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Friendship with God

I think it is an astonishing thought that a man could be called the friend of God—that God calls him friend. Yet, the Scriptures reveal to us that Jesus considered his disciples his friends (John 15:13-15) and God considered Abraham his friend (James 2:23; 2Chronicles 20:7). What does that look like? Are all righteous people God’s friends? I may be wrong, but I don’t think this is true. Although Abraham was God’s friend, Lot was not, although he was considered righteous and a worshiper of the true God (2Peter 2:23). So, what makes a man God’s friend? I believe the answer to this question comes to us in Abraham’s life and his walk with God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Circumcision and Its Application Today

The covenant of circumcision is an interesting one. It’s symbolism for the Christian is so enlightening that it seems a whole new world with new values opens up to us in the spread of the Gospel. The Abramic Covenant which included only the cutting of the flesh has always meant more to the godly (Deuteronomy 10:16). Yet, its literal meaning has always been the main take for most of God’s historic people, the Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Second Covenant

Ancient people used covenants to formalize agreements between parties, whether for political or economic or even social purposes. Usually such covenants were one of two main types: bilateral and unilateral. Bilateral covenants were ancient agreements negotiated between equals or at least each of the parties had input into the agreement, which defined their responsibilities to produce the desired result. The unilateral covenant was different in that it was not negotiated but dictated by the party of higher rank, such as a king or military general. The covenants God made with Abraham were unilateral covenants. Each time the text reveals that it was God who both initiated the covenant and dictated the conditions whereby Abraham would enjoy the promises God made to him. (Genesis 15:1-18; 17:1-14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Paul’s Life in the New Testament

This is a rough sketch of where Paul was and what he was doing during his Apostleship to the gentiles. Unlike a similar blog I posted, this one concerns three-year blocks of time, which seems to be Paul’s pattern for his intended labor. Whatever he decided to do, he planned out a three year period for that work. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Gospel, Kingdom of God

 

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Paul Returns to Galatia

As noted in a previous blog, Barnabas and Paul split up. Barnabas took Mark and sailed off to Cyprus where he and Paul originally began the first leg of what turned out to be a Galatian evangelistic effort. Paul took Silas and went to Galatia over land by way of Cilicia and the Taurus mountains. Whether or not they intended to meet in one of the Galatian cities is not mentioned in the text, but since Luke never mentions Paul returning to Cyprus to strengthen the churches there, Barnabas and he probably decided to cover different territories. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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The Apostolic Decrees

In Acts 15 James pointed out that the Messianic Age had dawned upon mankind, and because it has, the previous age, the Age of the Law, was coming to a close. The gentiles did not have to be circumcised and become Jews in order to seek the Messiah (cp. Amos 9:11-12 in the LXX). The Mosaic Law was no longer the mediator between God and man. Jesus, to whom both the Law and the Prophets pointed, is our only Mediator between God and us. To force circumcision upon the gentiles who are seeking the true God would be to reject Jesus as our Mediator in favor of the Law of Moses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in circumcision, Jerusalem Council

 

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The Pharisees Who Believed

In Acts 15:5 Luke mentions the sect of the Pharisees implying that at least some believed. How should we understand this? I have to admit that I am very unwilling to account these Jews as unbelievers when the text says they are among those who believed. Yet, they are not presented in a very good light in the Gospel narratives, and I am coming to understand that neither does Luke present the sect in a good light in the Book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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