All posts by David R Maas

I write and occasionally pontificate on the kingdom of God, Christian discipleship, and end-times prophecy, but above all, on Jesus. Who is he? What did he do and teach? I seek to understand each passage in its literary and historical contexts. Currently, I reside in the city of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington.

JESUS OR CAESAR

When offered by Satan, Jesus refused the political power of Rome. So, why do we continue to seek what he rejected?

When I became a disciple of Jesus, I was taught NOT to “be unequally yoked” with the world. Yes, conditions around the globe were tragic, but what did we expect from a world order under Satan’s boot? What humanity needed was the good news of God’s kingdom, not another corrupt political ideology.

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NEW TESTAMENT LANGUAGE

Was the New Testament initially composed in Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew? Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to Greek.

What was the original language of the documents that became the New Testament? For centuries, the scholarly consensus was that it was written in Greek. But today, a growing minority claims it was composed in the Hebrew or Aramaic language. 

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STEPHEN BEARS WITNESS

Under the guidance of the Spirit, Stephen gives eloquent and effective testimony to the leaders of Israel.

Early on, the church experienced conflicts between its Greek and Aramaic-speaking members. The apostles instructed the community to select seven men “full of the Spirit and wisdom” to take charge of the matter. One of the seven chosen men was Stephen, and Acts notes especially that he was “full of faith and the Spirit.”

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THE FAITHFUL WITNESS

Jesus is the Faithful Witness who summons his disciples to emulate his example by themselves bearing faithful witness in a hostile world.

Two themes are repeated in the book of Revelation – “witness” and “overcoming,” and they are closely related. Beginning with Jesus and his own witness in his death, his followers must persevere in his “testimony,” and in this way, they “overcome” and one day will emerge victorious in the city of “New Jerusalem.” They are called to “overcome, even as I overcame.”

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THE END OF DEATH

The arrival of Jesus at the end of the age will terminate the Last Enemy, Death, and resurrected saints will receive immortal bodies.

Certain men of the church in Corinth were denying the future bodily resurrection. Paul responded by stressing the necessity for resurrection. In doing so, he appealed to the past DEATH and resurrection of Jesus as the basis for the resurrection of believers. His disciples will be raised from the dead when he “arrives,” and that will signal the end of death itself.

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THE INHERITANCE

In Jesus, the original limited promise of territory to Abraham is transformed to encompass the entire creation.

The land of Canaan was an early stage in the greater redemptive plan of Yahweh, one that ALWAYS envisioned something beyond the nation of Israel. In the New Testament, the covenant promises find fulfillment in the “true seed of Abraham,” Jesus Christ, including the New Creation – the “new heavens and the new earth.”

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