Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?

The section of scripture with which we are concerned falls within the sundry warnings that Jesus is giving to his disciples regarding the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  Jesus words to them are basically this.  Don’t expect that you will receive a warm welcome out of the unfaithful.  When you preach the gospel, people are going to become your enemies.  In this sense, Jesus’ came to bring a sword.  The warning of Micah describing the unfaithful holds true here.  Even among families, there will be division.  This is the typical response of the unfaithful.

Were All Angels Male?

The Bible does not reveal that angels are either male or female in an anatomical sense. Jesus suggests that angels are without such gender in Matthew 22:30 when he says: “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.” If angels do not marry one another, then that seems to imply that they are without gender.

What is the First Resurrection? What is the Thousand Year Reign?

This means that the saints that reign with Christ for 1000 years are people who have been come into the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; these are the saved. It is the saved that reign with Christ for 1000 years. Consider what Peter says in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

What is the Correct Order of Worship?

In 1 Corinthians 12-14, the apostle Paul addresses the abuse of miracles in the worship assembly. He concludes that section of teaching with this admonition: “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).

What Does It Mean to Quench the Spirit?

When you quench a fire, you put out the fire. When you quench your thirst, your thirst goes away. The word “spirit” here could refer to the Holy Spirit, or one’s own personal spirit. Either way, spirit is the source of all things spiritual. So the basic meaning of the command is not to put out the source of all things spiritual.

When is the Kingdom not the Church?

So usually when we read about the kingdom in the New Testament, it has reference to the church and vice versa. However, there are a couple of passages where the term kingdom doesn’t refer to the church, but to heaven.

Who or What is a High Priest?

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/who-or-what-is-a-high-priest.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWho and what is a high priest? The Bible speaks of many different kinds of priests.  In Genesis 14:18 we read of the first high priest that the Bible introduces to us.  “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the […]

Are the Wicked Annihilated after Death?

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/are-the-wicked-annihilated.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAre we to understand from Matthew 10:28 that the soul can be destroyed by God in hell or Gehenna? If so, is the word “destroy” used in the same way as we understand its meaning today? There are two questions here that need to be discussed. […]

Does God Hear the Prayer of Sinners?

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/please-comment-on-john-9-31.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDoes God hear the prayer of sinners?  Please comment on John 9:31. The context for this statement begins in chapter 9:1.  Jesus was passing by a man who was blind.  He disciples asked Him why this man was born blind.  Jesus said it was so that […]

Can I Be Saved Like the Thief on the Cross?

http://newbostoncoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/can-i-be-saved-like-the-thief-on-the-cross.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf baptism is necessary to salvation then why did Jesus tell the thief on the cross that he would be with him in heaven? Good question. Thanks for asking.  The thief on the cross was saved just as Jesus said he was saved. The real question […]