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John the Baptist and Jesus

Hi, Pastor John. 

Since John the Baptist was a shadow type of Jesus and was sent only to the Jews to introduce them to Jesus, would that be the same as Jesus being sent (in spirit at Pentecost) to the sons of God (those who were chosen before the foundations of the world) to present (“introduce”) us to his Father?

Thanks,

Billy M.

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Hi Billy.

The Spirit is really what introduced the Father and the Son to men, for even when Jesus was here among us, men did not know him because they did not have the Spirit within. So, you are on the right track with that.

Pastor John

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Conversion and Salvation

I Would like to understand the difference between salvation and conversion. Will you please help? 

Shirley

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Hi, Shirley.

There is a great difference between “conversion” and “salvation”.  Conversion is experienced in this life.  It is to be “born again”.  Conversion happens when our sins are washed away, which takes place when we are baptized with the Spirit of God.  The disciples were converted and had their sins washed away on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2:1-4).

Salvation, on the other hand, is God’s reward for the faithful.  Jesus will bring that reward with him when he returns to catch away his faithful saints.  As for any unfaithful believer, though converted, he will not receive salvation but God “will cut him off and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.  In that place, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth!” (Mt. 24:51).

No believer who is still living on earth has received his salvation yet because Jesus has not yet comes.  Paul said that “our salvation is nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11), and that is true.  Every day, our salvation draws nearer because every day, the coming of the Lord is nearer.

Do not follow those who teach that you receive salvation now, in this life.  Jesus is the Judge, not them.

Pastor John

 

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Knowing Satan Was Evil

John, 

Since no one really knew the Son before Pentecost, is it true that no one really knew Satan either?

Wendell

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Yes, Wendell, that’s right.​

Before Pentecost, no one ​but Jesus understood that ​Satan was evil.  Even if ​people believed Jesus when he said ​that ​Satan was evil, they ​themselves had no way of knowing why Jesus would say that.  ​What evil ​deed ​Satan had ​ever ​done​ during the Old Testament?

​Pastor John

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If I Don’t Speak in Tongues

Pastor John, 

If I don’t speak in tongues will I go to hell?

Erica A.

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Hi Erica. 

If you don’t obey God, you most certainly will be cast into Hell.  And if you do obey God, you will receive the holy ghost (Acts 5:32) and speak in tongues.

Pastor John

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John 10:29

Pastor John: 

This is your translation of John 10:29:

“My Father who gave me all things is greater than all, and no one can snatch anything out of my Father’s hand.”

My question is this:  In the King James Version, John 10:29 reads, “My Father who gave me them [referring to his sheep] is greater than all…” 

Your translation says, “My Father who gave me all things….”  I was just wondering what your thought processes were in making that change. 

Thanks.

Jim K.

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Hi Jim.

If you will notice, “them” is in italics in the King James, while in my translation, “all things” is in italics.  This means that the “them” in the KJV and the “all things” in my version were added, for there is no Greek word in that verse for either “them” or “all things”.  Something must be added in order for the verse to make sense in English, and the translator must decide which word is best to add.

You may have noticed the same thing with the word “anything”, later in verse 29.  It, too, is in italics because we added that word to the original text.  The KJV chose to add the word “them” instead of “anything”.  Again, a choice had to be made in order for the verse to make sense in English, and since Jesus did say in another place that all things had been given to him by the Father, we felt that “all things” fit well here.

I hope that is sufficient explanation of the difference between our translation of John 10:29 and the King James’ translation.  We strive to keep our additions to a minimum, but this is one of those verses that forced us to add words.  I hope that what we chose is understandable.

Thanks for writing. 

Pastor John

 

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Satan’s Position Now

Would it be correct to say that after Satan was cast out of heaven, he became our (the brethren) accuser?  Or did Satan become our (God’s children) persecutor?

Gary

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Hi Gary.

Thanks for the question.

No, Satan lost his job as heaven’s prosecutor when Jesus cast him out of heaven.  Satan is just a slanderer now, as far as God’s people are concerned.  He still accuses, of course, but now, his accusations against God’s people are heard only by carnal men, not by God.  And only carnal men are moved by what he says.  ​Satan was heaven’s  accuser/prosecutor for ages, but now, he is nothing at all in God’s kingdom.

Pastor John

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Proverbs 8

Dear Pastor John, 

Have been studying Proverbs chapter 8.  Is this chapter talking about wisdom or about Jesus?  I am kind of stuck on this one.

Truly yours,

Jacob F.

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Dear Jacob,

Proverbs 8 is the hidden son of God speaking through the prophet about his existence with the Father from the foundation of the world.

Thanks for the question,

Pastor John

Here is our translation of Proverbs 8:22-30, which is the section you are probably most asking about:

22.
The Lord created me the beginning of His way, the first of His works.

23.
I was anointed from eternity, before the beginning, before earth existed.

24.
I was brought forth when there were no depths of the sea, when there were no springs abounding with water.

25.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.

26.
When He had not made the earth, and the open fields, and the first elements of the world,

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when He prepared the heavens, I was there.  When He decreed a circle on the face of the deep,

28.
when He established the thin clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the sea,

29.
when He made His decree for the sea, that the waters should not disobey His word, when He decreed the foundations of the earth,

30.
I was at His side, like a master workman, daily His great delight, always laughing in His presence,
rejoicing in the world, His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
 

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