Revelation 21-22

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Having carried his description of Satan’s destiny and the resurrection of unbelievers to their conclusions in chapter 20, John now returns to the beginning of the Millennium to describe the new home of the Church in chapter 21 and the new Earth in chapter 22. We know this because the phrase “new heaven and new earth” also appears in Isaiah 65:17 at the beginning of a passage describing Israel during the Millennium.

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The Salt Of The Earth

Commentary by Jack Kelley

A simple line in Mark 9:50 says so much. It’s almost a throw-away and yet when taken in light of the surrounding passage it speaks volumes. “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

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God’s Calling Or Religious Works?

Q.  I believe that I am forgiven of my sins by the blood of Jesus and that this was a gift of grace from God because I don’t deserve it. I also am acutely aware that we are not saved by works nor can we maintain salvation through works because Jesus paid the price once and for all, completely.  That said, I have a compulsion to tell other people when I can about salvation through Jesus and the fulfillment of prophecy concerning Him and the end times.  How do I discern whether what I feel compelled to is of the Lord Jesus or just human works?  Should I stop what I am doing?  The idea of being left behind after the rapture has led me to tears.

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Are Good Works Required?

Q.  My husband understands accepting the Lord as his Savior – and says he has – but has been taught since childhood that a person needs to do good in order to stay in “good standing” with God. I tried to explain that once you accept the Lord you are His child and have eternal life. The good works we do are to please the Lord and be a testimony to other people but are not requirements for heaven.  Once someone has accepted the Lord, are these follow-up teachings  moot when it comes to their salvation?

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Revelation 7

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Between the 6th and 7th seals there’s a pause where two important events take place, one on Earth and the other in Heaven. Both involve the disposition of a group of God’s people, but neither one is the Church. It won’t be mentioned again until the end of chapter 17.

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Revelation 5

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. (Rev 5:1-4)

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Are Mormons Really Saved?

Q.  I just became friends with someone at work who is a Mormon.  She told me she believes Jesus died for her sins, but then later stated that when we die, we don’t go to Heaven to be with God (instead, they believe in lower levels of Heaven). She said the reason for this is because we are not worthy to be in God’s presence because of sin. So I am very confused, because those two statements completely contradict each other. Can someone be saved if they don’t believe that God’s forgiveness is eternal? Thank you for your input.

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Revelation 2 And 3 … Seven Letters To Seven Churches, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 16 in the series Revelation

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

As the Roman Empire grew in prominence, Rome soon became the world’s center for the practices and traditions of the Babylonian pagan religion. Pergamum slowly faded from the scene, but the mixed marriage of Christianity and Paganism that originated there has produced four offspring, Roman Catholics (Thyatira), Main Line Protestants (Sardis), Evangelicals (Philadelphia) and the Apostate Church (Laodicea).  All are alive on Earth today. Continue reading…

Limiting Grace?

Q. Re: Romans 5:15.   It says that the Grace of Jesus Christ has abounded to many.  I’m given to understand that people of the Calvinist view point to this verse to support their contention that God doesn’t extend His offer of Grace to everyone, only to the ones He has predestined to be saved…the “many”.  There are lots of verses that say this is error, not the least of which is John 3:16.  Please help me understand what Rom 5:15 is actually saying.

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