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I received the following question:

Romans 2:9. Please respond with your explanation of the subject verse. It could be a quick reply.

New King James Version 9. tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;

Besides indignation and wrath, those who are impersuadable and do not obey the truth will experience tribulation and anguish. “Tribulation” is the Greek word thlipsis, a word which means pressure, but pressure that often results in a thorough testing. For example, a woman experiences thlipsis when she gives birth. We can see that this is a great pressure that tests her strength. “Anguish” is the Greek stenochoria. The word comes from the idea for a narrow place, and can mean distress or calamity.

This pressure and distress will come on every soul of man who does evil. The “soul” here is put for the whole of a person, much like the body is when we say something like, “Is anybody here?” Of course we expect a whole person to be there, not just a body. So the Bible often uses the soul for the whole person, as it does here. But the soul particularly has to do with the emotions and desires, and by extension the things that fulfill those emotions and desires, those things that make for a comfortable life. Of course tribulation and anguish are things that harm a comfortable life and can result in the withholding of the comfortable things of life that are enjoyed by the soul. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

In your radio messages you speak of the several times the Holy Spirit will come. In chapters 14 and 15 of the Gospel of John, the Lord says that the Comforter (the Holy Spirit or The Holy Ghost) will come or will be sent, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me,” John 15:26, does it mean that the Holy Spirit already came once and left? When did it leave? And, if this is so, who is ruling the world now? The devil? Am I correct in interpreting you that the Holy Spirit is not here now, but that it will come when the Kingdom is established on earth and the Lord will be ruling from Heaven?

Please explain.

The Holy Spirit did come when the Lord granted Him to the apostles at the end of John, breathing on them and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Then He came publicly on the day of Pentecost. He empowered the apostles and guided their works in the Acts period. Yet I am not saying that He “left.” He stopped working manifestly as soon as the Acts period ended. The manifest miracles of the kingdom of God came to an end at Acts 28:28. Since then, the Spirit works in secret and in silence, sealing the hearts of believers and working within them. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comments and question:

Hi Nathan, think I told you I enjoyed Sellers Phil 3:20 which you recommended I read.

Sellers’ paraphrase. Philippians 3:20, 21: For the acquired and developed character (disposition or prevailing spirit) which is ours (the one we have asked you to imitate) is existing (it is inherent, it has existed all along) among celestials; and it is out of this character (that is, an expression of it) that we assiduously and patiently wait it out for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform the body of our humiliation, to conform it to the body of His glory.

Sellers liked “conversation” but felt it didn’t completely cover what the Greek word meant. I find Sellers translation. Though accurate, a bit cumbersome.

When I think of conversation it is often conversation that shows others who we are, or at least gives a very good inkling of who we are. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Do you think/ believe our life now is preparation for our life then?

Yes, certainly. As long as you don’t say that is ALL it is, yes, I do think that. At the same time, I think our life now is to serve the Lord now, in light of now as well as the future. We serve the Lord where we are at. But the goal of all God’s work is the future kingdom of God and beyond. All He is doing is moving toward that, and His work with us is in preparation for that.

I hope that makes sense. 🙂

I received the following question:

At what point was Jesus (officially) presented as Israel’s Messiah?

Somewhere in your vast materials I read that something (I don’t remember what) could not happen because Jesus had not yet been presented as the Messiah.

Thanks for your help!

The Lord was not officially presented to Israel as their Messiah until Peter did so in Acts 2, verse 36 being the grand conclusion, with arguments leading up to it. During Christ’s ministry, the Lord did not say plainly that He was Christ…except in Samaria in John 4, but that was not Israel, but the land of the half-Jews. And He admitted it to His disciples, of course, when Peter expressed his belief. But that was not an official presentation to the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Gentlemen, I have recently finished a rereading of Mr. Sellers’ ten Seed and Bread articles on baptism (#134 – 139 and #143 – 146). I am very thankful for his exposition of this subject and these texts.

However I want to ask your thoughts regarding a statement that he makes in #146. This particular one is titled “Baptism in the Epistles.” I will copy and paste one portion of that:

1 Corinthians 15:29. This passage presents no problems when baptizo is translated into English. Paul asks: “If the dead rise not then what shall they do who are being identified with a dead Christ?” There is no value in being identified with a dead Savior.

The NASB reads this way:
Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?

The NKJV:
Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comment/question:

In a passage of the Book of Acts you highlight that the common people referred to the powerful, wealthy and religiously influential people in Judea and/or Israel as the Jews. Comparatively, you use the analogy that it was as if now one would refer to an outstanding, exemplary American citizen as a ‘true America’. Isn’t your analogy anomalous since in the case of the ‘Jews’ it was a derogatory, disparaging term exposing the hypocrisy of the high class Jewish society while ‘a true American’ is supposed to identify a good, honorable, admirable person?

Apart from these questions, I praise you for your outstanding exposition.

I do not think the people spoke of their honored religious and political leaders in a derogatory and disparaging way! Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comment/question:

In your lecture you repeatedly say that there is no adjective for SALVATION, thus one must say, “Salvation-bringing message” as exposed repeatedly on said dissertation. Plus you emphatically asserted that no adjective existed for the corresponding noun SALVATION.

However, consulting WEBSTER’S THIRD INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY on page 206, this excellent reference book very clearly describes 2 corresponding adjectives for the noun SALVATION which are the following: Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I have a question about John 7:38. This verse quotes from the Old Testament sort of. I’m wondering if it’s a paraphrase quote, in which case many verses could be used to support it, or if it’s referring to a particular verse (which I can’t seem to find).

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks man.

I agree that John 7:38 does not actually quote from the Old Testament. It just refers to many verses that talk of the fountain of living waters. Bullinger refers to Isaiah 12:3, 55:1, 58:11, Ezekiel 47:1, Joel 3:18, Zechariah 13:1, 14:8. I thought Otis Sellers, however, nailed it when he referred to a verse that Bullinger strangely omitted: Jeremiah 2:13, in which Jehovah calls Himself the fountain of living waters. (Jeremiah 17:13 is similar.) This identifies the fountain most clearly as Jehovah, and Jesus Christ makes that fountain to be available to the one who believes in Him!

Hope this helps.

I received the following comments and study:

We were talking about spiritual endowments of the Acts period, and I had asked particularly if there is any evidence in Scripture that these endowments were ever given to ecclesia women. I did not ask this question just off the top of my head. It’s a subject I have been considering for some time. I would like to do more in-depth study of the position and service of ecclesia women and the spiritual endowments.

Thus far in my studies, I can find no record of any woman being “gifted” as were the men. I am not talking about the blessings that would have been the portion of all who believed, but rather those endowments as listed in chapter 12. I am also sending you a partial list, in no particular order, of some of the reasons why I have reached my conclusion. Read the rest of this entry »