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Jesus Alone saves

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Jesus Christ, the most important person in the history of the world. Jesus is God Almighty in the Flesh(John 1:1,14; Col.2:9). He is the Only way to God, apart from Him there is no remission for sins and no salvation apart from Christ. (John 14:6; 1 John 5:12-13; Heb.5:9;2 Timothy 3:15 )He died for the sins of the world on the cross and rose from the dead physically 3 days later(1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 2:24; Luke 24:7,34-40, Romans 8:11). He came to deliver people from the righteous wrath of God upon sinful man.(Romans 5:8). On the day of Judgment God will judge all people for all their sins against Him, He will judge all people who have stolen, cheated, lied, murdered, committed adultery, dishonored their parents, been prideful, etc. Because of God's absolute righteousness and holiness He must judge sin wherever it is found, no sin or evil can exist in His presence. God will not overlook any of our sins; no thought, no word, and no deed is hidden from Jesus who is God in the flesh. We broke God's moral law and therefore God's wrath abides on us.(Ephesians 2:3) To break God's law is to deny God's soverignty and his holy character, He will Judge us as a result. It is Jesus we need, Jesus alone will deliver all who put their trust in him from the wrath of God to come. Seek Jesus, pray to Jesus, recieve Him and put your trust in Him for he shed his blood on the cross for us to give us a new life, to bring us back to God. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins that you have committed against Him and he will forgive you. (Luke 5:20; Matt. 9:2) He can and will save you from the wrath to come if you will just trust in Jesus Christ the true and living God. Jesus is our rock, He is our anchor, He is our faithful and true witness, He is our salvation, He is the light of the world, He is our mediator, He is our refuge and hightower, He is the great I AM, He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, He is the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father but through Him, He is our wonderful counselor, Mighty God, everlasting father, He is the Prince of peace, He is the only begotton son, He is the branch, He is the true vine, He is the rose of sharon, He is the lilly of the valley, He is the image of the invisible God, He is the resurrection and the life, He is the door, He is the Lamb of God, He is King of Kings and LORD of lords he is the Almighty God. Praise and glory, and honor and majesty to Jesus Christ our Lord and redeemer!!!

Why does God allow suffering?

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM Comments comments (0)

  Why does God allow suffering if He is good and all knowing? That is a fair question to ask, this question is usually raised by atheists and agnostics as a potent weapon against the christian faith. first we need to acknowledge that God is indeed good and omnipotent, all wise and perfectly holy and a just God. In the beginning when God created everything He said that everything was "very good"(Gen. 1:31) so with that we can see that there was no suffering in the beginning. God created man in His own image and blessed him and said be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and to subdue it  and to have dominion over all the creatures of the earth (Gen.1:26-28) Adam had a direct relationship with his creator in the beginning, Adam beheld God's direct creative act before him. (Gen.2:18-20) Shortly thereafter woman was created to be the mans helper (Gen.2:18,22-24). Both enjoyed fellowship with God in the beginning in a sinless world, with one command of God, and that was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, every other tree was permissable (Gen. 2:16-17).  The Archangel Lucifer, heavens favored prince regent, most adored of heaven, 2nd only to God's throne perhaps was given to be a watcher in the Garden of Eden, because scripture indicates that lucifer was in eden prior to his rebellion into sin, (Ezekiel 28:13-17) It explains Lucifers eventual fall which I believe was about 100 years after the creation. Perhaps God's fellowship with the newly creation, the race of men incensed Lucifer along with the pride he had within because of his majestic beauty, he was losing fellowship with God to the race of men which became obsessive to the point  where he and a third of his renegade angelic host who rendered his demands, or were stirred by his spirit or motivation of rebellion to rebel against God. Lucifer secured Eve's allegiance by deciet  along with Adam. They were then bound to the consequences of their defection by eating of the forbidden fruit and thus brought sin into the world. Since then Sin has brought forth a broken world where we experience suffering through diseases and eventual death the whole creation is under the curse of sin(Romans 8:22). It was mans rebellion against a sinless God that has brought forth suffering and death. (Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12) Through God's anger and pain by mans rebellion, the God of the universe reached back to restore the broken relationship man had with Him before sin, by coming down in the person of Jesus Christ in order to sacrifice himself for the sins of all humanity for all time. God himself suffered more then anyone. (1 Corinthians 15:3). Satan will be judged with his fallen host for their sins against God and humanity and likewise anyone who will not put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ by repenting from their sins for breaking God's law. (John 3:16-18). God knows our pain and so desires to forgive us and give us a new life, eternal life if we accept it. (1 Timothy 2:3-5;Romans 5:6-8). The Bible tells us that God cursed the earth because of Adam's transgression. weeds are a curse, diseases are a curse. sin and suffering cannot be seperated. The scripture informs us that we live in a fallen creation. When sin came into the world, so did misery and death.  Those who understand the message of the holy bible, eagerly await a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness will dwell (Isaiah 11:5-9; Revelation 21:3-5)

Angels

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 1:33 AM

The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means “messenger.” The matching Hebrew word mal'ak has the same meaning.

Sometimes, the Bible uses these words for human beings:

ordinary people who carry messages (Job 1:14; Luke 7:24; 9:52)

prophets (Isaiah 42:19; Malachi 3:1)

priests (Malachi 2:7)

church leaders (Rev 1:20)

Sometimes, it speaks figuratively of things or events as “messengers”…

the pillar of cloud (Exodus 14:19)

pestilence or plagues (2 Samuel 24:16-17)

But it usually describes the whole range of spirits whom God has created, including both good and evil angels, and special categories such as cherubim, seraphim, and the archangel.

Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament (Chafer, Systematic Theology, II, 3). Hence, there is ample information available in Scripture to allow us to build a foundation for our knowledge of angelic beings.

Angels are created, spiritual beings with moral judgment  and high intelligence, but without physical bodies. Since angels are "spirits" (Heb.1:14) or spiritual creatures, they do not ordinarily have physical bodies (Luke 24:39). Therefore they cannot usually be seen by us unless God gives us a special ability to see them. (Numbers 22:31; 2 Kings 6:17; Luke 2:13). In their ordinary activities of guarding and protecting us (Psalm 34:7;91:11;Heb.1:14), and joining with us in worship of God (Heb.12:22), they are invisible. However, from time to time angels took on a bodily form to appear to various people throughout scripture (Matt.28:5; Heb. 13:2). Scripture also uses other terms for angels such as " sons of God" (Job 1:6; 2:1) "holy ones" (Psalm 89:5,7), "spirits"(Heb.1:14) "watchers"(Dan.4:13,17,23) "thrones, dominions, principalities, authorities" (Col.1:16) and "powers" Ephesians 1:21)

When angels do appear, they generally appear in the form of men. In Genesis 18, Abraham welcomed three angelic guests who appeared at first to be nothing more than some travellers. In the following chapter, two angels went to Sodom where they were assumed to be simply a pair of human visitors.

With the possible exception of one debatable passage in Zechariah 5:9, angels always appear as males rather than females (Mark 16:5).

Sometimes an angel appears to be a man with unusual features. Daniel saw an angel with arms and legs resembling polished metal and precious stones, and a face like lightning (Daniel 10:5-6). The angel that rolled back the stone from Christ's tomb was radiating dazzling light (Matthew 28:3; Luke 24:4). The book of Revelation describes some highly unusual beings who may be a variety of angel in Revelation 4:6-8..Angels in the Bible never appear as cute, chubby infants! They are always full-grown adults. When people in the Bible saw an angel, their typical response was to fall on their faces in fear and awe, not to reach out and tickle an adorable baby.

Faith

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

"Faith is believing what you want to believe, yet cannot prove."

Sadly, many people, including some Christians, live with this definition of faith. For some it feels liberating. It means being able to believe in anything you want to believe. No explanation is required, indeed, no explanation can be given; it is just a matter of faith. For others, such a definition is sickening. Embracing faith means you stop thinking. As faith increases, reason and meaning eventually disappear. No explanations can be given, and none can be expected. Thus, living in faith is living in the dark.

For both groups, the problem is the same. By starting with the wrong definition of faith, they have asked the wrong question, are dealing with the wrong problem, and so have ended up with the wrong answer. Faith is not wishful thinking. It is not about believing in things that do not exist. It neither makes all things believable, nor meaning impossible.

So what is the right definition of faith? "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," writes the author of Hebrews. A few verses later faith is similarly defined as knowing that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Perhaps the best word we can use to translate the Greek word “pistis” (usually translated faith) is the word "trust" or "trustworthy." Suppose you tell a friend that you have faith in her. What does that mean? It means two things. First, you are sure the person you are talking to actually exists. And second, you are convinced she is trustworthy; you can believe what she says and trust in her character.

It is in this way that the writer of Hebrews talks about faith in God. Faith is knowing that God is real and that you can trust in his promises. You cannot trust someone who isn't there, nor can you rely on someone whose promises are not reliable. This is why faith is talked about as the substance of things hoped for and as the evidence of things not seen. Both words carry with them a sense of reality. Our hope is not wishful thinking. Faith does not make God real. On the contrary, faith is the response to a real God who has made Himself known to us:

"I am the LORD, and there is no other;

apart from me there is no God.

I will strengthen you,

though you have not acknowledged me,

so that from the rising of the sun

to the place of its setting

men may know there is none besides me" (Isaiah 45:5-6).

Ever since the Church began, the refrain has always been the same: Come, believe, follow the light of the world. It has never appealed for people to leap into the dark; no such invitation is found anywhere in Scripture. Instead, we are called to step into the light. The Christian gospel is not a message that revels in ignorance. It is the revelation of God in the person of Christ, so that we might know there is none besides Him. The Christian is called to see things as they really are, and not as he would simply like them to be. We trust in a God who has revealed Himself. We believe because God is real.

The Christian gospel invites you to delve into reality. It commands you to be honest in your commitment to know that which is true. Is Jesus real? Who did he claim to be? Is he really alive today? Faith comes in response to knowing the answers to these questions, even as Christ is calling you near. But don’t stop after the initial introductions! Just as you are able to put more trust in someone as you grow to know him, so faith increases as you grow in your relationship with Christ. There is a God who is real and true, and He is calling you unto Himself. The great joy of the Christian faith is found in the person who invites us to trust and believe.

                                                       by: michael Ramsden;  posted to this site by Edward Lee

Justification Doctrine

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 12:19 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Justification is a forensic term, opposed to condemnation. In regard to its nature, it is the judicial act of God, by which He pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands. In addition to the pardon of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified. It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign. The law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled in the strictest sense; and so the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising from perfect obedience to the law (Romans 5:1-10).

It proceeds on the imputing or crediting to the believer by God himself of the perfect righteousness, active and passive, of His Representative and Surety, Jesus Christ (Romans 10:3-9). Justification is not the forgiveness of a man without righteousness, but a declaration that he possesses a righteousness that perfectly and for ever satisfies the law, namely, Christ's righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:6-8).

The sole condition on which this righteousness is imputed or credited to the believer is faith in or on the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is called a "condition," not because it possesses any merit, but only because it is the instrument, the only instrument by which the soul appropriates or apprehends Christ and His righteousness (Romans 1:17; 3:25, 26; 4:20, 22; Philippians 3:8-11; Galatians 2:16).

The act of faith which thus secures our justification secures also at the same time our sanctification (q.v.); and thus the doctrine of justification by faith does not lead to licentiousness (Romans 6:2-7). Good works, while not the ground, are the certain consequence of justification (Romans 6:14; 7:6).

Sanctification Doctrine

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 11:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Sanctification - involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Romans 6:13; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Corinthians 6:19). It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification, inasmuch as it (1) secures union to Christ (Galatians 2:20), and (2) brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience "to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come."

Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1 Kings 8:46; Proverbs 20:9; Ecclesiastes 7:20; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8). See Paul's account of himself in Romans 7:14-25; Philipians 3:12-14; and 1 Timothy 1:15; also the confessions of David (Psalms 19:12-13), of Job (42:5, 6), and of Daniel (9:3-20). "The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always subject to the constant chastisement of their Father's loving hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for themselves."

SIN

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 2:08 AM Comments comments (0)

Sin, what is sin? By definition Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature. Sin includes not only individual acts such as stealing, lying, or committing murder, but also attitudes that are contrary to the attitudes that God requires of us. We see this in the ten commandments, which not only prohibit sinful actions but also wrong attitudes. God specifies in the commandments that even a desire to steal, or to committ adultery is also sin in His sight. Apostle paul lists attitudes such as jealousy, anger, and selfishness (Galatians 5:20) as things that are works of the flesh opposed to the desires of the Spirit. Therefore a life that is pleasing to God is one that has moral purity not only in actions, but also in its desires of heart. The definition of sin given above specifies that sin is a failure to conform to God's moral law not only in action and attitude, but also in our moral nature. We must realize from experience that sin is harmful to our lives, that it brings pain and destructive consequences to us and to others affected by it. Sin is directly opposite to all that is good in the character of God. Sin is wrong in the deepest sense of the word. It is, in essence, the contradiction of the excellence of his moral character. It contradicts his holiness, and He must hate it. God thus will hold us accountable for our sins and will judge them accordingly. Some sins are indeed worse then others in that they have more harmful cosequences in our lives and in the lives of others, and in terms of our personal relationship to God as Father, they arouse His displeasure more and bring more serious disruption to our fellowship with him. In general, we may say that som sins have more harmful cosequences that others if they bring more dishonor to God or if they cause more harm to ourselves, to others, or to the church. Moreover, those sins that are done willfully, repeatedly and knowingly, with a calloused heart, are more displeasing to God than those that are done out of ignorance and are not repeated, or are done with a mixture of good and impure motives and ar followed by remorse and repentance. Thus the laws that God gave Moses in Leviticus make provisions for the cases where people sin ''unwittingly''(Lev. 4:2, 13, 22). Unintentional sin is still sin: " If any one sins, doing any of the things which he LORD has commanded not to be done, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity" (Lev. 5:17)

how to reach the Lost

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

What is the primary duty of a christian? well, to reach the lost, those that are not in Christ. The key to reach the lost is evident for the christian as it is mentioned in the bible. (John 10:9) Jesus said that He is the door by which we must enter through for salvation. The key is the law, which shows us how we violated Gods moral law ( the ten commandments) and that the wrath of God abides on usfor violating His law. Paul persuaded sinners concerning Jesus was "out of the law of Moses" The bible tells us the the law of Moses is good if it is used lawfully (1 Timothy 1:8) It was given by God as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24) Paul wrote that he "had not known sin but by the law" (Romans7:7) the Law speaks to the conscience of the sinner to show them how they have fallen short of Gods standard (Romans 3:23) and as a result that we need a savior to save us from the wrath of God which abides on us. Ask someone if they believe they are a good person, generally they will say 'yes', then ask them if they ever told a lie, ' yes', what does that make you? obviously a liar, then ask if they ever stolen anything, regardless of its value and when it was, if they say ' yes' then that makes them a thief, then tell them Jesus said " You have heard that you shall not committ adultery, but I say to you, that whosoever looks upon a woman, to lust after her has committed adultery with her in his heart'' have you ever looked wih lust? of course!! who has not done that, then ask them if they ever blasphemed Gods holy name, ever taked Gods name in Vain. if they say "yes'  then inform them on the seriousnessof that sin, its taking the name of the God who gave you life and everything precious to you and you have taken His name and reducd it to a filthy expression of disgust. Then stop with the questions on the law and reveal to them that by their own admission, they are a lying, thieving, blasphemous adulterer at heart and they will have to face God on Judement Day. and thats just 4 of the 10 commandments. ask them if God judged them based on those commandments will they be innocent or guilty. they would be guilty of ourse, and would they go to heaven or hell?  Hell of course, ask them if that concerns them, it rightly should.  then thats where you can bring in the gospel message. tell them, you know what God did for you so you don't have to go to hell. 2000 years ago God came down in the form of a person Jesus Christ to sacrifice himself for your sins and mine and to reconcile our broken relationship man had with God. its like this, your in a court room convicted of a serious crime, and the bail is $250,000 and the Judge says " you have broken the law and the evidence shows it, you hereby are going to be punished by imprisionment. then someone you don't know comes in and tells the judge, that he is paying the fine of $250,000 in full cause he loves this person. the judge then says, 'alright, the debt is paid in full, justice has been paid and you are free to go'  what would your reaction be toward this person whom came in a saved you? well this is what Jesus did for us, he paid our debt, took our punishment on himself and satisfied the law to set us free Jesus shed his blood on the cross or us. all we have to do is repent of ur sins, not just be sorry, but turn from our sins and trust in Christ with our whole selves. submit our life to God and read his word and obey what you read and the Lord will never forsake us, grow in the knowledge of Christ.  


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