OSAS And Matt 8:10-12

Q.  Re: Matt. 8:10-12.  I believe in OSAS but as I read this passage I wonder if my belief is misplaced.  Here we have the Sons of the Kingdom! But they are being cast out?  Why are they being cast out?  What did they do to cause them to be cast out? This verse says, they are in the kingdom of Heaven!!! This bothers me.  I must be missing something, It just doesn’t sound like you’re always saved. Please explain and pray for me.

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Is It Sin Or Not?

Q.  I understand that when we get to Heaven our works on Earth will be judged according to our motives for doing them.  But Jesus said to store up treasures in Heaven instead of here on Earth, and Paul said we can earn rewards in Heaven, including the receipt of Crowns.  My question is: Does striving to receive rewards in Heaven for our deeds on Earth, even in part, constitute a sin?  Deep down how can we not have a selfish motive in doing His work when we have these kinds of rewards in mind? Continue reading…

The Covenant Relationship

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. (1 Samuel 18:3-4)

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Counseling A Friend

Q. I have a Jewish friend, very intelligent, also quite moral — I have been praying for her and believe the Lord is working in her life, to bring her to a place where she will look to Him for answers.  When I suggest that God loves her and is trying to get her attention by the situations in her life, she points to how moral she is and just doesn’t “get” it.  She keeps asking “why,why,why?”  I do not want to offend her with the responses you could give to a gentile, but might not be understood or appreciated by a Jewish person.  Any suggestions?

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Will God Still Forgive Me?

Q.  I’ve committed some really bad sins after salvation, will God still forgive me? Please help me, I’ve asked for forgiveness. I’ve lost my joy. I need your help, please.

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Questions About The Millennium

Q.  Through my studies, I understand almost everything about end times until the second coming and then I get really Lost!  Could you please walk me through the sequence of events that I will go thru, starting with the rapture? (I am, of course, born again.)  Also, I read about people living during the millennium and having children.  Who are these people that have children?  Are these children born saved and remain saved for all eternity?  And where does the millennium take place?

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Laodicea And Me

Q. I believe that because I am saved that there is nothing that can separate me from the Lord and He will never forsake me.  I have read that our sins are cast as far as the east is from the west but does that mean they are forgiven, Past, Present and Future as some term it?  If that’s so then why when the Lord speaks to the Church at Laodicea, does he warn them to not be lukewarm for He will spew them from His mouth?  How can I begin to judge if I’m lukewarm??  If He spews me from His mouth, doesn’t that mean I can no longer be His?   Can you explain this?

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How Did It Happen? Follow Up

Q.  Re. How Did It Happen? In your answer, you say that the Holy Spirit comes after believing. I’ve believed for a long time that it is the Holy Spirit who draws us and that He woos us to Christ.  Now after reading this answer I’m wondering if I’ve got this wrong.  Would you please clarify?

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Who Is The Church?

Q. Who is the Church? What church or group of people will be raptured? Some churches claim that they are the true church and that they are the one’s who are going to be raptured, and they use the reference in Revelation 3:10.  Why is it so important to join a church? Most of them are not righteous.  I don’t think God’s church is in one or two locations. I think the church is scattered all over the world consisting of righteous people who believe in Jesus Christ and know that he will come soon.  What does the Bible say about my opinion of these issues?

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How Did It Happen?

Q.  I know I am saved, but I don’t know how it happened. I am hoping you can help me understand.  Paul tells us we were included in Christ when we heard the word of truth the Gospel of our salvation, and having believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our inheritance. I believe and have accepted this.  However, in 1 Cor. 2:14 Paul also said “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” and in 1 Cor. 12:3   “… and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.”  Do we first need to seek the truth about Jesus? Does the Holy Spirit then come to us, work on us, and enable us to truly believe in Jesus? Is it only when we finally accept the whole truth that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit?

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