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
4:11 How did God 'give some' apostles, etc.?
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.
24:16 "And herein do I-(Paul)-exercise
myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward
9:1 "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing
me witness in the Holy Ghost."
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.
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
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."
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."
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
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.
and Sephardim Jew differ in their laws, customs, liturgy.(set
of forms for public religious ceremonies).and
5:12 What does this verse mean "have life"?
verse, verse 13, makes it clearer; then see
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
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?
Commentary by Gary Gallant
"Because I go unto my Father".
"He would there
for them and especially by his going to the Father the Holy Spirit would
be sent down to attend them in their ministry -John
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."
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
All the world
is a stage, a stage for His spiritual
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?
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
Now what does
all this stuff mean?
2:14-26 and see 'works and works'