Category Archives: Apostle Paul

VIDEO: Romans 9-11 Panel Discussion Night Two

Veracity thanks everyone who participated in the panel discussion over the past two weeks in the Williamsburg area, those on the panel, as well as everyone who put their questions forward. I personally learned a lot, and it prompts me to study God’s Word even more! Hopefully, this will be a blessing for those who wrestle these issues, engaging the heart and the mind.

UPDATE: 10/19/2016

Hunter Ruch went to the trouble of going through the video and marking the time segments, allowing you to skip to particular questions you are interested in.  Thanks, Hunter (though it was his wife’s idea to do this)!

WEEK 2 (9/4):

  • Introduction, Review & Definition of Terms by Clarke Morledge (0:00-23:11)
  • Question #1: Election and Salvation? Why do I need to understand the theory of election? (23:12-34:11)
  • Question #2: Clarify the use of “Hebrew,” “Israelites,” and “Jews.” (34:12-42:26)
  • Question #3: The Land of Israel? (42:27-1:00:45)
  • Question #4: One or Two Paths to God? (1:00:46-1:02:44)
  • Question #5:  The Dangers of Neglecting Ethnic Israel? (1:02:45-1:08:49)
  • Question #6: Obsession vs. Negative Views of Israel? (1:08:49-1:18:57)
  • Conclusion by Travis Simone (1:18:58-1:37:44)

 


Who is the “All Israel” in Romans 11?

Is the secular nation state of Israel a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Veracity tackles a "hot potato."

Who is the “all Israel” in Romans 11? Is it the church? Is it ethnic Jews? Or something more nuanced?

One of the most difficult set of verses in the Bible to understand is found in Romans 11:25-26a:

Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved….(ESV).

There is a lot going on in these verses, so in this post I would like to focus on the meaning of two words, found in verse 26: “all Israel.” This is a crucial part of the Bible as this passage comes near the end of Romans 9-11, where Paul is making an extensive argument, trying to explain why so few Jews in his day were accepting Jesus as their Messiah. Paul is demonstrating that God has indeed kept his promises to Israel, and in these key verses, he is drawing his argument to a conclusion.

However, there are very different views as to who is meant by this “all Israel.” What does Paul mean by this? Let us examine the views and see if some sense can be made about this question.
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VIDEO: Romans 9-11 Panel Discussion Night One

Veracity invites everyone interested, in the Williamsburg area, to attend next week’s conclusion to our Romans 9-11 Panel Discussion. Enjoy the video from this past week!

  • Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg VA, 23185
  • Student Ministries Worship Room
  • Sunday, September 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

UPDATE: 10/19/2016

Hunter Ruch went to the trouble of going through the video and marking the time segments, allowing you to skip to particular questions you are interested in.  Thanks, Hunter (though it was his wife’s idea to do this)!

WEEK 1 (8/28):

  • Introduction by Clarke Morledge (0:00-25:28)
  • Question #1: Why is Paul so burdened about his fellow Israelites? (25:29-31:07)
  • Question #2: Why would a knowledge of the Old Testament help us to understand what Paul is trying to say in Romans 9-11? (31:08-37:43)
  • Question #3: What is “election?” (37:44-1:02:18)
  • Question #4: Does God still have a plan for ethnic Israel? (1:02:19-1:18:24)
  • Question #5: Final panelist questions  (1:18:25-1:22:00)
  • Question #6: Who is “all Israel?” (1:22:01-1:24:58)
  • Wrap Up & Prayer by Clarke Morledge (1:24:59-1:27:20)

 


Why Second Timothy was Written Under Paul’s Authority (and Why We Should Care)

My friend, Hunter Ruch, invited me to participate in a “Summer Reading Challenge” interview, for our church, this past Sunday. We had read 2 Timothy during the prior week, and I talked about an experience in college when I was told that “Paul never wrote 2 Timothy… it was a forgery.”

Unfortunately, we ran out of time for me give an adequate response to the forgery claim. So, after you view this 9-minute video, stick around and read my response below…. But most importantly, consider with me why it is important for Christians in our culture to care to know about these things.

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When God Spoke Greek: A Short Review

When I first started to read the Bible as a young Christian, I bought myself a study Bible. As I was reading the New Testament, I would run across quotations of the Old Testament. I rarely took the time to go back and read the various Old Testament references. But for the past two years, I have taken a “deep dive” into the Book of Romans, so I decided to look up some of those cross-references…finally. What I found at first surprised me, then it bothered me, and then it captivated me.

Here is the surprise: On more than one occasion, a New Testament writer will quote something from the Old Testament. But if you compare the quotation in the New Testament with what you have in our English translations of the Old Testament, the quotations typically do not match, word-for-word.

Are these typos in our Bibles?  Apparently not.

Not sure if you believe me? Come take a little trip with me into the Book of Romans, and I can show you…

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