Early In the Morning on the Third Day

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.  And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.  Amen. 

Matthew 28:1-20

What Shall I Do Then with Jesus?

Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?  But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

And sitting down they watched him there;

And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.  The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.  The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.  And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. 

Matthew 27:22-66

Am I a Fool?

…..fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

…..the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  Proverbs 1:32

…..shame shall be the promotion of fools.  Proverbs 3:35

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief…..Proverbs 10:23

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.  Proverbs 11:29

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes…..Proverbs 12:15

A fool’s wrath is presently known…..Proverbs 12:16

…..the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.  Proverbs 12:23

Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.  Proverbs 13:16

…..it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.  Proverbs 13:19

…..a companion of fools shall be destroyed.  Proverbs 13:20

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.  Proverbs 14:1

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride…..Proverbs 14:3

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.  Proverbs 14:7

…..the folly of fools is deceit.  Proverbs 14:8

Fools make a mock at sin…..Proverbs 14:9

A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.  He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:  Proverbs 14:16-17

The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.  Proverbs 14:24

Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.  Proverbs 14:33

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.  Proverbs 15:2

A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.  Proverbs 15:5

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.  Proverbs 15:7

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.  Proverbs 15:14

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.  Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.  Proverbs 15:20-21

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.  Proverbs 16:22

Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.  Proverbs 17:7

A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.  Proverbs 17:10

Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.  Proverbs 17:12

He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.  Proverbs 17:21

A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.   Proverbs 17:23

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.  Proverbs 17:24

A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.  Proverbs 17:25

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  Proverbs 17:28

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  Proverbs 18:2

A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.  Proverbs 18:6-7

Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.  Proverbs 19:1

The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.  Proverbs 19:3

Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.  Proverbs 19:10

A foolish son is the calamity of his father…..Proverbs 19:13

Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.  Proverbs 19:29

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.  Proverbs 20:3

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.  Proverbs 23:9

Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.  Proverbs 24:7

The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.  Proverbs 24:9

As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  Proverbs 26:1

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.  Proverbs 26:3

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Proverbs 26:4 

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.  Proverbs 26:5

He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.  Proverbs 26:6 

The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. Proverbs 26:7

As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.  Proverbs 26:8

As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  Proverbs 26:9

The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.  Proverbs 26:10

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  Proverbs 26:11

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  There is more hope of a fool than of him.  Proverbs 26:12

A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.  Proverbs 27:3

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.  Proverbs 27:22

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.  Proverbs 28:26

If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.  Proverbs 29:9

 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.  Proverbs 29:11

let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly

 

I Timothy Chapter 1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

…let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…

Which Bible? Part I

Some say that Bibles are all the same, but some will argue; that’s what your Bible says!  It’s as if each division of Christianity has written its own Bible.  So,…how do I know which Bible I should be using?

The English versions of the Bible basically fall into three categories.  Those categories are word for word translations, thought for thought (dynamic equivalents), and paraphrases. [1]

The word for word translations are regarded by scholars as the most accurate translations of the Bible.  They are translated directly from the original languages of the Bible.  Those languages are Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.  The translations which fall into this category are the King James Version (KJV), the New King James Version (NKJV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the English Standard Version (ESV), and the New English Translation (NET).  The NASB95 is generally regarded as the most accurate of the word for word translations. [2]

The thought for thought translations are the result of a translator analyzing a group of words in the original language that express a certain thought.  The translator then translates that thought as carefully as possible into whatever language he is targeting.  This method is also known as Dynamic Equivalence.  A weakness of Dynamic Equivalence is that it can lead to more interpretation than translation.  It is easier to read, but it is not as accurate as the word for word version.  Examples of translations which fall into this category are the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), the New International Version (NIV), and the New Living Translation (NLT). [3]

Many will call the paraphrase category a translation, but it is more of a restatement or rewording of the original language.  Paraphrases are an attempt to make the Bible clearer. Paraphrases use a lot more words in order to make that happen which is not always a good thing.  Examples of versions which fall under this category are the New International Reader’s Version (NIRV), the Message (MSG), and the Goods News Translation (GNT). [4]

The danger with paraphrases is that they tend to be subjective and can easily present a doctrinal bent away from the true meaning of Scripture.  I have read paraphrased passages on salvation that are infused with a baptismal requirement that is not even mentioned in those particular verses in the original language.  Heretical and liberal theological doctrine can be easily woven into paraphrases.  The ease of reading paraphrases can make a liberal, heretical, or denominational slant more appealing and palatable.  For these reasons, I do not recommend the use of paraphrases.

Why is it important to be discerning about translations?  The Bible claims to be inspired of God or God breathed (II Timothy 3:16).  That means that the very words of Scripture were selected by God the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:21).  Since God cannot lie, we should pay attention to what those very words mean and teach in the context of Scripture.

 Jesus said that one jot or one tittle of the Law (Scripture) would not fail till all be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17).  The jot and tittle refer to the smallest letter and the smallest part of a letter in the Hebrew language.  If parts of words are important, as the Lord Himself indicated, wouldn’t it be wise for Christians to accept Scripture and study it…..word for word?    

So,…which version do you use?

let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…

[1, 2, 3, 4] The Five Most Accurate Bible Translations, Copyright 2019 – 2022, www.faithfoundedonfact.com (The use of this article does not imply the endorsement of said website, any other articles posted there, and/or it’s founder and sustaining organization).

Note: There are many other translations, versions and reversions beyond those mentioned above.  The purpose of this article is to show basic differences in approaches to Scripture that yield so many different versions of the Bible.  The challenge of this article is that Christians become more discerning about which translations are the most accurate and reliable to use.

What’s the Difference?

The difference between believers and unbelievers is that believers have accepted God’s provision for their sin.  Unbelievers have not.

But as many as received him (Jesus Christ), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12&13

The Mind of Christ

Does being disrespected make you angry?  Is that anger justified?  Certainly if anyone should have been accorded respect, it would be the Lord of Glory.  His anger would certainly have been justified.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Philippians 2:5-8

The tiny word let implies yielding and/or submitting to the truth (thy word is truth).  Only genuine believers can do this.

Can a man by taking thought add to his stature?  Can a leopard change his spots?  Not at all! But with God, nothing is impossible.  Having the mind of Christ is a supernatural enablement which is the result of regeneration (being born again) and sanctification [letting the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly].

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.  I Thessalonians 2:13

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we (born again ones) have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16

So, do you need to have respect in order to be effective?  If not, why are you angry?

let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…

Absent From the Body – Present with the Lord

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.       I Corinthians 15:55-57

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  II Corinthians 5:1-8

The second best thing that can happen to the believer in Christ is physical death.  The best thing is that can happen to the believer is The Rapture.  This is when Christ returns to remove all believers from this world.  I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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