Verse 14: 'Don't begrudgingly do things and don't think
of all the reasons you possibly can to avoid doing good.' One is 'blameless'
when he knows he has the righteousness of
Christ in him.
Verse 15 – The word 'pure' is the
original Greek for 'harmless'.
Having compassion makes a difference
in keeping oneself in the love of God -Jude
2:15 What did Paul mean when he said Christ "spoiled principalities
The word 'spoiled' in the original is 'divested of all
authority'. The devil is no problem in your life
if Christ be in you. There are no verses in the New Testament about warfare
with the devil. The scriptures on warfare refer to overcoming towards a
reward. Punch in 'war' and 'warfare' into one of the free
Bible programs and look them up, or use
9:43,44,46,48 What's this mean?
Jesus was talking to His disciples -verse
35. The "their" being referred to was a garbage dump on the outskirts
of Jerusalem available for the people there, with which the disciples were
all familiar. That's where "their worm not die and the fire not be quenched?"
The fire was a continually burning fire, to burn off the garbage of the
city in this refuse dump. Like any dump, it had worms, etc. Jesus uses
this as an analogy to portray verse 43 "And if thy
hand offend thee,
it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having
two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched."
of hell that shall never (word 'never', not in original) be quenched,
or 'be unquenchable', refers
to life on earth with it's hardships
and sufferings, engineered
by God to make us think and to
develop character, whether
or not we may know about Him. The evil is there for
a reason. All is for bringing us into a relationship
with God, so that we can be truly happy.
that will only happen to the extent that we are finished with this life,
spiritually speaking; that is, finished with the spiritual negatives, things
of hate, greed, deceit, resentment-–-the
of the flesh.
And because of our individual
need for character, we'll really only be completely done when we reach
kingdom of God-–-when
Christ comes back and sets up His government here. Or if before that time,
when we physically die awaiting the resurrection into that time.
But we must individually become convinced
of this. (See 'Why Are We Here?')
What God is now doing is
long term, for each individual's ultimate benefit. That's why this
is your time in all eternity to be here.
1:16 What does this scripture mean?
"Of His fullness" means...
and "grace for grace" means...
20:23 What does this mean about remitting and retaining sins?
Jesus was sending His disciples out (verse 21) and was
telling them to use discretion
in dealing spiritually with others. With some the disciples
may feel to just move on from (Matthew
10:14) and not speak the message of salvation, and with others, the
16:19 is similar. These are saying that the people of God have power
to bless others, to remit another's sins. Jesus Christ is in them. They
have this power. If Christ is in them, they have His
power to curse and to bless.
5:47 What did Moses write of Jesus?
From Easton's Bible Dictionary:-Moses
is the only character in the Old Testament to whom Christ likens himself
-John 5:46; Luke
24:27,44. References are: Deuteronomy
18:15,18,19; Acts 7:37. In Hebrews
3:1-19 this likeness to Moses is set forth in various particulars.
seems to think women are at their best when stuck at home?
Life, when young, presents itself
as extremely titillating. Often our curiosity to 'try it all' ends us up
in severe trouble. Lacking proper training in childhood,
and counsel from
those who have 'been through it', relegates a young person to find
out lessons by the hardest way there is – experience. In this, life is
a bitter teacher.
glitzy road of broken dreams many of us tread, in search of deeper meaning
for existence. Disillusioned and often unable to cope, many turn to drugs
and alcohol. They've been tricked by the greatest
tricker of all time. Some, like
Paul in his
wisdom could see the pathway
toward utter destruction for the self. It's too bad these days that many
women pay the bitter price for the 'bill of goods' of 'freedom', only to
later discover that the real life is always God and family centered – their
mom and dad, relatives, and their mate and children.
There is wisdom
in restraint (limiting
yourself from the temptation to sample all that is available).
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