ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE / Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]—BELONGING TO DEMETER. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and rural life. The silversmith at Ephesus who made silver models of the celebrated Temple of Diana, and who opposed Paul and incited the mob against him. Acts 19:24, 38 A believer, well-commended by the Apostle John (3 John […]

“I in them.”

John 17:23

If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person of our Lord,how deep and broad is the channel of our communion!

This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way,it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth,along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may roll its floods.

Behold he hath set before us an open door,let us not be slow to enter. This city of communion hath many pearly gates,every several gate is of one pearl,and each gate is thrown open to the uttermost that we may enter,assured of welcome. If there were but one small loophole through which to talk with Jesus,it would be a high privilege to thrust a word of fellowship through the narrow door; how much we are blessed in having so large an entrance! Had the Lord Jesus been far away from us,with many a stormy sea between,we should have longed to send a messenger to him to carry him our loves,and bring us tidings from his Father’s house; but see his kindness,he has built his house next door to ours,nay, more,he takes lodging with us,and tabernacles in poor humble hearts,that so he may have perpetual intercourse with us. O how foolish must we be,if we do not live in habitual communion with him.

When the road is long,and dangerous,and difficult,we need not wonder that friends seldom meet each other,but when they live together,shall Jonathan forget his David? A wife may when her husband is upon a journey, abide many days without holding converse with him,but she could never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to be in one of the chambers of her own house.

Why,believer,dost not thou sit at his banquet of wine? Seek thy Lord,for he is near; embrace him,for he is thy Brother. Hold Him fast,for he is thine Husband; and press him to thine heart,for he is of thine own flesh.

Charles H. Spurgeon

“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .

Investigating the Bible: Do the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels Contradict Each Other?

A cursory reading of the resurrection in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John reveals a few differences in the recorded facts. While these supposed discrepancies sometimes alarm modern readers, they tend not to concern historians because any differences are merely relegated to secondary details.

In each Gospel account the core story is the same: Joseph of Arimathea takes the body of Jesus and puts it in a tomb, one or more of Jesus’ female followers visit the tomb early on the Sunday morning following his crucifixion, and they find that the tomb is empty. They see a vision of either one or two angels who say that Jesus is risen. Despite the differences concerning the women’s number and names, the exact time of the morning and the number of angels, we can have great confidence in the shared core story that would be agreed upon by the majority of New Testament scholars today.

Even the usually skeptical historian Michael Grant, a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and professor at Edinburgh University, concedes in his book Jesus: An Historian’s Review of the Gospels, True, the discovery of the empty tomb is differently described by the various gospels, but if we apply the same sort of criteria that we would apply to any other ancient literary sources, then the evidence is firm and plausible enough to necessitate the conclusion that the tomb was, indeed, found empty.

The differences between the empty tomb narratives are indicative of multiple, independent affirmations of the story. Sometimes people say, Matthew and Luke just plagiarized from Mark, but when one examines the narratives closely, the divergences suggest that even if Matthew and Luke did know Mark’s account, they also had separate, independent sources.

So with these multiple and independent accounts, no historian would disregard this evidence just because of secondary discrepancies. Consider the secular example of Hannibal crossing the Alps to attack Rome, for which there are two historically incompatible and irreconcilable accounts. Yet no classical historian doubts the fact that Hannibal did mount such a campaign. Hannibal’s crossing is a nonbiblical illustration of a story in which discrepancies in secondary details fail to undermine the historical core accuracy of the event.

While that may be enough to satisfy historians, also consider that many of the alleged contradictions in the Gospel accounts are rather easily reconciled. For example, the accounts vary in the reported time of the visit to the tomb. One writer describes it as still dark; ( John 20:1 ), another says it was very early in the morning; ( Luke 24:1 ), and another says it was just after sunrise; ( Mark 16:2 ).
But if the visit was at dawn,( Matthew 28:1), they were likely describing the same thing with different words.

As for the number and names of the women, none of the Gospels pretends to give a complete list. They all include Mary Magdalene, and Matthew, Mark and Luke also cite other women, so there was probably a group of these early disciples that included those who were named and probably a couple of others. Perhaps when the women came, Mary Magdalene arrived first and that’s why only John mentions her. That’s hardly a contradiction. In terms of whether there were/was one angel (Matthew) or two (John) at Jesus tomb, have you ever noticed that whenever you have two of anything, you also have one? It never fails. Matthew didn’t say there was only one. John was providing more detail by saying there were two.

Adapted from interview with Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Norman Geisler

“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .

You Are Called To Bless Others!

Not rendering evil for evil,or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,that ye should inherit a blessing.

1 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .

I Am A Child Of The Promise!

That is,They which are the children of the flesh,these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Romans 9:8 (KJV)

“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .

“Did the Original Bible Manuscripts Claim Jesus Was God?”

Titus 2:11-14

In the bestseller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the authors claim that in A.D. 303 Emperor Diocletian destroyed all Christian writings that could be found. That’s why, they assert, there are no New Testament manuscripts prior to the fourth century. Later, Emperor Constantine commissioned new versions of these documents, which allowed the “custodians of orthodoxy to revise, edit, and rewrite their material as they saw fit.” It was at this point that “most of the crucial alterations in the New Testament were probably made and Jesus assumed the unique status he has enjoyed ever since.”

In response to this book, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, a New Testament Greek scholar, says, “Do these authors know anything about history at all? Diocletian did not destroy all the Christian manuscripts. He did destroy several, but mostly in the East and South. As far as having no manuscripts prior to the fourth century- well, we have more than four dozen in Greek alone that are prior to the fourth century. And these manuscripts have numerous passages- John 1:1, 18; 20:28; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; 2 Peter 1:1- that affirm the deity of Jesus. So it’s nonsense to say Jesus’ deity wasn’t invented until the fourth century when you’ve already got the evidence in earlier manuscripts.

“Besides, we still have lots and lots of quotations by church fathers prior to the fourth century. Ignatius, in about A.D. 110, calls Jesus ‘our God’ and then says, ‘the blood of God,’ referring to Jesus. Where does he get this idea if it wasn’t invented for more than two hundred years? And you have a steady march from Ignatius right through the rest of the patristic writers- I mean, you can’t make that kind of a claim and be any kind of a responsible historian.”

Because Scriptures that affirm the deity of Christ are so numerous and central to the New Testament, an incredible feat of editing would have been required to add them. Accepting the claims of Jesus deity as part of the original manuscripts is much more natural and believable.

Adapted from interview with
Dr. Daniel B. Wallace.

“Have a blessed day, I am.”
A. T. S .