Author: Robert Alan King

Matthew 6:7: Do Not Pray Like the Gentiles

And when you are praying, do not fluff up your requests like the Gentiles, for they think that they will be heard [and receive a favorable response] because of their many words. But do not be like them, for your Father knows what you have need of before you ask him. (Matt 6:7–8, my translation) The exact meaning of this passage has been obscure and difficult, primarily because of the extremely rare Greek word I have translated here as “fluff up your requests,” with its origin and exact meaning still debated among scholars. Without going into detail about all...

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The Tongues of Pentecost: Miraculous Hearing? Or a Gift of Languages?

There is a lot of confusion about tongues. The tongues that took place at Pentecost was a work by the Spirit in which those present in a crowd that had come from different parts of the known world heard the apostles speaking in different languages (Acts 2:1–16). There has been a long-going debate as to whether the apostles spoke an angelic language and the miracle included the understanding of an angelic language by the crowd, or if the miracle was simply the apostles speaking in foreign languages that they themselves had never learned. Singular and Plural for Tongues In...

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1 Timothy 3:2: Husband of One Wife? Or a Faithful Husband?

When I was in Bible College, there was a fellow student who was absolutely convinced that he could not be a pastor because he was divorced and remarried to another wife. He based his belief on 1 Tim 3:2, which reads, “The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife.” We find the same restriction for a deacon in 1 Tim 3:12, which reads, “Let deacons be husbands of one wife.” Again, in reference to an elder in Tit 1:6, it says, “if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife.” Many people see these...

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Luke 12:25: Can’t Increase One’s Height? or One’s Life?

It is still an ongoing debate as to whether or not Luke 12:25 refers to an inability of a person to add to their stature or to add to their life. The verse in its surrounding context reads as follows: Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”...

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The Serpent and Satan in Biblical Thought

It may come as a shock to many Christians that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was not always associated with Satan in Jewish thought. The association of the serpent with Satan was slow in coming and not found in the Old Testament at all. Instead, it was a progressive revelation that only became solidified in the New Testament. This article will explore the ideas of the serpent and Satan in early Jewish thought, and then show how the association between the two was finally acknowledged and taught by Jesus and his disciples. The Serpent in the Old...

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Bible Verse of the Day

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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