Author Archives: Jared Compton

Does God have blood?

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood—Acts 20:28 What does Paul mean in his speech in … Continue reading

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For to me, to live is Christ . . . ?

One of the best-known lines from St. Paul is found at the beginning of his letter to the Philippians where he says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21). I think this was my … Continue reading

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Two Things I Learned from John Stott

Who was John Stott? It’s been a couple of years since Stott died, and his legacy is still taking shape. I suspect that for many of us he’ll be remembered as the author of one or two books on our shelves—probably The Cross … Continue reading

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The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses

These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.—Colossians 2:17 Colossians 2:17 gives us another important insight into how the earliest Christians put their Bibles together. But, the NIV here nicely … Continue reading

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Are Women More Easily Deceived Than Men?

And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became sinner.—1 Timothy 2:14 Does 1 Tim 2:14 suggest women are more easily deceived than men? Here I want to answer this question by saying … Continue reading

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God is Red

“I’m going to be gone soon. Don’t be sad. I’m not afraid of death…. Mother, we are all going to die someday. Don’t be discouraged by my death. Continue in your faith.”… After a final public condemnation meeting, the militiamen … Continue reading

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Paul’s Strange Proof: Psalm 19:4 in Romans 10:18

But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world”—Rom 10:18, citing Ps 19:4 How can Paul prove that Israel has heard … Continue reading

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Israel’s Hermeneutical Problem

In 2 Cor 3:13 Paul says that “Moses put a veil over his face to prevent Israel from seeing the end of what was passing away.” What exactly was it that Israel couldn’t see? The answer: Israel had a hermeneutical … Continue reading

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What King David Said about Judas Iscariot

In Acts 1:12-26 Peter says that Judas Iscariot had to be replaced (see Acts 1:16, 21). The vacancy his defection (and suicide) created could not be left open, otherwise Scripture would be broken. After all, what Judas had done and … Continue reading

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Is Jesus Presently Reigning?

In a handful of places the NT interprets Jesus’ resurrection (+ ascension) as his exaltation to God’s right hand, which is to say, as his fulfillment of David’s prophecy about the coming messiah in Ps 110:1: “Sit at my right … Continue reading

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Three Notes on the Eventual but not Immediate Recognition of the NT Canon

There was some delay between the writing of the NT documents and their universal acceptance as Holy Scripture (= canon). In fact, the first list to recognize the 27 books of our NT comes from the mid-4th century (see here). … Continue reading

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Did Paul Write Hebrews?

If you think Paul wrote Hebrews, you’re in good company (see, e.g., here). One problem with this conclusion, however, is that what Paul says in Gal 1:11–12 seems to contradict what Paul says in Heb 2:3, presuming Paul wrote Heb … Continue reading

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