Q&A

doesn’t the Bible say that I have a home in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1)?

I understand the concept of “soul sleep,” but doesn’t the Bible say that I have a home in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1)?   The belief that we go to heaven when we die is widespread within Christianity and without it. This in itself illuminates a truth buried in every human heart, that there must be […]

Where does the saying “Be in the world but not of it” come from?

Where does the saying “Be in the world but not of it” come from, and what does it mean?   This familiar expression is derived from Jesus’ prayer for His disciples in John 17: “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world . . . They are not of […]

How do we reconcile divine grace and human responsibility in the work of salvation?  

How do we reconcile divine grace and human responsibility in the work of salvation?     Ephesians 2:8 is maybe the best verse for understanding the divine-human dynamic in the work of salvation. Through this text we can assert, by introduction, that these two are reconciled within a particular covenant relationship. Let’s look: “For by grace […]

How Do You Understand John 1:1?

How do you understand John 1:1? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Linked as it is with John’s prologue (1:1-18) and the full fourth Gospel, this verse reveals timeless truths and endless insights beyond what we can fully grasp, but that doesn’t keep us […]

What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian?

We often hear fellow believers referred to as evangelicals. What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian?     Because of the recent popularity and disparity-diversity of the term evangelical, we’ll explore it from biblical, popular or political, and ecclesiastical perspectives.     Evangelical is one of a family of words (evangel, evangelism, evangelistic, etc.) that are all […]

Is the birth or resurrection of Jesus most important?

Which is more important: Jesus’ birth or His resurrection, and why?  I like your question. It pushes us to think great thoughts and face great questions, like “Who is God? Who is Jesus? What did He/they do? How should we respond?”  Jesus Christ’s time on earth began and ended with incomparable events. At the first, God’s […]

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?  

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?   This important question requires more space than we usually dedicate to a Q&A, so we’re taking two pages to address it. The question probes an obvious difference between the Bible’s testaments: the Old is mostly about God’s people, the children of Israel, while Jesus Christ […]

How should we view 1 John 3:17, 18?

How should we view 1 John 3:17, 18 and try to obey it? “But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in […]

Do Christians Lose Salvation When They Sin?

Do Christians lose salvation when they sin? We do not lose our salvation by sinning. If we did, none of us could remain saved very long. More than a few scriptures affirm the reality of sin’s presence in us all — all our earthly lives (1 Kings 8:46; Psalm 53:3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23). The […]

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding?

Does the Bible command anyone to have a wedding or tell us what to do at such an event? It is true that the Bible contains no specific command requiring persons to participate in a public ceremony like a wedding in order to become husband and wife. It is also true that the Bible contains narratives […]