Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Romans 7:1 (KJV)
Know – Modern day Christianity loves to apply Paul’s writings as if he was speaking to us personally in our current day culture. But he wasn’t. He was speaking to a specific audience that had specific issues during a specific time period. He didn’t write his letters with the assumption that some group of people 2000 years from then would be reading them. For instance, in this chapter of Romans, Paul is writing to those who “know the law” – does that sound like mainstream Christianity? Continue reading “Is He Writing to You?”
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:17 (KJV)
Truth – This is the classic example of Greek vs. Hebrew thought. What is truth? Or more importantly what is Yeshua’s implication when He declares that God’s word is truth? We’ll quickly recognize the differences as we break down the word truth in both the Greek and then into Hebrew. Continue reading “Understanding the Truth”
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)
Your – In English, the word “your” can be singular or plural. It’s difficult to know which is implied unless there’s something in context that can help one distinguish between the implication of many or one. This is where the King James Version excels because it uses Biblical English which has the appropriate words to distinguish between plural and singular. So let’s investigate this word. Continue reading “Your Body”
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 6:7 (KJV)
Priests – Do you have all the facts? Are you sure it was the Jewish nation as a whole that sacrificed Christ? It seems to be the majority consensus, but is it true? Was the majority of the Jews against Yeshua? Christianity has been riding this wagon for a very long time. And for that reason we’ve separated ourselves from our roots because we don’t want to be associated with those people. Continue reading “The Priests Nobody Talks About”
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34 (KJV)
Deny – Once, a few years back, during a break in the church service, a minister walked up to me with tears in his eyes and quoted this verse to me. I immediately teared up myself and felt convicted to the core. These were beautiful words that expressed a purely wonderful thing. I had to deny myself. But when I contemplated these words, while they were inspiring, how was I supposed to do it – how was I supposed to deny myself? Continue reading “Deny Oneself”
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Hebrews 6:1 (KJV)
Leaving – Why is the author of the letter to the Hebrews encouraging us to leave the doctrines of Christ? Shouldn’t we embrace them, keep them, and even remain in them… always? If anyone told me to leave the doctrines of Christ today, I’d rebuke them and declare Yeshua as my everything! So why is this here? Continue reading “Leaving the Doctrine of Christ”
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
1 John 3:7 (NASB)
Practices – The common theology of righteousness in mainstream Christianity is that the only way to be righteous is through Yeshua alone – only him. Any work you do is like filthy rags before God. That’s their mantra, and their argument for abandoning the law of God. But John makes a different claim. John writes that the person who practices righteousness IS righteous. So why the differences here? Continue reading “Practicing Righteousness”
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:4 (KJV)
Is – This word is definitely a comparison operator, as we’d call it in the programming world. A comparison operator states that the first item is equal to the following item. This is what John is doing here, he is making it absolutely clear that sin is equal to breaking the law. There’s just no other way around this one. Continue reading “A Comparison Operator != Common Theology”
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
Exodus 19:8 (KJV)
We will do – Do you realize that at this point when the people agreed, they actually hadn’t yet heard the commandments? He’s only told them that if they keep His covenant and obey His voice, then they will be His people. But He hasn’t laid out the details of the contract yet, and they’re already agreeing to it. Isn’t that crazy? Continue reading “Hebraic Obedience”
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Numbers 15:38 (KJV)
Fringes – Next time you’re out and about, stop and look around. How different do you appear from the people surrounding you? Whether you’re at Target, Walmart, a school, wherever… do you look any different from the people around? “Certainly”, you might respond. “The light of Christ shines through me and people will see that!” But we know the light of Christ isn’t necessarily a visual light shining forth, but rather a visual through the works one does. So what about those times when you’re standing in line at the DMV, or when you’re sitting in the doctor’s office, or when you’re shopping for shampoo at Target? These are times when nothing particularly exemplary is being performed. There’s no special denotation in your actions that might reveal you as a child of God. How do you stand out from the world at those times? Maybe we don’t stand out. Being a Christian is much more than just looking different, right? Continue reading “A Fringe Case”