How Many Apostles Were There?

Question: Why do you say there were just twelve apostles? It seems to me that there were at least fifteen (see Acts 1:25, 14:14; Gal. 1:19). Answer: In Matthew 10 we have the record of Jesus choosing His apostles. It reads: “Now the name of the twelve apostles are these…” (Matt. 10:2). Luke’s parallel account … [Read more…]

What Does it Mean to “Speak in Tongues”?

Question: I cannot find anyone who can satisfactorily explain to me the issue of speaking in tongues. Can you help me understand? Answer: Speaking in tongues, as it was called, was one of the Divine gifts of the Holy Spirit, which the Apostles had following the outpouring on the day of Pentecost. By these gifts … [Read more…]

What are the ‘Afflictions of the Gospel’ as Paul Wrote to Timothy?

Question: What did Paul mean when he wrote to Timothy, that he should be a “partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God?” What are the “afflictions of the gospel?” Answer: This text contains Paul’s words to his son-in-the-faith Timothy: “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our … [Read more…]

As Paul was Saved Upon his Conversion, Why Then, did he Speak of Having Sins?

Question: If Paul was converted (saved) when he said, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ (Acts 9:6; 22:10), why did he still have sins that needed to be washed away (Acts 22:16)? Answer: It seems that you may be confusing the terms ‘conversion’ and ‘salvation’. Conversion is the initial conviction, the turning from … [Read more…]