Can We Forgive Sins?

Q.  Recently someone was quoting John 20:21-22 as proof that if we forgive someone, they are forgiven – and if we do not forgive them, they remain unforgiven. This was put forward as “proof” that we are able to forgive sins in others just as God does, or in spite of God, as the case may be.  I know this is not the intention of this verse, but I am not sure how to refute it. Can you help?

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The Pharisees And The Parables

Q.  I have two questions. My first question is about the Pharisees. Throughout he gospels we see that the Pharisees just about hated Jesus. My question is, why? Why did they hate him? I mean, he was healing the sick and giving sight to the blind. Why weren’t they compelled to follow Him?  My second question is: why did Jesus teach in parables? When I was reading the gospel of Mark recently, it seemed like He didn’t want the people to understand His message. Why is that?

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Was King Saul Saved?

Q. My Bible study on Sunday night the question came up about King Saul’s salvation. One lady thought there was a verse in the Psalms that said he was saved. The leader of the study thought he was not saved. I could not find the verse. Can you shed any light on this?

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How Can I Know The Holy Spirit Is In Me?

Q.   I’ve been a believer since I was little and now I’m having trouble because after a life changing experience I’ve realized that in the past I may not have believed it in my heart after all.  I have problems knowing if the Holy Spirit is guiding me.  I’ve always felt bad when sinning because I knew it was wrong, but there have been times in my life when I sinned knowingly and didn’t care.  Since I didn’t care, was I saved?

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The Holy Spirit, In Us And Upon Us

Q.    Recently, our pastor gave a message on the Holy Spirit regarding the Greek words ‘en’ and ‘epi’ (the Holy Spirit being ‘in’ a Christian and ‘upon’ a Christian) and said there was a difference.  He explained that ‘en’ happened at the time of salvation, which I already knew, of course, but the ‘epi’ ,  I had not heard of before happened when a Christian had a deeper relationship with Christ and then would receive miracles and blessings.  I know blessings happen when we are in fellowship with Christ.  I didn’t know about the Holy Spirit being upon us as different from being in us.   I would like your thoughts on this and did I understand him correctly?

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Unquenching The Spirit

Q.  I have read in one of your previous posts that if we continually ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance we will lose the ability to hear him.  I believe this is called quenching the Spirit and it bothers me for obvious reasons.  If someone did indeed quench the spirit is that a permanent event or can it be restored by restoring our fellowship with God?

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Our Spirit And God’s. Follow Up

Q.  Re: Our spirit and God’s.  You said we’re born with our spirit attuned to the Spirit of God.  I understand that Jesus commanded us to be born again (in the spirit).  Why we need to be re-born when God had already formed our spirit during conception? Is our original attuned spirit inferior to the required ‘born-again’ spirit?

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Why Does He Do That?

Q.  I am confused by Matthew 10:23 when it says “you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”  It appears that Jesus is speaking of the “end of the age.”  I am confused why he switches from speaking in the present tense to the future tense without informing the reader.  I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage.

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