(in order of mention from sermon)
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.
‘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 one–time 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…
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.