We Believe in Jesus Christ

Q1. Can you address the heresy of God entering Jesus after His birth?

I have not heard of this particular heresy before, but I do see the problem that you’re addressing.  Was Jesus conceived, developed in the womb, and born as solely a human baby.  Then, only later, unite Himself with the human baby to become the God-man.  

This would go against the clear teaching of Scripture as found in both Matthew and Luke’s gospels.  In Luke chapter one we read, “The angel replied, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.’” (Luke 2:35 NLT)

This is teaching that Joseph, Jesus’ adoptive father, had nothing to do with Mary’s pregnancy.  God’s Spirit came upon her and caused her to become pregnant.  Thus from conception, Jesus was both fully God and fully man in one person.

Q2. Is God with non-believers in the same way he is with Christ-followers? How do we explain God's presence to non-believers?

Yes and no.  Yes, in the sense that God is with both unbelievers and believers as their Provider.  In Matthew chapter five we read, “For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:45b NLT)

God is with unbelievers in the sense of the compassion, love, and justice He displays through His people as they act on His behalf.

Yet God is not with unbelievers in some other ways as He is with believers.  One primary difference is God’s Spirit which indwells in all believers.  This is something that an unbeliever does not get to experience.  And obviously, in eternity, God will be with His followers, yet everyone who does not believe in Him will experience God’s absence for all eternity.

Q3. Is there a bible verse that say Jesus went to Hell for three day after he died?

Mike Barnhart is going to address this in his sermon on May 15th.

Q4. Is there a difference between soul and spirit?  Are these interchangeable or are they different?  I realize this is a non-essential, but I thought I’d ask.

First, thanks for recognizing that this is a non-essential issue.  So is there a difference between the soul and spirit?  Depend on who you ask!  In theology, there are two primary positions.  Dichotomy, which believes the soul and spirit are the same, and trichotomy, which believes they are distinct from one another.  

I tend to lean towards trichotomy, even though people I know and authors I love to read would disagree with me.  There’s much evidence in the Bible that soul and spirit are used interchangeably.  Making it seem as if they are the same.  But there are many other verses in Scripture that seem to show that the two are different.  Here are a few verses to show you what I mean.

One day an expert in religious law asked Jesus about eternal life and Jesus responded by asking him, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”” (Luke 10:26-28 NLT)

We’re to love the LORD with our heart, our soul, our strength, and our mind.  Now many dichotomists equate the spirit/soul with the heart/mind and many trichotomists equate the soul with the mind and the spirit with the heart.  The problem is that in these verses we have heart, soul, and mind as three distinct ways we are to love God.  And, oh by the way, Jesus tells the guy, “Great answer.  You’re right!”  

Here’s a second verse.  In Hebrews chapter four we read, “For the word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)

So there’s a comparison here.  Just as a joint can be separated from marrow, so to, it seems, that the soul and spirit can be separated.

Now here’s the deal.  What’s the difference between the soul, spirit, mind, heart, etc…?  I don’t know.  All I know is that if you’re loving God with all of who you are and repenting regularly of all the countless ways you fail to love Him with all of who you are, you’re on the right track to hear, “Great answer.  You’re right!,” from Jesus.

Q5. Am I on the right track if I wonder how Jesus could be born to the Virgin Mary…how can that be when we are school so differently…but never was there a doubt in my that is happened.

It really depends on what you mean by “wonder.”  If you mean “I’m in awe of, mystified by, etc…” then, yes, wonder all you want about the virgin birth.  It truly is a marvelous truth!  But if by wonder, you mean, “I wonder if I can believe this since science proves a virgin birth impossible,” then you’re playing with fire.  I think you mean the first kind of wonder as you close with “never was there a doubt in my that is happened.”