Repent and Believe the Gospel!


REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!
Jesus said,"The time is fullfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel"
The Gospel is that the Word of God became a man; Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God, full of grace and truth, and lived in this world with every temptation that you and I face, and yet He never sinned and He gave himself to die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. God made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of above 500 witnesses after He arose and He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. He is there right now, alive, making intercession on our behalf to the Father. He is coming again with all the saints and all the angels in great power and glory and all who live and believe in him will be united with him and thus will we ever be with the Lord. I urge you to seek Him now, during this time while the long suffering of God is waiting, for the Day of the Lord is coming soon. He loves you and He will save you to the utter most if you will put your trust in Him.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Godly Sorrow is Not Condemnation

2Cor 7:8-11: For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

In 1&2 Corinthians we have a clear example of christians being led to repentance. There are many who say now a days that there is no real need for a christian to repent, because everything was finished in the body of Jesus on the cross. All your sins are forgiven, past, present, and future. The grace of God has you covered forever as soon as you believe on Jesus Christ. They seem to completely ignore many passages of scripture that speak to this matter. In 1John the Apostle John speaks of walking in the light. The light is the truth, and it makes manifest the lie. Truth producess freedom when you receive it and walk in it, and lies bring you into bondage when you receive them. The reason you receive them is because of the condition of your heart. 1John 1:8 says, If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. That is present tense to christians. Verse 9, however, says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Many perceive confrontation over sin as condemnation, trying to put someone under the law, and make them guilty.
However, if you study 2Cor 7:8-11 you plainly see that Paul confronted the Corinthians concerning their sin and they were made sorry after a Godly sort, and they repented, and the results were very good, as enumerated in verse 11. Godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation and is not condemnation. If you say you have no sin when you actually do, you deceive yourself, and you effectually condemn yourself, because your sin remains and you are not forgiven. The result of the lie is a false security, a false justification of your fleshly life style, and you are depriving yourself of true holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Love rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
1Cor13:6
Jesus said , If you love me keep my words.
Love deals with iniquity in the church. In first and second Corinthians Paul dealt with sin in the church. The people obeyed him and dealt with the young man, and he was led to repentance. Then he told them to restore him and confirm their love for him.
2Cor2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

The Gospel

The Gospel means "The Good News". What good news? God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Who is He? His name is Jesus. He is the Son of God. He willingly came to Earth from Heaven. He was born of the Virgin Mary. He became a man like us. He had a body like us, but He was the Son of God. He was...
born holy! The scripture says He was tempted in every way like us, yet He never sinned. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil. Yet the religious leaders and many of the people hated Him and condemned Him to death by crucifixion. However, it was the will of the Father for Him to willingly give Himself on the cross a living sacrifice for our sins. Because He knew no sin, when his blood was shed it completely satisfied the Father in heaven for all our sins.The scripture says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead by His mighty power. Jesus is the first begotten from the dead.
We are dead in our trespasses and sins. We must repent of our sins and believe the Gospel, calling on the Lord, and be baptized,
baptized into His death, our old sin nature is buried with Him, and we are raised with him, justified from all things. We become the righteousness of God in Him! We must receive the Holy Spirit and be led by Him to do the will of God from the heart. Jesus said in John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever- the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Jesus said take up your cross daily and follow Him. You must receive the Holy Spirit so you can be led by Him. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to sin. So as you continue to believe the Gospel, believing that you are dead to sin in Him, as you were baptized into His death, and you are alive unto God in Him through His resurrection, you will be led by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus and do the will of the Father from your heart, you will be walking in righteousness by faith, pleasing God! If you sin, you can confess your sin to Him, and His blood that he shed on the cross, faith in His blood, justifies you before the Father, just as though you had never sinned. You will be saved from the wrath of God to come, if you continue in Him. You will be delivered from everything that hinders you. He overcame death and sin and all the powers of darkness when he rose from that grave! He appeared to His disciples several times afterwards for a period of 40 days before He ascended to heaven to the right hand of God, where He is right now, making intersession for us. He is alive! He will save you completely if you will come to Him and give yourself completely to Him. Jesus said "Repent and believe the Gospel, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand".

Our Fellowship Continued

We are not here to compete, or strive with one another, but rather to love and obey Jesus, love one another, and work together. We are a body. One hand is not in competition with the other, but they are in unity and obedience to the head. One hand does not have it's own agenda, but follows the head. When both hands follow the head they work together well. The head,(Jesus),has work He wants us to do together that we cannot do alone. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him every day. We also need more than just two hands. The whole body must come into one accord to do this work. That can certainly happen if the people that the Lord is bringing together will commit fully to the Word of God and to the Holy Spirit and let Him work, laying down our lives for one another as unto Him.

Our Fellowship

1John1:2-7, For the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light,as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
True fellowship is in the light, in Jesus, in Him, in the truth, and His blood cleanses us from all sin. The light will make manifest the things of darkness, and if we will love the truth, and continue in His Word, the Lord will deliver us , by the power of the Holy Spirit from those things, and we will have better and better fellowship with Him and with one another, with persecutions. Hallelujah!

Whomsoever I Send


Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
Joh 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are th
e feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Not everyone who preaches is sent. Some just go and God did not send them. They go in the authority of man and not God. They preach in the flesh and it profits the people nothing, and the Lord does not show up at the meeting, so they do all kinds of works in the flesh and people that are after the flesh are impressed.
When Jesus sends you, you go in His authority. You are being led by the Holy Spirit to do His will. You speak the words that He gives you by His Spirit and He confirms the Word with signs following. The people that receive you are receiving Jesus and His ministry through you by the Spirit.
God will send someone to you with the truth in their mouth and see if you will hear them, especially someone you don't think you need to listen to, like a donkey.
You would do well to humble yourself and consider what they are saying. There may be an angel standing before you some day down the road with a sword in his hand, and if you have rejected the Word of the Lord He has sent to you, you may not recognize him.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Continuing In The Word

If we are not continuing in the Word daily we will be deceived. Satan told Jesus lies when he was tempting Him, but he overcame them by speaking the Word by the Spirit. If He had believed any one of those lies He would have been destroyed and we would have no savior! Do you think Satan won't try to do the same with you? Reading christian books and watching christian movies and listening to christian music is not enough. We must be in the Word. We must be experiencing the Word. The truth must become a part of our very being. It is the Words of God, not the words of a man, that will make you free, as God reveals His Word to us by the Holy Spirit and then leads us in righteous paths to walk in it. For example, He reveals to you that you should love your enemies. Then He will lead you to an enemy. As you continue to yield to the truth of His Word and love that person you are experiencing the Word and it is becoming a part of you. Rom 5:3-5 And not only so
, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

When We Go

When we go in obedience to the Lord's command, He is sending us, we go in His authority. Then as we are being led by the Spirit of God, we are walking in faith, working by love, only doing what we see the Father doing, only saying what we hear Him saying. Then He will be with us, confirming His
Words with signs following, with gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed to us severally as He wills. There will be good works, good fruit, and God will be glorified. When we go in the power of our flesh, speaking our words, it profits no one anything. It is rebellion, not faith ,nor love, and the Holy Spirit will not bear witness to our words nor works. Yet many many people seem to delight in such meetings. We must let the Lord lead us in paths of righteousness to expose the darkness in us, and purify us with the washing of the water of the Word. Let Him break us of our pride and rebellion, that we may become a holy people, set apart unto Him, delighting to do the will of the Father. Then He will truely be glorified, and we will be truely blessed.

Fathers

It is written in Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. It is also written in Eph 6:2&3 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth.
One of the things that is severly lacking in this generation is honoring of our fathers and mothers. Many children dishonor their parents, especially their fathers. Some have a meticulous record of every mistake and every offense they have commited and they hold them in derision and unforgiveness with absolutely no fear of God before their eyes. They scoff at the verses I just mentioned, yet it does not go well with them. I say unto them; forgive your dad and repent of your dishonoring him, even if he was wicked toward you, forgive him, fear God, humble yourself and honor him before God and see what He will do for you and your dad, if he is still alive. When you dishonor him you are actually cutting yourself off from many blessings that God ministers through fathers to their children, and through children to their fathers. Mal 4:5&6 Behold I send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Because someone does not believe God's Word, nor fear Him, that does not exclude them from the effect of it. He is no respecter of persons;
Rom 2:9-11 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.
You do this as unto the Lord, and whether you realize it or not, when you dishonor your Dad, it is unto the Lord; you are dishonoring Him. The same goes for wives. It is unto the Lord that you honor your husband, trusting the Lord to bless you and honor you for so doing, and it is unto the Lord that you dishonor him.
Fathers and husbands bear the weight and responsibility before God. We must answer to Him whether we loved our wives and children and led them in the right way before God. If we have not, then we need to repent to them first and then to God. He will forgive us and change us.
What do you want, tribulation and anguish, or glory , honor, and peace? Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and do His Word unto Him, loving Him, doing good to those that hate you, and he will exhalt you in due season.

What is a Great Man of God?


1. A great man of God is a servant of all. Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
2. A great man of God can do nothing without Jesus Christ. He denies himself every day, takes up his cross and follows Him. Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
3. A great man of God only does the will of the Father being led by the Holy Spirit. Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
4. A great man of God prays without ceasing 1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
5. A great man of God believes Him and He answers Him. Mark 11:24, Therefore I say to you, All things, whatever you ask, praying, believe that you shall receive them, and you shall have them.
6. A great man of God does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedes out of the mouth of God.
7. A great man of God loves Him with all his heart, soul, and stregnth. He loves his brother, his sister, and his enemies. He blesses those who curse him, does good to those who hate him, and prays for those who use him. He forgives all those who sin against him. Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
8. A great man of God seeks only the honor of God and never
the honor of man, He fears God and not man and he trembles at His Word.Joh 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that comes from God only?Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
9. A great man of God is crucified with Christ, it is no longer he that lives but Christ lives in Him.Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
10.A great man of God is humble.Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Christians With Devils?

You who teach that a christian cannot have a devil. I would say to you, again, with all due respect for you and your ministry, It says in the scriptures that Mary Magdalene was delivered of 7 devils. We can surely assume that Jesus cast them out with His Word, as the scriptures say He did. Can you tell me when He did so? Was it before she believed on Him? He was always telling people that He healed"Your faith hath made you whole".It is most likely that she believed and was delivered. I have actually heard it said at certain conferences that christians who say they have a devil have never been born again.By what scriptural authority can you say that? It's just not true. The truth is almost no one casts out devils and Jesus and the apostles did so often. It says in the scriptures that Simon believed and was baptized, in Samaria, when he heard Phillip preaching and saw the miracles. He had deceived the whole city through sourcery. It is safe to say that he had devils. Are you saying that Phillip baptized someone who was not born again, when he required the Ethiopian eunuch to truely believe and confess Jesus before he would baptize him?
Jesus said,"If you continue in my Word, then you will be my diciples indeed, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." That says clearly that even though we have believed on Him, we are still in some degree of bondage, and we must continue in His Word to be free. There must be a proper foundation of repentance and faith toward God before we can possibly maintain any freedom. You can say that I was not born again, but I know I was in 1976. There was an immedeate change in my life and I repented of my sins with all my heart, and was baptized in water. I received the baptizm in the Holy Spirit not long after. It was not until the mid 1980's that the Lord Jesus began to cast devils out of me. It was not an easy time because they were manifesting and tormenting me, but He brought me through it. I know I was delivered of at least 5 devils during that time. I am so thankful that He brought me to a ministry that believed in casting out devils. The truth is, even though you may be born again, if you have never been delivered, you are still in bondage. But also, if you continue with Jesus you are going to be set free. Someone who has been a christian for very long should have been delivered of any devils they may have had.
Also, if we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, where are the manifestations? In some ministries that talk much about the Holy Spirit you never see any of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation in any of their meetings. Why? Jesus said as recorded in Mark 16, "...and these signs shall follow them that believe (the Gospel); in my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues..." I have been operating in the gifts of the Spirit from the begining of my walk with the Lord, including prophecy, tongues and interpretation, working of miracles, gift of faith, healing, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, it is just a normal part of the Christian life to me. The Lord has also led me in many righteous paths to deal with my wickedness and break me and bring me to repentance, and as I continue in His Word I am learning the truth, I am becoming His disciple, and I am being made free. Free to obey Him and follow the Holy Spirit to do the will of the Father.
 
 
 

Walk in the Light

1John 1:1-10
John 3:16-21How do we walk in the light? God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.But if we walk in the light we have fellowship one with another and with the father and with his Son Jesus Christ, and His blood cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The Apostle Paul said "I exercise myself daily to have a conscience void of offense toward God and man. This is how we walk in the light. If we sin we go to God and confess it and He forgives us for Jesus sake, and the sin is purged by His blood, and our consciense is purged of the offense. If we do not take it to Him, if we say no I haven't sinned, when the Holy Spirit is pricking our conscience, and we harden our heart, we deceive ourselves, and the sin remains uncleansed by His blood and we are guilty before God. We are thereby separated from Him and from true fellowship with our brothers and sisters. He is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but he will by no means clear the guilty. We must bring it to Him and confess our sin and then He will forgive us and cleanse us by the blood of Jesus, and we continue to walk on with Him being led by the Holy Spirit to do the will of the Father in fellowship with Him and with our brothers and sisters, with no condemnation and no guilt because of the wonderful gift of God of His grace through the Lord Jesus Christ, justified by faith in His shed blood. We may also need to go to a brother or sister if we have sinned against them and repent to them. When we obey God in this manner, again our conscience is purged of the offense, and we walk on with a conscience void of offense toward God and man. Love does no ill to his neighbor, therefore love is the fullfilling of the law. We cannot say, "Because I am in faith it is not sin.", when we are doing ill to our neighbor, because faith works by love. If we love God we will keep His Word. When we are led by the Spirit and we walk in the light there is no condemnation and no guilt. In John 3:19-21 Jesus said, And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, and will not come to the light, unless his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.

The Gospel

The Gospel means "The Good News". What good news? God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Who is He? His name is Jesus. He is the Son of God. He willingly came to Earth from Heaven. He was born of the Virgin Mary. He became a man like us. He had a body like us, but He was the Son of God. He was... born holy! The scripture says He was tempted in every way like us, yet He never sinned. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil. Yet the religious leaders and many of the people hated Him and condemned Him to death by crucifixion. However, it was the will of the Father for Him to willingly give Himself on the cross a living sacrifice for our sins. Because He knew no sin, when his blood was shed it completely satisfied the Father in heaven for all our sins.The scripture says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead by His mighty power. Jesus is the first begotten from the dead.
We are dead in our trespasses and sins. We must repent of our sins and believe the Gospel, calling on the Lord, and be baptized,
baptized into His death, our old sin nature is buried with Him, and we are raised with him, justified from all things. We become the righteousness of God in Him! We must receive the Holy Spirit and be led by Him to do the will of God from the heart. Jesus said in John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever- the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Jesus said take up your cross daily and follow Him. You must receive the Holy Spirit so you can be led by Him. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to sin. So as you continue to believe the Gospel, believing that you are dead to sin in Him, as you were baptized into His death, and you are alive unto God in Him through His resurrection, you will be led by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus and do the will of the Father from your heart, you will be walking in righteousness by faith, pleasing God! If you sin, you can confess your sin to Him, and His blood that he shed on the cross, faith in His blood, justifies you before the Father, just as though you had never sinned. You will be saved from the wrath of God to come, if you continue in Him. You will be delivered from everything that hinders you. He overcame death and sin and all the powers of darkness when he rose from that grave! He appeared to His disciples several times afterwards for a period of 40 days before He ascended to heaven to the right hand of God, where He is right now, making intersession for us. He is alive! He will save you completely if you will come to Him and give yourself completely to Him. Jesus said "Repent and believe the Gospel, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand".

False Grace

If there is true grace, as spoken by the Apostle Peter in 1Pet 5:12, then it is very likely that there is false grace as well. One of the most effective methods of the Devil which he uses to try to rob you of your inheritance is to convince you that you have something when you don't. False grace is that way. It is designed to convince you that you are secure and justified before God when you may not really be. Lately I've been hearing some teachings that do not seem to agree with what is written in God's Word, yet they are being widely and enthusiastically received by christians all over the globe.
The main thrust of it is that Jesus did it all on the cross. He paid it all. It is a complete finished work. This is absolutely the truth, but this teacher goes beyond what is written to put forth a "radical grace" that includes many statements contrary to the Word of God in it's proper context, thereby establishing a false sense of justification and righteousness before God which can ultimately lead to destruction.
Here following are some of those statements:
1. "When you receive Jesus you are saved forever."
This is not a new doctrine. It is simply a re-packaging of "Once saved-always saved." This teacher refers often to Heb 10:10 which states that we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, and vs 14 says "For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified." He states that a believer is once cleansed, it is a never to be repeated act, and that the effect lasts forever. This is a perversion of scripture. The Apostle Paul is simply saying that Jesus was once offered. He does not have to offer Himself often. You have to consider the context of the whole chapter. Vs 26 and 27 state that if you go and sin willfully you are facing judgement.
2. "All judgement is past for a christian" "No more judgement" "It was all finished on the cross." "What is in front of you is just hope and a beautiful future." Sounds really good, but is it the truth? Heb 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. This teacher actually calls these verses "obscure", stating that we should rather cling to John 3:16 which is a "certain" passage, and that "Once Jesus gives you eternal life, you will never perish." "Don't let the obscure passage rob you of the joy of the certain passge"

My friends, all of God's Word, every Word , is clear and certain, and true.
Some other scriptures to consider here: Rom 14:10 ..."We shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ." Vs 12, ..."every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
3. "God would be unjust to punish you for the same sin He already punished His Son for" " All your sins are forgiven, past, present, and future" "Repentance is changing your mind"
The Bible says that sin is the transgression of the law. There must be a transgression comitted for there to be a sin. And, according to 1 John 1:9, there must be a confession to be forgiven. There is no such thing as a future sin, and there is no forgiveness without true repentance. Repentance is way more than changing your mind. It involves Godly sorrow and an ackowledging of the truth and a true turning from the evil resulting in a true change in the person. There will be works meet for repentance. In Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, Jesus, in talking to the seven churches, repeatedly says "I know thy works" and "I will give unto everyone of you according to your works." And in Rev 2:21&22 "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds." Luk 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Luk 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
These are just a sampling of the things that are being taught in the name of grace that simply are not true. There are many things taught by this same person that are true. Why the mixture? I encourage us all to be like the Bereans in Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

He That Does Righteousness

1Jn 3:7&8 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committs sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Rom 6:14-18 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.
Yes you are righteous because of Jesus' obedience if you repent and believe the Gospel. Because you believe what he did on the cross it is imputed to you for righteousness. If you believe that you were baptised into His death, that you are indeed dead unto sin and alive unto righteousness. If you, when you sin, confess your sin He is faithfull to forgive you and cleanse you and you walk on in faith and obedience. Repenting and believing the Gospel, baptized in water, having received the gift of the Holy Spirit, being led by the Holy Spirit every day to do the will of the Father, thus you are doing righteousness. To say that your righteousness has nothing to do with your obedience and only to do with Jesus obedience is a lie, and the Holy Spirit is no lie. Jesus said in Matt 7, Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of my Father. He that does righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

True Grace

I have heard it said recently that, if you are a believer in Christ, when God looks at you He sees Jesus.
So, are we saying that if you are lifted up in pride that God doesn't see that because you believe in Jesus and therefore He sees Jesus and grants you grace even though you are full of pride. I don't think so.In 1Pet 5:5 it is written that God grants grace to the humble but He resists the prideful.
The way you will get grace is if, in His goodness, He leads you to repentance, and that will be by His Holy Spirit, and you humble yourself under His mighty hand (1Pet 5:6) and He has mercy on you. He sees you my friend, and He loves you. Jesus promised that we shall give account, in the day of judgement, for every idle word we have spoken. Every man will be rewarded according to his works.
1Pe 1:13-21: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear; Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your Fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Also 1Pet 3:12: For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
The Apostle Peter ends this epistle in vs. 5:12 saying: "...I have written briefly, exhortiing and testifying that this is the true grace of God."

Friday, June 15, 2012

How Important...

How important it is for you and I as we come closer and closer to the end of this life as we know it, it will be over before you know it, to give ourselves wholly to the Lord Jesus Christ , who gave Himself a living sacrifice for our sins, that He might redeem us from this present evil world and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works, that we might bring glory and honor to Him... and live forever with Him in His heavenly kingdom, and in the New Heaven and New Earth in which only righteousness dwells, where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more sickness, and God himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes. In Rom 10 it says if we will confess the Lord Jesus with our mouth and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead we shall be saved. You may ask "From what?" That would be from the wrath of God to come. It is coming, He has promised in His Word, upon all the ungodly. All the wicked shall be destroyed. But when you repent of your sins, turn from them, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He accomplished through the death of the cross, the shedding of His blood, who was tempted in every way as we are yet without sin, He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father in heaven raised him from the dead, when you believe that , it is imputed to you for righteousness. You become righteous before God by faith. And, as you continue to walk with the Lord in repentance and forgiveness and faith and Love, you will overcome more and more, and you will have more and more peace and righteousness and joy in your life now, and in the world to come, everlasting life.