May 2016 Questions / Answers

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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. “Since we are to have scriptures to prove things.  What scripture proves we can use translations of the scriptures?  If we really love the truth dont we have to learn Hebrew and Greek to really study?”  

 

Š      You are correct, we do need to know that all we are doing is Scripturally right (Luke 6:46, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:21, and II Timothy 3:15-17).  Even the best of intentions, by faithful people, doesn’t equal authority to do it (II Samuel 7:1-7).

Š      The word of God can be taught using multiple languages (Acts 2:1-11).

Š      The Apostle Paul spoke in multiple languages (Acts 21:37-22:2).

Š      Tongues, as a spiritual gift that has passed (I Corinthians 13:8-13), were used in the first century (I Corinthians 14:21-22).  There were even unknown tongues spoken (I Corinthians 14:1-14).

Š      We need to be mindful of the fact that God wants all nations (Luke 24:47 and Romans 16:26) and tongues to learn of Him (Isaiah 66:18 and Revelation 7:9-10).  Accurate translation of the original text is necessary to fulfill this command.

 

2. “James 5v14.  The anointing of oil by the elders to pray for the sick is that still being used today or was that being done in that time only?”

 

Š      The context of the Scriptures in question includes spiritual healing (Jeremiah 3:22) and physical healing (Matthew 10:8).  The text says: "Is any sick among you?  let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins“ (James 5:14-20).

Š      The spiritual healing still occurs today.  That is, God forgives sins and the spiritual man is restored to spiritual health through Christ (I Peter 2:24). 

Š      The prayer for the sick and anointing of oil was miraculous (Mark 6:13). 

o   Such miracles were performed to confirm that the word spoken was truly the word of God (Mark 16:15-20). 

o   In the first century, hearers could not turn in their New Testaments and follow along with one teaching.  They had no way to confirm what was taught.  The words of Christ were new to all.  The miracles confirmed the truth was being taught as the instant healing occurred (Acts 9:36-43 and Acts 28:1-10). 

o   For Christians, wherein there was no need to confirm anything, God’s grace was sufficient (II Corinthians 12:1-9).

o   Having had this study many times, I have heard many emphasize “the prayer of faith”.  Lest one think that removes the miraculous age, consider another example: Matthew 21:17-22

Š      The miraculous age was temporary (I Corinthians 13:8-13).  We know for sure that this age ended when the last Apostle died because the gift of the Holy Ghost was given through the laying on the of Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:12-24 and Acts 19:1-7).  The Holy Ghost then gave the gifts to men (I Corinthians 12:3-11).  Those days have ceased. 

 

3. “About the sermon on the day of Pentecost referring to Acts Chapter 2.  I hear a lot but I have no idea what the day of Pentecost is.  Can you explain?”

 

Š      The second chapter of the book of Acts opens like this: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).

o   The Greek word translated “Pentecost” in Acts 2:1 means: “the fiftieth day” (cf. Leviticus 23:16) (Strong’s # 4005).

o   Thus, it would have reference to Leviticus 23:1-16 and Deuteronomy 16:1-11 and would be the fiftieth day after the Passover was accomplished. 

 

4. “Can you comment does Mat. 28:19 still for all us today to do go and teach every national?”

 

Š      Matthew 28:19 was a command to the Apostles (Matthew 28:16-20).

Š      They fulfilled it (Romans 16:24-26 and Colossians 1:23).

Š      Having said that, this does not mean we are not to teach people today.  The instruction to teach the lost did not begin (Psalms 51:12-13) or end with the Apostles (Romans 10:14-17 and II Timothy 2:2).

Š      The instruction to teach also applies to all Christians in word and deed (Matthew 5:14-16, Philippians 2:14-16, Colossians 3:16, Titus 2:2-5, and I Peter 3:12-15).

Š      We should also understand that this all applies to Luke 24:47 and Mark 16:15-20 as well.  A reasonable person should be able to contextually conclude those were instructions meant for the Apostles directly.  Of course, that does not mean there are applications to us.  We have to rightly divide these things (II Timothy 2:15).

 

5. “DOES A PERSON HAVE TO SAY ‘I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD’ BEFORE BAPTISM TO BE SAVED?” 

 

Š      This question is in reference to Acts 8:26-39.

Š      Amongst many things prior to baptism, a person must confess Christ prior to being immersed in water (Romans 10:9-10).

Š      The word, “confess” (Matthew 10:32 and Romans 10:9-10) means: “to assent, i. e. covenant, acknowledge” (Strong’s # 3670).  It is translated elsewhere as “profess” (Matthew 7:23), “promised” (Matthew 14:7), “professed” (I Timothy 6:12), etc.

Š      One does NOT have to quote the Eunuch to have a valid confession no more than one has to say: “See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” prior to being immersed.

Š      Consider this: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?  He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.  Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.  If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father” (I John 2:22-24).

Š      Only the Scriptural ignorant would conclude that quoting the Eunuch is the “safe” or “only” way to confess Christ.  There are many ways in which one can acceptably confess, acknowledge Christ (Matthew 9:27-30, Matthew 16:15-17, Matthew 27:54, John 1:49, John 9:18-22, John 9:38, John 11:26-27, etc.).

Š      Does “yes” qualify as a confession of something?  Consider: "When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.  Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea" (Acts 22:26-27).

Š      Consider, as a very clear point, I Timothy 6:12-13 tied to Matthew 27:2-11 and John 18:33-38.

Š      Reason this too…  What does it take to deny Jesus?  Does one have to say “I do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God”?  Clearly, not (Matthew 10:32-33, Luke 12:8-9, II Timothy 2:11-12, and II Peter 2:1)!

 

6. “We have a person <male> in the church here.  He is a founding member of the congregation.  He believes that gives him more sayso than others.  We have talked about this problem but lack scriptures when we talk with him.  Can you provide some publicly on your site with this question so it can be referenced?”

 

Š      Please understand, the answer to this question is based solely on the information you are providing.  I do not know the situation, congregation, or persons involved (Proverbs 18:13).  If anything you have provided above is partial, this answer can change. 

Š      I hate to read this.  I have seen it way too many times.  Some things need taught here.

o   What is a founding member (Matthew 16:18)?

o   Who is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:12-18, and Hebrews 3:1-6)?

o   What can be learned from the situation concerning Diotrephes (III John 1:9-11). 

Š      If this man will not reason from the Scriptures, swift action (Galatians 2:1-5) must be taken (Matthew 18:15-17, Romans 16:17-18, II Thessalonians 3:6, and Titus 1:10-14).

Š      Some Scriptures to consider overall on the matter of one exalting himself/herself above others: Matthew 23:11-12, Mark 10:35-43, Luke 18:11-14, John 13:1-17, Romans 12:1-3, I Corinthians 4:1-6, I Corinthians 12:14-27, Galatians 5:13, and James 4:6-10.

 

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