Baptism and Circumcision

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1 Corinthians 1:17 (KJV)

 

12. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Galatians 6:12-13 (KJV)

Baptism and Circumcision – With verses like these, it would appear that Paul taught against baptism and circumcision, or at least against the physical action. But did he really? Continue reading “Baptism and Circumcision”

Not with Old Leaven

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)

Not with old leaven – Today is the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It’s a High Sabbath today, and I’d like to look back on this holy day in regards to leaven and yeast. Continue reading “Not with Old Leaven”

Paul, a First Century Jew

The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 35 If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 (NASB)

Women are to keep silent in the churches – The problem is that we think of Paul as a modern day Christian, and we read his letters from a modern day Christian paradigm. But the fact is that Paul was a 1st century Jew with a 1st century Judaic paradigm and worldview. And if we aren’t 1st century Jews with that same Hebraic worldview, then interpreting his letters is going to be difficult, especially when we only have Paul’s side of the story and have no idea what the questions were or problems facing the congregations. But for some reason, we read his letters and think we’ve got it all figured out. And so, if you’re a conservative Christian church, then women aren’t allowed to speak or hold positions of authority. Continue reading “Paul, a First Century Jew”

Separation Destroys Us

In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:21 (KJV)

In the law it is written – I find it interesting that Paul, a man who had Torah memorized from Genesis to Deuteronomy (and possible other books) refers to this quote which is clearly from Isaiah 28 and speaks as if it’s in the nomos (the law). Does that strike you odd at all? Isn’t Torah (which is the Hebraic equivalent of the law) just the five books that Moses wrote? Continue reading “Separation Destroys Us”

Your Body

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”