Question & Answer

January 1, 2017

sermon date 01-01-2017
speaker Pastor Cliff Allcorn


Cross References:

(in order of mention from sermon)

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Romans 7:22-23
Psalm 119:104; 105-107
Genesis 9:5-6
Hebrews 1:1-2
Revelation 22:18-19
Jude 3
Philemon 1:4-6
Matthew 12:48-50


Question #1:  “Why is Scripture Memorization important?”

Memorization places the strength of the word in our minds for help in our battles.

Question #2:  “Why was Cain’s blood not shed for Abel?”

Because that was not the response yet permitted by God in His program of revelation.

Question #3:  “How does ‘Progressive Revelation’ work with the Closing of the Canon?”

The closing of the Biblical Canon was predicted as part of God’s ongoing revelation.

Question #4: “As a changing Assembly, how can we have better fellowship together?”

By studying to grow together, seeing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.


Important Words:

‘I Get Understanding’אֶתְבּוֹנָן (’etbônān) – The form of this verb speaks of a continuous action where the one doing it effects themselves; what they are doing is “…understand, know (with mind… observe, mark, give heed to, distinguish, consider (with attention)… have discernment, insight, understanding…” 1

‘Progressive Revelation’ – “The… [truth] that the divine disclosure of doctrine did not come in a single deposit, but that at divers times in its historical development later revelation added to former disclosures.” 2

‘The Faith That Was Once For All Delivered To The Saints’τῇ ἅπαξ παραδοθείσῃ τοῖς ἁγίοις πίστει – Literally, ‘Regarding the “…once and never again…” 3 formally (and summarily) conveyed to the saints faith.’  It means it was given once and never again.  This can only be interpreted as a onetime message; no more coming to add to the God authorized and formal message.

‘Fellowship/ Sharing’κοινωνία (koinōnia) – “…close association involving mutual interests and sharing, association, communion, fellowship, close relationship (hence a favorite expression for the marital relationship as the most intimate between human beings…” 4  This is more than hanging out; it is close association, not just potlucks…  The rest of the verse makes it clear that it is close association in doctrine…

Important Quote:

The natural man is in no position to pass judgment upon the reality and reliability of God’s special revelation at the tribunal of reason; his powers of appraisal are incompetent, his standards distorted. 5

1 Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver, and Charles Augustus Briggs, Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977), 106.
2 Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible, Rev. and expanded. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1986), 604.
3 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
4 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 552.
5 Greg L. Bahnsen, Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended, ed. Joel McDurmon (Powder Springs, GA;Nacogdoches, TX: American Vision;Covenant Media Press, 2008), 8.