Author Archives: David Huffstutler

What Is the Filling of the Spirit?

What Is the Filling of the Spirit?

What is the filling of the Spirit? This article attempts to concisely answer to this question from the NT as it describes those who were full of or filled with the Spirit. Luke and Acts describe many who were filled with the Spirit for the purpose of speaking the Word of God. John the Baptist… Continue Reading

The Old Testament Story of Judas Iscariot

The Old Testament Story of Judas Iscariot

In the NT, Judas is said three times to have somehow fulfilled the OT Scriptures. First, John 13:18 quotes Psalm 41:9, in which Jesus says of Judas, “But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’” (ESV). Along with this passage, 17:12 quotes no particular verse, in… Continue Reading

The Field of Two Bloods

The Field of Two Bloods

In Matthew 27:8 and Acts 1:18–19, a Field of Blood is identified with an explanation for its name. However, the passages differ in how they explain the origin of the name. Speaking of Judas, Acts 1:18–19 records this: Acts 1:18–19 (ESV) 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and… Continue Reading

And the Dishonorable Mention Goes to…

And the Dishonorable Mention Goes to…

In awards programs, competition participants who win second place or do something noteworthy are often given some sort of honorable mention. Sometimes, however, participants are disqualified for dishonorable behavior. And it is for this dishonor that they are most remembered. We see something along these lines with Judas Iscariot in the Bible. Judas was chosen… Continue Reading

An Overview of Acts

An Overview of Acts

Acts 1:8 is key to understanding and outlining Acts: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 ESV). With this verse in mind, we better understand as… Continue Reading

Seven Simple Lessons from Numbers 13–14

Seven Simple Lessons from Numbers 13–14

Numbers 13–14 records Israel’s failure to initially take the promised land. Concerning this story and others from Israel’s history, “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction” (1 Cor 10:11; cf. 10:5, 10). While the list below is not exhaustive and does not delve into the… Continue Reading

Philemon 4–7: An Example Prayer by Paul

Philemon 4–7: An Example Prayer by Paul

Philemon 4–7 is a prayer by Paul for Philemon, an example for us as to how we can pray for others today. We will look at these verses briefly, only to focus on Philemon 6, which is a wonderful part of this prayer but difficult to translate and piece together.  Here is the text: “4I… Continue Reading

Who is “the Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16?

Who is “the Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16?

Who is “the Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16? Good men have disagreed as to how to answer this question. My purpose in reviewing the debate here is not to explore every argument in detail but to at least review the various views, state my view, and give a snapshot of the primary arguments for… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Boasts (Galatians 6:12–14)

A Tale of Two Boasts (Galatians 6:12–14)

It was the best of boasts, it was the worst of boasts. By one, all go to direct to heaven, and by the other, all go direct the other way. For the first boast, false teachers were out for “a good showing” of gaining converts to their gospel-denying truth (Gal 6:12). They preached doing the… Continue Reading

What Is the Law of Christ?

What Is the Law of Christ?

“The law of Christ” is an interesting and debated phrase found in only two NT passages. With no immediate elaboration as to what “the law of Christ” is, Paul commanded in Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Paul clarified elsewhere that, though he was a Christian and thus… Continue Reading

How you Have Hope for Righteousness

How you Have Hope for Righteousness

“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Ecc 7:20; cf. 1 Kgs 8:46; Prov 20:9). With this truth in hand, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8; cf. Rom 3:23; Jas 3:2). Clearly, everybody… Continue Reading

The Church as the Family of God

The Church as the Family of God

God the Father has always been God the Father, and God the Son has always been God the Son. This familial relationship is something of the nature of God, and we, too, as believers have become part of this family. While more could be said, a handful of Scriptures below describe what it means to… Continue Reading

The Cry of the Spirit and Sons in Galatians 4:6

The Cry of the Spirit and Sons in Galatians 4:6

Galatians 4:6 states, “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” The verb krazō (“to cry out”) is used 55 times in 54 verses in the NT, often in a literal fashion. For example, Peter cried out for Christ to save him from sinking… Continue Reading

In Christ, Like Christ

In Christ, Like Christ

Galatians 3:27 states, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (ESV). In the context of Galatians 3:26–29 and 3:7–29 as a whole, Paul’s point is to stress that everyone who believes (including Gentiles) is in Christ and thus an heir to God’s promise of blessing to Abraham. By… Continue Reading

The Puzzle of the Pedagogue in Galatians 3:24–25

The Puzzle of the Pedagogue in Galatians 3:24–25

The Greek term paidagōs, from which we get our English pedagogue, has been given an array of translations and suggested translations: guardian, tutor, schoolmaster, disciplinarian, child-conductor, child-attendant, baby-sitter, custodian, and others. Sometimes it is translated as a verb, such as “put in charge.” What makes this word interesting to translate is that it does not… Continue Reading

A Christmas Promise: Light and Life to All He Brings

A Christmas Promise: Light and Life to All He Brings

From “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” the first two verses of the third stanza read as follows: Hail, the heav’nborn Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings. “The heav’nborn Prince of Peace” is obviously the Messiah (see Isaiah 9:6), but our… Continue Reading

Christmas, the Face of Jesus, and the Story of the Gospel

Christmas, the Face of Jesus, and the Story of the Gospel

It was a significant moment for some individuals when they saw the face of the infant Jesus. The Magi “saw the Child…and worshiped Him” (Matt 2:11). The shepherds “found…the baby.…When they had seen this…the shepherds returned, glorifying and praise God for all they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:16, 17, 20). Likewise, Simeon was promised… Continue Reading

Three Interpretive Questions from Galatians 3:16

Three Interpretive Questions from Galatians 3:16

1) What are the plural promises? Paul refers later to the singular promise of Abraham (Gal 3:17). Why does he refer to the plural promises here? Either he refers to each aspect of the promise to Abraham as individual promises (i.e., land, descendants, and blessing), or, more likely, he refers to promises because the promise… Continue Reading