The Dead In Christ Will Rise First

Q.  I can’t seem to find an answer to this question. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, the verses reference the dead rising first during the rapture. I don’t believe in soul-sleep, so I am confused by the word “dead.” I try to make sense of it by thinking those verses refer to the dead, but saved in Christ, rising first and the church being caught up second.  But I’m confused as to why God would want to raise up dead bodies. Do you know what I mean?   Most of those bodies  have long ago rotted away and turned to dust, so what is going to be raised up if their spirits are already in Heaven? Thanks so much for your help! Continue reading…

Is God Ever Angry With Us?

Q.  I know that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all of my past, present, and future sins. And I know that nothing I have done or ever can do could help me “earn my salvation”. It’s already been done by Jesus. My question though is this – Does God get angry or upset with us believers for things we do or times of doubt? I know all I need is to repent/ask forgiveness but I still wonder if we do things that make him mad and want to discipline us the way a loving dad would their own son?

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Did He Or Didn’t He?

Q.  Can you help me to understand what the Lord is saying to us in Phil 2:6?  The ESV renders it: {Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped} yet the KJV renders it: {Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God}.

To me, the KJV rendering seems to suggest that Jesus had no problem with considering Himself (while as a man) to be equal with God.  All the other versions I’ve read are similar to the ESV rendering in that He didn’t regard Himself that highly out of humility.  Am I misreading something here? I honestly don’t know if He did or didn’t think this way of Himself.  Thank you for your help.  I am very thankful for the edifying ministry of this website!

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Those Who Say They Are Jews

Q. Rev 2:9: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”

Rev 3:9:  “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”

Concerning the “group calling themselves Jews, but are not Jews” or “the Synagogue of Satan”.  Do you have any thoughts on who, currently on the world stage, this may be?

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Interpreting Dreams

Q.  I am a college student taking Psychology this semester.  This week, I have an assignment due on Dream Interpretations.  My instructor sent me to a website that interprets dreams and gives their symbolic meaning.  Being a Christian, I don’t feel like this is a Christ-pleasing thing to do.  I don’t believe it’s up to us to interpret our dreams and try to put symbolic meaning to them.  I was wondering what the Biblical perspective is to interpreting dreams.  Any help or Scripture references you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you and God bless!

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Why Did John Baptize People?

Q. I was wondering why, seeing as baptism was not performed in Old Testament times, John the baptist started to baptize people to symbolize their repentance.  I know in the New Testament Jesus instructs people to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but John came before Jesus.

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Can Taking Communion Heal Us?

Q. I was watching (a well known TV preacher) while He and his guest were discussing Communion, and how it can be taken daily to heal our infirmities. Now, I believe that God does indeed heal today, but the way they presented it made me think that they were using Communion as a tonic. I covet your thoughts please.

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The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Q. I have a question about this verse: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” My question is, did Jesus imply we have to ask for the Holy Spirit?  I thought the Spirit was already sealed in us by God when we first believed?

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It’s What We Believe, Not How We Behave

Q. I have a question on Romans. What does Paul really mean in Romans 7:25 where he said that “with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”. Does this mean that even though he can’t outwardly keep the law that pleases God as long as he has the will of wanting to do what is right, it is already a mode of serving the law of God?

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To What Age Was Jesus Referring?

Q.  In your post about the Fall feasts, you quoted the following statement from Jesus, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” My question is, what age was being referred to here?

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