishness.” [Witherington, 445] Paul has just said, at the end […]


The Servant of the Lord

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN ESCHATOLOGY No. 7 June 22, 2003 “The Servant of the Lord” (“Historia Salutis vs. Ordo Salutis”) Among the “motifs” or central themes in which the Bible casts its vision of the future, we have so far considered the seed, the land, the Day of the Lord, the salvation of […]


Sowing and Reaping

Download Text “Sowing and Reaping” 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 June 15, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment We are in the midst of Paul’s discussion of the collection that the Corinthians are to make for the poor in Jerusalem. He is encouraging them to be generous. He has characterized such generosity as a grace […]


The Last Days

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY No. 6 “The Last Days” (And “Imminence”) June 8, 2003 Review We are discussing these Lord’s Day evenings the various themes or motifs by which and in which the Bible casts its vision of the future, both the inaugurated future – that part of the Bible’s prediction […]


The Grace of Giving

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “The Grace of Giving” 2 Corinthians 8:1-24 June 8, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment In the previous chapter Paul had described his immense relief to have received from Titus such an enthusiastic and positive report concerning the Corinthian Christians and their continuing loyalty to Paul, proved […]


The Salvation of the Nations

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY No. 5 “The Salvation of the Nations” (and “Introduction to the ‘Millennium’ ”) June 1, 2003 We have been considering the various “motifs” or central themes by which the Bible teaches us about the future, both the inaugurated future – that future prophesied in the Bible that […]


True Repentance

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “True Repentance” 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 June 1, 2003 Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn Text Comment v.2 This is a resumption of the appeal already given in 6:11-13. But it also represents the end of a long excursus on Paul’s ministry that interrupted the defense of his conduct at 2:13. […]


The Day of the Lord

Audio:   Download Audio STUDIES IN BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY No. 4 “The Day of the Lord” We are speaking these Sunday evenings about the various “motifs” or central themes in which the Bible’s vision of the future is presented, both its inaugurated and its yet unconsummated eschatology. We have so far considered “the seed” and “the […]