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
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
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?
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment (2Pet. 2.4 ESV) The Separation of Two Peoples Simon Peter, in warning his readers of false teachers, writes about some who were judged for their wickedness, all to encourage the letter’s recipients to stay true to the … Continue reading The Angelic Fall
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
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
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?
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
The old saying holds true: “One is not ready to live life until they are prepared to die.” We all know death is inevitable. Christ’s promise of life (immortality) is the antidote for the second death, To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Rev. 2.7b NIV). Those … Continue reading Death for a Christian
Summary: A new digital photography method confirms written records of biblical King David on Mesha Stele. Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to deliver to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams. But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king… Debated King David Reference on Mesha Stele Solved — Patterns of … Continue reading Decoding the Mesha Stele
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)
Jesus is the Christian’s hope: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope (1Tim. 1.1 NIV). Paul says the same when writing Titus: while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Tit. 2.13 NIV). Our hope is living, that is, we wait for … Continue reading Remember Your Nature and Destiny
Did Elohim Create Evil? | Hoshana Rabbah BlogHoshana Rabbah Blog Continue reading Whence Darkness?
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
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
Should We Call God Mother? — CBMW Continue reading Burk Contra Peeler
A Westminster Divine and an Alexandrian Codex Continue reading Regard of the Textus Receptus by Its Early Scholars
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
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?
9 Proofs You’re More Than Matter — The Gospel Coalition Continue reading Darwin’s and Dawkin’s Doubt
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
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
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
Leen (pronounced Lane) Ritmeyer has a fascinating history of how he got into architectural reconstruction at various digs in Israel. 50 years visualising the Bible — Ritmeyer Archaeological Design Continue reading Leen Ritmeyer’s 50 Year History of Archaeological Reconstruction
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
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
You Shall Call His Name Joshua – Theopolis Institute Continue reading You Shall Call His Name Joshua
Christmas Under the Sun — The Gospel Coalition Continue reading Christmas Under the Sun
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
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
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
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
Summary: After a decade of research, the first-of-its-kind “monumental” inscription about King Hezekiah has been deciphered, giving further credibility to the Bible and its historical accounts. Hezekiah “Monumental” Inscription Finally Deciphered — Patterns of Evidence Continue reading Hezekiah “Monumental” Inscription Finally Deciphered
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?
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
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
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
What’s the point of suffering? Is there a purpose, a design? John Piper explains, from the bible, the meaning of why pain exists. The Purposes of God in the Pain of the World | Desiring God Continue reading The Providence Of Pain
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1Cor. 13.13 NIV) Love Stronger Than Death: | Peter J. Leithart | First Things Continue reading Jesus Isn’t Content to Live One Life of Love