I think Sapphira did have a second chance. She was given an opportunity to back out in Acts 5:8b, but doubled-down on the lie that they offered the full amount; which itself was not required. Acts 5:4 indicates that they could have sold the land and offered a portion of the proceeds to the apostles, and not present it as the full amount; which was the sin of ...
Yes, Christians that in full understanding accept God's holy spirit and then later reject it are worse off than if they'd never heard the name Jesus.
Those that die ignorant of the truth will be given their opportunity for salvation following the second general resurrection:
But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. ...
No, the thief wasn't the first person saved; in fact he wasn't saved at all.
This erroneous idea that the thief was saved comes from the common mistranslation of verse 43:
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The original Greek writing was written all in one case, without any punctuation.
That comma between "...
Everyone who is saved is saved by the New Covenant.
The "Old Covenant" is the one in which we broke our promise to God. The "New Covenant" is its replacement; however, it is not "new" in the sense of not having previously existed--it is "new" in the sense of "renew," just like the moon being "new" (...
The short answer to the question is, "YES". It is possible for someone to loose their salvation, both according to 2 Peter 2:20-22 and many others. Here is a sample:
King Saul who was a statesman and prophet called by God (1 Sam 10:11, 12, 19:24), yet was ultimately lost when he consulted demons for advice and then committed suicide.
Ps 69:28 ...
No. Impossible. The ‘work’ on the cross was not yet complete. Jesus hadn’t yet finished. And, the resurrection was still 3 days away -
ROMANS 4:24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
Verse 24 is ...
Is the thief on the cross the first person saved under the new covenant?
No. There are three important facts about the thief on the cross:
He died before the Gospel was in effect;
He had both faith and works;
He received a unique dispensation.
First: The thief died before the Gospel was in effect. Although the Gospel was preached before his death (Mark 1), ...
In all honesty I would say about 90 to 95% of the answers will say no. They base this answer on the fact that the Old Testament people were under the old covenant or the keeping of the Law.
The Old Testament Saints were saved by faith just as the New Testament Saints are. Please read the 11th chapter of Hebrews. Also the Apostle Paul says the following at ...
You will find strong Bible believing Christians arguing on either side. A view that settles the conflict within the scriptures is God knows who is saved and will endure to the end, but people can be mistaken about being saved and can turn away. We say the Sun rises and sets, but that is only from our point of view. It is the Earth that rotates, not the ...
Can a person lose their salvation according to 2 Peter 2:20-22?
The short answer is "Yes, most definitely."
The following response may be unpalatable to some. However, it is certainly not my intent to wound those who believe we simply cannot be lost once we receive salvation in Christ. The far greater imperative here is for the truth to be told, ...
Yes, of course, how otherwise? Moreover, it will be even worse for that person for "a servant who knows the will of his lord will be beaten more than a servant who does not know it" (cf. Luke 12:47).
To claim, upon a wrongheaded interpretation of 1 Corinthians 3:15, that a person who has been enlightened by Holy Baptism and has become a Christian ...
Who's to say that their deaths were punishments?
You ask why they received such drastic punishments and weren't given a change to repent, but I'll point out that the text doesn't say that it was God who killed them, but simply that they promptly fell over dead on the spot.
It's entirely possible that they died of entirely natural causes like a heart attack ...
Based on Bible scripture, we can infer/deduce that God is forgiving, gracious and compassionate but when a certain God-defined "threshold" has been reached when it comes to a person sinning then God responds with His anger to uphold Justice.
We can infer/deduce that there is a certain God-defined "threshold" has been reached when it comes ...
Why were Ananias and Sapphira not given a second chance?
We don't know if they were given a second chance.
Why weren't they simply confronted and led to confession and repentance? Why such a radical and drastic punishment on the spot?
So that verse
great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
Their punishments served as ...
Peter tells the guilty party :
How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? [Acts 5:9 KJV]
Sins against the Holy Spirit are extremely grievous.
Jesus makes it clear that there is no forgiveness for the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, in this life or the next, Matthew 12:31-32 and Mark 3:28-29. Whereas, other blasphemies ...
A) Why were Ananias and Sapphira [of Acts 5:1-11] not given a second chance?
Perhaps we might wish to contemplate the end of the previous chapter (Acts 4). The profound charity among the believers seemed especially reverential. The entire fledgling congregation was fully devoted to sharing all they had. During this crucial time, it was probably imperative ...
The Greek nouns in these two verses are generally translated "judgement", although in context, "damnation" is not completely wrong.
John 5:29 has κρίσις (krisis and the English "crisis") = trial process, judgement
Luke 20:47 has κρίμα (krima) = decision, sentence or verdict, judgement
The distinction between these two nouns is ...
May I propose that what God has in mind is not a checklist, where we either score enough points to merit a passing grade or we fail, but rather, His fundamental concern is what we are becoming. This is expressed beautifully by John:
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 ...
The original Greek words do not really say damnation.
Young's Literal Translation John 5:29
and they shall come forth; those who did the good things to a rising again of life, and those who practised the evil things to a rising again of judgment [krisis G2920].
who devour the houses of the widows, and for a pretence make long prayers, these ...
For believers, what is the recompense for doing bad?
Even the best of us will stumble. We are frail human beings who need God’s forgiveness. He, therefore, gracefully cleanses us through prayerful repentance (1 Jn. 1:7). Living our lives in Christ, we should understand that we have passed from being slaves of disobedience to become slaves of righteousness (...
Matthew 13:24-30 (New American Standard Bible 1995 )
24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of
heaven [a]may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [b]tares
among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the [c]wheat sprouted and
bore grain, then the tares ...
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling grips the ungodly:
“Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?”
15He who walks righteously
and speaks with sincerity,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears against murderous plots
and shuts his eyes tightly against ...
This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor.
We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct quote from Isa 66:24. The passage immediately preceding this verse is about the New Heavens and the New Earth. Note the following elements
The LORD will come ...
God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood.
But some thought to mimic this ...
Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative?
This is a difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness as God does. A couple of passages from the Gospel of Mark may suffice for illustration:
Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ...
What is Hell?
What are Sheol / Hades / Prison / Lake of Fire / Outer Darkness?
Allow me to restate the passages you have provided using the NASB-95 translation. I believe what’s crucial to recognize throughout this discussion is context.
I. My rendering of Psalm 16 reads:
Psalm 16:10: “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy ...
I think root systems can be another way to answer to your third question. Farmers sow wheat rather densely--certainly much closer than, e.g., maize corn; and thus, their root systems would become tangled underground early on. In a home garden, it can be difficult to correctly uproot an established weed sitting on top of a delicate vegetable plant with ...
@HoldToTheRod did an excellent job of explaining the agricultural references being made.
I would just point out that the OT background for this parable includes:
[Jer 31:27 NASB20] 27 "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of mankind and the seed of animals.
In order to understand what was planted by the enemy in Verse 25, we first need to understand what was planted by the man in Verse 24.
What was planted by the man?
Matt. 13:24 NKJV
24Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;(Holy Bible: New King James Version. Nashville, ...
Parable: Tares Among the Wheat
Since the entire narrative is parabolic, we must interpret it as such.
My version (NAS) reads:
Matthew 13:24-30: "Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the ...
The Greek ζιζάνια for tares/weeds has often been understood as a reference to darnel (a type of ryegrass, see here). If so, the meaning is clarified.
Wheat & darnel look essentially the same in their early growth stages; they can be distinguished when they are mature. So trying to uproot the weeds right away would risk:
Missing some of the weeds by ...
I would not go so far as to say that middle knowledge is required by this text, but the text is certainly consistent with middle knowledge. Stating the predicate of a counterfactual (e.g. if ~X then ~Y) would either require:
A. Tremendous familiarity with the people/circumstances involved
B. Middle knowledge, which is just a special case of A
In the context of this verse citing the wide gate a better translation for strait (G4728 stenos) gate is narrow which is listed as an alternative translation for strait G4728. Therefore:
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
In this context Matthew is discussing ...
Who is our Savior: God or Jesus?
Who is our Savior: God (v4) or Jesus Christ (v6)? Are there two Saviors? BOTH.
Salvation is provided by God through Jesus Christ for all men believers
1 Timothy 4:10 NASB
10 For it is for this we labor and strive because we have set our hope
on the living God, who is the Savior of all mankind, especially of
The Scripture is consistently clear in declaring that it is, ‘ ... God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus ... (2 Timothy 1:8-9. & Ephesians 1:3-14 provide a detailed account in response to the question).
God is the one Savior  who saves through our Lord Jesus Christ  .
 Isa. 43:11
11I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior.
 Jude 1:25 NLT
25All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! ...
Strait is the gate. Narrow is the way. Strait is not the way. It is the gate. There are two things you must notice. A gate (other languages it is door) and a Way. Gate is different from Way. Don't mix both together. Strait in other languages is less space. Enter through the door Jesus.
Every one can't enter through this door. You have to repent from your ...
Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through (G1223 dia) Jesus Christ our Saviour;
G1223 dia may be interpreted as C) of means; C)ii) by means of
Based on the above translation would it be feasible to assume:
We are saved by God, our Saviour through (G1223 means of) Jesus Christ, the signatory of the renewed covenant of peace.
Hebrews 10:16-17 "This ...
God and Father is the ultimate saviour.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour 1 Tim 2:3
He has prepared the plan, which included Jesus to be the Lamb, hence saviour.
God, who needed a perfect sacrifice for sin, could not save without the Lamb, the logos become flesh. Jesus could not be saviour without his God helping him get to ...
Although it is commonplace to apply the title of Savior to Jesus, Paul uses it to refer to God the Father as well.
A relevant parallel
Compare to 1 Timothy 1:1:
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our
Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
I do not doubt there are those who would interpret this passage differently, but ...
We find this precedent in the OT:
Isa 43:3, 11 - For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ... I, yes I, am the LORD and there is no Savior but Me.
Isa 45:17, 21 - But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; ... Who foretold this long ago? Who announced it from ancient times? Was it not I, the LORD? There is no ...
Apples and oranges here. You are teaching synergistic salvation. Luke 22:32 we see clearly that he has faith during this trial. That faith, faith of a saved man, is what cause him to return through prayer of Jesus. Did Jesus prayed for a unsaved, un-reborn man? No. He prayed for Peter, a man who sinned but was still his sheep (Matthew
26:31). Connecting 1 ...
What does it mean to be personally known by Jesus? Matthew 7:21-23
Psalm 147:4 NASB
4 He counts the number of the stars; He [a]gives names to all of
At the time the Psalmist wrote this, the visible stars in a dark night amounted to about 2- 3 thousand stars, to us today there are billions of galaxies and billions of stars in them, yet God gives a ...
Since Jesus does not know those who work iniquity (ἀνομία), the corollary is that Jesus does know those who do not work iniquity. That is, Jesus does know those who work righteousness (δικαιοσύνη).1 Those who work righteousness—who do not work iniquity—are those who do the will of the Father who is in Heaven.2 In every nation, he who fears God and works ...
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?
Jesus taught his followers to pray (The Lord's Prayer - Matthew 6:10) "Your kingdom come.Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven".
1/ "What is God's will for the earth? "Do all ...
"To know someone" is a quintessential Hebraism found in several places in the NT.
2 Tim 2:19 - Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
1 Cor 8:3 - But whoever loves God ...
You are looking at two different ‘states’ of ‘man’, and composing a question as if they are the same. One is pre-cross, the other is post-cross. Let’s look at this a little closer
Your quote from Matthew 7 is pre-cross. Matthew 7 is a kingdom message, specifically the Kingdom of Heaven. They couldn’t be “personally known by Jesus”. Well, not in the way ...
The point of Matthew 7:21-23 is this: If you know Jesus, that does not automatically imply that Jesus knows you.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I say?
What does it mean to be ...
“Faith-based salvation” and “works-based salvation” are not Biblical terms—the text rather speaks of salvation.
I believe it is not Biblical authors but Biblical readers who pit faith vs. obedience, Paul vs. James, the God of the OT vs. the God of the NT, etc.
The rites God expected of His people were different in Ezekiel’s day than several centuries later (...