Answers to Bible Questions
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The following short articles are taken from a booklet titled “The Truth about the Truth,” published by GRACE GOSPEL PUBLISHERS and written by Pastor Robert Hanna. PART THREE OF A SERIES.
(Q) DOES PAUL HAS THE LAST WORD?
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:25-27
(A) Those who contend that “Every promise in the Book is mine” cannot possibly know “the peace of God. which passeth all understanding” to the extent that they would if they were truly aware of their position dispensationally. Where is the assurance, if one is continually frustrated with attempting to resolve apparent inconsistencies?
“Peter said unto Him. Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them … when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:27.28). How can anyone but the twelve apostles claim this promise? There will be only twelve thrones!
“And God said to Solomon, l will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour.. (II Chron. 1: 11. 12). Who but King Solomon can claim THIS promise? And what of God’s promise to “make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones,” (Isaiah 54: 12)? Only the nation Israel can claim this one.
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive,” (Matt. 21 :22). “Take no thought, saying. What shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall we be c1othed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things,” (Matt. 6: 31, 32). Were we to literally abide by these promises today, we would have no need of employment – or even the expenditure of sufficient energy to perform ordinary household duties.
The apostle Paul pled with the Lord three times to be relieved of his almost intolerable suffering. The Lord’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for thee.” And if we are not to be concerned with food and clothing, why does Paul affirm that “if any would not work, neither should he eat,” (II Thess. 3: IO)?
Once again, we must rightly divide the Word of Truth!
(Q) IS THERE ONLY ONE MEDIATOR?
Scripture Reading: I Timothy 2:5, 6
(A) Petitioning God through a human intermediary is a persistent tendency of the penitent. This practice persists even to the extent of regarding such men as holy and addressing them as “Father”. And yet, Christ Himself (Who is very God) has said, “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven,” (Matt. 23:9).
“There is ONE God, and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The apostle Paul instructs us as to prayer. “We know not what to pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us … and He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God,” (Rom. 8:26, 27). If no man is to be called “Father” except God Himself, and if Christ is the only mediator between God and men, and if our intercessor is the Holy Spirit alone, then how can there be any possible role for a human agent in the process? ”
Verily the FIRST covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people,” (Heb. 9: 1-3, 6, 7).
So much for the FIRST COVENANT! But what has that to do with you and me? “For by ONE OFFERING He [Christ] hath perfected FOREVER them that are sanctified,” (Heb. 10: 14). “He needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for His own sins, and then for the people’s: FOR THIS HE DID ONCE, WHEN HE OFFERED UP HIMSELF,” (Heb. 7:27).
Maranatha (LORD COME)