Dr. Saneesh Cherian

San18Nov05 Dr. Cherian completed his BTh [1998] and MDiv [2001] from Brethren Bible Institute, a premiere Plymouth Brethren school. He did his DMin [2003] from the International Institute of Church Management, and PhD from International Theological Seminary India [2006].

He is the co author of the first Systematic Theology produced indigenously in India. The book became a best-seller, and all copies were sold out immediately after its release. He is also the Co-author or editor of a massive Christian Apologetics, a 4-volume Bible Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Theology, each one of which was a classic and bestseller in the Malayalam language.

He is the Vice President of Trinity. At the same time he also functions as the President of Indus School, which is the Indian branch of Trinity. He is also the director of the Indus Center Ministries and Indus Media Ministries. A prolific writer in the Malayalam language, at present he is working on his MA in Sociology with the Mysore University.

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  2. Alfred Persson says:

    “Thou art PETROS and upon this PETROS I will build”
    -hypothetical Aramaic speech of Christ in Mat 16:18

    The most parsimonious interpretation is most likely correct.

    The ambiguities of Matthew 16:18 vanish when we interpret Jesus’ pun on PETROS was an Old Testament style double entendre (Janus Parallelism) on an Aramaic/Greek homonym (Aramaic PeTRos/Firstborn ; Greek PETROS/petra/rock). Among competing explanations, historico-grammatically this alone achieves maximum parsimony, a universal characteristic of truth.

    What is a Janus Parallelism?

    “Janus Parallelism. This type of parallelism hinges on the use of a single word with two different meanings, one of which forms a parallel with what precedes and the other with what follows. Thus, by virtue of a double entendre, the parallelism faces in both directions. An example is Gen 49:26.”-Freedman, D. N. (1996, c1992). The Anchor Bible Dictionary (5:157). New York: Doubleday.

    Transliterated Aramaic PETROS is not the Greek PETROS meaning “stone”

    There was, on the contrary, as already mentioned (note 12), an Aramaic name swrjp (Petros), which perhaps is to be connected with rjp (patar) “firstborn.” -PETER Disciple-Apostle-Martyr, by Oscar Cullmann, translated from the German by Floyd V. Filson (Westminister Press, Philadelphia, 1953), p 19, Note 14.

    “…The currency of Peter’s name {PETROS} is confirmed in Tal Ilan’s identification of three additional first and second-century Palestinian Jewish individuals who bear the name Petros.[90] It is worth noting that the Palestinian Talmud and midrashim repeatedly feature an early Amoraic Rabbi Yose ben Petros, whose father constitutes proof that even this Greek name was by no means unknown in the early rabbinic period. A Jewish convert called Petrus also appears in a fifth-century Christian inscription from Grado in Italy.

    90 Ilan 2002 s.v. The first of these is Petros (c. 30 CE), a freedman of Agrippa’s mother Berenice, whom Josephus mentions in passing in Ant. 18.6.3 Sect. 156 (v.l. Protos). The other two names are Patrin ? ????? son of Istomachus at Masada (ostracon no. 413, pre-73) and Patron ?????? son of Joseph in a Bar Kokhba period papyrus deed at Nahal Hever (P.Yadin 46, 134 CE). Although these two names seem at first sight different from Petros, the Aramaic rendition of Greek names in -OS as ??- or ??- was in fact well established, as Ilan 2002:27 demonstrates (cf. similarly Dalman 1905:176).
    91 E.g. y. Mo _ed Qat.. 3.6, 82d (bottom); y. _Abod. Zar. 3.1, 42c; Gen. Rab. 62.2; 92.2; 94.5 Exod. Rab. 52.3; Lev. Rab. 7.2. For additional references and discussion see Bacher 1892-99:1.128, 2:512, n. 5, and 3:598. The phenomenon of the Greek name ?????? is also discussed by Dalman 1905:185. Cf. further Jastrow s.v.: the spelling varies from ???????? to ?????? and ????. This in turn would account for the wide range of vocalisations encountered in the various English translations. ?????? in t. Demai 1.11 is a place-name. -Bockmuehl, Markus. 2004. ‘Simon Peter’s Names in Jewish Sources.’ Journal of Jewish Studies 55:71-72

    “Thou art PETROS and upon this PETROS I will build”

    “You are the Firstborn (of the divine revelation of Me)
    and upon this (immutable life giving truth=) the Rock I will build my church.”

    The Aramaic PETROS identifies Simon as the “First” born of the divinely implanted “word of faith” (cp prwtos, Mat 10:2; cf Romans 10:8); the Greek PETROS the divine revelation “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God” as the immutable life giving “truth” upon which the church is built.

    How would Matthew communicate this parallelism without confusing Simon PETROS as the Rock of the church? He certainly would not repeat PETROS twice. Solution, change the pronouns to exclude Peter, “kai epi tautee” “and upon this” (truth) “tee petra” (the immutable life giving) rock, I will build my church. (Compare kai epi toutw in Jo 4:27). This is parsimonious as Jesus began verse 18 in direct address (SOI, SU) to Peter, yet switches to a demonstrative pronoun, in effect speaking TO Peter ABOUT the Rock. This premise is strengthened when we recall all is joined to the preceding by Christ adding to verse 17: “And I also say unto thee.”

    Then Matthew’s motive for including Jesus’ calling Peter “Satan” (vs. 23) was to confirm Peter could not possibly be the rock of the church. This fits the context, its main theme is Jesus— the divine revelation Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; Peter is a departure whom Christ soon leaves to return, using the short form, to what matters: “tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. (Mat 16:20 KJV)”

    This is that “saying” upon which Christ built His church— a parallel use of PETRA:

    KJV Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings (LOGOS) of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built (OIKODOMEW) his house upon a rock(PETRA).

    This is the ancient Byzantine exegesis:
    “… when Simon Bar Yona {St. Peter} declared that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the son of God, and on this specific point in FAITH Our Lord Jesus Christ built the Holy Church.” -V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa, St Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Church


    “In (Peter) himself the Church was reared; that is, through (Peter) himself; (Peter) himself essayed the key; you see what key: ‘Men of Israel, let what I say sink into your ears: Jesus the Nazarene, a man destined by God for you,’ and so forth.”-Tertullian VII On Modesty, Chap XXI, The Ante-Nicene Fathers: (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1951), Volume IV, p 99.

    PETRA as the rock out of whose belly came living water giving life to the dead:

    KJV 1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock(petra) that followed them: and that Rock(petra) was Christ.

    Simon called PETROS before Christ surnamed him Cephas in John 1:42

    KJV John 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s (PETROS) brother. (Joh 1:40 KJV)

    17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
    19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
    20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
    21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
    (Mat 4:17-21 KJV)

    Simon “who is called Peter” ( ton legomenon petron), cp Mat 27:17 Jesus “who is called” Christ (ton legomenon christon).

    While some argue the present tense describes what was happening as Matthew wrote—“the one commonly called Peter” (now), when read into the context, that meaning seems forced, foreign, antithetical to the goal of teleporting the reader back into time to experience this event as it happened.

    Matthew stresses Simon is the first, calling him the First (PRWTOS):

    2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
    -Mat 10:2 KJV

    As “First Simon” is not followed by “Second Andrew”, “Third James” etc… This is not a numbering system. In addition, the LORD expressly forbade thinking any were PRWTOS in the “Chief” sense:

    27 And whosoever will be chief (PRWTOS) among you, let him be your servant: (Mat 20:27 KJV)

    Only one likely meaning remains: Simon is the FIRST of the group born of the Gospel of Christ, and Matthew emphasized that by calling Simon “First” and so lists him first.

    Therefore it is parsimonious Simon had the name PETROS before the Greek PETROS established itself as a proper noun, perhaps decades before John interprets KEPHAS inn John 1:42 as a “stone.”

    The classic confusion of PeTRos(Peter) with petros(stone) is a circular reasoning fallacy:

    “PETROS…Fr. the beginning it was prob. thought of as the Gk. equivalent of the Aramaic Keph Keephas; J 1:42; cf. Mt 16:18”- A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Bauer; University of Chicago Press, 1979) p. 654.

    “Probably thought”, not “is.”The conclusion is a hasty generalization—the sample too small, there are other relevant words, for example, the Aramaic PETROS which in transliterated Greek, is spelled PETROS but has a radically different meaning.

    The Greek PETROS was not a proper name when Christ called Simon “Cephas

    “The Greek PETROS established itself in the NT…PETROS (short for Petronius) is hardly to be found in the pre-Christian period.”- Oskar Cullman, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Kittel, Wm B Eerdman’s Pub Co, 1968), Vol VI, p. 101.

    As PETROS was not a Greek name when Christ called Simon KEPHAS, it is impossible John (1:42) interprets (HERMENEUW) Christ as saying Simon is PETROS, Peter.

    John did not translate KEPHAS as PETROS

    38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted(HERMENEUW), Master,) where dwellest thou?

    41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted(METHERMENEUW), the Christ.
    42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation(HERMENEUW), A stone.
    (Joh 1:38-42 KJV)

    KJV John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation(HERMENEUW), Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (Joh 9:7 KJV)

    Hence John interpreted Christ to mean Simon is a KEPHA “stone” as it is used in the Aramaic Targums and is meant in Attic Greek, a “small stone”:

    Pr 3:15 “more precious than rubies,” Aramaic KEPHA Heb. paniyn, lxx lithos;

    Pr 17:8 “stone of grace,” Aramaic KEPHA; Heb. eben cheen, lxx misthos charitwn, gracious reward. [That is, a stone for a bribe, to buy favor].

    -“Dictionary of the Targumim Talmud Babli, Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature,” Marcus Jastrow [Judaica Press, NT, 1996], pp. 634-635).
    As KEPHAS=PETROS=LITHOS, its clear Christ meant to say Simon is a “lively stone”, just as Peter later says:

    1 Pet 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones (LITHOS), are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.-kjv

    Christ is the Rockmass KEPHA/PETRA which Moses was to strike once (Ex 17:6; 1 Cor 10:4) and so cause living water to come out…
    4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock PETRA that followed them: and that Rock PETRA was Christ. (1Co 10:4 KJV)

    Believers are also lively stones, these purchase favor from God sacrificing with their lips the immutable truth Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. In this manner they mediate life to all who do the same, from their bellies flows life eternal from God, lively stones in God’s Holy Temple indeed.

    John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.-kjv

    Jesus put upon Simon’s Aramaic name PETROS “Firstborn” additional reference:

    16 And Simon he surnamed (EPITITHEMI) Peter (PETROS);
    17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed (EPITITHEMI) them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
    (Mar 3:16-17 KJV)

    Boanerges is an epithet, idiom, not a proper name, hence neither of these men are ever called this name. Jesus put the meaning “of sons of thunder” on the pair… It follows Jesus also put upon Simon a meaning, not a proper name.

    The only place in Scripture where Jesus says “Thou art PETROS,” is Matthew 16:18, not John 1:42 where He called him “Cephas.”

    What meaning did Jesus put upon Simon? Scripture says all who confess Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, via divine revelation, are born again (Rom 10:8ff; John 1:12; 1 John 4:15). It follows Jesus called Simon “Firstborn of the Gospel of Christ.” Context supports this exegesis:

    KJV Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Mat 16:17 KJV)

    In this Makarism we find an undeveloped double entendre, rather than writing “Son of Jonah” in Greek (huios Iwna, Joh 1:42 TR), Matthew conveys Jesus’ EPITITHEMI via the epithet BARIWNA—Simon is “blessed” for receiving and proclaiming divine revelation just like Jonah the Prophet (cp Mat 12:39-41; 16:4). Having risen from the dead speaking the Word of Life, Simon is just like him.

    More indication Simon’s name PETROS did not mean “stone” to the disciples is in Paul’s switch from PETROS to KEPHAS, in Gal 2:9:

    And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars -KJV

    Paul changed from PETROS to Cephas in Galatians 2:9 (TR), because PETROS(“Firsborn”) didn’t covey the stone metaphors Paul wanted for his caustic review of “those who seemed to be somewhat…seemed to be pillars”, these lamps of fire guiding the people imparted no light to Paul (cp Gal 2:6,9 with Ex 13:21; cf also Berachoth 28b). Peter is both a pillar and a KEPHA stone of grace, a small precious stone benefiting the holder:

    Therefore Peter failed both as a pillar and as a stone of grace. Rather than a guiding light to the Gospel of Christ, Peter cowers in fear following followers James failed to guide correctly, into error…even against the vision God gave him! (Ac 10:34). Ironic indeed for a pillar and a Kepha.

    As would be expected in unsound eclectic texts, the change from Cephas (Gal 1:18; 2:9, 11, 14) to petros (2:7, 8) is purely random. However these are the texts scholars have come to accept, hence when discussing Paul’s switch in Galatians, Professor Cullman argues:

    “…The preference for the form Petros may have been due in part to the fact that in Aramaic there was a proper name Petros, which perhaps had the meaning “first-born.” 12 This, however, is not certain….

    12 J. Levy, Neuhebräisch-chaldäisches Wörterbuch,1876 ff.; Dalman, Aramäisch- neuhebräisches Wörterbuch, 2nd ed., 1922; Strack-Billerbeck, Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch, Vol I, p. 530

    14 …’The proper name Peter does not appear at all in pagan literature; it first appears in Tertullian.’ There was, on the contrary, as already mentioned (note 12), an Aramaic name swrjp (Petros), which perhaps is to be connected with rjp (patar) “firstborn.” The theory that the Greek Petros was first derived from it and gave occasion for a false retranslation Kepha into Aramaic is quite impossible, in view of the fact that in Paul’s letters Cephas is already the usual designation and Peter clearly was only a derivation from it.”-PETER Disciple-Apostle-Martyr, by Oscar Cullmann, translated from the German by Floyd V. Filson (Westminister Press, Philadelphia, 1953), pp18-19.

    However, as Prof Cullman’s argument concludes the opposite in John–Cephas appears only once, but PETROS 35 times, it is unsound. The middle term undistributed and it is circular as the conclusion is also one of its premises.

    Eclectic mss inexplicably switch from Cephas in Gal 1:18; 2:9, 11, 14 to Petros in 2:7, 8, in a purely random fashion. Mindlessness is not a property of God inspired scripture therefore these are not scripture. In happy contrast, God’s intelligent design is found in the Textus Receptus—In Gal 2:9 Paul switches to Cephas from PETROS (1:18; 2:7,8,11,14), to convey the irony of his alleged superiors, thought by all to be lamps guiding the people, were manifestly neither; in Peter’s case, he is doubly inconsistent as he is both a Pillar and a Cephas.

    I propose PETROS/Peter be appended to any list of transliterated Aramaic in the New Testament—abba; bar; batos; elooi; ephphatha; kokrban; korbanas; lama; mamoonas; maran atha; rhabbi; rhabbouni; rhabitha; rhaka; sabachthani; talitha koum, etc. Its Semitic, not Greek, just like the names SIMWN, IAKWBOS, ZEBEDAIOS, IWANNES, BARTHOLOMAIOS, THWMAS, ALPHAIOS are in Matthew 10:2-3.

    Like the Flat Earth and global warming theories, the Peter is the Rock consensus should be relegated to history…it’s time we allowed the details in the text determine the exegesis.


    Gates of Hell Symbolize impotence in death.

    KJV Matthew 16:18 …and the gates of hell (pulai hadou) shall not prevail against it. (Mat 16:18 KJV)

    KJV Isaiah 38:10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave(SHEOL; pulai hadou LXX): I am deprived of the residue of my years. (Isa 38:10 KJV)
    Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

    “Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” referring to His promise to build His church upon the immutable Truth He is the Christ the Son of God.

    John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

    KJV Psalm 9:13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: (Psa 9:13 KJV)

    55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
    56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
    57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    (1Co 15:55-57 KJV)

    Ephesians 4:8-13 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

    Satan and Demons are irrelevant to the Gates of Hell; they fear the entrance into the deep:

    28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not…
    30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
    31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
    32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
    33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. (Luk 8:33 KJV)

    This prefigures the involuntary manner in which Satan and crew are driven into the Lake of fire (Rev 20:10), revealing they are bound first (cp Mat. 22:13) and unable to inflict harm upon anyone else, ever again.

    “Keys of the kingdom of heaven” open door to all of God’s blessings

    A “key” is used to open a door:

    52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luk 11:52 KJV)

    R. Johanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted to the hand of any messenger, namely, the Key of Rain, the Key of Childbirth, and the Key of the Revival of the Dead. The Key of Rain, for It is written, The Lord will open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain of thy land in its season,20 The Key of Childbirth, for it is written, And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened.-Ta’anith 2a

    KJV Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Mat 16:19 KJV)

    Will give unto you the keys, then future because Jesus’ glorification then future:

    38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
    39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
    (Joh 7:38-39 KJV)

    The time not yet for veil to be rent:
    20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. (Mat 16:20 KJV)

    Man ratifies and obeys God’s decrees learned once the keys unbind the Presence of God

    “Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”-J.R. Mantey, “The Mistranslation of the Perfect Tense in John 20:23, Mt 16:19 and Mt 18:18.”

    52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. (Luk 11:52 KJV)

    “Keys”—plural of majesty.

    Compare key to the entire realm of the dead (Rev 20:13), keys of hell and death. Present also is the idea of Death personified , hell (the unseen realm) swallows his victims (Rev 6:8). Christ defeated him and took his “keys”:

    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev 1:18 KJV)

    Death as slayer sends everyone into hell, both good and bad (Gen 37:35; Num 16:30-33; Psa 86:13; Eccl 9:10). A “great gulf” divides this realm, the upper (Eccl 3:21; Luk 16:23) is paradise, third heaven (1 Cor 12:2-4 cp 1 Th 4:14) or “Abraham’s bosom; the lower where sinners are in torments (Luke 16:22-26; cp Rev 20:13-15). As all in Adam die (1 Cor 15:22), there is only one key needed into hell. Hence, the plural of majesty signifies complete authority over death and his realm. Compare “heavens” Mat 3:2; 2 Cor 5:1; Applied to an object, “Crowns” Zech 9:11; Animal, (“Cattles”)”Behemoth” Job 40:15.

    This immutable life giving truth Jesus is the Christ, God’s Eternal Son, are the “Keys of the Kingdom” opening Heaven to, unbinding all the good God has for them.

    Alfred Persson


    One of the benefits of removing the veil over whence Paul derived Romans 10:8ff is the confirmation of “the word of faith” (to hreema tees pistews) as the Rock upon which Christ built His Church:

    KJV John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
    (Joh 20:31 KJV)

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  10. I personally have been intrigued by Alfred Persson’s post on Petros, “gates of Hell”, and Semitisms posted 2009. I have been looking at Hebraisms in the NT over a couple years now and it has informed by Bible study and understanding of God’s revealed truths in ways I can only lift praise to the Holy Spirit working not only in Scripture but in the lives of Jesus’ disciples throughout History.

    We have submitted ourselves often to the academia of folks who draw conclusions from Scripture, Traditions, and history which are according to human wisdom. Paul roundly rejects this “Corinthian” approach, for the Paganizing of Christianity has proven a major millstone around the necks of The Bride of Christ just as Judaizing does in the same radical opposition to the plain truth for which Jesus came (just as He told Pilate, as recorded in John’s Gospel).

    We are to submit personally to God and His self-revelation to Humanity, the Ultimate fulfillment of which is done already in and by the person of our great God and Savior Jesus the Messiah. And as we submit to learn in the process of discipleship under fellow children of The Father we are under the authority of the only Head of the Church. He has not surrendered Lordship over the House of God, nor left us without a witness since He ascended from the Earth two millennia ago.

    This is why I am committed to TGSAT, and the courses of study presented; even the requirement to learn the tools of Integrated Apologetics. There is no greater mission I can see than equipping the saints for the building of the Body just as God tells us through Paul (Eph4.)

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    Come let us offer ourselves as living sacrifices, not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds that we may prove the will of God is good, acceptable, and perfect.

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