Author Archives: David Huffstutler

In Defense of Church Membership

In Defense of Church Membership

Among other reasons that could be given, I believe the practice of formal church membership is necessary in our context in light of the presence of denominationalism, false churches, and worldly living that is clearly at odds with the Christian life. Individuals commit to a church’s confession and covenant in order to identify themselves in… Continue Reading

A Snapshot Summary of the Use of Psalm 110:1 in the NT

A Snapshot Summary of the Use of Psalm 110:1 in the NT

Psalm 110:1 enjoys more references in the NT than any other verse from the OT. It is quoted 5 times and given allusion 15 times. From my own study, I’ve grouped these quotations and allusions into the headings below, and every reference cited is to one of those quotations or allusions.1 Perseverance “Jesus…endured the cross,… Continue Reading

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20

The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20

Matthew 28:18–20 states, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have… Continue Reading

Questions and Answers about Speaking in Tongues

Questions and Answers about Speaking in Tongues

While I realize that many disagree with cessationist beliefs (i.e., that special revelation and its occasionally-accompanying sign-gifts such as tongues were limited to the apostolic era and have thus ceased), it is helpful for anyone to study the topic of speaking in tongues as it involves multiple chapters in Acts and 1 Corinthians. I know… Continue Reading

Jesus, Lord and Christ

Jesus, Lord and Christ

In Acts 2:36, Peter concludes his sermon in this way: “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (ESV cf. Acts 2:14–36). Let’s look at these two titles for Jesus. First, Jesus is Lord. David identified Him as his… Continue Reading

The OT in Peter’s NT Pentecost Message

The OT in Peter’s NT Pentecost Message

In Acts 2:14–41, Luke records Peter quoting or alluding to a half-dozen passages or so in his Pentecost sermon. These passages are listed below along with a snapshot explanation for why Peter quoted each passage. Joel 2:28–32a in Acts 2:16–21 Peter quoted Joel to identify the cause for speaking in tongues as something of the… Continue Reading

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