Blood That Eternally Saves Lives


But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

The Bible Teaches That  Life Is In the Blood

When sin entered the world, death also entered, for the wages of sin is death.

The Hebrews first learned of blood that saves when they were told to kill a lamb and place the blood of the lamb over the door post of their homes. On the one night of passover in Egypt, the death angel passed over the land. The first-born son died in every house where there was no blood on the door post, but those who obeyed the LORD were saved by the blood on the lintel or door post.

The Bible teaches us that these knew a day was coming when there would be a lasting covenant written in blood – blood that would save mankind from the death penalty brought on by sin. The prophet Zechariah spoke of it:

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Zechariah 9:10-11

In Matthew, we learn that this blood is the blood shed by Jesus, the Christ, the promised Messiah and the precious and only Begotten Son of God:

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Christ blood is blood that can cleanse from sin. We have redemption by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God bears witness that Jesus our Saviour came by water and by blood to save us. This is why He is called the Lamb of God and is precious in the sight of the Father. Christians are called to serve our living God by the power of the Holy Spirit within, because we are cleansed by His precious blood.

The Bible is true. Scientist know that truly life is in the blood. Doctors are able to help people live longer lives with life-saving transfusions and vaccines and other uses of blood products, but only the blood of Christ our Savior gives eternal life.

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How New Testament writers and speakers viewed Christ…


CAN WE BELIEVE MODERN TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE?

Are the foundations of our faith really crumbling? What is the foundation?

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11

The Bible teaches:

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. .. Hebrews 11-6

Inspired by the Spirit

My search was done with faith that the Holy Spirit would lead me. God tells us to “study to show ourselves approved as workmen who do not need to be ashamed.” Therefore I share this journey of mine, even knowing when I began that:

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8

WHY IS THERE EVEN A QUESTION?

The most direct answer is that there are questions because there is an enemy of Christ (Satan) who goes about accusing the brethren. We know there are many today who question the Holy Bible and the accepted translations preserved over the centuries. More than a few people deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some go so far as to say that a “lie” was deliberately perpetrated to cause people to believe something that the early Christians never taught. Even as Christians know that God is in control and He has preserved His word and sent His Son, we also know that we should be ready to give an answer and we should search to see if these things are true so that we can give truthful and correct answers.

RESULTS OF RESEARCH

Because of the seriousness of this charge, I have done much praying and studying on the matter. I have looked at the Septuagint versus the Masoretic Text of the Bible. I have studied what is known about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Council of Niccaea, and compared the original translations, Wycliffe, Geneva, Purvey-Wycliffe, and Tyndale. 

Praying was the most important thing that I did. I did read the skeptics and I read why they do not believe the Bible. Both sides cannot be true and we cannot believe everything we read. Just as there were those in the first centuries who brought in heresy, there are those today who will do the same. Regardless of their opinions, many authors, along with their work, were examined. Yet, God is faithful and I feel that He led me to two web-sites where unbiased, factual information is available – AllAboutGOD.com. This site is for seekers, skeptics, and believers: the contributors have been some of each. They have examined the scriptures and the history of each translation. They have compared and have done much research themselves. The other helpful site is – Got?Questions.org. At Got Questions, their CEO, S. Michael Houdmann, is  accountable for the content. He reviews all answers. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College and a Master’s degree in Christian Theology from Calvary Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO). While Mr. Houdmann is a Christian, it is obvious that much time was spent verifying answers.

It stands to reason that if our heavenly Father cared enough to reveal Himself to mankind and allow His only begotten Son to die for our redemption, He cared enough to preserve His word in a form whereby we can come to a full knowledge of the truth. He is also faithful in that the Holy Spirit reveals God’s word to the reader.

The words of those who wrote the Bible are very important since the Bible is inspired and guarded by God. Here are just a few of the words of men who knew Christ. How does their description of God’s Son sound to you? (The ESV Bible does not capitalize pronouns referring to Yahweh.) I believe their words are revealing and should be considered. (There is no way I can list all that they have said, but the New Testament is easily read with this in mind.) Here are a few ‘telling’ passages.

Peter –

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18

Think of this in light of Romans 11:35-36

“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Luke –

And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom (husband) is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” Luke 5:34-35

Luke’s recording these words of Jesus is significant because of what Isaiah tells us:

“For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.” Isaiah 54:5

and

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

John the Baptist –

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12

Matthew –

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

“Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matthew 10:1

Mark –

 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” Mark 2:5-12

John –

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,a and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Sond from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-4, 14

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes…” John 5:21

Phillip –

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, (Isaiah 53:7-8) preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Paul –

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 3:11

Jude –

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master (Some translations say Sovereign) and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:4

Writer of Hebrews –

And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all God’s angels worship Him.” Hebrews 1:6

This passage is important because Yahweh, our God of creation and redemption has said:

(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), Exodus 34:13 and  fear the LORD your God and worship him and cling to him. Deuteronomy 10:20

Here is what Jesus Christ said of Himself:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:6-7

 

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Romans 9:5


To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen Romans 9:5 English Standard Version

There is no punctuation in the Greek.  Only experts could accurately translate the original manuscripts into English. In this particular verse, it seems that, along with accepting the translation of those who knew Ancient Greek, context is the way to determine with any degree of certainty what the original writer intended.

According to their site, the Berean Greek New Testament was developed to reflect the best and earliest manuscripts.

Here is how Romans 9:5 reads in the Berean Literal Translation:

…whose are the patriarchs; and from whom is Christ according to the flesh, being God over all, blessed to the ages. Amen

Lord of all –  Romans 10:12.

As to context, the  passage says:

9  I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

In this passage, Paul is lamenting that the Jews or Israelites do not know Christ. Through the Israelites, God teaches mankind of the faithfulness of God, the assurance that His promises never fail, and that the children of the promise are counted as offspring. Paul then reveals Christ, the person Paul wants the Jews to come to recognize and accept, in verse 5. Paul is referring to Jesus. (The Greek text or interlinear of 9:5 is found at Bible Hub.)

It seems to me that the ESV rendering is more accurate than the KJV. The KJV reads:

Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Nearly all translations agree with the ESV above. Of course Watchtower’s NWT disagrees. I find no justification for their dividing the verse into two sentences to take away this statement of who Christ is, but that is what they did.

Below is the commentary of Henry Matthew on the verse.

To the preceding the apostle now adds two more prerogatives: theirs are the fathers — They are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the ancient patriarchs, and other holy men, who were great in the sight of God, and to whom he made many great and precious promises, in which their children also and children’s children were interested. And of whom — Of which Israelites; as concerning the flesh — That is, in respect of his human nature; Christ — The expected Messiah; — came. This plainly supposes another nature in Christ, according to which he came not from the Israelites. And this can be none other but the divine nature; which, in the sequel of the verse, is expressly attributed to him. The apostle reserves the mention of Christ’s descent from the Jews for the last of their prerogatives, as being the greatest of them all: who is over all, God, &c. — The apostle gives this, so highly honourable a testimony to Christ, because he was so vilified by the Jews; thus making up that great breach, so to speak, which they had made on his name and honour by their unbelief, and wicked rejection of him. He is said to be over all, 1st, Because, as he was God-Man and Mediator, all power was given unto him in heaven and on earth, Matthew 28:18; all things delivered into his hands, and put under his feet, John 3:35; 1 Corinthians 15:27; the Father giving him a name above every name, Php 2:9; and constituting him his great plenipotentiary, to transact all things relating to the whole creation, especially angels and men; to settle the affairs of heaven and earth for eternity. And more especially, 2d, Because as God, possessed of true, essential deity, he was in union with his Father and the Holy Spirit, supreme over all, and consequently blessed for ever — Which words he adds to show, that a far different measure from that which the Jews had hitherto measured out unto Christ, was due to him from them, as from all other men. No words can more clearly express his divine, supreme majesty, and his gracious sovereignty over both Jews and Gentiles. The apostle closes all with the word, amen — An expression commonly used for a serious confirmation of what is said immediately before, together with an approbation of it; sometimes also importing a desire for the performance thereof. Some would persuade us that the true reading of this clause is, ων ο επι παντων θεος, whose is the God over all; because by this reading, they say, the climax is completed; and the privilege in which the Jews gloried above all others, (namely, that of having the true God for their God,) is not omitted. “But as this reading,” says Macknight, “is found in no copy whatever, it ought not to be admitted on conjecture.” Thus also Doddridge: “How ingenious soever that conjecture may be thought, by which some would read this, whose is the God over all, to answer to, whose are the fathers, I think it would be extremely dangerous to follow this reading, unsupported as it is by any critical authority of manuscripts or ancient quotations. Nor can I find any authority for rendering Θεος ευλογητος εις τους αιωνας, God be blessed for ever. I must, therefore, consider this memorable text as a proof of Christ’s proper deity, which, I think, the opposers of that doctrine have never been able, nor will ever be able to answer. Though common sense must teach, what Christians have always believed, that it is not with respect to the Father, but to the created world that this august title is given to him:” that is, that he is said to be God over all.

Paul is telling us that Jesus is God over all! This agrees with so many other Bible passages and it seems clear to me.

 

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What do you place ‘Above All’ in your life?


As I listened to the song “Above All” this morning, thoughts came to my mind.

There are those who claim to believe the Bible who do not believe this. Does the Bible really say all these things about Jesus Christ?

Those who believe Watchtower would say, “No.” They do not believe Jesus is above all and even teach that all who believe this are lost or “in Babylon.”

Those who believe the message of the Book of Mormon, the Koran, or writings of Confucius do not believe Jesus is above all. Buddhists do not know this, nor Hindus. Even those Jews who do not accept the New Covenant do not believe Jesus is above all.

Only Christians believe this!

Without the Bible how would we know of Jesus? We would not, so we must search the scripture to be certain this message is truly Biblical.

Here is what I find. In a passage when John the Baptist was speaking to the Jewish Rabbis about Jesus, we read:

He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

Jesus is above everything on earth and is seated in heavenly places. Paul tells us that:

…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:21

Jesus is given a name:

*Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

So far, we find that Jesus has a highly exalted place, but it is in Romans 9:5 that we find a clear explanation of exactly how exalted Christ is:

To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Romans 9:5

1 John:4 teaches how we can know if we have given Christ His rightful place above all and how we can know if we are in the truth. John said something pretty bold:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1-6

Jesus said:

Abide in me, and I in you… John 15:4

John wrote:

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:13-17

Our God is above all and He has revealed this through His Son, Jesus.

No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23

I and the Father are one. John 10:30

Example given in the Old Testament concerning Christ and the Father as one LORD:

*I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
    for you have exalted above all things
    your name and your word. Psalm 138:2 (The word was made flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14)

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Understanding the NAME above all names is essential to understanding the Kingdom of God.


God’s kingdom is Christ’s kingdom.

Revelation 11:15…saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

Heresy will crumble when Zechariah 14:9 is fulfilled. We learn in the Revelation of  Jesus Christ that Jesus is King of kingsZechariah 14:9 tells us the LORD will rule over all the earth. His name will be the ONLY name. Philippians 2:9, however, says Jesus name is the name that will be above all names. In Hebrew, Jesus name is Yehoshua. Jesus’ name and God’s name in the Old Testament include Yeho – a part of the forever name of God or Yahweh, as transcribed here, Yehowah. 

imageWhen we inherit from our father, the inheritance belongs to us. The Bible teaches that Jesus inherited the Name of God:

Hebrews 1:4…having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

God’s Kingdom is an eternal kingdom:

The LORD reigns, He is robed with majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity” (Psalm 93:1-2).

“The LORD will reign for ever and ever” (Exodus 15:18).

“O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth” (2 Kings 19:15).

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever” (Psalm 29:10).

“The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name” (Zechariah 14:9).

One of the most vivid depictions of the Kingdom of God and the Person of Christ is  found in Hebrews 1: 1-12 where the writer refers to Psalm 45:6 in describing the Son of God.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again,“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? 6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

imageJesus told us if we are to see the Kingdom, we must be born again.

No wonder John the Baptist announced that the Kingdom of God was at hand when Our Lord Jesus Christ came on the scene! Praise be to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – Yahweh!

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Christianity vs Religion – Sharing the Gospel


Jesus commanded that we go into all the world and preach the gospel. The exact meaning of gospel is given in 1 Cor. 15:1-4,

Now I make known to you brethren, the gospel which I preached to you…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 . . . “

Our Savior knows what we need and He says everyone needs to hear the gospel and also how to respond to this good news. The New Testament is filled with passages that tell how one receives Christ as their personal Savior.

The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the New American Standard Bible and ninety-two times in the NET Bible. In the Greek New Testament, gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion (occurring 76 times) “good news,” and the verb euangelizo…Bible.org.image

The Gospel message gives us God’s plan to save a lost and dying world.

Several religions claim to teach that Jesus is God’s Son, but these are not going into the world and preaching the gospel. In looking at each, I went to their official website and searched for the key message of the various religions of the world. Here is what I found each faith or religion emphasizes foremost. Which are preaching the gospel? I find that only Christian churches who hold to the Bible as the COMPLETE and INERRANT Word of God share the gospel.

Mormon – “The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and abiding by its precepts helps us draw nearer to God.” Mormons have 13 principles they teach in addition to Christ. Mormons study the Bible along with the Book of Mormon and the teachings of Joseph Smith. They have much written in addition to saying they believe the Bible. Some of their writings contradict the Gospel.

Hindu – “Hinduism, the world’s oldest religion, has no beginning–it precedes recorded history. It has no human founder. It is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one. Hinduism has four main denominations–Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism.” This religion has nothing to do with Christ, The Father, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the gospel.

Jewish – Orthodox Judaism believes that both the Written and Oral Torah are of divine origin, containing the exact words of God without any human influence. Rambam’s 13 Principles of Faith are an excellent summary of the core beliefs of Orthodox Judaism. Jews accept the Old Testament (Covenant), but reject the New Testament (Covenant) and therefore reject the gospel.

Buddhist – Buddha taught three universal truths: 1. Nothing is lost in the universe 2. Nothing changes in the universe 3. Law of cause and effect or karma. This religion has nothing to do with Christ, The Father, the Holy Spirit, the Bible or the gospel.

Jehovah’s Witness – On their site the JW’s say they go out to do three things. The number one goal of the “witnesses” is to glorify and make known the name of Jehovah. This is listed first on their website. To get a complete listing of what they believe and practice takes many years of study and meetings and their message has changed repeatedly over the years. They practice henotheism because they believe that Jesus is a secondary ‘god.’ They do teach people to follow Jesus and make disciples of all people and teach them to obey the commandments, but they also teach that Jesus must not receive worship and that the Holy Bible has errors and omissions. Therefore, they have a New World Translation published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that has replaced all other translations. In this book, changes from the original have been made that fit the Watchtower doctrine. Of course they claim this was what Yahweh, whom they call Jehovah, wanted all along. They have numerous Watchtower publications which are read alongside the Bible. They do present the gospel on their site, however, when they have told about Christ death, burial, and resurrection, rather than quoting the scriptures that tell us how to receive Christ by faith, they add this paragraph: “The publishers of this magazine invite you to learn more about Jehovah, the true God, and about his Son, Jesus Christ. Jehovah’s Witnesses in your community will be happy to assist you. You can also receive helpful information by visiting our website…” Salvation by grace through faith in Christ and His redemptive work has been omitted.

Islam – Among the blessings and favors that God has bestowed upon humanity is that He endowed them with an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge His existence. Muslims believe that Jesus lived and was a prophet, but they accept Mohammed as the prophet to be highly revered. They have changed the death of Jesus to say that He had a substitute and they do not teach the gospel.

Christian Church –  Christians teach that Jesus’ coming was foretold by the prophets. Christians believe that Yahweh, sent His only begotten Son into the world to be a ransom for sin and to usher in the Kingdom of God. Christ Jesus was born to a virgin girl named Mary who was betrothed to a man named Joseph. Before they came together, the Holy Spirit of God overshadowed Mary and she was found to be with child from the Holy One.  The name Jesus means “God with us.”  Jesus lived a perfectly sin free life and died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him by faith. Christians receive Christ in repenting or turning away from sin and self-righteousness and accepting by faith that Christ sacrifice is sufficient. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than religious practices.  Christianity teaches salvation on the basis of trusting Christ and being redeemed by grace through faith in His redemptive work on the cross and His resurrection. A relationship is then made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Christians accept the Holy Bible as the sole book whereby God has revealed Himself to mankind.

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Three things the Bible teaches about judgement…


One of the most quoted teachings of our Lord is “judge not that you be not judged…” Jesus said this and more more about judging.  Jesus teaches how important our words are.

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…Matthew 12:36

See Judgement Day at Bible.org.

There are other teachings we shouldn’t miss.

The Bible teaches that everyone’s deeds are judged, but it is  those who trust Christ and receive Him as Savior, who will be accepted by God. These names are recorded…

We find in Revelation that all whose names are not written in The Lambs Book of Life are judged according to what is found in “books that will be opened” (the Bible?). However, only names found written in The Lambs Book of Life  enter heaven. These are going to receive life or have passed from death to eternal life.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God…And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:10, 27

The Bible speaks clearly and definitively on WHO will judge mankind.image

The Mighty One, God the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting….He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that He may judge His people: Psalm 50:1,4

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

See Matthew 25:31-46

John 5:24

THREE THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW

We are not allowed to judge the hearts of men. Yahweh, God Himself will judge in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Only those who have received Christ have their names written in the Lambs Book of Life and pass from death to life.

Our words are important and will play an important role at judgement.

http://www.abideinchrist.info/judgment.html

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Are you a saint?


How does one know if God sees them as a saint? How do we become saints? What does the Bible say?

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:1-2

There is nothing found in the Bible about men, or the church, being allowed to bestow sainthood on a person, although the Catholic Church has bestowed the title on well over 8,050 people. There is nothing in the Bible that says a person must do good deeds to be called a saint.

We do find that saints are a group of people who have certain things in common. Saints are *called by God, saints are the*people of Yahweh, they are *in Christ and a part of *the body of believers who make up the church,  and *God honors the prayers of the saints.

Here is the answer found at gotQuestions?org:

Answer: The word “saint” comes from the Greek word hagios, which means “consecrated to God, holy, sacred, pious.” It is almost always used in the plural, “saints.” “…Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem” (Acts 9:13). “Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda” (Acts 9:32). “And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons …“ (Acts 26:10). There is only one instance of the singular use, and that is “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:21). In Scripture there are 67 uses of the plural “saints” compared to only one use of the singular word “saint.” Even in that one instance, a plurality of saints is in view: “…every saint…” (Philippians 4:21).

The idea of the word “saints” is a group of people set apart for the Lord and His kingdom. There are three references referring to godly character of saints: “that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints …” (Romans 16:2). “For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (Ephesians 5:3).

Therefore, scripturally speaking, the “saints” are the body of Christ, Christians, the church.

Psalms 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

Daniel 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

*Philippians 4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

*Romans 1:7 – To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

*1 Corinthians 14:33For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

*1 Cor. 1:1-3 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 16:15 Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints—

*Revelation 5:8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

*Revelation 8:3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer [it] with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

2 Corinthians 8:3-5 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favorb of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Revelation 16:6 because blood of saints and prophets they did pour out

*Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God, Yahweh, will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, his saints…

From all that is written, we are able to conclude that those who have faith in God, born again believers, Christians, members of the body of Christ; we are saints.

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