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Do Not Eat With Such a One?-I Corinthians 5:11

There is a tendency amongst humans to find loopholes to difficult challenges.  We want an easier way and we attempt to create that easier way by making exceptions that benefit us.  One such exception that I’m seeing happen more often is in the case of 1 Corinthians 5:11. Let’s look at the verse.

Contextually, Paul is instructing, in a rather pointed way, the Corinthians to stop ignoring sin in the congregation.  Specifically, the sin of one who is having a sexual relationship with his father’s wife.  The congregation not 0nly tolerated the sin, but seemed to be proud of themselves for doing so.  Paul makes it clear that their boasting is not good, and tells them to remove the man.

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Paul’s Man of Sin–Putting it All Together

We have been all over the Bible (not my favorite way to answer a question in a particular context, but in all honesty this is not your “normal” text to deal with) to identify Paul’s Man of Sin.  The conclusion is that the beast in Daniel 7 refers to the Roman Empire, which means the beast in Revelation 13 is the Roman Empire (which I think can also be clearly established from the argument of John’s Revelation), and thus, if my theory is correct, the Man of Lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians has to do with the Roman Empire.

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Paul’s Man of Sin in Daniel 7

If you are wondering how Daniel 7 ties into Paul’s discussion of the Man of Sin in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, then you need to read this post before you continue.  That post will explain why I think Daniel 7 is important in understanding the Man of Sin.

In this chapter Daniel has a vision, which he then records for us.  The vision is of  a Great Sea and Four Beasts coming from the Sea.   When interpreting the dream Daniel states that the beasts refer to four kingdoms (7:17 compared with 23).

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What We Can Learn from Sports?

Since yesterday I wrote about taking sports too seriously and claiming the hand of God behind your teams win,  I though today I would look at what we can learn from sports.  I enjoy playing sports.  I played organized sports throughout school.  I enjoy going to sporting events and watching them on TV.  I believe I can carry my own in sports conversations.  I say all this to say that I’m not someone who is anti-sports.  So I decided to write this post as a follow-up.

What I want to describe now are some lessons that I have learned from playing sports:

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Man of Sin-Letting the Scriptures Interpret themselves

It is said that the Scriptures provide for themselves the best possible commentary.  I have attempted in my study of Scripture to use them as such. Primarily I have always tried to allow the particular book I’m studying to provide the help needed.  However, there are times when Scripture from other books and even other authors are helpful in determining the particular meaning in the text. In the case of 2 Thessalonians 2 I believe this is the case.

When I read 2 Thessalonians 2 my mind wanders over to Revelation 13.  From studying both sections I have concluded they are in reference to the same thing. When we look at the criterion of the Man of Sin (see this post) and compare it to the details in Revelation 13 this exegetical hunch seems to be warranted.

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