BIBLE Questions


Answered by Bob Thompson



           ANSWER:  Let’s take verses 24 and 25 together.  “Being justified freely, (our justification before God cost us nothing but cost Him everthing!) by His grace (God’s unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Here is the one who paid the price of our redemption at the cross..  And herein lies our eternal security, for no Christian can ever be lost unless puny, fumbling, mortal,  imperfect, man can undo the work that the perfect, Christ came here to do.

           Vs. 25: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (meaning, a sacri- fice) through faith in His blood [i.e. accepting His cross-work for our sins) to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God [to declare His abolute fairness in forgiving sins committed under the law because of the price He paid at Calvary]  through the forbearance of God”  [God held back his wrath against sins committed under the law because of the sacrifices offered from year to year—a gracious provision]  See Heb. 10:1-4; 11-14.


           ANSWER: The same way Gentiles were saved after the cross. God has had but one plan of salvation throughout the ages, as the following references clearly show.  

                          Psa. 33:18 —King David wrote, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him..” Notice, “that fear [trust] Him,” not those who merely gave lip service  “that fear [trust] Him,” not those who acknowledged Him but worshipped idols.  See also 2 Chron. 16:9.

           Psa. 34:18  “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”  Broken hearts and contrite (humble) spirits have never been the sole property of Jews.

           Isa.45:22 — “Look unto me, and be ye saved, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: for I am God and there is none else.”  Here was a universal call to Jew and Gentile alike.

           Acts 10:34 — “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation, he that feareth God and worketh righteousness is accepted of Him.”  That was as true before the cross as it was eight years after the cross, because God is the same, “Yesterday, and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)

             BEFORE THE LAW   “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.”  Rom. 4:1-3

           UNDER THE LAW— “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”   Rom. 4:6

             SINCE THE LAW      “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.  Eph. 2:8-9.  Also, Romans 4:9-16.

             “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.  For whosoever (Jew or Gentile) shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:12-13.

             “God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16.    


           ANSWER:  According to John 16:7-9 and Romans 10:13, 14, 18, there is not a man or woman living, or has ever lived, who has not been impacted by the testimony of God as revealed in nature. Bear with me, now, as we pursue this line of thought.

           First, consider John 16:7-9. These verses tell how the Holy Spirit brings  all men under conviction  at one time or another.  No exceptions.

           Second, Romans 10:14 asks three questions:  ”How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” 

           In other words, how can people be saved today who may never hear the gospel?  First let’s look at Rom. 1:18, But I say, Have they not heard?  [you mean everbody has heard? Yes, everybody] “Verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.  

           What in the world is Paul talking about?  The Holy Spirit is having Paul quote from Psa.19 to reinforce the argument that all men at one time or another have heard the voice of God through nature. Listen: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard,”  Psa. 19:1-3.

                 Having said that, let me address the question:  how can people be saved today who will never hear the gospel, (and no doubt  there are multiplied millions who will never audibly hear it – such as in the Islamic world?

 Many years ago in my early twenties, I heard an evangelist tell the story of a mean-tempered, hard-drinking, gambling, fornicating, irresponsible young man, the son of a God-fearing Indian chief and his wife.  They grieved daily over their rebellious, wayward, prodigal son.      

 One day he was running alone through the forest in search of game. As the afternoon wore on, storm clouds gathered and thunder rolled  across the sky. The earth shook and quaked. Quickly the young man raced down a canyon to a familiar over-hanging ledge and stepped under it to wait out the storm. 

           The zig-zagging lightning and ear-splitting explosions of thunder  suddenly seemed to intensify the darkness of his evil heart.  He thought of his grieving parents, his self-centered, wild, unbridled pursuit of pleasure.   Like demonic phantoms his conscience seemed to point sharp accusing fingers at him, and he trembled.   Searching conviction was holding him as in a vice and the tears flowed…

           Finally the storm passed, the sky cleared.  By this time the young man   was in a state of humble contrition.  As he looked up into the clear, blue sky he noted a small, lilly-white cloud drifting high above him.  He knew he must wait no longer.  Slowly raising his arms in a wide arc to heaven and turning his heart towards God, he cried out, “Oh....Great Spirit of all creation, giver of all good things, hear me as I speak.  Hear me for I am dirty, I am not good, I am black as the night…I need you…I need….”

 He fought to control himself and again began to sob convulsively - overcome with sorrow for his sin-filled life.  Finally he cried out, his strong  voice echoing back and forth across the canyon, “Oh, Great One....wash me.... wash me with your spirit... wash me and  make me clean as that little white cloud.” 

           The poor, broken-hearted man fell to his knees, head bowed in pride-shattered repentance. Soon the unbearable burden of sin and shame was lifted. He knew he had been heard and rose to return home in joyful praise and thanksgiving on his lips.  (Psa. 51:7)

          Tell me, could anyone successfully argue that God had rejected this bruised, contrite, broken-hearted Indian simply because he had not audibly heard the words of the gospel?  Can we believe he had any less access to God than you and I do today?  Did not the Lord Jesus say, ”He that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”? 

 If not, what does Psa. 34:6-7 mean?  “This poor man cried, and  the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Is that dispensational truth? Hardly. And Psa. 34:18 confirms it:  “The Lord is near unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”     

           The story went on to reveal that this Indian was a truly changed man.  Later, a missionary taught him to read and gave him a Bible.  Many years later years he became widely known in his region as an Indian chief of great piety, wisdom, and godly counsel.  .

        Did he receive Christ that day?  Of course!  When he called on the God of creation, he was calling on the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who made all things. “ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM.”  John 1:3-4,10;   See also Col. 1:14-19.

 Yes, on that unforgettable day, deep in the forest,   Romans 10:13 was fulfilled, for “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  And so he was.  This Indian had “passed from death unto life,” becoming “a new creature in Christ,” a blood-washed child of God on his way to heaven.                              


           ANSWER: The phrase, “the house of God.” like other descriptive terms in the Bible, such as “the body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:13),  “the church of God”  (Acts

20:28), “the churches of Christ” (Rom. 16:16), “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15),  all speak of God’s people who make up the church that Christ said HE would build.  Matt. 16:18.  We’re told in Acts 2:47 that the Lord Himself adds to this church such as are being saved.  Thus hypocrites cannot get into it. It is the only church on earth that is universal, composed only of born again people: referred to in 1 Cor. 12:13 as “the church which is Christ’s body.” In 1 Corinthians 12:13. 



             ANSWER:   In Proverbs 10:4 we find these words, “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.   In-so-far as Job applied himself diligently to those things that were under his hand, God’s law of supply and demand worked for him and it made him rich.  Surely Job deserved what he had earned by diligent care of that which God had entrusted him with.

             Additional facts about this great patriarch, the richest man in the east, may be found in other parts of this divine narrative: For example, he was highly respected (Job. 29:7-11), he was a fair and honest judge (29:12-17), he was a wise counselor (29:21-24), he was an generous employer (31:13-15, 38-39), he was hospitable and generous (31:16-21, 32), and it appears that he farmed his land. (31:38-40).



             Job did not deserve his loss.  He suffered loss because Satan slandered him before God, wrongfully accusing Job of loving His Creator simply because God had built a hedge about him. (Job 1:10)  God’s response?  “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.” (Job 1:12)  So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord  and destroyed  everything Job had – except his wife who told Job to “curse God and die!”        

                          Job’s response?  “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.  In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”  (Job 1:22)

           Later Job suffered an equally devastating trial when God permitted Satan to cause “sore boils” to break out all over Job’s body. (Job 2:7) Though his wife urged him to “curse God and die,” (Job 2:9), he said, “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?  In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”   (Job 2:10).   

          God was allowing Satan to test Job and Job endured the test but complained , “cursing the day of his birth.”(is it any wonder?  What would you and I have done in his place?)  Finally, after many days, the Lord took the floor, as it were, and fired five chapters of questions at him. (Job 38 through 42) Job, realizing his foolishness, repented and said, “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”  (Job. 42:5-6)

           Result?  God honored Job by giving him “twice as much as he had before.”  (Job 42:10).


             Remember, it was Satan, the great destroyer, who murdered Job’s 10 children, not God.  It was Satan who devastated most of Job’s property and attacked Job’s person with boils, not God.  God allowed it in order that Satan might discover for himself that Job truly loved God for Himself, not for what he could get out of Him.


             In his extreme pain and suffering, Job complained and cursed the day of his birth. He, therefore, was not innocent. But Job repented, prayed for his friends, as God directed, and received abundant blessings.   (Job 42:10-42).


             First, we don’t know how much truth Job’s three friends had.  Reading through Job today, however, I found very little truth coming from the lips of these three men. Their largely sharp, caustic, biting, accusatory words were  more like  “sounding brass and tinkling  cymbals” —and short on substance. 

             A Bible I have; John, published by the late J. Vernon McGee, contains a short prologue to the book of Job that includes the following words.

           Tennyson said of the book of Job, “The greatest poem, whether of ancient or modern literature.” Carlyle said, “I call that (Job) one of the grandest ever written with pen.”  Luther said, “More magnificent and sublime than any other book of Scripture.”  Moorehead said, “The book of Job is one of the noblest poems in existence.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With all due respect to Martin Luther, I would have to disagree with his conclusion that the book of Job is “more magnificent....than any other book of Scripture.”  I believe that all Scripture is profitable for the believer, (2 Tim. 3:16-17), .but in my humble opinion, Job is not nearly as relevant  to present day needs as Paul’s epistles—books that were written to reveal God’s program for this age of grace, our completeness in Christ, and the supply of every principle needed for godly living, today and until He calls us home. 
1 Thess. 4:13-18.

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