How Can I Tell If An Old Testament Verse Is For Me?

Q.  How can I know which verses from the Old Testament can be applied to my life today?  I used to think verses like Jeremiah 29:11 were applicable to everyone.  Now I see that verse was for a specific people at a specific time and the church today often takes it out of context as if God was speaking it to us now.  Since I realized this, I now question whether I’ll misinterpret other verses in the OT.  I worry that I’ll believe a verse such as Proverbs 3:5-6 that says trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding is for everyone only to discover later that it wasn’t.

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Receive vs. Fall Upon

Q. In Acts 8:14-17, we read that the Word of God had been received in Samaria and they had been baptized in the Lord’s name but the Holy Spirit had not come upon them until John and Peter came to them and laid hands on them. Since God’s Word cannot contradict itself, what does this mean in light of passages like Ephesians 1:13-14 where we are told we are sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we believe? I have looked at the context of this passage with regard to Simon the magician and the rest of the Samaritians, but I still feel a bit confused. It’s such an extraordinary passage and puts light on seeking the Lord for the wrong reasons and having a wrong heart. Is this the reason for the delay in the Holy Spirit?

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Believers Missing The Rapture?

Q. Re: Matt 24:48-51: “But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming: and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”

I know some doubt there is such a scripture in the Bible. For they don’t believe it is possible for a person who is a professing believer to be left behind with unbelievers at the rapture. But this seems to be what this verse is saying. For here pictured is one who is a servant looking for his lord’s coming. But he is living carelessly, eating and drinking as in Noah’s day, enjoying the pleasures of life without regard to the soon-approaching rapture. He is also found mistreating his fellowman. What happens?

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Paul’s Drink Offering

Q.  In Phil. 2:17, Paul speaks of being poured out like a drink offering. What was the purpose of the drink offering?  I have tried to understand the meanings of the different offerings, but this one eludes me.

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The Meaning Of Eternal Life

Q.  I happened to notice a Catholic commentary on the Scriptures, and I looked up John 3:16 to see what it had to say.  What struck me was the book’s claim that the words for “eternal life” stresses the quality of life rather than the duration of life.  Can you help us with what the Greek means, and how to respond to this interpretation?

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Thoughts On Col. 1:19

Q.   I am hoping for some insight from you on Colossians 1:19. Do you believe this refers to the heavenly battle (as I do) with the angels and is this reconciliation and peace a forgiveness of some angels or the judgment of them or am I completely off the mark altogether?

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Who Is Being Blotted Out Of The Book?

Q.  Re: Psalm 69:28.  If God knows the end from the beginning, Alpha and Omega, and we are predestined to His call and our names our reserved til that time when we confirm our reservation in His Lamb’s Book of Life and are sealed, who is blotted out?

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All Roads Lead To Heaven?

Q. I was teaching the gospel to someone who claims to be a Christian but believes that every road leads to heaven. The person who I talked to said that the Bible mentions this in the beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12. Who was Jesus talking about in this verse and what does it really mean?

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Aren’t They Saved?

Q. Re: Mt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

I’ve never really understood this passage, It says these people prophesied and performed many miracles. Wouldn’t they have to be saved to be able to do this? Yet Jesus gives them the boot. I guessing they were never really saved but I was hoping you could shed some light of the subject. thanks!

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Zeus And The Pigs

Q. With the incident in the Gospels involving the demoniac in Gadera, I heard it taught once that there was a temple to Zeus near by that would have pigs sacrificed in it. It was said that, beside the fact that swine were unclean animals and they really shouldn’t have been raising them regardless of whether or not they ate them, Jesus was eliminating the sacrifice to Zeus. Do you know if this is so?

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