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Paul’s Second Argument with Peter

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Obviously, we cannot know who the men from James really were, but in another blog[1] I wrote some time ago I argue that they were probably very notable men, perhaps powerful Jews who worshiped with the brethren at Jerusalem. It is unlikely that either Peter or Barnabas would have been seduced doctrinally. That may have been a problem at Galatia with the new believers, as well as the new gentile believers at Antioch, but Peter and Barnabas were teachers of the word of God. Their seduction came by way of pleasing men. In other words, they were intimidated in the presence of men from James. They changed their behavior, not their doctrinal understanding. They acted hypocritically, that is, not according to what they knew to be correct. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Paul’s Astonishment

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Paul was amazed that the Galatians had so soon fallen away from the Gospel (Galatians 1:6) in favor of accepting another of a different sort that was far from the good news that Paul preached. In fact, what occurred in Galatia had all the earmarks of what occurred at Antioch that set Paul against Peter and was instrumental in bringing about the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15. The truth is: what occurred in Galatia happened about the same time that the men from James came to Antioch, and I hope to show this in later blog-posts. Read the rest of this entry »

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

 

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Can Evil Be Made to Destroy Evil?

In Acts 19 Luke related a strange story about a Jewish high priest and his sons—seven in all (Acts 19:13-20). At first glance this strange story seems to place the power of God over against the power of magic, because the result of it all was many who became believers of the Gospel at Ephesus brought their own books of the curious arts, which they had used before they came to the faith, and burned everything as a testimony to their friends and family, who didn’t believe (Acts 19:18-19). However, is this really all about magic not being as powerful as the Gospel? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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Corinth and Aquila and Priscilla

The city of Corinth was little more than 100 years old when Paul visited there. The original city had been destroyed in a revolt against Rome in 146 BCE, but rebuilt about a century later by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. It was one of the greatest commercial centers in the Empire, being situated along a small 3 ½ mile isthmus connecting the northern and southern Grecian mainland, as well as being a valuable naval center for ships on the Adriatic Sea traveling east to the Aegean Sea and then eastward through the Mediterranean Sea or northward to the Black Sea. It was to this busy international commercial center that Paul came from Athens, a journey of about 37 miles, to preach the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 2nd Missionary Journey

 

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The ‘Men from James’

Awhile back (HERE), I wrote about these men from James who came to Antioch claiming the gentiles there couldn’t be saved, unless they were circumcised (Acts 15:1). In the next few blog posts I wish to offer a slightly different but a more dangerous perspective on the efforts of these men. First of all, their argument made logical sense, and this only made the danger of their scheme more difficult to detect. Nevertheless, logic is only as good as the knowledge upon which it is based. Think about it, the Jewish religion was the only religion on the face of the earth that was begun by God. Why shouldn’t the Jews believe gentiles needed to become Jews to be saved? Isn’t that similar to what is believed by Christians today? Don’t we believe one must become a Christian to be saved? If we believe this way, why would it be so unreasonable for Jews to believe that way too? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Jerusalem Council, Paul

 

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A Sure Word of Prophecy?

Who is willing to admit error? In recent months we have heard that the world was about to come to an end—at least as we know it. Well May 21st has come and gone, but no one is willing to admit error. It seems the prognosticator was only a few months off, it is really October 21st! So, did he really make an error? Well, yes he did, and the Bible tells us about folks who do this kind of thing, but that’s another subject perhaps for another blog. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Last Days

 

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Will You Be Made Whole?

In John 5:6 Jesus asked an impotent man if he wanted to be made whole. On the surface, this is almost a silly question. Why wouldn’t the man wish to be made whole? Well, Jesus’ question goes much deeper than this simple observation. The man was crippled for 38 years. He claims he had no one who would help him (John 5:7), but obviously his basic needs were met by someone. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in man at to pool

 

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