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Results from: Answered Bible Questions, Answers, Unanswered Bible Questions, Notes
Contents include: "prayer"
On or After: Monday, August 29, 2005
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1 please help. Answer Romans mark d seyler Mon 08/29/05, 2:32pm 156738
  Hi Lola,

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. Nom man comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14)

In bringing this Muslims into your fiancee's life, He opened a door that may lead them into heaven.

Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10) The false religion of Islam, which denies Christ, (Allah does not have a son), is by definition antichrist, and will not save anyone.

But there is a particular Muslin family which has a unique and wonderful treasure. They have a Christian man who openned his heart to them, and has hopefully shared the gospel, or can in the future. They have a greater treasure still. They have a Christian man and woman who can agree in prayer for them, to intercede for them, that they will be stopped from their headlong rush into hell.

Your fiancee has returned from the physical war, but the spiritual war goes on. Pray! Pray! Pray!!!! Perservere!!!!!

God died trying to keep them out of hell. Will they let God rescue them? Or will they fight Him until He allows them their own way.

I am praying also.

Love in Christ,
Mark

2 Struggle or Victory? Note 1 Pet 2:9 mark d seyler Mon 08/29/05, 3:48pm 156757
  I’ve long thought of myself as struggling through this life as best I can, knowing that one day, God would take me from this world, and I would begin my heavenly existance.

If we have been truly born again, right now, the real me, the real you, is already living a heavenly existance. If we are to see ourselves as God sees us, we should see the living spirit we have become, not the dead flesh that is passing away. We should see each other as the living spirit we have become. Truly heavely creatures.

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people (lit. people to be a special possession); that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” Not something we shall be, something that we are.

Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” We can keep His covenant, because now it is based on His faithfulness.

Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

And so in Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

The Bible doesn’t say anything about leaving the throne of grace! To the contrary, in Ephesians 2:6 God “has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” and in Colossians 3 “we are hid with Christ in God”, and that Jesus sits at the right of God in heaven. God has sat us down with Christ, in heaven. We are in heaven already!

So where is heaven? If we could but see through the veil, this smoke and mirrors around us, we would see that even now we are seated with Jesus.

It was after I began to study Colossians 3 that I began to really understand this. Before, I had always thought of heaven as someplace far away, beyond the universe, and I knew God heard my prayers, but by long long distance. Now that I know I am even now before God’s throne, He is here with us, my prayers are not to someone far away, I am speaking to one right beside me. God is not directing our lives from outer space, He is guiding us as a Father leads His child by the hand. He is here. He will never leave me or forsake me.

What is there in this world that can overcome us? Nothing – We are in heaven with God! What sin cannot be avoided by remaining where we are? None! What good work will remain undone if we simply stay hid with Christ in God? None! Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Love in Christ,
Mark
3 Fasting Answer Bible general Archive 2 jlhetrick Mon 08/29/05, 6:10pm 156769
  Hi Mike,

Yes, fasting is for today. As Hank pointed out, you can search the topic on the forum for in-depth study, however, I felt a friendly answer wouldn't hurt.

As you may be aware, the book of Acts is one of the best places to go to in the bible to get a picture of the early church to include the performance of individuals and the wider church body. The following passage is an example of those in the "New Testament Church" (which continues to this day) fasting.

Acts 14:23
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and FASTING , committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
NIV (emphasis added)

Hope this helps,

Jeff
4 What happens to our soul when we die? Note Luke 12:20 SBoone Tue 08/30/05, 8:49am 156808
  Hi Mark,

Is 34:9,10 uses the same wording as the verse in Rev 14:9-11, regarding the destruction of Edom. Smoke goes up forever, and with burning that will not be quenched night or day.

If after you have thoughtfully and prayerfully considered all the texts on both side of this issue and you can honestly tell yourself (in your heart)that you accept the scriptures as the word of God whether it is in harmony with our theology or not, then you are truly a disciple of Christ (John 8:31,32). I believe this allows room for disagreements in love.

As Christians we can agree to disagree and pray for one another that we will be lead by the Spirit to a fuller understanding of scripture (which I understand may be me and I keep 1 Cor 2:13 to heart "which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining the spiritual thoughts with spiritual words").

God Bless
5 Are these the "willfully sinning" v26? Note Heb 10:39 Makarios Tue 08/30/05, 11:12am 156824
  Greetings Mommapbs!

I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond to your note. I would agree that there are those who know about God but don't really know Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

The only advice that I can give you from personal experience is that persistence and persistence through prayer pays! I am not saying that we should witness to people every single time that we are with them if they refuse to believe. But we can go on being ourselves, our own light and witness to them, and to continue praying that the Lord will knock down the strongholds that they have built up around themselves to keep them away from believing. Many times, I see that the people that I witness to are watching me, to see if I walk the same thing that I talk to them about. Another thing to consider is that you have planted the seed! And another Christian will perhaps take your work further, hopefully resulting in the salvation of the soul.

Blessings to you!

Makarios
6 What happens to our soul when we die? Note Luke 12:20 SBoone Wed 08/31/05, 6:21am 156887
  Good morning,
Sorry I missed your comment last night. Unfortunately I don't have internet I can use at home other than my palm phone which is impractical to use with much typing.

Is 65:17 - I agree that remembrance does not preclude existance. However, in Heaven or the new Earth we would certainly be aware if there were millions of people suffering eternal torment. So to me "the former things will not be remembered or come to mind" would mean at some point the wickeds existance would come to an end so that we could have closure on the sin issue.

The key for me in 2 Pet 3:10 is "the earth and its works will be burned up". The earth itself has no works in need of burning up. I would suggest this refers to the unredeemed.

Mt 10:28 echoes several texts that talk about the soul being destroyed. In fact here it is very specific that the soul of the unredeemed will be destroyed in hell. The everlasting punishment again is death. Their death is everlasting. Once they are destoyed that act will not be undone.

Mal 4:1 I agree this is a metaphor. I interpret it as a metaphor for the end of time (What is your understanding?). I don't disagree that root and branch refer to lineage. I read this verse that "every evildoer will be chaff" burned to dust, and that the root and branch that is represented in the lineage by this individual will be cut off and burned. This will leave them nothing. See also John 15:6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned".

Ez 28:18,19 The different translations don't change my understanding of these texts. In fact they seem to afirm it. In vs. 18 NKJV says "I brought fire from you midst; It devoured you, and I turned you to ashes" Youngs is very similar as is KJV. The ashes that result from the devouring of the unredeemed lead to vs. 19 where "you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever"NKJV.

Ps 37:10 I too wish I had a better understanding of Hebrew also. I agree with your understanding of the context, but would suggest that vs. 10 and 20 is predicting the destruction of the wicked.

Mark, you really are very thorough in your study. I believe this is how we are to study the Bible. Is 28:9,10 tells us to do this. Then John 14:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us.

Another way to look at this issue would be to ask why is it important. Is the belief one way or the other opening doors of opportunity to Satan? I would suggest that the fact that over one billion persons are going to pray to a dead person today is very troubling as a Christian. I don't know how many will hear responses, but I know many claim to do so.

In your opinion to whom are these people speaking? If they hear a response whom have they heard from?

If you were to stand on scripture to show a child of God why they should not pray to the dead how would you do it?

I really enjoy studying with you. It appears the Lord is with you and I do not take lightly your comments or viewpoints. I spent quite a bit of time in prayer this morning asking the Lord to lead me to His truth.

SBoone



7 What happens to our soul when we die? Note Luke 12:20 mark d seyler Wed 08/31/05, 9:32am 156906
  Hi SBoone,

I am enjoying this study with you too, and you ask some very challenging questions.

I also do not have home internet, and so that will limit my responses to you.

Regarding prayer:
Matt 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Jesus told us that when we pray, we are to direct our prayers to the Father.

John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Jesus said "You don't have to pray to Me, and I pray to the Father for you - He loves you, and you can go straight to Him."

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Our dead friends and relatives are not sitting on that throne, God is. Why would we pray to anyone but God? Christianity is all about our relationship with God, and if our relationship is with God, we pray to Him. Jesus prayed to His Father. He told us to pray to our Father. The apostles prayed to the Father. The one example I can think of that is at all different is when Stephen prayed to Jesus: "receive my spirit." This is where I would begin.

As far as who I think people are speaking to when they address prayers to the dead, and who speaks back? I don't know. Maybe demons, maybe Satan himself, but I doubt it. Why should he bother with them, they're already derailed. Maybe the product of their own imaginations, who knows?

On Is. 66:17 I still maintain that a thing can be not remembered or thought about yet may still exist, and that this is not sufficient to negate something if it is otherwise shown in scripture, and so that this verse is not germain to this discussion.

Regarding 2 Peter 3:10 "the earth (Gk. ges - the land, as opposes to kosmos - the world system) will be burned up, and the works that are in it." The plain straightforward meaning of this verse is that this planet is going to burn, and all the works it has on it are going to burn with it. Simple interpretation: All the works upon this earth will one day burn. I know of no place in scripture that the unredeemed, or anyone else, are considered "works", except as a part of God's original creation, which does not seem to fit the context here. In terms of works that remain, or works that burn, works are always something that a person does, rather than what they are, to so say that "works" in this passage refers to the unredeemed is to read meaning into the text that is not found there on its own.

And I disagree with you, I think the earth has a great many works in serious need of being burned up. One is the sex shop a couple of doors down from my work. There are more works besides. Basically, everything done by man in rebellion to God, which is most of everything. Baptism by fire, baby!! Wash away the old, to prepare the way for the new.

The thing is, we don't need a doctrine of non-survival of the unredeemed dead to tell us not to pray to them.

I reject the notion that I can interpret Scripture according to what I think may or may not be the effect of a certain teaching. People pray to the dead. People also pray to demons, and to fallen angels, yet the Bible teaches that they exist, I an will not try to alter that.

We have to leave our Theology, expectations, and all other baggage at the door, and just simply seek to understand what the Bible says.

Do do a truly complete study of this subject, I will need to take more time at home. This week is pretty busy for me, perhaps next I can give to you a more complete presentation.

You can also enter search words, and see the discussion that has gone on before.

Thank you for the info in your profile. Since this is basically a cold and blind way to meet, it helps to get a sense of who we are talking to. :-)

One last thing. One of the primary things to keep in mind when attempting to understand the Bible, is to understand what the writer meant as he wrote. The four corners of the earth - we say the same thing ourselves. The rising and setting of the sun - Doc (?) has a fancy name for that kind of language but I don't. Phenomenasomething. That the dead don't know anything, their thoughts have perished, etc., these statements are found in the poetic portions of scripture. Not that there is not truth in these portions, but some of it is there to show how man thinks (especially Job - after all that was recorded, God told them they were all wrong), and should not be used for building doctrine, and especially when it seems to disagree with narative historical portions such as about Saul and Samuel.

Anyway, I am looking forward to discussions on any number of topics with you.

God bless!

Love in Christ,
Mark
8 Properly Interpreting the Bible Note Bible general Archive 3 DocTrinsograce Wed 08/31/05, 10:54am 156916
  The verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures is a perspective that is at the roots of the Reformation. What this means is that God directed the writing of every single word in the original autographs, using and guiding the whole aspect of the life, mind, and times of the writer. We see this idea throughout the teachings of Christ and the apostles (see Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:2; Jude 17; Revelation 22:18-19; etc.). Paul bases an entire theological argument (Galatians 3:16) on whether a word in Genesis was plural or not!

Therefore, I am going to post under this thread a series of guidelines for proper interpretation of Biblical text. The sources for this material is somewhat eclectic, primarily coming out of classes, lectures, theology books, and sermons that I've had the privilege to have heard or read. (If anyone is interested, the formal theological description of this discipline is "Historico-grammatical approach to exegetical work in hermeneutics." You can also find a great deal of discussion on this approach in what is called the "Antiochian School of Thought." Don't let the technical language throw you off, it is just a matter of vocabulary.)

I would commend everyone to the Chicago Statement of Biblical Hermeneutics:

http://www.origins.org/articles/00site_chicago.html

Let me give you a good working definition of hermeneutics: The science (systematic approach) of properly interpreting the Bible as it was meant to be understood by those who wrote it."

Every believer has the obligation to be a student (disciple) of Christ and an instructor of the teachings of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). It is my prayer, therefore, that we place the proper emphasis on the interpretation of Scripture that God intends us to have.
9 Pray Please for Her Soul - Diana Note Not Specified happyandfree Wed 08/31/05, 3:05pm 156943
  I am asking for an answer to prayer and would like as many praying as possible. Additonally, I would like to receive scripture to read regarding my prayer. Help with all scriptures you can regarding my prayer. Also, if you know of anything else I can say to her.

I have a friend that has recently started studying with the Jehovah Witnesses and I cry to the Lord to help me show her the truth. Thus far, she is not weakening. I know he will do this in his time. I don't know what else to say to her.
10 Pray Please for Her Soul - Diana (?)Answered 1 John 4:2 happyandfree Wed 08/31/05, 3:05pm 156979
  I am asking for an answer to prayer and would like as many praying as possible. Additonally, I would like to receive scripture to read regarding my prayer. Help with all scriptures you can regarding my prayer. Also, if you know of anything else I can say to her.

I have a friend that has recently started studying with the Jehovah Witnesses and I cry to the Lord to help me show her the truth. Thus far, she is not weakening. I know he will do this in his time. I don't know what else to say to her.
11 Pray Please for Her Soul - Diana Answer 1 John 4:2 Pastor Glenn Thu 09/1/05, 6:16am 156980
  Hello happyandfree,

If you haven't already, You should ask your friend why the Jahovah's Witnesses do not focus on this scripture at 1 John 4:2. The name Jehovah is what they like to use to differentiate themselves from other Christians. And because of that, they are not really Christians.

Please see my question at ID# 92778.

Aren't "Jahovah's" Witnesses anti-Christ or else they would be called "Jesus Christ" Witnesses?

Also, since they say that a God of "Love" will not bring everlasting punishment that makes them false prophets:

Jer 14
15Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, "Sword and famine shall not be in this land'--"By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!

The focus of the Watchtower and Tract Society on the name "Jehovah" is totally misplaced emphasis. The scriptures already have the emphasis on the name of the Son!

Acts 4:12
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

The great conspiracy of Satan is really the "spirit of anti-Christ", not "anti-Jehovah". Scripture emphasizes a conspiracy against the Son (Anti-Christ)?

1 John 4
2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3and every spirit that does not confess that[1] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

How does the NWT render the above scripture?

Also ask her if she agrees that the doctrine of the trinity "does not" teach that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are "one person"? However, they are "one God", but also three eternally distinct persons.

The bible is clear that there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved.

John 3
18"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Ask her if she believes that you can be saved by the name Jehovah or by the name of Jesus Christ?


Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Glenn
12 When were disciples born again? Note John 3:11 mark d seyler Fri 09/2/05, 8:45am 157031
  Hi Brad,

Thank you for your time in researching this question.

I am coming at this question as one who was baptized at age 19, walked with the Lord somewhat for about 4-5 years, and then entered the wilderness for another 15 years or so, before coming back, this time with a full commitment. Following that day when my heart was finally true to the Lord, there was yet an additional passage of time, not long, before I went to my Pastor for the laying on of his hands in prayer to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. On that day, it seemed my life was infused with power beyond any expectation.

Now, since we are the Study Bible Forum, and not the Christian Experience Forum, I want to look at this from the Biblical view. Since I hold the Bible supreme over my experience, I want to understand what the Bible says, so I can know how to understand what happens in my life.

I know the disciples received the Holy Spirit as Jesus breathed on them, and were baptized in the Holy Spirit on Pentacost. Many were baptized in the Spirit immediately, but not all, as we discussed.

Since the Bible also tells us there is "one baptism", and that we have "every spiritual blessing", then I think I understand this best in quoting the IVP commentary "From a theological standpoint, the work of the Spirit is one package (2:3839), but in the experience of the church not all aspects of his work are necessarily manifested simultaneously."

We know from 2 Peter 1 "5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." that growth is a process, and so I don't have any difficulty understand my spiritual empowerment that way.

I think that one of the most important things we can learn from Acts is that the work that is done is done by God, and He works sovereignly. Its our blessing that He includes us!

I liked the comment about Acts "It takes us from Jerusalem to the uttermost parts". It will probibly be the next book I study in depth.

And Brad, I thank you for your compliment, but we are a team. If any of us do not contribute, we all suffer the lack. God works through you.

Love in Christ,
Mark
13 Who are the just? What is Faith? Note Rom 3:26 BradK Fri 09/2/05, 11:32pm 157086
  Hi CSM,

Yes, you are correct that Rom. 3:26 is referring to God. The point I was making is that we are now just (justified) before God on the basis of faith because of Christs' all sufficiency!

C.H. Spurgeon preaching on Rom. 5:1 said this:

"Being justified. The text tells us that every believing man is at the
present moment perfectly justified before God. You know what Adam was
in naked innocence in Paradise. Such is every believer. Ay, and more than
that. Adam could talk with God because he was pure from sin, and we also
have access with boldness unto God our Father because, through Jesus
blood, we are clean. Now, I do not say that this is the privilege of a few
eminent saints, but here I look around these pews and see my brethren and
sisters scores and hundreds of them all of whom are to-night just before
God perfectly so; completely so; so just that they never can be
otherwise than just; so just that even in heaven they will be no more
acceptable to God than they are here tonight. That is the state into which
faith brings a poor, lost, guilty, helpless, good-for-nothing sinner. The man
may have been everything that was bad before he believed in Jesus, but as
soon as he trusted Christ, the merits of Christ became his merits, and he
stands before God as though he were perfect, without spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing, through the righteousness of Christ.
Note, however, as we have noticed the state of justification, the means
whereby we reach it. Being justified by faith. The way of reaching this
state of justification is not by tears, nor prayers, nor humblings, nor
working, nor Bible-reading, nor church-going, nor chapel-going, nor
sacraments, nor priestly absolution, but by faith, which faith is a simple and
utter dependence and believing in the faithfulness of God, a dependence
upon the promise of God, because it is Gods promise, and is worthy of
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dependence. It is a reliance with all our might upon what God has said.
This is faith, and every man who possesses this faith is perfectly justified
to-night."

Out of curiosity, might I ask you on what basis you state, "God is grace, Jesus is Faith which produces peace?"

I ask because I haven't seen that specific distinction in scripture nor have I heard it used before in such a manner:-)

Speaking the Truth in Love,

BradK
14 When were disciples born again? Note John 3:11 C.S.M. Sun 09/4/05, 5:53pm 157161
 
Subject: When were disciples born again?
Note: C.S.M.Explain for me if you would your statement:I don't find scriptue where it is written that the Holy Spirit "always" falls on entire groups. Paul as the example was filled with the HOly Ghost as at the beginning because he said, "I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all." He had to speak a lot if it was more than all of them put together.Does the Holy Spirit baptize more than once? Is it not sufficient that He baptizes only once. I ask simply because you claim tongues are spoken when this happens. You then state that Paul had to speak tongues a lot. So Paul needed this Baptism more than once?I cant see how you claim the Holy Spirit will surely cause whomever He comes upon to speak in tongues. Ive never speaking tongues, what say you about me? I guess the Holy Spirit, according to your logic, has never baptized me. But youll have to argue that with Him because Gods Word has informed me otherwise.WOS



WOS,
I guess you haven't been reading this thread? It has been explained by scripture, that I did not write, I only read it and believe it, and share it.

John 1:33 says Jesus Christ is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost.

Luke 3:2,-6,15-16 tells us the people wondered if John were the Christ, and his answer is the same as John 1:33. Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost. John preached the baptism of repentance as it is stated in several places. This baptism is a water baptism, that's what John did, isn't it. John said that is what he did in Luke 3:16 and John 1:. I'm sure you can find all the references where it is written.

Since Jesus is appointed of God the Father to baptize with the Holy Ghost, do you think he is going to disobey God the Father? John 1:29-36 is the account John the baptist gave, when Jesus was baptized with water and the Holy Ghost came on him like a dove. John explained to the Pharisees that he had heard from God, and God had said the way John would know who the Messiah was, from among all the people coming to be baptized with the baptism of repentance and looking forward to the Messiah, was that the Holy Spirit would come on him and remain.
I'm sure you know that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins? Mary and Elizabeth were cousins, therefore John and Jesus were 2nd cousins. From the natural stand point he knew Jesus. They probably played together as children growing up, so from that standpoint, he "knew" Jesus. However, John is not taking any chances when he heard from God about the Messiah, and his assignment from God to baptize unto repentance. God had not told John "who" the Messiah was as evidenced in John 1:31 when he said, "And I knew him not", he went on to say "but that he should be made manifest of Israel." Who told him that? It had to be God. In fact he continues, "But he that sent me to baptize with water (not the Holy Spirit), the same said unto me....(wasn't John speaking of God the Father here..yes, he is) God had sent John to baptize with water, John was the son of the priest, Zacariah and Elizabeth. He went into the wilderness to "hear from God in prayer, didn't he." It is this John that said "he (God the Father) said unto me, "Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same (which was Jesus) is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost." John continued by saying, "And I saw, and bare record, that this is the Son of God". Who is the Son of God? Jesus! Who is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost? Jesus, according to scripture. I didn't write it, did you?

Jesus said of the Holy Spirit of truth, John14:16-17 "And I (Jesus) will pray (ask) the Father, and he (the Father) shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE, because it sees him not, neither knows him: for he dwells "with" you, (present tense) and shall be in you. (future tense)." This is Jesus speaking isn't it.

What had the Father promised mankind? After his ressurection..telling his disciples where to go and what to wait upon.. Luke 24:49 Jesus said, " Behold I (Jesus) send the promise of my Father (this is God the Father) upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, (how long?) until you be endued with power from on high." Where was this power coming from? on high! where is on high? The throne of God the Father! Jesus had told them in verse 48, and you are witnesses of these things, speaking of fulfilling what had been done in the past in the law of Moses, in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me (Jesus). Luke 24:44-49.

The key here is, "you are my witnesses" and the Jesus,"wait "until" you be endued with power from on high." Jesus was emphatic about it, so he thought it was absolutely necessary, from the tenor of his command to them.
15 Unforgiven sin? 1John 5 vs 16 Answer 1 John 5:16 BradK Mon 09/5/05, 9:40am 157187
  Hi k_peace,

This is one of those difficult passages in scripture where there is no easy answer. Scripture doesn't specifically tell us and the good many scholars who've studied this passage are not agreed either!

The basic question is: "Is there a sin from which there is no recovery? There is certainly no problem with the concept that one should pray for a fellow Christian who sins. With John, Christians recognize that all wrongdoing is sin and that all of it separates individuals from God. Thus prayer and restorative counsel (Gal 6:1) appear to be in order when we observe a fellow believer who has sinned. Where John causes problems, however, is in mentioning a sin that leads to death, for which prayer is not in order (not that it is necessarily wrong, but that it is useless). What type of sin is this? And what type of death is intendedphysical or spiritual death? Since we ourselves fall into sin at times, the questions are of practical importance to each of us. This is no mere resolving an academic problem of Scripture."

[Hard Sayings of the Bible]

We know the only unforgivable sin is that of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28).

The IVP Background Bible Commentary offers this view: "Given the use of life for eternal life and death for its opposite in this epistle, a sin unto death (KJV) would seem to be a sin leading one away from eternal life (cf. Gen 2:17; 3:24). The two sins John would likely have in mind would be hating the brothers and sisters (the secessionists rejection of the Christian community) and failing to believe in Jesus rightly (their false doctrine about his identity as the divine Lord and Christ in the flesh); see comment on 3:23.
The Old Testament and Judaism distinguished between willful rebellion against God, which could not be forgiven by normal means, and a lighter transgression. More relevant here, some ancient Jewish texts (e.g., the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jubilees) also spoke of a capital offense as a matter of death, which was normally enforced by excommunication from the community rather than literal execution. Those who were sinned against could secure forgiveness for their opponents by prayer (Gen 20:7, 17; Job 42:8), but a sin of willful apostasy from Gods truth nullified the efficacy of secondhand prayers for forgiveness (1 Sam 2:25; Jer 7:16; 11:14; 14:11). John is presumably saying: God will forgive erring believers at your request, but those who have gone completely after the heresy are outside the sphere of your prayers or (on another interpretation) simply must directly repent to receive forgiveness."

This is obviously not the "last word" on this topic, nor necessarily a complete answer. Volumes have been written. If you'd like more, I know there are numerous good articles available online to aid you. I trust this gives you some small measure of understanding that you sought:-)

Speaking the Truth in Love,

BradK
16 The peace of Jerusalem? Note Ps 122:6 Mommapbs Wed 09/7/05, 7:51am 157294
  Thanks Doc - this was where I was heading - to pray for world peace is to offer an evangelistic prayer - no Jesus, no peace! Does this verse affect how we as believers should view Israel? I'm wondering if there are practical implications for our stand on issues relating to the nation of Israel?

Great to hear from you. School is back in session so I'm on vacation now!!

mommapbs
17 The peace of Jerusalem? Answer Ps 122:6 Pastor Glenn Wed 09/7/05, 6:26pm 157326
  Hello Mommapbs,

I feel that based on history, as well as, Rev 12, Jews are a high priority target of Satan.

Just as we pray specific prayers for those that have rule over us, or for the sick, we should also pray specific prayers for the people (woman of Rev 12) that brought forth our Savior. Isn't salvation of the Jews (John 4:22) and the gospel to the Jew first (Acts 1:8; Rom 1:16)?

Praying general prayers for world peace is good, but more specific prayers can bring more specific results.

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.


Brother Glenn
18 The peace of Jerusalem? Note Ps 122:6 Mommapbs Thu 09/8/05, 3:57am 157341
  Thanks brother for the reminder - our prayers at time are so general that we lose the blessing of seeing the answer in specifics.

Blessings,

mommapbs
19 In Matt 25: 6 is it about us being ready Note Matt 25:12 JCrichton Thu 09/8/05, 9:02pm 157402
  Hi, JoyBell!

I understand your reasoning, but it is Christ Himself who calls us to unity both in Worship and Belief (due to constraints I've included only salient verses.):

9I pray for them... so that they may be one as we are one... that you protect them from the evil one... that they too may be truly sanctified.

20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you... 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:9-11, 14-23)

Though Salvation is experienced individually, the call is for unity in Christ! Paul understood this as he spoke about the unity in Christ, the Body, and the need to edify the Church, also the Body:

5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to hisfaith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:5-8)

12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one bodywhether Jews or Greeks, slave or freeand we were all given the one Spirit to drink...

18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body...

26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spiritjust as you were called to one hope when you were called 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all...

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work...

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:2-32)

...and, finally:

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

True, we must answer to the Lord for our individual commitment, obedience or rejection of Him... but the call is for unity in the Body!

After all that Jesus taught the disciples and after His revelations of the immediate events... here's what he told Peter:

32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:32)

The parable of the 10 virgins demonstrate one theme that Jesus continually warned about:

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (Matthew 24:42)

God Bless!

Angel
20 Confused of the 10 Commandments. Answer Rom 13:8 SBoone Fri 09/9/05, 7:30am 157423
  Hello JOEB,

I believe that as Christians we need to obey what God says until He says to stop. The OT law is for Christians except where God explicitly says the law is no longer in effect.

Matt 5:17,18 Jesus taught that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill and not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Ps 89:34 God says He will not alter His utterances.

Matt 24:35 tells us that God does not change.

In Heb chapter 7 we are specifically told that the priesthood has concluded and is now performed by Christ in Heaven.

In Heb chapter 10 we are specifically told that the sacrificial system has concluded with the true sacrifice at the cross.

So here are two examples of an OT law that God has told us is no longer in effect.

Rom 10:4 says that "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes". Now the question is how do we understand this in light of Jn 13:34 where Jesus said "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you". So has all law been abolished for the righteous or not?

I would suggest the following as a partial answer to that question. The law said that when we sinned we must die (Eze 18:20 ; Rom 6:23 ; Gen 2:17), and it is that law that is ended for the righteous. We now, in spite of our sin, can live eternally through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Don't be discouraged. As you prayerfully ask God to teach you Biblical truth you will find that the things that were confusing will become clearer.

God Bless
SBoone

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