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January 26, 2015



By NiteOwlDave                                                 

Perhaps the reason many Biblicists have trouble understanding – or believing - that demons can and do attach themselves to people today is because most perceive demons to be like fire-breathing monsters.

They seldom are, but it is easy to think that all demons are raging dragons like the demon named Legion whom Jesus shifted into the pigs which then went berserk and head-bombed to their death off a cliff.

Legion is a powerhouse demon but is weak in the presence of the Creator.
Mark 5:1-20 tells us Legion was attached to an unnamed man who was made super strong and violent.

Verse 4 says, “For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.” We haven’t read of anyone like that on the news lately, or ever.

Likely, Legion is a freak, a powerhouse but a lesser light than Satan. And, likely, the majority of demons are weaker than Legion and work quietly in the shadows.

Remember the demonized guy we read about in Mark 1:23-26 who was in the synagogue when he locked eyes with Christ, the Messiah?

Mark writes, “Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, ‘What do You have to do with us, Jesus - Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God.’”

“But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!
“And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.”

Prior to seeing Jesus, the demonized man likely blended in with the Temple crowd and worked for Satan as an inside operative.

If his demon had been a raging nutcase like Legion, he would not have been able to interact normally with the Temple drop-ins before Christ showed up. Perhaps he presented himself as just a mumbling heretic or as a silent Joe with a twitch and an evil agenda.

The Bible reports that Jesus confronted many demonized people in His travels and swept away their unclean spirits with a quick command.

Likely, those demonized people were used by Jesus to validate His power, to prove that He was the promised Messiah. Onlookers must have been in awe when Jesus flicked evil spirits away and brought peace and health to people with mental and physical issues.

How do we acquire a demon and what are the signs we have one?

A Christian counsellor, Shirley, who works with people who are demonized and the fallout from that, says we acquire a demon(s) today when we sin.

“Sin gives a demon a legal right to be with us,” she says. “There usually aren’t any signs we have a demon. Demons are cunning and don’t want to be revealed.

“There are demonic manifestations when a person has many demons. Demons manifest only when they think they have a person in complete bondage. It helps to know that the main battle is for a person’s mind, not the body.”                     

There are several ways that demons attach to us.

Getting involved with satanic blood rituals is inviting Satan into your living room.

Blood rituals are used by hard-core Satanists to summon demons to attach to helpless children who are often served up by Satan-worshipping parents. The end result for the child is a crazed and controlled mind. The only source of healing lies in the work of Christ and His healing blood.

Past or present involvement in occult activities such as Ouija boards, tarot cards, astrology, seances, necromancy (contacting the dead), and divination also invite demons to link to us.

Involvement in false religions is a door-opener. according to 1Timothy 4:1 and Matthew 24:24, false religions are ultimately doctrines of demons.

Why aren’t Christian leaders sounding the alarm?

You’d think we’d be taught more about the work of demons from Christian pulpits today. After-all, they are often mentioned in the Bible, and they did interacted with Christ while He was on Earth. 

Sadly, these subjects are usually ignored. Too many Christian pastors avoid addressing the topic of demonism because it is may be uncomfortable for the pew dwellers. It gets shoved to the back of the bus, or thrown under it.

It is quite wrong to think that demons were active at the time of Jesus and the early Christian church but are inactive today. It is quite the opposite.

Fact is, they are more active today, and they gain more control of us the more we allow the protective walls of God to slide down.

1Timothy 4:1-3 says that in the latter days people will give into deceiving spirits and "doctrines of demons."

It makes sense that dealing with a demonized person would frighten most of us. But we must remember that God has a larger army of patrolling angels which the Creator has ready to protect His own if we ask Him. But like salvation, we must ask.

Why might a demon maintain a low profile?

After attachment, a demon may lie low for some time, maybe years, before being triggered into action by Satan. Rattlesnakes wait.

A demon can function like a disease that is dormant in a child and becomes active years after taking up residence. Under orders from the Prince of Darkness, a demon often functions in a person like a terrorist sleeper cell. Satan is patient and cunning as a lion, ready to pounce, harm, or destroy.

Do we not see hints of that today? Not all the high school and college mass killers out there get crazy because of mind-altering drugs or from being picked on by their peers. No, many are likely demonized.

Satan is powerful. He was once the mighty angel Lucifer who lured one third of the angelic force to worship him, then sought God’s power. Revelation 12:3-4 reports the rebels were tossed out and are all Hell-bound.

Here are some biblical facts about Satan.

1. Satan is the ruler of this world: John 12:31; 14:31; 16:11                                     
2. He is the prince of the power of the air: Ephesians 2:2                                   
3. He is the god of this world: 2 Corinthians 4:4
4. He promises the world to those who will obey him: Matthew 4:8-9                     
5. His domain is a sinful world: 1 John 5:19
6. God is more powerful than Satan: 1 John 4:4     
7. Satan rules the world through deception: Revelation 12:9

Satan's war against God is for domain or property rights of our soul.

1. Because of inherited sin, Satan has a toehold in  us at birth.                           
2. God pays our sin debt with His blood: 1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23; Acts 20-28; Peter 1:18; 2 Peter 2:1; Revelation5-9

3. When a person becomes a Christian, Satan goes to war with him trying to make him fall away: Ephesians 6:10-18; 4:27     4. Satan is more at war with Christians than non-Christians.
5. Satan schemes to bring Christians under damnation of God: 2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 13:28, 39 
6. He sets hidden snares for Christians: 2 Titus 2:26; 1 Titus 3:7                                                

Historical victories of Satan                      

1. Tricking Adam and Eve to eat forbidden fruit.                                       
2. Enticing God's people to worship idols and to murder Jesus Christ: Luke 22:3 
3. Prompting Christians to give up on the faith and fall away: 1 Titus 1:18-20   
4. Tricking us to believe false doctrine: Titus 4:1-4

Major defeats of Satan in the Bible 

1. War in Heaven. Satan is cast to earth: Revelation 12:7-9                      
2. Satan tests and fails God's tests with Job. Satan tells God, “You think Job is good. Take away his blessings and he will curse you."         
3. Jesus refuses Satan’s earthy offers in the wilderness: Matthew 4:1-11
4. During His ministry on earth, Jesus casts out demons: Luke 10:17  
5.The sinless death and resurrection of Christ defeats Satan: Colossians 14-15; Hebrews 2:14-16; 1 John 3:8; Rev 1:18                  
6. The “angels rejoice” every time a sinner becomes a Christian: Acts 26: 18; Colossians 1:13, Luke 5:7

Satan and the demons know that God has won and that they are damned: Matthew 25:41; John

1. Satan asks Jesus, "Have you come to torment us before the time?”:Matthew 8:29                      
2. “Demons believe God and tremble": James 2:19
3. Satan asks Jesus, "Do not torment me": Mark5:7, Luke 8:24. Satan asks Jesus, "Have You come to destroy us?:" Mark 1:24, Luke 4:34

How do we get free from an attached demon?

It is important to understand that a person must first be a born-again Christian for any lasting freedom from a demon or demons. If not, a tossed demon will be back in short order and seven times stronger.

Matthew 12:45 says, “Then it (the demon) goes and takes with it other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

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The Bible speaks of demonization

The power and antagonism of Satan and his hordes of demon loyalists criss-cross the Scriptures. Most of the information on demons in the Bible is in the New Testament. Other terms for demons, such as "familiar spirit," "lying spirit," "wizard" are often used.

Ancient Israel sought after evil spirits, and by New Testament times they had great influence. Christ cast out many demons and taught His followers to do the same.

In Numbers 23:2, Israel is said to have been protected from demonic influences. In Leviticus 19:31, Israel is told to have nothing to do with evil spirits.

In Matthew 4:24; 8:16, Mark 1:32-34, 39, Luke 13:32, and 16:18, Christ tosses demons and solves many other problems.

In Matthew 7:21-23, it says some people will claim to have cast out demons in Christ’s name, but not really know Him.

In Matthew 9:32-34, Jesus casts a demon from a mute/deaf man. The Pharisees claimed this demon was dismissed by the ruler of demons.

In Matthew 10:1-8, Mark 6:7, 14-15 and Luke 9:1, Christ sent His apostles out, giving them the authority to cast out demons.

In Matthew 11:18 and Luke 7:33, John the Baptist is accused of having a demon.

In Matthew 12:22-32, Mark 3:22-30, and Luke 11:14-23, Christ casts out a demon from a blind-mute man. The Pharisees accuse Him of doing it the power by Beelzebub, prince of demons, and Christ explains that attributing to Satan the miracles done by the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven in the world to come.

In Matthew 15:22-28 and Mark 7:25-30, Christ casts a demon out of a woman’s daughter.
In Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-30 and Luke 9:38-43, the disciples could not cast out a demon causing epilepsy in a child. Christ said that this kind of demon required prayer and fasting to come out.

In Matthew 25:41, we read that everlasting fire is prepared for the Devil and his angels (demons).
In Mark 9:38-42 and Luke 9:49-50, Christ tells His disciples not to stop others from casting out demons in His name, even though they did not follow Him.

In Mark 16:8-10 and Luke 8:1-3, seven demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene. She helped to support His ministry and was the first to see Him when He arose from the dead.

In Luke 4:4, many demons were cast out while coming against Christ’s mission.

In Luke 10:17-20, 70 of Christ’s followers who were sent out and returned rejoicing that demons were subject to them.

In Luke 13:10-13, Christ heals a woman who had a "spirit of infirmity" for 18 years and could not stand up.

In John 7:20, 8:48-49, 52 and 10:20-21, Christ was accused of "having a demon".

In Acts 16:16-19, Paul and Silas cast a "spirit of divination" out of a woman.

In Acts 19:13-20, seven sons of Sceva were wounded when they were unable to cast out a powerful demon in the name of "Jesus whom Paul preaches." The demon recognized Jesus and Paul but not those men. The well-known event caused many to burn their magic books.

In 1 Corinthians10:19-21 and Revelation 9:20, people who worship idols were told they are worshipping demons.

In 2 Corinthians 2:11 it says, "Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices."

In 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 it says, "And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works."

In Ephesians 6:11-12 it says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

In James 2:19, it says that demons believe there is one God.

In James 3:13-16, it says that evil, earthly wisdom comes from demons.

In 2 Peter 2:4 it says, "For if God spared not the angels who had sinned, but having cast them down to the deepest pit of gloom has delivered them to chains of darkness to be kept for judgment."

In Jude 6-13, it says angels that left their proper place wander around doing evil and will be judged for it.

In Revelation 12:3-4, it says the great red dragon (Satan) "drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth." One third of the angels become demons.

In Revelation 16:13-14, it says demons can perform false miracles.

In Revelation 18:2, it says demons sometimes dwell in demolished cities.

January 10, 2015

150 Questions Scripturally Answered

By Dr. Alban Douglas

1. Who made you? God made me. (Genesis 1:27: Job 33:4)

2. What else did God make? God made all things. (Genesis 1:1-31; Deuteronomy 10:14; Nehemiah 9:6; John 1:3)

3. Why did God make you and all things? God made me and all things for His own glory. (1 Chronicles 16:28; Romans 11:36; I Corinthians 6:20; 10:31)

4. Who made God? Nobody made God. (Psalm 90:2)

5. Has God ever had a beginning? No. God has always been. (Psalms 90:2; 93:2; Revelation 4:8)

6. Will God ever die? No, God lives forever. (Psalm 90:2)

7. How can you glorify God? I can glorify God by loving Him and doing what He commands. (Micah 6:8; John 15:8; I John 5:3)

8. Why ought you to glorify God? I ought to glorify God because He made me and takes care of me. (Psalms 117:1-2; 146:5-10)

9. Are there more gods than one? No, there is only one God. (Isaiah 45.6, 18, 21-22; 1 Timothy 2:5)

10. In how many persons does this one God exist? God exists in three persons. (Matthew 3:1617; 28:19; 11 Corinthians 13:14)

11. Who are the three persons of God? The three persons of God are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

12. Who is God? God is a spirit and does not have a body like man. (John 4:24)

13. What is God like? God is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable. (Psalms 139:710; 90:2; Malachi 3:6)

14. Where is God? God is everywhere. (II Chronicles 2:6; Psalm 139:7-12; Proverbs 15:3)

15. Can you see God? No, I cannot see God, but He always sees me. (Jeremiah 23:23-24; John 1:18)

16. Does God know all things? Yes, nothing can be hidden from God. (Job 34:21; Ezekiel 11:1)

17. Can God do all things? Yes, God can do all His holy will. (Matthew 19.26)

18. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? I learn how to love and obey God in the Bible alone. (Deuteronomy 30:11-16; Joshua 1:8)

19. Who wrote the Bible? Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. (IL Peter 1:21)

20. Who were our first parents? Adam and Eve were our first parents. (Genesis 2:7, 18-22; 3:20)

21. Of what were our first parents made? God made the body of Adam out of the dust of the ground and formed Eve from the body of Adam. (Genesis 2:7, 21-22)

22. What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? God gave them souls that could never die. (Genesis 2:7)

23. Do you have a soul as well as a body? Yes, I have a soul that can never die. (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Mark 8:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

24. How do you know that you have a soul? God tells me so in Genesis 2:7, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7)

25. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? God made them holy and happy. (Genesis 1:2731)

26. What is a covenant? A covenant is an agreement between two or more persons. (Genesis 9:11-17; Psalm 105:8-11)

27. What was Adam's part in the covenant in order to stay in the Garden of Eden? Adam was required to obey God perfectly. (Genesis 2:15-17)

28. Did Adam obey God? No, Adam chose to disobey God. (Genesis 3:6)

29. Did Adam's sin affect himself alone? No, Adam's sin made all men lose communion with God, become sinful in nature, and subject to God's wrath. (Romans 5:14; 6:23; Ephesians 2:3)

30. How did God punish Adam's disobedience? Adam's punishment was death and separation from God, (Genesis 3:17-24; Romans 5:12)

31. What is sin? Sin is the transgression of the law of God. (I John 3:4)

32. What is meant by transgression? Transgression is failing to do what God commands and doing what God forbids. (I Chronicles 10:13; Psalm 25:6-7; Matthew 15:3-6)

33. Who is Satan? Satan is an evil spirit who is the enemy of God and all Christians. (Matthew 13:39; Luke 22:3; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8)

34. Was Satan ever good? Yes, Satan was once one of God's greatest angels. (Isaiah 14:12-15)

35. What was Satan's name when he was one of God's angels? Satan's name was Lucifer. (Isaiah 14:12)

36. Why is Lucifer not one of God's angels today? Lucifer became jealous of God and wanted to be as great as He, so God cast him out of heaven, (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:7-9)

37. What is Lucifer now called? Lucifer is now called Satan or the Devil. (Luke 10:18; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:9)

38. Who is stronger, God or Satan? God is stronger. (I John 3:8; 4:4)

39. Does Satan want God's will to be done? No, Satan always wants people to do the opposite of what God wants them to do. (I Chronicles 21:1; John 8:44; Ephesians 6:11-12, 16)

40. What was the sin of our first parents? Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit that God told them not to eat. (Genesis 2:17; 3:6)

41. Who tempted Adam and Eve to sin? Satan tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam. (Genesis 3:1-6)

42. What happened to our first parents when they had sinned? Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable. (Genesis 3:8-24)

43. What effect did Adam's sin have on all mankind? Because of Adam's sin, all mankind lost fellowship with God, received a sinful nature, and began to do evil. (Romans 5:12)

44. What is that sinful nature we inherit from Adam called? Our corrupt nature is called original sin. (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)

45. What does every sin deserve? Every sin deserves the wrath and curse of God. (Genesis 2:17; Psalm 89:30-32; Galatians 3:10)

46. Who can save us? The only Saviour of men is the Lord Jesus Christ, who being the eternal Son of God, became man and so is both God and man in two natures and one person. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

47. What does God require of man before he can go to heaven? No one can enter heaven unless his heart is changed. (John 3:3, 16; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12)

48. What is this change of heart called? This change of heart is called regeneration. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Titus 3:5-6)

49. Who can change a sinner's heart? The Holy Spirit can change a sinner's heart. (Titus 3:5)

50. How is your heart changed? My heart is changed by the Holy Spirit because of the grace of God shown in the work of Christ. (Titus 3:4-7)

51. What is grace? Grace is God's kindness to us when we deserve punishment. (Deuteronomy 7:6-9; Romans 3:22-24; 5:1-8, 19-21; Ephesians 2:8-9)

52. What is the work of Christ? The work of Christ is to keep perfectly the law of God and to suffer the punishment due for our sins. (11 Corinthians 5 21; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 5:89; 9:11-14; 10:11-22)

53. Can anyone be saved by his own works? No one can be saved by his own works. (Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)

54. Did Christ ever sin? No, Christ was holy, sinless, and undefiled. (Isaiah 53,9; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26; 1 Peter 2:21-23)

55. How could the Son of God suffer? Christ, the Son of God, became man that He might obey and suffer in our nature. (Romans 5:1-21; Philippians 2:7-8; 3:10; Hebrews 2:9; 5:8-9)

56. What is meant by the atonement? The atonement is Christ's satisfying divine justice by His sufferings and death in the place of sinners. (Romans 5:8-1 1)

57. What do we gain from the work of Christ? God regenerates, justifies, and sanctifies those who believe in Christ. (I Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 2:9-11)

58. What is justification? Justification is God's forgiving me and treating me just as if I had never sinned. (Romans 3:24-25; 8:1; II Corinthians 5:19, 21)

59. How am I justified? I am justified by faith in the work of Christ and on the grounds of His righteousness. (Acts 13:34; Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:25-28)

60. What is sanctification? Sanctification is God's making me holy in heart and behavior. (I Corinthians 6:11, 19-20; Ephesians 1:3-4,4,22-24; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; II Timothy 2:1921; Hebrews 13:12, 2!)

61. What are the two parts of sanctification? The two parts of sanctification are dying to sin and living to righteousness. (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:5; Romans 8:13)

62. For whom did Christ obey and suffer? Christ obeyed and suffered for sinners. (Romans 5:8)

63. What kind of death did Christ die? Christ died the painful and shameful death of the cross. (Luke 23:33-38; Galatians 3:13; Philippians 2:8)

64. Who will be saved? Whoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. (Isaiah 55:7; Luke 13:3; 24:47; John 3:16; 6:47)

65. What does it mean to repent? To repent is to be sorry for sin and to hate and forsake it because it is displeasing to God. (II Chronicles 7:14; II Corinthians 7:9)

66. What is faith in Christ? Faith in Christ is trusting in Him alone for salvation. (Romans 3:22-25; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9; Hebrews 12:2)

67. Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power? No, I cannot repent and believe in Christ without the help of God's Holy Spirit. (John 3:5-6; 16:7-Il; I Corinthians 2:9-12; Titus 3:5)

68. Does Christ care for little children? Yes, it  says in Mark 10:14, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14)

69. How long has it been since Christ died? Christ died more than 1,900 years ago.

70. How were people saved before the coming of Christ? People were saved by believing in a Saviour to come. (Hebrews 11:13)

71. How did people show their faith before the coming of Christ? People showed their faith by offering sacrifices on God's altar. (Hebrews 11:4)

72. What did the sacrifices represent? The sacrifices represented Christ, the Lamb of God, Who was to die for sinners. (John 1:29, 36; hebrews 9:11-14)

73. How many offices does Christ have? Christ has three offices. (Acts 3:22; Hebrews 5:5-6; Revelation 19:16)

74. What are Christ's offices? Christ's offices are prophet, priest, and king. (lsaiah 9:6-7; Luke 4:18; Acts 3:22; Hebrews 4:14-15; 5:5-6; Revelation 19:16)

75. How is Christ a prophet? Christ teaches us the will of God. (Luke 4: 18; John 15:15)

76. How is Christ a priest? Christ died for our sins and pleads with God for us. (Romans 3:26; Hebrews 7:25-27; 9:14, 28)

77. How is Christ a king? Christ rules over us, defends us, and will establish His Kingdom on earth. (Psalm 27:1-5; Isaiah 33:22; 1 Corinthians 15:25)

78. How many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai? God gave ten commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17)

79. What are the Ten Commandments sometimes called? They are called the Decalogue.

80. What do the first four commandments teach? The first four commandments teach our duty to God. (Exodus 20:1-11; Matthew 22:37-38)

81. What do the last six commandments teach? The last six commandments teach our duty to our fellowmen. (Exodus 20:12-17; Matthew 22:39)

82. What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? The sum of the Ten Commandments is to love God with all my heart, and my neighbor as myself. (Matthew 22:37-40)

83. Who is your neighbor? All my fellowmen are my neighbors. (Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 6:10)

84. Is God pleased with those who love and obey Him? Yes, for He says in Proverbs 8:17, "1 love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." (Proverbs 8:17)

85. Is God displeased with those who do not love and obey Him? Yes, for it says in Psalm 7:11, "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day." (Psalm 7:11)

86. What is the first commandment? The first commandment is "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:3)

87. What does the first commandment teach us?
The first commandment teaches us to worship God alone. (Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 26:17; Matthew 4:10)

88. What is the second commandment? The second commandment is, "Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." (Exodus 20:4-6)

89. What does the second commandment teach us? The second commandment teaches us to worship God in a proper manner, and to avoid idolatry. (Exodus 20:23; Deuteronomy 6:13-18; 12:30-32)

90. What is the third commandment? The third commandment is "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)

91. What does the third commandment teach us? The third commandment teaches us to reverence God's name, Word, and works. (Psalms 29:2; 107:2122; 138:2; Revelation 15:34)

92. What is the fourth commandment? The fourth commandment is "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8-11)

93. What does the fourth commandment teach us? The fourth commandment teaches us that one day of the week is God's special day. (Leviticus 19:30; Deuteronomy 5:12)

94. On which day of the week do Christians worship? Christians worship on the first day of the week, called the Lord's Day. (John 20:19-26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2)

95. Why is it called the Lord's Day? On that day Christ rose from the dead. (Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-6; John 20:1-9)

96. How should the Lord's Day be spent? The Lord's Day should be spent in prayer and praise, in hearing and reading God's Word, and in doing good to our fellowman, (Leviticus 23:3; Psalm 92:1-2; Isaiah 58:13; Luke 13:10-13; Acts 15:21; 16:13; 17:2)

97. What is the fifth commandment? The fifth commandment is "Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12)

98. What does the fifth commandment teach us? The fifth commandment teaches us to love and obey our parents. (Romans 13:1; Ephesians 6:1-3)

99. What is the sixth commandment? The sixth commandment is "Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13)

100. What does the sixth commandment teach us? The sixth commandment teaches us to avoid anger and injury to others. (Genesis 9:6; Matthew 5:22; Galatians 5:15; 1 John 3:15)

101. What is the seventh commandment? The seventh commandment is "Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14)

102. What does the seventh commandment teach us? The seventh commandment teaches us to be pure in heart, language, and conduct. (I Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 4:29; 5:3-4)

103. What is the eighth commandment? The eighth commandment is "Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15)

104. What does the eighth commandment teach us? The eighth commandment teaches us to respect the property of others and to be honest and industrious. (Proverbs 20:4; Romans 12:11, 17; Ephesians 4:28; Thessalonians 3:10-12; 1 Timothy 5:8)

105. What is the ninth commandment? The ninth commandment is "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16)

106. What does the ninth commandment teach us? The ninth commandment teaches us to tell the truth. (Proverbs 14:5; Zechariah 8:16; 1 Peter 3:16)

107. What is the tenth commandment? The tenth commandment is "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:17)

108. What does the tenth commandment teach us? The tenth commandment teaches us to be content with what we have. (I Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:26; Philippians 4:11; Hebrews 13:5)

109. What use are the Ten Commandments to us? They teach us our duty and show us our need of a Saviour. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Joshua 1:7-8; Galatians 3:21-26; James 2:10)

110. What is prayer? Prayer is thanking God for what He has done and asking Him for things which He has promised to give. (Psalm 10:17; John 16:23; Philippians 4:6; 1 John 5:14)

111. In whose name should we pray? We should pray only in the name of Christ, our intercessor. (John 16:23)

112. What guide has Christ given us to leach us how to pray? Christ has given us the Lord's Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13)

113. Repeat the Lord's Prayer. "Our Father which art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (Matthew 6:9-13)

114. How many petitions are there in the Lord's Prayer? There are six petitions in the Lord's Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13)

115. What is the first petition? The first petition is "Hallowed be thy name." (Matthew 6:9)

116. What do we pray for in the first petition? We pray that God's name may be honored by us and all men. (Psalms 67:1-3; 145:1-13; Isaiah 64:1-2; Romans 11:36; II Thessalonians 3:1)

117. What is the second petition? The second petition is "Thy kingdom come." (Matthew 6:10)

118. What do we pray for in the second petition? We pray that the gospel may be preached in all the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men, and that God's Kingdom may be established on earth. (Psalms 67:1-3; 68:1; Romans 10:1; 11 Thessalonians 3:1; Revelation 22:20)

119. What is the third petition? The third petition is "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

120. What do we pray for in the third petition? We pray that men on earth may serve God as the angels do in heaven. (Psalms 103:20-22; 119:34-36; Acts 21:14)

121. What is the fourth petition? The fourth petition is "Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11)

122. What do we pray for in the fourth petition? We pray that God would give us all things needful for our bodies and souls. (Proverbs 10:22; 30:8; I Timothy 4:4-5)

123. What is the fifth petition? The fifth petition is "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12)

124. What do we pray for in the fifth petition? We pray that God would pardon our sins for Christ's sake and enable us to forgive those who have injured us. (Psalm 51:1; Matthew 6:14-15; 18:21-22, 35; Luke 11:4; Romans 3:24-25)

125. What is the sixth petition? The sixth petition is "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:13)

126. What do we pray in the sixth petition? We pray that God will keep us from being tempted and will keep us from sin when we are tempted. (Psalms 19:13; 51:10, U; Matthew 26:41; 1 Corinthians 10:13)

127. What is an ordinance? An ordinance is a way of remembering Christ's death and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-10; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

128. How many ordinances are there in the Bible? There are two ordinances in the Bible. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

129. What are the two ordinances? The two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 26:26-28; 28:19)

130. Who appointed these ordinances? The Lord Jesus Christ appointed them. (Matthew 26:2628; 28:18-19)

131. Why did Christ appoint these ordinances? Christ appointed these ordinances to distinguish His disciples from the world and to comfort and strengthen them. (Acts 2:38-41; Romans 6:4)

132. What sign is used in Baptism? The sign used in Baptism is water. (Matthew 3:6, 11, 14-17)

133. What does Baptism mean? Baptism is an outward sign of our union with Christ and our decision to follow Him. (Romans 6:3-l1; Galatians 3:27)

134. In whose name are we baptized? We are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

135. What is the Lord's Supper? The Lord's Supper is a remembrance of Christ's death for us on the cross and a looking forward to His return. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

136. Who is to partake or the Lord's Supper? All those who have trusted Christ as their Saviour and are living for Him may partake of the Lord's Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:28, 29)

137. What are the elements used in the Lord's Supper? The elements used in the Lord's Supper are bread and the fruit of the vine. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25)

138. What do the bread and the fruit of the vine symbolize? The bread symbolizes Christ's body which was crucified for us, and the cup symbolizes His blood which was shed for us. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20)

139. Did Christ remain in the tomb after His crucifixion? No, Christ rose bodily from the tomb on the third day alter His death. (Matthew 16:21; 28:1-6; Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 15:3-4)

140. Where is Christ now? Christ is in Heaven, interceding for us. (Acts 1:9; Ephesians 1:19-21; Hebrews 4:14-16-,7:25)

141. Will Christ come again? Yes, Christ has promised to return to take us to be with Him. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11)

142. When will Christ return?
No one knows when Christ will return. (Matthew 24:42, 50; 25:15)

143. What are the two parts of the Second Coming? The Second Coming consists of the Rapture and the glorious appearing. (I Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelation 19:11-16)

144. What will happen at the Rapture?
At the Rapture Christ will bring to life all Christians who have died, change those who are living, and give them an incorruptible body. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

145. What will happen at the glorious appearing? Christ will return to earth, remove all the wicked, and establish His Kingdom. (11 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 19:11-16)

146. What becomes of man at death? The body returns to dust, and the soul goes either to Heaven or Hell. (Genesis 3:19; Romans 6:23)

147. What will become of the wicked in the day of judgment? The wicked shall be cast into the Lake of Fire. (Psalm 9:17; Revelation 20:11-15)

148. What is hell? Hell is a place of dreadful and endless torment. (Matthew 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:10, 13-15)

149. What will become of the righteous? The righteous shall be taken to Heaven. (Matthew 5:11-12; 25:46; John 10:28; 14:1-3; Colossians 3:4)

150. What is Heaven? Heaven is a glorious and happy place, where the saved shall be forever with the Lord. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 7:15-17; 21:3-4, 22-27; 22:1-5)

January 7, 2015

God finds those who seek

How can people today, who have never heard of Jesus Christ, be judged for rejecting Christ?

What of the poor Hindu who is faithful to his religion but is never exposed to the teachings of Christ? Questions, questions.

Consider this: First, we must accept as gospel truth biblical promises that anyone who genuinely seeks God's way will find God's way.

The Bible states that God evidences Himself in two ways:
1. Through creation;
2. Through the God-given moral law written within the consciousness of every human.

Romans 2 says that man is "without excuse." But how could a searching mountain Hindu find the Christ of the Bible?

He could be prompted to head to a village and “accidentally”:
1. Run across a witnessing Christian missionary;
2. Come across a Bible in a language he understands;
3. Be given a gospel tract outlining the plan of salvation;
4. Hear the way of salvation on radio or TV;
5. Meet a national believer who shares the story of the cross.

Failing that, the serious seeker could learn the "way" in a dream, in a vision, or by a direct visitation by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is dotted with such accounts, and there are reports of missionaries who have made contact with tribes "anxious" to hear the Word to fill a void.

However, the fact is that man "loves darkness rather than light" and rejects God’s whispers.

He actively suppresses light. Eventually, through habitual sinful choices, he sears his conscience and extinguishes the light that illuminated him.

The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is in charge of world evangelism. He rushes to any vacuum where a humble and seeking soul cries out to God.

Psalms 34:18 states, "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as to be of a contrite spirit."

We must never forget that Christ grieves over anyone who is going to Hell. He offers mankind the opportunity to reach out to Him. God is love, fair, and just.

But man chooses his own eternal destination.