The Gospel, Jesus, and Us Q&A 6/18/2017

Hey! Since you ran out of the booklets that you referenced, would you make this available on the website?

Sure!  Here is the How to Grow booklet.

Why is Jesus sometimes referred to as Jesus Christ and at other times as Christ Jesus?

There’s no significance in the word order. The significance is that “Christ” is a title and “Jesus” is His first name.

In Jude 1:5, why do some manuscripts say "the Lord" and others say Jesus or even Joshua? Also, what is the first mention of a savior or Jesus in the Old Testament?

There is a variant in the original manuscripts in Jude 1:5 with some manuscripts have the Greek word for “Jesus” while others have the Greek word for “Lord.” Many of our modern translations (ESV, NLT, NET) have “Jesus” while a few translations have “Lord” (KJV, NIV, MSG). Regardless, “Jesus” and the “Lord” to Jude would have both meant the same person.

I could not find the translation that you’re referring to with “Joshua”, but the reason why it would be there is because the Greek word for Jesus can also be translated as Joshua.

Hi Josh... Question is not from a sermon but from my devotions last week... Isaiah 65:20 NIV talking about the New Heavens & a New Earth... "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed." I thought there was no death in heaven! Am I reading this wrong?

I know why the last few chapters of Isaiah are giving you trouble...they still confuse me! Here’s what I’ve come to conclude from my studies.

These chapters are not talking about the final New Heavens and New Earth as there will be, not only no death, but also no infants at that time. So you are right! There will be no death in Heaven.

Some theologians believe that Isaiah is referring to the millennial reign of Jesus, which will be a time of Him reigning on earth that comes before the New Heavens and New Earth. This would be the historical pre-millenial position.

It’s all still a bit confusing to me, and I don’t agree with everything in the historical pre-mil position, but I think it has the best understanding of what Isaiah is saying.

I understand that the Bible is a patriarchal society, and the genealogy of Jesus is traced through Joseph back to David. Do we have Mary's genealogy? Since Jesus came through her line and technically not Joseph's? Can Jesus be traced to David through Mary as well?

Yes. In the gospels we have both Joseph and Mary’s genealogies.  This article may be helpful in explaining the difference between what we find in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

"all who are called by God"- was part of a verse today. Are some not or never called by God? If so, can they not be saved?

All are “called by God” in the sense that everyone has evidence that God exists and that they need to submit their life to Him. We find this in Romans when Paul writes,

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:19-23 ESV)

So everyone has the evidence needed to know that God exists. Now the special call of God — that happens as the Gospel is proclaimed — isn’t evident through nature. This takes us, God’s people, going and proclaiming the gospel. The responsibility to us is that those who do not hear the gospel will die without ever hearing the Good News that rescues people from Satan, sin, death, and Hell. Often, we like to point the finger of blame at God and say, “So why didn’t you do something so that these people could’ve heard Your Gospel before they died!” While His reply is, “I did do something. I saved you and then told you to go to all the world and proclaim my gospel so all might have the opportunity to hear My call.”