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October 15, 2017


Do you believe that if God calls you, you (a person, anyone) can NOT possibly resist? Or, do you think that someone can resist God? thanks! All these little questions are really really helping me. michelle

There is only one thing God CANNOT DO, GOD CANNOT SIN!!!

The greatest good a person can do is to freely accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR…

To not provide that free choice to humanity, would not allow the greatest good that man can do, and that WOULD BE SIN!!!

People who deny the concept of man’s “free will”, do it under several miss-conceptions.

First, they say man is “born” totally depraved, and we have no ability or even any desire to save ourselves; THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!

Therefore they say, man has no “free will”, and we only desire to sin. Without God, we are slaves to sin without any ability to freely choose otherwise!!! Again that is true.

However there is God, and God being fully aware of our inability to even desire to be good, has provided what many of the early Church fathers called “prevenient grace”. The grace that goes before, the grace that is provided to ALL MANKIND, so that through God’s mercy, even lost sinners as we all are, sometimes do good things, sometimes make right choices, and provides us with the attribute of “free will”…

This prevenient grace allows us to make the free choice to sin or not to sin; WHICH SHOWS ALL THE MORE HOW TOTALLY DEPRAVED WE ARE, WHEN EVEN WITH GOD’S GRACE IN OUR LIVES WE STILL CHOOSE TO SIN, TO DENY HIM!!!

God calls all sinners to repentance, that IS ALL OF US, EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD…….

Isaiah 53 v 6A

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Throughout the Old and New Testament God calls ALL sinners to repent, to turn from our evil ways.

Jeremiah 18 v 8

“If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”

Why does God say “if” they turn away, IF God’s call could not be ignored by sinners??? This statement in Jeremiah would be pointless, and it would take up space in God’s Holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible that could be better used for THINGS THAT WOULD CORRECTLY GUIDE US…

Jeremiah 26 v 3

“If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.”

Again God says: “if so be they will hearken”, if we cannot resist His call, why does God again say “if”? If we cannot resist, then there is NO “IF” about it, He either calls us or He doesn’t…

Jeremiah 26 v 13

“Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.”

Here God calls sinners to amend his, our ways, to repent of our sin; but if they, we cannot resist His call THERE IS NO POINT IN TELLING US TO, WE SIMPLY WILL OBEY BECAUSE WE CANNOT RESIST???

Ezekiel 14 v 6

“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

Again what point is there to tell us to repent if WE CANNOT resist His call??? We either will because we cannot resist, or He has not called us???

Ezekiel 18 v 23

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

God’s desire is THAT EVERYONE SHOULD REPENT!!!!!!!

But most do not, why if WE CANNOT RESIST HIS CALL???????

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Again and again God calls ALL sinners to repent and live; but most do not. Why if WE CANNOT RESIST???????

1 Timothy 2 v 4

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

In Timothy it is made perfectly clear God desires and calls ALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE…

But some would say, God desires all, but does not call all to repentance; those He calls will repent.

If so, that on one hand God decrees who will repent and who won’t by His irresistible call; THEN HOW COULD HE “HONESTLY” say He wants all to repent; YET SAYS “I WON’T LET SOME REPENT, BECAUSE I DON’T CALL SOME”???????

1 Timothy 2 v 6

“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Is God a liar, HE GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL?

Numbers 23 v 19A

“God is not a man, that he should lie…”

***GOD DOES NOT LIE!!!!!!!***

God sent His Son Jesus Christ because HE LOVED ALL OF US…

John 3 v 16

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

God LOVES us ALL, His Son died for us ALL, but not ALL OF US WILL SAY “YES” TO THAT LOVE THAT CALL!!!

Second people argue that if a person can say “NO” to His call, then God is not sovereign. For NO ONE can say “NO” to the sovereign will of God. This sounds good, sounds righteous, sounds like it acknowledges God’s absolute power and authority over His creation; but in reality IT DOES NOT!!!

For it declares GOD CANNOT GIVE MAN “FREE WILL”, GOD CANNOT GIVE US THE GRACE TO CHOOSE.

***GOD IS NOT A HUMAN LEADER. God does not worry about someone else taking His power or authority, nor does He worry about someone appearing to have power over Him; it simply cannot happen, EVER…

So by His sovereign will God has graciously allowed us and given us the ability to choose to do the ultimate good, to say “yes” or “no” to His CALL by His grace and mercy!!!!!!!

It is His choice not ours, that gives us His prevenient grace that allows us ”free will”, “free choice”…….

He gives us the ability to resist His call upon our lives…….

For the greatest “good”, to voluntarily LOVE Him!!!!!!!

Below is a detailed explanation of my answer:

 

The Beginnings of Salvation

The finished atonement of Jesus Christ becomes effective for the salvation of mankind, only when administered to the believers by the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit done in us, is necessary to salvation as the work of Jesus Christ done for us. The redemption Jesus worked for us in the flesh becomes effective only as He works in us through the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the work Christ accomplished upon the cross.

We will now consider the nature of this work, and consequently we turn our attention to what in theology is generally known as the benefits of the atonement. We shall consider these, first in their objective form as "words" of the covenant, and secondly in their subjective aspects as the inner "grace" of the covenant.

 

Thus we will cover (1) The Vocation or Call (2) Prevenient Grace.

The Gospel Vocation

The Holy Spirit as the agent of Jesus Christ, makes known His divine purpose for the salvation of the world, through a Proclamation commonly known in theology as the Vocation or Call. The word comes from the Greek “klesois”, which means a vocation or calling; “kalein” to call, referring backward to the Spirit’s pleading for people to accept the call; and “kletos” the called, carries the thought forward to those who have accepted that invitation, and who are, therefore the elect. In this sense, the Church is the “ecclesia”, or called out ones.

Election and Predestination are closely related to Vocation and calling. The understanding of the meaning of Predestination has an intimate connection with the doctrine of the Atonement in regard to the extent of its benefits.

Predestination is the gracious purpose of God to save mankind from utter ruin and damnation. It includes provisionally, all mankind in its scope, and is conditioned solely (no mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith on Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in  him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”                                      John 3 v 16

“Whosoever”, not whosoever God picked, “loved the world”, all mankind, not a chosen few.

It is the plan, the way to salvation that is predestined not the person. Thus predestination is God’s general and gracious plan of saving mankind by adoption as children through Jesus Christ; election pertains to the chosen ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord, God, and Savior. *The elect are chosen, not by absolute decree, but by personal acceptance of the conditions of the call, by any and all who by their “free” will act upon the “grace” of God that is freely offered to all mankind…….Not a predestined few.

The vocation or call is God’s offer of salvation

to all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is the gracious “Beginnings of Salvation”.

 

The call is universal and includes three things--- the proclamation, the conditions upon which salvation is made, and the command to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ.

                      *Acts 5 v32…Acts 13 v38-40

                                  ***Acts 4 v12***

The agent of the call is the Holy Spirit, and the Word is the instrument of His operations.

Awakening is a term used in theology to denote that operation of the Holy Spirit by which the “Totally Depraved” (Read my paper entitled:                 “Inherited Depravity”) minds are “quickened” , by the Spirit to a consciousness of their lost condition. In this “quickening”, the Spirit not only works through the medium of objective truth, but by a directinfluence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

The impulse or decision to turn toward communion with God depends on the impact of divine agency upon the human heart. The initial awakening or “quickening” may be described as the pressure from God which is given freely to all, (not sought by man’s fallen nature), but whose intent by God’s grace can be acted upon or rejected by the individual at their choice.

Awakening or “quickening” is not regeneration, but rather the preparation for the same…The office of “quickening” is to produce the sense of need and the measure of aspiration and desire which are requiste to make one a willing subject in the consummation of adoption into the family of God.

It is a serious “contradiction” to believe God gives a universal call to all mankind, and then secretly withholds the power to believe or accept the call from all those He has not given the ability to choose salvation. It is further a very serious contradiction to acknowledge God loves all mankind, then for reasons outside the teachings of God’s inerrant, infallible Word, rejects certain people without giving them the grace or ability to reject Jesus Christ for themselves. ( limited atonement )

The divine intention is that all men shall avail themselves of their blood bought privileges in Jesus Christ. ***The call is not fictitious but genuine. 

*******It is not only an external offer of salvation, but is accompanied by the internal grace (prevenient grace) of the Holy Spirit sufficient to allow the fallen person, in his “total depravity” state, to “freely” accept             or reject salvation.*******

Jesus Christ atoning blood sacrifice opened the door for this grace, and provided it for all mankind…This grace works with the fallen “totally depraved” nature to allow every human being to exercise his God given “free” will to ultimately make the greatest choice to accept or reject saving grace, saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The greatest “good” is to accept Jesus Christ, to deny this choice would be “sin” itself !!!

Prevenient Grace

Before actually discussing prevenient grace, it may be well to call attention to the fact that the grace of God is itself infinite, and therefore cannot be limited to His redemptive work, unspeakably great as this may be.

1) Grace is an eternal fact in the inner relations of the Trinity.

2) It existed in the form of sacrificial love before the foundation of the world.

3) It extended order and beauty to the process and product of creation.

4) It devised the plan for restoration of sinful man.

5) It is manifested specifically through revealed religion as the content of Christian theology.

6) It will find its consummation in the regeneration of all things, of which our Lord testified.

* The absolute holiness of God determines the nature of divine grace, and its laws ever operate under that standard.

Prevenient Grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the state of salvation. It is pre-aratory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered a form of mercy; as it respects the powerless, it is enabling power.

It may be defined, therefore, as that manifestation of divine influence which precedes the full regenerate life. We will consider,

1) the Historical approach

2) the nature of Prevenient grace

3) Prevenient grace and Human Will

The Historical Approach.

The idea of grace (charis) is fundamental in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Genesis 6 v3; Zechariah 4 v6; John 6 v44; 15 v5;

Romans 5 v6 (asthenon, helpless) [asebon,godless]

Romans 5 v8 (amartolon, transgressors)

Romans 5 v10 (echthpoi, under wrath)

1 Corinthians 2 v4-5; 2 Corinthians 3 v5;

Ephesians 2 v1; 2 v8; Philippians 2 v13;

1 Thessalonians 1 v5; 2 Thessalonians 2 v13,

1 Peter 1 v2; Titus 2 v11…

During the period of the early fathers, the doctrine of prevenient grace seems never to have been questioned, except by the Gnostics and Manichaeans.

Justin(165 ad) says, “That we may follow those things                                  that please Him…He both persuades and leads to faith.”

Tertullian(220 ad) writes: “the greatness of some good things is unsupportable, so that only the greatness of the divine inspiration is                                     effectual for attaining and practicing them.”

 

Clement of Alexandria(220 ad) bears the same testimony.

”It is not without eminent grace,” He states, “that the soul is winged, and soars, laying aside all that is heavy….Neither is God involuntarily good, as fire is warm; but in Him the imparting of good things is                                  voluntary, even if He first receives the request. Nor shall he who is saved, be saved against his will…

God ministers salvation to those who co-operate for the attainment of knowledge and good conduct.”

Origen(254 ad) makes the statement:

“our perfection is brought about not as if we ourselves did nothing; yet it is not completely by ourselves, but God produces the greater part of it.”

Cyprian(258 ad) writes to the same effect.

“If, depending on God with your whole strength,” he continues,  “and with your whole heart, you be only what you have begun to be, power to do so is given you in proportion to the increase of spiritual grace.”

Therefore I assert, that in a broard sense, the doctrine of Prevenient grace was indeed held by all the early fathers.**The laxed interpretation of it, however, by the Greek fathers, led to Pelagianism.

Augustine and the theologians of his period distinguished five kinds of grace.

1) Prevenient grace which removed the fallen incapacity to choose and invited repentance.

2) Preparing grace which restrained the natural resistance and disposed the will to accept salvation by faith.

3) Operating grace which conferred the power of believing and kindled justifying faith.

4) Co-operating grace which followed justification, and served to promote sanctification and good works;

5) Conserving grace, by which faith and holiness were conserved and confirmed.

At a later period in the history of Christian thought, theologians regarded faith as constituting a fourfold office as follows:

1) Elenchtical, or the awakening to a knowledge of sin.

2) Didactic, or instruction in the way of salvation.     

3) Pedagogical, or the conversion of the sinner.

4) Paracletic, or consoling and strengthening of the converted.

John Wesley had basically four types of God’s graces.

1) Prevenient grace

2) Convicting grace

3) Saving grace

4) Sanctifying grace

The Holy Spirit is the Author of preliminary grace; that is, of the kind of preparatory influence which is imparted to the entire human race. It is not recognized and is without meaning to the sinner unless they choose to act upon it. And it must be understood that God’s grace is His grace, it is we who attempt to dissect its various attributes and workings by defining and giving names to various aspects of its manifestations.

******* Grace is Grace*******

The Nature of Prevenient Grace

The nature of Prevenient grace is found in the fourth article of the doctrine of Remonstrants.

 4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the      disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings to perfection everything that can be called good in man; and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace; that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.

This proposition is analyzed by the theologian Watson in his institutes.

1) Everything that can be called good in man, previous to regeneration is the direct working of God’s prevenient grace. Man himself is totally depraved and incapable of any good thing.

2) God’s prevenient grace works upon the unregenerate allowing them to do good things. And gives them the ability to choose or rejectsaving faith in Jesus Christ.

3) There is human co-operation with the Holy Spirit, aiding and “quickening” the human’s “free will to reject or accept Jesus Christ.

4) That prevenient grace is given to all mankind to bring them to salvation through Jesus Christ, but that this grace is so given, that man’s “free” will can resist the pleading or calling of the Holy Spirit.

This analysis suggests five main points.

1) Mankind is totally depraved, incapable of seeking God without his loving grace.

2) Prevenient grace is an unconditional benefit of the atonement.

3) The continuity of grace as excluded the Calvinistic distinction between common and Efficacious grace.

4) synergism, or co-operation of grace and free will.

5) Mankind does have power to reject or accept Jesus Christ before regeneration.

The doctrine of natural depravity affirms the total inability of man to turn by himself to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

This being postulated, the affirmation that all have an equal probation involves the doctrine of a gracious influence unconditionally secured as the common inheritance of the race: this gracious influence so secured; by the same blood that purchased for mankind a conscious existence procured for them all grace needful (deon) for the responsibilities of that existence.

Prevenient Grace and Free Will

Prevenient grace is exercised upon the fallen nature of mankind. This grace is exercised upon his entire being. This grace operates upon the intellect, the feelings or will, upon the person or central being which is beneath and behind all affections and attributes. It thus preserves a belief in the unity of the personality. Prevenient grace has to do with man as a “free” and responsible agent.

 Prevenientgrace has to do further, with the person as enslaved by sin. This grace assists man’s fallen nature to rise above his depravity and allows him to assert his “free” will. If the person co-operates with this grace it can ultimately lead to saving grace, salvation…

This prevenient grace of the Holy Spirit, unconditionally bestows upon all mankind, the power and responsibility of “free” will. To choose or to reject the call of God to salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ…

At this point, I have shared everything necessary to clearly articulate my position…Therefore at this time I find it unnecessary to discuss repentance, faith, or conversion.

The sole purpose in this paper was to explain my position on the topic that anyone by God’s grace can be saved!!! Any human being, but they must make the choice for themselves, which is possible by God’s prevenient grace…

This paper cannot change or correct anyone’s stand, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. And God gives us the right to say yes or no, so I can do no less.

But I am satisfied that by the Power of the “Eternal” God, I have stated my position appropriately, concisely, and adequately.

God’s will be done!!!!!!!

2 Peter 3:9 (RSV)
9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc




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October 8, 2017


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Question:  It was stated that Mt. 22:30 (about there being no marriage in heaven) implies that the number of the redeemed is set. Is this true? What else does the Bible say, or imply about this being true? Is this similar to the debate about predestination? Thank you so much for considering my question, Abbyrae

Matthew 22 v 23-30

“The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24. Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26. Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27. And last of all the woman died also. 28. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

The best method for interpreting scripture is to let scripture interpret scripture. In this case the text you mentioned must be carefully considered in it’s proper context.

First, there is absolutely nothing in the context that would even suggest this statement of Jesus should be taken symbolically. Therefore our text must be taken literally not symbolically or mystically.

Second, Jesus statement is in response to the Sadducees. The Sadducees were not many in number; but they were the wealthy, the aristocratic, and the governing class. The chief priests, for instance, were Sadducees. In politics they were collaborationist; quite ready to cooperate with the Roman government, if cooperation was the price of the retention of their own privileges. In thought they were quite ready to open their minds to Greek ideas. In their Jewish belief they were traditionalists. They refused to accept the oral and scribal law, which to the Pharisees was of such paramount importance. They went even further; the only part of scripture which they regarded as binding was the Pentateuch, the Law par excellence, the first five books of the Old Testament. They did not accept the prophets or the poetical books as scripture at all. In particular they were at variance with the Pharisees in that they completely denied any life after death, a belief on which the Pharisees insisted.

**Thus the subject that initiated Jesus response was the Sadducees’ denial of life after death, not for a set number, but for anyone.

The Sadducees produced a question which, they believed, reduced the doctrine of the resurrection of the body to an absurdity. There was a Jewish custom called Levirate Marriage. How far it was ever carried out in practice is very doubtful. If a man died childless, his brother was under obligation to marry the widow, and to beget children for his brother; such children were legally regarded as the brother's children. If the man refused to marry the widow, they must both go to the elders. The woman must loosen the man's shoe, spit in his face, and curse him; and the man was thereafter under a stigma of refusal.

Deuteronomy 25 v 5-10

“If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her. 6. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. 7. And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of My husband's brother. 8. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; 9. Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house. 10. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.”

The Sadducees cited a case of Levirate Marriage in which seven brothers, each dying childless, one after another married the same woman; and then asked, "When the resurrection takes place, whose wife will this much-married woman be?" Here indeed was a catch question.

Jesus began by laying down one principle, the whole question starts from a basic error, the error of thinking of heaven in terms of earth, and of thinking of eternity in terms of time. Jesus' answer was that anyone who reads scripture must see that the question is irrelevant, for heaven is not going to be simply a continuation or an extension of this world. There will be new and greater relationships which will far transcend the physical relationships of time.

Then Jesus went on to demolish the whole Sadducee position. They had always held that there was no text in the Pentateuch which could be used to prove the resurrection of the dead.

Matthew 22 v 31-32

“But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Now, what was one of the commonest titles of God in the Pentateuch? "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob." God cannot be the God of dead men and of moldering corpses. The living God must be the God of living people. The Sadducee case was crushed. Jesus had done what the wisest Rabbis had never been able to do. Out of Scripture itself Jesus had confuted the Sadducees, and had shown them that there is a life after death which must not be thought of in earthly terms.

Jesus point was twofold, one INDEED THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH and two OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN HEAVEN WILL BE DEEPER AND FAR MORE INTIMATE THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED ON THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY!!!!!!!

***Simply, Jesus said: “THERE IS NO MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN.”

Jesus was not in anyway attempting to suggest or qualify how many people would be in heaven!!! He had already settled that question before.

John 3 v 16

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

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Jesus came to save ALL who would receive Him as LORD, GOD, and eternal SAVIOR; the limit of those who will be in heaven is simply a limit WE PLACE UPON OURSELVES, whether we choose to accept Jesus or not!!!!!!! ***Only that determines how many people WILL BE SAVED!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 1, 2017


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Question : In mark 4:11-12 Jesus seems to be saying that he is hiding salvation from the people. Why doesn`t Jesus just tell them. Why did he speak in riddles?

Mark 4 v 11-12

“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

A parable is a story or illustration to describe a concept. All of the parables Jesus told WOULD easily be understood by those WHO REALLY WANTED TO KNOW and UNDERSTAND!!!

He used word pictures and phrases that were well known to the common people, ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS THINK ALITTLE BIT.

Those who didn’t really care about what He said, or if understanding would have rejected Jesus and His teaching anyway; would simply not take the little effort it would take to fully understand Jesus!

So by speaking in simple to understand parables He weeded out the sincere searcher from the insincere pretender. If they didn’t understand, all they had to do is ask like His disciples did, and JESUS WOULD HAVE EXPLAINED THEM. ***But not really caring, those who did not understand, and would not accept if they could understand, simply walked away STILL IN THEIR DELIBERATE DIS-BELIEF!!!!!!!

David Ring is a well-known Baptist evangelist with a slight speech impediment do to cerebral palsy. Many a time I have heard people walking away complaining: “I couldn’t understand a word he was saying”.  ***Others were very convicted by what he said, and often the alters are flooded after he speaks. ***But for some, his speech impediment like Jesus’ parables TOOK JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO LISTEN TO and JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO THINK ABOUT, so they walk away unsatisfied, and unchanged by a deliberate choice of not caring enough…….

When a person wants genuinely to learn they will learn; if not, they will walk away by a deliberate act of their will: UNCHANGED!!!

That is what Jesus is telling us through Mark’s gospel in the text you are concerned about…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

October 1, 2017

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September 24, 2017

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Question: Could you please help me to understand the meaning of isaiah 34:16 ??

Isaiah 34 v 16

“Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

The statement simply means, STUDY THE WORD OF GOD, (none shall want her mate) NOT A SINGLE VERSE WILL NOT FIND IT’S FULFILLMENT, every WORD is from God’s mouth therefore all the verses are interconnected to each other and makeup the COMPLETE SCRIPTURES OF GOD by the power of the Holy Spirit!!!

Matthew Henry the great Theologian explains it this way:

”Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may be more diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of the truth continually increase, as one prophecy after another is fulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days.”

John Wesley considered founder of the Methodist Church, his life and teachings the inspiration for the Wesleyan Church as well as other Holiness denominations says this of your text:

“…if you pursue this prophecy, you will find, that all things exactly come to pass, as I have told you.”

The point being God’s holy, inerrant, infallible Word the Bible IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE AND EVERY VERSE, EVERY PROPHECY WILL COME TO PASS , it’s mate being the fulfillment of each and every word…

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

***So we SHOULD SEARCH AND STUDY THE HOLY WRIT THE BIBLE as often as we can…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 17, 2017


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In Romans when Paul refers to `calling on the name of the Lord` is he referring to what Ananias told him in Acts 22:16?

Acts 22 v 16

“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Romans 10 v 13

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I do not think anyone knows for sure who Paul is referring to. But more likely Paul being the devout Jew and Pharisee that he was, and very well read in the Old Testament scriptures, he is probably quoting:

Joel 2 v 32

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.”

Paul may also be considering,

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

But this is unlikely because of the timing that the book of Acts was written and available to readers. However the oral understanding of this text may have been well known to Paul and it may very well have been one of the earliest wide-spread doctrines of the Church.

***Jesus Christ ONLY!!!***

John Wesley agrees with my assessment:

“Nor shall any one who hears this doctrine of salvation, and credits it as he is commanded, be permitted to pray or supplicate the throne of grace in vain: for the Prophet Joel hath declared, Joel 2:32: Whosoever shall call upon, invoke, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of sinners, shall be saved-shall have his guilt pardoned, his heart purified; and if he abide in the faith, rooted and grounded in him, showing forth the virtues of him who was called him out of darkness into his marvellous light, he shall be saved with all the power of an eternal life.”

Dr. Taylor says this:

“Believing in Christ, or God, Romans 10:11, and calling upon God, Romans 10:12-14, are in effect the same thing; as calling upon God necessarily connects and supposes faith in him: and he who duly believes in Christ has such a sense of his dependence upon Divine grace, that he looks unto God and trusts in his power and goodness alone for happiness: which is the true religion of the Gospel.”

So calling on the name of the Lord does not necessarily mean in Jesus name only, but includes in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Paul and Joel the prophet are saying: “call upon the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD!!!  ***Which of course we KNOW TO BE THE TRINITY, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…

John Calvin also considered Paul’s reference to this passage in Joel:

‘The context in Joel,’ says Calvin:

“will fully satisfy us that his prediction applies to this passage of Paul.”

In essence Joel was prophesying what Paul would declare in the future, and Paul was quoting Joel, interesting!!!

The key to the phrase wherever Paul got his inspiration, is that WE MUST CALL UPON, WORSHIP, AND SUBMIT WHOLELY TO THE ONE TRUE GOD, GOD MUST BE OUR ABSOLUTE AND ONLY LORD!!!!!!!

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September 10, 2017


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I know you said that a christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost, however, I have been very worried for sometime now about the state of my mind. Every time I read the scripture about this sin it is as if the enemy attacks my mind and replay all sorts of thougts which i am worried that i might have sinned against God in this manner. I believe in God and his power and the Holy Ghost will all my heart, but I have been having this negative thougts that seem not to be going no matter how much I pray. Can you tell me if I have sinned or is it that I worry about my thougts too much why this is happening to me?

First I might suggest you get a thorough medical exam, even Christians can have illnesses or chemical imbalances that can cause depression, worry, and thoughts that you have described.

If there is ‘no’ medical reason, then it may be as you say, Satan or the spirit of Satan is just lying to you to take away your joy.

1 Peter 5 v 12

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

If you LOVE Jesus Christ, and have genuinely asked Him to be your LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; HE HAS SAVED YOU!!!!!!!

Romans 10:10-11 (RSV)
10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."

You LOVE Jesus, YOU ARE HIS, You will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER be put to shame!!! In-other-words, HE HAS ETERNALLY SAVED YOU AND SEALED YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT: FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ephesians 1:13-14 (RSV)
13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

2 Corinthians 1:22 (RSV)
22 he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Philippians 1:6 (RSV)
6 And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

((((((( God Himself guarantees YOUR SALVATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )))))))

Anything, any thought, any statement by another person, or anything else that denies YOUR SALVATION IS A LIE!!!

1 Corinthians 1 v 9

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2 Thessalonians 3 v 3

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”

Hebrews 10 v 23

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

1 John 1 v 9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 10 v 9-11

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

If you have asked God to forgive you of your sins, YOU ARE ETERNALLY FORGIVEN!!!!!!! ***Your past, present, and if any future sins are committed by you, ALL HAVE BEEN FOGIVEN, WIPED AWAY; YOU ARE CLEANSED, YOU ARE SAVED!!!!!!!

Just keep on claiming God’s promise, even when everything or anyone else tries to deceive you; IF YOU LOVE JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL OF YOUR BEING YOU ARE HIS ETERNALLY,  THAT IS THE BIBLICAL FACT!!!!!!!

The unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit) is to never accept Jesus Christ as your LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; if you have: nothing can keep you out of heaven; nothing ever can separate you from God and His great LOVE for you!!!!!!!***ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!!!***

Romans 8 v 37-39

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Case closed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 3, 2017


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What about James 5:14,15 Isn`t this related this to physical sickness? Thank you for your time and God bless all that you do. 

 James 5 v 14-15

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

I’m not sure what your question is. Certainly this verse is talking about physical, emotional and spiritual sickness.

A great attribute of the early church was that it was a healing Church. Here it inherited its tradition from Judaism. When a Jew was ill, it was to the Rabbi the person went rather than to the doctor; and the Rabbi anointed them with oil. Which Galen the Greek doctor called "the best of all medicines", and prayed over them.

Few communities can have been so devotedly attentive to their sick as the early church was.

Justin Martyr writes that numberless demoniacs were healed by the Christians when all other exorcists had been helpless to cure them and all drugs had been unavailing.

 Irenaeus, writing far down the second century, tells us that the sick were still healed by having hands laid on them.

Tertullian, writing midway through the third century, says that no less a person than the Roman Emperor, Alexander Severus, was healed by anointing at the hands of a Christian called Torpacion and that in his gratitude he kept Torpacion as a guest in his palace until the day of his death.

The Church has always cared for her sick; and in her there has always resided the gift of healing. The social gospel is not an afterthought to Christianity; it is the very essence of the Christian faith and life.

John Wesley says this about the gift of healing:

“This single conspicuous gift, which Christ committed to his apostles,

Mark 6 v 13

“And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

remained in the church long after the other miraculous gifts were withdrawn. Indeed, it seems to have been designed to remain always; and St. James directs the elders, who were the most, if not the only, gifted men, to administer it.”

Though this gift does occur in our modern era, it is not as prevalent as it was in the early church while the foundations were being laid for Faith in Jesus Christ…….

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August 27, 2017


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If the term Baal means lord, and Baal was a name of a bunch of ancient gods, then calling out to the lord or saying the lord is my sheppard, is that not calling Baal your sheppard, or calling the lord your god not calling Baal your god????????? david

I appreciate your concern, but in “truth” you do not need to worry.

Mark 12 v 32

“And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Deuteronomy 4 v 35

“Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him.”

Deuteronomy 32 v 39

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god besides me:”

Isaiah 43 v 10C

“…before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”

In other words, a god called Baal, though worshiped by some, SIMPLY DOES NOT EXIST!  The so called god of the Koran simply DOES NOT EXIST!

***In “TRUTH” there is and ever will be only ONE GOD!!!

That God is in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three persons, but one entity!!! One being, one divinity…

So though baal means lord in it’s original language, the English word Lord is not in reference to that NON-EXISTENT MANMADE god.

The word lord basically is a generic title that means: a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.

There are human “lords”, and there is the one “living”, “ever existent”, “real” LORD whom is GOD ALMIGHTY, YHWH, JESUS CHRIST, the HOLY SPIRIT…….

The word LORD is rightly applied to the ONE TRUE GOD!!!

What it really comes down to is what YOU, ME, the INDIVIDUAL means in their heart when they speak or cry out to God.

Though there is only one “real” God and all the rest are simply manmade non-existent substitutes; still what we think in our hearts does matter.

We are not saved by LOVING the title God, we are not saved by LOVING a title LORD, we are not even saved by LOVING a title called the Son of God; WE ARE SAVED BY A VERY PERSONAL LOVE RELATIONSHIP with the “real” person Jesus Christ.

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Now there are other people named Jesus, or Yeshua, or Joshua, or whatever else the English “JESUS” can be translated to in other languages. But salvation comes from a personal LOVE RELATIONSHIP with the Jesus that is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, AND HIM ONLY…

My point, He KNOWS who you LOVE, He KNOWS whom you are praying to. There may be many people with Jesus’ name, but do we stop calling Him by His name because others also have or use His name??? Certainly not!

Must we call out to Jesus only in the Hebrew language; LOVE Him only in the Hebrew language, certainly not!!!

God hears, God knows, He understands!!!

I certainly would not pray using literally the name Baal, but there is NO PROBLEM WITH CALLING ON THE LORD, WHEN YOU ARE CALLING ON JESUS CHRIST THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD…

The value of the word is what YOU place on it. If, using the word LORD offends you, then call Him by His name. But if YOU truly LOVE Jesus Christ, by definition, Jesus MUST be your LORD.

Jesus Himself said this,

Luke 6:46 (RSV)
46 "Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?

It’s not in the calling a person lord that makes him your lord, it’s in obeying Him that acknowledges that He IS YOUR LORD!!!!!!!

The false non-existent god Baal is not the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus is still my LORD, I hope this helps you.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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August 20, 2017


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Romans 5:13 states that until the Law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. My question is, if one was not held accountable for his or her sin ( except dying a physical death from the result of Adam`s sin), how could they be judged and condemned rightfully by God? For example, Cain murdered his brother Abel. According to this verse, his personal sin was not imputed on him. So what about all the people who lived from Adam to Moses--what happened to them after death if they are not held personally guilty? Thank you!

 Romans 5 v 13

“(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

This scripture DOES NOT take away a person’s responsibility for their sin.

We ARE STILL ACCOUNTABLE!!!

This verse simply means sin was in the world long before the “written” law, and now with the written law comes even greater condemnation and personal awareness for our sins. For now we cannot claim we do not know right from wrong, WE ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE! ***But ignorance of the Law is NOT A LEGITMATE EXCUSE…

Romans 2 v 12-13

“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13. (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

Whether a person is judged guilty by the written law, or by the unwritten law that God puts upon our conscience, or that God’s nature teaches us; WE ARE ALL STILL SINNERS, AND WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDINGLY…

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

For Paul makes clear,

Romans 6 v 23A

“For the wages of sin is death…”

Since ALL HAVE SINNED, ALL NEED THE ONLY SAVIOR!!!

Romans 6 v 23B

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are ALL JUDGED SINNERS worthy of not only DEATH but DAMNATION too, but through God’s grace, LOVE, and mercy we are offered redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal salvation through justification by faith in Jesus Christ’s atoning blood sacrifice upon the cross, that our sins put Him on…….

Whether we are guilty of sin under God’s written law or His ETERNAL HOLY law, WE WILL BE HELD accountable; the only provision for forgiveness is a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. Our personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

We are not saved by any good work we do, nor do we maintain our salvation by our good works; But, God saves us TO DO GOOD WORKS!!!

Ephesians 2:10 (RSV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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August 13, 2017


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Some Christian denominations practice what is called infant education; christening; What is the difference between these two practices and are they Biblical?

Proverbs 22 v 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Each denomination has it’s own emphasis and understanding of “infant baptism”, “child dedication”, “christening, etc.

Some denominations believe that infant baptism saves the child, the Roman Catholic Church is the primary source for this belief.

****Infant and or adult baptism however SAVES ABSOLUTELY NO ONE!!!


A BAPTIZED SINNER, IS JUST A WET SINNER!!!

Only a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST SAVES ANYONE!!!!!!!

Accepting Jesus Christ as YOUR Lord, God, and Savior: SAVES YOU…

But there is certainly a biblical concept of “child dedication”, “christening”, and “infant baptism”!

In their proper biblical concept and context, these rituals are a symbol.

One, the parents, the blood family, and the Church family pledge together to raise the baby, the child in the understanding and truth of God. To dedicate their lives in training the child in the truth and wisdom of the one true God.

As Abraham did,

Genesis 18 v 19

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

As the people and nation of Israel, as the children and people of God are commanded to:

Deuteronomy 4 v 9

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;”

Deuteronomy 6 v 3-9

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 4. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: 5. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

As Christians and as especially Christian parents it is OUR glorious and gracious obligation of LOVE to raise OUR children from the moment they are born of the saving knowledge and beautiful truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Whether it be by sprinkling, emersion, or no water or ceremony at all, WE ARE TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION THE TRUTHS, LAWS, and the LOVE of GOD ALMIGHTY…….

***If we do not, who will???????

These ceremonies or rituals are a physical symbol of OUR obligation of LOVE to share the HUMILITY, TRUTH, and LOVE of JESUS CHRIST…….

Our being dedicated to do so!!!!!!!

Secondly, they are a symbol of the child being dedicated to God. Not that these ceremonies save them, but that We are in agreement as the followers of God, that the child, the baby is from God and is meant to live and be for the service of OUR LOVING God…

Psalms 78 v 3-6

“We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6. That the  generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:”

This obligation of LOVE to dedicate OUR lives and OUR children’s lives to the understanding and knowledge of God is clearly taught in the New Testament as well,

Ephesians 6 v 4

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 That, these verses and many more are what “christening”, “child dedication”, or “infant baptism” SHOULD BE A SYMBOL OF…….

These ceremonies, rituals are a physical symbol of adults dedicating OUR lives in teaching God to OUR little ones ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR AND OUR LIVES!!!!!!!

These ceremonies, rituals are symbols of OUR desires that these very precious little ones will one day be saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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August 6, 2017


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Question: I understand that God is SOVEREIGN and can do just about ANYTHING as desired. However I am confused by what 'God is always JUST means. Does it imply COMPLIANCE with 'Justice', and if so is 'justice' defined. If (as I assume) it is GOD's definition, then surely saying 'God is just' tells a person NOTHING MORE than the fact that God is sovereign. (Note: The reason for this question, is that the statement 'God is always just' is used as a FOUNDATION for 'attempting to explain' difficult situations).

You bring up an interesting question.

Psalms 89 v 14

“Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”

You are correct to assume “true” justice is defined by God Himself.

***But that is really true of EVERYTHING, God is the author of all CORRECT definitions. He defines sin, evil, good, bad, etc……..

But saying God is “just” is not simply saying, HE IS SOVEREIGN. We define justice as:

Justice is the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause. 

2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to comply with justice. 

3. the moral principle determining just conduct. 

4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment. 

5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward. 

6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice. 

7. judgment of persons or causes by judicial process: to administer justice in a community. 

8. a judicial officer; a judge or magistrate. 

Since that is our basic human understanding of JUSTICE, the word JUSTICE creates an image in our mind, which is based on our understanding of the word.

So to say God is “just” is to create in us as mere human beings a concept or a perception of His personal character. It provides an impression that we can relate to of who God is.

Now take our human imperfect concept of “JUSTICE”, consider it in the heart of a perfect, holy, merciful, ABSOLUTELY LOVING God, and THAT IS GOD!!!

God is perfectly just

God is perfectly righteous

God is perfectly moral

God is perfectly LOVING

God is PERFECT!!!!!!!

By knowing these things we can trust that in His SOVERIGN will, God’s character is a perfect reflection of EVERYTHING THAT IS “GOOD”!!!

His JUSTICE though it is His definition is the perfect reality of our understanding of justice…

God knows and vividly understands how we define JUSTICE, as such, the Bible refers to Him as “just” so that we can understand His character and attributes in light of our definitions…

The bottom line is:

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

All humans have sinned; we are all LOST without a LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ.

Romans 6 v 23A

“For the wages of sin is death;…”

All humans DESERVE WHAT EVER EVIL HAPPENS TO US!!!

***WE DESRVE DEATH!!!!!!!

However JUSTICE is tempered with God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY; THEREFORE:

Romans 6 v 23B

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We DESERVE whatever difficult situations happen to us, it is ONLY BY HIS GRACE (gift), LOVE, and MERCY that we do not have more difficult problems…

God’s JUSTICE says:

Jeremiah 14 v 16C

“…I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.”

God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY says:

Matthew 5 v 45

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Romans 8 v 28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

John 3 v 16-17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

And in the end of our mortal existence, for those who LOVE God:

Revelation 21 v 4

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

*******WE CANNOT SEPARATE GOD’S LOVE FROM HIS JUSTICE, PERHAPS THAT, IS THE TRUE MEANING of GOD BEING “JUST”…….

For now Paul says of many of our questions:

1 Corinthians 13 v 12

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

One day we will understand…


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July 30, 2017

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It was stated that Mt. 22:30 (about there being no marriage in heaven) implies that the number of the redeemed is set. Is this true? What else does the Bible say, or imply about this being true? Is this similar to the debate about predestination? Thank you so much for considering my question, Abbyrae

Matthew 22 v 23-30

“The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24. Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26. Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27. And last of all the woman died also. 28. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

The best method for interpreting scripture is to let scripture interpret scripture. In this case the text you mentioned must be carefully considered in its proper context.

First, there is absolutely nothing in the context that would even suggest this statement of Jesus should be taken symbolically. Therefore our text must be taken literally not symbolically or mystically.

Second, Jesus statement is in response to the Sadducees. The Sadducees were not many in number; but they were the wealthy, the aristocratic, and the governing class. The chief priests, for instance, were Sadducees. In politics they were collaborationist; quite ready to cooperate with the Roman government, if cooperation was the price of the retention of their own privileges. In thought they were quite ready to open their minds to Greek ideas. In their Jewish belief they were traditionalists. They refused to accept the oral and scribal law, which to the Pharisees was of such paramount importance. They went even further; the only part of scripture which they regarded as binding was the Pentateuch, the Law par excellence, the first five books of the Old Testament. They did not accept the prophets or the poetical books as scripture at all. In particular they were at variance with the Pharisees in that they completely denied any life after death, a belief on which the Pharisees insisted.

**Thus the subject that initiated Jesus response was the Sadducees’ denial of life after death, not for a set number, but for anyone.

The Sadducees produced a question which, they believed, reduced the doctrine of the resurrection of the body to an absurdity. There was a Jewish custom called Levirate Marriage. How far it was ever carried out in practice is very doubtful. If a man died childless, his brother was under obligation to marry the widow, and to beget children for his brother; such children were legally regarded as the brother's children. If the man refused to marry the widow, they must both go to the elders. The woman must loosen the man's shoe, spit in his face, and curse him; and the man was thereafter under a stigma of refusal.

Deuteronomy 25 v 5-10

“If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her. 6. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. 7. And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of My husband's brother. 8. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; 9. Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house. 10. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.”

The Sadducees cited a case of Levirate Marriage in which seven brothers, each dying childless, one after another married the same woman; and then asked, "When the resurrection takes place, whose wife will this much-married woman be?" Here indeed was a catch question.

Jesus began by laying down one principle, the whole question starts from a basic error, the error of thinking of heaven in terms of earth, and of thinking of eternity in terms of time. Jesus' answer was that anyone who reads scripture must see that the question is irrelevant, for heaven is not going to be simply a continuation or an extension of this world. There will be new and greater relationships which will far transcend the physical relationships of time.

 
Then Jesus went on to demolish the whole Sadducee position. They had always held that there was no text in the Pentateuch which could be used to prove the resurrection of the dead.

Matthew 22 v 31-32

“But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Now, what was one of the commonest titles of God in the Pentateuch? "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob." God cannot be the God of dead men and of moldering corpses. The living God must be the God of living people. The Sadducee case was crushed. Jesus had done what the wisest Rabbis had never been able to do. Out of Scripture itself Jesus had confuted the Sadducees, and had shown them that there is a life after death which must not be thought of in earthly terms.

Jesus point was twofold, one INDEED THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH and two OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN HEAVEN WILL BE DEEPER AND FAR MORE INTIMATE THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED ON THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY!!!!!!!

***Simply, Jesus said: “THERE IS NO MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN.”

Jesus was not in any way attempting to suggest or qualify how many people would be in heaven!!! He had already settled that question before.

God from the beginning of time KNEW WHO WOULD BE SAVED, but unlike some, God KNOWS ALL WHO WILL BE SAVED, but He DID NOT SET A CERTAIN NUMBER.........................................................................

John 3 v 16

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

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Jesus came to save ALL who would receive Him as LORD, GOD, and eternal SAVIOR; the limit of those who will be in heaven is simply a limit WE PLACE UPON OURSELVES, whether we choose to accept Jesus or not!!!!!!!

***Only that determines how many people WILL BE SAVED!!!!!!!

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July 23, 2017



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Hello, i have a question that i have not been able to find a real answer for.
Why is the Holy Spirit so often presented as a dove? It is a consistent metaphor...or more than a metaphor, but i can`t seem to find the connection. I`ve read a lot about doves, and looked at all of the passages that the word dove occurs, but i just can`t see why God would appear as a dove. any ideas?


Matthew 3 v 16

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”

Any answer a person gives is really speculation. The Christian faith uses the dove as the primary symbol for the Holy Spirit because the Holy Scriptures, the Bible clearly teaches the Holy Spirit appeared at the baptism of Jesus in the physical image of a dove.

Now why did the Holy Spirit choose a dove to appear as?

That again is sheer speculation. In the ancient Near East, doves sometimes represented pagan goddesses. In Egypt the "soul" of the deceased took the form of a bird, usually a dove, as it departed to the heavens. This symbolism is totally foreign to the Old Testament; doves are never a symbol of God.

However, an examination of the symbolic usages of the dove in the Old Testament could be of help in understanding its literal yet symbolic function at Jesus' baptism.

A symbol of mourning

Isaiah 38 v 14

“Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.”

Ezekiel 7 v 16

“But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.”

Isaiah 59 v 11

“We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.”

A symbol of indecision

Doves by their very nature seem to fly in what appears to the watcher as erratic, or disoriented. This characteristic of the dove became a fitting symbol for the indecisiveness of Israel, its lack of commitment to the Lord:

Hosea 7 v 11

“Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.”

A symbol of LOVE

The dove's beauty and its traditional faithfulness to its mate were taken by the ancients to be a symbol of human LOVE and beauty.

Song of Solomon 2 v 14

“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.”

Song of Solomon 5 v 2

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.”

Song of Solomon 1 v 15

“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.”

Song of Solomon 4 v 1

“Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.”

Even in the New Testament this is expressed by Jesus as He suggests the gentleness of doves.

Matthew 10 v 16

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

A symbol of deliverance

Psalms 55 v 6

“And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.”

Isaiah 60 v 8

“Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?”

Hosea 11 v 11

“They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the Lord.”

The rapid flight of the dove became a symbol of deliverance from one's enemies or from threatening circumstances.

Probably the most important symbol of deliverance was the dove sent by Noah from the ark that came back with an olive branch in its beak.

Genesis 8 v 10-12

“And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11. And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.”

The dove is clearly a sign of peace; the storm was over.

Obviously the first two characteristics of the dove do not describe the character or attributes of the Holy Spirit. The words spoken by God at the moment of Jesus baptism may help us to understand the symbolism.

Matthew 3 v 17

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

The symbol of LOVE, the dove, and the word of LOVE merged in the experience of the baptism of Jesus. God's LOVE was flowing down to His Son as a member of the human race. In Jesus Christ a conduit was found through which God's LOVE could reach us; He was anointed to function as the only means through which God's grace is available to us.

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thus it can be argued that the dove is, in this particular case, a symbol of deliverance. The dove as a symbol of the LOVE of God appeared, telling us that, as with the Flood, the storm of sin is not powerful enough to keep us permanently separated from the Father.

Our world, humanity, is now connected with heaven through Jesus Christ. In acknowledging His Son, God the Father signifies to us that we are accepted as the BELOVED through faith in the provision He made on our behalf.

***Perhaps however, the dove was chosen for the same reason Israel was chosen as His, God’s people.

Deuteronomy 7 v 7

“The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:”

God simply LOVED Israel the next verse says, but of course we know God LOVES ALL PEOPLE. So why Israel, why a dove, perhaps: WE REALLY DO NOT NEED TO KNOW…….

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July 16, 2017


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Romans 2:6 - 8 What is the meaning of the passage? Is it teaching works-based justification from God

Romans 2 v 6-8

“Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”

No it does not teach justification by good works, or salvation by obedience to God. ***It teaches exactly what Paul teaches in his epistle to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 2 v 10

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As the two previous verses in this chapter of Ephesians clearly teach, THOSE WHO ARE ETERNALLY SAVED ARE NOT SAVED BY ANYTHING THEY DO!!! We are saved by GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ, and that ONLY!!!!!!!

Paul reinforces that FACT, that ABSOLUTELY BIBLICAL DOCTRINE in his epistle to Titus.

Titus 3 v 5-6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”

God saves us by His mercy, mercy is not earned it is a gift from the sovereign will of God; received by us by GRACE through FAITH and ACCEPTANCE of Christ’s LOVING blood sacrifice upon the cross for our sins…

Paul could not be clearer, even using your own wordage in:

Romans 3 v 20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

What Paul is referring to in the text you quote, is GOD”S WILL FOR ALL PEOPLE.

We are saved by GRACE, but it is God’s ordained goal for His Children to produce good works, good deeds, works of righteousness. Paul DOES NOT mean they, the potential Christian seek salvation by their good works, but that Christians WILL RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOR FROM GOD BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD DEEDS, THEIR, OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL; in ETERNITY!!!

Remember this verse:

Hebrews 11 v 6

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

First comes salvation by GRACE through FAITH, that means we BELIEVE and ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST FOR WHO AND WHAT HE DID FOR US; second, and this is equally important in ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST, WE MUST BELIEVE GOD WILL REWARD US FOR OUR DEEDS DONE IN HIS HONOR, AND FOR HIS GLORY!!!

Paul basically says to the Christian, “I know it is not always easy, but continue, be patient in doing good works even though it seems NO ONE CARES, for God cares and WILL REWARD YOU SOME DAY!!!!!!!”

And Paul continues, “to those who reject Christ and live life to serve primarily their own desires, in the end, THEY TOO WILL BE REWARDED ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS. ***They shall be damned…

The rewards Christians receive are in addition to salvation, salvation is not a reward, SALVATION IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT FROM OUR LOVING GOD AND SAVIOR!!!

Each persons’ deeds will be tested by fire, and those that are pure and worthy WILL BE GIVEN A REWARD. Those things we do for show, or perhaps simply for worldly comforts or with the wrong attitude will be burned up, and there WILL BE NO REWARD FOR THOSE DEEDS; BUT THE CHRISTIAN WILL NOT LOSE THEIR ETERNAL SALVATION…….

1 Corinthians 3 v 13-15

“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

The works of the LOST, no matter how ‘good’ they appear, ARE BURNED UP, for they were NOT DONE FOR THE HONOR AND GLORY OF GOD…

We are justified by God’s LOVING gift of salvation by His BLOOD SACRIFICE UPON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS; we SHOULD BE DOING RIGHTEOUS DEEDS BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN!!!

Matthew 5 v 44-45

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

But again that DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE SAVED BY OUR GOOD DEEDS, BUT RATHER OUR GOOD DEEDS INDICATE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN!!!!!!!

All Christians WILL PRODUCE GOOD DEEDS THAT GOD SEES AS GOOD DEEDS, but not all deeds that appear good to us are really good and what we perceive as an absence of good deeds is not always accurate either …

God knows the difference!!!

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I have read your answers concernant the gift of speaking in tongue and they make a lot of sense to me...I do not speak in tongue and I am still not too clear on the topic. What still raises questions on my mind is the word of the Apostle Paul saying that he would rather speak 5 intelligible words than to instruct others than 10 thousand words in a tongue ( 1 Co. 14:18). Does not the word intelligible words in the context imply that there is a speaking in `unintellible words` ? in Christ, JOUbert blessings to all of you, thank you for all your good work for helping and others understand the scriptures better. stay bless !

Excellent question!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 14 v 19

“Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” KJV

1 Corinthians 14 v 19

“But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.” NIV

First we must realize it may be a grievous mistake to consider a doctrine of Biblical importance based on one verse and especially in one word. Scripture does interpret scripture, but the subject of our concern must be thoroughly studied in the context of ALL OF SCRIPTURE.

Paul is basically saying, it does not matter how many languages a person speaks, it does not matter how intellectual or poetic a person speaks, it doesn’t matter how eloquent or expressive a person speaks that is important!

***What is important is that we speak SO PEOPLE CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Often we spend so much time, trying to impress people with what we know or what we think we know; we are so concerned about how articulate we sound and important our message appears; WE FORGET THE REASON FOR GOD’S MESSAGE…To draw people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!!!

Paul is saying, our sharing, our caring SHOULD BE SIMPLE; people don’t need great words, astounding oratory; THEY SIMPLY NEED TO BE TOLD IN A WAY THEY, WE CAN UNDERSTAND AND GENUINELY LEARN FROM…….

John Wesley interprets your text this way:

“In a rational manner; so as not only to understand myself, but to be understood by others.”

Keep it simple so you yourself can genuinely understand, and that will most likely be the best way to help others understand and be able to truly apply the gospel to their own lives.

Adam Clarke the excellent Theologian says this:

“As the grand object of public worship is the edification of those who attend, five words spoken so as to convey edification, were of much more consequence than ten thousand which, not being understood, could convey none. By the word (glwssh), tongue, to which we add unknown, I suppose the apostle always means the Hebrew.”

Again speak as simply and as rational as you can, so people can understand, you may astound people with your knowledge and intellect, but if they DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SAY, what good is it, it will not add to their understanding.

Clark adds the unknown language Paul is referring to is Hebrew; unknown in that it WAS NOT THE COMMON LANGUAGE OF THE AVERAGE PERSON.

Somewhat like the Roman Catholic Church having their services in Latin, it sounds great; but WHO UNDERSTANDS IT???

Matthew Henry another great Biblical scholar says this:

“Even an apostle could not edify, unless he spoke so as to be understood by his hearers. To speak words that have no meaning to those who hear them, is but speaking into the air. That cannot answer the end of speaking, which has no meaning; in this case, speaker and hearers are barbarians to each other. All religious services should be so performed in Christian assemblies, that all may join in, and profit by them. Language plain and easy to be understood, is the most proper for public worship, and other religious exercises. Every true follower of Christ will rather desire to do good to others, than to get a name for learning or fine speaking.”

**Keep it simple, SO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND…

We don’t need to be spectacular, WE ONLY NEED TO BE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD…

Luke 10 v 21

“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.”

However anyone feels about the gift of Tongues, we do far more for people when we speak so they understand, than when we speak, and they haven’t a clue to what we’ve said.....................................

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July 2, 2017


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Read Acts 8:9 and on. It`s about Simon the Sorcerer and the towns people. Summary: Philip preaches the good word. Townspeople believe, they are baptized. Two days later Peter and John show up, lay hands and the people receive the holy spirit. Question: Why did the holy spirit take two days to get there? Why did it take laying of hands on for the holy spirit to come or was the holy spirit already there?

Acts 8 v 9-17

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10. To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 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. 13. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15. Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.”

One, the Holy Spirit is God, as is God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ; by definition God is Omni-present. So the Holy Spirit is everywhere except Hell of course. So He was there just not as active as He would have wanted to be in the lives of the townspeople.

Second, your question is a Theological question. Some Theologians and various Christian denominations believe this episode illustrates what they call a “second work of grace”.

The first work of grace is a person becoming saved, the “second work of grace” is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within a TOTALLY committed Christian, or entire sanctification.

A person initially accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior. As the Holy Spirit works upon the believer, the person becomes convicted of not totally giving himself or herself to God, the person in obedience commits their whole being to God; they surrender all to God. The Holy Spirit in a “second work of grace” then entirely sanctifies the believer and eradicates the desire to sin in the individual. The Holy Spirit then indwells the entirely sanctified believer in a more complete way, in that now the individual is more desirous and committed to obeying His leading…

This is how some describe the time lapse. It takes time to become totally and absolutely committed to God, to Jesus Christ.

As a Baptist I personally believe there is only one “work of grace” at the time of genuine conversion and salvation. When a person is actually “born again” that is when the Holy Spirit indwells the individual Christian. True a person grows closer and closer to Jesus Christ as we mature in our faith and trust in Him, that is basically called the process of sanctification. The process of growing and I might add glowing more and more like Jesus Christ.

Also God provides greater access of His power and grace as the Christian needs it to overcome our circumstances, temptations, etc.

The townspeople in my opinion had made an outward commitment to Jesus Christ, but when they were filled with the Holy Spirit several days later THEY HAD FINALLY MADE THE INNER COMMITMENT THAT ACTUALLY BRINGS THEM INTO A LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST AND THEY WERE THEN SAVED…….

***Jesus became their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!

Third,

The laying on of hands is a symbol of the Christian’s relationship and total commitment to God and each other through our mutual LOVE relationship with God…

As baptism is a symbol of our death and resurrection with Jesus Christ…

To be obedient we should be baptized and as genuine and true Christians certainly we are absolutely committed to our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR Jesus Christ…….

***However it must be made clear neither the act of being baptized nor the act of laying on of the hands saves or sanctifies anyone, WHAT IT TAKES IS AN INNER CHANGE OF THE HEART THAT IS INITIATED AND GIVEN THE POWER BY GOD HIMSELF through the gift of grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

This of course is only a short and simple explanation for many volumes have been written on your question.

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June 25, 2017


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I`m just reading the Bible for the first time and I`m studing Passion week or Holy Week. I`m starting at the Arrival in Bethany (Friday) 6 days before the passover. What happened on the 5th day before the passover, before the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Respectfully, Crystal

Crystal I am very excited that you are taking such an interest in studying the Bible!!! I personally was “born again”, saved on March 26, 1975 because God had laid on my heart to study the Bible thoroughly and sincerely…

I do not know where you stand with your faith, but studying and reading God’s Holy, Inerrant, and Infallible word IS THE BEST THING ANYONE CAN DO!!!!!!!

Now to your question, what happened on the fifth day of Holy Week or Passion Week, the day before Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem?

As you point out Jesus arrived on Friday in Bethany, and stays at the house of Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha.

John 11 v 55ff

“And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? 57. Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him. (Chapter 12 v 1) Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.”

This was Friday. The Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday evening at dusk and continues through Saturday until dusk.

Nothing is mentioned in the gospels that anyone can relate specifically to Saturday, but Jesus, probably, went to the synagogue as would have been His regular practice and then came back to the home of Lazarus where he would have spent the day resting in accordance with the 4th Commandment.

Exodus 20 v 8-11

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Considering all that was about to occur to Him this Sabbath rest was probably full of much prayer and contemplation on His part. The lull before the storm you might say…

A last moment of peace and quiet before His exaltation by the crowd, and His violent murder on the cross. The cross we all nailed Him to because of our sins!!!

God richly bless you in your studies of God’s Word!!!

2 Timothy 2 v 15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

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June 18, 2017


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How is Jesus sacrifice on the cross sufficient? If a person rejects Jesus as Savior they die, are judged, and go eventually to the Lake of fire for all eternity. Jesus died for our sins, but he did not go to the Lake of Fire for all eternity so how is that equal? Thanks

John 3 v 16

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

***Jesus is God’s ONLY BEGOTTEN SON!!! How is Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross not more than adequate payment for the forgiveness of our sins???

True Jesus did not spend an eternity in Hell, but He ABSOLUTELY experienced the ‘second’ death, when ALL the sins of humanity were put upon Him on the cross. Then for the ONLY TIME IN ETERNITY Jesus was stripped of His intimate and vital oneness with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 27 v 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?”

At that moment Jesus Christ, the sinless, without blemish sacrifice was DAMNED BY GOD FOR OUR SINS!!!!!!!

((( That Eternal Moment )))

He was in that instant separated from His beLOVED Father!!!

Not for anything He did, but for our transgressions…

Those who are eternally LOST, eternally DAMNED, WILL NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE PAIN AND ANGUISH JESUS CHRIST EXPERIENCED IN HIS MOMENT OF BEING DAMNED!!!!!!!

Isaiah 53 v 7-12

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

He deserved none of that, WE DESERVED IT ALL; THEREFORE HIS LIFE, DEATH, and RESURRECTION PROVE HIS BLOOD SACRIFICE WAS AND IS ETERNALLY SUFFICEINT FOR OUR SINS…….

And those who say “NO” to Jesus gloriously sufficient and LOVING atonement, justify ETERNAL DAMNATION and WILL RECEIVE IT; IF THEY DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR!!!

At this very moment Jesus pleads with the LOST to accept Him.

Revelation 3 v 20

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Jesus is presently OUR atoning blood sacrifice and OUR advocate with the Father, OUR High Priest.

Hebrews 2 v 17

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Hebrews 4 v 15

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Hebrews 7 v 26-27

“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27. Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Hebrews 9 v 11-15

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

 
Now Jesus can be OUR High Priest, but the day is coming when JESUS WILL BE MOST PEOPLES” ETERNAL JUDGE!!!

Revelation 19 v 11-16

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

***THAT IS WHY HIS ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE EVEN EXCEEDS AND HIS SUFFERING MORE THAN EQUALS ANY PUNISHMENT WE MAY HAVE COMBINED WITH THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE…….No matter how long it lasts for the LOST…

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June 11, 2017


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Hi, my wife works for our church, I am a deacon for our church, we don`t get to attend any services together or with our children. ca we serve to much

 
Matthew 19 v 29

“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

So in one sense you can’t serve God too much.

The question is, are you serving in a wrong way? If in serving the way you and your wife are is causing marital, spiritual or problems with your children, then perhaps you are serving in the wrong way.

You are not only responsible to serve God, but you are also to be a ‘good’ steward of the spouse and children God has blessed you with!

One solution might be, that once a month you and your wife and children should be free to sit and worship together as a family. Ask your pastor, and suggest it to him…

If you are in a Church that just doesn’t have enough dedicated workers that can allow you that opportunity, and your service is not hurting your family relationships, God WILL BLESS YOU…

Another idea would be to have a family worship time at home, which might include a family discussion of what you each did and learned at Church.

God indeed wants your marriage and family to prosper in your LOVE relationship with each other, so, if  you neglect them, you neglect God. Listen to your heart, listen to the Holy Spirit, pray and read your Bible, and God will help you.....................Definitely talk to your pastor, but in the end you must do what you believe is in keeping with the Bible.......

The bottom line is if you are all growing and maturing in the Lord, then what you are doing is probably fine. But if your relationships are hurting because of your serving in the way you are, something should be changed…

Consider this,

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Verse seven clearly shows we are responsible to teach our children, that means we must spend quality time with them. So, it comes down to prioritizing your time and responsibility, and your family needs rest as well!!!

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June 4, 2017


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There are approximately 15 Old Testament Laws mandating the death penalty. Many of these are still upheld in certain countries. As Christians what gives us the right to determine which ones are applicable or not?


Matthew 16 v 19

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

God gave the Church the right and authority to set certain rules and regulations. As Christians we are to do the best we can to help set the moral tone for the world. In light of the New Testament and Jesus Christ’s example while He was on this earth as a man, He showed far more mercy than He did condemnation.

John 8 v 10-11

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

The woman was indeed guilty of adultery; YET, Jesus did not allow her to be put to death as the Old Testament law demanded. In fact He was outraged at the self-righteous people who wanted to stone her!!!

Though sin is STILL SIN, we are presently under the law or blessing of grace, and immediate judgment is not always necessary. ***God will ultimately judge the quick (living) and the dead…

But at the same time we have the authority and the SIGNIFICANT RESPONSIBILITY to protect even secular society from those who would murder and abuse others. So in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ, people will be judged for their sins, by Him!!!!!!!

It is the responsibility of the secular authorities (governments) to set temporal judgments on those who do not comply with the law…

Hebrews 13 v 17

“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

Romans 13 v 1-2

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

God has given governments the authority to set punishments for crimes, therefore it is up to us to influence such institutions as we legally may, voting, etc…

Micah 6:8 (RSV)
8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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Hi, I am confused about a lot of things. I was saved about a year ago. I felt so great, I guess kind of like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The church where I got saved seemed great at first but the more I went the more I didn`t like it. If I missed a Sunday half the church would call my house and want to know why, even the preacher, or they would even come to my house to see what I was doing. Going to that church felt like having a second job. They always wanted you there to clean or watch kids or cook special dinners. They signed me up to ring the salvation army bell without me knowing. At first I didn`t care to help out with things but then it was all the time. It got to the point that if I saw anyone that belonged to the church in public I would dodge them. I quit going to the church and started going to another and the preacher still called my house and left messages for about 2 months wanting to know why I wasn`t there. Was it wrong for me to dodge these people? I still do till this day if I see them. The church I went to next was alot better. The preacher there is a really nice man. Even though I haven`t been for a while now I see him out and I can talk to him. I don`t feel like I have to avoid him. His presence seems so calming. The reason I stopped going to the church is because my husband worked for another member of the church for a while and they really gave him a rough time. They lied to him about alot of things to do with the job they gave him and then they fired him. My husband saw that they were commiting insurance fraud at there business and he turned them in. At church the people seemed so nice but outside of church not so nice. They sit in church and yell amen to everything the preacher says and then they do all of those bad things. I went to the church a few times after they fired my husband and I just felt to uncomfortable to be there. My husband refused to go back because of the people he worked for. One of the people he worked for came up to me the first time I went back and asked me how I was doing and held out their hand for me to shake it, I told the person I was fine but then I told them I didn`t want to shake their hand and act like everything was okay. Was I wrong in saying that to them? I`ve just quit going to church all together. I`m still new at being a Christian. Will God still know that I am a good person or that I`m trying to be a good person even if I don`t go to church? I really believe in him. Everyone always tells me you need to go to church to be close with God, is that completely true? Is it wrong not to read the Bible every day, because I don`t want to read it every day. I have days that I like or yearn to read it. Almost everyday you hear that the world is going to end in 2012 something bad is going to happen and we`re all just going to die at once. How can that be true if God said that he would never destroy the earth again after the big flood happened? Honestly I`m not scared of where I will go when I die,I`m just scared of how it will happen. I`ve heard people say stuff like the sun it going to get so hot by the year 2012 that if you walk outside that it will melt your skin and you will die. God wouldn`t let that happen right? I know some of my questions might sound stupid but I`m just so confused. How do I know what to believe? Anyways thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

 
I do understand your feeling confused; I too feel confused sometimes, especially when Churches fail to show the Christ-like LOVE they should.

Was it wrong for me to dodge these people?

Considering you are young in the Lord, I can appreciate your decision in avoiding those who make you nervous or uncomfortable.

***Your feelings may have been discernment given to you by the Holy Spirit.

Personally I would not dodge them, I would simply tell them that you felt uncomfortable attending their Church and felt lead by the Holy Spirit to go elsewhere. How much detail you tell them is completely up to you.

No Church should take members for granted and certainly it is inappropriate for them, or individuals in a Church to sign people up for activities without asking permission.

A pastor SHOULD visit his members at home, and especially if they have not seen them at Church. But their emphasis SHOULD BE THAT THEY MISSED YOU, not immediately accuse you of doing something wrong.

It should be a joy if Church members call you to let you know they missed you in Church. But again their goal should be that they missed you, if they were condemning in any way that would be inappropriate. I do not know how they talked with you, but if it was simply to say they missed you, that IS A GOOD THING!

Fellowship and Church attendance is very, very, very important for a Christian, especially a young one.

Hebrews 10 v 25

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Probably all Churches have some hypocrites in them. We are saved by grace through faith, and most Christians are imperfect, and may do foolish and perhaps sinful things at times. There are no perfect Churches this side of eternity, the best we can do is find one that genuinely believes that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that Jesus Christ and His gospel is the only true way of salvation for anyone.

John 14:6 (RSV)
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Jesus and His LOVE is the answer for every human being, Jesus is the answer for all of this world’s problems!!!

As Christians we need to fellowship with other believers, if we are genuinely His and truly LOVE Him (Jesus) with every fiber of our being we will want to read His word, it is the only inerrant and infallible source we have to really get to know our beLOVED Savior.

Yes, some people really do not enjoy reading, but our faith grows by reading and hearing the word of God the Bible!

Romans 10 v 17

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

How do we hear His word the Bible, by attending Church as often as we can. *Yes by attending Church! We hear His word the Bible by reading it as often as we can.

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

Two things, one if we do not read the Bible for ourselves, how will we know if the preacher is truly preaching God’s word? And if we do not read the Bible for ourselves, how will we know that other Christians are really Christians?

Some read it more, some read it less, but if we genuinely are seeking Jesus Christ, we’ll want to read the Bible as much or more than anything else we read. We will seek out someway to be fed by the word of God!!!

Fellowship with other believers is another way we hear the word of God, by Christian friends LOVING and caring for each other and discussing God’s Bible with each other!!!

Church-Bible-Fellowship, is very important if we “truly” want to grow in our LOVE and knowledge and in our faith as Christians!!!

You and your husband need to attend a Church YOU both feel comfortable with, not a perfect Church, but one that is full of people truly wanting to LOVE Jesus Christ just like YOU do!!!

The apostles of Jesus were not perfect men, they were not sinless men, they were just like YOU and I, men that had a Savior die for them and their sins,  and in return THEY LOVED HIM, and spent all their lives serving Him and His Church…….

I didn’t want to shake their hand and act like everything was okay. Was I wrong in saying that to them?

No, YOU were being honest, YOU said the right thing!!! God wants us to forgive others, but they have an obligation to ask to be forgiven. But always we need to treat others with LOVE and respect even if they do not choose to do the same.

***We don’t have to like them, but we DO NEED TO LOVE THEM!

Jesus LOVED YOU and I while we were still sinners! He EVEN DIED FOR US WHILE WE STILL HATED HIM by our sinful behavior!

Romans 5 v 8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Will God still know that I am a good person or that I’m trying to be a good person even if I don’t go to church?

He always knows YOUR heart, the question is how well will YOU really know Him, if You do not go to Church, if YOU do not read His Bible, if You do not seek fellowship with other “true” believers???

Being a good person DOES NOT SAVE YOU, GOING TO CHURCH DOES NOT SAVE YOU, BELIEVING in JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT SAVE YOU!!!!!!!

James 2 v 19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

You, me, anyone is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; by a genuine LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST…

Titus 3 v 5

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Ephesians 2 v 8-10

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

The good works God wants us to do, is to LOVE Him by serving Him, His people, His creation in ways that honor Him!!! The only way we can know what to do is by KNOWING HIS WORD THE Holy Bible, Church-Bible-Fellowship…….

Almost everyday you hear that the world is going to end in 2012 something bad is going to happen and we’re all just going to die at once. How can that be true if God said that he would never destroy the earth again after the big flood happened?

First, God says NO ONE KNOWS WHEN HE WILL RETURN, NO ONE BUT GOD THE FATHER!!!!!!!

Mark 13 v 32

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

The Bible says, Jesus while He was on this earth didn’t even know when He would return or when the end of the world would come.  ***So NO prediction of a day, year, or hour is possible by any human being…

The Bible simply tells us to be prepared, by being SAVED!!! The Bible does tell us what the conditions in the world will be like as His return approaches, but No one KNOWS anything other than that but God Himself…

Reading the Bible would inform YOU that these predictions are not from God!

Next, the text you mention DOES NOT SAY GOD WILL NOT EVER DESTROY THE WORLD AGAIN.

Genesis 9 v 11

“And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God says in the Bible, He will never again destroy the world or earth with a flood. God will not USE A FLOOD, He does not say He will not destroy it.

Again, a person would know that if they are willing to study the scriptures diligently. That is, if a person can read, THEY SHOULD REALLY READ THE BIBLE carefully and OFTEN!!!

Now God does discuss destroying the world again with fire, but He is referring to the sinful world WE live on. The fire is literally the cleansing fire of His spoken word that will transform all His Christians, and this world into perfection. The corrupted seed changed in a twinkling of an eye into incorruptible and ever existing seed, LIFE ETERNAL!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 15 v 52-54

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

The Bible is loaded with tons of exciting and glorious teaching from God Himself, IT’S WORTH READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have great questions, none of them are stupid!!! In fact it is important for YOU and others for YOU to ask them!

How do I know what to believe?

Church-Bible-Fellowship!!!

Attend Church as often as YOU can, read and study YOUR Bible as often as YOU can, and discuss the Bible in fellowship with other Christians as often as YOU can…….Pray, pray, pray, and God will help you, but nothing the Holy Spirit tells you will ever contradict the Holy Bible.........................

Matthew 5 v 6

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

If YOU hunger for God’s word, as a starving person craves food; if YOU thirst for God’s Bible and all the knowledge YOU can get about Him as a person dying of thirst wants an ocean of fresh water to drink, YOU WILL BE FILLED!!! You will know WHAT TO BELIEVE!!!

Jesus says,

Luke 4 v 4

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

2 Timothy 3 v 16-17

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

It really is important to go to Church, to read your Bible, and to fellowship with other believers. If you LOVE God, and that LOVE does not draw you to His word the Bible, or to fellowshipping with other Christians, then maybe it is not really LOVE, only a temporary infatuation.

Only God and YOU really can answer that question…

As much as I LOVE the Bible, I don’t always feel like reading it either; but if I am reading anything, more likely than not, IT WILL BE THE Bible.

God Bless YOUR search for God and His truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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When people inherit a trait from their parents, these people really have no choice but to posess the trait. When considering inheriting a `bonded will` what implications does this have for the ultimate destiny of the people who are unelected? Sure they sin, but can they do anything else than that which their imprisoned nature dictates? If the unelect were originally given an `unbonded` will at birth as Adam had, may they have chosen God? As it is for the unelect, they have no other ability or choice than to sin, so what are they choosing `between`?Basically, what are the 2 choices that the unelect have...sin and....?

We all inherit OUR sin nature from our parents, and they from their parents, and this genetic mode of transmission of the fallen sin nature of mankind goes all the way back to the first parents Adam and Eve.

Romans 5 v 12

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Since Adam and Eve denied God’s word, and ate of the forbidden fruit EVERY FUTURE HUMAN BEING HAS BEEN BORN SPIRITUALLY DEAD, TOTALLY DEPRAVED!!!

***LOST!!!***

No one lives a good life, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE.

Isaiah 53 v 6A

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;…”

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

This is true of conceived babies,

Psalms 58 v 3

“Even from birth the wicked go astray, from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.”  NIV

Psalms 51 v 5

“Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” NIV

Children, men and women; all of us are infected to our smallest atomic particles with sin, NO ONE IS INNOCENT, and therefore ALL DESERVE DEATH AND DAMNATION…

Without a LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ, NO ONE CAN BE SAVED AND NO ONE WILL LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THEIR ELECTION OR CALLING UNLESS THEY MAKE THE DECISION TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

Why do you think God hates sin so much, it doesn’t affect Him or His eternity???

God hates sin so very much, declares it to be so heinous and vile because it hurts His potential children, mankind!!!

Furthermore sin IS NOT FAIR, it infects and corrupts EVERY HUMAN PERSON WHO WAS EVER BORN OR CREATED!!!

***SIN IS NOT FAIR, THAT IS WHY GOD HATES IT SO MUCH…

***THAT IS WHY EVERY ONE WILL BE DAMNED FOR ALL ETERNITY, UNLESS THEY, YOU, AND I ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS OUR PERSONAL LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!

Those who are elected to salvation, are not arbitrarily chosen or picked by some mysterious unknowable process known only by God. The elected are ONLY THOSE THAT ACT UPON THE GRACE OF GOD IN THEIR LIVES AND MAKE THE CORRECT DECISION TO LOVE HIM…….

That grace to say “yes” or “no” to God’s LOVING sacrifice is by the merciful sovereign will of God. God gives us the choice, by HIS SOVEREIGN WILL!!!!!!!

***This is true NO MATTER WHAT SOME MAY SAY or ALLEGE.

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

That sin corrupts all, that sin is not fair, that without Jesus Christ we are all sinners eternally lost VIVIDLY BRINGS UNCONDITIONAL AND ABSOLUTE VERIFICATION THAT WE ALL DESPERATELY, DESPERATELY, DESPERATELY NEED A SAVIOR!!!!!!!

That ONLY SAVIOR, AS YOU KNOW, IS JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Only God can save us, and by His LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY God has given humanity, totally depraved as we are, totally blind and lost as we are, totally powerless as we are; the GRACE to make the decision “yes” or “no” for Him…….

His GRACE, LOVE, and MERCY; HE provides for each and every sinner, EVERY HUMAN BEING, IS WHAT PROVIDES THE ABILITY TO MAKE THE CHOICE.

His GRACE, LOVE, and MERCY; HE provides for each and every sinner, EVERY HUMAN BEING, IS WHAT PROVIDES “FAIRNESS”  in the process of redemption…

You can say “yes” or you can say “no”; but once you genuinely and sincerely say ABSOLUTELY “YES” to His Son Jesus Christ; THOSE WHO DO ARE ETERNALLY AND FOREVER SAVED BY THE ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS!!!!!!!

Romans 5 v 15

“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Romans 5 v 17-19

“For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Romans 10 v 9-10

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit WANTS EVERYONE TO BE SAVED, AND THE CHOICE IS GIVEN TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF US…

John 3 v 15-16

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

2 Peter 3 v 9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

But the “yes” or the “no” is for us to decide; GOD HAS PREDISTINED THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SAY “NO” TO ETERNAL DAMNATION; TO THOSE WHO BY THEIR CHOICE HONESTLY SAY “YES”, GOD HAS PREDISTINED THOSE TO ETERNAL LIFE…….

And that is the GREATEST GOOD OF ALL, TO MAKE THE PROPER CHOICE!!!!!!!

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In Revelation 21 where God says `I am making everything new` what is the context and the time frame of this statement.

Revelation 21 v 5

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

This is directly linked to what the prophet Isaiah said in reference to the age to come. Literally as human history is coming to an end, as the Day of the Lord approaches, as it is called throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 43 v 18-19

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

As mankind, those who are saved and will be saved are spiritually recreated in the ”re-birth”, having been born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; there will come a time when all that we know in this physical realm will be changed, renewed, transformed into a new and eternal age of existence…

2 Corinthians 5 v 17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

As our present corruptible seed must put on incorruption, our mortal bodies must put on immortality; the rest of creation will put on eternal attributes as well.

1 Corinthians 9 v 25

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”

Romans 8 v 21

“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

1 Corinthians 15 v 42

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:”

1 Corinthians 15 v 50

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

1 Corinthians 15 v 53

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

This will occur for some at the rapture of the Church, just before the last seven years of human history, just before the Tribulation Period, as the Anti-Christ takes power.

First those who are dead in Christ will be transformed, made eternally new and incorruptible.

1 Corinthians 15 v 52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4 v 16

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Then those living Christians will also be raptured and transformed as well.

1 Corinthians 15 v 51

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,”

This is not the second coming of Christ, for Christ does not return to earth, He meets His Church in the air, and the present day Church is raptured and transformed into the heaven of heavens…

Then the rest of humanity and all of creation WILL BE RENEWED, RECREATED, TRANSFORMED INTO IMMORTALITY, I believe this will occur at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; WHEN JESUS CHRIST LITERALLY RETURNS AND TOUCHES DOWN ON EARTH…

Zechariah 14 v 4

“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

The great and dreadful Day of the Lord, great for the saved, the genuine Christian; dreadful and eternally terrible for THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS CHRIST AND HIS SAVING BLOOD SACRIFICE!!!

The Saved to eternal joy, the Lost to eternal damnation…….

How quickly these events take place or unfold on that final day of human history, or as humans our first day of eternity begins, NO ONE KNOWS BUT GOD…

But God clearly describes that glorious and eternal day for THOSE WHO REALLY LOVE HIM!!!

1 Corinthians 15 v 54-55

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

2 Peter 3 v 10

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Dissolved, burned up, transformed into a new heavens and a new earth; fit for God and His Saints, FOR ETERNITY!!!!!!!

2 Peter 3 v 13

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

Revelation 21 v 1

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

No more sea, No sea of doubt, no sea of any kind; NOTHING EVER SEPERATING US FROM GOD OR EACH OTHER WHO ARE SAVED, FOR EVER!!!!!!!

Revelation 21 v 4-5

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

When will this all finally take place???

In Chapter One of Our ETERNITY!!!!!!!

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could you please explain proverbs 20 by breaking it down a line at a time and putting it in laymans terms. a fairly new christian is understanding it different than the way i understand it. also is there anywhere in the bible that speaks about beer?

Proverbs 20

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 7. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 8. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord. 11. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them. 13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. 19. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. 21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. 23. Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good. 24. Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way? 25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry. 26. A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. 27. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. 29. The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. 30. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.”

Verse by verse…

1. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Alcohol affects the mind and it’s affects on a person can be VERY VERY FOOLISH and DANGEROUS, even to the point of uncontrollable anger or rage. ***USER BEWARE!!!

2.  The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

It is far better to obey the laws of the government than to provoke civil judgment upon yourself.

3.  It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

It is wise not to cause problems, and it is foolish to get involved with problems when YOU DO NOT NEED TO…

4. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

The lazy person always finds an excuse not to do what they need to; as a result they beg people to do it for them or to excuse their lack of effort…

5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Mysteries can be figured out often with proper counseling or education…

6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

People will tell you how good and honest they are, but usually THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD AND HONEST AS THEY PRETEND TO BE… Genuinely good people are not all that common…

7. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

The honest person will bless their children by their example of behavior and integrity…Our children learn by what they see we are…

8. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

A righteous leader will avoid a lot of evil things for their people. The light of the truth and it’s understanding and wisdom will help a leader or a person to avoid many problems…

9. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

No one is good or sinless because of their own deeds, we saved ONLY BY THE ATONING SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!! We cannot save ourselves ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT….

10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

People find all kinds of ways to deceive others, deceiving others GOD ABSOLUTELY HATES!!!!!!!

11. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Adults and children alike often show their true character by what they do…Our actions speak louder than our words…

12. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

God has given you the ability to learn by your senses, SO LEARN!!!!!!!

13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Don’t be lazy, don’t procrastinate, do what you are able to do TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY…

14. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

People often lie about the value of something, the seller to get more money than they should, the buyer to save more money than they should…

15. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Wisdom, knowledge, understanding is far more valuable than money…

16. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

In this world it is smarter to hold something of value of another person’s to be sure they will keep their promise…

17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

It sounds great to get something for nothing or really cheap; but in the end you usually wind up with what it is really worth. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true…

18. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Think carefully about what you are going to do, ask other’s advice, and then DO WHAT YOU REALLY THINK IS BEST TO DO!!!

19. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Don’t listen to gossip, they may say you are wonderful to your face, but to others they are probably saying bad things about you just like they do about others!!!

20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

We are to show respect and honor to our parents, and when we do God will honor us…

21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Money gained quickly is often lost quickly. Often when we do not work hard for something, we take it lightly, and miss-use it and lose it quickly…

22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

Don’t do something bad to someone who has done wrong to you; LET GOD TAKE CARE OF IT…

23. Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

People find all kinds of ways to deceive others, deceiving others GOD ABSOLUTELY HATES!!!!!!! This is repeated, why? God DOES NOT WANT YOU OR I TO LIE ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!!!!

If you can’t tell the truth, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!!!!!

24. Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

God created us, therefore it is God who can best tell us how to live. He does this through His inerrant, infallible word the Bible. The Bible has God’s truth in it, IT CAN SHOW US HOW GOD WANTS US TO LIVE!!!!!!!

25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

When you promise to do something do it, it is wrong not to keep your word…(so be sure when you give your word, that it was not foolish to do so)

26. A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

Again a wise leader can do much to avoid wickedness or problems…

27. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Be rational, think carefully about what you are doing; THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!!!!!!!

28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

When a leader is trustworthy and merciful to those they lead, they will be LOVED by those they serve!!! They will continue to be voted in their office…

29. The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

Young people are known for their youthful vitality and health; and a long life for a person often declares they lived a good life…

30. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Punishment for evil or violations of the law properly done, not too harsh and not too lenient will be very beneficial to the one being corrected…Proper judgment and proper punishment is necessary in this world so people will learn to obey what is right and good!

Beer specifically is not in the Bible, at least not in the original languages. However, there are many verses dealing with strong drink or wine, alcoholic drinks. Here is one below:

Proverbs 31:6 (RSV)
6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;

Strong drink and wine are to be used for lack of proper medicine. Every creature or creation of God is good, and strong drink and wine, though too often abused by sinful humanity, do have their proper uses.

I hope this assists you in your understanding of this proverb.

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I understand that double predestination is not spelled out in the Bible, but isn`t it implied in the case of Judas Iscariot? Was he not created strictly for the purpose of betraying Jesus, thus damming him to hell? God knew before he was born, that he was going to be condemned to hell, so how can that not be double predestination?

Judas Iscariot WAS NOT PREDESTINED TO BETRAY JESUS CHRIST, NOR WAS HE OR ANYONE ELSE PREDESTINED TO HEAVEN OR HELL!!!

What was predestined was the “way of salvation”, the method, the process of salvation was predestined!

It was predestined that ONLY THOSE WHO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR WILL BE ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

All those who LOVE Jesus Christ, WILL BE SAVED!!!!!!!

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Though some violently oppose the concept of “free choice”, or “free will” it is  NEVER-THE LESS THE BIBLICAL ABSOLUTE TRUTH!!!!!!!

Romans 8 v 28-30

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

By God’s omniscience He foreknew WHO would LOVE Jesus Christ, and ALL those who accept Him as THEIR SAVIOR He predestined to conform them to the image of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD…….

Judas like anyone HAD A CHOICE TO MAKE, JUDAS MADE THE WRONG CHOICE!

God used Judas’s personal choice to work out His plan, but Judas COULD HAVE MADE THE RIGHTEOUS CHOICE. ***God knew however Judas WOULD NOT MAKE THE RIGHTEOUS CHOICE and used Judas’ evil heart to accomplish His purpose!!!!!!!

God cannot violate the “free choice” He in His sovereign will gave to man, so Judas made up his own mind…….

Detailed Explanation

There are those who cannot reconcile God being SOVERIGN, with God allowing man by free will to accept His free gift of salvation. They believe that God chooses who will be saved, and God chooses who will be eternally lost. It is not up to us in anyway, our desire to be His does not matter. We cannot accept Him or reject Him, that decision is God’s SOVEREIGN WILL, and HE, God decides alone, ABSOLUTELY...

That is what is called the Calvinist view of the Doctrine of Predestination; it is grounded in God’s SOVEREIGN WILL. To some that means that God, cannot give anyone a will of their own, it is His will and forever only His will...

It does well to stress the truth of God being ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN (supreme ruler) of everything. ***But it denies that very same SOVEREIGN WILL of God, by declaring God cannot give man “free will”, or free choice. It declares God has the ABSOLUTE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING, but He cannot give a “free choice”, a “free will” to man...

So in essence God’s SOVEREIGN WILL MUST submit to their idea of what “SOVEREIN” means. They decide not God, what He can and cannot predestine, what His sovereign authority can and cannot allow.

The following is a “5” point clarification of both sides of the debate.

Calvin’s perspective:

1. Unconditional Election…….Predestination

2. Limited Atonement………...Limited Atonement

3. Natural Inability…………….Total Depravity

4. Irresistible Grace…………...Effectual Calling

5. Final Perseverance ……….Final Perseverance

Arminius Perspective:

1. God from all eternity, determined to bestow salvation on

     those who, as He foresaw, would persevere unto the

    end in their faith in Jesus Christ, and to inflict everlasting                

    punishment on those who should continue in their unbelief,

   and resist to the end of life, His divine succors.

           Conditional Election…….The way of Salvation

                                                        Predestined

2. That Jesus Christ, by His death and suffering, made an

      atonement for the sins of mankind in general, and of every

      individual in particular; that, however, none but those who

      believe in Him can be partakers of the divine benefit.

                  Universal Atonement…….He died for all, but the

                                                             Individual must accept

                                                              that gift.

3. True faith, saving faith cannot proceed from the exercise of

     our natural faculties and powers, or from the force and

     operation of “free will”, since man, in consequence of his

     natural corruption, is incapable of thinking or doing any

     good thing; and that therefore it is necessary to his conversion

     and salvation that he be regenerated and renewed by the

     operation of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of God through

     Jesus Christ…

                               Total Depravity

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.

                                 Free will to choose by grace

5. Those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ by faith,

     are thereby furnished with abundant strength and succor

     sufficient to enable them to triumph over the seductions of

     Satan, and the allurements of sin; nevertheless they (man),

      can give up or lose their salvation.

The Beginnings of Salvation

The finished atonement of Jesus Christ becomes effective for the salvation of mankind, only when administered to the believers by the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit done in us, is necessary to salvation as the work of Jesus Christ done for us. The redemption Jesus worked for us in the flesh becomes effective only as He works in us through the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the work Christ accomplished upon the cross.

We will now consider the nature of this work, and consequently we turn our attention to what in theology is generally known as the benefits of the atonement. We shall consider these, first in their objective form as "words" of the covenant, and secondly in their subjective aspects as the inner "grace" of the covenant.

Thus we will cover (1) The Vocation or Call

(2) Prevenient Grace.

The Gospel Vocation

The Holy Spirit as the agent of Jesus Christ, makes known His divine purpose for the salvation of the world, through a Proclamation commonly known in theology as the Vocation or Call. The word comes from the Greek “klesois”, which means a vocation or calling; “kalein” to call, referring backward to the Spirit’s pleading for people to accept the call; and “kletos” the called, carries the thought forward to those who have accepted that invitation, and who are, therefore the elect. In this sense, the Church is the “ecclesia”, or called out ones.

Election and Predestination are closely related to Vocation and calling. The understanding of the meaning of Predestination has an intimate connection with the doctrine of the Atonement in regard to the extent of its benefits. 

Predestination is the gracious purpose of God to save mankind from utter ruin and damnation. It includes provisionally, all mankind in its scope, and is conditioned solely (no mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his

 only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in

 him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

                                     John 3 v16
“Whosoever”, not whosoever God picked, “loved the world”, all mankind, not a chosen few.

It is the plan, the way to salvation that is predestined not the person. Thus predestination is God’s general and gracious plan of saving mankind by adoption as children through Jesus Christ; election pertains to the chosen ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord, God, and Savior. *The elect are chosen, not by absolute decree, but by personal acceptance of the conditions of the call, by any and all who by their “free” will act upon the “grace” of God that is freely offered to l mankind…….Not a predestined few.

The vocation or call is God’s offer of salvation

to all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is the gracious “Beginnings of Salvation”.

 

The call is universal and includes three things---

the proclamation, the conditions upon which

salvation is made, and the command to submit

to the authority of Jesus Christ.

                      *Acts 5 v32…Acts 13 v38-40

                                  ***Acts 4 v12***

The agent of the call is the Holy Spirit, and the

Word is the instrument of His operations.

 

Awakening is a term used in theology to denote that operation of the Holy Spirit by which the “Totally Depraved” minds are “quickened”, by the Spirit to a consciousness of their lost condition. In this “quickening”, the Spirit not only works through the medium of objective truth, but by a direct influence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

 

Free Grace

 

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered

   him up for us all, how shall he not with him

   also freely give us all things?"   Romans 8 v 32

 

"But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made

   lower than the angels, crowned with glory and

   honor because of the suffering of death, so that

   by the grace of God, he might taste death for

    Every one."     Hebrews 2 v 9

 

The person being predestined to heaven or hell as a doctrine or belief system naturally tends to inspire "contempt" or "coldness" towards those whom they suppose are unable to comprehend "their" truth  (note, their truth, not necessarily God's truth). Since obviously, the person is lost, incapable of comprehending spiritual truth, there is no need to explain or defend their faith, their doctrine. "You, we, are incapable of understanding." They have the wisdom, the truth, because God chose them, not "you" or me", or we would naturally agree with their "truths". The lost are reprobate in their eyes, eternally rejected and spurned by their "loving" God.

 

Therefore, they can boldly ignore others doubts.

"They are set in their ways",

 

"No need to defend my faith, they are not worthy

of my time or effort",

 

"No Point",

 

"They can't understand, so there is no reason to

study to show themselves approved".

 

The person with this view, can easily be unconcerned about others feelings. "They got upset for no reason, I was just stating the "truth".

 

The reprobate can be lied to, and since God hates them, so can you. You can laugh at them, call them names, be insensitive to their hurts,

pains, and sufferings.

 

Your only real obligation is to love God, and His chosen people. Its the "chosen" against the "reprobates". ***Not, so God loves the world.

He didn't, and you can hate anybody who is mean to you, who disagrees with your view, that is  perfectly "ok". Because they are destined to Hell fire, Praise you know who....

 

On the other hand, believing in God's free grace, is more demanding than anything. Not only must we love the lost, and do what we can to seek their salvation even for a bitter enemy. Be willing to give

are all for them:

 

"Yet now, if You will forgive their sin---but if not,

   I pray, blot me out of Your book which You

   have written."    Exodus 32 v 32

 

"For I could wish that I myself were accursed

  and cut off from Christ for the sake of my

  brethren, my kinsmen by race."  Romans 9 v3

 

"Open your mouth for the speechless, In the

  cause of all who are appointed to die."

                             Proverbs 31 v 8 

 

Our love and sacrifice not only extends to our brothers and sisters in Christ, the lost, anyone we might consider our bitter enemy, but even to those who miss-guidedly believe in "Predestination" of the person. As God did love the world (all the people in it), we are to love all the people of the world too!!! As best we can with His grace!!!  That is being a Christian... And they shall know we are Christians by His love in us, for them!!!

 

Ezekiel 18 v23, 32

1 Timothy 2 v 4, 6

2 Peter 3 v9B

 

As such we are not merely to be hearers of the law (Bible), but Doers of the law...

 

James 1 v22

1 John 3 v18

Romans 2 v13

Luke 11 v28

 

As such we are to take the time and effort to know and defend our faith and beliefs. For all people are worthy of our love!!!

 

2 Timothy 2 v15; 4 v2

Acts 17 v11B

 

As such, we are to be humble and always "teachable"...

 

1 Corinthians 3 v18; 8 v2

1 John 4 v1

1 Thessalonians 5 v 21

 

As such, we should be forgiving!!!

 

Luke 23 v 34

 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

 

Conclusion:

 

As Christians we must share the humility of Jesus, we must share the truth of Jesus, and we must share the love of Jesus, who is the Christ!!!

 

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

 

Galatians 2 v 20  

                       "I have been crucified with Christ;

                it is no longer I who live, but Christ who

                lives in me; and the life I now live in the

                flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,

                who loved me and gave himself for me."

 

The impulse or decision to turn toward communion with God depends on the impact of divine agency upon the human heart. The initial

awakening or “quickening” may be described as the pressure from God which is given freely to all, (not sought by man’s fallen nature), but whose intent by God’s grace can be acted upon or rejected by the individual at their choice.

 

Awakening or “quickening” is not regeneration, but rather the preparation for the same…The office of “quickening” is to produce the sense of need and the measure of aspiration and desire which are requisite to make one a willing subject in the consummation of adoption into the family of God.

 

It is a serious “contradiction” to believe God gives a universal call to all mankind, and then secretly withholds the power to believe or accept the call from all those He has not given the ability to

choose salvation. It is further a very serious contradiction to acknowledge God loves all mankind, then for reasons outside the teachings of God’s inerrant, infallible Word, rejects certain people without giving them the grace or ability to reject Jesus Christ for themselves. (limited atonement )

 

The divine intention is that all men shall avail themselves of their blood bought privileges in Jesus Christ. ***The call is not fictitious but genuine.

 

*******It is not only an external offer of salvation,

          but is accompanied by the internal grace

           (prevenient grace) of the Holy Spirit

          sufficient to allow the fallen person, in his            

          “total depravity” state, to “freely” accept

            or reject salvation.*******

 

Jesus Christ atoning blood sacrifice opened the door for this grace, and provided it for all mankind…This grace works with the fallen “totally depraved” nature to allow every human being to exercise his God given “free” will to ultimately make the greatest choice to accept or reject saving grace, saving faith in Jesus Christ.

 

The greatest “good” is to accept Jesus Christ,

to deny this choice would be “sin” itself !!!

 

Prevenient Grace

 

Before actually discussing prevenient grace, it may be well to call attention to the fact that the grace of God is itself infinite, and therefore cannot be limited to His redemptive work, unspeakably great as this may be.

 

1) Grace is an eternal fact in the inner relations

of the Trinity.

2) It existed in the form of sacrificial love before the

foundation of the world.

3) It extended order and beauty to the process and

product of creation.

4) It devised the plan for restoration of sinful man.

5) It is manifested specifically through revealed

religion as the content of Christian theology

6) It will find its consummation in the regeneration

of all things, of which our Lord testified.

 

*The absolute holiness of God determines the nature of divine grace, and its laws ever operate under that standard.

 

Prevenient Grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the state of salvation. It is pre-aratory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered a form of mercy; as it respects the powerless, it is enabling power.

 

It may be defined, therefore, as that manifestation of divine influence which precedes the full regenerate life. We will consider,

 

1) the Historical approach

2) the nature of Prevenient grace

3) Prevenient grace and Human Will

 

The Historical Approach.

 

The idea of grace (charis) is fundamental in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

 

Genesis 6 v3; Zechariah 4 v6; John 6 v44; 15 v5;

Romans 5 v6 (asthenon, helpless) [asebon,godless]

Romans 5 v8 (amartolon, transgressors)

Romans 5 v10 (echthpoi, under wrath)

1 Corinthians 2 v4-5; 2 Corinthians 3 v5;

Ephesians 2 v1; 2 v8; Philippians 2 v13;

1 Thessalonians 1 v5; 2 Thessalonians 2 v13,

1 Peter 1 v2; Titus 2 v11…

 

During the period of the early fathers, the doctrine of prevenient grace seems never to have been questioned, except by the Gnostics and

Manichaeans.

 

Justin(165 ad) says, “That we may follow those things

                                 that please Him…He both

                                 persuades and leads to faith.”

 

Tertullian(220 ad) writes: “the greatness of some

                                    good things is unsupportable,

                                    so that only the greatness of

                                    the divine inspiration is

                                    effectual for attaining and

                                    practicing them.”

 

Clement of Alexandria(220 ad) bears the same testimony. “It is not without eminent grace,”

              He states, “that the soul is winged, and

                                 soars, laying aside all that

                                 is heavy….Neither is God

                                 involuntarily good, as fire is

                                 warm; but in Him the

                                 imparting of good things is

                                 voluntary, even if He first

                                 receives the request. Nor

                                 shall he who is saved, be

                                 saved against his will…

                                God ministers salvation to

                                 those who co-operate for

                                 the attainment of knowledge

                                 and good conduct.”

 

Origen(254 ad) makes the statement:

                                 “our perfection is brought about

                                  not as if we ourselves did

                                  nothing; yet it is not completely

                                  by ourselves, but God produces

                                  the greater part of it.”

 

Cyprian(258 ad) writes to the same effect.

                                 “If, depending on God with

                                  your whole strength,”

         he continues,  “and with your whole heart,

                                  you be only what you have

                                  begun to be, power to do so

                                  is given you in proportion to

                                  the increase of spiritual

                                  grace.”

 

Therefore I assert, that in a broard sense, the doctrine of Prevenient grace was indeed held by all the early fathers.**The laxed interpretation of it, however, by the Greek fathers, led to Pelagianism.

 

Augustine and the theologians of his period distinguished five kinds of grace.

 

1) Prevenient grace which removed the fallen

   incapacity to choose and invited repentance.

2) Preparing grace which restrained the natural resistance and disposed the will to accept salvation

by faith.

3) Operating grace which conferred the power of

believing and kindled justifying faith.

4) Co-operating grace which followed justification,

and served to promote sanctification and good works;

5) Conserving grace, by which faith and holiness were conserved and confirmed.

 

At a later period in the history of Christian thought, theologians regarded faith as constituting a fourfold office as follows:

 

1) Elenchtical, or the awakening to a knowledge

of sin.

2) Didactic, or instruction in the way of salvation.     

3) Pedagogical, or the conversion of the sinner.

4) Paracletic, or consoling and strengthening of

the converted.

 

John Wesley had basically four types of God’s graces.

 

1) Prevenient grace

2) Convicting grace

3) Saving grace

4) Sanctifying grace

 

The Holy Spirit is the Author of preliminary grace; that is, of the kind of preparatory influence which is imparted to the entire human race. It is not recognized and is without meaning to the sinner unless they choose to act upon it. And it must be understood that God’s grace is His grace, it is we who attempt to dissect its various attributes and workings by defining and giving names to various aspects of its

manifestations.

 

******* Grace is Grace*******

 

The Nature of Prevenient Grace

 

The nature of Prevenient grace is found in the fourth article of the doctrine of Remonstrants.

 

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.                               

 

This proposition is analyzed by the theologian Watson in his institutes.

 

1) Everything that can be called good in man,

previous to regeneration is the direct working

of God’s prevenient grace. Man himself is

totally depraved and incapable of any good thing.

 

2) God’s prevenient grace works upon the

unregenerate allowing them to do good things.

And gives them the ability to choose or reject

saving faith in Jesus Christ.

 

3) There is human co-operation with the

Holy Spirit, aiding and “quickening” the human’s

“free will to reject or accept Jesus Christ.

 

4) That prevenient grace is given to all mankind

to bring them to salvation through Jesus Christ,

but that this grace is so given, that man’s “free”

will can resist the pleading or calling of the

Holy Spirit.

 

This analysis suggests five main points.

 

1) Mankind is totally depraved, incapable of

seeking God without his loving grace.

 

2) Prevenient grace is an unconditional benefit

of the atonement

 

3) The continuity of grace as excluded the

Calvinistic distinction between common and

Efficacious grace.

 

4) synergism, or co-operation of grace and free will.

 

5) Mankind does have power to reject or accept Jesus Christ before regeneration.

 

The doctrine of natural depravity affirms the total inability of man to turn by himself to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

This being postulated, the affirmation that all have an equal probation involves the doctrine of a gracious influence unconditionally secured as the common inheritance of the race: this gracious influence so

secured; by the same blood that purchased for mankind a conscious existence procured for them all grace needful (deon) for the responsibilities of that existence.

 

Prevenient Grace and Free Will

 

Prevenient grace is exercised upon the fallen nature of mankind. This grace is exercised upon his entire being. This grace operates upon the intellect, the feelings or will, upon the person or central being which is beneath and behind all affections and attributes. It thus preserves a belief in the unity of the personality. Prevenient grace has to do with man as a “free” and responsible agent. Prevenient

grace has to do further, with the person as enslaved by sin. This grace assists man’s fallen nature to rise above his depravity and allows him to assert his “free” will. If the person co-operates with this grace it can ultimately lead to saving grace, salvation…

 

This prevenient grace of the Holy Spirit, unconditionally bestows upon all mankind, the power and responsibility of “free” will. To choose or to reject the call of God to salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ…

 

At this point, I have shared everything necessary

to clearly articulate my position…Therefore at this time I find it unnecessary to discuss repentance, faith, or conversion.

 

The sole purpose in this paper was to explain my position on the topic that anyone by God’s grace can be saved!!! Any human being, but they must make the choice for themselves, which is possible by God’s prevenient grace…

 

This paper cannot change or correct anyone’s stand, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. And God gives us the right to say yes or no, so I can do no less.

 

But I am satisfied that by the Power of the “Eternal” God, I have stated my position appropriately, concisely, and adequately.

 

God’s will be done!!!!!!!

 

Glory to God in the Highest!!!

 

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Do you believe that if God calls you, you (a person, anyone) can NOT possibly resist? Or, do you think that someone can resist God? thanks! All these little questions are really really helping me. michelle

There is only one thing God CANNOT DO, GOD CANNOT SIN!!!

The greatest good a person can do is to freely accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR…

To not provide that free choice to humanity, would not allow the greatest good that man can do, and that WOULD BE SIN!!!

People who deny the concept of man’s “free will”, do it under several miss-conceptions.

First, they say man is “born” totally depraved, and we have no ability or even any desire to save ourselves; THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!

Therefore they say, man has no “free will”, and we only desire to sin. Without God, we are slaves to sin without any ability to freely choose otherwise!!! Again that is true.

However there is God, and God being fully aware of our inability to even desire to be good, has provided what many of the early Church fathers called “prevenient grace”. The grace that goes before, the grace that is provided to ALL MANKIND, so that through God’s mercy, even lost sinners as we all are, sometimes do good things, sometimes make right choices, and provides us with the attribute of “free will”…

This prevenient grace allows us to make the free choice to sin or not to sin; WHICH SHOWS ALL THE MORE HOW TOTALLY DEPRAVED WE ARE, WHEN EVEN WITH GOD’S GRACE IN OUR LIVES WE STILL CHOOSE TO SIN, TO DENY HIM!!!

God calls all sinners to repentance, that IS ALL OF US, EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD…….

Isaiah 53 v 6A

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way…”

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Throughout the Old and New Testament God calls ALL sinners to repent, to turn from our evil ways.

Jeremiah 18 v 8

“If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”

Why does God say “if” they turn away, IF God’s call could not be ignored by sinners??? This statement in Jeremiah would be pointless, and it would take up space in God’s Holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible that could be better used for THINGS THAT WOULD CORRECTLY GUIDE US…

Jeremiah 26 v 3

“If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.”

Again God says: “if so be they will hearken”, if we cannot resist His call, why does God again say “if”? If we cannot resist, then there is NO “IF” about it, He either calls us or He doesn’t…

Jeremiah 26 v 13

“Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.”

Here God calls sinners to amend his, our ways, to repent of our sin; but if they, we cannot resist His call THERE IS NO POINT IN TELLING US TO, WE SIMPLY WILL OBEY BECAUSE WE CANNOT RESIST???

Ezekiel 14 v 6

“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

Again what point is there to tell us to repent if WE CANNOT resist His call??? We either will because we cannot resist, or He has not called us???

Ezekiel 18 v 23

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

God’s desire is THAT EVERYONE SHOULD REPENT!!!!!!!

But most do not, why if WE CANNOT RESIST HIS CALL???????

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

2 Peter 3:9 (RSV)


9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Again and again God calls ALL sinners to repent and live; but most do not. Why if WE CANNOT RESIST???????

1 Timothy 2 v 4

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

In Timothy it is made perfectly clear God desires and calls ALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE…

But some would say, God desires all, but does not call all to repentance; those He calls will repent.

If so, that on one hand God decrees who will repent and who won’t by His irresistible call; THEN HOW COULD HE “HONESTLY” say He wants all to repent; YET SAYS “I WON’T LET SOME REPENT, BECAUSE I DON’T CALL SOME”??????? ***How could we be found GUITLY OF SIN, if, WE HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER???

1 Timothy 2 v 6

“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Is God a liar, HE GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL?

Numbers 23 v 19A

“God is not a man, that he should lie…”

Romans 3:4 (KJV)


4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

***GOD DOES NOT LIE!!!!!!!***

God sent His Son Jesus Christ because HE LOVED ALL OF US…

John 3 v 16

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

God LOVES us ALL, His Son died for us ALL, but not ALL OF US WILL SAY “YES” TO THAT LOVE THAT CALL!!!

Second people argue that if a person can say “NO” to His call, then God is not sovereign. For NO ONE can say “NO” to the sovereign will of God. This sounds good, sounds righteous, sounds like it acknowledges God’s absolute power and authority over His creation; but in reality IT DOES NOT!!!

 
For it declares GOD CANNOT GIVE MAN “FREE WILL”, GOD CANNOT GIVE US THE GRACE TO CHOOSE.

***GOD IS NOT A HUMAN LEADER. God does not worry about someone else taking His power or authority, nor does He worry about someone appearing to have power over Him; it simply cannot happen, EVER…

So by His sovereign will God has graciously allowed us and given us the ability to choose to do the ultimate good, to say “yes” or “no” to His CALL by His grace and mercy!!!!!!!

It is His choice not ours, that gives us His prevenient grace that allows us ”free will”, “free choice”…….

He gives us the ability to resist His call upon our lives…….

For the greatest “good”, is to voluntarily LOVE Him!!!!!!!

Below is a detailed explanation of my answer:

The Beginnings of Salvation

The finished atonement of Jesus Christ becomes effective for the salvation of mankind, only when administered to the believers by the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit done in us, is necessary to salvation as the work of Jesus Christ done for us. The redemption Jesus worked for us in the flesh becomes effective only as He works in us through the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the work Christ accomplished upon the cross.

We will now consider the nature of this work, and consequently we turn our attention to what in theology is generally known as the benefits of the atonement. We shall consider these, first in their objective form as "words" of the covenant, and secondly in their subjective aspects as the inner "grace" of the covenant.

Thus we will cover (1) The Vocation or Call (2) Prevenient Grace.

The Gospel Vocation

The Holy Spirit as the agent of Jesus Christ, makes known His divine purpose for the salvation of the world, through a Proclamation commonly known in theology as the Vocation or Call. The word comes from the Greek “klesois”, which means a vocation or calling; “kalein” to call, referring backward to the Spirit’s pleading for people to accept the call; and “kletos” the called, carries the thought forward to those who have accepted that invitation, and who are, therefore the elect. In this sense, the Church is the “ecclesia”, or called out ones.

Election and Predestination are closely related to Vocation and calling. The understanding of the meaning of Predestination has an intimate connection with the doctrine of the Atonement in regard to the extent of its benefits.

Predestination is the gracious purpose of God to save mankind from utter ruin and damnation. It includes provisionally, all mankind in its scope, and is conditioned solely (no mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith on Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in  him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”                                      John 3 v 16

“Whosoever”, not whosoever God picked, “loved the world”, all mankind, not a chosen few.

It is the plan, the way to salvation that is predestined not the person. Thus predestination is God’s general and gracious plan of saving mankind by adoption as children through Jesus Christ; election pertains to the chosen ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord, God, and Savior. *The elect are chosen, not by absolute decree, but by personal acceptance of the conditions of the call, by any and all who by their “free” will act upon the “grace” of God that is freely offered to all mankind…….Not a predestined few.

The vocation or call is God’s offer of salvation to all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is the gracious “Beginnings of Salvation”.

The call is universal and includes three things--- the proclamation, the conditions upon which salvation is made, and the command to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ.

                      *Acts 5 v32…Acts 13 v38-40

                                  ***Acts 4 v12***

The agent of the call is the Holy Spirit, and the Word is the instrument of His operations.

Awakening is a term used in theology to denote that operation of the Holy Spirit by which the “Totally Depraved” (Read my paper entitled:                 “Inherited Depravity”) minds are “quickened” , by the Spirit to a consciousness of their lost condition. In this “quickening”, the Spirit not only works through the medium of objective truth, but by a directinfluence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

The impulse or decision to turn toward communion with God depends on the impact of divine agency upon the human heart. The initial awakening or “quickening” may be described as the pressure from God which is given freely to all, (not sought by man’s fallen nature), but whose intent by God’s grace can be acted upon or rejected by the individual at their choice.

Awakening or “quickening” is not regeneration, but rather the preparation for the same…The office of “quickening” is to produce the sense of need and the measure of aspiration and desire which are requiste to make one a willing subject in the consummation of adoption into the family of God.

It is a serious “contradiction” to believe God gives a universal call to all mankind, and then secretly withholds the power to believe or accept the call from all those He has not given the ability to choose salvation. It is further a very serious contradiction to acknowledge God loves all mankind, then for reasons outside the teachings of God’s inerrant, infallible Word, rejects certain people without giving them the grace or ability to reject Jesus Christ for themselves. ( limited atonement )

The divine intention is that all men shall avail themselves of their blood bought privileges in Jesus Christ. ***The call is not fictitious but genuine. 

*******It is not only an external offer of salvation, but is accompanied by the internal grace (prevenient grace) of the Holy Spirit sufficient to allow the fallen person, in his “total depravity” state, to “freely” accept             or reject salvation.*******

Jesus Christ atoning blood sacrifice opened the door for this grace, and provided it for all mankind…This grace works with the fallen “totally depraved” nature to allow every human being to exercise his God given “free” will to ultimately make the greatest choice to accept or reject saving grace, saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The greatest “good” is to accept Jesus Christ, to deny this choice would be “sin” itself !!!

Prevenient Grace

Before actually discussing prevenient grace, it may be well to call attention to the fact that the grace of God is itself infinite, and therefore cannot be limited to His redemptive work, unspeakably great as this may be.

1) Grace is an eternal fact in the inner relations of the Trinity.

2) It existed in the form of sacrificial love before the foundation of the world.

3) It extended order and beauty to the process and product of creation.

4) It devised the plan for restoration of sinful man.

5) It is manifested specifically through revealed religion as the content of Christian theology.

6) It will find its consummation in the regeneration of all things, of which our Lord testified.

* The absolute holiness of God determines the nature of divine grace, and its laws ever operate under that standard.

Prevenient Grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the state of salvation. It is pre-aratory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered a form of mercy; as it respects the powerless, it is enabling power.

It may be defined, therefore, as that manifestation of divine influence which precedes the full regenerate life. We will consider,

1) the Historical approach

2) the nature of Prevenient grace

3) Prevenient grace and Human Will

The Historical Approach.

The idea of grace (charis) is fundamental in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Genesis 6 v3; Zechariah 4 v6; John 6 v44; 15 v5;

Romans 5 v6 (asthenon, helpless) [asebon,godless]

Romans 5 v8 (amartolon, transgressors)

Romans 5 v10 (echthpoi, under wrath)

1 Corinthians 2 v4-5; 2 Corinthians 3 v5;

Ephesians 2 v1; 2 v8; Philippians 2 v13;

1 Thessalonians 1 v5; 2 Thessalonians 2 v13,

1 Peter 1 v2; Titus 2 v11…

During the period of the early fathers, the doctrine of prevenient grace seems never to have been questioned, except by the Gnostics and Manichaeans.

Justin(165 ad) says, “That we may follow those things                                  that please Him…He both persuades and leads to faith.”

Tertullian(220 ad) writes: “the greatness of some good things is unsupportable, so that only the greatness of the divine inspiration is                                     effectual for attaining and practicing them.”

 

Clement of Alexandria(220 ad) bears the same testimony.

”It is not without eminent grace,” He states, “that the soul is winged, and soars, laying aside all that is heavy….Neither is God involuntarily good, as fire is warm; but in Him the imparting of good things is                                  voluntary, even if He first receives the request. Nor shall he who is saved, be saved against his will…

God ministers salvation to those who co-operate for the attainment of knowledge and good conduct.”

Origen(254 ad) makes the statement:

“our perfection is brought about not as if we ourselves did nothing; yet it is not completely by ourselves, but God produces the greater part of it.”

Cyprian(258 ad) writes to the same effect.

“If, depending on God with your whole strength,” he continues,  “and with your whole heart, you be only what you have begun to be, power to do so is given you in proportion to the increase of spiritual grace.”

Therefore I assert, that in a broard sense, the doctrine of Prevenient grace was indeed held by all the early fathers.**The laxed interpretation of it, however, by the Greek fathers, led to Pelagianism.

Augustine and the theologians of his period distinguished five kinds of grace.

1) Prevenient grace which removed the fallen incapacity to choose and invited repentance.

2) Preparing grace which restrained the natural resistance and disposed the will to accept salvation by faith.

3) Operating grace which conferred the power of believing and kindled justifying faith.

4) Co-operating grace which followed justification, and served to promote sanctification and good works;

5) Conserving grace, by which faith and holiness were conserved and confirmed.

At a later period in the history of Christian thought, theologians regarded faith as constituting a fourfold office as follows:

1) Elenchtical, or the awakening to a knowledge of sin.

2) Didactic, or instruction in the way of salvation.     

3) Pedagogical, or the conversion of the sinner.

4) Paracletic, or consoling and strengthening of the converted.

John Wesley had basically four types of God’s graces.

1) Prevenient grace

2) Convicting grace

3) Saving grace

4) Sanctifying grace

The Holy Spirit is the Author of preliminary grace; that is, of the kind of preparatory influence which is imparted to the entire human race. It is not recognized and is without meaning to the sinner unless they choose to act upon it. And it must be understood that God’s grace is His grace, it is we who attempt to dissect its various attributes and workings by defining and giving names to various aspects of its manifestations.

******* Grace is Grace*******

The Nature of Prevenient Grace

The nature of Prevenient grace is found in the fourth article of the doctrine of Remonstrants.

 4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the      disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings to perfection everything that can be called good in man; and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace; that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.

This proposition is analyzed by the theologian Watson in his institutes.

1) Everything that can be called good in man, previous to regeneration is the direct working of God’s prevenient grace. Man himself is totally depraved and incapable of any good thing.

2) God’s prevenient grace works upon the unregenerate allowing them to do good things. And gives them the ability to choose or rejectsaving faith in Jesus Christ.

3) There is human co-operation with the Holy Spirit, aiding and “quickening” the human’s “free will to reject or accept Jesus Christ.

4) That prevenient grace is given to all mankind to bring them to salvation through Jesus Christ, but that this grace is so given, that man’s “free” will can resist the pleading or calling of the Holy Spirit.

This analysis suggests five main points.

1) Mankind is totally depraved, incapable of seeking God without his loving grace.

2) Prevenient grace is an unconditional benefit of the atonement.

3) The continuity of grace as excluded the Calvinistic distinction between common and Efficacious grace.

4) synergism, or co-operation of grace and free will.

5) Mankind does have power to reject or accept Jesus Christ before regeneration.

The doctrine of natural depravity affirms the total inability of man to turn by himself to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

This being postulated, the affirmation that all have an equal probation involves the doctrine of a gracious influence unconditionally secured as the common inheritance of the race: this gracious influence so secured; by the same blood that purchased for mankind a conscious existence procured for them all grace needful (deon) for the responsibilities of that existence.

Prevenient Grace and Free Will

Prevenient grace is exercised upon the fallen nature of mankind. This grace is exercised upon his entire being. This grace operates upon the intellect, the feelings or will, upon the person or central being which is beneath and behind all affections and attributes. It thus preserves a belief in the unity of the personality. Prevenient grace has to do with man as a “free” and responsible agent.

 Prevenientgrace has to do further, with the person as enslaved by sin. This grace assists man’s fallen nature to rise above his depravity and allows him to assert his “free” will. If the person co-operates with this grace it can ultimately lead to saving grace, salvation…

This prevenient grace of the Holy Spirit, unconditionally bestows upon all mankind, the power and responsibility of “free” will. To choose or to reject the call of God to salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ…

At this point, I have shared everything necessary to clearly articulate my position…Therefore at this time I find it unnecessary to discuss repentance, faith, or conversion.

The sole purpose in this paper was to explain my position on the topic that anyone by God’s grace can be saved!!! Any human being, but they must make the choice for themselves, which is possible by God’s prevenient grace…

This paper cannot change or correct anyone’s stand, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. And God gives us the right to say yes or no, so I can do no less.

But I am satisfied that by the Power of the “Eternal” God, I have stated my position appropriately, concisely, and adequately.

God’s will be done!!!!!!!

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I`m having a debate with a friend concerning marriage, eternity, and premarital sex its clear in the bible that marriage isn`t eternal and yet in the debate on premarital sex, a main point is that the two participants are `joined as one spirit` (I`m not sure where in the bible this is said, or implied... I know Genesis 2:24 talks about being joined as one flesh, which obviously would perish with death. But still, this is taught in my church and made as main point in any debates I have) these two tenets seem counterintuitive to me. how can the married couple be joined as one spirit, and yet be unmarried as two separate entities in heaven? does death suddenly rip this merging apart? or is the whole `one spirit` thing contrived? obviously the absence of eternal marriage is plain. just see Matthew 22:29-30 , Mark 12:24-25 , and Luke 20:34-36. so seeing as the fact that marriage ends with death seems undebatable (The son of god said it himself... that seems pretty solid to me), how can one push the joining of `spirits`? and if the two aren`t in fact joined in spirit, it raises a much shakier issue, in my opinion, about premarital sex. I for one am set in my convictions, and don`t care for the risks, emotional trouble, or complications involved with premarital sex, but when portraying it as a sin, I find myself hard pressed to push my point. I can`t defend the `joining as a spirit` point of view, because I hardly believe it. As for the verses (especially by Paul) concerning sexual immorality, many push that they were intended for a specific time and purpose, as much of the bible is (you don`t see any present day Christians condoning the taking of multiple wives, yet it was a common practice in the old testament , Jacob for example. Or the laws concerning the consumption of only blood-drained meat, the single-seed planting of fields, the laws concerning the trimming of hair and beards... etc.). I just don`t know how to defend against the argument that the ban on premarital sex is more of a old fundamentalist Christian taboo, and not in fact, a sin. I can pull out all the verses, but in the end, it still remains that the bible is vague on the issue. I mean, paul also said to avoid getting married if possible, yet christians encourage and praise marriage as a wonderful institution? Forgive me, I know this is more of a theological discussion than a simple bible question and answer. but it is an issue i constantly find myself in the midst of on a daily basis, especially now that i`m in the public university system. ANY help would be appreciated.

I unfortunately or fortunately, do not see the problem you see.

Genesis 2 v 24

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

This verse on marriage is referring to our temporary earthly existence. While we are on this temporal plain, marriage is the intimate process where one man and one woman become “one” flesh; one in emotion, one in spirit, and should be one in unity. It is God’s sovereign will for men and women in the here and now. Marriage is meant by God to be a beautiful, fulfilling oneness between the sexes, and can only be as God intended, when, WE FOLLOW HIS STANDARD FOR THAT ONENESS…

Just because marriage is not eternal, does not change the spiritual and moral perfection of marriage and sex within marriage only!!!

***God has clearly stated within His inerrant, infallible word the Bible, fornication, sex outside of the marriage covenant between one male, one female, and with God Himself IS A SIN!!!!!!!

Why, BECAUSE GOD SAYS SO!!!!!!! We really do not have to understand why, to understand IT IS A SIN, or that GOD DOES NOT WANT ANYONE TO FORNICATE…

 Matthew 5 v 32

“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

Fornication, sex outside of marriage Jesus says is SIN, WE MUST AVOID IT. Some maintain sex outside of marriage is “ok”, once a person has been married and divorced. No, Jesus says, being released from marriage only to have sex outside of marriage IS STILL FORICATION, and IS STILL SIN!!!

Matthew 15 v 18-19

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”

Here again, Jesus’ own teaching declares FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE TO BE SIN!!!

Acts 15 v 20

“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

The apostles clearly understood Jesus’ teaching on premarital, or post-marital sex outside of marriage AS BEING SIN, stating as God’s Children WE ARE TO ABSTAIN FROM IT, AS ALL HUMANS SHOULD ABSTAIN FRON IT, BECAUSE FORNICATION, SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTSIDE OF THE MARRIAGE COVENANT IS SIN!!!!!!!

Romans 1 v 29-32

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31. Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

God through the apostles declares FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE TO BE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 6 v 18

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

God says “FLEE” FORNICATION, because while we are in this physical realm IT IS SIN FOR US, IT IS BAD FOR US, IT IS NOT HIS WILL FOR US!!!!!!!

Galatians 5 v 19-21

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

*******God cannot make it clearer for us, FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE is unclean for us, it is SIN, it is SIN just like: IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, VARIANCES, EMULATIONS, ETC, ETC, ETC…….

And those who practice FORNICATION, SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTSIDE OF MARRIGE, just like ALL OTHER UNREPENTENT SINNERS WILL END UP IN HELL!!!!!!!

Colossians 3 v 5-6

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6. For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:”

To fornicate, WILL BRING THE WRATH OF GOD…….

1 Thessalonians 4 v 3

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:”

It is the WILL OF GOD FOR US ALL TO ABSTAIN FROM FORNICATION, FROM PREMARITAL, or any SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTIDE OF MARRIGE…….

Matthew 22 v 29-30

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

This verse simply says THERE WILL BE NO SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS IN HEAVEN, IN ETERNITY…

It does not say, that the marriage relationship that we experience here and now will not have an eternal effect on our personal relationships in heaven, in eternity. So to think that disobeying the clear teaching of God on fornication is somehow “ok”, or that premarital sex, or sex outside of marriage is somehow “ok”, simply because sexual relationships are not eternal, IS NOT A LOGICAL CONCLUSION!!!!!!!

Certainly the emotional intimacy that we have with people now will be continued in eternity; the how God knows, even if we do not…….

But He clearly tells us STAY AWAY FROM FORNICATION!!!!!!!

That is good enough, if we WANT TO BE HIS!!!!!!!

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April 9, 2017


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Question: How is Job a tragedy?

Tragedy:

1. a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. 

2. any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion. 

3. the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life. 

4. a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.

Job by the very definition of the word “tragedy” is indeed a horrible tragedy but with a most merciful, gracious and encouraging final outcome!

Job 1 v 13-19

“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 14. And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15. And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 17. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19. And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

Job is certainly a dramatic composition based upon a real story, and a real person Job, with a real family he initially loses. It is obviously a very serious and sober theme. Losing ALL your material possessions, then ALL your beloved children, then YOUR very own health goes bad. Your wife tells you to give up your faith, and curse God. You are faithful and stoic, refusing to deny God, yet YOUR so-called best friends BLAME YOU FOR ALL YOUR MISFORTUNE. You know its not your fault, but everyone is telling you it is. You start analyzing your heinous circumstances, you begin doubting yourself, you start thinking “maybe it is my fault?” But your head tells you it is not your fault, but your emotions, your terrible situation and everything and everyone else is telling you: IT IS YOUR FAULT!! Then you start doubting God, and are almost to the point of blaming Him and near the brink perhaps of EVEN LOSING YOUR FAITH …
 
THAT IS A GREAT TRAGEDY!!!!!!!

But in the end God declares His LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY to and for Job.

Job is vindicated before his friends, ALL that he has lost is restored to him, and above ALL, Job finds a far greater, more mature, and more intense LOVE and understanding of God his Creator!!!

Job 42 v 5-6

“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42 v 12-17

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13. He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17. So Job died, being old and full of days.”

The lesson of Job is:

No matter how bad your life may get, if YOU stay true to your faith in God, in Jesus Christ, God will make ALL THINGS RIGHT IN THE END!!!!!!!

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April 2, 2017


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So I got a question about salvation be free of works. Is salvation always free to everybody, no matter what condition they are in, once they place their faith in Christ? Well if so, then what about this passage? Luke 19:8-9 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. ; And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.` So this passage is declaring that if we wronged someone in the past (by stealing, cheating, or gossip), he cannot get saved unless he makes restitution or gets his wrongs right. Am I correct? Many people say that restitution/getting wrongs right is necessary for salvation. Adam Clarke, a Bible commentator said in his commentary of vs.8: `This restitution the Roman laws obliged the tax-gatherers to make, when it was proved they had abused their power by oppressing the people. But here was no such proof: the man, to show the sincerity of his conversion, does it of his own accord. He who has wronged his fellow must make restitution, if he have it in his power. He that does not do so cannot expect the mercy of God.` David Guzik`s commentary on v9: `Today salvation has come to this house: Jesus did not command Zacchaeus to do what He commanded the rich young ruler to do, because Zacchaeus did not need to. His giving heart was the way that this rich man could receive salvation.` So it makes me wonder, is salvation a free gift, only to the people who didn`t wronged someone? Is righting out wrongs necessary for salvation? This passage convinced me of this because of the way it reads. If giving up filthy sins such as lies, adultery, swearing, lust, materialism, etc. is not necessary for salvation (but for fellowship), why is restitution? I don`t understand. Please explain.


You are to be commended for a well thought out question and research!!! Never stop asking challenging questions, it’s those questions answered properly that can really help a person mature in their faith…

Salvation is not a result of our good works, our good works are a result of our salvation. We are not saved by our good works, but a saved person will perform good works…Those good works are obedience to God’s Holy word the Bible…

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Again:

Titus 3 v 5

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

***We are ABSOLUTELY saved by grace through faith, which is indeed an ABSOLUTELY free gift from God!!!!!!!

Revelation 22:17 (RSV)
17 The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let him who hears say, "Come." And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.

Free in that we Do Not and Can Not pay the price ourselves; ONLY A SINLESS AND HOLY GOD COULD PROVIDE THE ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE NECESSARY TO REDEEM OUR SOULS…….

Now to Zacchaeus your example.

Luke 19 v 8-9

“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”

Jesus does not say, “Zacchaeus you are saved because of what you have done.” ***Jesus seeing the sincerity of Zacchaeus by his changed heart, in the good works he was willing to do; acknowledges that Zacchaeus is “truly” saved.

In-other-words, as a result or visible consequence or direct product of Zacchaeus accepting the free gift of God’s salvation, specifically in Zacchaeus’ case, he was lead by the Holy Spirit to do as the text says he will do.

((( His deeds, his good works were the result of his salvation, not the cause of Zacchaeus’ salvation!!! )))

Ephesians 2 v 10

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As Paul continues God’s doctrine of salvation by grace and grace alone; Paul concludes, AS A RESULT OF ACCEPTING THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION, we will do good works, as God has always expected us to do!!!

As the creation (product, result) of accepting Jesus Christ as a person’s LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; there will be a transformed life!!!!!!!

But that is again the result, NOT THE CAUSE, NOT THE REQUIREMENT FOR A PERSON’S SALVATION.

Also the works we produce, the conviction God gives us, the deeds God wants us to do, IS UNIQUE TO EACH CHRISTIAN. ***Not everyone will be asked of the Holy Spirit to do what Zacchaeus was lead to do as a result of his salvation. ***That is between God and the individual!

Again I want to make this exceedingly clear, what Zacchaeus said he would do was the RESULT of his conversion NOT THE origin OF HIS SALVATION!!!

What Jesus did upon the cross for Zacchaeus and ALL CHRISTIANS, is the origin, the reason or the price for our salvation; our, Zacchaeus’ good works are merely the visible result of salvation by grace through faith!!!!!!!

***But visible works are only an indication of a person’s salvation, for as humans we cannot know or judge a person’s inner heart, ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT…

Many people do great and noble things every day, some will even give God the credit for it, yet, if they have never accepted the free gift of salvation by genuinely accepting Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; they are not saved!!!

Matthew 7 v 22-23

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Our good works are WORTHLESS unless WE FIRST LOVE JESUS CHRIST!!!

LOVING Christ, accepting Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR is the only decision we must make to be saved, and those are the result of accepting God’s free gift of His GRACE, LOVE, and MERCY for our lives…

In response to your quote of Adam Clarke, “This restitution the Roman laws obligated…”.

Clarke says, that Roman law demanded restitution, NOT THAT GOD DEMANDS RESTITUTION AS A REQUIREMENT OF HIS SALVATION. ***God may want a saved person to make restitution but NOT AS A REQUIREMENT OF SALVATION, BUT RATHER AS A PRODUCT OF THAT SALVATION.

And once again that is between each individual and God, God will not take back His salvation if a genuine Christian ignores a specific good work God may want that specific individual to do!

That individual will be hindering the fullness of his/her relationship with God, but will not lose the free gift of salvation already given them. ***Though, the individual would need to ask themselves, “why won’t I do it?”

Perhaps they are not saved???

Perhaps they are, but they need to mature more in their faith???

But again, WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR OBEDIENCE, WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE, ALL OF US THAT ARE SAVED OR EVER WILL BE SAVED, ARE SAVED EXCLUSIVELY BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, NOT BY ANY WORK OR DEED WE MIGHT DO, OR THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO!!!!!!!

It is Jesus Christ’s atoning blood sacrifice that saves us, there is no other way to be saved!!!!!!!

Guzik, who I do not know much about, may simply be saying that Zacchaeus because of his new transformed cleansed heart WANTED WITH ALL HIS HEART TO DO WHATEVER HE COULD DO TO CORRECT HIS WRONGS. Not by requirement to be saved, but rather, a deep desire of his own conviction to do so. He, Zacchaeus wanted to do those things as a result of his new life in Jesus Christ…

Zacchaeus needed to do it for himself, not as a requirement of salvation, but as a result of that salvation and what he felt he needed to do to honor his God.

And finally your last point. Whether we realize it or not our slightest, most insignificant sin to the greatest of sins, ALL WRONG OTHER PEOPLE. We all hurt others by our sins, ALL OF US!!!!!!!

And the least of sins, the least of your’s, the least of mine; THE SLIGHTEST SIN PUT JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS.

You and I killed Jesus Christ, as well as all other sinners…

So in order for ANY OF US TO BE FORGIVEN, SAVED WE MUST HONESTLY, SINCERELY, and GENUINELY ACCEPT GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION…….

By grace through faith we must decide by the power of the Holy Spirit working upon us, to ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS OUR PERSONAL LORD, GOD and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

And that is being a “true” Christian, and ONLY THAT!!!!!!!

The rest is only the good works expected of a CHILD OF GOD!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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March 26, 2017


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Could you please help me to understand the meaning of isaiah 34:16

Isaiah 34 v 16

“Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

The statement simply means, STUDY THE WORD OF GOD, (none shall want her mate) NOT A SINGLE VERSE WILL NOT FIND IT’S FULFILLMENT, every WORD is from God’s mouth therefore all the verses are interconnected to each other and makeup the COMPLETE SCRIPTURES OF GOD by the power of the Holy Spirit!!!

Matthew Henry the great Theologian explains it this way:

”Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may be more diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of the truth continually increase, as one prophecy after another is fulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days.”

John Wesley considered founder of the Methodist Church, his life and teachings the inspiration for the Wesleyan Church as well as other Holiness denominations says this of your text:

“…if you pursue this prophecy, you will find, that all things exactly come to pass, as I have told you.”

The point being God’s holy, inerrant, infallible Word the Bible IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE AND EVERY VERSE, EVERY PROPHECY WILL COME TO PASS , it’s companion, it’s mate being the fulfillment of each and every word…

Matthew 5:18 (RSV)
18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.

Everything the Bible teaches to the minutest detail WILL COME TO PASS.....................

Isaiah 55:10-11 (RSV)
10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

God’s word CAN NOT, I REPEAT CAN NOT, GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT REPEATS  GOD’S WORD, HIS BIBLE CAN NOT RETURN VOID OR EMPTY, BUT WILL ALWAYS ACCOMPLISH THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH GOD SENT IT!!!

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

***So we SHOULD SEARCH AND STUDY THE HOLY WRIT THE BIBLE as often as we can…….

2 Timothy 2:15 (RSV)
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

THE ONLY INERRANT, INFALLIBLE  WORD OF GOD, THE HOLY BIBLE !!!

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March 19, 2017


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In mark 4:11-12 Jesus seems to be saying that he is hiding salvation from the people. Why doesn`t Jesus just tell them. Why did he speak in riddles?

Mark 4 v 11-12

“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

A parable is a story or illustration to describe a concept. All of the parables Jesus told WOULD easily be understood by those WHO REALLY WANTED TO KNOW and UNDERSTAND!!!

He used word pictures and phrases that were well known to the common people, ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS THINK ALITTLE BIT.

Those who didn’t really care about what He said, or if understanding would have rejected Jesus and His teaching anyway; would simply not take the little effort it would take to fully understand Jesus!

So by speaking in simple to understand parables He weeded out the sincere searcher from the insincere pretender. If they didn’t understand, all they had to do is ask like His disciples did, and JESUS WOULD HAVE EXPLAINED THEM. ***But not really caring, those who did not understand, and would not accept if they could understand, simply walked away STILL IN THEIR DELIBERATE DIS-BELIEF!!!!!!!

David Ring is a well-known Baptist evangelist with a slight speech impediment do to cerebral palsy. Many a time I have heard people walking away complaining: “I couldn’t understand a word he was saying”.  ***Others were very convicted by what he said, and often the alters are flooded after he speaks. ***But for some, his speech impediment like Jesus’ parables TOOK JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO LISTEN TO and JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO THINK ABOUT, so they walk away unsatisfied, and unchanged by a deliberate choice of not caring enough…….

When a person wants genuinely to learn they will learn; if not, they will walk away by a deliberate act of their will: UNCHANGED!!!

That is what Jesus is telling us through Mark’s gospel in the text you are concerned about…….

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March 12, 2017


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How is the rapture going to be explained to those left behind? Surely they will notice millions of people instantly gone from the Earth? If they do see that these people are gone, how could they not believe? And if they do believe because of the events or other reasons, will they go to Heaven at the end of the 7 years (I was pretty sure the answer is yes to this last question, but while I`m at it...)?

2 Thessalonians 2 v 6-11

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9.  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

“And you know what withholdeth”, the Holy Spirit’s work within God’s Church stops the Anti-Christ from taking absolute power. Once the rapture occurs the Church is taken to heaven and then the Anti-Christ has complete reign to take world-wide power.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE.”

As God’s Church and the Holy Spirit’s influence is taken away from those left on the earth, God allows Satan to delude the minds of mankind, so that the VAST MAJORITY LEFT WILL NEVER EVER COME TO JESUS CHRIST!!!

***Most will believe any lie Satan through the Anti-Christ will tell.

Only a remnant of Jews and a very, very, very few gentiles will be saved after the rapture.

*******Not because God does not want them to be saved, but THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIES OF Satan by THEIR OWN CHOICE…….

The “truth” millions missing, the Bible record confirming the reason; YET THE PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND WILL BELIEVE ANY LIE TO DENY THE OBVIOUS TRUTH!!!!!!!

Now Satan has already started a foundation of lies to support alternatives to the rapture.

For many years it has be suggested by unknown sources that aliens will abduct people by the millions some day. Over the past 100 years we have heard stories of people being abducted by alleged aliens, some have returned to tell their stories; some have never been seen again.

Some have suggested in some-kind of evolutional event, millions will be taken or will simply vanish, leaving only those who can evolve properly to remain.

Some might suggest as happened in the past, people will disappear because of religious cult activity.

Revelation 19 v 11

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

And Jesus Christ WILL RETURN as King of kings and Lord of Lords…….

Zechariah 14 v 4

“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

At the end of seven years, ALL WILL COME TO FINAL FRUITATION, the LOST WILL BE ETERNALLY DAMNED, AND THOSE WHO LOVE JESUS CHRIST WILL LIVE IN ETERNAL JOY WITH GOD. ***Where God is that will be Heaven!!!!!!!

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March 5, 2017


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My wife and I have been in the Word of Faith movement for over 25 years. I just recently figured out that we have been led seriously astray. I want us to extract ourselves from this movement (and the rest of my adult family). I don't know how to get her out of it. She is a steadfast defender of it. She really believes that it is the truth. Logic is of no use with her. She gets extremely upset just to talk about it. I believe if I continue to try and convince her that we have been duped/mis-led, it will mean the end of my marriage. I deeply love my wife. Ending my marriage is not an option. I find it harder and harder to participate in errant religious teaching. Any advice?

I appreciate your concern, and I will pray for you and your family.

Isaiah 8 v 20
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

You are right; logic and reason have little effect on the persons who have bought into the Word of Faith Movement’s belief system. They have chosen to be deceived. The problem is this movement uses the Bible and subtly but with great charisma twists God’s words to meet their desires.

Prayer and fasting is very important for you, to gather strength to assist your wife and family in overcoming such false teaching. ***You must study the Bible thoroughly yourself, and with LOVE and tenderness expose the ERROR of their teachings in light of what the genuine inerrant, infallible Word of God “really” says!!!

I find attacking leaders as unprofitable, for even our leader (Jesus Christ) was falsely accused of being a deceiver, a liar, a blasphemer, and a common criminal by most of His critics. So stick with trying to point out the false teachings and doctrines they teach and EXPOSE them to what the Word of God actually teaches. 

If you can do this, or get a pastor or mature Christian friend to assist you, God has a great promise for you.

Isaiah 55 v 11
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The true teaching of the Bible WILL OVERCOME, it will EXPOSE the false teaching; THEN, IT WILL BE UP TO YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH!!!
Word-Faith teachers owe their ancestry to groups like Christian Science, 

Swedenborgianism, Theosophy, Science of Mind, and New Thought--not to classical Pentecostalism. It reveals that at their very core, Word-Faith teachings are corrupt. Their undeniable derivation is cultish, not Christian. The sad truth is that the gospel proclaimed by the Word-Faith movement is not the gospel of the New Testament. Word-Faith doctrine is a mongrel system, a blend of mysticism, dualism, and gnosticism that borrows generously from the teachings of the metaphysical cults. The Word-Faith movement may be the most dangerous false system that has grown out of the charismatic movement so far, because so many charismatics are unsure of the finality of Scripture

John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, p. 290

There are many perculiar ideas and practices in the Faith theology, but what merits it the label of heresy are the following: 1) its deistic view of God, who must dance to men's attempts to manipulate the spiritual laws of the universe; 2) its demonic view of Christ, who was filled with "the Satanic nature" and must be "born again in hell; 3) its gnostic view of revelation, which demands denial of the physical senses and classifies Christians by their willingness to do so; and 4) its metaphysical view of salvation, which deifies man and spiritualizes the atonement, locating it in hell rather than on the cross, thereby subverting the crucial biblical belief that it is Christ's physical death and shed blood, which alone atone for sin. All four of these heresies may be accounted for by Kenyon's syncretism of methaphysical thought with traditional biblical doctrine"
D.R. McConnell

DOCTRINE

God 
Word-Faith teachers claim that God operates by spiritual law and is obliged to obey the faith-filled commands and desires of believers. He not only reveals prosperity teaching supernaturally to the Word-Faith teachers, but personally and verbally confirms their unique interpretations of Scripture (Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, pp. 60-62). 

They say the Abrahamic Covenant is the basis for commanding God to do His part in the covenant. Robert Tilton says, "we make our own promises to do our part, then we can tell God, on the authority of His word, what we would like Him to do. That's right, you can actually tell God what you would like His part in the Covenant to be" (God's Miracle Plan for Man, p. 36). Kenneth Copeland says, "as a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus. Each time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent, because it is His Word" (Our Covenant with God, p. 32). 

Copeland goes so far as to say that "God was the lesser party and Abraham was the greater" in the covenant between them (Copeland, Legal and Vital Aspects of Redemption, 1985, Audio Tape #01-0403). 
The Faith teachers also make God into a big man. Copeland says, "God is...a being that stands somewhere around 6'-2," 6'-3," that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred pounds, little better, and has a hand span of nine inches across" (Spirit, Soul, and Body, 1985, Tape #01-0601). Morris Cerillo, in an alleged out-of-body experience, describes God: "Suddenly, in front of this tremendous multitude of people, the glory of God appeared. The form that I saw was about the height of a man 6 feet tall, maybe taller, and twice as broad as a human body, with no distinguishing features such as eyes, nose, or mouth" (The Miracle Book, pp. x-xi). 

Man 
Word-Faith teachers say that not only is God a big man, but man is a little god. Kenneth Hagin has asserted, "man...was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority.... He made us the same class of being that He is Himself.... He lived on terms equal with God.... The believer is called Christ, that's who we are; we're Christ" (Zoe: The God Kind of Life, pp. 35-36, 41). "God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself...He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even" (Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham, 1989, Tape #01-3001). He also proclaims, "You don't have a God in you ‹ you are one!" (Copeland, The Force of Love, 1987, Tape #02-0028). Morris Cerillo says "the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself. ...you're not looking at Morris Cerillo, you're looking at God, you're looking at Jesus" (The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God, Audio Tape 1, Sides 1 &;2). 

Christ 
The deity of Christ is compromised. Kenneth Copeland, in relating what Christ supposedly told him, says, "don't be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you are God...the more you get to be like Me, the more they are going to think that way of you. They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn't claim I was God. I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was with Me" (Copeland, "Take Time to Pray," Believer's Voice of Victory, #15, 2 February 1987, p. 9). "Jesus was on the earth just a man, not the son of God" (Frederick K.C. Price, Tape #RP 19, May 1993). And Kenneth Hagin says, "You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was" (The Word of Faith, December 1980, p. 14). 

Atonement 
The very important doctrine of the atonement of Christ is distorted. Frequently Word-Faith teachers unduly over-emphasize the spiritual death instead of the physical death of Christ. "Physical death will not remove sins" (Hagin, The Name of Jesus, p. 29). In other words, it took the spiritual death of Jesus to atone for sins. "Do you think that the punishment of our sins was to die on the cross? If that was the case, the two thieves could have paid our price. No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God" (K. C. Price, Ever Increasing Faith Messenger, June 1990, p. 7). 
According to Word-Faith teachers, when Adam rebelled, or "committed high treason," he not only betrayed God by turning over to Satan what God had given him, he also took on the nature of Satan. So, to redeem mankind and creation from Satan's legal control, Jesus, as the second Adam, had to die not only physically but spiritually. This may be acceptable among some evangelicals. But where it has led Word-Faith teachers is not. They say Jesus not only bore our sins on Calvary, but also took on the actual nature of Satan himself. "Just as Adam died spiritually, Jesus died spiritually. The spiritual death He suffered caused His physical body to die.... When Jesus accepted the sin nature of Satan into His Spirit He cried 'My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?' He was separated from God... He was ushered into the bowels of hell" (Kenneth Copeland, Classic Redemption, p. 13; emphasis added). "Spiritual death means having Satan's nature" (Hagin, The Name of Jesus, p. 31). 
Just a man on earth, and taking on the nature of Satan at the cross, Jesus becomes just a sinner in need of redemption. At the resurrection Jesus is a born again man from the pit of hell. "Jesus was born again in the pit of Hell....The Church started when Jesus was born again in the gates of Hell" (Charles Capps, Authority In Three Worlds, pp. 212 13). 

Other Doctrines 

1) Positive Confession: The Theology of the Spoken Word (Rhematology), or thought actualization, is commonly known as positive confession. It stresses the inherent power of words and thoughts. Each person predestines his own future by what he says verbally and by how well he uses spiritual laws. As such, it is as if we live in a mechanistic universe instead of a personal one (see, Kenneth Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, p. 15; Charles Capps, The Tongue A Creative Force, pp. 117-118; Releasing the Ability of God, pp. 98-99, 101-104). 

2) The Gospel of Health: Isaiah 53 is used to justify blanket coverage for the physical healing of every Christian who has enough faith. "...it is the plan of our Father God in His great love and His great mercy that no believer should ever be sick, that every believer should live his life full span down here on earth and that every believer should finally just fall asleep in Jesus" (Hagin, Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing, p. 21). Hagin also denies having a headache for forty-five years, labeling such as "simply symptoms rather than any indication of a headache" (In the Name of Jesus, p. 44). 

3) The Gospel of Wealth: A central tenet of the prosperity gospel is that God wills the financial prosperity of every Christian. If a believer lives in poverty, he/she is living outside God's intended will. "You must realize that it is God's will for you to prosper" (Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, p. 51). 

BIBLICAL RESPONSE

1) God is the unique, Sovereign of the Universe (1 Timothy 6:15). God is pure spirit (John 4:24). There is no biblical basis for teaching that God has His own body, as an essential part of His nature or being. This would be more in line with Mormonism than orthodox Christianity. 

2) Man is unique from the rest of Creation, but is not Divine. He was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 9:6), but bearing God's image does not make him a "little god." By definition, God is an "uncreated" or self-existent Being. Obviously, humans were created and therefore are not self-existent or divine; only God has a divine nature (Galatians 4:8; Isaiah 1:6-11, 43:10, 44:6; Ezekiel 28:2; Psalms 8:6-8). 

3) Christ is Eternal, the Only Begotten Son, and the Only Incarnation of God (John 1:1, 2, 15; 1:14, 18; 3:16; 1 John 4:1). In Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). By receiving the limitations of humanity (Philippians 2:6-7) Jesus forwent the exercise of some of His prerogatives as God. But He did not cease to be God. It is also impossible for the natures of God or man (Christ was both on earth) to cease being what they are. 

4) The nature of the atonement had to do with Jesus' physical death on the cross being the payment for sins (Hebrews 9:22). Christ said, "It is finished" (John 19:30), which translates tetelistai meaning "paid for in full." Payment for our sins took place on the cross (Matt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 2:24; Col. 1:20-22; Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 19 20). There was nothing more to pay beyond the cross (Heb. 10:18). 

5) God is the only One who ever created reality by the power of His Word (Genesis 1:3). He does not have or need "faith." Faith is depending on something outside ourselves. If God depends upon something outside Himself, He is not Supreme and therefore not God. Man, not God, is in need of faith. The faith referenced in Mark 11:22 and Hebrews 11:3 is clearly "the faith which has God as its object," not "the kind of faith that God has." 

6) The use of words for Positive Confession ‹ One may help or hurt another by words of encouragement or condemnation, by telling the truth or misleading, etc. But to treat words as if they were some "star wars" type weapon by which reality is manipulated or altered is not biblical, but occultic.
RESOURCES

A Different Gospel (Updated Edition) D.R. McConnell. Warns of the movement's cultic nature in its doctrine of healing and its understanding of the atonement, and demonstrates how far the movement's doctrine of prosperity is from Scripture's true teaching. Chapter end-notes, Bibliography, 195 pages, softcover. $8. 
Christianity in Crisis, Hank Hanegraaff. Documents the antibiblical doctrines of the Word-Faith Movement and shows their systematic subversion of the historic Christian faith. Appendices, Notes, Bibliography, Scripture and Subject indexes, 447 pages, hardcover. $17

I hope this can help…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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Revelation 3:5. Can you tell me what this verse is talking about? Also I was told today at church that the original greek language said the tree of life and not the book of life. Could you tell me the difference if any?

Revelation 3 v 5

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

“Bibloy tes zoes” is the Greek transliterated into English letters, literally meaning: Book of life…

So the person who told you that it was the “tree of life” was in error!

The “Tree of Life” was in the midst of the garden of Eden.

Genesis 2 v 9

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

Apparently God placed the “tree of life” in the center of the garden so that Adam and Eve could freely eat from it and live forever.

Genesis 3 v 22

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”

But because OUR race, the human race sinned through Adam and Eve, God took our access away from the “tree of life”, and we now die because of sin…

The “Book of Life” is the book that contains the names of all human beings that God had planned to live eternally with Him in LOVE and glorious and mutual fellowship. In my view and that of many others, the “Book of Life” contained EVER HUMAN BEINGS NAME. *******For it was God’s desire that none should perish but that all would repent and have ever lasting life and live with Him forever!!!

2 Peter 3 v 9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

However because salvation is a LOVE relationship with God, and fallen humanity must decide each for themselves to say “YES” or “NO” to God’s call of repentance on their, on our lives, most will ultimately reject God, reject Christ’s blood sacrifice for the payment and remission of their sins.

In so doing, their final rejection of Jesus Christ, blots THEIR name out of the “Book of Life”, and by their willful and disobedient choice THEY WIIL EXPERIENCE ETERNAL DAMNATION!!!!!!!

***ETERNAL SEPERATION from the ONE and ONLY GOD, whom ETERNALLY LOVES THEM; but who THEY ETERNALLY REJECT by THEIR CHOICE…….

Those peoples’ names are originally in the “Book of Life” and may be blotted out by OUR final decisions is suggested by the text you requested explanation on and:

Exodus 32 v 32-33

“Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. 33. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”

It is God’s desire that NONE SHOULD SUFFER ETERNAL DAMNATION. Jesus died once for ALL MANKIND.

Hebrews 10 v 10

“By which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Jesus sacrifice was not just for those HE FOREKNEW would accept Him as THEIR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR, but for ALL OF HUMANITY, NOT JUST FOR THE SAVED, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE WHO BY THEIR CHOICE WILL BE ETERNALLY LOST!!!

1 John 2 v 2

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 

“Our sins” the saved, and for ALL fallen humanity that eternally rejects His great and glorious LOVE sacrifice, “sins of the whole world”…

By God’s LOVE we are ALL WRITTEN IN THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD, by rejecting God’s great LOVE, by OUR own refusal and eternal defiance of Jesus’ amazing blood sacrifice, ***WE BLOT OUR OWN NAMES OUT OF THE “BOOK OF LIFE”!!!!!!!

The meaning of Revelation chapter 3 and verse 5 is simply this: THOSE WHO LOVE GOD ARE ETERNALLY SAVED, AND THEIR NAMES WILL NEVER BE BLOTTED OUT OF THE “BOOK OF LIFE”!!!!!!!

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February 19, 2017


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My question is about Romans 8:28-30. About verse 29 when it walks about foreknew and verse 30 when it talks about predistined. Please explan what it means about foreknew and predistined. There seems to be alot of controversy about these verses. Am taking a class in Romans and they are pointing to one way and I disagree with them, so just curious to what your thinking is in these verses. Thankyou!

Romans 8 v 28-30

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

The doctrine of Predestination is the most heated doctrinal debate among professing Christians!

*******It is really sad!!!

I will give you first “THE” correct answer, and then a detailed explanation...

God has “predestined” the way of salvation. In-other-words by God’s ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN WILL, God has decided and determined from ALL eternity, that ONLY THOSE WHO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR WILL BE SAVED!!!  Will be justified in His, God’s eyes...

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

It is predestined (pre-determined) by God’s sovereign will that a person MUST be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to be Children of God...

John 3 v 3

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

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

There is ONLY one way for anyone to be a Child of God, a Christian; by having a LOVE relationship with the ONLY SAVIOR: Jesus Christ...***That is what has been predestined!!!!!!!

By God’s foreknowledge (Omniscience), He knows from ALL eternity who will one day LOVE Jesus Christ; who will one day by God’s grace, willing accept Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and Savior...

Who knew, God has always known, that is foreknowledge...

Detailed Explanation

There are those who cannot reconcile God being SOVERIGN, with God allowing man by free will to accept His free gift of salvation. They believe that God chooses who will be saved, and God chooses who will be eternally lost. It is not up to us in anyway, our desire to be His does not matter. We cannot accept Him or reject Him, that decision is God’s SOVEREIGN WILL, and HE, God decides alone, ABSOLUTELY...

That is what is called the Calvinist view of the Doctrine of Predestination; it is grounded in God’s SOVEREIGN WILL. To some that means that God, cannot give anyone a will of their own, it is His will and forever only His will...

It does well to stress the truth of God being ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN (supreme ruler) of everything. ***But it denies that very same SOVEREIGN WILL of God, by declaring God cannot give man “free will”, or free choice. It declares God has the ABSOLUTE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING, but He cannot give a “free choice”, a “free will” to man...

So in essence God’s SOVEREIGN WILL MUST submit to their idea of what “SOVEREIN” means. They decide not God, what He can and cannot predestine, what His sovereign authority can and cannot allow.

The following is a “5” point clarification of both sides of the debate.

 Calvin’s perspective:

1. Unconditional Election…….Predestination

2. Limited Atonement………...Limited Atonement

3. Natural Inability…………….Total Depravity

4. Irresistible Grace…………...Effectual Calling

5. Final Perseverance ……….Final Perseverance

Arminius Perspective:

1. God from all eternity, determined to bestow salvation on

     those who, as He foresaw, would persevere unto the

    end in their faith in Jesus Christ, and to inflict everlasting                

    punishment on those who should continue in their unbelief,

   and resist to the end of life, His divine succors.

           Conditional Election…….The way of Salvation

                                                        Predestined

2. That Jesus Christ, by His death and suffering, made an

      atonement for the sins of mankind in general, and of every

      individual in particular; that, however, none but those who

      believe in Him can be partakers of the divine benefit.

                  Universal Atonement…….He died for all, but the

                                                             Individual must accept

                                                              that gift.

3. True faith, saving faith cannot proceed from the exercise of

     our natural faculties and powers, or from the force and

     operation of “free will”, since man, in consequence of his

     natural corruption, is incapable of thinking or doing any

     good thing; and that therefore it is necessary to his conversion

     and salvation that he be regenerated and renewed by the

     operation of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of God through

     Jesus Christ…

                               Total Depravity

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.

                                 Free will to choose by grace

5. Those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ by faith,

     are thereby furnished with abundant strength and succor

     sufficient to enable them to triumph over the seductions of

     Satan, and the allurements of sin; nevertheless they (man),

      can give up or lose their salvation.

The Beginnings of Salvation

The finished atonement of Jesus Christ becomes effective for the salvation of mankind, only when administered to the believers by the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit done in us, is necessary to salvation as the work of Jesus Christ done for us. The redemption Jesus worked for us in the flesh becomes effective only as He works in us through the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the work Christ accomplished upon the cross.

We will now consider the nature of this work, and consequently we turn our attention to what in theology is generally known as the benefits of the atonement. We shall consider these, first in their

objective form as "words" of the covenant, and secondly in their subjective aspects as the inner "grace" of the covenant.

Thus we will cover (1) The Vocation or Call

(2) Prevenient Grace.

The Gospel Vocation

The Holy Spirit as the agent of Jesus Christ, makes known His divine purpose for the salvation of the world, through a Proclamation commonly known in theology as the Vocation or Call. The word comes from the Greek “klesois”, which means a vocation or calling; “kalein” to call, referring backward to the Spirit’s pleading for people to accept the call; and “kletos” the called, carries the thought forward to those who have accepted that invitation, and who are, therefore the elect. In this sense, the Church is the “ecclesia”, or called out ones.

Election and Predestination are closely related to Vocation and calling. The understanding of the meaning of Predestination has an intimate connection with the doctrine of the Atonement in regard to the extent of its benefits. 

Predestination is the gracious purpose of God to save mankind from utter ruin and damnation. It includes provisionally, all mankind in its scope, and is conditioned solely (no mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his

 only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in

 him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

                                     John 3 v16
“Whosoever”, not whosoever God picked, “loved the world”, all mankind, not a chosen few.

It is the plan, the way to salvation that is predestined not the person. Thus predestination is God’s general and gracious plan of saving mankind by adoption as children through Jesus Christ; election pertains to the chosen ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord, God, and Savior. *The elect are chosen, not by absolute decree, but by personal acceptance of the conditions of the call, by any and all who by their “free” will act upon the “grace” of God that is freely offered to

all mankind…….Not a predestined few.

The vocation or call is God’s offer of salvation

to all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is the gracious “Beginnings of Salvation”.

The call is universal and includes three things---

the proclamation, the conditions upon which

salvation is made, and the command to submit

to the authority of Jesus Christ.

                      *Acts 5 v32…Acts 13 v38-40

                                  ***Acts 4 v12***

The agent of the call is the Holy Spirit, and the

Word is the instrument of His operations.

Awakening is a term used in theology to denote that operation of the Holy Spirit by which the “Totally Depraved” minds are “quickened”, by the Spirit to a consciousness of their lost condition. In this “quickening”, the Spirit not only works through the medium of objective truth, but by a direct influence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

Free Grace

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered

   him up for us all, how shall he not with him

   also freely give us all things?"   Romans 8 v 32

"But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made

   lower than the angels, crowned with glory and

   honor because of the suffering of death, so that

   by the grace of God, he might taste death for

    Every one."     Hebrews 2 v 9

The person being predestined to heaven or hell as a doctrine or belief system naturally tends to inspire "contempt" or "coldness" towards those whom they suppose are unable to comprehend "their" truth  (note, their truth, not necessarily God's truth). Since obviously, the person is lost, incapable of comprehending spiritual truth, there is no need to explain or defend their faith, their doctrine. "You, we, are incapable of understanding." They have the wisdom, the truth, because God chose them, not "you" or me", or we would naturally agree with their "truths". The lost are reprobate in their eyes, eternally rejected and spurned by their "loving" God.

Therefore, they can boldly ignore others doubts.

"They are set in their ways",

"No need to defend my faith, they are not worthy

of my time or effort",

"No Point",

"They can't understand, so there is no reason to

study to show themselves approved".

The person with this view, can easily be unconcerned about others feelings. "They got upset for no reason, I was just stating the "truth".

The reprobate can be lied to, and since God hates them, so can you. You can laugh at them, call them names, be insensitive to their hurts,

pains, and sufferings.

Your only real obligation is to love God, and His chosen people. Its the "chosen" against the "reprobates". ***Not, so God loves the world.

He didn't, and you can hate anybody who is mean to you, who disagrees with your view, that is  perfectly "ok". Because they are destined to Hell fire, Praise you know who....

On the other hand, believing in God's free grace, is more demanding than anything. Not only must we love the lost, and do what we can to seek their salvation even for a bitter enemy. Be willing to give

are all for them:

"Yet now, if You will forgive their sin---but if not,

   I pray, blot me out of Your book which You

   have written."    Exodus 32 v 32

"For I could wish that I myself were accursed

  and cut off from Christ for the sake of my

  brethren, my kinsmen by race."  Romans 9 v3

"Open your mouth for the speechless, In the

  cause of all who are appointed to die."

                             Proverbs 31 v 8 

Our love and sacrifice not only extends to our brothers and sisters in Christ, the lost, anyone we might consider our bitter enemy, but even to those who miss-guidedly believe in "Predestination" of the person. As God did love the world (all the people in it), we are to love all the people of the world too!!! As best we can with His grace!!!  That is being a Christian... And they shall know we are Christians by His love in us, for them!!!

Ezekiel 18 v23, 32

1 Timothy 2 v 4, 6

2 Peter 3 v9B

As such we are not merely to be hearers of the law (Bible), but Doers of the law...

James 1 v22

1 John 3 v18

Romans 2 v13

Luke 11 v28

As such we are to take the time and effort to know and defend our faith and beliefs. For all people are worthy of our love!!!

2 Timothy 2 v15; 4 v2

Acts 17 v11B

As such, we are to be humble and always "teachable"...

1 Corinthians 3 v18; 8 v2

1 John 4 v1

1 Thessalonians 5 v 21

As such, we should be forgiving!!!

Luke 23 v 34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Conclusion:

As Christians we must share the humility of Jesus, we must share the truth of Jesus, and we must share the love of Jesus, who is the Christ!!!

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Galatians 2 v 20  

                       "I have been crucified with Christ;

                it is no longer I who live, but Christ who

                lives in me; and the life I now live in the

                flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,

                who loved me and gave himself for me."

The impulse or decision to turn toward communion with God depends on the impact of divine agency upon the human heart. The initial

awakening or “quickening” may be described as the pressure from God which is given freely to all, (not sought by man’s fallen nature), but whose intent by God’s grace can be acted upon or rejected by the individual at their choice.

Awakening or “quickening” is not regeneration, but rather the preparation for the same…The office of “quickening” is to produce the sense of need and the measure of aspiration and desire which are requisite to make one a willing subject in the consummation of adoption into the family of God.

It is a serious “contradiction” to believe God gives a universal call to all mankind, and then secretly withholds the power to believe or accept the call from all those He has not given the ability to

choose salvation. It is further a very serious contradiction to acknowledge God loves all mankind, then for reasons outside the teachings of God’s inerrant, infallible Word, rejects certain people without giving them the grace or ability to reject Jesus Christ for themselves. (limited atonement )

The divine intention is that all men shall avail themselves of their blood bought privileges in Jesus Christ. ***The call is not fictitious but genuine.

*******It is not only an external offer of salvation,

          but is accompanied by the internal grace

           (prevenient grace) of the Holy Spirit

          sufficient to allow the fallen person, in his            

          “total depravity” state, to “freely” accept

            or reject salvation.*******

Jesus Christ atoning blood sacrifice opened the door for this grace, and provided it for all mankind…This grace works with the fallen “totally depraved” nature to allow every human being to exercise his God given “free” will to ultimately make the greatest choice to accept or reject saving grace, saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The greatest “good” is to accept Jesus Christ,

to deny this choice would be “sin” itself !!!

Prevenient Grace

Before actually discussing prevenient grace, it may be well to call attention to the fact that the grace of God is itself infinite, and therefore cannot be limited to His redemptive work, unspeakably great as this may be.

1) Grace is an eternal fact in the inner relations

of the Trinity.

2) It existed in the form of sacrificial love before the

foundation of the world.

3) It extended order and beauty to the process and

product of creation.

4) It devised the plan for restoration of sinful man.

5) It is manifested specifically through revealed

religion as the content of Christian theology

6) It will find its consummation in the regeneration

of all things, of which our Lord testified.

*The absolute holiness of God determines the nature of divine grace, and its laws ever operate under that standard.

Prevenient Grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the state of salvation. It is pre-aratory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered a form of mercy; as it respects the powerless, it is enabling power.

It may be defined, therefore, as that manifestation of divine influence which precedes the full regenerate life. We will consider,

1) the Historical approach

2) the nature of Prevenient grace

3) Prevenient grace and Human Will

The Historical Approach.

The idea of grace (charis) is fundamental in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Genesis 6 v3; Zechariah 4 v6; John 6 v44; 15 v5;

Romans 5 v6 (asthenon, helpless) [asebon,godless]

Romans 5 v8 (amartolon, transgressors)

Romans 5 v10 (echthpoi, under wrath)

1 Corinthians 2 v4-5; 2 Corinthians 3 v5;

Ephesians 2 v1; 2 v8; Philippians 2 v13;

1 Thessalonians 1 v5; 2 Thessalonians 2 v13,

1 Peter 1 v2; Titus 2 v11…

During the period of the early fathers, the doctrine of prevenient grace seems never to have been questioned, except by the Gnostics and

Manichaeans.

Justin(165 ad) says, “That we may follow those things

                                 that please Him…He both

                                 persuades and leads to faith.”

Tertullian(220 ad) writes: “the greatness of some

                                    good things is unsupportable,

                                    so that only the greatness of

                                    the divine inspiration is

                                    effectual for attaining and

                                    practicing them.”

Clement of Alexandria(220 ad) bears the same testimony. “It is not without eminent grace,”

              He states, “that the soul is winged, and

                                 soars, laying aside all that

                                 is heavy….Neither is God

                                 involuntarily good, as fire is

                                 warm; but in Him the

                                 imparting of good things is

                                 voluntary, even if He first

                                 receives the request. Nor

                                 shall he who is saved, be

                                 saved against his will…

                                God ministers salvation to

                                 those who co-operate for

                                 the attainment of knowledge

                                 and good conduct.”

Origen(254 ad) makes the statement:

                                 “our perfection is brought about

                                  not as if we ourselves did

                                  nothing; yet it is not completely

                                  by ourselves, but God produces

                                  the greater part of it.”

Cyprian(258 ad) writes to the same effect.

                                 “If, depending on God with

                                  your whole strength,”

         he continues,  “and with your whole heart,

                                  you be only what you have

                                  begun to be, power to do so

                                  is given you in proportion to

                                  the increase of spiritual

                                  grace.”

Therefore I assert, that in a broard sense, the doctrine of Prevenient grace was indeed held by all the early fathers.**The laxed interpretation of it, however, by the Greek fathers, led to Pelagianism.

Augustine and the theologians of his period distinguished five kinds of grace.

1) Prevenient grace which removed the fallen

   incapacity to choose and invited repentance.

2) Preparing grace which restrained the natural resistance and disposed the will to accept salvation

by faith.

3) Operating grace which conferred the power of

believing and kindled justifying faith.

4) Co-operating grace which followed justification,

and served to promote sanctification and good works;

5) Conserving grace, by which faith and holiness were conserved and confirmed.

At a later period in the history of Christian thought, theologians regarded faith as constituting a fourfold office as follows:

1) Elenchtical, or the awakening to a knowledge

of sin.

2) Didactic, or instruction in the way of salvation.     

3) Pedagogical, or the conversion of the sinner.

4) Paracletic, or consoling and strengthening of

the converted.

John Wesley had basically four types of God’s graces.

1) Prevenient grace

2) Convicting grace

3) Saving grace

4) Sanctifying grace

The Holy Spirit is the Author of preliminary grace; that is, of the kind of preparatory influence which is imparted to the entire human race. It is not recognized and is without meaning to the sinner unless they choose to act upon it. And it must be understood that God’s grace is His grace, it is we who attempt to dissect its various attributes and workings by defining and giving names to various aspects of its
manifestations.

******* Grace is Grace*******

The Nature of Prevenient Grace

The nature of Prevenient grace is found in the fourth article of the doctrine of Remonstrants.

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.                               

This proposition is analyzed by the theologian Watson in his institutes.

1) Everything that can be called good in man,

previous to regeneration is the direct working

of God’s prevenient grace. Man himself is

totally depraved and incapable of any good thing.

2) God’s prevenient grace works upon the

unregenerate allowing them to do good things.

And gives them the ability to choose or reject

saving faith in Jesus Christ.

3) There is human co-operation with the

Holy Spirit, aiding and “quickening” the human’s

“free will to reject or accept Jesus Christ.

4) That prevenient grace is given to all mankind

to bring them to salvation through Jesus Christ,

but that this grace is so given, that man’s “free”

will can resist the pleading or calling of the

Holy Spirit.

This analysis suggests five main points.

1) Mankind is totally depraved, incapable of

seeking God without his loving grace.

2) Prevenient grace is an unconditional benefit

of the atonement

3) The continuity of grace as excluded the

Calvinistic distinction between common and

Efficacious grace.

4) synergism, or co-operation of grace and free will.

5) Mankind does have power to reject or accept Jesus Christ before regeneration.

The doctrine of natural depravity affirms the total inability of man to turn by himself to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

This being postulated, the affirmation that all have an equal probation involves the doctrine of a gracious influence unconditionally secured as the common inheritance of the race: this gracious influence so

secured; by the same blood that purchased for mankind a conscious existence procured for them all grace needful (deon) for the responsibilities of that existence.

Prevenient Grace and Free Will

Prevenient grace is exercised upon the fallen nature of mankind. This grace is exercised upon his entire being. This grace operates upon the intellect, the feelings or will, upon the person or central being which is beneath and behind all affections and attributes. It thus preserves a belief in the unity of the personality. Prevenient grace has to do with man as a “free” and responsible agent. Prevenient

grace has to do further, with the person as enslaved by sin. This grace assists man’s fallen nature to rise above his depravity and allows him to assert his “free” will. If the person co-operates with this grace it can ultimately lead to saving grace, salvation…

This prevenient grace of the Holy Spirit, unconditionally bestows upon all mankind, the power and responsibility of “free” will. To choose or to reject the call of God to salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ…

At this point, I have shared everything necessary to clearly articulate my position…Therefore at this time I find it unnecessary to discuss repentance, faith, or conversion.

The sole purpose in this paper was to explain my position on the topic that anyone by God’s grace can be saved!!! Any human being, but they must make the choice for themselves, which is possible by God’s prevenient grace…

This paper cannot change or correct anyone’s stand, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. And God gives us the right to say yes or no, so I can do no less.

But I am satisfied that by the Power of the “Eternal” God, I have stated my position appropriately, concisely, and adequately.

God’s will be done!!!!!!!

Glory to God in the Highest!!!

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February 12, 2017


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Question: Regarding original sin, I have read and understand the proposed manners in which the sin of Adam has been transposed to the rest of us from birth (the Calvinist view), but the `how` is less concerning to me than the `why`. Why would this be considered `right` or `fair`? The Arminian view seems to be more `fair`, at least on the surface.

Who ever said sin was fair??? Sin is not fair and NEVER, NEVER, EVER WILL BE FAIR!!!

***That is why God hates sin so much!

Sin does not simply affect the sinner but also those who come in contact with the sinner or their sin. Sin corrupts completely!!!

Adam and Eve sinned; their act of disobedience, their denial of God’s word corrupted the whole human race by means of the genetic mode of transference. In-other-words the disease of sin is passed on from parents to children through genetics, through procreation…

Is this fair, absolutely not!!! *******But God never said sin or the total corruption by sin on humanity was fair!!!!!!!

Exodus 20 v 5

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

God tells us in this text that as parents our sinful or immoral behavior WILL HAVE A LASTING AFFECT UPON OUR CHILDREN…

Societies’ sins, individual sins WILL HAVE A LASTING AFFECT ON OTHERS!!!

What we do behind closed doors CAN HAVE AN ADVERSE AFFECT ON THOSE NOT BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS!!!!!!!

Sin is sin, IT IS OUR DISOBEDIENCE AND DENIAL OF GOD’S WORD, we are not fair, and WE ARE THE CAUSE of the corruption of mankind, not God!!!

God warned us to listen to Him and obey His laws, why, because His laws if accepted and followed would have spared us from the fair and unfair consequences of sin. ?***But we all choose NOT TO LISTEN TO HIM!!!

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Is it fair, no, does that stop us or prevent us from choosing to sin,

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Throughout human History we have seen the utter evil our continuing sin has placed upon all mankind, yet has it slowed down our sinfulness, has our depravity decreased??? No it has not…

Is it fair that Jesus Christ had to die upon the cross we made with OUR SINS???

No it is not!!!

But because God LOVES us, He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place, that by God’s grace through faith WE MIGHT BE SAVED, AND ESPECIALLY BE FREED FROM THE UNFAIRNESS OF SIN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ETERNITY!

For now, if humanity as a whole is going to continue to deny and disobey God and His holy inerrant infallible word the Bible, life, sin, and the consequences of sin WILL CONTINUE TO BE UNFAIR, AND WE AS THE HUMAN RACE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO BLAME!!!!!!!

Sin is unfair, it is brutally and terribly unfair, but through God’s LOVE, if we are willing to accept Jesus Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; one day JUSTICE and FAIRNESS WILL PREVAIL!

Revelation 19 v 11-16

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

***Only when sin is no more, WILL LIFE BE ETERNALLY FAIR…….

At the Seconding Coming of Jesus Christ.

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February 5, 2017


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When Jesus says to the Pharisees, `those who endure to the end will be saved` (Matthew 24:13) does that suggest that you can lose salvation?

Matthew 24 v 13

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

To interpret scripture properly, it must be understood in the light of the rest of scripture.

The holy inerrant, infallible word of God the Bible clearly teaches that a genuine, truly “born again” believer CANNOT EVER LOSE THEIR ETERNAL SALVATION…

Philippians 1 v 6

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

It is Jesus that promises to keep a saved person eternally saved!

***Jesus death and resurrection proves He can save us, His power, LOVE, grace, and mercy and His word declares THAT THE “GOOD WORK” (SALVATION) THAT HE BEGINS IN GENUINELY REPENTANT SINNERS WILL BE COMPLETED BY GOD, BY JESUS HIMSELF!!!

Romans 11 v 29

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Salvation is a gift from God to ALL who will accept Jesus Christ as THEIR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!

Ephesians 2 v 8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

God’s gift once accepted cannot be given back nor can God change His mind, the gift accepted is without repentance!!!

God Himself guarantees a repentant sinner’s salvation!!!!!!!

Ephesians 1 v 13-14

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

God the Holy Spirit, God Himself seals us, puts His mark of eternal ownership upon the genuine Christian!!! God’s promise is the earnest money that eternally guarantees OUR permanent salvation!!!!!!!

Those are just a few of the scriptures that substantiate eternal life, salvation, is INDEED ETERNAL!!!!!!! *******For Ever!!!!!!!*******

So then what does the text you mention mean?

It simply means that THOSE WHO ARE REALLY SAVED WILL ENDURE UNTIL THE VERY END!!!!!!!

If a person professes to be a Christian but does not receive eternal life, THEN THEY WERE NEVER SAVED IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!

Matthew 7 v 21-23

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

God NEVER KNEW THEM, THEY WERE NEVER HIS CHILD, THEY WERE NEVER REALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

So in proper biblical context, the text you refer to does not suggest a truly saved, “born again” believer can lose their salvation!!!!!!!

***SALVATION IS ETERNAL!!!!!!!***

1 John 5 v 13

“These 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.”

How can YOU know that you will be saved, if YOU can lose it??? How can it be “ETERNAL”, if YOU can lose it???

You know because IT IS ETERNAL, YOU know because GOD is the one that saves YOU, and KEEPS YOU ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Ephesians 2 v 9

“Not of works, lest any man should boast”

*******We are not saved by our works, WE ARE SAVED BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD SACRIFICE THAT JESUS CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED UPON THAT BLOOD SOAKED, BLOOD DRENCHED CROSS!!!!!!!

If only by His grace and power WE say “YES” to Him,

“YES I LOVE YOU GOD”…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
 

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January 29, 2017


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1peter1:15-16 Be Holy as I am Holy,...Does this mean we actually can be 100% Holy like Father God here on earth? Or act Holy to mimic the Father in Heaven Because He is Holy?

Very good question!

1 Peter 1 v 15-16

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

God does not command us to do something we do not have the ability to do WITH HIS HELP…

1 Thessalonians 4 v 7-8

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.”

God the Holy Spirit indwells EVERY BELIEVER, MORE PRECISELY EVERY “BORN AGAIN” BELIEVER. Thus it is well within our Christian character and new attributes in Jesus Christ to be Holy as God is Holy.

John the apostle made this clear when he said:

1 John 2 v 1

“And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

I am very proud to be a Southern Baptist, but I think it is nonsense and unbiblical to believe we must sin in thought, word, or deed every day. God has saved us and provided us with the Holy Spirit, the same spirit that Jesus the man submitted to, living a sinless or Holy life. Jesus of course is fully God as well as fully man, but WITHOUT SIN!!!

Jesus the man was sinless because He fully submitted to the indwelling Holy Spirit in his life!!!

***We can too, unfortunately the vast majority of genuine Christians do sin from time to time, but we do dot have to, nor will we every day.

As John says though, if we sin again, and we usually do sooner or later, Jesus is still our Advocate with the Father; and His shed blood covers our past, present, and future sins…

Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since we still sooner or later sin, it SHOWS ALL THE MORE WHY ONLY JESUS CHRIST COULD PAY THE PRICE FOR ALL OF OUR SINS. His perfect obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit all the more points to our  own total depravity and utter sinfulness without accepting Him as our LORD, GOD and SAVIOR!!!

But God does tell His Children to be Holy, Holy here and now, so what does he mean, SINCE WE USUALLY DO SIN FROM TIME TO TIME???

Scripture interprets scripture, and so I believe the holiness God expects of us HERE and NOW is:

Matthew 5 v 48

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Again Jesus Himself says Christians SHOULD BE PERFECT, SHOULD BE HOLY.

Perfect??? Holy???

In context,

Matthew 5 v 43-47

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”

In-other-words what God is telling us in all these texts is, TO BE PERFECT OR HOLY IN THIS LIFE FOR THE CHRISTIAN IS THAT WE LOVE EVERYONE EVEN OUR ENEMIES, AND THAT BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN DWELLING IN US, WE CAN DO IT HERE AND NOW!!!!!!!

To be Holy, to be perfect in the here and now, is to LOVE God with EVERY FIBER OF OUR BEING and to LOVE humanity as He does!!!

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

One day we will be without sin, as He is without sin; but if we are truly His we can LOVE EACH OTHER RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!

Perfection, holiness is living and enthusiastically practicing God’s LOVE towards Him and towards all others…

Giving our very beings to God, and seeking the redemption of all mankind, because, as God does, WE LOVE THEM…….

John 3 v 16

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

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January 22, 2017


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Question: In Mark 12, 1) What do the farmers represent? 2) What do the `others` represent in Mark 12:9? 

Mark 12 v 1

“And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.”

Mark 12 v 9

“What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.”

Farmers-Husbandmen…

The owner of the vineyard is God; the vineyard itself is the people of Israel. This was a picture with which the Jews were perfectly familiar. In the Old Testament it is vividly used in:

Isaiah 5 v 1-7

“Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2. And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5. And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6. And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.”

The “farmers” or “husbandmen”, in other words those who cultivate and take care of the vineyard stand for the religious leaders of Israel throughout the history of the nation.

Israelites  were to be the people of God, sharing and by God’s grace converting all people (gentiles too) to a saving relationship with God.

***Israel failed at their task, and God picked the Church to be a witness to all people.

The “others”…

The religious leaders of Israel failed at their responsibility to convert all people to a saving knowledge of God, so God appointed “others”, the 12 apostles and all the leaders of the Church (pastors, preachers, teachers, evangelists, etc) to carry on their appointed task to reach as many as are willing for Jesus Christ.

These others are not from one specific church, and are absolutely not from one particular denomination but from the invisible Church that is made up of all “genuinely” true born again believers throughout the church era.

God will bring His Church to full sanctification and WILL SUPPLY THOSE WILLING TO SERVE AS ESSENTIAL LEADERS OF HIS CHURCH…

His Church, His people, all that accept Jesus Christ as their personal and only Lord, God, and Savior!!!

The general point is that God will replace worthless workers with those WHO WILL TRULY SERVE HIM AND HIS PEOPLE WHERE EVER THEY, WE ARE FOUND…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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January 15, 2017.........................................Good-bye my AUSSIE


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Dear Brother, Many Churches beleieved that once saved is always saved and many are not. I agreed in one point that once saved or after baptism or after repentance once or after born again there is a chance to do a sin but there is a living mediator Jesus is for us as well we are sons of God the Father, Jesus would be mediate for us. I agreed that 100% faith in Jesus is good enough to enter in heaven. My questions are: 1) Judas was saved - then, he lost - Yes or no? 2) Why Paul was telling I didnot achieve it but I am trying to fullfill it - why? 3) If I saved I know that I can not do any wrong worship - if I am praying to Mary after Saved `Am I Saved and will be in heaven`? or if I am doing wrong any other worship (even though in Jesus)`Am I saved and would be in heaven? 4) Bible says (Gal/Cor/Reve)that drunkards/idol worshippers/immoral acts who do it will never deserved for heaven? 5) If I am saved and I got some gifts by grace and I am doing it but I will not there in heaven according to Mathew 7:21-23 - Why? 6)If I did a sin, and I could not say to Lord and I died after few minutes or few hours - Am I saved and would be in heaven? 6)Luke 23:43 says Jesus is with good theif in Paradaise - Paradaise and Heaven is different? If I am saved one and after death I am going to heaven or paradaise? Eliya/Enoch is taking in to heaven but Jesus said in John 3:13 `No one is in heaven`! Why? After our death are we going to heaven or paradaise? Acts 2:34-36 says that David is not yet ascended in to heaven! But what about Ephesisans 4:8-9? So that after death we would be with Lord - how can be? What is the proof that all are going to heaven(Saved one) after death as Jesus is only one gone to heaven with physical body! and no one else! Bible says all Lord`s people will be resurrected in 2nd arrival of JEsus (1 Cor.15. 1Thes4: and Acts)And Revelations 20:4-6 says that 1st resurrection would be in 2nd arrival and who after death would be in paradaise - heaven or paradaise? So how Catholic church can teach that a)Mary is in heaven - resurrected? 2) Mary hear prayers or how catholics can pray to Mary if She is not in heaven? What is Bible scholors in Catholic? See while Mary is on earth a)Mary can not understand things properly(Luke 2:50) b)Mary guessed things (Luke 2:42-44)(c) Mary is blessed by a man prophet simeon (Luke 2:34) - how Mary can hear prayers?? How Mary can bless from heaven if She is in paradaise? How do you respond? Prayers,

 Was Judas Iscariot  saved?

No, Judas Iscariot was never saved, he pretended to be a follower, Jesus clearly wanted Judas to get saved; but the fact is Judas Iscariot was NEVER SAVED, and  WAS A THEIF ALL ALONG!!!

Judas pretended to care about the poor, but his real goal was to steal as much money as he could…

John 12 v 6

“This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

Judas apparently was embezzling portions of the money he had been asked to care for that was intended for the ministry…

Jesus referring to the person who would betray Him, called him a devil. Clearly history has shown Judas WAS THAT BETRAYER, and clearly Judas was NEVER A GENUINE SAVED BELIEVER!!!

John 6 v 70-71

“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71. He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”

Why Paul was telling I didnot achieve it but I am trying to fullfill it - why?

Philippians 3 v 12-14

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Not Paul, nor you, nor me, nor anyone is “””PERFECT””” but God!

Paul is saying that, though we work to be perfect none of us will be until we are transformed by God at Jesus second coming…

If I saved I know that I can not do any wrong worship - if I am praying to Mary after Saved `Am I Saved and will be in heaven`? or if I am doing wrong any other worship (even though in Jesus)`Am I saved and would be in heaven?

Being “saved” DOES NOT STOP YOU from sinning or from false worship. The Holy Spirit indwelling in the believer encourages and empowers the saved person in doing right, and we have the grace and desire to do right, but a person CAN STILL REFUSE TO LISTEN TO GOD! ***If you are “SAVED”, then you cannot lose YOUR SALVATION, EVER!!!!!!! If however you are not living as the Bible instructs you and me to, then WE MUST ASK OURSELVES ARE WE GENUINELY SAVED? If yes, WE MUST CORRECT OUR BEHAVIOR, if no, WE MUST REPENT OF OUR SINS AND ASK JESUS CHRIST TO BE OUR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

***Heaven or Paradise which are terms often meaning exactly the same place is WHEREVER GOD is!!!!!!! So all saved people will be with God!!!!!!!

Bible says (Gal/Cor/Reve)that drunkards/idol worshippers/immoral acts who do it will never deserved for heaven?

No one, ABSOLUTELY no one deserves salvation or Heaven.

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

In God’s eyes ALL SIN IS SIN, He does not make a distinction.

James 2 v 10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

***But by the grace of God, those who truly accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; WILL BE FORGIVEN AND ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Romans 6 v 23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

If I am saved and I got some gifts by grace and I am doing it but I will not there in heaven according to Mathew 7:21-23 - Why?

You are missing the point, the people ONLY APPEARED TO BE SAVED, THEY WERE NEVER SAVED AT ALL!!!!!!!

***Jesus said: “I NEVER KNEW YOU!!!!!!!”

Matthew 7 v 23

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

We are not saved by our good works; we are SAVED BY JESUS’ atoning blood sacrifice. ***Many people can do wonderful things, and “appear” saved, like those in the scripture you mentioned; but unless they genuinely LOVE God, THEY ARE STILL LOST!!!!!!!

If I did a sin, and I could not say to Lord and I died after few minutes or few hours - Am I saved and would be in heaven?

You cannot lose your salvation, if YOU are truly His! When you are saved, you are eternally forgiven for all your past, present, and future sins!

NO, that does not give you a license to live and behave anyway you want to. ***For if you are “saved”. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO SIN, you may sin, but YOU NEVER DESIRE TO!!!!!!!

Romans 11 v 29

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Once you accept Jesus Christ as YOUR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR, Neither you or God can take it back!!!

Being saved YOU WILL BE WITH GOD!!! 

Luke 23:43 says Jesus is with good theif in Paradaise - Paradaise and Heaven is different? If I am saved one and after death I am going to heaven or paradaise? Eliya/Enoch is taking in to heaven but Jesus said in John 3:13 `No one is in heaven`! Why?

Paradise and Heaven refer to wherever God is, SAVED PEOPLE WILL BE ETERNALLY WITH GOD SOME DAY!!!!!!!

John 3 v 13

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

Jesus is simply saying, no one really KNOWS God the Father as well as God the Son, who has eternally been in the presence of God, and in Him has come down as man to testify to the truth of God!!! *******NO ONE is like Jesus Christ…

He is both God and man, Jesus was with God, is God, and in His human body has come to earth to tell the world the things of God!!! 

After our death are we going to heaven or paradaise? Acts 2:34-36 says that David is not yet ascended in to heaven! But what about Ephesisans 4:8-9?

Acts 2 v 34

“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,”

This scripture is quoting what David said while he was still alive on the earth, David had not yet died and gone to Heaven.

So that after death we would be with Lord - how can be? What is the proof that all are going to heaven(Saved one) after death as Jesus is only one gone to heaven with physical body! and no one else! Bible says all Lord`s people will be resurrected in 2nd arrival of JEsus (1 Cor.15. 1Thes4: and Acts)And Revelations 20:4-6 says that 1st resurrection would be in 2nd arrival and who after death would be in paradaise - heaven or paradaise?

Heaven and Paradise are the same place. Proof we will be with Him, Jesus said so!!!!!!!

John 14 v 2-3

“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

So how Catholic church can teach that a)Mary is in heaven - resurrected?

Mary the mother of Jesus is a “born again” believer, SHE IS IN HEAVEN!

Her spirit like all saved people immediately go to Heaven upon their death. At the resurrection her spirit will be reunited with her transformed new physical-spirit body, that will last for eternity, like all saved people.

Mary hear prayers or how catholics can pray to Mary if She is not in heaven? What is Bible scholors in Catholic? See while Mary is on earth a)Mary can not understand things properly(Luke 2:50) b)Mary guessed things (Luke 2:42-44)(c) Mary is blessed by a man prophet simeon (Luke 2:34) - how Mary can hear prayers??

I believe we can pray directly to God, but since Mary and all deceased saved people are alive with God, I don’t see a great deal of harm in asking them to talk to Him for us as well. ***But there is nothing in the Bible that even suggests that the saved in Heaven can hear us! *******So pray to God, that is what Jesus did, and HE is our example!!!!!!!

How Mary can bless from heaven if She is in paradaise? How do you respond? Prayers

Again Heaven, Paradise usually refers to the same place…….

God is the one who blesses us not anyone else.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

THANK YOU LORD FOR ENTRUSTING AUSSIE INTO MY CARE FOR AWHILE............................................................LOVE YOU AUSSIE!!!!!!! 

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January 8, 2017


My dear brother in Christ, I am interested to find the right explanation on the following versus: Matt. 19:28-29, Mk. 10:29-30 and Lk.18:29-30. I know that we, Christians, are not on the same prosperity promises like the people in the Old Testament. To be able to follow Jesus we have to give up all our possessions, like is written in Luke 14:33. I understand that to `give all` and follow the Lord is a matter of heart attitude, willingness, and readiness to let go of anything the Lord asks. I understand also from Mat.19:28-30 that the receiving of all the blessings and also inheriting eternal live described in verse 28 will occur `in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne`, accordingly to verse 29. But in Mark and in Luke is written that we receive now, in this time: houses and farms, ... Even logically, my understanding is coming like this: if we cannot follow Jesus with what we have but we have to sell it all and give .... , How can we be able to follow Him having 100 times more homes and farms? Now, my question is very simple and sound like this: How I will be able to understand the parallel texts of Mark 10 and Luke 18 where is written that we are going to receive the blessings, `now, in the present age, ... `, when Jesus said we have to give up all? I think it is easier to understand that we receive more brothers and sisters in the family of God, but I do not think that is right to spiritualize the texts by saying that we are going to receive spiritual blessings now, when the texts are mentioning real houses and farms, or to receive them in a sense that our brothers in Christ will welcome us in there homes. Please give me some advice! Thanks a lot, John Banu

Matthew 19 v 28-29

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

Mark 10 v 29-30

“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

These sections of scripture are not declaring every Christian must give up all their possessions. Jesus is simply saying, “IF in following me you for whatever reason somehow do not obtain some or even all the blessings I offer in this world, DON”T WORRY, YOU WILL BE BLESSED FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!”

The point is not you must give up your possessions, but if in serving Him you do, THEN GOD WILL BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY SOME DAY, SOME HOW!!!

God of course MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST IN YOUR LIFE, but if He does bless you with material things, THAT’S GREAT, AS LONG AS HE IS FIRST IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE…

Luke 14 v 33

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

Once again this DOES NOT MEAN YOU MUST GIVE UP ALL THAT YOU HAVE! It means GOD MUST BE ABSOLUTELY FIRST AND ABSOLU
TELY FOREMOST IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE!!!!!!!

God MUST BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE, YOU MUST LOVE HIM THE MOST…

You MUST BE WILLING TO HAVE NOTHING, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GIVE UP ALL YOUR POSSESSIONS, FRIENDSHIPS, FAMILY,ETC; but only if God specifically tells “YOU” to, and for His specific purposes for “YOUR” or “MY” or “SOMEONE ELSE’S life, and only then MUST WE BE OBEDIENT AS HE TELLS US INDIVIDUALLY TO GIVE UP AS HE ASKS US…

In short, the Lord gives: WE NEED TO BE THANKFUL; the Lord takes away, WE NEED TO BE THANKFUL!!!

Whether we are rich or poor, have much or little, we must give God all the praise, honor, and glory. ***God must be our first LOVE!!!!!!!

When will we receive these great blessings from God, for all eternity…….

Our breath, our life, our salvation, all that we experience and have here and now IS A BLESSING, the little possessions we have, or the great possessions we have; but now they are marred by the sin in this world; but in eternity when Jesus returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, THEN OUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE, PERFECT AND WITHOUT ANY FLAW OR LACK!!!!!!!

God blesses each individual as He sees fit, and with what He blesses us with is also His decision alone!!!

In all things we must give thanks!!!!!!!

Philippians 4 v 12

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

1 Thessalonians 5 v 18

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Serve God, seek Him, and He will bless you more than you can ever imagine!!!!!!!

Matthew 6 v 33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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January 1, 2017 [[[ NEW YEAR'S DAY ]]]


In Acts 18:21 Paul says he must keep the Feast. Why do not Christians keep the feasts today. I have been searching for the answer to this question and have found nothing that says we are not to keep the feasts...but in the old Testament it says......shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. I do not understand, please help.

 

Acts 18 v 21

“But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

Paul was a Christian, but he was raised a Jew. He himself called himself a Pharisee of Pharisees.

Acts 23 v 6

“But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.”

For Paul it was very much part of his “normal” every day life to participate in and enjoy Jewish feasts. He was physically born a Jew, gentiles are not. Paul spent MUCH time, arguing against the Judaizers. Those Jews who believed part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ was to follow Jewish ceremonial laws and customs. To this Paul said:

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

It is not wrong for Jewish-Christians to continue to participate in and enjoy many of the Jewish feasts. But it is equally correct for all other Christians to enjoy salvation without the necessity of following Jewish ceremonial laws and customs…

Acts 15 v 1

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

Peter the apostle also a Jew, in response to Paul’s and others concerns about these Judaizers responded:

Acts 15 v 7-11

“And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

Peter points out even the best of Jews do not keep all the rules and regulations of the Jewish faith, included in that would be the various feasts and ceremonial customs. So why, says Peter, should gentiles saved by grace as we (Jews) are saved by grace, why must the gentiles be expected to follow customs that are foreign to them and NOT ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION???

The answer, THEY, WE, DO NOT HAVE TO FOLLOW THEM…

Peter continues:

Acts 15 19-20

“Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

Simply said, LOVE Jesus Christ and with the assistance of the Holy Spirit within you, live YOUR life to the best of YOUR ability!!!

The only requirement for salvation is genuinely LOVING God with EVERY fiber of our being, and our fellow man as ourselves…

And that is not by our power or will but by God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY!!!!!!!

Celebrating most Jewish feasts or celebrating Christian Holidays is lawful for all; but WE ARE NOT DEMANED TO FOLLOW ANY OF THEM…

***We ALL are SAVED BY GRACE!!!!!!! Of those who have accepted Jesus Christ, as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR…

Romans 14 v 5-6

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”

Again in Romans the clear teaching of scripture is that each person must be persuaded in their own mind what customs to follow and what religious traditions not to follow. The Christians’ only obligation is to genuinely LOVE God and to LOVE our fellow mankind!!!

Whether we celebrate a certain feast day or not, WE MUST LOVE THE LORD, and give God THANKS in all things…

Whatever we do MUST BE DONE SINCERELY FOR GOD’S GLORY.

As Solomon put it:

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Again Jesus summed up the commandments as two:

Mark 12 v 30-31

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc​


[[[ BLESSED 2017 TO ONE AND ALL !!!!!!! ]]]


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December 25, 2016  [[[ CHRISTMAS DAY ]]]


​I`m doing research on how a christian should behave and I wonder if you could direct me to any old testament scriptures regarding direction from God on how we should and/or should not be behaving towards people.

Exodus 20 v 2-17

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 13. Thou shalt not kill. 14. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15. Thou shalt not steal. 16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

The whole Bible is a description of how God’s children are to behave, and how fallen humanity behaves by their own reasoning and their own effort, and their own moral standards…

The book of Proverbs is a good source of how Christians, God’s children are to behave…

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7, is Jesus Christ’s official teaching on how Christians are to behave.

A book called the “Training of the Twelve” is a great book on how and what Jesus taught His disciples to do and be…

Jesus summed it up this way:

Matthew 22 v 37-40

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Leviticus 19 v 18B

“…but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”

***LOVE God, LOVE each other (everyone) with the same LOVE God LOVES us, with grace, compassion, and mercy…

LOVE not just Christians, people that agree with us, but even LOVE those who hate God and us the most…

Luke 23 v 33-34

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Matthew 5 v 43-45

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

As God as our example He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST, and He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE GOSPEL and REPENT!!!!!!!

That being true, God wants us to share His LOVE with ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!!!

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Ezekiel 33 v 11

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

*******If we as Christians, as children of God do not LOVE and share the glorious atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ with each other and the LOST, WHO WILL???


As Christians we have “3” great obligations of LOVE!!!

1) To LOVE God with ABSOLUTELY EVERY ATOM and SUB-ATOM OF OUR BEING…

Deuteronomy 6 v 5

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

2) To teach the truth of God to OUR children…

Deuteronomy 6 v 7

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

3) To share the LOVE of God, the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to EVERY HUMAN BEING WE CAN…

Matthew 28 v 19-20

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

I hope this helps…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc​


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December 18, 2016


Upon Jesus has returning to heaven, is he still residing in his resurrection body? i.e. does he now live in a physical body? Would there be anyone else who has left the earth (e.g. Elijah, Enoch) living in a physical body?

There has been much Theological debate on your very question. The reason for the debate is the Bible does not really say, so all we can do is speculate. And with speculations come many opinions and much debate!

First Jesus,

John 20 v 17A

“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:…”

Jesus was resurrected in His original physical body, as I believe implied here in that text.

Once He was ascended to God the Father in heaven I believe He was permanently transfigured, a glimpse we see in:

Matthew 17 v 2

“And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.”

This transfigured body is physical and spiritual both in one body. The incorruptible seed must put on incorruption.

So it is my opinion that Enoch and Elijah have similar bodies as the ascended Jesus Christ. The same physical-spiritual bodies we all will have in glory.

1 Corinthians 15 v 51-53

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

2 Corinthians 3 v 18

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

So Jesus’ body and all His saints, us included some day, will have physical-spiritual bodies. Having physical attributes yet with spiritual incorruptible and ever eternal attributes as well…

Answered by: Dr.  Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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December 11, 2016


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Question - why are women unclean for 3 3 days after a boy and 66 after a girl in the O.T.

Leviticus 12:1-5 (RSV)
1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Say to the people of Israel, If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying; she shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.

Answer:

This is quite interesting, I researched this text in about 8 well known Theologians’ commentaries, most did not really answer your question, and most seemed to simply ignore the difference in the variance between the uncleanness or literally the ritual impurity ( tumah in the Hebrew ) of the woman for having a male child verses having a female child!!! *It may also be noted all 8 were male Theologians...

That being said I will attempt to answer your question..

There are natural and scientific views which regard some of the secretions of childbirth as profane and defiling. In accordance with these views, purifying rites are commanded for the restoration of those affected to ceremonial cleanness. These views and consequent regulations respecting women in childbirth are found in very many different nations.

"The Hindoo law pronounced the mother of a newborn child to be impure for forty days, required the father to bathe as soon as the birth had taken place, and debarred the whole family for a period from religious rites, while they were 'to confine themselves to an inward remembrance of the Deity;' In a Brahmin family this rule extended to all relations within the fourth degree, for ten days, at the end of which they had to bathe.

According to the Parsee law, the mother and child were bathed, and the mother had to live in seclusion for forty days, after which she had to undergo other purifying rites.

The Arabs are said by Burekhardt to regard the mother as unclean for forty days.

The ancient Greeks suffered neither childbirth nor death to take place within consecrated places; both mother and child were bathed, and the mother was not allowed to approach an altar for forty days. The term of forty days, it is evident, was generally regarded as a critical one for both the mother and the child.

The day on which the Romans gave the name to the child — the eighth day for a girl, and the ninth for a boy — was called lustrieus dies, 'the day of purification,' because certain lustral rites in behalf of the child were performed on the occasion, and some sort of offering was made.

The amphidromia of the Greeks was a similar lustration for the child, when the name was given, probably between the seventh and tenth days

What about our Biblical text???

Leviticus 12:2-4 (RSV)
2 "Say to the people of Israel, If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying; she shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed.

The mother is to be unclean seven days, and after that to be in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days. The difference between these two states may be seen by looking on to,

Leviticus 15:19-28 (RSV)
19 "When a woman has a discharge of blood which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. 20 And everything upon which she lies during her impurity shall be unclean; everything also upon which she sits shall be unclean. 21 And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 22 And whoever touches anything upon which she sits shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening; 23 whether it is the bed or anything upon which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening.
24 And if any man lies with her, and her impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 "If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness; as in the days of her impurity, she shall be unclean.
26 Every bed on which she lies, all the days of her discharge, shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and everything on which she sits shall be unclean, as in the uncleanness of her impurity. 27 And whoever touches these things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 28 But if she is cleansed of her discharge, she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.

In comparing that passage with ours......

*In the first stage, during the seven days, she made all that she touched unclean; in the second stage, during the thirty-three days, she was only required to touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, as she was progressing towards cleanness, ceremonial purity. The number of days during which she is to be altogether unclean is to be according to the days of the separation for her infirmity, that is, seven days, as in the case of her monthly courses,

Leviticus 15:19 (RSV)
19 "When a woman has a discharge of blood which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening.

In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. The Levitical legislation recognizes the regulation as to the day of the circumcision made at the time of the covenant with Abraham.

Genesis 17:12 (RSV)
12 He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring,

Until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. "When in a state of impurity, the Hebrews were forbidden to enter the sanctuary, to keep the Passover, and to partake of holy food, whether of sacrificial meat, of sacred offerings and gifts, or of shew-bread, because the clean only were fit to approach the holy God and all that appertains to Him.

Leviticus 7:19-21 (RSV)
19 "Flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burned with fire. All who are clean may eat flesh, 20 but the person who eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the LORD's peace offerings while an uncleanness is on him, that person shall be cut off from his people.
21 And if any one touches an unclean thing, whether the uncleanness of man or an unclean beast or any unclean abomination, and then eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the LORD's peace offerings, that person shall be cut off from his people."

Leviticus 22:3 (RSV)
3 Say to them, `If any one of all your descendants throughout your generations approaches the holy things, which the people of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD.

Numbers 9:6 (RSV)
6 And there were certain men who were unclean through touching the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the passover on that day; and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day;

Numbers 18:11 (RSV)
11 This also is yours, the offering of their gift, all the wave offerings of the people of Israel; I have given them to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual due; every one who is clean in your house may eat of it.

1 Samuel 21:5 (RSV)
5 And David answered the priest, "Of a truth women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition; the vessels of the young men are holy, even when it is a common journey; how much more today will their vessels be holy?"

Back to our text, and the first half of my answer..............................

Leviticus 12:5 (RSV)
5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.

The reason why the duration of the mother's uncleanness is twice as long at a girl's birth as at a boy's, WOULD APPEAR TO BE that the uncleanness attached to the child as well as to the mother, but as the boy was placed in a state of ceremonial purity at once by the act of circumcision, which took place on the eighth day, he thereupon ceased to be unclean, and the mother's uncleanness alone remained...

Whereas in the case of a girl, both mother and child were unclean during the period that the former was "in the blood of her purifying," and therefore that period had to be doubly long. In-other-words 33 days for the Mother and an additional 33 days for the female child who was also ceremonially unclean because the female child was not purified by circumcision or any other ritual.............................

Luke 2:22 (RSV)
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

**For eight days the infant Savior submitted to legal uncleanness in "fulfilling all righteousness".

Matthew 3:15 (RSV)
15 But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented.

Therefore the whole forty days were spoken of as "the days of their purification."

The quick and likely answer, the male child was circumcised on the 8th day BECOMING CEREMONIALLY CLEAN, thus the period of ritual or ceremonial impurity or purification was cut in half. For having a boy 33 days, the female child not being circumcised remained ceremonially impure, unclean with her Mother for the full 66 days.....................

Some have suggested a more spiritual reason...........

A woman’s menstruation is a built-in component of her natural monthly cycle. Her status of "impurity" demonstrates her descent from a peak level of holiness, when she had the ability to conceive a precious new life through her union with her husband.

The status of "tumah" is not meant to imply sinfulness, degradation or inferiority. On the contrary, it emphasizes, in particular, the great level of holiness inherent in woman's God-like power to create and nurture a new life within her body, and the great holiness of a husband and wife's union, in general.

Since a woman possesses this lofty potential, she, also bears the possibility of its void; hence her status as tameh, ritually impure. Since she experienced "the touch of death," so to speak, with the loss of potential life, as reflected by her menstruation, she enters this status of "impure."

After having given birth to a baby boy, a woman must wait a minimum of seven days before beginning her pure days; while after a baby girl is born, she must wait a minimum of fourteen days. Since the female child inherently carries a higher degree of holiness, due to her own biological, life creating capability, a greater void, or tumah, remains after her birth. Thus, the greater tumah after a baby girl's birth reflects /her greater capacity for holiness (due to her creative powers) and necessitates the longer wait to remove this ritual impurity.

I believe it is blend of both ((( physical/spiritual )) working in perfect harmony.........................................

Women are very, very valuable to our Lord and to the proper running of His creation, whatever the reason for the extra days, God meant it as a badge of beauty,  grace,  honor and LOVE, as an emblem of how extremely priceless women are to Him and to the men He also created!!!!!!!


Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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December 4, 2016


Jesus said that no one comes near the Father accept those whom He draws. Will He draw them if we pray for them? Will all unbelievers have the chance to hear the gospel in their lifetime since they have no second chance of redemption after death? It seems fair that everyone should have a chance to hear it. The unbelievers will be judge according to their deeds at Judgement Day. But what implications will their deeds have since it does not determine their admission to heaven? Why did God chose certain people to be saved, but not everyone? 

You’ve asked some very poignant questions which I pray I answer to your satisfaction… 

First, Jesus did not come to this earth to “atone” for some peoples’ sins, Jesus blood sacrifice was for EVERY SINNERS' SINS… 

John 3 v 16-17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” 

It is God’s desire that none should perish, that ALL SHOULD REPENT AND BE SAVED!!! 

2 Peter 3 v 9

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (RSV)
3 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Ezekiel 18:23 (RSV)
23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Ezekiel 18:32 (RSV)
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

Ezekiel 33:11 (RSV)
11 Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

There are those who miss-understand the Holy Scriptures and wrongly assume that God decrees who will be saved and who will not be saved. They believe that God predestined some to eternal joy and salvation and others to eternal judgment and punishment. Some with this view of “predestination” are very sincere, but with all of their genuineness they all are still wrong!!! 

God before the foundation of the world, before one creature was ever created, “foreknew” by His omniscience (all knowing) WHO WOULD BE SAVED!!! 

***What God “predestined”, what He chose WAS THE WAY OF SALVATION, THE PLAN OF SALVATION, HOW TO BE SAVED!!!

In-other-words, by His sovereign will, Yahweh, God Almighty determined that for any sinner to be saved they MUST accept Jesus Christ as Their Lord, God and Savior…

Those who are "born again", "twice born", those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their ONLY Lord, their ONLY God, and their ONLY Savior are also predestined  to conform to the very image of Jesus....To mature and grow in grace, mercy and faith, to be LOVING as their Savior LOVES......................... 

Romans 8:29-30 (RSV)

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 

Those God “foreknew” would accept Jesus Christ as Their personal Lord, God and Savior: WILL BE SAVED!!! 

Why, because that acceptance of Jesus Christ, personally LOVING Jesus Christ, was God’s “predestined” plan for sinners to be saved, freed from damnation!!! 

We are all born spiritually dead; we are all totally depraved, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO GOOD WITHIN US. 

So God provided “grace” that allows ALL spiritually dead people (ALL OF US) the grace given ability to say: “YES” or “NO” to God’s free gift of salvation!!! 

God’s sacrifice was not just for those who say “YES”, but even for those who reject God, reject His blood sacrifice, reject His precious LOVE, deny or ignore God’s “grace”, God’s call of repentance and salvation on Their lives. ***Upon all OUR lives… 

1 John 2 v 2

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”  

Jesus Christ’s atoning propitiation (substitution) was not only for our sins (the saved), but also for the sins of the whole world… 

But God by His sovereign will gives US the responsibility to say “YES” or “NO” to His great LOVE… 

God the Father draws ALL people unto Him by the work of God the Holy Spirit’s call for ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO “REPENT” and be “SAVED”!!! 

John 6 v 44

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” 

Since we are ALL born spiritually dead, totally depraved NO ONE ON THEIR OWN WOULD EVER SEEK GOD! ***So God draws us by His “grace” by His “call” upon EACH OF OUR LIVES!!! 

Matthew 22 v 14

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” 

The many that are called IS EVERY SINNER EVERYWHERE, but the few that are chosen are THOSE who genuinely and personally for themselves say “YES” or “NO” to Jesus Christ!!! 

They symbolically wear the the acceptable clothing for the wedding feast, garments soaked in the precious, glourious, atoning, cleansing, sanctifying, SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!! 

Matthew 22:11-14 (RSV)

11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' 14 For many are called, but few are chosen." 

God wants EVERYONE to repent and LOVE Him, LOVE His Son Jesus Christ; but only THOSE who do by Their God given “free choice” WILL BE SAVED. ***That is the predestined plan of salvation!!! 

There is unimaginable saving power in the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ!!! There is unimaginable power in the prayer of the Saints, the Saved ones! *******When we genuinely pray for a LOST person, it is far, far, far easier for them to be saved, and far more difficult for them to be damned than we can ever understand!!!!!!! 

So let us pray!!!!!!! 

God will judge each person according to Their knowledge and genuine understanding, God will judge each person according to what they have heard, not what they have not heard. *******God is LOVE, God is absolute “truth”, God is “justice”, only those who reject His Son, by Their own choice WILL BE DAMNED!!! 

How God ultimately gives each person that opportunity to knowingly choose is not necessarily for us to know; but by “faith” WE KNOW HE WILL!!! 

For God is GOOD!!!!!!!

But what we DO know is that as His “saved ones”, His “children”, Jesus Christ calls each of us to SHARE THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL TO EVERY PERSON WE CAN!!! 

Matthew 28 v 19-20

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” 

Sharing is our obligation of LOVE for Him and for OUR LOVE for OUR fellow humankind!!!!!!! 

Let us do all we can to bring the opportunity of salvation to ALL……. 

*******For the eternally LOST there is only ONE deed that matters, it was THEIR DECISION TO REJECT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD and SAVIOR!!!!!!! 

For the rest of their deeds were WORTHLESS… 

Any good that anyone does comes from the “grace” of God in Their lives, when ultimately a person says “NO”, that “grace” will go back to God… 

For those who accept Jesus Christ as Their Lord, God, and Savior; God’s “grace” will remain with them; and they, we, will be rewarded according to Our willingness to serve Him… 

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc​


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November 27, 2016


Hi there, I`d like to ask a question about the meaning of Romans 14:22a. I have read that some Bible translations do not translate it very accurately when they say ... `keep such things (faith for disputable matters`) between yourself and God` - thereby implying that we are not to talk about our convictions on these matters to younger or weaker Christians in the faith, - to help them grow in their understanding and liberty in God. I`ve heard that a better translation is `have your own convictions before God (on these matters)`; in other words, you have them with a convinced conscience before God, but you can still talk about them with other believers to help them grow and understand, just not force your convictions on them, or cause them to stumble with your liberty. Which one is the `better` translation, and how do we know? Do you have any thoughts? Kind regards Tarryn

Romans 14 v 21-23

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” KJV

To understand any portion of scripture You must consider it in its proper context.

Let us began with perhaps a more precise translation of your text and its context.

“It is the fine thing neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything which makes the road more difficult for your brother to walk. As far as you yourselves are concerned you have enough faith to know that these things do not matter--well, then, let that be a matter between yourself and God. Happy is the man who never has cause to condemn himself for doing what he has come to the conclusion it was right to do. But he who has doubts about eating something stands condemned if he does eat it, because his decision to eat is not the result of faith.”

The immediate context is the question about eating certain meats and drinks and anything else that the Jewish rules and regulations might put upon a convert to be a Christian. The first Christians were Jews and many of the early converts felt all Christians including gentile converts must obey the Jewish ceremonial laws, including those specifically mentioned in our context.

In general what Paul is saying is this, as a mature Christian you may more clearly see what is right and appropriate to do; and as such your conscience is free to do some things that less mature Christians believe to be sin or at least inappropriate. In such cases Paul says;

“Don’t make a big deal about it! Submit to the conscience of the other Christian, so that you do not cause your fellow Christian to have doubt.”

Example:

 I have a Pastor friend Reverend Henry Moore who smokes an occasional cigar. He has no doubt that it is okay to smoke cigars in proper moderation. But he does not smoke in front of others so he DOES NOT OFFEND THEIR CONVICTIONS…

Since smoking or not smoking IS NOT essential to salvation; it is not necessary to demand a young Christian to see the ‘right’ or the ‘wrong’ of smoking an occasional cigar. To debate the point or a similar point of view about some other non-essential belief may only hinder a new Christian’s belief system. Let them have their conviction about non-essential things, and teach them things that are ABSOLUTELY essential to the Christian faith, to the Christian life style.

Example:

Some Christians like Rock and Roll, I do not; but liking it or not liking it IS NOT ESSENTAL TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. The words may be bad and that can be an important issue, but the Rock and Roll genre in and of itself IS NOT A SIN. So Paul says,

“DON’T MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT!”

Example:

A man may come to the conclusion that his Christian freedom gives him a perfect right to make a reasonable use of alcohol; and, as far as he is concerned, it may be a perfectly safe pleasure, from which he runs no danger. But it may be that a younger man who admires him is watching him and taking him as an example. And it may also be that this younger man is one of these people to whom alcohol is a fatal thing. Is the older man to use his Christian freedom to go on setting an example which may well be the ruin of his young admirer? Or is he to limit himself, not for his own sake, but for the sake of the one who follows in his footsteps?

That is what Paul is saying, consider how your freedom in Christ may affect others, and then live to benefit them as best you can…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc​​


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November 20, 2016


in Colossians 1:16 (NIV and NLT), him (referring to God) is lowercased. why is this so? isn`t God always `Him` and not `him`. Why the difference sometimes?

 Colossians 1 v 16

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  NIV

Colossians 1 v 16

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” KJV

It is the same in most translations “”him”” which is simply a pronoun not usually capitalized in English unless at the beginning of a sentence. ***Out of respect I usually capitalize “He” or “Him” or “His”, etc, in reference to God, but it is not the general rule of the English language.

Some translations may do it, but I really think, even in those that do, IT IS NOT DONE IN EVERY SITUATION EVEN IN THOSE TRANSLATIONS.

It is simply an inconsistency of our writing styles…

Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc​


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November 13, 2016


Every time I come across this passage, I wonder what Jesus meant by `2 swords being enough?` The text is Luke 22:38

Luke 22 v 38

“And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.”

The Jews believed that their Messiah was going to conquer the world, and that their nation Israel would rule the world under the authority of God’s anointed one (Messiah, Christ). The apostles were Jews; they too believed the Messiah’s role in human History was to take world control by military might. For them, Jesus was that Messiah.

But Jesus came not into this world to conquer it by military strength but to save the world through His shed blood!!!

John 12 v 47

“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

Many a traveler would carry a sword for personal protection from robbers and wild animals. Jesus is saying, “You have plenty of protection for personal safety, WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE THAN THAT!”

In other words Jesus is saying WE ARE NOT GOING TO FIGHT!!!!!!! He instead will die for the sins of this world…

No swords are necessary to force the kingdom of God upon people, but if you must, our weapons are sufficient for personal safety…

As Christians we share the LOVE of Christ, we are to LOVE people into the kingdom, God will not, and chooses not to force anyone to accept His Son now. ***But one day, Jesus will return as King of kings and Lord of Lord’s and in that Day, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess the TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Romans 14 v 11

“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Philippians 2 v 11

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

One day, but for the apostles it was not to be in their time…

To this day, it is still in the future…

Maranotha, come Lord Jesus…….

Revelation 19:11-16 (RSV)

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself. 13 He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. x16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Zechariah 14:3-5 (RSV)

3 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward. 5 And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzzi'ah king of Judah. Then the LORD your God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

((((((( Whenever Jesus returns, first, He will be seen by the world on the Mount of Olives.............................................)))))))

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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November 6, 2016


I know that God is a spirit so what is a spirit?

John 4 v 24

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

In simplest terms spirit is that which is not confined to the physical world, the physical universe, to a physical existence, to a physical body.

Spirit is not confined by physical laws, time, space, etc…

Spirit has it’s existence outside of the physical creation…

John Wesley describes ‘spirit’ this way:

“Not only remote from the body, and all the properties of it, but likewise full of all spiritual perfections, power, wisdom, love, holiness…”

According to John Wesley, ‘spirit’ is life outside (remote) a physical body. Spirit is not bound or controlled by any physical properties. Wesley adds; God as spirit includes ALL SPIRITUAL PERFECTIONS. Including but not limited to Spiritual: power, wisdom, LOVE, holiness; attributes that are not limited by or affected in anyway by a physical existence, the physical universe…

Adam Clarke says this:

“This is one of the first, the greatest, the most sublime, and necessary truths in the compass of nature! There is a God, the cause of all things-the fountain of all perfection-without parts or dimensions, for he is ETERNAL-filling the heavens and the earth-pervading, governing, and upholding all things: for he is an infinite SPIRIT!”

According to Clarke ‘spirit’ transcends the weaknesses and limitations of all physical dimensions…

Spirit is ETERNAL, the physical is not!

Spirit exists in every dimension but is not confined or limited to any dimension…

Spirit is NOT A MATERIAL SUBSTANCE, and cannot be defined, described or categorized by attempting to qualify it by a list of it’s chemical or mineral properties. ***Spirit CANNOT BE EXPLAINED BY ANYTHING PHYSICAL…

Spirit is not limited to an analysis by our human intellect or by our physical senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing…….

As my best friend Reverend Fred Tarlton probably said it best, “We really don’t know what ‘spirit’ is!”

***On final analysis, we only know what is ‘spirit’, God is spirit; and ‘spirit’ is not confined or limited by physical, material existence…….

I hope this helps.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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​October 30, 2016


Matthew 7:21-23 Concerns me. ((( Part Three )))

Matthew 7:21-23 (RSV)
21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

We will indeed finish up today...................................

Though in context our text is primarily referring to FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE TEACHERS, How do we apply this text to our own relationship with Jesus Christ???

We are not saved by our sincerity; we are not saved by anything we can do. We are not saved by praying, we are not saved by reading God’s word, we are not saved by going to Church, we are certainly not saved by being a “good” person, or by doing good works or deeds of any kind. This is scary stuff; we are not even saved by asking God to save us!!!

What???

Ephesians 2:8-9 (RSV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.

We are saved and enabled to ask God to save us, and to repent of ALL of our sins, ONLY, this absolutely clear, ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD, which is a free gift offered to ALL Sinners, ALL THE LOST, ALL UN-SAVED people anywhere they exist!!!

Titus 3:5 (RSV)
5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit,

We are saved by God’s mercy by His free gift of grace through faith in His Son, in His ONLY BEGOTTEN Son: JESUS CHRIST!!!

Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Our very faith was created by Jesus and will grow and mature because of Jesus................................................

It was Jesus’ atoning BLOOD sacrifice that saves us from our sins and gives ALL people the opportunity to say “YES” or “NO” to the free gift of saving GRACE!!!!!!!

Romans 12:3 (KJV)
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

God has given us our FAITH.......................God, not us!!!

Revelation 22:17 (KJV)
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

All who are willing by God’s grace can accept Jesus Christ as their ONLY Lord, their ONLY God, And their ONLY SAVIOR......................

As any gift, it needs to be accepted or rejected!!! But again MOST WILL NOT...

Simply put, Salvation is a LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ...............

Christ is the groom and His people are the bride, and like any marriage or any marriage ceremony, the marriage is only as good as the genuine sincerity of the Bride and the Groom meaning: “ I DO !!! “.  

Jesus “ I DO “, is backed up by these words,

John 6:37 (KJV)
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

By grace through faith we can say” “ I DO “...................

I have sometimes felt very unsaved, But I KNOW, THAT I KNOW, THAT I KNOW, GOD SAVED ME ON MARCH 26, 1975; when I asked Him to save me, when I said “ YES “ to His free gift of salvation, I ABSOLUTELY MEANT IT!!!!!!!

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ will complete my, our, sanctification, becoming more and more like Him....................

Martin Luther was once asked by a nun,

“Do you feel saved?”

Luther replied:

“No!!!!!!!”

He went on,

“But I know that my God is greater than my feelings”

We are not saved by even our feelings, we are saved by GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Most people play Church, only God and the individual KNOW IF THEY ARE TRULY SAVED!!!

SALVATION is a LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ, it is a change of heart and mind, it transcends our outward actions, for GOD JUDGES THE HEART, and KNOWS THE HEART OF MAN VERY INTIMATELY..................................

1 Samuel 16:7 (RSV)
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

Not by works, but by a changed and transformed heart!!!

Jeremiah 17:10 (RSV)
10 "I the LORD search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings."

God judges by our heart not by our outer works!!!

Romans 8:27 (RSV)
27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

The indwelling Holy Spirit verifies to God, THAT WE ARE SAVED...........God INTIMATELY KNOWS US INSIDE AND OUT!!!

A Christian CAN NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NOT EVER, LOSE THEIR SALVATION....................................

Case-Closed!!!!!!!

***Some people claim that you can lose your Salvation, to be honest when I was first saved 38 years ago I thought the same, and there are scriptures that taken out of context suggest that. ((( But if you are genuinely saved, you can NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER lose your salvation!!!!!!! ))) You indeed have "Eternal Security!!! Consider God's word: 

1 Peter 1:5 (KJV) 
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

***We are kept, our very salvation is protected by the POWER of GOD!!!

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) 
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

***The good-work of Salvation that Jesus Christ began in you will be completed!!! Thus says the Lord God YHWH!!!

Ephesians 1:14 (NIV) 
14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory. 

***The Holy Spirit, God Himself, IS GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE OF SALVATION.......

John 6:37 (NIV) 
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 

 John 6:37 (MSG)
37 Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go.

***Those the Father sends to Jesus to be saved, WILL COME TO HIM, and those who are saved WILL NEVER BE DRIVEN AWAY.......

There are a plethora of scriptures declaring our Eternal Salvation, but here is just one more:

Romans 11:29 (KJV) 
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 

Romans 11:29 (CJB) 
29 for God’s free gifts and his calling are irrevocable. 

***Salvation is a gift and calling by God, once received, ABSOLUTELY NO-ONE CAN GIVE IT UP, OR TAKE IT BACK: NO-ONE!!!!!!!

*By very definition Salvation is ETERNAL, FOREVER!!! 

*Salvation is deliverance from YOURSELF!!!!!!!* Once saved, ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Never fear, if you are part of the Family of God, you will never lose your salvation. If you are outside looking in remember:

John 3:16-17 (RSV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, YES YOU!!!

Revelation 3:20 (RSV)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Open your heart, and Jesus will rush in to save you!!!!!!!

For ALL those who are playing Church, for ALL those who are FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE TEACHERS, Jesus declares to you in the END OF DAYS:

Matthew 7:22-23 (RSV)
22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

You were NEVER SAVED, and YOU KNEW IT TOO.................

((((((( If you LOVE Jesus as Your Lord, God, and Savior, YOU ARE ETERNALLY SAVED!!! THERE IS NO JUDGMENT DAY FOR YOU, only eternal joy and rewards for your truly good works!!! If YOU genuinely WANT TO BE SAVED; GOD WILL SAVE YOU ABSOLUTELY, just accept His free gift of grace, His free gift of Salvation.......)))))))

LOVE JESUS CHRIST, with ALL Your heart, mind, body, soul, and strength; this life may not be easy, but it WILL BE GREAT.................

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October  23, 2016


Matthew 7:21-23 Concerns me. ((( Part Two )))

Matthew 7:21-23 (RSV)
21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

The reality of FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE TEACHERS existing in and out of our Christian faith is undeniable!!! The scriptures warn again and again, that their deceptions can be so clever, so subtle, that unless we are prepared, even the elect ((( might be deceived )))........

Matthew 24:24 (RSV)
24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

So then, how can we prepare ourselves against these deceivers of the truth, these FALSE PROPHETS, these FALSE TEACHERS, and even FALSE CHRISTS???

The answer is very simple,

First, You REALLY, REALLY, REALLY: NEED TO BE A “BORN AGAIN” BELIEVER, a twice born Christian..........................

Jesus said,

John 3:3 (RSV)
3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

You must honestly, not because I or anyone else tells you to, but because YOU know YOU NEED TO, repent of your sins, honestly declare before God YOU want to stop ALL YOUR sins, and YOU KNOW YOU NEED HIM TO HELP YOU...Ask Jesus Christ to save YOU and, HE ABSOLUTELY WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Romans 10:11 (RSV)
11 The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."

NO ONE.

Genuinely ask Jesus to be YOUR Savior, Lord, and God, and HE WILL ABSOLUTELY SAVE YOU.......

Some will claim, those who are FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE TEACHERS that only certain people can be saved, like Satan they will miss interpret scripture to suit THEIR OWN PURPOSES.........................

((((((((((((((((((((( The good news is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is, that, God does not desire anyone to be lost. )))))))))))))))))))))

The Lord God YHWH says this:

Ezekiel 18:23 (RSV)
23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

Who are the wicked, EVERYONE IS WICKED, WE ARE ALL SINNERS before God saves us!!!

Romans 3:23 (RSV)
23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

God has no pleasure in any Sinner being damned, lost, HE WOULD RATHER HAVE US ALL REPENT AND ASK JESUS TO SAVE US!!!!!!!

((( Most will not, but ALL ARE OFFERED GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION..........)))

Ezekiel 18:32 (RSV)
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

Again God begs each and EVERYONE OF US TO TURN FROM OUR SINS ((( HE WILL GIVE US THE GRACE TO DO SO ))), and we WILL BE SAVE, we WILL LIVE!!! )))

Ezekiel 33:11 (RSV)
11 Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

God pleads to the Lost, all those who are not saved, TURN BACK, TURN BACK, REPENT with and by my grace, with my help, SO YOU WILL BE SAVED and NOT DAMNED...............................

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (RSV)
3 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God desires ALL MANKIND TO BE SAVED!!!

2 Peter 3:9 (RSV)
9 The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

God wishes EVERYONE to repent and be SAVED, BORN AGAIN, TWICE BORN......................................

Yes, EVEN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is so much more, but this is a study in and of itself.

Romans 10:9-10 (RSV)
9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (RSV)
2 For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

This can be YOUR DAY of SALVATION.................................

Mine was: March 26, 1975........................Oh thank you Jesus!!!!!!!

Second, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! Pray EVERY DAY, as often as you can, asking God the eternal ONLY God for wisdom, spiritual discernment, and strength to stand firm in your faith!!!

James 1:5 (RSV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (RSV)
17 pray constantly,

Pray.............................................Talk to YOUR Heavenly Father!!!!!!!

Third, READ, READ, READ, READ EVERY DAY THE ONLY INERRANT, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD THE HOLY BIBLE, God’s Holy Writ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Our faith grows from reading and hearing the Word of God!!!!!!!

Romans 10:17 (RSV)
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.

*Our faith matures by doing what the Bible says:

James 1:22 (RSV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

We MUST be HEARERS and DOERS of the Word of God.........................

How do we know what the Bible says, how do we know what FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE TEACHERS are saying or teaching is:........................F A L S E???

WE read and study the Bible like a starving man eats when he gets food; we read it like a person truly dying of thirst drinks water when he finally gets water!!!

 Matthew 5:6 (RSV)
6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

WE WILL BE SATISFIED.....................................................

We will know FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS, and even FALSE CHRISTS by:

Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

How do we know they do not speak according to the Bible, WE READ THE BIBLE FOR OURSELVES, all the great training of great pastors, teachers, etc; DOES NOT RELIEVE US FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY FROM READING THE BIBLE FOR OURSELVES!!!!!!!

There are many great commentaries, many great Bible studies, but they are NOT INERRANT, or INFALLIBLE, ONLY, ONLY, ONLY the BIBLE IS, SO STUDY IT, READ IT’S WORDS, READ IT’S VERY PAGES, STUDY THEM FIRST and FOREMOST.......................

And certainly not my books, my sermons, my answers are inerrant or infallible, but I pray God’s Holy Spirit helps me always to do the very best I can, and helps others hunger and thirst for His words the Bible!!!!!!!

Acts 17:11 (KJV)
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

As Christians we MUST always be humble, we MUST always be teachable; and WE MUST ALWAYS SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES to know if what others say are true or ERROR........................

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

We are to be teachable, learn new things, if they are TRUE, keep them, if they are not true, through them out......................

Even when we think we know, STUDY, RE-SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES to be sure we are not wrong, and CHANGE and CORRECT if we are wrong....

We must study God’s word to SHOW OURSELVES APPROVED,

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Bible is so vitally important in our lives as Christians!!!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (RSV)
16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Fourth, GO TO CHURCH AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!

Again,

Romans 10:17 (RSV)
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.

God wants us to go to Church!!!

Hebrews 10:25 (RSV)
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

We need corporate worship, corporate prayer, corporate study, corporate fellowship, and corporate LOVE.......................We need these things as our health and circumstances allow.........................

I have always said if sick, but I would still go to work, if sick but I would still go to a baseball game, THEN I’m well enough TO GO TO CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1) We need to be SAVED 2) We need to pray, to talk with God 3) We NEED TO STUDY THE BIBLE FOR OURSELVES 4) We really NEED TO GO TO CHURCH when we can!!!

***I was wrong, tomorrow I will finish the answer to this question with the unforeseen Part Three, how to apply this text to our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.........................................

Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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October 16, 2016


Matthew 7:21-23 Concerns me. ((( Part One )))

Matthew 7:21-23 (RSV)
21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

I appreciate your concerns........................

First we must understand our text in context.

Matthew 7:15-20 (RSV)
15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. 18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Jesus is referring specifically to FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS.

They may cry-out, “Lord, Lord”, sounding very resolute and adamant about their faith in Jesus to the people around them...

But, and this is very important, Not everyone who seems genuine or sincere about being a Christian is a Christian...

Not everyone who preaches or teaches the Word of God, no matter how sincere they seem, no matter how LOVING they seem, no matter how good they seem, no matter how knowledgeable they seem, no matter how successful their ministry seems, no matter how many followers they have, no matter how true their teaching seems are necessarily from God!!!!!!!

Galatians 5:9 (RSV)
9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Just a tiny, seemingly insignificant lie, or insignificant error in doctrine can ABSOLUTELY POLUTE A LOT OF GOOD TEACHING...

Sincerity, ability, charisma DOES NOT PROVE SOMEOME IS SAVED OR RIGHT IN WHAT THEY SAY OR TEACH!!!

Satan himself tried to deceive Jesus by miss-using scripture.

Luke 4:9-11 (RSV)
9 And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,' 11 and `On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"

Satan and his band of fallen angels and human sinners are never more dangerous than when they APPEAR TO BE ANGELS OF LIGHT!!!

2 Corinthians 11:14 (RSV)
14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

These FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS maybe so deceptive, that they produce what seems to be great works of wisdom and teaching, mind-blowing insights, miraculous deeds, but these deeds DO NOT PROVE THEY ARE SAVED OR RIGHT IN WHAT THEY TEACH!!!!!!!

Not everyone who claims to be a child of God is..................

Not everyone who claims to be a Prophet of God, a Teacher of the Holy Writ the Bible is.............................

NO MATTER HOW HOLY, HOW CHRISTIAN, HOW GOOD THEY SEEM!!!!!!!

These are not saved people gone bad, not Born Again believers gone sour because life and it’s plethora of trails and problems have made them disillusioned with their faith and life............

THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE NEVER SAVED AT ALL, NEVER LOVED GOD AT ALL, NEVER HAD FAITH IN GOD, NEVER BELIEVED AT ALL!!!!!!!

Matthew 7:23 (RSV)
23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'

With all their deceptive crying “Lord, Lord”, with all their seemingly good deeds, with all their seemingly miraculous works they claim they did for Him, but rather did it for themselves and what they thought they could get out of it for themselves, by playing a part..................

Jesus has seen right through their lies, and declares:

I NEVER KNEW YOU...................

NOT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never saved, never His...........................................

This is scary stuff, but it is my opinion that the vast majority of professing Christians are NOT CHRISTIAN AT ALL, they are merely professing, claiming something THEY ARE NOT, and that ultimately, THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matthew 7:13-14 (RSV)
13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Next week I will finish my answer, by answering: How we can know these FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS, and how we may apply these texts to our own relationship with Jesus Christ.......

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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October 9, 2016


why did Jesus say `why call me good, no one is good but only God`... what does this means. is this a claim that He is not God? please answer PLease t.y

 
Matthew 19 v 17A

“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…”

No, your statement is exactly the opposite of what Jesus is claiming. He is ABSOLTUELY declaring Himself TO BE GOD!!!!!!!

Jesus asks, “why do YOU call me good?”

Answer: “We call YOU good because of all the wonderful works YOU do. The sick are healed, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, those that are demon possessed are freed from their oppressed possession. Even the dead are raised from their graves, and all of nature obeys YOUR words!  Above all YOUR gospel HAS THE POWER TO SAVE, YOU speak with great authority and power! No one speaks as YOU do! *******We call YOU good, because YOU ARE GOD!!!”*******

Matthew 16:16-17 (RSV)
16 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

To a Jew to call someone the Son of God, is to DECLARE THEM TO BE GOD!!!!!!! Jesus responds to Peter’s declaration with, “My Father who is in heaven HAS REVEALED TO YOU THAT I AM GOD...”

Jesus’ question is asking His listeners to contemplate, why do you call me good? Jesus wants them to sincerely and soberly think about it, “Why am I good?”

Then, He states a fact, “NO ONE IS GOOD BUT GOD!!!!!!!”

*But wait a second, if ONLY GOD IS GOOD, and Jesus is clearly and ABSOLUTELY GOOD; WHO MUST JESUS CHRIST BE???

Answer:

***”Jesus Christ is: God”***

There is NO OTHER CONCLUSION!!!!!!!

John 20 v 28

“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Jesus question-statement was meant for us to realize THAT HE HIMSELF IS THE ONE TRUE GOD!!!!!!!

John 10 v 30

“I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 8 v 6

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

Deuteronomy 6 v 4

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord:”

Jesus is saying, “I AM GOD!!!!!!!”

To be His follower, THAT IS WHAT WE MUST BELIEVE!!!!!!!

And it is He, WHO WE ARE TO SERVE!!!!!!!

And His creation is what We must seek to redeem, by sharing the Humility, the TRUTH, and the LOVE of Jesus Christ by everything we think, say and do…….

John 1:1-4 (RSV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God; 3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

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October 2, 2016


Hi there, in Leviticus 4 and Numbers 15, the OT talks about `unintentional sins` and when the person becomes aware of it, they are guilty and need atonement. The OT also says that God looks at the heart; if someone sinned unintentionally, why were they still guilty if it was not intentional? Was it because they had still sinned, and SIN is unacceptable to a Holy God - intentional or not? Also, in the NT, Jesus` once-for-all atonment covers all of our sin - do we need to still repent for unintentional sin, or just say sorry? And lastly, what about `accidents`...if I drive in my car and accidentally kill someone - is that sin? Unintentional sin? An accident? Please explain on these? Kind regards, Tarryn

Genesis 6 v 5

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

God does judge the inner “heart” of mankind, and God has determined that all men, women, and children without Jesus Christ in their “heart” desire to sin continuously!!!

True there are unintentional sins, but they are NONE-THE-LESS SINS! If OUR hearts were absolutely in tune with God’s holiness, WE WOULD NOT COMMIT EVEN UNINTENTIONAL SINS. For if we were ABSOLUTELY free from sin, WE WOULD RECOGNIZE “UNINTENTIONAL” SINS, and NOT DO THEM!!!

James 2 v 10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

James tells us that whoever commits just one sin, HAS BROKEN THE WHOLE LAW OF GOD…

The Law of God is like a pane of glass, the slightest break anywhere on the pane ruins the whole glass. The same with the Law of God, any sin, ruins the whole Law of God. So whether intentional or not, it breaks GOD’S LAWS AND MOCKS HIS HOLINESS…

It is only because of God’s gracious and LOVING mercy that He considers our ignorance or blindness that allows us to do certain sins in ignorance, but THEY ARE STILL SINS, and “ANY” SIN IS AN ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION TO THE LORD!!!!!!!

***If our hearts were absolutely “right” with the Lord, unintentional sins WOULD NOT OCURR… 

Great second question as well!

In order to be saved once for all time, we MUST by the grace and power of God repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, God, and Savior! His atoning shed blood then covers eternally ALL our past present and future sins. We are ETERNALLY SAVED!!!

Sealed for ALL TIME by the Holy Spirit!!!

Ephesians 1 v 13

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,”

Repentance is not necessary for continued salvation, for the genuine Christian IS ETERNALLY AND FORVER SAVED!!!

***But, and this is enormously crucial, a Christian MUST repent of their sins in order to remain in intimate relationship with God!!!!!!!

It is not that God will turn away from the Christian that has sinned, but ultimately a Christian that does not repent of their present sins, like Adam and Eve, they will hide from the presence of God.

For example, lets say you barrow $500.00 from a friend, you agree to pay them back in 2 weeks. Two weeks pass, and a third week goes by, for what ever reason YOU simply do not have the money to pay them. If YOU see them, YOU become nervous, you start avoiding them because of guilt feelings or embarrassment, YOU stop returning their calls because of fear, because of what they might think or say.

Your friendship is disrupted, because YOU will not or cannot give them what YOU know they have a right to.

It is the same with God, God still LOVES us, still wants intimate fellowship with us, but if we sin and do not repent, we begin avoiding Him, hiding from Him. We may stop praying, stop reading the Bible, stop going to Church, we may avoid OUR Christian friends, because in OUR heart WE KNOW WE MUST ADMIT OUR SIN TO GOD, AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE US…SO WE AVOID HIM.

Repentance restores OUR attitude toward God, and we no longer have a reason to fear Him or to hide from Him, so our intimate relationship that was disrupted by OUR lack of repentance, IS RESTORED!!!

An accident is an accident, yet even so, I certainly would ask God to forgive me, if I killed someone, and I would desperately desire the victims LOVED ones to understand and forgive me as well!!

I may have accidently caused suffering, but I STILL CAUSED UNNESSARY SUFFERING!!! ***For that reason alone one should ask both God and man for forgiveness!

God is always ready, willing, and able to forgive us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 25, 2016


Did Jesus always know he was going to die on the cross for our sins, or did God reveal this to him at a point in his life?

The question you asked is a question Theologians have discussed for centuries.

***Jesus was fully God, and was fully man in His incarnation. Both God and man…

As God He is omniscient (all knowing), yet it is clear He voluntarily limited some of His memory as a man.

Mark 13 v 32

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

So at the time of His incarnation He limited His knowledge of when His Second Coming would be. That would suggest He may have limited other memory or knowledge He would have as God while He was in His incarnation.

Further Jesus was amazed or marveled at certain events several times, again suggesting He had limited some of His divine attributes.

Mark 6 v 6

“And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.”

Mark 14 v 33

“And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;”

Luke 7 v 9

“When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

As God He certainly knew He would die for us, but in His incarnation He may have not known all the details of His earthly life until God the Father and God the Holy Spirit revealed it to Him…

*******Jesus always had full access to His divine nature, but He used it as He saw fit!!!

The answer, as God absolutely He knew, He planned it from the foundation of the world!!!!!!!

Revelation 13 v 8

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

As man, the Bible simply does not choose to tell us; and that I deduce is sufficient…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc