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Acts

The human writer is Luke, whom Paul called “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14). By simply comparing 1:1-2 with Luke 1:1-4, it is obvious that Luke is the writer. He wrote Acts sometime after Paul’s earliest ministry in Rome because that is where its history ends in 28 (early 60’s AD). Luke was with Paul until his death (2 Tim. 4:11) and we know Paul’s ministry continued after Acts 28. So why did Luke stop the record where he did? Because the book of Acts is the record of the fall and diminishing of Israel. God set His chosen nation aside through a transition as He called out a believing remnant from among them. Acts concludes with the end of that transition. 
The Gospel of Luke records “all that Jesus BEGAN both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up”. The book of Acts takes up the history where the Gospel of Luke left off and records what Jesus CONTINUED to do from Heaven through the Holy Ghost sent down to empower the apostles. By comparing how the Gospel of Luke con…

John

In the first three Gospels the Lord Jesus is presented as King, Servant, and the perfect Man. The incidents, words, and works are selected, in each Gospel, which support their emphasis. Matthew, Mark, and Luke present the Lord on the side of His perfect humanity. That is the reason for their being what is called "Synoptic" (same view) and for the marked difference between them and the fourth Gospel in which the presentation is on the side of His Deity (no genealogy, birth, temptation, agony in Gethsemane). The four Gospels do not contradict but compliment each other as together they present one portrait of our Lord. There is no need to try and harmonize them or separate the first three from the fourth. It seems obvious to me why John would be so distinct since he emphasizes Christ as God. Of course, Christ is seen as King, Servant, Man, and God in all four Gospels.  Writer: John was the son of Zebedee, a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, and was the younger brother of James. T…

Charity Abides but Signs Ceased

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.9For we know in part, and we prophesy i…

The King James Bible Versus The Modern Versions

The following is taken from a new tract that I have written on the superiority of the King James Bible. 
The scripture gives many of the same titles and attributes of the Lord Jesus Christ to itself. For example, both are called “the Word of life” (Phil. 2:16; 1 Jn. 1:1). Therefore to attack one is to attack the other and to exalt one is to exalt the other. There must be a Bible available today that is pure, perfect, and powerful (Ps. 12:6-7). The Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible are both called “the Word of God.” Words are needed to reveal and declare. Christ reveals and declares the Father (Jn. 1:14; 18). The Spirit inspired the scripture to reveal and declare Christ. There is an inseparable bond between the incarnate Word and the inspired word. One is God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16) and the other is God manifest in a Book (2 Tim. 3:16).
All three members of the Godhead are equally God but it is clear in the scriptures that Christ was sent to glorify the Father and the Spirit w…

Luke

The Gospel according to Luke presents Jesus Christ as the perfect man. When Christ was born into this world the eternal Word became flesh. He was God and yet He was man. Luke traces the genealogy of Christ all the way back to Adam. The phrase, “Son of man” occurs 26 times (19:10). It is the longest book in the NT with 24 chapters, 1,151 verses, and 25,944 words. Luke writes with great detail and a very human touch. All the words of scripture are the words of God but the different styles of the different human writers are still evident. 
Who was Luke? He was a physician that evidently knew the Jewish apostles (Lk. 1:1-2) and became a faithful co-laborer of the apostle Paul (Acts 16:10; 20:5-6; chaps. 27-28; Col. 4:14; 2 Tim. 4:11; Phile. 24). Some think that he was a Gentile (Col. 4:10-14). If he was, he was the only writer of scripture that was a Gentile (Luke a Gentile name, Mark and Paul are Greek names but both were Jews). It is fitting that a physician would be the writer of the Go…

Did Paul "Rebaptize"?

Acts 19:1-12 1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7And all the men were about twelve. 8And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9But when divers were hardened, an…