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Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 22:21

In light of the recent events in Alaska, North Carolina (see this, too), and Houston, I thought it would be appropriate to put together yet another quick look at an often misunderstood verse. This one is no stranger to misrepresentation, so I want to be careful with it. The passage:

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. ()

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15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. (ESV)

Men who have no sense in their own hearts and consciences of the spiritual disorder of their souls, of the secret continual actings of sin, with deceit and violence obstructing all that is good, promoting all that is evil, defiling all that is done by them through the lusting of the flesh against the spirit, as contrary to it, though no outward perpetration of sin nor actual omission of duty do ensue theron; who are not engaged in a constant watchful conflict against the first motions of sin, to whom they are not the greatest burden and sorrow in this life, causing them to cry out for deliverance from them; who can despise those who make acknowledgements in their confession to God, or their sense of these things, with the guilt wherewith they are accompanied, will with an assured confidence reject and contemn what is offered about justification through the obedience and righteousness of Christ imputed to us.

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From The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, pg. 27.

Eschatology in August: Recommended Reading

We are getting near the final week of Eschatology in August, and it has been a wild ride. :)

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A Word About Men and Marriage

Gentlemen: You are not boys. Women are not objects. Christ is most assuredly King.

I’ve noticed a trend in young men who relinquish their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their families: childish, selfish, pride-filled immaturity. Some of them have been married for several years now. Others have children out of wedlock. But that is the common problem: immaturity. Continue reading

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 24:34

In light of this past week’s Learning Community class I taught called, “Eschatology in August,” I thought it would be a great opportunity to address a misunderstood verse that has a lot to do with the study of “end times.” Here is our verse in question:

Truly, I say to you, this generation (genea) will not pass away until all these things take place. ()

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34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (ESV)

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