Nation and State - Part 1

Posted in: 2014
Understanding Israel and the broader Middle East requires understanding the difference between a “nation” and a “state;” these two words are often used interchangeably.
There is a significant difference.
 
A “Nation” arises from a family, a clan, or a tribe descended from a common ancestor. “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary,” in part of its definition, says, “Nation, as its etymology imports, originally denoted a family or race of men descended from a common progenitor, like a tribe or a clan.”

Focus on Ephesians - Part 8

Posted in: 2014
In Part 7 of our studies on Focus On Ephesians, we wrote the following:
 
 We belong to two creations. We have our part in the old, and we have our part in    the new. Our part in the old creation came to us by way of our birth. We really had no say-so in it. Likewise, as part of the new creation, in the final analysis, we  had very little say-so about our part in the new creation—which is the Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head (Page 35).

The New Testament Canon

Posted in: 2014
This is a short dissertation of the history of the formation of the 27 books which, over time, became what is now referred to as the New Testament Canon. The history of the process by which the 27 books were brought together and officially recognized as Sacred Scriptures was cumbersome. It took several centuries to finalize.

Rough Roads in Macedonia

Posted in: 2014
The rough roads in Macedonia is not a reference to the Macedonian highways. The roads the Lord directed the Apostle Paul to travel led to some difficult circumstances in the cities along the way. The Apostle to the Gentiles was not discouraged by having a few little pebbles in his shoes. The mob of “lewd fellows of a baser sort” who were out to do Paul in didn’t bother him. Paul knew he was the Messenger of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mob violence was nothing more to him than a few bits of pea gravel in his shoes. The Macedonian Road from Philippi to Thessalonica was traveled without incident by Paul and Silas. But, wait!

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Gentiles in the Flesh

Posted in: 2014
It is crucial that it be pointed out that there are several schools of theology which teach that the “Gentiles,” mentioned in the Second Chapter of Ephesians, does not, in fact, refer to people of other nations. But, the word, “ethnos,” translated as “Gentiles,” is a reference to the Jewish exiles (from the Ten Tribes from the House of Israel).  The Jews who still lived in Palestine referred to the exiled Jews in a most derogatory manner. The exiles were called “Gentiles,” and the “uncircumsized.” These epitaphs were hurled at the dispersed Jews because many of them adopted the way of the true Gentiles. They were looked down upon by the Jews “of the Land.” We had accepted this idea until our studies compelled us to consider this with all of its attendant innuendoes. Mr. Otis Q. Sellers [who I consider the Dean of Pre-Millennial Dispensational Truth] wrote, in his “The Resultant Version” translation of the Ephesians Epistle, the following “Note” on Ephesians 2:11:  “No one should attempt to interpret this portion (Chapter Two) until he is familiar with the Biblical history of Israel, and especially all of the facts related to the great barrier that existed between those in the land and those in the exile.” This type of remark gives us pause.