Thursday, April 13, 2017

What does the Bible say?

QUESTION: What kind of mansions will we have in heaven that Jesus promises in John 14:2?

ANSWER: We believe they are no doubt the glorified bodies of believers. II Corinthians 5:1,  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” I Corinthians 15:49, “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” II Corinthians 5:1 & 2, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:” Philippians 3:20 & 21, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Also I John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Psalm 17:15, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
QUESTION: How do we use the Law lawfully as it says in I  Timothy 1:8?

ANSWER: Romans 7:12 says the law is holy just and good. We need to give the law the place assigned to it by the Lord. It’s office is to convict men of their sin. Romans 3:20, “by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 5:20, “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound.” The Apostle Paul told of his experience, that the law which was good, worked death in him. For it is spiritual but I am carnaL, sold under sin – Romans 7:13-15. The law does not make man righteous but shows up his disobedience, that he is ungodly, a sinner. It is like looking in a mirror and seeing a dirty face, but that does not wash your face.

II Corinthians 3:6 tells us that the law ministers condemnation and death. Romans 3:20, “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight.” It cannot save us, but shows us we need a Savior. Galatians 3:24, “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

Romans 8:3, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Romans 7:4, “ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”

Ephesians 2:8, “by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourself: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.”

I Timothy 1:9, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,” for a saved person does not need the law. We died to it in our Substitute, Christ Jesus. When we receive Christ, we were joined to Him in resurrection and we live by the faith of Christ – Gal. 2:20

When a believer sins by yielding to the old creation (the flesh), we flee to our city of refuge, Christ Jesus. I John 2:1, For “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” We acknowledge our failure and weakness, confessing our sin, “He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – I John 1:9.

Romans 6:10-11, “For in that he (Christ) died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” May we follow His plan and have victory over the flesh. We will find that Christ will prove Himself to be our all sufficiency at all times. “Keep by the power of God through faith.”
Earlene Davis