"Paul turned to some specific issues regarding the idea of a general resurrection." - Richard L. Pratt Jr.
In the history of interpretation, 1 Peter 3:21, especially as part of 3:18-22, is considered one of the more difficult passages in Scripture.
Decades ago, when two people had a disagreement, they had three options: continue to disagree, adopt the opponent’s view, or mutually agree on some third viewpoint. A fourth option has been invented and become practically mandatory in modern times: everybody’s viewpoint is correct.
In discussions concerning interpretations of the Bible, we often hear the phrase, “you took that out of context.” In fact, we often hear that in discussions outside the Bible, as when the media quotes a politician and the politician feels he or she has been unfairly treated. In its popular usage, the phrase seems simply to mean, “You got that wrong.”
That is the greatest sentence that has ever been written. That sums up the whole contents of the Bible. If I were asked for a sentence to print in letters of gold on the outside of our Bible, a sentence that summed up the whole contents of the Book, it would be this one, “_____________.”
In Acts 17:16-34, we have the apostle Paul preaching the gospel in this context, in ancient Athens. What we will do is consider is not only the fact that Paul courageously proclaims the gospel but precisely how he does so.
The ransom is offered to all. Many have and will accept but only a few will receive. Are you one of them?
"Matthew presents several distinctions that support the thesis of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:20). He contrasts religious masquerades and genuine spirituality, those who serve money and those who serve God, and those who worry about providing their own needs and those who trust in God’s provision." - Stuart K. Weber
WHAT DID PAUL MEAN? “When he ascended on high he led captivity captive, and he gave gifts to men.” (Eph. 4:8) Who ascended on high? Where is high? Who is “he” that led captivity captive? What are these gifts that “he” gave and to what “men”? Why is Paul’s citation of Psalm 68:18 different?