Colossians 1:16 – Jesus involved with Genesis creation?

Colossians 1:16 is a misleading text in standard bible versions. Colossians 1:16 in the King James (Authorized) version of the Bible is likely to be misleading. It reads: “By him [Jesus] were all things created that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things … Continue reading Colossians 1:16 – Jesus involved with Genesis creation?

Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. This phrase is commonly used to teach that at death a Christian transcends this world to be with Jesus in a bodiless state. But a bodiless state is definitely not what Paul … Continue reading Explanation of “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 5:8

What Does Paul Mean “to Depart to be with Christ” in Philippians 1:23?

Philippians 1:23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. Does it mean that when we die we go to Heaven as spirits? Justification for the almost universally held opinion that Christianity teaches that the dead are consciously with God at the … Continue reading What Does Paul Mean “to Depart to be with Christ” in Philippians 1:23?

Hearing the Text of the Bible and not something else

One of our human frailties is our inability to hear the text of Scripture. More precisely, we have difficulty in hearing what the Bible says when we have been propagandized into a different opinion. We then start with a fixed notion and enter a kind of "denial" when we read verses which obviously conflict with … Continue reading Hearing the Text of the Bible and not something else

What and When are the First and Second resurrections in the Bible?

There are various beliefs about the two biblical resurrections mentioned in the bible based on what other doctrines the Christian believes. E.g. Pre-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation. About when they happen, who is involved in each one and why they happen. Even in Paul’s day the Greeks mocked him for his speech in Acts 17 in which … Continue reading What and When are the First and Second resurrections in the Bible?

Does Paul call Jesus “God” in Romans 9:5?

ROMANS 9:5 does not call Jesus “God.” Instead, it is a declaration of praise to God offered immediately before Paul’s question, had the Word of God failed? It affirmed that Paul did not doubt even for an instance that God’s word had not failed. His faith in God was absolute. The clause is a standalone statement not grammatically dependent on the preceding sentence. The translation found in the NIV inserts a relative pronoun where there is none. Since ROMANS 9:5 is not a clear statement about the deity of Christ, since there is no reason in this context to make such a statement, and since Paul elsewhere does not explicitly state that Jesus is God, the burden of proof for the claim that the Apostle Paul taught the deity of Jesus remains on those who make it.

Paul’s Experience With Speaking in Tongues

By Mel C. Montgomery The Book of Acts and Paul's own epistles reveal the entire cycle of the Holy Spirit in Paul's life and ministry. There is no need for guesswork. Scriptures plainly tell us how Paul received the Spirit, that he spoke in tongues, and then how that late in his life he ministered … Continue reading Paul’s Experience With Speaking in Tongues

Paul and the UNKNOWN God story shows that God is one Person

Most Christians remember the story about Paul’s UNKNOWN “God” portion of scripture in Acts. It helps understand the nature of God and is He made up of 2 or 3 persons as Paul makes certain aspects very clear. As you read the below portion of Scripture in which covers the UNKNOWN God story, please notice … Continue reading Paul and the UNKNOWN God story shows that God is one Person

Preterism Proof Text Hebrews 12:28

Copyright © Tim Warner 2003 Introduction Preterists use Hebrews 12:28 to prove that the Kingdom was currently being received by believers in the first century, and did not await a future establishment on earth. "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence … Continue reading Preterism Proof Text Hebrews 12:28

Paul & the Mystery

Copyright © Tim Warner “Paul himself also — after that the Lord spoke to him out of heaven, and showed him that, in persecuting His disciples, he persecuted his own Lord, and sent Ananias to him that he might recover his sight, and be baptized —  ‘preached,’ it is said, ‘Jesus in the synagogues at … Continue reading Paul & the Mystery