Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Comments on Luke 16:22, 23

Luke 16:22: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luke 16:23: And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”
From my studying of the Bible, I can say Abraham's bosom, was a resting place for the saints of the Bible. In this caption of Luke we see the rich man (whom God does not name) and the beggar (whom God calls by name, "Lazarus." Luke 16:20 Lazarus is taken to Abraham's bosom and he is seen by the rich man from Hell. Luke 16:23
I can also say that this resting place is paradise. I believe this is the same place Jesus was referring to while on the cross. Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
I also believe that this is the very place (Abraham's bosom, Paradise) that Jesus goes to at his crucifixion when he goes into the depths of the earth in Ephesians. Eph 4:9 "Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?"
Putting this together we can conclude that this particular place, Abraham’s bosom, must have been in the depths of the Earth along with the place we call hell. How can this be? I can not fully understand how hell can be in the center of the earth with all the molten lava. But this is a place of spiritual torment. Mark 9:43.
This particular place, (Abraham’s bosom, Paradise) does not exist today, nor has it existed for about 2 thousand years. I believe when Jesus died and went to paradise for three days, when he left paradise (Abraham's bosom) he brought all the saints up from there and took them to heaven with him. Let us take a look at Matthew. Mat. 27:52,53 “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." This brings us to Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5:8 “ be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

Comments on Romans 10:9, 10

Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Romans 10:10, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Through the scriptures we are told how to be saved and have the privilege of being able to go to heaven. It is believed by many that this is a hard task to perform. The apostle Paul explains it clearly here in Romans 10:9, “...confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead.” Then Paul makes a statement, "Thou Shalt Be Saved.” You may want to know saved from what? I will start with saved from your sin, saved from Hell, saved from death, saved from God's wrath, etc.
The apostle Paul analyzes the statement from verse 9 in Romans 10:10, “With the heart people believe unto righteousness.” One could say that they believe and become righteous. By believing, God puts Jesus' righteousness onto us.
With the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Confessing with the mouth is a verbal act, or a form of communication, acting upon ones belief. Again, as described in verse 9, confessing that Jesus is, or confessing your sin to Jesus, is a verbal acknowledgement of Jesus unto salvation.
I will end with Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Comments on Genesis 1:1-5

(Genesis 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
(Genesis 1:2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
(Genesis 1:3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
(Genesis 1:4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
(Genesis 1:5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
My comments on Genesis 1: 1-5 shall start with verse five. As we read chapter one, God is describing the things that He created on each day.
In Geneses 1:5 God calls this the first day. Let us look at a couple of things here. First, Moses is the author of this book as agreed, concluding that God would be talking to Moses on terms that he would understand. Thus, one day is one day according to Moses. Second, considering God is describing his creation on each day as noted in Chapter one. For each day we must ask, “What did God describe on day one that he has created?”
In Genesis 1:3 & 4 God describes the creation of light. In verse 4 it is specified that the light is called day and the darkness is called night. This is obvious, but what did God create on day one? Did he only create light?
In Genesis 1:1 & 2 God describes in the beginning he created the Heaven and the Earth and that the earth was without form, and void. In the beginning, what is the beginning? With God there is no beginning. There is no time. But for Moses, God says in the beginning, so the beginning of time is then on day one. Therefore, God is describing the things that He created on day one in the beginning of time. So God created the Heaven and the Earth and also light on day one.

Comments on Matthew 18:2-6

Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Verse 2 a child is being called to Jesus as a demonstration. This child is set in the midst of the disciples.
Verse 3 is Jesus explaining that we are saved through faith, converted by child like faith, becoming like a child to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 4 is becoming humble, humble as a child is humble, with children there seems to be non greater or lesser, they are all equals in their site and thinking, and this is compared to heaven. Who is greatest in heaven Paul, John the Baptist, or the widow woman with 2 mites? We all have our favorite.
Verse 5 is a call to receive a child. Here is this verse seems to be receiving a person that has become as a little child and we are to receive them, by doing so we receive Jesus, not unto salvation, but as one of the family. As we see in other scripture as well, the receiving of a child is encouraged; see Matthew 19:14 and children should be allowed to come to Jesus.
Verse 6 is a warning to those who offend a little one, whether it is a child in faith who has become a child and became born again, and if you please a child that wishes to receive Jesus as savior. To offend a little one is worse, as described in this verse, worse than having a millstone tied around their neck and cast into the sea to drown. Ananias had to make this choice when he was instructed to go to Saul and lay his hands on him; See Acts 9:13.

Comments on Matthew 7:21, 22

Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:22 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?”

In these verses, the Bible is stating that not every one will enter into heaven. Even if someone calls Jesus Lord, and in verse 22 Jesus even states that those who say they prophesied in His name and even cast out devils or even have done many wonderful works. Just because these people have claimed these things does not give them the credentials to enter into heaven.

In these verses, Jesus tells who can enter into heaven. Look again at verse 21. He that dose the will of God, which is in heaven, can enter into heaven.

Let's look at the will of God. These people describe doing the will of God; prophesying, casting out devils, good works. The Bible only mentions one will of God that entitles a person to enter inter into heaven. John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Those that are born again, that have asked Jesus into their hearts. These are the ones that can enter into heaven.

Comments on Hebrews 6:4-6

‘Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,’
Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

The first part I would like to point out her is the term “For it is impossible for those”.

The writer stops with that though and then lists what type of people who those are. The list of who is listed in tese verses 4 & 5. Those who were once enlightened, Those who have tasted of the heavenly gift, Those who were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Those who have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come.

In verse 6 the writer picks up again were he stopped. He generalizes the who again, For it is impossible If they (the who) shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. It is impossible to renew again(save them again if you please).

The writer also states in verse 6 why it is impossible to renew them again, because they would have to crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him (Jesus) to an open shame.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Comments on 2 Timothy 3:16

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

The Bible says all scripture, that is to say from Genesis to Revelation, is given by inspiration of God. This scripture (all the scripture) is profitable. We can benefit from it, gain from it, their is profit in it. There is a list given here in which one can profit in by the scripture and that is:

The scripture is profitable in doctrine. We can build our doctrine from the scripture, The scripture can teach us what God wants us to believe; not what we want to believe mind you, but what God wants us to believe. In this verse God is saying we need a doctrine. The scripture is profitable in reproof. Yes, believers need conviction and we need to be convicted of our sins. This brings into play correction. The scripture is profitable in correction. The scripture tells us what is right and what we need to do. The Bible is at a 7th grade reading level. We can read the Bible and apply it to our lives to form our life to the Bible. Example: ‘Thou shalt not kill’ Exodus 20:13 and Jesus took it deeper to be angry with someone without cause is wrong. The scripture is profitable for giving us instruction in how to live our life righteously. When we want to know what the right thing to do is, go to the scripture. The Bible often says this is right and that is wrong, regardless how we feel wrong is wrong and right is right.

The scripture teaches these things so that we can be perfect, perfect mind you in Christ, and thoroughly furnished, having the equipment needed, the knowledge needed, to do good. Unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.