From The Mail Bag

David,

I have some incredibly exciting news to share with you!

We have just recently passed 500,000 students who have started a free course from Dallas Theological Seminary!

We are so excited and honored that God would use DTS to bring His Word to the world through these courses. And we are praying that He will continue to bless this ministry as we reach more and more people every day!

So I have a favor to ask: Would you share news of these free courses with those you know and be part of this worldwide ministry effort to bring free biblical education to everyone?

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Dallas Theological Seminary – Online Courses — This link starts with the official Free Online Courses offered followed by graduate courses that you are invited to preview. Note: You can order books and class notes from the campus Bookstore. — Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” -2 Timothy 2:15

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student

Yom Kippur

Holiest Day of the Year

Day of Atonement

Days of Awe

“Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” -Leviticus 23:27 (KJV)

G’mar chatima tova!
“May you be sealed in the Book of Life.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
10 Tishrei, 5783

YOM KIPPUR
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
The Fall Feast Of Redemption

Yom Kippur & Day of Atonement in Jerusalem 2022
Understanding the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur


5783 Kol Nidre Service-Congregation Roeh Israel
5783 Yom Kippur Service-Congregation Roeh Israel


Christians celebrate another Day of Atonement!

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” –Romans 5:11 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. Romans 5 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)

the Atonement: G2643 katallagé

BLB: TOOLS Rom 5:11
Vine’sEBDISBE
Nave’sTorrey’s


Christ’s Sacrifice for the Ungodly

(Genesis 22:1-10John 3:16-21Romans 5:6-11)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. –Romans 5:6-11; The benefits of justification; BENEFITS OF BEING JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH

For God So Loved

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. –John 3:16-21; Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus; THE NEW BIRTH

The Offering of Isaac

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. –Genesis 22:1-10; The sacrifice of Isaac; Abraham’s offering of Isaac


Bible Verses About Atonement

“ATONEMENT” in the KJV Bible


Yom Kippur History

Yom Kippur 101

Yom Kippur Wiki

What Is Yom Kippur Chabad

Day Atonement Yom Kippur Got Questions

Songs with theme: Atonement

Worship Songs about Atonement

Hymnary: The Atonement


Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures. — see The Gospel

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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No Shame

I’m Not Ashamed

(Luke 9:26; Mark 8:38; Romans 1:16)

“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” –Luke 9:26 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. Luke 9 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” –Mark 8:38 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. Mark 8 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” –Romans 1:16 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. Romans 1 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)


Take Up Your Cross

(Matthew 10:37-39Matthew 16:24-28Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-27)

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:23-27 (KJV)

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” -Mark 8:34-38 (KJV)


I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” -Romans 1:16-17 (KJV)


whosoever: G3739
shall be ashamed: G1870
of my: G1699
words: G3056
Son of man: G5207; G444
He shall come: G2064
in his own glory: G1391
the gospel: G2098
of Christ: G5547
the power of God: G1411
unto salvation: G4991

every one that believeth:
righteousness of God:
from faith to faith:
The just shall live by faith:


BLB: TOOLS Rom 1:16
Vine’s; EBD; ISBE
Nave’s; Torrey’s
HTA: Scripture – Advantages of Scripture – Sanctifying and Saving


David Guzik

Study Guide for Luke 9
Study Guide for Mark 8
Study Guide for Romans 1


Dr. Constable

Peter’s confession of faith, Luke 9:18-27
The requirements of discipleship, Mark 8:34—9:1
Theme, Romans 1:16-17


Bible Verses About Being Ashamed
“ASHAMED” in the KJV Bible


New Hope Baptist Church
Pastor Randy Heady

Are you Ashamed?

Sovereign Power
Singular Purpose
Simple Plan
Solemn Pledge
Satisfying Payoff


Not Ashamed of the Gospel
Maranatha Singers – Unto Thee O Lord
Create In Me A Clean Heart
Keith Green – Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful (Live)


Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures. — see The Gospel

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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Shofar

Shalom!

Create Israel calendar

What time is it in Jerusalem?

What day is it in Jerusalem?


Feast of Trumpets & Rosh Hashanah in Jerusalem 2022

Feast of Trumpets 2022 – Blowing the Shofar in Jerusalem!

Understanding Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashana Is Not What You Think

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah)
Hear YAHveh Sounding The Trumpet To Repent


Jerusalem Israel
Monday, September 26, 2022
Monday, 1 Tishrei, 5783
Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Hear the Shofar Blast: Rosh Hashanah Day 1

Zmanim Briefly Defined and Explained
4:02 pm. Minchah Ketanah
6:30 pm. Sunset (Shekiah)

When our clock (CDT) strikes 10: 30 am. It will be 6:30 pm. In Jerusalem, Israel.
Today September 26 in Jerusalem the sun will set at 6:30 pm. IDT
The Jewish calendar flips at Sunset. It will be 2 Thihrei 5783, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 2nd day of Feast of Trumpets.


Tuesday, 2 Tishrei, 5783
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
September 27, 2022

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Hear the Shofar Blast: Rosh Hashanah Day 2

Holiday Greetings: A Happy and Reflective Yom Teruah and Rosh HaShanah from Bnei Yisrael Society!

The Sunset (Shkiah) is 6:30 pm. IDT and Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) 5783 comes to an end at 7:06 pm. IDT. The Feast of Trumpets will give way to 7 days of retrospect and reflection. The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) will end the High Holy Days(Days of Awe).

Maranatha!

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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God is Good

God is so good
God is so good
God is so good,
He is so good to me.

His name is wonderful
His name is wonderful
His name is wonderful
Jesus my Lord.

He is the mighty King
Master of everything
His name is wonderful
Jesus my Lord.

He’s the Great Shepherd
The Rock of all ages
Almighty God is He
Bow down before Him
Love and adore Him
His name is wonderful
Jesus my Lord.

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship you
Oh my soul rejoice
Take joy, my king
In what you hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound
In your ear

God is So Good

His Name is Wonderful

I Love You Lord

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student

Time

Some have set a date for the Rapture. That date is September 26, 2022. As the clock ticks toward that day I must finish this Series. This coming Monday is that day. I’m not lending credence to date setting or proposing that day. The purpose of the series is to refute the main point of their theory. I wanted to lay out a study of the Rapture and cover topics used to refine the time. We looked at three texts and extracted two topics The Trump of God and The Last Trump.

The first point is that the Feast of Trumpets points to the Rapture. The seven Jewish Festivals lay out God’s plan. The Spring and Summer Festivals have been fulfilled. The Fall Festivals have not yet been fulfilled and the Feast of Trumpets is next in line. Furthermore the Last Trump equates to the final, 100th, blast of the Feast of Trumpets. I do see the imagery in the festivals and fulfillment in Christ. However the Trump of God is sounded by God not men. This article, from Leader University on the Trump of God, points that out.

The second point is the Fig Tree represents the rebirth of Israel on May 14,1948. I interpret the Fig Tree as relating to the signs of Christ’s Second Coming. The writer of this article seems to agree and lays it out. (cf. The Parable of the Fig Tree) Furthermore the prophecy is that all the Promises Land be occupied by all Twelve Tribes each living in there allotted places. These articles points out that most Jews don’t celebrate Jubilee because they have not yet been gathered to the Land. they also explained the The Shemittah/Yovel cycle and The Fiftieth Year. A Jubilee (Yovel) can only be declared on a Shemitah (Shmita) year. The year 5782 since creation (September 7, 2021 – September 25, 2022) is a Shemitah (Shmita) year.

Third they claim we are the Fig Tree Generation. The generation that will not pass away until all these things take place. A Generation is a maximum of 80 years. See the link above that agrees with my interpretation of what Generation is in view.

Fourth the have a 3 day plan. 1 day is a 1000 years. 2 days= a 2000 year Church age and 1 day for the Millennium. Hear is there Timeline Chart or this one.

Well gonna close it up here for now. I’m not a fan of the date setters even those settling a two day Feast period and a year. The spirit of it all is to be ready anytime for you never know when He’ll return for his Bride! It would seem as the pains are coming in smaller intervals. Surly we are close to that Blessed Hope, Maranatha!

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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Festivals

Beloved,

We have been looking into the Rapture of the Church. This is the third post in this series. Time is of the essence as this series comes to refute the, soon coming, date set. I am not lending any credence to date setting or this date. These posts are not complete in themselves rather pave the way to this end. No post, in this series is a complete study or written as an Academic Paper. In the process many links are given for research as well as resources given for a study layout. We are not intending to write a Dissertation on the Rapture rather covering the main points related to the teaching, soon to be unpacked, discussed and refuted.

Having laid out the idea of the Rapture of the Church and declaring three main texts in the last two post, we laid out a study using those three texts. We focused in on the Trump of God and the Last Trump, even a word study centering on Trump/Trumpet.

In this series conclusions await the final post. In this post we cover the first leg of the teaching in view, not yet presented. We move from a Trump to the Feast of Trumpets.


Feast of Trumpets

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.” –Leviticus 23:24 (KJV); (Hebrew); Cf. Leviticus 23 (AC) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)


blowing of trumpets: 8643. teruah

BLB: TOOLS; Lev 23:24; h8643
EBD-T; EBD-F; ISBE
Nave’s; Torrey’s; Smith’s
HTA: The Sabbatical Year; Year of Jubilee


David Guzik

Study Guide for Leviticus 23; Numbers 10; Numbers 29


Dr. Constable

The Blowing of Trumpets; The Two Silver Trumpets; Provisions and Commands


The Feast of Trumpets is one of the Seven Festivals instituted by God in Leviticus 23 and Numbers 29. Particularly in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6.

Jews have two calendar cycles agricultural and civil. 1 Tishrei is the first day of the seventh month but is the Jewish New Year. It is commonly known as Rosh Hashana, Yom Teruah.

Within the Jewish Holidays the seven feasts can be found. Rosh Hashana (Yom Teruah) mark the start of the High Holidays ending with Yom Kippur. This is ten days, the time between known as the Days of Awe.

Time to close. This has added to the last post Trumpets. Next post we will consider the Shmita and Jubilee (Yovel) Cycles. I am not a Jew or a Historian and have not had Jewish Studies although have attended Torah Class. I am not a Judaizers but Christian have visited Israel and studied their culture to aid understanding the Scriptures. I have found this limited study to be rather fascinating.

Four Traditoinal Jewish Shofar Calls or Blasts; Hear the Shofar Blast: Rosh Hashanah Day 1; Rosh Hashanah Day 2; Final Shofar (Trumpet) Blasts

Listen to the two podcasts about Rosh Hashana at The Jewish Roads very good.

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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Trumpets

The Trump of God and The Last Trump

(1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52)

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” –1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. 1 Thessalonians 4 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”-1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV); (Greek); Cf. 1 Corinthians 15 (TR) (NET) (BLB) (Bible Hub, KJV+S)


Beloved,
The last post, Rapture, introduced the topic in view. Within that topic we now come to Trumpets. At this point The Trump of God and The Last Trump are in view.

The Trump of God: (cf. 1Th 4:16) 4536. salpigx; 2316. theos

The Last Trump: (cf. 1Co 15:52) 2078. eschatos; 4536. salpigx

Extra, no cost…
of a Trumpet: (cf. Mat 24:31) (TOOLS) (Mat 24 Bible Hub KJV+S)


Trump/Trumpet: 4536. salpigx (to sound a trumpet: 4537. salpizó) BLB: (Vine’s) (Nave’s) (Torrey’s)

Trumpet: 60 Occurrences; Trump: 2 Occurrences; G4536: 11 Occurrences; G4537: 12 Occurrences. One might ask what other Heb/Gr words have been translated as trumpet?


In Bibleology there are three people groups in view. The Nation of Israel, the Gentiles and the Church. In the Pauline epistles, again, three people groups are in view. The Spiritual Man, the Carnal Man and the Natural Man. In Eschatology we have two vantage points earth and Heaven, two perspectives God’s and man’s and two main people groups Saved and lost. In God’s prophetic plan we have three people groups The nation of Israel, the Nations and the Church. In Bible study we have two main focuses Interpretation and Application. In the consideration of any text there is only one interpretation. In application we apply the truths of Scripture. Many times principles found in one text can be applied to another text in the Application process. So it is that in some Scripture having interpretation as to the Second Coming we find Application to Scripture having interpretation as to the Rapture.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. –Psalm 119:105

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. –2 Timothy 2:15

Please see: The Gospel and Foolishness.

As time has faded away I must close having only laid out the study as the last post laid out the Rapture study. In closing the last post I promised to unpack teaching from the Date Setters as to Tishrei (Tishri) 5783 (September 26, 27 2022) and discus the trumpet of the Lord, the last trump and the Olivet Discourse. I’ll leave you with a Hymn, “When The Trumpet Of The Lord Shall Sound” Hymnary, “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and a spiritual song, “Ivan Parker – Midnight Cry (Live)” Lyrics, “Gold City-Midnight CryLive.

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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Rapture

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”-1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)


caught up: G726 ἁρπάζω (harpazó) 14 Occurrences

harpagēsometha: ἁρπαγησόμεθα (will be caught away)

Rapture: from Rapere, The Latin Vulgate — Rapiemur


“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” –context (cf.2 Thessalonians 2:3-7; 1 Corinthians 15:52)

1 Thessalonians 4 ; 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Corinthians 15 (BLB)


related verses; Learn Religions; Christianity.com Got Questions Faith.edu; Scripture Subjects; Dr. Constable; The Comfort of His Coming; Gospel road 66


I believe Jesus will return for His Bride [the Church]. Those who are alive will be caught up in a twinkling of an eye at the last trump. In short, I’m a Pre-tribulation Dispensationalist. But, I didn’t write this to persuade anyone of anything.

There has been a lot of noise lately from the Date Setters as to Tishrei (Tishri) 5783 (September 26 2022). I’m not giving credence to date setting. The teaching led down some interesting rabbit holes. I enjoyed learning about Jewish costumes, faith and practice. The 7 feasts, as celebrated, are quit interesting. While enjoying the Rabbit trails I’m not buying this teaching, date setting aside. They get to Tishrei by way of last trump of Feast of Trumpets (cf. Leviticus 23; Numbers 29). They get to 2022 by two paths one is 3 day theory (3000 years) and the second is the 80 year theory. In upcoming posts I will unpack this and discus the trumpet of the Lord, the last trump and the Olivet Discourse.

Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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Foolishness

G3472. μωρία mōria, mo-ree’-ah; silliness, that is, absurdity. :–foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18, 21, 231 Corinthians 2:141 Corinthians 3:19Bible Hub

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” –1 Corinthians 1:18King James Version (KJV)

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” –1 Corinthians 1:21King James Version (KJV)

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” –1 Corinthians 1:23, 24King James Version (KJV)

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” –1 Corinthians 2:14King James Version (KJV)

receiveth G1209. δέχομαι dexómai, dekh’-om-ahee; Middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively). :–accept, receive, take. Compare G2983. λαμβάνω lambanō, lam-ban’-o; A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of]

Strong, James Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, public domain

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” –1 Corinthians 3:19King James Version (KJV)


The Message of the Cross

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 2:18-25 (Net)

THE GOSPEL AS A CONTRADICTION TO HUMAN WISDOM 1:18—2:5

Paul set up a contrast between cleverness of speech (impressive oratory) and the Cross in verse 17. Next he developed this contrast with a series of arguments. Boasting in men impacts the nature of the gospel. He pointed out that the gospel is not a form of sophia (human wisdom). Its message of a crucified Messiah does not appeal to human wisdom (1:18-25). Second, its recipients are not especially wise in the eyes of humanity (1:26-31). Third, Paul’s preaching was not impressive in its human wisdom, but it bore powerful results (2:1-5). –Dr. Thomas L. Constable

Wisdom from God

Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (Net)

THE SPIRIT’S MINISTRY OF REVEALING GOD’S WISDOM 2:6-16

Paul’s reference to the Holy Spirit’s power (vv. 4-5) led him to elaborate on the Spirit’s ministry in enlightening the minds of believers and unbelievers alike. The Corinthians needed to view ministry differently. The key to this change would be the Holy Spirit’s illumination of their thinking. People who are pursuing true wisdom (sophia) can not perceive it except as the Holy Spirit enlightens them.

Paul constructed his argument in this section with three contrasts that overlap slightly. The first contrast is between those who receive God’s wisdom and those who do not (vv. 6-10a), and the second one is the Spirit of God and the spirit of the world (vv. 10b-13). The third contrast is the “natural” person and the “spiritual” person (vv. 14-16).

(v. 14) The “natural man” is any person who does not possess the Holy Spirit, namely: unbelievers. Every human being is a natural man until he or she trusts in Christ and receives the Spirit. Paul called this type of person a “natural (Gr. psychikos) man” because he or she is only “natural” and is spiritually dead, without God. He has no supernatural Person indwelling him, and his viewpoints and ideas are exclusively the natural, human kind. He “cannot” accept (“understand”) all that God has revealed, because he does not possess the indwelling Spirit of God, who enables believers to understand spiritual matters, “that are spiritually appraised (evaluated, discerned).”

The natural person can, of course, understand the gospel and experience salvation but only when the Holy Spirit illuminates his or her understanding. Paul did not mean that an unbeliever is mentally or intellectually incapable of understanding the words of Scripture. However, an unbeliever rejects, and does not accept, everything that God wants him or her to have. One of these things is eternal life through faith in His Son. It is as though God is speaking in a language that the unbeliever does not understand (“it is foolishness to him”); he or she fails to respond properly. He or she needs an interpreter. That is a ministry that only the Holy Spirit can perform. –Dr. Thomas L. Constable


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Paul said the Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation; Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God; and that it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. As faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, I believe, reading and studying as well as hearing the Word can lead to both faith and edification. Human intellect can understand what is written or heard and one will either come to faith or regard it as foolishness.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

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Blessings,

Dave the Bible Student


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