Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2022 Project Completed

 Our mission project for this year was a home for our director in Nicaragua and his family. We so appreciate each of you who support our business, because without you, this would not be possible. Moises and his family are very happy with their new home! 





Thursday, July 21, 2022

Are We Justified by Works?

Paul wrote to the Galatians in 2:15-16: We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. The phrase we are Jews by nature simply refers to those who were born Jews including Paul. As for the rest of us, we were the sinners from among the Gentiles. 

However, please understand that Paul was not saying that the Jews were not sinners as well. He had said as much in Romans 3:23 when he said that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  It also needs to be understood that Paul here was not addressing all Jews but only those who know that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. The language makes it clear that he is addressing those Jews who had placed their faith in Christ and not the Law. This would mean that they were grace believers. 

Again, he said that by the works of the law shall no flesh by justified. This has to be referring to the new dispensation of grace because under the old dispensation of Law they were justified by the works of the Law. Paul said in Romans 2:13, For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. This verse is clearly not referring to this present dispensation of grace. 

Also, James 2:20-26 also said the exact opposite when he said, But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

It is pretty apparent that Paul and James are contradicting each other in these verses. What gives? The men were obviously saying two different things because they were addressing different audiences. Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles and James was writing to the Jews who were still under the Law. Like many in the church today, I spent years trying to harmonize the glaring contradictions until I came to realize that.

Still There

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. - Romans 1:24-27

Well, what do you know? These verses are still in the Bible even during the month of June. 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

A Good Reminder


person can be incorrect regarding many biblical doctrines, yet still a Christian.

When I first got saved, all I knew was that I was a sinner and Jesus was my only hope. I didn't yet know Jesus was the son of God, about the Trinity, about baptism, or any number of any other deep and important doctrines.

The bottom line is that we can rebuke and correct bad ideas without calling into question the state of someone's soul in relationship to Christ.


Laying on of “Hands”!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Directional Devo - 5.17.22

 Today we take a closer look at Ephesians 4:1-6.



Sunday, May 1, 2022

Ephesians | Session 7 | 3:11-21

In our study today we see Paul praying that the believers would have boldness by building up the inner man so that they may be rooted and grounded in love in order to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height to be filled with the fullness of God.


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Friday, April 29, 2022

Directional Devo - 4.29.22

Today we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:17-19 where Paul prescribes how believers could know the love of Christ that passes knowledge.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Directional Devo - 4.26.22

Today we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:14-16 where Paul begins a prayer for the church that they would be strengthened in the inner man to share the manifold wisdom of God.


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Directional Devo - 4.25.22

Today we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:11-13.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Directional Devo - 4.21.22

Today we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:9-10.


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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Ephesians | Session 6 | 3:1-9

In our study today, we take a closer look at Ephesians 3:1-10 where we find Paul explaining how he was a prisoner of Christ for the Gentiles, the dispensation of the grace of God which was not known but had now been revealed through him that the Gentiles were now fellow heirs of the same body.


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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Ephesians | Session 5 | 2:8-22

 In our study today, we pick up in Ephesians 2:8-22 where we see Paul explaining that both Jew and Gentile are know saved by faith and not works, that the nation is his workmanship for good works, that in time past the Gentiles were without Christ, aliens, and strangers without hope, but now have been brought nigh by the blood of Christ, and the wall of separation has been removed and we are, both Jew and Gentile, the Body of Christ.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ephesians | Session 4 | 2:1-7

In our study today, we introduce chapter 2 where we see Paul comparing how both unbelieving Jews and Gentiles once walked according to the course of this world and the prince of the power of the air, but God has shown mercy by raising them up together in Christ.


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Monday, April 4, 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Directional Devo - 3.29.22

Seven Reasons for Right Division
Reason #1: The Bible must be rightly divided in order for it to make sense and not contradict.


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Sunday, March 20, 2022

God's Timeline, Part 2

Knowing what belongs to you is just as important as knowing what does not belong to you. If we are going to grow in our knowledge of the Bible, we must understand that it must be rightly divided for it to make sense and not contradict. The church today fails to do this on so many levels. In today's study we are looking at how to divide truth for the nation from truth for the church.


This is what should have happened if they had accepted the offer of the kingdom. 


This is what did happen as a result of their rejection of the offer of the kingdom. 


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God's Timeline, Part 1

Knowing what belongs to you is just as important as knowing what does not belong to you. If we are going to grow in our knowledge of the Bible, we must understand that it must be rightly divided for it to make sense and not contradict. The church today fails to do this on so many levels. In today's study we are looking at how to divide truth for the nation from truth for the church.



This is what should have happened if they had accepted the offer of the kingdom. 


This is what did happen as a result of their rejection of the offer of the kingdom. 


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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Ephesians | Session 3 | 1:14b-23

In today's study we begin in the latter part of verse 14 to discuss redemption, the purchased possession, Paul's prayer for those who love the saints, the inheritance of the nation, the hope of our calling, God's exceeding greatness and mighty power in raising Christ from the dead sitting him at his right hand above all principality and power, and that Christ is the head of the church which is his body.

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Follow this from verse 13 which ended with a comma and both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritanceIn other words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. 

Notice also that he wrote our inheritance and not your inheritance. This has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 that they, the nation of Israel, has obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. 

So, the primary point of the verse is not Israel's inheritance, but the sealing. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. We both, the nation and the Body of Christ, have the promise of preservation if you will. Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs (we already talked about that), but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

Notice, that it says until the redemption of the purchased possessionWhat I find interesting is that the word translated redemption is apolutrosis and it is only used ten times in the KJV, three of them here in Ephesians. It is also a compound word which means the act of ransomI find it significant because who normally pays a ransom? - The one to whom it belongs or the one from who is was taken.

With that in mind, Israel is the purchased possession that was ransomed (Exodus 15:16; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 74:2) to the praise of his glory

Of course, I believe while the direct interpretation of the verse is Israel, it also has application to us in the Body of Christ as well in that we too have been bought, not necessarily ransomed (1Corinthians 6:20; 1Corinthians 7:23). 

Verse 15: Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Paul is pleased by their faith and love for their Jewish brethren. 

Verse 16: Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; As a result he is thankful for them and prays for them. 

Verse 17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: His prayer is that the Ephesian believers would have a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of himWisdom is by definition just good sense. Revelation is a revealing or enlightenment. Knowledge is the fact or condition of being aware of something, i.e., information. His prayer was that we Gentiles would have a spirit of good sense and enlightenment that comes only through a knowledge of him. 

Man, that explains a lot in the wicked world in which we live! They have no wisdom or revelation because they do not know God (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 2:1-5; etc). 

Verse 18: having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, Paul's prayer that he prayed for the ones who had faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all saints (verse 15) was that through the knowledge of God they would would have the spirit of wisdom and revelation (verse 17) and that their eyes now in verse 18 would be opened to the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.  

What is the hope of his calling? He goes on to mention this calling two more times in the book in Ephesians 4:1 and in Ephesians 4:4. His prayer was that we, both Jew and Gentile, would have our eyes enlightened to know what is the hope of his calling for us. 

Paul wrote about this in 1 Corinthians 7:18-20; Romans 11:29. Remember that election applies to the nation only and calling is for us both. Of course, the ESV goes out of its way to make calling and election the same to make it fit their theology. 

Jim Philips wrote that "those who do not understand the hope of his calling will wonder around thinking they are spiritual Israel, and they will be confused doctrinally and be divided as is the body of Christ today. His calling for us today in the dispensation of grace, is to be a part of Christ’s body."

Notice also what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. To me this just means that Paul's prayer is that the Gentile believers would be able to see just what a rich inheritance God has in Israel. 

Verse 19: And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Paul further prays that the gentile believers might know the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe. Based on the way that Paul has been addressing two groups thus far: Jew and Gentile; the us-ward (1st person plural) must be a reference to the Jews 

Notice verse 18 says that ye may know and now verse 19 says his power to us-ward.

Verse 20: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Paul know writes that God's power was wrought in Christ when he raised him from the deadThe word wrought is the old past tense form of work, e.g., brought, taught, bought, etc. 

Notice that he then set him at his own right hand. The right hand is the position of honor (1 Peter 3:22).  

Interestingly, Ephesians is the only book that uses the term heavenly places and that four times (Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; and Ephesians 3:10). 

Verse 21: Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Here we see where he is seated and what he is seated above. The verse also looks to the future in which Christ will also reign over all.

Verse 22: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, As such all things are under his feet. This means that all things are in subjection to Christ. Of course, one day it will be subdued completely when he rules with a rod of iron. this is mentioned in Psalms 2:9; Revelation 2:27; Revelation 12:5; and Revelation 19:15. 

Also notice that there are a lot a italics in this verse. Remove them and it says And hath put all under his feed, and gave him the head over all to the church. This verse clearly states that Christ is the head of the church. The church spoken of here is the mystery that was revealed to the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:32). 

Verse 23: Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Notice that the church is his body the fulness of him. David Guzik says that he fulness of him is how Christ fills his church with his presence and blessings. 

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Ephesians | Session 2 | 1:10-14

In today's study we discuss what exactly is the mystery of his will is, the inheritance that Israel is predestined to receive, the word of truth and how it is shared, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit.

Verse 10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: Here is the explanation from the previous verses. This is speaking of a future event that is the Messianic Kingdom. The NIV translates it to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment. Hebrews 2:5-8 seems to be describing this future event. The writer is referring to Psalms 8:5-6.

Interestingly, other than the NKJV, all of the other translations avoid the word dispensation in this verse and I believe for obvious reasons, i.e., the subject would have to be dealt with otherwise.

Sorry, but they can be a heady bunch that doesn't take kindly to questioning.  

Verse 11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: Again, I believe this verse has everything to do with the nation who will receive the inheritance that they have been predestined to receive (Galatians 3:14-18; Romans 4:13-14). I believe that verse 14 says that we partake in a small way in this inheritance as well.  

Verse 12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. This verse is the clincher for me as to the subject of verses 3-12. The Jews first trusted in Christ (Romans 1:16; Romans 2:10). 

Verse 13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, The first thing I notice in this verse is the change in pronouns from 1st person plural with us and we to the 2nd person plural with ye and your. Some do not see the significance, but I do, and will continue to do so until I am convinced otherwise. 

Again, Randy White points out that ye and yours is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and 0 times in verses 3-12. Conversely, in verses 3-12 us and we is used 9 times in verses 3-12, and only 3 times in verses 13-23. 

Also, notice in verse 12 when it says who first trusted in Christ and now verse 13 says ye also trusted. Obviously, he is comparing and contrasting two groups. Of course, some will say that he is speaking of those who he knew there from his first visit and those who had been added to the group since. 

Randy White points out something at this point that trust can only come about after hearing the word of truth. The gospel must be shared with words because "the gospel is not love that can be displayed but logic that must be accepted." That is point on in my opinion and aligns with Romans 10:13-14.

And the word of truth for the Body of Christ today is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1Corinthians 15:4). Again, this message must be shared with words, not just actions. 

Notice that is says ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. That word sealed means to stamp for security or preservation. In the book of Revelation we see just that when the 144,000 are sealed during the Tribulation period (Revelation 7:1-8). This is just one of many reasons that I believe in eternal security. Bear in mind that any argument that is made against this is the result to rightly dividing. 

Notice also that it is directed at ye meaning us. This sealing is also mentioned in Ephesians 4:30. 

Also notice that he says that holy Spirit of promise. He seems to be pointing back to when this happened to the nation when God repeatedly promised to preserve them. 

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Follow this from verse 13 which ended with a comma. Both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. In words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. Again, notice that he wrote our inheritance. and not your inheritance. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. 

So, primary point of the verse is not the inheritance, but the sealing. We both have the promise of preservation is you will. To me, this has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 they have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs (we already talked about that), but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

Notice, that it says until the redemption of the purchased possession. What I find interesting is that the word translated redemption is apolutrosis and it is only used ten times in the KJV (three of them in Ephesians) and it is a compound word which means the act of ransom. I find it significant because who normally pays a ransom? - The one to whom it belong. Israel is the purchased possession that was ransomed (Exodus 15:16; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 74:2) And he purchased them to the praise of his glory

Of course, I believe while the direction interpretation of the verse is Israel, it also has application to us in the Body of Christ as well in that we too have been bought, not necessarily ransomed (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1Corinthians 7:23). 

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.19.22

In today's study we focus on verses 12-14 where we talk specifically about the inheritance of the nation and that they are the purchased possession that Paul is talking about.

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. It is important to remember that verse 13 ended with a comma. Both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. In other words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. 

Again, notice that he wrote our inheritance. and not your inheritance. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. So, primary point of the verse is not the inheritance, but the sealing. We both have the promise of preservation if you will. 

To me, this has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 they have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs (we already talked about that), but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

Notice, that it says until the redemption of the purchased possession. What I find interesting is that the word translated redemption is apolutrosis and it is only used ten times in the KJV and three of them here in Ephesians. It is a compound word which means the act of ransom.

I find it significant because who normally pays a ransom? - The one to whom it belongs. Israel is the purchased possession that was ransomed. Exodus 15:16 says Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. This can also be seen in verses like Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:23; Psalms 74:2) And he purchased them to the praise of his glory

Of course, I believe while the direct interpretation of the verse is Israel, it also has application to us in the Body of Christ as well in that we too have been bought, not necessarily ransomed. Paul told the Corinthians For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's (1Corinthians 6:20) and Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men (1 Corinthians 7:23). 

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.18.22

In today's study from Ephesians we dig into verses 13-14 by looking at the pronoun changes, the ones who first trusted, the word of truth, the sealing of the holy Spirit of promise, and the inheritance.

Verse 13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, The first thing I notice in this verse is the change in pronouns from 1st person plural with us and we to the 2nd person plural with ye and your. Some do not see the significance, but I do, and will continue to do so until I am convinced otherwise. Again, Randy White points out that ye and yours is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and 0 times in verses 3-12. Conversely, in verses 3-12 us and we is used 9 times in verses 3-12, and only 3 times in verses 13-23. 

Also, notice in verse 12 when it says who first trusted in Christ and now verse 13 says ye also trusted. Obviously, he is comparing and contrasting two groups. Of course, some will say that he is speaking of those who he knew there from his first visit and those who had been added to the group since. 

Notice after ye heard the word of truth. Randy White points out something at this point that trust can only come about after hearing the word of truth. The gospel must be shared with words because "the gospel is not love that can be displayed but logic that must be accepted." That is point on in my opinion and aligns with Romans 10:13-14 which says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And the word of truth for the Body of Christ today is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1Corinthians 15:4). Again, this message must be shared with words, not just actions. 

Notice that is says ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. That word sealed means to stamp for security or preservation. We also see this in the book of Revelation when the 144,000 are sealed during the Tribulation period (Revelation 7:1-8). This is just one of many reasons that I believe in eternal security. Bear in mind that any argument that is made against the eternal security of the believer is the result to rightly dividing. They pull their proof texts from the Gospels and the Hebrew Epistles. 

Notice also that it is directed at ye meaning us. This sealing is also mentioned in Ephesians 4:30. 

Also notice that he says that holy Spirit of promise. He seems to be pointing back to when this happened to the nation when God repeatedly promised to preserve them. 

Verse 14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Follow this from verse 13 which ended with a comma. Both together read Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. In other words, we were sealed, or promised to be preserved, in the same way that Israel was. 

Again, notice that he wrote our inheritance and not your inheritance. Just as God sealed them, he has sealed us. So, primary point of the verse is not the inheritance, but the sealing. We both have the promise of preservation if you will. To me, this has to be because of what he already clearly stated in verse 11 that they have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: Realistically, the church does not have an inheritance because we are not the heirs, but we, like them, have the promise that God will protect us just like he promised to protect them. 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.15.22

In today's study we review a bit and then look at verses 10-13 where we see Paul talking about the fullness of times when Christ will bring all things together in him, inheritance and predestination again, that it was the nation who first trusted, and that the word of truth must be spoken to be received.

Verse 10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  Here is the explanation that we were looking for regarding verse 9 which said that God made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: The NIV translates it to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment. This mystery is referring to a future event that is the Messianic Kingdom when he will gather together in one all things in Christ

Verse 11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  Again, I believe this verse has everything to do with the nation who will receive the inheritance they have been predestined to receive. Paul mentioned this in Romans 4:13 when he wrote For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. And he mentioned it again when speaking to the Galatians in Galatians 3:18 when he wrote For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Verse 12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. This verse is the clincher for me as to the subject of verses 3-12. It was the Jews who first trusted in Christ. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Also in Romans 2:10, But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: Christ went to the Jews first.   

Verse 13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, The first thing I notice in this verse is the change in pronouns from us and we to ye and yourSome do not see the significance, but I do. As a matter of fact, at the moment, I seem to be in the minority. But that is okay. If I find later that I have placed to much weight on them, I will gladly reverse course and be able to say that I studied it out and eliminated it as an option. Until them, I plow forward. 

As I have mentioned before, Randy White is also in this camp when he points out that ye and yours is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and 0 times in verses 3-12.

Also, notice in verse 12 when it says who first trusted in Christ and now verse 13 says ye also trustedObviously, he is comparing and contrasting two groups. Of course, some will say that he is speaking of those who he knew there from his first visit and those who had been added to the group since. 

Notice also after that ye heard the word of truth. One can only trust after having heard the word of truthThe gospel must be shared with words because "the gospel is not love that can be displayed but logic that must be accepted." That is point on in my opinion. It is also another reason that "lifestyle evangelism", as it is called, is well and good, but eventually must result in words being spoken for it to be effectual. And the word of truth for the Body of Christ today is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4). Again, this message must be shared with words, not just actions. 

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Ephesians | Session 1 | 1:1-9

In today's study we introduce the book by carefully taking a look at when and where it was written, establish who the audience was, discuss the issues of predestination and adoption, and God's wisdom and prudence.

2 Timothy was Paul's last personal epistle and Ephesians was his last doctrinal epistle and it seems that both were written at the same time and that both were delivered by Tychicus (cf. 1 Timothy 1:3; Ephesians 6:21-22; 2 Timothy 4:12).

Another possible proof of this is that Paul gives his salutations at the end of 2 Timothy and not at the end of Ephesus. Maybe it was because they were going to the same place (cf. 2 Timothy 4:19 vs. Ephesians 6:21-24)?

Notice Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy 4:19. Where was he? 2 Timothy 1:16-18. Also, Acts 18:24-26 tells us that Aquila and Priscilla were also in Ephesus.

Bottom line is that there is a lot of evidence that Ephesians and 2 Timothy were written at the same time and delivered by Tychicus. That would mean that Ephesians was written while Paul was awaiting execution in Rome (cf. Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Verse 1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: The first thing that stands out in this verse is the audience. Grammar dictates that he is addressing two groups of people: saints which are at Ephesus and the faithful in Christ Jesus there as well.

Verse 2: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. The use of grace and peace make it clear that the audience is under the new dispensation of grace. Grace and peace are commonly referred to as the Siamese twins of the New Testament because because they are found together in all of Paul's letters. This is one good argument against Hebrews being written by Paul.

Verse 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: At first glance it would appear that he is addressing both groups with our and us pronouns. However, once we get to verse 13, he will transition to ye and your pronouns. Randy White points out that us and we is used nine times in verses 3-12 and only three times in verses 13-23. Also, ye and your is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and zero times in verses 3-12. Was that on purpose or by mistake?

Now some will point to Colossians 1:1-2 to make the point that these are the same people. However, Paul seems to make the distinction a lot. He started out his letter to the Corinthians with Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:1-2). I am not going to be dogmatic about it, but I believe that it is a strong argument.

If that being the case, verses 3-12 is directed at the Jewish believers who are called saints and and verses 13-23 are directed at Gentile believers who are called the faithful in Christ Jesus.

In today's study we look at verses 4-5 where we see Paul establishing that God has chosen Israel before the foundation of the world and that they are predestined to the adoption according to the good pleasure of his will. These verses are oftentimes misinterpreted when they applied to the Body of Christ.

Verse 4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Again, this must be still speaking of the saints in verse 1. It is the nation of Israel that is in view that was chosen in him before the foundation of the world (Deu 7:6-7; Isa 41:8-9; Mat 24:22; 1Pe 1:1-2; 1Pe 2:9

I believe that it is also the nation in view that was called to be holy and without blame before him in love (Lev 19:2; Isa 26:2; 1Pe 1:16; 1Pe 1:22-31; 1Pe 2:9).

Verse 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Here is the predestination that many chose to apply to the Body of Christ. Is he addressing the Body of Christ? Not in my humble opinion in that I believe that he is still addressing believing Jews who under the old dispensation who were chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame. As such, they were also predestined to be adopted according to the good pleasure of his will.

Sorry, but to me, Reformed Theology has this all wrong. Also, many evangelicals struggle with these verses because they see them as being directed at the Body of Christ. The bottom line, is that we Gentiles are not predestined to the adoption spoken of here in these verses and there is not one verse in the Bible that I can find that says that we are.

Paul told the Romans in Romans 9:1-4, I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. In these verses, Paul clearly says that it is his brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption.

Notice also, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came. That means that Christ's earthly ministry was to the house of Israel. That is exactly what Paul also meant in 2 Corinthians 5:16.

Regarding adoption, Paul said that the nation is under the spirit of adoption in Romans 8:15 and that it will become a reality in the future in Romans 8:23. Also, Galatians 4:5 makes it clear that the adoption only pertains to those who were once under the law.

Unfortunately, the church today does a bit of eisegesis by concluding that the "adoption" spoken of here in the same adoption that we think of today with someone being brought into a family that is not their own. When it reality, it has everything to do with a child, already in the family, coming of age and thus receiving legal rights. That event in Scripture is when the heir is adopted. That is no where near our definition today.

Verse 6: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Because of the comma in verse 5, this is a continuous thought. Therefore, it can only mean that his selection of Israel was to the praise of the glory of his grace. Since the Calvinist believes this entire chapter is about them. They see their predestined adoption as according to the good pleasure of his will and to the praise of the glory of his grace. Conversely, they will apply this to the damned as well.

Also, it is easy to miss in the KJV because beloved is not capitalized. However, it is in the ESV, NASB, NKJV and translated as the One he loves in the NIV. So, it is not referring to a brotherhood. Israel is accepted in their Messiah. Of course, like redemption and adoption, it is not a physical reality right now during this time of postponement.

Verse 7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; As such, the nation has redemption through his blood. This has not yet been physically realized because of their rejection. However, it will be realized one day according to Paul in Romans 11:26-27.

However, the verse could certainly be applied to the Body of Christ as well. Of course, while they are redeemed from the law, we have been redeemed from our sins.

Verse 8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; As a result, the nation will be the recipients of God's abounding wisdom and prudence.

Verse 9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: The semicolon in verse 8 means this verse is further explains God's wisdom and prudence in that he has made known to them the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.

The question is what is the mystery of his will? To me at least, it cannot be referring to the mystery that was revealed to the Paul regarding the Body of Christ because the verse ends with a colon which means the following verses will provide the explanation that we are looking for.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.11.22

In today's study, we cover verses 5-9 where we see that we need to be careful to not force our modern day definition of a word on Scripture making it say something that it does not. Also, we see that everything that God does is according to his wisdom and prudence.

Verse 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Here is the predestination that many chose to apply to the Body of Christ. Is he addressing the Body of Christ? Not in my humble opinion in that I believe that he is still addressing believing Jews who under the old dispensation were chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame. As such, they were also predestined to be adopted according to the good pleasure of his will. 

Sorry, but to me, Reformed Theology has this all wrong. Also, many evangelicals struggle with these verses because they see them as being directed at the Body of Christ. The bottom line, is that we Gentiles are not predestined to the adoption spoken of here in these verses and there is not one verse in the Bible that I can find that says that we are. 

Paul told the Romans in Romans 9:1-4, I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. In these verses, Paul clearly says that it is his brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption

Notice also, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came. That means that Christ's earthly ministry was to the house of Israel. That is exactly what Paul also meant in 2 Corinthians 5:16. 

Regarding adoption, Paul said that the nation is under the spirit of adoption in Rom_8:15 and that it will become a reality in the future in Rom_8:23. Also, Gal_4:5 makes it clear that the adoption only pertains to those who were once under the law. 

Unfortunately, the church today does a bit of eisegesis by concluding that the "adoption" spoken of here in the same adoption that we think of today with someone being brought into a family that is not their own. When it reality, it has everything to do with a child, already in the family, coming of age and thus receiving legal rights. That event in Scripture is when the heir is adopted. That is no where near our definition today. 

Verse 6: To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Because of the comma in verse 5, this is a continuous thought. Therefore, it can only mean that his selection of Israel was to the praise of the glory of his grace. Since the Calvinist believes this entire chapter is about them. They see their predestined adoption as according to the good pleasure of his will and to the praise of the glory of his grace. Conversely, they will apply this to the damned as well. 

Verse 7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; As such, the nation has redemption through his blood. This has not yet been physically realized because of their rejection. However, it will be realized one day according to Paul in Romans 11:26-27.

Verse 8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; As a result, the nation will be the recipients of God's abounding wisdom and prudence. 

Verse 9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: The semicolon in verse 8 means this verse is further explains God's wisdom and prudence in that he has made known to them the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself

The question is what is the mystery of his will? To me at least, it can not be referring to the mystery that was revealed to the Paul regarding the Body of Christ because the verse ends with a colon which means the following verses will provide the explanation that we are looking for. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.9.22

In today's study we look at verses 4-5 where we see Paul establishing that God has chosen Israel before the foundation of the world and that they are predestined to the adoption according to the good pleasure of his will. These verses are oftentimes misinterpreted when they applied to the Body of Christ.

Verse 4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Again, this must be still speaking of the saints in verse 1. It is the nation of Israel that is in view that was chosen in him before the foundation of the world (Deu 7:6-7; Isa 41:8-9; Mat 24:22; 1Pe 1:1-2; 1Pe 2:9

I believe that it is also the nation in view that was called to be holy and without blame before him in love (Lev 19:2; Isa 26:2; 1Pe 1:16; 1Pe 1:22-31; 1Pe 2:9).

Verse 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Here is the predestination that many chose to apply to the Body of Christ. Is he addressing the Body of Christ? Not in my humble opinion in that I believe that he is still addressing believing Jews who under the old dispensation who were chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame. As such, they were also predestined to be adopted according to the good pleasure of his will

Sorry, but to me, Reformed Theology has this all wrong. Also, many evangelicals struggle with these verses because they see them as being directed at the Body of Christ. The bottom line, is that we Gentiles are not predestined to the adoption spoken of here in these verses and there is not one verse in the Bible that I can find that says that we are. 

Paul told the Romans in Romans 9:1-4, I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. In these verses, Paul clearly says that it is his brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.8.22

Today we continue our study through the book of Ephesians by looking at verses 1-3 and establishing who the audience is that Paul is writing to.

Verse 1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: The first thing that stands out in this verse is the audience. Grammar dictates that he is addressing two groups of people: saints which are at Ephesus and the faithful in Christ Jesus there as well. 

Verse 2: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. The use of grace and peace make it clear that the audience is under the new dispensation of grace. Grace and peace are commonly referred to as the Siamese twins of the New Testament because because they are found together in all of Paul's letters. This is one good argument against Hebrews being written by Paul.

Verse 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: At first glance it would appear that he is addressing both groups with the our and us pronouns. However, once we get to verse 13, he will transition to ye and your. Randy White points out that us and we is used nine times in verses 3-12 and only three times in verses 13-23. Also, ye and yours is used 11 times in verses 13-23 and zero times in verses 3-12. Was that on purpose or by mistake? 

Now some will point to Colossians 1:1-2 to make the point that these are the same people. However, Paul seems to make a the distinction a lot. He started out his letter to the Corinthians with Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:1-2). I am not going to be dogmatic about it, but I believe that it is a strong argument. 

If that being the case, verses 3-12 is directed at the Jewish believers who are called saints and and verses 13-23 are directed at Gentile believers who are called the faithful in Christ Jesus

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Ephesians Study | 2.7.22

In today's study we introduce the book of Ephesians. To do that, we look at when it was written, from where it was written, and by whom it was delivered.

2 Timothy was Paul's last personal epistle and Ephesians was his last doctrinal epistle and it seems that both were written at the same time and that both were delivered by Tychicus (cf. 1 Timothy 1:3; Ephesians 6:21-22; 2 Timothy 4:12). 

Another possible proof of this is that Paul gives his salutations at the end of 2 Timothy and not at the end of Ephesus. Maybe it was because they were going to the same place (cf. 2 Timothy 4:19 vs. Ephesians 6:21-24)? 

Notice Onesiphorus in 2 Timothy 4:19. Where was he? 2 Timothy 1:16-18. Also, Acts 18:24-26 tells us that Aquila and Priscilla were also in Ephesus. 

Bottom line is that there is a lot of evidence that Ephesians and 2 Timothy were written at the same time and delivered by Tychicus. That would mean that Ephesians was written while Paul was awaiting execution in Rome (cf. Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Monthly Newsletter

My company, the Network of International Christian Schools, ran this in their monthly newsletter. It is an awesome organization that I am honored to serve with.