Archive for April, 2016

Types Of Old Testament Fulfillment In The New

April 30, 2016

There are at least two types of cases where the New Testament quotes the Old Testament. The first type is where the Old Testament predicts something important that is to happen in the future, and the New Testament quotes that Old Testament passage in order to tell us that particular prophecy has been fulfilled.

We might break this first type into two categories, the simplest case being where there is only New Testament fulfillment, and the second category where there is dual fulfillment. A classic example of the former can be found in Gen 12:3 where God told Abraham that “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” That sentence is quoted in Acts 3:25-26 to say that Jesus is its fulfillment in that Jesus’ death for sins is a blessing to every family on earth – both Jew and Gentile.

A good example of dual fulfillment is found in Psalms 22:1 where David states “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” David was forsaken by God at least in the sense that God would not hear him when he cried out (verse 2). But more important is the second fulfillment when God the Son was forsaken by God the Father according Matt 27:46 where Jesus quotes Psalms 22:1 applying the words to himself and his crucifixion. Not only was Jesus forsaken physically (God did not rescue him from the cross), but also spiritually (Isaiah 59:2) because the “Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

The second type of New Testament quote of the Old is where an Old Testament phrase is not prophesying of something in the future, but the New Testament author adapts such Old Testament phrase to appropriately describe something completely different in New Testament times. An example of this type case can be found in Gal 4:30 where Paul uses the words “cast out the bondwoman and her son” from Gen 21:10. Those words in the Old Testament are describing what Sarah wanted done physically with Hagar and Ismael, but Paul accommodates those same words in Galatians to describe the fact that the Old Testament law (represented by the bondwoman Hagar) is no longer binding during our new covenant dispensation.

One thing we need to be careful about is speculating about New Testament fulfillments of Old Testament texts when we are not told by God one is a fulfillment of the other. That can lead to many false conclusions.

Does The Bible Authorize A Woman Confessing Christ Or Her Sins In The Church Assembly?

April 22, 2016

Many who understand I Corinthians 14:34-35 correctly to forbid a woman teaching in the church assembly nonetheless assume it is okay for her to confess Christ (Rom 10:9-10) or her sins (James 5:16) in such circumstance. But I Cor 14:34-35 forbids that also – on the same basis.

Our text commands women to “keep silence in the churches” in the sense that “it is not permitted unto them to speak.” It goes on to say “it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” And so the passage is not just forbidding the woman from teaching over the man (as I Tim 2:11-12 is), instead I Cor 14:34-35 is telling her “not … to speak” period. And that is why it is unscriptural for a woman to confess Christ or her sins in the church assembly.

This is verified by the beginning of verse 35 which instructs her to ask her husband if she “will learn any thing.” Asking a question to learn is not placing one’s self into a leadership role, yet the woman is still restricted from asking.

Besides, there is no requirement for a woman to confess in the assembly. The eunuch’s confession in Acts 8:37 was only to Philip, and of course it was eminently scriptural.

Conclusion: Only the men should speak in church. The woman is not to take even a submissive speaking role, and that would include confessing Christ or her sins. Such should be done … but should be done outside the assembly.

Baptist Logic Would Say Jews And Muslims Are Saved

April 16, 2016

If passages that require belief in Jesus for salvation (like John 3:16) prove believing in Jesus is all one has to do to be saved (and therefore water baptism is not necessary), then what about John 5:24 which only states belief in God the Father as a condition of salvation?

Jesus said in John 5:24 – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

According to Baptist logic then (and contrary to many scriptures like John 14:6 and John 8:24), John 5:24 would prove Jews and Muslims are saved (possess everlasting life), even though they never believe in Jesus, simply because they believe in God (the Father). See the parallel?

No matter what we do, we just can’t eliminate scriptures like Acts 22:16 – Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Does “Free In Jesus” Mean Freedom To Live Like The World?

April 8, 2016

It appears the larger “community churches” have gained so many members recently because they take no stand whatsoever against sin. After all, if you can go to a church and still live like the world, then a lot of people who are not willing to make sacrifices for our saviour will attend that church.

The article at this link (http://news.awmi.net/home/tag/south-carolina ) is typical of such churches and uses phraseology like “The Owens sat passively under condemning and sin-conscious teaching for nearly a decade” but “they have come to know what it means to truly be free in Jesus.” Reading the context, what is meant by “free in Jesus” was the freedom to live without concerning themselves with obeying much New Testament instruction.

But to the contrary, Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments” and in I John 5:3a “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” So despite what some preachers tell us, we can’t love God without keeping his commandments, as they are (in effect) one and the same thing. Practically every page in the Bible demands that we serve God with our whole heart through obedience to His word:

· Hebrews 5:9 “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him”

· Matt 7:21 “he that doeth the will of my Father … shall enter into … heaven”

· Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”

· James 2:14-24-26 “by works a man is justified, and not by faith only”

· I Peter 1:22 “ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth”

· II Corinthians 5:10 “every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad”

Why don’t we quit playing religious games and commit to giving up the “pleasures of sin” (Heb 11:25)? Don’t we appreciate what Jesus did for us (on the cross) enough to do that?

God Gives The Holy Ghost To Those That Obey Him

April 1, 2016

Acts 5:32 reads “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”

This verse has three clauses:

• And we are his witnesses of these things;

• and so is also the Holy Ghost,

• whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Some erroneously insert “witnesses” (miraculous) into the third clause, but it isn’t there.

In this verse the Holy Ghost himself is what is given; He is the gift. It is not a gift or power from the Holy Ghost. This confirms that in Acts 2:38, the “gift of the Holy Ghost” is the Holy Ghost himself.

Compare to John 7:39: “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive ….” Believe and obey are used synonymously across these two verses. They represent the condition that must be met in order to receive the Holy Ghost (same as in Acts 2:38).

Who gets the Holy Ghost according to Acts 5:32? Those that obey him (same as Heb 5:9 – Jesus is “the author of salvation unto all them that obey him”), that is, ALL those who become Christians (not just a select few – like the miraculous would be).

There were many thousands at that point in time who had obeyed Jesus (Acts 2:41, 4:4) and so there were many thousands who had received the Holy Ghost at that point in time. There have probably been many millions who have obeyed the gospel since then, and so there have been many millions who have received the Holy Ghost since then.

Many deny Christians receive the Holy Ghost today, but their theory flies in the face of many clear passages like Acts 5:32.