Dr. Brown Answers Your Questions

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Do traditional Jews believe that the Holy Spirit is God? What is the evidence the NT was written in Aramaic rather than Greek? What should a mother say to her daughter who wants to attend a gay prom to show solidarity and friendship?

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Rather than make excuses for the shortcomings in our lives, and unbelief and sin, how about we find out the possibility of what God could do through a yielded life?

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus; major on the majors, don’t let anyone distraction from what is written in the word, or what God has called you to do. You will give account to God on that day, not to any man.

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Grafted In: The Jewish Roots of Christianity [DVD set]

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus vol. 4 by Dr. Brown: In this volume of the Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus series, Dr. Brown counters the arguments that the New Testament mistranslates, misuses, and misunderstands the Hebrew Scriptures, also addressing the objections that Jesus or Paul abolished the Law.


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  1. For some odd reason, my computer only played about nine minutes of today’s radio broadcast. I started listening to the radio show today at about 8:30 AM here in Hawaii, online of course. I’m always happy to get a chance to listen live because I have prevented myself from using the computer for personal reasons. It’s just so hard to endure temptation when it is so easy to access. It doesn’t make it any easier when our society accepts so many things that we as Christians believe is wrong. Well, concerning temptation, some days, temptation is so strong, especially for a single man like myself who wants to stay single because I really want to get close to God. I’m not saying that married people are not able to be close to God. I’m just listening to Paul’s judgment in 1 Corinthians 7. Yesterday was one of those truly tempting times in my life. But thank God for His Word which encourages us and gives us a hope that adds to our encouragement. The overcomer is truly blessed according to the Word. We need to endure and let patience work in our hearts as we pray and ask God for the grace to overcome. Well, I was listening to the second hour of the show and I heard Dr. Brown mention something about “Why Jesus had to die?” It was funny because I was thinking about this same issue two nights ago. As I was meditating and praying, I asked God, “Why did you chose Jesus to be the way for our redemption?” We know that no human being can be the Savior of the world because we all have sinned and come short. But I thought, why not choose an angel like the powerful angels Michael or Gabriel? They are most likely without sin, right? As I was thinking about this, an answer to this question came to mind. I never thought about this so I thought it was interesting and wanted to share my thoughts. Maybe you have already thought about this. The answer to the question, “Why choose Jesus”, was a simple one. Who would God trust the most with this great task? His own Son who was with Him from eternity was the best choice. Jesus knew the deep things of His Father’s heart. He knew about judgment, righteousness, and mercy. As Jesus said in Luke 10:22 “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and [he] to whom the Son will reveal [him.]” Jesus knew the Father best and Jesus knew that the Father highly esteemed humility. That’s why he can say in John 10:17 “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” And in John 10:15 “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Psalm 138:6a “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly:” It’s amazing that a righteous God who judges in perfect righteousness would love us so much to forgive our evil deeds. We blame God for the suffering in the world, but the truth is, God is so longsuffering. Everyone went his own way. We all thought we knew what was best. If only we submitted to God’s perfect ways. He wanted us to love one another. But we all went our own ways and look at the mess that we’re in. Now we blame God for all this mess? Our own pride corrupted this world. We would not listen to God. We want to do our own ways because we’re smart and we learned so much. If only we allowed God to guide us. Thank God for His Son who came to our world to show us the real heart of the Father. Love was the way that God made for us. It was by His love that we are saved. To God be the glory, great and wonderful and awesome and gracious things He has done.

  2. LOF, their is only 9 1/2 minutes of todays show that is downloading! Just to let you know. May God bless you. Michael

  3. @ R. Kneubuhl,
    There are many perspectives and sides to this very mysterious and holy act of God. A lot can be said, and I am sure will be said on this board as well.

    Short and concise answer (as well as historical, elaborated as far as in 2nd, and 3rd centuries) has to do with Jesus having two natures: divine and human. As a representative of humans, to redeem humans, as well as being able to fully understand human temptations and human needs he had to be human, and as representative of God He had to be God. Furthermore, consider following:

    Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister [a]in the sanctuary and [b]in the true [c]tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.
    (Heb. 8:1-3)

    Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
    (Rom. 8:34-39)

    The point being, that since Jesus is God, and omniscient He can be perfect High Priest, and His intercessions are omniscient too.
    There are many other aspects as well..

    I just wanted to add to what you wrote; not correct it or replace it. Since there are many facets, and angles, and perspectives to look at it, I am sure I cannot single-handedly myself comprehend this enormously important event, nor give comprehensive explanation.

  4. Dr. Brown,
    we ALL fall victims to internet phishing (phishing is a term describing process similar to fishing, but for sensitive information to compromise ones financial account and possible get some money out of it).
    Please do not replay to those email, as if you do, this act tells senders that you actually read it. Best thing to do for such emails is ignore them.

    Also, important thing: when getting email from bank or Paypal, etc. do NOT click a link. Even if you suspect that your attention is needed, go to the site’s homepage and login from there.
    There are sites created specifically to look as counterfeit to real ones, and phishing emails would link to them.

  5. I believe the Holy Spirit is God by comparison, just as Jesus is.

    I too could only get about nine minutes of this.

    I tend to think of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God more than as a particular person, knowing that the Spirit of God may be grieved. To grieve his Spirit is something we are told not to do.

    Sometimes it seems that some things in this world will grieve my very soul. I suppose that’s because we were made in the image of God.

    I tend to think it was God and his Spirit who taught the fishermen of Luke 5 their fishing knots, though if they had lived in another time, it would have been Jesus also.

  6. Wow Ray…What you just said is exactly how I feel too about this particular statement you made.

    “Sometimes it seems that some things in this world will grieve my very soul. I suppose that’s because we were made in the image of God.”

    Now I say…

    It says in the word of God that…God opposes the proud. When the Lord’s Spirit lives in you, you also will feel that way too, about opposing the proud.


  7. I agree Konstantin. I myself cannot comprehend this great subject. I only know so much. Thanks for the response.

  8. R. Kneubuhl: Yes, the broadcast recording is only 9 minutes; there must have been an error when the tech people tried to upload the program to the server — or something like that.

  9. I am very glad for u doc, it is pleasure listening to u all the time,this country need more people like stand 4 the truth all the time God bless you and your family.

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