A Summary of 1 & 2 Peter

Harry Adams, writing in The AMG Concise Bible Survey states “An old chorus says, ‘This world is not my home; I’m just a-passin’ through.’ Our passage is made difficult by opposition from the world and deception in the church. Peter’s two brief letters encourage us to remain steadfast to the end.” The theme of 1 Peter is persecution, and it […]

The “Sons of God” in Genesis 6

  Gen. 6:4 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” What is the meaning of the phrase “the sons […]

Adoption

  Several years ago I was invited by a couple to witness the adoption of their son. Together we sat around the table with the judge, a lawyer representing the child’s birth parents, and a lawyer representing the couple adopting the child. What impressed me, was the questions directed at the adopting couple by the […]

Does Matthew 25 Teach a “General Judgment?”

 Some scholars teach a “general judgment” based on Matt. 25. Is this what the Bible teaches? As we look at a brief chronology of end time events, the “judgment of nations” found in Matt. 25 will come into focus. While many speculate about the antichrist, it is important to remember that we are not looking […]

When Did the Church Begin?

  When did the Church start? In Matt. 16:18, Jesus said to Peter “upon this rock I will build my church.” Some count this as the beginning of the church. Others claim it was on the Day of Pentecost. Still others think it began in the Old Testament, claiming Acts 7:38 as a proof text. […]

The Ten Virgins

 In Matt. 25:1-13, Jesus teaches about the Ten Virgins. In the Jewish economy, after the bridegroom and the father of the bride had agreed on the wedding, the bridegroom returned to his father’s house and prepared a “place” for his bride. All this while, the bride was to be ready, for the bridegroom could come […]

Mark 16:9-20

 Mark 16:9-20 is considered a “controversial passage” in that there is a debate as to whether they belong to the Canon of Scripture. Michael Marlowe says it “… has been called a later addition … by most New Testament scholars in the past century. The main reason for doubting the authenticity of the ending is […]

Was Mary a Virgin or Just a Young Woman?

 Was Mary a virgin, or just a young woman? Is. 7:14 states “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” The debate is over the meaning of the word “virgin.” The Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words points out […]

Reconciliation

 There is a wonderful truth taught in the Bible called reconciliation. We were alienated from God (Eph. 2:12; Eph. 4:18; Col. 1:21), strangers (Eph. 2:19), dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13), and enemies of God (Rom. 5:10; Col. 1:21). But now, through Christ, we have been reconciled (Rom. 5:10). Let’s “warm our […]

On What Day Was Jesus Crucified?

 Most people accept without question the idea that Jesus was crucified on “Good Friday.” In our culture (the Cayman Islands), Good Friday is a government holiday, with government offices and most stores closed, as well as most churches holding special services. The website gotquestions.org points out that “The Bible does not explicitly state on which […]