One verse answer (The Necessity of Water Baptism)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of the necessity of water baptism in relation to salvation. For every verse that reveals the truth about water baptism there are some people who try to raise two verses to teach to the contrary. Often these verses contain the concept of “faith” that stands alone, but never a verse containing the words “faith alone” together – see here. The result is a large number of the religious world promoting a perverted and watered-down view of water baptism such as, “You are baptized to show the world that you are already saved, not to be saved.”

So what is the truth about the necessity of water baptism? Well to be honest there is not a single verse that teaches you about all the details of what happens for us or to us during our submission to God in the waters of baptism, but there are plenty of verses that reveal its necessity; one of these verses being 1 Peter 3:21 which says, “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,“.

Try as hard they may, to remove the truth about the necessity of water baptism from the Bible would result in individuals removing entire pages from numerous pages in the New Testament and several more from the Old Testament when you include the types and shadows of God’s plan of salvation revealed in the life, the teachings and the last will and testament of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16).

#one-verse-answer, #salvation, #water-baptism

One verse answer (The Arrival of God’s Kingdom)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of the arrival of God’s kingdom. Some say it still hasn’t happened! Some still (often times inadvertently through the repeating of Matthew 6:9-10) pray for it to happen! Some have come up with fanciful theories to explain when it will happen (i.e. premillenialism)! And some have completely misunderstood the nature of the church because they don’t know when it happened! Simple fact is, God’s kingdom has arrived … that or Christianity isn’t the only “2,000” year old thing walking around today. To get what I mean all one has to do is read, “And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”” (Mark 9:1)

There you have it! If you follow a theology that says the kingdom of God hasn’t yet arrived, then you have one of two choices according to the plain language of the above referenced verse: 1) Admit that Jesus was wrong, or 2) Admit that you are wrong. Read Mark 9:1 again and think about those two choices carefully.

#gospel-according-to-mark, #kingdom-of-god, #one-verse-answer

One verse answer (Error of Denominationalism)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of denominationalism and whether or not God approves of such behavior. If we’re looking for a straight answer the Bible provides one! It doesn’t matter how we feel about the restoration movement, the reformation effort, the evangelical community church push, or any other small or large-scale religious body … if you think there is godly wisdom in being able to “choose the church of your choice” think again. Denominationalism is against the will of the Father, the Son and the Spirit! Such a truth is too plain to deny according to the desire and prayer of Jesus before his betrayal, trial and crucifixion. While praying for the apostles, Jesus mentioned those who would believe on him through the teaching and preaching of the apostles by saying, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21 NKJV)

Denominationalism goes directly against the prayer of Jesus. Denominationalism goes directly against the mission of the church. Denominationalism goes directly against the unity the apostles preached (1 Corinthians 1:10). The error of denominationalism is more serious than what many consider it to be, and all it takes is one verse to prove it.

#christian-unity, #errors-of-denominationalism, #one-verse-answer

One verse answer (Sabbath Observance)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of a God-ordained modern-day observance of the seventh-day Sabbath. Considering the fact that entire denominational movements revolve around a Sabbath day commandment observance, I’d say the answer to the situation is important. The truth of the matter is often blurred by the difference between God’s law for the nation of Israel and God’s law for the church, who is spiritual Israel, as a whole.

Support for a Sabbath commandment abounds in the Old Testament, but by the time the epistles to the church begin, there is no so much as a step to be found! Fact is, a single verse cannot be quoted from the entire New Testament that reveals God’s direct command for the Sabbath to be observed in the church as a whole, nor a single verse that warns about the lack of observing a seventh-day Sabbath. Furthermore, all scriptural evidence points toward the seventh-day Sabbath being annulled with the rest of the framework of Moses’ law. Because of this truth, Colossians 2:16 says, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,“, and the last time I checked the plural word of sabbaths contains any single day observance of a Sabbath.

The legal right to judge someone based upon the observance a Sabbath day, or the lack-thereof, was removed when the law of Christ replaced the law of Moses (Hebrews 8:7-13). Regardless of how an individual feels about it, the church as a whole is obligated to find our rest in Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 3:12-19, 4:1-11) but not the 10 Commandments as a whole.

#10-commandments, #one-verse-answer, #sabbath

One verse answer (Faith Alone)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of faith alone when it comes to justification with God. Despite its popularity throughout the religious world, of all the topics that can be settled with a single verse perhaps this topic is the easiest! There is only one single book in the entire Bible where the words “faith” and “alone” appear together in the same sentence, and in that book there are actually a couple of verses (depending upon the translation) that spell out the error of advocating for the faith alone position so plainly! One of these verses is James 2:24, (with which numerous translations use the same two words) and it says, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” (NET)

The other verse that declares the same truth about the error of the faith alone doctrine is James 2:17. A few translations actually use the words faith and alone in James 2:17, but most paint a plain enough picture by using the words faith and itself … just wanted to give a bonus verse in case James 2:24 does not ring a bell.

The popularity of a doctrine does not justify its position anymore than faith alone justifies an individual with God, and all it takes is one verse to prove it.

#faith-alone, #justification, #one-verse-answer

One verse answer (Israel and the Promised Land)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Israel’s perpetual right to territory based on the promise made to Abraham. This subject has created or heavily contributed to many fanciful doctrines including premillenialism and has led to numerous debates. More often than not, the issue comes down to whether or not God kept the word he gave to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-15; Hebrews 11:9). But there is no question as to whether or not God has kept his word. Joshua 21:45 says, “Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

Not a word of God failed to come to pass. Israel received the good things of God … even the land given according to promise. The context of Joshua 21:43-45 shows this to be true. But Israel became more obsessed with being a physical nation than a spiritual people, and through the pride and desire to be a physical nation and physical descendant of Abraham they failed to be the spiritual nation and spiritual descendant of Abraham that made their covenant with God what it was (Deuteronomy 6:1-4; Matthew 3:9; Galatians 3:26-29, 4:22-31; John 8:31-47; Acts 3:19-23).

God kept his word with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but Israel, as a nation, failed to keep their word with God and thus forfeited their right to the promise made to Abraham. Such a position has nothing to do with “gentile arrogance” or prejudice against the nation of Israel (Romans 11:18-23). It is simply an answer to a complex spiritual issue than can be made easier to understand with the help and clarity of a single verse.

#biblical-covenants, #one-verse-answer, #promised-land

One verse answer (One Church)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of the church’s nature when it comes to its numeric state. It is quite controversial in many circles to insist that the existence of any more than one church is wrong. Controversy on Earth aside, the issue is settled in the eyes of Heaven! All one has to do is read Ephesians 4:4 where the Bible says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling;

The fact that there is one body, which is the church (Ephesians 5:23, 30; Colossians 1:18), is no more open for debate than the one Spirit, the one hope, the one Lord, the one faith, the one baptism or the one God and Father (Ephesians 4:5-6). People may not like the way it makes us feel in light of the numerous bodies in the religious world around us, but feelings and facts aren’t always agreeable. And when it comes to being in agreement with the scriptures and the numeric value (whether literal or relational) of the church, there is only one option.

#one-church, #one-verse-answer, #religious-division

One verse answer (Jesus’ Nationality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and his nationality. Due to their racist disposition, some people deny the “Jewishness” of Jesus. While the attitude may not be corrected, the argument can easily be defeated by something that Jesus said about himself.

While discussing topics of a spiritual nature, Jesus responded to a question that revolved around religious and national perspectives with, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22 NKJV)

Being Jewish, in and of itself, does not make one right with God. Neither does being Jewish make one wrong with God. But saying that Jesus was not Jewish due to a personal disdain toward an entire race of people creates a mindset that ignores the heart of the matter, as well as an attitude of ignoring the plain language of the scriptures that will spread to other topics.

#jesus, #one-verse-answer, #racism

One verse answer (Jesus and Homosexuality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and homosexuality. It is often said by homosexuality advocates, especially when the advocates believe the behavior is not sinful, that Jesus never said one negative thing about homosexuality. Other than the fact that this viewpoint becomes null when one simply realizes Jesus never said anything positive about homosexuality, the fact of the matter is that Jesus’ thoughts on homosexuality can be known by simply reading John 10:30 when he said, “I and my father are one.

Jesus never directly mentioned homosexuality because the will of God had plainly been given through the Law of Moses, and Jesus endorsed the will of the Father that could be found in the scriptures – a will that said marriage and sexuality involved a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-6) and that homosexuality was as sinful as other sexual perversions including the infidelity of married heterosexuals.

In the New Covenant, Jesus introduced a standard in regards to the use of righteous judgment when it comes to the condemnation of sin, including those of a sexual nature. This standard means we can repent and find forgiveness with God through his mercy (John 8:11); but nonetheless, a sexual sin is a sin that can and will cost us our soul, and, as John 10:30 reveals, Jesus’ viewpoint can be known about each of them.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV)

#homosexuality, #jesus, #one-verse-answer

One verse answer (Falling from Grace)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of apostasy … or falling from the grace (i.e. salvation) of God. 1 Corinthians 10:12 notwithstanding, 2 Peter 2:21 plainly says, of those who enjoyed the liberty of God’s freedom, “For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.”

If one believes it is impossible to turn from God after one has turned to God, then he or she needs to learn the lesson taught by God in 2 Peter 2:21.

#falling-from-grace, #one-verse-answer, #questions-and-answers