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August 4th, 2014

Straw Men and Misrepresentation 

Many who are unaccustomed to Acts 28 right division  will find the teaching here, at first glance, hard to digest. One reason for this is that the teaching of Biblical doctrine has given way to and replaced by entertainment in many churches. The other reason is that Acts 28 teaching lays to rest many of the sacred cows of confessing christianity though this is not by any means the only fruit that it produces. If something is seen only in terms of negatives, that is if Acts 28 teaching is seen only in terms of denying this or denying that so that the message one gets is a long list of doctrines that are negated this can have the effect of turning many would be investigators into righteously indignant detractors.

November 16th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the passages below (Welch). This structure allows us to see the scope of the verses. A couple of points pop right out as we compare and contrast words and phrases in the structure. This process brings to our attention useful insights which remind us and augment what we have learnt. 

  • b: Man's wisdom equates to the spirit of the world while in c the spirit of God is the Holy Spirit
  • a: Things of God revealed corresponds with explained by by spiritual means. 
  • C: Revelation -- Discernment -- God reveals through spiritual discernment
  • B: None knew -- they had the spirit of the world BUT "we" have the mind of Christ. 
  • A: Wisdom can only be spoken to the mature -- the reason Paul could not speak this wisdom to the Corinthians was that they were Babes.

This time we shall comment on what the Holy Spirit says next as He speaks through the human instrument of Paul.

September 13th, 2015

Last time we looked at the idea of sleep as it pertains to the metaphor of death for the Christian. Time is relative, and what we know about time from Physics is that it is present within our "thing" or matter - energy universe -- taken outside that and it need not be there. If the spirit goes back to God and God is fundamentally outside His creation then the spirit is not subject to time and if "sleep" is a metaphor for death then resurrection is an awakening. Sleep is a form of unconsciousness and therefore time has no meaning. We breath out at death and we breath into our resurrected body. With respect to our time frame we move out and into the time dimension seamlessly with no delay regardless of how much time moves by on earth. 

March 15th, 2015

Introduction:

Last time we looked at chapter 8 and saw that Paul took very seriously the doctrine of the "stumblingblock", indeed he even said that it was a sin to use freedom in such a way that it causes a brother to perish.

KJV  1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
TBT  1 Corinthians 8:13 διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω.

Eating flesh offered  to an idol (which was nothing in the world) in itself was perfectly permissable and was a freedom that those who had enlightened knowledge could enjoy -- but doing so in the presence of a weaker brother was not just a mistake but a sin.

Today we will begin on chapter 9 where Paul answers those who examine him.

July 5th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we examined the last verses of chapter 13 and went over the usage of the root of the verbs "καταργηθήσονται" and "καταργηθήσεται" which are translated in this passage "they shall fail" and "it shall vanish away" respectively. 

KJV  1 Corinthians 13:8 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.
TBT  1 Corinthians 13:8 ἡ ἀγάπη οὐδέποτε ἐκπίπτει· εἴτε δὲ προφητεῖαι, καταργηθήσονται· εἴτε γλῶσσαι, παύσονται· εἴτε γνῶσις, καταργηθήσεται.

Today we leave chapter 13 and move into the next chapter which starts with a reordering of the temporary gifts. Prophecy comes first.

October 19th, 2014

Introduction

Last time we looked at the topic of Baptism and noted that Paul did indeed baptize in the Acts period but this was not what he was called to major on. The fact that he baptized so few gave Paul occassion to thank God because it would reduce the chance that any could say that he baptized in his own name. Paul did not separate his essential message from that of the others. Unity is what he was after, in this state there could be much productive ministry. We finished woith a comment about vs 18 where the structure of the vesre brings out the comparison between foolishness and the power of God.

This lesson is about the wisdom of the world and the times of the Acts.

January 25th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at the 10 categories of sinners that would not inherit the kingdom of God. The first five but one were sexual in nature and the one that was not, "idolaters", evokes an obvious question: Why is this category placed here? A possible answer is that the sexual practices may be associated with idolatry in so far as a) the actual practice (religious sexual requirements) and b) the idolatry that the practice produces in the mind of the person.

Today we will examine the remainder of chapter 6.

March 1st, 2020

Thought Provoking Topics From a Right Division Perspective.  This snippet: "The Mystery" of Colossians 1:26-27 Revealed in Acts?

May 10th, 2015

Introduction

Last time we looked at shadow and reality in the period of the Acts of the apostles. Of course the shadow is seen throughout the Acts period and that includes the Acts epistles of Paul which amount to 7 letters. Those who would claim that right division holds little practical consequence should look very carefully at the past lesson and 1st Corinthians in general. In this lesson we will look at the problems related to the Lord's supper.

July 4th, 2015

After Trusting In Christ ...

If you are saved there would have been a time in your life when you trusted in the finished work of Christ on the cross at Calvary to save you from the consequence of sin. This simple act of faith marks the start of your Christian life and should not be under-rated. The preaching of the cross is of vital importance and so we must strive to present the gospel of salvation in clear and unequivocal terms. 

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