Getting Ready For the Rapture or Gathering of the Church


Since the days of the apostles, Christians have eagerly awaited for Christ to return. He and the angels promised He will return and Paul described it.  Acts 1:11, John 4:3  1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

“And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matthew 24:31

Our Lord Jesus Christ left no doubt. He will return for His church – His body. The thing we cannot know is the day and hour, but we can know certain things…

WHAT CAN WE KNOW?

WE CAN KNOW THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING!

“And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭

SEE – Your Redemption Draws Nigh

GET READY

WHAT DO WE DO IN PREPARATION?

The best advice I know is that any person who wants to be ready at His appearing look to the Word of God! We look together at some things, but look for yourself. If not for God’s Holy Word we would know nothing about these things. God’s Word is the only true source. In it we find that we must:

1. Hear the Word and come when Christ invites…

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:35-37‬ ‭KJV‬‬

2. Have faith in the God of the Bible who identifies Himself as “I AM.”

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Mark 11:22 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. John 14:1 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Exodus 3:14 “Truly, truly, I tell you,” Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I am!“ John 8:58

3. Know Christ and the power of His resurrection.

Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,…And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1:3,4

4. Repent and believe the gospel (SEE ABOUT THE GOSPEL) and trust Christ as Paul wrote to the Ephesians…

“According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:11-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

WILL THE RAPTURE BE SOON?

Since Pauls’s day, the church has been in what is called ‘the last days.’ Jesus made it clear to His apostles that it is not given for us to know the times. He said we are to discern the times, however. 

And He said to them, “It is not yours to know times or seasons that the Father put in place by His own authority. Acts 1:7 … So also, when you see all these things, you will know that He is near, right at the door. Matthew 24:33

Many, if not most, Christians believe it is time to look up, because the signs are all around. 

One thing is certain, we should always be ready!

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Believe the Word!


The best decision of my life was to believe the Word of God. 

The Living Word and the Written Word Have Spoken…

But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Psalm 102:26
They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing You will change them, and they will be passed on.

Psalm 119:89
Your word, YHWH, is everlasting; it is firmly fixed in the heavens.

Isaiah 51:6
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and its people will die like gnats. But My salvation will last forever, and My righteousness will never fail.

Isaiah 55:11
so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.

Matthew 5:18
For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Mark 13:31
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare.

Everyone Trusts in Something…

Where is your trust? Do you trust in religion, or human achievements , or yourself, or luck, or … 

Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of  YHWH our God.

To trust in YHWH, one must know Him…God’s Word is clear. We must read the written word where we are told of the Living Word. There is no other way…

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 

 

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Are we in the last days? – Your Redemption Draws Near…


HOW IS TODAY DIFFERENT FROM PAST GENERATIONS?

Many times in the past people have thought theirs was the last generation. How is this generation different?

1.  Those who are not gathered at Christ coming will be required to take a mark in order to buy and sell. The technology that can be used today to mark every person (the mark of the beast) is available and already in use for other purposes.  (Microchips)

2.  The antichrist will rule the world after the church is taken out. We are rushing toward a global system that can and will be ruled by the antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 2:3-11)

3.  Those in the last days will blaspheme God. Today blasphemy is celebrated rather than understood as a deadly sin.(See Got Questions)

4.  We are moving toward a cashless society. (A Cashless Society)

5. Religions seem to flourish, while Christians and Christianity are persecuted.

6.  Our Lord stated that,  ”And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole earth, for a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 God will know when this is accomplished. Some, religions, who actually do not teach the true gospel, like to say they have reached the whole earth. Christian missionaries have reached most groups. Whether there are remote tribes that have not been reached, God knows and He will send His people out until all are reached. In this age of advanced technology it could happen at any moment. See Post on End Times

LIFT UP YOUR HEADS!

Jesus said to all His followers, the multitudes who follow, that we are to watch for certain signs around us because when these things occur…

“…then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭21:27-28‬ ‭KJV

Lift up your heads!

REDEMPTION

At Crosswalk there is a clear explanation of ‘redemption’ as it is used in the Bible.

Redemption is used in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. … In the Old Testament, redemption involves deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a price by a redeemer. The Hebrew root words used most often for the concept of redemption are pada, gaal, and kapar. The verb pada is a legal term concerning the substitution required for the person or animal delivered. The verb gaal is a legal term for the deliverance of some person, property, or right to which one had a previous claim through family relation or possession. The meaning of the third verb, kapar, is to cover.”

In the New Testament we learn that Christ is our propitiation for sin. He is our Redeemer. Job had faith that the day would come when the Redeemer of mankind would stand on the earth. Job 19:25 When we were lost and undone, Christ came and paid the price for our redemption- that cost was living a perfect life while enduring suffering, enduring temptations, fulfilling the law, and dying the death of crucifixion. He did all of these things in my place and yours so that He might bestow upon us His righteousness and eternal life. That is redemption. When Satan accuses us before the Father, and he will, Christ will be there. He will have clothed us in His righteousness and given us a white stone declaring us not guilty! While Christ has already paid the ransom for our redemption, our complete redemption will be realized when He returns to take us home that where He is, we may be also. Those who have died in Christ and saints who remain on earth until His coming will be gathered at this time.

WHAT WILL BE THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. …And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭21:20-33‬ ‭KJV‬‬

SEE ALSO – WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING

ARE THESE THE LAST DAYS?

Christ admonished the people to discern the times they were living in when He said.

“And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:54-56‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Is our day any different from difficult days of the past?

History proves the world has seen many of the things we are seeing today before: pandemics, political and social unrest, natural disasters, injustice, and fear. All of these have happened before. 

Jesus also said that as the days of Noah were so would it be when He returns. When Noah lived, those who would not be saved were completely blind to the truth. They mocked Noah for trusting God and believing every word of God. God said that the only way he and his family would survive the flood would be to obey God and build an ark. Noah had never seen rain. He stepped out on faith and built not knowing how this boat would be used. Faith requires trusting what we can’t see or fully comprehend. Also…

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually….But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:5, 8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Today those who are to be saved are those people who live by grace through faith, as Noah lived. Our faith must be in the truth, that God has sent His Son, Messiah, the Christ and that salvation is in Him alone. Those who will not believe mock God and go their own sinful way.

A further description of the end time was given by Paul in his letter to Timothy.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7  

It certainly seems this generation qualifies as the last generation. 

 ONLY THE FATHER KNOWS

Complete in Christ 

 

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About Faith


“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Faith Is the Victory 

In his sermon on 1 John 5:4-6,  ‘Through the Bible’ series, J. Vernon McGee  reminds us of several important truths about faith.  The Greek word νίκη nikē, which is translated ‘victory’ is only found once in the entire Bible. It is found in 1 John 5:4 where we are told that…

FAITH IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD.

Pastor McGee shared that when he was called to preach, God called him to live by faith, not by fighting, and he went on to use the illustration of how in the OT book of Joshua, the walls of Jericho fell when Joshua, by faith obeyed God rather than fighting as generals ordinarily do. The point he makes is that we, the saints are not equipped to overcome the world by fighting in our own strength. Only the Holy Spirit Who is received by faith in Christ can lead us to victory over this world and over sin.

By Faith

The word ‘faith’ is found twice in the Old Testament, but numerous times in the New Testament. The message of faith, however, is firmly established under both the old and new covenants. 

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

Abram believed YHWH, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews, called the faith chapter, teaches how Old Testament saints lived by faith. In the New Testament we learn that…

By Faith We Are Saved

Jesus said so! Remember when the very religious Pharisees invited Christ to dinner. Sadly they considered the Christ of glory less worthy than their own works. They did not greet Him honorably and wash His feet as was the custom with guest one considered worthy. But a sinful woman entered the room and anointed Jesus’s feet. She washed them with her tears in sorrow over her sins…

And Jesus told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50.

Later all the apostles taught us that we are saved by God’s gracious gift through FAITH.

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)…For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:5, 8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 

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Jesus asked, ”Who do men say that I am?”


But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Galatians 6:14

Jesus Questioned His Disciples 

Jesus always asked questions for the purpose of teaching the one to whom the question was presented. He did not need that anyone tell Him anything as He is all knowing. He even knew what people were thinking! (John 2:24-25) Still, He allowed us to hear Peter’s answer when asked…

“Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:13-16‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

 Christ’s Response

Surely the response of the Lord must have blessed Peter…

“Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros –a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra –a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. [Isa. 22:22.]”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:17-19‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Lessons For All

1) Jesus is the Christ. ‘WHAT DOES CHRIST MEAN?’

2) Jesus is the Son of God. NEVER THIRSTY – What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of God.

3) The Father in heaven reveals the Person of Christ to His true followers. THE PERSON OF CHRIST 

4) Those who know Christ are blessed. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLESSED?

5) Christ’s Church, His body, is built and is safe because of the truth that Christ is the Son of the Living God. WHAT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST?

6) The church is a powerful body and Christ has entrusted His church with the keys to heaven.  KEYS

7) Whatever the Church binds (declares to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever the Church looses (declares lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.

Did You Notice?

Under the picture, at the beginning of the posts, we read that the apostle Paul refused to glory in anything EXCEPT the CROSS of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! The cross ✝️ of Christ has provided all we needed to be declared justified before our Holy Father. A great blessing of the cross is revealed in Paul’s words in Galatians 6:14. Paul recognizes that in the cross, he is free from this sinful  world. He said, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Think of what this means in light of James 4:4, 1 John 2:17, and 1 John 4:17.

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How did ordinary people respond to Jesus after the cross and resurrection?


An earlier post ask “How did Ordinary People Respond to Jesus Prior to the Cross? 

This has been a very popular posts. I think it is interesting to see how Jesus was perceived while on this earth. It is more interesting to see how this perception changed after the cross and resurrection. I can only put a fraction of every thing that was said of Christ after the resurrection  here, but these are revealing comments from  the Holy Scriptures.

“Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “It is the Lord! ”
‭‭John‬ ‭21:6-7‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Matthew 28:17

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us as He spoke with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, gathered together and saying, “The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon!…And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, praising God continually in the temple.”                        Luke 24:32-34, 52

Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28

But God raised Him from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches. Acts 2:24

But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;…Acts 3:14

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

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, 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

“No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, and He was declared by God a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:4-10‬ ‭HCSB‬‬“

…and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming.”
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

“For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” — and I am the worst of them.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

“He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:20‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

 

 

 

 

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About Baptism…


THE BIBLE TEACHES…

Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, who trust Him as Savior, and who have had their sins forgiven are to be baptized.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

 Persons who have been convicted by the Father and repented of their sins, trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and received the Holy Spirit are eligible by biblical standards to be baptized by water baptism. 

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:16-17

On their arrival, they prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

While Jesus was on earth, believers were baptized in His name. After the resurrection and ascension Christ commanded we be baptized in the ‘name’ of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After the resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the hearts of believers. 

Acts 19:5
On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

Baptism is a beautiful picture of what happens in a person’s life during conversion. A person dies to self, is washed clean by Christ’s Blood and clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The person who is saved is filled by God’s Holy Spirit.

The true baptism comes from Christ!

“I [John the Baptist] 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” (Matthew 3:11).

Galatians 3:27
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Paul wrote…

Romans‬ ‭6:1-4‬ ‭

…“What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:1-4‬ 

SCRIPTURAL BAPTISMS

The Bible commands us to be baptized. To fulfill all righteousness, Christ set the example and we are to follow. The scriptures teach that while we can follow Christ in water baptism, there is baptism that does not involve water, it isn’t man’s doing, and it happens to all who place their faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Mark 1:8
I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 3:16
John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Baptism

REQUIREMENTS FOR BAPTISM

A close look at scriptures reveals God’s requirements concerning baptism.

“The Spirit told Philip, “Go and join that chariot.” When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading? ” “How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me? ” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the Scripture passage he was reading was this: He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb is silent before its shearer, so He does not open His mouth. In His humiliation justice was denied Him. Who will describe His generation? For His life is taken from the earth. The eunuch replied to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about — himself or another person? ” So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture. As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized? ” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭8:29-38‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ 

Matthew 3:6
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:11
I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Acts 8:37
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 10:47
“Can anyone withhold the water to baptize these people? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have!”

SEE Compelling Truth

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Do you see a difference in making an ‘error’ and committing ‘iniquity’?


For ever, O YHWH, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Do you see a difference in an error, and iniquity?

Error – a mistake. synonyms: mistake · fallacy · misconception · delusion · inaccuracy · miscalculation · · blunder · fault · flaw · oversight

Iniquity – Sin; wickedness; evil.

“If thou, Jehovah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, That thou mayest be feared.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:3-4‬ ‭ASV‬‬

And

If errors were what you watch,  O Jah,*Then who, O Jehovah, could stand? For with you there is true forgiveness, So that you may be held in awe. Psalm 130:3-4 nwt 

There is a difference in committing a sin/iniquity and in making an error or blunder. The Holy Bible list sexual immorality, idolatry, greed, slander, Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth as sin.  “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23

 There is no mention of errors as needing forgiveness, but sins must be forgiven. This is why Christ came to earth and died, so our sins may be forgiven.

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Do you see a difference in “I Am” and “I have been?”

I Am –  (eimí), and its counterparts, (properly) convey “straight-forward” being (existence, i.e. without explicit limits).

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

‬‬(Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”)

Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, before Abraham came into existence, I have been.” John 8:58 NWT

Do you see a difference in “I Am” and “I have been?” YHWH used the Name, ‘I Am,’ when he  told Moses how to address Himself to Israel. Perhaps Watchtower knows why Jesus said “ I Am”, but it contradicts their doctrine, thus this “translation.”

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Do you see a difference in “His own blood” and “the blood of His Son?” Is there a difference?  Truly this verse shows that God’s blood is the blood of His Son, however, the best literal translation is from the Berean Literal which used “the blood.” Most translations use ‘His’ blood rather than ‘the’ blood.  So in truth, a reader must know God and be led by Holy Spirit to comprehend that Jesus’s blood IS the own blood with which God purchased His church.  See Greek Interlinear.

“Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has set you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with the own blood.” Acts 20:28

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with His own blood.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Pay attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own Son.” Acts 20:28

What this verse does not say in the original is that the “blood” used to purchase us was the Father’s blood. The word Son isn’t in the original either. What we are left with here is actually easily understood. God purchased the church with His own blood because of Who Jesus is – God in the form of the Son. The church, Christ’s body, belongs to God because He purchased it. 

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The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) was published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS) in 1961. More than 220 million have been published by 2019 and distributed around the world. The WTBTS is also commonly known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible. See Errors Exposed, See Major Problems...

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Have you heard?


Jesus – Have you heard about Jesus and His Name?

Jesus – Demons are subject to the name Jesus…Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18

Jesus – Prayers are answered IF they are prayed in His name…John 14:13

Jesus – Sin is forgiven only in Jesus name..Acts 2:38

Jesus – Salvation is in His name alone…Acts 4:12

Jesus – We receive the Holy Spirit in His name…John 14:26

Jesus – Healing occurs in His name…Acts 3:6

Jesus – In His name we are washed, sanctified, and justified…1 Corinthians 6:11

Jesus – All things whatsoever we do are to be done in His name…Colossians 3:17

Jesus – The name of Jesus is above all names…Philippians 2:9

Jesus – At the name of Jesus EVERY knee in heaven and on earth will bow…Philippians 2:10

Jesus – Every tongue is going to confess the name of Jesus…Philippians 2:10

Jesus – We are to believe on the name of the Son…1 John 3:23

Jesus Name has power*…Mark 16:17, John 14:13, John 16:23, Acts 4:10-12, Philippians 2:11-13

Jesus – He will judge in heaven with the name ‘which no one except He Himself knows, and having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God’….Revelation 19:11-13

Jesus alone provides eternal life…John 3:36, 1 John 5:12

Jesus –  by Him, all things were made…John 1:3, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:10

Jesus is coming soon…Revelation 22

Jesus is THE resurrection…John 11:25

Jesus is going to judge the world…John 12:48; Romans 2:9-16

Jesus will have His reward with Him…Revelation 22:12

Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats…Matthew 25:33

Jesus will say to some, “Depart from Me I never knew you…”Matthew 7:23

Jesus has power over Satan…Luke 10:17, 1 Corinthians 5:3-5

Jesus will lead the armies at Armageddon…Revelation 16:15-16

Jesus sets captives free…Luke 4:17-19

Jesus calms storms…Mark 4:35-41

Jesus blood cleanses from all unrighteousness…1 John 1:7

Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man…1 Timothy 2:5

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The one believing in the Son has eternal life, but the one not obeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Luke 10:17

And I saw heaven having been opened, and behold, a white horse, and the One sitting upon it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Now His eyes are like a flame of fire, and upon His head many diadems, having a name having been written, which no one except He Himself knows, and having been clothed with a garment having been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:11-13

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

”And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you…”  John 14:26

But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene–walk!”Acts 3:6

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

Therefore God also highly exalted Him, and granted to Him the name above every name, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in the heavens and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, To the glory of God the Father. Phillipians2:9-11

 

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The Anointed and Sealed


CHRISTIANS ARE ANOINTED

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth…And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him…If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:20-21, 25-27, 29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 2 Corinthians 1:21

HISTORY OF 1 JOHN

To whom was John writing?

What we know about the short book of 1 John is that…

“The earliest confirmed use of 1 John was in the Roman province of Asia (in modern Turkey) where Ephesus was located. Clement of Alexandria indicates that John ministered in the various churches scattered throughout that province. It may be assumed, therefore, that 1 John was sent to the churches of the province of Asia.4 …This letter may have been a circular letter sent to Christians in that area.” Bible Hermeneutics 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ANOINTED?

Mashiach: anointed Original Word: מָשִׁיחַ Definition – having oil applied to in order to set apart. – To be anointed is to be set apart, empowered, or protected. In the Bible, anointing is of the LORD, YHWH.

In the Old Testament, men were anointed for a purpose and that purpose was always to serve God. Priests were anointed as was David. We learn in Isaiah that Christ is The Anointed One. Paul spoke of his own anointing.

Now the One establishing us with you unto Christ, and having anointed us, is God, the One also having sealed us and having given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts. But I call God as witness upon my soul, that sparing you, I have not yet come to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but are fellow workers with you of joy; for in the faith you stand firm. 2 Corinthians 1:21-24

In the New Testament anointing is also from God in the form of God’s Holy Spirit Who abides in those who are in Christ. John speaks of what Jeremiah prophesied.

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

SEALED VERSUS ANOINTED

The Bible teaches all Christians are sealed. We see this in (2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30  Revelation 7:4) The Holy Spirit Seals us for our protection. Once sealed we are safe from the destruction sin brings. The 144,000 Jews we read about in the book of The Revelation were sealed before the Angel was allowed to harm the land or the sea. This protected them. While the Holy Spirit also anoints, anointing and sealing have different purposes. When a person receives forgiveness in Christ, the Holy Spirit baptizes and seals that person. 

FOR FURTHER STUDY

WHAT IS THE ANOINTING?

WHAT IS THE SEAL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

 

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