Essentials of N.T. Doctrine


Essentials of New Testament Doctrine


Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D.

From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth,
From the laziness that is content with half-truths,
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Oh God of Truth, deliver us.

~ Ancient Prayer

This book is dedicated to my best friend,
who happens to be the best colleague
I have ever had the pleasure of being around.
She is as much a part of this book as I am.
She is my darling wife, Ramona Jean.

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Essentials of New Testament Doctrine

© Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D., 1999/2001, 2004 All Rights Reserved
Edited by David Sielaff, 2004

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From Godís Mind to Yours ...

Read and ListenThis book explains the New Testament in its simplicity and in its entirety. Understanding The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine will unlock the entire message of the Word of God. As the New Testament is made clear as never before, you will be energized to read the entire Bible as God intended ó as a revelation from the mind of God direct to you.

The progressive revelation of God begins with the Law as schoolmaster and peaks with the New Testament message of the central and total role of Christ as Savior and center of history. It is completed in the revelation of the Mystery of God given to the apostles Paul, John, and others.

You will be in awe of your full inheritance and destiny as a child of God ó a future shared by all mankind. You will learn Who and What God is. You will learn Jesus Christís present position as Godís Firstborn Son and Captain of your salvation. You will learn your present status and future destiny in the family of God in the resurrection.

Dr. ERNEST L. MARTIN wrote The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine to reveal what Christianity is all about. It is a primer that puts into your hands all the fundamental teachings of true Christianity. 

David Sielaff, 2004


This book is designed to be read in order so that the vital information can be progressively understood.

Reading this book in its proper order will greatly enhance your understanding of the full message of your Bible and your place in God's plan.


Foreward by David Sielaff
Preface by Ernest L. Martin

Chapter 1 The Law of God - Parts 1 and 2
Chapter 2 The Law Was Given by Angels
Chapter 3 Progressive Revelation
Chapter 4 The Conclusion of the Mosaic System
Chapter 5 Gentiles Must Become Israelites
Chapter 6 Our Sins Are Imputed to Christ
Chapter 7 Christ Was Punished for Us
Chapter 8 The Imputation of Christ's Righteousness
Chapter 9a Dealing with Recurrent Sins
Chapter 10 A New (Old) Way of Viewing Sin
Chapter 11 What Is Grace?
Chapter 12 The Legal Aspect of Christ's Atonement
Chapter 13 Just What are Human Beings?
Chapter 14 The Theology of God's Grace
Chapter 15 Can Sinning Angels (or Spirits) Be Saved?
Chapter 16 Resurrections From the Dead
Chapter 17 The Rapture Theory - Its Surprising Origin
Chapter 18 The Deceptive Role of Satan the Devil
Chapter 19 Scripture Says: "Flee from Idolatry"
Chapter 20 Remember the Sabbath Day
Chapter 21 The Antichrist Will Establish the Mosaic Law
Chapter 22 The Curse of Church Authority
Chapter 23 Chaos in the Churches
Chapter 24 "Our Destiny": The Final Revelation of God
Chapter 25 How We Are Chosen?
Chapter 26 God's Manifesto of Human Rights
Chapter 27 "Our Inheritance": The Family of God
Chapter 28 Who Are the Sons of God?
Chapter 29 Marriage and Family in the Resurrection
Chapter 30 Just What Is God?
Chapter 31 God's Divine Headquarters
Chapter 32 The Absurdity of the Trinity
Chapter 33 Just Who Are You?


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By David Sielaff

Most Christian books do not tell you what the purpose of salvation is, or what God is accomplishing through His work and the work of His Son, Christ Jesus. It is likely that those books do not understand the full scope of what God has in mind for the future. It is vitally important that you know that purpose of God, and what He has done and what He is doing up to this moment by creating you.

The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine is the clearest and best explanation of Godís communication with His children outside of the Bible. If you read and use this book instead of your Bible you are not only missing the point of Dr. Martinís explanation, you are cheating yourself out of a great gift. Godís Word is His communication, His revelation, His message that literally comes from His mind to your mind through the simple means of printed words in your Bible. The words come to you direct, without filters, without mediators, without symbolism, and without concealment.

This is why The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine was written, to get you to open and read your Bible, and to understand it fully so that the whole purpose of God might stand (Romans 9:8; Ephesians 1:11, 3:11; 1 John 3:8).

Yes, it takes work. Yes, it takes study. Yes, it takes understanding. But this book will assist you. God promises to give you the will to know what He is saying to you, personally and direct, and the result will be a peace that God also promises.

ďBe careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Ē

If you request properly God shall give you ďthe peace of God.Ē That is Godís promise for now.

For the future, this book will show you from the Bible the glorious things that God has in store for you, for me, your loved ones, for all humankind, and even all intelligent beings in the universe.

The ďMystery of GodĒ as revealed to Paul, John, and others, is fully explained. Your understanding of the Mystery will open the Scriptures so you will not only love God more, but you will understand Godís love for you as never before.

Completed months before Dr. Martinís death in January 2002, this study puts an appropriate capstone on more than 40 years of his writing, speaking, and educating people about the Holy Scriptures and its wonders. It was a joy to work with him at various times over his last 15 years as he produced scholarship that carved its own niche between writing for experts and the layperson.

What Paul admonished Timothy to do, Ernest Martin truly fulfilled during most of his adult life. He,

ďStud[ied] to show [himself] approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.Ē

David Sielaff, Director, 2004
Associates for Scriptural Knowledge



by Ernest L. Martin

This book is designed to take the place of my former publication called The Biblical Manual and The Home Bible Course (now out of print). These prior works were intended for an interested group of denomina≠tional Chris≠tians who centered most of their beliefs on retaining the various Old Testament customs in their New Testament theology. The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine is a new book entirely. It gives the basic information of what Christianity is all about in the first place. It is a primer that puts into a personís hand (as the title suggests) all the essential teachings of what real Chris≠tian≠ity embraces.

It is with much pleasure and thank≠ful≠ness to God and Christ Jesus that they have allowed me the opportunity to record these principal truths of the Holy Scrip≠tures. I hope and pray that all who read this book will rejoice in the revealed teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The pristine mes≠sage of God as shown in the Scriptures is glorious beyond compare. 

This book is designed to be read from beginning to end, in a progressive manner. Although a Topical Index is provided, it is best used for reference after the progressive reading of the book. 1 I feel this method presents the Gospel of Christ in the best possible light. This book (when you finish reading it) will show you who you are. And once you know who you are, you can then direct your life in accord with that knowledge of your royal heritage and your awesome potential.

My sincere appreciation goes to David Sielaff for his light editing and composition of this book.

Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D., 2001


1 This Internet edition of Essentials of New Testament Doctrine will be fully searchable on the ASK Website once all chapters are online. However, it is our hope that you make use of this feature only AFTER you progressively read this book, as Dr. Martin suggests.  DWS


Editorís Note

This Internet edition is essentially the same as the latest printed edition (the brown and red cover, 2001/2004 edition).

Some typographical and content errors have been corrected and I have altered some formatting to adjust to the screen and print situations printing from the computer. This usually means shortening longer paragraphs for readability Word changes have been minimal. Where necessary I added or clarified footnotes at my discretion as editor.

David Sielaff, Director
May 2005


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