Matthew 21- Parable of the two sons. Which Son Obeyed?

sonIn Matthew 21:28-32, the parable of the two sons, which son obeyed the father?

 

In Matthew 21 we read:

Matthew 21:28-31 (NKJV)

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots (prostitutes) enter the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus gives us the answer to the question. Continue reading

What does it mean in Hebrews 6:3 “If God permits” Our Maturity?

maturityIn Hebrews 6:3, what does the writer mean by “if God permits”our maturity? Is God not obligated to receive us back if we repent from sin? Can our sanctification be lost?

Let us begin by viewing the verse in context:

Hebrews 6:1-3 (NKJV)

The Peril of Not Progressing

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will (let us) do if God permits.

The writer’s exhortation is to:

1. Leave behind elementary teaching
2. Press on to maturity
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Can a wealthy person make it into heaven?

wealthyDo wealthy people have a chance for salvation? Is it true that wealthy people won’t make it to heaven because their wealth is their god? 

The answer is yes, it is possible for a rich man to be saved by grace, just as all men may be saved. The Scripture includes numerous accounts of men who had wealth and yet who also followed the Lord faithfully.

Perhaps the best example of a believer who was wealthy is Abraham (e.g., Genesis 12). The Bible testifies he had many sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels, and servants, and yet he was called the father of faith.

Wealth in and of itself is not evil. The Bible says the love of money is the problem. In 1 Timothy 6:10, Paul says this: Continue reading

Is the Babylon in Revelation a real city in Iraq?

BabylonBabylon mentioned in the Book of Revelation literally in Iraq? Or is it in Rome or some other location?

Scripture teaches that Babylon is actually two entities intertwined in Chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation. The first one is a literal, physical place during the time of Tribulation from where the Antichrist rules. The second one is the Harlot, a religious system the Antichrist uses to control the world in the last days. Continue reading