Bible Questions Page 27

  • Jesse on John 5:43
    Ann,

    Should a person have to read how to be saved if they're already saved? It seems as though you are making an assumption that Adam is not saved? I've read most of his posts and I see no reason to doubt that he is saved. I would like to comment on the faith and works portion of your post if you don't mind. You say that for faith and works, it can't be both? I think that for a person who belongs to Christ, it is both.

    Works show proof of faith. James 2:14 says, What doeth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? Literally, can the faith save him? The question itself in Greek expects the answer no. Can the faith save him if he says he has faith but does not have works? The word works in the Greek text literally means activity.

    If we put faith and activity together, we understand that if God's Spirit is present in us, there will be activity (Works). Works do not produce faith. But faith produces works. Martin Luther had problems with James because he said that James contradicted Paul's teachings because Paul said that we're justified, not out of works but out of faith. But James said if you don't have works you don't have faith. So it sounds like they are contradicting each other.

    But Paul talked about the root of the tree that faith does not come from out of works. James on the other hand talked about the fruit of the tree. That is to say, if you have the faith of Jesus Christ, you will bear fruit (Works) from the Spirit of God.

    Jesus said that in Matthew Chapter 7, by their fruit you shall know them. We don't produce fruit. God's Spirit in us produces fruit. And that fruit is evidenced by good works. Paul talked about the root (Christ) where salvation comes from. James talks about the activity (Works) of God's Spirit in a person's life. So I would say that for a true believer, there has to be both.

    Yes, we are not saved by human works, but once we are saved, there will be activity (Works).
  • Dave on 1 Peter 3:19
    There were children of God from Adam to christ's death who were in abraham's bossom.

    Had christ not died and resurrected, they would remain there in limbo forever.

    Abraham's bossom was next door to hell in the heart of the earth, with a huge space, (chasm) separating them.

    I believe jesus stood or floated between them and preached the gospel while both sides listened.

    The people in hell I don't believe repented. The bible says in revelation that they still cursed God...

    Those in abraham's bossom were set free and now are with the Lord in heaven.

    Anyone killed for the word of God and for jesus christ, are the souls under the altar in heaven. Rev.

    The dead in christ resurrect just before the rapture. And people say the rapture happens before the tribulation.

    If that were true, the resurrection of dead in christ would happen first, followed by a rapture.

    But that's impossible. because a resurrection happens before the rapture.

    When does the bible tell us that the first resurrection happens???

    Revelation 20:1-6 says the first resurrection is after the tribulation after the beheadings.

    So if nobody is resurrected until after the tribulation, how can a resurrection and rapture happen before the tribulation?? It cant!!

    Therefore After the tribulation, Jesus appears in the clouds and the dead in christ rise. Everyone from Adam all the way to the believers from the tribulation.

    Then those who are alive and remained from the tribulation, will be caught up and changed together with those who resurrected.

    They all meet jesus in air and float to mount of olives. The tribes mourn because they see Jesus descending from the air with ten thousands of his saints. Then the thrones are set up and we rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years.

    Hebrews 1:8 says that only jesus is called a son of God. So the Angel's are not sons.

    I understand that job calls someone sons of God but its not fallen Angel's.

    May God bless all who read this.
  • Adam - in Reply on John 5:43
    Hi Ann, this is a predictable discussion. I know all the verses you shared and agree with them, because I believe in the Bible- all of it, not just cherry picked verses. Have you read the entire chapter context around these verses? Because it completes the thought and explains what exactly it means. I can pluck out things too that only share part of the picture, like 1 Timothy 2:15.

    You said something before worth analyzing: "FAITH or WORKS??? It CAN'T BE BOTH!"

    Why not? Who said it can't be both? It is both. The Bible already says it's both and even already predicted this exact believe and refused it. James 2:17 says faith without works is dead- do you believe that? If not, what is your explanation for not believing this part of the Bible?

    Since you believe Paul, do you believe what he wrote in Romans 7? He talked about his deep struggle in trying to avoid sin and do good. Why would he struggle if doing good isn't necessary one bit? He called himself captive (prisoner) of sin. He was in deep torment to try to do good. If no good works was necessary why didn't he instead just party and live a life of sin and not worry about spreading the gospel, if he was already 'saved'? The Bible makes the answer clear.

    James 2:19 - even demons believe in God and Jesus, including satan. So, if all that's needed to be saved and go to heaven is to believe does that mean satan will go to heaven? If not, why? Hitler attended church and might have been a Christian in his early years, so will we see him in heaven too, despite Romans 2:6?

    Is it 'wrong' to do good works? If so, why does the Bible say in multiple places to do good? Matthew 7:16-23. Jesus says most people will go to hell and you'll know his followers by their fruit. If good isn't needed, then why would Jesus say this. Was he lying? It would be a very hard argument to make that living a fruitful life of good works is 'bad', because that's exactly what the Bible says to do and how you can recognize genuine Christians. Christians aren't saved by good works, though. That's a logical fallacy to assume that. Grace alone saves. If someone wants to follow Jesus, however, it requires action, doing things.

    Reading the entire chapter context of the Bible clears up such misunderstandings. God bless you in your journey for the truth.
  • Natalya - in Reply on John 19
    Marie,

    The Jews are gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover. Jesus was crucified on Friday.

    There are 12 hours in a day.

    John 11:9 "Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?"

    If there is midday

    Acts 26:13 "At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me."

    and midnight,

    Exodus 11:4 "And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt."

    then we can say that the day starts at 6am, and the night - at 6pm. That shows that 3rd hour falls at 9am and 9th hour (when Jesus died on the cross) falls at 3pm. (New translation translate just like that).

    Mark 15:25 "And it was the third hour, and they crucified Him."

    Matthew 27:46 "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?"

    Bible mentions unusual darkness between 6th hour (12pm) until 9th hour (3pm). The darkness can't be seen if it's dark already...

    Matthew 27:45 "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour."

    If there was Wednesday and Thursday, then I believe the Bible would have mentioned days instead of just hours.
  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on John 5:43
    Ann Hering, I have to disagree with you. There is no distinction in the Bible that would warrant belief in 2 separate Gospels. However:

    1. Do any of the writers of the New Testament support the allegations you have outlined? That is, do any of the writers of the NT say what you say you have been taught? Does Paul say that the Gospel he preaches is different than what Peter preaches?

    2. Does the teaching you point to, provide hard evidence, not conjecture or speculation? For example, Peter tells us to listen to Paul's teaching, because they are Scripture, 2 Peter 3:16:

    "Consider also that our Lord's patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him. He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard so that you will not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever."

    You cite a lot of verses that have nothing to do with the Bible message. But not only do you cite them, you change their meaning by adding words that don't belong.

    Tell me, Ann, who were Sylvanus and Marcus, that Peter writes about in 1 Peter 5:12f? Finally, tell me what the difference is between the Gospel Peter preached and what Paul preached?

    In Acts 16:4, we see Paul and Silas "And as they went through the cities, THEY DELIVERED THEM THE DECREES FOR TO KEEP, THAT WERE ORDAINED OF THE APOSTLES AND ELDERS WHICH WERE AT JERUSALEM. And so were the churches established in the faith."

    Paul proclaimed the Gospel the Apostles outlined for everyone in Jerusalem. It was one Gospel message.
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj on Joel 1
    In this chapter we see Joel is a prophet of God in the reign of King Joash some 800 years before Christ. His message is timeless pronouncing that sin brings God's judgement with a plague of locusts. In making application we see how sin devours our life just like the locust so when we choose to sin we are choosing to bring destruction our way. Today many believe their are no consequences to sin but the truth is sin always complicates and robs us of God's best for our lives. How about you? Do you see the consequences of sin? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Joel who reminds us that sin is like a locust in our life that will devour God's best for your life.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
    Page 4.

    "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." I referred to this previously, in connection with predestination. But for a Loving, Merciful God casting all who reject Him & His Christ, into fire, then isn't that a Holy attribute of a Just & Lawful God? If we take out punishment from the equation, then what are we left with? And what are we to do with the abundance of Scripture that warns of an eternal damnation & for those Christ gave His Life for, the martyrs who were executed, & for the glorious worth of our salvation that gives us Heaven as our goal & not as those destined to join Satan & his followers in the Lake of Fire?

    So, I thank you John for your comments - you've exercised my mind & spirit superbly.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
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    4. "The Fire of God". Once again, the Scriptures cited are relevant in every detail. Then I get to: "if Jesus meant to save all men, and fails to fulfil that promise, he missed the mark, and that would make God a sinner. The whole world is in His hands, not mens hands." I ask, what was that promise that God made & maybe could fail to keep? Was it, that ALL men would be saved? Even if look at John 3:16, we see that as a result of God's Love, He sent His Son to be the Saviour for all, but not all would be saved (whoever believes would not perish). We are never told that the Gospel would mean the salvation of all people, but the means by which all would be saved. I could never see Ephesians 1:10 & Revelation 5:13 as applicable to the eventual salvation of all people. As well, then why the need for the preaching of the Gospel, why teach about leading sanctified lives, why give the promise of His Coming, when eventually all (saved & sinner) will be preserved to eternal life?

    5. Romans 14:11. If the criminal had to stand before an earthly judge, they will do anything to justify their actions & hopefully find respite from the severity of their sentence. But to stand before our Great & Holy Judge? Their only response would be to fall before Him in full submission to His Glory & full admission to their filthiness before Him, regardless of their eternal destination. No more excuses & no more hypocrisy - "all will stand 'bare' and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" Hebrews 4:13.

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  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
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    3. On Predestination. "We don't have true 'Free will' to choose God". Again, I can't disagree with you on this count: after all, He drew us, He convicted us, & He saved us - nothing of ourselves there. That is why, when I hear someone say that he has 'considered many religions & then decided on Christianity', I tremble as to his actual spiritual condition.

    "So how can we say men will be subject to eternal damnation when God didn't allow them to believe in him?" So here we have the problem: put another way, a person wants to repent of his many sins & call upon Jesus, but just cannot be saved because God has not predestined him to be His child. Or, would a person who is NOT predestined to salvation, even want to repent & call upon His Name? So such a person, not predestined, by all accounts should not be punished in hell fire as that would be unjust & 'unloving' of God to do. However, could we say that this Omniscient God predestines some to eternal damnation because of their future lives of wilful disobedience & rejection of the Gospel? That is, predestination is contingent upon the response of that carnal nature, of which the Creator God could only know? Jeremiah 1:5; Psalms 139:13-16. Each one of us is still responsible for the quality of our lives (predestined or not). God doesn't judge us for what He already knows, but what we do. Our evil acts from reprobate minds then justify our eternal damnation.

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  • Mishael on WE39RE IN THEY39RE OUT on Job 1
    Remember that study I did called, THEY'RE OUT, and WE'RE IN now. Romans 3:29

    We're in till the fullness of the Gentiles is accomplished? Romans 11:25-26

    For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, Lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS in part, is HAPPENED to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in (finished).

    And so, all Israel Shall be Saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob (The Jews).

    That's why I say that Gentiles are IN now.

    The whole thing is DETAILED in Romans 11:7-11. Please read it!! Romans 10:2 and Romans 11:12, 15, 18-22 READ IT SLOW

    There are some warnings in there if you are a Gentile. No boasting, no judging, no smirking. Just leave it alone!!!! Keep your salvation secure. No hateful commenting.

    They are blinded. Their ears are closed up by God. Their eyes have scales on them. Why?? For us Christians!! " The Election"

    Romans 10:19. Deuteronomy 32:21. Our love for Jesus is supposed to make them envious. What a happy, cheerful, non- judgmental Jesus Loving Bunch we are?!?!

    Yes they are into all manner of idolatry and occultism mixed with Jewish ritualism. It has to have a lot of emptiness in it, if God is not speaking to you.

    IT could happen to us if we can't learn (from scriptures above) to keep our yaps closed. We are WARNED.

    If one person yaps, another person does; soon the whole neighborhood is barking and no one is listening to God!!

    I think God would love it if we would get over our self-righteous, judgmentalness. They probably don't even know they are OUT.

    I will not speak on this again. I'm dropping this ball... you pick it up.



    I made banana bread. Come get a handful.
  • Mishael on Psalms 70
    AND WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

    Jesus Christ is the Son of God

    His Virgin birth

    His perfect sinless life

    His Death on the Cross

    Resurrected after 3 days

    Witnessed by his disciples and at least 500 people in town who SAW him with their own eyes and gave testimony of it.

    If anything is added on or taken away, then that is heresy.
  • Mishael to Willie - in Reply on Acts 2:38
    Sometimes you need to read a lot of scripture About the Holy Spirit to be CERTAIN about who He is and what He is all about. He is not a tongue.

    If you are nervous about who the Holy Spirit is... He already knows you are. He'll wait till you search the scriptures to be settled in your mind, that He is the 3rd person of the Godhead; He is the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Jesus went to the Cross partly so we all who believe on Jesus can receive the Holy Spirit without fears. Knowledge is strength.

    If your Bible has a dictionary OR a concordance; look up all those scriptures.

    When you ARE SURE you want the Holy Spirit ?? Then hold up your hands and say this out loud: " Holy Spirit I trust you and I want everything that you want me to have". I receive it now by faith. Thank you Jesus!!

    Amen! Praise God! So Be It! Hallelujah!
  • Mishael on James 217 on Psalms 70
    If someone is starving or about to lapse in a diabetic coma, and you stand on your vow not to feed bums... what good is your faith?

    Got some good faith verses in Galatians too.
  • Pray 4 the Holy Ghost on 1 Timothy 3
    Let us pray that the Holy Ghost gives us wisdom to address the issue of women preachers and keeping silent. God himself set the relationship model in Genesis 3:16 when unto the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." When would you then think that He would then allow women to preach to men? When Jesus chose the 12 Apostles, how many were women? Timothy, when laying out the structure of the Church was quite clear in the leadership roles. 3:1 - This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop. Likewise, in 3:12 " Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife". Timothy then expounds on these concepts by describing the personality characteristics of men and women in which he clearly identifies the role of each. Finally, Timothy writes in 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?). Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12 talks about the diversity of gifts. He specifically mentions men. He concludes in 12:28 that God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. No where does Paul mention women. He does mention women in Titus 2:3/4 - The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.
  • Adam - in Reply on John 5:43
    Please be respectful. The Bible already answered your question. You cited a verse in James, but have you read the whole book, specifically James 2? If someone disagrees with that then they're disagreeing with God's word. And if they disagree with God's word, who are they following exactly? If someone disagrees that Christianity requires action then they are disagreeing with Jesus himself. It's clear who wins that argument. The Bible is what matters, not what people want to believe.
  • 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???

    It CAN'T BE BOTH!

    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.

    You HAVE A DILEMMA!

    ANSWER:

    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Chris - in Reply on Luke 21:36
    Bruce, Jesus was speaking in the earlier verses about His coming again (v 27) after a time of great suffering. These verses had a partial fulfilment at the coming of Emporer Titus in AD 70 to destroy Jerusalem & the Temple. The people at that time would have thought that this was fulfilment of Jesus' words, but the full extent of those words haven't been realized as yet. They must point to another future event i.e. when Jesus comes again.

    So when Jesus says "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.", he tells his disciples to be alert & ready for that great event. "To pray always" doesn't imply that all His followers must constantly be in a state of kneeling prayer (or nothing would ever get done). I understand that we are to, in our watchfulness, be also in prayerfulness, as being mindful of spiritual matters & not getting caught up with the worldly. The very act of praying is one's turning of attention from off ourselves & the world & onto the Lord Who is our Hope & Life. Paul used the same thought in 1 Thes 5:17, to "pray without ceasing". Again, that our attitude is one of utter dependence on the Lord & our readiness to call upon Him as our first resort, rather than to other people & things.

    So, "how do you do this practically?" As you have reason to call upon the Lord wherever you are; as your spirit goes out to someone in need, or to those ministering the Word in difficult situations; as you are sharing the Word with another & you seek the Spirit's help in doing so; and your desire to keep short accounts with the Lord that you won't be ashamed at His Coming. These are just a few thoughts.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 35
    Carl, I fear that we have misunderstood your question, so our apologies. We have assumed that your question was to God changing His Name. But, in reading Genesis 35, I think your question is "Why did God change Jacob's name"?

    If I'm correct, then this actually is a good question. You may remember that this matter came up first in Genesis 32:24-30. Jacob had just left Laban's house after serving him for twenty years for his daughters & cattle, when during his journey at a brook, Jacob wrestled with an 'angel' & was winning the match, when the angel weakened his grip on him. But Jacob wouldn't release him until he received a blessing & so it was here at Peniel that the angel of the Lord told him that his name would be called Israel. And Israel = Yisra'el, means 'one who contended with God'. So Jacob would no longer be seen as 'the Supplanter', as his name, Jacob, meant.

    Yet, it seems that this name was only a prophecy until God (officially) named him Israel at Bethel (Genesis 35:10-13). So even though the Bible still speaks of Jacob, he is then known as Israel & all his descendants were the 'children of Israel". I hope this helps you.
  • John - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
    4. The Fire of God

    Hebrews 12:28-29

    Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.

    1 Peter 1:7

    So that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Daniel 7:9-10

    "As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened

    This verse refers to a "stream of fire" that came from before God's fiery throne. Is it possible this stream comes from or leads to a..Lake of fire?

    In the verses I've provided the scripture clearly teaches us that we are tested by fire, and saved through fire. Jesus' sacrafice on the cross purchased all men, paid for all their sin, and according to the scripture, missing the mark is to sin, and if Jesus meant to save all men, and fails to fufil that promise, he missed the mark, and that would make God a sinner. The whole world is in His hands, not mens hands.

    Ephesians 1:10

    As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    Revelation 5:13

    And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"

    Every creature; that includes everyone on earth throughout all time, there are no exceptions.
  • John - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:4
    2. The words 'Eternity', and 'forever' is a mistranslation that comes from the word 'aion' which means Age, or age abiding, age lasting, or into the ages, not eternity.

    If the word aion was translated to eternity every time its used in scripture, it might sound like it works for some verses, but if you consistantly translate it eternity there are many verses that would make no sense.

    Matthew 25:46

    And these will go away to eternal (age lasting) punishment, but the righteous to eternal (age lasting) life

    1 Corinthians 3:18

    If anyone thinks he is wise in this eternity (age), let him become a fool so that he may become wise.

    3. We don't have true 'Free will' to choose God

    There is the will of the flesh, and the will of Christ

    You either walk by the spirit, or you walk by the flesh.

    Ephesians 2:8-9

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

    John 1:12-13

    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    So God is the one that allows us to believe in him, we get no credit. We cannot boast that we chose God because we didn't, he chose us. That verse plainly states that.

    So how can we say men will be subject to eternal damnation when God didn't allow them to believe in him? God is all loving right? And all powerful, so he has a system in place in which he will purify all men through fire, all will be saved.

    God Also hardened Pharaohs heart, which left Pharaoh with no free choice to let the people go. If man had free will; God could not override their will, but he does.

    Exodus 4:21

    And the Lord said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.


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