Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
July 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. “I have a dear friend who tells me that a knowledge based salvation is not a Jesus salvation. What are some of the better ways to use the bible in showing knowledge of the word is necessary to be saved?”
Your “dear friend” is teaching his or her false ideas. Salvation requires the knowledge of the truth (John 8:31-32) and sin requires the ability to know wrong (James 4:17). Thus, knowledge is the basis of our being lost and saved.
The following Scriptures should suffice to convince an honest person: Proverbs 2:1-6, Matthew 13:19, Romans 6:17-18, Romans 10:14-17, I Corinthians 15:34, Ephesians 4:17-18, Colossians 1:10, I Timothy 2:3-4, II Peter 1:1-9, II Peter 2:20, and II Peter 3:15-18.
2. “In a recent teaching of you you stated ‘However, your salvation is not everyone else’s primary concern’. That is wrong. Just wrong. The salvation of others is the primary concern of Christians. Also, you have written against Bible reading plans. Where is that said to be wrong in the Bible?”
I am guessing that the statement you are talking about was made in an article about self-examination (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol16/wotbulletin07032016.html). The context of that article speaks for itself. If it was something else, let me know.
To the root of your question, one cannot be Scripturally focused on another person’s salvation when their own is not in order (Matthew 7:1-5 and Luke 6:41-42).
Notice what Jesus told Peter: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32).
Clearly, the PRIMARY concern [earliest; chief], is your own salvation (Acts 2:40 and Philippians 2:12) before you can be concerned about another’s.
That DOES NOT mean we are to lack concern about other’s salvation (Galatians 6:1, Colossians 1:27-28, I Thessalonians 1:7-9, Titus 2:1-8, James 5:19-20, etc.).
I also have to guess about the second charge you made concerning the source. I am guessing you are referring to an article on searching the Scriptures (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol16/wotbulletin06192016.html). Again, that article too speaks for itself. If it was something else, let me know.
There is no Scripture that speaks directly against Bible Reading Plans. Neither is there any Scripture that speaks directly against child molestation or nuclear bombing your local Taco Bell. Point being, we do not look for Scriptures that say something is wrong, we are to look for what is authorized (I Thessalonians 5:21; cf. Romans 14:23).
The word of God is meant to be searched, rightly handled, and studied; not just read through (John 5:39, Acts 17:10-11, and II Timothy 2:14-18).
We are supposed to stop and think about what we study rather than just move through to the next verse (Psalms 1:1-2, Psalms 119:97, and I Timothy 4:15).
We need to take the time to commit the word of God to our minds rather than just breezing through it (Psalms 119:11).
A serious student of the Scriptures could NEVER just read through them in a year (see above for reasons why)!
3. “When Jesus died on the cross and took on the sins of all was his father so upset he could not look on him?"
Some reference Scriptures such as: John 1:29, II Corinthians 5:21, and I Peter 2:21-24 as proof for the point you asked about. They twist those Scriptures (cf. II Peter 3:15-18) to the conclusion you have asked about. Reasonable deductions show this is not the truth.
Sin is not something you take on, but something you do (I John 3:4).
The book of Lamentations says: “Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities” (Lamentations 5:7). We understand that the sins of their fathers were not literally passed onto them (Ezekiel 18:4 and Ezekiel 18:20). Rather, they suffered because of consequences of the sins of their fathers as well as their own (Daniel 9:16).
Jesus did not have to die for something He did, but for sins of others past, present, and future. He was a sin offering (cf. Exodus 29:14) once for all (Hebrews 10:1-18, I Peter 1:18-19, and I John 2:2).
Jesus NEVER had sin on His account (Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 7:26-27, and I John 3:5).
When Jesus returns, He still will be without sin (Hebrews 9:28).
If Jesus took on your sins, why would you have to do something about sins that don’t exist (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 22:16, and Acts 26:18-20)?
God was not displeased with Jesus (Matthew 17:1-5, Hebrews 5:8-9, and II Peter 1:16-18). Jesus came into this world to give His life for a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). If God turned His face from Jesus that means He turned away from a faithful man doing the will of God the Father. He doesn’t do that (Psalms 37:25, Psalms 37:28, Romans 8:28-39, Hebrews 13:5-6, and I Peter 3:12).
God never looked away from Jesus. Notice: “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:28-29).
Later, Jesus said: “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16:32).
4. “We are to always work 1 Cor. 15:58. Is that to be taken as we never take a break?”
Part of “always abounding in the work of the Lord” is taking a break from time to time (Mark 6:30-32 and Luke 7:31-35).
Jesus never intended for our spiritual lives to be a burden and extremely difficult to live (Matthew 11:28-30 and I John 5:2-3).
We may enjoy the lawful (I Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:17), physical things of life (Ecclesiastes 2:24, Ecclesiastes 5:13-20, and I Timothy 6:17).
One can exhaust him or herself in in spiritual things (Ecclesiastes 12:12).
5. “Does the word state that Jesus called angels during his death for some reason?”
There is not a statement exactly as you have asked.
The Scriptures do say angels were with Jesus prior to His arrest (Luke 22:39-46).
The Scriptures do say Jesus could have called angels to prevent His arrest (Matthew 26:47-56).
You might infer that since Jesus went to Paradise after His death before His resurrection (Luke 23:43), angels may have taken Him there (cf. Luke 16:22).
The Scriptures do say angels were there at His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10 and John 20:11-18).
The Scriptures do show that angels were there at His ascension (Acts 1:1-11; cf. John 1:51).
6. “Can a man being considered for an eldership have a previous marriage that ended because of the wife’s transgression in sexual infidelity? He is married again now.”
An elder [bishop] must be, not “have been” or “one at at time”, the husband of one wife (I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6). Therefore, an elder [shepherd, bishop, pastor] must be currently married to the only woman he has been married to.
When someone is divorced and remarried, whether lawfully or not, they are said to have married another (Matthew 19:9 and Romans 7:1-3).
When God is talking about being the mate of one person, He means being married to one person (I Timothy 5:9).
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