We’re in the middle of a political season and last night’s debate reminded me of the date that happened almost 2,000 years ago concerning the gospel. In Acts 15 we read: “Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: ‘Unless you are circumcised, … you cannot be saved.’ … ‘God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. … Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved…’ * Was and is the laying on of hands required to receive the Holy Spirit? * What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?
* Do I talk to the Holy Spirit the same way I talk to the Father and to Jesus?
When the grace of God is taught the skeptics ask, “are you saying that we can go out and sin all we want?” It’s the grace of God that sets us free from sin and death and sets us free from the power of sin. It’s grace that empowers us to love others. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul writes: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” So the grace of God changed a persecutor into a proclaimer. * Could Jesus’ saving grace extend to Satan?
* Jose wants to know what it means to walk in the Spirit.
The grace of God is linked to the life and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus came full of grace and truth. And when we lean upon him we see the evidence in our daily lives. The grace of God makes us eager to do good works.
* A caller wonders just how prevalent the gift of tongues is in today’s churches. * Another caller from Nevada asks about tongues as a prayer language. * Will our pets be with us in Heaven?
* Lula asks if Gentiles have ever been under the law of Moses.
We are no longer under the law but under the grace of God. And for many that raises the question: “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” The law can only bring us condemnation. Titus 2:11, 12 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…”
* Brad asks for clarification on new testament prophets and the gift of tongues.
* Debra asks how to address a church that preaches water baptism as an act of obedience.
* Gregory wants to know what faith really is and if a preacher really speaks with God’s authority.
Rest is the end result of learning to truly trust that your sins are forgiven by Christ once for all. If you really know that, your soul will be at rest. Out of that rest you’re going to start seeing growth and transformation. But if you’re still unsure about forgiveness, if you still are expecting some kind of punishment, then you will be restless. In 2 Peter 1:5-9, Peter lays out a good progression of maturity: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins”. If you are seeing these things com
e out of you, you are growing in your knowledge of Christ. If you are not seeing growth, Peter says you have forgotten your sins have been forgiven. (Chapter 10, page 71)
Grace is the most exciting topic to talk about in the Bible. So what does grace say about the law. This is the passage that convinced me that I’m no longer under the law. “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2 11-14 * Was Jesus always “The Son” or only when he came to earth in flesh? * Clay comments on Jesus being the God of the living not the dead. * Thorinia asks about tongues and if there always needs to be an interpreter. * Myles asks about the difference between servitude and submission.
What is the role of the law and the role of the Holy Spirit for a believer? In Galatians 3 we read: “Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” When Jesus is revealed in our life then we can live by faith. We are raised to walk in the newness of life. * Join us in Israel https://basicgospel.net/events/
* William comments about living under the law or under grace. * Chris asks what to do when you second guess what you’ve shared with people.
* Sandra wants to know if she and her husband needs to tithe on the sale of a home.