Articles by Paul Ellis

What Does it Mean to Keep His Commandments?

December 8, 2022 // 6 Comments

Here’s a verse that can really trip you up: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. (1 John 5:3a) What commandments is John talking about? If you have not learned to read scripture through a new covenant lens, you might think he’s talking about the Ten Commandments or the Law of Moses. If [...]

Out today The Grace Bible: 1–3 John & Jude

November 30, 2022 // 10 Comments

If you have ever wondered, How do I read this scripture through a new covenant lens? The Grace Bible is for you. In The Grace Bible every verse is explained from the perspective of grace. While other study Bibles can leave you feeling like you’re not doing enough for the Lord, The Grace Bible reveals how much [...]

Patriarchy is not God’s Plan for Your Marriage

November 17, 2022 // 13 Comments

God intended for marriage to be between one man and one woman, but the fall of man opened the door to two evils; polygyny and patriarchy. Polygyny replaces partnership Adam’s offspring took multiple wives, a practice known as polygyny. (Polygyny is a kind of polygamy. The other kind—having multiple [...]

Has Original Sin Made you a Bad Parent?

November 10, 2022 // 10 Comments

One of the strangest things I had to get used to as a young father, was my children freely admitting to their sins. Adam and Eve hid when they sinned, but my kids bragged about it. One time I discovered crayon drawings all along the hallway wall. “Who drew on this wall?” I asked. “I did!” replied the [...]

The True Meaning of Holiness

November 3, 2022 // 14 Comments

When I was a teenager, I was involved in a band with some church friends. There were four of us in the band and I played the keyboard. One day, I got in an argument with the guitarist. It was an argument that Christian musicians have been having for centuries. My friend: “We’re a Christian band. We should [...]

How to Have a Perfectly Good Conscience

October 19, 2022 // 9 Comments

Many people struggle with guilt on a daily basis. They feel guilty for not spending more time with their kids and for not calling their parents. They feel guilty for working too hard, not working hard enough, and not working at all. They feel guilty for getting up too late, giving into cravings, taking meds, not [...]

Do Christians have a Sinful Nature?

October 6, 2022 // 39 Comments

Ever heard the one about how you have two natures wrestling inside you and the one that dominates is the one you feed the most? It’s not true. Christian, you do not have a sinful nature. One with the Lord, you have a new heart and a new mind with new desires (1 Cor. 2:16). As a new creation, you get to share in [...]

What is the True Significance of the Virgin Birth?

September 29, 2022 // 16 Comments

One of the central tenets of the Christian faith is the miracle of the virgin birth. Jesus had no earthly father but was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23, Luke 1:30–35). What is the significance of the virgin birth? The traditional explanation is that a virgin birth meant [...]

The Gospel in Ten Words – Tenth Anniversary

September 15, 2022 // 23 Comments

Ten years ago this week, my book The Gospel in Ten Words was released. To mark the anniversary, I thought I’d answer a few questions nobody ever asked, such as… Why did you write The Gospel in Ten Words? I blame readers. When I began writing Escape to Reality, readers would ask me, “When are you going to [...]

Is a Silent Wife a Gift from the Lord?

September 8, 2022 // 11 Comments

Recently in New Zealand, there was a job advertisement calling for a couple to manage a holiday camp. According to the ad, the ideal wife would have knowledge of Microsoft Office, know how to work the telephone, and be “of a quiet disposition.” The implication was that vocal or outspoken wives would not be [...]

How to Get Paul’s New Book Before It Goes on Sale

September 2, 2022 // 1 Comment

“You’re being selective with scripture.” Ever heard that one? Tell people about the unconditional love of God and you’ll hear things like: “You’re cherry-picking verses. You’re forgetting (insert tough scripture here).” There is a perception that we who love grace ignore inconvenient scriptures. [...]

Judged for Our Work and Living in Fear

August 25, 2022 // 19 Comments

A reader asked me how to read the following verse through a new covenant lens: If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. (1 Peter 1:17) Hmm, sounds scary. Didn’t Jesus say something about having to [...]