Bible Discussion PAGE 234

  • Jesse - in Reply on Luke 14
    Jo, jo

    The word good in V. 34 means useful. In those days, salt was a preservative. They put salt on things to keep it from putrefying. But if salt does not contain the proper ingredients, what is it good for? Jesus talks about salt and light in Matthew 5:13-16. He says, "You are the salt of the earth." At this point and time in experiencing the fullness of God, He says, YOU ARE the salt of the earth. And then He says, "YOU ARE the light of the world." Salt was used for two things. It was used as a preservative. They used it to preserve food, especially meat and vegetables. They also used it for purification. In 2 Kings 2:19-23, salt was used to purify bad water.

    But to know why He used the term salt, we need to understand that God made a covenant of salt with Israel (Numbers 18:19), which God said would be upon David and his descendants. Paul in Romans Chapter 11 said all of the Jews of the Kingdom. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says you are salt and you are light. He went on to say that you can't take a light and put it under a bushel.

    What He is saying is you can't snuff out the light of the Lord. The light amongst the Jews was the Messiah. You are salt. Christ in you is the light, and Christ in you is the purification and the preservative for the people around you and especially in your life.

    The command is let your light so shine. Did you ever sing that song "This little light of mine, not going to let anybody blow it out? It can't be blown out. Nobody can blow it out. The command itself, (let your light so shine) kind of sounds like an invitation. But literally, it is "Shine your light," which is a command of God. Shine your light! I don't have to worry about going out to my car to find the light because the Lord said for me to shine it. Israel was said to be the light of the world. Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 49:6, and Isaiah 60:3 says that the Jews were to be the salt and the light of the world.
  • Ann Hering - in Reply on John 5:43
    Adam . . .

    Which ONE is IT?

    FAITH or WORKS???


    Ephesians 2:8-9

    For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that NOT of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast.

    James 2:24

    Ye see them how that by WORKS a man is justified, and NOT by FAITH ONLY.



    WHO is James written TO?

    James 1:1

    James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, TO THE TWELVE TRIBES which are scattered abroad, greeting.

    James was writing to ISRAEL!

    WHO is Paul writing TO?

    Ephesians 3:6

    That the GENTILES should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

    Pretty CLEAR, You Are A GENTILE!

    Paul is The Apostle Of The GENTILES!

    You had better listen to Paul, Romans to Philemon, to FIND out HOW to be SAVED!
  • Pearly on Psalms 37
    Inspite that there is a virus worldwide now that we are still reading his word let's just trust in the LORD as always.
  • Pearly - in Reply on Psalms 37
    Amen T Nelson
  • Jim on John 15
    Do not tell yourself that God and you planned this togetter. God will not help anyone sin, That's murder; thou shall not kill in the ten commandments. Please do not say things like that; because that propped me to pray for you and to write this reponse. Praying that you are alright.
  • Danielle on Proverbs 24:33
    Is it possible to find the version of KJV 1611 without any instance of the letter 'j'. I found 29 instances in this version in the Old Testament only. Not many, thankfully, but I am just looking for the most correct English translation before the letter 'j' was introduced into our vocabulary. Thanks
  • Jesse - in Reply on Hebrews 10
    Sandi, all glory to our Lord, for He is good!
  • Willie on Acts 2:38
    I was baptized at 19, but i have a question that i have struggled with since, as i was in the pool getting ready to be baptized the Pastor said to the people watching lets all pray that the Lord will give rich the gift of speaking in tongues, I was shocked to hear him say that and when i came up from the water i was quite embarrassed because i didn't get the gift. My question is was i still baptized or must i get it again. I am a Christian and the lord has answered many prayers since that day, but i have often wondered
  • Adam - in Reply on John 5:43
    People actually do need to 'do something' to be saved. Believe Jesus is Lord and God's son, confess and repent of sins, and follow Jesus by obeying his commandments- those are all actions. This is what Jesus says himself: John 14:15.
  • Sandi - in Reply on Hebrews 10
    Jesse: My God, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, well penned and ministered! Praise God for this and all the other comments. Amen.
  • Ann Hering - in Reply on John 5:43
    Bob . . .

    Satan is the god of this world and he has used religion since The Garden of Eden to convince mankind that they can DO something to appease a Righteous God (the fig leaves)!

    Man is a sinner and needs SAVING!

    The Jews were so caught up in "religion" that they missed The Son Of God coming to them to save THEM!

    That is the same boat that the world is in TODAY!

    Most people believe that religion, doing a bunch of good works, is going to save them, but boy, are they WRONG!

    The preaching of The Cross is the POWER of God unto SALVATION!

    I don't hear The Gospel being preached in churches/religion today.

    That is WHY people are NOT being saved.

    Satan is having his way today, but ONE DAY, God is going to have HIS WAY!
  • Ann Hering - in Reply on John 5:43
    Carlos ...

    Peter and Paul did NOT preach the same thing!

    NO WAY!

    Peter's preaching . . .

    Acts 10:42-43

    And he commanded us to preach unto the people (Jews), and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

    To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

    Paul's preaching . . .

    1 Corinthians 15:1-4

    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

    By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    Paul's salvation message is nothing like Peter's!

    That is a FACT!
  • AnnHering - in Reply on John 5:43
    Carlos ...

    The Jews were going to be the means by which The Gentiles would come to the knowledge of God, but guess what, they rejected the Christ of God.

    SO, God uses a Jew named Saul of Tarsus to reveal to us how to be saved today!

    Romans through Philemon is our doctrine, and the rest of The Word Of God is for our learning.

    Christendom can't handle the fact that Christ came in the flesh for Israel, but guess what, Jesus Christ had to die for Israel first and die for the Gentiles which is God's perfect solution for a sin cursed world.

    I study The Word of God because God tells us to, and I am afraid many believers don't know the difference between Israel's Program and The Body Of Christ Program given to Paul to give to US!

    I am sticking to the doctrine that Jesus Christ revealed to Paul ...

    For by GRACE are ye SAVED through faith!

    I am going to know the difference in The Word of God from what God wrote to ISRAEL and what God wrote to ME.

    Church tradition has taught people wrong.

    Communion, The Passover, the priesthood, and water baptism is ALL JEWISH.

    Our meat and drink and baptism is all SPIRITUAL. NOT PHYSICAL.

    1 Corinthians 12:13

    For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

    Paul had a hard time convincing people about GRACE and it is NO different today.

    One day people are going to be ashamed because they did NOT listen to Paul.

    2 Timothy 2:15

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • Brenda - in Reply on John 14
    Jesus came to save us spirit, soul and body. When you read the four gospels Jesus met peoples needs in all areas of life. Jesus came to and did reverse the curse brought into this world through the fall of Adam and Eve. God loves His creation with an unconditional love. Some have never experienced that kind of love in their life. The word "salvation" in the Greek actually means-rescued, delivered, healing, prosperity, well being, completely made whole. He taught us about faith (simply believing His word) and through faith we can walk in an abundant life because of His finished work on the cross. God is our Heavenly Father and just as our earthly fathers, He desires to make life good for us. What parent doesn't want their children to do well in life. This life is possible if we lay down our desires and take His. He needs us to be witnesses to save the world. Don't take my word for it study for yourself. When we stand before Him one day, His word will be the standard that we will be judged by. Yes there has been abuses in the body of Christ but that doesn't change the gospel and it's power to change our lives, spirit, soul, and body. John 10:10. God bless!
  • Victor - in Reply on Matthew 9
    Thank you, Chris and Jesse!
  • Luna - in Reply on Genesis 42
    Yes!it is a great story. God helped Joseph in a time he needed help.
  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on John 5:43
    You bring up good points, Ann Hering. But the teaching is skewed and lacks understanding of history. You should reexamine it. Some argue everything is for the Jews, which means, Christians do not benefit from or need 90% of the NT. If Christ was directing His message to the Jews, what are we doing here? When Jesus said to Nicodemus, a Jew, you must be born again, by what you are being taught, it only applies to Jews. So, only Jews can be Christians? But Paul says that Jesus Himself told him it applies to Gentiles. Same for Sermon on the Mount. Is that only for Jews? So after we tear every page in the NT that doesn't apply to Christians, what are we left with?

    Paul spends a lot of time talking to Jews. He even equates Baptism with Circumcision. And what about the Passover? Only Jews were present. Do we not celebrate communion as Christians?

    The teaching that many books or sections of the NT are for Jews is a gross misconception of the message of the Cross. Christ came to die for all. In Jesus there is neither Jew nor Greek.

    But think about what Paul says. We have been grafted in. And if grafted into the Tree, we become a part of it. That means, in essence, Christians are also part of the Tree of Israel. We too are Jewish by adoption.

    Of course, that is not exactly what Paul meant. We are a continuation of the Promise. And Israel has been blinded so Christ could be crucified. But there still remains a Promise to Israel.

    Nevertheless, you can't skirt the fact the entire Bible was written as God's message to all of us. But It was God's choice to employ the Jews to do it. Think of it this way. God created a company called the Jewish People, through whom to supply the rest of the world with a product called the Law, God's Word. But because the Law was not as effective a product as it should be, it was replaced by a better product called Christ, who is irreplaceable. But to get this better product called Christ, the company had to go through a process.
  • Jack on 1 Peter 2
    At this time God has given me hope and passion. I wish you all that God is doing the same. And as our Lord God said

    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
  • John - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
    About Romans 14:11, do you think some of the most vile sinners that have ever lived, do you think if they know they're about to be tossed into a literal fire forever, do you think they will confess and bow before being thrown in for "eternity"?

    If they had free will, they could tell God, "I hate you, I'm not going to bow, your going damn me to torture forever anyway"

    Also, if a sinner who did not follow Christ in this life, if he begs for forgiveness and mercy, do you think God has a limitation on his mercy? The picture God you paint is not All Love, and All Merciful, and All Powerful.

    Christs death, was more effective than Adam's sin.

    Christ is the redeemer of ALL Men, not just believers.

    I hope none of this comes off as condescending, that is not my intention.

    I only wish to glorify God in his unlimited Love, Mercy and Power

    Feel free to ask me anymore questions,
  • Jo, jo on Luke 14
    In LUKE Ch. 14 verse 34 and 35 what does the salt mean, when it has lost it's flavor?
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on John 5:43
    Ann Jesus in bible book Revelation 2:9 - I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

    Jesus speaking to the Pharisee Jews - Bible book of John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

    46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

    47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

    48 Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    Then answered the Jews

    pretty obvious who Jesus called of their father the DEVIL.
  • D.J. - in Reply on Acts 16:1
    I find it interesting that in addition to the ten commandments listed in Exodus chapter 20, there are also ten commandments listed in Exodus 34:10 - 28. In addition, there are two great commandments from our Lord and Savior (Matthew 22:37 - 40); for a total of 22 commandments. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, and Jesus is the alpha and omega (heb.- aleph and tav) (Revelation 1:8)
  • Sally - in Reply on Job 1
    We've been taught wrong. The bible teaches us the right way. Do the first and second commandment Jesus told us to do.
  • Patty Tozi - in Reply on James 4
    To Saving the earth on James 4.

    You are so so right. No one listens to me either. The enemy of this world has them thinking opposite. I have studied this in the past. Wrote alot what l saw coming. No one knows that the times of mankind destructions are causing God's wrath to come fast and fury. People are suffering every day. Don't go to mankind. Go to your Holy Father. Read His word and prepare to fight now for Him. The fight at the end will be hard and many will suffer as never before. Mankind and satan had destroyed what God created for us. There is a Loving God who will fight with you. His Light of Love is so strong that you will stand as a Warrior for Him in the End. You will have your Father of Glory to go too. So fight on your knees and in His word. Don't straddle the fence any more. Stand tall-- Stand Strong!!!
  • Rebekah - in Reply
    I also cohabitated with my boyfriend once while I was Christian, it was miserable. Perhaps consider getting married. Even if it's a common law marriage technically where you both agree on a lifelong commitment and exchange vows to yourselves and God. I feel much more at peace in my home with my husband now that we are married and perhaps God will grant you peace in your situation as well. He answers our prayers when we do His will to the best of our abilities
  • Rebekah - in Reply on Psalms 70
    I have complete and utter confidence in the resurrection and that you will see your son again. You and your wife will be healed physically and mentally in God's new Kingdom. Believe what Jesus tells us and draw near to him, he will turn all your sorrows into joy.

    I am praying for you both.

    God bless.
  • Stan Barrett - in Reply on Proverbs 28
    Great stuff! The only way to start the day after prayer of course.
  • Violet on Psalms 91
    Keep trusting and believing.. no matter what. he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. decree and declare who jesus is and his power even if you don't visibly see results with your natural eyes keep looking with you spiritual eyes with belief deep down within. love you all and believing gods best for you all and your family thank you for all your encouragements in the lord
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj - in Reply
    Thank you very much.

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