In Gal 5:22-23, Paul tells believers to produce the fruits of the spirit. These are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Paul says the fruits of the spirit are a product of walking in the spirit and not the lust of the flesh in Gal 5:16-23. Where do fruits come from? Fruits come from trees, and trees come from seeds.Continue reading
There is a diverse set of Christian Eschatological views including Amillennialism, Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, Historicism, Preterism, Futurism, Idealism, and others. Here we are focusing on Preterism.
Preterism teaches that the events of the book of Revelation already happened in the 1st Century. They say Roman Emperor Nero (who reigned from 54 AD – 68 AD) was the Antichrist, and that all the supernatural events mentioned in Revelation are metaphors and allegory. The conquest of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD is the “end of the world” and there is no literal resurrection, or literal new heaven and earth. If the events of Revelation already happened then where is the Millennial reign of Christ, New Jerusalem, both Resurrections of the Dead, the White Throne Judgment, and the New Heaven and Earth? Shouldn’t Jesus be ruling the world from the new Jerusalem in Israel right now? He comes to defeat the antichrist and the false prophet in Rev 19:19-21. That hasn’t happened yet since anti-Christian nations and people still exist. Is Jesus never coming back because it was all hyperbole? Some 1st century Christians were saying that Jesus wasn’t actually coming back and Peter told them that was incorrect in 2 Peter 3. Was Peter mistaken? Paul denounced teachings that denied the literal resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15, and heretics that claimed it already happened in 2 Timothy 2, was he wrong as well?Continue reading
Does God promise his people healing? Does the holy spirit really provide healing power? Promises to Abraham are extended to Gentiles in the new covenant (Gal 3:14). So we get all the same promises and more as believers. This includes all the blessings of the old covenant, like prosperity, good health, and victory over enemies (Ex 23:25-26, Deut 7:12-15, Deut 28:1-14).Continue reading
Many have heard the story of Jesus and the adulteress. A woman who was caught committing adultery was about to be stoned to death stoned as the law of Moses says and she was brought before Jesus, so the leaders could hear his opinion on her execution. At the end of the story, Jesus lets her go without being punished. Did he violate the Law which requires that she be punished?Continue reading
Is possible to love and forgive people who hurt you and are enemies? Do you have to maintain a relationship with people who are enemies in order to love and forgive them?Continue reading
When studying investing and the bible at the same time, some interesting metaphors for salvation came to mind. God’s over of salvation can be compared to a Cosmic Corporate Bond, or a Heavenly ESO.
The Cosmic Corporate Bond:
Paul says the wages of sin is death in Romans 6:23. Think of it like this, we owe God a bond (debt) of life because of our sins and once our bond reaches maturity (our lives reach the end), the “principal” (our life) is paid back because of our sin. The sacrifices of animals in the old testament could be seen as interest payments, but we still owed the principal. However, God uses this to save us by having Jesus pay our bonds (principal and interest) with his own life and since he was sinless he had the right to take on greater eternal life. When he returns for the 1st resurrection he will fulfill God’s promise to pay the believers back their lives as rebates, and this time they will have eternal life with new bodies that are free from sin nature (1 Thess 4:13-18, 1 Cor ch. 15, and 2 Cor 5:1-10). The whole reason we have death is because of sin, but eternal life is still an option because Jesus used this system to free us from the bond of sin/death. As Paul says in 1 Cor 6:19-20, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you at a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
Heavenly Employee Stock Options:
One could also view salvation like Employee Stock Options, and if we don’t exercise the option before expiration, it will expire out of the money. This would be like an American Style Option, where one can exercise at any time before expiration. In addition, in this case, the value of the option is predestined to go out of the money on the expiration day making it expire worthless. In other words, we have until death (expiration day) to choose (exercise) the option of salvation that Jesus paid for. If we exercise this option while it’s in the money then we’ll get the gains of the value of heaven’s stock which is the gift of the holy spirit and dividends of new bodies with eternal life, but if we don’t then it will expire worthlessly and we would lose the chance. This principle follows the conditional statement from John 3:16-21, which says those who believe in Jesus will get mercy on judgment day and be resurrected into eternal life, but those that reject him will be condemned on judgment day experiencing a second death (Rev 20:4-6, Rev 2:11).
We could never afford to purchase shares in heaven because of our sinful nature, and the price is so high, that we can’t even pay the premium debit for the options contract. However, just like an employer may give their employees call options for shares in the company, as remuneration for their work, Jesus paid the contract’s debit price so that we could have the option and the holy spirit cover’s the strike price. In contrast, this was not a reward for our service because none of us can keep the bosses commands, but because Jesus loves us, and only he had the power to do what he did because he is able to keep the boss’s commands, after all, he is the boss’s son. The holy spirit helps us follow the boss’s instruction and prepares us for the new bodies with eternal life. His son paid the price because he loved us, and wanted to make us joint heirs in the cosmic company we call creation. However, if one does not exercise the option before expiration there will be no passive income of eternal life. In addition, those people will be fired, because without the holy spirit (which he offered for free) no one can keep his commands. Galatians 6:7-8 says (NLT) “God is not mocked we reap what we sow. Those who sow into their flesh nature will reap corruption and death, but those who sow into the Holy Spirit will reap eternal life”.
Many have heard and quoted the second half of Proverbs 13:22 which says, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” What does that actually look like when the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the just? Are there examples of this in the Bible? In the Old Testament, we can see a wealth transfer in the form of reparations given to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. There is also a long-promised wealth transfer of Canaan (the land of milk and honey) to Abraham’s descendants. This milk and honey clause from Ex 3:8 implies that the people in the land were rich, but throughout the Torah, we are also told of their sinfulness. And some of Jesus’ parables allude to this transfer as well like the Parable of the 3 Servants (Matt 25:14-30) or the 10 Servants (Luke 19:11-27).Continue reading
Is language natural or spiritual/supernatural? Humans, who are uniquely made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27), have complex linguistics and writing systems. Ever notice how a 2-year-old child can learn to repeat and use human words passively simply by hearing them. Even children of deaf adults (CODAs) learn to sign by watching their parents and only learn speech from hearing other humans talk. Babies don’t have to be taught how to say the sounds they just instinctively speak what they hear and get better with practice.Continue reading
I once read about an interesting concept concerning the Cherubs that surround God’s throne and Noah’s Ark. I don’t think it’s an important theological point but I thought it was interesting either way. Noah had three categories of animals on his Ark along with his family. Unclean land animals (carnivores, scavengers, certain kinds of herbivores), clean land animals (herbivores, with specific right anatomy), and flying creatures both clean and unclean (Genesis 7:2-3). The four Cherub can be seen in this representation.Continue reading
Believers have God’s spirit inside of them because they were made pure by the sacrifice of Jesus. They don’t need to be in a ritually clean state to enter God’s presence in a building in Israel anymore, because we are the building (temple). Paul says our bodies are the new temple in 1 Cor 3:16-17, 1 Cor 6:19-20 , & 2 Cor 6:15-18. And the Holy Spirit is only available to those who received Jesus as Lord (John 14:15-17, Rom 8:5-11). So how can an unclean spirit ever enter this “new temple” which is the body of a believer?Continue reading