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|1||Who was sacrificing in the temple?||Ex 30:13||Wild Olive Shoot||218693|
|"Christ's Crucifixion did not bring an end to the animal sacrifices, but the destruction of the Temple did in 70ad".
Who was sacrificing in the temple before its destruction? Were followers of Christ sacrificing in the Temple?
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Stand in His grace,
|2||Can our souls feel their worth?||Matt 16:26||Wild Olive Shoot||212196|
|O Holy Night happens to be one of my favorite carols. There is a line that has always intrigued me.
"'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth."
Does Scripture teach us that we can or should feel our worth?
Stand in His grace,
|3||Questioning Apostasy||John 10:28||Wild Olive Shoot||207565|
|Can you question apostasy in light of the following?
2Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Acts 5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
These appear to speak to apostasy past, present and future do they not?
Can you really question it and if so how?
Stand in His grace,
|4||Scripture above scripture?||2 Tim 3:16||Wild Olive Shoot||205368|
|I thought this should have its very own discussion.
I've seen on this forum as well as other places, recently and not so recently, the act of maybe placing slightly more of an emphasis on certain Scripture due to accuracy, who spoke it and when it was penned.
Is there not problem with this way of thinking due to the author of all Scripture? Shouldn’t we hold all of His words at the same level? Or am I maybe being a bit too sensitive here?
Looking forward to comments.
Stand in His grace,
|5||Impact on our witness?||Matt 15:18||Wild Olive Shoot||201698|
|In light of the scripture reference, how important is our witness?
John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
“Study your great Exemplar, and be filled with his Spirit. Remember that you need much teaching, much upholding, much grace, and much humility, if your witnessing is to be to your Master’s glory.” - C.H. Spurgeon
“Whenever God gives us an opportunity of being useful to others, he expects we should improve it, according to our capacity and ability.” – Matthew Henry
Stand in His grace,
|6||Is it easy for God to forgive?||Matt 6:15||Wild Olive Shoot||199888|
|Is it easy for God to forgive?|
|7||How does one win grace?||Genesis||Wild Olive Shoot||196095|
|How does one win grace?|
|8||Abstaining from things strangled, blood?||Acts 15:20||Wild Olive Shoot||192116|
|Reference to things strangled and blood from v20 below:
Are these upheld today as being necessary things and if not, why?
Acts 15:19,20: 19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Stand in His grace,
|9||Gracious Humility||Phil 2:3||Wild Olive Shoot||182620|
|CDBJ / Steve, thanks to both of you for the responses.
Those are a few of the verses I picked up on when looking into it (Philippians 2:3 / 1 Peter 5:5). I see how those are directly related to humility, which is understood as a Christian grace. I’m struggling however to be comfortable in attaching “gracious humility” with those.
I perceive “gracious” humility to be indicative in a sense, of a humbleness that is able to be projected externally, not simply the results of a lowly and humble heart, but humility itself.
Seems this would be more of an attribute of God rather than of us.
Is that what you could possibly conclude?
Maybe I’m not understanding how gracious is tied to humility?
Stand in His grace,
|10||Gracious Humility?||Phil 2:3||Wild Olive Shoot||182596|
|Is anyone familiar with the term “gracious humility” as an attribute of God or as a Christian grace? This was a new term presented to me today and I am trying to reconcile it with a biblical depiction.
|11||How does grace teach us?||Titus 2:12||Wild Olive Shoot||182168|
|Titus 2:11,12: 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
How does grace teach (instruct or train) us?
Can God's discipline and punishment be considered grace?
|12||What is "it"? Eph 2:8||John 1:12||Wild Olive Shoot||172514|
|Way to keep me in suspense Tim. :)
Does the "it" then refer to "His Kindness" from v7 or salvation spoken of in v8 or neither?
Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Faith is a gift though is it not?
1 Corinthians 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Or does the faith mentioned here refer something other than saving faith?
Faith is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
|13||What are we saved from?||Ps 86:13||Wild Olive Shoot||171747|
|I have a question. Please bear with me, as I’m fairly certain it has probably been put forth to the forum at some time, in some fashion, in the past but I’m really interested in current opinions. After all, I am somewhat familiar, or as familiar as I can be, with the current participants and have some sort of sense of where it is they are coming from.
Concerning all the discussion as of late and to whether or not “Hell” is an eternal place of torment or merely a made up Christian scare tactic:
Are we not granted salvation being in Christ? Just what are we saved from if not the tremendous agony of an everlasting existence in a pit of flames and torture, forever separated from a loving God?
Is it to be expected that if Hell is merely the grave and those not saved are simply “non-existent” upon their physical death that Christ saved us only from ceasing to exist?
Is that what some would have us believe? That Christ suffered and died for us so that we would not stop existing. To cease to exist, would for some I imagine, be a more hopeful end to the trials and tribulations of this current world we reside in. Salvation from that doesn’t seem to be such a great reality to look forward to. However, eternity in the presence of God compared to the flames of Hell, that seems to be something to long for, more like being saved.
What is the hope of our salvation if not to avoid the dreadful and unimaginable despair? Why would our Lord have to die for anything less? He loves us that much to keep from the depths of Hell. Would He care to place such a heavy burden upon Himself just to keep us from “non-existence”?
His love for us seems somewhat diminished when we are made to believe that His sacrifice wasn’t that great. As great as His love is for us, and as great as His sacrifice was for us, I have to surmise that the end without all of that must be a great and horrific end. Otherwise, why bother?
Eternal torment or non-existence; which of these would logically require the greater sacrifice, or rather, the greatest sacrifice?
Psalm 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
|14||Are we to expect unity?||Gal 3:28||Wild Olive Shoot||169964|
|I’ve been hearing plenty of talk lately concerning Jews and Gentiles and they being referred to as “us” and “them”.
Is the body of Christ unified? Did not Christ destroy the “dividing wall of hostility”? Aren’t we all equal before the cross? Where mercy and justice meet, aren’t all who are called granted that mercy and spared due punishment?
Am I missing something? Are we again to separate Jews from Gentiles? Or in most cases today, it seems the Gentiles are separating themselves from the Jews.
Is there unity or has the foot become more valuable than the hand?
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Romans 15:5-7: 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:14-16: 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Are all that are "called" expected to be one body?
|15||Submissive or Suppressed Wills||Luke 22:42||Wild Olive Shoot||166322|
|Mark 14:36 (KJV) And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Luke 22:42 (KJV) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Matthew 26:39 (KJV) And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
…” and when he prays that this cup might pass from him, his meaning is, that he might be freed from the present horrors of his mind, be excused the sufferings of death, and be delivered from the curse of the law, and wrath of God; which request was made without sin, though it betrayed the weakness of the human nature under its insupportable load, and its reluctance to sufferings and death, which is natural;”…
…”That there are two wills in Christ, human and divine, is certain; his human will, though in some instances, as in this, may have been different from the divine will, yet not contrary to it; and his divine will is always the same with his Father's. “– John Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible
John 4:34 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
“The Ethiopic version reads, "of my Father that sent me", and who is undoubtedly intended. Now as food is pleasant, and delightful, and refreshing to the body of man, so doing the will of God was as delightful and refreshing to the soul of Christ: he took as much pleasure in it, as an hungry man does in eating and drinking. One part of the will of God was to assume human nature; this he had done, and with delight and pleasure: another part of it was to fulfil the law; and this was in his heart, and was his delight, and he was now doing it: and another branch of it was to suffer and die, in the room and stead of his people; and as disagreeable as this was in itself to the human nature, yet he cheerfully agreed to it; and was sometimes, as it were, impatient till it was accomplished; and he voluntarily became obedient to it: no man could, with greater eagerness, fall to eating, when hungry, than Christ went about his Father's will and work, even that which was most ungrateful to him, as man.” – John Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible
Clearly, Christ was of both human and divine natures, coexisting in one. In referencing Matthew 26:39, John Gill points out that Christ’s Human will was in some cases different than His divine, but never contrary to it.
In referencing John 4:34, his commentary seems to state that Christ was ever so eager to fulfill the work of which God required, and to which He was obedient in the fullest.
I’m not questioning Gill’s commentary. My question concerns the will of man. Unlike Christ, we have only our Human nature and I’m under the impression that our will cannot act outside of that. It seems always to be motivated by that which we desire the most. Since we are given a new nature at conversion, but not fully relieved of our old, our will is able to direct us to act in accordance to God’s. But is our “old nature” will suppressed, or is it simply that our “new nature” will is submissive to God’s?
Looking to Christ as our example, I see Him praying in Gethsemane desiring the upcoming horrors to be taken from Him but in never contradicting the will of God, His human will was submissive to the Father’s. Or can we conclude that Christ’s divine will desired the salvation of man more than His human will desired the cup to be taken from Him thus suppressing His human will?
My thoughts are along the lines that under the guide of the Holy Spirit, our wills are submissive to God’s and that is truly what the Spirit motivates us to. Enabling us to desire God’s will thereby maintaining a free will given unto us by our Creator.
Would truly enjoy thoughts on this.
|16||Holy Thought and Corrupt Behavior?||Luke 11:28||Wild Olive Shoot||157506|
|According to Scripture, can holy thought and corrupt behavior coexist in a believer?
|17||Hindering layman from participating||Bible general Archive 2||Wild Olive Shoot||150324|
12Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
It appears to me that there are those participating in this forum that want to limit others or strip them of their authority or rather their entitlement to respond on a particular subject. This is a Bible Study Forum, correct? Then shouldn’t we allow everyone to bring a Scripture to light and then engage in a Christian-like correspondence on the particular Scripture? If someone is mistaken in their interpretation or understanding of a passage, isn’t it the responsibility of those who participate in this forum to correct them? Rather than hindering them and ridiculing someone for posting their view, shouldn’t we be encouraging one another to seek the truth? Postings by some on this forum are not effective in leading another to the truth and possibly, eventually, preventing them from misleading another. Believe it or not, not all who have questions or an interpretation of a Scripture are Bible Scholars and some do in fact need to be led to the truth. In fact, if all of us were Bible Scholars, there would really be no reason for this forum to exist, now would there?
Taken from “Resources: About the Forum:
“For the layman, it's a 24-hour source of evolving Bible study notes with which to contrast and compare”.
How do you expect the layman to compare and contrast and ultimately learn if they are discouraged from responding and conversing with those who are attempting to correct them? Isn’t it our responsibility to witness to those who know not and strengthen those who are weak in the faith?
14As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him. 15And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him.
Levi gives us a great example of witnessing. The very day he believed in Christ, his witness began. How much do we think Levi knew at the time? Let even those new to Christ ask and then teach them appropriately.
In our discernment of one another, we look to actions and deeds of another in order to verify their witness of Christ. In this forum, it is the words in which we convey through type. Ridiculing and demeaning words are not indicative of an effective witness. In this Christian’s opinion, they are unbecoming of someone who is supposedly in a position to strengthen a weaker brother in the Word of God.
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
If we could learn to tame our tongues, we could effectively reach many more rather than turning them away.
So my question(s) is this, why do some feel it acceptable to ridicule those who are weak in the faith and why do others condone it instead of pointing it out? Could it not be detrimental to another brother who is weak and is looking for encouragement from other Christians?
|18||Good from evil?||Bible general Archive 2||Wild Olive Shoot||149309|
|Interested in seeing what sort of responses I get to this one. Please support any answers with Scripture references.
Can "anything" good come from evil?
|19||Taking Him for His word||Matt 24:2||Wild Olive Shoot||148359|
|Doc, thanks for the reply. I understand completely what you are implying, but isn't quibbling more accurately describing our stating that it is "pretty much destroyed" when He tells us not one stone would be left upon another? I had this question posed to me from a member of a Bible Study group. I could only reply with what I have learned concerning the events in A.D.70. In response, the question volleyed back to me was along the lines of "why am I not taking the Lord at His word?" If in fact the wall was part of the Temple complex then it should be totally destroyed not partially. I was hoping to formulate a reply with more certainty, an incontestable response. If I posed the same question to you, "why am I not taking the Lord at His word?" what kind of response may I expect to get? Again thanks for your time. It is nice to be welcomed to a new place.|
|20||Is the Temple destruction yet to come?||Matt 24:2||Wild Olive Shoot||148345|
|Would like to get some enlightening opinions pertaining to this verse given by our Lord in His Olivet Discourse. I've read from many sources and scholars that the act of the Temple and Jerusalem being destroyed in A.D.70 by the Romans (Titus I believe) fulfilled those spoken words. My question is this: Was not, what is referred to today as The Wailing Wall, part of the temple complex? If so, wouldn't the fulfillment of Jesus' words still be considered a future event?|