March 2012 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.
Š It was done like that, once, and it was condemned (I Corinthians 11:18-34). That should sufficiently answer your question.
2. “I am studying the Bible about Jesus Christ. I am not believing anything that I cannot read. It appears that Jesus is that he is 1 Tim. 2:5 the man Christ Jesus. If he was a man how can he also be called God?”
Š Jesus was a man in the sense that He came in the flesh (Romans 1:3-4 and Philippians 2:5-8).
Š It is wrong to say that Jesus wasn’t in the flesh (II John 7).
Š He is also called God because the Bible shows that He is now God and was God while in the flesh (Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-5; 14, John 20:28-29, Acts 20:28, and Romans 9:1-5).
Š He can be called God & man because He was both (I Timothy 3:16).
3. “In the bible there was a period of time where there was no priest and the word of God seemed to have been gone too. From what I recall, peace was gone too. Do you know when that was? I have notes about it but no scriptures written down.”
Š You may be looking for II Chronicles 15:1-5 or Ezekiel 7:25-27.
Š There were priests in the days of Josiah (II Kings 22:3-4), but it is implied that the Law of the Lord was lost (II Kings 22:8-14 and II Chronicles 34:14-21).
4. “When Paul was arrested and tried for false crimes did he know that he was going to be kept alive by God so that he could preach in Rome or did he just follow without really knowing?”
Š He knew he would safely reach Rome (Acts 23:11 and Acts 27:24).
5. “Luke’s writing says that you can look at the sky to gain revelation. A star was a revelation of Jesus. Why don’t we study the consolations to find out when Jesus will return?”
Š For one, what Luke was writing about was how one could look at the sky and tell the weather (Luke 12:53-56; cf. Matthew 16:1-4), but could not see Christ though the signs where there.
o The prophets foretold (weather terms; forecasted) the coming of Christ (Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, and Zechariah 9:9).
o The wonders that Jesus did confirmed who He was (John 3:1-2 and Acts 2:22).
o Yet, though it was clearly the time of the Savior, these folks were not being even as observant as they are to know the weather.
Š They did follow a star in the east for the birth of Christ (Matthew 2:1-10).
Š I am thinking that you are looking for the word “constellations”. Astrology is not for God’s people (Isaiah 47:11-15 and Jeremiah 10:1-2).
Š There is no sign, anywhere, of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:35-36, Matthew 24:42, and II Peter 3:7-14).
o Lest one be confused, Luke 21:25-26 has been fulfilled (Luke 21:32).
o So has Matthew 24:29-30 (cf. Matthew 24:34) and Mark 13:24-26 (cf. Mark 13:30).
6. “The congregation I am part of wants to do something that I am unsure of. The men want to have some artists paint a picture of Jesus with two other crosses to show the thiefs on the cross also. Am I right to be concerned?”
Š Jesus is the word (John 1:14), therefore you can “picture Him” (figuratively speaking) through the reading of the Scriptures.
Š I do not know how you could read the following Scriptures and think this idea is correct, therefore you are certainly right to be concerned: Exodus 20:4-5, Deuteronomy 4:15-19, Deuteronomy 5:8, Isaiah 42:8, Acts 17:29, and I Corinthians 10:14.
Š You should react just as strongly as you would if they added anything else unscriptural to the work of that local congregation (Psalms 97:10; cf. John 2:13-17).
Š Those are the simple answers. My question would be, why? There are many more root problems here than just the painting itself.
7. “How long can I be in sin before I am lost?”
Š Instantly, (Acts 8:13-24, Romans 6:23, James 1:15-16, and II John 9).
Š Let me rephrase this question to allow it to answer itself. If you murder someone, how long does it take for you to become a murderer? Is one act of adultery all it takes to be an adulterer or is it two, three, etc.?
Š Sin is an action (I John 3:4). When you sin, you are a sinner. At that point, you’re separate from God (Isaiah 59:1-3).
8. “We have had a questions arise in our congregation that is causing some division. The response the elders have made is that their decisions cannot be questioned by the members. One elder says he has absolute authority. The preacher preached a lesson and used Hebrews 13:17 to back up what the elder said. I know this is wrong. What Scriptures are best to show this so?”
Š Elders do not have absolute authority (Matthew 28:18-20, John 3:35, Ephesians 5:23-24, Colossians 1:16-19, and I Peter 5:1-4).
Š Elders are not above being rebuked either (I Timothy 5:19-20).
Š All of us, EVEN ELDERS, must have authority from Christ to speak or act (Colossians 3:17).
9. “Does Romans 11:29 mean that we can receive gifts from God even when we do not repent of sins?”
Š You cannot conclude that God does anything for a person who does not repent of his or her sins (Jeremiah 5:19-29, Luke 13:3; 5, and John 9:31).
Š What Romans 11:29 does teach is that God does not go back on His promises (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, and James 1:17).
10. “There is no ‘old law or testament’ or ‘new law or testament’, it's the same law, one is written on the heart the other written on two tablets of stone. Consider Paul quoting the 5th commandment in Ephesians 6:2, why on earth would a man who's trying to get people away from the Father's law quote an ‘old testament’ commandment as an instruction??”
Š There is a New Testament (Matthew 26:28, II Corinthians 3:6, and Hebrews 9:15-17).
Š There is an Old Testament (II Corinthians 3:14).
Š There is the Law of Moses (Acts 13:39) and the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
Š There are the commandments of Moses (Leviticus 27:34 and Malachi 4:4).
Š There are commandments of Christ (John 14:15 and I John 2:3-6).
Š No one is now under the Law of Moses (Romans 7:1-6 and Colossians 2:14).
Š IF you justify yourself from the Law of Moses, you WILL NOT have the grace of Christ (Galatians 5:4).
Š The Law of Moses was for Israel (Leviticus 26:46 and Nehemiah 8:1).
Š The Law of Christ is for everyone (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Romans 1:16 and Colossians 1:23).
Š Under Moses’ Law, Gentiles were aliens without hope. That changed under the Law of Christ (Ephesians 2:11-17).
Š The Law of Moses could not save (Acts 13:38-39) wherein the Law of liberty can save (James 1:21-25).
Š Just because Ephesians 6:2 is in the Law of Moses does not mean that the Law of Moses is in effect today. We’ve already proven it is not. There are several things written in the Law of Moses that have been written in the Law of Christ (cf. Romans 13:9-10). There are laws in England, which are the same as here in the United States (i.e. laws concerning murder; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_in_English_law). Does that mean we are still under the laws of Great Brittan? Of course not!
Š Please consider this lesson for more details on this subject: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/forthelawmadenothingperfect.html
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager