The First Century Spirit Gifts

The Greek word for 'prophet' means someone who forth-tells God's word - i.e. any person inspired to speak God's words, which at times included foretelling of future events (see 2 Pet. 1 19-21). Thus prophets - those with the gift of prophecy -came from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth (famine) throughout all the world which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man...

The Virgin Birth

The record of Christ's conception and birth does not allow for the idea that he physically existed beforehand. Those who hold the false doctrine of the 'Trinity' are driven to the conclusion that at one moment there were three persons in heaven, and then one of them disappeared and somehow turned into a foetus in Mary's womb, leaving just two in heaven. We have seen in Scripture that all existence - including that of God - is existence in a physical, bodily form. We are therefore left to...

The Believers In Christ Are Personified

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4 13). There is one body (Ephesians 4 4). Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular (1 Cor. 12 27). Christ is the head of the church and He is the saviour of the body (Ephesians 5 23). He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the...

The Devil And Satan

Sometimes the original words of the Bible text are left untranslated (Mammon, in Mt. 6 24, is an Aramaic example of this). As a word, 'satan' is an untranslated Hebrew word which means 'adversary', while 'devil' is a translation of the Greek word 'diabolos', meaning a liar, an enemy or false accuser. If we are to believe that Satan and the Devil are some being outside of us which is responsible for sin, then whenever we come across these words in the Bible, we have to make them refer to this...