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|1||Holy Spirit holding the planet together?||Col 1:17||kalos||190966|
|in the Son all things hold together
NASB Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
ESV Colossians 1:13b-17
...his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him (Christ) all things hold together.
AMPLIFIED Colossians 1:17 And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).
|2||Keep the Sabbath Holy?||Bible general Archive 3||kalos||190877|
|What is your question?|
|3||first sin||OT general||kalos||190854|
|A question that could be answered with more certainty is: What or where is the first sin recorded in the Bible?
Grace to you,
|4||What is the answer to "B"?||Prov 5:4||kalos||190774|
|Who Killed King Saul?
"What had actually happened was that after Saul had killed himself, and the armorbearer had followed his lord’s example by taking his own life (1 Sam. 31:5), the Amalekite happened by at that moment, recognized the king’s corpse, and quickly stripped off the bracelet and crown before the Philistine troops discovered it."
'This item is available on the Apologetics Press website at: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/567
'AP Content :: Alleged Discrepancies
'Who Killed King Saul?
'by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.
'A skeptic wrote to ask the following question: “Bible contradictions, are they real?” He then answered his own question (which makes one wonder why—if he already knew the answer—he was writing us in the first place): “Yes. How did Saul die? 2 Samuel 21:12 says he was killed by a Philistine. 1 Samuel 31:4 says he killed himself. 2 Samuel 1:18-20 says he was killed by an Amalekite. Which one is it?”
'With just a few short sentences, the skeptic appears to have documented a legitimate discrepancy within the biblical text. The key word here, however, is “appears.” As is so often the case, there is much more to the matter than merely quoting a single verse or two in an effort to make the Bible appear to contradict itself. An examination of these passages—in their historical context—makes for an interesting and educational study.
"...it is only a record of what the Amalekite mercenary SAID had taken place."
'How can this [the Amalekite's] story be reconciled with the accounts in 1 Samuel 31 and 2 Samuel 21? Isolated from both the general and immediate historical context, the simple fact is that it cannot. Is there, then, an unavoidable, unexplainable contradiction as the skeptic has alleged? No, there is not. There is another possible explanation. In his book, Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, Gleason L. Archer elaborated on this possibility when he wrote that the Amalekite’s story
"is not presented as being an actual record of what happened during Saul’s dying moments; it is only a record of what the Amalekite mercenary SAID had taken place. Coming with Saul’s crown and bracelet in hand and presenting them before the new king of Israel, the Amalekite obviously expected a handsome reward and high preferment in the service of Saul’s successor. In the light of the straightforward account in the previous chapter, we must conclude that the Amalekite was lying in order to gain a cordial welcome from David. But what had actually happened was that after Saul had killed himself, and the armorbearer had followed his lord’s example by taking his own life (1 Sam. 31:5), the Amalekite happened by at that moment, recognized the king’s corpse, and quickly stripped off the bracelet and crown before the Philistine troops discovered it. Capitalizing on his good fortune, the Amalekite then escaped from the bloody field and made his way down to David’s headquarters in Ziklag. But his hoped-for reward turned out to be a warrant for his death; David had him killed on the spot...His glib falsehood had brought him the very opposite of what he had expected, for he failed to foresee that David’s high code of honor would lead him to make just the response he did (1982, pp. 181-182, emp. added)."
'It would not be unusual for a Bible writer to record a story that was told at the time as the truth when, in fact, it was a lie. Moses recorded Satan’s lie to Eve in Genesis 3:4, without comment on its false nature. The writer of 1 Kings 13 recorded the lie of the older prophet to the younger prophet (a lie that ultimately caused the younger prophet’s death). John recorded Peter’s three-fold lie when he denied being one of Christ’s disciples (18:15-27). Other similar examples could be offered.
'The point is, just because the Amalekite mercenary CLAIMED to have killed King Saul does not mean that he was telling the truth when he made such a claim.
'In fact, we know he was not because elsewhere (e.g., 1 Samuel 31:4-5) the actual facts of the case are presented with great clarity. Once again, the skeptic’s claim of a biblical discrepancy can be answered by a common-sense appeal to reason that provides a solution consistent with the available facts.'
(The above excerpt is taken from the first and last paragraphs of the article. To read much more go to:
Grace to you,
|5||Polygamy, Prostitution, etc. Bad things?||Bible general Archive 3||kalos||190770|
|You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14 AMPLIFIED [Prov. 6:25, 26; Matt. 5:28; Rom. 1:24; Eph. 5:3.]
The bad things God does not want us to do are made plain and clear in the 613 commands of the Law of Moses. "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4)
Grace to you,
|6||please explain "fruits of the spirit"||Gal 5:22||kalos||190718|
|Actually the subject of Galatians 5:22 is "the fruit of the Spirit." Fruit (singular), not fruits (plural).
What is the fruit of the Spirit? According to Galatians 5:22 (AMPLIFIED) But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
Grace to you,
|7||STUMP THE PASTOR||Prov 5:4||kalos||190619|
|Could you clarify your question for me? Which, if any, of the following are you asking:
A. What is one of the hardest questions that appears IN the Bible? I.e., the hardest question in the Bible text that is asked by a Bible writer or character? (E.g., who is my neighbor, did God say..., what must I do to be saved, what think ye of Him, whose son is He?)
B. What is one of the hardest factual questions ABOUT the text of the Bible? (E.g., did King Saul commit suicide or was he killed by his armor bearer, who is buried in David's tomb, how many people in the Bible are named Zechariah?)
C. What is one of the hardest questions about the interpretation of the Bible? (E.g., what is the identity of the Antichrist, the number 666, or the Great Harlot?)
Thank you in advance for your help in clarifying your question.
Grace to you,
|8||When was Revelation written and why ?||Revelation||kalos||190573|
|Why no mention of Temple's destruction?
Since the most important thing in the life of the Jews was the temple, then why is there no mention of the destruction of the temple, if, indeed, Revelation was written in 90-something A.D. (after the destruction of the temple)?
You have made many good points in various posts regarding the interpretation of Revelation. I appreciate your approach to the study of this book.
Grace to you,
|9||Lack of Indifference||Mark 16:18||kalos||190431|
|"When the plain sense makes good sense, seek no other sense lest it be nonsense."
Question: How do we take the bible literally in one instance and not others?
An answer: 2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(All Scripture quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.)
The basic principle of interpretation is to interpret *plainly*. The word *literal* is avoided here because it creates connotations which have to be corrected.
An overly wooden literal interpretation can be confusing or misleading and often is not necessary or desirable.
Matt 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
*ye devour widows' houses.* Do the scribes and Pharisees eat literal wood and nails? No, "They used their position as judges to adjust claims against wealthy widows or to get the widows to leave their estates to the scribes and Pharisees" (Ryrie Study Bible).
Then why did our Lord use the phrase "ye devour widows' houses"? The Bible sometimes uses a "figure of speech", which is defined as "an expression in which a nonliteral sense of a word or words is used to create a forceful or illuminating image."
Gal 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
*if ye bite and devour one another.* Does this verse mean that the people of the church at Galatia literally chew and swallow one other's flesh? Of course not. It is speaking of strife in the church.
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
*the four corners of the earth.* Have you ever seen a photograph of earth taken from space? Have you seen any corners on the planet lately? What then, is the Bible wrong? May it never be. The writer here is using figurative, not literal, language.
Summary: Sometimes the literal sense is the plain sense. At other times, it is not.
If one forces an overly literal interpretation where it does not fit (as in the 3 verses given as examples here), then the literal sense can indeed become nonsense.
Grace to you,
|10||Searching for the truth||John||kalos||190127|
|PRAYING in the name of Jesus doesn't mean SAYING, "In the name of Jesus."
"One thing you will notice when you highlight every prayer, every supplication towards God that is uttered in the text of the New Testament is that you will never see a New Testament prayer that ends with the phrase "In Jesus' name. Amen," even though the same text teaches you to pray in Jesus' name. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to draw the conclusion that we are, first, to pray in the name of Jesus, and second, praying in the name of Jesus doesn't mean ending your prayer with the phrase "In the name of Jesus. Amen," because it is never done in the New Testament.'
To read more, go to:
In the Name of Jesus by Gregory Koukl at the following website: (www.str.org/free/commentaries/theology/nameofje.htm)
Grace to you,
|11||rebuking generational curses in neh?||Rom 5:12||kalos||190066|
|The person who sins will die. Eze. 18:20a NASB
"God does not punish us for someone else's sins"
The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only. Ezekiel 18:20 AMPLIFIED
"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,
'The fathers eat the sour grapes,
But the children's teeth are set on edge'?"
NASB Ezekiel 18:2
"The people of Judah believed they were being punished for the sins of their ancestors, not their own. They thought this way because this was the teaching of the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:5). Ezekiel taught that the destruction of Jerusalem was due to the spiritual decay in previous generations. But this belief in the corporate life of Israel led to fatalism and irresponsibility. So Ezekiel gave God's new policy for this new land because the people had misconstrued the old one. God does not punish us for someone else's sins; and we can't use their mistakes as an excuse for our sins. Each person is accountable to God for his or her actions. In addition, some people of Judah used the corporate umbrella of God's blessing as an excuse for disobeying God. They thought that because of their righteous ancestors (Ezek. 18:5-9) they would live. God told them that they would not; they were the evil sons of righteous parents and, as such, would die (Ezek. 18:10-13). If, however, anyone returned to God, he or she would live (Ezek. 18:14-18)."
Source: NOVEMBER 8, The One Year Bible Companion, Tyndale House Publishers, 1992.
Grace to you,
|12||rebuking generational curses in neh?||Rom 5:12||kalos||190063|
|'I am convinced that spiritual warfare has little or nothing to do with the kinds of things that pass as spiritual warfare, the binding, the loosing, the pleading of the blood, the addressing of demons, the dealing with generational demonic influence in a person's life. Why do I say that? For a very simple reason. This is never seen in the New Testament. I've mentioned this before and it's a good rule of thumb, friends, if you're embracing or engaging something as a spiritual discipline then you ought to be able to find it taught as a spiritual discipline in the Scriptures. Sometimes what we do is take a verse which has a particular meaning to us and expand it into a complete discipline and then we enjoin people to follow this discipline...'
'What we do see is the disciples in the process of doing effective work and teaching us sound doctrine. But do the Apostles bind and loose, pray against territorial demons, free people from generational bondage and demonic influence, plead the blood over inanimate objects, cast out demons for different maladies or sins? No. Is this possible? Sure. But is it standard? Is it a spiritual discipline? Is it necessary according to the teaching and the example of the text? The answer is no.
'If you want to know, you've got to do the study in the text. Sound doctrine is not as easy as adopting an idea from a T.V. prophet or a charismatic, Holy Ghost revivalist and then starting to sling spiritual darts back at the devil. It involves spending time to know the truth. You're not going to get a quick fix from a book on the rack. It's got to be a life's commitment...'
To read more go to: www.str.org
|13||besst bible commentary?||Revelation||kalos||190062|
'Revelation is one of the most mysterious books of the Bible. For centuries people have debated various aspects of the book--for example, the timing of the rapture of the church, the nature of the millennial reign of Christ, and the timing of Christ's return (before, in the middle of, or after the Great Tribulation). And debates have raged over the identity of the Beast, the number 666, and the Great Prostitute. Unfortunately, the debates have fueled such great controversy that Christians have been divided, and churches have even split over these issues.
'Every Christian who approaches this book must realize that if these questions have been debated over centuries, then God probably made them not clear on purpose. Churches and seminaries have made their interpretations of these debated issues part of their doctrinal statements. But they must understand that other Christians who disagree with their positions are doing only that--disagreeing. The positions regarding postmillennialism versus premillennialism do not make a difference as to whether one is a believer or not. The cardinal doctrine is whether a person believes that Christ, the Savior and King, will indeed one day return for his people and whether one has trusted in him as personal Savior. From there, the timing of Christ's return or when the church will be raptured are merely issues for discussion--not fundamental doctrines that affect a person's salvation.'
pp. 1200-1201, Life Application New Testament Commentary, 2001, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois
Grace to you,
|14||Searching for the truth||John||kalos||190058|
|Praying in the Name of Jesus
'What does it mean to pray in the name of someone if it doesn't mean saying, "In the name of..."? Here's what it means.
'The name of someone, in the sense that the Bible authors used it, was what the person stood for, the substance of their character, or their authority . . . When we pray in the name of Jesus . . . what we are doing is acting in [his] authority, in [his] stead, according to [his] command, and consistent with [his] desires.'
'When we pray in the name of Jesus it might be better for us to drop the phrase "In the name of Jesus" altogether because generally we don't mean, "I am praying in the authority of Jesus Christ." You know what we probably mean when we say "In the name of Jesus. Amen" ? Practically speaking, it means the prayer is over. That is the Christian exit. Amen. Translated it means, the prayer is over, let's go do what we were doing, or let's eat.
'There is power in praying in the authority of Jesus Christ, by the authority He has given you, consistent with His character, His desire, and His will. It's like when we say, "Stop in the name of the law." The policeman is saying that because he is standing in the place of the law and speaking on behalf of it. To the degree that he speaks for the law, then he can enforce the law and he has authority. When he steps outside of the law, he has lost his authority even though he still says, "Stop in the name of the law."
'If you are praying in a group and you don't want to leave people mystified as to what is happening, you could just simply say, "The prayer is over, let's eat," or, "We're done, let's go on." The important thing is not what you say with your mouth. Dispense with the empty words. Get rid of them. Instead, approach the throne of God based on the authority of Jesus Christ. If you are thinking that way and that is your attitude, it doesn't matter what you say at the end of the prayer. God will hear you according to His promise.'
[This article has been edited to fit here within space limitations. To read the entire article, see In the Name of Jesus by Gregory Koukl
|15||OT people called God "Yahweh" in prayer?||Matt 6:9||kalos||190056|
|The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is His name. Ex 15:3 HCSB
I did not say that OT people called God Yahweh when they prayed. All I said was, "Yahweh is His name." The rest of my post consists of quotations from the Scriptures. How people in the OT pronounced the name of the Lord (YHWH) or if they prounounced it at all is outside the scope of my previous post.
Grace to you,
|16||meaning of Isaiah 41:10?||Is 41:10||kalos||189990|
|More Than I Can Handle
Myths Christians Believe
God Won't Give Me More Than I Can Handle
'People get baffled and angry when bad things happen, and it just gets worse when God doesn't make the difficult situation go away. We start wondering if God has gone on vacation because we're nearing our breaking point and God isn't stepping in to make things better.
'The problem with this myth is that God is in the business of breaking His people so that we will get to the point of complete dependence on Him. Brokenness is a virtue, not something to be protected from. When the apostle Paul pleaded with God to remove his thorn in the flesh, God said no. Instead, He responded with an amazing promise: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Paul realized that his weakness was the very key to experiencing God's strength and not his own.
'One of my friends ministered as a chaplain at Ground Zero in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks. She got so tired and exhausted that she knew it was more than she could bear. That's when she discovered that her exhaustion took her out of God's way and He could shine through her, ministering with His strength through her profound weakness.
'I love this definition of brokenness: "Brokenness is that place where we realize that all the things we counted on to make life work, don't." God makes life work. Formulas don't. Our own efforts don't. Trustful dependence on Him plugs us into the power source for life. And that often happens when we've crossed over the line of what we can handle on our own.'
Myths Christians Believe by Sue Bohlin
Grace to you,
|17||meaning of vs Isaiah 41:10?||Isaiah||kalos||189987|
|18||Did people call "our Father" in prayer?||Matt 6:9||kalos||189984|
|Question 2: If not, what name did they call?
Answer: "Yahweh is His name."
Ex 15:3 HCSB
The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is His name.
Gen. 4:26 The American Standard Version
"And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh. Then began men to call upon the name of Jehovah" (YHWH).
Know that Yahweh your God is God.
De 7:9a Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Ex 3:15 HCSB
God also said to Moses, "Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation."
Ex 6:2 HCSB
Then God spoke to Moses, telling him, "I am Yahweh."
Ex 34:5 HCSB
The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed [His] name Yahweh.
Grace to you,
|19||what does it really mean to love God?||NT general Archive 1||kalos||189958|
|But whoever KEEPS HIS WORD, in him truly the love of God is perfected (1 John 2:5a English Standard Version (ESV)). Compare to Daniel 9:4. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS" (Daniel 9:4 ESV).
1Jo 2:15 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jo 3:17 ESV
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
1Jo 3:18 ESV
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 5:3 NIV
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
Grace to you,
|20||I need a NT verse...||Lev 18:6||kalos||189957|
|'The Law Is a Guide for Christian Living.
'The believer, through the Spirit, keeps the righteous requirements of the law (Rom 8:3-4), following the principle of love which is the fulfillment of the law (Rom 13:8-10; Gal 5:14; Mark 12:31, ; cf. Lev 19:18). As the New Testament use of Old Testament laws shows, the moral aspect of the law continues to define proper and improper behavior for Christians. Old Testament laws supplement New Testament morality by addressing some issues not directly treated in the New Testament. God's commandments were intended to bring life (Rom 7:10), and the promises of life associated with the law remain applicable (Eph 6:2-3; cf. Exod 20:12).'
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Walter A. Elwell, 1996, Baker Books, Grand Rapids
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