conclude, v.t. to arrive at by reasoning; to infer; to deduce.
Acts 17:2 “And Paul, as his manner was . . . reasoned with them out of the scriptures. . . .”
18:4 “And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”
Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”
[It’s OK to make conclusions: the danger is that you will not make them properly, for example:]
CONCLUSION (from Romans 3:28): The law and works are done away with.
v. 31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”
vs. 17-20 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
Matthew 5:18-19 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. . . .”
Genesis 31:34-35 “Now Rachel . . . said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.”
CONCLUSION: “It’s OK to lie if it helps the Catholic church.” [“Catholicism” is nothing but a lie!]
Romans 3:7-8 “Let us do evil, that good may come. . . .” (This is unacceptable thinking with God.)
Revelation 21:8 “But . . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. . . .”
1st Samuel 28:3-20 “And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?”
CONCLUSION #1 It’s OK to consort with witchcraft, or to call on the dead, or to seek after familiar spirits.
1st Chronicles 10:13-14 “So Saul died for his transgression . . . and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it. . . .”
Exodus 22:18 “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord. . . .”
CONCLUSION #2 The dead are not dead.
Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground. . . .”
3:17-19 “. . . and unto dust shalt thou return.” (You don’t return to “your immortal state!”)
Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”
12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
QUESTION: What is this “spirit” that returns unto God who gave it?
ANSWER: It was given before in Genesis:
[Again] Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Psalm 104:29 “. . . thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.”
146:3-4 “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”
Ecclesiastes 9:3-10 “. . . the dead know not any thing. . . .”
John 5:28-29 “. . . all that are in the graves . . . shall come forth . . . good . . .and . . . evil. . . .”
2nd Samuel 1:26 “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”
CONCLUSION: The word “love” here refers to “sex” making the bible justify sodomy and sex perversion.]
(1) This is a funeral oration. (Read the whole chapter.)
(2) David is eulogizing Saul and Jonathan, who was his good and faithful friend.
(3) David is not referring in any way here to anybody’s sex life.
(4) The bible plainly and doctrinally condemns the sodomite conclusion.
Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind . . . both of them have committed an abomination. . . .”
Deuteronomy 23:17,18 “There shall be no . . . sodomite of the sons of Israel.”
Romans 1:21- 32 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. . .”
1st Corinthians 6:9,10 “neither . . . effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind . . . shall inherit the kingdom.”
1st Timothy 1:8-11 “. . . them that defile themselves with mankind . . . that is contrary to sound doctrine. . . .”
Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
CONCLUSION: “Obviously, “this rock” refers to Peter, so Peter is the rock of the church.”
[I have a different conclusion: obviously “this rock” refers to Jesus Christ and to faith in him!]
John 2:19-21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.” (See the pattern? See the problem?)
[To the Jews who REJECTED Jesus Christ, it was an obvious conclusion that “this temple” referred to a building; just as for religious people who REJECT Jesus Christ it is an obvious conclusion that “this rock” refers to Peter!]
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 “He is the Rock . . . a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
2nd Samuel 22:1-3 “The Lord is my rock. . . .” (Yea, Lord!)
Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock. . . .”
2nd Samuel 22:32 “For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?”
(Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”)
Psalm 18:46 “The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”
(Why would somebody want to exalt Peter? Because he is evil, and is willing to put Christ down.)
28:1 “Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock. . . .”
42:9 “God my rock”
62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation. . . .”
v. 6 “He only is my rock and my salvation. . . .”
1st Corinthians 10:1-4 “. . . for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
Luke 1:28 & 41-42 “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
CONCLUSION: Mary is a part of the godhead, and should be worshipped as God.
(1) The real Mary is “blessed . . . among women” but that is as far as it goes!
(Compare with Judges 5:24 Jael is “blessed above women. . . .” )
Luke 11:27-28 “. . . a certain woman . . . lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.”
(A “Catholic” in the crowd tries to raise up Mary, and the Lord solidly reproves the evil and foolish woman in her folly!)
[The following are all “blessed” and we don’t worship any of them!]
Matthew 24:45-46 “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”
Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye when men shall hate you. . . .”
Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments. . . .”
John 19:25-27 “Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!”
CONCLUSION: The Lord made Mary the “Mother of the Church” here!
(He said to John, “Behold thy mother”; NOT “Behold the church’s mother”.)
[John takes Mary as HIS mother TO TAKE CARE OF HER!]
John 19:27 (again) “And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”
(John didn’t put her on a throne!)
[Reasonable conclusion: Joseph is dead.]
Matthew 12:46-50 “But he answered and said . . . Who is my mother?. . .”
Genesis 3:20 [concerning flesh] Eve is “. . . the mother of all living.”
Galatians 4:26 [concerning the elect] “. . . Jerusalem which is above [New Jerusalem] . . . is the mother of us all.”
(“Mary” is not even mentioned.) (For “New Jerusalem” see: Rev 21:2; 3:12; & 21:10)
Isaiah 66:10-13 “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Acts 16:33 “And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his. . . .”
(This is the proof-text for infant baptism.)
CONCLUSION: “Well, he probably had at least one baby in his house, so obviously it’s OK to baptize babies.”
[Well, he probably had a dog, a cat, and a goldfish in his house! Did he baptize them?]
John 4:53 “So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.”
(Do the babies in this man’s house believe now also? Surely there are babies in his house, right?)
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized. . . .”
8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
v. 13 “Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip. . . .”
v. 26-38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
[What part of this could a man claim he did not understand?]
conclude, v.t. to arrive at by reasoning; to infer; to deduce.