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Why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he should be born again since it was impossible during that time because He hasn’t yet ascended?

on Apr 21 in Beliefs, New Testament, Uncategorized, salvation tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Shipu (Botswana) - From the word I understand that no one was born again during Jesus ministry here on earth, in fact, no one could because the Holy Spirit was not yet released, even Jesus was born again. So my question is if no one could be born again, why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he should be born again? I thought it was impossible during that time because He hasn’t yet ascended.

Answer: Yeah! He (Jesus) told Nicodemus that he must be born again but he didn’t say he should be born again. Jesus said to him, you must be born again: in other words, it’s a condition; something has to happen but he’s not saying go and get it done because it couldn’t be done then. So your answer is in the question. You already got it! Jesus didn’t say the man should go ahead and do it, he only told him the necessity; man must be born again. And so Nicodemus said, “How can that happen? I don’t know what to do” and Jesus told him what to do. So, he already gave us his life and he’s made it possible but at that time it was not possible until Jesus Christ made it possible.

Was Jesus body a new body or a renewed body?

on Apr 17 in Christian living, Church, Doctrines of Christianity, New Testament, Uncategorized, being filled with the HolySpirit, second-coming of Christ, the HolySpirit, the person of Jesus Christ tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Sidney (South Africa): My question concerns our resurrection during the time of our rapture. Paul said in Corinthians that we will be changed and wear on immortality on the time of rapture. Jesus said to Thomas after his resurrection, “Come feel the wound on the palms of my hands”. Was it the same body he had before his death on the cross, because that’s the one on which the nails were drilled and the spear pushed on the side and is it the same body he went with to heaven? Was it a new body or a renewed body?

Answer: About Jesus and the body, when we look at it, after he resurrected on the third day; he came from the grave and then he said to his disciples, “Feel me”, he said, “Touch me because I am flesh and bones” not flesh and blood. So the terrestrial body; the same body, the body of Jesus Christ couldn’t have been “flesh and bones” and not blood because the Bible says the life of the body is in the blood. So he came with a glorified body even though they saw and felt the body but it was a glorified body. The body has put on a new glory. That glory was by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that Jesus was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father; the Holy Spirit overshadowed that body; that’s where that glory came from, the glory came from the Holy Spirit that overshadowed that body. So it’s the same body that was crucified otherwise it’s not a resurrection. Remember, Jesus Christ died for us according to the scriptures, he was buried according to the scriptures and when the disciples came, the grave was empty; Jesus wasn’t there. It’s the very body; same body, it’s a resurrection. It’s the same body but glorified by the Holy Ghost.

What does the blessed verse of scripture in 1 Corinthians 5 verse 5 mean and how do we do it?

on Apr 14 in Christian authority, Christian living, Church, Doctrines of Christianity, Uncategorized, judgment tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Milton (Cameroon) - Thank you Pastor for teaching us the word. My question is in 1 Corinthians chapter 5 from verse 1 to 5; we understand that the Corinthian church had gotten carnal in their way of life, but my attention is on verse 5, what does this blessed verse of scripture mean and how do we do it?

Answer: Reading from 1 Corinthians 5 from verse 1, it says,  “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you and such is not much as named among the gentiles that one should have his father’s wife. You are puffed up and have not rather mourned that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you; for I verily as absent in the body but present in spirit have judged already as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ when ye are gathered together and my spirit with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”.  Here Paul is not saying this is a scripture for every Christian to practice such as delivering someone who has gone wrong or has erred because he was dealing with the Corinthians church; the practice they had, the fornication they had; he’s saying how do we deliver such a one to Satan to the destruction of the flesh; this is not for a Christian to do. This scripture here, Paul, I would say was the overseer of the congregation; the church, he was the Pastor of the church and so it’s not for a Christian to do this. This is given; this is the decision of the Pastor or the head Pastor; the decision of the one in charge of the congregation. It’s not something that all should learn to do.

From the scripture, you can say it is punitive because if you are cut off from fellowship, that’s serious punishment but it is also corrective. But frankly the question you would want to ask is how corrective is it, because in this place here, it says, “…to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”. This says the destruction of the flesh; it’s somewhat to the extreme at this point. This is usually for someone who has become absolutely rebellious and is in seemingly returning because there’s the corrective part. If you will look at 1 Timothy chapter 1, there’s a similar condition there. 1 Timothy chapter 1; I’ll read from verse 19, it says, “Holding faith and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: “. There’s a life of faith that God has given to us, but then it says apart from learning about faith, you must have a good conscience to go together with your faith. But it says certain people don’t care about having a good conscience towards God; they just think that faith should be on its own which is not right. You’ve got to have faith and a good conscience together and that good conscience is working in the righteousness of God. Your conscience is the voice of your spirit and always will be consistent with the voice of God if it’s trained accordingly so it can lead you rightly. So it says, “Those of them who made shipwreck of whom among such people are Herminus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme”. And that’s the corrective part because it says that they may learn not to blaspheme. If it wasn’t corrective, they wouldn’t learn. But in the first part of it, he says, “for the destruction of the flesh that they may be saved”. So he’s looking at the punishment which is an absolute finality in the earth; which means that this person most likely will die. This person must likely will die but will go to heaven.

Is there hope for those who have sold their souls to the devil and does God bless borrowed money?

on Apr 07 in God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, growth and maturity, prosperity and finances tagged by qatranscripts

Question:  Louis (Botswana) - Pastor, there are kids even adults who have been trapped by the devil into selling their souls to him in whatever they were involved in. Is there hope for them? If so, what is the way out of this mess? They have given their lives to Christ but still continue in bondage; they even speak in tongues. Also, does God bless borrowed money; I mean someone borrowed money and gives it in church as seed or offering or tithes?

Answer: Does God bless borrowed money? When you borrow money, your intention is to pay, is it? It’s taking your money in the future, so God blesses it. In fact, when you study in the book of Exodus, there’s an interesting situation where God told the children of Israel to borrow from the Egyptians. He said, Go borrow stuff from them and they borrowed all lots of stuff and what did he say to do with them, he said to worship me. They went and borrowed all these stuff and they were on their way and they weren’t going to pay back but God planned to pay back by blessing Egypt. And that’s what the Bible tells us: so much about how God will bless Egypt because God was going to pay back because they borrowed from Egypt. So there’s no wrong but if you borrow, make sure you pay back: God doesn’t like it. He said, “The wicked borroweth and payeth not again”. So God describes the one who does it as wicked.

But the first part where he was talking about kids even adults selling their souls to the devil, the question is how does Satan pay for these things? If they sold their soul, what was the currency? We have to preach the gospel because Satan is lying to a whole lot of people, deceiving them to thinking that he’s in charge somehow and he’s not. The Bible says Jesus bought the whole field; He paid for everything. So Jesus has bought everybody. He paid for the field and the Bible says the field is the world. So the world and all that dwell in it belongs to Jesus Christ and if someone doesn’t believe the gospel, doesn’t receive Jesus, he’s disobedient. He can’t sell his soul, he’s soul belongs to God, Jesus already paid. You can’t sell your soul even if you stated it, even if you stood in front of Satan and you say, “Satan, I sell my soul to you”, Satan would say, I can’t buy it because he can’t, he can’t buy it. It doesn’t belong to you and it doesn’t belong to Satan. You can’t sell your soul, stop letting him deceive you. He can’t buy your soul. Your soul belongs to God. You are rebellious not to allow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that’s what you are going to have trouble with God for, that’s actually the reason for going to hell. The Bible doesn’t say you are going to go to hell because of your works; no, it says you are going to go to hell because your name is not in the book of life. That’s the problem! You rejected salvation. So it’s important that you recognize the truth. It says, “Judgment must begin at the house of God”, and if judgment must begin at the house of God, it says what shall the end be for them that obey not the gospel. So there is an obedience to the gospel that is demanded. So when we preach the gospel and people believe, what they are doing is obeying the gospel and then they are called obedient children. That’s the obedience that God is asking for and when they reject the gospel, they get into trouble.

Is it still possible for an angel of God to sin against God like Lucifer and the other fallen angels did?

on Mar 31 in Beliefs, Doctrines of Christianity, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, angels, fallen angels tagged by qatranscripts

Question - Samuel(Ghana): Please sir, is it still possible for an angel of God to sin against God like Lucifer and the other fallen angels did?

Answer: Now I know it’s not going to happen, but I want to show you why. The reason it’s not going to happen is because God has shown us through His word the future and declared the future. I’ll read to you from the book of Daniel chapter 9. There was a revelation given to the prophet Daniel and an angel of the Lord came to him to give him the interpretation. And so I’m going to read from verse 23, it says, “At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth and I am come to show thee for thou art greatly beloved, therefore understand the matter and consider the vision. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people”. Now Bible scholars know that this is referring to weeks of years which mean every week here means seven years. So when he says seventy weeks, he’s talking about seventy times seven years, that’s 490 years. So he says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah, the prince shall be seven weeks and three score and three weeks. The street shall be built again and the wall even troublous times and after three score and three weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be with flood and unto the end of the war; desolation are determined”. Now, I wish I had time to explain this part to you! But for the purpose of your question, I want to stay in that verse 24. Now he explains to Daniel the whole future into eternity. It says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy”. So everything about sin would have been completed and everlasting righteousness would be brought in. From then on it will not be possible for man to have evil in him. It will not be possible even though man remains a rational being. His rational life will now be based on everlasting righteousness which didn’t exist at the garden or before then. Man was not righteous before then, man was good.

There’s a difference between being good and being righteous. Man was not righteous, man was good. Because the Bible says after God was done making man, he said everything that he had done was very good. Everything including man was good. To be righteous, you would have had to be tested with unrighteousness and when he was tested, he fell and Jesus came and was tested and proved himself righteous and was raised from the dead and declared to be the son of God with power. Now he gave us his righteousness and we live in his righteousness, we walk in that righteousness and we are perfected forever. Let me read to you how this concludes and notice the latter part of verse 24 where it says, “…to bring in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy”. Now Bible scholars are divided as to what this really means. Does it mean to anoint the most holy place? Well, that’s like been myopic about the truth of the matter. Anointing the holy place is not God’s focus, it’s not enough. Look at Daniel chapter 7 verse 26, it says, “And the judgment shall sit and they shall take away his dominion to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion and greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and all dominion shall serve and obey him”. This is like that coronation where Jesus becomes King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The kingdom under the whole heavens ids given unto him and to his saints forever and they rule and reign with Him forever and ever and angels remain their ministering spirits. There will never be unrighteousness anymore. Praise God forever more.