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Christ Jesus  

Q. Why is Jesus called Shiloh? (Gen. 49:10)
A. According to all Jewish and Christian antiquity, Shiloh in this passage refers to the Messiah. Shiloh means "peace" or "peacemaker;" Jesus is so called because He is the "Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6,7); He gives peace and rest to His people, all of whom feel their need of it and come to Him for it (Isa. 11:10; John 14:27; 6:37-40; Matt. 11:28-30).

Q. The Apostle Paul says: "We have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15); how could Christ be tempted to a thing without a desire for it?
A. Christ was perfect man as well as perfect God; and, as man, he "had all the original feelings of humanity - hope, fear, desire, joy, grief, indignation, shrinking from suffering, and the like." He thus, as man, experienced all the infirmities or weakness of a human creature, including the power of temptation; but, as God, He perfectly resisted all the temptations of the Devil to put these feelings of human nature before the Fall into sinful exercise. With millions of other mysteries in the universe, this is one that we cannot fully understand; yet we fully receive all that the inspired writers say on the subject. As man, Christ sympathizes with us in all our trials and weaknesses; and, as God, He succors and sustains us in our temptations and infirmities.

Q. What life did Christ lay down?
A. His human, mortal life; not His divine, eternal life (John, 10:15,17,18,28-30). As a man, He could die (Heb. 9:27; 2:9), but as the eternal ever-living God, He could not die, (I Thess. 1:9; I Tim 6:13-16; John 11:25; I John 1:1,2).

Q. Should the word "Saviour" be spelled with or without the u in the last syllable?
A. Either Saviour or Savior is considered correct; but Saviour is the older and the more usual form, and is the form used in the King James or Authorized Version of the Bible.

Q. The Lord Jesus Christ was perfectly holy in soul and body; what change did His body undergo in the resurrection?
A. No doubt it was changed from natural to spiritual, from mortal to immortal. The risen body of Christ, while it could partake of food, appeared and disappeared suddenly at pleasure; and finally, independent of gravitation, ascended from the Mount of Olives to heaven, and a cloud received it out of the gaze of the looking disciples. The exact nature of this change is not revealed; but the bodies of the sleeping saints, and those of the saints then remaining on the earth, will undergo a similar change at the second bodily coming of Christ to this world, and will be made like His glorious body, by the almighty power of their Divine Redeemer.

Q. Did Christ exist in spirit only before He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary?
A. Of course, as He is God, and God is a spirit, except that, like angels who are spirits, He several times in the Old Testament, appeared for a short time as a man.

Q. What was conceived of the Holy Ghost in Mary's body?
A. The human body and spirit of Christ, in which the Godhead dwelt.

Q. Upon what altar was Christ offered?
A. The Scriptures do not say that Christ, the true Lamb of God, was offered upon any altar; but we may consider that He offered His spotless and tender humanity upon the strong supporting, brazen altar of His almighty Divinity.

Q. Who "first trusted in Christ" (Eph. 1:12)?
A. The Jews, who trusted in Christ before the Gentiles did, as proved by the context (Eph. 1:12, 13; 2:11-22), and also by the original language of the Apostle Paul in this place; for the pronoun rendered "who" in Eph. 1:12, is in the plural number, showing that "we" (and not God) is the antecedent.

Q. How did Jesus "taste death for every man" (Heb. 2:9)?
A. There is no word meaning "man" in the original of this passage. The original says simply "every" or every one of the "many sons whom He will bring to glory," as shown in the next verse; every one of the "sanctified" or "brethren" or "church" or "children," as shown in the following verses of the same chapter.

Q. Were the disciples of Christ divinely or humanly first called Christians at Antioch? (Acts 11:26).
A. Humanly, by the Gentiles, either the Greeks or Romans; for the Jews, who did not believe that Jesus was the Christ or Messiah, would not have called His followers Christians. The followers of Christ in the first century generally called each other "brethren," "saints," or "disciples," or "the faithful in Christ Jesus," and the unbelieving Jews called them Nazarenes, or followers of Jesus of Nazareth. As a denominational name, the followers of James O'Kelly, a native of Ireland who came to America about 1777, and lived for some years as a traveling Methodist preacher, withdrew, in 1793 in Virginia and North Carolina, from the Methodist Episcopal Church, on account of their objections to the government of bishops and the use of creeds and disciplines, and in 1794 called themselves "Christians;" they admit the validity of sprinkling or pouring, as well as immersion, for baptism. The followers of Thomas Campbell, of Ireland, and then of Pennsylvania, called themselves "Christians" in 1809; but he and his son, Alexander Campbell, were immersed, June 14, 1812, as members of the Brush Run Baptist Church, which belonged to the Redstone Baptist Association in Pennsylvania. In 1823 Alexander Campbell began publishing a paper called the Christian Baptist; and in 1827 he founded a separate denomination called the Disciples of Christ; but in recent years they have assumed the name Christians, but are generally called by other denominations Campbelites. They agree with the Baptists in considering immersion the only baptism, and that only believers should be baptized.

 

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