Articles by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
October 11th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we looked at the teaching of "Jew first" in the Acts and its impact on churches in Galatia and throughout the world as they felt the force of the imperative Paul gave them to look after the needy in Jerusalem. Paul ends the section in 16:9 saying that a great door and effectual is opened unto him and that there were many adversaries. We should not be surprized at the greatness of the door that has been opened to us to make known the fellowship of the mystery and to expect an even greater adversary.

Chapter 16:10-24

Timotheus is now mentioned -- if...

By Wayne Stewart
October 4th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we looked at the issue of  a "soulish" person and a "spiritual" person and the fact that the immortal body will be "spiritual". We look forward to the new body for many reasons -- not only is it the means for us to experience eternal life but it is the way we enjoy it as well. The bare grain of 15:37 is how the body was set up originally -- a far cry from the resurrected body (that which shall be). The specific resurrection mentioned here is that which occurs at the last trump and is found in Matt 24:29-35, 1 Thess.4:16 and Rev. 11:15,16. These passages relate to a...

By Wayne Stewart
September 27th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we examined some practical teaching as it relates to keeping bad company and what this can mean for many including young and immature christians. The main thought pertains to some who hold to incorrect notions of the resurrection.

Chapter 15:45-58

One star differeth from another in glory We "see" the glory -- the size and brightness of the star. Some stars appear before others. They also have importance in terms of the Mazzoroth and signs written on them through artificial groupings. The seed of the woman and the progress of the doctrine of Christ as it...

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 6th, 2015
Chapter 15:20-28

After the logical case has been laid for the resurrection of the dead Paul gives the facts of what actually happened:

20 ¶  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

The expression "But now" is very Pauline and often gives a strong contrast to what has been given previously. The awful consequences of the false notion that Christ did not rize from the dead are now repudiated with the facts. Christ is risen from the dead -- he took an "out - resurrection" and became the firstfruits of those who had died. Notice...

By Wayne Stewart
August 29th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we looked at the commonality of the gospel which Paul and the apostles preached. The mid-Acts position is seriously undermined when 1 Cor. 15 is carefully considered. The mid-Acts assumption that the gospel is "the mystery" and that Paul's gospel of 1Cor. 15 is in some sense hid in God is found wanting.

According to the scriptures 1 Cor 15:1-4 ("the Mystery" hid in God) "Whether it were I or they" 1 Cor. 15:11 ("common salvation", Jude 1:3 - the message was in common with the apostles ) "So we preach" -- this was the way Paul and the apostles preached (you...
By Wayne Stewart
August 18th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the first 10 verses of 1 Cor. 15 which talks about the foundation of the gospel. We noted that there is an awkward "if" in the salvation condition which we discovered expressed the fact that the gospel that was received and in which the Corinthian believers stood would result in salvation if they held in what word Paul preached to them. Paul clearly received by revelation the gospel and yet it was also according to scriptures. We also learnt abouty the untimely birth (abortion) mentioned in vs 8. 

Chapter 15:11-20

In verse 10 Paul...

By Wayne Stewart
August 13th, 2015
Introduction

Last time we looked at the last portion of chapter 14.  The issues related to prophecy and women teachers in the church. It was found that men and women were to function differently in the church and that this was not something that was found in only one age but was rooted in the Genesis of mankind and hence inter dispensational. These different functions are not surprizing when one considers the differences both morphological and psychological. The Christian faith proposes the best model of functionality and peace from God. Rebellion to this will have its fruits and we see...

By Wayne Stewart
August 10th, 2015
Introduction:

Last time we looked at the rules for speaking in tongues and mentioned the last portion of chapter 14 relating to women and their place within the church administration. 

Today we will take this a little further starting from the gift of prophecy.

Chapter 14: 29-40

KJV  1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are...

By Wayne Stewart
July 7th, 2015
Abstract

This article introduces the student of scripture to the subject of the callings of God. It is a first pass through this deep subject.

Introduction

To know God's general and specific callings on our lives is an important issue. At the time of our initial conversion we may have had some notion of what God requires and expects of us from an increased awareness and sensibility to the gospel and general biblical teaching of right and wrong. However we may also be bombarded with many voices claiming special knowledge and light into God's will and this is not only talking of...

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