Welcome to this weeks Grab Bag! For those of you who donâ€™t know what this is, let me explain. Each week I post a â€œGrab Bagâ€, I try to get it on Monday but this week is a little hectic with appointments for our soon-to-be-here-lord-willing child. Also, If you leave questions in the comments, then I will reply and also add those questions to the podcast. If you email me questions related to this post then I will also add those to the podcast episode. During the episode I will go in a little more detail than I could using the blog. Last weeks episode got postponed due to some scheduling conflicts. You can expect one this coming Saturday. I will have last weeks Grab Bag and this weeks Grab Bag in the next episode. So if you have any questions you want to get in from last weeks, then hop to! The title of the Grab Bag is usually something funky, a mix of all the things in the post, and by the time you get through the post you will understand the title… I hope :) At the end of each question I leave a question for you to respond with. I will also go over the scriptures, in the podcast, which I found for the answers to the questions as well. So anyway, here it goes!
There has been lots of things going on the past week. Currently working on developing an app idea and website ideaâ€™s, brainstorming mostly at this point. I will keep you all updated about that later. The podcast episode has been postponed until this Saturday, Lord willing. Enough of all that, on to the Grab Bag!!!!
Who dissembled from the Gentiles?
11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
Peter and the other Jews dissembled and Paul withstood him because Peter was the one to blame. Peter dissembled by withdrawing from the gentiles and showing the Jews he had no thing to do with them. When in fact he had been eating with them. He was tearing down when he was suppose to build up. He was separating when he should have been unifying.
What is idolatry?
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Covetousness is idolatry.
What is the testimony of Jesus?
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
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Woot! It’s time for the weekly Grab Bag again!
The first question is!
What was the rock Jesus was talking about in Matthew 16:18?
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
To understand this we need to look above and see why the â€œAndâ€ is at the beginning of the scripture. We will start in verse 15:
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my churchâ€™ and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
So, looking at the context of what Jesus was talking about. The â€œrockâ€ is in verse 16, Jesus being â€œthe Christ, the Son of the living Godâ€. Jesus is the rock, just like the one of the old testament. The one which followed them noted in 1 Corinthians 10:4
What is the â€œfive-fold ministryâ€?
I am not quite sure, though I know Ephesians 4:11 is the verse the phrase was coined from.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;
So here, itâ€™s talking about what was said in verse 8 of the same chapter. Particularly the gifts part, which are for the perfecting of the saints (verse 12) and the work of the ministry and for edifying the body of Christ.
But to answer the question, I donâ€™t know the scriptural answer. I think mainly because there probably isnâ€™t one to explain it. At least, none which I have found.
What descended upon Jesus after he was baptized by John the Baptist?
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
The Holy Ghost descended upon him. It was in the bodily shape of a dove, but it was the Holy Ghost.
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