In Matthew 1:23, the Bible says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us”. Who gave the name Jesus?on Feb 26 in Beliefs, Doctrines of Christianity, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, angels, the HolySpirit, the person of Jesus Christ tagged by qatranscripts
Question- Dorcas (Ghana): In Matthew 1:23, the Bible says, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us”. Pastor, please who gave the name Jesus?
Answer: Reading from Mathew chapter 1 verse 20; to put in context, it says, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name JESUS”. So, the angel brought the name from heaven. And infact, the Emmanuel there wasn’t an angel that was the prophet; it was the prophecy of the prophets long ago. So, the name Jesus came from the angel and it’s in the same book that she quoted from. The angel brought the name from heaven meaning God sent the angel to bring that name to give that name to Jesus. He said his name shall be called Jesus because he shall save his people from their sins. Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. Of course, Joshua is still the English pronunciation. So, it’s from the angel.
In 2 Samuel 24:1, God gets angry and moves David to count the people of Israel. But David apologizes to God for counting the people. Why would God do that? God made David count the people and He became angry with David for that?on Feb 26 in Beliefs, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, judgment tagged by qatranscripts
Question- Jerrin (India): In 2 Samuel 24:1, God gets angry and moves David to count the people of Israel. But David apologizes to God for counting the people. Why would God do that? God made David count the people and He became angry with David for that? Pastor, please enlighten me on this.
Answer: In 2 Samuel 24:1, the Bible says, “And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he moved David against them to say, Go number Israel and Judah”. This is like one of those scripture you have in the book of Isaiah or Jeremiah where the Bible says, “And the Lord was kindled with anger against….” Or like when it says, “And an evil spirit from God troubled Saul”, and you may say why did God do that? The truth of the matter is that except you study the word of God in depth, you will not discover the language of prophets. There’s a language of prophets. Now when I say language of prophets, I mean language of revelation because revelations come from prophets. And the only way to properly understand the language of revelation is by spiritual understanding and that means by revelation as well. When God speaks, He speaks spiritual language. You don’t hear God with your head, you hear God with your heart and your heart can interpret God’s language. So when the Bible talks about a spiritual man, it’s talking about someone who has grown in the things of God, in the word of God, understanding the scriptures and being led by the spirit consistently over a long period of time. So that spiritual man when he reads this, he doesn’t have a problem with this at all because through the knowledge of God’s character, you get to understand not only His language and His communication; you understand His ways of doing things. I can read this and know that God didn’t move David to number Israel. Why? Because I can understand the language of the prophets. So what I need to explain this to someone is to go deeper into the same scriptures. For example, when you read further, you’ll find that the Bible tells us that God was angry with David for doing it. If God is a righteous God, why would He move a man to do something and gets angry with the man for doing it? The answer is that God didn’t do such a thing.
In 1 Chronicles 21:1, the Bible says, “And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel. Now this is remarkable because the Bible clearly tells us who did it. It’s the same story but now he tells us “And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel”. He’s very clear! He says, “And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel”. Now, you don’t have any pronoun in between. It says, “And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel”. So we don’t have any he or him for us to say who could that refer to. He’s very clear, very definite. Why did I say that? Because if you go back to where we read earlier, that is 2 Samuel 24:1, it says, “And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he moved David …”; which means right here where we have a pronoun, it may not have been the Lord who moved David. Yes He permitted it because the man’s behavior has changed. You see if you do certain things wrong, the Lord will permit the devil to take advantage of you because then the enemy has the right to attack you if you go out of God’s way. He told the children of Israel to stay inside the house and the death angel will not touch you; they had to stay inside the house. But if you came out, then Satan had the permission to deal with you because only those that were inside the house covered with the blood that would have been outside his reach. He says, “And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he moved David…”. So, I can say he wasn’t the one that did it; it’s not the Lord who did it because the language in 1 Chronicles is stronger than the language in 2 Samuel about the same subject. A doubt can be placed on this verse on 2 Samuel that cannot be placed on 1 Chronicles. So, when you study the scriptures and you can tell where to move your opinion to; this way or that way. That’s why if you study God’s word deeply, God’s word is not contradictory like some people think it is. There are no contradictions in the Bible. Once you understand the language and character of God, you’ll find that there are no contradictions.Christian living, Uncategorized, being filled with the HolySpirit, growth and maturity tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Chukwunomnso (Nigeria): Good day Sir! Over the years, I have been blessed through your teachings of the word of God. In one of your messages titled “An understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”, you said one can short circuit the grace or anointing in his life and it bothers me. Please, explain how one will know that he or she is stopping the power of the anointing in his life.
Answer: I think the answer would have also been in the message itself. I think it’s there if you listen properly. Unbelief! Unbelief short circuits the power of God. So, faith is required. With unbelief, the power of God won’t work for you if you are unbelieving. Fear will short circuit the power of God from working on your life. And so, that’s it really! Anything that God says you shouldn’t do and you are doing it is going to give you trouble.
Does the scripture prohibit a younger man from marrying an older woman? If not how do you explain this to believers?on Feb 20 in Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, Uncategorized, dating and relationships, love, marriage tagged by qatranscripts
Question – Kamel (Bahrain): Dear Pastor Chris, does the scripture prohibit a younger man from marrying an older woman? If not how do you explain this to believers?
Answer: You don’t need to explain. Why do you have to explain? If you as a younger man choose to marry an older woman and she chooses to marry you and you are happy about it, why do you need to explain it? Or why would you want to explain it?
No! It doesn’t. May be he is trying to probably explain generically that a younger man can marry an older woman. I think all the explanation is that, that idea is based on their traditions but if they go to the word of God, there is no such thing. It doesn’t discuss it. We can only imply that it seems that God may be suggesting that it seems better that the man be older than the woman; it’s just a suggestion. It’s not an instruction because Adam was first made then Eve that’s what the Bible says; Adam first then Eve. The Bible didn’t say God prepared Eve and then told Adam I have someone for you who is older than you. And so, it’s just a suggestion; may be God was suggesting. It’s not compulsory.
And in fact, there are some other clearer scriptures that also suggest that there is a possibility that a man may find himself marrying a woman that’s older than him. While I’m talking, I’m conscious of the fact that you might be listening to me in church right now and the woman is older than the man, don’t get uncomfortable, there is nothing wrong with it. So, you say is there any scripture. Let me give you a simple one that Jesus said in His reply to a question that the Jews were asking about marriage and heaven and men and women, and they said that there was a woman that married a man and she had no children and the man died, and according to the law, the younger brother of the man should take the woman and try to raise children for the older one that died, and then he did and there was still no children and the man died. Then the next brother, and then it says seven brothers this way; somewhere along the line, I guess the seventh brother should be younger by now. If that doesn’t convince you, then you have a situation where Naomi was saying even if we were to have new sons today, you can’t wait. That’s all she said, she didn’t say it’s impossible, she said we can’t wait. And then you have another case with the fourth son of Judah and the lady who was supposed to be waiting for the son. And then when she thought they are going to play me out, she decided to have a fast one with Judah. So, you see, what I’m saying is, there are suggestions from the word of God about what might be nicer.
And then, it also shows us that there ain’t nothing wrong if you’ve got someone that’s older than you. You don’t need to explain. Of course, if the difference is such that she looks like she is your mother, you will certainly have explanations to do. You are going to have to do some explanations not just for believers; you are going to have explain everywhere you go.Beliefs, Church, Doctrines of Christianity, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Kimbi (Philippines) – Dear Pastor, thank you for teaching me the word. Can a baby born out of wedlock be dedicated in church? To me, I think both parents must first be married but some of my brethren think it is okay to go ahead and dedicate the baby in church. Pastor Sir, can you throw more light on this?
Answer: In respect to the question, yes! The baby must be born again regardless of the status of the parents. It’s the baby’s right to be dedicated in church. So, it’s right to dedicate the baby in church even if the parents are not Christians. If we can get a hold of the baby, we would rather dedicate the baby to God. It’s pretty simple! God says, “All souls are mine” and if we ever have the opportunity to dedicate a child to God, we should do so.
You don’t hold the baby responsible for the sins of the parents for the condition of his birth. Nobody decides on how the person will be born. Absolutely! I was talking one time about Jesus; this idea about Jesus being born in a manger and you know they said how humble Jesus was, and I said Jesus had nothing to do with been born in a manger; that was not his responsibility, it was his parents that did that. It wasn’t Jesus trying to be humble and choose to be born in a manger. He had nothing to do with it.
You are not responsible for the circumstances of your parents. And so, you shouldn’t be punished because of the way you were born as a child and not be dedicated. So, if we have an opportunity to dedicate a child in the house of God irrespective of how he was born, we will dedicate that child.