Things New & Old

Ancient truths revealed in the Scriptures are often forgotten, disbelieved or distorted, and therefore lost in the passage of time. Such ancient truths when rediscovered and relearned are 'new' additions to the treasury of ancient truths. Christ showed many new things to the disciples, things prophesied by the prophets of old but hijacked and perverted by the elders and their traditions, but which Christ reclaimed and returned to His people.

There are things both new and old here. "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things"
2Ti 2:7.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Prejudice and unbelief - a very real and common disease!

The only stupid question is the unasked question."- my dad -

"The most difficult subjects 
can be explained to the most slow-witted man
 if he has not formed any idea of them already; 
but the simplest thing cannot be made clear 
to the most intelligent man 
if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, 
without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him."
- Leo Tolstoy -

A classic example of Tolstoy's statement is this:

So very many seemingly intelligent Christians cannot understand nor accept the basic and most obvious fact that life must precede the activity of that life, i.e. that eternal life must precede the activity of believing spiritual things.

And why is this?

They have already formed in their mind the perverse idea that one must believe in order to have eternal life, thus explicitly embracing the lie and delusion that spiritual activities precede eternal life (which is spiritual in nature).

The most slow witted man, whose mind has not been poisoned or deluded can easily understand the obvious and plain maxim that LIFE MUST PRECEDE the ACTS of that LIFE. The evidences of this truth is beyond dispute. However, many seemingly educated and intelligent Christians can't! And the reason is this: they believe they already know the truth: the acts of life PRECEDE life itself; i.e. a spiritually dead man can believe in order to have eternal life!

It is God's activities ALONE that purposed, executed and secured, and apply the eternal salvation to each elect, and this at His own appointed and accepted time.

The activities of God's children (those already given eternal salvation by God) secure temporal salvations (plural, like deliverances from errors and lies, ignorance, temporal consequences of sins here in this life, etc) pertaining to this life here and now by their obedience to God's word.

Most people cannot distinguish the two - and they confuse the eternal salvation (singular) which is worked out entirely by God's free grace, and the temporal salvations (plural) that are worked out through the obedience of God's children. They claim they believe in monergism - salvation by grace; but in reality, they actually embrace synergism in eternal salvation, salvation by God's grace made effectual by man's responses. Thus, making man the final determiner of his eternal salvation.

Consider carefully the things I have written. Take time to grasp what I have said above, and it will help you to rightly divide the word of truth, and save you from much lies and fables!

2Tim 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cast away those bastardized perversions!

 Do you perceive the vast difference between
"thrones WERE CAST DOWN" and
"thrones WERE PUT IN PLACE"?

Daniel 7:9 KJB - "I beheld till the thrones WERE CAST DOWN, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire."

NKJV - "I watched till thrones WERE PUT IN PLACE, and the Ancient of Days was seated..."

"till thrones WERE CAST DOWN" is the reading of the KJB, the 1936 Jewish translation of Hebrew Publishing Comany, Young's 1898 - "HAVE BEEN THROWN DOWN", Websters 1833 translation, KJV 21st Century Version 1994, J.P. Green's Literal Translation 2004, and the Third Millennium bible 1998.

Other English Bibles that also tell us "till the thrones WERE CAST DOWN" are the Revised Webster's 1995 (Larry Pierce), The Word of Yah 1993, the Bond Slave Version 2009, the Hebraic Transliteration Scipture 2010 - "till the thrones WERE CAST DOWN", The Holy Scriptures VW Edition 2010, the Hebraic Roots Bible 2012 - "till thrones were CAST DOWN", Biblos Interlinear Bible 2011 - "till the thrones WERE CAST DOWN", Conservative Bible 2011, The Holy Bible, Modern English Version 2014 - "until the thrones WERE CAST DOWN"

The Online Interlinear Hebrew - Greek 2010 (André de Mol) says: "I was perceiving until that the thrones WERE HEAVED". A little awkward, but it give the sense found in the KJB.
However the RV, ASV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, ESV and RSV say: "I beheld till the thrones were SET UP (NASB) or PUT IN PLACE (NKJV, ESV, NIV)", the very opposite. Both readings cannot be correct at the same time. Not all "bibles" teach the same thing.

Other bible versions previous to the KJB also were similar to the NKJV, NIV, NASB. The Geneva bible and Bishops's bible said "thrones WERE SET UP". So this was a very deliberate change made to the previous translations by the King James Bible translators.

The Catholic Connection All Catholic bibles read that the thrones "WERE SET UP" or "WERE PLACED". This includes the Douay-Rheims 1610, Douay 1950, St. Joseph New American Bible 1970 and the New Jerusalem bible 1985. The Jehovah Witness New World Translation also reads: "until there were thrones PLACED."

The verb in question here in Daniel 7:9 is in the Chaldean language and it is used very often in the book of Daniel. It is found 11 times in the book of Daniel and every time in the KJB it is translated as either "TO CAST" or "to CAST DOWN".

We see it in Daniel 3:24 "Did we not CAST three men bound into the midst of the fire?" (See also verses 3:6, 11, 15, 21, 23.

And it is used in chapter 6 in verses 7, 13, 16 and 24. "Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and CAST him into the den of lions."

As usual, the commentaries are all over the place. What one affirms, another just as emphatically denies. So it is with the different versions. But here are some that support the KJB reading of "thrones WERE CAST DOWN"

Adam Clarke commentary - "The thrones were CAST DOWN - דמיו might be translated erected, so the Vulgate, positi sunt, and so all the versions; but that OURS IS THE PROPER TRANSLATION, is sufficiently evident from Daniel 3:6, Daniel 3:16, Daniel 3:20; Daniel 6:17, etc.; WHERE THE ORIGINAL WORD CAN BE USED IN NO OTHER SENSE THAT THAT OF THROWING OR CASTING DOWN."

John Gill remarks in his commentary: "Verse 9. I beheld till the thrones were cast down,.... On which the governors of the above monarchies sat; and those of the ten kings, signified by the ten horns; and also that of the little horn. The prophet kept looking on the objects before him, till he in his dream, and the visions of the night, SAW ALL THOSE EMPIRES AND KINGDOMS DEMOLISHED, AND ALL RULE, POWER, AND AUTHORITY, PUT DOWN, and way made for the glorious kingdom of the Messiah, and his saints with him; TO THIS SENSE ABEN EZRA, SAADIAH, AND JAXCHIADES, INTERPRET THE WORD USED; but the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it, "until the thrones were set up"; for the judges to sit upon to try, judge, and condemn the four beasts or monarchies; in order to make way for the kingdom of the Son of man to take place in the spirituality and glory of it."

John Wesley notes: "Verse 9. The thrones - THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD WERE DESTROYED BY GOD the king, and judge of all, called the Ancient of days, because of his eternal deity.

Matthew Poole’s Commentary - “thrones cast down must be meant THE KINGDOMES OF THIS WORLD, DESTROYED BY CHRIST the King and Judge of all, called the Ancient of days, because of his eternal Deity”

Monday, January 26, 2015

How shall they hear without a preacher?

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?..." Romans 10:14-15a



Please note a few things that are plainly stated in the passage:

Paul DID ask, "How then shall they call on him...?"
Paul DIDN'T ask, "how are they to BE REGENERATED... without calling on Him' did he? It seems that many insist reading that idea into Paul's question.

Paul DID ask, "how shall they believe in Him...?"
Paul DIDN'T ask, " how shall they BE REGENERATED... without believing in Him" DID he? It seems that many insist reading that idea into Paul's question.

Paul DID ask, "how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Paul DIDN'T ask, "how shall they BE REGENERATED without a preacher" DID he? It seems that very many PREACHERS insist reading that idea into Paul's question.

Concerning Paul's rhetorical questions:
- "how then shall they CALL on him?,"
- "how shall they BELIEVE in Him?," and
- "how shall they HEAR without the preacher?"

DO NOT all these rhetorical questions PRESUPPOSE one simple and plain truth... that they are dealing with people who are ALREADY regenerated and are capable of hearing and believing... FOR it is SUCH alone who are able to HEAR the good news (the REPORT of their eternal salvation by God's free grace), to BELIEVE in Him, and to CALL on Christ???

DO NOT all these activities PRESUPPOSES LIFE? Is it not EVEN COMMON SENSE that life MUST PRECEDE the activities of that life?

Is it not common sense that these activities - of calling upon Christ, of believing in Christ, and hearing the gospel - are POSSIBLE only because eternal life has been given them. They are spiritual activities of the eternal life that has been bestowed at new birth - WITHOUT the gospel preaching. "So is EVERY ONE that is born of the Spirit."

Christ Himself declared, "Except a man be born again, he CANNOT..." Those under consideration in Paul's rhetorical questions are those who have enabled and CAN... they are ALREADY regenerated, and they needed to be CONVERTED to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the gospel ministry.

So many preachers and their followers insist that the preaching of the gospel is indispensable means to the regeneration of sinners dead in their trespasses and sins.

And hearing comes by the Word of God
Then we read, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing [cometh] by the word of God.
Please note two plain facts stated here:

First, it is 'faith' that comes by hearing; it is NOT regeneration nor life that comes by hearing.
Second, the ability to hear the gospel comes by the Word of God, the second person of the Godhead. He gives eternal life to His redeemed people, and this enables them to hear. 

The ability to hear DOES NOT come from the hearing the word of God preached. Ability to hear is the result of the eternal life given by the life giving eternal Word of God.

"And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God."
Re 19:13.

Do you remember the "word of God" mentioned in Heb 4:12? So many are confused and misguided with this passage.
Perhaps Heb 4:12 should be understood in another light. The 'word of God' in that passage OBVIOUSLY refers to a DIVINE PERSON. Read that passage slowly... and meditate on it!

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in HIS sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of HIM with whom we have to do."

The 'word of God' is "a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight". Note the pronoun HIS, and HIM. The Word of God is a divine Person, the Second Person of the eternal triune God.
The same life giving eternal Word of God is spoken of in John 1:
1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

V Johnson
Amen Bro. Sing. It has been imbedded in the minds of the multitudes that man must hear and believe the gospel in order to get themselves saved. As you point out, only those who have already been regenerated can hear and believe the gospel One of the great utilities of the gospel is to bring good news of salvation, not to offer salvation.

Sing F Lau
Of course they must hear and believe in order to save themselves from this perverse and crooked generation. But in order for them to be able to hear and believe God must FIRST effectually call them out of their state of sin and death, all by God's own free and sovereign grace. God got them saved from eternal lake of fire, so that they may hear and believe and obey to save themselves from the hell on earth!

V Johnson
Amen. And that is why it is so important to rightly divide the word of truth.