Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Bible Questions Answered:
“If angels can't condemn the devil, how can people do it?
Rob/ Kyiv City, Kyiv Ukraine
Jude 1:9 KJV
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending* with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
*Contending-Greek: Diakrino (Dee-ak-ree-no): Oppose, contend, doubt.
Michael the Arch Angel (one of the mightiest of the angels NLT), spent no time opposing the devil, over the body of Moses, rather he merely, rebuked him in the name of The Lord.
Does this mean, that Christians should never rebuke the devil?
Jude, our Lord's half brother, was addressing individuals who had crept into the church...
Jude 1:4 NLT
"...ungodly people (who had) wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
People who had no regard for the holy things of God.
Jude 1:8 NLT
“...these people—who claim authority from their dreams—live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.”
The men Jude was warning about, had neither regard for God or angels. They were above all Biblical teachings, for their dreams guided them to complete freedom, as so they thought.
Yet in reality, they were servants of the devil, and serve him, they did.
Jude warned that even Arch Angel Michael, would not contend, would not argue, with the devil, but authoritatively stated “ The Lord rebuke thee.”
And as Christian people, who serve The Lord, we are called to be serious minded...
I Peter 4:7 KJV
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober*, and watch unto prayer.
*Sober-Greek: Sophroneo (So-fron-eh-o): To be of sound mind, moderate, be in right mind, be sober (minded).
I Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober*, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
*Sober-Greek: Nepho (Nay-fo): Be discreet: be sober, watch.
And when we confront the enemy, we too are to be resolute in doing The Lord's work, The Lord's way.
Luke 10:17-20 KJV
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18 And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
ARE CHRISTIANS TO DO THE WORKS THAT JESUS DID?
John 14:12-14 KJV
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that The Father may be glorified in The Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.
THE WORKS JESUS DID (Not a complete list):
Matthew 4:19 KJV
And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 11:1 KJV
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
Matthew 12:10,13 KJV
10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered...."
13 Then saith He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Matthew 17:18 KJV
And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mark 9:25 KJV
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
Luke 4:35, 41 KJV
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
Luke 7:11-15 KJV
11 Soon afterward Jesus went with His disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed Him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as He approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.
13 When The Lord saw her, His heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” He said.
14 Then He walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” He said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
Luke 9:42 KJV
And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
Luke 13:11-13 KJV
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Works Of God:
Psalm 44:5 KJV
Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
Isaiah 58:6 KJV
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Matthew 16:19 KJV
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mark 16:15-18 KJV
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Romans 8:35,37 KJV
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
I John 4:4 KJV
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I John 5:4 KJV
For whatsoever is born of God over cometh the world: and this is the victory that over cometh the world, even our faith.
Revelation 12:10,11 KJV
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by The Blood Of The Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelation 15:2 KJV
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.