Biblical examples

This is a question and answer section giving you answers directly from the bible – Word of God.  It only needs you to believe in it and to apply it in your situation of your life to bear the fruit which God speaks about.

I begin from reading the New Testament and give you questions and answers to reflect upon.  It is only when you isolate yourself and meditate on the word of God with a clear conscience, will you then be able to understand what God is trying to tell you and modify in your life.  Unless some changes are made in your mind and heart, you will see no changes.  Are you ready to proceed, then, may God bless you and help you to see the truth hidden in your life!

1  When Joseph knew that Mary became pregnant before their marriage, how did he react?

This is a very important point to reflect upon because both me and you know what he would have done if we thought in an earthly manner. But we are dealing with a person who always did things right and so he made plans to break the engagement privately having no intention of disgracing Mary publicly.  (Mt 1:19).

Since he reacted in a very humble and honorable way, God revealed to him the truth about Mary’s pregnancy through an angel in his dream. The angel said “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary for to be your wife. It was by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son and you will name him Jesus – because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mt 1:20-21).

So when Joseph got up, he married Mary. (Mt 1:24).  

It is this obedience we need when we hear from God and react instantly without any fear, doubt or confusion. 

2  How was the reaction of the visitors from the East when they saw the star?

The visitors from the East who had studied the stars came to know about the birth of Jesus and inquired not by his name but “Where is the baby born to be the King of the Jews?” They wanted to worship Jesus and when they saw the same star they had seen in the east, they were filled with happiness and joy. (Mt 2:2, 9).

Just by seeing the star the visitors were filled with joy. How much more should we be filled now as Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us forever. 

3  What should you do to see the Kingdom of heaven?

You should turn away from your sins because the kingdom of heaven is near. (Mt 3:2).

The bible says the kingdom of heaven is within you (Lk 17:21). John the baptist shouts the words ” turn away from your sins because the kingdom of heaven is near”  when he knew that Jesus was to appear soon there in Nazareth.  So when it is said that the kingdom of heaven is within you – it means in other words that Jesus is within you and for Him to be within you, you have to turn away from your sins and repent. 

4  On what should man live on?

Jesus says: “Man cannot live on bread alone, but needs every word that God speaks.” (Mt 4:4).

Jesus clearly highlights to us that food is not the only vital thing needed for man to live. Man is also in need of every word God speaks which will nourish not only his body but his soul as well.

5  To whom belongs the kingdom of heaven?

Happy are those who know who they are spiritually poor; the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.  (Mt 5:3). Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (Mt 5:10). 

If you are weak, humble, innocent and feel good for nothing, then be assured that Jesus has come specially for you.  That is what he means when he says that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

6  What does Jesus compare us with and what does he want us to do?

Jesus compares us with the salt and light.  Both salt and light are very important. As salt is important for the food to feel tasty, we should also be of good flavor to all mankind. As light is important for us to see, we too should shine before people, so that they will see the good things we do and praise our Father in heaven. (Mt 5:13-16).

Jesus wants us to be an example for others. Our deeds and speech should make others want to be a part of the kingdom of heaven.

7  Is the Law important for us to follow?

Whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the kingdom of heaven. They who are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees  will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5:20).

So Jesus makes it very clear that by obeying the commandments gives eligibility for us to to enter the kingdom of heaven. 

8  Is anger considered to be a sin?

Jesus tells us that whoever is angry with his brother will be brought to trial, whoever calls his brother ‘You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the council and whoever calls his brother a worthless fool will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. Even if he wants to offer God a gift and remembers that his brother has something against him, he should leave his gift in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with his brother ad then come back to offer his gift to God. (Mt 5:21-26).

9  What to do if someone wrongs you?

If someone wrongs you, you should not take revenge on them. Instead you should allow therm to do what they want with you and if they ask for anything , you should give it to them. (Mt 5:38-42)

10  How should we react with our enemies?

You should love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the sons of your Father in heaven. (Mt 5:44).

11 How should you give charity to the poor?

When you help a needy person, do it in such a way that even your closest friend will not know about it. Then it will be a private matter. And your Father who sees what you do in private, will reward you. (Mt 6:3)

12 Whom should we fear?

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. (Mt 10:28)

13  What does the example of Jesus teaches us to do?

Jesus announced God’s judgement to the nations  He did not argue or shout, or make loud speeches in the streets. He did not break off a bent reed, or put out a flickering lamp. He persisted until he caused justice to triumph. (Mt 12:18-20).

14  What will happen when the dead rise from the death?

When the dead rise to life, they will be like angels in heaven and will not marry. (Mt 22:30).

15  When will the Son of Man come again?

No one knows the day and hour – neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, the Father alone knows.  

So, then, you must always be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him. (Mt 24:36, 44).

16  What to pray in times of trials?

You should pray that you will not fall into temptation, because it is at that moment the flesh becomes weak. And you should also pray for the will of God be done in your life. (Mt 26:41, 42).

17  What is the secret of the kingdom of God?

The secret of the kingdom of God is God’s message.  People who hear the message and accept it will bear fruit. (Mk 4:11, 14, 20).

18  How should we pray for our prayers to be answered?

When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for. And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done. (Mk 11:24-25).

19  What to do in times of the ‘Awful Horror’?

A man who is on the roof of his house must not lose time by going down into the house to get anything.  A man in the field must not go back to the field to get his cloak. You should be on your guard not to be be tempted by false prophets who will perform miracles and wonders to deceive even God’s chosen people. (Mk 13:15,16,22).

20  What will the Son of Man do when He comes for the second time?

When the Son of Man comes in the clouds with great power and glory, He will send the out to the four corners of the earth to gather God’s chosen people from one end of the world to the other. (Mk 13:26-27).

21  Who are people who will be saved?

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mk 16:16).

22  What are the powers given to the believers of Christ?

Believers of Christ will be given the power to perform miracles; they will speak in strange tongues; if they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on sick people, who will get well. (Mk 16:17).

Isn’t this interesting! Are we such believers today? Why not try to be like the believers Jesus is speaking about here?

23  When will God forgive your sins?

When you turn away from your sins and be baptized, God will forgive your sins. (Lk 3:3).

24  For whom did Jesus come?

Jesus came not to call the respectable people to repent, but outcasts. (Lk 5: 32).

25  Who is the happiest person?

How happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it! (Lk 11:28).

26  Which wrong can never be forgiven by God?

Anyone who says a word against the Son of Man can be forgiven; but whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Lk 12:9).

27  What should we be concerned about in this life?

You should be concerned with God’s kingdom, and He will provide you with the earthly things. (Lk 12:31).

A vital point mentioned here. Most of the people worldwide worry about unnecessary things concerned of this world which is to perish one day, but God clearly tells us what to do and even assures us that He will meet our daily needs as well. What more guarantee do we need? Even our earthly parents cannot give us such an assurance!

28  Whom should we invite for a feast in our house?

When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind; and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death. (Lk 14:13-14).

29  Over whom does the angels of God rejoice?

The angels of god rejoices over one sinner who repents. (Lk 15:10).

30  What does Jesus tells about sin?

Things that make people fall into sin are bound to happen, but how terrible for the one who makes them happen! It would be better for him if a large millstone were tied round his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. (lk 17:1-2).

So watch what you do! (Lk 17:3).

31  What is Jesus most worried about when He comes for the second time?

It is stated very clearly in the parable of the Widow and the Judge (Lk 18), the situation of a widow pleading to a Judge for her rights. In spite of continuous refusal of action from the judge,  the widow didn’t stop her pleading to him.  And finally she got what she wanted.  Jesus states that if a man can show mercy on us, how much more God will to His people. He concludes by saying “But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when He comes? (Lk 18:8).

We see here through this parable how much Jesus is disturbed or worried about the lack of faith in His people.

32  What should we mainly pray for during trials?

Jesus tells us to be alert and pray always that you will have the strength to go safely through all those things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man. (Lk 21:36). And in Lk 22:40, He says to pray that you will not fall into temptation.

33  What should our last words be when we die?

“Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” (Lk 23:46).

These are the last words of Jesus. You can tell these words only if you were intimate with God during your lifetime as Jesus was.

34  how should it be for us when we hear the word of God spoken?

It should be like a fire burning in us. (Lk 24:32).

Yes, when we pay close attention to the word of God, we will experience such a feeling!

35  What came through Jesus for us?

God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (Jn 1:17).

36    How should our devotion to God be?

It is stated in Jn 2:17 “My devotion to your house (Temple), O God, burns in me like a fire.” 

37  Who can see the Kingdom of God?

No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again of water and the Spirit. (Jn 3:5).

38  Why did God send His Son to the world?

God sent His Son to the world not to be its judge but to be its Savior. (Jn 3:17).

39  How does the judgement of God work?

Anyone who does evil things hates the light (Jesus) , because he does not want his evil deeds to be shown up. So he will not believe in the Son of God and God will be their judge.

But whoever does what is true comes to the light (Jesus) in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God. And so they will not be judged by God. (Jn 3:18-21).

40  What is the food of Jesus?

“My food is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he has given me to do.” (Jn 4:34)

As food is vital for our physical body, Jesus speaks here about the food vital for the spiritual soul – obedience to God’s will.

41 Why do some people after being healed get sick again?

In Jn 5:14, Jesus tells to a man who was healed “Listen, you are well now; so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. 

42  What does God want us to do?

Jesus answered “What God wants you to is to believe in the one He sent.” (Jn 6:29).

43  How can one have eternal life?

Jesus replies: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day. For my flesh is the real food; my blood is the real drink. (Jn 6:54-55).

44  Why is it that all people do not believe in Jesus?

Jesus replies: ” This is the very reason I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for him to so.” ((Jn 6:65).

How fortunate should we consider ourselves, those who believe in Jesus. We should not take it for granted and we should thank God every second of our life only for this one deed. 

45  When was Jesus actually born?

Jesus replies: “Before Abraham was born, ‘I Am'”. (Jn 8:58).

What we should understand here is that Jesus existed before the world was created. He was with God and through Him God all things. (Jn 1:1-5).

46  How does Jesus consider us when compared to others?

Jesus says: “What my Father has given me is greater than everything, and no one can snatch them away from the Father’s care.” (Jn 10:29).

Are we living in such way to be grateful for such a beautiful love we are not even worthy of?

47  How is God’s glory seen in one’s life?

“My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. (Jn 15:8).

48  How can one recognize the coming of the Holy Spirit?

It would appear like tongues of fire spreading everywhere and touching the person. (Acts 2:3).

49  Who is the only one who can save us?

Salvation is to be found through Jesus alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us. (Acts 4:12).

50  What did Jesus ask his disciples to go and preach?

Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets spoke about Him, saying that everyone who believes in Him will have his sins forgiven through the power of His name. (Acts 10:42-43).

It is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; and that everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free. (Acts 13:38-39).

51  How does one receive God’s promise?

The promise is based on faith, in order that the promise should be guaranteed as God’s free gift to all  of Abraham’s descendants – not just to those obey the Law, but also to those who believe as Abraham did. (Rom 4:16)

52  What is the true worship one should offer to God?

Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer to God. (Rom 12:1).

53  What does God say about revenge?

He tells us to never take revenge , but instead to let God’s anger do it. (Rom 12:19)

54  What should we understand about ‘sadness’?

For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads to salvation – and there is no regret in it! But sadness that is merely human causes death. (2Cor 7:10)

55  What secret should we learn from the Gospel?

Paul says “I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough.  i have learnt this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little.  I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” (Phili 4:12-13)

55  What are you advised to do and not to do?

Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages.  Put all things to the test; keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil. (1Thess 5:19-22)

56  Why will Jesus come again for the second time?

Jesus will appear a second time not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him (Heb 9:27)

 

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