Archive for November, 2015

How Many Christians Ever Emulate The Approved New Testament Example Of Kneeling When Praying?

November 27, 2015

New Testament Examples:

Acts 9:40 But Peter … kneeled down, and prayed …

Acts 20:36 … he kneeled down, and prayed …

Acts 21:5b … and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed

Luke 22:41 (Jesus) … kneeled down, and prayed

Old Testament Examples:

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

I Kings 8:54 And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

II Chronicles 6:13-14 For Solomon … kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, And said, O Lord God of Israel …

Ezra 9:5 And at the evening sacrifice … I fell upon my knees … And said, O my God …

Other Passages To Consider:

I Kings 18:42 … And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

I Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal …

Psalms 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Isaiah 45:23 … the word is gone out of my mouth …, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Mark 10:17 … and kneeled to him (Jesus) …

Mark 15:19 … and bowing their knees worshipped him.

Matthew 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Does “Shortly Come To Pass” in Rev 1:1 Mean The Events At The End Of The “1000 Year Reign” in Rev 20 Happened In The First Century Timeframe?

November 23, 2015

If a mother said in a letter …

Here is what my family is doing next week:

· my husband is taking a new job which should last him through retirement in ten years

· my son is graduating from Med School and plans to work in ER for the next few years

· my daughter is getting wed and I hope she has a long and happy marriage

You wouldn’t think her husband was retiring next week, would you?

You wouldn’t think her son was only going to work in ER for a week, would you?

You wouldn’t think she was hoping her daughter’s marriage would only last a week, would you?

Now use the same logic with the book of Revelation. The phrase “shortly come to pass” most certainly means the events prophesied about in the book were to happen (as a general rule) in the first century time frame, but when you read in Rev 20:4 about Jesus’ reign of a “thousand years” (a phrase that is used quite frequently in the Bible and always refers to a long period of time), then you know the events slated to happen at the end of that thousand years were not to shortly come to pass relative to the time of the writing of the book by John.

Conclusion: The “great white throne” scene pronounced by Rev 20:11-15 as happening at the end of Jesus’ thousand year reign is describing the judgment day (Matt 25:31-46, etc.) that is to happen when Jesus comes back at the end of the world (II Pet 3) – still future to us.

God Actually Forgave Old Testament Saints WHEN They Turned From Their Sins

November 20, 2015

God actually forgave sins before the cross when sin was turned from. The death of Christ was necessary for this to occur, but the forgiveness occurred before His death on many occasions. That is the point of Rom 3:24-26. Following are just a few of the dozens of verses that prove this …

Num 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

Psalms 85:2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

II Sam 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

Matt 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Luke 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

People are never forgiven after they die – our eternal fate is decided by whether or not we are in Christ (forgiven) at the moment we physically die (Rev 14:13).

Positive Proof That Acts 2:38 Teaches Baptism Is In Order To Obtain The Remission Of Sins

November 13, 2015

The following two points give positive proof that baptism in Acts 2:38 is “in order to” the remission of sins, and not “because of” the remission of sins.

First, notice from the verse that receiving “the gift of the Holy Ghost” (in the non-miraculous / approval sense) is conditioned upon repenting and being baptized. Will one receive the Holy Ghost when he is saved? Certainly (Gal 4:6, etc.). And so since baptism is made necessary to receiving the Holy Ghost by Acts 2:38, then baptism is made necessary to salvation also.

Second, the passage says baptism is “for the remission of sins” just like repentance is “for the remission of sins.” Is repentance “because of” the remission of sins? Certainly not (Luke 13:3, etc.). Likewise, then baptism couldn’t be “because of” the remission of sins either. The word “for” is only the verse one time, so cannot carry with it two different meanings in this one occurrence.

The Unalterable Perseverance Of The Saints?

November 6, 2015

When we show Calvinists passages that plainly say those in sin will be lost (e.g., Rev 21:8) and therefore Christians who fall back into sin will lose their salvation, many respond by saying when a person falls back into sin, that proves they were never saved to being with.

But this theory would mean David (adultery and murder, II Sam 11:3-4,12:9), Noah (drunkenness, Gen 9:20-21), and Peter (denying Christ, Matt 26:69-75) were never saved to begin with. And Calvinists certainly don’t believe that, so they are inconsistent to say the very least.

And notice the following passages that teach it is possible for a truly born again person to fall …

According to John 15:1-6, it is possible for those “in” Christ and “clean through the word” (Christians) to quit abiding in Jesus, to quit bearing fruit, and to be taken away and burned (an allusion to h-e-l-l).

Gal 4:5-6,5:4 teaches “sons” (of God) with the Holy Spirit in their hearts (Christians) can be “severed from Christ” (ASV) and “fallen from grace.”

Heb 3:1,12 proves “holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Christians) can develop an “evil heart of unbelief … departing from … God.”

James 5:19 says “brethren” (Christians) can “err from the truth.”

II Pet 1:9 shows one who is “purged from his old sins” (Christians) can get to a point where he “lacketh these things (the Christian graces), is blind, and cannot see.”

II Pet 2:1,20-22 talks about those whom the Lord “bought” and had “escaped the pollutions (sins) of the world through the knowledge of … Christ” through being “washed” (Christians) – becoming “false teachers” who “bring in condemnable heresies … denying the Lord” and become “entangled again in … sins of the world and overcome.”

And Rev 22:19 refers to those who were a “part … of the book of life” (Christians) being taken “out of the book of life.”

So clearly a born again person can go back into sin. And if he does, he “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-21).