Blogs by Wayne Stewart

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
Introduction:

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
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...

By Wayne Stewart
January 4th, 2016
Introduction:

It is time we all looked at this issue without the blinders of tradition. Some will react against this because too many assumptions will be destroyed and the pain of acknowledging error too much to bear. Guilt by association will also be used to deny the truth of the conclusions obvious to all who search and see. It simply will not work to say that this is a doctrine of the adventists and therefore MUST be wrong, promptly depositing it in the circular filing cabinet.  Too many times we apply logic with partiality and thoughtlessness -- we wouldn't treat business matters with...

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
December 22nd, 2015
Introduction

The nature of man is a controversial issue -- some say man is made fundamentally of two parts, spirit and body others say tripartite, body, soul and spirit. Regardless - most say that at death mankind continues. That is there is a conscious intermediate state. This belief is most often established by quoting Luke 16:19-31 which comes from the mouth of the Lord. What is lacking however is a contextual discussion of the passage and a more careful look at what the genre of speech and rhetoric the  Lord was using (parable, sarcasm, parody, fable, irony etc) and to whom He was...

By Wayne Stewart
December 6th, 2015
The Revelation of Jesus Christ

While many Bibles title the last book of the canon "The Revelation of Saint John the Divine" we note that in fact the book itself says:

1:1 ¶  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

The Revelation (unveiling) of Jesus Christ -- it was given to the Lord from God to shew ( the showing is the progressive unveiling ) to his servants the things which MUST shortly come to pass -- it was sent and...

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
August 24th, 2015
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...

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