Bible Questions Page 36

  • H J Billingsley - in Reply on Acts 1
    Interesting, never read anyone who did that much research on it. All plausable. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.
  • Brother dan - in Reply on Revelation 16
    Dear Brother Richard in Christ,

    Happy Sabbath!

    Yes, the sabbath was made for man, and it truly is a wonderful gift from God. Yes we can do good on this day.

    Jesus showed us all of the wonderful things that could be performed on this special day! The scribes and Pharisees were always looking for ways to trip Jesus up with the Sabbath.

    Luke 6:9-10

    "Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?" 10. And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

    We can justify many things on the sabbath....but, ignore the sabbath, God forbid!

    Apostle Paul below:

    Romans 3:31

    "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."

    God Bless.
  • Darlene - in Reply on Psalms 8
    Good morning :)

    So do you think the kingdom at hand lives with in us?

    Gods kingdom is nigh? Is in ya? We rule and reign it? We are kings of our own right?

    Thanks!

    Blessings.
  • Kristy on Leviticus 18:22
    What exactly Does the Bible actually tell us about weddings? Why can't u wear white to my wedding to a second husband? I've found nothing to support a "white" wedding purity blah blah blah statement IN the Bible! Only in a church full of "Christians" would anyone be shunned for wearing white!
  • Lord of the Harvest Fun - in Reply on Matthew 3
    My best study times are done with the Holy Spirit. He always has time for us. I read out loud and ask questions. When He reveals the answer, it's like I hear His voice in my chest or next to my right ear.

    I have to turn off the media. I hear him better sitting in the floor. Sometimes He sings a song that I know and it gives me tears of joy, really. I try to sing back and sound not so much like a frog. I'm glad there will be big choirs so I can croak with power. :)

    If we work on our relationship with Him, he will help us with our other relationships. I went through a couple of years forgiving others, forgiving myself often. He had to help me untangle the webs we weave in self deception.

    If we will read His Word slowly and read all the center of each page reference columns (that match the tiny alphabet letters); you will be amazed at how so it opens up the total picture of what you are studying. I call it "seek and you will find", studying. I take a ton of notes; and date anything the Holy Spirit speaks.

    Next week I'll be in the Prayer Request room, 'cause people get sad during holidays. Maybe this year we can forsake Halloween and celebrate the LORD of the Harvest?? Well I haven't done Halloween for 36 years. It doesn't compute in my heart.

    Wonder how fast Chick Tracts can send a bunch of tracts on "what Halloween is?" (The little comic like Bible Tracts all the children love to get :). All my neighbors are ancient like me lol. I can ring their doorbell and give them a comic book tract. Sounds fun.
  • Lionjudah on Matthew 5:1
    Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

    2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

    3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

    5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

    6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

    7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

    10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

    11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

    14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

    15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

    16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin no
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Matthew 3
    Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

    2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

    3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

    4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

    5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

    6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
  • Kathryn on Matthew 5
    17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

    18For 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.

    19Whosoever 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.

    A. What law is he referring to ? I have always supposed he meant the Mosaic Law - the commandments God gave directly to Moses for the Isreal People. Am I wrong?

    B. He clearly states that " until heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the LAW, till all be fullfilled. Therefore I am to believe that the law will stand as given until the earth and heavens are destroyed. So the idea that we are no longer bound by the LAW because Jesus death and resurrection fullfilled those requirements falls short because heaven and earth are still here. We are still required to keep the LAW, yes?

    C. " who ever shall break the least of the commandments ..." If we are referring only to the 10 Commandments...which would be the least? If the Mosaic Law commandments...no doubt there would be a least among them, given their broad range and scope, unlike the 10 commandments each of which seems mighty in it's own right. None taking the place of " least."

    So, my question is - what does Jesus mean when he speaks of coming to fullfill the law, that the law will not pass until heaven and earth pass and that there is among the laws some that are less important than others? Given the 10 commandments don't seem to offer a " least " commandment, I'm leaning toward accepting the LAW to which he refers is the Mosaic Law and that even now, despite Jesus fullfilling the LAW and the PROPHETS, we are to keep the law as we practice our Christian faith until heaven and earth pass away.
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Revelation 16
    that's What I was saying about the books the antichrist's want us to be trapped in your beast mind set with the flesh and all those babble church all in the world. for ever learning but never coming to the understanding of the truth?
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Revelation 16
    fellow the spirit of the truth not your flesh? mark of the beast has been here since the garden of eden. what fruit of tree u eating from? A good tree can not bare bad fruit. bad tree can not bare good fruit, u cant chose two master's/ teacher's of this world? or the holy spirit.

    Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

    32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

    33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more
  • LUCIFER BECOMES SATAN - in Reply on Revelation 16
    To Earl Bowman. Isaiah 28:13-19

    Lucifer was A CREATED ARCHANGEL. 4th in line to the Throne. He was cast down to the Earth. He became Satan. He was NOT human. He had no ability to produce children, unless you refer to evil spirits? Lucifer was in charge of praise and worship to God. He lost his position and name also when he was cast out.

    13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that THOU WAS CREATED.

    14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

    15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

    16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

    17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

    19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

    Revelation 12:9

    And the GREAT DRAGON was cast out, that old SERPENT called the DEVIL and SATAN, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    SEE Isaiah 14:12-16, to read more of Lucifer.

    If you will Google 'LIST OF DEMON NAMES'

    you'll see who works for him. The 1/3 that chose to be cast out with him.

    Blessings, Mishael
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Matthew 5:1
    Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

    21Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

    22But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

    23Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

    24Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

    25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

    26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Matthew 5:1
    Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

    6Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

    7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

    8(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

    9Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

    10Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

    11The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

    12Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

    13Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

    14But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
  • Gracelyn Fletcher - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Thanks so very much in Jesus name for the accuracy of your reply.
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Isaiah 49:22
    There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

    2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

    3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

    5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

    8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

    9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

    10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

    11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

    12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

    13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

    14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Isaiah 49:22
    There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

    2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

    3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

    5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

    8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

    9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

    10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

    11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

    12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

    13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

    14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Page 2.

    "And the heavens & earth that are now", I don't regard as a stage because: 1. the heavens haven't changed in form or substance & 2. the earth is still essentially the same that was once submerged. I do agree with your 'Third heaven & earth stage', though.

    Re: Satan & the Job reference. Probably my timeline would be as follows (& again, certainly not 'set in stone'): Lucifer was cast out of Heaven because of his rebellion (Isaiah 14); he roamed the Earth (& elsewhere) & was in Eden at the creation of Adam & Eve (Ezekiel 28); he appears with the Angels of God which seems to be an extraordinary event as God asks, "From where have you come?", as if to say, 'you aren't part of my angelic host, why have you joined them now?' Apparently, as a spirit he must have still had freedom to move wherever he wished. And yes, Satan, with the angelic host were created before the worlds were put together & probably, as you suggest, were included as the 'morning stars' in Job 38:7 (& this reference would precede the Isaiah 14 reference: before his rebellion).

    Just my thoughts from my studies, but no doubt lacking for want of more biblical narrative & limited revealed light to me.
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on Matthew 3
    Hey Robert,

    I totally understand you. I'm a 110 percent-er and don't look back.

    Do you want to email me and I can set up a Zoom meeting, Christ willing? I can edify your spirit..
  • Lionjudah - in Reply on 1 Corinthians 8
    I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

    14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

    15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

    For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

    24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

    26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
  • Stanjett on Revelation 1
    My, my, Christians against Christians, these things should not be brothers and sisters. When you come together, come together in love.
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Revelation 16
    "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath"

    "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?"
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Revelation 16
    I will take a guess: 1. Our sky. 2. Paradise. 3.Heaven. note: Paradise and Heaven are two places not one. Paradise is where we wait for judgement and if are worthy we go to Heaven.
  • Trevor on Acts 1
    Who was Theophilus ?
  • Sandra - in Reply on Revelation 16
    Pray for Holy Angels too! Pray for all creation! Pray for earth!

    A young lady said to me that she was a holy angel.

    How do you tell if she is or not?

    She was born of physical parents. She was not a holy angel! She needed to understand this so that she could receive Salvation in Christ! A ministry for holy angels by her perhaps!

    She needed to understand that she was not a holy angel! She is human species, and Salvation in Christ is for human beings! She was born human so she needs to be Born Again in Christ!.

    Holy angels have their own accountability to GOD as do all creation uniquely! Including our pets and our landscaping outside our properties or highways or byways! Command such to all praise GOD always! There is power in their praise to GOD also against evil!
  • Let us share info and study it in Scripture on Matthew 5:1
    Why don't we take a break, studying and expound on the BOOK OF JOEL ?8

    It's one you have to read slow with the Commentary. Bible verses related to Dreams And Visions:

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    Joel 2:28 - And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

    Acts 2:17 - And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, SAITH GOD, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

    ..........................................................

    Numbers 12:6 - And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

    Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

    Daniel 1:17 - As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

    Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his SECRET unto his SERVANTS the prophets.

    1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    ...........................................

    >> Top 2 verses say almost the same thing except in Acts it says Thus saith GOD. So if a prophet speaks Thus Saith The Lord; that had better of been from God and not the pizza you ate at 3am. God speaks to us by the Holy Spirit (which is the Spirit of Jesus).

    He speaks and then we repeat; word for word. Write it down and date it.

    I've found that the Book of Daniel goes forward and skips backward again. We have to hear the Holy Spirit teach that Book.

    Mishael
  • Robert on Matthew 3
    Does anyone know of any church that uses the 66 books of the Bible to teach from? Many claim to, but...

    Also I prefer the KJV(1611) Bible as most other translations use different words or interpretations. I believe the Word of God should only be changed by God. I have faith the Holy Spirit will reveal, teach and/or guide.

    I am also a Protestant. I have many Catholic friends and family that I pray for, but personally cannot align their beliefs with scripture.

    I am not picking on anyone, or judging anyone, fot that is not my place. That is Jesus's domain. He claims to have many flocks and His offer is open to all who accept His grace, hear His voice, and follow His testimony.

    My fear is not only are we loving in the Latter Days, but that we are living in the days when "they will search for the Word and shall not find it."

    Am I alone?

    I do not believe the Old Testament was "Nailed to the Cross". As previously mentioned, I believe in the Bible. The OT is full of prophecies that have not occurred.

    I am seeking edification and seem to be outside of most church denomination "circles" now-a-days.

    I love the Lord and spend countless hours studying and researching His word. But with the amount of knowledge doubling every 4 years, it is very hard to discern truth from fable.

    I pray that I have not offended anyone, and if so, humbly ask for your forgiveness.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Blessings and Prayers.
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 16
    LDS? Do you mean SDA?

    As a Baptist, how does it work out for you to attend your Fellowship on a Sunday? It must be a real problem then.

    And you're right, there's no scriptural warrant to change the day to Sunday - it appears it was something that the early Church began to do (Acts 20:7) - maybe in recognition & remembrance of their Saviour's resurrection. But I would be fine if someone wanted to worship on the Saturday, but it may be a lonely experience for them. When serving in Pakistan, I worshipped with believers there on a Friday - the point was that we did worship the Lord & we did it together in common love & faith.
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Revelation 16
    Mishael, the Spirit grace us with his words, the beast and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire (Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire) before Satan. Revelation 19 is describing those that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb, one cannot be the bride of Christ without partaking of the marriage supper of the Lamb. Being invited to the Lamb's supper means one partakes of the lake of fire (for our God is a consuming fire). Luke 12:49 I (Spirit of God, in flesh) am come to send fire upon the earth (mankind); and what will I (the Spirit of God be) if it (fire) be already kindled? (vs) 50 But I (Spirit of God,in flesh) have a baptism (of fire) to be baptized with, and how am I (Spirit of God) straitened till it (baptism of fire) be accomplished! Matthew 3:11 ....he (Spirit of God) shall baptize you (children of Satan, everyone is a child of this world before they are born of the seed of the Spirit) with the Holy Ghost and with fire (our God is a consuming fire). Since the Spirit is eternal the fire is eternal. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful (were you once fearful), and unbelieving (were you once unbelieving), and murders (did you once hate you brothers) ....all liars (did you once lie). The Spirit graces us with the lake of fire Malachi 3:1 ....and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly appear (at your rebirth) in his temple (you,the Spirits throne, heaven), (vs) 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? for he (the Spirit of truth) is like a refiners fire and fullers soap. Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord (Spirit) shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion.....by the spirit of judgement, and by the spirit of burning. (vs) 5 And the Lord (Spirit) will create (new birth) upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud (like the cloud over the tabernacle in Moses day) by day , and the shining of a flaming fire by night...(and when the cloud moved the people moved and when cloud stood still the people stood still)
  • Chris - in Reply on Acts 16:31
    Hello James.

    Acts 16:30-32: "And (the prison guard) brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house."

    In this verse, Paul was speaking about those who were living with the guard at his house only (v32). Yet, Paul qualifies that salvation can only come when the Gospel is firstly preached & there is a subsequent belief & acceptance of Christ as their (personal) Saviour. Some believe in "household salvation" whereby the saving of the head of the house, means the automatic salvation of his family as well. Verses cited to support this belief is: the above verse you gave, Acts 2:38, 39 & 1 Cor 7:14. Yet, salvation can only come after each person reaching the age of accountability before God, personally hears, believes & puts their faith in Christ for their salvation. Hence the work with children (e.g. Child Evangelism Fellowship & others) are so very important because even the little ones need to hear & receive Christ.

    So, even if one's family no longer resided in the family home & are not included in the meaning of verse 31, they are still personally responsible to respond to the Gospel as the Spirit of God moves them in that direction. I therefore understand Paul's instruction to the guard to mean that "not only you but also your whole family living with you can be saved by believing in Jesus".
  • EJL - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Chris,

    Thank you for your various responses.

    I believe you are correct as to the speaker being Jeremiah up until (Jeremiah 4:26).

    I was wondering, though, if you believe that this is a portrayal of Israel's future punishment, the devastation of this particular punishment of earth covered in water, and no light from heaven, has not come to pass. Is this yet still a future punishment awaiting Israel? If so, then what do we do with God's covenant to Noah in Genesis 9:8-17?

    As to the three earth and heaven ages, have you considered 2 Peter chapter 3.

    5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

    6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

    I believe this is reference to the 1st earth and heaven age, which ended by being "overflowed with water," i.e., becoming "without form, and void."

    7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    I understand this to be the 2nd heaven and earth age. Time present. From Genesis 1:2 on.

    13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

    I believe this is the 3rd heaven and earth age we are all looking forward to.

    Heaven on earth (Revelation 21:2)

    Three heaven and earth ages; One heaven and one earth.

    Concerning Satan, I would give reference to Job.

    Satan I believe can be considered a "son of God," because he is referenced as being among them and with them to present himself to God in Job 1:6 and again in Job 2:1.

    Satan is also included as being there with God when "the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy" (Job 38:7) in reference to the creation of earth by God.

    It seems as though Satan and the other angels may have been around before the creation of the earth itself.

    Thanks,

    EJL


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