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There Remains No Sacrifice for Sin

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Paul warned his readers that, if they sinned willfully, having received the knowledge (epignosis – G1922) of the truth, there no longer remained a sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10:26). Instead, one has only an expectation of the judgment of God upon his enemies (Hebrews 10:26-27). What Paul was referring to in this verse was the same as what he claimed in Hebrews 10:25. So, if believers forsook their vindication and reward at the coming of Christ (verse-25), by returning to their former life (in the context of Paul’s letter, that would be Judaism), then all they had left was a sense of fear at Christ’s coming judgment (verse-27). In other words, they are without a sacrifice for their sins in Judaism (verse-26). Jesus is the only sacrifice God accepts for sin, and to accept Jesus is to abandon unbelief (Judaism). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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A Description of the Tabernacle Rituals

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After showing how Christ, our High Priest, ministers a better covenant in Hebrews 8, Paul at this point in his epistle begins to contrast Christ and the New Covenant with that of the Old Covenant and the Levitical priesthood. The patterns of the real things could never be as effective as the reality, just as a shadow of a body could never be real without the body, which casts it. This seems to be the theme of what Paul communicates to his readers in this chapter. The Levitical priesthood and all it did could never offer real forgiveness for the sins of the people it represented. On the other hand, Jesus, coming as he does in the end of the age, accomplishes what the old order could not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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Repentance From Dead Works

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Many modern Biblical scholars believe that the six principles of the doctrine of Christ refer to the foundational doctrines of Christianity, but this cannot be true, because Paul speaks of abandoning those very things. These same scholars then attempt to soften Paul’s directive, by concluding that he means mature Christians simply cannot cling to milk (foundational doctrines) as their steady diet. Rather they must go on to maturity, which is equated with eating solid food. While it is true that milk isn’t the diet of a mature adult, this explanation simply falls short of equating the principles of the doctrine of Christ with foundational Christian doctrines. We simply cannot abandon what is foundational to our faith, and Paul does tell his readers to abandon the principles of the doctrine of Christ. So how should we understand this?

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Posted by on October 15, 2020 in Epistle to the Hebrews

 

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I’m Living by Faith

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In the context of the abortion issue, what would it mean to live by faith. Would it mean to take the word of a preacher that life within the womb is a person in its own right? Would it mean to take the word of a scientist who supports or rejects the idea of a fetus being a person? At this point my mind drifts back to when I was a boy, to a book that was required reading when I was in high school: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”[1] We live in a time when we have most everything at our fingertips. All the work has been done for us, all we need to do is play the game! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2020 in Controversial

 

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A Homosexual Perspective

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It seems fair to me, if I am going to say that homosexuality is a sin and not behavior approved of or encouraged in the Bible, I should at least attempt to address an argument that supports the homosexual perspective, namely, that it is not sinful behavior. I found such an argument entitled: Homosexuality: Not a Sin, Not a Sickness Part II “What The Bible Does and Does Not Say…”, by Rev. Elder Don Eastman. Part I didn’t argue from a Biblical point of view, so I won’t address it. Only Part II engages the Bible for its support. For the sake of space (I try to keep my studies under 1000 words),[1] I won’t be able to address every point of disagreement, but I shall address what I believe to be most important. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Homosexuality and the Law of Moses

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For some time it seems that homosexuality was considered the worst sin anyone could commit. I know from my own experience, brethren have held out this lifestyle as the chief of sinful behavior. Yet, these same folks seem to wink at adultery and divorce. Many of us have friends, perhaps even family members, who are divorced, once, twice perhaps even three times, but, while we associate with these sinners, we don’t associate with gay people (as a rule; there are exceptions). We befriend folks we know to be adulterers and at times eagerly listen to their bragging / confession about their sexual escapades, but who would want to listen to a gay’s night out? Gay bashing is also forgivable, because, after all, they deserve it—don’t they? God hates gays—doesn’t he (John 3:16). Jesus died for adulterers, murderers, thieves, idolaters, but not gays—right? Do we really get to choose whose sins are the greatest, or who is and who is not forgiven? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Death in the New Heaven and New Earth!

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The Lord told John to write that the overcomer would inherit all things, and the Lord, Jesus, would be his God, and the overcomer would be Jesus’ son (Revelation 21:7)! Let’s consider this for a moment. If the things in Revelation 21 take place after all things are made new (Revelation 21:5, and after the thousand year reign of Christ that was an era of peace like no other before it; and, if this chapter also occurs after the resurrection and judgment of the just and the unjust, after which all the wicked are cast into the lake of fire, **if** all these things are behind us, as we enter the New Jerusalem, what has the believer to overcome? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Praise of the Redeemed

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When the Lamb (Jesus) had taken the book to himself to reveal its contents, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before his feet and worshiped him (Revelation 5:8). The text says that every one of them had harps and golden censors in their hands, however, I don’t believe this means the four beasts and the twenty-four elders had both a censor and a harp in his hands. If that were true, it would be difficult to use either, because both require two hands to use. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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He Won’t Be Hurt by the Second Death

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In Revelation 2:11, Jesus spoke to those “who have ears to hear”, meaning believers who have exercised their senses to discern good and evil (cf. Hebrews 5:14). There, he promises that he who overcomes would not be harmed by the second death. But, what does Jesus mean by the second death? Exactly, how many deaths are there, and how are they described in Scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Does Jesus Mean by Mammon?

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Jesus concluded his parable in Luke 16:9 by telling his disciples to make friends with or by means of unrighteous mammon. Much of what the Lord intends for us to understand in the Parable of the Unjust Steward hangs on the meaning of the word mammon (mammonas – G3126), but we are unable to draw much help from the Greek. The word seems to be derived from G3125 (mamme), meaning grandmother, but the sense the translators give the word points to material wealth. Yet, the unjust steward doesn’t seem to be extorting the rich man’s wealth per se. Rather, he seems to be gaining the confidence of the rich man’s debtors. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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What Was the Sin of the Unjust Steward?

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In Luke 16:1 we have come to the Parable of the Unjust Steward. In my previous post I identified the unjust steward as the high priest in particular, but in general he could be any one of the Jewish authorities in Jesus’ day. In the parable it doesn’t appear that the rich man immediately deprived his steward of his office (Luke 16:4) and neither was Eli, the high priest when Samuel was a boy (cf. 1Samuel 2:31-33), immediately deprived of his office as. Rather, they would continue, until that faithful priest would come along whom the Lord had chosen (cf. 1Samuel 2:35). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Parable of the Leaven

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In Luke 13:20-21 Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. Like the mustard seed, many Biblical scholars believe the leaven permeating the whole three measures of flour represents the Gospel going out to the world, until the whole world is brought under the influence of Christ. The problem with this interpretation is that even after 2000 years the whole world has not been brought under the influence of Christ, and even those areas which have heard the Gospel have been corrupted, some even doing violence in the name of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Jesus Say Punishment Is Eternal?

Hell - 1Jesus tells us in Luke 12:5 the God has to power to cast folks into hell, and implies that he will do exactly that when some folks are judged. The question is, however, does Jesus mean what so many modern Christians understand him to mean? The Greek word Jesus used for hell is gehenna (G1067). The word is derived from Hinnom, the name of a valley just off the southwest wall of Jerusalem. It was a place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children to the Phoenician god, Molech. King Josiah destroyed its altars and filled it with dead bodies in order to make it unclean for any kind of worship. Later the Jews turned it into a garbage dump where they burned the city’s refuse. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Overthrow of the World

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Peter uses the phrase the foundation of the world in 1Peter 1:20. I believe Adam’s rebellion is in view with this phrase in the KJV and other translations of the New Testament. The Greek word katabole (G2602) has been translated almost exclusively by the English translators as foundation, creation or beginning (in the several translations I possess)—all referring to the creation of the world by God. The sole exception is Hebrews 11:11 where the word (G2602) is translated conceive in order to show Sarah was given the ability to give birth to Isaac. It is my understanding that this Greek word (G2602) has not been rendered properly by the translators, and I believe I am able to prove my argument by showing how its related word, kataballo (G2598), is translated in the New Testament. Katabole (G2602),[1] which appears eleven times in the New Testament, is the noun, while kataballo (G2598), appearing three times, is the verb. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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If You Call on Him as Father…

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The Revised Version is better than the KJV when reading 1Peter 1:17: “If you call on him as Father…” Jesus said: “When you pray…” (Luke 11:2) where the implication is one of obligation not supposition. Therefore, in 1Peter 1:17 it is not **if** we call upon our Father (as in the KJV), but, rather, **since** we call upon him as our Father (as in the RV), we owe him respect (Malachi 1:6). That is, since we call upon him as Father—he who judges without partiality—we need to live out our lives in fear, i.e. showing respect for him, so that his name isn’t blasphemed among unbelievers due to unfaithful and evil behavior on our part (cf. Romans 2:23-24). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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