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What do you tell professing Christians who feel they are not worthy of heaven? Did Jesus come as a perfect divine man or did he work towards perfection as a man? Do I have an opinion on Steve Brown’s new book “Three Free Sins”?

Hour 1:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: There are false religions out there; there are cults out there; there is a lot of deception out there. But a real relationship with God can never be duplicated. Let your light shine. Let the reality of your relationship with God be known to all.


Hour 2:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We who know the Lord and have the truth, should be bold and unashamed. Ask yourself, “Am I ashamed of the Lord; Am I ashamed of Jesus; Am I ashamed of the Word?” If so, look down deep, ask God to change your heart, and let your light shine!

 

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9 Comments
  1. Dr. Brown,
    It is said that the Spirit did not dwell INSIDE people, under the Old Covenant…

    -Would Ex 31:3 be better translated “filled [Betsalel] with the spirit of THE MIGHTY ONES [as opposed to God]”?

    -Why was the anointing of the Spirit of God even in the marrow of Elisha, to the point that the anointing resurrected a dead soldier who was thrown on his bones (which reminds me of Jeremiah, and how he had “a fire, shut up in [his] bones”)? Isn’t that “inside”?
    I’m not sure if there are other references in old covenant Scripture, but as far as people who are under the Old Covenant, supposedly John the Baptist was the greatest man born until Christ; and he was supposedly “filled with the Spirit from the time he was in his mother’s womb”.

    Why was he the greatest? If we thought no one in the Old Covenant had the Spirit INSIDE of them, we might be led to believe that it was because he had the Spirit within himself; however, it doesn’t seem to be the case.

    Would “in”, in 1 Pet 1:11, be a correct translation, then (rather than “on”)?

    Why did Christ say of the Spirit, “He is WITH you; but He will be IN you” ?

  2. Where in the bible does it say when we die we go to heaven? I thought when we die we are just sleeping until Jesus comes back then if we are worthy we live in paradies on earth and heaven was only for God and the angels. Can you please help me with this understanding, thank you from Honolulu, HI

  3. Really great points. I had never considered the connection existing between these verses. I will have to say that these verses seem to destroy the perception that Old Testament prophets did not have the Spirit of God in them.

  4. Earl,
    These were questions posed to Dr. Brown; they were not definites – obviously, there is some “apparent” (surface-level; not actual) contradictions.

    Dr. Brown,
    The Pharisees have a tradition that you can break the Sabbath IF it involves the saving of a life, correct?
    Why do some Jews want to claim Yeshua was a Pharisee, if He (seemingly) taught that we should pray that the flight does NOT come on the Sabbath, “because on Sabbath, you are not allowed to travel far”? It would seem His view contradicted the traditional argument for breaking the sabbath “if you are saving a life”.

  5. Dr. Brown,

    On Calvinism:

    1. They say that we are “totally corrupt” (T of TULIP); JESUS does NOT say this, NOR does Paul!

    Mark 14:38
    Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. THE SPIRIT INDEED IS WILLING, but the flesh is weak.

    Rom 7:22
    For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,

    They both confirm that the INWARD person of a man CAN be willing to do God’s Law; however, the flesh, with its Law of Sin, is always “near” at hand – which is why Paul thanks God that he is set free through faith in Christ, and the death of his flesh with its law of sin through faith in Christ.

    2. The fact that it was a LIMITED ATONEMENT (asham) is probably answered in the fact that it CANNOT atone for the unpardonable sin, which will never be forgiven.

  6. 45 million were faithful to Christ to death (martyred) in the 20th century alone – I think that alone shatters the 144,000 alone will be saved myth.

  7. Dan1el, re: the Pharisees, it’s probably easiest to understand that if you realized that it was time to flee, it would be harder to do so on the Sabbath (especially if not everyone else realized the need to flee).

  8. After giving some thought to questions about the holy Spirit being in and upon, I decided to look up the word “in” in my dictionary.

    In the past I’ve often wanted to look up those small commonly used words in a concordance only to find the verse where it was used difficult or impossible to find.

    I’ve noticed in my dictionary that often the small English words we use so often, have the greatest amount of print given to their definitions.

    Such is the case with this word “in” in my dictionary.

    The first use or definition of the word is about being “contained or enclosed by; inside; within”

    The second use or definition of the word in is “wearing; clothed by”. This reminds me of what Jesus said about being endued with power. (Luke 24:49)

    I find this intersting that sometimes the word in may be speaking of wearing, for we usually wear something upon us.

    When we are endued with the holy Spirit, we are clothed thereby and it is within us by the grace of God and the work of Jesus Christ.

    When Jesus spoke of the holy Spirit being with the disciples and that he would be in them, (John 14:17) I wonder if they considered that Jesus would became a spirit. (I Cor 15:45)

    I think I can begin to appreciate the questions they must have had.

    I am amazed at the gospel sometimes.

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