The Revelation of God in Christ-Mark Jones

This clear explication by Mark Jones shows the bigger picture of the purpose of God in Christ. For me, it has resolved some outstanding issues of the Trinity. The Triunity of God has always been revealed from the first pages of scripture (Gen. 1.2 – the Spirit, Ge. 2.4-Yahweh God). It is on the basis of Christ that God will judge the world: Moreover, the … Continue reading The Revelation of God in Christ-Mark Jones

Top Ten Discoveries Related to the Book of Daniel

Here is a nice write up of historical evidence of Daniel and his text (the book of “Daniel” in the bible). I firmly support the 6th c. BCE timeframe of both the miraculous history and prophecies of the book. In addition to the following reblogged post, I add two of my own lines of evidence for Daniel’s authenticity. 1. Jesus would not have referenced Daniel … Continue reading Top Ten Discoveries Related to the Book of Daniel

Contra Replacement Theology: Who are the “People” in Mt. 21.43?

Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit (NIV) This statement of Jesus comes on the heals of the Parable of the Tenants of the Vineyard. The parable is recorded in Mt. 21.33-45, Mk. 12.1-12, and Lk. 20.9-19. Mark and Luke use the term others instead of people … Continue reading Contra Replacement Theology: Who are the “People” in Mt. 21.43?

In Search of Meaning: The Doctrine of Angelic Replacement

This is a previously published post substantially revised and retitled. Also, since these brief thoughts have been brewing in my theological history for many years, I place them at the top of my site. Angel Definition Angels can be thought of as God’s assistants: Who makes his angels spirits, His ministers a fire (Ps. 104.4 Sept.). The popular conception of angels, chubby infants with wings, … Continue reading In Search of Meaning: The Doctrine of Angelic Replacement

How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

John the Apostle, the brother of James, ministered in Ephesus during his later years and was exiled to the isle of Patmos, not far from Ephesus. Of the seven letters of Revelation 2&3, Jesus wrote to Ephesus first, mediated through John. Rev. 2.1-7 is the only letter to the Ephesians. It is fairly clear that the Apostle John was the younger brother of James and … Continue reading How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

The Body Of Christ in 1Cor. 11.29: Who or What?

Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep (1Cor. 11.28-30 NIV). The bible can be hard to understand sometimes. Even the Apostle Peter … Continue reading The Body Of Christ in 1Cor. 11.29: Who or What?

The Two Leavened Loaves at Pentecost-Lev. 23.15-17

From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave … Continue reading The Two Leavened Loaves at Pentecost-Lev. 23.15-17

“They Will All Be Taught of God” (Jn. 6.45)

Jesus, in John 6.45, says the writings of the prophets (note the plural), teaches that the future New Covenant will be different from the Mosaic Covenant. A direct quotation could be Is. 54.13 where it says: All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace (NIV). The first verse of Isaiah 54, Paul quotes in Galatians 4.27: Be glad, barren … Continue reading “They Will All Be Taught of God” (Jn. 6.45)

Rachel’s Tomb and “Perat” of Jer. 13.4-7

Here is an article discussing Rachel’s burial place while also mentioning an area of Perat where Jeremiah was instructed to bury the linen belt. The Perat area (around Ramah), is more accessible to Jeremiah than the Euphrates area which would have taken several months to reach. Rachel was most likely buried in her son’s tribal area of Benjamin which was not established until hundreds of … Continue reading Rachel’s Tomb and “Perat” of Jer. 13.4-7

Hacksilber and Coinage Commerce in Antiquity

Summary: Silver pieces discovered demonstrate robust trade routes and use of currency in Israel and the surrounding areas, 500 years earlier than previously thought. Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights… Silver Hoard Discovery Reveals Israel’s Oldest Currency — Patterns of Evidence Continue reading Hacksilber and Coinage Commerce in Antiquity

Complete Excavation of Biblical Pool of Siloam Announced

Summary: The famous, biblical Pool of Siloam will finally be revealed for the first time in a full excavation and visitors are welcome to watch the process. “Go,” he [Jesus] told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. – John 9:7 (NIV) Famous Pool of… Complete Excavation of Biblical Pool of Siloam Announced — Patterns of … Continue reading Complete Excavation of Biblical Pool of Siloam Announced

Does God Create Imperfection or Does He Merely Allow It?

Here is an good article by Peter Leithart about how woman “perfects” man. In an aside, Leithart speaks of how original creation was “imperfect” and “inglorious:” Creation is a series of speeches and actions to perfect the original imperfection and to glorify the relatively inglorious. In Genesis 1, ‘elohim lights, forms, and fills to transform the original tohu-w’bohu into a brightly-lit, ordered, teeming cosmos. I must disagree with Leithart … Continue reading Does God Create Imperfection or Does He Merely Allow It?

The Nascent Christian Community were Actors not Spectators

Here is an article by Michael J. Kruger showing that the initial impulse of Christians was to spread the Gospel. Indeed, one of the greatest truths I ever learned was that it was ordinary Christians who first spread the Good News, not the elites. This case is found in Acts 8. 1-4. After Stephen’s martyrdom, a fierce opposition developed against the Christians: And there arose … Continue reading The Nascent Christian Community were Actors not Spectators

Isaiah 9 Resources

Here is collection of posts by Jason Engwer along with links to issues in Isaiah 9: The first seven verses of Isaiah 9 are highly significant, but usually underestimated, in a lot of important contexts. They have implications for Jesus’ identity, how he viewed himself, who he claimed to be, how he was perceived early on, the continuity between the gospels’ accounts of his childhood … Continue reading Isaiah 9 Resources

Destroying Soul and Body in Hell

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt. 10.28 NIV). Jesus, in Mt. 10.28, gives the function of hell (Gehenna) as the destruction of the human wicked. This, obviously, is eternal punishment, annihilation. Eternal Conscious Torment (ECT) it seems is predicated upon … Continue reading Destroying Soul and Body in Hell

Redemption as a Sideshow

Here is an article by Craig Carter that I agree with according to his main point. Carter cites the “specific” reason for the incarnation as human redemption: “God decreed that he would take on flesh for a specific reason. The reason was that without taking on human flesh the eternal, impassible God could not suffer and die for our sins.” According to Eph. 1.7-10, the … Continue reading Redemption as a Sideshow

Finishing Last Year’s Resolutions Well

For many years now, I never resolve at a periodic point in time, such as New Year, to change for the better. Repentance should happen when we become aware of the problem. Under the New Covenant, His people know Him intimately, and therefore, they can adjust their heart in response to His promptings. Christians still face many challenges despite the New Covenant’s advantages. Sometimes our … Continue reading Finishing Last Year’s Resolutions Well

Hanukkah Treasures Found By the Dead Sea

The Hanukkah story is no fairytale. The evils Antiochus IV and his rule of terror are a matter of historical fact, as archaeology is now able to verify. The news has just broken that a treasure trove of coins has been discovered earlier this year in the Judean desert, near the Dead Sea. Coins are… Hanukkah Treasures Found By the Dead Sea — ONE FOR ISRAEL … Continue reading Hanukkah Treasures Found By the Dead Sea

How Comfort Culture and Hustle Ideology Fill the Meaning Gap

When Nietzsche famously declared, “God is dead,” we often assume the atheist philosopher said it triumphally. Yet Nietzsche didn’t really pronounce the death of God—by which he meant the idea of God and religion had died following the triumph of reason and science—as a wholesale victory. While on the one hand, it was a triumph… How Comfort Culture and Hustle Ideology Fill the Meaning Gap — … Continue reading How Comfort Culture and Hustle Ideology Fill the Meaning Gap

Origins of the New Testament Canon

Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold yet to mine from the pages of the New Testament itself.  Unfortunately, this step is often skipped. There are a number of possible reasons for why it is skipped.  But perhaps most… A Curious Clue about the Origins of the New Testament Canon … Continue reading Origins of the New Testament Canon

When Apparent Obedience to God is Actual Rebellion

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” (Is. 29.13 NIV) The Christian life is not about finding out God’s requirements during this age and doing it. Rather, it results from the transformation by … Continue reading When Apparent Obedience to God is Actual Rebellion

Was Jesus Born in a Grotto or a Stable?

Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned … Continue reading Was Jesus Born in a Grotto or a Stable?

The Legacy of the First Revised Bible Translations

Illustration by Jordan Daniel SingerMany Christians today read the Bible through revisions of original translations. We read the Revised Standard Version (RSV), the first major revision of the King James Version; English Standard Version, a revision of the RSV; the New King James Version, another revision of the King James and on and on. Translation… The Legacy of the First Revised Bible Translations — Text & … Continue reading The Legacy of the First Revised Bible Translations

Multiplicity of Divine Persons in O.T. and Hebrews

In Hebrews 1, the writer cites various OT passages in which God speaks to his exalted Son in a way in which he has never spoken to angels.A number of these passages find partial fulfilments in OT Messianic figures. For instance, consider YHWH’s statement to David about his son, ‘I will be to him a… Hebrews 1 and its Use of Scripture — Thoughts on Scripture Continue reading Multiplicity of Divine Persons in O.T. and Hebrews

The One Fact Jesus Wanted Everyone to Understand

Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them (Mk. 7.14-15 NIV) Here is an article, bolstered by strong evidence, of how the “War on Drugs” kills and imprisons. Cops Practicing Medicine | Cato Institute Continue reading The One Fact Jesus Wanted Everyone to Understand