Why A Donkey?

Q.  What was the significance of Jesus riding a colt of a donkey? Was this a royal mode of transportation? Was it miraculous that he could even ride an unbroken colt? Or is there no more to it than showing Christ’s humility? I know there is a bigger picture and this was the only time Jesus let himself be declared the Messiah-King of the Jews and that the rocks would cry out if the people didn’t.  I just have not heard why he chose a donkey.

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The Promised Land in The Millennium

Q.  I’m a believer in our covenant keeping God, and take seriously His promises to Abraham and David etc.  I’ve always been of the view that God is yet to fully establish the Messianic Kingdom that He has promised, and eagerly await the return of Messiah, when He will reign as King on the throne of David, here on earth, as per the covenants and the prophecies.  However, Joshua 21:43-45 seems to suggest that the land promises were fulfilled.  I know other places in scripture suggest otherwise, but I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage that others often cite against my views.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom Vs. The Gospel of Grace, Conclusion

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 2. The Gospel Of Grace

The word “grace” appears 170 times in the English translation of the Bible, 37 of them in the Old Testament. Of the remaining 133, only four are contained in the gospels and they all refer to the Lord Jesus (Luke 2:40, John 1:14, 16, 17). The Book of Acts contains 10 appearances, and 2 others can be found in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:4, Rev. 22:21) where they essentially open and close the book. That leaves 117 references to grace in the various Epistles.

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God’s Argument Against Evolution

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

(Note:  Following up on the recent evolution/ creation debate, here’s something you might not have considered.)

My wife has a teacup poodle.  We bought her as a puppy almost 13 years ago.  She wasn’t just a pound puppy but a pure bred, papers and all. Expensive, too.  Breeders make a big issue about how they control the process to emphasize the desirable traits of the breed.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom Vs. The Gospel of Grace

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Kingdom Vs. Grace

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Part 1. The Gospel Of The Kingdom

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matt. 3:1-2)

Prophecies of a Messianic King appear throughout the Old Testament and many in the Jewish leadership saw John’s arrival on the scene as their fulfillment. They sent representatives to the place where John was baptizing to see if he was the promised Messiah. He said he wasn’t, but that the one they had been expecting was even then in their midst (John 1:19-28).

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Chosen Or Elect Or What?

Q.  I’m having a difficult time separating God’s chosen people from God’s elect. I’ve always thought that Israel is God’s “chosen” people, but when we get into verse like cutting short for the Elects sake in Matt. 24 I get a little confused. Is Israel both the “Chosen” and the “Elect” and if so what is a Christian to identify with?  I ask this because I find it nearly impossible to convince post-trib believers that the verses in Matt. 24 are only about Israel and the 2nd coming, not the rapture of the church. Is there a way to convince them with scripture that show clearly that Jesus is speaking of Israel and not the church?

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When Will Israel Recognize Him?

Q.  Re: Matt. 23:39, “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”  Do you think it will be long after the Tribulation that Israel will finally acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah? Or do you think the tribulation will end when they fulfill Matthew 23:39? or Are both those possibilities inaccurate?

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What Does The Bible Say? Part 3, Our Security In Christ

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series What Does The Bible say?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In this series we’re taking a look at the most important issues relating to our relationship with our Creator.  In each case we begin from the perspective that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and as such cannot be self-contradictory.  So if we think we see a contradiction, the problem is with our understanding, not God’s Word.  Our topic in this study is the durability of our salvation.  What does the Bible say about our security in Christ?  Is it conditional based on our post salvation behavior, or is it guaranteed from the beginning.  And could we give it back even if we wanted to?

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The Four Faces of Jesus

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Scoffers and skeptics often ask, “Why four gospels” Couldn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have agreed on their stories and written just one?” Liberal scholars further confuse the issue by calling Matthew, Mark and Luke the “synoptic” gospels claiming that Mark wrote his first and the others all relied on it in developing their accounts. Then there’s the “Q” document theory holding that an undiscovered “quelle” (Latin for source) document upon which all the writers relied for their information was actually the earliest gospel account.

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The Fig Tree In The Vineyard

Q.  Thank you for this ministry – I have grown in my faith and understanding from reading your articles.  I was reading Luke 13:6-9 and I realized I had never read about (or heard discussed/preached about) the meaning of this parable.  I recognize the man who owned the vineyard was God, and the visiting the tree over three years’ time was Christ’s ministry on Earth, but I wondered who might the vine dresser of the vineyard be?  Also, when the vine dresser asks to be allowed to “dig around it and fertilize it,” what does that infer?  I notice there’s no time period mentioned for waiting to see if this action produces fruit before the decision is made to cut the tree down.  Is that a reference to the Church Age?

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