Archive for March, 2015

I Corinthians 14:34-35 – What?, Who?, When?

March 27, 2015

Regarding the issue of “women preachers” …

WHAT is the Command in I Cor 14:34-35?

• keep silence (verse 34)

• not permitted … to speak (verse 34)

• shame … to speak (verse 35)

To WHOM does this Command apply?

• your women (verse 34)

• women (verse 35)

WHEN does the Command apply?

• if therefore the whole church be come together into one place (verse 23)

• in the churches (verse 34)

• in the church (verse 35)

Most churches teach women may preach in the church. This verse clearly says women are NOT to speak in the church … plain and simple.

Since Jesus Doesn’t Change, Does That Mean Miraculous Gifts Are For Today?

March 20, 2015

Many like to use Hebrews 13:8 (“Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, And Today, And For Ever”) to say that since Jesus doesn’t change, then the operation of the miraculous gifts would never change either, therefore we still should have the miraculous gifts today.

It is true Jesus never changes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the operation of gifts never changes, because Jesus and the operation of gifts are two different things.

For example, Heb 13:8 says Jesus is the same for ever, but passages like Heb 7:12 teach the law has changed (e.g., animal sacrifices are no longer required). That means the law has changed even though Jesus hasn’t. So why can’t the operation of gifts also change even though Jesus hasn’t?

Another illustration: those who believe the miraculous gifts are still in operation believe they will cease when Jesus comes back, but Jesus stays the “same … for ever” (Heb 13:8) even beyond his second coming. This shows the fact that Jesus never changes does not necessarily mean the gifts will never cease.

Read I Cor 13:8-13 to see that the miraculous have ceased.

I Cor 13:8-10 Proves The Miraculous Gifts Are Not For Today

March 13, 2015

I Corinthians 13:8-10 proves the miraculous gifts that were available in the first century are not still in operation today. The text reads “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

The word “perfect” (whole) in verse 10 doesn’t refer to “without blemish” here as much as it does “completeness.” Notice the following definitions for this Greek word from standard Bible dictionaries:

• reached its end, finished, complete, perfect (Vine’s, p.173)

• wanting nothing necessary to completeness (Thayer, p.618)

And according to Thayer (p.401), “part” in verse 9 means “One of the constituent parts of the whole. Universally in a context where the whole and its parts are distinguished, Luke 11:36 …”

Notice the verse Mr. Thayer gives to illustrate his definition – Luke 11:36 – “If thy whole body … be full of light, having no part dark …” Having no part of what? The body. How do we know? Because since the whole and its parts are being distinguished, the part would be of the same nature as the whole. The whole is the body, therefore the part must be part of the body.

Similarly, in I Cor 13:9-10 (… For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away), the whole and its parts are being distinguished. The perfect (complete or whole) is being contrasted with the parts of that whole. The existence of this contrast indicates the whole is of the same nature as the part (like in Luke 11:36).

Since the parts (prophecy, word of knowledge, tongues) have to do with the revelation of God’s New Testament law, and since the whole must be of the same nature as those parts, then the whole must be the whole revelation, that is, the completed New Testament.

And since the parts were to be “done away” when the perfect came, therefore the parts (including prophecy and tongues) were done away when the New Testament was completed.

Do you see how that conclusion follows from the contrast God makes in I Cor 13:8-10?

What Makes A Good “Preacher” In God’s Eyes?

March 6, 2015

As far as what makes a good “preacher” in God’s eyes, the list would be something like …

· The man’s life (because if he doesn’t live according to God’s very strict standards, nothing else matters) – Rom 2:1-3, Matt 23:3.

· How hard the man works for the Lord (outside the church building) – Acts 8:4, Matt 28:19-20.

· Whether or not the man is willing to risk his position by preaching truths the congregation doesn’t already believe – Acts 20:26-27, Ezek 3:18.

Though most Christians would put it at the very top, speaking (oratory) ability shouldn’t even be on the list – I Cor 2:1, II Cor 10:10, II Cor 11:6.