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  1. Brian Dunning // April 13, 2013 at 8:04 am // Reply

    Paul, what is your position on what is termed the Exchanged Life?

  2. Hi, am just getting used to the gospel of grace, even though I’ve been born-again for long. So in the light of that, am trusting God for my children and knowing that Jesus has made provision for me to have them has eased up a lot of worry and anxiety. My question is, how do i rest in the finished work of Jesus and at the same time resist the devil. Also what’s your take on acting on my believe (faith) according to James 2:17, concerning my situation.

    • Chuck Barnes // May 20, 2013 at 11:57 am // Reply

      I’ve been there! Put away all of your works Mentality! Jesus did it all for you. Claim all the blessings in the New Testament. All that Jesus did was for you. Giving Thanks continually. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. As you begin to come into the knowledge of his love for you With nothing attached, It will be so easy for you to be an overcomer.

    • Read One-Way Love, reviewed here, it will free you from performancism in all it’s forms, and set you free to be okay with not being okay.

    • Squawks 5000 // August 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm // Reply

      For the first part, I gotta say it’s the battle of TRUST. The devil doesn’t want us to trust Jesus, but we know rest in Jesus leads to abundant life [John 10:10].

      For the James 2:17 part, the context is on a practical viewpoint (people compare James to Proverbs). James wants to say how doing absolutely nothing with our faith won’t allow us to live an abundant life in the present.

      I still believe that we get eternal life by accepting Jesus’s sacrifice and seeing Jesus as who he is [John 3:16]. However, Jesus didn’t die just so we can go to heaven — he wants us to live an abundant life [John 10:10]. When we walk with Jesus, fruit naturally comes out [John 15].

      BTW, check out Paul Ellis’s articles on James 2. He wrote a lot!

  3. Can anyone baptise me?

  4. Holy Needle in a Haystack Batman!! I am trying to find if you have any articles written on 2 Tim 2:12….the ole if you deny him, he will deny us hullaballoo. Do you have any? Much obliged!

    • I don’t, but I should include it in my ongoing series on eternal security.

      • Hello Paul, I heard teaching on this passage which blessed the socks off me! I understand the word ‘deny’ here is the same word used when you ‘deny’ a child a specific blessing (pocket money as an example) because there is a discipline issue. Jesus will not deny us to the point of not knowing us, but we will be denied (effectively by ourselves) the blessings we could/should receive by denying Christ access to our lives. if we deny Him (time, faith, access to our hearts) He will deny us that which could be ours through right relationship.
        Hope that made sense!

      • Hi Neil, which passage would that be?

      • Isaac Pedroza // March 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm //

        Yes you should Paul.. So when can we expect it☺??i

      • About 2 years ago. 🙂

        Check out the Archives > Scripture Index.

  5. Hello, I was just wondering, how is the judgment seat of Christ (believers judgment) to be viewed through the lens of grace? Maybe I’m not seeing it correctly but the rewards we received or the lack there of based upon the type of life we live for the Lord will be something we will have to live with for all eternity. Thanks,

    • Hi Steven,
      I have written a chapter on eternal rewards in my new book The Gospel in Twenty Questions. One day I hope to find time to write some posts based on that chapter, because the material in that book is something I have never seen discussed anywhere, and especially not within the grace community.

      • Bill Fowler // November 26, 2013 at 4:55 am //

        I really look forward to hearing about that. Especially here in the United States where we are so focused on achievement and accomplishments. It’s so easy take those scriptures and turn them into performance-based Christianity. Thanks for dealing with all the subjects that we are often too afraid to address!

      • Hello Paul and Merry Christmas,

        Thank you for your reply. I just read the sample of your new book
        “The Gospel in Twenty Questions” and it’s awesome. Again, I say thanks.


      • Warren (South Carolina) // June 3, 2015 at 5:00 am //

        Paul, I look forward to your writing about this (eternal rewards). From Jim Richards teachings I have gleaned that our “rewards” are the lives / souls we have impacted based on our walking in love (God’s love in us or through us).
        Warren (South Carolina)

      • I have written a few posts on rewards and have more in the pipeline. You can find the publishing ones in the Archives > Subject index under “eternal rewards.”

  6. Can you please tell me why there are Christians who are struggling in financial hardships?Specially here in our country Philippines.Is it normal for us here to be in hardships because our country is struggling in our economy?even we are Christians?

    • Dear Jay, I am also a Filipino. What are you so afraid of? You have Christ in you. You have Jesus, you have everything. Speak the word and declare.

    • Squawks 5000 // August 15, 2018 at 6:18 pm // Reply

      From a historical view, poverty in various countries is the result of imperialism, and I don’t believe God approves of injustice like that.

      Even so, God is a master of bringing good out of evil [Romans 8]. I also learned from various articles and a mission trip that poverty CAN NOT keep us from bonding with God!

      Although financial prosperity isn’t a guarantee, God gave you a purpose and a plan for life [Romans 12]. No matter where or what conditions, we can still show God’s love. Perhaps he wants you to help solve poverty…

  7. I have a question. The Bible says that has believers we have the Spirit of Christ. Now, is the Holy Spirit separate from the Spirit of Christ? If so, Is the believer without the Holy Spirit until we ask God for Him? or do we receive both once we have become born again. Also, is this different from what happen during Pentecost?

  8. Hey Paul,
    I know the Holy Spirit dwells in us. However, is it still the Holy Spirit that brings the tangible weighty Glory? Or is that the like Spirit of God entering the room? You know hoe people say the Presence in here is thick.

  9. please i need to ask a question about demas in the bible. like paul said, does it mean demas renounce hsi faith in christ

  10. Hey Paul, I have read your book, “The Gospel in 20 Questions”. I agree with your gospel teaching, however, I don’t agree with your teachings on healings. If God wanted to heal everyone when Jesus died, he would have. If he wanted to heal everybody, he would every time the believer asks. The book seems to limit God’s power, like, he wants to , but he can’t… for some reason, is what I think the book implies. But, I disagree. I think he wants to heal our hearts, but we are still here, we have not left this world yet. Sickness and death and suffering and sin and the effects of sin are still here, I think ultimately for us to learn trust and the complete divorce of flesh from spirit because we realize that ultimately this life is nothing compared to being with God. Our flesh, is truly not important compared to our spirit. He does not take every thorn from the flesh… so, he doesn’t want to, because he is all powerful. This does not retract his goodness… as he has already defeated death, however, in our condition, it may look that way. Also, in that way, he has also defeated the idol of the flesh. This is not to say that we should not ask to be healed, because I think he may. Or he may not. But I do not believe its because he doesn’t hear us or a messenger of heaven gets stuck or something like that. Take it for what its worth: another believers opinion :). But, that’s my view.

    • I think you have come away with the wrong message. I would never say God can’t heal or doesn’t hear us when we pray. He’s God.

    • Warren (South Carolina) // June 3, 2015 at 5:06 am // Reply

      Jesus told US to heal the sick. His power in this regard is limited (self imposed) to our walk of faith / belief. If we believe His promises (and His motivation of Love) and speak it (confess it) with our mouths. . . .watch out. Build your faith and get out the doubt.
      Warren (South Carolina)

  11. Lenz: The bible rightly divided tells us we’ve been given a measure of faith, and the faith by which we’re marked and sealed is not ours but the ‘faith OF Christ.’ This is radically important when determining what God is and is NOT doing in this age of His Grace, is it not?

  12. Paul: is it right for Christians not to like one another? Is there some revelation missing when this happens?

  13. Do you have anything on the parable of the 10 virgins please?

  14. Mark Dittmar // August 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Rom. 12:8). Sometimes it’s not. When that’s the case, “there is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ.”

  15. Please make the list alphabetic or give us the option to type in a title.
    I am looking for the article: “Seven golden promises about your future”.

    • There is a search box in the right sidebar and another in the footer. Alternatively, you can use Google to search (it works surprisingly well). But I can save you some time. I never wrote an article with that title.

    • Standing Secure on God’s Promises
      Posted on February 19, 2013 by Paul Ellis // 78 Comments

      Seven golden promises about your future

      For a Christian to lose their salvation and be expelled from the kingdom…

      1. God would have to forsake us, when he said he wouldn’t (Heb 13:5)

      2. God would have to cast us out, when he said he wouldn’t (John 6:37)

      3. God would have to condemn us, when he said he wouldn’t (Rom 8:1,34)

      4. God would have to withdraw his Spirit, when he said he wouldn’t (John 14:16-17)

      5. God would have to remember our sins, when he said he wouldn’t (Jer 31:34, Heb 10:17)

      6. God would have to forget that we are his children, when he said he wouldn’t (Is 49:15)

      7. God would have to blot our names out of the book of life, when he said he wouldn’t (Rev 3:5)

      Good news, no?

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