The end of the book of Romans is often used as a "proof" that the mystery given to Paul the prisoner was known before the close of the book of Acts and that "the mystery" as revealed in Eph 3 is simply a revisitation of what was already dispensed in the acts period. This is a part of the mid-acts foundation, an assumption that is demonstrably wrong, upon which many false doctrines subsist.
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Since the days of Cain, man has decided his own mode of worship. Cain knew what he should have done, just as Abel knew, but he chose not to bring the sacrifice that God required. When God refused his sacrifice, Cain became angry at Abel and killed him. We might sit here and think that Cain was mad at God and took out his anger on Abel and that is probably true, but the fact remains that Abel suffered at the hands of Cain. You would think that the situation would be directly between God and Cain and that Abel would not enter into the equation.
“…and came trembling, and fell down…” Acts 16:29 These words describe the Philippian jailer and his conversion before Paul and Silas. Many of you are familiar with the story. Paul had been arrested for casting a devil out of a young maiden who had associated herself with them. This cost the young maiden her supernatural powers and she became a liability instead of an asset to her masters. They went into a rage over the loss of their income, arrested, beat and imprisoned Paul and Silas, charging the jailer with their safety.
Be ye followers of me
It was the apostle Paul who said:
KJV 1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
TBT 1 Corinthians 11:1 μιμηταί μου γίνεσθε, καθὼς κἀγὼ Χριστοῦ.
KJV 1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
TBT 1 Corinthians 11:2 Ἐπαινῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, ὅτι πάντα μου μέμνησθε, καὶ καθὼς παρέδωκα ὑμῖν τὰς παραδόσεις κατέχετε.
The Olive Tree - are we graft in? This question seems to have an obvious answer. "Of course we are graft into the olive tree because that is what Romans 11:17 says!" Lets read it together:
17 (AV) And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
17 (TR) ει δε τινες των κλαδων εξεκλασθησαν συ δε αγριελαιος ων ενεκεντρισθης εν αυτοις και συγκοινωνος της ριζης και της πιοτητος της ελαιας εγενου
Before answering this we will back up a little and discover important and interesting contextual information about the book we are reading from. The epistle of Paul to the Romans is a book of huge consequence because it lays down some very clear truths concerning justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is undeniable and is affirmed by the present author. But what is also true and must also be equally affirmed is that the book is written in an age when Jew was first Rom. 1:16
In the last book of the Old Testament, God commented:
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
In light of today’s preaching and gospel presentations, God should have said, “I am the Lord, but I am going to change and not consume anybody” or “I am the Lord, but I have had a change of heart and everyone is my friend.”
Can you believe how stupid some highly educated people are becoming? The Supreme Court of the United States takes it upon themselves to reverse nature. For 6000+ years marriage has been between a man and a woman. They are the only two beings that could obey God's commandment:
Probably no argument has been waxed longer or louder than the one over “Once saved, always saved.” Some have said that this belief honors Christ’s work on the cross; others say that it is a license to sin. “If I believed ‘once saved, always saved’ I would do anything I wanted to do,” is a familiar cry. Volumes have been written on both sides of this coin. A few years ago I wrote an article on “Twice lost, always lost;” revealing that if a person gets saved and then loses his salvation, he is forever doomed. There is no such thing in the Bible of a person getting saved twice!
What is the "soul" -- how is it used in the old and new testaments? Have we been shafted in our understanding of the nature of man? Is the immortality of the soul biblical or is it the tradition derived from Plato? Lets look at the many passages in the Old testament that refer to the soul and once we have digested them we will then look at the new testament.
We moved our offices after the first of the year, which turned out to be a far greater chore than we had anticipated. It is amazing how much paper and things one can accumulate. When you start sorting through papers, pictures and memorabilia, you really get a chance to tread down memory lane.
We were reminded of those ex-inmates who have gone on to meet the Lord; Stanley Lee, Dr. Bob Earl, Jerry Sanders, Guy Tatum.
Those men who’s memory still encourage us to continue on: Dr. C.E. McLain, Charley Jones, Joe Russell, Chuck Palmer, Coach Jack Brewer…