Blogs by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
July 13th, 2018

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.

By Wayne Stewart
July 12th, 2018
My former understanding

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
July 16th, 2018

"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

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: ) 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 19th, 2018

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
June 10th, 2014
The perfecting of the saints

The book of Ephesians is the high water mark of PAul's prison ministry. It relates to us both  the circumstances and content  of the revelation of "the mystery" which was hid in God. All saints immediately prior to this revelation believed and held to the hope which was proclaimed to them in the Acts and therefore would need to be adjusted to the new and unprophesied hope that was now their's by grace.

Eph 4.11  (AV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4.11  (TR) και αυτος...

By Wayne Stewart
December 24th, 2015

You assume that everything is just A OK and then everything changes! That's the "But Now" experience. It manifests its influence in various ways and interesting contexts. 


For many years I taught that the Body of whom Christ is head was just a local Ephesian body, one like unto  the bodies of Rom 12 and 1 Cor 12.

Ro 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Then Acts 28 happened, or at least my appreciation of...

By Wayne Stewart
August 3rd, 2014
The Wife, the Bride and the Body (συσσωμα)

Salvation is by grace but where do we realize our salvation, with what company and in what part of the Christ's realm? God's kingdom is vast and we can expect that God would have many companies of people to rule and take part in His administration. It is easy to locate the wife (Israel), the bride (overcomers) and the joint body (the church of which Christ is head). The last group and its hope is expounded in the special prison ministry of PAul.

What is interesting is that there are other groups as well. It is instructive to examine these...

By Wayne Stewart
July 27th, 2015

The revelation of the Mystery was given once Israel was judged Acts 28:28. The mystery forms the distinctive kernel of the economy of this age. But how does this relate to the foundation of the world?

Below is a slide which gives a complete (but not exhaustive - Heb 11:11 is about Sarah "conceiving" seed and is not included) concordance of "katabole":

"From the foundation of the world" relates to kindom promises, and are based on prophetical statements and Israel's hope. "Before the foundataion of the world" relates to a time when a special love...

By Wayne Stewart
October 25th, 2015
The Immortal Soul?

We should let the scriptures speak:

KJV  Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Eze 18:4 KJV)

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. (Mat 10:28 KJV)

Clearly the soul can die. Indeed the soul with the body can be destroyed in "hell".


What is the Soul?

We will look for its first occurrence in the Bible...