Paul’s Account Of Abraham

Thanks so much for your ministry and the time and energy you devote to it.  I have a question about the faith of Abraham.

Romans 4:10-20 says that Abraham did not waver in his faith, in regards to the Promise. I believe that this is true. Clearly, he believed in the promise of a son in order to continue to do the things that are necessary for a couple to have children. Doing this even unto very old age.

What I’m trying to understand better  is why Abraham took Hagar when she was offered.
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Understanding Ephesians 4:11-12

Q. The Apostle Paul speaks about the gifts that Christ has given the church we are the following: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and the teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build the church, the body of Christ.

My first question is where the operation (job description) of these gifts are defined in the Bible because I want to know how a certain gift is expected to operate?

Secondly, why in nowadays we specifically hear ONLY about Pastors and other gifts are seemingly disregarded as compared to pastoring?

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Millennium Or Eternity?

Q. In a recent post you wrote:

What follows the Millennium? God only knows. The Bible, being the handbook for the Age of Man speaks neither of events before its beginning nor after its end. It instructs us on only three things of eternal duration. God Himself (Isa 43:10), life for believers (John 3:16), and punishment for unbelievers (Matt 25:46). The rest is left for us to wonder about, and for God to reveal as it suits His purpose.”

At the end of Revelations, it says there will be “new heavens and a new earth”…..In light of your writing above, what is your interpretation of the new heavens and new earth?

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Is Orion Greek Or Hebrew?

Q.  I was just wondering if the reference to Orion’s belt in the book of Job was actually an illusion to the Greek illustration, or if the Hebrew word(s) translated “Orion’s Belt” actually referred to a strictly Jewish concept of those stars and their arrangement. Thanks for your time!

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What Jesus Did In Hell

Q. There is a very controversial issue that Christ went to Hades and had an encounter with Satan. Some say that after the death on the cross, Christ went to Hades and suffered more trouble before He was risen. Others maintain that He went and kicked the devil.  Please share your views with scripture proofs.
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Explaining Matt. 11:12

Q. In Matthew 11:12, who is taking the kingdom by force, what does this passage mean?? I have tried to find a commentary on it but to no avail.

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2 Thes. 2:3, Falling Away Or Departure?

Q.  The other night I was listening to (a well known teacher)  concerning the rapture. He brought up 2nd Thess. 2:3 where in a lot of translations it’s called the falling away or the “apostate Church! He said that the Greek word  seemed to also mean “departing” which would be more evidence for the pre – tribulation rapture. I have the Geneva translation and they use “the departing” instead of “the falling away”!  I’m sure that  others have written to you concerning this! I do think that as the days progress with time closing in that not only is this great news but we will have more understanding concering the times (as long as it’s fitting in the scriptures).

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