God’s Division: Dispensations

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God’s Division: Dispensation

One of the greatest failures in the modern church today is the belief that all Bible’s are the same. As we have looked in previous studies, if there is One God, and He so closely identifies Himself as His Word (John 1:1, 14 “past”; 1 John 5:7 “present”; Revelation 19:13 “future”), then there must be One Word (they all don’t say the same thing, you need only compare them verse by verse).

That’s a side note, only to leap frog to the next point, that in our modern church today; there is a secondary hindrance to understanding the Bible, and that is “Dispensations” (Ephesians 1:10, Colossians 1:25).

What Is A Dispensation?

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it as: “Distribution; the act of dealing out to different persons or places. Said differently, a Dispensation is simply a set of commands or instructions given to a group of people for a time. Put more biblically, a Dispensation is God giving instruction to a group of people for a period of time.

What Point Are You Making?

In order to correctly divide the Word of God, you need to ensure you know who God is talking to and what He requires. One of the biggest mistakes we can make, is believe that as God spoke to Adam, He speaks to us; or what God required from Israel He requires from us. There is some truth and principals that can be applied, but in reality, when God said to Adam “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17) – that couldn’t possibly be for us “literally”? How would we keep that command?

However that instruction was to Adam and it was for him – in regards too how he could continue to have eternal life. But as we know – Adam ate of the fruit of the tree and was soon cursed by God. He did not die spiritually; but death passed upon him (Romans 5:12) – he lost eternal life (Genesis 3:24). Now if it isn’t obvious enough, God’s instructions to Adam is different from ours today, as he was not conceived of a woman and being the first created of men (or the first Adam) by God.

So what’s the point? The point is that in reading our Bibles we need to acknowledge the different ways God deals with groups of people, and His different instruction to them, so as to not apply an instruction for another to ourselves. Imagine in a time of war your Colonel leaves you with a letter of instruction on his desk, vital to yourself and the safety of your men, as you embark onto enemy territory. A most vital instruction wouldn’t you agree? But instead of picking up the right letter, you pick up another meant for a separate battalion with a different timing, which then leads to the death of hundreds of your soldiers – all because the instruction was not meant for you. Do you see the necessity of instruction, it’s timing, and it’s audience; this heeding of instruction is called a “Dispensation”. Loosely speaking a dispensation has the following characteristics: God’s Instruction in regards to Salvation (Eternal Life) for the people of that period God’s Instruction in Regard to Morality (I will skip (b) for sake of length) God’s Character (that is, in every dispensation, a part of God’s character is revealed or emphasized)

An Overview of The Dispensations:

This is an overview to the dispensations which is broken down in 8 parts across the entire Bible. In each part or Dispensation, God deals with man differently, expects something different from Him and gives clear instruction for salvation (eternal life), that is different in itself. Two theme’s remain the same through the entire Bible however; (a) Only through Jesus Christ can sin be ‘removed’. That is in certain dispensations, “works” or “keeping God’s instruction or law” may lead to salvation; that is, the promise of eternal life; but eternal life is only given or attained upon belief (faith) in Jesus Christ and His death on Calvary (Matthew 26:28) (b) Secondly, through every dispensation, “Faith” in God is a requirement (Hebrews 11:7).

Age of Innocence (Genesis 1-3) [Time of Adam] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction (do not eat fruit of the tree of good and evil) God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Goodness (creation)

Age of Conscience (Genesis 3-12) – [Time of Noah] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction (obeying conscience and instruction from previous generation) God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Long suffering

Age of Government (Genesis 12-Exodus 20) – [Time of Abraham] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Just

Age of Promise (Exodus 20-Matthew 26) – [Time of Moses] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction (Ten commandments) God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Faithfulness

Age of Law (Matthew 26- Acts 2) – [Time of Jesus] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Law + Sacrifices God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Holiness

Age of Grace (Acts 2 – Revelation 4) [Time of the Apostles] Salvation: Only Faith God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Grace

Age of Tribulation (Revelation 5-19) [Time of Judgement] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction God’s Character Emphasized: God’s Wrath (anger)

Age of the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20-22) [Jesus’ Physical Reign on this Earth] Salvation: Faith + Keeping God’s Instruction God’s Character Emphasized:God’s Righteousness

Now this may seem rather vague to you perhaps, but it demands a little study, and a little opening of one’s eyes as you read the Bible – understanding that when God speaks, how necessary it is to know, to whom is He speaking, and in what dispensation? That way, you can better understand the bible, and secondly, not misapply an instruction meant for someone else.

God bless you in your desire to understand Him more.

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God’s Word: A Quick Survey of the New Testament

 

“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)


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God’s Word: An Overview

One of the greatest aids in growing your relationship with Jesus Christ is having perspective and understanding of that which you read in God’s Word. A survey or an overview of the Bible is essential to a Christian to give context to that which is being read, but also so that he/she can know where to find help or guidance based on the theme of the book. Here is a very basic survey of the NT:

 

Matthew: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as King. The Theme is to convince the Jews that Jesus of Nazareth was their Messiah (King). Author: Matthew


Mark: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as Servant. The Theme is to present Jesus as servant with a focus and appeal to the mind of Romans. Author: Mark


Luke: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as Son of man. The Theme is to present Jesus as the Perfect man (His humanity), with an appeal to Greeks of the time. Luke the author, records more parables than all the other 3 (Matthew, Mark, John).


John: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as God. The Theme is to show Jesus Christ’s relationship with His Father. Author:Written by John


Acts: This is a Book of Transition (change) from Old to New Testament. It is in Acts 2 where the CHURCH is conceived & the New Testament begins. Written by Luke.


Romans: A book among books that contains our greatest doctrines (truths). It gives truth about our salvation (Romans 1-5), about our victory over sin (Romans 6), and what God requires from us (Romans 8-16). Author: Written by Paul.


1 & 2 Corinthians: 1 Corinthians is Paul writing to correct the Church at Corinth about their sin’s. 2 Corinthians however –  is Paul writing to comfort them.


Galatians: Written by Paul, the theme of this book is Christian Liberty, that is freedom from religious service and the law of the Old Testament.


Ephesians: Also written by Paul – it sets forth the eternal purpose of God in Christ and shows the heavenly calling of the Church and the unity of the body.


Philippians: Written by Paul – this is the book of JOY in the Christian Life – Christ as our Life (Ch. 1), our Example (Ch. 2), our Goal (Ch. 3) and our Strength (Ch. 4).


Colossians: Written by Paul – this books set forth the glory and pre-eminence of Jesus.


1 & 2 Thessalonians: Written by Paul – 1 Thessalonians focuses on Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (when He comes back again to Comfort). 2 Thessalonians focuses on Christ’s Second Coming but in Judgement after the Rapture (taking away) of the Church.


1 & 2 Timothy: Written by Paul – These are Pastoral epistles (written to Timothy a Pastor). 1 Timothy focuses on Qualifications of Leaders in the Church (truth), and 2 Timothy focuses on Sound Doctrine and the importance of Study.


TitusWritten by Paul – Another Pastoral epistle (letter) written to Titus a young pastor like Timothy but at a church in

Crete. The instructions are similar to that seen in Timothy.


Philemon: Written by Paul – This is a Prison Epistle (when Paul was in prison), and is a book whose theme is reconciliation.


Hebrews: Written by Paul – and like Colossians, the emphasis here is the supremacy and contrast of Jesus Christ, to the prophets, priests, angels, Adam, Moses  and Abraham.


James: Written by James (brother of John), and is the book of faith and works.


1 & 2 Peter: Written by Peter – 1 Peter focuses on the trials that we will face in the Christian life, and 2 Peter aims to encourage the Christian and warn of false teachers.


1, 2 & 3 John: Written by John – 1 John (book of love), 2 John (book of truth) and 3 John (book of assurance of salvation)


Jude: Written by Jude – deals with Apostasy and Apostates (bad doctrine)


Revelation: Written by John- last book which deals with end times. It is Prophetic as it tells of God’s impending wrath upon those who reject Jesus Christ; remembering the Church is not involved as they are raptured away by this time.


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God’s Truth: Dead To Sin

“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

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God’s Truth: Dead To Sin

If there is a stumbling block or hindrance to Christian growth and maturity, it is that of ‘sin’. Many people struggle with their sin, particularly ‘habitual sin’ as it leaves them defeated but more so ‘guilt-ridden’ to such an extent, they become paralyzed in their relationship with Jesus. How then does a Christian gain the victory over the giant that appears impossible to defeat? Let’s find the answer in scripture.

 

Wrong Kind of Thinking:

The reason why we behave in a particular manner, is a reflection of our thoughts as to how we see God. If a person see’s God as all loving (a Santa Clause), then that person’s life will reflect just that, but it may also speak further to that person’s relaxed attitude towards sin. Perhaps one of the reasons Christian’s struggle so much with habitual sin (pornography, masturbation, sexual immorality, sex before marriage), is because they believe Freudian Psychology of the day, and that is – “I am a product of my design and past”. Highly believed upon by Christians today and even preached by Pastors; is the teaching that we have a sin nature that we inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve. 

 

The result of this kind of thinking is that Christians believe that ‘sin’ is a battle they can never win. That is they believe that sin (particularly habitual) is a giant they cannot overcome; yes they may have seasons of trying to overcome this sin but eventually over time they surrender, and give-in! Some feel so defeated, they spiral out of control into further darker sins, like a person who has broken a strict diet, who then completely let’s go in a binge of eating – out of guilt for having broken their diet.

 

Right Kind of Thinking:

The man-made teaching that we are a product of our design or our past is a lie, and there is no scripture to back it up, unless we are saying God made us, or caused us to be sinful. That speaks to poor design, and then a God I would prefer not believing in. Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” – note that God was warning them that if they partook of the tree, then the judgement would be ‘death’. There is no mention here of sin being passed on from generation to generation as judgment for their failure, for if we had to follow that thought through we would then imply that God is not JUST, as we then would be born in sin, which would then mean that a baby who dies in the womb or at birth is destined for the pits of hell. God forbid!!!!

 

But Were Adam and Eve Not Dying Anyway?

 No, Genesis 3:22 says (after Adam and Eve had fallen into sin, by partaking of the fruit from the tree of good and evil) – “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden…”. It was this “tree of life” that was giving them ‘eternal mortal life’ when they partook of it’s fruit, but when they sinned, they were removed from the Garden of Eden, and destined to ‘DIE’ physically as we are today. There was no spiritual death, nor a passing unfairly of their sin to us; but only the judgement of God by death. Romans 5:12 says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” – note the emphasis, that death passed unto all men, not sin; yes judgement fell upon all men (Romans 3:23) for all have sinned and come short of God’s glory; but it’s not INHERITED SIN from Adam, but each man and woman sinning of their own accord.

 

But Then How Are All Guilty Of Sin?

Because of our FLESH. We are not born sinful, but we have a tendency to sin, because our flesh enjoys comfort and luxury. Our flesh is our physical bodies (our passions and wants)and we know our bodies would rather do nothing, than do hard labour, it would rather eat sweets and chocolates, than fruit and vegetables. Our flesh is our hindrance and it is called by scripture, as the OLD MAN (Ephesians 4:22). But ok, how do I overcome sin if I have my body, my flesh? The answer is found in Romans 6, and it is the saved Christians Chapter of Victory! Romans 6:6 – “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin”. 6:17 – “But God be thanked, that ye werethe servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”.

 

How we overcome is simple, we understand that we already have the victory over our ‘past sins’ in Jesus Christ. As Jesus died at Calvary, so too did our passions and lusts when we believed in Him. That doesn’t mean we are sinless, or that we will never sin; but it does mean that SIN is not a foe we can never defeat, nor a giant we can never overcome, but that it has already been defeated when we believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean the temptation won’t be there to sin (we still have our flesh), but it does mean, that when we are tempted we MAKE THE CHOICE to give in or to say NO, but more so; we have the POWER in the Holy Spirit, as born-again children of God to just say NO! (1 Corinthians 10:13). It’s a simple concept, but it takes a while before it pierces the heart and is completely practical! You may not see this in your Christian experience, as you continue to commit habitual sin, but this is the TRUTH of the BIBLE, and the pathway to the VICTORY you ALREADY HAVE.

 

“But now being made free from sin,and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Likewise reckon ye also yourself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our LORD”. 

 

Victory over sin, is not through a focus on ‘not sinning’ but recognizing one’s existing victory and power over sin through belief in Jesus Christ, through fellowship in Jesus Christ and through the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary! Bless you!

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God’s Church: Is It Necessary?

“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17) 

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God’s Church: Is It Necessary? 

Churches have always been pillars of light through the ages, cornerstones of society – for truth, for the gospel of Jesus Christ and homes to those seeking refuge from the world. However, there is much confusion today as to what ‘Church’ is, what it should be like and the need for us to attend Church; and thus the focus for today.

 


What is it? 

The first church began in Acts 2, as Peter preached and 3000 got saved – “Then they gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Paying particular attention to these words, note they were not added to a building, or a body representing multiple churches, but rather to an existing group of ‘believers’. A Church is not a building, it’s the gathering or meeting of believers in Jesus Christ – who make up the body of Christ.


There are two types of ‘Church’ in the Bible; the Universal Church, which is the collection of all believers (saved christians) across all Churches, across the world (1 Corinthians 12:13). The second type of Church, is that of the Local Church, or a church found in a specific place (Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2). That is, the church you attend will be your local church. The Universal Church – is a spiritual body (non-physical), whereas a local church is a physical gathering of people, who may or may not be saved.

 

What Church should I attend? 

Simple answer – attend a Church that holds fast to the Bible, as without it, there is no Christianity (Psalm 138:2, John 1:1, 2 Tim 2:15). Secondly, the Church should believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by that it should preach and teach how Jesus Christ (who is God’s Son and who is God), left heaven to come and die to pay the price for all our ‘sin’ – and that this is the only way one can enter into heaven. There are no merits, only the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Those two things should be enough to aid you in making a decision.Don’t make your decision however based on how ‘comfortable’ you are in the Church, or how warm and welcomed you felt, or the size of the church or it’s appearance – the two aforementioned points should be the sole basis for making that decision.

 

Why is it important? 

Because God has given you spiritual gifts and talents that are to be used for the building and the strengthening of the ‘Local Church(1 Corinthians 12). To not be part of a body of believers is selfish; and speaks to an abuse of what God desires and has given you by way of gift. Some may say, “but Churches have failed me and hurt me, I don’t see the point of attending one” – I believe the LORD could have said that about us, or even the disciples whom Him loved, and despite Him knowing they would betray Him, He still spent the majority of His time with them, teaching them and enabling them for the work He called them to do. Never let that be your excuse – it’s a poor one. We are too love others, despite what they may say about us, how they treat us, or how they may wrong us. That’s Christ’s example! 

  

Secondly, if you are a newborn Christian, you going to need some basic discipleship and encouragement to help you grow – and it is here that you will get that. You need wiser men and women, to teach you, encourage you and direct you. Faithful men and women are like ‘road-signs’ on a long journey – you don’t need them all the time, but at certain points they can faithfully give ‘necessary direction’.Thirdly, because you need the ‘preaching’ for growing in faith (Romans 10:17), for without “faith” it is impossible to please (Hebrews 11:6). A short overview, but some key points which emphasize the necessity for church attendance. Bless you!


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God’s Word: Real World Application

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Previously we looked at how God’s Word is Perfect which is pivotal to what we are going to look at today, so please review if necessary.The onus of today’s discussion however is that which the modern day Christian struggle’s with and that is the real-world application of their Bibles. There is so much Christian material – books, DVD’s, internet articles and tons of mp3 sermons online, and there is nothing wrong with that. However these things have become our ‘sustenance’ as opposed to the Word of God. That is, we see the Bible as just a ‘book’, and look for external sources to aid us in our trials, in that which we struggle with, while even considering or exploring psychology, a unbiblical approach. Our source for all things in this life then, is not Christ; but mediums through which we can experience Christ.

 

What We Do:

Christians today are found in a world that is ever-demanding, from media, to their jobs, friends, family and not to mention the Church. With all this pull, the Christian finds himself or herself, unsure and perplexed on how to manage all of this, or even to cope. Added to that is our own personal struggle with our ‘flesh’ and it’s demands, or put simply, our habitual sins.

 

And so, we go out looking for ways to survive and cope. We listen to the preaching on Sundays, but find it demanding even more from us. We search the Internet – passing in various keywords into Google to try and find something relevant or some other Christian who is going through the same difficulty as us. Perhaps our marriage is falling apart, or has reached a state, where both partners are in the ‘blame game’, and in wanting to save it, they resort to Christian psychologists or even modern day Freudian psychology. If you notice the pattern above, and I am sure you can identify, the intent of the heart is RIGHT, but it’s misdirection. How so?

 

What We Should Do:

Simply because unconsciously or by intent – we don’t believe the Bible can provide ‘real-world application’ to where we are at and what we are struggling with. And the reason we feel that way is because it’s not easy to get the answer – and so much so because we want the answer quickly. We’re not willing to ‘dig’, to allow God’s truth to permeate our lives, to spend time in prayer, to spend time studying God’s Word, and that is because we’re too busy, or too distracted. Why should I search for an answer to something, that someone has written about or already solved? That’s the approach.

 

This is not wrong in a sense, but what we do miss out on when we do this; that is for the opportunity to have our minds renewed by the reading of God’s Word, we miss the opportunity for us to learn the lesson ourselves, and far more, we miss the opportunity to build on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If in trial, we are searching the Bible for answers, pleading before God in prayer – through that process of taking our real world problems to Him – we start to grow in FAITH, to start to develop a dependence on God ALONE, and we start to gain a confidence in HIM (despite the harshest of storms).

 

The reasons people backslide or eventually leave Churches, or move away from Christianity despite having a head full of knowledge of Bible truth and doctrine, is that they never learnt by themselves, “How to get a hold of God”. That is, they never learnt, how to depend on Him fully for the answer to all their problems, and not just for the solution, but more so for strength to PUSH through and to carry on. Here are some verses to support the argument; (a) Psalm 27:14 (b) Psalm 119 (c) Proverbs 30:5 (d) Philippians 2:16


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God’s Word: Some Basics

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How is the Bible divided?

Simplistically the Bible is the WORD of God – that is, it is preserved and God-breathed to be perfect and to withstand the ages. The King James Bible is divided into two main divisions; Old Testament and New Testament.

The Bible is made up of 66 books – the Old Testament consists of 39 books, broken down into the Pentateuch (first 5 books written by Moses), History of Israel, their Kings, theirs Major Prophets and their Minor Prophets (ending at Malachi). The Old Testament is written TO the Jews (Israel) and about the nation of Israel.

The New Testament is made up of 27 books – starting at Matthew, and covers 4 gospels of Jesus Christ, moving onto the forming of the Church in Acts, to the Pauline Epistles (books that Paul wrote), to the last book that speaks prophetically of things that were, are and yet to come (Revelation). The New Testament is TO the Church and covers our Christian living and understanding of Jesus. Altogether 66 books!

Please note, though the Old Testament is FOR us, but not written to “us”. That is, if I write you a letter about ‘How to Build’ something. Though it’s TO you (it’s got your name on it, and some personal details), you can however pass it on to someone else to gather information or learn from it. The Old Testament is thus, written FOR us to learn, understand God more; but it’s not written TO us, but rather to Israel (God’s Chosen People). That means – when God Promises something or says something, it’s primarily to Israel.

Who Is Israel?

Israel is God’s people, sons of Jacob (Genesis 29) and their descendants – and they are known today, as modern day Jews. In the Old Testament, God had given to them the LAW (that is the Ten Commandments etc) and many either laws (social, civil and moral – Exodus 20-24).

However, despite God working with them through the ages, endearing them with love and mercy to follow after Him and be obedient to His commandments, they rejected Him their Messiah (Jesus Christ), and as such He then put them aside for a TIME (Romans 8-10). God then directed His focus towards the Gentiles (or the non-Jews) – which is us; the Church or the Body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). Anyone who believes Jesus Christ, is now part of that “Body”.

A Key To Understanding the Bible:

Firstly, a Bible believer must distinguish between the Old Testament and the New Testament, and TO whom those Books are written. Why? Because you may take something God said in the Old Testament and believe it for yourself – when it’s NOT meant for you. For example, in Exodus 21-24, we see God give instruction on how one should behave and what laws he or she are to follow. In there it refers too – offering sacrifice to God for sin, it speaks off what one should eat; and how one should repay injustice with death. Clearly reading the context, you can see that it is no written to the Church, but rather for Jews. However we can ‘learn’ some truth from it!

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT to understand, and is the reason why there is so much division in Churches today, and why there are such things as cults.

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What He Did…

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Up on a tree, placed they the King of Majesty,

Up on His hands and feet, they raised our Lord, beat;

Up He pulls to grasp some air, there laid Jehovah all things bare;

Up He cries, why do you forsake me, I’m a man of no lies?

 

Across His face, the blood marks a man not spared any grace,

Across His head, the thorn crown now painfully wed,

Across His back, torn flesh, from incessant attack.

Across His side, a spear is pierced inside!

 

Down into the depths He plunges and dies; searching out the woeful heart cries;

Down into the heat damned eternal, he descends into satan’s cursed home infernal;

Down amidst the pain and anguishing screams; stands a “preacher” with the gospel of heavenly “dreams”;

Down amidst the saints He tells the story, and marches back up unto ‘Heavenly Glory’.

 

Up into the heavens, he doth ascend, followed by those so dear as a “friend”,

Up into the sky , and way up high, stands the Lord near the God, Adonai!

Up in the heavens, He approaches the throne, and places the blood that will ever atone;

Up in the heavens begins a “shout of glory”, for herein begins a “beautiful story”.

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God’s Word: The Bible

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God’s Word: The Bible

 

Question:Why do we have a Bible? 

 

Answer:Simple answer – so we can “know” Him, but not just by the WORD of someone else, but by the very breath of God. That’s what the Bible is – it’s GOD’S WORDS to us!

 

History in all it’s truth – though having much “fact” bends over time and becomes corrupt. It’s kind of like the game “Broken Telephone”. I tell you something secretly, and you tell someone else secretly, and the further the message is passed on, the further it is corrupted, that is, the message changes. And for that very reason – I believe, God gave us HIS WORD in the form of a Bible – to be PERFECT and WITHSTAND corruption. Imagine God’s Word, or the truth of salvation resting in the hands of men to be passed on from generation to generation; I think that might result in some serious corruption and abuse. Isn’t it wonderful to know, that if someone says something to you, that you can pick up a Bible and find the answer for yourself? Now that’s wonderful!

 

Many have tried to disprove the Bible, it’s truth, its reliability and they have every time failed, or made an argument that lacks context or understanding for the Bible’s truth. The Bible has in fact proved history, and not just proved it – but made predictions about history, and those things have come to pass. There are about 2500 prophecies in scripture, of which 2000 have reliably come to pass, with 500 yet to be fulfilled.

 

The Bible is Perfect!

Now that’s a statement, yes that’s right, the Bible is PERFECT! Without error, unquestionable, without corruption. How can I say that? Through basic logic; why would God leave behind His Word, that has error’s in it? Consider judgement day, a man about to be cast into hell, and there he claims “..but God, your Bible said this and this; and so I followed it, and now you want to cast me into hell?”. God could never do that! By God’s very own nature, we know Him to be HOLY, PERFECT and JUST (else He would not be God); and thus HIS WORD, His instructions to us, have to be PERFECT as HE Himself is perfect. How can you trust or bet your life on something that is “unreliable”? You can’t!

 

“In the beginning was Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” Jhn 1:1

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”.  – John 1:14

Wonderful! Here we see Jesus Christ being likened or equated to the “WORD”, that is, the WORD of GOD, which is our Bibles.  (Past)

 

“And there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one”  – 1 John 5:7

Here we see the Holy Trinity, the God Head, and again we Jesus being likened or called the “WORD” of God. Another reference to our Bibles. (Present)

 

“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called the WORD of GOD” – Revelation 19:13  (Future – Jesus at His second coming in the context)

This is the third time, that Jesus Christ is directly linked to the WORD of GOD (our Bibles), in three tenses; past, present and in future! So if we say our Bible is corrupt, in actual fact, we are saying; SO IS JESUS! But that could never be true and so our Bible must be PERFECT and without error! The Bible friend, is God’s WORD, and we can trust it, for there is nothing on this earth as pure and as reliable!


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God’s Promise: Assurance of Salvation

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God’s Promise: Assurance

~ To a Christian who is saved or born again

 

Question: So you say you are “saved” through faith in Jesus Christ? But here is a question for you, if you sinned today and died there after would you go to heaven or hell? 

 

Scenario:

Here is a scenario to help you understand the question. Consider a man, named Fred who is “saved”, as you are, and one day got into a really bad situation. The situation got so out of control that he ended up killing a man. Imagine just for a moment, before Fred could confess his sin, before he could repent, he himself died, and was taken before the LORD JESUS, to be judged. Would the LORD JESUS CHRIST let Fred into heaven; or cast him into hell?

 

Truth:

The answer is simple – Fred would enter into heaven. But how can that be so, after he did one of the worst sins imaginable, he took the life of another? Yes Fred is guilty, and he committed a sin, but friend, no one get’s to heaven by their own merit, in fact no one who trusts in their “good works” (charity, prayer, reading the bible) can ever enter into heaven. 

 

The qualification for “heaven” is being without sin, having broken no law of GOD in your entire life, that is – “PERFECT” and “SINLESS”. If you had but broken the law once or committed the smallest of sins, then you stand guilty before God. If a man raped your wife, your sister, or daughter, and stood before a judge, and that judge let the rapist go; would that judge be a fair and righteous judge? Of course not, so why do we expect any different, or any less from GOD who is the HIGHEST and MOST RIGHTEOUS of all judges.

 

So yes Fred is guilty, but can Fred do anything to earn favor with God? Can Fred give God something to let him escape from the wrong he has done? No, because if God did have to accept something from Fred, that would be bribery, and again this cannot be God, and so nothing you do, no matter how good, pure or holy, can be sufficient payment for your sin.

 

That is why, God the Judge, sent His only Son to this earth to die, and be that “ransom” that payment for your sin, and for all that you have done wrong in breaking his law. And so now because the “merit” of your entrance into heaven is not you, but Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter what you did, done or will do – you enter into heaven by the payment of JESUS, by HIM laying HIS life down FOR YOU, by HIM being that payment.So Fred enters into heaven, because He believed Jesus Christ by “faith” – that JESUS died and rose again the third day, and that the work of JESUS was payment enough for his (Fred) sins. Thus we are PROMISED HEAVEN, by WHO JESUS IS and WHAT JESUS DID, and our belief in HIM.

 

  1. Rom 3:23 – “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (All guilty)
  2. Rom 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raise him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED 
  3. Eph 2:8-9“For by GRACE are ye SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God. NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast.”
  4. 1 John 5:11-14“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidencethat we have in him…” (Also 1 John 4:15-17)
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