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Salvation in No One Else

Salvation in No One Else Acts 4:12 Excerpt ‎Salvation, a word which can also mean “healing,” represents a play on words that is difficult to reproduce in English: (Christian) salvation and/or the healing (of the lame man) are possible only through the name of Jesus. The strong double negative expression in the Greek text (not…in no one) is represented in the TEV by a positive (a completely legitimate equivalent), and one which forms a much more frequent basis for transfer into other languages. However, the use of a nominal construction such as salvation is to be found is difficult since normally salvation must be expressed by a verb, for example, “you can only be saved through him alone” or “he alone is able to save you.” (see also2.21.)
‎As can be clearly seen, verse 12b is simply an elaboration of the statement in verse 12a, stated in a slightly different form.
Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Acts of the Apostles. New York: United Bible Societies, 19…

Disease and Healing in the First Century

Disease and Healing in the First CenturyActs 4:9 Excerpt In the early Christian period illness may be caused by numerous demonic entities who are not always acting at Yahweh’s command (Matt. 15:22; Luke 11:14), and not necessarily by the violation of covenant stipulations (John 9:2). Illnesses mentioned include fevers (Mark 1:30), hemorrhages (Matt. 9:20), and what has been identified by some scholars as epilepsy (Mark 9:14–29). The cure for illness may be found in this world, and not simply in some utopian future.
‎Christianity also may have attracted patients who were too poor to afford fees charged in many Greco-Roman traditions (cf.Matt. 10:8). Some Greco-Roman traditions insisted that travel to a shrine was necessary for healing, but Christianity, with its emphasis on the value of faith alone, in effect announced that travel to a shrine was not required (Matt. 8:8).
Likewise, Christianity resisted temporal restrictions on when healing could be administered (Mark 3:2–5). Nonethel…

The Sanhedrin

The SanhedrinActs 4:5-6 Excerpt ‎The next day the supreme council or Sanhedrin meets, what Luke calls the rulers, elders, and scribes (4:5). Some antecedent to this body was likely organized by Ezra after the exile (cf.Ezra 5:5; Neh. 2:16; etc.). By Peter’s time it is modeled after the group of seventy elders who assisted Moses (Num. 11:16–24; Mishnah Sanhedrin 1.1, 6). This court has come to exercise wide-ranging powers, functioning as the final authority in religious matters and handling many domestic political cases as well. The high priest presides over the assembly, with former high priests, members of privileged families, and noted jurists on the court with him. In earlier days the Sanhedrin was made up chiefly of Sadducees, but around 67 b.c. Pharisees gained in power. Now both parties are found in some strength in the Sanhedrin (cf. Acts 5:34–40; 23:6–10).
‎The present meeting seems to be a specially called one. The councillors sit in a semicircle, with the presiding officer …

Burned in a Furnace

Burned in a Furnace Excerpt ‎Although πεπυρωμένης is without syntactical concord in the sentence, it was preferred by the Committee not only because it is rather well attested (A C Primasius) but chiefly because it best explains the origin of the other readings. In order to remove the grammatical difficulty some copyists read πεπυρωμένῳ (א 2053 the ancient versions al), which qualifies καμίνῳ, and other copyists read πεπυρωμένοι (P 046 most minuscules), which qualifies οἱ πόδες.
Metzger, Bruce Manning, United Bible Societies. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition a Companion Volume to the United Bible Societies’ Greek New Testament (4th Rev. Ed.). London; New York: United Bible Societies, 1994. Print.

Moses Strikes the Rock Twice

Moses Strikes the Rock TwiceNumbers 20:10-11 Excerpt ‎Milgrom has examined Moses’ actions against the backdrop of Egyptian and Mesopotamian magicians and diviners as well as in the context of the nature of God revealed in the Pentateuch. Moses’ actions were tantamount to that of an idolatrous pagan magician, and thus Milgrom notes, “Here, in a direct address to his people, Moses ascribes miraculous powers to himself and Aaron. Indeed by broadcasting one word, nôṣîʾ, “we shall bring forth”—Moses and Aaron might be interpreted as having put themselves forth as God.… Israel had to be released from more than chains; it still had to purged of its pagan background. In summary, Milgrom states, “Against the backdrop of the Pentateuchal sensitivity to man’s usurping of God’s powers, Moses’ act is manifestly shocking.” The collapse of character was so critical that he would suffer severely for his actions and his attitudes. He would not experience the fullness of God’s promise, the ultimate go…


ScribesActs 4:5 Excerpt ‎Scribes are again presented as influential interpreters of Torah in the NT, though with a decidedly negative portrayal of them. They are usually presented together with other Jewish groups, especially Pharisees (e.g., Matt. 5:20; 23:2). As interpreters of the Torah, the scribes probably would have been most often associated with the Pharisees, who sought to broaden the applicability of the Torah. 
Paffenroth, Kim. “Scribes.” Ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, & Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible 2000 : 1173. Print.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
Always remember, The Lord is always with you. Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy 19 Remember my affliction and roaming,
The wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul still remembers
And sinks within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassion's fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great isYour faithfulness.
24 “The Lordis my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” 25 The Lordis good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him (Lamentations 3:19-25).

Bible Verse for the Day

1 Peter 3:18King James Version

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that [H]e might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

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Christ’s Suffering and Ours ] For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

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English Standard Version

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that [He] might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the [S]pirit,

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For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He mig…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 14: Staying the Course
1 Kings 19:1–20:25; Mark 11:1–33; Proverbs 4:18–27

“May your eyes look forward and your gaze be straight before you. May the path of your foot be balanced and all your ways be sure. Do not swerve right or left; remove your foot from evil” (Prov 4:25–27).

These verses reflect someone who has incredible purpose. I imagine an acrobat walking a tightrope—knees bent, one foot carefully placed in front of the other, and nothing but a slender rope keeping him from plummeting to the ground. Such efforts would require incredible calm, effort, and focus—especially focus. The body naturally follows the path of our eyes, which is detrimental if we’re focused on the wrong thing.
The idea of staying the course illustrates God’s path and purpose for us. When we act, speak, and follow that path, we are carrying out His will for our lives. But there’s a problem: We can’t. All of our efforts are tainted. Our knees are bound to buckle, we’re sure to misstep, and it’s just a…