The Fear Of The Lord

Q.  The phrase “the fear of The Lord” is used many times in the Bible.  For example, Proverbs 1:7 tells us that “the fear of The Lord” is the beginning of knowledge. But, what exactly is “the fear of The Lord” as it is used in Proverbs 1:7 and other places?

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What Does The Bible Say? Part 2, Salvation

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series What Does The Bible say?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

I appeal to you brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and in thought (1 Cor. 1:10).

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim 4:3).

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What Does The Bible Really Say?

Q.  I am currently leading a study of the Torah with an effort to draw from Jewish Rabbinic teaching.  I am finding the impact on translations into our language challenging.  Genesis 1:2 (a) is a prime example.  The first word of verse 2 is interpreted “And the earth” with the possibility of being “But the earth.”  The second word is translated “was” while the Hebrew reads “she became.”  Verse 2 when translated seems to read more like this given the Hebrew meanings: “But (or Now) the earth became chaos and vacant; and (now or but) darkness (was) over the abyss.”  As you can see the meaning is much different than the English translations.
While I want to be careful to remain faithful to the Word, it is a struggle, as I know there are those who translate in ways to justify their preconceptions.  Can you give me any recommendations for a faithful translation of the Hebrew into English that is true to the Hebrew?

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How Many Sons Of God Are There?

Q. You have written that ‘Like Jesus, Adam is called the son of God (Luke 3:38)’. I know you are not saying that Adam is God but why can Adam even be called the son of God? Adam was a created being and John 3:16 says that God gave his one and only son. Jesus is not a created being but God himself. If Adam can be called the son of God and Jesus IS the son of God then what exactly does the title son of God mean when given to Adam and what does it mean when given to Jesus?

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Why Should I Care?

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

“Can you explain what pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, OSAS is and why I should care? I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – He is my Lord and Savior – the only way to salvation (John 14:6).”

On our facebook page we define gracethrufaith.com as a pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, OSAS believing, literal reading Bible study website. We included this summary of our beliefs to let people know what we teach so they would know what to expect when they come to our page.

Recently, someone sent me the above message and although I’ve received comments like it before, for some reason this one struck me because it represents the attitude of a great many born again Christians. Largely because of the way the Church approaches Christian education, they think getting saved is all that matters.

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Don’t Muzzle The Ox

Q. Re: 1 Cor. 9:9-10.   This morning, I came upon this verse while reading, and tried to locate from where “this is written” that the writer is quoting.  I checked through the Strong’s Concordance, but didn’t find it there.  Any help you can offer is certainly appreciated

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Do You Ever Have Doubts?

Q. I admire your knowledge and absolute faith and often find a great deal of comfort in your writings. But I have to ask….why do you believe….. do you ever have doubt? I think I believe, then I’ll read something, or watch an atheist/Christian debate on TV…and I become full of doubt. I long to be able to read/listen/watch these things and remain strong in my faith, but I always come away shaken and doubting. Thank you, I appreciate your site more than I can say.

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Levels Of Interpretation

Q.  A quick question: in at least two of your studies you have used the expression “Let’s get mystical”.   And in the study about the first miracle of Jesus you go as far as saying that John (the apostle) was a mystic.   Can you clarify this for me?  I’ve always been under the impression that I should consider mysticism something wrong in the eyes of God, although I must admit I do not know a great deal about it.

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God’s Word Or Man’s Opinion?

Q.  I live in a rural area.  There aren’t many churches to choose from.  I want to fellowship and join Bible studies but it concerns me that many churches use books written by popular authors for their Bible studies. I would like to see the Bible used for Bible study. Reading a book may be good if it motivates or inspires you. However, I would like to see the minister or the person leading the study use God’s word not man’s word.  I would like your opinion on this.

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