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The Mysteries of God

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John tells us in Revelation 10:7 that in the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, that is: before the seventh trumpet was blown, the mystery of God would be complete. What, then is the mystery of God? Well, as it turns out, there are several mysteries of God, and the Apostles, Paul, and the other New Covenant writers are the stewards of what is called the mysteries of God (1Corinthians 4:1; Ephesians 3:4-5). Jesus told his disciples that the world could not understand these mysteries, because it was given that only his disciples would know them (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; in Mark 4:11 it is put in the singular). The Gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, is the mystery (of God), which was kept secret since the world began, is now revealed according to the command of God, and is to be made known to the nations for obedience through faith (Romans 16:25-26). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Second Seal – The Red Horse

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Keeping in mind that the book that Jesus was unsealing in chapter six of the Apocalypse is the same book the Father had given him that would unveil Jesus to his disciples (Revelation 1:1-3), the second seal was removed by Jesus who sat upon the throne (viz. Revelation 5:1-5). When the second seal was broken, John saw the second living being, probably the one who was like a bullock (Revelation 4:7), who then commanded the second rider to “Go!” (Revelation 6:3), and John saw a fiery colored horse, and its rider was given a huge sword (Revelation 6:4). This is the vision, but what does it mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Mutual Submission of the Believers

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At first, Peter seems to refer to the rest of the flock of God as the ‘younger’ who need to submit to the ‘elder’ (1Peter 5:5a). While 1Peter 5:1 does seem to refer specifically to the pastors and officers of the local bodies of believers throughout Asia Minor, I have to wonder if the use of the word ‘younger’ in verse-5 doesn’t modify verse-1 to include the elder and more mature believers of the community. Their lives are meant to be examples to the whole body of believers. They may not be the ‘official’ elders, but their lives do influence what is done by their respective local church groups to a great degree. So, Peter calls upon the younger to have a submissive attitude toward their elder brethren in Christ and consider them as examples to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter… Regarding Wives and Husbands

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Peter spent considerably more time writing about the expected behavior of wives (1Peter 3:1-6) than he did for husbands (1Peter 3:7). Why would he do that? It was probably because women were in a more vulnerable position than men. In Roman life it was expected that women adopt the religion of their husbands. If a believing wife’s husband was an unbeliever, it would be quite a peculiarity in their society, if she didn’t embrace his religion. Even pagan wives were expected to adopt the Christian faith, if her husband was Christian (cf. Acts 16:30-33), because that was the custom. Therefore, the believing wife in an unbelieving household needed more care in Peter’s epistle. She needed to be encouraged in a manner that gave her peace over what she had done, versus what she was expected to do.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Gospel and Household Affairs

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In chapter three Peter continues in the haustafel or household codes of his day. Household rules throughout the Empire were already in use by both Jews and gentiles. They were similar in content and where they would oppose the believer’s worldview,[1] Peter (like Paul) Christianized these lists by making some changes or adding to their wording. They were in place for the social wellbeing of the state and were meant to keep everything in its place for a well ordered life and common good. Although in Christ there are no distinctions (neither bond nor free, male nor female etc.), this was not so in society. The Gospel, as I have concluded in previous blog-posts, is not interested in changing society at large. Jesus is not the enemy of the state, nor does he seek to change the affairs of the state (John 18:36). The Gospel speaks to the hearts of people and changes their behavior. People who have been changed eventually seek to change the customs of the world, particularly that part of the world in which they live. Social change does not come through rebellion, but through concession. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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When There Is No Freedom

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What is the believer’s responsibility when his freedom is taken away? This can occur, if one is forced into servitude (slavery), when one nation conquers another, when powerful, unmerciful men are in authority in civil and commercial institutions and one might add other examples. What is a Christian to do under such circumstances? I believe both Peter and Paul offer reasonable solutions to these questions when they speak of the haustafel codes pertaining to servants or slaves. While it may not be a popular solution in our modern society, we need to remember the New Testament speaks to those who have freely chosen to follow Christ, and such a choice involves bearing wrongful treatment without complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Jesus Became Obedient

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Sometimes the word obedience takes on a negative slant.[1] The image brought to mind might be that of defeat, perhaps even demoralization—being made to do or say what one hates. On the other hand, one could envision the utter joy on the face of a babe who takes his first steps, causing his feet to obey his desire. Obedience can be thrilling—to experience the joy of having what one eagerly desires to finally fall into place! The wonder of it all, Jesus became obedient, all the way to death—even the death of crucifixion (Philippians 2:8)! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Submission According to Paul

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Paul speaks of submission in Ephesians 5:21-33, and in my opinion this scripture has been both misunderstood and abused for quite some time by many in the Body of Christ.[1] The family, especially the marriage relationship itself, is considered an allegory of a close relationship between those Paul refers to as husbands and wives. But, notice two things before we consider what else Paul writes. First, in Ephesians 5:21 Paul tells us to submit ourselves to one another. In other words, whoever the husband is, and whoever the wife is, they are mutually submissive. This mutual submission cannot take place if one is lording it over the other—such a thing Jesus, himself, forbade (Luke 22:25:26). Secondly, in Ephesians 5:32-33 Paul specifically tells us that his analogy is not about what we understand to be the normal marriage relationship, but, rather, he is speaking of a relationship within the Church—generally Christ and the Church is the example, but the relationships of church leaders and local churches in particular are under consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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