Why is the Bible the holy, inspired word of God? Why not others books? 2Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is inspired by God. What does it mean by "all"? Why include the book of Revelation when it was written after the book of 2 Timothy? Who decided to name certain books as the Old Testament and the New Testaments?

In 2Timothy 3:16, “all scripture is inspired by God”, the verb “is” does not appear in the text but is understood (as is common in the case of the verb “to be” in classical languages).  Hence this scripture should properly be read as “all scripture inspired by God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, […]

February 3rd, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters, Past and Present Prophesies|

What is the meaning of Jehovah-nissi?

Jehovah-Nissi is a compound of Strong’s words H3068 and H5251. It is defined as “Jehovah (is) my banner.”

The word only occurs once in the Bible in the story of Israel winning in battle over the Amalekites.

Exodus 17:8-16 (NASB), “Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for […]

Who is the father of Virgin Mary and where can I find it in the Bible?

Summary: Heli was Mary’s father.

Explanation: The lineage of Matthew 1 traces Jesus’ ancestry through Joseph. Matthew 1:16, “And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.” Notice that Jacob is clearly identified as Joseph’s father.

Whereas Jesus’ lineage through Mary is recorded in Luke chapter 3. “Jesus was […]

January 2nd, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters|

Act 2 :42 – 45 says believers sold their possessions and had all things in common. Is this a model for local churches?

Short answer:  Communistic living is not a model for churches. The early church practiced generous sharing not communal living.

Explanation:  Acts 2:42-46 (NIV) reads, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions […]

Did Jesus still claim Judas as His disciples after he betrayed Him?

When Judas came to betray Jesus, our Lord called him a friend or comrade (not disciple). Matthew 26:50, "But Jesus said to him, 'Friend, why have you come?' Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him." 

The Greek word for "friend" has the thought of someone associating with you, but not the thought of a follower or disciple. If Judas had been […]

December 25th, 2017|Bible and Bible Characters, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

When a government is against Christians, how should we react according to Bible?

First, we must obey God’s will in all matters. Acts 5:28,29, 33 (NIV),“‘We (the Sanhedrin and the high priest) gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,’ he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles […]

Some Christian associations request government protection for safety reasons. As biblical Christians, can we take or pursue government protection?

Short answer:  Yes, Christians may use legal means to secure safety.

Explanation:  The Apostle Paul asked for and received Roman government protection when the Jews were enraged by him.  Acts 23:10-24 (NIRV), “The arguing got out of hand. The commanding officer was afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by those who were arguing. So […]

Why did Lot sleep with his girls?

After Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Lot and his two daughters went to live in a cave. They isolated themselves from other people. Their story continues in Genesis 19:31-36 (NLT): “One day the older daughter said to her sister, ‘There are no men left anywhere in this entire area, so we can’t get married like […]

Was Jesus born a Prince?

Short answer: Jesus received royal status in stages. He was born as heir to the throne, received the title Prince at his baptism, and was exalted with royal power and dominion after his resurrection.

Discussion: Scripturally, Jesus is first given the title Prince when he was baptized with the Holy Spirit. At the Jordan, He became Christ […]

December 12th, 2017|Bible and Bible Characters, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

When is submission to men not required by God?

In both the Old and New Testaments, there are many examples of God-honoring people who refused to submit to men. Consider the account of the three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abegnego in Daniel 3. They refused to bow down and worship the golden image authorized by Nebuchadnezzar. These men recognized man’s law to be against […]