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Genesis 5:3

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

Matthew Henry

II. The birth of his son Seth,


He was born in the hundred and thirtieth year of Adam’s life; and probably the murder of Abel was not long before. Many other sons and daughters were born to Adam, besides Cain and Abel, before this; but no notice is taken of them, because an honourable mention must be made of his name only in whose loins Christ and the church were. But that which is most observable here concerning Seth is that Adam begat him in his own likeness, after his image. Adam was made in the image of God; but, when he was fallen and corrupt, he begat a son in his own image, sinful and defiled, frail, mortal, and miserable, like himself; not only a man like himself, consisting of body and soul, but a sinner like himself, guilty and obnoxious, degenerate and corrupt. Even the man after God’s own heart owns himself conceived and born in sin, This was Adam’s own likeness, the reverse of that divine likeness in which Adam was made; but, having lost it himself, he could not convey it to his seed. Note, Grace does not run in the blood, but corruption does. A sinner begets a sinner, but a saint does not beget a saint.

John Calvin “We have lately said that Moses traces the offspring of Adam only through the line of Seth, to propose
for our consideration the succession of the Church. In saying that Seth begat a son after his own image, he refers in part to the first origin of
our nature: at the same time its corruption and pollution is to be noticed, which having been contracted by Adam through the fall, has
flowed down to all his posterity. If he had remained upright, he would have transmitted to all his children what he had received: but now we
read that Seth, as well as the rest, was defiled; because Adams who had fallen from his original state, could beget none but such as were like
himself. If any one should object that Seth with his family had been elected by the special grace of God: the answer is easy and obvious;
namely, that a supernatural remedy does not prevent carnal generation from participating in the corruption of sin. Therefore, according to the
flesh, Seth was born a sinner; but afterwards he was renewed by the grace of the Spirit. This sad instance of the holy patriarch furnishes us with
ample occasion to deplore our own wretchedness.



 One thing that I’ve been guilty of throughout my Christian walk is that I place so much of what I think and believe on what the Pastor or Sunday School teacher says. I am also guilty of being too lazy to search out things for myself. One particular issue that I’ve stood on without actually studying is my Eschatology (end times). I have always considered myself to be a dispensational premillennailist based solely on what I’ve heard in my Sunday School class and from reading the “Left Behind” series. I have recently been turned on to the Amillennialist point of view, and I must admit, I’m intrigued. I am slowly (and I mean slowly) working my way through Kim Riddlebarger’s “A Case for Amillennialism “. Have I changed my point of view? Not necessarily……….But I think I owe it to myself to study at least the 3 main historic views of the end times that have been held by the church and form my eschatology from that and not on popular opinion. I know this is not an important issue to a lot of people and that’s fine, but I would like to know where you stand on this. I’m not looking to debate. just trying to learn so feel free to leave a comment.

 I’m going to post a couple of blog post that Matthew Svoboda has put up on the SBC Voices page. I agree with a lot of Matthew’s points and would rather you see an educated person’s thoughts than my ignorant opinions to maybe jump start the discussion. So here we go…………

Why I believe Amillennialism–Matthew Svoboda

This is a blog.  This will not be an exhaustive argument for Amillennialism.  This post will merely be a small argument as to why I believe that Scriptures teach an Amillennial understanding of the Lord’s Return.  Maybe I should do a post about what I actually believe because many Amillennials disagree on a number of different things… But, I’m not going to, if you want me to clarify something just ask me in the comment thread.

I am going to write a post after this one titled, “Problems with Premillennialism.”  In that post I will deal with more passages and by default will be a further continuation of why I am Amillennial.  This post will not deal with a lot of different texts, but rather principles that lead me to Amillennialism.  The next post will deal more deeply with specific passages.

Also, some of my arguments are not completely restricted to Amillennials.  In fact, some of them I learned from Grant Osborne who is a Historic Premillennialist.  It is when I put all of these things together that force me to hold to an Amillennial position.  Like Graeme Goldsworthy, I am not a big fan of the term “Amillennial,” but it is just easier to use it than to fight the system. Read the rest here

Problems with Premillennialism–Matthew Svoboda

reminder- not a divisive issue. We can disagree and still love each other very much. Don’t be a jerk or your comment will be deleted.

 I don’t know how long this will be, so let’s get to it.

Problems with Premillennialism:

I used to go back and forth between Amillennialism and Historic Premillennialism… Now, because of many of the reasons below I am seeing any form of Premillennialism as less and less of a viable option.  I know that highly offends some people, but let’s be graceful and deal with the points I raise below.

1) Premillennials insist on a “literal interpretation” of Eschatological/apocalyptic literature.  It is my belief that not only is this wrong, but they cannot even hold true to their own convictions.  Premillennials want to take some of Revelation(chapter 20 for instance) literally, while they easily allow for other parts of Revelation to be interpreted symbolically.  Revelation should have a balance of literal and symbolic- but it seems silly to me to be someone who always harps and insists on “literal” when, at times, you dont think twice about interpreting symbolically.  How about some consistency?  According to biblical and non-biblical apocalyptic literature the genre demands symbolism.  Most Premillennials simply do not do justice to Revelation when they insist on all of the literalism(especially since they dont necessarily follow through on their own claims).  To be fair- this isnt every Premillennial.  If someone is absolutely convinced that Revelation 20 occurs after Christ’s return I suggest Dr. Grant Osbornes commentary- he at least does justice to the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation.

As I will demonstrate in a few points below- when I deal with certain texts-  that Premillennials want the “plain, straightforward, literal interpretation of Revelation 20,” yet, they reject a plain, straightforward, literal interpretation of many other New Testament texts that deal with Eschatology. So, Premills insist on a literal interpretation on apocalyptic literature, which is meant to be symbolic, and yet reject a straightforward reading of texts that are not apocalyptic.  Obviously, no Premill will say that is what they do, but as I will demonstrate it seems to me that is exactly what they do. Read the rest here

I read this today and thought I would share……….Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Rev 5:1-14

Is This You?

Posted: October 26, 2009 in General Discussion, life, Scripture
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The heading in my Bible over this set of verses reads “Marks of a true Christian”…………..


Rom 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Rom 12:11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rom 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Rom 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Rom 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. Rom 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rom 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rom 12:20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I honestly know very few people that fit this criteria……….

Rom 7:1Or do you not know, brothers–for I am speaking to those who know the law–that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? Rom 7:2For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Rom 7:3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Rom 7:4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. Rom 7:5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. Rom 7:6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Rom 7:7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Rom 7:8But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. Rom 7:9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. Rom 7:10The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. Rom 7:11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. Rom 7:12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Rom 7:13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. Rom 7:14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. Rom 7:15For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Rom 7:16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. Rom 7:17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Rom 7:19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Rom 7:20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Rom 7:22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, Rom 7:23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Rom 7:24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom 7:25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

In light of the publishers deciding to do away with the TNIV version(I applaud this move) when they roll out the updated new NIV version of the bible (story here),I wanted to take a poll to see if the NIV was still a popular version still being used today. I know I used it in the past almost exclusively until a friend introduced me to the ESV. So if you would be so kind as to participate in this poll I would appreciate it. Feel free to leave a comment as well. Thanks. 🙂

My scripture reading this morning. Once again I am put back in my place……….

From my ESV Study notes-“God provides a comforting promise of hope for the brokenhearted people of God. God is incomparably powerful over all things and promises strength for endurance to all that will wait on him”

Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. Isa 40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Isa 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Isa 40:13 Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? Isa 40:14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? Isa 40:15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Isa 40:16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel, nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering. Isa 40:17 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. Isa 40:18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? Isa 40:19 An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains. Isa 40:20 He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wood that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move. Isa 40:21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? Isa 40:22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; Isa 40:23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Isa 40:24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. Isa 40:25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Isa 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Isa 40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isa 40:29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isa 40:30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; Isa 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.