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WHERE DO YOU STAND WITH CHRIST ?
If a kingdom (or house) is divided against itself, that kingdom (or house) cannot stand.
Mark 3:24,25. Luke 11:17.
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 13: Is Christ divided?...
1 Cor. 1:10,13.
Q: I sometimes wonder if God loves me. I have heard God is a loving God. If He is a loving God, why is there so much suffering and sorrow in this world?
A: In God's book called the Bible, God explains that our sins are the cause for all the suffering and sorrow (see: Genesis 2:17, 3:16-19). Sin is a manifestation of self-worship and rebellion against God.
Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
1 Jo 3:4. note: [ The violation of God's moral Laws and commandments, outside the mindfulness of Christ in your thoughts and deeds ]
For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law. [moral law]
1 Cr 15:56.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
(2 Tim 3:16-17).
Whose law? God’s Moral Law, which establishes the nature of God: Subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Christians become "slaves of righteousness" (Rom. 6:16-22) as God activates His character of righteousness in our behavior by the dynamic of the life of the risen Lord Jesus. Not the Mosaic Ceremonial laws and customs, which all ended at The Cross and when Christ ascended into Heaven. Law by its very definition, requires behavioral action. Gal 3:10,5:3, Rom 2:14,25. In the Holy Bible, Christ outlines specific moral behavior, eliminating the guesswork from moral conduct, mandating Christian character and conduct. see>(1 John 2:3-6).
There can be no merging, no integrating of Law and Grace. Rom 3:19-31,Rom 7:4, Eph 2:4-5,Eph 2:8-10, Col 2:16-17, Heb 8:13, Rom 2:28,29,1 Cor 4:20, 2 Cor 5:17-20. It will be one or the other, and such will be evidenced either in "deeds of the flesh"( Gal 5:19-21), Rom 1:18-32, Eph 4;14, Phil 3:18, Col 2:8, 1Jhn 2:15-16 or the "fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22,23), Jhn 6:63,15:5, Eph 5:9-10, Mat 7:20, Col 1:10, Jhn 2:27.
Grace is the self-giving of Christ [God] to us, in which He both redeems and recreates us: God the judge legally imputes the benefits of Christ's righteousness to the Christian.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
However the Lord has more to say:
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but He loves him that follows after righteousness.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalms 1:6.
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelations 21:8.
Q: But I am not wicked. I am a decent, moral person. Surely the good I have done in my life far outweighs whatever bad I have done. How can these verses apply to me?
A: By God's standard of righteousness, even the most moral person is looked upon by God as a desperate sinner on his way to the Lake of Fire. The Bible teaches that no one is good enough in himself to go to Heaven. On the contrary, we are all sinners, and we are all guilty before God.
As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. Romans 3:10-11.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9.
If God puts no trust in His saints, and the heavens are not pure in his sight, how much less man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water.
Jesus Said: "....for apart from ME you can do nothing"
Q: If I am such a wicked person in God's sight, what will God do to me?
A: The Bible teaches that at the end of the world all the wicked will come under eternal punishment in a place called The Lake of Fire.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev 20:14-15. (also see: Rev 21:8, 20:10,19:20.)
Q: Oh, come on now! The Lake of Fire is not real, is it? Surely things are not that bad!
A: Indeed, The Lake of Fire is very real, and things are that bad for the individual who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. The Bible makes many references to the lake of fire. The Bible says it is both eternal and consists of perpetual suffering!!!
The devil who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Rev 20:10.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:49-50.
. . . the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our LordJesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. II Thessalonians 1:7-9.
Q:That is terrible! Why would God create the lake of fire?
A: The lake of fire is terrible, and it exists because God created man to be accountable to God for his actions. God's perfect justice demands payment for sin.
For the wages of sin is death...
Romans 6:23. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.This is the second death. Rev. 20:14.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. II Corinthians 5:10.
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they will give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36.
Q: Does that mean that at the end of the world everyone will be brought to life again to be judged and sent to the lake of fire?
A: Indeed it does; that is, unless there exists someone who could be our substitute in bearing the punishment of eternal damnation for our sins. That someone is God Himself, who came to earth as Jesus Christ to bear the wrath of God for all who believe in Him.
All of us like sheep have gone astray; Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isaiah 53:6.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5.
For I delivered unto you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:3-4.
For He has made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21.
Q: Are you saying that if I trust in Christ as my substitute, as the One punished for my sins, then I will not have to worry about the lake of fire anymore?
A: Yes, this is so! If I have believed in Christ as my Savior, then it is as if I have already stood before the Judgment Throne of God. Christ as my substitute has paid for my sins. Christ frees the sinner from the condemnation of sin.
He that believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. John 3:36.
Q: But what does it mean to believe on Him? If I agree with all that the Bible says about Christ as Savior, then am I saved from going to the lake of fire?
A: Believing on Christ means a whole lot more than agreeing in my mind with the truths of the Bible. It means that I have come to trust the whole Bible,which is the way, the truth and the life, God's Word to Humanity. It also means that I have an on-going earnest desire to be obedient to the commands of the Bible. Thus I find I am truly happy when I am living like God instructs me in the Bible.
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. I John 2:3.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Matthew 6:24.
Q: Are you saying that there is no way to escape the lake of fire except through Jesus? What about other religions, including many that profess faith in Christ? Will their followers also go to the lake of fire?
A: Yes, indeed. They cannot escape the fact that God holds us accountable for our sins. God demands that we pay for our sins. Other religions cannot provide a substitute to bear the sins of their followers. Christ is the only one who is able to bear our guilt and save us. Therefore one must leave his religion and come to trust only the Bible. Christianity is the function of the Spirit of Christ as He continues to live in Christians.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me". John 14:6.
Q: Now I am desperate. I do not want to go to the lake of fire. What can I do to become saved?
A: There is nothing you can do to get yourself saved. The Bible tells us that only God can save you, "by Grace" ( Eph 2:8-10). God performs the mighty miracle of salvation by applying the Word of God (the Bible) to the hearts and lives of those He plans to save. The effect of this miracle of salvation on the saved persons life is that now you have a love for Christ and the Bible. You now are happiest when you are obeying God's Word, the Bible. Thus if a person truly desires to become saved he should spend much time carefully reading or listening to the Bible.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8.
And a certain woman named Lydia... heard us (Paul who brought the Gospel to her) whose heart the Lord opened... Acts 16:14.
Q: You keep referring to the Bible. How important is the Bible?
A: The Bible is the most important book in the world because it is God's Word to the human race. By reading or listening to the Bible a person is in a place where God can save them if that is God's will for that person. Additionally you will also learn many wonderful and awesome truths about God and His salvation plan. Effectively you are hearing the voice of God because God is the author of the Bible and therefore is speaking to you through His Prophets and Apostles who were Inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Holy Scriptures in the Bible.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Psalm 119:1.
Q: Can I pray that God might be merciful and save me?
A: Absolutely YES! God is very merciful. Therefore, the Bible tells us that we can and should pray to Him, begging and pleading for mercy, for salvation, admitting that we are sinners who deserve the wrath of God. This will not get us saved, but we will have the assurance that God knows of our intense desire to become saved.
But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying 'God be merciful to me, the sinner !' Luke 18:13.
For Godly Sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 Cor 7:10.
Grace is that expression of Divine Love,which appears in the coming of Christ to deal with human sin and estrangement. Grace is what distinguishes Christianity from all man-made religions as the activity of God functions within humanity.
Q: Should I attend a church?
A: The Bible tells us that for almost 2000 years after Jesus died on the cross those who believe in Jesus, if possible, were to be members of a church. But now we learn from the Bible that God has sent a famine on all people’s wherever they may be. Scriptures show with today’s events and clues given us in the Bible, that the Church age has become severely corrupted, apostate, along with all ministries like the days of the Pharisees. (Matthew 24:15,16). Fact is...God commands in His book, the Bible, which the true believers are to use only the Bible as their authority. (CHRIST, the Bible alone, the true Gospel). The church is not a means of access to God, the church preaches Jesus so that you can have access to God. The pastor is not a means of access to God. People are not a means of access to God. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD !!
However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with human hands; as the prophet says: 'HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET; WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?' says the Lord,
But if we walk in the light as HE is in the light, we have fellowship with one another...
1 Jo 1:7a.
What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 Jo 1:3.
This is because God's righteous Judgment is upon all people whereever they may be. God is preparing the world for Judgment Day, which is almost here.
"Behold, the days are coming come," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea, And from north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it. In that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint from thirst."
We must remember we cannot be saved by a church ,by a Pastor, by a Priest, by water baptism or by the Communion Service. Only the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Himself can save us. The Bible teaches that at this present time (the end time generation) there is a great famine of the spiritual hearing of Gods word. All Gods elect belong to the eternal Church, which is the Body of Christ. And all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
1 Cor 10:4.
For he who eats or drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
1 Cor 11:29
So, regarding the local churches, remember ! :
If a kingdom ( or House ) is divided against itself....
Mark 3:24-25, Luke 11:17.
Test all things:...
1 Thes 5:21.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Cor 14:33.
Q: Please tell me more how God saves people.
A: The Bible in John 11 gives an outstanding example showing that God alone does all the work of saving us. Christ brought to life a man named Lazarus who had been dead for four days. Jesus stood outside of the tomb of Lazarus and commanded "Lazarus come forth". Obviously, the stinking corpse within the tomb could not hear Him or obey Him. The Bible tells us that before we are saved we live for and serve spiritual darkness in agreement with the needs and interests of the flesh. Yet God commands us to seek Christ, to believe, to repent. However, just as it was impossible for the dead Lazarus to obey Jesus' command to come out of the tomb, it is impossible for a unsaved person to obey God's command to believe on Jesus for salvation.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44.
Yet Lazarus did hear Jesus' command and did come out of the tomb, a live person.
Q: How did that happen?
A: It meant that when Jesus commanded the dead Lazarus to come forth Jesus in His Spirit had to enter that tomb and gave that stinking corpse physical life, ears to hear, and a will and strength to obey the command of Christ. Likewise for those whom God plans to save as He commands us to believe, to repent, to become saved, He is speaking to spiritual corpses who of themselves could never become saved. Yet there are those who begin to believe on Jesus as Savior, who find that they are happiest when they do God's will. The evidence is in their life that somehow they had become saved. This can only happen because as God commanded them to believe, God also entered into their life and saved them. Because He saved them they found they had come to believe on Jesus. They found that sin had become very unpleasant to them. It was evident God had chosen them to become saved and as they heard the Gospel God did apply the Word to their lives and they did become saved by Grace.
If you are not saved, listen diligently to the Bible. Carefully and prayerfully read and read the Bible. It may be that you, too, will receive salvation as God through His Word, the Bible, calls you and applies the saving Grace of Jesus Christ to your heart.
NO MATTER HOW AWFULLY YOU HAVE LIVED OR HOW TERRIBLY YOU HAVE SINNED, IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT BY GOD'S MERCY YOU, TOO, HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD TO BECOME SAVED BY GRACE, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
Remember, however, that God does everything in His time. Therefore, you should patiently wait upon the Lord while you continue to learn from the Bible.
Remember! Gods inspired word was completed about 2000 years ago. Nothing is being added or taken away from the original inspired words, NOTHING! (see>> Rev 22:18-19 and Galatians 1:8-9).
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Tim 3:12.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved Matthew 24:13.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:26.
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:7,8.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecc:12:13-14.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10.
Only the Grace of Jesus Christ can save you !
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9
The Christian life works only when Jesus Christ works in you !
* Amen * !
The faithful goes from slavey to the law from sin to freedom in Christ as slaves of righteousness, ( Romans 6:19-23 ), Ambassadors of Christ and now ["friend"( John 15:14 )] . We give glory, praise and all honor to God the Father--- through Jesus Christ ! There is no other path to eternal life( John 14.6, 3:36, 6:40, 6:48, 10:29-30,etc...).
"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him,'What have you done?' " Daniel 4:35. "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth." 1 Cor 3:7.
We give glory, honor and praise to God the Father through Christ alone and thereby no other means. Jesus Said: "I and the Father are one." Jhn 10:30. "Allthings that theFatherhasareMine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you." Jhn 16:15. "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
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* YAHWEH - GOD THE FATHER * WHO IS THE CREATOR, THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA AS IS THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT , CO-EQUAL, CO-ETERNAL, ONE GOD EXISTS AS THREE PERSONS IN ONE BEING HAVING A SINGLE DEVINE NATURE * GOD THE SON *: WHO IS THE REDEEMER, HE IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRST BORN OVER ALL CREATION, FOR BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THAT ARE IN HEAVEN AND THAT ARE IN EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WEATHER THRONES OR DOMINIONS OR PRINCIPALITIES OR POWERS. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM. AND HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST. FOR IT PLEASED THE FATHER THAT IN HIM ALL THE FULLNESS SHOULD DWELL AND BY HIM TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF, BY HIM, WEATHER THINGS ON EARTH OR THINGS IN HEAVEN, HAVING MADE PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS. HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD. ALL THINGS WERE MADE THROUGH HIM AND WITHOUT HIM NOTHING WAS MADE THAT WAS MADE, AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US, AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, NOT MADE, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE, JESUS SAID.* THE HOLY SPIRIT *: WHO SANCTIFIES AND ENFORCES GODS WILL. THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN ACTION, OMNIPOTENT,OMNIPRESENT AND OMNISCIENCE. ONE WITH THE FATHER , SON AND INSEPARABLE. * GOD * IS THREE DISTINCT PERSONALITIES IN ONE UNIFIED, INSEPARABLE SPIRITUAL BODY, ONE GOD, ALWAYS IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT. OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPRESENT IN A TRINITARIAN RELATIONSHIP.
But Know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
2 Peter. 1:20-21
" He who hates Me hates My Father also."
" If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father ".
Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.
1 Jo 2:22-23
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he hath both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting:
2 Jo. 9-10.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me"
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
"My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand."
"I and the Father are one".
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 Jo 5:7
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
But the cowardly, unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Cr 10:5.
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plenteous, but the workers are few;
Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest".
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
"Freely you have received, freely give".
"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then shall the end come."
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed"..
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head of all rule and authority;
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory. Col 3:4
So then brethren, we are not under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh --- for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God.
Romans 8: 12-14
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.