Daily Bible Nugget #546, Mark 2:8

The Nugget:

Mar 2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

My Comment:

In my last post I cited Mark 2:1-12 to show that our Lord Jesus Christ is rightly understood to be God the Son because He had the power to forgive sins. The Jews rightly asked within themselves, “Who can forgive sins but God only?”

That Jesus knew that they harbored these thoughts in their minds demonstrates His omniscience. Omniscience is an attribute of God that means God knows everything, even the hidden thoughts of our hearts or minds.

Peter directly states to Jesus that he knew that Jesus knows everything:

John 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Because Jesus knows all things, we can properly say that Jesus is omniscient.

Omniscience is known as an incommunicable attribute of God. An incommunicable attribute of God belongs to God only, and cannot be shared with any other person or creature. This proves the Deity of Christ, because He  possesses the incommunicable attributes of God such as (1) eternity, Revelation 22:13; (2) omniscience, John 21:17; (3) omnipresence, Ephesians 1:23; (4) sovereignty, Matthew 8:27;  (5) immutability, Hebrews 13:8; and (6) immensity, John 3:13.

Since only God can possess the incommunicable attributes, yet Scripture ascribes them to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit, all three persons must be God. There is no other explanation which properly agrees with all the statements of Scripture.

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Daily Bible Nugget #545, 2 Peter 3:17

The Nugget:

2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

My Comment:

It is very important to pay attention to this warning. It is possible for any person to be “led away with the error of the wicked” with the disastrous result Peter warns us of. Notice Peter is addressing those he calls “beloved.” Peter, therefore, is addressing believers, not unbelievers. Peter states there is a very real danger of falling “from your own stedfastness.”

Peter makes it very clear that to follow the teachings or practice of apostates is to commit apostasy, and thus to fall from grace. It is strikingly clear, therefore, that Peter did not believe the popular false doctrine so widely accepted today called “eternal security.” This doctrine is popularly expressed as “once saved, always saved.” This mistaken doctrine is clearly heresy. What the Bible does teach is the absolute eternal security of the believer, not the unbeliever.

“God’s written word, taken as a whole, and allowed to speak for itself, will be found to be its own best interpreter” (Milton S. Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics, page 162).

Not everyone who claims to believe in Jesus believes in the Jesus of the Bible. Paul warned about this problem when he spoke about “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4). Not everyone who claims to believe the Gospel believes in the Gospel taught in the Bible. Paul warned about this problem when he spoke about “another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6).

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Today I saw a challenge posted by a Muslim which asked, “Is there any other religion besides Christianity which professes belief in Jesus?” I am quoting the question from memory. The claim is that Muslims also believe in Jesus. I believe what they fail to understand that they believe in “another Jesus,” not the Jesus of the Bible. There followed an assertion that Christianity is mistaken in its beliefs about Jesus because Christianity teaches the doctrine of the deity of Christ. The Muslim said that nowhere in the Bible does Jesus ever say “I am God, worship me.” This Muslim challenge is misdirected because it is an example of the “exact word fallacy.” The issue is not whether any such exact words are in the Bible, but rather, is the deity of Christ taught as a matter of necessary inference? The answer to that question is most certainly “Yes.”

Mark 2:1  And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
Mar 2:2  And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Mar 2:3  And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
Mar 2:4  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
Mar 2:5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Mar 2:6  But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
Mar 2:7  Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Mar 2:8  And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Mar 2:9  Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
Mar 2:10  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
Mar 2:11  I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
Mar 2:12  And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

I understand that the Jews of the time of Jesus believed (1) that only God can forgive sins, and (2) only God can heal.

When Jesus spoke the words “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee,” there could be no immediate visible result to confirm the truth of His declaration.

But, when Jesus told the paralytic to take up his bed and walk, the miraculous healing was immediately evident, and confirmed, by the Jews’ own beliefs, that He had the power also to forgive sins.

By the rule of interpretation that I call “the rule of necessary inference” (see the October, 2010 Archives listed here on the right-hand side of this page for a full listing of my “Rules of Interpretation”), the correct inference to be drawn is that Jesus demonstrated His deity before the very eyes of those in the crowded house.

This is just one of many things we read about Jesus in the New Testament that, carefully considered, leads all Bible believing Christians to believe in the deity of Christ, that He was truly a man, but He was also truly God the Son, what in theology we call the Second Person of the Trinity.

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Daily Bible Nugget #544, Deuteronomy 18:18

The Nugget:

Deuteronomy 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

My Comment:

I read the following Muslim post asking about Deuteronomy 18:18,

Why do Christians skip this Holy Verse from the Bible…
DUET1818
Don’t play games with me..
Explain this verse from YOUR HOLY BIBLE..
I’ll only respond with comments associated with this verse..

Come Christians let’s reason together.. We are here to share not to argue…
…so let’s share

 

 

My Response:

Mpho Kooda, you ask about Deuteronomy 18:18.

Deuteronomy 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

This verse was fulfilled completely by our Lord Jesus Christ, and no other.

FIRST, notice that God said He would raise THEM up a Prophet.

Therefore, since THEM has reference to the Jews, the Hebrews, this prophecy has reference to no other nation or people. This Prophet can come from nowhere else or any other people-group.

Therefore, since the prediction states God would raise up A PROPHET, there can only be ONE PERSON who can fulfill this promise.

The ONE PERSON who fulfilled that prediction precisely was our Lord Jesus Christ.

The New Testament records that the people of Israel who witnessed the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ recognized Him as the ONE PERSON who fulfilled the prediction of Deuteronomy 18:18, that Jesus was THAT PROPHET which should come into the world:

John 6:14

14  Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
King James Version

Jesus repeatedly declared that He spoke only what God commanded Him to speak:

John 12:49

49  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
King James Version

Even the woman at the well knew the Bible well enough to recognize that our Lord Jesus Christ was the One God promised to send, who would declare to them “all things” that God commanded Him to speak:

John 4:25

25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
King James Version

Those who heard Jesus speak and teach recognized that His teaching was unlike the teaching of their scribes and Pharisees, but that Jesus taught with special authority:

Matthew 7:29

29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
King James Version

Therefore, based upon this careful presentation of the historical and Biblical evidence, only our Lord Jesus Christ is qualified to fulfill the promise and prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:18, and he did so.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION FOR REAL BIBLE STUDY:

How did I arrive at the answers to the Muslim question about Deuteronomy 18:18? I simply turned to Deuteronomy 18:18 in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, and all the cross references there furnished the material for my answer. If you do not have this resource, you can do the same thing using my previous cross reference Bible study tools, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible. 

If you do not like hearing so much BAD NEWS then take the time as I have just done to share the GOOD NEWS! I just demonstrated how to do it.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #543, 2 Peter 3:18

The Nugget:

2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  (KJV)

2Pe 3:18 Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing. Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen. (CEV)

My Comment:

Sixty-six years ago I was busy reading the New Testament seriously and constantly during every spare moment. I was discovering many helpful verses like 2 Peter 3:18 at what was to be the start of my new Christian life. Those verses are still important to me today.

As you get to know your Bible, these verses should become important to you too.

If such thoughts are strange or foreign to your experience, let me encourage you to do what I did back then: read the New Testament seriously, patiently, and repeatedly. On my third read through, I finally understood the message.

I have emphasized in many posts here the importance of starting out by reading a plain text Bible. It is important to start this way so your own ability to understand what the text of the New Testament actually says won’t be overly influenced by commentary written by others.

Once you have become quite familiar with the content of the New Testament, it is a good idea to begin to get more help from resources designed to help you understand the Bible better.

I found the following resources to be helpful to me:

  1. Milton S. Terry, Biblical Hermeneutics.
  2. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.
  3. The New Topical Textbook.

The first resource was the first Christian book about the Bible that I remember buying from the Grand Bible and Bookstore in Highland Park, Michigan. I read it three times through before I finished high school. I will admit, though, that this book may be too difficult for many readers. There are other books that are easier to read but still helpful on this subject. This important book teaches the careful reader how to interpret the Bible correctly and how to know for sure that your interpretation is correct.

The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was also one of the first books for Bible study that I bought. I learned about this helpful book while taking a vacation Bible school class for high school students about “How to Study the Bible” taught by Miss Ellen Groh, who was then a student at the Detroit Bible College, later renamed Tyndale Bible College. Miss Ellen Groh became a missionary to Africa. The last time I spoke to her she was planning to retire to Africa where she had served the Lord for many years. I am certainly thankful to her for pointing me to this very significant Bible study tool. It is a book of what are called cross references to nearly every verse in the Bible. Looking up the cross references given in the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge will lead you to other Bible verses that explain more about what the Bible says about the subjects mentioned in the verse you start from.

The New Topical Textbook is an alphabetical list of important Bible subjects that points the reader to where those subjects are found in the Bible. It has a very motivational introduction by R. A. Torrey which I found to be a great encouragement to study the Bible this way.

Making regular use of resources like these (all available in Bible software now) will help anyone who reads the Bible to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” as the very last words we have from the great Apostle Peter encourage us to do.

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Vijay Chandra Memorial Letter

by Mrs. Narsamma Chandra

September 14, 2019

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for us and supporting us so faithfully over the years. The Lord has been wonderful to us. By now many of you know and maybe some of you do not know that Vijay went to be with his Savior and Lord on the 24th of July at 3:30 pm in Fiji.

We left for the Fiji Islands on Wednesday the 17th of July and arrived there on Friday the 19th. He preached on the Lord’s day on the 21st at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Ba, from Luke 18:9, 10, 11. We were thrilled to be at the church which we started together in 1993 and were there till 2017. We had a wonderful fellowship with the believers after the service and then we were invited by a member, Sagar and his sister Puja. He himself cooked the meal and then discussed about the Lord and also he was having some problems with his mother. After counseling them and edifying them we went home.

On Monday we had some things taken care of and Sagar met us again and we again spent a lot of time counseling him and encouraging him. On Tuesday a Muslim man had come to do some yard work and Vijay made tea with ginger and they had it together and Vijay witnessed to him and a neighbor who came to visit. On Wednesday morning those two men came again and Vijay talked to them again and we left for Lautoka.

He took chapel on Wednesday the 24th for the students and staff of Fiji Bible College of Evangelism, sharing from John 4 about the attributes of God. He had graduated from the Bible college, and also had helped build the buildings. He also had taught Hebrew, Greek, and Old Testament Theology for over 24 years there.

He said he was not feeling good so I took him to a doctor for a checkup. The same day after few hours the Lord whom he served faithfully to the last minute saw it fit to call him home. I was with him. He did not suffer at all, and as the Word says, “he was absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). He left peacefully to be with his Lord. Vijay can surely say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8).

Andrew and Kimberly were able to fly from Australia the next day and Philip joined us on Sunday. Funeral service was held at the Ba church at 11:00 am on the 29th of July where Andrew also shared from Jeremiah 1:5-10 and then the burial service took place at the Veroka cemetery at 1 pm. After the burial the Fijian staff and students knelt around the grave and paid respect to Vijay, a gesture which the natives give only to chiefs and people they place in highest honor. Our Lord blessed with a beautiful day and a wonderful service in the church as well as at the cemetery. Many believers and nonbelievers, families and friends from Australia and New Zealand and all over Fiji were able to hear the gospel and our Lord’s name was glorified through Hymns and his Word. The memorial service in honor of Vijay was held the same evening at the church where our God was glorified once again. My dear brothers and sisters, the Lord has been my strength and my shield and has guided me and my family through all these days. The Lord guided me in all these and I surely felt His loving presence with me in my sorrow and days of bereavement. He was my refuge to flee to.

I came back with Philip to Utah and spent some time with his family and waited on the Lord’s guidance as to what He wanted me to do. Even though Philip and his family wanted me to live with them, after much prayer I felt the Lord was calling me back to Flint to continue with the Cross Cultural Ministry which Vijay and I started with the help of other friends like Tim Marshal, Luke, Moses, Scott Snyder, and Keshitiz at Kettering University and also wherever and whomever the Lord brings in my way. Scott Snyder took some Bibles and gave the news about Vijay and students helped themselves to 12 Bibles. I was able to visit them last Friday with Sabrina and most of the students were glad to visit with me and a couple of friends also came over. They conveyed that they really loved Vijay and would miss him greatly and shared that Vijay would call them “son”. I was really touched by their love. Keshitiz and Moses came that evening to my home and shared what Vijay meant to them and how he was mentoring them.

Friends, I really appreciate your love and prayers for me and the work here. It will not be easy for me without Vijay but for now I know the Lord wants me here in Flint. Thank you also for the sympathy cards and phone calls, it means a lot to me. My Lord has been with me throughout the day on the 24th, and I felt His love and His presence and His guidance then and also continually to this day. We had celebrated 41 years of our wedding anniversary last year on the 5th of November. I have known him for 44 years. His love and zeal for his Savior kept him going till the last day and I praise the Lord for his life.

Ralph and Sharon Kemrer from Calvary Baptist Church in Pennsylvania shared with me a handwritten note which Vijay had written to them in 2005 and the text which I would also like to share with you is from Lamentations 3:20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26.

In His service,

Narsamma

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Daily Bible Nugget #542, Psalm 9:17

The Nugget:

Psalm 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

My Comment:

Cris Jackson gave me permission to share her Facebook post from earlier today. Here is what she shared:

Satan has deceived so many thinking they belong to God….Your behavior and lifestyle tells it all! We can’t live our life like hell and think we belong to God and going to make it into heaven. That’s a lie. It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked/unbelieving are sent after death. We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23). The just punishment for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). Since all of our sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), and since God is an infinite and eternal Being, the punishment for sin, death, must also be infinite and eternal. Hell is this infinite and eternal death which we have earned because of our sin.

The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as “eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49), a place of “torment” and “fire” (Luke 16:23, 24), “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), a place where “the smoke of torment rises forever and ever” (Revelation 14:10, 11), and a “lake of burning sulfur” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10). Those who are in hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4, 5). Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end. Praise God that, through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:16, 18, 36).

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Daily Bible Nugget #541, 2 Corinthians 3:17

9-19-19 Daily Bible Nugget 541 2 Corinthians 3v17

The Nugget:

2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (KJV)

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. (NET Bible)

My Comment:

As far as I know, the only kind of society that enjoys true religious freedom is a society based upon Christian principles, upon principles grounded in the Bible.

If the Bible is true (and it most certainly is), those who believe and know the Bible need not be afraid of the claims of other faiths and religions. The Bible contains absolute truth. No lie can be ultimately successful against the truth. The Bible does not need to be defended as if it were in any real danger of being disproved. The Bible needs to be read daily, studied carefully, and shared prayerfully with others who do not know the important truth they are missing if they are not reading and believing the Bible.

There is, however, considerable danger in the United States of America as well as other places in the world that freedom of religion may be lost.

A little more than a week ago in Michigan, a church was prevented from having a special service in remembrance of “9-11” because another world religion strenuously objected.

I received the following email on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from David Kupelian titled “Muslims Shut Down Church’s 911 Memorial Service” that tells about what happened, and what is reported should be  alarming to Bible-believing Christians and all Americans:

Far from being a “peaceful and tolerant” civil rights organization that seeks only to coexist with other faiths in the public square, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a radical Islamic front group founded by leaders of the terror group Hamas – the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Recently, CAIR made it their mission to STOP a Christian church in Michigan from holding a 9/11 Memorial Event.

Why?

Because CAIR believed the event – to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that claimed the lives of 2,997 innocent people – posed a challenge to the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated goal of “Islamic Supremacy.”

It seems the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church angered CAIR when it announced its intention to feature Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim who planned to deliver a speech titled “How the Interfaith Movement is Sabotaging America and the Church”

… A speech designed to “expose the growing deception of interfaith dialogue” and “explain how interfaith ‘dialogue’ is compromising the Gospel & our national security.”

The church event also planned to have James Simpson, a former Office of Management and Budget economist and investigative reporter, to speak about “How Islam is Destroying America from Within.”

CAIR insisted that the event had to be called off for giving “anti-Muslim bigotry” a platform. According to Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR‘s Michigan chapter:

“Though we believe that houses of worship have the right to preach their doctrine, we find it incredibly irresponsible for a church to invite someone who has the objective of spewing clear anti-Muslim bigotry.”

What Walid chose to ignore is the fact that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing trial in American history, that of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

In fact, in 2009, a federal judge found that the U.S. government had “produced ample evidence to establish” that CAIR has ties to the terror organization Hamas.

But a few days ago, Democratic Reps. Andy Levin and Debbie Dingell ignored all this and instead sided with CAIR, saying the 9/11 Remembrance Event exposing jihadism had to be shut down because there is “no place for hate” in the United States.

Before canceling the event, Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church Pastor Donald McKay told the news media “Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America.”

So, CAIR – aided by Democrats in Congress – successfully forced a Christian church to cancel its 9/11 Remembrance Event in violation of the First Amendment Free Speech and Religious rights of Christian Americans all across the county.

Threatening a church if it didn’t cancel an event designed to expose radical Islam on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is an outrageous instance of anti-Christian bigotry.

Remember, CAIR is a group that gives aid and comfort to our nation’s enemies, has financially supported designated terrorist groups like Hamas and uses its power to silence Christians who are doing everything they can to speak the truth about radical Islam in America.

I believe the Bible teaches us to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

I believe that Christians need to reach out to others and share their Bible-based faith and the message of salvation.

I posted the previous two Daily Bible Nuggets here showing just how to do that. I encourage you to read those two posts to learn how to answer some Muslim objections to the Bible and in particular, the Apostle Paul.

For at least some readers here, it ought to be obvious that these things are happening rather close to home.

 

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #540, 1 Corinthians 7:25

The Nugget:

1Co 7:25  Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. (KJV)

1Co 7:25  But concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord; but I give my opinion, as having received mercy of the Lord to be faithful. (Darby)

1Co 7:25  Now about virgins I have no orders from the Lord: but I give my opinion as one to whom the Lord has given mercy to be true to him. (Basic English)

1Co 7:25 About unmarried women I have no command from the Lord, but I will give you my opinion as of one who is trustworthy, since I have had mercy shown me by the Lord. (Williams)

1Co 7:25  I don’t know of anything that the Lord said about people who have never been married. But I will tell you what I think. And you can trust me, because the Lord has treated me with kindness. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

1 Corinthians 7:25 was mistakenly applied and surely misunderstood by a Muslim who objects to the validity of the Apostle Paul. He is responding to the answers I posted here yesterday as Daily Bible Nugget #539. You can learn much more than you bargained for if you read the discussion below!

The Muslim Challenge:

Jerome Smith our first objection: two verses from the letters of Paul proved that not all biblical passages are revealed by God. Paul says:

“Concerning virgin, I HAVE NO COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD, BUT I GIVE MY OWN OPINION as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy” 1st Corinthians 7:25

“What I am saying with regard to this boastful confidence, I am saying NOT WITH THE LORD’S AUTHORITY, but as a fool” 2nd Corinthians 11:17.

Our second objection: Mark 16:9-20 was not present in the RSV. The NIV wrote in its footnote that “the ancient and most reliable Manuscripts did not have Mark 16:9-20. So, According to your scholars Mark 16:15 is a fabrication.

Our third objection: In the American standard version, the phrase used in Mathew 28:19 is “all the nations”. This refers to the twelve tribes of Israel (each tribe is a nation). However, if we are to accept Mathew 28:19 the way you relate it; then we have no any other option than to say Jesus Christ contradicts himself (something I will never believe). This is because, when Jesus sent out his disciples to preach, he commanded them saying; “Go not unto the way of the gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans, but go rather unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” Mathew 10:5, 6.

 

My Response:

Hayatuddeen Ameen You have misunderstood what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 7:25. Paul means that our Lord Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry did not address the question asked by the Corinthians that Paul then proceeds to answer.

Further in his answer, Paul states that on that aspect of the question he has the direct word of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: (King James Version)

Consider 1 Corinthians 7:12,

1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. King James Version

Paul again distinguishes between what he, writing by divine inspiration, states in answer to the question raised by the Corinthians, compared with what Jesus had discussed while He was upon earth. Paul could not cite Jesus as his authority on this point regarding marriage relations because Jesus did not discuss this precise topic. Notice, therefore, how carefully Paul identifies the source of his authority when answering the questions addressed to him.

Contrast what Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 14:37,

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. King James Version

So the issue is not whether Paul writes what is revealed by God. He most certainly does, according to 1 Corinthians 14:37. The issue in context is whether what Paul asserts under divine inspiration was directly addressed by our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry.

As for your reference to 2 Corinthians 11:17, in objecting to these words, you are missing the ironic language Paul is using in that context which he uses to emphasize the validity of his apostleship.

This is seen when Paul reaches the climax of his defense of his apostleship against his detractors when he writes:

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

2 Corinthians 13:5 involves a number of figures of speech for emphasis, including Hyperbaton and Irony.

The Hyperbaton by which the pronoun heautous, yourselves, is placed in the Greek text at the beginning of the sentence (the object before the subject), shows the emphasis which is to be placed upon it, and tells us that this is the serious irony of a grieved heart, and not a general command.

These Corinthian saints, having been beguiled by the Jewish enemies of the apostle to question his apostleship, actually sought a proof of Christ speaking in him! So he meets their questionings with another question: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me…YOURSELVES examine ye, if ye are in the faith; YOURSELVES prove ye. Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you except ye be reprobates?”

The answer to this question, thus ironically put, would prove them to be the seals of his ministry, and the real proof of his apostleship.

In answer to your SECOND OBJECTION regarding the so-called long ending of the Gospel of Mark, that ending is unquestionably the original ending of Mark’s Gospel.

The genuineness of Mark 16:9-20 is established by the fact that they are:

(1) contained in the majority of even ancient manuscripts, and in the famous few that omit these verses space was left in some of them sufficient to be included;

(2) the verses are included in ancient versions including the various forms of the Syriac, the Latin, Gothic, Egyptian and Coptic, Armenian, Ethiopic, and Georgian, several of these predating the oldest extant Greek manuscripts for this passage;

(3) the passage has been cited from the time of the earliest Christian writers, including Papias (AD 100) who refers to Mark 16:18 (as stated by Eusebius, Hist. Ecc. iii. 39); Justin Martyr (AD 151), who quotes Mark 16:20 (Apol. I. c. 45); Irenæus (AD 180), who quotes and remarks on Mark 16:19 (Adv. Hær. lib. iii. c. x.); Hippolytus (AD 190-227) quotes Mark 16:17-19 (Lagarde’s ed., 1858, p. 74); Ambrose (AD 374-397) quotes Mark 16:15 four times, Mark 16:16-18 three times, and Mark 16:20 once; Chrysostom (AD 400) refers to Mark 16:9; and states that Mark 16:19-20 are “the end of the Gospel.” Jerome (AD 331-420) includes these twelve verses in his Latin translation, besides quoting Mark 16:9; Mark 16:14 in his other writings; Augustine (AD 395-430) more than quotes them. He discusses them as being the work of the Evangelist Mark, and says that they were publicly read in the churches.

I place no confidence in the Revised Standard Version because it is an English translation produced by theologically liberal scholarship which does not believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible and often rejects the supernatural. The RSV was widely rejected by Bible-believing Christians when it was first published.

The NIV has made some quite notable errors in its comments and decisions regarding matters of textual criticism, so on those issues I find it necessary to reject their mistaken claims.

The ANSWER TO YOUR THIRD OBJECTION is seen by comparing Scripture with Scripture. You claim “all the nations” has reference to only the twelve tribes of Israel. That is not correct. See the parallel construction at Matthew 24:14,

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Clearly, the expression “all nations” or “all the nations” (same wording in the underlying Greek text) has reference to every nation “in all the world,” a mission most certainly not to be limited to the twelve tribes of Israel!

Jesus Himself said in Acts 1:8,

Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This world-wide outreach of the true Gospel of Christ was prophesied repeatedly, as anyone can learn by consulting the cross references given for such a verse as Isaiah 49:6,

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

 

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #539, Matthew 15:24

 

The Nugget:

Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The Muslim Challenge:

Posted by Hayatuddeen Ameen today (September 14, 2019):

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY SAVIOUR:
Our Christian brothers were programmed to be vicarious. They say all your lengthy treatise and literary masterpiece will never satiate me; I believe in Christ as my personal lord and saviour. That is what a Christian lady told me during a one on one dialogue. When I enquire of a biblical reference vindicating her claim, she quoted the Gospel of John 14:6 which says,

I am the truth, the way and life; no one goes to the father but by me.

I replied, the verse you have quoted is incompatible with the reference I have requested, but however, lets analyze it before we proceed with the normal argument. I re enquired if she is familiar with the context of the passage; after a lengthy irrational explanation, she admitted that she didn’t know the context. I said, the context of the passage is in verse one (John 14:1). Jesus said to his disciples,

Believe in God; believe also in me

The above aphorism is applicable not to Jesus, but to all Messengers of God. All the prophets sent by God will say the same thing to the people to which they are sent (Believe in God; believe also in me). What it means is that you can only reach God through believe in his prophets. In this way, during the reign of Moses, Moses is the truth, the way and life, and no one will go to the father but through Moses (pbuh). Likewise, in the reign of Prophet Noah; without you getting into the boat; you will definitely perish. So, in the time of Noah, Noah is the truth, the way and life, and no one will go to the father but through Noah (pbuh). Similarly, during this time of Prophet Muhammad; Muhammad is the truth, the way and life; no one will go to the father but through Muhammad (pbuh). This is the context of the passage which you have quoted. However, what I have requested is the biblical reference that infers Jesus Christ as the only saviour. Is there any such reference in your Bible? She exclaimed, NO! However, being a savant in the realm of comparative religion, I insisted, there is, while at the same time quoting the following biblical verse.

She (Mary) will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

I asked the lady if this is the reference I have requested from her Bible. The helpless lady is evasive; if not embarrassed. She answered reluctantly, YE! YES. I proceed; cant you see that Jesus is only a saviour to his people? The lady asked emphatically: then tell me, who are his people? The lady thinks she has a point. The Bible has already answered your question, I insisted, reading the Gospel of Matthew 15:24.

He (Jesus) answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

I enquired, are you an Israelite? The lady becomes pathetic in a deep silence. Having experienced that the lady is pessimistic, I continued; haven’t you read in the Gospel of John 17:9 where Jesus is saying,

I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me for they are yours.

So, even your Bible testifies that Jesus Christ will only intercede for his people. Those are Israelites who believe in God and his teachings as discussed earlier. With this Christian lady, I won the debate.

 

My Response:

You can only claim to win such a debate because the lady was not really knowledgeable about the Bible.

Can I produce from the Bible even one verse that states our Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior?

Yes.

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Is Jesus the savior for the whole world?

Yes.

1Jn 2:2 and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

The Bible emphasizes that our Lord Jesus Christ died to save all people everywhere as the following cross references for 1 John 2:2 demonstrate:

1 Timothy 2:4   Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:15  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

2 Peter 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

As for your citation of Matthew 15:24, Jesus did not always limit or restrict his ministry to none but the Jews. He also ministered to Gentiles as here in context to the Canaanite woman. He previously healed the centurion’s servant (Mat 8:13); He declared his Messiahship to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:25, 26), and as a result of her vibrant testimony Jesus was asked by the townspeople of the Samaritan city of Sychar to stay two more days with them, which he did, and many of them believed (John 4:42).

Note the testimony of the Samaritans of Sychar after hearing Jesus for themselves:

John 4:42  And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

They testified that they believed and knew that Jesus (1) is the Messiah, the Christ; (2) that Jesus IS INDEED THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

When Jesus healed the ten lepers, one of them was a Samaritan, the only one who returned to give thanks (Luke 17:11, 12; Luke 17:15, 16).

Christ’s directive (Matthew 10:5, 6) that his disciples minister only to the lost sheep of Israel and not enter into any city of the Samaritans nor go in the way of the Gentiles was clearly a directive for that immediate mission, and does not mark a permanent policy of the ministry of Christ that limited His work only to the Jews.

It is most clear that Christ came to save the world, not merely the lost sheep of the house of Israel, for He commanded that His Gospel be proclaimed to every creature (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:27; John 1:29; John 3:16; John 4:42; Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:2). This accords precisely with what was prophesied of the Messiah (Isaiah 49:6; Acts 13:47; Acts 26:23).

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #538, Acts 9:7

The Nugget:

Acts 9:7  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

My Comment:

I have encountered individuals from the Hebrew Roots movement as well as Muslims who find a contradiction between what is stated in Acts 9:7 compared to the parallel account found in Acts 22:9. They use this alleged contradiction to deny the validity of the conversion and ministry of the Apostle Paul. In so doing, they reveal they have not read carefully the rest of the chapter, where the record is given of our Lord Jesus Christ himself directly commissioning the Apostle Paul (see Acts 9:15 and context).

Acts 9:7  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Acts 22:9  And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.

The Muslim Challenge:

Contradiction 1:
When Paul experienced the vision of Jesus Christ; did the companions with him also saw the light and hear the voice?

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Acts 9:7

And they that were with me (Paul) saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice. Acts 22:9

Did the men with Paul hear the voice or not?

I ANSWER:

In English translation Acts 9:7 appears to contradict Acts 22:9, as you carefully state.

The New Testament was originally written in Greek. There are distinctions evident in the Greek text that are often not translated into English.

In Acts 9:4 the word “voice” is in the accusative case, which in Greek is an idiom which means to hear and understand the particular words spoken, said of Saul (later called Paul).

In Acts 9:7 the word “voice” is in the genitive case, showing that Paul’s companions heard the sound but did not hear the words clearly enough to understand them. All they heard was a noise.

In Acts 22:9, “but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to me” is in the genitive case, an idiom which means to understand, to receive, to believe what is said, having regard not to the speaker but the subject matter.

Paul’s companions heard the voice, but not clearly enough to understand what was said, expressed by the genitive case in Greek.

Paul (or Saul) heard the voice and understood what was said, expressed by the accusative case in Greek.

The presence of these idioms in the Greek text removes the apparent contradiction seen in our English translations.

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