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The City with Foundations

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According to Hebrews 11:8 God called Abraham to leave the place where he lived and go to another place, which he would inherit later. Specifically, Abraham was called by the Lord to leave his father’s house to go to a country that the Lord would show him (Genesis 12:1-4). In other words, it doesn’t appear that Abraham knew what land that would be. Abraham obeyed God (Hebrews 11:8) and left the land where he dwelt, and his father’s house, just as the Lord had commanded. The Lord also promised a reward for Abraham’s obedience. Abraham would become a great nation, would be a blessing to all nations, and the Lord would protect him (Hebrews 11:8; Genesis 12:1-4). However, it wasn’t until Abraham actually arrived in the land of Canaan that God specifically promised to give that particular land to his descendants (Genesis 12:7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 12, 2021 in Epistle to the Hebrews


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The Finished Work of Salvation

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In chapter ten of his Epistle to the Hebrews, Paul reminds his readers that the work of salvation has been completed, but they need to be patient before they receive the rewards. There is an element of immanency in this epistle that needs to be taken seriously, because “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). There was a very real danger of Paul’s readers losing their reward, because, as we shall discover in this study, Jesus foretold that many, some conclude the majority, of them (Matthew 24:10) would be in danger of falling away, giving it all up in the face of persecution. In this epistle Paul tried to stem the tide, if, perhaps, he could save some from doing what they knew in their heart of hearts was wrong (cp. 1Corinthians 9:20-22). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 17, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews


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The Firstfruits to God and to the Lamb


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In Revelation 14:4 John tells us that the 144,000 are not defiled by women, but are virgins. This doesn’t sound very politically correct in today’s context, but we need to remember we are speaking in a context familiar to the Scriptures. Moreover, if taken literally, the Scriptures seem to celebrate the life of the male celibates, but this isn’t Scripturally sound. The blessing of God is upon those who marry (Genesis 1:22, 28; Proverbs 5:18-19; 18:22). As for not being defiled by a woman, that pertains to not being defiled, because these people didn’t take an interest in a foreign religion or learn about foreign gods. The context of Revelation 14:4 shows the Lord is married to his people, we are not to defile ourselves by participating in the worship of foreign gods. Read the rest of this entry »

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


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Blowing the Sixth Trumpet

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The unveiling of the Sixth Trumpet judgment seems, on the surface, to threaten mankind with a great war involving 200 million mounted warriors, the largest military force to ever terrorize the world. The combined military forces of the Allies and the Axis powers of World War II was only 70 million, a terribly destructive force, indeed, but it had only one-third of the destructive power of that of the Sixth Trumpet, if taken literally. Of course, today’s political climate is not without its newspaper exegetes, who are ready to proclaim this trumpet is about to sound. They point to the current political climate surrounding the area of the Euphrates river, which begins in northern Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq on its way to empty into the Persian Gulf. The fact that this same area is also the stronghold of ISIS only adds to the explosive climate, and, of course, this is used to stir the apocalyptic pot enough to legitimize the opinions of the prophet wanabes who claim the end is near. Does this interpretation have any Biblical merit? In a word—No! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Regathering Israel


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At this point I’m concluding my study of chapter seven of the Apocalypse. Having discussed the identity of the 144000 and the great multitude, and discovering when the Great Tribulation occurred, I am now ready to discuss the service of the multitude, standing before the Throne of Christ, where they serve him day and night in the Temple (Revelation 7:15). It is from this place that the Messiah rules, i.e. from the Most Holy Place of the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 28, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Cherry-picking Scripture Leads to Error

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Jesus reminded the disciples of what he had told them before they arrived in Jerusalem, namely, that all things written in the scriptures concerning him must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Moreover, this pertained to how he would be mistreated and mocked by the Jewish leaders, and how he would be scourged and crucified by the gentiles, but he would rise again on the third day (cf. Luke 18:31-34; 24:25-26). He then began to open their understanding of the scriptures (Luke 24:45; cf. Acts 16:14), but this may not have been like switching on a light in order to dispel their darkness. Rather, it may have taken several appearances, before the disciples fully understood and embraced what Jesus had been telling them for some time (cf. Acts 1:3). One doesn’t rid himself of false doctrine very easily or all at once. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Not a Physical, Literal Coming

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In my most recent segments of my in-depth study of Matthew 16:27-28, I have been showing that Jesus intended to come in the glory of the Father (verse-27) in the same manner that God had come out of heaven and down to earth to judge the nations in the Old Testament. It makes no difference whether one believes the Father is the God of the Old Testament or Jesus was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. No one had ever actually seen God literally come out of heaven to physically and bodily ride on a cloud and judge the nations in the Old Testament. Yet, this is the same manner in which Jesus said he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27) to judge every man according to his works (cf. Matthew 26:64). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology


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The Rich Young Ruler

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The rich young ruler asked how he might inherit eternal life (Luke 18:18). The idea behind his question was what he could do in order for him to obtain it as a possession. He viewed it as he did the rest of his great possessions. Jesus told him, if this was truly what he desired, then all he needed to do was keep the commandments of God (Luke 18:20; cf. Leviticus 18:5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Pharisee and the Publican


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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Striving at the Gate of the Kingdom

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In Luke 13:23 Jesus was questioned by a rabbi concerning who and how many would populate the Kingdom of God. Jesus replied to the question with the parable of the straight gate (Luke 13:24-30). It is not that Jesus tries to avoid answering the question put to him, but, rather the rabbi’s question simply isn’t a valid one. The rabbi assumes the question of entering the Kingdom of God can be addressed as an either /or proposition. It is similar to the question: “Do you still beat your wife?” How does one answer that question, if one never beat or abused his wife? If he says “No!” his answer implies that he at one time beat his wife. If he says “Yes!” he agrees outright that he beat his wife. A person who has never beat or abused his wife cannot answer the question according to its content, because the question isn’t valid. It begins with a presumption that isn’t true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Are There Few to Be Saved?


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Luke tells us that a person in the crowd asked Jesus a question (Luke 13:23). Most commentaries treat the question as legitimate, some even concluding that it is a question many ask even today. However, was the question as innocent as most commentaries make it seem? I have my doubts. It seems to me that the person who questions Jesus in Luke 13:23 is either a rabbi or one of the rabbi’s disciples. I believe he is probably baiting Jesus for a debate of sorts or in some manner seeking to discredit him. This was a question often debated among scholars of Jesus’ day, but as we shall see it precludes a direct or simple answer from Jesus, because it lacks a basic understanding of the Scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers

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Luke records Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel., and if taken together, we would find the Gospel preached to us. Luke’s choice of Jesus’ prayers (and there are other prayers in the other Gospel narratives) lets us see a progression of belief, even a progression to belief, in the Gospel of Jesus. I was quite surprised with what I found here, not that anything is new, but to find these things collected into one place (labeled prayer) was, indeed, surprising. What Jesus puts in prayer is a picture of God reaching out to mankind in such a manner that causes mankind to reach out to him. In other words, Luke has Jesus praying out salvation (the Gospel). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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Our Participation in Divine Nature


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In Philippians 2:12 Paul tells his readers to each work out his own salvation with fear and trembling. In Peter’s second epistle Peter points to the believer’s part in his own salvation, showing that he has become a partner in or a partaker of divine nature. While God saves mankind from death (Romans 6:23) and gives us eternal life (2Corinthians 5:1-4), those who claim Jesus as their Savior are expected in this present life to in share the cost of salvation. Paul refers to this as offering oneself as a living sacrifice to God. In doing so, we refuse to be conformed to the image of this world by submitting to God’s hand in forming us after the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 12:1-2; 2Corinthians 3:18). Peter describes the believer’s part as taking place in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, or as we might put it today: in asking ourselves WWJD? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter


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Reaching Out for the Hope Set Before Us

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We are told in Scripture that God made certain promises to Abraham concerning “blessing” and “multiplying” (Hebrews 6:13-14). There we are told that, once God says he will do something, we can be sure he will do the thing he says. However, in order to emphasize that he would, indeed, bless and multiply Abraham, he confirmed his statement with an oath (Hebrews 6:17). Thus, God expressed his intention toward Abraham in the two ways in which he is unable to lie–first he says the thing, and secondly he confirms the thing with an oath. He did this for our sake, in order that we might have great comfort in what God says he will do for us, so that we are enabled to lay hold upon the hope that he has set before us (Hebrews 6:18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter


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The Revelation of the Mystery

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As I have said in a previous blogpost, Peter knew Jesus and witnessed what he said and did during his three and a half years of public ministry. Such knowledge, when believed, imparts joy, because the believer is shown how he is able to share in the inheritance of Christ—eternal or unending life. A special blessing is given to those of us who have not seen yet believe and love Jesus (1Peter 1:8; John 20:29) who is preached in the Gospel narratives, the record of the Apostles of Jesus. Our faith in and love for Jesus (1Peter 1:8) is expressed in our willingness to spread the Gospel (1Peter 1:9) to the end that others would be saved (cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Titus 2:14). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Epistles of Peter


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