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52 Comments on Scripture Index

  1. James chapter 3 ?

  2. This is going to be über-helpful.
    Thanks
    Leonie

  3. I was looking up kings. Where the prophet asks his friend to hit him so he refuses and God has a lion kill the friend, also where the bears maul 42 children for mocking a prophet. These stories sound crazy to me. Why wuld a god do that and I cannot understand stories like this through the lens ofnchrist. Help? Thanks.

    • JOSE ARROYO // January 6, 2015 at 3:12 am // Reply

      Peggy,
      I am not an authority in Bible interpretation, but in light of no other explanation given, I offer my view for you to consider. I have learnt to interprete those scriptures in light of God’s love nature. What I mean is that, after seeing the Father’s true nature displayed by Jesus, I now see such things is in light of the limited revelation man had before Christ. You see, before we could have God’s Spirit indwelling in us and even before Christ came to personify God (Emmanuel; Heb 1:3), man just assumed everything was God’s doing. Even to this day we attribute nature’s disasters as “Acts of God.” The truth is that most of these things can and should be attributed to Satan, who through God-given authority to man, illegally became the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4).

      Spiritually dead people cannot understand most of these life events, and as such, they just find a way to cope with the “mysteries.” As new creation in Christ, we not only can see Christ as the “…brightness of God’s glory and the exact representation of His person” (Heb 1:3), but we have Him as our life. We are now spiritually alike to spiritually discern right from wrong.

      Hope this helps!

      José

      • Thank you Jose!🙂

      • THEZOEMAN2016 // February 13, 2016 at 4:20 am //

        Amazing response, the true revelation of the father is found in christ. Many did not know the father in the old testament as revealed by Christ and because of this lack of knowledge of the true nature of God the pre-cross man attributed anything they didnt understand to God.

    • Richard Elson // September 2, 2016 at 11:54 am // Reply

      Hi Peggy, all scripture is inspired but “inspired” doesn’t mean it’s “true” as if God spoke it himself.
      Jesus himself(matt5) pointed to “men of old” saying things that were not God’s intention.
      In short, everyone everyone everyone before Jesus struggled to describe and live the true nature of God.
      John the Baptist was said to be the greatest prophet because he pointed to Jesus. most accurately. He literally said”there he is”.
      Even John didn’t see the complete picture.

      Jesus said, “love your enemy”, “forgive your enemy”, “make no account of wrongs”.
      These statements were always, from the beginning of time, God’s nature and intention but men were inspired only slowly and incrementally to understand God in ways other than their neighbouring nations .

      All their neighbors saw their god’s as angry retributive vengeful punishing god’s.

      We must interpret scripture through Jesus.
      Scripture doesn’t help to interpret scripture if we begin with the wrong knowledge of who God is.
      Jesus is the perfect image of God, Jesus actions and words were as Gods own actions and words.
      “Men of old” struggled (wrestled)
      with god’s of their own making, just as we do now.

  4. Awesome, thanks Paul. This is going to be a great help!🙂

  5. Thank you, Paul. This will be very helpful!

  6. Serge Kulapa // January 11, 2015 at 7:59 am // Reply

    This is great!

  7. Thank you for your ministry. Your blog is a constant encouragement for me. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on 2 Corinthians 13:5… a rather well-known evangelist was quoting this on Twitter to instruct us that we need to check our behavior to see if we are in the faith or not.

    God bless you brother,

    Adam Stephenson

    • I should write a post on this passage. Short version, Paul is not encouraging us to become navel-gazers. His constant message was “See Jesus.” See yourself approved in him. “Don’t you realize that Christ is in you?” Paul is not saying we need to carry out periodic self-examinations to ensure we are maintaining our salvation, for it is Christ who is in us who is our life. “Unless you’re an unbeliever and fail the test.”

  8. Paul – in light of your response to Peggy above, how do we reconcile the passage in II Timothy 3:16, that “ALL scripture is inspired (lit – breathed-out) by God…”. Obviously when that was written the entire NT was not even completed, so much of their reference was from the OT. Didn’t the Holy Spirit lead each writer of Scripture; were they not “born along” by the Holy Spirit to write such things? If we are left up to each writer being “under” inspired or lacking clear revelation, then how do we parse out the highest vs the least illuminated passages? Do we really have the option to pick and choose like that? This is somewhat of a rhetorical question, because when you read the Psalms, it appears to be freighted with these types of passages, i.e. David at one moment speaking of God forsaking him, then the next, praising Him for His utter goodness and faithfulness. I am by no stretch fighting for a right to see God through an ugly filter, but just on full stretch to see Him in all of His goodness. I just want to be faithful to the whole Bible, not just the passages that I think the authors were less enlightened on. I think there are a lot of passages that beg for intellectual and spiritual honesty and reconciliation and would love your thoughts around this! :o)

  9. baaduphilipquao // May 23, 2015 at 8:07 am // Reply

    Paul was searching for Matthew 28:2 but not in. Can explain it to me

  10. Ed McCarthy // July 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm // Reply

    Greetings Paul!
    I have a question about a statement that Jesus has made and is recorded in Matthew 13:13, Mark 4:12 and again in Luke 8:10. The disciples in all three gospels ask Jesus why he teaches using parables. Is it me or am I misunderstanding Jesus’ response when he quotes Isaiah 6:9-10? Paraphrasing it all it sure sounds like, “If you hear, I’m not going to let you understand; if you can see, I’m not going to let you perceive, lest you hear and see and understand and I have to heal you!’
    Now I know my LORD, and his business is all about see, hearing and understanding, so somehow I’m pretty sure it’s most likely my lack of understanding. But could you clarify this for me?

  11. Vernul sequeira // August 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm // Reply

    sir could you please explain to me if whether God tests us? if yes then why? if no then why did he test Abraham and Israel through wilderness?

  12. the Bible commentary I`m using has turned out to be Calvinistic in it`s doctrine,could you suggest a non Calvinistic commentary.

  13. I have greatly been liberated from self-hatred and even a desire to die by the preaching of “hyper-grace”.

    Someone tossed Philippians 3:10-16 my way. I’m really curious what you have to say about these verses, because I would certainly like to have peace about them. What is it that Paul has not yet taken hold of? Why does he want Jesus’ sufferings? How could he somehow “attain” the resurrection? And what is “living up to what we’ve already attained”?

    I sincerely appreciate your response.

    • Some say that Paul was longing for martyrdom. “I want to participate in his sufferings” (Php 3:10). He wanted a death like Christ’s. The thing he has not yet obtained is resurrection (vv.11-12). He hasn’t obtained it because he hasn’t died. Although Paul says in Colossians that we are complete in Christ – we lack nothing – here he says he has not yet attained his goal (v.14). What’s the goal? It’s seeing Jesus face to face. It’s knowing him fully. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Cor 13:12). Paul’s desire to be with Christ is apparent at the start of his letter:

      For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. (Php 1:21-24)

      • So appreciative, teacher. I trust Jesus’ grace will continue to flourish you before all opposition.

  14. I have recently seen a statistic that everyone who makes $25,000 or more each year are richer that than 48% of the world (I’m not sure if that is accurate or not). Which made me think about Matthew 19:24. What are your thoughts on wealth, and is there an article on here that would answer my questions on being a wealthy Christian? Sorry I posted on this page, but I couldn’t find another article to post on. Thanks.

  15. Does anyone have any insight into Ezekiel 24:15 where God kills Ezekiel’s wife? This passage has troubled me for a while and no one seems to have any grace-filled answers for me.

  16. What revelation have you on 2 Thessalonians 2:3, which is often used to condemn hypergrace?

    • I’m sorry I meant 2 Timothy 4:3. This verse has really been weighing on me personally as well. “Am I doing this, by looking for grace preachers?”

      • If you are after The Word which includes the Truth of The Gospel of Grace in Christ Jesus, you are not like those people with itching ears. You are wanting the pure Gospel of how we have salvation thru Jesus Christ not some other crazy stuff. If you just want to hear how Jesus saves and sets free, you are wanting to hear the truth that C.H.Spurgeon preached day after day after day. Nothing else saves or sets free.🙂

  17. That’s an interesting point for sure. Sometimes I feel the same way as well. I think that there has definitely been a move in Christianity of trying to understand the grace of God which is wonderful. But sometimes it feels as though we try to fit all of these scriptures into the “grace box” rather than accepting them for what they are. I don’t know…I’m no expert but I definitely think that no group or denomination can fully grasp all there is to know about God and when you believe you know it all that’s when a group can get in trouble. That happens in many churches when they become a band aid instead of a life saving medicine. After all the verse says that we do not need anyone to teach us because we have the Holy Spirit in us, so when we glorify what teachers have to say (even if they are grace teachers) above his revelation that’s when we get in trouble.

  18. Recently I had 1 Timothy4:12-16 tossed at me. After going to my bible app and reading a couple of different translations I’m getting stuck on this idea that Paul is exhorting Timothy to “work” – toil and strive in the ESV (verse 10). Then in v16 ‘Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.’
    I’ve tended to get turned off lately when I hear believers talk of ‘godliness’. It seems to always be tied to my activities and what I’m doing and/or not doing.

    Paul, do you have any insight on this? On the surface it sure seems that there are some works to be done here. Is this passage directly applicable to us today? Is it more for a teacher or preacher instead of myself who is not. I didn’t receive a counsel of elders or a special prophecy like Timothy did.

    • I’m fairly certain Paul wasn’t preaching a doctrine based on Timothy the Saviour – “save both yourself and your hearers” – especially since he’s just referred to God our hope and the Saviour of all men (verse 10). Since there is no chance that Timothy can actually save himself, we need not fear that he can unsave himself.

      Sometimes it helps to flip these verses around and look at the opposite meaning. Paul is exhorting Timothy to persevere. “Don’t neglect the gift.” What would happen if he did neglect the gift? Timothy would have difficulty. He wouldn’t enjoy God’s grace. He’d be fruitless. He wouldn’t walk in the blessing God has provided. And because he’s not blessed, others wouldn’t get blessed.

      Paul has just told Timothy that godly living has value for all things. If you are immoral, drunken, violent, quarrelsome and love money you’re going to be miserable and people will hate you. Paul has also told Timothy not to neglect his gift of preaching and teaching. If Timothy neglected this gift, folks might not hear about God the Savior and might not get saved. Just my quick thoughts.

  19. How do Rev. 22: 12-19 fit into free grace theology and eternal security? Verses 12 and 14 particularly trouble me.

    • Nothing from your heavenly Father should trouble you or make you anxious. What creates anxiety is uncertainty regarding his good intentions for us. Rev 22:12 refers to the reward Jesus brings with him. No doubt some use these words as carrots to motivate works-based religion, but that is not the sort of reward Jesus brings. I have written several posts on rewards under grace. You can find them in the Archives>Subject Index.

      Rev 22:14 is about washing your robes. Much of the new covenant is about exchanging our stinky self-righteous garments for the robes of his righteousness, but the metaphor here refers to washing our robes. How do we do that? In the blood of the Lamb (see Rev 7:14). Only those made clean by Jesus can enter through the gates into the city.

      • Thank you for your gracious response. I’ll definitely follow through with studying the archived teachings on rewards. Your writings and lessons are most helpful, especially for folks like me who come from a very legalistic Christian background. Salvation purely by grace really does at times seem almost too good to be true. It is absolutely wonderful! “Grace” preachers such as yourself and Joseph Prince have opened my eyes and heart to how extraordinarily loving our Lord is. Thank you so very much.

  20. Hi Paul, I wonder what your take on 1 Thessalonians 4:6 is? In the light of God’s grace, and the fact that all punishment for sin was placed on Jesus, how is it that Paul seems to be saying here to brothers in Christ (verse 1) that God will punish them if they commit these sins? PS Thanks for this AWESOME resource!🙂

    • Hi Dan, you’re welcome. I presume you are referring to the NIV which says “The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins.” This is a poor translation of the word ekdikos, which in almost every other translation looks something like this. “The Lord is the avenger in all these things.” God is not a punisher, but an avenger, meaning, he’s in the business of making things right.

      Paul is telling the Thessalonians the same thing he says to the Romans: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Rom 12:19). (It’s also in Heb 10:30.)

      When we are unjustly treated the temptation is to take matters into our own hands and settle accounts. James and John tried to play the judge, jury and executioner and Jesus wasn’t happy with them (Lu 9:54). “That’s not my spirit,” he said. Paul is saying the same thing. We are not to be in the vengeance business. That’s God’s business.

      An example may help. Jesus didn’t come to punish the Roman oppressors of Israel, but by surrendering to the Father’s will he participated in an endgame solution that dealt a death blow to the very heart of Roman sin. When we lash out we reveal Cain, but when we turn the other cheek we reveal Jesus who was vindicated by his Father. Because of Jesus every Roman oppressor, fraud, and bad guy, has an opportunity to walk away from the sin that bound them. But if they reject grace they will reap what they have sown – just not from our hand.

      • Brilliant!! Dang NIV… So readable and yet so inaccurate!🙂 Thanks Paul!

      • Hi Paul, I am a frequent visitor to your site and I am glad you have commented on 1 Thessalonians 4:6 cause it has caused some trouble for me. You say God is not a punisher but an avenger. I have always thought an avenger means someone who takes revenge on another for wrong doing. Even though I am a Christian in Christ I am certainly still growing in Christ and still able to do some dumb stuff in the flesh such as attempting to seduce another man’s wife, I certainly regret it afterwards and I know that thankfully I am forgiven. But the question is should I be looking out for God to avenge that terrible act that I committed?

      • We ALL do dumb stuff in the flesh and if God was in the punishment business he’d be busy indeed. But on account of Jesus you are eternally unpunishable. All your sins were dealt with at the cross. I suspect you are working with an old covenant definition of avenge if you think God is out to get you. As I say above, to avenge means God is in the business of making things right, not punishing his errant children.

      • Well said… We can’t possibly believe that God has anything to do with punishment, because that brings fear. 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

      • That’s it, Dan. Thanks for weighing in.

  21. Would you please comment on Isaiah 45:6,7. In our fellowship, it is taught that God created evil. Thank you.

  22. Hi Sir Paul, I was thinking about Malachi 3, wanna know broader understanding about it in the light of Grace. It was preached by our pastor yesterday, and I totally disagree by what he preached. I was about to ask him about it but we’re not given a chance to talk face to face.
    Thank you.

  23. Bradley Kastoor // March 8, 2016 at 1:06 am // Reply

    Hey please explain to me 1Cor 11:2-16

  24. sir please explain 7 last words of jesus on the cross…. i have heard many preachings on that but those were just self created doctrines…. so please help us to know all those precious words of our Lord Jesus.

  25. Paul, would you post something about Luke 9:26 “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”? Does that mean people who are a little more shy or have more difficult in sharing the gospel with other people are in trouble? What does it really mean to be “ashamed” of Jesus?

  26. Hi Paul, have you thought about writing on 2 Tim 4:3-4? It’s been troubling me in some ways in order to really settle into the “Hyper Grace” teaching for fear that I am just wanting to satisfy what my “itching ears” want to hear. If you could point me in any direction, even externally from your blog, to reconcile Hyper Grace and this passage, that would be greatly appreciated!

    • I hear this a lot too – hyper-grace being dismissed as ear-tickling preaching. Which is kind of funny since Paul has just admonished Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” and finishes his short letter with “Grace be with you.” Paul brackets everything he writes with grace. Ear-tickling teaching is any message that leads us away from relying on God’s grace and trusting in dead works.

      • Hi Paul, I appreciate the response. I agree with you that Paul always saturates his letters with grace. However, as much as I want to believe your interpretation of ear-tickling, I don’t know if it’s the correct exegesis of that passage IMO. This isn’t a knock on you; I want to work through this and I genuinely value your response(s).

        I fully believe in the Hyper Grace message. Jesus continues to change my life through it. So grateful. But, when Paul says how ear-itchers “will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” and that they will turn away from the truth, it sounds more like people (myself included) who want to hear “grace, grace, grace.” I turn to Joseph Prince, your blog, Steve McVey (recently), and others like Graham Cooke. It makes me wonder if I’m looking to have my ears tickled. Paul even mentions how sound teaching includes “rebuking,” which I don’t understand how to reconcile with Hyper Grace.

        What do you think “myths” (v. 4) is referring to? Is Paul wanting Timothy to be aware of this false way for the sake of unbelievers (imp. from v. 5) more than believers?

        I cringe as I question Pure Grace teaching b/c it doesn’t seem in line with the heart of Jesus to swing to the other side of the pendulum to desert the Good News (as we know it). I just want to be able to stand firm without wavering or questioning Hyper Grace. Thanks!

  27. Mary M McGinnis // November 4, 2016 at 1:16 am // Reply

    Hi Paul….can you please address 1 John 5:16 thanks

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