October 2011 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.
1. “Can the church have potluck dinners if the dinner is not held on church grounds?”
Š It is not a work of the local church to have “dinners” regardless of where those dinners are held (Romans 14:17).
Š When the church in Corinth abused the Lord’s Supper by turning it into a common meal, Paul did not tell the church in Corinth to assemble elsewhere for their common meal. He told the members of that congregation that common meals are a work of the home (I Corinthians 11:17-34).
Š The church is not a location. The church is the people (I Corinthians 12:27).
Š There is a difference in the works Christians do collectively as the local church, individually, and concurrently (I Timothy 5:3-16).
Š It is a work of individual Christians to practice hospitality (Hebrews 13:2 and I Peter 4:9), not a work of the church as a whole body.
2. “Is it right or is it wrong for a Christian to rejoice in God’s vengeance?”
Š We can rejoice in that God will be just in His vengeance (Psalms 58:10, Psalms 64:1-10, Proverbs 11:10, and Revelation 18:1-20; 19:2).
Š We have to allow God to avenge the wrong’s we face (Romans 12:17-21).
Š That being said, we shouldn’t want to see people perish either (Luke 9:51-56).
3. “Who are God’s people? We read that Israel is God’s people but then we also read the Jesus died for everyone? Which is the truth?”
Š Israel [a.k.a. Jews (Ezra 5:1) or Hebrews (Exodus 3:18)], in times past [Old Testament times], was God’s people (Genesis 35:10-12, Exodus 19:3-6, I Chronicles 16:13, and Psalms 135:4).
Š Now, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile (Romans 3:29-30 and Romans 10:12).
Š The truth is, ALL PEOPLE can be saved under the Law of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Romans 16:26, II Corinthians 5:17-19, and I Timothy 2:1-5). *More in question 5.
Š Now, Christians are God’s people. Christians are His holy nation (I Peter 2:5 and I Peter 2:9).
4. “Can you please explain Galatians 5:13?”
Š Brethren are those who have and continue to obey the word of God (Matthew 12:46-50).
Š Christians are “called” by the Gospel (II Thessalonians 2:14).
Š Christians are called unto liberty [freedom] from sin (John 8:32-36 and Romans 6:18-22) and the Law of Moses (Romans 7:1-6 and Galatians 4:1-5).
Š Freedom in Christ is not for us to serve our fleshly desires (Romans 13:13-14, II Corinthians 7:1, Galatians 5:16-26, and I Peter 2:11).
Š Christians are to love one another (John 13:34-35, John 15:12, I Thessalonians 4:9, and Hebrews 13:1).
Š Christians are to be servants toward each other as well (Philippians 2:3-8; cf. Romans 12:10; 16).
5. “Do Christians do keeping of the Sabbath?”
Š The command to keep the Sabbath day was for the nation of Israel (Exodus 31:13, Exodus 31:16, Leviticus 23:24, Leviticus 24:8, Leviticus 25:2, II Chronicles 2:4, Nehemiah 10:33, Nehemiah 13:18, and Ezekiel 20:13).
Š Those commands to keep the Sabbath Day were under the Law of Moses. As Gentiles, we are not, nor were we ever under the Law of Moses (Romans 2:12-15 and Ephesians 2:11-17).
Š The Law of Moses was for the nation of Israel (Leviticus 26:46, Deuteronomy 4:44, Joshua 8:31-32, and Malachi 4:4).
Š All people, races, nations, etc. are not under the Law of Moses today (Luke 16:16, Hebrews 8:1-13, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22).
Š The passing of the Law of Moses means that keeping the Sabbath is over (Colossians 2:10-17).
Š When God wanted something He commanded under the Law of Moses to continue in the Law of Christ, He said so (cf. Romans 13:8-10). We’re not told to keep the Sabbath Day.
6. “What does Jesus standing in the middle of seven gold candlesticks represent in Rev. 1:12-13?”
Š The seven golden candlesticks are the churches of Christ (Revelation 1:20) that Revelation is written to (Revelation 1:4).
Š This signifies that Christ is in the midst of the churches (Revelation 2:1) knowing what is going on amongst His body (I John 3:20, Revelation 2:2, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 2:19, Revelation 3:1, Revelation 3:8, and Revelation 3:15).
7. “If I don’t love Jesus with all of my heart, all of my mind, and all of my soul for just one second am I fallen from Jesus? Have I lost my salvation over just that one second of not loving Jesus with all of my heart, all of my mind, and all of my soul?”
Š Yes, (Revelation 2:1-5).
Š Consider the IGNORANCE of this question...
o If I kill someone for just one second, am I lost (I John 3:15)?
o If I commit fornication for just one second, am I lost (I Corinthians 6:9-10)?
o If I steal for just one second, am I lost (Ephesians 4:28)?
Š Sin, for a second or for years, still is transgression of God’s law (I John 3:4).
Š Sin brings about spiritual death (Romans 6:23).
Š You’re commanded to love the Lord with all of your being (cf. Matthew 22:37). As proven already, it is a soul damning sin to transgress His will.
Š The only way out of this damnation is to confess that sin (I John 1:9) and repent of it (Luke 13:5 and Acts 8:13-24).
8. “Jehovah told Abraham that his covenant is every many child to be circumcised. Everyone in Christ is a child of Abraham. It is true then, that one must be circumcised to be in a covenant with God as Abraham’s child in faith. Right? Verses are, Genesis 17:10, Galatians 3:26.”
Š Those who obey the Gospel are the children of Abraham (Galatians 3:26-29).
Š Circumcision doesn’t mean anything in Christ (Galatians 6:15 and Colossians 3:10-11).
© 2011 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