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I received the following question:

Was wondering if you have “Precepts” study guide(s) that address position in the Kingdom & position now (in the dispensation of grace) as we get ready for the coming Kingdom.

Nathan: I would be happy to answer your questions. I have spoken of these matters in a recent “Precepts” issue on “Kingdom Impacts in the Dispensation of Grace.” I have attached this study.

However, that is mostly about our position in the kingdom to come, and how God would have us to live now. So I will go on now and answer your second question, regarding what our position is before God now in the dispensation of grace. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

1 John 5:6,8

Hi Nathan,

Hope you’re doing well, need your opinion on the use of the word “water” in the above subject verses. Does it have anything to do with water baptism?

Best Regards

6. This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

8. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

The key in this portion is the witness. The Greek is the word martureo, from which we get our English word “martyr.” This same word occurs in two important places in the gospel of John. First consider John 1:32-34. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I need help, please, understanding the gospel of salvation in the Acts period.

Were different gospels of salvation preached during the Acts period?

It’s my understanding that the 2 gospels (of the circumcision, of the uncircumcision) in Galatians 2 were actually gospels offered TO the two different groups, not 2 different gospels as Mid-Acts teaches.

It is also my understanding that the gospel of the kingdom is not a gospel of salvation at all, but just an announcement that the long-awaited kingdom is near.

Is everyone in the Acts period saved by grace through faith?

Clearly I am confused, and I appreciate your help.

I will be happy to help you out with your questions regarding the gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

How does one know the Holy Spirit is working with him when he honestly and laboriously works with the Word? (Since many who seem to labor hard at the truth never discover any advances beyond what they are taught) is it true that (the Holy Spirit works only with scholars for advances in truth), but in such a way, no one could ever know, even the scholar He works with. I would appreciate any comments you might have on this issue as I see it.

You bring up an important issue, and one that I will be happy to answer as best I can. You complain that an average student with average intelligence is probably not going to be able to study the Word of God and bring forth new truth and new light. This may well be true. I do not think that everyone is cut out to be a Mr. Sellers, or a Dr. Bullinger, or a scholar of that caliber. You are right that most people end up just struggling to “catch up” to others who have already walked the same ground they are seeking to walk before them. Blazing new trails is difficult. If I have done this in the past, even that is no guarantee that I will ever be able to do it again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Question, can you elaborate on Matthew 27:52,53? I find it somewhat confusing.

Matthew 27:50. And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

This is indeed an odd passage, and there are multiple questions raised by it. Who were these saints who were raised? When had they died? Were they only saints who had recently died, or were there some raised who had died a good while in the past? Might there even have been some raised who did not even die within the lifetime of those currently alive? Then, why, if they were raised at the time of Christ’s death, did they not come out of the graves until after His resurrection three days later? What were they doing in the graves for three days? How can one who is alive live in a grave for three days? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I know you are working on Colossians, so you may have a ready answer to this question. I think (Otis Q. Sellers) was the one who came up with the translation “rights of God” to replace “the right hand of God.” However, I have always thought it awkward in English. Rights in its plural form quite often is preceded by a defining word, like human or inalienable. None of the synonyms seem to work either.

I think (Mr. Sellers) intended it in the sense of “rights and privileges,” that is, that He has the very privileges and authorities of God. He is partially getting that idea from the fact that, at least in some cases, the word is actually plural, and no word for “hand” appears. That probably suggested to him the translation of “rights.” However, since the phrase “on my rights and on my lefts” (Matthew 20:23) does occur, the fact that the word is sometimes plural does not in itself justify the translation of “rights.” Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I am developing a Timeline for an eventual Acts 28 presentation based on your article “Dispensationalism Part 4,” and I need to know where Paul’s epistles fall within the book of Acts.

In his Word of Truth article entitled “Dating the Epistles of Paul,” Mr. Milton Hammond states the following:

1. 1 Thess Acts 18:5-7 53AD

2. 2 Thess Acts 18:11 54AD

3. Galatians Acts 19:8 56AD

4. 1 Cor Acts 19:10 57AD

5. 2 Cor Acts 20:1-2 58AD

6. Rom Acts 20:3 58AD

Do you agree with this? If not, would you mind just replying with a list of your own chart? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Can you elaborate more on II Cor. 5:8 and Phil. 3:20
A. Absent from the body (did read Sellers’ definition) but not sure.
B. Citizenship ( Greek meaning )

II Corinthians 5 is a complicated subject. It usually takes me at least 20 minutes to explain it, and it would probably take a full article to set forth what I think it is talking about. First things first, though. Have you read Mr. Sellers’ article on “Absent From the Body”? This article sets forth more or less what I would say about the issue. It is posted here:
http://www.seedandbread.org/images/stories/SS/SS12%20Absent%20From%20The%20Body.pdf

I believe this article was also sent out with the latest Bulletin from the Word of Truth Ministry, if you are on their mailing list. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Another question do you think that “Solomon’s soul was in mortal danger” in 1 Kings 1:12 when Nathan spoke, “save your soul and the soul of your son Solomon” or do you think that is about desires?

Solomon and Bathsheba would both likely have been executed by a son of David on the throne other than Solomon himself. I do not think they would have just been reduced to poverty. Remember, Bathsheba should have died according to the law. Solomon, though he was conceived after his parents married, could be considered an illegitimate by the other sons. At the very least, David’s choice of him would mean that he was a danger to any other son of David who successfully took the throne. The death of them both would have been the only safe solution for Adonijah or any other son of David taking the throne.

I received the following question:

As I was looking at it, it seemed like Nehemiah must have been incredibly old when he sat down to write Nehemiah. I mean 7 generations of kids since the captivity! 20 years a generation would make 140 years? Granted they might be more like 15 years but that would still be 105?

Are you assuming Nehemiah is the same age as Ezra? I think he might have been younger. Joshua was probably quite a bit older than Nehemiah as well. I met some of my great-grandparents, and if I lived to see great-grandchildren that would be seven generations and not all that unusual. I mean, even if God does bless me with children, which does not seem overly likely at this point, I will not see great-grandchildren, but if I got married at 20 I might well have done. Seven generations is not all that crazy.