Monthly Archives: January 2018

MATTHEW CHAPTER 16: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

BY: Joe Butta

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

There is no chapter in the New Covenant that is as polarizing to Christian denominations as Matthew 16. Starting with verse 13 Jesus asks His disciples what others say about the Son of Man.  In verse 10 Simon Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”.  Jesus responded, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven.  And I also say to you that you are Peter [Kepha, Cephas, Petros] and upon this rock [Kepha, Cephas, Petra] I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” The same Aramaic word for rock/Peter is used in the following verses (see Jn 1:42:  Cor 1:12: 3:22, 4:5, 15:5 Gal 2:9-14!”…

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Has Anyone Seen the Face of God?

Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics

By: Steve Daskal and Joe Butta

No mortal human being has ever seen the Face of God — that is, God the Father.  Moses never saw God’s actual “face” — no man has except the God-Man, Yeshua/Jesus.

The emphasis in Exodus 33:11 is not on the “face-to-face” aspect, but on the last phrase, “as a man speaks to a friend,” [as translated in the NKJV, NIV84, & NASB].  One can speak to a friend “face-to-face” in the sense of speaking to them in person, relationally, but not look each other in the face [think of two people working on a project side-by-side, which in a sense is what God was doing by including Moses in His redemptive work and in creating the foundation for the nation of Israel].  This is what the QUEST Study Bible notes say — verse 11 is emphasizing that Moses, like Abraham before him and David who came after him, had a personal relationship with God.  Charles Ryrie and John MacArthur note that Moses never saw God’s actual “face” — no man has except the God-Man, Yeshua/Jesus.

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