What Happened To Matthias?

Q. My question is about Matthias, the apostle who replaced Judas.  My SS teacher said that he believes that Paul should have been the replacement apostle rather than Matthias.   His reasoning is that there is nothing more known about Matthias after his selection and he says, a careful reading shows that the Lord was not consulted about the selection.    I know that Paul is sometimes called the 13th apostle, but is anything known about Matthias?

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Why Did Judas Betray The Lord?

Q. Since we’re in the Easter season, a thought occurred to me. What was Judas’ motive to betray Jesus? It certainly couldn’t be just the 30 pieces of silver. What did he stand to gain (in his mind) by betraying the Lord?

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In The Body Or In The Spirit?

Q.  Re: Why Have You Forsaken Me?  So with the sun going dark at noon, that tells us that He said this  at noon.  The sun then stayed dark for three hours, meaning that He was both dying and apart from the Trinity. At 3:00pm He was dead. Was His reunion with the Trinity instantaneous upon his last breath? Also, when He left the grave did he leave in His physical body? I’m talking about like when He went to preach to the spirits (demons?) bound there.

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Is Cremation Forbidden?

Q. I was speaking to a Christian friend who said in their church they are going to do a Bible Study on cremation. I would like to know what Scriptures says in this regard.  At death will we be condemned for cremating our body?

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How Could Nicodemus Understand?

Q.  Before Jesus was crucified and resurrected, he preached the gospel. He told Nicodemus that he must be born again. I wonder what this meant to the people who heard him as the Holy Spirit had yet to be poured out on believers.  How could someone be born again when at that time regeneration by the Holy Spirit was not possible yet?

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What Is The Origin Of Good Friday?

Q. I agree with you that the day of the Lord’s death on the Cross was Thursday.  My question is, why do we call Friday, “Good Friday?”  Even if the day of death was Friday, why would it be called good?

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Right Side Of Easter, Wrong Side Of Pentecost

Q. What did you mean in your MP-3 study of Gospel of Mark when you said : “They are on the right side of Easter, but on the wrong side of Pentecost” in reference to Christians who bear no fruit?  I thought by definition if you have no spirit in you (i.e. on the wrong side of Pentecost), you are not a Christian.

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The Pharisee And The Tax Collector

Q.  Re: Luke 18:9-14, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.   For whatever reason, I love this scripture, but at the same time, it scares me.  I’m sure I’m to look at the very first part of the scripture for the context.  But, I am thankful for so many things that could be part of my life but are not.  I’m not on drugs or alcohol,  I don’t commit crimes, etc.  I know this is not from my own power, I know it is the Lord.  But how can I pray to express my thankfulness for not being caught up in these lifestyles without it seeming that I’m exalting myself like the Pharisee?

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Raptured Children

Q. I am searching scripture looking for something that tells me that the children under the age of accountability will also be taken in the rapture. A friend asked me this and I told her that yes they would be removed at the rapture but could not back-up my statement with scripture that actually spells that out.

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