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I Pet 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I am involved in a ministry of answering questions Christians have put forth. Some concern the scriptures, some concern the Christian life. I would like to share a few with you who read on our Blog, in case you have had similar questions, or know those who do.

Hi I feel as though I cant get Salvation Assurance and believe the Gospel? I want to be saved but fear I am beyond God granting me repentance because of my great sin. I am terrified of facing God’s wrath. I am committed to living for God. I know the Gospel- Jesus is the only way, He died and rose again on the third day, saved by grace through faith and not works,Jesus is fully God and fully man and I am only justified by what He did on the cross, He was sinless. I believe this but feel as though maybe my sins committed as a Christian have excluded me from repentance and believing the Gospel. How would I know if I cant repent?


A. Yes very understandable, Been there, done that! Let me address your last statement. “How would I know if I cant repent?” you wont want to! I spent an entire Bible study at my church thinking I had committed the unpardonable sin. Like you I was fearful, so where did that come from? SATAN!! the father of lies. He stands accusing the brethren before God day and night says the scripture. HOWEVER John tells us I Jhn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And what is he doing?

Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. That is you and that is me! Because we all sin even now! And John says I Jhn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Now, if you have by faith received Christ as savior through praying and asking God to forgive you sins; how many sins did Christ die for on the cross? ALL OF THEM! Rather ALL OF YOURS! None have been left out.

Satan would do what he has been doing to Christians for ever and that is put you on a guilt trip!! If you didn’t care you would not have submitted this question, which proves you do. In Jer 32:40 God says of his own And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Now we know it says in Heb 13:5 speaking of Jesus Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you . Paul says in Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

and he adds in Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Notice the two fold part of this: they shall not depart from me why? Peter says Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. If God were not keeping us we would all fall away, Hence: you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, for the day of redemption.

Rom 8:1 says There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38-39

So, NO CONDEMNATION, NO SEPERATION, SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT! Finally Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

If we want assurance, and I mean full assurance, then we must do as Paul told Timothy Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. The Berans: says Paul,These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 Is this not how to grow in grace and knowledge of HIM!! I encourage you this is the path to follow to full assurance. I hope this helps.

 

Q James chapter 4 verse 3 what does it mean

 

A. Thank you for the question. When we take this in its context, James is talking about strife saying; Vs 1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. It comes down to this simple problem; ye have not, because ye ask not. Where do all good things come from? The come from God!! Jesus said Ask that ye might receive. Here the problem is the wrong motivation! He says Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Two key things here; ye ask amiss for the wrong reasons, it is for selfish reasons! Carnal reasons to be sure. This is worldliness, and this in the church! Jesus said in Mat 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. What things? Mat 6:8 Jesus said Be not ye therefore like unto them:(the gentiles) for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. God will provide our needs, not necessarily our wants! I might want a million dollars, but if I get it what happens? I begin to trust in my money and not God.

Now what do we notice of the origin of these things, lusts that war in your members. I SEE and want to have, but I have not. Why I ask? But I ask amiss consume it upon my own lusts. When we see this what sayeth the scripture? Mortify the deeds of the flesh through the Holy Spirit. Pray about it, pour out your heart before the Lord, tell him what you want and what you need, and say with Jesus, THY WILL BE DONE! I hope this helps you and answers your question.

 

Q. I’m a leader at our church, and my pastor appointed me to accompany him during our Anointing of Oil ceremony which is to lay hands to the members with oil and pray for them, it is done every 1st Sunday of the month. However, my thoughts and conscience are bugging me about how unsure I am that if I did those things, I don’t know whether it is Biblically correct or not. Is “ceremonial” anointing of oil doctrinally correct?

 

A. A good question, so lets examine what the Bible says. James tells us James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: If this is the reason, then yes it is scriptural. In Acts chapter 8 we see a revival in Samaria, where many were coming to Christ, so Peter and John came down to them and we read; Acts 8:15, 17 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Now this is a little different than anointing with oil. So the question is What exactly is an “ Anointing of Oil ceremony? If it is for the healing of the sick, then James gives you the answer, if it is to receive the Holy Spirit, oil is not necessary, according to the scripture. Because a certain day is designated, really has no meaning. We have communion in our church on the first Sunday of every month. Another church does it on the first Thursday of every month. It would seem the question is what is the reason for this ceremony?

 

Q. How can I learn and study scripture? I have a hard time memorizing scripture?

 

A This is one of the most important things we can do, and many have a tough time with it. The best way to study, is pick book, preferably in the New Testament and begin to read it through, maybe a chapter a day. Before you start ask God in prayer to speak to you and teach you as you read. Jesus gave a promise to his disciples saying Jhn 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As you read the scriptures this will happen, and the more you read the more you will learn. It is a discipline to set aside time to do this, but well worth it. As you finish one book, go on to the next one in order. For example if you start in the book of John, and you finish it, the next book is Acts. One chapter a day, until you finish it then on to the next one Romans. Continue on in the same way until you have finished the New Testament through the book of Revelation. Then go back and start over again, beginning in a different gospel, then going to the book of Acts again and doing the same thing. This time!! Take a note book and a pen and begin to write notes concerning what you read and what you think God is telling you. For example:

Jhn 6:28 the people ask Jesus Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

In the book of Acts the Philippian Jailer asked Paul, Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Almost the same question, notice the word DO! Jesus has the answer for both: Jhn 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

What did Paul tell the Philippian Jailer? Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. What have we found? The work God requires is FAITH IN CHRIST!! We have compared scripture with scripture to get our answer. Now we know this is what God requires of us FAITH IN CHRIST. And this is just the beginning, as you study you will find more of the same, thus will you grow in knowledge of him and in grace.

Q In Luke 7 it states that centurion sent friends to talk to Jesus about healing servant but in Matthew 8 it states that centurion went himself. Why the difference?

 

A. This is a very good question and one the critics like to use as a “contradiction” in the Bible. But here is a place where the grammar in the Greek may shed some light. In Matthew 8 we see the centurion coming to Jesus, in Luke 7, Grammatically speaking he comes in the persons of the Jews he sent. It can mean the ones being sent, AS IF it were the one sending him. You say why? Well we know the Jews felt gentiles were worthless and had little dealings with them. This Centurion did not feel worthy to come to Jesus or have him come into his house, but the Jews he sent said of him HE IS WORTHY, because he built for us a synagogue. The Centurion has so much respect for Jesus because he understood Jesus authority, as the authority he had, he believed all Jesus had to do was say the words BE HEALED and it would happen, causing Jesus to marvel. So it seems looking at the original language, it can means The centurion came to Jesus, in the persons of whom he sent by his authority, to request his presence. I hope this simple answer helps.

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