Just Faith Or Faith Plus Works?

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?

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Does Might Mean Maybe?

Q.  Re: the word “might”.  This word is used in some versions of the Bible as in,’that through Him we MIGHT be saved.’ There are many other examples, i.e. ‘that we MIGHT become the Sons of God’, etc. What is the exact meaning in these instances of the use of this word? Many believers that I know think that it God is saying that these are not solid promises because might, to them, means ‘MAYBE, or it’s possible, but that it is not a sure thing. How to explain??

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Understanding 1 John 5:16-19

Q.  Thanks for a wonderful site. Please explain or give your view on the verses in the above mentioned Scripture regarding sins not leading to death, sins leading to death and more specifically verse 18.

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Seven Spirits Of God

Q.  I was listening to a christian call in show and a question was asked regarding these seven Spirits of God as to their identity.  The pastor answered that he honestly didn’t know…but offered various spiritual attributes of The Lord…spirit of wisdom, etc.

I have studied Revelation and came away with their being seven angels.  Revelation 5:6 says :  “…in the midst…stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”  In the beginning of Revelation, Jesus speaks of the “seven stars…and the seven golden candlesticks” which represent respectively the “angels” and the “churches” He would go on to address.  So, I am asking you what The LORD has revealed to you about all of this.

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We Who Are Alive And Are Left

Q. I came across your site earlier this year and have looked forward to reading it every day possible since. When you have a chance I wonder if you could give me your thoughts on something.   Even as a child and to this day, when I read 1 Thes.4:15 – 17, I wonder why the word “remain” is used. The verses make it sound like, at the day of the resurrection/rapture, there will be few true believers left alive, like there is a great worldwide deathly persecution just before that day.

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Having The Peace Of God

Q.  Hebrews 13:5 says that God will never leave us nor forsake us, but Philippians 4:9 says that God will be with us if we continue to do what God tells us. How do I reconcile these verses?

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The River Of Life

Q.  In Ezekiel 47:3-5 are the water depths symbolic/prophetic or were listing the ankles, knees, loins, and unfordable simply a standard of measure? I don’t know why but somehow as I read it I got an image of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. Any help is always appreciated. God bless.

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