I believe that I am forgiven of my sins by the blood of Jesus and that this was a gift of grace from God because I don’t deserve it. I also am acutely aware that we are not saved by works nor can we maintain salvation through works because Jesus paid the price once and for all, completely. That said, I have a compulsion to tell other people when I can about salvation through Jesus and the fulfillment of prophecy concerning Him and the end times. How do I discern whether what I feel compelled to is of the Lord Jesus or just human works? Should I stop what I am doing? The idea of being left behind after the rapture has led me to tears.
You have mentioned that Jesus is still in human form, represented by the reference to a Lamb “as it had been slain” in Rev. 5. This is an issue that has been bouncing around in my mind for about a year or so now.
I know Jesus did not lose his divinity by being born human. I know He was separated from His Father on the Cross when the global sins were heaped on Him. But He was restored at the Resurrection.
I understand what this means for me, but what are the lasting effects for Jesus based on His decision to become human and sacrifice Himself for mankind? I have the impression that this is more than Jesus coming to earth, dying, and going back to heaven, picking up where He left off.
Do you believe a person can backslide? Suppose a born-again person backslides and lives in open sin. The person leaves the Lord, lives a life of rebellion and sin and dies while in open rebellion. Will that person go to Heaven? Can we “Live like Hell and go to Heaven” because of Once Saved Always Saved?”
I know that God knows when each one of us will die. Do you think that God may take the life of someone to prevent them from having to go thru something terrible? My daughter died when she was 8 years old. She was wonderful and believed in Jesus. Many years later I found out that something terrible had almost happened to her and probably would have again had she lived. I think that God took her to prevent that from happening to her, for I know that she is with Him now. Am I in error in my thinking?
Thank you so much for the wonderful teaching of God’s Word. You are doing a great job in helping so many others to understand fully what is written there. May God bless your life. In Expressing Our Gratitude you said, “When we’re walking with the Lord we have to override the Holy Spirit’s direction to prevent Him from manifesting good works in our life.” I don’t understand us having to ‘override’ the Holy Spirit’s direction. I thought we are to obey the Holy Spirit’s direction or allow Him to lead us. Can you explain?
I was just wondering what biblical evidence (implicit or explicit) there is that the different events in Revelation will actually happen during the 70th week of Daniel. Are there any measurements of time stated in Revelation that state how long the judgments will last? Why do the judgments have to happen in the 70th week? Am I missing something?
For the past year I have been meditating on the finished work of Christ. I have found that it is more “finished” than I thought. Also that God is a very good God. I agree with you that in short we need to simply believe the Gospel. However, this leads me to believe that God had one shot to save mankind, Jesus, that this was a totally complete work, that there is not another “Word” to become flesh & die for our sins, and that all there is left is the Final Coming & the Final Judgment. Therefore I am inclined to be a partial Preterist but I am studying as fast as I can to settle the end times situation in my own mind!
I need help to get into the habit of praying. I personally need help from the Lord to center my life around Him, but I forget to pray for it. When I do pray, I am easily distracted. I forget what I am talking about and ramble foolishly, and never seem to make contact with the Lord. What suggestions can you give me to cure this thing that keeps me away from the closer walk I want and need with God?