October 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 The word translated “doctrine” (Strong’s #1322) means “instruction”. There is true doctrine [teaching] (II Timothy 4:2 and Titus 2:1) and false doctrine (Revelation 2:14-15).
Š Jesus Himself attributed everything He taught to His Father (John 7:16-17).
Š After Jesus left this earth, the disciples that followed His word went and taught everyone the teachings of Christ, which came from the Father (Matthew 28:18-20).
Š Those truths were then passed on to others (I Corinthians 4:17 and II Timothy 2:2).
Š Those teachings of Christ, revealed by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, John 16:12-13, and I Corinthians 2:9-13), are inspired Scriptures (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Š Just to be clear, inspired writings known as the New Testament (Hebrews 9:14-18) are the teachings of Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 and Revelation 1:1), whether written by Paul or others (II Corinthians 3:6).
2. “Does Matthew 18:35 teach us to forgive the sins of our brother even if they are not going to change?”
Š No, (Matthew 18:15-17 and Luke 17:3-4).
Š The Scriptures teach us to forgive our brethren as God forgives us (Ephesians 4:32). How does God forgive us? Answer: He REQUIRES us to confess our sins (I John 1:9) and, amongst other things, repent of those sins (Luke 13:1-5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:14-24, etc.).
Š The church of Christ in Corinth let sin alone without practicing disciple. They erred in doing so (I Corinthians 5:1-13). We too would err if we did not help brethren come back to Christ when they err (Galatians 6:1-2 and James 5:19-20).
3. “Will God accept all worship if that worship is offered with pure intent?”
Š NO, (II Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 21:27, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 1:11-16, Isaiah 59:1-3, Jeremiah 6:19-20, Jeremiah 14:10-12, Amos 5:21-24, Matthew 23:14, John 9:31, I Timothy 2:8, and I Peter 3:12).
4. “Brian, the Bible says that every knee should bow when Jesus judges the world, so why do we say often that every knee shall bow when that is not actually what the scripture says?”
Š You are correct in saying “every knee should bow” (Philippians 2:10).
Š It is also biblically correct to say every knee SHALL bow: “(11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:11-12).
5. “I don’t believe that God ever wants anyone to suffer. A dad doesn’t want his children to suffer. If God has caused suffering then he is to be blamed for it. I know that is not true. So, doesn’t that mean that all suffering is caused by evil spirits? Would that also mean that then when you that you have to have a spirit that is evil removed by a spirit doctor?”
Š There is a misconception in the premise that it is never God's will for suffering. Remember, it was God's will that Jesus come to this world, suffer, and die (Acts 3:18). Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18). Thus, you have to back up here and realize that the premise of your thinking is incorrect. In fact, it is God's will that all of His children have times of suffering (II Timothy 3:12 and I Peter 5:10).
Š There is no godly or ungodly spirit that always causes everything to happen. Some things just happen (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
Š When God created this world everything was good (Genesis 1:31). Man has messed that up (Ecclesiastes 7:29).
Š Remember, it is the sins of man that brought death into this world (Genesis 3:17-19).
Š That being said, suffering is not a punishment for your sins either. Jesus suffered (Mark 8:31), yet had no sin (Hebrews 4:14-16). When studying Ecclesiastes you see that our lives (*carnally speaking, realizing the life to come is what we live for) are vain in that we suffer just as the wicked in this life (Ecclesiastes 2:13-17).
Š Be cautious with questions like this. It is not our place to put such blame on God (Job 36:23, Isaiah 40:13-14, and Romans 9:20).
Š Additionally, there is no such thing as a spirit doctor.
6. “Is the virgin birth of Jesus a myth? Isn’t it scientifically impossible for a virgin to give birth?”
Š It was/is not a “myth” (Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:18-25).
Š It was a miracle, therefore “science” would not want to conclude its possibility (I Corinthians 2:14).
7. “Does a person have to go to church to be a Christian?”
Š As we often note in the Q & A’s, one does not “go to church”. The word translated “church” in the Scriptures means: “a calling out that is a popular meeting especially of a religious congregation” (Strong’s #1577). The Scriptures reflect that this definition is true.
o For example, a building cannot hear something (Matthew 18:17).
o Another example is, a building cannot salute someone (I Peter 5:13).
o A building cannot read a letter (III John 9).
o Jesus is the head of His body, which is the church (Colossians 1:18). Christians are His body (I Corinthians 12:27). A building is not His body!
Š Now, the question therefore should be reworded as this: “Does a person have to assemble with the church to be a Christian?” The answer is, YES (Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:23-25; cf. Ephesians 4:16 and Hebrews 3:13).
8. “I am studying some of the outlines you have on the Holy Spirit. I must say that I have learned a lot. Thank you for putting them on the net. One question I have that I think I understand I would just like to see if there is more to study on it. What exactly is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?”
Š Here is what you can find about the subject to know what I know (Mark 1:8, Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 11:1-18).
Š Now, there is only one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6), which you can certainly deduce is water baptism since such is required to be saved (Mark 16:15-16 and I Peter 3:20-21).
9. “Did Jesus have any brothers and/or sisters?”
Š Yes, (Matthew 13:55, Mark 6:3, I Corinthians 9:5, and Galatians 1:19).
Š That being said, He did not make them special in any way (Matthew 12:46-50).
© 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