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by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Scholars have been studying the art of letter-writing around the time of the New Testament, comparing it with what we find in the apostolic letters. I will share with you some of this information to see how it helps us understand Paul’s practice.
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
What is the significance of the meal offering (Lev. 2)? Compared to the sacrificial offerings mentioned in Leviticus, the meal offering is unique in that it was a bloodless one. A study of the Levitical instructions on how to offer it will help us understand its meaning and theological implications.
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Why do we practice church discipline? I assume you’re referring to disciplinary actions taken by the church to correct deviant behavior on the part of church members. The church is formed by individuals who, moved by the Spirit and voluntarily, find, in Jesus, their Savior and Lord and become part of His body, the church. This community of believers has boundaries—that is, a well-defined message, mission, and way of life—that contribute to its harmonious unity and to the achievement of common goals.
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
This question seems to be based on the false assumption that God did not try to save Lucifer. Perhaps the intended question is Why did God not send His Son to save fallen angels? Although the cosmic conflict is a central topic in biblical theology, there is not a detailed exposition of its origin in the Bible, making it difficult to know everything God did on behalf of the heavenly host at the beginning of the conflict. All I can do is share some of my own thoughts as they relate to your question.
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
What does Paul mean when he calls Jesus “the image of God”?
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
The ark of the covenant was a box containing the tables of Ten Commandments (Ex. 25:21, 22). The mercy seat was a slab of pure gold on which stood two cherubim, carved as one piece with the mercy seat, facing each other looking down and with wings extend¬ing upward (verse 20).
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
When I read the Old Testament prophets, there are so many references to judgment, punishment, and destruction that I wonder, What’s the purpose of it all? The prophecies of judgment use very strong language: “I myself am against you, Jerusalem. . . . In your midst parents will eat their children. . . .
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Does not the biblical emphasis on obedience lend itself to legalism (e.g., Deut. 4:1)?
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Please clarify the law of slavery in Exodus 21:2-6. Wouldn't God be opposed to slavery? A number of laws in the Old Testament regulate the treatment of Israelite and non-Israelite slaves. I will provide an overview of slavery in Israel and discuss the legislation to which you refer.
by Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
What does the Bible mean when it refers to Jesus as “the Son of God”?The significance of this title of Christ has been a matter of serious debate among Christians. The most basic understanding is that the incarnated Lord was born of the virgin Mary to be called the Son of God (Luke 1:32; 1 John 5:18). In sharing my understanding of the topic, I hope to motivate your continued study.