Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
December 2016 Questions & Answers
The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them. Names and contact information has been removed. The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through. You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points. Please be mindful that there are often circumstances and details to every question that could potentially change the answer. Rightly divide the truth (II Timothy 2:15).
1. “Is Hebrews 2:7 discussing Jesus?”
Hebrews 2:7 is talking about man (Psalms 8:1-8 and Psalms 144:3-4) while verse 9 clearly speaks of Jesus: “(5) For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. (6) But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? (7) Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: (8) Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. (9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:5-9).
The phrase “son of man” here did not refer to Jesus (i.e. Psalms 146:3-4), though that phrase is used elsewhere to refer to Jesus (i.e. Matthew 9:6, Matthew 12:8, Matthew 12:40, etc.).
Remember, man was set over the works of the Lord (Genesis 1:26-28). So don’t get confused on that.
To answer any argument that someone would make to demote Jesus, saying this is Jesus, note these Scriptures showing the authority of Christ over all while He was on earth: Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 11:27, Matthew 28:18, John 3:35, John 5:22-27, John 13:3, and Colossians 1:16-19
2. “Can we eat pork?”
The simple answer is, “yes” (I Timothy 4:1-5).
The reason some get confused is that the Law of Moses forbade the eating of pork [swine] (Deuteronomy 14:8 and Leviticus 11:7-8).
No one is under the Law of Moses today (John 1:17, Acts 13:34-39, Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22).
3. “i am a preacher graduated from beaver valley bible institute of Denver extension with degree in biblical studies,currently taking masters in the same school,we have a church training for preachers. why do some think like you that we can’t have a kitchen and serve hospitality to brothers?”
I cannot speak for what people think, nor can I compare someone to myself as you’ve asked (II Corinthians 10:12).
The fact is, there is ZERO authority from Jesus Christ for schools offering degrees in biblical studies, church training for preachers, or kitchens in connection with the local church.
We MUST have authority for all that we say and do (Matthew 28:20, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 4:1-2, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Without authority from the Lord, actions are sinful (Galatians 1:6-10).
The training of evangelists are to occur by one evangelist teaching and working with another (II Timothy 2:2). This is seen in Paul working with and training up others then sending them out to teach: i.e. Acts 19:21-22, I Corinthians 4:17, II Corinthians 1:1, Galatians 2:1, II Thessalonians 1:1, etc.). No institution of learning was EVER established to accomplish this. Doesn’t God’s word fully equip us to all good works (II Timothy 3:15-17)? Since institutions like preaching schools, colleges, etc. aren’t mentioned in the Scriptures, the conclusion is that they are NOT good works.
Hospitality is authorized in the way that individual Christians should have their brethren into their own homes or situations wherein that Christian or Christian family is showing hospitality to another (Acts 2:46, Romans 12:13, and I Peter 4:9).
Food and other carnal activities are NOT a work God has authorized for the church to collectively engage in. He clarified that (Romans 14:17 and I Corinthians 11:17-34).
4. “Jesus said that we love one another as he loved us. How do you feel about these teachings on love?”
I am confused about your question. The reason I am confused is that you stated the truth and then asked how I felt about that. How I, or any other person, feel about the truth is irrelevant (Proverbs 14:12 and Jeremiah 17:9-10).
The truth is, as you alluded to, that Christians are to love one another as He loved His disciples (John 13:34-35 and John 15:12-13).
Christians [meaning faithful disciples of Christ] would err if we did not love one another properly (John 15:17, Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:13-14, Colossians 1:4, I Thessalonians 3:12, I Thessalonians 4:9-10, II Thessalonians 1:3, Hebrews 13:1, I Peter 1:22, I Peter 3:8-9, II Peter 1:3-10, I John 2:3-11, I John 3:7-23, and I John 4:7-5:3).
5. “Why does God allow bad things to happen? Many Christians feel secure in their faith until something bad happens; then this question becomes painfully relevant. Why do cancer, famine, war, and murder occur? How does an all-powerful and all-loving God allows extraordinary amounts of pain, hurt, and evil to exist. What should I say to this question? Why does God allow bad things to happen?”
The simple answer is, because He wants to.
God has given man freewill (Exodus 15:26, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:14-16, Luke 11:28, John 5:28-29, Acts 2:36-41, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 28:24, etc.).
This means a lot of bad can potentially occur (Psalms 37:14, Psalms 37:32, John 16:1-3, etc.).
His desire is that all be holy (I Peter 1:13-16) and saved (I Timothy 2:4 and II Peter 3:9). However, man’s choice is not to do His will in these things (John 3:19 and Matthew 7:13-14).
Additionally, God has set in place both time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
Christians are NOT secure in their faith unless they can endure through bad things that happen (Matthew 10:21-39, Acts 14:22, and Romans 8:17).
Now your question shouldn’t by about why God allows all these bad things, but rather why does man choose to do such bad things! Some choose the way of truth (Psalms 119:30). Most choose otherwise contrary to God’s efforts (Luke 13:23-24 and Romans 1:16-32).
Answering these questions will depend upon who is asking them and what their motives are. The one seeking to argue, don’t answer (II Timothy 2:23). The one truly pursuing knowledge of the truth; learn enough to show them answers such as the answers above.
6. “What does it mean to be meek?”
Since we are supposed to be meek (Matthew 5:5) and Jesus was meek (Matthew 11:28-30), this is a good question.
The term used in Matthew 5:5 means: “mild, that is, (by implication) humble (Strong’s # 4239).
Consider these Scriptures to define the term: I Corinthians 4:18-21, II Corinthians 10:1, Galatians 5:22-23, Galatians 6:1, I Timothy 6:11, II Timothy 2:24-26, and I Peter 3:1-4
Now rightly divide this subject matter (II Timothy 2:14-18)...
Be humble (I Peter 5:5-6) and gentle (Titus 3:2).
That does NOT mean we are to be soft in regard to dealing with sin, false teachers, etc. (Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 23:13-15, Matthew 23:24-26, Acts 17:22-30, Galatians 3:1-3, Ephesians 6:19-20, Titus 1:10-14, Titus 2:15, and Revelation 2:6).
When Paul taught the brethren in Thessalonica he taught them with gentleness (I Thessalonians 2:7). Yet, he never used flattery (I Thessalonians 2:5).
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