Preconditions For Salvation?

Q.  In Matthew Chapter 5, what do verses 5:3, 5:9, 5:10 etc. mean? They seem to contradict belief in the Son as the only requirement for salvation, (“blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven” for example) but I know God’s Word does not contradict, can you help explain?

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If He Already Knew, Why Was He Sorry?

Q.  Gen. 6:6 says,  “And the Lord was sorry He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”  I am so perplexed by this statement. God, being omniscient, had fore-knowledge of everything. So why was He sorry He had made man knowing what they would do?  Being a parent, I can understand the grief in His heart.

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Why Wasn’t She Healed?

Q.  My aunt whom I loved sincerely passed away last Thursday after having suffered a stroke two years ago.  She was a born again believer so I know without a doubt she is with the Lord.  My question is that I prayed for healing and stood on the word by the prophet Isaiah:  “With his stripes we are healed”.  I believed this for my aunt and I  prayed without ceasing yet she still passed away.  How do I reconcile this:  Doesn’t God heal as he is a healing God?  Why was my aunt not healed?

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Judgment, Rewards, And Crowns

Q.  I lead a small group of high school freshmen boys. We recently studied faith vs works. One provides eternal life, the other determines the way you experience heaven.   Am I on track here and can you provide guidance as I now tackle their obvious follow up question of “what will the judgment be about and will people experience heaven differently based on said judgement.”

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Will There Always Be a Heaven And An Earth?

Q.  Thank you for your insight! Your website has been a blessing to me for a long time.  There’s something I do not understand. In my heart, I believe heaven and earth are eternal. Am I wrong? What did Jesus mean in Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33 when He said, ”Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” It is also mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10.

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Body, Soul, And Spirit

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebr. 4:12-13)

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Abolishing The Rule Of Kings

Q.  Does 1 Corinthians 15:24 imply that nations and kings will be abolished including the rule of the saints after the millennium? I know that the millennium and eternity are so intertwined together. I would not say there is no mention of life in eternity but rather that Revelation 21 is both the millennium and eternity together because New Jerusalem is eternal.  Will our talents and the arts exist in the millennium and eternity? Will I be able to use the things I love in the millennium and eternity?

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A Question About 2 Peter 3

Q. I’m enjoying reading your site, especially your comments on what I consider tough passages. My question is about “the day of the Lord/day of God” mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10&12. I always associated the destruction by fire of the heavens and earth in these verses with the new heaven and earth in Revelation 21:1. But the reference to these events coming as a thief in the night would seem to be about the Second Coming. I know that there will be major geographical renovations when He comes, but if that is the time-frame for the fervent heat Peter mentions, that would mean that the heavens and earth will be recreated twice, both before and after the millennium. What are your thoughts on this?

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Time And Eternity

Q.  You have said that eternity is not just a whole bunch of time but the absence of time.  Do you think that creation and mankind were initially created without time and that the introduction of time was a part of the curse? Because with the passage of time comes decay. During the recount of creation in Genesis, it speaks about morning and evening; day and night and we associate this with a passing of time, but is that necessarily so? Couldn’t there be days and nights within eternity?  If so, do you think that God, who created and controls time,  slowed down Abraham and Sarah’s biological clocks so that their bodies remained young enough to have Isaac in their old age?

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A Study In Opposites

Q.  Many of the instructors at the Bible College I attend agree with the opinion that eternity is a study in opposites for the believer and unbeliever. That being said they also believe that the place in hell for the unbeliever is as positional as the place in heaven is for the believer. What I mean is this.   Just as we will be rewarded for the things we do in Christ so also will unbelievers be punished according to how closely they followed the will of Satan in their lives.  If believers receive rewards after the rapture we will know why.  Therefore won’t those going to hell  also know why they’ll receive punishment?

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