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sorry but :What does the Bible say about men who beat their wives? ?? doesnt say anything ? yes man should respect and love his wife , but what if he beat her /? what does bible says about that , i know bible allow beating slaves and children , but wives i dont know , but women was commanded to obey and submit to there husband
01.09.2014 16:31
O, the answer is very super... May God bless u...
03.08.2014 17:49
La Moldavia e' piena di belle donne,ma non mi pare che,al di fuori di un ristretto numero c he praticano la prostituzione,si possa parlare di un paese di puttane. Certo,io che sono italiano,devo riscontrare un diverso approccio co n i problemi del sesso.Non bisogna pero' dimenticare che,da quando esiste il mondo,esiste questa forma di commercio,che attraverso i secoli era mascherata da necessita' reali.
24.07.2014 13:52
Mark 10:5-6 It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote this law, Jesus replied. But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED; Neither the sexual immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 4:17 From that time began to preach, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." 1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
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Thank you Vasile for explaining God's word. God bless you. From Savio in India
01.06.2014 09:10
The bible wasn't written by a pagan king, but was written by Pagans.
20.04.2014 18:34
it is the reading, meditating on and application of gods word in our lives that provides the opportunity for finding purpose, truth and salvation. Not merely reading it. The history of the bible shows it is the most printed book in the last 600 years but not the most widely read, sadly. Religious dogma has replaced truth of gods word, ritual and tradition. So obtain a good translation, read and seek to understand by letting the bible explain itself. Review key things because you will begin to understand who we are, why we need help and the consequences of not reaching out for that help now. Read, listen to gods word, obey and apply his principles then you will be blessed
30.03.2014 11:39
I wonder, if we can see signs of the Apocalypse coming, not only in social turmoil but in the natural world's decadence, Why is the church still encouraging women to have children? If we see millions of children without homes, How can it be good to encourage people to reproduce instead of adopting?
17.01.2014 18:46
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What does it mean to give in the name of a disciple? (Matthew 10:42)

6 ian 2010 | ora 13.33 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat


How to understand the passage from the Gospel of Matthew 10:40-42? How to apply it to my life? As a future minister of the church I need to know how to answer to those who will ask me this question. What does it mean to give in the name of a disciple?

The text

Let’s see firstly the passage to which the reference is made:

He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. (Matthew 10:40-42)(NASB)

The context

This passage had been told by the Lord Jesus at the end of a message to the 12 apostles before He sent them to preach the Gospel to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The beginning of chapter 10 tells us about this and then it is written this message of the Lord Jesus addressed to the apostles. Even at the outset He told them not to worry about their material needs for this mission because “the worker is worthy of his support”. He warned them about the problems and persecution that awaits them on the way and that things will end up there that some of His disciples will be put to death even by their loved ones. So, the words told in verses 40-42 are in the context of sending those 12 apostles to mission.

The reward of those who will receive the disciples

The emphasis in this passage is on the reward of those who will receive the disciples of the Lord Jesus, that they will have a reward from the Lord Jesus and from God, because the one who receives the disciples, receives Jesus and he who receives Jesus Christ, receives God who has sent Him.

Little ones are the disciples

For some who read the text is not clear who are these little ones whom Jesus talks about. They are the disciples and here is the evidence in this regard:

  1. Lord Jesus was talking to those 12 when He said “one of these little ones”. So, He was addressing them, otherwise He would have said, “those little ones”, or “to those little ones”.
  2. In this context He does not speak about anyone else, other little ones or children.
  3. In verses 41 and 42 Lord Jesus uses the the same analogy but He wants to show that the reward is different. He says that “he who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward” and, following the same logic and order He says “whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward”.

What does it mean to give in the name of a disciple?

To give him because he is the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and because he fulfills the command and the mission to which Jesus sent him to preach the Gospel.

The practical application

There would be several applications, but most important are these two:

  1. Nothing should prevent you from the ministry to which God has called you and be sure not to leave the ministry of the Gospel because of material needs. Never forget ”the worker is worthy of his support” and that the Savior will fulfill your needs and He will give you a great reward at His coming.
  2. To look after other disciples of the Lord Jesus who fulfill His command and go to preach the Gospel with devotion. When they come to church that you will shepherd or to your home, receive them in a way worthy of God and help them in their work with what you can, without waiting for something from them instead. Your reward will be from God and from the Lord Jesus who said that even for a glass of water given to those who work in the Gospel you will not lose the reward.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru

This article has been translated into the following languages​​:
  1. Ce înseamnă să dai în numele unui ucenic? (Matei 10:42) (ROMÂNĂ)
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I pastor the ”Good News” Church in Chisinau, Moldova, I teach God's Word at the Inductive Bible Study Institute of Eurasia, and I also lead the "Precept Ministries in Moldova” Association. With God's help I founded the Taekwon-Do club " Stolas Leukas ""English for a New Life" School, the Computer School "ScripTehInfo", the International Sports Coaching School and the International Media School. I am married to Anastasia, and we have three children. Since April 2007 we have provided answers from the Bible on this website to 1178 questions submitted by readers. To learn more about me, please read here.
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