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John’s Intended Worship


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With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)![1] Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Centurion’s Request in Luke 7


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Some folks see similarities between the centurion of Luke 7 and the centurion, Cornelius, whom Luke mentions in Acts (cf. Acts 10:1-4). Besides their both being of the same rank in the military, they were both God-fearers (Acts 10:1). Both would have been aware of Jewish traditions of uncleanness associated with contact with non-Jews or gentiles (Acts 10:28). Both were generous with the wealth they had. The centurion seeking Jesus loved the Jews and built a synagogue for them (Luke 7:5), while the centurion who sent for Peter was noted for his love for the Jews and his generosity toward the Jewish people (Acts 10:2, 4, 22). Although these similarities don’t measure up to proof that the two are the same person, I believe it is probable they are one and the same person. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Gospel of Luke


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The Council’s Sequence of Events

We know that the Jerusalem Council was convened as a result of the heated debate in Antioch by Barnabas and Paul with the men from James (Acts 15:1). I hardly believe that a few Sunday school teachers (like me) could create such a controversy in our denomination of Christianity, just because we disagree with our pastor or the pastor of another body of believers in our denomination. However, if several leading men in my denomination had a disagreement with other leading men, such a conference would inevitably occur to avert a schism within our denomination. Would this be a logical conclusion? If so, shouldn’t we see the men from James as high ranking men at the Jerusalem church as well? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council


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Herod’s Official Story about Peter?

Peter's Escape

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After the death of James, Agrippa turned his attention toward Peter (Acts 12:3), the apparent leader of the Messianic movement in Jerusalem. Luke tells us that Agrippa realized that “the Jews” (read the powerful Annas family) were pleased with what he had done with John’s brother, James (Acts 12:1-3), and, being the man-pleaser that he was (see Antiquities 19.7.3),  Agrippa then made it his business to vex the Church of God and seized Peter, intending to execute him after the Passover feast days (Acts 12:3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Herod Agrippa, Persecution


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Cornelius Answers Jerusalem’s Big Problem!

Luke makes no attempt to smooth out the abrupt change of people and places in Acts 11:19. In the first eighteen verses Luke records Peter’s interrogation by critics in Jerusalem, and his defense before them concerning his activities in Acts 10. Then, suddenly and without notice, Peter vanishes from the scene and Luke begins writing about the Hellenist Messianics who fled Jerusalem during the persecution surrounding Stephen’s death. It seems Luke simply picks up the story of the fleeing brethren at Acts 8:4 and tells us what they did in the remaining verses of chapter eleven, as if he wrote nothing about Philip, Paul or Peter and Cornelius. Then just as abruptly, he leaves the Hellenist Messianics again to speak of Peter in Jerusalem. What gives? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in circumcision, Cornelius


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Church Unity at Risk!

Sometimes we are completely unaware of the pressures we are under and how this translates into our walk with Christ. I think this was the issue that faced the believing community in this next phase of Luke’s work of recording the progress of the nascent Church of God. The first phase, remember, dealt with the believing community being the Body of Christ or the Temple of God. That is, the Temple that Jesus was building was not stationary but mobile, and it, therefore, did not reside only in Jerusalem but existed wherever believers in Jesus were found! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in circumcision, Temple of God


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Salvation–God Removes All Doubt

Before going on to Acts 11, I think I should consider Peter’s speech before Cornelius and his household and friends to highlight a few things that he mentions. We shall begin in Acts 10:34 and continue to the end of the chapter. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 18, 2012 in circumcision, salvation


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Cornelius and Circumcision

Acts 10 ends with the Holy Spirit falling upon and filling Cornelius and all his gentile countrymen and friends, whom he had invited into his home to hear the word of God preached by Peter. When this occurred Peter’s Jewish friends, whom he had taken with him from Joppa as witnesses (cp. Acts 11:12), became astonished at the sight. The Holy Spirit had filled these gentiles just as they were—without embracing the Jewish faith. In other words, God received these gentiles, just as he had received the first Jewish followers of Jesus at Jerusalem in Acts 2. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in circumcision, Peter and Cornelius


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Peter’s Heart

In Acts 10 beginning at verse-9 we have Luke’s record of Peter’s vision of unclean animals, which the Lord told him to eat (Acts 10:13) and his ultimate preaching of the Gospel to Cornelius, a gentile and Roman Centurion (verse-34 and following). This event occurred probably in the spring or summer of 40 CE during the peace believers experienced while Rome and Jerusalem were on the brink of war over Caligula’s intention of placing a statue of himself within the Temple compound at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Gospel, Peter and Cornelius


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The Ends of the Earth

The Gospel being preached to Cornelius is probably Luke’s single most important record following Pentecost in Acts 2. At first it doesn’t seem so important a matter; after all, Cornelius is just one man, and we never hear of him again except by implication through Peter’s testimony in Acts 15 at the Jerusalem Council. Yet, if we look deeper we shall see that he represents the people for whom Paul was set apart to preach the Gospel. Cornelius represents the descendents of Japheth—western civilization or more accurately in Biblical terms, the people to the north. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Gospel, Kingdom of God


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Cornelius, the Centurion

What can we know of this man who received a vision from God? First of all, Luke tells us he is a God-fearer (Acts 10:2a). This means he worshiped with the Jews in the synagogue on the Sabbath, but had not committed himself to the whole Law. That is, he didn’t practice circumcision with all that this means, including keeping kosher. God-fearers were gentiles who found comfort in worshiping the God of the Jews. They recognized the wisdom of believing in only one God, creator of all there is. Luke also tells us that he gave much alms to the Jews who were poor and never ceased to pray to the one true God; that is, Cornelius worshiped only the God of the Jews and prayed to him alone, not to other gods (Acts 10:2b). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Gospel, Kingdom of God


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And Herod Killed James with the Sword!

Acts 12 is a pivotal chapter. It is the last time Luke speaks of Peter except for mentioning him in chapter 15 where he defended Paul. After this, the book of Acts is all about Paul and his Gospel to the gentiles.

Chapter 12 begins with the slaying of James the brother of John. For years this had puzzled me. Why was James killed; after all, wasn’t the persecution of the church over (Acts 9:31)? It has been only since I understood Stephen’s message and the reason for his death that James’ death makes sense. Indeed there was an uneasy “peace” between the Jewish religious authorities and the believers in Jerusalem. The hated Hellenistic believers had been driven out of Jerusalem during the persecution, but the believers who had always lived in Palestine had not been driven out, nor were their lives sought as prey, until now. What happened? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 1, 2009 in Gospel, Religion


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The Disciples Became Known as Christians

News of Peter’s visit to Cornelius (cir. 39-40 CE) must have gotten around to those scattered abroad due to the persecution that developed over Stephen’s Gospel. Many of those who fled for their lives were afraid and preached to Jews only, but the implication in Acts 11:19-20 is that upon hearing that Peter preached to the gentiles, those who fled due to the persecution took courage and developed a plan to reach out to the gentile sectors of Antioch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Gospel, Religion


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God Repeats Himself

I find it interesting that in the space of two chapters in Acts, God has the story of Peter’s vision of the unclean animals repeated three times, twice in Acts 10 and then a third time in Acts 11. Peter received the vision of the unclean animals three times, one after the other, while God told him to kill and eat each time. Peter knew that God never contradicts himself, so he refused to partake of the animals each time it was repeated before him. In the Law God forbade the Jews to eat such animals. While Peter pondered the meaning of the vision, Jesus told him he had gentile visitors and to go with them. Peter went with his visitors, and, when he arrived at Cornelius’ home and heard about the vision Cornelius received from the Lord, Peter understood his own vision and told the story of his vision to Cornelius, his gentile host, telling him God had cleansed Cornelius and those who had gathered with him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Gospel, Religion


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Don’t Call Common What God Has Cleansed!

With the persecution against the Hellenistic believers ended and Paul sent home to Tarsus, God used this time to introduce to the disciples to the idea that he had cleansed the gentiles (Acts 10). A man named Cornelius had seen a vision from God and sent for Peter who was staying at Joppa with Simon the tanner. God prepared Peter for what was about to occur by giving him a vision of unclean animals and telling him to kill and eat. It was unlawful for a kosher Jew to eat what was ceremonially unclean, so Peter understandably refused, but Jesus told Peter that he should not call common what God has cleansed. The ceremonial laws of Moses often depicted a spiritual principle. For example, a Jew could not eat an animal that did not part the hoof—indicating one walking the separate life, for God called the Jews to separate themselves from the world. Neither was it lawful to eat an animal that didn’t chew the cud—indicating that they should fully digest the word of God, thinking and meditating upon it, not just hearing the word to satisfy intellectual knowledge (hunger). If one parted the hoof, but didn’t chew the cud, like the swine, that one may live the separate life but had no idea why he lived so. In other words nothing came from the heart. If one chewed the cud, but didn’t walk the separate life, it indicated a hypocrite who says but does not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 28, 2009 in Gospel, Religion


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