We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Regarding John 13:2

The AV’s rendering, “the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,” is probably not correct. The Greek construction and text are more plainly rendered , “the devil having already put it into his heart (the devil’s) that Judas, the son of Simon, should betray him.” The devil, in other words, had already made up his mind to use Judas as his tool. The tense of the verb “put” suggests that the evil desire to betray the Lord was sown in the heart of Judas by Satan sometime previously and that it has now taken root (cf.v.27; Luke 22:3).

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., “Washing One Another’s Feet: An Exposition of John 13:1-17,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.1/No.2, Summer 1992.

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