QUESTIONS

Questions are asked by people all around the world, the number of which might stagger the imagination. People ask various kinds of questions. Some are religious, non-religious, philosophical, social, political, and so many others. The asking of questions can be a healthy thing when asked honestly for learning purposes. Some ask questions to obtain information. Others interrogate to confirm what they already believe. Some query others, hoping to embarrass them. Perhaps a few ask questions to see if another knows the answer. There are those who just ask questions to be doing so. Whatever, your question may be, make sure that you always ask such for the right reason.

Questions are a large part of the word of God. Inquisitions are seen almost from the beginning. Not long after God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden as husband and wife (Genesis 2:7, 8, 20-25), “the serpent…more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made…said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1). This query was done to beguile Eve. (2 Corinthians 11:3). The devil is a wiley adversary who walks about seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is to be resisted stedfast in the faith. Paul admonished, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11, 13). Satan’s question did not state what God actually said, which is normal. (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil’s question was asked to gain entrance into the lives of Adam and Eve so he could beguile them, and to raise doubts about God and His fairness and justice. He was successful. He told Eve that God was wrong, saying, “Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4; 2:15-17). All today should be careful of questions raised to discount what God has said. Sometimes people say, “I know God and the Bible said that, but, I don’t believe that”, or something of that nature. Consider what Satan’s question did for Adam and Eve, and mankind. (Genesis 3:5-24; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22).

The second recorded question in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:9, where “the Lord God called unto Adam, …Where art thou?” God is omniscient; He knows all. Jesus, in teaching the disciples to pray (Luke 11:1ff; Matthew 6:9-11), told the disciples, “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:8). God knew where Adam was. He simply wanted Adam to come out of hiding. When Adam tried to excuse his actions (Genesis 3:10), God asked him a second question, “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” (Genesis 3:11). God then asked Eve the next question, “What is this that thou hast done?’ (Genesis 3: 13). These questions were asked to let Adam and Eve know that God was aware of their disobedience, teach them, and explain their punishment for their unrighteousness or transgression of God’s law. (1 John 3:4; 5:17).

There are many more questions asked throughout the Old Testament. Space disallows looking at each one herein. The remainder of this brief work will look at queries from the New Testament pertaining to one’s salvation.

The first question asked in the New Testament is found in Matthew 2: 2. Wise men came from the east to Jerusalem to worship Jesus. (Verses 1, 2). They asked, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Verse 2). Herod “demanded of them where Christ should be born.” (Verses 4, 7, 8). He falsely said he also wanted to worship Jesus. (Verses 8, 13, 16). Like the wise men, all today should seek Jesus to worship Him.

John the Baptist, baptizer, called the Pharisees and Sadducees a “generation of vipers”, asking them, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:1, 7). Immediately, he called upon them to “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Verse 8). God commands “all men everywhere to repent” in view of the impending judgment. (Acts 17:30, 31). Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5). Have you heard the good news (the gospel) about Jesus (Romans 10:15), which leads to faith (Romans 10:17)? Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:9, 10)? Have you repented of sin(s) (Acts 17:30, 31), confessed your faith in the Deity of Jesus (Acts 8:36, 37), and been baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16), to enter Christ (Galatians 3:26, 27), and be added to His church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:41, 47)? Have you sinned as a Christian, and do you need to repent of your sin(s), confess your faults, and pray for forgiveness? (Acts 8:22-24; James 5:16; 1 John 1:7-10).

Even the devils asked Jesus, “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29). The devils confessed the same thing Peter (Matthew 16:16) and the eunuch from Ethiopia did. (Acts 8:37). Observe that even the devils knew who Jesus was (the Son of God), confessed His Deity, and knew that there is a real place of torment. (Luke 16:24). Has the sweetest name ever confessed graced your lips? If not, do not allow this day to end before you make that great confession and enter Christ by being baptized into Him. (Galatians 3:26, 27).

Jesus asked scribes who thought He had blasphemed, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:1-4). Friend, Jesus knows what is in your heart. What does He see in our daily life, worship, and all else??? You may look around to see who is watching, but you need to be concerned with the all-seeing eye above.

There are so many questions asked throughout the word of God. Perhaps one of the greatest, if not the greatest question ever asked, was, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16). Others have asked similar questions. For example, the Philippian jailor asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Those on the day of Pentecost queried, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:47). Neither of these, nor any others who asked what to do to be saved, were told that it was by grace alone, faith alone, just say the sinners prayer, and such like. Neither were they told that they could not do anything, else their salvation would be earned by meritorious works. Each one who asked what to do to be saved was told to “keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17), “repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38), or was taken “the same hour…and baptized.” (Acts 16:33). Ananias charged Saul of Tarsus, “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16). Saul (Paul) told Agrippa, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.” (Acts 26:19). Saul was told what he “must do.” (Acts 9:6). He, like the Philippian jailor was baptized straightway. Beloved, Jesus is “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” (Hebrews 5:8, 9). However, do not forget Luke 17:10.

Questions are important. However, it is not enough to ask a question. One must be ready and willing to do what is discovered, if the truth of the Almighty God is that discovery? Do not be afraid to ask questions. The eunuch needed help. (Acts 8:30, 31). He asked Philip, “I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? Of himself, or of some other man.” (Verse 34). Had he not realized his need for help, and had he not asked the question he did, he likely would not have received the answer that would lead to his obedience to God, bringing him salvation.

Ask questions! Demand Biblical answers that do not contradict other Bible statements! (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 4:11). Reject the doctrines and commandments of men. (Matthew 15:7-9). Be ready, anxious, and willing to do the will of God the same day. Cf. Hebrews 3:7, 13, 15; 4:7; 2 Corinthians 6:2). Call the one who gave you this tract, or the name below to help you in your search for and obedience to the truth, the saving gospel of Jesus. Question: Why should YOU be saved today? God desires for you to be saved today. (2 Peter 3:9).