Q: In Matthew 17:10-13 they talk about John the Baptist being Elijah and needing to come again before Jesus did. I can't wrap my mind around this idea since it seems like reincarnation which I know God doesn't do (at least that I know of!). Can you explain? A: Excellent question! I love that you are attempting to get at the meaning of the text, and what it seems to be saying is contrary to your understanding of the overall teaching of the Bible ... so what's the deal? It's true that some mistakenly arrive at the idea that Jesus taught reincarnation. Some think there were some secret teachings of Jesus that reveal Jesus believed in and taught reincarnation of souls. These so-called secret teachings of Jesus are based on writings of a group known as the "Gnostics." Do not be misled by Gnostic teaching. The New Testament speaks clearly against this group of heretics that arose shortly after Jesus' ascension to heaven. O Timothy, guard what has been
Fourth Year Ministries exists to bring glory to God through emphasizing the biblical church leadership given by Christ to equip His church to live for the glory of God. Get Equipped. Obey Your King. Glorify Your God.