September 19, 2017

DISCLAIMER

The works on this blog are from different backgrounds and Christian groups. I do not necessarily agree with all they teach on other bible topics. Please keep this in mind as you study my blog.

September 17, 2017

UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY

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Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
(Deut. 6:4) NKJV

If God is a trinity of persons,(instead of simply three ways of revealing Himself) how many thrones are there in heaven, and whom will we see there?” asked a curious student in the religion class.
“You know, I’ve never thought about that. The Bible doesn’t really say,” replied the lecturer, an ordained denominational minister.
I could not believe my ears! An acknowledged theological expert was confessing his ignorance of a basic Bible fact about his God. I raised my hand to respond and then read John’s inspired words in Revelation 4:2: “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” KJV 
Also see,.. Isa 6:1--Isa 44:24--Isa 43:11

“The Bible does give us the answer. There is only one throne in heaven, and those who go there will see only one God on the throne,” I concluded.“Well, you’ve offered powerful support for your position,” the teacher conceded as the class period ended.Such confusion about the God they expect to see in heaven is by no means unusual among believers in a trinity of persons.


Believers in 3 persons try to resolve the tension between the many scriptural assertions of God’s absolute oneness and
their affirmation of plurality in the Godhead by reciting that God is “three in one.” When accused of tritheism, they indignantly insist, “Oh no! We believe in one God.”
When asked if Jesus is the incarnation of all the Godhead, however, they maintain that He is not, for their “one” God exists mysteriously as three distinct persons. (see COL. 2,9)
While the concept of “three in one” may be a convenient philosophical concept on earth, it does not provide much help in answering the question, “Whom will we see in heaven?” To answer “three in one” is unsatisfactory, for how can anyone see “three in one”?
If they answer that they will see three, then they
are a tritheist—a believer in three separate and distinct gods—despite his protestations to the contrary. If there is a trinity of persons with separate bodies, each of whom can interact with us individually, then they are not one God in any meaningful sense.
 On the other hand, if they answer that they will see only one God, then the next question is, “Who will He be?” A study of Scripture shows that the One we will see is Jesus Christ, and once a person agrees to that proposition he has essentially adopted the Oneness position.
Revelation 4:8 describes the One on the throne as “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” This Lord is our Lord Jesus Christ, for Revelation 1 has already described Jesus in identical terms: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all
kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so,
Amen. 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. . . . I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. . . . I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:7-8, 11, 17-18).KJV   “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne". (Matt 25,31 NASB)

Another way of putting it would be that God wears many hats, but He is still one God.
 If someone expects or desires to see other divine persons, he should ponder Christ’s words to Philip: “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (John 14:9).

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September 16, 2017

Importance of Water & Spirit Baptism in Salvation


A VERY IMPORTANT PROMISE: ACTS 2,38 Then Peter said to them, (step 1) “Repent, and (step 2let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and (step 3 you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(The next verse says this promise is for everyone today!)
39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.NKJV

The book of Acts is a record of the early church. Let it be an example for us today!

The Contemporary English Version (CEV) translates Acts 2,38 as: "Peter said, “Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit." Most versions of the Bible today translate this verse to have the same meaning.

 These words were spoken by Peter (see image below) at the opening of the New Testament church. Does your church teach this clear and unchanging message? MORE EXAMPLES
Acts 8:16,17 ....They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
(NKJ)

 Acts 10:44,48
 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.
48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
NASB

Acts 19:5,6 (REBAPTIZED) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them,....
(NKJ)
 
These 4 passages in the book of Acts are examples of how the early church (and the apostles) obeyed (and understood)  the great commision in Matt 28,19. The early church understood that Matt. 28:19 points to ONE Name which represents all the redemptive manifestations of the Godhead, for it says "in the name" not names. Matt. 28,19 should not be construed as an oral baptismal formula. If it was then the apostles would have used it. The Lord gave the apostles special understanding of these words of the Great commision.  
Luke 24:45-47
45    Then opened he their (the apostles) understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
In verse 47 Jesus repeated the Great commision again using different wording.
47    And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. This is a clear reference to Matt 28,19 being fulfilled in Acts 2,38.  I would rather trust the apostles interpretation on Matt 28,19 than anyone else. After all, Jesus said to(Eph 2,20)! There isn't even one place in the Bible where anyone was ever Baptised using the words of Matt 28,19. Proof that the modern interpretation of this verse is faulty!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE


I have often said that if "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" is a name, then "JESUS" is above that (see Phil. 2,10). Zechariah 14:9 says;...
And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be--" The LORD is one," and His name one. (NKJ)

Most church members today don't understand that the name " JESUS " is the FULL revelation of God!  Why? Because of man-made tradition! May the Lord open your understanding as you study this subject. (also see "UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY" on this web-site).

The modern church of today does NOT follow these examples of the apostles in the book of Acts!
Shame on them! Eph 2:20 says the church was "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,...
(NKJ)
Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, and 19:5 all teach baptism
in the name of Jesus. Some people reject the idea
that these four verses speak of a formula, basing their
argument on the slight variations in the wording. For
example, Acts 2:38 says, “Jesus Christ,” while Acts
8:16 and 19:5 say, “Lord Jesus.”
But their reasoning is faulty. What is significant is
that in the Greek all four verses include the name
Jesus. The words "Lord" or "Christ"  may vary in the four passages
but, the name of Jesus is used consistently. For the oral formula for baptism it is recommened however, that "Lord" or "Christ" 
 be added (as examples in Acts show) (or both) to identify the Lord Jesus Christ specifically due to the fact that other people in history have been named Jesus.


For an example of what "in the name of Jesus" means, we need only look at the story of the lame man's healing in Acts 3. Jesus said to pray for the sick in His name (Mark 16:17-18), and Peter said the lame man was healed by the name of Jesus (Acts 4:10). How did this happen? Peter actually spoke the words, "in the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 3:6). The name Jesus spoken in faith produced the result.
Because of the exalted position of this name, we are exhorted to rely upon the name of Jesus in all we do or say: "Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Colossians 3:17).

Mark 16:16 contains two conditions for salvation: It commands you to believe and be baptized. It did NOT say, “He that believeth and is saved should be baptized.”
Question:
According to Mark 16:16, who shall be saved?
Answer:
Those that believe and are baptized.

John 3:5
 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
(NKJ)
Is Jesus talking about water baptism here in John 3,5 when He says "born of water"? I believe so. See the following verses:.

John 1:26  John answered them, saying, "I baptize with water,...

John 3:23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized.

Acts 11:16 "Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water,(born of water) but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'(born of Spirit)
(NKJ)
Acts 2,38 instructs baptism in waterSpirit to be saved. It's easy to see the link between Acts 2,38 & John 3,5.
. (For a closer look at this subject, see "THE NEW BIRTH" below).

Some will ask, “Well, what about the thief on the cross?" The problem with the thief on the cross when Jesus told him he would be with Him in paradise, is that Jesus was still alive. Christ had not yet died or been buried, so He had certainly not risen yet either. Baptism into Christ was not put into practice until Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 after Christ had risen from the dead and ascended to heaven.

SALVATION BY WORKS?

2 KINGS 5,13-14
13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (Note: The water did NOT heal the man, but his obedient-faith was the key.It's healing (or salvation) by obedient-faith! (OBEY ACTS 2,38!)

Baptismal Regeneration?

At this point, we must emphasize that the Bible does not teach "baptismal regeneration," for the water and the ceremony do not have saving power in themselves. Water baptism is not a magical act; it is without spiritual value unless accompanied by conscious faith and repentance.  The Roman Catholic Church for example is a promoter of Baptismal Regeneration. Infant baptism is a good example of this. How can a baby have faith and repent? Baptism is important only because God has ordained it to be so. God could have chosen to remit sin without baptism, but in the New Testament church He has chosen to do so at the moment of baptism. Our actions at baptism do not provide salvation or earn it from God; God alone remits sins based on Christ's atoning death. When we submit to repentance and water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 22,16 and John 3,5 (and other verses) God honors our obedient faith and forgives our sins.
Why take the chance? Follow the examples of the original church in the book of Acts as I have and be baptised (or rebaptised) with the matchless name of Jesus Christ called over you.

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(Special note: In "THE NEW BIRTH" there is a good section on speaking in tongues (and miracles for today). My view on tongues however is a little different. I don't agree that one will necessarily speak in tongues in every case that someone receives the Spirit. There are other signs of reception of the Spirit such as praise or prophecy or speaking the word with boldness. In the following verses:(Acts 4,31 8,17 9,17) nothing is said about tongues when the spirit was received. In Acts 4,31 the evidence was speaking the word of God with boldness, not speaking with tongues. In Acts 8,17 it does not say what the evidence was. It could have been the same evidence as in 4,31. It could also be prophecy (19,6). And in 9,18 the evidence was something like scales that fell from his eyes because he was blind. In short, something miraculous besides tongues was the evidence. Some argue that he spoke in tongues and then he received his sight. However, it doesn't say this. There are different evidences that can happen when the Holy Spirit comes in. To say it always has to be tongues is just wishful thinking for some folks. Praise is another evidence in 10,46. The evidence could be any one of these, or a combination as seen.  Chapter 9 page 239 of "The New Birth" points out that speaking in tongues are NOT an infallible sign of the Spirit's abiding presence. A very interesting point indeed coming from someone who believes that you must speak in tongues!  My conclusion on tongues is that it IS biblical and is for today and can be viewed as a evidence in many cases such as Acts 10,45-47. However, by itself it isn't the infallible evidence of Spirit Baptism or the new birth.) For further study on this view of tongues see this letter by FF BOSWORTH: CLICK HERE
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September 15, 2017

WOMEN AS PASTORS?

1 Tim 2:12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
WHY?
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (NKJ) 
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July 24, 2017

UNITY AT THE EXPENSE OF TRUTH

Dangers of the Ecumenical movement
Many Christians are joining the ecumenical movement, thinking God has ordained it to bring all Christians into unity. But this book reveals that the ecumenical movement is nothing more than a smokescreen, hiding the Vatican's real intent, to stamp out religious freedom and rule the world.
Our fight is not with the Roman Catholic people who have been betrayed by their church. Our job is to rip the mask off her face, and let the poor Roman Catholics see what they're really tied to. They have to find Christ as the answer and it's our job to try to win them to Christ.
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Rev 17:7
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
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July 23, 2017

Modesty is a Bible thing.

 I Timothy 2:9
...in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel,...NKJV
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June 15, 2017

The Final End of the Wicked

Will the unsaved have eternal life? Of course not. Then why do preachers ask, "where will you spend eternity"? Tradition!

One of the most quoted verses in the Bible has the answer.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3,16 NKJV
In this verse the lost will perish and the saved will have everlasting life.
Another verse...
"And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11,26 NKJV
"The soul who sins shall die." Ezk 18,20 NKJV

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June 14, 2017

GOD IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL!

 Rom. 9,15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth." 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy,  which He had prepared beforehand for glory....NKJV
Rom.8,29" For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified." NKJV

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June 12, 2017

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June 09, 2017

TITHES AND MONEY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

[ The Cheerful Giver ] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7  NKJV

Baptist scholar Spiros Zodhiates has a interesting footnote for Malachi 3,7-8 in his "COMPLETE WORDSTUDY OLD TESTAMENT" which states..." This passage is often used by those who advocate “storehouse tithing”; that is, bringing the “tithe” into God’s storehouse (the local church), rather than giving it anywhere else. They suggest that gifts to ministries other than the local church should be above the “tithe.” Certainly the “storehouse” in Malachi represents the temple or a building in the temple complex. However, the Old Testament “tithe” or “tenth” cannot be reasonably equated with ten percent of gross salary or wages which most people earn today. Above all, giving should be a matter between the Holy Spirit and the believer, not a regulation. The “tithe” may be an adequate guide for determining how much some people could give (indeed, for many in a prosperous society, it is probably an inadequate level), but the amount of giving must be a personal decision. The Apostle Paul wrote that God examines the motives for the giving, not the amount (2 Cor. 9:7)."
Zodhiates, S., & Baker, W. (2000). The complete word study Bible: King James Version (electronic ed.). Chattanooga: AMG Publishers.

Before you get the wrong idea let me say up front that giving is good and right! What I would like to point out is all the false teaching about tithing in the New Testament.


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