Jesus or Yeshua?

Some place a huge a emphasis on Jesus being called Yeshua. I’ve noticed a fair number of TV preachers on the religious channels that obviously agree.

Ever talked with anyone about the topic, or anyone ever talked about it with you? A few years ago I posted a short article on my old blog explaining my view on the matter, but if you’re looking for something slightly more in-depth, Apologetics Press recently posted a “Question and Answer” article on the topic that you might find interesting.

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Why were the Galatians turning away from the gospel?

A valid question worth considering is asked in the “Discussion Questions” section on p. 64 of the Gospel Advocate’s Foundations Adult Bible study book for Galatians (Summer 2018, Lesson 5, The Works of Law or of Faith).

The reason the question is valid is because the answers still apply to individuals today. It asks, “Why do you think the Galatians had turned (or were contemplating turning) from the gospel message Paul preached to them?”

The answers are bit subjective for obvious reasons but the question is rooted in reality. Why do people, who have obeyed the truth, turn from the trustworthy to the untrustworthy? Let me share a few answers.

  1. The Galatians were “somewhat new” to the religion of Christianity. Perhaps this different version of the gospel scratched their itching ears in some way (2 Timothy 4:3; Galatians 4:10). Familiarity can be good thing, but it can also become a stumbling block. Such has happened in the past, and continues to happen with the “installation” of “Christian holy days” meant to replace pagan holiday days. Being new to Christianity introduces great emotions into our lives, but these emotions can also become a weakness if we’re not careful.
  2. The presence of very persuasive false teachers could have also played a large factor in the Galatian’s situation. We know the false teachers had the desire (Galatians 4:17) and, according to the results they were getting, it seems as if they had the talent. Such is also the case today with charismatic and linguistically skilled people who present doctrines that blatantly reject the first principles of the gospel.
  3. The absence of sound teachers seems to be a possible contributing factor to the aforementioned work of false teachers. Dangers abound and wolves feast in the absence of a shepherd’s guidance. Consider the fact, unlike in other epistles, that Paul did not mention any laborers by name in the Galatian letter and that may be a clue concerning the leadership situation the churches of Galatia had on their hands. Sound teaching is not optional! (1 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:13, 2:2; Titus 1:7-9, 2:1) Its absence will become a detriment that can and will lead to deception in any congregation.

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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.

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Great answer to question about prayer

I want to share a question and answer from a recent “Questions and Bible Answers” issue of the Gospel Minutes publication. It underscores the importance of thinking carefully before taking a strong position toward spiritual topics, and also how easy it can be to allow the scriptures to reveal the “big picture” in regards to guiding principles and the questions we may have. Continue reading

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3 things to learn from Elijah’s interaction with the widow of Zarephath

In relation to 1 Kings 17:8-24, Lesson 2 (December 10, 2017) of the of the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” adult study asked,

“What can we learn from this passage about submitting to God’s will even when it doesn’t make sense to us?”

I’d like to share three answers that came to my mind: Continue reading

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Why is worry a problem for so many people?

Lesson 5 of the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations” study book (Fall 2017, Preaching and Ministry) covered Jesus’ lesson on “worry” from Matthew 6:25-34.

In the discussion question section, “Why is worry a problem for so many people?” was asked.

Our class didn’t make it to that question, but here are my thoughts. Continue reading

#questions-and-answers, #teachings-of-jesus, #worry

What example should Christians set when it comes to wealth?

This week’s ‘Gospel Advocate’ lesson over James 5:1-12 asked an important question … a question the Bible discusses hundreds of times (seems that way). “What example should Christians set when it comes to wealth?

Here are some answers that I took note of: Continue reading

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Why do you think we make plans without God?

Last week, in the Gospel Advocate’s “Foundations Series, Adult Bible Study” covering “Christian Growth in James in Jude”, the question, “Why do you think we make plans without considering God?” was asked in contrast to James’ admonition, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”” (James 4:13-15 NKJV)

Here are a few answers that immediately come to mind: Continue reading

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How to order the booklet with 1500 Bible questions and answers

On the Prancing Pen site, I posted a poem in honor of Fred E. Dennis and his booklet “Fifteen Hundred Bible Questions and Answers.”

Questions and Answers

Those interested in ordering the booklet can order from Mrs. Benton K. Cochran. They ask the recipient pay postage and a small donation toward the cost of printing. Email her here:

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Be settled with what has been revealed

There are some who claim to have all the spiritual answers. The lack of wisdom in such a position is seen when you realize that these same people can’t even give all the questions! But then again there are some who create questions so they can have the answers.

Questions that don’t amount to a hill of spiritual beans and answers that feed the flesh but sicken the soul is what happens (Hebrews 12:15-17).

People have a tendency to talk about things that we have no business talking about and not talking about what we should (1 Timothy 5:13; Mark 7:36; Deuteronomy 29:29; Romans 10:6-9).

We want to know more without even knowing what has been revealed. Our eyes are bigger than our belly!

The words necessary for good spiritual health are the words that we have been given (Matthew 4:4); we do not need to be consumed with finding people that are willing to add or take away from the revealed will of God. Such a desire only reveals a lack of faith, spiritual maturity and contentment (Numbers 11; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Such a desire creates a hunger for the holiness of men and leads to a loss of appetite for the holy things of God (1 Timothy 4:1-7). Look to the religious world and see if these things aren’t so!

We would all do well to accept what God has revealed and to accept that we do not need to know what we cannot know because the Lord has determined it to be unnecessary for us. He has given what we need (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), but like all other things in life we must determine if we are satisfied with the necessities that have been provided (1 Timothy 6:5-10).

These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13)

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Quick Answers to Common Objections

Those who adhere to “faith only” when it comes to salvation often disagree with the necessity of baptism by offering very common objections. Here are three, followed by very quick answers according to the scriptures of God.

Objection 1: Baptism is a work of man that violates Ephesians 2:8 which says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Quick Answer: Whoever said baptism is a work of man? Sure it’s something that a person must submit to, but since when has submission ever earned anyone any thing? Baptism is a work of God and hence, it is not a work of man that earns us anything. “In [Jesus] you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-12)

Objection 2: Baptism is to show one is already saved, not to be saved. The “for” in Acts 2:38 is past tense. A person who is wanted “for” robbing a bank is wanted because they robbed a bank in the past, not because they’re going to rob it in the future.

Quick Answer: When a person ignores context they can make a pretext out of almost any scripture! Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Look at the two things the first “and” connects there. A person no more “repents” because they have been saved anymore than they are “baptized” because they have been saved. Repentance always proceeds salvation for the lost as does baptism. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31) And by the way, does a person who’s going to the store “for” a loaf of bread go because they already have it, or because they need it? Just asking.

Objection 3: Jesus condemned the lack of faith and not the lack of baptism in Mark 16:15-16 when He said, “…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Quick Answer: Jesus no more had to condemn the lack of baptism than He did the lack of repentance or confession or faithfulness. Are not these also necessary to be saved? Of course they are! No matter what an unbeliever does they are not saved because they are an unbeliever. Why would anyone want to baptize an unbeliever for the remission of sins when he or she doesn’t even believe in the sins they would be baptized for? Unbelief puts one in a condemned state regardless of anything else. That’s the reason why John 3:18 says, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” In Mark 16:15 baptism still comes before salvation, like it does in the rest of the scriptures for people who lived after the giving of the Gospel of Christ.

Much, much more could be said, but then the answers wouldn’t be so quick would they?

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