Q. I just listened to your MP3 series on Revelation chapter 7-9. In part 4 you talk about the Tribulation Martyrs serving Jesus in the temple etc, but they would not receive the reward that the Church does, which is to be co-heirs with Christ. I had never seen this before while reading Revelation until you mentioned it. Can you explain why you think this is so? So basically what your saying is that as soon as the Rapture happens anyone who believes after that point is not really part of the Church but is classified in another group. (Kind of like Israel is a separate group.) Can you go further into this?
Q. I just heard today on a bible prophecy show I was watching that there would be a second rapture of lukewarm Christians that didn’t make it in the pre trib rapture, that would take place 3 1/2 years into the tribulation. Can this be ?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
In this series we’re taking a look at the most important issues relating to our relationship with our Creator. In each case we begin from the perspective that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and as such cannot be self-contradictory. So if we think we see a contradiction, the problem is with our understanding, not God’s Word. Our topic in this study is the durability of our salvation. What does the Bible say about our security in Christ? Is it conditional based on our post salvation behavior, or is it guaranteed from the beginning. And could we give it back even if we wanted to?
Q. Having researched the “emerging church” movement, I am left confused regarding the teaching of a ‘man friendly Gospel’ that these churches have adopted. Some theologians believe this is wrong; that God is a Holy God and man in his sinful state is God’s enemy. Also, Psalm 5 says God hates his enemies, but Jesus tells us to love our enemies. Why does He tell us to do this if he doesn’t love them himself? Finally, I have always believed that we mustn’t judge or condemn, yet this seems to suggest a ‘man centered approach’. These same theologians believe that the real Gospel preaches repentance and a making aware of sin; that the only way to God is through the ‘narrow gate’ by living a sacrificial life. I’m not sure what all this means anymore. Is God a loving father, or a strict judge?
Q. When I read about the pain and suffering endured by past and present martyrs for the faith, I wonder how they bear it. While praying I never have to suffer to that degree, I do wonder if the Lord in His great mercy grants some supernatural means to help them to rise above the physical pain. Or is their faith much stronger than that of most of us? Your thoughts, please.
Q. Can you explain hyper-grace to me? And is it scriptural?
Q. I read a booklet today that referenced Matthew 19:17 ‘Why do you ask me about what is good?’ Jesus replied. ‘There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.’ The writers used this Scripture to back up their view that we need to do works as well as have faith to receive eternal life. I know you believe we need faith alone, and I agree, but how would you counter their claim with this Scripture? To follow on, in verse 18 Jesus only said the six ‘human to human’ commandments are the one’s the rich man needed to obey. Why didn’t He say all 10?
Q. If the O.T. saints and those left behind need to keep the Law/Commandments in order to be saved, (unlike the Church by grace), then how could anyone in the O.T. go to heaven, since then it would be based on good works? Aren’t we all saved by grace? (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Q. So, since the only requirement for going in the rapture is being truly born again, having received the pardon for our sins that the Lord purchased for us with His life by admitting that you’re a sinner, believing He died for your sins and rose again, and asking Him to be your Savior. Are those who believe in salvation by works truly born again? Would they be left behind if He came back today?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. (Luke 2:21)