Gracethrufaith » Interpreting Verses https://gracethrufaith.com Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 More On Eternal life https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/more-on-eternal-life/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/more-on-eternal-life/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:53 +0000 https://gracethrufaith.com/?post_type=qna&p=73998 John 17: 3 gives the meaning of eternal life as defined by Jesus. "And this is eternal life, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." In my study I looked up "know" and it means to know absolutely, completely, not limited, "life" means to live, breathe, rational immortal soul,  and "eternal" means perpetual, past present future..forever. Do you believe we know God absolutely when we become His?

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John 17: 3 gives the meaning of eternal life as defined by Jesus. "And this is eternal life, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." In my study I looked up "know" and it means to know absolutely, completely, not limited, "life" means to live, breathe, rational immortal soul,  and "eternal" means perpetual, past present future..forever. Do you believe we know God absolutely when we become His?

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More On Jephthah And His Daughter https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/more-on-jephthah-and-his-daughter/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/more-on-jephthah-and-his-daughter/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:00:21 +0000 https://gracethrufaith.com/?post_type=qna&p=73993 We were doing a bible study on book of judges 11 about Jephthah's daughter.  This caused a debate. Some said that it could have been her virginity that was taken or some other sacrifice, not necessarily Jephthah killing his daughter.  In a recent post you said it was an abomination to the Lord to do that so therefore unlawful. Could you please clarify what actually happened.  Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?

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We were doing a bible study on book of judges 11 about Jephthah's daughter.  This caused a debate. Some said that it could have been her virginity that was taken or some other sacrifice, not necessarily Jephthah killing his daughter.  In a recent post you said it was an abomination to the Lord to do that so therefore unlawful. Could you please clarify what actually happened.  Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?

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Our Kinsman Redeemer https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/our-kinsman-redeemer/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/our-kinsman-redeemer/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:00:48 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/our-kinsman-redeemer/ The language of the KJV of Heb 2:16 centers on Christ being made of the seed of Abraham through David yet most of the modern versions read totally different saying God gives no assistance to angels but does to the children on men. I have consulted the interlinear bible and must say the KJV seems true to the original. Can you enlighten me as to where they get the current interpretation from?

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The language of the KJV of Heb 2:16 centers on Christ being made of the seed of Abraham through David yet most of the modern versions read totally different saying God gives no assistance to angels but does to the children on men. I have consulted the interlinear bible and must say the KJV seems true to the original. Can you enlighten me as to where they get the current interpretation from?

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The Ancient Of Days https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/ancient-days/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/ancient-days/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:00:23 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/ancient-days/ A question came up in Sunday School this week about the Ancient of Days: Is He Jesus or God the Father, or sometimes either depending on the context?

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A question came up in Sunday School this week about the Ancient of Days: Is He Jesus or God the Father, or sometimes either depending on the context?

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Once For All Time https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/once-for-all-time/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/once-for-all-time/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:00:04 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/once-for-all-time/ I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable? There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes - Jacob, Samson, David, etc. It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not [...]]]> I know that through the death of our Lord we are made acceptable to God, but how were people in the Old Testament acceptable? There are many great figures in the Bible who made some dreadful mistakes - Jacob, Samson, David, etc. It has always been encouraging to me that God looked with favor upon these people who got things so terribly wrong; however I find it difficult to reconcile the idea that as a righteous God, they should not have been acceptable in His eyes. I know it can't be connected with them obeying the 'law' because, like the rest of us, they would never have been able to achieve it. David for instance, repented and was forgiven - how was this possible? Was it their faith that made them righteous? Was it possible for them to remain in sin and still be acceptable to God through faith?

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In The Clouds? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-clouds/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-clouds/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:00:59 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-clouds/ Paul said that Born Again believers would be caught up with Jesus in the Clouds. My thinking is that at the time of the Rapture the whole Earth can't be full of clouds at the same time of the day!! Can you tell me what exactly are these Rapture Clouds?

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Paul said that Born Again believers would be caught up with Jesus in the Clouds. My thinking is that at the time of the Rapture the whole Earth can't be full of clouds at the same time of the day!! Can you tell me what exactly are these Rapture Clouds?

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Is The Rich Man And Lazarus A Parable? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/is-the-rich-man-and-lazarus-a-parable/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/is-the-rich-man-and-lazarus-a-parable/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:00:07 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/is-the-rich-man-and-lazarus-a-parable/ (Luke 16: 19.31).. Is the "story" about Lazarus and the rich man a parable or not? Can we assume from that's what happens to believers and unbelievers after death or not? Some people make this passage out to be "just another parable". What is your opinion?

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(Luke 16: 19.31).. Is the "story" about Lazarus and the rich man a parable or not? Can we assume from that's what happens to believers and unbelievers after death or not? Some people make this passage out to be "just another parable". What is your opinion?

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Please Comment On Matthew 7:5-7 https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/please-comment-on-matthew-75-7/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/please-comment-on-matthew-75-7/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:00:03 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/please-comment-on-matthew-75-7/ Would you comment on Matthew 7:5-7, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Sometimes when I talk to a nonbeliever about the Bible and they totally reject the gospel this verse comes to my mind. Am I taking it out of context? Would you share your thoughts about this verse?

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Would you comment on Matthew 7:5-7, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Sometimes when I talk to a nonbeliever about the Bible and they totally reject the gospel this verse comes to my mind. Am I taking it out of context? Would you share your thoughts about this verse?

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Understanding Amos 8-9 https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/understanding-amos-8-9/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/understanding-amos-8-9/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 09:00:51 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/understanding-amos-8-9/ For some reason, Amos 8-9 keeps presenting itself to me. When I read these chapters, I'm not sure if they are history or prophecy. Some of it sounds like history. And yet in a few places Amos uses the term "in that day", a reference to the end times. Is that the case here? Amos 8:9 speaks about the sun going down at noon and the earth being dark. Was this the crucifixion event or is it speaking of a [...]]]> For some reason, Amos 8-9 keeps presenting itself to me. When I read these chapters, I'm not sure if they are history or prophecy. Some of it sounds like history. And yet in a few places Amos uses the term "in that day", a reference to the end times. Is that the case here? Amos 8:9 speaks about the sun going down at noon and the earth being dark. Was this the crucifixion event or is it speaking of a time yet future? And the "time of mourning for an only son". Is that future? The famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord - is that future or past? Then in the latter part of Amos 9, it speaks of "raising up the fallen booth of David". I see some partial fulfillment of Verses 11 - 15 today, but there are some things in these verses that seem to point to conditions present in the millennial period. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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The Sabbath Rest https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-sabbath-rest/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-sabbath-rest/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:00:26 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-sabbath-rest/ Chapter 4 of Hebrews speaks of entering into the Sabbath rest. I am fairly certain that this is not referring to the tradition Sabbath; i.e., 7th day of the week. Is this referring to the New Covenant (Jesus' redemptive act on the Cross)? Or is there something else going on here?

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Chapter 4 of Hebrews speaks of entering into the Sabbath rest. I am fairly certain that this is not referring to the tradition Sabbath; i.e., 7th day of the week. Is this referring to the New Covenant (Jesus' redemptive act on the Cross)? Or is there something else going on here?

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The Lord’s Army? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/lords-army/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/lords-army/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:50 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/lords-army/ Is the Body of Christ, the Church, anywhere in Scripture, referred to as His army? This claim, based on Hebrews 10:5 as the reference, according to this source, has a double meaning, the first one being that God prepared a body for Jesus as the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. This ministry takes this further and says that also means God is preparing an army from the Church which has become His Body. This person refers to this Scripture's [...]]]> Is the Body of Christ, the Church, anywhere in Scripture, referred to as His army? This claim, based on Hebrews 10:5 as the reference, according to this source, has a double meaning, the first one being that God prepared a body for Jesus as the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. This ministry takes this further and says that also means God is preparing an army from the Church which has become His Body. This person refers to this Scripture's meaning as multiple layers, like an onion, with more than one layer of meaning. This seems not right to me. We are His Church, His Body, His Bride. But His Army?

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In The Spirit https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-spirit/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-spirit/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-the-spirit/ Thank you for your website. It is a daily source of spiritual encouragement. One of the best on the Internet. My question is, what is meant by the phrase "in the spirit" or "in the Spirit"? Is it a state we should try to attain or something that just happens when God wants it to? If it is a state we should attain, how does one do it?

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Thank you for your website. It is a daily source of spiritual encouragement. One of the best on the Internet. My question is, what is meant by the phrase "in the spirit" or "in the Spirit"? Is it a state we should try to attain or something that just happens when God wants it to? If it is a state we should attain, how does one do it?

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Gathering The Elect https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/gathering-the-elect/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/gathering-the-elect/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 09:00:48 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/gathering-the-elect/ What exactly is going on with the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 and Mark 13:27, since the Church has already been raptured by that point? Also, does "the elect" strictly refer to the believing remnant of Israel? Even so, what is the point of this gathering, which seems to imply only believers so as to exclude this from being part of the "sheep and goats" gathering/judgment?

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What exactly is going on with the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 and Mark 13:27, since the Church has already been raptured by that point? Also, does "the elect" strictly refer to the believing remnant of Israel? Even so, what is the point of this gathering, which seems to imply only believers so as to exclude this from being part of the "sheep and goats" gathering/judgment?

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Can Divorced People Be Pastors? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-divorced-people-pastors/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-divorced-people-pastors/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 09:00:59 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-divorced-people-pastors/ Do Timothy and Titus teach that a divorced man is unqualified to be a pastor?

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Do Timothy and Titus teach that a divorced man is unqualified to be a pastor?

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God Our Healer https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/god-our-healer/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/god-our-healer/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 09:00:22 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/god-our-healer/ In Isaiah 53:5 I believe " and by his stripes we are healed", Is speaking of a spiritual healing not a physical healing. It sounds like you believe it is a physical healing. (A well known commentator) says it is not a physical healing. I'm confused...Can you help me?

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In Isaiah 53:5 I believe " and by his stripes we are healed", Is speaking of a spiritual healing not a physical healing. It sounds like you believe it is a physical healing. (A well known commentator) says it is not a physical healing. I'm confused...Can you help me?

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Do We Have Our New Heart Yet? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/do-we-have-our-new-heart-yet/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/do-we-have-our-new-heart-yet/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 09:00:24 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/do-we-have-our-new-heart-yet/ Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied that believers would have "a new heart" (Jer. 31:33, Ezek. 11:19-20 and 36:26-27), and Paul and other N.T. writers seem to indicate this prophecy has come true in Rom. 2:29, Rom. 6:17, and Heb. 8:10. Would you say that this prophecy has been fulfilled or do you believe the new heart is not yet available to us?

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Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied that believers would have "a new heart" (Jer. 31:33, Ezek. 11:19-20 and 36:26-27), and Paul and other N.T. writers seem to indicate this prophecy has come true in Rom. 2:29, Rom. 6:17, and Heb. 8:10. Would you say that this prophecy has been fulfilled or do you believe the new heart is not yet available to us?

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What Does “All Things” Mean? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/what-does-all-things-mean/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/what-does-all-things-mean/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 09:00:08 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/what-does-all-things-mean/ Romans 8:32 says: "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" What does it mean that "...graciously give us all things"? What are these "all things"? God bless you!

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Romans 8:32 says: "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" What does it mean that "...graciously give us all things"? What are these "all things"? God bless you!

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Who Was Jesus Calling Children Of The Devil? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/who-was-jesus-calling-children-of-the-devil/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/who-was-jesus-calling-children-of-the-devil/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 09:00:15 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/who-was-jesus-calling-children-of-the-devil/ Your website is a blessing to me. I listen to your mp3's nearly all night while I'm working. Someone I know questioned me about John 8:31. This verse speaks of "the Jews who believed in him (Jesus) and then in the next few verses Jesus calls them children of the devil that wanted to kill him. If they believed in him I don't understand how this could be.

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Your website is a blessing to me. I listen to your mp3's nearly all night while I'm working. Someone I know questioned me about John 8:31. This verse speaks of "the Jews who believed in him (Jesus) and then in the next few verses Jesus calls them children of the devil that wanted to kill him. If they believed in him I don't understand how this could be.

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A Beating From The Lord? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/beating-lord/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/beating-lord/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:46 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/beating-lord/ Who does Luke 12:47 and 48 refer to, i. e. who gets the beating? Is it church members at the Bema Seat or is it other people? Actually I don't think that it is at the Bema Seat. But I heard a pastor on radio claim this. Can you please shed some spiritual light on this?

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Who does Luke 12:47 and 48 refer to, i. e. who gets the beating? Is it church members at the Bema Seat or is it other people? Actually I don't think that it is at the Bema Seat. But I heard a pastor on radio claim this. Can you please shed some spiritual light on this?

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Trusting The Word Of God https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/trusting-word-god/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/trusting-word-god/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:30 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/trusting-word-god/ I am talking to some atheists and scientists and they have compelling arguments against Noah's Ark and the flood. I just believed it and have read and listened to Christians talk about the corrupted DNA of the Nephilim and animals. The atheists talk about how it would be impossible to have every land animal and take care of them and their waste for forty days. How would you respond?

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I am talking to some atheists and scientists and they have compelling arguments against Noah's Ark and the flood. I just believed it and have read and listened to Christians talk about the corrupted DNA of the Nephilim and animals. The atheists talk about how it would be impossible to have every land animal and take care of them and their waste for forty days. How would you respond?

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Is This Passage For Me? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/passage/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/passage/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 09:00:32 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/passage/ I read your article "How can I tell if an Old Testament verse is for me?" and you stated that you can tell if it applies to you by the context. I visit prisoners thru a church ministry. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says "Blessed are you for doing these things for me". I think Matthew 24-25 is written to the Jews. So does that mean only Jews should be visiting prisoners, and doesn't apply to me?

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I read your article "How can I tell if an Old Testament verse is for me?" and you stated that you can tell if it applies to you by the context. I visit prisoners thru a church ministry. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says "Blessed are you for doing these things for me". I think Matthew 24-25 is written to the Jews. So does that mean only Jews should be visiting prisoners, and doesn't apply to me?

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How Can I Tell If An Old Testament Verse Is For Me? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-tell-old-testament-verse/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-tell-old-testament-verse/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 09:00:25 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/can-tell-old-testament-verse/ How can I know which verses from the Old Testament can be applied to my life today? I used to think verses like Jeremiah 29:11 were applicable to everyone. Now I see that verse was for a specific people at a specific time and the church today often takes it out of context as if God was speaking it to us now. Since I realized this, I now question whether I'll misinterpret other verses in the OT. I worry that [...]]]> How can I know which verses from the Old Testament can be applied to my life today? I used to think verses like Jeremiah 29:11 were applicable to everyone. Now I see that verse was for a specific people at a specific time and the church today often takes it out of context as if God was speaking it to us now. Since I realized this, I now question whether I'll misinterpret other verses in the OT. I worry that I'll believe a verse such as Proverbs 3:5-6 that says trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding is for everyone only to discover later that it wasn't.

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Receive vs. Fall Upon https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/receive-vs-come-upon/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/receive-vs-come-upon/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/receive-vs-come-upon/ In Acts 8:14-17, we read that the Word of God had been received in Samaria and they had been baptized in the Lord's name but the Holy Spirit had not come upon them until John and Peter came to them and laid hands on them. Since God's Word cannot contradict itself, what does this mean in light of passages like Ephesians 1:13-14 where we are told we are sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we believe? I have looked [...]]]> In Acts 8:14-17, we read that the Word of God had been received in Samaria and they had been baptized in the Lord's name but the Holy Spirit had not come upon them until John and Peter came to them and laid hands on them. Since God's Word cannot contradict itself, what does this mean in light of passages like Ephesians 1:13-14 where we are told we are sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we believe? I have looked at the context of this passage with regard to Simon the magician and the rest of the Samaritians, but I still feel a bit confused. It's such an extraordinary passage and puts light on seeking the Lord for the wrong reasons and having a wrong heart. Is this the reason for the delay in the Holy Spirit?

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Believers Missing The Rapture? https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/believers-missing-the-rapture/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/believers-missing-the-rapture/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:45 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/believers-missing-the-rapture/ Re: Matt 24:48-51: "But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming: and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers." I know some doubt there is [...]]]> Re: Matt 24:48-51: "But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming: and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers." I know some doubt there is such a scripture in the Bible. For they don't believe it is possible for a person who is a professing believer to be left behind with unbelievers at the rapture. But this seems to be what this verse is saying. For here pictured is one who is a servant looking for his lord's coming. But he is living carelessly, eating and drinking as in Noah's day, enjoying the pleasures of life without regard to the soon-approaching rapture. He is also found mistreating his fellowman. What happens? The Bible says of this servant that he is cut in sunder, or cut off. So, concerning this servant - the privilege that is rightfully his is denied him. For we read his portion is with the unbelievers. Instead of escaping the tribulation the indication is that he must go through it and prove his loyalty to Christ amidst the purifying and chastening fires of judgment. Jack, what is your take on this piece?

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Paul’s Drink Offering https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/pauls-drink-offering/ https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/pauls-drink-offering/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:00:20 +0000 http://gtf.dev/ask-a-bible-teacher/pauls-drink-offering/ In Phil. 2:17, Paul speaks of being poured out like a drink offering. What was the purpose of the drink offering? I have tried to understand the meanings of the different offerings, but this one eludes me.

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In Phil. 2:17, Paul speaks of being poured out like a drink offering. What was the purpose of the drink offering? I have tried to understand the meanings of the different offerings, but this one eludes me.

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