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Headcovering Garments

26 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 JUNE, 2013 Do you believe it is acceptable for Messianic men to wear a kippah or yarmulke, when Paul says that it is a dishonor for men to have their heads covered? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 11:4-16? One of the most obvious elements of modern Jewish identity witnessed in the world today, is men wearing the kippah (or yarmulke) or skullcap. The idea behind wearing this small skullcap is that it shows submission to God. The term kippah is derived from the Hebrew verb kafar, meaning “to cover, to forgive, to expiate, to reconcile” (AMG).[1] The […]

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The Message of 1 Corinthians

28 February, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from 1 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching What happens when you talk about the Epistle of 1 Corinthians to any of today’s Messianic Believers?[1] Frequently, a great number of people within our Messianic faith community do not know what to do with this letter. Our engagement level with 1 Corinthians is too often limited to a verse or two quoted here or there. Do we really know what the Apostle Paul is addressing? Do we really understand the complex series of circumstances that have erupted among the Believers in Corinth? A few […]

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1 Corinthians 10:23

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 10:23: All things are lawful so we can edify the body. “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” The statement, “All things are lawful so we can edify the body” is an extreme stretch of what 1 Corinthians 10:23 communicates. This verse repeats the slogan “Everything is permissible” (NIV) or Panta exestin, which Paul has refuted earlier in 1 Corinthians 6:11, chastising various Corinthians for thinking that they could get away with certain sinful activities, which he has […]

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1 Corinthians 6:12

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 6:12: All things are now lawful. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” The pastor’s statement “All things are now lawful,” on the basis of 1 Corinthians 6:12, can be a very slippery slope if it is viewed from the perspective that there are no boundaries whatsoever for the conduct and behavior of Messiah followers. If “All things are now lawful” means that born again Believers are not to keep any […]

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1 Corinthians

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

What has been commonly labeled the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, is actually a second piece of correspondence written to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 5:9), and is a letter which tends to be quite puzzling for not just Christian readers, but most especially Messianic readers. While 1 Corinthians is hardly a letter that goes unappreciated, being able to sort through the divisions, sectarianism, and inappropriate actions of the different groups among the First Century Corinthian Believers, is something that can catch many completely off guard. Not enough, in looking through 1 Corinthians, are aware that they are engaged […]

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1 Corinthians 10:14-33

21 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Messiah? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Messiah? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols […]

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1 Corinthians 8

21 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are […]

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1 Corinthians 6:12-20

21 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Messiah? Shall I […]

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1 Corinthians 16:1-2

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the [assemblies] of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” Throughout most contemporary Christian examination, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 has been assumed to provide a First Century, New Testament testimony (frequently in association with traditional interpretations of other passages: i.e., Acts 20:7; Revelation 1:10), to an early observance of Sunday as the time for the Messiah followers […]

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First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 52-55 C.E. Time period: season of extreme growing pains for the Corinthian congregation, in the midst of idolatry, immorality, and factionalism Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Ephesus/Asia Minor Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Corinth Theological Summary: There is largely no controversy among either conservative or liberal interpreters that the Apostle Paul is the author of the first Epistle to the Corinthians. Paul is plainly identified as being the author in the text (1:1-2; 16:21), even though an unknown Sosthenes […]

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What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 June, 2011 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the discussion over the validity and relevance of the Torah for today’s Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), there is one particular issue that is a cause of significant confusion and consternation: Is it not true that we are not under the Law?[1] No responsible Bible reader can ignore or deny what passages like Romans 6:14 communicate: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” If we want to be honest with what the Bible tells us, […]

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1 Corinthians 14:34-35

6 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 14 FEBRUARY, 2014 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 are very confusing verses for me. They say that women are to stay silent in the assembly, yet women at our Messianic congregation speak freely to the group. Also, where in the Torah does it say anything about women being silent? “The women are to keep silent in the [assemblies]; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in [assembly]” […]

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1 Corinthians 10:23

5 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 10 MAY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that all things are now lawful? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 10:23: All things are lawful so we can edify the body. “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” The statement, “All things are lawful so we can edify the body” is an extreme stretch of what 1 Corinthians […]

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1 Corinthians 7:17-24

4 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 07 FEBRUARY, 2013 I am a non-Jewish Messianic Believer, and have been told that my calling as a “Messianic Gentile” is to go back to a church, and not become Torah observant. I am told that I must follow “Paul’s rule,” and that seeking to live more like Yeshua and His Apostles would violate both it and my distinct “calling,” and likely nullify God’s special calling on the Jewish people. I should instead simply help Christians in church, not too interested in their Hebrew Roots, be more favorable to Israel and Jewish issues. Can you please help me? “Only, […]

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1 Corinthians 6:12

3 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 10 MAY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that all things are now lawful? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: 1 Corinthians 6:12: All things are now lawful. “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” The pastor’s statement “All things are now lawful,” on the basis of 1 Corinthians 6:12, can be a […]

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What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 August, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Those of you who have been in the Messianic community for any elongated period of time know that we can be a controversial group of people.[1] Those of us who were raised in mainstream Christianity and have now joined Messianic congregations have questioned much of what we were taught in the past, testing it against Scripture. While today’s Christianity did indeed give us a foundational grounding in the Word of God, and thankfully and gratefully presented us the gospel of salvation available in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), it […]

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 03 AUGUST, 2015 I have heard liberal Bible scholars teach that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 allows for homosexuality. Is this at all true? This entry has been reproduced from the commentary 1 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NASU). 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 include what many would consider to be a vice […]

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1 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic

9 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

What has been commonly labeled the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, is actually a second piece of correspondence written to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 5:9), and is a letter which tends to be quite puzzling for not just Christian readers, but most especially Messianic readers. While 1 Corinthians is hardly a letter that goes unappreciated, being able to sort through the divisions, sectarianism, and inappropriate actions of the different groups among the First Century Corinthian Believers, is something that can catch many completely off guard. Not enough, in looking through 1 Corinthians, are aware that they are engaged […]