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In the Fulness of Time – Part 1
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

“In the fulness of time” is a phrase we read frequently in the Bible. What does it mean? Dr. Figart explains, with a special emphasis on why the year 2000 is not especially significant in terms of biblical prophecy.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 2
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains what the phrase “in the fulness of time” means, and why it is important for Christians to understand it.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 3
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Based on the Old Testament, if you were a Jew living 2000 years ago, what would your expectations have been regarding the Jewish Messiah? What questions might you have had? Dr. Figart uses quotes from the Old Testament and from the Gospels to point out some of those questions, and the issues that would have caused confusion for first century Jews.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 4
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

If, as Galatians 4:4 says, Jesus was born “when the fulness of the time came,” why hasn’t God’s kingdom been set up? And why hasn’t Christ begun His rule as king over all the earth? Dr. Figart examines the message of John the Baptist to examine this and other questions.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 5
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart discusses the passages related to the temptation of Jesus Christ. Since He is God, was He really “tempted as we are’? Can He really sympathize with our weaknesses?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 6
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart examines the Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness, and draws a comparison with the temptation of Eve in the Garden—and with the manner in which the Tempter had approached Christians throughout history. What was so important about the fact that Jesus did not yield to the temptation?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 7
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this article Dr. Figart suggests two questions that need to be answered regarding the Sermon on the Mount: What is the context in which the document is found?, and what was Christ’s purpose in presenting this document?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 8
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart begins to describe and explain the eight blessings offered to true disciples in the “kingdom of heaven,” and found in Matthew 5:3-12 (commonly known as the Beatitudes).

In the Fulness of Time – Part 9
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Continuing his study of the Kingdom of God, this article examines the next two beatitudes (from the “Sermon on the Mount”) to determine who the blessing are promised to, and what they have to say to us today.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 10
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart continues his look at the passage known as the Beatitudes. Who are the “pure in heart” and the “peacemakers?” What blessing do they received, how and when?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 11
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart cautions that “context must be considered in determining the interpretation of any passage.” In this article he looks at the final “Beatitude” and its message regarding Christ’s Messianic Kingdom.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 12
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart gives two analogies given in Matthew 5:13-16 to explain the responsibilities of true discipleship in God’s kingdom.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 13
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Is there a similarity between campaign pledges and the promises of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-18? Dr. Figart explains why he used this analogy, and what the differences are.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 14
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Are the 10 Commandments still valid for us today? How did Jesus view and interpret these commandments? Dr. Figart comments, based on the passage in Matthew 5, where Jesus addresses these very issues.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 15
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

How does our modern concept of marriage and adultery contrast with what Scripture teaches? Dr. Figart examines the seemingly harsh teaching in Matthew 5 to explain God’s viewpoint.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 16
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains more about the Millennial Kingdom, and why the teaching in Matthew 5 regarding marriage will apply to that time.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 17
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart examines what Scripture has to say about honesty, particularly in the Sermon on the Mount. A call to integrity as much needed today as it was back in the first century.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 18
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains what the Scriptures have to say about such matters as revenge and retaliation for us now, and in the context of the new Kingdom Christ will set up.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 19
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart continues with his explanation of what Jesus meant by “turn the other cheek”, give away your cloak along with your coat, and going the second mile, all teachings found in the Sermon on the Mount.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 20
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What did Jesus have to say about the Pharisees statement:” Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemies”? Does that reflect either His teachings or the true meaning of the Law? Dr. Figart explains.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 21
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart takes a look at Matthew 5:44 and points out the amazing statements of our Lord concerning love.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 22
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Can you become a “son of God” by “doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly”? (Micah 6:8) Dr. Figart explains why, although these things are important, they are not the basis of salvation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 23
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains how to avoid hypocrisy in the matter of public prayer and in almsgiving or “acts of righteousness.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 24
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What did Jesus teach about prayer? Dr. Thomas gives us some general principles for prayer found in Matthew 6:5-15.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 25
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-15. Dr. Figart explains five things we would understand about this prayer, beginning with “it is not nor never could be the “Lord’s” prayer in the sense that He ever prayed it, because Jesus never sinned and could never ask for forgiveness.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 26
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Dr. Figart explains what is meant by the term “kingdom,” and why Jesus included the petition “thy will be done.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 27
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this article Dr. Figart discusses two more of the universal principles for prayer taught by our Lord in Matthew 6: petition and confession.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 28
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Continuing his discussion of the Beatitudes, Dr. Figart looks at the last part of the Lord’s Prayer: “lead us not into temptation…,” and the benediction.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 29
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

This month Dr. Figart explains the results of the forgiveness taught in Matthew 6:14-15, and the teaching on fasting from verses 16-18. What are the “right” and “wrong” ways to fast?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 30
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What does the Scripture say about money, about treasure? Dr. Figart explains “the meditations about money” from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:19-24), principles which he explains will be enforced in the future Kingdom of the Messiah.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 31
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus gives three reasons why true disciples should not be overcome by anxiety. Our nation has been recently rocked by events that threw many lives into confusion and even despair. Dr. Figart explains why Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34 are exactly what we need today!

In the Fulness of Time – Part 32
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus tells us in Matthew to “be not anxious.” Dr. Figart told us last month that worry was unnecessary. Now he explains that worry is also unspiritual and unfruitful. So how can we overcome our tendency to worry?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 33
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew 7 contains several commands concerning criticism. Dr. Figart suggests that Christ is telling his disciples not to act toward one another like the Pharisees. Why not? What does a harsh or hypocritical attitude reveal about you? What are the consequences?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 34
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew 7:6 reads, “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine,…” Who or what are referred to as “dogs” and “swine”? Dr. Figart explains, and tells us how these sayings relate to the Messiah and to the coming Kingdom.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 35
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus gives three principles concerning prayer: dependence, desire and decision. Dr. Figart explains each of these, and what they mean for the Christian today.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 36
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Some of the greatest teaching on prayer in the Bible come in the so-called “Sermon on the Mount.” Dr. Figart illustrates and applies the principles of prayer in this article.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 37
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Previously in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had been speaking to His true disciples, but now he turns to the people who had gathered to hear His teachings. He gives three warnings that are, at the same time, invitations to follow Him as Messiah.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 38
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

False prophets are the main subject of Matthew 7:15-23, but false implies that true prophets are present also. Dr. Figart explains how you can tell the difference.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 39
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Are you obeying Christ’s words, or are you disobedient? That’s the difference between building on a solid foundation, and building on no foundation at all. Are Christ’s words worth obeying? How do His teachings compare to that of the Scribes and elders? Dr. Figart helps us see the contrast this month.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 40
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew chapters 8-10 Christ presents His authority as the king by showing His prophetic claim to the throne of David. He does this by performing miracle whose purpose was to authenticate the message and the messenger as being from God. This month: The Great Physician.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 41
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus is revealed to us in Matthew as a Healer. This month Dr. Figart explains what we learn about Him and about faith from the story of the Centurion’s servant.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 42
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Continuing in Matthew 8, we see more examples of Jesus as the Healer. According to Isaiah, these healing miracles were part of His credentials as the Messiah.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 43
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Someone has said that it is discipline and determination, not merely desire that determines destiny. In Matthew 8 and Luke 9 three followers of Christ are confronted by these very standards of true discipleship.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 44
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What does the phrase “Permit me first to go and burry my father” in Matthew 8:21 imply? Dr. Figart gives us a fascinating look at the cultural cliché.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 45
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus demonstrated His power over nature when He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. But why were His disciples so fearful? Why, after all their time together, didn’t they trust Him to save them?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 46
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

From Matthew 8:28-34, Dr. Figart deals with the topic of demon possession. He explains the legitimacy and limitations of demonic possession, and the effects of being liberated from demons.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 47
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus demonstrates his authority over spiritual forces by healing the paralytic in Matthew 9.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 48
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew chapter records an event when Jesus ate a meal in the home of Levi (Matthew), a tax collector, in the company of other “tax collectors and sinners.” Why would the sinless Son of God associate with sinners? Dr. Figart gives the wonderful answer.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 49
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Why didn’t Jesus disciples fast? How does Jesus’ teaching concerning weddings and wineskins apply to us today?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 50
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus demonstrates his authority over natural forces when he heals the woman with the hemorrhage. Was she healed simply by touching His robe, or was more involved?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 51
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus demonstrates His power over death when He raises Jairus’ daughter back to life again.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 52
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains some of the marvelous lessons we can learn from the two blind men who received sight from Jesus in Matthew 9.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 53
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

When Jesus cast the demon out of the mute (speech-challenged) man (Matt. 9:32-34), the crowd marveled—but the Pharisees accused him of using demonic power! How could the Pharisees denounce so bitterly what the multitudes received so enthusiastically?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 54
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart reveals that Jesus’ plea for laborers for the harvest is an example of Christ’s compassion toward the lost.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 55
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Why did Jesus give special powers to the Apostles? Who were the disciples? Dr. Figart gives a brief description of the Twelve.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 56
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

From Matthew chapter 10, Dr. Figart explains the instructions given to the Twelve. In this passage Jesus explains to them the limitation of their ministry, the proclamation in their ministry, and the provision for their ministry.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 57
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

From Matthew 10, Dr. Figart delves into the consequences of a positive or negative reaction to the apostles’ ministry.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 58
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this study of Matthew 10:16-23, Dr. Figart explains that the section has both a “now” and a “later” fulfillment. How were the disciples to be “wise as serpents,” but “harmless as doves”?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 59
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

From Matthew 10:17-20 we learn that the apostles were told to expect persecution.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 60
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew 10:21-23 speaks of future opposition and persecution against God’s people, and a promise to them of future deliverance.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 61
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew 10:24-31 Jesus tells His disciples to “fear not”! Dr. Figart explains how the fact that God has a purpose should help us to “fear not,” regardless of the situation we find ourselves facing.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 62
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

A timely reminder in this day of terrorist alerts: “fear not them who kill the body….” Who should we fear? And what marvelous hope do we have? Dr. Figart explains.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 63
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Fear not! If God knows when a sparrow falls, if God knows how many hairs you have on your head, it’s reasonable to assume He knows—and cares—about you.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 64
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, says, “Think not that I am come to send peace on the earth…” What did He mean? How can we reconcile that with other things the Bible teaches about Him?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 65
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

From Matthew 10:37-39 Dr. Figart discusses two challenging questions: What happens when the time comes that loyalty to parents must be superseded by loyalty to Christ? What do you gain and lose when you “take up your cross” to follow Christ?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 66
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this section of Matthew (chapters 11 and 12), the leaders of Israel are traced as the ones who turned the common people from the Messiah/King. The witness of the Twelve would spread a wide swath of miracles over the land to vindicate His authority.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 67
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this section of Matthew (chapters 11 and 12), the leaders of Israel are traced as the ones who turned the common people from the Messiah/King. The witness of the Twelve would spread a wide swath of miracles over the land to vindicate His authority.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 68
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

John the Baptist was preaching an earthly Messianic Kingdom, with the message that the Messiah had already come. He sent two of his disciples to Christ asking, “Are You He that should come, or do we look for another?” These verses record Jesus’ reply.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 69
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew 11:7-11 Jesus commends John the Baptist’s ministry, pointing out John’s convictions, character and calling as things that set him apart.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 70
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In the past three articles, Dr. Figart has been showing us Jesus commends John the Baptist’s ministry in Matthew 11:7-11. In verse 11 John is Strong in Convictions; in verse 8 John is Separated in Character; in verses 9-10 John is Special in Calling. Then in verse 12 Christ presents a fourth commendation, namely, that John is Superior in Caliber.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 71
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart suggests that this passage indicates a growing opposition to the “kingdom of heaven,” which brings about Christ’s Condemnation of the Jewish Nation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 72
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus makes it clear that the preaching of John was the culmination of the Old Testament promises of the coming of Messiah, and He says that, if the Jews care to receive the message of John, then the Elijah prophecy would be fulfilled. But was John the Baptist actually the fulfillment of the Elijah prophecy?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 73
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains that in this passage, Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus gives two illustrations to show that the Jews were not satisfied with John nor Jesus.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 74
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

“They repented not.” These words found in Matthew 11 set the stage for Dr. Figart’s article this month. He points out that the longsuffering of Jesus has been sorely tried, especially in these places where He exhibited the most proofs of His messiahship and got the least penitence from the Jewish nation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 75
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Having rejected the nation which had already rejected Him, Jesus turns to reassure any sincere individual who will come to Him, that rest in Him is always available.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 76
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart explains how Jesus revealed the Father, and the results of that revelation in the life of the believer.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 77
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The twofold purpose of the traditional Sabbath law was “to secure, negatively, absolute rest from all labour, and, positively, to make the Sabbath a delight”. In order to guarantee this, the Pharisees had invented “burdensome rules with which they encumbered everything connected with its sanctity”. Did Jesus agree with the Pharisees?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 78
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In reference to the Sabbath, Matthew makes two more important points: 1) that Jesus is greater than the Old Testament Priests; and 2) that the spiritual is greater than the ceremonial.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 79
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart continues looking at the Sabbath: is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 80
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In previous articles, we discussed Matthew 12:1-13 which concerned Jewish Opposition Concerning the Sabbath. We continue with 12:14-37 in which they oppose Him Concerning the Holy Spirit.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 81
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Part 80 we began the discussion of Opposition Concerning the Holy Spirit from Matthew 12:14-37, specifically dealing with the Prophecy: The Holy Spirit would be upon Him, Matthew 12:14-21. This time continue with The Agency: Casting out Demons by the Spirit of God.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 82
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What is the difference between true and false exorcism? Dr. Figart explains.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 83
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

We look this time at “The Principle of the Strong Man, in Exorcism.” The two previous principles showed that Christ did not cast out demons by Satan, and that true exorcism has its source in the kingdom of God through the Spirit of God. The third principle, found in this month’s article, is given in the form of an illustration.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 84
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this passage, blasphemy is defined and illustrated.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 85
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

This is the third part of Matthew 12, dealing with Opposition to Christ. First there was opposition concerning the Sabbath; second, there was opposition concerning the Spirit. Now the Pharisees demand a “Sign” from Jesus, and He presents five areas of “signs.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 86
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

When the Pharisees asked Jesus for a “sign” the first two signs He gave them were the sign from Typology and the sign from Prophecy. We saw these in previous articles. Now we continue by looking at the sign from Royalty, the sign from Demonology and the sign from Theology.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 87
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The parable of the sower, the soils, and the seeds. Jesus disciples wonder why He taught in parables.In Matthew 12 Jesus was rejected by the Jews, so now in chapter 13 He begins to speak in parables (v. 3), which are given to keep the unbelievers from understanding what He has to say.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 88
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The parable of the sower, the soils, and the seeds. Jesus disciples wonder why He taught in parables.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 89
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

How are we to understand the parable of the leaven? Dr. Figart explains the background and factors involved in answering that question.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 90
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

This passage has two parables that give us a glimpse of the Kingdom of Heaven. But what do they really teach us?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 91
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

How are we to understand the parable of the leaven? Dr. Figart explains the background and factors involved in answering that question.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 92
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

To the true disciples was given the ability “to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven”, but this did not mean automatic and complete understanding. So now Jesus gives the interpretation of the parable of the wheat and tares which we have been looking at the past few months.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 93
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Two parables, the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price, have a man selling all he has and buying the field, or pearl. Is it true, as some of the old liberal commentators taught, that the treasure and the pearl represented salvation, and that this could be obtained by effort or money?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 94
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Two parables, the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price, have a man selling all he has and buying the field, or pearl. Is it true, as some of the old liberal commentators taught, that the treasure and the pearl represented salvation, and that this could be obtained by effort or money?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 95
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

This article explains the meaning of the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price and the Parable of the Dragnet.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 96
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

“A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” The passage in this study looks at the rejection of Christ by his own people.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 97
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Herod the Great had an extensive and complicated family tree; he had a total of ten wives and fourteen children. His fourth wife bore him two sons; Archelaus, who became ethnarch of Judea when Christ was a young child, and Herod Antipas, who encounters Christ at the end of His ministry.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 98
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle of Christ (in addition to His own resurrection) which is recorded in all four Gospels. There are seven direct statements from the lips of Christ giving the full picture of this miracle showing His creative power.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 99
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Walking on the Water (Matthew 14:22-33) In this section there is a repeated occurrence of the Greek word eutheos. In the King James Version it is translated “straightway” in verses 22 and 27; in verse 31 and in John 6:21 it is translated “immediately.” These four usages summarize the events, showing the direct, immediate involvement of Jesus.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 100
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

When news of Jesus’ miracles reached Gennesaret, people began to line the streets of the villages with the sick in their pallets or folding cots. They asked only for a touch of His garment, just as the woman in Matthew 9:20 had done and was healed. Their faith produced the same results, “and as many as touched were made perfectly well.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 101
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees’ traditions concerning “washing” rituals is that food eaten with unwashed hands does not defile a man. As He will add later that food goes into the stomach and the residue is cast out of the body as waste. There is no moral issue involved; but when immoral things pass from the heart, out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 102
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Lessons in faith from a Gentile – the Syrophoenician woman, who brought her daughter to Jesus in spite of race and religious barriers, and had her faith rewarded.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 103
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this passage Jesus performs miracles among those who were considered heathens to the Jews of His day. Dr. Figart explains the evidence showing the feeding of the 4000 is a different event from the feeding of the 5000.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 104
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The phrase “signs of the times” was not used by Jesus to prophesy some future events, but to refer to signs already performed by Him, proving that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Significantly, this is the only place where this specific phrase is used, and yet it has constantly been taken out of context to refer to famines, wars, rumors of wars, immorality and a host of other things which are supposedly pointing to the second advent of Christ!

In the Fulness of Time – Part 105
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Whom do men say that I am? Jesus asked his disciples this question, and their response included Peter’s great confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But why would people think Jesus was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or one of the prophets? Dr. Figart explains.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 106
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Is Christ the “rock”? Is Peter’s confession the rock? Is Peter the rock? Dr. Figart explains the support and objections to each interpretation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 107
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Having presented many infallible proofs of His Messiahship in Matthew 8-11 even to the point of performing miracles in the presence of the servants of John the Baptist, it became evident to Jesus that He would not at this time be received by official Israel as Messiah/King.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 108
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Having presented many infallible proofs of His Messiahship in Matthew 8-11 even to the point of performing miracles in the presence of the servants of John the Baptist, it became evident to Jesus that He would not at this time be received by official Israel as Messiah/King.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 109
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

What does it mean to “take up your cross” and follow Jesus? How does that practically work out in the believers life?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 110
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Dr. Figart examines the contextual evidence – Peter’s denial and Jesus’ response, His teachings on discipleship and rewards, and the promises regarding the kingdom – and concludes that the Transfiguration was given to show the glory of Christ as it will be manifested at His return to earth.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 111
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

First, from an historical perspective, Moses and Elijah comprehend the days of the Law and the Prophets. The entire scope of the Old Testament is wrapped up in these two eras. It was the Law and the Prophets which Jesus came to fulfill (Matt. 5:17-20). There is a real sense in which every Old Testament book speaks of Christ; He Himself actually said this later, in Luke 24:25-27.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 112
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Moses had glory, but Christ is worthy of greater glory; Moses was faithful as a servant in his house, but Christ as Son over His house. As for Elijah, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that God spoke in time past in the sphere of the prophets, a servant-revelation, but He has spoken in these last days in a Son-revelation! It is no wonder then, that God wanted Christ to be preeminent in the Translation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 113
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

When the father brought the boy to the nine disciples they could not “cure” him. This inability carries with it some concern since Jesus had just endowed them with authority to heal the sick and to cast out demons.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 114
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus has told His disciples before about His coming death: someone would deliver Him into the hands of evil men, these men would kill Him, but the third day He would be raised from the dead. These details had been revealed to them before, but as Luke 9:45 indicates: “It was hidden from them, that they perceived it not.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 115
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

To become a true disciple one must become as a little child, that is, as one of the “little ones who believe in me” (verse 6). To become a great disciple, one must become humble as a little child.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 116
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Jesus turns now to the subject of relationships of “brothers” among the believers. When a brother is found to be in sin, this passage gives four distinct procedures to be followed: first, person to person; second, before witnesses; third, before the entire group of believers; and finally, if no settlement is reached, excommunication is prescribed.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 117
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

After giving the disciples instruction on Discipline in the coming Church, Jesus now turns to the subjects of decision making and intercession.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 118
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

How many times do you have to forgive someone who offends you? Once? Twice? Seven times? In this passage Jesus teaches unlimited forgiveness!

In the Fulness of Time – Part 119
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Representatives of the Pharisees continue their verbal attacks of Jesus, ?testing him.? This time it had to do with the question of divorce, but they did not ask whether divorce is allowable; rather, when it is allowable. This specific way they phrased their question shows their ulterior motives.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 120
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In the original commandment in Genesis, God said that a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh. After this, Jesus commands that what God has joined together let not man put asunder. To what purpose would He give such a command unless it is possible for man to put asunder that which God has joined? To put it another way, does marital unchastity of any kind break the marriage union?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 121
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Singleness is certainly not for all, since this would destroy the original plan of God for the multiplication of the human race through marriage. But neither is marriage for all, and the decision is always an individual choice which should never be made lightly.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 122
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this passage parents brought their children to Jesus hoping for a blessing. Why would they have done that? What were they expecting from Jesus?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 123
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

There are two misconceptions in the question asked by the rich young ruler. First, he had a wrong idea concerning the Person of Christ; second, he had the wrong idea about how to receive eternal life.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 124
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The parable in this passage tells of a the landowner who hired people at different times during the day, and at the end, paid each the same amount – one day’s wages. We might wonder, from a purely human standpoint just how the landowner reasoned, and we may never come to a satisfactory conclusion; but if we reason from God’s standpoint, remembering the context of the parable, there is a solution.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 125
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

As noted in the discussion of 17:22-23 Christ gave many predictions of His death in Matthew, but the three which occur in 16:21, 17:22-23 and here in 20:17-19 are significant enough to group together, each adding some aspect not mentioned before. In 16:21 the basic facts of the place (Jerusalem) the people (elders, priests and scribes) and certain particulars (death and resurrection) are included. Then in 17:22-23 the added detail of the betrayer is listed. Now, in 20:17-19 Jesus says that the disciples will be present.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 126
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The passage here details the healing of blind Bartimaeus. But Jesus used several different methods to heal blindness in the New Testament. Did Bartimaeus and his companion also receive forgiveness from their sins? What do Jesus’ miracles tell us about Him?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 127
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew’s account begins with the arrival of Jesus “near unto Jerusalem” where Jesus directed two of His disciples to go to a nearby village, find an ass and a colt tied, and to bring them unto Him. The owners questioned this at first, but when the disciples said that the Lord had need of them, immediately they allowed the animals to be taken. This was to be a demonstration of the fulfillment of prophecy.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 128
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Two cleansings of the Temple by Jesus occurred; one at the beginning of His ministry in John 2 and the other near the end of His ministry here in Matthew 21. Those who insist on one cleansing of the Temple emphasize the similarities but neglect the differences.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 129
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Three possible sources of Jesus’ authority are possible: from Satan, from heaven or from men. All three possibilities hold difficult implications for the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 130
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Though there is a chapter division here, the argument of the context definitely indicates that this parable is the conclusion of a trilogy of accusations against the rulers of Israel who not only rejected Christ themselves, but also influenced the nation against Him.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 131
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The Pharisees and Saducees had a common motive, to entrap Jesus no matter how He answered the three questions in this section of Matthew: Is it lawful to pay tribute to Caesar, how will marriage work in the Resurrection, and which is the Great Commandment?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 132
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The first question of Jesus to the Pharisees has to do with the humanity of the Messiah; at least this is how they interpreted it. After answering the questions of the scribes who were sent by the Pharisees, and after silencing the Pharisees by His questions, Jesus then turned to the multitude and to His disciples with a warning about the Scribes and Pharisees.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 133
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

During His ministry Jesus presented many infallible proofs of His Messiahship, healing all kinds of disease and sickness, demonstrating His power over the elements, changing water into wine, multiplying bread and fish, and on several occasions even restoring life! In spite of all this and more, official Israel rejected Him.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 134
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus’ emphasis was that His people should not perjure themselves by profaning the Name of the Lord, thus breaking the third Commandment, taking the Name of the Lord in vain. The Pharisees thought that by taking oaths in the name of other things they could avoid this, but since such oaths were not binding, they were not lying by not keeping their vows. Here in Matthew 23:16-22, Christ makes it clear that no matter how they take oaths, God’s Name is involved.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 135
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this final woe the beautifying was condemned because it was another example of their hypocrisy. There was nothing wrong with perpetuating the memorials of righteous men. The matter of hypocrisy entered in by way of the claim that if the scribes and Pharisees had been living in the days of their fathers, they would have had no part in the slaying of the prophets. After all, why would they be going to all the trouble of preserving and adorning their tombs?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 136
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In this final woe the beautifying was condemned because it was another example of their hypocrisy. There was nothing wrong with perpetuating the memorials of righteous men. The matter of hypocrisy entered in by way of the claim that if the scribes and Pharisees had been living in the days of their fathers, they would have had no part in the slaying of the prophets. After all, why would they be going to all the trouble of preserving and adorning their tombs?

In the Fulness of Time – Part 137
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The extended section of this chapter, 24:4-31, deals with the answer to the disciples’ question about “the end of the age” and of Christ’s coming. Because of the terms used, this answer must be related to Daniel 9:24-27. Christ spoke of “the beginning of sorrows” (v. 8), “he that shall endure unto the end” (v. 13), “the abomination spoken of by Daniel the prophet” (v. 15); “great tribulation” (v. 21) and “immediately after the tribulation of those days” (v. 31).

In the Fulness of Time – Part 138
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

aving spoken of the beginning birth pangs which will involve the first half of the 70th “week” for Israel, the Lord then continued by explaining the climactic event which is to divide the seven years, namely, the “abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet” in Daniel 9:27.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 139
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

A series of occurrences come to pass in somewhat rapid succession immediately after the end of the tribulation period. To list them all, obviously, would involve a major study of eschatology. Matthew’s gospel is limited to several significant things summarizing the return of Christ to the earth.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 140
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Having taken His disciples chronically through the 70th “Week” for Israel, up to the time of His return in power and great glory, Jesus then proceeded to give this series of seven illustrations dealing with His coming back to earth.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 141
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Illustrations 4 and 5 in the series of seven illustrations dealing with Jesus coming back to earth.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 142
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In line with all the other illustrations of His coming used here in the Olivet Discourse, the parable of the ten virgins is a further admonition to be ready. But attempts to make each detail mean something doctrinally specific have led to problems in interpretation.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 143
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In one way, this section may seem out of place, since up to this point the Olivet Discourse has been dealing the future of the Jews. However, in that same regard, it serves to complete the answers to the question of the disciples: “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age?”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 144
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Christ had repeatedly tried to prepare His disciples for His crucifixion, but they just did not understand. He had used various allusions to His death; in 9:15 the bridegroom being taken away; in 10:35 taking up the cross and following Him; in 12:40 the comparison with Jonah being three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; and in 21:37-40 in the parable of the tenant farmers who killed many servants sent to them and then finally killed the son.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 145
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Much has been speculated concerning the motives for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, but nothing certain has been revealed. Some have said it was because Judas was a radical revolutionary associated with the Zealots, hoping for the overthrow of the Roman oppressors.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 146
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

G. Campbell Morgan suggested these three words summarize the full meaning of the Lord’s Supper: “commemoration, communion and covenant.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 147
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In our passage, all the disciples are warned against becoming “offended” or entrapped because of their relationship to Jesus Christ, and at the end of the paragraph, they all said they would not deny Him; yet, when the actual testing came: “all the disciples forsook him and fled.”

In the Fulness of Time – Part 148
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The sign of the betrayal was to be that the one Judas greeted with a kiss would be Jesus of Nazareth. The word used in verse 49 indicates that Judas kissed Jesus more than once. This was not so much to pretend great affection as it was to make sure, in the darkness, that enough of the crowd observed it so as to arrest the right man. But this was not the only sign given.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 149
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Throughout the trials by the Jews, a number of illegal practices can be noted, the first of which was that the trial before Caiaphas was held at night. A second illegal procedure was that witnesses (false ones) were brought against Jesus, but none in His defense.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 150
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In the accounts of Peter’s denials, as in other accounts in the life of Jesus recorded in the bible, variations do exist in all four Gospels. This is to be expected since each writer recorded what he had learned from his own sources, and ultimately from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Inspiration did not demand word for word identity; this would have been mechanical dictation. Each author was free to use his own style, his ability as a writer and his own sources. Careful comparison will show that there are no contradictions even though there are differences.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 151
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In order to obtain the complete presentation of the Roman trial of Jesus, both Luke’s and John’s Gospels must be included. This approach will also make it possible to observe all the attempts of Pilate to release Jesus. Pilate seems to be a weak unprincipled man, at least in this case.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 152
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

In order to obtain the complete presentation of the Roman trial of Jesus, both Luke’s and John’s Gospels must be included. This approach will also make it possible to observe all the attempts of Pilate to release Jesus. Pilate seems to be a weak unprincipled man, at least in this case.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 153
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

For the Lord Jesus His final words spoken from the cross were final proof that He was the Son of God, that He had finished the work of salvation, and that now, in the fulness of time He was ready to commit Himself into the hands of the Father.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 154
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

When Pilate penned the words “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews,” he certainly did not intend that they should be of any help to the cause of Christ; but be that as it may, the title served to point up the truth that the man hanging on the middle cross was truly Jesus of Nazareth, the One Who claimed to be the Son of God, the Good Shepherd Who would die for His sheep.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 155
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Matthew 27 details several miracles which occurred in conjunction with Jesus’ crucifixion. One of those was the tearing of the veil in the Temple. A comparison of the veils in the Tabernacle, in Solomon’s Temple and in Herod’s Temple will give proper appreciation of the magnitude of this miracle.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 156
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

The four Gospels, taken together, give a rather complete account of Joseph of Arimathaea’s person as well as his respectful and tender deed to Jesus. There are no less than ten things recorded about him.

In the Fulness of Time – Part 157
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

All Three Persons of the Trinity were involved in the resurrection of Christ. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:36); God the Son declared that He could and would raise Himself from the dead (John 2:19-22; see also 10:18); God the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead (1 Pet. 3:18-19).

In the Fulness of Time – Part 158
By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart

Over the past 14 years we have been privileged to have Dr. Figart share with us from his commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. With this article we bring this series to a close – in the Fulness of Time!

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