Posts with the category “questions”
Is Jesus subordinate to the Father?
by Kenneth Montenegro on December 10th, 2020
Our question today dives into deep theological waters: Did Jesus become subordinate to the Father in His earthly ministry, is He still subordinate today, and has Jesus always been eternally subordinate? What does this mean for the doctrine of the Trinity, which says that all the persons in the Godhead are coequal? Let’s take the leap into these deep waters today!First of all, in answering our ques...
What is transubstantiation and is it true?
by Kenneth Montenegro on November 19th, 2020
Today’s question involves the meaning and biblical accuracy of a big theological word—transubstantiation. This word is common among the Roman Catholic Church because it is part of their doctrinal belief that the elements of the Lord’s Supper—the bread and the wine—actually transforms into the body and blood of Jesus Christ with the blessing of the priest. The definition of transubstantiation is: “...
Does Satan Influence World Leaders?
by Kenneth Montenegro on September 18th, 2020
The question for this week comes from the Sunday morning message. After preaching Isaiah 14 and highlighting the epic crash and burn of Lucifer/Satan someone asked me if Satan has anything to do with world leaders. This is something that I meant to share this past Sunday, but didn’t have the opportunity to highlight in the message. Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about satanic activ...
How is Jesus fully God and fully man? Why is this important?
by Kenneth Montenegro on September 3rd, 2020
"Therefore, the only one who can save us from our sin is the sinless God-man—one who is fully man, as we are, but one who is fully God, so that His payment for our sin can satisfy the infinite demands of God’s justice against our sin.”
What is the "sin unto death" that is in 1 John 5:16-17?
by Kenneth Montenegro on August 20th, 2020
Our question today is: what is the sin unto death that the apostle John talks about in 1 John 5:16-17? If there is a sin unto death how can I avoid it? Let’s take a look at what the verses say and then work our way through them to the answer to our question.“If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not le...
What does the Bible say about race?
by Kenneth Montenegro on July 30th, 2020
Today’s question comes from the modern day problems with race—what does the Bible say about race? Before we answer our question today we need to understand one thing—the Bible is not a political book. The Bible is God’s Word and therefore carries the authority and voice of God on any subject it speaks upon. So let’s take a look at what God has to say about race.First of all, we need to say that Go...
Are there aliens and life on other planets?
by Kenneth Montenegro on July 9th, 2020
Today our question is no joke—Is there extraterrestrial life or aliens on other planets? Many folks today are answering this question with a resounding yes! Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about the existence of aliens and the implications for us. Let’s be clear—our culture is obsessed with aliens. This fascination extends to TV shows (V, The Neighbors, Another Life, Dr. Who, X-File...
Where did the devil come from?
by Kenneth Montenegro on May 21st, 2020
Today’s question revolves around the origin of the devil. Where did he come from? Let’s take a look at how evil found a home in the demonic angel called the devil.Let’s start at the beginning—"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the statement that opens the Bible. Here at the beginning we find a Creator speaking all things into existence. We are not told about the crea...
Why is a man fleeing naked from the garden of Gethsemane?
by Kenneth Montenegro on May 14th, 2020
Strange as some things are in the Bible, they all have a meaning and message to share. Today our question is about a little verse in Mark 14:51-52 that tells of a young man that fled naked from the garden of Gethsemane at the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. Who is this guy? Why is he there? Why was he naked? Let’s take a look at this strange scene and try to make some sense out of it. In Mark we rea...
Why did God permit polygamy for some of the patriarchs of the faith?
by Kenneth Montenegro on April 30th, 2020
Today’s question looks back to the Old Testament and asks why did God permit polygamy for some of the patriarchs of the faith? Is polygamy God’s will? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this question.Let’s start with the beginning at the creation of the first man and woman. What we notice in the first two chapters of Genesis is a picture of the perfect standard of the Creator—one man w...
What does 666 mean?
by Kenneth Montenegro on April 23rd, 2020
Today’s question has been asked by every generation. It is about the meaning of the number 666. Is this an evil or unlucky number? Is 666 the devil’s number? In order to answer our question, we will have to take a look at the book of Revelation.Let’s start with the difficulty of the apocalyptic nature of the book of Revelation. The apostle John speaks in metaphor about what he sees and hears in th...
Grace Kids Question: Did Adam have a belly-button?
by Kenneth Montenegro on April 16th, 2020
Today’s question comes from a little guy—did Adam have a belly-button? This might sound like a silly question but the core idea comes across as very profound—Did the original creation look like it does today?Let’s cut to the chase with an answer to that question and then we can explore the reason why: we can say no—Adam and Eve did not have belly buttons.Now let me give the answer why with two dif...
If Jesus is God, then why didn’t He know the day or hour of His return?
by Kenneth Montenegro on April 9th, 2020
Today’s question is something that many people are talking about these days—the timing of the return of Jesus Christ. Specifically, if Jesus is God then why didn’t He know when He would come again while He was on earth?The Scripture that sparks this question is Matthew 24:35-37, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the ...
What was written on the sign on the cross?
by Kenneth Montenegro on April 2nd, 2020
The question we will be answering today comes from the very cross of Christ: what was written on the sign on the cross? All four gospel writers give us information about the writing posted on the cross above Jesus. The problem we run into is all four gospels have different statements about what is written. So, what was written on that sign on the cross of Christ?As we begin to take a look at the g...
Did Jesus go to Hell before His physical resurrection?
by Kenneth Montenegro on March 26th, 2020
Today’s question has to do with the activity of Jesus before His resurrection from the dead—Did Jesus go to Hell before His physical resurrection? If Jesus did go to Hell prior to His resurrection, what did He do there? Since this idea has led to a variety of theological errors, let’s see the truth from the Scripture. The passage at the heart of this question is 1 Peter 3:18-20. In particular, ...
Who were on Golgotha during the crucifixion of Jesus?
by Kenneth Montenegro on March 19th, 2020
Today’s question has to do with those who were on Golgotha during the crucifixion of Jesus. Who exactly was there? Let’s run down the facts to answer this question.There were a great many people that attended the crucifixion of our Lord. In the Gospel of John we see the mother of our Lord (Mary) and her sister, Mary of Clopas, Mary Magdalene (John 19:25), and Mary the mother of James and John (Mat...
Why did Jesus tell those whom He healed to not to tell anyone about what He did?
by Kenneth Montenegro on March 5th, 2020
Today’s question has to do with the methodology of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Why did Jesus tell those whom He healed to remain quiet and not to tell anyone about what He did? Why would the Lord want us to proclaim the Gospel now but those who were made well back then to be quiet? What is going on with this methodology of the Jesus’ ministry? Although we don’t have a direct answer in Scripture, ther...
What does it mean when Jesus says “not to give what is holy to dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine”?
by Kenneth Montenegro on February 27th, 2020
Today’s question has to do with a verse of Scripture that has found a home as an idiom in our culture “casting your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). What exactly does it mean when Jesus says “not to give what is holy to dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine”? At first sight, this is such a weird, almost random phrase. However, there is more meaning than what we can see on the surface.Let’s st...
How did Peter, John, and James recognize Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration of Jesus?
by Kenneth Montenegro on February 20th, 2020
Today’s question comes from one of the most glorious experiences in the ministry of Jesus on the mountain where He was transfigured before three of His disciples. How did Peter, John, and James recognize Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration of Jesus? Before we answer the question of how Peter knew it was Moses and Elijah with Jesus during that glorious event, we need to understand what led ...
When were dinosaurs created and are they mentioned in Scripture?
by Kenneth Montenegro on February 13th, 2020
The most popular question for people—especially from young people—is about where and when are dinosaurs in the Bible. Specifically, when were dinosaurs created and do we see them mentioned in the Scriptures?Let’s start at the beginning with creation. The Bible says that God created all things. This would include dinosaurs on day 6 in Genesis 1:21, 25 (“great sea creatures” and “beasts of the earth...
Why would Jesus need to be baptized?
by Kenneth Montenegro on January 30th, 2020
Why would Jesus need to be baptized by John since Jesus was sinless and did not need to repent?The Bible is clear-God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. He did this through a public ministry of preaching and baptizing. His baptism was a public way of preparing the people of Israel to repent of their sins and ultimately to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Of no...
How do you know it is God speaking to you?
by Kenneth Montenegro on January 23rd, 2020
How do you know it is God speaking to you?Let's start off by saying the simple answer: it always aligns with the Word of God. The Lord will never speak to you in a way that contradicts His written Word. His written Word is the litmus test for all of what we believe Him to be speaking. Now, that is not to say that everything you hear Him say is written is Scripture. For example, if you sense the Lo...