Posts by Neil Silverberg

Posts by Neil Silverberg

Hebrews 6 | Who Does God Swear By?

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself” Hebrews 6:13 Here’s a funny question: When God swears, whom does he swear by? We know when people swear an oath they almost always do so by swearing to God. For example, when people are sworn in as witnesses in a court of law they are asked to put their hand on the Bible and ‘swear to God that…

2 Thessalonians 2 | Do You Love the Truth?

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 This is admittedly,…

1 Thessalonians 1 | Good News – God Chose You

We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God,” I Thessalonians 1:2-3, HCSB If I were the devil, at the top of my agenda would be to take the really best aspects of what makes the good news — good news and get the church…

Ephesians 1 | Why We Are Trinitarian

Opponents of the New Testament doctrine of the Trinity point out the word (trinity) is not found anywhere in the Bible. While that is true, the concept is found in almost every book. The term was created to describe a biblical idea: the God of both the Old and New Testament is comprised of three glorious persons, each of who make up the blessed triune Godhead. Christian scholars and teachers argued long and hard over the first three centuries to…

Galatians 4 | Abba Father

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:4-7 In this part of the…

Acts 10 | The Gospel and Prejudice

As a Jew, the tenth chapter of Acts has a special place in my heart. It is the account of how God opened the door to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. More importantly, it is the story of how God overcame the prejudice of his servant so that he could cooperate with what the Holy Spirit wanted to do to expand the kingdom of God. As of yet, Peter and the Jerusalem apostles had no understanding God intended to…

Acts 6 | A Subtle Attack

The early chapters of Acts record the first advances of the Gospel after our Lord died, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and poured out his Spirit on the Church. It is a rather idyllic account of the powerful workings of the Spirit of God through the ministry of the apostles. One can easily assume that such movements of the Spirit will continue unimpeded as the Church continues its forward progress. But such a romantic view of these early…

2 Corinthians 6 | Working Together with Him

I have both worked together for the Lord, as well as worked together with him. I definitely like working together with him better. The two are worlds apart. When you work for someone, you may not know specifically what he or she wants. You just do your best to try to please that one by working hard at various tasks that you hope will be acceptable. But when you work with someone, they are in the lead and you are…

1 Corinthians 16 | Gathering on the Lord’s Day

“Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 In this concluding chapter of First Corinthians, Paul continues to answer the Corinthians’ questions by addressing their inquiry regarding the offering for the…

1 Corinthians 10 | Written For Our Learning

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (I Cor. 10:11). All of the instruction Paul gives to the church at Corinth in this chapter is taken from the Old Testament. Drawing from its rich history, he makes parallels between the story of the Exodus and the subsequent wilderness wanderings and the Christian life. Paul is indeed right to do so for…