April 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).
Š If there is not agreement, someone is in error. Disagreement, in itself amongst saints, is sinful (I Corinthians 1:10). This includes matters of liberty as well (Romans 14:1-3).
Š Any man (myself included) is not the standard (I Corinthians 4:6 and II Corinthians 10:12-18). The will of God is the standard (II Timothy 1:13). If a person is not in accordance with the will of God they are false (Isaiah 8:20 and I Timothy 6:3-5).
Š Christians are commanded to name people whom are false (Romans 16:17-18 and II Thessalonians 3:14-15; cf. Ephesians 5:11).
Š We have approved examples to follow (Galatians 2:11-17, I Timothy 1:19-20, II Timothy 2:14-18, II Timothy 4:10-15, and III John 1:9-11).
Š Thus, yes, He is pleased (I Thessalonians 4:1) and would not be if I [we] did not do so (Luke 6:46).
2. “Can you explain to me what Psalms 44:21 means?”
Š Contextually, if Israel had forgotten God or turned to strange gods (Psalms 44:20), God would search it out (Psalms 44:21). See: Jeremiah 5:11-19
Š Read the whole chapter (Psalms 44:1-26) and see the good points Israel was taught there through song.
Š The point is, there is no secret you can keep from God in your heart or any other place (I Samuel 16:7, I Chronicles 28:9, II Chronicles 16:9, Psalms 139:1-18, Proverbs 5:21, Proverbs 15:3, Proverbs 15:11, Jeremiah 16:17, Jeremiah 23:23-27, Jeremiah 32:19, John 2:23-25, Hebrews 4:13, I John 3:20, Revelation 2:2; 9; 13, etc.).
3. “Can people in heaven look down on us and see us and still be part of our lives by being spectators?"
Š No person whom has been in the flesh, save Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11 and Acts 7:55), is currently in Heaven (Luke 16:19-31; cf. Luke 23:39-43). Therefore, no one in the sense of your question is in Heaven looking down on you. Consider John 3:13.
Š If you read the same reference, Luke 16:19-31, you can see that where the dead are there is a separation in that realm and from our world. There is nothing more to say.
4. “Do you have some material concerning: - Three heavens - Are there different degrees?”
Š There are multiple heavens (Deuteronomy 10:14, Psalms 115:16, and II Peter 3:10).
Š First heaven - the sky where the birds [fowls] fly (Genesis 1:7-8, Psalms 79:2, and Hosea 2:18).
Š Second, because if there is a third there is a second (*seen in next point), would likely be what we call space (Genesis 1:14-18, Exodus 32:13, Deuteronomy 4:19, etc.).
Š Third - Paradise (II Corinthians 12:1-4; cf. Luke 16:19-31 and Luke 23:39-43).
Š In speaking of eternal Heaven, which is not physical, nothing in the Scriptures indicates differing degrees. We will be where Jesus is (John 12:26, John 14:1-3, and Romans 8:17).
5. “some bible verse say that fear is good. some other bible verse say that fear is not good. i don have understanding on these. can you xplain rev. 21:8?”
Š We are to fear God (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 23:17, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 12:28-29, and I Peter 2:17).
Š We are not to fear the persecution of men (Matthew 10:28, Hebrews 13:5-6, and I Peter 3:14-17).
o That is not to say that all fear of men is to be set aside (Proverbs 24:21, Romans 13:1-7, and I Peter 2:18).
Š We are not to fear going without what we need in this life (Luke 12:22-34).
Š Therefore, we must conclude that we are not to have a carnal fearful disposition (i.e. Revelation 21:8) in things of regarding the flesh (Psalms 56:11, Proverbs 28:1, II Timothy 1:7, and I John 4:18). Yet, we are to fear things concerning our souls (Hebrews 10:26-31).
Š There is a balance in all of this and context of each Scripture has to be considered.
6. “Did the apostles receive any formal training or doctrinal degrees from schools of faith? I cannot find where they did. Today this is important to many do get doctrinal degrees from schools of faith. Why?”
Š “Religious schools” are a thing of men rather than of God. As such, they are unauthorized and wrong (I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-10, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š If religious schools were a good thing, training men in such to teach, the Lord would have indicated such in His word (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Š The Apostles had a much higher education than anything offered today (Matthew 10:16-20, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:9-13, and Galatians 1:12).
Š The Apostles were not “learned men” (Acts 4:13 and I Corinthians 2:1-5).
Š Even Jesus wasn’t perceived as an “educated man” (John 7:15).
Š As for “why?”… The Scriptures do not tell us to do these things therefore the reason they exist is because men wanted them to. What does that tell us about those involved with such unscriptural things (Matthew 16:23)?
7. “What verses can I use to show that the Church is never going to be without problems will never be at peace?”
Š What do you mean by “problems”? If you mean sinful things going on the answer is different than if you mean illness, persecution, etc. I shall proceed as though we are addressing matters of faith.
Š What do you mean by “church”? If you mean the whole body, not the local congregation, then you can see in the New Testament that error constantly affected some congregations from Corinth (I Corinthians 1:11) through the churches in Asia (Revelation 2:1-3:22). Error can creep in (Jude 1:3-4) from wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15-20).
Š Jesus expects the church to be glorious, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Š A congregation at peace is a congregation that is wholly following the will of the Lord. Such is why we, members of Christ' body, are supposed to be clean and holy people (II Corinthians 7:1, II Timothy 2:19, I Peter 1:13-16, and I John 3:1-3).
Š Peace and the one body go hand in had (Colossians 3:15).
Š Ask yourself if your question is seeking justification to be part of a congregation that has problems and lacks peace. If that is the case, you ought to no longer be part of that congregation for you are in error (Psalms 26:4-5, Ephesians 5:6-11, II Corinthians 6:14-18, I Timothy 5:22, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II John 1:9-11).
Š How have you concluded that the church is never going to be without problems without having the proof from the Scriptures yourself (Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 9:1-8, Deuteronomy 17:1-5, II Samuel 6:6-7, II Samuel 7:1-7, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 7:21-23, Acts 17:10-11, Romans 14:22-23, Galatians 6:3-4, and I Thessalonians 5:21)?
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