Archive for March, 2012

I Corinthians 6:9-11 And Such Were Some Of You

March 31, 2012

I Corinthians 6:9-11 reads “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (NKJV)

This past tense use of “were” in this text is commonly and correctly used to prove homosexuals can and must cease their practice in order to become and remain faithful Christians. They must terminate their sinful relationship.

Well, adulterers are on the same list! They also must discontinue their sinful relationship. It logically follows then that couples who are unscripturally married (per passages like Matthew 19:9) need to terminate their sinful relationship. They must end their current adulterous marriage and seek reconciliation with their original/scriptural spouse.

Just how many congregations and preachers are still standing on the truth on this matter? Practically none. Most congregations have lost their candlestick (Revelation 2:5) years ago (if they ever had one).

II Peter 1:10 versus Unconditional Election

March 23, 2012

In the Bible, election refers to God choosing to save someone. Some teach our election is unconditional, but II Peter 1:10 (“… brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for it you do these things, ye shall never fall”) proves this view patently false. The verse explicitly refers to our “election,” and shows we have a part to play in it. Our election is conditioned upon us making it sure. If our election is unconditionally/unchangeably set, then what need would there be for us to “make it sure”? It would already be sure.

The text continues, “for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Notice we make our election (to God’s heavenly kingdom) sure by doing / adding the “Christian Graces” listed in verses 5-7. If we don’t make it sure, we fall. If we do make it sure, we go to heaven. The passage is very plain on this point.

Conclusion: God’s salvation/election is conditioned upon believing and obeying his word.

Philippians 2:6 And Isaiah 9:6 Prove Jesus Is Deity

March 16, 2012

Philippians 2:6 says about Christ Jesus “Who, being in very nature God (NIV), thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Other translations read this way:

· NKJV – … did not consider it robbery to be equal with God

· ASV – … being on an equality with God

· Simple English New Testament – He did not think that being equal with God was something to hold onto.

The point of verses 6-8 is that Jesus was equal with God, emptied himself to become a man, a servant at that, and died beyond that. To say Jesus was only a man would miss the whole point of the context → that Jesus lowered himself.

It would be hard for Jesus to be “equal with God” if he were not God (deity) also, wouldn’t it?

As a matter of fact, Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus the “mighty God.” Read the verse for yourself. Why would anybody want to argue with passages so unmistakable?

I Corinthians 6:9 Condemns Homosexuality

March 9, 2012

I Corinthians 6:9 reads “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers. Neither homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (New King James Version)

The NKJV footnotes define the word translated in the text “homosexuals” as “catamites, those submitting to homosexuals.” It defines the word translated “sodomites” as “male homosexuals.”

There are no two ways about it; I Corinthians 6:9 condemns homosexuals, both kinds. If they want to be saved they will have to repent (quit).

Does Colossians 1:15 Prove Jesus Was Created ?

March 2, 2012

Some use Colossians 1:15 to teach that Jesus is a created being, noting there that Jesus is said to be the “firstborn of every creature.” But they are missing the point of the phrase.

“Firstborn over all creation” (NKJV) indicates that Jesus is supreme over all creatures (not that He was the first created being). This is “firstborn” in position not time, like Jeremiah 31:9 (“for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn”). However notice physically Ephraim was the younger and Manasseh was the firstborn – Genesis 48:14 (“And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head … for Manasseh was the firstborn”).

Colossians 1:16 explains the very point of verse 15 – “all things were created by him and for him.” The passage is saying Jesus is supreme over all creation!