Sons Of Thunder

Q. I have been so blessed by gracethrufaith.  My question is: Why were James and John given the name “Sons of Thunder” and what is it’s meaning?

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Understanding The Things Of God

Q.  When Paul was speaking of the natural man cannot understand the “things of God” for they are spiritually discerned, I have two questions: is the natural man just the flesh in every man or actual unbelievers and second, what exactly are the “things of God” in view here? I know many unbelievers with quite pronounced academic backgrounds who “understand” the Bible. Would love some further clarification. Is Paul saying that a non-Christian is completely incapable of understanding the Word of God?

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A Holy Spirit Question

Q.  I have question involving the receiving the Holy Spirit. In John 20:22 it is said Jesus breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” How is this different the the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2? Thank you for your insight.

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Was Jesus Limited While On Earth?

Q. I have a question about Our Lord when He was on earth. I have heard it said that His knowledge or power was limited on earth according to God the Father’s discretion. That is why Jesus frequently prayed to the Father or the scriptures say, “Not even the Son of Man knows” about a particular thing. Do you agree with this?

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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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The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit

Q.   Like you, I agree the Holy Spirit is the Restrainer mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2.  It fits the data, that at the rapture, the Holy Spirit will no longer restrain  Satan, and all hell will break loose, literally.  But your article got me thinking, and in particular about the book of Job.  In the first chapter we see that Satan  presents himself before the Lord, and as you know, the Lord asks him to consider Job, His servant.  Satan is “allowed” to do a lot of things to influence Job’s relationship with God.   Satan could have done much more, but God restrained him from doing all that he might do.  Applying this to the Restrainer, I wonder if an argument could be made that God Himself is the Restrainer.  He certainly was able to directly control what Satan was allowed to do, and that could still be true today.  It even fits with your Genesis reference where “there would come a time when His Spirit would step aside and allow a time of judgment to proceed.”  Couldn’t we see that also being fulfilled after the church is removed?  Yes, He could still be doing the actual restraining through His Holy Spirit, both then and now, but it puts the control in God’s hands.

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Who Is The Restrainer?

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed (2 Thes 2:5-8).

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In The Spirit

Q.  I’ve been reading your “Ask a Bible Teacher” articles for a couple months now and want to say thank you for all the time you put into this site. I have a question that has been on my heart and mind for a while now. I’ve understood ‘Praying in the Spirit’ to be following the leading of the Holy Spirit when we pray. (I’ve heard it said that praying in the Spirit is also speaking in tongues, but I’m not sure that’s entirely correct.) In Revelation 1:10. John says he was “in the Spirit” before hearing the loud, booming voice. Is this the same thing as praying in the Spirit? If not, what exactly does John mean when he says he was “in the Spirit”?

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