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-1Timothy 1:5 What is a good conscience and why is it worth having?

One of the heaviest things one can carry is a guilty conscience. That's because it makes it hard to live with one's self. It's just not worth it.
    Many think they can just pass off the wrong they have done with 'wasn't that bad, I've seen others do worse', 'he/she deserved it anyway, I didn't pay 'em back as bad as they dished out'. 
    What they fail to understand is their training, that is, the overall reason they are here on Earth in the first place.
    They also fail to understand what God can do for them if they have been wronged by another -Romans 12:19.
    But one feeling guilty wants to hide.
    Acts 24:16  "And herein do I-(Paul)-exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men."
    Romans 9:1 "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost."
    Romans 13:5.

-Ephesians 4:11 How did God 'give some' apostles, etc.?

Means God conferred the heart and ability to perform and to get the job done upon those whom he had chosen to do such and such.

-Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25 What are the times of the Gentiles spoken of here?

The times of the Gentiles refers to the domination of the Gentiles and the dejection of Israel; the time when Israel has no land or heritage on the earth, the times during which God has determined that the Gentiles shall tread down Jerusalem.
    From the-Four Fold Gospel-"By comparing these passages (Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25 with Romans 11:1-36, we find that the times of the Gentiles signify that period wherein the church is made up of Gentiles to the almost exclusion of the Jews. The same chapter shows that this period is to be followed by one wherein the Jew and the Gentile unite together in proclaiming the gospel. This prophecy, therefore, declares that until this union of the Jew and the Gentile takes place, the city of Jerusalem shall not only be controlled by the Gentiles, but shall be trodden under foot, that is, oppressed by them. The history of Jerusalem, to this day, is a striking fulfillment of this prophecy."
    From-Eclectic Notes-"Not only is there the sack of the city, the slaughter and captivity of the people, but continual occupation by their enemies till the termination of the period God allows the nations to have supremacy over Israel."
    While it appears that Israel again has land as a nation, many true gentle kind Sephardic Jews who immigrate there leave shortly after, finding that some of the ruling 'Jews' are overbearing, even cruel. These types of ruling 'Jews' often have a 'Russian' type accent -Revelation 2:9; 3:9.
    It is understood that about 900 years ago, the ancient Mongol/Tarters adopted the Jewish religion as they could see it was an effective religious method for controlling people.
    The Ashkenazim and Sephardim Jew differ in their laws, customs, liturgy.(set of forms for public religious ceremonies).and language.

-1John 5:12 What does this verse mean "have life"?

The next verse, verse 13, makes it clearer; then see here.

-Acts 1:2 What commandments were these; were they new ones?

Barnes New Testament Notes "...It may be worthy of remark, that the word commandments, as a noun in the plural number, does not occur in the original. The single word which is translated "had given commandments" is a participle and means simply having commanded."
    And what command was that for the disciples back then? Matthew 28:19.

-John 14:12 Are we to do greater works than Jesus and he rose the dead?

Jesus works were limited to the borders of Judea. The apostles works reached thousands more throughout the world at that time. The "greater works" refers to greater in effect, for how much more in intensity can any work be than raising the dead of which both Jesus and the apostles did?
    Adam Clarke's Commentary by Gary Gallant
"Because I go unto my Father".
    "He would there intercede for them and especially by his going to the Father the Holy Spirit would be sent down to attend them in their ministry -John 14:26,28; 16:7-14; Matthew 28:18. By His going to the Father ... (He is now) placed as head over all things to His church -Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11. By his being exalted there the Holy Spirit was given (John 16:7) and by his power thus put forth the Gentiles were brought to hear and obey the gospel."

-Hebrews 8:8 God says here that He found fault with the people and in the verse just before, it says there was also a fault with the old covenant (agreement) the people of Israel in the Old Testament had agreed to. Was God wrong on both counts?

God makes no mistakes. He made the universe right the first time. He made all living creation correct the first time. His plan is flawless. He knows exactly what He is doing and understands perfectly the long term effects upon all things.
    All the world is a stage, a stage for His spiritual creation..us.
    God has an overall plan of education for eternity. The old covenant (agreement) part of His plan was to show mankind his heart. Few understood that part of God's planning back then -Deuteronomy 5:29.
    God knew what their heart would be like. It was a 'stacked deck'. He knew what they would be like. He allowed all to happen as it did, combined with His reaction to it all. Why?

-Acts 10:35 What does it mean here 'work' righteousness? I thought righteousness is a gift and that salvation was not by works -Romans 4:2-8; Titus 3:5.

The Bible also says that we are to 'work out our own salvation' -Phillipians 2:12
    Now what does all this stuff mean?
    James 2:14-26 and see 'works and works' and Isaac.
 


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