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A Good Quote

Here are some good comments on Colossians 2 from George Williams (1850-1928) in his work, The Students Commentary on the Holy Scriptures:
"To suppose the baptism of verse 12 to be the immersion of the flesh of man in water, is to oppose the argument of the entire passage, and to degrade its meaning from spiritual realities to carnal shadows."
"If the Divine fact be believed that the believer is complete in the Head (v.10) and is perfectly nourished by the Head (v.19), then the abolition of and uselessness of ordinances will be recognized, for how could completion and perfection require anything to add what is already perfect and complete?"

The God of All Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 [3] Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  [4] Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.  [5] For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  [6] And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.  [7] And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.  [8] For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  [9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we shou…

Our Rapture is not Revealed in John 14:1-3

John 14:1-3 [1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
The traditional view:  1. The Father's house is Heaven.  2. When Jesus ascended back to Heaven He started a construction project so that every believer will have their own mansion ("I don't know what it will be like, but if Jesus has been working on it for 2,000 years..."). But, He said “ARE many mansions,” not “WILL BE after I go build them.” 3. Christ is teaching His disciples about the rapture of the Church. 
One of the major hinderances to Bible study is reading truth back into a passage before it was revealed. The way this passage is usually taught is a great example of anticipating revelation. It is easy to read the Body of Christ…

The Gospel of John Does Not Reveal This Present Age

Most fundamental preachers believe that this present dispensation began before Paul’s ministry, and there are some verses in the Gospel Records that they commonly use as proof texts to support their claim. They especially like to use the Gospel of John because they think it was written to Gentiles (it emphasizes “world”) and that it reveals the gospel of the grace of God (it emphasizes “believe”), but neither is the case. John emphasized the world because he wrote with an emphasis on the deity of Christ and because Christ will establish a worldwide kingdom. He emphasized believing because his book works in harmony with the other gospel records which emphasize repentance.
John plainly stated why he wrote the book: 
John 20:30-31  [30] And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  [31] But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Many…