Correspondence: 2 Tim. 2:5; 1 Cor. 15:50;James 2:14-20; Luke 15:8; Multiple Ques.

2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Timothy 4:12‑16; Mark 3:30; Matthew 9:34; Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; Luke 15:8  •  7 min. read  •  grade level: 6
Answer: Timothy is exhorted in this epistle where so much failure and unfaithfulness had come in to “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” In order to carry out this exhortation, he was to endure hardness, or take his share in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ; also not to entangle himself with the affairs of this life, that he might please the One who had chosen him to be a soldier.
Next, he is to be like a man striving in the games; to strive according to the rules of the game, or he will lose the prize. That is obedience.
Next, he is to be like a husbandman going through all the toil and endurance before he gets any crops. That is toiling perseveringly in hope of the reward.
So we get in the soldier singleness of eye and purpose of heart to please the Lord. In the athlete, we have strict obedience to the Word of God; and in the husbandman, toiling and waiting for the promised reward.
Question: Please explain 1 Corinthians 15:5050Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (1 Corinthians 15:50). Does this mean that flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God? Does verse 37 mean that we shall have a different body? W. C.
Answer: 1 Corinthians 15 is about the resurrection of the saints. It is true that they will all be raised; the same bodies will be glorified bodies. The dead will put on incorruptibility. Those who will be living when the Lord comes for His saints will put on immortality, and will be perfectly suited to the new conditions, glorified like Christ’s body of glory (Phil. 3:11Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3:1)). Jesus said, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have” (Luke 24:39, 4039Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. (Luke 24:39‑40)).
Answer: Luke 15 is the parable of the love of God to the repentant sinner. God in His three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Shepherd pictures the work of Christ, leaving His home to search and find His lost sheep, and we think of His atoning work on the cross as God’s righteous foundation on which He can receive the guilty sinner, so the Shepherd is first in this parable.
Then the woman seeks the piece of silver, the valuable but dead sinner, pictured as dead, as the sheep was pictured as living, in sins. So here the woman, out of sight, in the house with the lamp and broom, seeks her lost piece of silver, the dead sinner. This is the Holy Spirit’s picture, shining the light and brushing away the dust that has hid the valued one out of sight.
Then the Father receives the returning sinner, and this is the fruit of the Spirit shining on him, and making him feel his wretched and filthy condition, and then reminds him of the plenty of the Father’s house, while he is starving. The Father covered him with kisses, this is full forgiveness of all his sins, that answers to full cleansing, so that on the ground of the work of Christ he, the sinner, is seen, cleansed, forgiven, clothed and seated at the table, feasting on God’s delight in His Son. These three go together.
Our salvation springs from the heart of God. It is the Father’s will that sent the Son. It is the Son’s work that glorified God, so that in the righteousness of God the sinner is saved. And the Holy Spirit is the power and witness in our souls. These three are ever seen together, both in creation and in redemption.
Question: By F. A. B.
Answer: (a). 1 John 5:1616If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (1 John 5:16) is in connection with God’s discipline on His children. (For fuller explanation see “Young Christian,” September number, 1927, page 248; also November number, 1927, pages 305, 306).
(c). Matthew 10:2222And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22) and 24:13, apply primarily to believers in the tribulation period, but it is true of believers now, for having eternal life, they have eternal security, though for this life they may make shipwreck. (See 1 Tim. 1:1515This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)). For fuller explanation see November number, pages 306, 307.
(d). Every true believer is eternally saved (John 3:15, 16; 5:24; 10:28-3015That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:15‑16)
24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30I and my Father are one. (John 10:28‑30)
; Rom. 8:3030Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30); 1 Cor. 1:8, 98Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:8‑9); Phil. 1:66Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6); Heb. 10:1414For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14); 1 Peter 5:1010But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10), and others).
(f). Hebrews 3:6, 146But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:6)
14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (Hebrews 3:14)
, and the whole epistle, addresses all profession, and shows that the true believer continues to hold fast their confidence and full assurance of hope firm unto the end. Hebrews 6:4-114For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. 9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: (Hebrews 6:4‑11) shows those who apostatize, and those who continue.
(j). One sealed with the Holy Spirit never loses that gift (John 14; 16; 17).
(p). There is no name in Scripture but the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for saints to gather to, and if it is only two or three, He says, “There am I in the midst of them.” What a blessing that is, and we can go on with it till we see His blessed face in glory.
“Let God be true, but every man a liar” who would dare to take from, or add to, the Word of God.