Jesus the Son of God

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According to the Bible, there is only one true God, only one Creator of all things. There is only one way and one message in order to be saved from sin, death and hell. If your god does not line up with the written testimony of the God of the Bible then you are trusting in a false god and a false message.

The Bible says that God is sovereign over all things, even the devil.

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45: 5-6

God the Father sent His Son Jesus the Christ or anointed one into the world with a specific purpose. Jesus means in the Hebrew Jeshua which is a shortened form of Jehoshua, which means Jehovah is salvation.

Jesus Christ is God (the second person of the Godhead.)

 they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.  JOHN 8:24
The Bible says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  John 1:3

You must believe in the deity of Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.  MATTHEW 1:23

Jesus took on flesh and became a sacrifice in order to satisfy the law’s demands for sin.

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Saviour. Isaiah 43:11

To the only wise God our Saviour… Jude 1:12
God our Saviour. Titus 2:10

“…the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”  1 John 4:14

 Only Jesus Christ can save you and give you eternal life! No other god!  

Neither is there salvation in any other (than Jesus): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

God is the first and the last. I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. Isaiah 41:4

Jesus is the first and the last. Fear not; I am the first and the last: Revelation 1:17

God forgives sins. The Lord…forgiveth all thine iniquitie  Psalm 103:2-3 Who can forgive sins but God only? Mark 2:7

Jesus forgives sins Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:5

God is our redeemer. Thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer.. Isaiah 63:16

Jesus redeemed us. The great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity.. Titus 2:13-14

God is one. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. Deuteronomy 6:4

Jesus and God are one. I and my Father are one. John 10:30

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us John 1:1, 3, 10, 14

Jesus saith…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7

God has a Son.

The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Psalms 2:7
Jesus is God’s Son.

Jesus said also that God was his Father… John 5:18

Only God is worshipped. … Then saith Jesus unto him… Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10

Jesus is worshipped. While [Jesus] spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him… Matthew 9:18
And again, when [God] bringeth in the firstbegotten [Jesus] into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
And Thomas answered and said unto [Jesus], My Lord and my God. John 20:28

God is Messiah. unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…and his name shall be called… The mighty God, The everlasting Father… Isaiah 9:6

Jesus is Messiah. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:25-26

God is from everlasting. The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. Psalms 93:1-2

Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) is from everlasting. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah…out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

Only God is glorified. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another… Isaiah 42:8

God glorified Jesus. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5
All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. John 5:23
But unto the Son he [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

God is I am
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14

Jesus is I am
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

God heals all diseases. Bless the LORD…who healeth all thy diseases. Psalms 103:2

Jesus heals all diseases. (Jesus) he healed all that were sick. Matthew 8:16

God is the Judge of the whole earth. O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. Psalms 94:1-2
Jesus is the Judge of the whole earth.
The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: John 5:22
God has life in Himself.

The Father hath life in himself John 5:26

Jesus has life in Himself. so hath [God] given to the Son to have life in himself; In [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
God raises the dead. The Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; John 5:21
Jesus raises the dead. The Son quickeneth whom he will. John 5:21

Jesus Christ is God

The scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is God.   If you don’t believe that then you are not saved.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, BELIEVED ON in the world, RECEIVED UP into glory.1 Timothy 3:16

But unto the SON he saith, ‘Thy throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom’… Thou, LORD, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. Hebrews 1:8, 10

I and my Father are ONE. Jesus Christ, John 10:30

CHRIST JESUS…being in the FORM OF GOD, thought it not robbery to be EQUAL WITH GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the FATHER, THE WORD, AND THE HOLY GHOST: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.1 John 5:7

And Thomas answered and said unto him [JESUS], My Lord and MY GOD.John 20:28

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-4, 14

Philip saith unto him, ‘Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.’ Jesus saith unto him, ‘Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me Philip? HE THAT HATH SEEN ME HATH SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, ‘Shew us the Father?John 14:8-9

CHRIST, who is the IMAGE OF GOD…II Corinthians 4:4

glory of GOD in the FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. II Corinthians 4:6

GOD…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his SON…who being the brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON Hebrews 1:1-3

For in [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  Colossians 2:9

God is the Creator

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:3

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 1:17

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8

Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18

You must believe that Jesus is God as the Bible tells us and trust him to save you instead of the law.  

For by GRACE ( God’s undeserved, unmerited, favour and mercy) are ye saved through Faith; (trust in reliance on) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES : (no by your own ability) it is the GIFT ( free bestowal ) of God: Not of works, (no good deeds or good behavior) lest any man should boast. (no bragging about how deserving you are) Ephesians 2:8-9

If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it [the election to salvation by God] be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work Romans 11:6

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began. II Timothy 1:9.

What happens if I reject Jesus of the Bible and choose my own version of god?

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?  Hebrews 2:3

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42,

Them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. 2 Thessalonians 1:8b

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

THE LAW CANNOT SAVE YOU! Jesus Christ superseded the law.  

Galatians 3: 19-25

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 

 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (THE LAW!!!)

Those who belong to Jesus Christ are now heirs of salvation.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3:26-29

 

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Resist Steadfast in the Faith

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The Bible tells us that Satan is our adversary, accuser, and enemy. According to Zec. 3:1, Satan stood before God’s throne to accuse God’s people and Joshua the high priest under the old covenant was being resisted by him. Why is Satan standing at the right hand? Prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus, the devil had authority to resist and accuse God’s people, before the throne of God on a daily basis.

Today, the devil still accuses, however he has no authority because Jesus took away his authority over God’s people because of his victory at the cross. Jesus now has ALL authority in heaven and in earth and he delegate’s authority in certain areas to whom he pleases.

Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

The Bible makes it clear that God has given the devil authority to make war with the saints and over the unsaved as well. Satan has no authority other than what has been delegated to him by God.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Rev.17:7-10

However, God gives his people spiritual weapons to battle the devil with. God’s people are given authority over the works of the devil BUT they must use that authority. I have talked about different weapons in my prior blogs but today I want to talk about resisting the devil.

To resist means to oppose and withstand. In order to resist we must first be in submission to God. This means that we must yield to God’s wisdom, advice, and control. We can find all these things in his word. If we are in disobedience to the word of God then we have given the devil authority to attack us. For example, if we watch bad moves, read bad books, go to the devil’s dens, partake in the devil’s activities, then we open the door for demons to attack us.

Resisting the devil is to take a stand against him, by refusing to participate in the devil’s activities. Instead of doing the devil’s activities; do things useful. Go to church, prayer meetings, read good wholesome material, do outdoor activities, family events, ect.

The world is getting a lot eviler and we must be sober in all things. That is we must be awake, alert, to the evil about us. Be wise concerning evil but ignorant concerning participating in evil.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5: 9

Today recommit yourself to be sober and watchful. Ask forgiveness for participating in any evil activities and tell the devil to take a hike. If we do not learn to resist then we will be destroyed because the devil is in a war with God’s people. Jesus died to give us authority and resisting the devil’s evil is one of our weapons! Ask for strength to say no to playing around with the devil’s tempting diversions and God will give you his power! Be diligent and never let your guard down! Be in constant prayer with the Father in Jesus name and he will give you the victory!

Jesus is our Righteous King

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Jesus is our righteous king. He alone is righteous. Let us look and see what the word righteousness actually means shall we? In the Hebrew tsedeq righteous means justice, doing what is right, obedience to the law, partaking in salvation. Since the Bible specifically says that NONE ARE RIGHTEOUS both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament we can conclude that the only way to be righteous is to be made righteous by God. How is this done?

Simply by receiving Jesus as our personal Savior. This is what is meant by entering into his rest and ceasing from our works. In other words we cannot work our way to righteousness. Nor, may I add can you work your way to keeping righteousness. The righteousness in Christ Jesus is given by IMPUTATION. This means the righteousness of God is accredited to the account of the receiver by grace. (unearned mercy)

In other words when a person receives Jesus Christ and becomes born again that person is MADE righteous. That person is right in the eyes of God, fulfilling the law’s demands of perfection, partaking in salvation. Based on what? JESUS CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS BEING IMPARTED TO THEM BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one Romans 3:10

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

When you hear so called Christians tell you that you must be righteous by behavior that is another gospel you are hearing. A false gospel, one that will lead you straight to hell if you adhere to it! Be forewarned of this!

Let me show you what the Bible says about being righteous.  

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30

When one is made righteous by God then one will act righteous. It is like a mathematical equation.

1 (impartation of righteousness) + 2(faith in Jesus Christ’s righteousness)= righteousness imparted.

When one becomes righteous by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, he becomes a new creature in Jesus Christ. The old man is dead and crucified with Jesus Christ.  No longer does the new creature live like the old man. Many scriptures tell us to test the fruit. If the fruit stinks then the tree is bad and the tree is dead in sin.  The Bible does not tell us to judge whether someone is a Christian or not just because he says he is one or because he names the name of Jesus. It says to JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT, test the fruit, and prove all things.

Jesus is a common name. Many are called Jesus. It is a derivative of Joshua. It is not the name which saves but the person behind the name! Paul said…DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANOTHER JESUS?

Now this brings me to my next point: Those who are in works to keep their salvation. These are those who trust in their own righteousness to save them. Why? Because they do not trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.  If they did then they would know that only God can keep his laws and be righteous. A new creature in Christ does not need to try to work to be righteous any more than a bird needs to use a manual in learning how to fly!

This is the test of a true Christian. By faith in the power of Jesus Christ’s righteousness the Christian is righteous and the fruit is righteous because it is produced by the Righteous King.

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1 John 2:29

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 1 John 5:8

Jesus Christ makes the Christian righteous and by the Holy Spirit they live righteous and the devil cannot touch him.

 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

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The scriptures say that unless we “drink His Blood” we have no life in us but when we partake of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross we can then have eternal life.

Jesus said to his disciples, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you but whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. John 6:53

Christians are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is the shed blood of the lamb that was poured out as an offering once for all for God’s elect. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin and delivered the Christian from the ownership of the devil.

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].Hebrews 9:12

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.Acts 20:28

Christians are saved from God’s wrath by having faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3: 24-28

The blood of Jesus Christ gives the Christian forgiveness of sins. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Revelation 1:5

In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14

The blood of the lamb also purchased Christians from the old man and the power of sin.

knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19

To be redeemed by the blood of Jesus means to be purchased from slavery or the ownership of another. The blood of Jesus Christ is the purchase price that has translated (moved from one place to another) us from darkness of unbelief, slaves of sin and children of the wicked one.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
Colossians 1:13,14

The blood of Jesus gives Christian access to the throne of God to pray for our needs and the needs of others.

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19-22

The Christian’s bodies were bought for God by Jesus Christ and he now owns them and has filled them with His Holy Spirit. God now dwells in his people who are now his temples. Our temples are consecrated for his glory and set apart for service to him.

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Christians are now walking in God’s light, the same light that God commanded to shine in our hearts, the blood of Jesus continually cleanses us from all sin.

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 cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

Christian’s are made righteous or justified (just as if you never sinned) by the blood of Jesus Christ. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:9

God’s elect are no longer under wrath or condemnation like the world but rather the blood of Jesus Christ makes Christians righteous before God imparting holiness and a continual sanctification of his holiness.

Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Hebrews10:29, 13:12

Now God’s elect have a clean conscience before God.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

God’s elect have been given full assurance of faith, because we are assured of our salvation because of the blood of Jesus!

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

The blood of Jesus gives the Christian peace with God.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation Ephesians 2:13

The blood of Jesus gives the Christian victory over the devil and his angels. Satan cannot defeat the blood bought saints whether in life or death for they are purchased by God through the blood of the lamb.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 5:9-10

The blood of Jesus makes all of God’s elect one in the Holy Spirit. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth .

Maranatha brethren!

Christian Humanism

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Christians who deny the Biblical doctrine of total depravity are humanist Christians. In other words they add human goodness to the Adamic fallen nature. The Bible says that man is not good. There is nothing good in man at all outside of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. According to scriptures, mankind is dead in trespasses and sin. That means just what it says! DEAD!

The fallen nature is corrupt. (depraved) Nothing is good in man. Not in the mind, the will, or the emotions which are all part of the brain process. In the Old Testament when God told the Israelites to choose life, what he was saying was to choose to be under the law and the animal sacrifice system in order to be right with God. The new covenant was not in effect back then and so men had to be under God’s grace system at that time which was a temporary covering for sin. It was not in any way a heart changing system.

To say today that man must choose his salvation is to say that some part of man is inherently good which is not scriptural. What does the Bible really say about man’s condition in the fallen nature? Let me show you.

Romans 3: 9-31
What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin,
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways, And the way of peace have they not known, There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Why is it that people think they can choose salvation? Why do they think that they can accept Jesus Christ? This is an unscriptural doctrine. Man has no good, he cannot choose any good for he does not seek God and in fact he CANNOT do good! Scriptures tell us clearly that man is in ENMITY (deep seated hatred) with God and is not subject to his laws and indeed CANNOT submit to his laws!

Because the carnal mind (sinful nature) is enmity (hatred) against God: for it IS NOT subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7

Many Christians have mixed the doctrine of humanism with the gospel of Jesus Christ. What does the doctrine of humanism teach? That Man is good in the state of nature.

What part of man is good so that he can freely choose the gospel? The soul? The spirit? The flesh? Did you know that the will is a function of the brain? Cut out that part of the brain and one cannot make rational choices.

The Bible says that there is none good, all are corrupt, (Depraved), all have the devil’s nature, unless God grants them repentance unto life through faith in Jesus Christ!

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18/Luke 18:19

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 –

To the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. Titus 1:15-16

You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:17-18

Whoever trusts in his own [heart] is a fool Proverbs 28:26

To learn more about the sinful nature and saving faith check out my other blogs!

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Maranatha Brethren.

Understand with the Heart. (spirit)

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The Bible says that unless the spiritual ears are opened by the Holy Spirit one cannot understand the gospel. It is God who gives understanding by revelation of the word [bible-logos (written word) becoming rhema (living active word) ]. Unless the Father grants a person ears to hear they will not hear his word because they cannot hear. Let us examine Mark chapter 1 and compare it with other scripture.

Mark 1: 10-10-12 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them

Jesus taught in parables on purpose and many did not understand what he was talking about because it was not given unto them to understand.

Mark 1: 1

And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

God told Isaiah that he would save some but he would also harden the hearts of others.

Isaiah 6:9-10
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

When the Lord preaches through his people the word of God it is not always to get them saved. Sometimes it is to bring judgement in their lives. The preaching of God’s word may actually harden the hearts of those who have no ears to hear.

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2

Let’s look at the parable of the Sower and examine the hearts of those who had heard Gods word.

Mark 4 : 3,4 , 15

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

vrs 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Satan comes to take away the word that was preached, the thief steals it. Why? It was sown in a heart that was living in the WAYSIDE The side or edge of a road, way, path, or highway, fall by the wayside-To fail to continue, to give up, go by the wayside- To be set aside or discarded because of other considerations. So we can see that these hearts did not continue in what they heard because they loved this present world. They were busy, preoccupied with other things. Something like Esau, they preferred world’s affairs to the gospel and so they could not hear.

Timothy 4:10
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.

1 John 2; 15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Vrs. 6,7 The word was sown on stony ground. There was not much soil, so the seed was sown on the surface, a surface conversion is not a real conversion. When persecution and trials come these fair weather friends take off. They want all the blessings but not the cross. They get offended when you preach about suffering for Jesus and about being persecuted for his sake.

And some fell on stony ground where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Vrs. 16,17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

Then we have the heart of thorns in vrs 7,18,19

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.vrs 18,19 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Self explanatory really, these hearts love riches, praises of men, position, power, and  worldly ambition. These hearts hear the word but they do not receive it. They are of the world and belong to the world, and that is why you will see no spiritual fruit in these folks.

Finally we have the good soil. What exactly is good soil? In the natural good soil is filled with nutrients and has a good texture. Bad soil is acidy, filled with rocks and weeds and cannot grow the seed which was planted. So in other words the heart must be without impurities to receive the word of God. How can this be if all hearts are desperately wicked as scriptures teach?

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Mark 7:21-22
For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart has become calloused;(HARDENED) they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

The heart or spirit of man must be made new by God, transformed, born again. Then the soil is able to hear and receive because the heart is a converted heart. God created man as a spirit which lives in a physical body and has a soul; (psyche, mind, brain function) The soul (personality, mind will intellect are all stored in the brain) was the issue of the breath of God entering into the nostrils of the body of dust. But the spirit is the life of God. When Adam fell and the sin nature came upon all men, all men became corrupt (totally depraved) body, soul, and spirit. He in effect became dead in sin, dead to God, a child of the devil, having the devils heart.

Psalm 53;1-,3
The fool hath said in his heart,There is no God. Corrupt (DEPRAVED) are they, and have done abominable iniquity:there is none that doeth good.The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

John 8:44

Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Romans 3:10-12
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

The reason God gave the law to man was because of the evil unregenerate heart. Not to eradicate sin but to control sin until Christ should come. When a person becomes born again he/she then gets a new heart and now has ears to hear what the Spirit of God says through the word, he is now reconciled to God!

God breaths into man the breath of life which produces man’s spirit. Heart and spirit in scripture are interchangeable. God must give a new heart because of the Adamic fall.

Genesis 2:7
Jehovah God formed man with the dust of the ground. And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

Breath comes from from the Hebrew word neshamah which, means “spirit”

Proverbs 20:27
The spirit [neshamah] of man is the lamp of YHWY.

Ezekiel 36;26-27
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

John 7:38 Anyone who believes ( pisteuo- to have faith, to trust in.) with the heart(spirit) will be saved. This is different than simply to believe in something with the mind or accepting something as true. The devils believe and are not given new hearts. For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart (spirit) that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord (MASTER)that you are saved.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Vrs.8 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred..

If you have been given by God spiritual ears to hear, then you will be given understanding through revelation of the Holy Spirit concerning the scriptures and the more you have the more you will get. You will always grow and keep on growing but those who have hard unregenerate hearts, who are not born again will hear the word of God and misunderstand it, distort it, flee from it, hate it, reject it and in the end be judged by it.

Unless the Lord by his grace grants repentance, faith, conversion which are all endowments of the Holy Spirit, the heart will remain hard to the word of God.

2 Timothy 2:25
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure(PERHAPS) will GIVE THEM repentance to the acknowledging of the truth

Vrs 23-25 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

In conclusion, only the Lord can give understanding of the gospel. Unless the heart has been enlightened to the truth of the word of God a person will remain blind and in darkness. It is important to pray that the Holy Spirit draws and enlightens the understanding when ministering to the lost. Unless the Lord changes the heart from the lost condition to the born again experience no one can enter into the kingdom of God according to the Bible.

Maranatha brethren!

What is a True Christian?

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It is not enough to believe in God (Jesus) and it is not enough to be sorry for ones sins in order to be saved. That is a part of the process of salvation but it does not constitute salvation. God’s word is the standard for the salvation experience.

Some who frequent churches and call themselves Christians may only really be humanitarians that have been intellectually converted to the gospel or to a false gospel that does not coincide with the scriptures. They are not real Christians in the true sense of the word.

A true Christian is one who has had the born again experience. Without the regeneration process that is miraculously worked within the spirit of man by the Holy Spirit one cannot be saved.
John calls this miracle the BORN OF GOD experience. This is where a person receives from the Holy Spirit a new birth where the spirit of man is transformed into the new creation.

The Adamic spirit is separated from God because of sin at ones natural birth and must be reconciled to God through the new birth for salvation to occur. How does this happen? By a sovereign work of God called election.

God the Father calls and chooses who he has ordained for eternal life and reveals himself by his word to that person who through the impartation of the gift of saving faith becomes quickened and made alive by the power of the Holy Spirit, unto God. In other words he/she is raised from the dead in sin and made alive unto God in righteousness and true holiness.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48

John 1: 12, 13– But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

An intellectual conversion to the gospel is not salvation according to scripture. Nor is sorrow for sin. True repentance is a gift that turns one into a disciple of Jesus Christ who lives and acts like his master, JESUS. That is why Jesus said in his word to test the fruit. This is because not all who claim to belong to God actually do.

Even the devils can preach the gospel and even the devils can have intellectual belief in Jesus.  Even the devils can give to the poor and do miracles. (All attested to by scripture) but no devil will be filled with the Holy Spirit  surrendered to Jesus Christ. No devil will count his life not his own but be a slave to righteousness and no devil will be dead to sin and in submission to God with bended knee.

No devil will care for the salvation of souls and no devil will intercede for souls laying down his life for souls. No devil will be a servant taking last place.  No devil will turn the other cheek to oppression, no devil will die to exertion of all rights and be a vessel of honor to live for Jesus and die to self daily. No devil will live as if Jesus is Lord of their life. No devil will glorify Jesus by giving all glory, honor and praise to him not only with the mouth but by the actions of the life of a servant.

Maranatha brethren!