New Testament

This page lists links to posts I’ve written explaining my understanding of some New Testament passages.

Matthew 18:20 – What the Two or Three Gathered In Jesus’ Name Are Doing

The post explains what I believe the two or three gathering in Jesus’ name in Matthew 18:20 are required to do if they want Jesus to be in their midst as they are doing it.

Matthew 24:1-30 and Luke 21:5-28 – Jesus’ return will be visible to everyone

This post, based on my understanding of Matthew 24:1-30 and Luke 21:5-28, supports my conclusion that Jesus will return only once, that when He does that it will be an event visible to everyone, and that what follows will result in immediate, dire, and permanent consequences for those unprepared.

Matthew 24:36 — Matthew 25:26 – Why those “taken away” when Jesus returns may not be Christians

This article discusses why I’ve concluded that those “taken away” when Jesus’ returns will be nonbelievers – those who have not made a personal commitment to Jesus – and why those “left” or “left behind” will be Christians.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Why my “old self” isn’t really gone.

This post explains why I’ve concluded that 2 Corinthians 5:17, a verse that says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come,” has more to do with how God perceives us even if we continue to sin than it does with the actual removal of our sin nature.

James 3:1 – Don’t Presume to be a Teacher

This post supports my belief that James 3:1, a verse that says, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly,” is not referring only to those who are in an official role of a teacher. It seems to me that this verse is saying that everyone needs to be careful the words they utter and that they won’t get off the hook or get a free pass simply because they aren’t “officially” in a role as a leader or teacher.

James 5:15 – Not Every Prayer Offered in Faith Will Be Effective

This post explains why I believe the “prayer of faith” referenced in James 5:15 is not promising that we will by physically healed if our prayers are accompanied with enough faith. I believe that what God is promising instead is that a prayer for forgiveness offered in faith will always be answered in the affirmative.

Revelation 13:11-17 – Why the Mark of the Beast May Be an Issue For Christians Only

This post, based on my understanding of Revelation 13:11-17, explains why I believe that the “Mark of the Beast” cannot have any effect on non-believers and why I believe that it is something that can only affect Christians.

Revelation 19:16-19 – Why The Church May Not Be the Bride of Christ

This post, based on my understanding of Revelation 19:16-19, explains why I believe it is Israel and not the Church that is the Bride of Christ.