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Has Jesus Established the New Covenant?

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I am presently involved in an in-depth study of the nature of the Kingdom of God. I believe it is spiritual in nature, but the eschatology of all futurist eschatology seems to make it physical. In my previous study on this theme, I showed the fallacy of the futurists’ point of view that the spiritual foreshadows the physical, which is what they claim, when they concluded that Jesus did establish a spiritual Kingdom nearly 2000 years ago, but at his Second Coming he will establish a physical Kingdom, in which he will rule in a physical body from a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. Therefore, I must ask: if Jesus intended to establish a new covenant with Israel during the first century AD, and, if so, did he successfully do what he intended? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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Is the Messianic Kingdom Physical?

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It makes no difference whether one is premillennialist, amillennialist or postmillennialist, if one is looking for a future coming of Christ to reign on earth, that one is looking for Jesus to reign in a physical body, on a physical throne, in physical Jerusalem, in a physical Kingdom. This is simply undeniable. If you are looking for the Second Coming of Christ to occur sometime in the future, and, if he is to reign on this earth or a new earth, that is your hope—a physical King, a physical throne, a physical Jerusalem, and a physical Kingdom. The only problem with that idea is that it isn’t Biblical. It cannot be supported with scripture. The whole doctrine is eisegesis not exegesis. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Jesus’ Circumcision

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When he was eight days old, Jesus underwent the ceremony of circumcision (Luke 2:21). The ritual was first instituted in the days of Abraham (Genesis 17:9-14) and was commanded by God (Genesis 17:10). Its purpose was to define who was related to God as far as the promises were concerned. Those who were circumcised were called the people of God, while those who were not were cut off from God’s people and rejected. That is, the promises wouldn’t apply to them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Birth of John the Baptist

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John the Baptist was one of the seven people God named before they were born.[1] He was six months older than Jesus, because Elizabeth was pregnant with him in her sixth month when Mary conceived. John would later be killed by Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee, because John had been critical of him for marrying Herodias, his brother’s (Herod Philip’s) wife. Jesus said there was no greater prophet than John the Baptist, yet only Luke mentions the details surrounding his birth. Josephus tells us that about eight years after John’s death: Antipas was at war with King Aretas, his former father-in-law, whose daughter Herod had divorced in order to marry Herodias. Antipas lost that war taking heavy casualties and losing his authority and presence in key areas where his land bordered that of King Aretas. The Jewish people were convinced Herod’s defeat was punishment from God for killing John the Baptist. What can we know of John? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What about Doctor Luke?

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Many scholars refer to Colossians 4:14, saying Luke, the beloved physician, was the author of both Luke and Acts. Moreover, the many medical terms used in both theses seem to support the idea that they were penned by someone with at least some knowledge of medical science of the first century AD. However, tradition tells us Paul lists this Luke with a number of gentiles, implying he was not a Jew. Yet, it is almost certain Lucius of Cyrene is a Hellenistic Jew, and, as I pointed out in my previous blogpost, he seems to be an excellent candidate for Luke, the writer of the third Gospel and Acts. What can be said about the placement of Luke’s name in Colossians 4:14? Is he is a gentile? Does Paul really list a number of Jews ministering to him, while he was in prison, over against a number of gentiles, and is it possible to prove the conclusion? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Authentic Boast

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“Before concluding his letter Paul returns once more to the antithesis of cross and circumcision, setting them forth this time as representing respectively the true and the false ground of boasting, and thus carrying a stage further his polemic against the Judaizers and their way of legal observance (Galatians 5:2-12).”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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The Battle for the Good News

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The question at this point is: why is circumcision (or anything we do) unable to make us right with God (Galatians 5:6; cf. 3:10, 21)? Just as the wages we earn have nothing to do with being a gift we receive, so circumcision or anything we do can have nothing to do with making us right before God, because righteousness is imputed (i.e. it is a gift), and what we do looks for a wage (reward for services rendered). It is Christ who makes us righteous (through grace, a gift), and we can only trust it is so, just as we trust that any gift we receive is entirely a gift—no strings attached. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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