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Question: Hi, I was wondering if it states in the bible, if there are sins that are greater than others? Or is every sin considered the same in Gods eyes no matter the severity?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Nichole, that is a great question. “A sin is a sin” is a misconception, I think you already understand that as you mentioned severity of sin. Please turn your Bible with me to,
10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
This is a verse commonly referenced to document all sins are the same. But that is not what this verse is talking about. Let us continue.
11 “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”
The entire point is once we sin, we become a transgressor of the law. Now turn to,
23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
When we break the law we simply become a law breaker and at that point we fall from the glory of our Father.
Now let us document the severity of different sins. Proverbs 6:30-31 explains if a thief steals because of hunger he must repay what he stole sevenfold. Exodus 21:12 documents one who murders must be killed themselves. Obviously we have a difference in severity between the two.
In John 19:11 Christ Himself would stated, “he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” Indicating one sin is worse than another. 1 John 5:16-18 documents there are some sins that lead to death while others do not.
Revelation 20:13 and Jeremiah 25:14 both document we are judged by our works.
And finally from Christ Himself,
12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
How are we judged? By our works. If we have good works we will receive wonderful rewards while those who have evil works will also receive their reward, but I can guarantee you they are not going to like it. So not only can we document that there is a severity or degree to sin, but there is also a level to the other aspect of it, good works.
Question: If you include Moses, there were 3 people who did not die a physical death. If two of those three are the end time witnesses then what happens to the third one? (Moses, Enoch and Elijah). My understanding is that all of us must die a physical death in order to see heaven, correct?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Rhonda, thank you for the question. I am not convinced that Moses did not die. Please turn your Bible with me to,
5 “So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.”
According to who? The Word of the Lord.
6 “And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.”
Our Father buried Moses in the land of Moab and this verse even documents there is a sepulcher, but no man knows where it is.
7 “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”
Our third verse documenting Moses death, though we have the mystery of his eye not being dim or his natural force abated. Which possibly indicates that God took Moses life, but this would have required God to have essentially killed the body of Moses as it is documented that he died and was even buried (Joshua 1:1-2 also documents Moses died).
I cannot find anything in the scriptures that would indicated God took Moses as He did Enoch and Elijah. So I do not believe there are three people who did not die a physical death. We only know without any doubt Enoch and Elijah did not die and they both could be the two witnesses, but there is no documentation in God’s Word to support that thought either.
Another thought on Moses, in Jude 1:9 we see that Satan contends for the body of Moses. There is no doubt that Satan is in Heaven right now, he has not yet been cast out (Revelation 12:9). There is also no doubt that Moses is in Heaven as well (2 Cor 5:8). So why would Satan seek the bones of Moses if they do not exist? If God took Moses there would be no bones to look for.
Hebrews 9:27 documents men are only appointed to die one time. Deuteronomy documents Moses did die, and we know the two witnesses will be killed so it seems unlikely that Moses is one of the two witnesses.
As you are aware I am sure Luke 9:29-35 and Matthew 17:1-5 document Moses and Elijah were next to Christ when He was transfigured. Note, Moses and Elijah were not transfigured, they were already in their spiritual body so there would be no need for them to be transfigured. It is interesting to think this all over, but we do not have any clear documentation in God’s Word to identify who the two witnesses are.
To answer the rest of your question, 1 Corinthians 15:50 documents flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. All that means is we cannot enter Heaven in a flesh body. However, if we continue and read 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 we know that not all of us will die. Those of us alive in the flesh at the return of the True Christ will instantly be changed into our true bodies, our spiritual bodies.
Question: Hello, just a question about the Sabbath day. Are we to keep the Sabbath day now and if so is Saturday the correct day to keep? I have seen a few websites that shows the creators calendar and they refute Saturday as the original Sabbath day, based on the calendar being changed by Hillel. (don’t know if I spelled that right) does it matter? please give me your take on this as per this commandment.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Joy, thank you for the question. The thing we must understand is that there are laws, ordinances and statues. Why is this important? When Christ died on the cross it effectively removed the ordinances that were contrary to us. Please turn your Bible to,
14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”
When Christ died on the cross He became our Passover Lamb, this replaced the spilling of animals blood from the times of old. Everyone understands that, but most people do not understand Christ sacrifice for us also replaced the Sabbath Day that was contrary to us.
15 “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:”
Why would Paul say, ‘Let no man therefore judge you of the Sabbath day’? Because it was nailed to the cross, at that point we were no longer in bondage to the Sabbath Day.
Listen to the Words of Christ,
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
When we accept Christ in our life everyday becomes our Sabbath Day, He is our rest. You can also read of God providing our rest in Hebrews 4:9-10.
In Matthew 5:17-18 Christ states He did ‘not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it’. This is exactly what He did for us with regard to the Sabbath day.
Let us take an account of the Sabbath day in Christ’s time.
23 “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.”
Christ disciples were picking the corn.
24 “And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?”
Listen to the Word’s of Christ.
25 “And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?”
26 “How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?”
27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”
The Sabbath was created to provide us with rest, not to enslave us to it.
28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
Out of Christ’s own mouth, He is our Sabbath just as He became our Passover. He fulfilled these portions of the law. Not removing them, but becoming them.
Our Lord and Savior came to this earth to die for us, so that we could be washed of our sins. Christ came to this earth and died to set us free, to fulfill the law and remove the yoke of bondage. In closing,
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” (Galatians 5:1).
Amen, Amen, Amen!
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