To confide in God’s will, the secret of all true greatness is to rise out of all our anxieties and plans and fears when we think of ourselves as the arbiters of our own fortunes, and so 'lean to our own understanding.' Not in acts of solemn worship or great crises only, but 'in all thy ways;' and then God will make the 'path' straight and even.
Hebrews 2:1; 3:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to the things that have been heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God.
As I have written in previous articles, a good English translation can go a long way in helping the reader of God’s word understand the text, but there are times where a consideration of the original language can help that same reader go even farther. One such text is Ephesians 2:8-10.
The Word of God can be and should be trusted; God commands us to trust His Word. The credentials of the Bible have constantly, through time, been under attack by liberals, skeptics, and other religious followers.
Barry Hofstetter and Edward D. Andrews also ask, "What then are the strengths and weaknesses of redaction criticism?" However, they come to two different conclusions.
Knowledge of the original languages can get you even farther. If you have the opportunity to learn the languages, take it. If you have learned the languages, use every opportunity to deepen your knowledge of them. If neither, learn to use responsibly the various study tools now available to help you in your study of God’s Word.
How many times have we been in church listening to the preacher do a good job expositing (explaining) the text? At some point, he says “Now, what the Greek actually says is…” At that pronouncement, the congregation grows a little quieter and a little more attentive. Why is that?
I am not going to enter into any general tirade against criticism, but it is useless to deny that a great deal of what is called criticism is responsible for the uncertainty and unsettlement of feeling existing at the present time about the Holy Scriptures.
The Ketef Hinnom silver amulets contain what may be the oldest surviving texts from the Hebrew Bible. The 2004 team described the scrolls as “one of most significant discoveries ever made” for biblical studies. They are one of many archaeological nails in the coffin of the Documentary Hypothesis. Note that all the bold text with footnotes have extensive notes, not just source citations.
Jesus said only those who obey the will of the Father would receive eternal life. (Matt. 7:21) The disciples will try to argue, ‘I did this,’ or ‘I did that.’ (Matt. 7:22) When Jesus returns, he will say to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matt. 7:23) – So, who or what determines the meaning matters.