A Brief History of Edom

Petra (Edom)

The Bible traces the people of Edom to Esau, son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob, born approximately 2,000 BC. By the time of the Exodus in 1446 BC, the offspring of Esau had grown to be a respectably-sized nation, living in the lands of Seir, given to them by God […]

Hasty Doctrines

If we’re going to study our Bibles properly, we have to develop a robust and consistent method of gleaning concise doctrine from the Bible. One fact is clear and needs repeating: you cannot use stories as foundations for a doctrine. Or to use more formal language, you cannot deduce a prescription from a description. Biblical […]

Ancient Jewish Quotations Regarding “Whole World”

1 John 2:2 is an easy verse to misunderstand:

[+] He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

Here’s Webster’s definition for “propitiation”:

PROPITIATION, n. propisia’shon. 1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the […]

Sermon on the Mount or Sermon on the Plain?

Every now and then I’ll run into people (usually Dispensationalists) who insist that the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) is a different occasion than Luke 6 (a passage they refer to as “The Sermon on the Plain”).

The Sermon on the Mount – Carl Bloch, 1890

When they compare the two, they […]

Heaven’s Opinion of Hell

What do people in heaven think of people in hell?

Can people in heaven see people in hell and vice-versa?

While many within conservative Christianity prefer not to think about the question (and who can blame them?), the Bible actually addresses this question with some consistency. Here are a few passages worth considering.

On one […]

Heaping Burning Coals

Studying Revelation in BSF has kinda put a different spin on Romans for me. Check out these passages [with comments]:

[+] … I saw under the *altar* the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a […]

A Hermeneutic Test for Psalms 51

Many people teach that the Holy Spirit was “on” the OT saints, but post-Pentecost, is now “in” the NT saints. They gloss over the fact that the Bible never actually teaches this, and frequently mentions the opposite. I find this a little disconcerting: since it’s not actually stated in the Bible, where then did this […]

Master Deniers

There are some who would pause at the idea of people being able to deny the Master who bought them. What does that mean? Take a look: But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the […]

Isaiah 53 Redux

Isaiah chapter 53 is perhaps one of the best chapters that shows the mechanics of how the substitutionary atonement works. Regrettably, it’s full of pronouns, and that makes it easy to overlook exactly what is happening in the atonement. Several years ago, one of my mentors suggested that I re-write the chapter and replace all […]

Who is the “God of this age”?

In 2 Cor 4, who is the “god of this age”?

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the […]