Q. In one of your most recent articles on the bride of Christ, you note that the Church is the bride, as many do. The reference you use in Ephesians 5 doesn’t seem to clarify that the church is the bride. although many state that the church is the bride. As I read Revelation 21:2 and 21:9 and 10 it would seem clear that the Holy City New Jerusalem is The Bride. Are there other scriptures where it states the Church is the Bride in no uncertain terms?
Q. Since the process of making wine involves the introduction of yeast, should “the fruit of the vine” used for the Lord’s Supper be unfermented seeing yeast represents sin in Scripture? It would seem that this would picture the sinlessness of Jesus even as the unleavened bread does.
Q. Would you please speak on the communion. Which bread is to be used?
Q. Recently I heard a pastor argue that the fig tree in Matt. 24:32 does not represent Israel. He says Israel was described as an olive tree when the Church was grafted in. Is that true?
Q. Thank you for your incredible website! I read it daily and enjoy it tremendously. My question concerns healing. I cannot recall or find a single instance in the Bible where a woman healed someone. Is this a gift that is reserved only for men? The only mention of spiritual gifts pertaining to women that I recall are the ability to prophesy. Can you shed some light on this for me? Considering how women were to conduct themselves during services by remaining silent, are the abilities bestowed by the Holy Spirit (with the exception of prophesy) only available to men?
Q. In Sin In The Fellowship you brought up 1 Corinthians 5:11 and stated, “we’re not to tolerate any sinful behavior in our churches…” but how exactly do we do that? We can’t stop them from attending services and worshiping with us side by side, and we’re not going to point them out at church and make them stand in front of the altar with the letter H typed to their shirts to shame them. And more importantly, there are people who are openly fornicating, some committing adultery, which also falls under the umbrella of “sexual immorality”…are they to get the same “treatment” of intolerance as homosexuals? I understand that it is Biblical and I’m one who firmly believes in following the Word of God. But I just want to know in your opinion what does that look like, when we are also supposed to be showing love and empathy for those that are struggling with particular sins, as we all are on some level.
Q. I have a question about our judgment before the Millennium. When we get raptured we receive our immortal body which is already the gift of eternal life as I understand it. What will we then be judged on at his second coming? And what other gifts will we receive at this time? Is this possibly the time we will get assigned to our position/level in Heaven and the gift we receive will determine our position?
Q. I have heard many times that there were multiple churches in each of the seven churches (Philadelphia had more than one church, and more than one church in Ephesus). What is your take on this?
Q. Concerning your answer to the issue of Israel and the New Covenant. Biblically speaking the New Covenant was made with the House of Israel and Judah, collectively ISRAEL. Nowhere in the scriptures is it stated that the New Covenant was made with the Church (and I realize you never stated that it was). Israel as a whole did not reject Jesus, it was just their leadership. Multitudes of Jews, including priests at the time of Jesus believed in Him (Acts 6:7). Since those early days a remnant of Jewish people have existed that honor and acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah and live under the grace of the New Covenant. The New Covenant is with Israel but extends to all who wish to partake.
Q. I am ever so thankful for your site – read it every day. I have a question regarding the new covenant – in Jeremiah 31:31-34 – we see the Lord saying that He will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah – it is my understanding that we are talking here prophetically of the covenant with the Church – if so – how do we understand that to be the church from that portion of scripture when it specifically says the house of Israel and Judah?