Does Scripture reject Eisegesis?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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Eisegesis – “the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text. This is commonly referred to as reading into the text.” As I’ve come to be more of an astute “studier” of the Word, I’ve done my best to avoid this style of subjectively determining what the text means, but letting the text tell me what it means. A good friend once told me that the best way to interpret Scripture is with Scripture. In other words, if God is the Word as John 1 states, and you don’t understand something He said, then let Him explain things further to you by searching through all of what He has to say, rather than jumping to your own conclusion and assuming what He’s saying. If I see a verse I don’t understand, I look for another verse on the same subject, or I look at the verse prior or after that verse to get the understanding of what the meaning of the text is. (more…)

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God, America, and Politics…

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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What is our duty and loyalty as followers of Christ as it pertains to political issues and American patriotism? Some argue that America is a land built on a Christian foundation, and that it is the chosen country much like the Israelites were the chosen ones. Some people believe that America needs to be restored to the Christian values it is said to have been founded upon or America will eventually face detrimental condemnation from God. Is it our duty to make an effort to institute Scriptural teachings into law before it’s too late? (more…)

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Can all the Scripture be applied to our lives?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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Luke 12:41 “Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” An interesting question Peter is asking Jesus here isn’t it? The question that comes to mind as I read this verse with you, is why would Peter ask if something the Lord said, was for everyone, or just for him and the primary disciples? Could it possibly be that Peter knew that some things were directed to them, and that other things were directed to everyone? Could it also possibly be that not all of the Word is directly applicable to our lives? (more…)

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Scriptural Observations on Prayer

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

I thought for today I’d share with you some interesting things you may have never thought about with the verses that discuss prayer. I didn’t include every verse mentioning prayer in these notes for reasons of context with some of the verses that mention prayer. For example, Mark 11:24 states “There for I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” In context, this was Jesus speaking to His primary disciples, and Scripture seems to illustrate that they needed to have all their prayers granted to illustrate the Truth of the Gospel through miracles proving that they were authentic messengers from God. This is one of the most misinterpreted verses of Scripture used to support the false teaching of “Prosperity Theology”. With that said, let’s look over these prayer verses. (more…)

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Do you have a Scriptural Relationship with God?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Hebrews 5:7 “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.” Something so key in the kind of relationship God desires from man is reflected in this verse we read here. It appears this verse is recounting back to when Jesus was being crucified, when before his death, he let out a loud cry. Now the interesting thing to think about here is why God heard Jesus’s loud crying. It was not because of the sentimentality that was expressed, but it was because of His piety. (more…)

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Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation? Yes! Please Do It!

Last updated on June 7th, 2020

Is Baptism necessary for salvation? Yes! Please do it! You never know when your time is going to come. I’ve heard just about all of the arguments denying the necessity of baptism for salvation. I thought I’d go through some of the most common ones. I hope if you’re reading this already disagreeing, you’ll read this with a open mind. I’ve sincerely written this with a concerned heart for the souls that may be potentially lost. In the end, your decisions are all in your control and you’ll do what you think is best as we all do. (more…)

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Thoughts on 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Peter 2:1-3

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

For today I thought I’d share more of the interesting things I observed in 2 Peter, by reflecting on the verses at the end of 2 Peter 1 and the beginning of 2 Peter 2. In my last discussion on this chapter which you can find a few posts below this one, we discussed 2 Peter 1:3-11, and how it was about escaping the lusts of the world and becoming a part of the divine nature through confirming your call and election. For today I’m going to share observations I made about 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Peter 2:1-3. Let’s start off with 2 Peter 1:20-21 which states, “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (more…)

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Have you obeyed the Gospel of Jesus?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Have you obeyed the Gospel of Jesus? I would imagine for most who have professed to be Christians, that’s not a question they’ve ever heard. Instead, they were probably asked, have you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? It was a question I was asked myself, and funny enough even though I prayed that little “sinner’s prayer”, I’d find myself praying it again from time to time. Almost as if I instinctively knew I wasn’t really saved yet. But it would take me a few more years before I would finally discover the truth. And now here I am trying to help others discover the truth, as I do my part in advancing the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)

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With all due respect, you’re wrong.

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Sometimes we’re just plain wrong about things. It’s a fact of life that no one is always right, and we have to be humble enough to admit when we need to change the way we understand things for a more accurate understanding. Unfortunately, with today’s culture of relativism, it’s very difficult to change people’s minds. People can make the false assumption that the fact that there are multiple denominations, or many different people with different opinions, it means there can always be multiple ways of understanding Christianity and Scripture. I’d suggest to you that it’s actually the opposite, that relativism can be found in only a very small number of cases in Scripture, such as one’s decision to choose to eat meat or not (Romans 14:2). In general, we’re given clear instructions in Scripture to abide in the specific teachings of the Apostles via the Holy Spirit throughout the New Testament (2 Thessalonians 2:15, Galatians 1:6-9). (more…)

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Monumental lessons from 2 Peter 1:3-11

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

As I was reading through 2 Peter 1 yesterday, there were so many key lessons for the Christian journey in this text that I just had to share them with you all. Particularly focusing on 2 Peter 1:3-11 today, it’s quite amazing when you take the time to carefully read exactly what the text is stating, and see how all of what the text is stating connects together. Let’s start off by reading the whole passage. (more…)

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