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Today at 05:34 AM "New Testament Use of the Old Testament" by Roger Nicole by Pilgrim

THE NEW Testament contains an extraordinarily large number of Old Testament quotations. It is difficult to give an accurate figure since the variation in use ranges all the way from a distant allusion to a definite quotation introduced by an explicit formula stating the citation's source. As a result, the figures given by various authors often reflect a startling discrepancy.


The present writer has counted 224 direct citations introduced by a definite formula indicating the writer purposed to quote. To these must be added seven cases where a second quotation is introduced by the conjunction “and,” and 19 cases where a paraphrase or summary rather than a direct quotation follows the introductory formula. We may further note at least 45 instances where the similarity with certain Old Testament passages is so pronounced that, although no explicit indication is given that the New Testament author was referring to Old Testament Scripture, his intention to do so can scarcely be doubted. Thus a very conservative count discloses unquestionably at least 295 separate references to the Old Testament. These occupy some 352 verses of the New Testament, or more than 4.4 per cent. Therefore one verse in 22.5 of the New Testament is a quotation....

This month's article, from the pen of Dr. Roger Nicole, weighs in more on the 'technical' side of things vs. the pop easy reading side which invariably is preferred by far too many in our modern cultures. grin

So, why have I chosen to add this article? There are two reasons: 1) What Dr. Nicole has compiled is a valuable resource for understanding a) just how integrally related the Bible really is, i.e., evidence of its divine inspiration. And, b) how dependent the NT authors were on the OT writings and therefore how appreciative and dependent readers of the Bible should likewise be of the Old Testament. 2) This article is definitely an aid in detecting fanciful views (heresy) that seem to be flourishing in our present day that most always are the result of ripping a passage of Scripture out of context, or some other similar reason(s). And further, the valuable information provided in this article will help guard oneself against fabricating 'unique' ideas which no one else or extremely few have held before. In short, it provides one of the foundational elements of a solidly biblical hermeneutic (method of interpretation). Of course, this is simply another way of stating that a proper understanding of the Bible will lead one into truth rather than error. Without truth, one cannot know God, for God's written Word and Living Word is truth (Jh 14:6, 17:17; 2Sam 7:28; Ps 19:7, 119:144,151,152; Eph 4:21).

You can read this month's Article of the Month here: New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

In His service and grace,

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:12 AM Peace at death by chestnutmare

If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ingnorance of his danger.
~ Thomas Watson

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Friday, August 22, 2014 5:59 PM Pride by Tom Mor

"There may be as much pride inside a beggar’s rags as in a prince’s robe; and a harlot may be as proud as a model of chastity. Pride is a strange creature; it never objects to its lodgings. It will live comfortably enough in a palace, and it will live equally at its ease in a hovel. Is there any man in whose heart pride does not lurk?”

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:43 PM Time to Annihilate ISIS; Herečs How by Tom

I came across an article called ‘Time to Annihilate ISIS; Here’s How’ that I thought was worth sharing.
You can read the article here
After reading the article, although admittedly I am no expert military strategist, I am inclined to agree with the article. Yet, I wonder if it is as easy as the article seems to think it is?
Some of the people who responded don’t think so.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:43 PM Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean Doctrine of Republication by Pilgrim

Over the next few days I want to outline and assess an important new book, Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean Doctrine of Republication, written by three OPC pastors, Andrew Elam, Robert Van Kooten, and Randall Berquist.

Merit and Moses is a response to The Law is Not of Faith, and especially the main thesis of that book, that the Mosaic Covenant is in an important sense a republication of the Covenant of Works.

Unlike The Law is Not of Faith (TLNF), Merit and Moses (MM) is readable, brief, consistent, and relatively simple. It obviously helps to have the truth on your side.

Before you decide to switch off from what you may think is some irrelevant academic debate, note that the authors of TLNF state that if we disagree with their view of the Mosaic covenant “we will be necessarily impoverished in our faith” and “see in only a thin manner the work of our Savior.” To disagree with republication is “not optional,” they say, because it paves the way for the erosion of the Gospel and of the doctrine of justification by faith.

All 4 Parts are now online.

The links to the 4 articles in the series can be accessed from the links below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4

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