Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
November 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. “Did Jesus go to hell when he was killed?”
The KJV translates “ᾅδης” [hades] as “hell” in Scriptures such as Psalms 16:10, Acts 2:27, and Acts 2:31 in reference to where Christ went before He was risen from the dead on the third day (Mark 8:31 and Luke 24:1-8).
Jesus went to Paradise (Luke 23:39-43). This is in the place of “hades” (Luke 16:19-31).
In the KJV multiple terms are all translated as “hell”.
In the Old Testament, Hebrew, the place known as “hades” [Strong’s # 86] is “sheol” [Strong’s # 7585] i.e. II Samuel 22:6 and Proverbs 7:27.
In the N.T. Geenna “γέεννα” [Strong’s # 1067] (Matthew 5:22, Matthew 5:29-30, Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:43-47, etc.) is concerning the eternal, final place of punishment.
Tartaroo “ταρταρόω” [[Strong’s # 5020] is reference to the place where the angels that sinned are currently awaiting the final judgment (II Peter 2:4).
To simplify something… The place where the dead currently await the Judgment Day (again; Luke 16:19-31) is not where people will be for all eternity whether faithful or not (Matthew 25:31-46, I Corinthians 15:35-57, and I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Jesus is NOW in Heaven on the right side of the Father (Acts 1:11, Acts 3:20-21, Ephesians 1:20, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 10:12, and I Peter 3:21-22).
2. “Can other religions like Buddhists get to heaven? Are christian church people brethren in Christ?”
Other religions will not make it to Heaven. The only way to Heaven, for those whom have known sin, is through Christ (John 10:1-16, John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, and I Peter 3:18).
That requires obedience to Him (Hebrews 5:8-9).
Those whom choose not to obey the Gospel of Christ will face certain judgment for their disobedience (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
The Christian church is not made up of Christians, to be our brethren, as no one in that religion are doing the will of the Lord (Matthew 12:46-50).
The Lord revealed one church [body; Ephesians 1:22-23] in the Scriptures (Romans 12:4-5, I Corinthians 10:17, Ephesians 2:13-17, and Ephesians 4:1-6) that is made up of the only saved people (Acts 2:47).
The Lord built His church (Matthew 16:13-18).
The “Christian church” was founded by men during an erring human movement called “The Restoration Movement”. They are not the one church you read of in the Scriptures (Acts 20:28, Romans 16:16, Colossians 1:12-24, and Hebrews 3:1-6).
3. “Does the bible confirm dinosaurs existed?”
The Scriptures reveal that there were large creatures that we do not see today (Job 40:15-24, Job 41:1-34, Psalms 74:14, Psalms 104:25-26, and Isaiah 27:1).
The word “dinosaurs” does not appear in the KJV of the word of God. The English word did not exist at the time the KJV was translated. Notice the origin of the term: “mid 19th century: from modern Latin dinosaurus, from Greek deinos ‘terrible’ + sauros ‘lizard.’” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
The extinction of animals is a sad reality that we see throughout history and even in our present age (http://www.endangeredspeciesinternational.org/overview1.html).
4. “The small congregation I am with has 3 elders appointed this year. We are currently approaching the end of the year business meeting to decide the business matters of the church for the upcoming year. In our past years choices were made on a majority decision. This year the elders are saying it is only their decision now. So I am left to ask, What role do elders play in the business decisions of the church?”
I do not know what you mean by “the business matters of the church”. I am going to answer as though you means something other than the spiritual work of the church. If that is not a correct inference on my part, please let me know and my answer my be adjusted.
Where is the authority for the church to be discussing business matters (Colossians 3:17)? Where does Christ speak of such things (Matthew 28:18-20 and II Timothy 3:15-17)?
The church should not have worldly “business” to discuss (Colossians 2:18-23).
The kingdom / church is spiritual and needs to be only concerned with decisions regarding spiritual matters (John 18:36 and Hebrews 12:22-28).
The church should be discussing the work of teaching (Acts 14:24-28; cf. I Thessalonians 1:7-8). This includes discussing the financial support of faithful evangelists (I Corinthians 9:1-14, II Corinthians 11:8, and Philippians 4:10-19) and qualified (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) faithful elders (I Timothy 5:17-18).
The church should be discussing the work of spiritual edification (Ephesians 4:16).
The church should be discussing the fellowship of financially aiding truly needed saints (I Corinthians 16:1-4, II Corinthians 8:1-9:14, and I Timothy 5:3-16).
The church should, though we’d wish such would never have to occur, discuss matters relative correction of error and discipline (Matthew 18:15-17 and Acts 15:1-35).
Elders are responsible for the teaching and spiritual oversight of the local saints (Acts 20:17-31 and I Peter 5:1-4; cf. Hebrews 13:7; 17). Therefore, they have no role beyond that besides the duties of a Christian man.
This whole mess exists because the congregation you are a part of erred in entering into things unauthorized of which the Scriptures cannot be used to resolve! Consider the Lord’s thinking on this… Luke 6:46
5. “In Luke 21:9 I read But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass. Does this mean that the end will be at peace times since war times will pass or does it mean something else? Please provide clearity.”
Luke 21:5-32 (like Matthew 23:37-24:34) is talking about the destruction of Jerusalem. That is clear if you look at the context carefully (Luke 21:20-22). It is also clear that the things in that context all were to occur in the first century (Luke 21:32).
The “end” will be at a time when NO ONE can know (Matthew 24:35-36, Matthew 24:42, Matthew 25:1-13, and II Peter 3:9-14).
Therefore, when you are reading a Scripture that you think is talking about Christ’ return, if there is something in that immediate context suggest a way to know when, you must rightly divide those Scriptures (II Timothy 2:15).
6. “Was Jesus drawing the christian sign of a fish on the ground in John 8:8?”
Where does the word of God say that a “christian sign” is a fish?
John 8:8 says: “And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground”. It does not say what He wrote! Any speculation further is to add to the Scriptures and one ought to consider heavily what the result of that would be (Revelation 22:18-19).
7. “What verse says that there are no priests now?”
No Scripture says there are no priests now. The fact is, there are priests now.
Jesus is our priest (Hebrews 2:14-18, Hebrews 3:1, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 5:1-10, and Hebrews 6:20).
All faithful Christians are priests (I Peter 2:5-9 and Revelation 1:6).
Maybe what you are thinking about is how the Levitical priesthood, that stood under the Law of Moses, is done away with in Christ (Hebrews 7:1-28).
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