Blogs by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
July 19th, 2018
Introduction

The motivation for this study is that we wish to understand the precise nature of Acts 28 in the progress of doctrine as it relates to God's judgment on Israel. When did Israel become "lo-ammi"? The Acts 28 position of Welch and others would say that Isarel was de jure Lo ammi in Matthew 13 and de facto in Acts 28. I can affirm the de jure -- but de facto is more difficult to substantiate in Acts 28.

We know that the reason parables were introduced was to hide knowledge from the masses and that they contained information relevant to the mysteries of the kingdom of...

By Wayne Stewart
July 16th, 2018
Introduction

"No pain no gain!!" The modern response to this phrase is sometimes "No pain no pain" -- the point is why go through pain -- is the gain worth it? In the case of reviewing and examining those things which we believe while painful will often be very fruitful because biblical doctrines will often be dependent on each other. Truth is important and when it comes to a systematic or schema we need to get it right. The pain is worth it!

In this blog we will look at the meaning of the systematic I am suggesting, which is a work in progress and will be adjusted as time and...

By Wayne Stewart
July 15th, 2018
Introduction

How will we determine what happened in Acts 28 regarding the judgment on Israel?

The first thing we should look at is the context of Acts 28 itself (see: https://rightdivision.com/blog/acts-29-acts-28-reconsidered ) and then the progress of doctrine as it is prophesied. (Matt 22) And finally examine parallels in the scripture.(Luke 24, much of the exilic prophets)

The beginning of the book of acts reminds the reader of what Jesus did immediately after his resurrection:

KJV Acts 1:3 To...

By Wayne Stewart
July 13th, 2018
Introduction

Paul made it to Rome amidst some amazing and miraculous works of God which would have been evident to those travelling with Paul which incuded Luke, Aristarchus, the centurion guard Julias, fellow prisoners, sailors and "others". He was judged by Roman authorities to be innocent (Acts 28:18)  prior to the events of Acts 28:

Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. (Acts 28:18 KJV)

and his special treatment upon arrival in Rome till Acts 28:31 is consistent with this.

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By Wayne Stewart
July 12th, 2018
My former understanding
Introduction

Acts 28 is clearly a huge event and one which is marked out in scripture as a culminating end to the book of Acts. There is no doubt in my mind that Acts 28 is hugely significant in the progress of doctrine and the spritual history of the nation of Israel and the gentiles (nations). 

The question that I would like to address, though, is "When did God declare Israel to be de facto "Lo-ammi"? And when was "the mystery" of Col. 1:26 revealed in relation to Acts 28? Are these events contemporaneous?

 

Isaiah 6:9,10

The quotation from Isaiah 6 in Acts 28:...

By Wayne Stewart
January 21st, 2018
Assumption

The mid-Acts position presupposes that with Paul came "The Mystery". That is there is little differentiation between Paul's Acts ministry and Post Acts ministry. There are some very heavy penalties for this mistake.

Gifts of the Spirit (Acts believers had them -- do you?) Ordinances (Acts believers held to them -- do you?) Jew first (Acts believers gave advantage to Israel -- do you?) The hope of Israel in prophecy was the hope of Acts believers -- is this your hope?)

Furthermore -- how do you know? Putting "the Mystery" into the Acts confuses a lot of our deportment...

By Wayne Stewart
January 15th, 2017
Introduction

We have recently begun a new series called the U,V and W's of right division. This title has been carefully chosen because I do not wish to give the incorrect notion that the series will be the "final word" on R/D but that it will extend the already published  "ABC's of R/D" https://rightdivision.com/study/abcs-right-division

To help get an idea of some of the issues, we will be looking at a debate (2014) between Dr Brown and Dr Preston -- both men are well versed in their respective positions and we...

By Wayne Stewart
January 6th, 2016
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Matthew 10:28 seems to do service for both the traditional and conditional views of the soul.

KJV  Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
TBT  Matthew 10:28 καὶ μὴ φοβηθῆτε ἀπὸ τῶν ἀποκτεινόντων τὸ σῶμα, τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν μὴ δυναμένων ἀποκτεῖναι· φοβήθητε δὲ μᾶλλον τὸν δυνάμενον καὶ ψυχὴν καὶ σῶμα ἀπολέσαι ἐν γεέννῃ.

The Lord says do not be fearful of those who can kill the body but are not able to kill the soul rather fear him that is...

By Wayne Stewart
January 6th, 2016
Introduction

Those who reject the gospel of salvation will not be given immortality. 

KJV 2 Timothy 1:10  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
TBT 2 Timothy 1:10  φανερωθεῖσαν δὲ νῦν διὰ τῆς ἐπιφανείας τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καταργήσαντος μὲν τὸν θάνατον, φωτίσαντος δὲ ζωὴν καὶ ἀφθαρσίαν διὰ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου,

John's world wide mission brings out interesting statements made by the Lord which have contextual relevance to this subject:...

By Wayne Stewart
January 5th, 2016
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Sheol in the old testament has the same meaning as Hades in the new testament. You can see this by the following textual agreement:

KJV Psalm 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

LXT Psalm 15:10  ὅτι οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψεις τὴν ψυχήν μου εἰς ᾅδην οὐδὲ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδεῖν διαφθοράν

 WTT Psalm 16:10 כִּ֤י׀ לֹא־תַעֲזֹ֣ב נַפְשִׁ֣י לִשְׁא֑וֹל לֹֽא־תִתֵּ֥ן חֲ֜סִידְךָ֗ לִרְא֥וֹת שָֽׁחַת׃

KJV  Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou...

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