Articles by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
July 4th, 2015
Bayes' Rule

Scientific research seeks to make inference about population parameters from data. The way this is done is to gather data, and use it to test and investigate a particular theory. The theory will often be formulated in terms of parameters which are unknown and need to be estimated from the sample data. Of course scientists will have some prior belief about these parameters. The Bayesian view of statistics provides a paradigm that scientists can implement to establish their latest beliefs about the parameters of a model. If we allow theta to represent the parameters of interest...

By Wayne Stewart
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. 

Many Christians however never leave this message and fail to grow in the Lord so that after salvation a time of attrification and stagnation occurs. Is...

By Wayne Stewart
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 --...
By Wayne Stewart
April 12th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the age times and how the ends of the ages fell on those in the Acts period and NOT US! We shall now continue with verse 12

Chapter 10:12-16

After the examples of unbelief have been recited in verses 7-11 Paul says:

KJG  1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
TBT  1 Corinthians 10:12 ὥστε ὁ δοκῶν ἑστάναι, βλεπέτω μὴ πέσῃ.

The two verbs ἑστάναι, πέσῃ. "to stand" and "to fall" are strongly symbolic and remind the reader that if you take pride in...

By Wayne Stewart
September 13th, 2015
Introduction

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...

By Wayne Stewart
September 15th, 2014
Introduction

In part 1 we looked at the first 9 verses of chapter 1 where we learn't a great deal about the context and economy in which Paul was labouring. Many contrasts were shown between the Acts age and ours. These were necessarily drawn in order to distinguish our own calling with the Corunthian's and to show the movement of the Spirit from His Acts signs and wonders confirmatory work to a new ministry of unveiling the Mystery.

The preaching and ministry conducted by the apostles was a continuance of what the Lord began in his earthly ministry. Indeed the Corinthians were...

By Wayne Stewart
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.

Chapter 6:12-20

After the list of 10 categories Paul...

By Wayne Stewart
June 13th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the nature of how the annointing worked in the acts of the apostles and specifically the baptism which the Spirit of God performed and was active in. We noted that there is a complete correspondence between the events of 1Cor 12 and 1 Cor 10 where a baptism unto Moses was recounted. The connection to Israel and her spiritual things was made clear.

In this lesson we will examine the body at Corinth and its membership.

 

Chapter 12:27-31

This passage begins with a paragraph mark and rightfully so --...

By Wayne Stewart
November 2nd, 2014
Introduction

Last time we looked at 1 Cor.2:1-9. The passages have many applications and we can learn so much about ideas related to the wisdom of this world and its limitations. However, we need now to look at the more precise context of these passages if we are to understand the intent of the author and gain from them (the passages) what doctrine God intended to pass on to the believers lest we confound those things that differ. What "mystery" is Paul referring to? Those who deny the truth of the great divide of Acts 28 and its impact on the understanding of Paul's Acts books will also...

By Wayne Stewart
March 22nd, 2015
Introduction:

Last week we had reason to pause and look at some applications of the "stumblingblock" doctrine and reflect on whether the use of alcahol in our lives would be:

Permissable Wise and helpful to our weaker Christian brothers and unsaved friends.

Each person would need to look at his or her own circumstances to decide on the latter since this is a judgment made upon the ground of "freedom" .  For the former we could ask as Paul: Are we not free? Yes of course we are.

KJG  1 Corinthians 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
TBT  1 Corinthians 9:4 μὴ...

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