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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News that isn’t fake, but sadly isn’t widely reported…


SHE NEVER WANTED TO BE ‘ROE’

Clint Cooper of the Chattanooga Times-Freepress wrote an Oped that ran in the paper February 21, 2017 on Norma McCorvey’s life. While Norma was not extremely famous, because of her life many lives changed. Norma was the plaintiff in the famous case, Roe vs Wade.

I am sharing her story because of “the rest of the story” of Norma’s life.

Norma did not abort her baby. She put it up for adoption and she deeply regretted that she signed on as the plaintiff in the case.

“I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name,” she told a Senate panel in 1998. “I would like nothing more than to have this law overturned.

Norma is no longer living. So it is up to others to share her story as much as possible. It was probably a heavy burden that she carried. Let us help get this deadly court ruling reversed.

Also know this: Legislators can legally make laws, not Court Justices.

Read Normas full story at: Times Free Press: Cooper: She Never Wanted to Be Roe

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Protests or Prayers for A Nation Divided?


DIVISION IN AMERICA

After Barack Obama’s election in 2008, there arose a grassroots movement concerned about high taxes in America becoming even higher. This group became known as the ‘Taxed Enough Already’ movement or the TEA party. This is what they say about the movement on their web-site and on Wikipedia:

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September 2nd, 2004. Many claim to be the founders of this movement; however, it was the brave souls of the men and women in 1773, known today as the Boston Tea Party, who dared to defy the greatest military might on earth. We are the beneficiaries of their courage.

The movement opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare[3] and has been described as a mixture of libertarian,[4] populist,[5] and conservative activism.

After Donald J. Trump’s election another group has become very active. It is the ‘Organizing for Action’ group by Barack and Michelle Obama. However, it was organized three years before Trump became president

OFA was begun on January 18, 2013 by Chairman Jim Messina (Obama’s 2012 campaign manager)[8] and First Lady Michelle Obama  in order to mobilize support behind the president’s legislative and political agenda.

One question that seems to be relevant is this. If Obama’s term of office is over, why does the OFA still exist? Not being an insider, I only know what is being reported and what seems to be demonstrably true. The group now trains and produces protestors to keep President Trump’s agenda from becoming reality and keep Obama’s legacy in place.

Both groups are politically active, albeit, they have different methods. While the TEA party sometime organizes meetings and rallies they primarily support political candidates and attempt to change election outcomes. OFA organizes protests rallies and encourages members to confront Republican elected officials. Their main goal is to protest and intimidate already elected officials by demanding legislation go their way while the TEA party want to change who is elected.

Both groups are disliked by the other side and demonstrate how divided we are as a country.

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

Jesus did not leave us in doubt. He told us all we need to know about how to fix what ails our country. He told us that we will not continue to exist if the division does not end.

But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. Luke 11:17 Matthew 28:18-19 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. 

But if we pray, we can be assured that God will hear us.

 And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1

THE APOSTLES KNEW THE POWER OF PRAYER

 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

NATIONS SHOULD SERVE GOD

Psalms 33:12 – Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Isaiah 60:12 – For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, [those] nations shall be utterly wasted.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Proverbs 14:34 – Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.

CONCLUSION

 Political action groups may have a place in society and may do some good, but often do more harm than good. God is not a God of confusion and where there is confusion, we know it is not of God. Prayer on the other hand and obedience to God is always profitable. Americans need to pray.

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My Lord and my God…


THE DEATH OF DOUBT

In Our Daily Bread devotional for February 13, 2017, Tim Gustafson wrote a devotional about the disciple called ‘Doubting Thomas.’ It is an excellent devotional.

While reading “The Death of Doubt“, I began to think  of my recent posts. There are those among us who, rather than blessing others by proclaiming the risen Lord, go door to door sowing seeds of doubt. I speak of those planting the seeds of Arianism.

Thomas probably did not realize that just as Christ expelled his own doubts that day, he would give an answer to anyone deceived by reading or listening to a follower of Arius. This is because Thomas recognized Christ as both risen Lord and God the Son.

THOMAS CALLS JESUS BOTH LORD AND GOD

According to the Greek interlinear, in both Mark 12:29 and John 20:28  the Greek word Θεὸς  is the word God. Here are the verses:

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  Mark 12:29

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28

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

I am thankful that our Lord had the gospel writers record Thomas’s words.

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Final look at Watchtower vs the Holy Bible


 


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FINAL LOOK AT WATCHTOWER VS HOLY BIBLE

Spending time checking out Watchtower claims against the Bible has left me exhausted and a little depressed. There are four very troubling aspects to this sect or religion.

1.) The most troubling problem I see with Watchtower’s teaching is their failure to recognize or acknowledvge the deity and Personhood of the Holy Spirit and Christ. This causes them to miss the blessings of the work of the Holy Spirit and they  fail to understand what the Jews understood i.e., Jesus is God.**

2.) The second most troubling problem with Watchtower is their belief that the Bible has errors and their willingness to add and detract words, trying to make the Holy Scripture fit Watchtower doctrine.

3.) A third problem is their method of teaching salvation. 

4.) The fourth problem that is very depressing is their willingness to take conjecture or their own ideas and teach them as truth. One example is the teaching that the “harvest began in 1914” and Watchtower is the “wise and discreet servant” of whom Jesus spoke.

The above problems with Watchtower are very troublesome, especially considering these facts:

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A.) Without the Spirit, we cannot know the truth.

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:12-13  “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17)

B.) If we do not rely on the Holy Spirit, how are we able to please God? He clearly states: 

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 

C.) The Spirit allows the redeemed to have assurance of salvation.

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8:16

D.) The Holy Spirit grieves. He prays for us, counsels and teaches us.

ADDING OR DETRACTING FROM THE BIBLE

When they rewrite or translate John 1:1 to say “the word was a god” rather than “the word was God” they fail to explain (at least not on their web-site) what they mean by Christ being “a god.” Their entire religion is built on the idea that there is “one God.” When they say Christ is “a god” are they not placing Christ in the same category as Baal? Worship of anything or anyone other than YHVH is always forbidden, yet nowhere do we find a commandment against or condemnation for worshiping Christ. THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE! A star led the wise men to the place where he lay. They came to WORSHIP Him.* His disciples WORSHIPED Him the night He calmed the storm. The writer of Hebrews wrote:

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

Watchtower is exclusive. They would exclude everyone from God’s grace who doesn’t follow the Watchtower doctrine and teaching.

BY FAITH IN CHRIST OR BY WATCHTOWER

I find that Christ is both inclusive and exclusive. Here is what I mean. Christ includes all who repent of sin and follow Him. Only those who  refuse to repent and trust Christ are excluded.

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:7

The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned

Watchtower excludes those who do not join Watchtower and believe their doctrine. But God excludes:

… whoever does not believe (in Him) is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:18

No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
Luke 13:3 

DECEPTIONS TAUGHT BY WATCHTOWER BASED ON CONJECTURE

Jesus is Michael the Archangel…

Christ returned in 1914…

If prophecy fails, it can then be called a prediction rather than prophecy…

Everyone doesn’t have to be born again, just the 144,000 who will enjoy heaven…

The only name that honors God is Jehovah and true Christians will use that name only…

Service to God is going door to door and distributing Watchtower and inviting people to meetings…

People will be misled if they read the Bible without a Jehovah’s Witness explaining to them what they have read…

Please pray for Jehovah’s Witnesses that they might see and receive the truth.

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**The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

 *saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

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America at risk…


HOW DO WE UNITE A DIVIDED NATION?

img_1348Saturday, February 11, 2016 in the Chattanooga Times Free Press op-ed section there were opposing opinions on the same subject.

Clarence Page wrote “‘Fake News?’Look Whose Talking.” Cal Thomas wroteMajor Media Remain In Denial.

These men are miles apart on the political spectrum. They are looking at “their” side and making a case about what they believe are lies told to Americans.

There are two biblical truths I think Americans should consider:

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

In the op-eds, Mr. Page complained because of what he believes are lies told by President Trump. Mr. Thomas complained because the press ignored the lies of the previous administration and failed to realize that this very behavior led to their stunning loses in 2016. 

I understand how these men feel! Both make some valid points, but if we do not get beyond this place, the Bible teaches that we will crumble as a nation. So where do we go from here? How do we stop quarreling and become peacemakers? We would all benefit from doing just that and perhaps save our nation…

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Comparing Tenet 24 of Watchtower to the words of the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 24 – Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true religion.  wit.irr.org

Without defining “religion” it is difficult to even discuss this claim made by Watchtower, however, I think it is safe to say that what Watchtower means by this claim is that JW’s is God’s chosen organization.*

THE BIBLE TEACHES

James described what God sees as “true religion.”

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

CONCLUSION

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society do not put primary emphasis on caring for orphans and widows. I am not aware that they put any emphasis there. Their emphasis is on meetings and going door to door with Watchtower publications. This alone would rule out Watchtower’s claim that they are the only true religion.

For further reading see: Compare Watchtower to the Bible

* Similarly, Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.” – The Watchtower 1983, February 15, page 12

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Comparing Tenet 23 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible…


WATCHTOWER CLAIMS

Tenet 23 – True Christians will be known by their zeal in regularly engaging in public efforts to preach the gospel of the kingdom as taught by Jehovah’s Witnesses, particularly by disseminating Watchtower literature and offering to conduct Bible studies in people’s homes using that literature.  wit.irr.org

One of the key phrases here to note is “the gospel of the kingdom AS TAUGHT BY JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES.” 

THE GOSPEL AS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

THE GOSPEL WATCHTOWER TEACHES

Jehovah’s Witnesses may argue that they do believe in the atoning death of Christ (which they call the “ransom sacrifice”).  A study of their literature shows that while they acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice, they do not acknowledge His physical resurrection and they have added other salvation requirements to their ‘members’. JW’s are told they must deny the Deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit. They must use the name Jehovah. They must believe Watchtower doctrine because they teach that Christ reigns through The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.  See The Spirit Watch

WATCHTOWER TEACHES

True Christians will be disseminating Watchtower literature and offering to conduct Bible studies in people’s homes using that literature.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

There are many passages teaching how true Christians are to live and how we will know them. Distributing literature isn’t mentioned. 

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then He will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ …

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Ephesians 2:10

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

The Great Commission

14Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

And all those having believed were together the same, and having all things in common. Acts 2:44

Romans 12:1 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Matthew 7:16 By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

CONCLUSION

On this tenet, words from the Bible describing true Christians are posted. I ask each reader, whether you are a Jehovah’s Witness, a born-again Christian, or a person who has been witnessed to by a Christian or approached by a Jehovah’s Witness, read the words of the Bible and decide what you believe Almighty God says a true Christian will be doing.

For further reading see Deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit

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