Got Bible Questions?

Going to try an experiment, let’s see if it works.  I know we have the ability on each blog post to post comments and to ask questions.  These would likely be specific to the post in general.  How about a page where anyone can ask any Bible question they might be considering and I’ll try and answer them on this here page?

Perhaps someday I can organize by topic or book if it starts to get full.

Let’s give it a go.  Fire away…

4 thoughts on “Got Bible Questions?

  1. Happy Sunday bro!

    Okay… Question…
    2 Corinthians 4:11 KJV — For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
    12 — So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

    I know the apostles died for the faith. I don’t really get what this means! Is not the same behaviours applicable to the body? Or what do you suppose he means here? Christ lived in Paul, and he lives in us too…no?… Hmm…

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  2. Happy Sunday to you too! You pick good deep verses to explore!

    You write… “Christ lived in Paul, and he lives in us too…no?”

    Let’s take look at what Paul says about that…

    Gal 2:20… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” And… Col 1:27… “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

    Christ is alive in us and we are alive in Him. When we get saved, what is it exactly that transpires between us and God? It is a crucifixion. A death. God has killed us (sin in us) via Christ, as He made Christ to BE sin (2 Cor 5:21) and killed it on the cross. Paul also likens it to a circumcision that the Jews might understand more fully.

    Col 2:11-12… ” In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”

    Either way, our mortal flesh is “spiritually” killed or cut away from our spiritual selves; by the operation of God, not by anything we can do. We are no longer “sinners, saved by grace” as many saved people (including myself not too long ago) are want to say. We are quite literally a “new creature”. We are saints of God, ambassadors of the Most High in this fallen world. We are no longer sinners (!!!), though certainly our mortal flesh will sin. The flesh is weak, but His word strengthens the inner man which in turn strengthens the flesh (however slowly… sigh). We ARE our inner man, we ARE NO LONGER our outer man. I think that’s one of the toughest lessons to learn and takes a lifetime to even begin to get right.

    Looking at your verse piece by piece: 2 Cor 4:11-12… “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”

    Paul says, “we which live”. Who would that be? All of the people in the picture are “alive” physically. How about rather, “we which are alive, in Christ”? To use Paul’s words, “we which live (in Christ)”.

    Romans 6:11… “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And… 1 Cor 15:22… “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

    Saved people are made eternally alive. Unsaved people are eternally dead. Paul, his small band of brothers and sisters AND the Corinthians he was addressing were all eternally alive; though some were certainly not behaving as one who knew such. They sure knew the liberty but not the responsibility.

    He continues, “are always delivered unto death for Jesus sake”. Without the spiritual death (or circumcision) of our sinful physical bodies we would still be captive to, and thus responsible for, sin in ourselves. Without being “delivered unto death” we would still be alive unto sin! Paul, given the dispensation of grace to deliver to the world at large was certainly “delivered unto death for Jesus sake”. Always. The man never stopped. Unless he had to stop and make a tent to earn a buck that his hearers were too stingy and selfish to provide him. Imagine Paul coming to your town. Would you not want his every available moment be toward talking to and teaching you rather than having to find a way to eat?

    He continues, “that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” Can the (honest) life of Christ be made manifest in an unsaved person? Absolutely not. An unsaved person can “talk” all the “Jesus” in the world but if it ain’t the gospel it’s all for naught; it’s all vanity. A person is either trusting in what Christ did OR what they can do and are communicating one or the other. There is no in between. “Yes, we are saved by grace, but…” No. There are no ifs, ands or buts.

    The “life also of Jesus” that Paul would have manifested in his (still remaining) mortal flesh seems to me to be the very “gospel of our salvation”. Christ died for our sins… “Life also of Jesus” equals “life IS Jesus” or “Jesus IS life” to the hearer. The gospel is life and without it there is only death. As “good” as Paul was, he was still stuck in a mortal body. He was not Christ, nor could he “mimic” Christ’s earthly life. If any human was capable of such it would have been Paul. Many so called Christians honestly believe they can or ought to mimic Jesus earthly life. What an utter disaster that will turn out to be. How unbelievably important is it to understand what Jesus told Paul to tell us?

    He continues, “So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” We can see the death of Christ having already worked in Paul and those with him (the spiritual condition of their mortal bodies are indeed dead) in turn, working life in the Corinthians. They heard the words of salvation and got saved. They too became alive in Christ.

    The problem Paul is continually trying to explain to these saved but very spiritually immature people was that the death of Christ, and thus the eternal life in them, was not being manifested as of yet in their mortal flesh. This is the overriding problem with the Corinthian believers (and being perfectly honest, in our lives too). Paul literally went through hell trying to reach the Corinthians. See 2 Cor 11 and note the near constant burning sarcasm Paul employs to rebuke them. For whatever reason Paul had to continually defend his Apostleship to these people. We see this displayed in churches the world over to this day.

    Hope that helps and thanks for the lesson…! Nothing gets ones thoughts in order like trying to explain complex verses 🙂

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  3. I hadn’t looked at it from the perspective of our death with Christ when we were saved! Awesome thought… thank you for the study!
    Blessings GCP 😇

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