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John the Baptist

John the Baptist - 1In the past few studies I’ve been looking at the book of Malachi, as this book is drawn from in the New Testament, and using this knowledge of the relationship between Malachi and the New Testament to define the eschatology of the New Testament writers. So far, it has been somewhat surprising to understand the magnitude of the influence this little book has had upon what we read in our New Testament scriptures. Nevertheless, this little journey has not only been surprising for me, it has also been pleasant and encouraging. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Might the Unjust Steward Be?

Unjust Steward

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Many scholars understand the Parable of the Unjust Steward to be one that is very difficult to interpret. After all, it is often claimed that Jesus seems to commend the unjust steward for his dishonesty (Luke 16:8-9). Such a thing doesn’t seem to fit the context of Jesus’ character. Nevertheless, if one takes the whole of what Jesus claims, before and after this parable, its true senses seems to unfold. Rather, Jesus pointed to what the unjust steward was able to accomplish by influencing the folks in his generation. In other words, he made his wasted (G1287) life benefit him (Luke 16:1, 4) for goals he had set in this world (cf. Luke 16:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Filled with the Spirit

Spirit Filled

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It was said of John the Baptist that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth (Luke 1:15), and the Scriptures tell us that, after Jesus was baptized and returned from the Jordan, he was full of the Holy Spirit and continually led by the Spirit in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). Does this mean that Jesus wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit from birth as John had been or that his filling was any different from that of John? I don’t think so, and the Scriptures don’t conclude that Jesus didn’t have the Spirit of God before his baptism, but was anointed with the Spirit at that time. Any difference one might see between the filling of Jesus and John should be defined by the capacity of the vessel to receive the Spirit (cf.1Kings 8:11; John 3:34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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King Josiah and Deuteronomy

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In the JEDP hypothesis, which Chris embraces as his new truth for the Biblical record (HERE), claims that in the reign of Judah’s King Josiah a lost book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, was conveniently discovered by the priest, Hilkiah during renovations of the Temple. Since Josiah was a strict Yahawist, the discovery of Deuteronomy seems too suspicious, and, therefore, must be a forgery. So conclude at least some (Chris says the majority) of Biblical scholars such as Richard Elliot Freedman. In Deuteronomy “a strict and permanent covenant is made with Yahweh as well as a complete rejection of other gods is established.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in atheism, naturalism

 

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