What Did the Philippians See in Apostle Paul That They Practiced?

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Philippians 4:9 “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.Continue reading

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Context 101: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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Hello my fact-truthers. I hope you all have been continuing to study the Word for yourselves and come to your own conclusions as to what beliefs you should have as Christians. I’ve decided I’m going to start doing a recurring series on this blog titled “Context 101”. It may not be daily or weekly, but I’ll try to do this often. One of the most important things I stress to anyone about studying scripture is always to make sure you’re understanding verses in context so you’re not misunderstanding its meaning. Hopefully this continuing exercise will improve your reading skills and perhaps my own if I’m proven to have misunderstood something. Continue reading

Interpretation of Romans 7

Romans 7:4 “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Hello again fellow Scripture students. Well, Romans 7 has easily been the most complicated chapter to understand thus far in studying this letter. It’s quite a fascinating piece of text. I’ll tell you that the way that I always try to approach understanding difficult material, is I try to come to a conclusion of whatever the main point that appears to be being stated, as well as follow context to maintain as close to an accurate understanding as possible. Continue reading

Lessons from Romans 6

Romans 6:3-4 “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Hello fellow Scripture students. Let’s dive into some Romans 6, shall we? When we last left off in Romans 5, Paul discussed how we have eternal life through Jesus Christ, and as we continue following along in this next chapter, he details part of the process of how we’ve obtained that. He begins off by stating that in spite of grace, we should not continue in sin. Romans 6:1-2 states, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Continue reading

Lessons from Romans 5

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Some very true words indeed. As I’ve written on each of these chapters, I’ve found that I’ve really had to think about this material in order that I can relay it back to you all as I write these posts. One really does learn more when they take it upon themselves to teach what they’ve come to understand. Some verses in these chapters have been pretty simple to explain; while other verses have taken me a few hours to read through a few times in order to carefully understand what’s being stated. I think in taking time with the text, particularly with parts that you don’t immediately understand, you’re less likely to come to a conclusion based off of your own biases or assumptions, and more likely to come to a conclusion based off of what the text is telling you. Continue reading

Observations on Romans 3 and 4

Romans 3:9 “What then? Are we any better off? No not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin,” In the next chapters of Romans, we see Paul continuing to assert that all will be held equally accountable to God, regardless if they are Jewish or not. As we can see in verse 9, Paul tells the Jews they are no better off, and are under the power of sin just as the Greeks. He emphasizes this point by quoting from Psalms 14:1 in verse 10 stating, “as it is written There is no one who is righteous, not even one;” As Paul will detail later in this chapter, all need the grace that can only be obtained through Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Lessons from Romans 2

 

Romans 2:3 “But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?” Before we continue with Romans 2, let us remember to read this letter as a complete text as Paul originally wrote it to be to the church at Rome. As I stated in a previous post, chapters and verses were not added until I believe the first English translation, which was the Tyndale Bible. So with that in mind, Romans 2 we begin where chapter 1 left off about the things worthy of death that those will be judged for, and we’re warned not to judge others for these things if we do them ourselves. Continue reading

Thoughts on Romans 1

Hello my fellow students of the Word. Forgive me for being less consistent in my writing the last couple of days. I was surprised I was able to keep up about 17 consecutive days of posting thoughtful Scriptural content. Though due to other things I’ve had to manage in life, my consistency has waned a little. I’m also in the midst of engaging in some Scriptural studies at the moment over different topics such as the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, as well as just trying to absorb everything I read in Paul’s letters. I hope I can share all the information I learn and develop a conclusion on when I feel confident that I’ve reviewed and pondered most of everything on these topics. It’s all really fascinating stuff that it’s a shame some of the predominant influences of cultural Christianity today won’t preach on this like they’re supposed to (2 Tim 4:2). Instead they brainwash people to view reading the Word as merely secondary, and super spiritual experiences as primary. Continue reading

Lessons from 1 Timothy: Chapter 1

Hello readers. I was serious about what I meant in my previous post, so here I am again. Today I’m going to be highlighting some things we can learn from First Timothy, and I’m going to start with Chapter 1. I may go through the rest of the chapters in the future. I was re-reading through this book the other day, and I underlined a few things that I found to be helpful for understanding what represents authentic teaching, and also other little things I found of interest. So let’s begin with 1 Timothy verse 3 which states, “3 I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine,” Now throughout 1 Timothy we have a prevailing theme of Paul expressing the difference between false teaching and authentic teaching for the Church. Continue reading