In order to be considered an apostle, one had to have been personally taught by the Lord and have seen Him in a post-resurrection appearance. Paul did see a post resurrected Jesus, but he was never personally taught by Jesus before His resurrection, right? Couldn’t a person today say the same thing? They could say that Jesus came to them in His post-resurrection body and taught them revelation pertinent to us today.
It seems to me that we really do not know what we will look like in the spirit in heaven. But I doubt that we are just blobs of light without faces. I look forward to seeing my husband of 35 years. And all my family. Very few are left now. We are surrounded by a “cloud”, those who have passed on, Paul said. Is this where the idea came from that we will look like ghosts or wisps of smoke? Jesus did say to His disciples when He appeared to them after He rose, that he was not a ghost or spirit. So they must have believed that a spirit or ghost would look like a person. And He did not correct that did He?
Re. John 14:28. What does Jesus mean at the end of verse 28 where he says “the Father is greater and mightier than I am”? I never noticed this before. Can you please explain this in light of the Trinity?
Since there is no country resembling America in the end-times prophecies, and it looks as though our current administration is going to be the tool that takes us out of the international picture, should we fight our government’s systematic destruction of the Constitution? Would it be considered idol worship to make an effort to defend the traditional American way of life if God’s Word seems to indicate such an effort would be futile?
Does God hate the sinner, not just the sin? I was listening to a Christian radio show and a man called up asking questions regarding this and one of the passages brought up was Psalm 5:5 “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong” (NIV). There were some other Old Testament verses they used to support this as well. The apologist and the caller both agreed that based on the scripture, God indeed hates the sinner.
I know how strongly you believe in OSAS. But what about “believers” who have never been taught about the need for repentance? Isn’t it true that no repentance is evidence of no conviction, which means no conversion? These people may think they’re saved forever, but are they?