Q. 1. Does it say anywhere in the Word that God will release me from my own foolishness as I have paid a very high price for it over and over again. 2. Is it true that He would not have healed me if He had not also forgiven me? 3. Lastly, if someone apostatized – not just backslid, are they still covered under grace?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Here we have God in His most active mode, deliberately weaving every event of our lives together into a tapestry of beneficial effect. He is managing whatever happens to you to somehow benefit you. If you haven’t discovered how a particular experience you’ve had fulfills this promise, ask God to reveal it to you. (Remember, you’re after His perspective, which might differ a little from yours.)
Let’s take the entire passage of Romans 8:28-38, pick out the key words and phrases, and look at each one more carefully to gain the full impact of His promise. I think you’ll soon see why I call them the best verses in the Bible.
Q. I can’t get this concept of beings saved. It’s hard for me, as I have had a hard life. I have prayed when in Juvenile, I go to a catholic church with my friend ( I am not catholic, but baptist and Jewish by race.) My friend and I talk constantly about Jesus. He bugs me about not being saved, but it doesn’t bother me. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be saved. But I don’t have the “feeling” inside me. What do you suggest for me?
Q. I can’t seem to find my defining moment as to when I became saved. A lot of people say that there has to be a “ah ha” moment. I am 53 years old and have really been growing closer and closer to the Lord the past 10 years. I never ever doubted that there was a Jesus, God’s only son or that he died on the cross and I gave my life to Him in my teens. But now I can’t pinpoint the time I came to know the truth and how it happened. It’s like I just slowly grew into the truth. Can that be? Sometimes I get scared that maybe I’m not really saved. Please help me understand this.
Q. I am taking a study on the book of John. In our current session a discussion came up on John 14:6. The leader of the group had a reference from a preacher who stated there are many ways to get to heaven and that accepting Jesus as our savior was just one. I tried to point out that the passage of John 14:6 was Jesus telling us that the only way to God and heaven is by believing in him and accepting him as our savior. Surprisingly I found myself in the minority. Please give me your thoughts on John14:6.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Mankind has a propensity for taking simple things and making them complex, often confusing himself in the process. Some say this began with the serpent’s question to Eve, “Did God really say…?”(Genesis 3:1). Lets look at some of the simple things of the Bible that man has tried to complicate and ask ourselves if we’re better off with man’s opinion or would it make more sense to keep it simple and stick with what the Bible says.
Q. I fail to see how you can conclude that God does not judge nations whenever it is necessary, as He has throughout all of history. There are consequences for sin and there are blessings when God’s Word is obeyed and/or His principles applied. Nations and individuals are all subject to the law of “you reap what you sow.” This applies to the individual as well as Nations. This is not only true throughout the Bible, it is true in secular history as well. I am a simple man Jack, and this is just simple common sense and simple common Biblical sense.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Every time I answer a question on animal sacrifices in the Millennium, I get more questions about them. If Jesus died once for all time, the righteous for the unrighteous, they ask, then are we sure that animal sacrifices will again be a part of the daily routine, as they were in the Old Testament? And if so, why? Let’s find out.
Q. Is it possible for someone to have faith in Jesus without repenting of their sins? If so, how does one go about repenting of their sins the biblical way?