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They Called Us Christian at Antioch

Personally, I don’t like to refer to believers as Christian before Acts 11:19-30, because until that time there were no Christians per se. We referred to ourselves as followers of the Way (Christ—cp. John 14:6), and up until Antioch most believers were either Jewish or Jewish proselytes No doubt Paul was preaching to both Jews and gentiles in Syria-Cilicia where his hometown of Tarsus was located, but no one was called Christian, until believers from Cyprus and Cyrene preached to gentiles in Antioch. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Christianity, Religion & Politics

 

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God’s Son ~ Jesus!

One of the most common offerings on the discussion boards from folks who hold Jesus to a low Christology is that he never claimed to be God; he said he was God’s Son! This response in itself has its own problems, but we’ll get to that below. For now we need to see the Scriptures used to show how these folks point out that Jesus is the Son of God, but not God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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To Anoint the Most Holy

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We now come to the sixth and final work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24, anointing the Most Holy. The term most holy is used at least forty-three times in the Old Testament and is taken to mean various things. It is used to refer to the whole Temple (2Chronicles 3:8, 10) or to the most holy place within the Temple behind the veil, wherein the ark was and the mercy seat (Exodus 26:33-34). It can also be used to refer to those things within the Temple that were consecrated to God, and were considered most holy to him (Exodus 30:26-29). It is also used of the altar of sacrifice (Exodus 29:37) and the altar of incense (Exodus 30:9-10), and the portion of the meal offering that went to the high priest and his family. The sin offering and the trespass offering were also regarded as most holy (Leviticus 2:10; 6:14-17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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To Seal up the Vision and the Prophecy

I now come to the fifth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24. Each work, thus far, we have found has been finished in Christ and there remains nothing more to fulfill at a later date, showing the future fulfillment of the final seven years of this prophecy is a false doctrine. By believing that there remains seven years to be fulfilled before completion of this prophecy has kept us from the truth that this prophecy reveals in Christ. We need to examine our understanding of these things to assure ourselves that what we believe is sound and taught by the original Apostles (cp. 2Corinthians 13:5). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy, Religion

 

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Does a True Gift Have Strings?

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I received a phone call the other day. The recording tried to tell me a company was giving away vacations. The recording told me to press a number to get a live person. I really hate to hang up on people, because I’ve been taught it isn’t polite, so I’m glad it was a recording. I’ve had phone calls like this before, and no one is really **giving** anything away.

What is a gift? The Scriptures try to tell us that God has given each of us the gift of eternal life, but are there any strings attached? One of the places we can find the promise is in one of Paul’s epistles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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Do We Really Trust Jesus?

In chapter three of Peter’s first epistle he wrote to wives and husbands. Why would he think he needed to write to all the churches in the five Roman provinces mentioned in the first chapter about the duties of wives and husbands? Were families under attack? Was this the fiery trial he spoke of in chapter four? Well, I suppose this could be the case, but I believe it would be very unlikely that the families Messianic believers were singled out by a particular enemy, during the first century CE to be attacked and destroyed. Peter told the believers that the trial they were experiencing was not a strange thing (1Peter 4:12). Rather, their faith was under fire (1Peter 1:7). If Peter was using a metaphor when writing to wives and husbands, what did he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Christianity, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Endurance is the Key to Victory!

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Thus far in James’ fiery epistle we have seen that he had addressed an empire-wide trial that had come upon the churches in the Diaspora sometime after Paul’s imprisonment. Paul had warned the brethren when he was with them that the man of sin would be restrained, until he (Paul) was taken out of the way (2Thessalonians 2:7). The “mystery of iniquity” or the secret (plan) of wickedness was already working, but Paul was able to keep it at bay while he was free. Now, however, he was in prison, and no man had the clout Paul had with the churches in Greece and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Gospel, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Who Are the Two Witnesses of Revelation?

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I have heard all sorts of stories about the two witnesses of Revelation 11. They have been interpreted symbolically and pointing to men that other men were impressed with, especially when folks thought the end was near. When we think the end of the age is upon us, we tend to dream up all sorts of scenarios to make sense of the prophecies we have read in the Bible, and Hollywood has made a great deal of money fleshing out what we have told them. Isn’t that strange? What is the truth concerning the two witnesses? Let’s begin with Zechariah… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Jesus, Prophecy, Religion

 

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The Millennium and Binding Satan

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If the Millennium represents the Day of the Lord as I claimed in my previous blog, and the Day of the Lord represents the time of judgment between the Lord’s ascension and his return to this earth, one may ask, “Isn’t Satan bound at the beginning of the Millennium? How can there be so much evil today if he is already bound and not troubling man?” I hope to answer this question in this study; nevertheless, we need to understand that we have three enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil (Ephesians 2:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2010 in Religion, Wrath of God

 

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What is the Millennium?

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I have decided to write a series of blogs that discuss the Millennium in some manner. That is, what it is and when it is to occur according to the Scriptures. One thing seems certain, if Satan is already bound the so-called millennium must have already begun. It would be odd, would it not if the so-called author of the idea that “God is dead!” is dead himself? According to today’s understanding, the millennium (a word that does not appear anywhere in the Bible) is the time Jesus set up his kingdom after his return to this earth. Nevertheless, is this true according to the Scriptures? What does the word of God actually say? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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Jesus Stripped Himself of his Glory!

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The King James begins Philippians 2:7 with “But made himself of no reputation,” while the NASB reads, “but emptied himself.” Other versions follow these two. The Biblical Unitarian (BU hereafter) argument says of the Greek word kenos (G2756):

The Greek word that is in question is, kenos, which literally means, “to empty.”  For more than a thousand years, from the church councils in the fourth century until the nineteenth century, the orthodox position of the Church was that Christ was fully God and fully man at the same time in one body.  This doctrine is known as the “dual nature of Christ,”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Godhead, Religion

 

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Is it God’s Will?

Most Christians are concerned about this very question. “Is it God’s will?” Some sincerely want to know, while others may be just curious, but how can we know for certain what the will of God is? The plight of the Christian is often pictured in the Bible as a wilderness situation and there are simply no paths in the wilderness. One needs to find direction by some other means than experience, either ours or that of someone else. When no one has gone this way before, how do we know which way to go? In a natural wilderness one would look to a compass or the sun by day and the stars by night, but in a spiritual wilderness, how do we know which direction God wants us to go? Notice what Paul says: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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The Overwhelming Power of False Doctrine!

I teach an adult Sunday school today on the book of Acts, but years ago I remember teaching an adult class when the appointed teacher was on vacation. I would try my best on such occasions to reveal Christ without making differences in doctrine the issue. After one particular class some lingered to continue talking about Christ and salvation. Those who stayed were well grounded in their faith, and one was even on the church board. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2010 in False Doctrine, Religion

 

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Why Seek the Living One among the Dead?

The women who waited on Christ during his lifetime (Luke 8:2-3) came to clean his body, to anoint him and to dress his corpse for burial. All the burial preparations on the day of his death were done quickly. Even the tomb where he had been laid was used because it was close by (John 19:41-42). When they arrived at the grave site, the appearance of the tomb was not what they had expected. The stone had been removed from the opening of the tomb, and when they looked into the sepulcher the body of Christ was no longer there (Luke 24:3)! As the women wondered over these things, two angels stood with them and asked, “Why do you seek the Living among the dead” (Luke 24:4-5)? They reminded the women of what Christ spoke to them earlier in Galilee concerning his death and resurrection (Luke 24:6-8). Then they remembered his words and ran to tell the disciples and everyone else! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2010 in Gospel, Religion

 

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The Restoration of All Things!

I wonder how often we read over things in the Bible that are pregnant with meaning, but we read on unaware of the value contained therein. For example Christ was promised as our Savior in Genesis 3:15. How long were men able to read that Scripture and never understand its meaning? Do we even understand its full value today? God unveils more of its meaning in his promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18 where he says all the human families of the earth would be blessed in the Seed of Abraham. Was Paul the first to understand that this pointed to the Messiah, Jesus (Galatians 3:16)? Paul wrote about this difficulty in understanding in his second letter to the Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 3:13-15 MKJV  (13)  And we are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of the thing being done away.  (14)  (But their thoughts were blinded; for until the present the same veil remains on the reading of the old covenant, not taken away.) But this veil has been done away in Christ.  (15)  But until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart.

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Posted by on April 3, 2010 in Christian Universalism, Religion

 

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