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What Was to Become of Holiness?

If circumcising the gentiles, i.e. requiring that they become Jews, is not the answer for holiness within the Body of Christ, what is? As I claimed in my previous blog-post, what was at stake in the Jerusalem Council was “…nothing less than the superiority of Jesus Christ as our Mediator over of the Law.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize, that once the gentiles began believing in Jesus, what was once an exclusive Jewish movement/church would become a predominantly gentile body. The Jews looked to the Law to tell them what sinful behavior was, and thereby sinful activity could be reasonably held in check if not avoided. What do gentiles, coming out of an ungodly pagan tradition, have to help them recognize sin for what it is? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Gospel, Holy Spirit

 

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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 »

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in circumcision, salvation

 

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The Power of God to Heal

In Acts 9:32-35 we have an account of Peter healing an impotent man. He lay in his bed paralyzed, unable to walk and perhaps unable to even use his arms. I believe this account and the next miracle immediately following is very important for Luke’s message in that these are the final recorded miracles performed by Jesus through Peter in Acts. Paul performed a similar miracle at Lystra in Asia in Acts 14:8 and following. What are we to think of these things? What is Luke telling us? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Gospel, Persecution

 

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Why Doesn’t God Heal Amputees?

First of all, allow me to apologize to those who endure such a plight as to have a member of one’s body severed. No one who has his or her body intact could ever imagine the trouble you endure throughout life. Some of the little things we all take for granted, such as buttoning one’s shirt or blouse can be a major chore for you. It is sad to even discuss your condition as though it were an example of the proof for or against the existence of God, yet I had been asked on a discussion board to show how a loving God can exist and never heal anyone who has part of his or her body severed. The following was my reply. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in healing

 

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The Prophet Like Moses ~ His Coming

In chapter seven of Acts Stephen’s defense of the Gospel, which ultimately included proof of his own innocence of the charges of blasphemy brought against him, was presented in the form of a summary of the history of salvation in the persons of Abraham, Joseph and Moses. In a previous blog I wrote of his illustrations of Jesus and the infancy of the Church in the lives of Abraham and Joseph, but by far the main body of Stephen’s testimony lay in his illustration of Moses’ life. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Gospel Cannot be Bound!

We discover in Acts 5:17 that the high priest and the Sadducees rose up against the Apostles (v.18). The officiating high priest at this time was Caiaphas, but Luke tells us in Acts 4:6 that he means Annas, because he calls him high priest, while placing Caiaphas as one of his family who was with him. In his Gospel Luke also names Annas as high priest together with the officiating Caiaphas (Luke 3:2). What this means is that, simply because Rome removed one man as the high priest and named another in his stead, did not remove that man from the office of high priest according to God. According to Scripture, the high priest was anointed for life. Aaron was Israel’s first high priest, and though his sons also officiated in that office (Numbers 3:3-4), he retained his office for life and was head over them (Numbers 33:38). Therefore, Annas retained all his power as high priest in the eyes of the Jews. His official title was Captain of the Temple (Acts 4:1).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Builders and the Stone

When the Apostles were arrested in Acts 4 they were force to confront the very people that had Jesus put to death. While some of these people could be swayed according to the theology they held, many of the members of the Sanhedrin were harsh, having their own interest in view. Their judgment was tempered only by the prevailing will of the people, which, if they could influence as was done in the case of Jesus’ crucifixion, strengthened their resolve to have their own desires implemented. Six months to a year ago these same men had Jesus put to death, and now they found themselves wrestling with his movement in the persons of the Apostles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles

 

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Lame Man Walking!

It wouldn’t be difficult to understand a man’s joy, if he were suddenly able to walk after being crippled for over 40 years. Peter healed such a man sitting at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple when he and John went up to pray (Acts 3:1-2). The man was expecting a small donation for a meal, but ended up being made whole. The text says that he was put at the gate daily, no doubt by someone in his family, but who would have thought when they put his socks on that morning…What a surprise! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Kingdom of God

 

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Jesus—the Bread of Life

Jesus claims to be to be the Bread of life that came down from God out of heaven (John 6:32-33, 38), and he went on to say that no one has everlasting life unless he eats Jesus’ flesh and drinks his blood (John 6:50-51, 53-54). A great deal of misunderstanding has occurred over the theme of this part of the Gospel of John, including some modern critics saying that this part of the Gospel of John was taken from the pagan religious rites dealing with Mithraism. So what is Jesus saying and can we be sure the understanding is not taken from paganism? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in feeding the 5000

 

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The Man at the Pool and the Promised Land

It was for the Feast of Tabernacles that Jesus went again to Jerusalem (John 5:1). He came to the pool called Bethesda and healed a man who had been impotent for 38 years. For 38 years he couldn’t move from one place to another. He claimed that at a certain season (probably during this particular feast of the Jews) an angel stirred the water of the pool and the first to enter its waters would be healed (John 5:4), but he had no one to put him into the pool (John 5:7), for while he was crawling there someone else always entered first. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in man at to pool

 

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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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Worship in Spirit ~ Worship in Truth

After spending some time looking forward in John’s Gospel, I find my mind drawn one more time to the woman at the well in John 4. She expressed an inner conflict over the correct place of worship, which was an expression of the more obvious conflict between Jews and Samaritans. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Woman at the well

 

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How Secret are our Thoughts?

Would you be comfortable in the presence of someone who could read your mind? Some of us go to great lengths to make what we hope would be a good impression on others. Some businesses even employ people whose sole responsibility is to keep a good image of the company before the eyes of the public, and, if for any reason the company is caught doing something illegal or has produced a product that has hurt the public or the environment, these public relations employees try to turn the negative publicity into something positive or at least something less damaging to their company’s image. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Jesus, Woman at the well

 

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You Are What You Eat

Is God concerned with our diet? Well, ‘yes & no’ would most likely be the truth. My family doctor is probably more concerned over my cholesterol level than God is. On the other hand God is interested in what I think about Jesus and in my overall spiritual well being. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Jesus, Woman at the well

 

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Paul—The Apostle Shaped in Cilicia

After being run out of Arabia, Damascus and Jerusalem, Paul returned home to Tarsus in Cilicia. He was a citizen of Tarsus (Acts 21:39; 22:3), and this probably meant Paul’s family was at least moderately wealthy, because the civic reforms introduced there cir. 15 CE took away the status of citizenship from all householders who had not accumulated considerable land and wealth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Apostles, Paul

 

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