Posts Tagged ‘theology’

Tongues

What is tongues?  Is speaking in tongues biblical?  Let’s begin with the following scripture.

Acts 2:1-4  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly, a sound like the blow-
ing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what
seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the spirit enabled them.

This scripture tells us that “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.”  But who
are those that were speaking in tongues?  Let’s read a scripture that proceeded this one.

Acts 1:12  Then they returned from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  When
they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.  Those present were Peter, John, James,
and Andrew;  Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Mathew;  James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the
Zealot. and Judas son of James.

Those that were speaking in tongues were the Apostles.  When they spoke in tongues, Judas (who betrayed
Jesus) had died and Mathias was now the new Apostle.  According to Acts 2:14, it is also probable that Mary, the
mother of Jesus, and the early believers of about 120 were also present speaking in tongues.

Let’s read one more scripture.  It takes place after Jesus was resurrected and appeared to the Apostles.

Luke 24:52  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.  And they stayed continually at
the temple, praising God.

The apostles and early believers (about 120) were the first to speak in tongues.  They were heard doing
this in a house.  The house was most likely a temple where they worshipped and prayed continually and
not the upper room where they stayed.

Next week, we will read what the Apostles and early believers were saying in the temple when they were speaking
in tongues.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we read that the twelve disciples had special authority to heal disease and sickness.

In addition to the twelve disciples, Jesus appointed seventy-two others with a similar blessing.                  

Luke 10:1  After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him in
every town and place where he (Jesus) was about to go.

Luke 10:8  When you enter a town and are welcome, eat what is set before you.  Heal the sick who are there  
and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you.’

Luke 10:17  The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to your name.

So far, the twelve disciples and seventy-two others had special authority (blessing) to physically heal 
in the name of Jesus.                                                                                                                          

Next week, one more group of people had special authority to physically heal.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

Let’s answer the following questions:  Why are we here?  What is the meaning of life?

Jesus answered this question when the Pharisees (religious leaders of the day) asked him, what is the greatest
commandment?

Jesus summed up the entire bible (Old Testament and New Testament) with his answer.  The greatest command-
ment is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.”

This is why we are here!  This is the meaning of life!  This is why we were created!  To love the Lord
our God!

When we love the Lord and pray to the Lord and he answers with his wisdom, this is the relationship that God
wants from us (his creation) and has wanted from his people since the beginning of creation.

I think it’s important to remember that God is Spirit and is omnipresent and he is invisible to the human
eye.

Next week we will begin “Gifts of Healing.”

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

This week let’s read about the second type of angels.

The second type of angels are the cherubim Angels.  Many Christians believe these are the second highest rank-
ing angels.  These angels are described as angels that guard the things of God.

Genesis 3:24  After he drove the man (Adam) out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim
and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way of the tree of life.

Hebrews 9:5  Above the ark where the cherubim of the glory, overshadowing the atonement cover (Arch of the
Covenant cover).

Next week, the third type of angel.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Angels 5

Posted: January 25, 2018 in Angels
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Welcome and thanks for reading.  This week let’s read how angels appear to people and believers.

Here is one example:

Exodus 3:2  There the angels of the Lord appeared to him (Moses) in flames of fire from within a bush.

Most often, angels appear as real people.  Here are three examples.

Genesis 19:12-13  The two men (angels) said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here – sons-in-laws, sons or
daughters, or anyone else in the city here, because we are going to destroy this place (Sodom and Gomorrah).
The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he sent us to destroy it.

Daniel 10:18  Again the one who looked like a man (an angel) touched me and gave me strength.

Hebrews 13:2  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels
without knowing it.

Here are three current examples of ordinary people meeting an angel.

1   A young girl lit the garbage in a barrel next to her house.  There was an aerosol can in the barrel that was hiss-
ing.  She felt hands around her, throwing her to the ground before it exploded.  Her family was in the
house cleaning and not nearby.

2  A lady was trapped in a burning building.  She was choking and could not find her way out.  Suddenly, a man
picked her up and carried her outside the building to safety.  The man had no protective gear and was
never heard from again.

3  A young girl is starting her junior year of high school.  She deeply wanted a dress but her parents were to poor.
She was depressed in her room.  She heard a voice say, “Remember the lillies of the field.  Are you not more impor-
tant than they?”  She said “Yes” and felt very happy and peaceful.  Shortly after, a lady pulled up to the front
of the house in a car.  She talked to the girls mother.  She gave the girls mother five dresses that she
was going to throw away.  The dresses still had the price tags.  The girl was very short and has to hem all her
clothes.  These five dresses fit perfectly.  They never saw this lady again.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Angels 2

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Angels
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Last week we read that angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.

Now let’s read how the angels minister to believers.

Genesis 16:11  The angel of the Lord said to her:  “You are now with child and you will have a son.”

Numbers 22:35  The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.”

Judges 13:15  The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.”

Mathew 28:5  The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who
was crucified.

Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife
Elizabeth will bear you a son.”

Luke 1:30  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

Luke 2:10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all
people.  Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you;  he is Christ the Lord.

The previous scriptures tell us that angels minister by audibly speaking to believers.

In the following weeks we will read other ways in which angels minister to believers and the forms angels take.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Angels 1

Posted: December 27, 2017 in Angels
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According to the scriptures, what are angels?

Hebrews 1:14  Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who inherit salvation?

All angels are ministering spirits.  They are spiritual beings sent to minister to the believers.

Although angels are spiritual beings, they do not have the same characteristics as the Trinity (God the Father, the
Son and the Holly Spirit).  Angels are not omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all
powerful), and omniscient (all knowing).  Nor are they eternal (no beginning and no end).

Angels were created by God.  Here are two verses that tell us angels were created by God.

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts (angels), the earth and all that is on it …

Colossians 1:16  For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible …

Here are two more scriptures that express the superiority of Jesus over the angels.

Hebrews 1:4  So he (Jesus) became more superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to
theirs.

Hebrews 1:6  “Let all God’s angels worship him (Jesus).”

Here is a verse expressing that angels are more powerful than humans.

2 Peter 2:10  … Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;  yet even angels
although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in
the presence of the Lord.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff