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Creating Gender

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To understand what a marriage between two human beings is about, we need to begin at the beginning. We need to read and consider what the Lord tells us he did: “And God created man in his own image, he created him in the image of God; he created male and female” (Genesis 1:27). In other words neither the male nor the female is singularly in the image of God, but both, together, are the image of God. The male and female are the **only** image God ever created of himself. Wherever we go from this point, this idea needs to be our guide in interpreting what we find. Moreover, in the context of living out the image of God, Genesis 1:27 needs to be our guide in understanding what image society at large sees, when it looks at the Church of God. When we speak of gender, we are not speaking of what we as a people have created. We didn’t do this, and neither can we show that gender is a product of evolution. Gender is God’s idea, and he uses it to display a physical image of himself, as if to say: “all of what you see, indeed, all that is, is mine. I, the Lord God, have created it—behold my signature (my image), which tells you ‘it is very good!’” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2020 in Controversial

 

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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 Great Multitude Standing Before God

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Presently, I am discussing what John had seen in his heavenly vision just after the opening of the sixth seal. After the sealing of the 144000, John saw a great multitude stand before the Throne (Revelation 7:9). These came out of all nations, and tribes, and people, and tongues. The multitude included Jews, but, obviously, were not entirely Jews in the physical sense (cf. Galatians 3:28). They were clothed in white robes, which indicates they were righteous (cf. Revelation 19:8), having washed their robes in the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:14; 19:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Amen, the Faithful & True Witness

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I am currently involved in the study of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14-22. There, Jesus describes himself to the church as the Amen, the faithful and true witness and the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14). The Greek word amen (G281) is used 152 times in the New Covenant text, and it is translated either into verily (101 times) or transliterated as amen (51 times). Only here in verse-14 is it used as a name for anyone. It is always used elsewhere as an introduction to a statement that is true or as a conclusion to a prayer or a statement that is true. But, here Jesus claims it as a title for himself. It is interesting that Isaiah uses the Hebrew word otherwise translated into amen (H543), 28 out of 30 times, to describe God as the true God or the God of truth: “that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes” (Isaiah 65:16). Therefore, by Jesus saying he is the “Amen” in Revelation 3:14, it would seem that he claims to be the Truth (John 14:6) or the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16) or both. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glorified Christ as God

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When John saw the vision of the glorified Christ, he retained no strength for fear (Revelation 1:17; cf. Daniel 10:8-12), and he fell at Jesus’ feet, as though he were dead. Jesus, however, touched John, as if to impart strength to him, and told him not to be afraid (Revelation 1:17: cf. Daniel 10:10-12). In the Scriptures fear is the fruit of doubt (cf. Matthew 14:25-31), and in Matthew 14 Peter’s fear in verse-30 is called doubt in verse-31. Notice also in Mark 5:35-36 when the ruler of the synagogue was told his daughter was dead, Jesus told him not to fear, but believe. Fear is the fruit of doubt. In Revelation 1:17 John was so afraid of what he saw, and he was unable to stand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Prologue

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Understanding when the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) was written is very, very critical to one’s eschatology. After all, if it was written by John, late in the first century AD, as most scholars believe today, then there was no event at that time (90-100 AD) that would provide the framework into which we could place this prophecy. Therefore, we must look for its fulfillment after the first century AD. On the other hand, if the Book of Revelation was written earlier in the first century AD, during the lives of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, then this prophecy would fit very well within the framework of the Lord’s judgment upon Jerusalem cir. 66 – 70 AD! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Did God Forsake or Desert Jesus?

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Some believe toward the end of Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus began to buckle under the wrath of God. They conclude that his humanity cried out, as he felt so utterly alone, believing that even his Father had abandoned him. Others conclude that the Father did actually abandon Jesus, his Son, as the full weight of humanity’s sin was placed upon him on the cross. They say, “Separation from the Father must have been the worst part of the Cross for Jesus who had never before experienced anything but intimate fellowship with his Father.”[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Is the Messiah David’s Son?

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Jesus had just defeated the scholarly Sadducees in a verbal battle of wits. In doing so, he had caused the Pharisees to rejoice, in that Jesus had shown how the Law points to the resurrection, something the rabbis had heretofore been unable to do. Therefore, perhaps not to appear he supported this group over that of the Sadducees, Jesus asked the disciples of the Pharisees how their teachers (the rabbis / scribes – see Mark 13:35) taught the Messiah was David’s son (Matthew 22:41; Luke 20:41). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Pharisees?

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While Jesus was teaching his disciples the Parable of the Unjust Steward, the Pharisees were listening to what he had been saying, and they ridiculed him (Luke 16:14; cf. Psalms 123:4; Proverbs 1:22). Why would they do that? What did they see in Jesus’ parable that offended them? Without saying that the Pharisees and rabbis understood the parable completely, they probably would have been able to understand that the rich man was God. Moreover, from this deduction, it wouldn’t have been difficult to understand that the steward whom the rich man rejected must point to the Jewish authorities in that day. Therefore, they ridiculed Jesus’ teaching. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Signs, Morality and Logic

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In Luke 12:54-55 Jesus turned from his disciples and directed his teaching to the people, among whom were his taunters, the Jewish authorities. He drew an analogy from the weather. The people understood that when a cloud rose up out of the Mediterranean Sea to the west, there would be rain. Again, when the wind came across the hot desert to the south, the people were able to predict warm, dry weather (Luke 12:54-55). In other words the people knew how to interpret signs of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Maturing in One’s Relationship with God

TrustIt’s not good for me[1] to be constantly seeking after a confirmation of the word God deposits in my spirit. If I have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16) and the earnest of his Spirit (2Corinthians 1:22; 5:5), then I have been given the power to understand and discern many things that God tells me within my spirit. One of the things that hinders my growth in Christ is from time to time I wonder, if it is really God who is giving me these thoughts. I resolve within myself to just trust that it is he. Sometimes I think I just can’t believe God actually speaks to me, but this is supposed to be a common thing with all of his children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Importance of Prayer

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The Scriptures show us that prayer is a powerful and extremely important form of communication with God. Nevertheless, most folks today seem to neglect to make prayer the important part of their lives that it should be. The Apostles seem to have been impressed with the effect of Jesus’ own prayers and came to Jesus in Luke 11:1, asking him to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Aside from this Scripture, we have no knowledge of John’s prayers or how they may have affected his disciples, but, apparently, just as Jesus’ prayers were powerful, John must have been a powerful prayer warrior. So, the Apostles came to Jesus, apparently hoping they could, also, enter into this kind of powerful activity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Claims He Is God!

Jesus Claimed to be God

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Many Biblical critics presume that only John among the Gospel narratives shows Jesus is God, but this simply isn’t true. The Synoptics show us in a number of places that, not only is Jesus God, but he also claimed to be God in the flesh.[1] Luke 10 is such a place where this can be seen. In Luke 10:22 Jesus claimed intimacy with the Father that is shared by no one else but him. In fact, the claims Jesus makes of himself in Luke 10:22 are best understood if Jesus were God, because only God could ever truthfully make the claims about himself that Jesus makes here. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Predestination or Freewill?

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This study is a slight departure from 1Peter, but it does have to do with an explanation of 1Peter 1:20. In a previous blogpost, The Overthrow of the World, I claimed that our salvation was foreknown before Adam’s rebellion. What does this mean, and how can we say that God didn’t decree (predestine) that men would rebel in order that he could ‘play-the-hero’ and save some of them, i.e. the elect (1Peter 1:1-2; cf. Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; Colossians 3:12)? The idea of God’s foreknowledge has been twisted by unbelievers in an effort to show God is evil and the ultimate cause of all the world’s trouble. God’s foreknowledge has also been misunderstood by some Christians to mean that he decreed some men would be saved, while he decreed others to be reprobates who could never be saved. What can we say of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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God Pays It Forward!

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My wife and I were on vacation in 2003, and the movie, Pay It Forward, was featured in the motel’s HBO entertainment list of programs. We watched it and thoroughly enjoyed its theme. In fact, I’ve watched it several times since then at home, but, whenever I do, I always seem to recall that first time in the motel room with my wife. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2015 in apologetics

 

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