Depart From Me

Q. In Matthew 7:20-23 Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Are the “many” here trying to enter heaven by their works (did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles)?

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Was He Their Messiah Or Their Savior?

Q. Regarding the Jews that received Peter’s message and were baptized and subsequently the 3,000 that also came to Christ through Peter’s speech after Pentecost:  Was Christ the Messiah to them, or was he their Savior, as he is to you and me?  I’ve always thought that Grace came to those that believed that Christ died for our sins, and that we received Salvation through acceptance of this Gift. Was this not the mystery that came to Paul after Damascus and his three years of being tutored by Christ in Arabia ?

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How Could Nicodemus Have Known?

Q. In John 3:1-15, Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus about the need for a person to be “born again”. When Nicodemus ask Jesus, “How could these things be?” Jesus basically said, “You are a teacher in Israel and still you don’t know this?” Since The Mosaic / Levitical laws emphasize obedience to the 10 Commandments and their derivatives, what could Nicodemus have studied that would have helped him understand spiritual rebirth?

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Man’s Lifespan

Q.  Thank you for your ministry it has been a blessing to me.  I was just curious if you knew if there was any biblical reason why the pre-flood patriarchs never quite made to 1000 years as far as how long they lived?

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Why Are Believers Afraid Of The Rapture?

Q.  As the pieces of the prophetic puzzle fall into place with alarming speed and intensity, family members who I’ve always believed to be mature Christians are becoming afraid of the Lord’s return fro us. I’ve asked why, and they can’t give me a clear answer.  I don’t understand why professing Christians would fear this. The thought had occurred to me that they might not be secure in their faith, but they’ve been devout Christians since I was a child. What would you advise?

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Physical Or Spiritual, Or Both?

Q. I have always believed that ‘By his stripes we are healed’  was exactly that, if we have faith, and ask for healing and truely believe in that healing, we will be healed.  However, a minister says this interpretation is incorrect and that in Isaiah 53-5 it is referring to spiritual healing, not physical healing.  As I respect your teaching so much, would you please tell me what your interpretation is?

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Is Satan Being Restrained?

Q.   I need some clarification on an issue that is confusing to me. You have stated that Satan in in charge of the world at the present. I agree, but isn’t God in His sovereignty setting limits on the Tempter’s actions?  In a sense isn’t that what the Holy Spirit is doing in His role as restrainer? I would think He stops mankind from going too far as well. Am I looking at this correctly?

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Will God Punish Them For Me?

Q.  I read one of your articles on forgiveness and you told someone to forgive the person for what they did to them.  You said to not worry about getting revenge for what they did, because God would take care of it for them.  Did I understand that correctly? If you forgive a person who did you wrong, will God will punish that person for hurting you?

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Why Can’t I Forgive Her?

Q.  Once again, I need your advice. I wrote a few months back about forgiveness after a bad break up. Now that the “shock” of it all has settled down, I find myself in a new “phase” of recovery.  It seems I’ve allowed my resentment towards her drag me down to defeat. There are times when I think I’ve forgiven her, then there are times I feel anger and hurt all over again.
I really want to forgive her for my own sake, but something within just won’t let it happen. I just want to be able to move on. When I think I’ve let go, it seems like it grabs me again.

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