2 Timothy 2:15, How exactly is the women saved from child birth?

Question: How exactly is the women saved from child birth? Or is the question, what are you saved from?

Answer: There is not an easy answer to what this verse means. There are a few possible meanings, here are the two that I think are the best options.

1. Paul could be saying that she is saved in THE childbirth, that is the birth of Jesus. The idea being that she was deceived in the garden, but she also brought the Savior to mankind.

2. The word 'saved' can also mean 'made well, or whole'. Paul could be saying that she is made whole, or fulfilled in childbearing. The idea being that she will find her greatest fulfillment in her role in the home, not in a role in the church.

Grace! - PJ


Romans 1:17, What does "from faith to faith" mean?

Question: What does "from faith to faith" mean? 

Romans 1:17, For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Answer: Paul seems to be saying that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel by faith, and it leads to then walking in faith. In other words, the just live by faith because the righteousness of God is revealed by faith. -PJ


John 9:39, Why Would Jesus Make Them Blind?

 Question: Why is it that Jesus said in John 9:39, for judgement i am come into this world,  that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. Why would Jesus want to make them blind?

 Answer: The point Jesus is making is that we are all blind without Him. There are none who see just as there are none who are good. Those who insist that they see are revealing their blindness. -PJ



Luke 8:31, What Is The Abyss?

Question: In Luke 8:31, the Demons mention an Abyss they don't want to be cast into. Is this a Direct reference to the Abyss or Abusso that is spoken of in Revelation 17 and 20? Or is it just a deep place of some sort? Maybe the deep waters the pigs jumped into? 

 Answer: This word for 'abyss' is only used in the New Testament to refer to a holding place for fallen angels. So they are not talking about the water, but are asking to not be imprisoned in the abyss. -PJ


Luke 1:3, Who Was Theophilus?

 Question: Luke 1:3, Who was this "Most Excellent Theophilus"? Why was he Excellent? And howcome only Luke mentions him?

Answer:  Theophilus means "lover of God" so some people think that Luke is writing to all believers. It is more likely that he was a man of position. The title "most excellent" indicates that he was an important Roman official. It is possible that Luke was his servant and Theophilus paid for his education. -PJ



Matthew 27:52, Zombies were walking around?

Question: Matt 27:52, So there were dead people walking around? Like Zombies? Can you explain this a little bit more?

Answer: We do not have a lot of details on this event, but here is what we do know. Jesus conquered sin and death when He was crucified and resurrected and God provided this event as evidence for that. These dead saints were not lifeless zombies, but resurrected Old Testament believers. The graves were opened by the earthquake, and when Jesus resurrected so did many of the saints. The idea seems to be that they walked around testifying of Jesus for a time, and then ascended to Heaven. Perhaps they went to Heaven at the same time that Jesus did, but we do not know for sure. -PJ



Matthew 24:22, What Is The Difference Between General Tribulation & The Tribulation?

Question: Matt 24:22 Speaks of the tribulation being shortened for the Elect. This verse as well as verses 9-14 seem to suggest there will be a period of tribulation or "The Tribulation" in which believers will be here on earth suffering through that. How do you differentiate portions where Jesus is speaking of general Tribulations and "The Tribulation" because we do believe we will be raptured before the Tribulation period.

Answer: All believers will be caught up in the rapture before The Tribulation (1 Corinthians 15:51), but there will be people who become believers during The Tribulation. The difference between general tribulation and The Tribulation is found in the context. In this case, Matthew 24:9-14 is general tribulation. We know that Jesus begins talking about The Tribulation in verse 15 because He refers to the abomination of desolation which is referred to in a Revelation and Daniel. -PJ



Matthew 24:20, What does "your flight" refer to?

Question: What does it mean in Matthew 24:20 where it says "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the sabbath" Was there airplanes back then?

Answer: Jesus is referring to a time when the Jewish people will have to flee because of the great tribulation. Flight is a reference to that time when they will flee. So he is saying pray that you do not have to flee in winter or on the Sabbath. -PJ


Matthew 24:28, Is this talking about the rapture?

Question: Mathew 24:28 in 27 Jesus is talking about the coming of the son of man do you believe 28 is referring to the body's left from the rapture? Is is there another meaning to that verse?

Answer: This is not talking about the rapture. This seems to be an expression or proverb that the people would use. The idea is that it is obvious wherever birds are gathered that there is something dead there. Jesus is using the expression to say the signs of His return will be obvious, like lightning flashing across the sky. Additionally, the rapture will be an event where are bodies are transformed, not left behind. -PJ


Matthew 13, What Is The Kingdom Of Heaven?

 Question: What is kindom of heaven? I have always had a hard time understanding it some times I think a got it and some time I don't but when I read it this morning I saw the church as the Kindom of heaven so I went and I re- read it replacing kindom of heaven and using church and it made more sense. I think the kindom of heaven is more than just the church. I hope I make sense. So my question is am I wrong?

 Answer: I understand the "Kingdom Of Heaven" to be a broad term that speaks of all that Jesus would bring. Parts are fulfilled by the church, spiritual walk, and relationship with God. The final fulfillment of it will be Heaven itself. -PJ




Matthew 9, Who Wrote The Book Of Matthew?

Question: Who wrote the book of Matthew?

Answer:  Matthew was written by Matthew, aka Levi. He was one of the 12 disciples. His book does not name him as the author, but records from the early church point to him as the author. -PJ

Response: I see..but he's not introduced till Chapter 9?? or was the book compiled after he got saved or we dont know?

Answer: He wrote and compiled the book after Jesus had resurrected and ascended to heaven. Estimated writing date is between 41-60 AD. -PJ

Isaiah 9, Is Isaiah a double prophecy?

Question: PJ, so please correct me if im wrong but it appears that Isaiah is like a double prophecy in one, is that correct? atleast thru chapter 9 anyways, or are some of these prophesies not referring to Jesus? like 9:6 or 7:14

Answer: You are correct. Many prophecies in the Bible have dual fulfillments, or near and far fulfillments. 7:14 was fulfilled during Ahaz's life, and then ultimately fulfilled in Jesus' birth. Another example is the coming of Elijah (Malachi 4:5). That prophecy was partially fulfilled by John the Baptist, but the final fulfillment will happen during the tribulation (Matthew 17:11-12). -PJ



Psalm 149:3, Why don't we dance during worship?

Question: Psalm 149:3 says let them praise His name with the dance. Why don't we dance during worship at Calvary Chapel?

Answer: We do not dance in our services because we do not believe that would fit Paul's exhortation for all things in a service to be done decently and in order (1Cor 14:40). For our society, and our church culture, dancing in service would be disruptive and a distraction. We are free to praise Him with the dance at home. -PJ

Psalm 72:20, What does it mean that David's prayers are ended?

Question: In psalm 72:20 it says that david prayer are ended it? what does it mean!

Answer: This psalm seems to be the last psalm that David wrote. Verse 1 ascribes it to Solomon, so it could be that David gave it to Solomon who wrote it down. It also could be translated "for Solomon", so maybe it is a psalm David wrote for his son. Either way, it was his final psalm. -PJ