What is meant by “The Kingdom of God is here or at hand”? I never heard Jesus mention this, what does that mean? Also, Jesus was always living in the kingdom of God on earth, are there lessons for us to learn or how do we relate the kingdom of God to those examples whereby he healed the sick and feed the thousands?
At a bible study the other day, we discussed the fact that Jesus paid everyone’s sin debt. What we disagree on is this. The people who don’t accept the gift of Jesus Christ will either go to or are in hell, but are their sins forgiven? The reason they are condemned is because they didn’t invite Jesus into their life. Are their sins forgiven even though they are condemned?
Re: Forgiven But Still Condemned. Christ died once for all and the justice of God was satisfied on the cross ~ for all mankind. So technically, yes, the debt has been paid, but as you correctly pointed out, unless we individually accept Christ’s propitiation, it remains unclaimed. From God’s point of view, the sin debt has been paid. It remains for each individual to make it effective.
I think of it as a heavenly ledger ~ both sides of the books are balanced as far as God is concerned. In eternity, there will be no unpaid sin debt for God to have to ignore. The ‘books’ will balance, as His righteousness and justice have been satisfied.
I always thought of the first 2 verses of Genesis as describing Earth in its early stages of development. But you say they don’t, that a gap of time between the first two verses hints that the Earth was created much earlier, that Satan and the angels came to be then, and that there was a great judgment that destroyed the Earth. How can this be? And what about all the fossils? Did they happen back before Genesis? Doesn’t Romans 5 say that sin and death entered the Earth with Adam?
Thank you for your wonderful site. I attempt to lead an adult SS class and there are questions we have about 1 John 5:16,17. When John says that we should pray for those committing a sin that does not lead to death, (what is that sin? – I thought all sin lead to death) and then he is saying that we should not pray for our ‘brother’ who commits the sin that is leading to death – (what is that sin?).
My question is, how were Gentiles saved before Christ? and how did they receive the message of who God is if God worked through the Jews? In Eph 2:13 what is it referring to? It confused me because it appears to indicate that the Gentiles were not offered salvation previously.
My entire life, I have never cheated on anyone. Not a girlfriend, not anyone. I have been married for a little over 3 years, and now I constantly wrestle with wanting to cheat. Even though the sex has declined in my marriage over the past year, I am still very happy with my wife. I am, however, getting sick of always having the thought of cheating enter my head, whether I am awake or asleep.
I just want it to stop. My second problem is related to the first. I find that since the sex has declined, I view pornography more. I feel bad sometimes, but when I do view it, it seems to quench the cheating urge for a little while. Am I just fooling myself with this idea?
God has created people who are deaf, dumb, blind, crippled, etc. Why? I can not understand, why he created these people, what is the real message behind this creation and what does God want from us? What is the logic behind this whole thing?
Could you please explain why war, sickness pain and misery?
I have recently quit my job because I was lusting over a married woman there. I have never in my life had such a strong sexual desire for a woman – it was driving me crazy, I couldn’t hardly think of anything else. She had suggested that her marriage was all but over and I had hoped that we would be together when they divorced. Also I had hoped her husband would die while alternately being guilt ridden and telling the woman we must stop and that I would pray for her marriage. Long story short: I became obsessed with this woman and it consumed my whole life. Finally I quit the job and told her not to ever contact me again – and I meant it.
But during all this affair, I have entered into a spiritual darkness that I cannot even begin to describe. I wonder if I have quit the job so that I will not sin or so I will not be miserable with frustration.
My whole life has been marked with seasons of sin and turning from sin. So now I am here in this deep anguish of soul wondering why, if I am a believer, have I lived such a life with so many episodes of blatant, willful sin? Am I now just heartbroken over my circumstance and running to God? Is that what I have always done? I wonder if I am just a big fraud.