Q. I was reading your question and answer about the Rich Young Ruler and it got me to thinking. Since Jesus had not yet died and been resurrected, then technically the Rich Young Ruler as well as everyone else was still under the Old Testament Law. Therefore, that is why Jesus gave him a works based answer to his question about eternal life. I guess my question to you is, When did the New Covenant actually begin?
Q. When Peter denied the Lord and cursed, was he saved? He had already declared Jesus the Messiah so I would assume he was. Did he have the Holy Ghost? After the resurrection, he was strong in his faith even unto death. What made him stronger than before?
Q. I’m afraid of dying because I don’t know much about Heaven and I’m afraid of not being good enough to go there. I’m afraid of the doubtful thoughts I’ve been having. The ‘what if there is no Heaven’ thoughts. I pray a lot and read bible verses most days. I grew up Christian and have been saved. It was a wonderful feeling! I guess I’m asking how to ease my mind. Would fellowship strengthen my faith and help me to not feel so fearful?
Q. What did you mean in your MP-3 study of Gospel of Mark when you said : “They are on the right side of Easter, but on the wrong side of Pentecost” in reference to Christians who bear no fruit? I thought by definition if you have no spirit in you (i.e. on the wrong side of Pentecost), you are not a Christian.
Q. If Jesus died on Thursday (Passover), and if at sundown immediately the feast of Unleavened Bread began, and if at sundown Friday the regular Sabbath started (Saturday), what day did the women buy and prepare the spices to anoint the body of Jesus? Mark says in 16:1 that they bought and prepared the spices “when the Sabbath was over,” speaking of Unleavened Bread, but Luke says they prepared the spices and perfumes and then rested on the Sabbath (Lk 23:56).
Q. Thank you so much for your labor in answering the questions that come your way. Your website is my daily friend and teacher. Here’s my question….in the story of the rich young ruler why does Jesus’ answer to the question “What must I do to be saved?” seem to be works-based and not belief-based as in JOHN 6:21? There seems to be a conflict here that is hard to understand.
Q. When I accepted Jesus Christ I first believed that He is the Son of God who died for my sins and then repented (changed my mind) from how I viewed things around me and my destination. Now I’m now perplexed as to which one of these two verbs comes first. In Matt. 21: 32 it appears as if its repentance that comes before believing. Is that correct?
Q. A family member just graduated from a “Christ-centered” liberal arts college, and was telling me some of the things he learned. One teacher showed photographs of the various “Dead Sea scrolls”, and made the claim that there were minor discrepancies in the scriptures, caused by different scribes of the time, and that we may not “have all the picture”, so-to-speak. I replied that certain people try to subtly foist such false teaching on the Church, in order to discredit God’s word. He disagreed, and said his faith is strong, but believes this to be true. What do you think?
Q. You’ve written that Christ didn’t appear in His glorified body after the resurrection. If that’s true how did He appear in the upper room whilst the doors were bolted shut? Didn’t He ascend to heaven and sprinkle His blood on the Mercy Seat before coming back to earth for forty days? I always figured that once He was raised He was in His glorified body. I never even entertained the notion that He was in His regular “human” body after he arose. Is there scripture I can use to reference this idea?
Q. I understand the passages you quoted in your answer on the Doctrine of Election and see it as you do. However, I’ve always been confused with Romans 9: 21-23.
This makes it sound as if God purposely makes certain people for destruction. This has never been very clear to me.