Acts 12:4 (KJV) After Easter?

Acts 12:4 (KJV)
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

This is one of those places the critics of the King James Version like to attack, claiming that the word should be Passover. My intention is not to explain the use of Easter rather than Passover. Others have done so very well.[1] I want to put together some thoughts having to do with what to do when you have no explanation of what critics call a mistake in the King James Bible.

I approach the Bible as correct even when I can’t explain it
There are any number of Bible passages that are too high for man. We can’t explain them; we can only believe them. It’s called faith. Obviously the God described in the Bible is too high for finite man to fully comprehend. Should it surprise us then that we can’t fully comprehend His Word? When I see something I don’t understand I accept that I have not grasped it yet, not that the Bible is wrong.

I accept the King James Bible as without error even when I have no answer for the critics.
This is because I approach the Bible as having to be without error in order to be the Bible. My understanding is that God has in fact preserved His Word. I do not need to prove it. I accept it as fact.

The critic, as much as he would argue this, operates from the position of proving the Bible wrong. He wants to find mistakes so he can justify changing the Bible to suit his fancy.

The critic will often use the argument of intellectual honesty. He says the evidence is too strong to claim the Bible has no mistakes and that intellectual honesty demands he admit those mistakes and seek and correction for them. I claim intellectual honesty too. I am honest enough to claim my intellect will never completely understand why God did what He did and said what He said. I accept that His thoughts are higher than my thoughts .

Specifically regarding the use of the word Easter, and other passages like it, the critic will say that even the KJV translators were fallible and admitted they may have made mistakes.

My response is that Moses was fallible, David was fallible Jeremiah was fallible but God used them to do infallible work. The translators were not inspired as Moses, David and Jeremiah were but they did not have to be. They had the Bible. All they needed to be was illuminated and guided by God. They were that perfectly. Someone may ask, “Why couldn’t the same claim of perfect illumination be made for a different, more modern version?”

The plain answer is that none of them have ever made that claim and the claim has never been made of any of them. They were all translated from the premise that the Bible could never be perfect. The King James Translators never made the claim that their work was perfect. That claim was made some time after and was embraced by scores, even the majority of believers. The translators did work from the basic premise that the Bible was the infallible word of God. They believed the Bible to be without error. This was a fundamental difference between them and modern translators.

I believe the word Easter is the correct word because it is the word the translators settled upon. There are others who have explained why they settled upon it but I do not need to be satisfied by their explanations to be satisfied that the Bible is infallible. I am satisfied because I believe God’s intent was to leave us an infallible Bible.

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Acts 12:4 (KJV) After Easter?

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[1] I refer any reader to the work of Sam Gipp if interested.

Acts 2:1-2 (KJV) How to Be Filled with the Holy Ghost

Acts 2:1-2 (KJV)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

I am convinced by Acts 1:8 that the power received at Pentecost was not the ability to speak in tongues but to be witnesses unto the uttermost part of the world. I notice that this promised gift was received while they were:

All in one place
Here is the value of faithful church attendance. Christians ought to be at church when there is church.

All with one accord
No bickering envying or bitterness among them.

All sitting
There was order in their services. I can just hear a Pentecostal right now saying that this was before they were all filled. That, the Pentecostal would believe, gives permission for their wild dancing and loud, hyperactive services as they would imply these are evidences of their being filled with the Spirit.

I suggest the opposite is true. I suggest that, in order to have the blessing of filling and witnessing power from the Holy Spirit that there has to be:

  • Quiet
  • Orderly and
  • Purposeful

worship and understanding of the Bible.

Too much preaching today is nothing but a pep talk in the churches and too little preaching is actual understanding of the Word of God. Therefore too much that is called Christianity is filled with the emotionally charged spirit of man and too little is filled with the Spirit of the Holy Ghost.

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Acts 2:1-2 (KJV) How to Be Filled with the Holy Ghost

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Acts 1:5 (KJV) True Baptism is Water Baptism

Acts 1:5 (KJV)
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Jesus said, “John truly baptized with water“. The adjective is an affirmation of the act of water baptism. Far from setting aside the water baptism, which began with John the Baptist, Jesus affirmed it to be true baptism.

The baptism with the Spirit, which is obviously a reference to the promise of the Father from verse four, is set as a comparison to true baptism; there is true baptism, which is by water from one with authority, and there is the promise of the Father which, like water baptism but not replacing it, immerses the receiver with the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is with water. The filling with the Spirit is a similar event but

  • Separate
  • Unique and
  • In no way replacing

water baptism.

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John 21:22-23 The Cause and Correction of False Doctrine

John 21:22-23 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

Jesus said what He said but He didn’t say what they thought. A teaching, not based in truth, spread across the country because someone falsely interpreted the Word of God. John corrected the false teaching simply by repeating what Jesus did, in fact, say.

Every false doctrine taught among the varied denominations springs from the very same problem, someone read into the Word of God something that is not there and others spread the wrong teaching without checking it out.

The correction, in every case of false doctrine, is the same; just repeat the Word of God. Go back to the original source.

  • Search it out.
  • Study it for yourself.

The Bible is true in every Word.  The interpretations men make of it may not be.

 

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John 21:22-23 The Cause and Correction of False Doctrine

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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises

Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

I read three writers who give two opposing interpretations and applications of this passage.
The one says that older wine is sweeter and mellower so it would be ridiculous to ask someone who knows the difference to drink new wine.
This writer claims that the Pharisees represent the new wine and Christ represents the old.

The other two see the Law as the old wine and claim that is representative of the old sinful nature, which is not going to gravitate to new; unproven and bitter flavor of spiritual life with Christ.
It is, according to this interpretation, unreasonable to ask a man who is settled in his ways to trust Christ hastily.

I lean toward the former. Christ came far before the Pharisees. His disciples had not embraced the new but the old promises of God from the beginning.

We aren’t looking for the new. We are looking for the oldest of all, faith in Christ from the foundation of the world.

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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises

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Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV) New Wine in New Bottles

Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV)
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

We would do wrong to miss the connection between the question about fasting and the parable about new wine in new bottles.

These “disciples of John” were stuck in a middle ground spot between Old Testament Mosaic Law and New Testament Law of Christ. They had not come out of Judaism. They were, I believe, the Judaizers Paul contended with all his life and the Messianic Jews of modernity.

The message of Christ is that this new covenant required a new container with a new law. There would be fasting in the New Testament as there would be worship but it would not be the same as the Old. When Christ left this earth then believers entered a “new container”. Judaism, the synagogue and the Old Testament rituals were replaced with Christianity, the local Church and New Testament faith.

 

To my reader:
Paul wrestled all his life with those who attempted to marry the Old Testament with the New. There is a place for the Old Testament today, but it is not for our practice. It serves as an illustration and example. We are to come out of any system of religion that blends religious effort with faith in Christ. The Christian serves, but out of devotion and love, not in an effort to win righteousness before God. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV) New Wine in New Bottles

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

It strikes me that, though chapter two begins the letters to the seven churches, there is a continuity of thought that runs from chapter one to these seven letters. The Lord, who instructs John to write these letters, assumes that the readers of these letters (Ephesus expressly) will have read what is in chapter one of Revelation first.

 

That suggests that the seven letters were always a part of something bigger than themselves; that the seven letters were never meant to be sent individually to each one of these churches. It tells me that, though each church was a whole in and of itself, it was not to think of itself as isolated and alone. It tells me that the seven letters rest upon each other for interpretation and that the whole message of the Lord is not to be found in one letter or the other but in all of the letters taken together and in consideration of the book of the Revelation as a unit.

 

This principle would be true of the Bible. No one part of it stands without every part of it.

  • A verse of the Bible,
  • A chapter of the Bible,
  • A book of the Bible; yea,
  • A Testament of the Bible

taken without consideration for the rest of the Bible, is wrested from the Bible.

 

 

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

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2 Peter 3:4 KJV The Promise of Christ’s Coming

2 Peter 3:4 (KJV)
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The promise of Christ’s coming is exactly where God said it would be.

  • It is on time
  • It is imminent
  • It is glorious to the believer
  • It is devastating to the unbeliever

I understand that there have been some Christians who have misrepresented the coming of Christ and taught things that have not come to pass. I understand that all Christians have looked for and preached His coming since Christianity was first established. I also understand that none of those things change the plan purpose or present sovereignty of God.

Jesus will come in the clouds to catch the Christians away. Seven years later Jesus will come to this earth to begin His one thousand year reign. No man knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, but:

  • We do know that they will happen
  • We do know that they will happen suddenly and unexpectedly and
  • We do know that they will happen sooner than those mockers wished

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2 Peter 3:4 KJV The Promise of Christ’s Coming

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A New Priesthood

Hebrews 7:1-3 KJV

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

 

Melchisedec has been an underlying subject throughout chapters five and six but rises to the surface as the focal subject of this chapter. Though there is considerable debate as to exactly who he was, it is without question that both the Psalmist and Apostle meant him as a figure of Jesus Christ. Speaking of Christ as being a priest after the order of Melchisedec there are at least three things we know about this order:

It is not the after the order of the Old Testament priesthood

Thus, it precedes it and then replaces it. The modern Messianic Jews, as were the Judaizers of early Christianity, very much mistaken in attempting to marry the two.

It is better than the Old Testament priesthood

It is not merely an alternative. It us not intended that those who prefer to worship their Messiah may do so under a form of Judaism and those who understand Him to be Christ may worship Him in church. New Testament church theology is the perfection of the weak Old Testament law theology.

It is an eternal and not temporal priesthood

The Aaronic priesthood was given for a specific time. The Melchisedec priesthood existed previous to it and survives after it. The Aaronic priesthood was to be done away (though unbelieving Israel had yet to put it away) but the Melchisedec priesthood, like Melchisedec himself, has no end of days.

 

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Hebrews 7:1-3

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What About Bible Principles that Seem Not To Work Today?

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 KJV

When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:
Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.

 

I practiced Kenpo Karate for a number of years. It was good exercise and an interesting project. The instructor was a Christian and handled the class accordingly. There was one problem I kept having; many of the defensive and offensive techniques involved either striking or kicking in the groin. Since there were women in the class, this raised in my mind the issue of this passage. The purpose of these techniques seems obvious and sound, especially when employed by a female; they effectively stop a male attacker.

 

Now, I am a New Testament Bible believing Baptist. I do not subscribe to Old Testament law for NT faith. I do however believe that all the Bible is profitable. Since there is no specific NT passage denouncing this passage it seems to be one that should be given NT consideration.

 

What would be the purpose for this command? Modesty does not seem to be the issue here as she obviously isn’t being intimate in this circumstance. I believe the issue stems from two directions.

First is the context.

Passages just previous deal with the progeny of Israeli families. This was considered a heinous act because it strikes at not just the man but any possibility of his having future children. She is purposefully judging not just him but the children “in his loins”.

 

Second is the broader topic of faith.

This technique though effective, is unacceptable because God said it was. What other answer do we need? God says she is not to employee it. That settles the issue.

 

There are a number of Biblical principles that seem unreasonable and are rejected in modern society.

  • Avoiding loans
  • Forgiving debts every seven years

Our world would be much better off if these principles would have been kept up. The United States has ignored the principle of the Bible and the laws of our early forefathers concerning borrowing and handling of currency and have now created an economy that will take a miracle to recover from. (Not likely to happen since we haven’t repented of the action.)

 

Perhaps this is a matter of similar nature. Perhaps what a woman should do is to trust both the Lord and her husband to protect her and leave the consequences of that faith in the hands of God.

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Deuteronomy 25:11-12 faith

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