Posted by: thaishin | December 1, 2017

What are the categories of temptations?

Question from moody radio listener on Nov 18, 2017:

Our bible study is on the temptations in chapter 3 in  Genesis,  what are the underlying categories of the devil’s temptations to Eve? She’s heard that the first one is in general the temptation of appetite, is that the tree is good for food. The second one is that the tree is a delight to look at,  is the temptation of the eye. And the third one is the tree was desirable for obtaining wisdom is the coveting of the knowledge of God. I am not sure if those are accurate categories and want to know what do you think that the categories represent?

Passage to be considered:

1 John 2

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. -kjv

16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.  -niv

16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.  -hcsb

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

I think the best way to look at the categories is in 1 John 2 verse 16, where I think is exactly related to Genesis 3. It says for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, that has to do with desire. When we talk about the lust of the flesh, God has built us with desires and those desires get out of whack. They get distorted. And that’s what called the flesh. Desire is normal. For example, appetite would be normal but the desire to eat something we should not eat like gluttony, that would be the flesh. And so the lust of the flesh, it says. The lust of the eyes is when we see something and we want it. The desire of the eyes. And then boastful pride of life. The fruit is desirable to make someone wise. I want to be wise like God. To be really wise was what the temptation was. And so, those are the three categories. Now, what I think is every temptation we face, now I am wondering if Eva wants to add to this, but I think this is true. Every temptation that we face is in one of those categories.

Dr Eva Rydelnik:

Some times you hear of: the world, the flesh and the devil.

Dr Michael Rydelnik:

That’s the three area of warfare that we face. But this is the flesh, the flesh is pride, it’s visual desire and physical desire. And all three of those things, Galatians 5 talks about what comes of the fruit of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: thaishin | November 18, 2017

He has set eternity in the hearts of men

Ecclesiates 3

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  -kjv

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  -niv

What does the worker gain from his struggles? 10 I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. 11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.   -hcsb

Observation:

God has placed a God-shaped vacuum in people’s heart but they are not able to understand it.

In kjv, it says  the heart of man is blinded by the desires of this world, which is opposite to that of God

 

Posted by: thaishin | November 8, 2017

God’s desire is for all men to be saved

1 Timothy 2

1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  -kjv

1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  -niv

1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  -hcsb

Observsation:

It is God’s desire that everyone come to the saving knowledge in Jesus Christ.

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | November 3, 2017

God will reveal the hearts

1 Corinthians 4

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.  -kjv

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.  -niv

Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.  -hcsb

Observation:

God will reveal the motives of the heart on judgement day.

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | October 13, 2017

The men of Issachar knew the times

1 Chronicles 12

  1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.  -kjv

 

1These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;  -niv

 

1The following were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still banned from the presence of Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who helped him in battle.

32 From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.  -hcsb

Observations:

The men of Issachar knew the times and supported David to be the next king

Application:

How does that apply to us christians now?

 

Posted by: thaishin | September 29, 2017

About the rapture

Passages to be considered:

1 Thessalonians 4

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  -kjv

1 Corinthians 15

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  -kjv

 

Question from moody radio listener on September 16, 2017:

My question is about the rapture event and I have never really been taught about any of the specifics about it but, of course I believe in the second coming, what are the scripture verses that support the belief of the rapture event and what is the history of the word, is rapture the English word or what was the original greek word?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The greek word “harpadzo” is caught up and is used in 1 Thessalonians 4 and so when people say rapture, it is not in the bible and the word trinity is not in the bible either but we believe it. I do find it’s funny that when people say it is not in the scriptures, I don’t know how anyone could say that it is not in the scriptures. In 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, it says that we will be caught up,  beginning with verse 13 of chapter 4, it says ” we don’t want you to be uninformed brothers concerning those who are asleep”,   those who are dead, they are called asleep because that’s the metaphor for death, “so that you will not grieve like those who have no hope, since we believed that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus, who we say this to you, by revelation from the Lord, we who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout,  with the arch angel’s voice and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds, there will be a great reunion between those who died and those of us who are still alive” , will be caught up together with them. The word “caught up” is “harpadzo” . In Latin, it’s something like “rapturo”. And so from the latin word “rapturo”, that’s where we get rapture. But, it’s caught up and it’s right there in scripture. In 1 Corinthians 15, will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye and so in scripture, the idea those who are alive will be translated immediately to be with Him.

Posted by: thaishin | September 22, 2017

The filling of the Holy Spirit

Passages to be considered:

Romans 8

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  -kjv

Ephesians 5

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  -kjv

Colossians 3

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  -kjv

 

Question from moody radio listener on 9th September 2017:

Thank you for explaining to us that everyone who has Jesus as Lord and savior has the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Same scripture goes on to say that the Holy Spirit could be in some, with some, overshadowing some, I wonder if there are any differences in all those phrases?

Dr Michael Rydelnik:

Overshadowing? Where does it say overshadowing?

Listener:

Mary … Is there a difference in varying degrees the filling of the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Holy Spirit and with those differences, the consequence in terms of the mentality, anointing, benefits and so on?

Dr Michael Rydelnik:

I will do my best on this one … ok? First of all, I will say that the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit upon the mother of our Messiah was unique, it’s not like everyone experiences that overshadowing, it was the way a miracle happened that she was able to have a baby. One of the things that is really repulsive is that some people make it almost seem like a sexual union between Holy Spirit and Mary. It was not and it was a miracle that the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and cause this child to be formed in her womb. It was not sexual, it was merely a miracle. And so, that’s what happened there and I don’t think it is common or normal or something that every believer experiences obviously.

Secondly, the filling of the Holy Spirit is a command. Too often, we think that filling of the Spirit like a cup, do we have quart of a cup, do we have a half cup? It’s not filling a cup, the way I would use it is a picture of a sponge, being filled and certainly a different kind of filling there. And so, you can’t have more Holy Spirit than I have. You know, we all have the Holy Spirit. Now  how much use do we want to make of that Holy Spirit? That’s a different story. There were people in Rome who were making the idea that they can have more Holy Spirit than others, when needed more Holy Spirit we need more Holy Spirit than these, Paul writes that Romans 8:11 that ” The spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Messiah from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His spirit who lives in you.” So, the point there is, we don’t need to go looking for more Holy Spirit, we already have the power that raised Jesus from the dead indwelling us, we don’t need more of Him, He needs more of us. That, I think is the great difference and in Ephesians 5:18, where it says “Don’t be drunk with wine, but rather be filled with the Holy Spirit.” The word means control, that’s the idea. In the bible when it says be filled with joy means controlled by joy, filled with rage means controlled by rage, filled with the Holy Spirit, that means they are controlled by the Holy Spirit. How that happens is found in the parallel passage to Ephesians 5:18, it is found in Colossians 3. Gives a similar command, it’s a parallel passage, with the same consequences. So you read in Ephesians 5:18, if you are filled with the Spirit, you will worship, you will have healthy family relationships, all these kinds of consequences. In Colossians, it gives the command and has the same worship and healthy family relationships but the difference is in Ephesians 5:18, it says be filled with the Spirit, and in Colossians 3;16, I believe, it says let the word of the Messiah dwell in you richly and that means let  the word of God take forcible occupation of our lives, and the more we read, study, understand and obey God’s word, the more the word of God takes forcible occupation, that’s the parallel idea to letting the Spirit controls us. How does the Spirit controls us, the Spirit controls us as we allow the word of God to take forceful occupation of our lives and we obey it, that’s when we are transformed, that’s how He gets control of us.

Question from the audience on open line progam on 9 September 2017?

How do we know that the books in the Protestant bible are the only books inspired by God?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik?

Ah .. the question then would be about the books that we have in the bible versus the Catholic bible which has the Apocrypha as well. You know, the question of which books should be in the bible was not settled until the sixteenth century, kind of interesting. In a sense, it was settled right away. The books of the Hebrew bible were received and accepted and believed to be God’s word by Jewish leaders and not in the year ninetieth as some people say but almost immediately as they were received, they were recognized as scripture. And you can look at the literature that developed in between the close of the old testament and the beginning of the new, it’s called intertestamental literature, where Jewish people talk about wanting to have a prophet to rise again and give more scripture, but apparently prophecy had ceased and they didn’t  know but they anticipated this restoration and then we get the new testament and those books were received virtually immediately, not like certain movies and books like Da vinci code say that it was only in the fourth century that Constantin decided to include the New Testament books at the Council of Nicea. That is a completed fabrication and I always tell people, that’s fiction. The question of Canon didn’t even come up at the Council of Nicea but almost immediately, the books of the New Testament were recognized as scripture. And the apocrypha was not. When you come to the sixteenth century when you have the Protestant Reformation,  where we’re having the five hundred anniversary this year. In the Protestant Reformation, there was a movement to separate from certain traditions that have grown up in the Church. One of those would be Purgatory.  In 1546, the Catholic church held another council, the Council of Trent, and they wanted to counter information, they wanted an answer to the Reformation.  And the only place where they could find some of the doctrines taught in the church  was in the Apocrypha. Previous to this, the Apocrypha was thought of as good intertestamental religious literature but not of scripture. And so what happened was then they say, Ah, we’re going to call this a secondary level of scripture, a quasi-scripture, we’re going to include it in the bible and so the sixteenth century, they included it and it was sort of an after thought, not because it was ever accepted as scripture before that but just so they could defend some of the doctrine that were being taught. And so, most people except for this tradition, most Christians don’t accept the Apocrypha as scripture, just the Hebrew bible and the new testament as we have it.

 

Posted by: thaishin | September 8, 2017

Who or what are the host of heaven?

Question from moody radio listener on 2 September 2017:

We are looking at Isaiah 24: 21 : ” So it will happen in that day that the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high and the kings of the earth on earth. Who or what are the host of heaven?”

Passages to be considered:

Isaiah 24

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.  -kjv

21 In that day the Lord will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.  -niv

21 On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven above and kings of the earth below.  -hcsb

 

Psalms 2

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  -kjv

The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”  -niv

The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and His Anointed One: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” -hcsb

 

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The simplest and clearest explanation is, ” The host of heaven refers to the armies of heaven, so we often think of that as angels.” It says the Lord will punish the host of heaven and this the moody bible commentary I am quoting now and exactly what I would have said if I did not have an mbc for me to look at, this is likely a reference to fallen angels or spiritual power that oppose God. So, the Lord will punish the host of heaven and the kings of the earth, referring to the political opposition to God in the last days, see psalm 2.

Mrs Eva Rydelnik:

The question isn’t to so much why and who are they but why will they be punished?

Answer from Dr Micheal Rydelnik:

Obviously, the ultimate revolt when you think about it. The first revolt were the spiritual beings that revolted with Satan against God and although they were cast out, they still face ultimate punishment, the lake of fire was the destiny of the devil and his angels and then the kings of the earth are going to be punished if you read psalm 2 because they shake their fist at God and they want to throw off His rule and do whatever they want instead of what He wants.

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | September 1, 2017

Why did God allow King David to have many wives?

Question from moody radio listener on Aug 26, 2017:

Why did God allow King David and others in the bible to have many wives?

 

Passages to be considered:

Genesis 2

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  -kjv

Deuteronomy 17

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.  -kjv

 

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

I will say why does God allow people today to have affairs? Why does God allow people today to do things that are wrong? It seems to me that God does not impose judgment on us instantaneously when we disobey him and yet we might ask the very same question about things that go wrong today, even spiritual leaders do things that are wrong and it seems to me that when we look at David, it was clear that when God created marriage, he wrote that it was to be one man one woman for life, for this cause the man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, this is Genesis 2:24. Cleave means make permanent bond to his wife, not to his wives but to his wife. And the two shall become one flesh and then it says the man and the woman were naked and unashamed. That’s the creation of marriage. Right there. And it seems to me that God’s intention for marriage was always to be between one man and one woman for life. That being said, in Deuteronomy 17, when God tells Israel that they are going to have kings, and that a godly king would not multiply wives, I think it’s interesting that it said multiply wives or horses. In other words why those two things, well, one it might be a king’s prerogative to take as many wives as he wants, you know that’s what kings could do. And also, it’s the king’s desire to build up his military. And God says neither of those are what I want from a king because God’s intention for marriage for a king was to have one man, not to have multiple wives and certainly not to build up his army so that he can depend on his army, instead of depending on God. So, that’s Deuteronomy 17. So, all I can say is David was being disobedient, and God mercifully did not thrash him instantaneously when he multiplied wives.

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