Can you explain Colossians 2:ll: – In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.

Circumcision was a requirement for male Israelites under the Law. However, the ordinance preceded the law and was first practiced by Abraham.  When Jesus, their promised Messiah, fulfilled the Law, the Law came to an end and the aspects of  the promises to Abraham came to fulfillment. (Matthew 5:17, Colossians 2:13-17) But Christian believers are [...]

Can a man that believed in God as a Christian go to heaven without baptizing?

The Lord Jesus and the apostles were baptized and that means that baptism is the right thing to do. It demonstrates what has happened in a person’s heart. Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Water immersion represents the death of one’s will (as [...]

Why was it important for Jesus to be baptized?

Jesus’ baptism was important because it was an outward sign or symbol of Jesus’ complete dedication of his life to do God’s will.  Jesus’ baptism differed from the other baptisms performed by John the Baptist.  We are told that John baptized with water for the purpose of repentance (Matt 3:11).  The Bible states that Jesus [...]

How much must one forsake to follow the Lord?

When the ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied that he must forsake all to follow after Him (Luke 18:18-30). If truly following after the Lord, we should consider all our time, talent, money, influence, etc…as belonging to God. It is up to us as stewards of that which [...]

In what ways can a person serve God while occupied in secular work?

If we find that all of our time must be taken in earthly matters, we can still do our work as "unto the Lord". Ephesians 6:5-8 (NASB) says "Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; (6) [...]

Do people today still talk in tongues and what is the purpose?

Many Pentecostal Christians today claim to speak in tongues. Some claim to be speaking in some actual human language other than their own, while others claim to be speaking an unknown tongue, or a language of angels - not a human language found on earth. However, the gift of tongues is no longer used today. [...]