Lesson From Structure: How a passage says is as important as what a passage says. Psalm 139 is a great illustration of this rule of Bible interpretation.
One of the unique features of Old Testament poetry (and sometime prose) is heavy use of parallelism. Hebrew parallelism generally presents itself in one of the following three formats:
First, there is what is known as a straight line parallelism or an AA, BB, pattern of parallelism in which consecutive lines parallel each other and help interpret one another. For example, Psalm 44:1:
In Acts 2:38, Peter says, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you … for the remission of sins." To the unbiased reader, the meaning is clear: repenting and being baptized is necessary for the remission of sins. However, there are those in the religious world who do not like baptism. Thus, they try all kinds of ways to explain away the clear meaning of Acts 2:38. A prime example of this is found in the eBible computer program (Thomas Nelson Publishers 2004).
After giving James Strong's definition for the Greek preposition eis, the word translated 'for' in Acts 2:38 (KJV), it says:
"Additional Information. … 'For' (as used in Acts 2:38 'for the forgiveness …') could have two meanings." If you saw a poster saying "Jesse James wanted for robbery," 'for' could mean Jesse is wanted so he can commit a robbery, or is wanted because he has committed a robbery. The later sense is the correct one. So, too in this passage, the word 'for' signifies an action in the past. Otherwise, it would violate the entire tenor of the NT teaching on salvation by grace and not by works.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.