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The Sower and the Seed

The Sower And The Seed

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Every time I post a study on the completed work of the Lord who took away all the sins of the world, and how all that’s left for us to do is believe, I get a number of questions from people. These questions are always about others who don’t seem to have been changed at all by their salvation experience. The writers ask me, “Where’s the evidence of a changed life?” or, “What about sacrifice, and repentance, and death to sin?” or “Are you saying that just because a person went forward and mouthed some prayer, and then never did anything else, that means they’re saved?” Continue reading…

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Such Were Some of You

And Such Were Some Of You

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

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Matthew 24 & The Pre-Trib Rapture

Matt. 24 And The Pre-Trib Rapture

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Lately I’ve been receiving questions again about various rapture positions.  Several of these questions have to do with the claim that in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25) Jesus in effect said the Church will have to endure all of the seven years of Daniel’s 70th Week including the Great Tribulation. In this study I will attempt to show why He could not have done so.

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Solving the Three Day Three Night Mystery

Note: Jack originally published this article in 2003. It remains one of the most popular on this site, and for good reason. It’s a great example of what we love about his studies: taking God at His Word and not relying on human logic or tradition. This study has been an eye opener for so many, but some have had a hard time reconciling the differences between the Jewish calendar and their own, in particular, that the Jewish day begisn at sundown. I created the new image you’ll find at the bottom of the article, hoping that a visual representation would make this all a bit clearer. I hope this helps! -Samantha

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In Matthew 12:38 Jesus was asked for a sign to show that He was the promised Messiah. The religious officials had just accused Him of using the power of Satan to perform His miracles, and so He described the only sign they would see. “Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,” He said, “So will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matt. 12:40).” By this He meant that because of their hardened hearts they would only know for sure that He was their Messiah after He rose from the dead, an unmistakably miraculous sign.  History shows they didn’t accept even as incredible a sign as this, but His response has resulted in a 2,000 year controversy surrounding the time of His death.

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Jonah and the Whale

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

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Proving the Existence of God

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

When asked how he could be so certain that God exists, one great theologian responded with a 2 word answer, “The Jew.” The continued survival of the Jewish people in spite of numerous and concerted efforts to exterminate them unequivocally demonstrates God’s existence, His presence in the world and His involvement in the affairs of man. Continue reading…

Forgiveness

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Some one once said that if we ever realized just how much the Lord has forgiven us, we wouldn’t hesitate a moment in forgiving others. I wonder. I think the Lord pretty much nailed us in His parable of the unmerciful servant. It’s in Matt 18:21-35. Peter began the dialogue by asking how many times we’re required to forgive a brother who sins against us, “up to seven times?”

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Returning Our Crowns

Q. I hear of crowns being awarded to the members of the church at the Bema Seat Judgment. In my mind and my heart I do not feel I deserve any crowns, awards or any acknowledgments for anything I may have done as a Christian on earth.

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How Do I Deal With This?

Q. I have recently posted to a Christian forum a study I did to learn more about and better understand the End-Time events. I was accused of error and of spreading false doctrine even though I backed up everything with many Scriptural references. I guess my questions are how do I deal with this, both on a personal level and in the public forum?

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Scars and Deformities in Eternity?

Q. Today I have read your thoughts on the scars of Christ’s incorruptible body, and the thought that ‘my’ scars may be permanent is quite a disappointment. I have several pronounced scars and half a left thumb and these are just ugly and I don’t much care. I don’t mind being ugly in a genderless afterlife but both my eyes have had the lens removed and synthetic replacements installed. I do not look forward to being totally blind for eternity. The verses you gave did not cause me to think that damage done to our mortal bodies would not be transferred to our replacements. Can you help?

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Out Of The Time And Place

Q. In the posting of April 23, you addressed a question about the validity of the Rapture. While I was reading in that portion of Scripture, the phrase “to the coming of the Lord” from verse 15 of 1 Thessalonians 4 caught my attention. Reading the verse from the beginning, it reads “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep.” My question is what does Paul mean when he says those who remain “to the coming of the Lord…” Is this a timing statement?

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A Beginner’s Bible Study

Q. I was so thrilled that my roommate came to church with me on Easter Sunday. She isn’t walking with the Lord, although she calls herself a Christian. Afterward she expressed to me that something is missing in her life and that she feels broken.
She had some bad church experiences and Bible study experiences in the past. Even so, I thought it might be a neat idea to do a Bible study with her. It might be a good bonding thing for us, and she would feel more comfortable studying the Word with just me, and I know we would both learn. Do you know of a good study for a baby believer we could do together?

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More On Praying For Israel

Q. Every day I grow sicker and sicker to my stomach when I read how the US is turning against Israel. I hate the thought of being included in that betrayal. I am only one person and feel so powerless to support the nation of God’s chosen people. I pray for them, but is there anything we can do to support them any other way?

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Open To Misinterpretation?

Q. Reading various questions on your website I am reminded of a something I’ve wondered about for some time. When I became a Christian 7 years ago I went through a period of great dismay when I realized how much controversy there was in the church. God loving, sincere and selfless Christians had different teachings and beliefs on spiritual gifts, how to be baptized, prophecy today etc. Each of them could point convincingly to scripture to support their view. My question is this – Why is this so? When God gave us His word He knew there would be misunderstandings. Why do you think God left some teachings in His word open to misinterpretation?

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Where To Tithe?

Q. Our pastor says we required to pay our entire tithe to the local church and then let the leaders decide how to distribute the money. His support for this view was based on what Paul did when he took the money given in Corinth to help the church in Jerusalem. It he correct in this?

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Will We See God?

Q. Pastor Kelley, you are my “go to” guy when I can’t find answers in scripture. My Sunday school teacher has said that he does not believe we will literally see God’s face in eternity, since He is Spirit. Needless to say, my entire class of “oldie moldies” (including me) were very confused. In a class of about 20, 95% disagreed with him. Please give me guidance.

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Who Is The Daughter Of Babylon?

Q. Your labors are so beneficial to myself and Christians worldwide. Thank you so much. I find in the Psalms, Isaiah and Jeremiah the term Daughter of Babylon. Who is this? The author of a book I am reading says that it is America and that America will be destroyed for failing to support Israel when Israel is attacked by Russia,et al.

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