Blogs by Wayne Stewart

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
July 26th, 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
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. 

Testimony

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
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...

By Wayne Stewart
July 31st, 2014
MID-ACTS and THEISTIC EVOLUTION

The mid-acts position starts the church (of whom Christ is head) in the book of Acts. This has many consequences, including the playing of doctrinal catch up on many manifestly clear observations about the church that all with open eyes can see. For example the church today has no signed gifts, we do not observe them despite many claims by some for their presence. Yet if the mid-acts position is true then the church should have them -- in fact the body of Christ as taught by Paul in 1 Cor.12-14 is composed of members with these gifts and whose...

By Wayne Stewart
July 26th, 2015

In 1 Cor. 10:11 Paul says:

KJV  1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
TBT  1 Corinthians 10:11 ταῦτα δὲ πάντα τύποι συνέβαινον ἐκείνοις· ἐγράφη δὲ πρὸς νουθεσίαν ἡμῶν, εἰς οὓς τὰ τέλη τῶν αἰώνων κατήντησεν.

Clearly Israel's history was of importance in showing God's displeasure at their disobedience and hence served as "tupoi" or "figures" and "examples" to help prevent a repeat of the nations indiscretions. In rehearsing this he reveals the nature...

By Wayne Stewart
July 29th, 2014
I believe BUT ...

There are many believers in the Lord who have responded to His call as found in the gospel concerning His atoning sacrifice. You will notice that this gospel is firmly rooted in the OT scriptures and has been eloquently expressed by Paul in 1 Cor 15 which is repeated below:

1 ¶  (AV) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1  (TR) γνωριζω δε υμιν αδελφοι το ευαγγελιον ο ευηγγελισαμην υμιν ο και παρελαβετε εν ω και εστηκατε   This gospel was "gospellized", I say this to...
By Wayne Stewart
May 28th, 2014

Eph. 6.15  (AV) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph. 6.15  (TR) και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης

The passage above is taken from the armor of God section in Ephesians 6:11-18. It would be easy to assume that the gospel of peace only applies to that good news concerning the Lord’s death burial and resurrection, the gospel that we all need to hear and respond to and which is rooted in that which the Lord Jesus accomplished as a finished work on the cross at Calvary. This however is not the major subject of...

By Wayne Stewart
January 5th, 2016
Introduction:

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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