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I Timothy 3 Part 5

New King James Version 16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

The Resultant Version 16. And beyond all argument the secret of true worship is great: which was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, witnessed by messengers, heralded unto the nations, believed on in the world, received in glory.

Here we have a very important verse, but also another one that is difficult of interpretation, just like verse 15. As it stands we read that “without controversy the mystery of godliness is great.” However, we realize that the word “mystery,” which is the Greek word musterion, is used in Scripture not for an unsolved “mystery,” but rather for things that are secret. Particularly when a secret is mentioned, it is something that formerly God had kept a secret, but now He is revealing it for the learning of His people. In other words, once God starts talking about a secret, it is a secret no longer. What this is telling us is that it formerly had been kept secret, but now it is being revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

1 Cor 9
19. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21. To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Hi Nathan, would you please explain this passage?  When Mid-Acts is presented with evidence that Paul was still operating under the Kingdom program during the Acts period, they use this passage to explain away things such as Paul preaching to the Jews, Paul performing signs and wonders, and Paul taking a Nazirite vow. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I enjoyed reading your article on the Canaanite woman.  I am an Acts 9 Pauline dispensationalist.  What you seem to say is that for a while Paul was preaching the same Gospel as the 12 but only gradually began teaching something different.

My question is, why did God call out Paul if he were not specifically to preach a different Gospel?  Was God positioning Paul as a contingency, and why couldn’t He have just used one of the twelve to transition into something new?

What you ask is a good question, and I will be happy to give you my answer.

Before we get too far into an explanation, we had better make clear what a gospel is. The Greek word is euangelion, and comes from eu, which means “good,” and angelion, which means a message (as you can see, it is related to “angel” or messenger). However, it is important to point out that a gospel is good because it is right, not because it is necessarily “good news” to the one hearing it, as I have often heard it said of the gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 2 Part 2

New King James Version 6. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

The Resultant Version 6. Who gave Himself a ransom for all, a testimony in its own times.

This verse continues to speak of the Man Christ Jesus. He gave Himself a ransom for all. The word “ransom” here is the Greek word antilutron. Lutron is a ransom or payment, such as might be made for a slave to redeem him. The prefix anti does not mean “against,” as it does in English, but rather “instead of.” The point here is not just that Christ Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, but also that He gave Himself as a ransom instead of all. He paid the penalty we owed to God in our place. Praise God for the glorious ransom He gave! Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

1 Cor 9
19. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21. To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Hi Nathan,

Would you please explain this passage?  When Mid-Acts is presented with evidence that Paul was still operating under the Kingdom program during the Acts period, they use this passage to explain away things such as Paul preaching to the Jews, Paul performing signs and wonders, and Paul taking a Nazirite vow.

Thank You for your help,
Of course. This passage is a favorite of those who want to justify all kinds of things. Some will say that they should drink with the drinkers, party with the partiers, gamble with the gamblers, and do every sort of out-of-control or worldly thing just to get in good with people in order to win them to Christ. I even read one girl who promoted “missionary dating” and suggested believers should be willing to sleep with their unsaved boyfriends or girlfriends, all for the purpose of winning them to Christ. She said it hadn’t really worked yet, but the boyfriend she was sleeping with at the time said it was interesting and he was thinking about it. (!) Yet this is not the point of what Paul is saying. Paul was not a Jesuit, and he did not believe that the ends justify the means. We cannot do God’s work using wicked methods. Read the rest of this entry »

applesoranges02I received the following question:

I enjoyed reading your article on the Canaanite woman.  I am an Acts 9 Pauline dispensationalist.  What you seem to say is that for a while Paul was preaching the same Gospel as the 12 but only gradually began teaching something different.

My question is, why did God call out Paul if he were not specifically to preach a different Gospel?  Was God positioning Paul as a contingency, and why couldn’t He have just used one of the twelve to transition into something new?

What you ask is a good question, and I will be happy to give you my answer.

Before we get too far into an explanation, we had better make clear what a gospel is. The Greek word is euangelion, and comes from eu, which means “good,” and angelion, which means a message (as you can see, it is related to “angel” or messenger). However, it is important to point out that a gospel is good because it is right, not because it is necessarily “good news” to the one hearing it, as I have often heard it said of the gospel. If you were to wake up in the middle of the night to hear someone shouting, “Fire! Get out!” that would not be good news, but if it was true, it would be the right news, and the news you needed to hear. I believe an examination of the word “gospel” will also reveal that a gospel is always spoken in view of a need. In the case of a house on fire, the need would be to stop sleeping and to realize the house is on fire so you can escape. A gospel must also contain an element of promise. In the case of the fire, the promise implied would be that if you do get out you will be saved from dying in the fire. Read the rest of this entry »

owie02I received the following question:

My (in-law) is from a Catholic background and from all indications is a Christian (but still has strong Catholic ties).  She believes in complete healing for today (if one has enough faith) even though there is plenty of evidence to the contrary!  I never know how to respond to her comments. (She sent me the article below.)

http://www.savedhealed.com/healing.htm

It is not unusual at all for people to use the Bible this way. When people suffer from illness, they grasp at anything that might give them hope of healing. If the doctors cannot find a solution, then they look to other things, and one is healing ministries. As you say, the problem is that these things do not work. They would like to believe they do, however, and some people will put a whole lot of time and money into healing ministries before they finally figure out for themselves that they do not produce results.

The list of “healing Scriptures” on this website is rather typical of the kind of passages these people will try to use to support what they are doing. It is quite a comprehensive list, so I do not know if I will try to answer every single one of these passages, but I will start at the beginning and explain what I believe about these things. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is writing what to whom − when, where, and why?

“what”JAMES

“who” – Written by the apostle James, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). The name in Greek was Iakobos (Jacobus/Jacob), but was translated as “James” in the KJV and other early English translations. This James was identified as “the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19).

“to whom” – To the leaders (ekklesias – out-positioned) of “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.”

“when” – During The Great Scattering described in Acts 8-12 (A.D. 40s).

“where” – Written from Jerusalem.

“why” – The purpose of James was to address the leaders (ekklesias) of those who were scattered during The Great Scattering, the second period of Acts, following The Great Unity. It was written to deal with issues that the believers were facing, such as personal trials of faith, the conflict between rich and poor, and the hypocrisy of those who said they had faith and yet did not act upon it. Read the rest of this entry »

mysterybox02As we have considered the wonderful reality of the kingdom of God on earth, we have seen all the stupendous things God has planned for Adam’s race and for this earth in His amazing future. Yet having studied all these things, there is one question we might ask. The glorious truth of God’s coming eons is a wonderful thing to know, but to really put it to use it must impact us and our lives in our day. We live in the dispensation of grace. How does the kingdom impact us living at this time?

As I said, I believe that the time we live in is the dispensation of the grace of God. As we discussed in “Foreshadowing the Kingdom,” the initial, blade stage of the kingdom took place in the book of Acts. That blade stage continued throughout the Acts period until it was interrupted at Acts 28:28. At that time, the kingdom work of the Acts period was brought to an end by Paul’s momentous declaration, given here in The Resultant Version. Read the rest of this entry »

ibelieve02I received the following letter:

Hello Sir,

I found your website and I have a few questions if you have time. (They should be fairly quick response if you have the time)

1.) Are you an “Acts 28er” as in you believe the body Christ started at Acts 28:28?
(yes/no)

2.) Do you believe God preserved His exact words?

3.) Which Hebrew and Greek texts contain the exact words of God? (if answered yes to #2)

4.) Which translation is most reliable to the most reliable manuscripts?

5.) What do you think of this post “M.A.D. Baptist” http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/p/water.html

If you do not have time then that is fine. Just know I have no desire to initiate a debate, I will not respond back accept to “thanks” to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Grace and Peace,

I would be happy to answer your questions as best I can. Read the rest of this entry »