Pre-resurrection Gentiles, again
If I’m right that the sinned-against deserve justice from God, then we have to admit that, so far as the scriptures reveal, there is no justice pre-Jesus. If the evil people of the pre-Jesus Gentile world simply died and ceased to exist, then their victims receive neither eternal bliss nor justice.
I don’t know the answer because, the best I can find, it’s not revealed. I can think of two possibilities — Continue reading
The last two posts of my series on the role of women are now posted. The first two dealt with 1 Cor 14:33b-35.
The second two deal with the Holy Spirit and what authority comes from the giftedness that comes from the Spirit.
Here they are —
Giftedness, Part 3: The Present Work of the Spirit in Christians
Giftedness, Part 4: 1 Corinthians 12 on Giftedness and Authority
Has Paul prophesied that the Jews will eventually be saved?
The hard question is whether God has promised that the Jews will enter the Kingdom sometime in the future. N.T. Wright says no —
It is at this point, of course, that many have tried to mount an exegetical argument to say that, while Paul has indeed explained the renewal of the covenant, the rethinking of election, as I have expounded it above, he here offers a different argument, supremely in 11:25–26, for thinking that God is also providing a special way of salvation, still reserved for Jews and Jews only. Indeed, not to mount such an argument is to run the risk of being accused of that current heresy, ‘supersessionism’, the mere mention of which is enough to drive otherwise clear-headed exegetes into abject apology and hasty backtracking. Has Paul really so redefined election around Messiah and Spirit that there is no room for anyone who clings to the original election while rejecting those two redefining poles? Is not Paul’s whole argument in chapter 11 that, despite their unbelief, the Jewish people are still ‘beloved because of the patriarchs’ (v. 28)?
I’ve begun a brief series at Wineskins responding to Matthew Morine’s article in the September issue of the Gospel Advocate available at “The Feminist Agenda Within the Churches of Christ.”
The gist of Matthew’s argument is that the giftedness of women does not provide authority for them to speak in a mixed worship assembly. In response, I’ve post two articles on 1 Cor 14:33b-35 and will soon post two on
1 Cor 12, dealing with gifts of the Spirit.
Giftedness, Part 1: Does Giftedness Give Women Authority to Speak?
Giftedness, Part 2: Further on 1 Cor 14:33b-35
Part 3 and 4 to appear shortly.
The fate of the Jews
Now, I suppose I should address whether the Jews are a special case. And the great theologians differ. But I think we can lay a few principles down pretty clearly, even if we can’t answer every question with certainty.
First, Paul goes out of his way to specify that, after Pentecost, the Jews will be saved by faith in Jesus or not at all. That’s the point of his great missionary midrash on Deu 30 in Rom 10 — Continue reading
Justice vs. forgiveness
Ah, but there is a problem with Wright’s thesis. The saved — Christians — will have the opportunity to forgive those who’ve sinned against them, thereby releasing themselves from the hold that the sin of others has over them. I entirely agree. But what of the lost?
Well, the lost will cease to exist. They will be destroyed and, to the extent God’s perfect justice so requires, they will be punished for their own sins. And they will be vindicated, in that those who’ve sinned against them will suffer the same fate — except, of course, for the saved. But the saved who’ve sinned against others — all of us — will be forgiven by God but at the price of being made fully aware of the awful price that our sins have cost God — especially Jesus on the cross. (I both look forward to and dread that day!) I mean, we can’t become truly in God’s image and not be fully aware of the cost of the cross. Continue reading
I have over 1400 email subscribers, and I’ve received four or five messages that emails aren’t getting through and about that many confirming that email is working.
Of course, people who gave up on the site due to email failure never got the email asking how their email is doing. So it’s hard to know what to do …
Here’s the plan —
- I’m contacting my ISP consultant (my nephew) to see if he can find a problem on this end. He’s cleaned up a lot of problems that built up over the years, but fixing someone else’s code is never easy.
- If you’ve contacted me by any means regarding not getting email, I’ve checked what I know how to check. You’re correctly in the email database.
- Please check your junk mail/spam filter. With all the references to “hell” and “damnation” lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if One In Jesus has been trapped as spam. Most software has a place to enter a safe list or “white list” of sites you trust. Enter http://oneinjesus.info. While you’re at it, also enter https://oneinjesus.info. (The difference is the “s” after “http”.)
- You might prefer to read One In Jesus using an RSS reader, such as Feedly. Click on the link, set up a free account (no reason to pay for the pro version that I can find), and then add One In Jesus as a site you wish to follow. You can do this through the search feature or by clicking the Add Content button.
Yet another Internet Bible study resource is available for free, the BibleWebApp. It requires an Internet connection, and although it’s a webpage, it works like a smartphone app.
On a smart phone, you use it through your browser, but it works very nicely. Most phones let you bookmark the site so that it becomes accessible just like an app.
It defaults to three windows: the text in English (you pick translation), the text in Greek, and a results window, showing word search results or the result of a looking up a word in Hebrew or Greek.
Very simple. Very cool. Very free. Continue reading
N. T. Wright on God’s solution for evil
I read N. T. Wright’s Evil and the Justice of God a few years ago, and I was disappointed. I just didn’t find the answers very satisfying.
After all, I’m a chronic-pain suffering person. I don’t know pain nearly as many around the world do. I mean, there are many who would justifiably envy my situation, bad back and all. But I do know pain.
But I was still hoping for a magic cure. But there’s no magic in Christianity. And it took me some time to see the profundity of what Wright says. Continue reading
I’ve had a couple of readers email me complaining that they are no longer receiving emails from One In Jesus. I need to know if this is a problem from my end or local to those readers.
If you’re an email subscriber, you should have received at least one email per day from One In Jesus. Have you received daily emails during this last week?
(Of course, if you don’t get my emails, you won’t get this request, meaning that no response at all means nothing. Technology can be so frustrating. But at least maybe I can confirm that some are receiving emails. Maybe.)