New Testament

This page provides links to posts I’ve written that discuss my understanding of some New Testament passages.

Matthew 13:24-30 – Warning to Christians: We may be here for the duration!

This post explains what the parable of the wheat and weeds, the wheat and tares, tells us about the end-times and what Christians can expect as they wait for the return of Jesus.

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 post 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.

Matthew 24:42-44 – Why the parable of the thief coming in the night may be a warning to Christians

This post notes my reasons for believing that Jesus’ return – like a thief coming in the night – may not be good news for Christians who are unprepared for it. It also notes what Christians can do if they want to be prepared for this event.

2 Corinthians 5:17 — Am I really a new creation? Is my old self really gone?

Does putting our trust in Jesus result in God removing our sin nature from us, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 seems to say? I believe the answer to that is, “No!” This post explains why that is so and notes what I believe the true meaning of this verse is.

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.

Is Revelation describing events that will occur PRIOR to the return of Jesus?

I believe that Revelation is for the most part describing events Christians will experience prior to the return of Jesus. This post explains how knowing this can help in understanding the urgency of John’s plea to read, hear, and take to heart what is revealed in this enigmatic book.

The three accounts of the return of Jesus in Revelation

This post supports my contention that there are at least three different accounts in the Book of Revelation of the return of Jesus and the events that precede it. It does this by highlighting the symbols used to describe the return of Jesus in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, by noting some other end-time passages where these same symbols occur including Revelation 11:15-18, 14:14-20, and 20:4-6, and by determining from this what event all the passages discussed are most likely referring to.

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.