Daily Bible Nugget #422, Jeremiah 29:11

The Nugget:

Jer 29:13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

My Comment:

I read a portion of some research conducted by Pew Research today as posted on the Drudge Report about “Why Americas Nones Left Religion Behind.”  I assume that America’s “Nones” has to do with the growing number of people who when asked in a survey about their religious affiliation answer “None.”

That indicates we have a large and growing “mission field” right here in the United States of America.

The survey respondents indicated that one of the major reasons they left their religious belief behind is that when they went to college, they learned more about science, and this convinced them that religion is without scientific basis and no longer worthy of their belief or commitment.

It is just such reports as this one that demonstrate that those in the church need to wake up to reality and learn more about the solid basis that exists for belief in the Bible.

And that is why all Christians must become knowledgeable about the subject of apologetics.

Anyone who is an agnostic or an atheist is misinformed or not informed about the basis for true Christian faith, and the basis for belief in the Bible.

To read the comments below the article about the Pew Research is quite depressing. I don’t feel depressed very often. Almost never. But to read some of the flimsy reasons given by unbelievers is depressing because had they been better informed about the Bible and its Christ they could not have caved in to the anti-theistic nonsense paraded as logic and science in our day.

Let me share just one brief comment of a great many that I just read:

In my opinion folks are getting pretty tired of hearing the big lie about Adam and Eve and the apple story and that snakes don’t talk. And being dammed to hell in the burning lake of fire for just about everything you do wrong in the eyes of the church. Also they are beginning to realize that this earth is way older than 6,000 years. [Gracie Gragg]

Any informed Bible reader knows that whatever fruit it was that Eve chose to eat, it most surely was not an apple.  Such an idea does not occur in the Bible.  There is no “apple story” there.

But how about the assertion that “snakes don’t talk”?

Answering this issue gets far more complicated. It requires a knowledge base beyond that possessed by most Christians, including their pastors.  Of course, one might argue that since God miraculously enabled Balaam’s donkey to talk to him, then it might not be entirely out of the realm of possibility that a “snake” could be enabled to talk too. But this answer is not satisfactory. Unbelievers would argue they  do not believe the story about Balaam and his donkey either.

There is a better answer, and it involves understanding the figure of speech employed at Genesis 3:1.  It is the figure Hypocatastasis–the one your English teacher in high school or college failed to teach you about (unless you were in my English class, and you were listening).  In my experience, English teachers do not know about this figure of speech either.  Hypocatastasis is a kind of third degree of emphasis, simile being the first, and metaphor being the second.  Satan (2 Corinthians 11:3;  Ezekiel 28:13;  Revelation 20:2), who made his appearance as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), is called a serpent by the figure of speech Hypocatastasis just as Herod is called “that fox” by Jesus (Luke 13:32) in another instance of the very emphatic figure of speech Hypocatastasis.  For a much fuller discussion see Appendix 19 of the Companion Bible.  Just as Herod was certainly not a literal fox, so Satan was not a literal snake, but possessed the character denoted and emphasized by the figure.

Neither is everyone “damned to hell” for just about everything they do.  Those who end up in the dreadful lake of fire for all eternity are there because of one thing:  unbelief, which includes the idea of disobedience.  Unbelief involves failure to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

For various reasons and excuses, some do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ.  For the most part, it boils down to the fact that they do not really know the truth about Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Bible. What they think they know is a caricature of Jesus Christ, not the truth about Jesus Christ,  a caricature derived and assembled from snippets heard in contemporary culture and other unreliable sources, not what the Bible reveals about Him.

The solution is two-fold, at least.  First, Christians need to better communicate the truth of the Gospel to those in their circle of influence who will listen to them.  Second, those who are unbelievers really ought to read the New Testament carefully for themselves by doing what I have here called Real Bible Study.

Belief in the Bible does not require anyone to believe in the Young Earth Theory, that the earth is just 6000 years old.  This theory is most likely mistaken in its understanding of the Biblical and geological evidence.  Though many sincere Bible-believing Christians hold to a belief in the Young Earth Theory, the reaction of the unbeliever quoted above shows that such a probably mistaken view is a deterrent to faith in the Bible and its Christ.  Surely such a view is not directly taught by the Bible, and should not be attributed to the Bible.

 

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The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury features explained

The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury is unique among Bible study reference resources in that it is not generic, but content-filled. It is a resource where you can find answers to your Bible questions.  When more than one point of view is supported by equally qualified, equally gifted and devoted Bible scholars, I have attempted to give the evidence each point of view marshals in its support.  I have tended to give more attention to the “minority view,” particularly when the minority view seems to have the better evidence from Scripture in its support.

Below is the Preface to my new work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury or UCRT.  This resource is available only from www.eStudysource.com as a Premium Module which works with the new e-Sword version 11 free Bible study software program available at www.e-Sword.net where on the top of the Home Page you will see a “Download” button. The e-Sword Bible software will run on a wide variety of platforms and devices, whether the PC, the Mac, and many portable or mobile devices. Thus my UCRT will work on all of these.

The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury

Prepared by

Jerome H. Smith

Copyright © 2016 by Jerome H. Smith

The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury is based upon The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Copyright © 1992 by Jerome H. Smith and Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible © 2007 by Jerome H. Smith. Produced under arrangement with Thomas Nelson, Inc., P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214.

The Ultimate Cross-Reference Treasury is essentially a new work, featuring vastly expanded and corrected cross references and notes.

Scripture quotations and notes marked LNT are taken from Malcolm L. Lavender, Lavender’s New Testament, A Literal Translation of the Robinson-Pierpont Majority Text (1995), © 2015 by R. L. Lavender. ISBN 978-0-9795014-7-0 Used by permission.

PREFACE

This new Bible study tool builds on my previous published works of cross references compiled for serious Bible study, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, and Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible.

Does anyone really need a still more complete work of Bible cross references than what I already produced? My personal experience is that I certainly do. I believe anyone seeking to do serious Bible study will welcome this effort to provide a new, vastly expanded, study tool for cross reference Bible study.

How is this work an improvement over what was previously provided? In no particular order, let me share just a few of the improvements I have made while expanding the cross references.

I have:

1. made these new references far more numerous and complete (see Psalm 80:9; Romans 15:7);

2. more carefully sorted the references given at many verses to more accurately reflect the connection to the associated keyword (see Genesis 26:24; Exodus 26:14; Leviticus 9:22; 26:6; Numbers 12:10; Deuteronomy 6:5; 29:18; 2 Samuel 7:23, 24; 2 Kings 13:21; 25:13; Job 8:13; Psalm 5:5; 34:6, 7; 74:20; 76:9; 92:4; 119:155; 140:13; Isaiah 32:17; 47:11; Ezekiel 14:11; Hosea 9:11; Matthew 9:2; Luke 5:26; 15:10; John 9:39; 10:10; 15:20; 2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Timothy 6:1; 2 Timothy 1:14).

3. repeated references when the reference has application to more than one keyword in the verse, because often in study I am focusing on a very narrow or precisely defined subject or topic, and the connections that are really there would be missed if they are not given everywhere they apply (see 2 Th 3:2, where reference to +*Ps 32:7 is repeated at the keywords “delivered” and also “from”);

4. added many new keywords (see Leviticus 26:6; Numbers 12:10; Deuteronomy 29:18; 2 Chronicles 7:3; Job 8:13; Psalm 5:5; 38:1; Ezekiel 14:11; Luke 5:29; John 10:10; 15:20; 1 Timothy 6:1; 2 Timothy 1:14);

5. corrected many “clipped” or orphaned references (see at Ezekiel 23:32 thou shalt be laughed reference to Psalm 79:3 which is only relevant when reference to Psalm 79:4 is included with it; at Ezekiel 20:13 to consume reference to Deuteronomy 32:27 is clarified greatly by supplying Deuteronomy 32:26 with it; so likewise at Habakkuk 1:16 they reference to Ezekiel 28:3 which lacks relevance without including Ezekiel 28:4; similarly, Deuteronomy 26:18 reference to Ezekiel 36:25-27 has been corrected to read Ezekiel 36:25-28; at Luke 1:25 hath reference to Genesis 30:22 should have read Genesis 30:22, 23 since it is verse 23 that is relevant, a frequent occurrence from the arbitrary cutting of references in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; at Acts 18:6 unto the Gentiles is clarified by adding Acts 19:9 so as to read Acts 19:8, 9; and so forth);

6. corrected many errors in the cross-references, so that it should be almost impossible for any intensive user of these references to encounter any more printing mistakes;

7. added many unique cross references never provided before in previous published material (see 2 Chronicles 6:37; Psalm 98:2; Luke 5:29), references discovered in my own study of the Bible during the nearly 25 years since the publication of The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge;

8. provided as many reciprocal references as could be found, given the time available to me (now six full years, and according to my notes, more than 2016 full days of study, morning, afternoon, and evening!). I have often thought life is too short for one person to create this even more complete study tool—but this tool is likely more complete than any similar work previously produced. The initial motivation to begin this work stems from requests made by students of the Bible asking for more references, specifically references to the Old Testament to be given for verses in the New Testament, especially for the Sermon on the Mount as given in Matthew 5—7. I am sure I have fulfilled that request, and much more.

9. provided a full enumeration of the provisions of the Abrahamic (Genesis 12:2) and Davidic (2 Samuel 7:10) Covenants and greatly expanded cross references for each provision. In studying Mr. George N. H. Peters’ work, The Theocratic Kingdom, I was motivated to study these great covenants even further in response to Peters’ well-founded Bible study suggestion in Volume 1, page 285, under “Proposition 46: The Kingdom anticipated by the Jews at the First Advent is based on the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants.” In a paragraph under Observation 1, Peters states: “Indeed, it is universally admitted, however explained afterward, that the covenants are the proper basis of future Revelation, and that they contain in an epitomized form the substance of God’s Purpose in reference to man’s Salvation, the Messiah’s Kingdom and glory, and the perfected Redemption from the curse. Hence, men of all shades of opinion agreeing in this matter, it is essential for any one who desires to become a real student of God’s Word to make himself familiar with these covenants, seeing, that, in the nature of the case, all things following must correspond fully with these previously given pledges and guides.”

10. greatly expanded the references to the Figures of Speech (see, for example, Genesis 8:22, FS148, the Figure Polysyndeton, or “Many Ands,” where many more references are given);

11. added many more examples of cause/effect relationship verses to the listing at Psalm 9:10;

12. added many significant new entries in the Subject Index (see, for example, the entries for “general call,” “effectual call,” “prevenient grace,” “TULIP” and its subcategories explaining this acronym and the full Scriptural documentation for each subcategory);

13. corrected the Name Index, so it should now be a perfectly complete listing of Bible names as they appear in the King James or Authorized Version, including the Translators’ marginal readings and renderings;

14. increased by several times over the number of entries in the Greek Strong Number Index; I did this to meet the need of missionaries I have heard from who complained that when they tried to follow the cross references in the original Greek they did not seem to properly relate to each other as they did in an English translation; I have placed the cross references to the original language separately from the usual subject cross references familiar to English users so that either study purpose is easy to follow.

15. Added new enumerated studies on the Attributes of God (Genesis 18:25); the Angel of Jehovah (Genesis 22:15); the names and titles of the Antichrist (Micah 5:5); and by the gracious full permission of Dr. Malcolm L. Lavender and his son Dr. R. L. Lavender, given additional notes and grammatical discussions to provide deeper, more accurate insight into the doctrine of the Atonement of Christ throughout the New Testament, from their just published (2016) Lavender’s New Testament (LNT), A Literal Translation of the Robinson-Pierpont Majority Text (1995), for which by invitation I wrote the Preface.

16. Expanded my notes on the Rules of Interpretation at 2 Peter 1:20, furnishing for some of the rules reference to specific examples of their proper application.

17. Restored all the notes given in Bagster’s original study Bible, The Comprehensive Bible (prepared in 1826), the source of all the original cross references and notes in the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (prepared in 1834): I have restored the full notes where the original Treasury editors arbitrarily “truncated” them, and I have restored the many notes which were left out altogether; I have restored the original bibliographical documentation for these notes as given in The Comprehensive Bible. These notes are always identified by a preceding “Note:” designation.

18. Included a new and corrected Notes Index from The Comprehensive Bible for its claimed 4000 notes.

19. Restored British spelling for keywords to conform more precisely to the King James Version (KJV), also called the Authorized Version (AV), as well as the notes;

20. Furnished new notes culled from over five years of my active participation on Internet forums where I provided careful answers to Bible questions, or developed apologetic material in defense of truly Biblical doctrine in answer to the claims and objections of those who support mistaken theological positions.

21. Expanded the major discussion of how to study the Bible at an extensive note newly written for Hebrews 6:9.

I continue to key this major reference work to the King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version (AV), because this English version of the Bible does not undergo further revision as many modern English translations do. That way, the keywords given in this resource continue to match the stable text of the KJV/AV accurately.

The cross references given in this resource will work just fine with any Bible translation.

There are many I must not forget to thank for the varied help, motivation, inspiration, or instruction they have given as I have prepared this new Bible study tool. I would like to mention in particular Dr. David Thomason who first encouraged me in this new work, providing me access to more digital resources and helping me determine the scope of this project; to Dr. Brent Hildebrand for his frequent encouragement and initial effort to place some of the earliest work on this project in digital format, as well as fruitful discussions to encourage my further study of additional Bible topics and passages; to other now unnamed individuals in an Internet discussion who voiced a strong interest in having access to a far more complete system of cross references, which at long last I have now provided. I must extend special thanks to Mr. Ken Sagely who furnished me many books from his personal library, which have proved of continuing help. I must also thank Dr. Malcolm L. Lavender and his son Dr. R. L. Lavender who taught me much as they asked for my editorial help on the many books they have written over the years, and for granting full permission to use their works in this project. Dr. W. L. Wade, pastor of the Lighthouse Bible Church in Danville, Virginia and Pastor Scott Cheatham in Denver, Colorado have both been an inspiration for this work as they have shared with me their own interest in cross-reference Bible study, and Pastor Edward Barclay of Hope Baptist Church, Loveland, Colorado for invaluable help received. I owe my plumber, Mr. Duane Froh, thanks for introducing me to the e-Sword Bible software and for asking good Bible questions which motivated my further study (see Hebrews 13:4). I must also thank Mr. Phil Stoner and Mr. Rick Meyers for their encouragement to pursue this work. My brother Martin A. Smith encouraged my study of many areas of Bible doctrine I might have utterly missed. I must not forget to thank my mother-in-law, Mrs. Grace Opificius, who read and approved my notes, checked many of my cross references, and by diligent searching added a few good references beyond what I found when I needed more help (see Job 5:15). Last but by no means least, I must thank my wife Susanne for her continued encouragement and her patience with the long hours I’ve expended to produce this work, and to my sons Tim and Dan who have kept my computer and software functioning for many years.

Jerome H. Smith

SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS

The following symbols and abbreviations used in this work are important to understand to get the most benefit from its helpful features. An explanation of each symbol follows:

*    placed before a cross reference marks a very clear reference where the connection is usually immediately obvious. Beginning users are encouraged to use these references first. As more experience is gained, all the references may be consulted. Another important benefit of this emphasis marking is that when teaching a group and time is limited, these references are the most helpful to consider when time will not permit consulting them all.

**    placed before a cross reference indicates a critically clear very significant reference which should not be missed.

+    This symbol means “find more here” and marks where more references can be found at another main reference point on the same subject; also may mark where a set of references to the underlying Greek or Hebrew word is located, and for names, where the main entry for the name is to be found. Following this symbol three layers deep in the cross references will lead to a very full study, what I call “digging deeper.” After reading the cross-references given for a verse, dig deeper by following where the references marked by the + symbol lead. The “first layer” involves following the references given at the starting passage marked “+” by reading the cross references given for each at those passages; the second layer involves following where the cross references marked with the “+” at each of those second layer passages that the second layer + symbol leads to; the third layer involves following all the “+” references given that the third layer verses with the + sign lead to. After this much study you will have covered the related subjects very thoroughly. I have placed a detailed step-by-step explanation of this Bible study method at the end of the note at Hebrews 6:9 in a section titled “How to dig deeper using cross reference Bible study” giving a specific example to study 2 Corinthians 5:17 this way. This process of following where successive “+” symbols lead will also work to find a verse you know is “somewhere” when you cannot recall any specific words from the verse so a concordance cannot be used to find it: just find any verse in the Bible that has anything to do with the subject, and usually using the above process of following the + symbol will get you to the desired verse fairly quickly.

+*    marks where still more references on this subject or topic are located.

*+    marks a clear reference which also serves as a main reference point.

+**    marks either a very thorough collection of references or a set of references which are potentially of life-changing significance or otherwise most important to read.

%    marks a reference which contrasts in some way, perhaps another aspect of the subject, or a reference to the opposite subject.

=    marks a type or an antitype. A type is a picture in the Old Testament which is fulfilled in some way by a person, thing, or event in the New Testament. An antitype is the New Testament person, thing, or event which fulfills the picture in the Old Testament (see John 19:36).

=>    type or antitype identified on Biblical authority (see 1 Corinthians 5:7).

>    marks quotations in the New Testament from the Old Testament as well as at Old Testament passages the fact that they are quoted in the New Testament, and sometimes where the Old Testament or the New Testament quotes itself.

<a    marks an allusion to another Old or New Testament passage (1 Tim 6:7).

<rp    identifies quotations from the Pentateuch in the prophets (see Isaiah 1:2).

$    identifies references which mark the fulfillment of prophecy.

#    indicates a strict parallel passage, as in the Gospels, or the books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. Parallel texts in Proverbs are also marked. These have not been noted exhaustively, but only selectively.

S#    marks a reference to a Strong’s Concordance lexical entry number for Hebrew or Greek words.

*S#    placed before a Strong’s number (*S# H2312) indicates that all the occurrences of the original Hebrew or Greek word so marked are given here.

+S#    placed before a Strong’s number (+S# G2313) indicates that all the occurrences to the Hebrew or Greek word which are relevant or parallel to the use there are given.

()    When a cross-reference in a figure-of-speech listing is placed in parentheses, this indicates that the figure is not apparent in English versions (KJV, YLT = Young’s Literal Translation, or Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible) and so is not cross-referenced back to the explanation of the figure at the passage so listed.

()    In a series of references to a Hebrew or Greek word identified by its Strong’s number, the English translation is given in parentheses when the word is rendered differently in a particular reference.

()    An English word in parentheses after a verse reference lets the reader know which word in the verse translates the same underlying Hebrew or Greek word even when the Strong’s number is not given.

()    A word placed in parentheses in connection with the figure of speech Ellipsis indicates the word is not present in the original language, but is to be supplied in accordance with the figure of speech as indicated.

[ ]    Brackets enclose references to the original Greek words to separate verbal references to the original language word from the normal subject-related cross-references.

A.M.    Anno Mundi, in Bible chronology, the year from the creation of Adam (see Ge 4:3).

An.Ex.Is.    In Bible chronology, years since the exodus of Israel from Egypt (see Jsh 15:1).

B.C.    In chronology, the year before Christ.

BDBG    The New Brown, Driver, Briggs Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic English Lexicon.

CB    Companion Bible. This scholarly resource has been used carefully with reserve because of its editor’s materialistic theology and hyper-dispensational theology. See Ps 16:10n.

EGT    Expositor’s Greek Testament.

F/L    In the book of Isaiah, sets of references to “first” (Isaiah chapters 1—39) and “last” (Isaiah chapters 40—66) portions of Isaiah are given to demonstrate the unity of the book. Words alleged by some authorities to occur in only the first portion of the book are seen to be used in the latter portion, demonstrating that the book is the work of a single author.

FS    Figures of speech are identified with a reference number, such as FS148 (see Ge 8:22), followed by the name of the figure of speech in the main entry, or a reference to where that figure is explained, and to where all the other instances of that particular figure, or subset of that figure, can be found. This feature is an essential aid to Bible interpretation. This is the first time that such information has been made readily accessible to the ordinary Bible reader in one resource. The Companion Bible identifies many of the figures of speech in its margins, and has an alphabetical list of the figures with brief definitions in its Appendix 6. However, users of the Companion Bible who come across an important instance of the use of a figure of speech are not led in that volume to the other instances of its use. But to learn to identify a figure when it is used, one needs to see it in many contexts until one has developed a “feel” for the figure, and can learn its characteristics well enough to be able to identify it wherever it occurs. Of course, one can consult E. W. Bullinger’s Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, but there are many instances given in the margins of the Companion Bible which are not listed or discussed in that book, and many instances given in the book which are not given in the Companion Bible. This new resource remedies that, and furnishes additional references to the figures not found in either of those two excellent sources. It is believed that this new resource is the most comprehensive listing of the figures of speech in the Bible ever produced in English.

FS1—180    The names of the figures of speech have been alphabetized and given reference numbers from 1 to 180. Often the reference number is followed by additional letters and numbers to clearly identify the category or subcategory of the figure of speech. The full alphabetical list of the figures with the subcategories is given in the Figures of Speech Index.

F/S    F/S 542 means a reference is made to page 542 of E. W. Bullinger’s Figures of Speech Used in the Bible (see at Numbers 11:17, keyword spirit, for FS121A3, Metonymy of the Cause). All main figure of speech entries are so keyed to Bullinger’s volume.

FWG    F. W. Grant

g or h    Indicates verbal references to the same Hebrew or Greek words when used after a cross-reference. After a Strong’s number, indicates whether the number refers to the Hebrew or Greek lexicon at the back of Strong’s Concordance.

Gr.    Greek

Heb.    Hebrew

ISBE    International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1929, 1939, 1960)

JFB    Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible.

lit.    Literally

LNT    Lavender’s New Testament, A Literal Translation of the Robinson-Pierpont Majority Text (1995), by Malcolm L. Lavender, © 2015 by R. L. Lavender. ISBN 978-0-9795014-7-0 Used by permission.

mg    A reference to the marginal reading in the center column of many editions of the King James or Authorized Version of the Bible. If preceded by an Italicized or, the reading or rendering is that furnished by the KJV translators; if preceded by an unitalicized “or,” the suggested alternate reading is from another source.

MM    James Hope Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament.

note    Placed after a cross-reference (Ge 2:7n) means that there is a pertinent note at that reference in this work about the subject of the reference. These notes are of great importance. Four thousand of the notes are drawn from Bagster’s Comprehensive Bible and are now also indexed alphabetically in the Notes Index, available to modern readers in this new resource for the first time. This new feature employing the “n” symbol, now greatly extended, makes the many notes throughout this resource far more accessible than in previous editions, and provides a unique internal cross referencing system for the notes.

or,    Italicized “or,” identifies a marginal reading supplied by the translators of the Authorized or King James Version.

or,    Unitalicized “or,” identifies alternate renderings supplied by this editor from Robert Young’s Literal Translation and its accompanying Concise Critical Comments, and other sources.

S#    There are selected references to the lexicon numbers of Strong’s Concordance throughout this resource, so relating information given here to other published Bible study tools keyed to Strong’s Concordance. Consult the Strong’s Number Indexes at the end of this resource.

T    Topic Numbers are furnished in this resource, together with an important index to these topics, to give this resource all the advantages of a topical Bible or topical arrangement of the Scriptures. Sometimes the full set of references for more than one topic is keyed to the same verse. To assist the user to more rapidly identify the appropriate set of references, the topic numbers are given at each major collection of indexed topical references.

TDNT    Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

w    ”with.” This symbol is used whenever cross-references are listed out of their normal biblical sequence in order to show important relationships between passages. These relationships would be lost if references were always cited only in their biblical order. Normally, however, references are cited in their biblical order, excepting that references are first given to the same chapter, then to the same biblical book. All other references are cited in turn in biblical order. It is a sound rule of interpretation to seek first to understand the meaning of the language of an author by reference to the use of the same or similar language in the same book. The use of the abbreviation “w” has been reduced in this resource by more often spelling out “with” in full.

WKF    Walter Kelly Firminger, The Epistles of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians and to Philemon with Introduction and Notes.

x    placed after a topic number indicates the topic provides a set of proof texts used to support a false doctrine. The importance of including selected references of this category cannot be overestimated. Such reference sets furnish the Bible-believing Christian with a defense against false doctrines promulgated by what are sometimes known as “false cults.” Thus, by means of these symbols you can learn the commonly cited proof texts used to support a mistaken interpretation, and by reference to the cross-references not so marked, and especially by reference to cross-references marked with a % or “contrast” symbol, the reader can learn the biblical answer to many of the false positions of the cults. Such helpful sets of cross-references are now marked out for the user more fully in this resource than in any other single reference source available.

x    x or ? placed before or sometimes after a cross-reference indicates doubtful validity of the reference, for it is a wrong identification of the source of a quotation (see Re 15:6), or it is a proof text underlying a mistaken doctrinal (Ge 3:15. Ga 6:15) or prophetic interpretation (Re 4:1), or it is a questionable identification of a figure of speech, questionable because it is misidentified (Ge 1:26n), or arbitrarily supports a mistaken (Ge 24:10n) viewpoint.

YLT    Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible.

 

I should add a note here as to where to find the new “Notes Index.”  It will be found in the e-Sword “Reference Library” under the title The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. There will be found the Bibliography, Names Index, Notes Index, Prayer Index, Proverbs Index.

The Subject Index and the Topic Index will be found in the lower left quadrant window pane of the e-Sword program devoted to Dictionaries, and will open when you click the “tab” labeled “UCTR Indexes.” Other indexes are there too, including the Figure of Speech Index, the most complete index to figures of speech found in the Bible there is.

It is a good idea to “browse” the Subject Index and the Topic Index.  You will discover many topics you would otherwise never imagine or discover otherwise.  They would provide any Bible reader a lifetime of information to glean from Bible study that might otherwise be missed.

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My Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury now available

My Bible study reference work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, is now available at the following link:

https://estudysource.com/platform/site/product/products.aspx?pid=C0025

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Is Jesus ever called God in the Bible?

Apparently, Muslims do not believe that Jesus Christ is ever called God in the Bible.

Yet I gave a whole list of verses where Jesus is called God in the New Testament.  The verses I gave were John 1:1, John 20:28,  Acts 7:59,  Romans 9:5,  Titus 2:13,  Hebrews 1:8,  2 Peter 1:1,  1 John 5:20.  Hover your “mouse” pointer over these highlighted verses and the text of each verse will “pop up” so you can easily and immediately read each verse for yourself.

A Muslim participant in the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” responded,

Uthmanmuhammad Aboki The Biblical verses refering to Jesus as god are, without doubt, products of human interpolations. Because Jesus himself has clearified the matter in several places in the Bible. “The Father is greater than I”, said Jesus. He is not God who has anyone that is greater than him. This simple fact is incontestable. “No one has seen God at anytime.” John 1:18. But Jesus was seen. “O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You” 1st Chron 17/20. If God were in multiple persons, then this verse shouldnt be in the Bible.

 

I present my rather detailed response below:

Uthmanmuhammad Aboki, you make some very interesting assertions. But assertions, to be valid, must be supported with evidence.
 
You claim, “The Biblical verses refering to Jesus as god are, without doubt, products of human interpolations.”
 
There is no documentary evidence, no textual evidence, available to support your claim. But if you think you have some, I will gladly consider it.  But until then, we must accept the text of the New Testament as it stands written in the original Greek as the final authority in this matter.
 
When Jesus said, “The Father is greater than I,” Jesus is speaking of His subordination to God the Father, a position that has always been true, both before the Incarnation of Christ, and since His bodily resurrection from the dead and forty days later His bodily ascension to heaven to return to the Father.  But subordination does not imply difference in essence.  Jesus Christ has always been the Second Person of the Trinity, and as such, possesses the same divine nature as does God the Father, and the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.  That is what the Bible teaches, in both the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
 
You do bring some very interesting verses from the Bible into the discussion.
 
“The Father is greater than I”, said Jesus. He is not God who has anyone that is greater than him. This simple fact is incontestable.
 
Here, you are making reference to John 14:28.  But of course, if the Second Person of the Trinity is subordinate to the Father, then logically Jesus can say “for my Father is greater than I.”  Furthermore, Jesus was speaking this while He was still in the flesh, before His bodily resurrection, so Jesus then is speaking in His position as a man.
 
Now you argue, “He is not God who has anyone that is greater than him. This simple fact is incontestable.”
 
And yet, though you appeal to the Bible to verses you believe support your claim, when I provided an extensive list of verses where Jesus in the Bible is directly called “God,” you dismissed them all with the unsupported claim that all my verses are interpolations!  How do you know the verses you cited are not interpolations?  Now I do not express any doubt about the validity of the verses you have cited, and you should have no doubt about the many verses I have cited.
 
In terms of what is being said at John 14:28, when Jesus speaks of His Father being “greater than” Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ was not inferior as to His essential being (see John 14:9;  John 14:11;  John 10:30), but as to His office, as sent by the Father (see 1 Corinthians 15:27;  Philippians 2:9-11).
 
John 14:9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
 
John 14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
 
John 10:30  I and my Father are one.
 
 
“No one has seen God at anytime.” John 1:18. But Jesus was seen.
 
Jesus said that God is spirit (John 4:24).  Spirit cannot be seen with human eyes. Therefore, no man has ever seen God the Father, unless God chose to  manifest Himself as a physical being, when He appeared as a man or as an Angel to individuals in the Old Testament.  These appearances are called theophanies. An example of one of these is Genesis 12:7.
 
Genesis 12:7  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
 
Another example is Genesis 32:30.
 
Genesis 32:30  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
 
I have studied this subject in the Bible very carefully.  By comparing Scripture with Scripture, allowing the Bible to explain itself, I have found that when anyone has seen God “face to face” that person has seen the LORD, or Jehovah.  Sometimes in the same context the Person who has been seen is called God, the LORD or Jehovah, or the Angel of the LORD, or the Angel of Jehovah. 
 
At Genesis 19:24 there are TWO persons called Jehovah present at the same time, at the same event, at the same scene.
 
Genesis 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
 
It is possible to correctly affirm from Scripture, therefore, that there are two Persons called Jehovah in the Old Testament.
 
The One that Abraham saw in Genesis 19:24 is in context spoken of as a “man” (Genesis 18:1, 2).  This “man” is later called God and Jehovah in the subsequent narrative, too long to quote here.
 
Now Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56).  This surely shows that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Person that Abraham actually saw, seen by Abraham as a man, called Jehovah, and called God.
 
This demonstrates, therefore, that Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form was seen as the Angel of Jehovah, as Jehovah, and as God, what we call the Second Person of the Trinity, at least from the time of Abraham as recorded in the Old Testament and asserted in the New Testament.
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The First and Greatest Commandment

The Nugget:

Mark 12:28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

Mark 12:29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

My Comment:

Once again, I see discussion on the Facebook group “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” is going strong.  Today a Muslim poster cited Mark 12:29, 30 to show Jesus taught there is but One God, and asks the important question:

“So why are Christians preaching trinity?”

He then asserts, “Anything contrary to this declaration by Christ, in any place in the Bible, must be rejected as human interpolation. Period.”

Looks to me like our dear Muslim friends have never studied carefully my “24 Rules of Interpretation” found in the October 2010 archives to the right on this page.  It is about time they did.

The Muslim poster goes on to say, “The 1st Epistle of John Chapter 5 verse 7 (1 John 5:7), the only text in the entire Bible which supports trinity, has now been REMOVED & EXPUNGED from a number of versions of the Bible!”

Another Christian poster who means well but is not always altogether grammatical in his English responded “The Lord is One is spirit but 3 in person. Don’t let your ignorance guide your judgment.”

The Muslim responded, “Give us any supportive Biblical quotation to that effect if you are being truthful.”

I stepped in to the discussion at this point with an answer.

My Answer

Jesus Christ is called God (John 1:1.  John 20:28.  Acts 7:59.  Romans 9:5.  Titus 2:13.  Hebrews 1:8.  2 Peter 1:1.  1 John 5:20).
 
Jesus Christ is also identified as one of two persons called Jehovah in the Old Testament by writers in the New Testament (Mark 1:1-3, where Jesus is identified as the Lord whose way was prepared by John the Baptist His forerunner in fulfillment of Isaiah 40:3-5).  There are many more similar identifications in the New Testament where what is spoken of Jehovah in the Old Testament is applied to Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
 
Jesus Christ Himself makes this identification in John 12:41 compared with Isaiah 6:1.  See also John 8:56-58 where Jesus Christ asserted “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it, and was glad.”   This is a reference to an event in the Old Testament found at Genesis 17:17, 19;  18:10, 14;  21:1, 2, 6.
 
Probably no one has any question about the fact that the Bible identifies the Father as God (Exodus 20:1, 2).  See also 2 Corinthians 11:31;  Ephesians 1:3;  4:6;  1 Peter 1:3.
 
The Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3, 4).
 
Since in the Bible there are three persons, and only three, that are each called God, by good and necessary  inference this proves that God exists eternally in Three Persons, and this both justifies and necessarily proves that God exists as a Trinity of Persons. These Three Persons are spoken of together by Jesus Christ Himself as the Persons of the Godhead, who are associated on an equality of being, and each possess the attributes and prerogatives of Deity (see Matthew 28:19, where Jesus so names them together).
 
Any one who will carefully examine the evidence found in the Bible must come to this conclusion.  Any other conclusion is evidence of a failure to confront and accept the truth of this evidence, and therefore is utter falsehood, and is not being truthful.
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Don’t swallow the water from poisoned wells of information!

Every election cycle provides a remarkable opportunity to carefully observe the propaganda techniques employed against, and even for, the various candidates running for office.

We all need to be very discerning about the credence we place in the news accounts we hear, from whatever source.

We also must be very strategic about how we exercise our right to vote.

It ought to be obvious that for Bible believing Christians to exercise the option not to vote is a very poor testimony to your faith.  It is perfectly clear that if we are commanded to pray for all those who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:2), we should not take any actions that will in effect negate our prayers!

It ought also to be strategically obvious that to cast a vote for a candidate who cannot win is to deny the vote for a good candidate who does have a chance to actually win. Thus, mathematically speaking, to vote for a third party candidate is to cast a vote for the most evil option you thought you did not vote for!

I’ve stayed up later than I should this evening and participated briefly in a discussion on Facebook regarding this very issue.

Here is some of what I said, as best as I can copy and paste the information from Facebook to here:

A vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Hillary Clinton, because if you think and vote strategically, Gary Johnson has no chance to win the presidency of the United States of America. When is the last time in American history that a third party candidate won the election for the office of President? Furthermore, Gary Johnson is not fiscally informed enough to know how to strategically address our current pending economic crisis that will result from health care monopoly costs expanding far faster than the government’s tax revenues. Mr. Trump has addressed this issue, and is the only candidate who has. Furthermore, Mr. Trump is not “bought and paid for” by corporate lobbyists, and therefore has greater freedom to do what is right for America. Also, Trump is not a globalist, but a nationalist, meaning he will put America first.

Another respondent posted this in reply:

Justin Catherine Pittman Ugh, why do I keep having to explain that my vote for Johnson isn’t a vote for Hillary… Here’s my options: 1) Don’t vote. 2) Vote for Johnson. See there? My vote doesn’t count for Hillary, it counts for Johnson.

Justin Catherine Pittman Also, if Gary Johnson isn’t qualified, what exactly makes Trump qualified?

I responded:
I certainly sympathize with your position, but that does not invalidate the mathematical reality such a vote represents.
To which this is the reply I received:
You are basing your information on past elections and current polls. Neither which can accurately predict the future. If Johnson gets the 15% required to be in the debate (which is VERY likely) he will be presented to the American people as the only sane candidate on top of the fact that he is the only fiscally conservative and socially liberal candidate on the ballot in every state. His numbers will only boom post debate. He has the chance to at the very least force a three way tie where no candidate gets 270 EC votes.
Here is my reply:

I believe Trump is qualified by his many years of success as a top-notch negotiator, as a successful business person, who is devoted to standing up for the interests of the United States of America. Our current leadership at the federal level is obnoxiously incompetent. The “establishment” has not succeeded in living up to what they say they believe, or what they promise to achieve. They are “bought and paid for” by the corporate lobbyists, and do not represent the interests of the constituents who voted to place them in office. We don’t need any more leadership committed to globalism. We certainly don’t need anyone in the Oval Office who supports such a disastrous treaty as the TPP, the very secretive “Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Trump has promised to select Supreme Court Justices who come as close as possible to Scalia who unfortunately recently passed away while in office. Trump has even publicized who is on his list of individuals he would place in nomination for the Supreme Court. Since it may happen that as many as four appointments would occur during the next four to eight years, and these appointments would greatly affect which way this country goes for three or more decades into the future, it is imperative that all people wake up and see just how high the stakes are in this election. The opposition clearly understands this, for the media take every opportunity to put Trump in a poor light, poisoning the well through their vicious anti-Trump propaganda.

The Response to my comment:

Have you done an equal amount of research on Gary Johnson? The results may surprise you.

My answer:

Jerome Smith Yes, I have done my homework regarding Gary Johnson. I have posted on my own website links to what Karl Denninger has written regarding Gary Johnson. 

Mr. Denninger is a very informed person when it comes to the dire economic issues immediately facing our nation. See the current interview this week on Greg Hunter’s website or Utube channel. It is also available at www.market-ticker.org. 

Mr. Denninger was formerly a Libertarian, and a member of the Libertarian Party, and held a state office in Florida in conjunction with that party. He spoke personally with Gary Johnson regarding the problem of medical monopolies in our country who have through their lobbying efforts managed to pass laws favorable to themselves but which are fiscally irresponsible, long term. 

The long term has crept up on us and is now headed for a very short term disaster. 

Medical expenditures by the federal government have grown an average of about 9 percent per year for more than the past decade. The mathematical “rule of 72” lets you know that mathematics, not our politics, will spell our certain economic doom. At 9% rate of increase, medical expenditures double every eight years. The economy will collapse before it reaches the absolute mathematical brick wall where expenditures for this one segment of our economy and federal spending will consume the entire federal budget. 

Mr. Gary Johnson “blew it off” when he was presented this information, carefully documented by Mr. Denninger in person. Mr. Denninger has also charged that Mr. Gary Johnson has himself been fiscally irresponsible in his handling of expenditures in connection with the Libertarian Party.

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Daily Bible Nugget #421, James 1:19-20

The Nugget:

Jas 1:19  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Jas 1:20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

My Comment:

Here it is close to the end of this month, and this is the first chance I’ve had to post a “Daily Bible Nugget” here this month.  I have been busy helping with the garden. I have been busy finalizing features of the software edition of my greatly expanded cross reference collection. It will be called The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

I was preparing a post on July 15, 2016 about the wrath of man and the wrath of God. I selected that topic because the Internet was alive at the time with threats of a “Day of Rage” that was to be staged that Friday, as I recall. But something drastic happened in the news and turned the news cycle in a different direction that day, and the would-be protestors did not receive any attention. I’m glad the Lord allowed events to work out that way.

I did not get a chance to write this post on July 15 because I was called upon to help prepare my indexes to The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury for use in Bible software.

It is clear from the Bible that angry protests and violent protests are not the way to accomplish God’s will. The best way to promote change for the better is to follow the teachings of the Bible, and encourage others to do the same.

Which teachings of the Bible? And how can these teachings be found? I started this post with a Bible Nugget about how God tells us that we are to be slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

I believe the simplest, most direct way to explore further the truths spoken of in James 1:19 and James 1:20 is  to consult the cross references given for each verse.  I will just share perhaps two or three references that are very clear about the wrath of man:

Psa 37:8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Psa 37:9  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Psa 76:10  Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Rather than stirring up our wrath, and stepping forth to wage protests whether peaceful or violent, the Bible presents most clearly what we are to do instead:

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Now there is the answer, stated by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This does not even scratch the surface of the truths of the Bible related to this important theme which can be studied by consulting the cross references for James 1:19 and James 1:20.

The second way to study this issue is to continue reading in James 1:21 to see what he tells us next:

Jas 1:21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

The King James English of this verse may be unclear for some readers, so here is the same verse as translated in the Contemporary English Version or CEV:

Jas 1:21 You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you.

I like the King James Version much better, for it points to some very significant truths more clearly once you grasp what is being said. We are to “receive the engrafted word.” That “word” is the very words and message contained in the Bible, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you truly receive that message by reading the Bible and believing it, believing that message will result in a total transformation in your life, expressed by James in this passage as “which is able to save your souls.”

If you do not know for sure that this transformation has taken place in your life, James has just given the simple directions for how to come to the place where you experience this for yourself.

What must you do? Spend regular quality time reading the Word of God found in the Bible, starting particularly with the New Testament, until the experience becomes yours. If you will read the Bible consistently and prayerfully, it both can and will happen.  It happened to me!

One more thing about what I had planned to write about back on July 15, 2016, but only found time just now to do so:  we must be very aware not only about what the Bible teaches about the wrath of man. We must have a firm grasp about what the Bible teaches about the wrath of God.  One verse will be enough to make the point:

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

No one in their right mind wants to experience the wrath of God.  John 3:36 explains clearly how not to experience the wrath of God.  The underlying term for wrath, speaking here of God’s wrath, is a word which expresses the concept of permanent, not temporary wrath.

Make very sure that you, personally, truly believe on the Son!  Read and study the Bible to learn more about how continuing, genuine, obedient belief will produce in you a totally transformed life as you follow the Lord Jesus Christ.  See 2 Corinthians 5:17!

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Daily Bible Nugget #420, Genesis 18:25

The Nugget:

Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

My Comment:

At least one Muslim participant in the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” questions why, if God is a God of love, why will He punish those who killed Jesus.

My Answer:

AbdulGaniyu AbdulQuadri, you have asked a very serious, important question, when you ask, “Why will He  punish those who killed Jesus?”
 
The answer is, God Himself acts only in harmony with His character.  His character is revealed by His attributes, His qualities.  His attributes are revealed very fully or completely in the Bible.  The attributes of God is a very worthwhile and important topic to study from the Bible.
 
I recently made as complete a study of the attributes of God revealed in the Bible as I knew how to do.  As a result of my study I came up with a list of 49 attributes of God.  That is too long of a list to share here!
 
We cannot understand God correctly if we have not learned about His attributes.  The Bible says:
 
Psalm 9:10  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
 
To know God’s name means to know God’s character, His attributes.
 
The result of knowing God’s name is that the person who knows God’s name, His character, His attributes, will put their trust in God.
 
Only those who seek God seriously and diligently by studying and believing what the Bible says about Him can truly come to know His character and truly learn to trust Him.
 
Notice that the effect of seeking God is the promise of God that He will not forsake those who are seeking Him.
 
Now, back to your question:  Why will God punish those who killed Jesus?”
 
The most direct answer I know is that though God is a God of love, the Bible declares that God is a God of justice.  God has declared in the Bible repeatedly that He will punish sin.  He will judge individuals on the basis of what they have done.
 
Abraham stated a great truth about the justice of God as recorded in Genesis 18:25,
 
Gen 18:25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
 
The answer to Abraham’s question, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do Right?” is clearly that He certainly will.
 
Not to punish evil would be contrary to the declared character of a holy God.
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Daily Bible Nugget #419, John 3:13

The Nugget:

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  

My Comment:

Discussion is continuing at the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group.”  I have challenged one Muslim participant to set forth his evidence in support of his claim that Jesus cannot be God, as Christians believe, because how could Jesus, whom God has sent, be God on earth while God has always been on His throne in Heaven?

My Answer:

Abiola Ekunnusi, when a question is raised, and two individuals (you and I) disagree, there are only a few logical options to resolve the question of who is right.  You may be right, and if so, then I am wrong.  I may be right, and if so, then you are wrong.
 
We cannot both be right.
 
When it comes to matters pertaining to the Bible and those forms of Christianity based upon the Bible, the argument which is backed by the evidence in the Bible (our only primary source of evidence about Jesus Christ) will be the correct argument.
 
(1) God did send His Son.  There is no “if” about that.  The Bible declares this is so.
 
Rom 1:4  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
 
The absolute evidence that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is that God performed the stupendous miracle of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
 
(2) The Son of God has actually been sent, as the Bible declares.
 
John 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
 
John 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
 
John 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Acts 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
 
Galatians 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
 
1 John 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [better translated “atonement”] for our sins.
 
1 John 4:14  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
 
(3) Your claim,  that then “the son come to earth to deliver the message while God remains in His throne,” demonstrates “Jesus cannot be God as you Christians claimed” is not correct according to the words of the Bible found in John 3:13.
 
John 3:13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
 
The narrative in John chapter 3 records this claim by Jesus Christ, that while he was there speaking before them he was also as the Son of man in heaven at the very time he was then also upon this earth. This demonstrates that Jesus Christ possesses the incommunicable divine attribute of immensity.
 
Once  properly understood, this evidence resolves the issue of the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is God the Son.
 
Now I have submitted a portion of the Biblical and logical evidence that demonstrates the truth of my claim.
 
It may be that you have explicit counter-evidence, and if so, I will be happy to read it in specific detail.
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Daily Bible Nugget #418, 1 Corinthians 15:50

The Nugget:

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. My Comment:

In the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” one of the Muslim participants has asked that I provide a logical explanation of several texts of Scripture.  Below is the discussion response I just now gave to him.

My Response:

Dear Muhammad Jahid,
 
Here is my careful, logical answer to your excellent question, asking me to carefully consider 1 Corinthians 15:50, Luke 24:39, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Psalm 104:29, and Genesis 3:19.
 
Since your question is necessarily complex and refers to several different passages of Scripture, I trust you will forgive the length of my response, and will find it possible to read this response carefully:
 
Muhammad Jahid, I like your willingness to appeal to logic in this discussion.
 
It is ironic, and possibly illogical, for you to quote the writings of Paul (1 Corinthians 15:50) to support your argument against what Bible believing Christians believe about the resurrection body of Jesus Christ!  Logically, this by itself is sufficient to show a careful thinker that the argument you have employed is false or mistaken.
 
But to answer your challenge:
 
Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
 
Why would Jesus show his hands and his feet at this time in the narrative?
 
Jesus himself tells us that he did this to show them “that it is I myself.”
 
As the common saying says, “Seeing is believing.”
 
But Jesus did more than just let them see his resurrected body.  He asked them, “Handle me, and see.” He appealed to their sense of touch to prove to them that he was not merely a spirit. He showed them that he had actual flesh and bones.  He was not an apparition. He was not a ghost. He was alive again by bodily resurrection, the same person in the same but resurrected and perfected body that they had known before his crucifixion.
 
On this important occasion Jesus did more than show them his wounded hands and feet. He did more than let them touch him. He asked if they had any food handy, and they brought him a piece of a broiled fish, and a piece of honeycomb, and he took the food “and did eat before them” (Luke 24:43).
 
Can you suggest a stronger proof that Jesus could have given that this was he, himself, in his very own body that had been placed in the tomb, now risen from the dead? I don’t think so.
 
So, the answer to your repeated question (now fully answered), “Where is his flesh?” The answer clearly is that his flesh and his body as a whole was not left to moulder in the tomb.
 
The tomb was empty. He took his flesh with him when he exited the tomb. That is logical, and accords with all the written testimony from the eye witnesses who were present when these events took place.  It is  clear from the historical record that Jesus Christ arose bodily from the dead.
 
Now, you asked before, as being the “burning issue,” about “where is the flesh and where did Jesus leave it before his ascension to Paradise?”
 
Please do read my answer carefully and in full. Almost all Christians and Christian churches get this wrong!
 
This question is based upon flawed assumptions.
 
First, you assume, contrary to the written evidence in the Bible, that Jesus must have left his flesh somewhere.  That is wrong. The Bible emphatically teaches the resurrection of the body. Jesus Christ proved that it was he himself who returned from the dead in his resurrected body which the disciples saw, handled, and observed him in the act of eating fish and honeycomb.
 
The second flawed assumption is that an ascension to Paradise could not involve his physical, now resurrected, body. What took place when Christ returned to heaven could not be termed an ascension unless he was in a visible, physical body when he ascended back to heaven as the disciples watched stedfastly (Acts 1:10, 11).  Note very carefully this fact:  The term “ascension” always has reference to the body, never the soul or spirit.  See Acts 2:34, for example.  The departure of the spirit to God is never in the Bible reckoned as or called an “ascension.”
 
So in answer to your question, “Where is the flesh of Jesus” now, the answer is, Jesus is even now, even yet, still very much alive in his human body.  That Jesus is still a man is clearly declared in 1 Timothy 2:5,
 
1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
 
This statement was written many years after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven, so it is very clear that the Bible teaches that Jesus is still a man.
 
The body of Jesus Christ was transformed for all time from a perishable body to an imperishable body, what may properly be called an immortal body.  The Bible in Philippians 3:21  expresses it this way:
 
Php 3:20  But our citizenship is in heaven — and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Php 3:21  who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.
 
Notice the physical body of  Christ as it now exists in heaven is called “his glorious body,” often spoken of in theological terms as his glorified body.  The promise here is that those who are truly believers in Christ will upon their resurrection or rapture also possess a glorified, immortal, imperishable, yet tangible body like Jesus Christ now does.
 
Knowing and understanding these  facts from the Bible will logically make it very clear that any reference made to 1 Corinthians 15:50 to deny the Bible teaching I just shared that Jesus Christ is present in heaven itself in his tangible, resurrected, but glorified physical body is mistaken.
 
Notice the Bible states that Jesus now has his own glorious body.  This means that in the process of being resurrected from the dead, his body was transformed into a glorified body, a body no longer subject to pain, sickness, death.  But it is still a body, not merely spirit.  It is a tangible body:  it can be seen, felt, handled, and in that glorified body Jesus could eat food, which is just what he did immediately and right before their eyes.
 
In the light of this evidence, your sincere question about where is the flesh of Jesus now that he has gone to heaven, is a bit mistaken in its premise.  Jesus still has a body, the same body he had, but it is now resurrected and transformed into a glorious, a glorified, body.
 
In the light of this established Bible FACT, the question about “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,” so where is the flesh? is not relevant whatsoever, but mistaken in its assumptions.
 
First of all, “the kingdom of God” is not heaven. Therefore, the kingdom of God cannot be where Jesus is now. The kingdom of God is still future to us, and will be established here upon this earth, and will last forever.
 
Take careful note: When the Bible declares that flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50), the Bible declares that only the transformed, glorified  believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will inherit that Kingdom when Jesus Christ returns for them (see 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 58).  Flesh and blood human beings will continue upon this earth forever (Psalm 72:5). They will not be the inheritors, but the subjects of the kingdom of God.
 
You also bring up three additional problem passages from the Bible:
 
(1) Ecclesiastes 12:7
 
Ecc 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
 
When anyone dies in this time, the body of course turns to dust.  The spirit returns to God who gave it. But this verse does not deny the idea of bodily resurrection, for bodily resurrection is taught elsewhere in the Bible in the Old Testament and the New Testament. This text therefore has no bearing upon the question of where is the flesh of Jesus now, for Jesus Christ is the first to be resurrected from the dead.
 
(2) Psalm 104:29
 
Psa 104:29  Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
 
This passage is not about the future resurrection which everyone will experience (John 5:28, 29). It only describes the obvious physical fact that once a body no longer breathes, it dies, and ultimately decays into the dust of which it is made.
 
(3) Genesis 3:19
 
Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
 
The ordinary lot of all human beings is to die, and for their physical bodies to return to the dust of which they were made. Once again, texts of Scripture like this one do not have any connection to the Bible’s teaching about future resurrection. It has no connection to the question of where is the flesh of Jesus Christ now.
 
It was predicted of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, as a provision of the Davidic Covenant, that the Messiah (1) would be a direct physical descendant of David himself;  (2) that the Messiah, though he must die, would not suffer corruption or decay (Psalm 16:8-10).
 
Psa 16:8  I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psa 16:9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psa 16:10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
 
This very passage of Scripture is carefully explained by Peter in his sermon recorded at Acts 2:29-32.
 
Act 2:29  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Act 2:30  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Act 2:31  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
Act 2:32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
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