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Who are We?

Ecclesiastes 7:8, Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

 

Your character is your personality.  Your character has many characteristics, which are different qualities, good or bad, that make up the person you are and the combination of those characteristics is what makes each person unique or different from every other person on earth.

 

We build our character by the choices we make.  Let’s take the characteristic kindness.  Each time you choose to do something kind, it strengthens that characteristic and you become a kinder person.  This makes you even more likely to be kind the next time the choice of whether to be kind or not is presented to you.  Remember, Jesus said if we use the talents that He gave us, we would be given even more.

 

Jesus gave us a New Commandment in the New Testament (Hebrew Root believers mock that saying it’s not a new commandment but one from the Old Testament) which is LOVE, John 13:34 – 35.  With that in mind definitely being a loving person is a characteristic you’ll want to develop.  When you have love, it’s a lot easier to build all the other good characteristics because God Is Love, and with God in you, nothing is impossible 1John 4:16.

 

Another characteristic is HONESTY, honesty is sharing TRUTH.  Jesus said the truth shall set you free, John 8:32.  How does the truth set you free?  Think about it, if you tell the truth, you never have to be imprisoned by a lie, having to keep track of things you said or always being on guard to make sure nobody ever finds out about it.  You never have to worry about anything.  Most times you’ll have to tell another lie to cover the other lie and so on.  Remember, the devil is the father of all liars, John 8:44.  Being honest is one of the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:16.  What is false witness but telling lies about another!

 

Your ATTITUDE is another very important part of your characteristic.  Your attitude is the way you feel about something.  Being optimistic is a good attitude to have.  Why?  Because it chases away fear and fear comes from the devil, Proverbs 29:25.  Do you look for the good in people or circumstances or do you usually expect the worst?  Remember, what you believe, you receive, so if you expect the best, what is likely to happen?  Search for the good qualities in others and not the worst.  Point out there good points and compliment them in front of other people.  They will be proud that you noticed their good qualities and encourage them to exhibit those characteristics in themselves more often.  Remember, the more they use those good gifts the Lord gave them the more good they will receive.  By doing this, you’re planting good seeds and God will make them grow.  Not only does your attitude affect you but it affects others too.  A good attitude is contagious but so is a bad attitude.  If you want to be a Christ-lie example to others, a good attitude REPRESENTS Jesus!

 

Know that a bad attitude can affect others and an example is say someone asks you to do something and you really don’t want to because you want to do something else or just do nothing.  That person reminds you of all the things they’ve done for you and so on.  You get angry and they are angry so now everyone has a bad attitude.  Life isn’t all about what we want to do, when we want to do it, even though we’d like for it to be that way most times, Luke 12:48.   God has given you the gift of being called so you are expected to be more responsible than others.  That responsibility includes things like sacrifice when you may not feel like giving, kindness when others may not be kind to you, selflessness when others are being selfish, strength when you feel weak, forgiveness when you’ve been insulted or hurt or sinned against, love when you are hated, patience when you feel like you can’t wait for something, kindness when others are unkind to you, enthusiasm when others don’t care, eagerness when others are lazy and love when people are being hateful.  As a shepherd, you are extraordinary and you are expected to act like it.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘mind over matter’ before.  That’s the ability to control your thoughts about something even when it’s something that would cause the average person to be emotional about it.  All these examples just read are about ‘mind over matter’.  With a Christ-like mind, no matter what the matter is, you can control your attitude about it and act on it with a Christ-like response.  Each and every day of our lives, our character will be tested by the world.  We’re also being tested by God, to see if we’re worthy of the everlasting life that He promises to us as a Christian.  Everyday is a new day and new and different challenges will come about to see if we handle them with Godly character.

 

We are not suppose to judge other people (in the flesh 1Corinthians 2:15) but we are suppose to be a good judge of character.  This means that we should be able to tell by the way a person talks and acts, if they are someone we want to associate with.  We become what we surround ourselves with!

 

So who are we?

 

Let Scientist and Evolutionist tell it, there were the Big Bang and Evolution theories!  You know, where a fire ball or something exploded creating all planets and galaxies in the universe and something from the water started walking on land and became a monkey and then eventually became humans.  Maybe you came from ape or monkey but I certainly didn’t nor any of my family members for that matter.  How come Scientist believe, this theory but God doesn’t.  How come Evolutionist believe, their theory but God doesn’t.  How come there are still monkeys or apes today?  What happened, some of the monkeys didn’t know how to evolve into humans or something!  It’s pretty ignorant on their part if you ask me.  God says it better!  Look what Paul told Timothy about science in 1Timothy 6:20 -21.  What about what God says in 1Corinthians 3:18 20 or Job 5:13 and again in Psalms 94:11.

 

There isn’t a book, theory or scientific fact/theory than can explain our existence, our creation, our purpose and who we are, better than the bible does.  But without faith in our Creator and His works, the reason for our existence will always escape us and leave us searching for answers.  Seems like mankind is always seeking a better reason than God for our existence!  The truth is the reason we’re here alive on this earth is to glorify our Creator.  We were created by God and we are in the image of God, Genesis 1:26.  What are our image and our likeness about?  When we look at Who God is then it will be easier to identify who we are.  He is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!  Let us not allow our unlimited understanding to get in the way and cause doubt as to deny the TRUTH!  1John 5:7, There are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and THESE THREE ARE ONE.  This is called the Holy Trinity.  He is one God, in three divine parts.  When God said, Let us make man in OUR image, He was talking to Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  How then are we made in God’s image and what does that mean?  1John 5:8 says, And there are three that bare witness IN EARTH, the spirit, the water and the blood: and these THREE AGREE IN ONE.  So we as humans are made of three parts or depths.  Spirit, Water and Blood!  The WATER represents the Body.  The human body is made up mostly of water.  The BLOOD represents the Soul.  DNA in blood is used to identify a specific person, Leviticus 17:11.  God breathed in man’s nostrils the breath of life (spirit), Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 7:22.  Our Body returns to dust, Genesis 3:19, our Spirit, returns to God, Ecclesiastes 12:7 and when the righteous dies, their Soul goes to Abrahams Bosom, Luke 16:22 but the unrighteous Soul goes to Hell, Luke 16:22 – 24.  Why did God create us, the answer is TO Glorify Him, Isaiah 43:7 and 1Corinthians 6:19.   Notice that we (our Soul) is directed by God to Glorify God with our Body and our Spirit which BELONG TO GOD.

 

Fame and Fortune

 

There are other things that try and influence people to try and change who they are or “find” a different self than the one they’ve been created to be.  These worldly deceptions are called SELF and PRIDE.  People long to be famous, to be recognized and to be noticed.  We admire anyone that we call a celebrity.  Anyone that has done what we call ‘made a name for themselves’.  Ask yourself as a Christian, how many famous people have chosen their professions to give glory to God through their work?  How many times have we looked at them and thought to ourselves what godly men/women they are?  But we put them on a pedestal and look up to them and so do our children.  The sad thing is these people influence the world.  Do you want God to remember you for the worldly fame you did or for the glory that you brought to Him through the gifts that He gave to you?  God gives gifts, 1Corinthians 12!  Special talents that are meant to glorify Him.  Some of us say I follow good but I am nothing and no talents to speak of.  This makes you a prime candidate for God service, 1Corinthians 1:26 – 31.  At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of His Apostles and said, John13:12 – 15.  With this attitude you move from living in your own will to living the will of God, 1John 5:14 – 15.  Remember when God appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what ever he asked for God would give it to him.  Solomon asked in, 1Kings 3:9.  God was so pleased in Solomon’s unselfish request that would honor the Lord that He not only made Solomon the wisest man to ever live but gave him fame and fortune as well!

 

Once you realize who you are and what you’re meant to be, there will be times that you will FALL DOWN.  That doesn’t mean that you are doomed to hell.  The thing is to repent, ask forgiveness and move on in GOD’S GRACE.  Who are we?  We are the image of God and we should reflect Him…For His Glory!  God bless you.

 

Acknowledgments to Christian Oasis website.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Spiritual | , , , | Leave a comment

Many Called but Few Chosen

Never forget that it is God that chooses who is called.  We can believe we are as unworthy as we want, but He sees within us what we can be, not what we are.

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 28

 

What if you could change your life and find what your purpose was!

What if you could find and us awesome Spiritual Gifts that are within you!

What if you could use these Spiritual Gifts to change other people’s lives for the better!

Would you like to do that for God?  You may be called by God to Represent!

 

The Bible is clear that God calls many to represent Him!  But the Bible also says that few of those called are actually chosen to serve Him, Matthew 22:14.  Know why few people are chosen?  Because few choose to Represent Him!  They get caught up in the worldly things that are going on and choose that instead.  God made it clear in the Bible that He would be putting His Spirit in all people and they would be doing great things for Him, Acts 2:17 – 18.  God promised that He was going to choose people to Represent Him.  It is up to you as to what you will choose to do with your calling!  God will pour out His Spirit on people and they will get special powers.  These powers are called spiritual gifts.

Are you one of these sons and daughters who God is calling to represent?  Most people in the bible whether they were young or old never thought that they would be called.  But they were!  And they did awesome works by showing God’s glory in their words and works.  Remember, with God nothing is impossible in Matthew 19:26.  You may be thinking, I’m nobody important what could I possibly do?   The prophet Jeremiah was just a child when God chose him to be a prophet, Jeremiah 1:5 – 7.  Before we were born God knew who He was going to call.

 

This world is at war with an invisible enemy called the devil, who, is out to capture as many souls as he possibly can.  Just take a look around you and you can see the devil’s work in action.  And it’s ONLY GETTING WORSE!  This invisible enemy likes to use anger, jealousy, greed, hate, fear, lust, doubt, pride, just all kinds of ugly things that mankind has a real tough time fighting against.  He is winning a lot of souls over because few choose to fight.  Most just surrender and follow the worldly trends.  It’s our duty as a Christian soldier not to surrender.  It’s also our job to protect and defend others that are caught up in his web of lies.  God is counting on us!  It is about truth which builds trust as in Proverbs 27:6.  In other words we should always tell the truth, even though it may hurt.  Someone telling you what you want to hear may make you feel better but it will hurt worse than the truth did in the end.

 

We must increase our FAITH!  Faith can move mountains, Matthew 17:20!  In other words, Jesus is saying that with a little faith, nothing is impossible.  So what is FAITH?  Faith means to believe something with all your mind, heart and soul.  It is also HOPE in the unseen!  Whether your BELIEFS are good, bad, happy or sad, they will come to LIFE, with BELIEF!  So what you BELIEVE, you RECEIVE, Matthew 21:22.  Lots of people need our help out there and we can’t do it alone, Matthew 18:19 – 20.  We can do it together.

 

We have to make the CHOICE!  Choice is something God give each of us.  Choice is FREE WILL!  We are FREE to do whatever we WILL.  Our choice to become a Christian is the most important choice we will make in our lives.  WE REPRESENT CHRIST!  Being a Christian, we bear His Name.  We are different because the world is heading in a different direction than we are and they will try over and over to tell us that everybody is doing this and everybody is doing that, so their way must be right and we must be wrong.  Well, we’re not everybody else and we’re not wrong.  We’re different, we’re special and we’re called.  You don’t’ follow all the other sheep to the slaughter.  We’re not afraid of the responsibility it takes to lead a righteous life.  You have a stronger conscious than most people and you recognize what’s right and wrong much easier than everybody else because you choose to.  You want to live the way that Jesus taught, John 14:16.

 

It’s about building our Christian character.  It’s about building your wisdom, knowledge and understanding that will enhance your faith.  It’s about strengthening your armour against the enemy, the devil.  It’s about living THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE, that is taught to us by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and sharing the light of what you learn with others, who in turn will share it with others.  We need to be an army of Christian soldiers for God, to defend the faith and represent in a world that is quickly becoming faithless.  It’s about reaching out to other people and making a difference in their lives, for the glory of God.  By choosing to represent Jesus Christ, you choose to share Jesus’ life, through you, with others, because you’re one with Him.  People see Him in you.  In the things you do, the way you act, the way you talk, the way you live.  Your words and deeds are a reflection of HIM.  Have you ever read the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14 – 30?  In this parable we are the servants of the Lord.  The talents represent money but Jesus was using it to symbolize the Spiritual gifts given to us by God to represent Him.  If we choose to use those gifts to HELP HIS LOST CHILDREN find TRUTH we are blessed with more Spiritual Rewards.  But if we choose not to use these gifts as to glorify Him and bring in His sheep, we lose all that He gave us.  As you build your faith, your character and your integrity as a Christian, you’re really taking your talents and glorifying the Lord.  Others will see the results in your life and as you share your faith with them, you are leading people to the Lord.  You’ll find that He will begin putting you in situations where others need you to help them grow in their faith, and then, the one you REPRESENT, will bless you abundantly.  You’re also beginning a lifestyle that will lead you through a happy life on earth and life everlasting.  These just aren’t pretty words, they’re the truth!  Doing nothing is also a choice.  Think about that!

 

Many people don’t believe it’s cool to be a Christian.  Many people may be jealous because they don’t have the willpower to REPRESENT.  To represent means to be strong.  Ask yourself, when people disagree with your choice, do I want to please people or do I want to please God?  It’s not the popular thing to do. It’s different.  You’re different.  They may reject you. Don’t give in.  Jesus said, Matthew 5:10 – 12.  It’s a shame game.  Don’t be ashamed to stand up for your beliefs.  Matthew 10:32 – 33, so in other words, the way you represent Christ, is the way He will represent you, before God.  Stand up for Him and He will stand up for you.

 

The times we live in are changing rapidly.  Unfortunately, as technology is increasing, so is the wickedness and evil in the world.  Who will represent?  The answer is YOU!  Jesus is counting on us to carry on His light in the world, Philippians 4:13.

 

Acknowledgements to Christian Oasis.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Spiritual | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Religion Spiritual or of God?

A question for the Ages right!  Religions of the world each claim to be “the way” to God.  They possess their rules, ceremonies, events and things to do to lead you to heaven.  In reality they possess all the things that won’t get you into God’s Kingdom.  We’ve all pondered at some point as to why there are so many different religions or beliefs that state the claims as “the way”.  How can each be different but each be “the way”.  They make claims that the others won’t get you there or discredit the others.  You have some that don’t believe in the resurrection or Jesus is God in the flesh or the Holy Spirit is also God or believe that you have to develop your mind to have a mind like God, some that you keep reincarnating until you get it right, others that all you have to do is be a good person, you must be baptized and others you have to work your way into heaven.  As many times as I’ve read and studied the bible, I have yet to find where following Jesus Christ, is a religion!  Most religions make claims of being Christians when in fact that they are just the opposite and not Christians at all.  They were first called Christians in Antioch in Acts 11:26.  God made the statement His people would be called by another name in Isaiah 65:15.  Christian or Christians simply means “a follower of Christ”. 

 

The fact of the matter is, religion is going to send more people to hell than anything!  Religion is man made or created and started with Nimrod during the making of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1 – 9.  God never intended for man to create their own towns or cities and especially their own religious beliefs.  We can believe that Satan has a hand in this process.  It is his way of turning mankind away from God’s truths and to confuse them into their own beliefs confusing them into believing their beliefs were God’s beliefs.  That’s as wrong as someone with two left feet!  God also said he would send them strong delusion to cause them to believe a lie, 2Thessalonians 2:11 – 12.  Because they believed not in the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness!  Religion is full of “man’s traditions” and has nothing to do with God period.  Man’s traditions keep us in bondage to carry out man’s traditions.  This has been evident from the beginning with Nimrod to the Pharisees up to the present so called religions.  Each keeps some type of carrot dangling in front of their congregation for them to follow to get to heaven.  Religions are full of man’s ideas, traditions, false doctrines, false preachers, teachers and prophets feeding its members wrong stuff leading them straight to hell.

 

Is there such a thing as pure religion?  God says there is in James 1:27, Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  Again in Matthew 25:31 – 36, God says, When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep (Believers) on his right hand, but the goats (Non Believers) on the left.  Read Matthew 25:36 – 40.  This is what God calls “pure religion”.  He calls man’s religion, superstition or superstitious.  Acts 25:19, But had certain questions against him of their won superstition (religion), and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.  Again Paul says in Acts 17:22 – 23, Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious (very religious).  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.  Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.  In essence today with all man’s traditions, false doctrines by false teachers, preachers and prophets they are doing the same thing because they can’t be worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob because what they do doesn’t line up with scripture, it lines up with what they want.

 

All people have a longing for something that is the ultimate reality, the ultimate satisfaction to fill their lives.  And they have a sense of wonder at the universe that they see.  And so religions sprang up, with people coming up with different ideas about why the world existed, and who was in charge of it, or in charge of their bit of it, and what this being was like.

 

For instance, Buddhism says, “If you do compassionate acts, live according to the eight-fold path and meditate properly, letting go of everything, and all desire, that holds you to this life, you will find your way to the ultimate – to Nirvana.”  Islam says, “If you live according to the five pillars (main rules) of Islam and do good works, if you submit to Allah and pray five times a day, God will accept you to paradise.”  And Catholicism, as a world religion, so often gives a similar message.  “You can come to Jesus if you say a special prayer, or are splashed with ‘holy water’, or agonies over your sins.  God is waiting for you; if you come, you will be welcome, but you must find your own way; find your own faith within yourself; make your own repentance.”

 

The Good News of Jesus is so very different from this.  All these religions are ways for people to try to make their way to God.  This is an admirable desire and in many senses shouldn’t be discouraged.  But sadly it is a futile attempt, because we can never find our own way to God, and it is entirely unnecessary.  Because God himself has made a way, but it is not a way from us up to him, it is a way from him to us.  In Jesus we see God coming to us – not just to the respectable people, or the religious people or the earnestly moral people; nor to the rich and comfortable places, to a position where servants would wait on him.  But to the lowest places, the unrespectable, the immoral, to those who have reached an end of all hope or faith – yes, especially to them.  This is the true route of connection between God and people – from God right to where you are.

 

What’s wrong with religion is not the desire for connection with God, but that it makes people feel that they have to do something to achieve or earn this.  God has already done everything necessary to enable a loving relationship between us and himself; and to save us from doing destructive things and from the utter annihilation which would happen to us and the entire universe if it were not for his gift of Jesus to us.  It might be hard to believe, when one way or another you have had to pay or sacrifice for everything you wanted, but it truly is a gift – entirely free: that he will raise us to endless life and fill us with his love.

 

Some acknowledgements to Ruth Jacob.

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Spiritual | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Study the Bible

Now that we’ve discussed the key to learning the bible our next process should be “How to Study the Bible”!  We’ve learned that we don’t just take the Bible as though it is some ordinary book with dead words.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Word, is alive.  These are living Words not dead words written by man.  Remember, the Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Holy Word and if the Holy Spirit doesn’t dwell within you then you will never be taught or understand.  The Holy Spirit is only indwells in saved people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and believe He is God incarnate.  He manifested in the flesh and sacrificed Himself for us to cleanse us of our sins.  You must believe this to have the Holy Spirit in you to guide and teach you all things.

 

God said in Amos 8:11 – 12, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.  Romans 10:17, says, So then faith, cometh by hearing, and hearing by the world of God.

 

The Bible is not difficult to understand but hard to believe without the Holy Spirit being your guide and teacher for we must understand who works against us as in 2Corinthians 11:3 – 4.  Remember the Holy Spirit teaches us the Bible, John 14:15 – 17 and John 16:13 – 14.

 

15 Factors to Study the Bible

 

  1. Context Factor:  Every word, verse, chapter and book must be in proper context.  Man has been taking the Bible out of context from the beginning, 2Peter 3:16 – 17.  Know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  (WHY) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works, 2Timothy 3:16 -17. Read James 1:22 -27, 1Peter 1:18 – 25.
  2. People Factor:  Jews, Gentiles or the Church of God, 1Corinthians 10:32.
  3. Time Factor:  Divisions, 2Timothy 2:15, rightly dividing the word of truth and dispensation, Ephesians 1:10, God has different ways of dealing with people.
  4. Application Factor:  All scripture has three things: historical, doctrinal – teaching, inspirational – how to apply it to our lives, 1Corinthians 10:1 – 14; Romans 15:1 – 4; Ecclesiastes 1:9 – 11; 3:15 – 16; Proverbs 21:19, 21 and Proverbs 25:19, 21 – 22, 28.
  5. Individual Word Factor:  Pay attention to every word – John 20:29 – 31; 21:24 – 25; Proverbs 30:5 – 6.  God measures every word – Revelation 22:18 – 19; Psalms 12:6 – 7; Matthew 5:18; All of Psalms 119 – the cleansing Word of God, God’s Word gives life, commitment to God and His Word, a lamp unto my feet, God’s Word gives light, the Word gives peace.  The message is the Word and the Word is the message.
  6. Creation Factor:  The invisible things of God are understood by what He made.
  7. Comparison Factor:  Comparing scripture with scripture.  It defines Itself! It is of no private interpretation, 2Peter 1:19 – 21; 1Corinthians 2.
  8. Consistency Factor:  A consistent God, first mention meaning is throughout the bible, example is serpent equals evil, devil; Babel equals Babylon.  God’s pattern is established throughout the bible.
  9. Literal Factor:  Take a passage literally, God means what He says and says what He means, Matthew 13; Revelation 1; Ezekiel 20:49.
  10. Attitude Factor:  Always line up what you believe with the bible.  The bible is the authority.
  11. Clarity Factor:  Some passages are hard to understand right off, Dan 12:9; 1Corinthians 15:29.
  12. Question Factor:  Never base a doctrine on a question.  Questions don’t stand alone, they are not to declare or amplify.  See 1Corinthians 15:29 it equals questions; Romans 9:13 – 24; James 2:20 and look at Genesis 15:6 and Genesis 22, there were 30 years between events.
  13. Confirmation Factor:  Don’t base doctrine on a single verse.  God always confirms what He does, 2Corinthians 13:1.
  14. Maturity Factor:  When you don’t understand a passage, don’t mess it up because sometimes we aren’t ready for it, John 16:12 – 13.
  15. Apparent Contradiction Factor:  There are no contradictions, only apparent.  God makes no mistakes, 1Corinthians 2:13 – 14; 2Kings 8:26 – 27 and 2Chronicles 22:2 – 3; 1Kings 6:1 – 38 and Acts 7:47 – 49; Isaiah 29:9 – 14 and Ezekiel 14:1 – 9.

How to Apply

 

Similitude:  two most important words in the bible are as and like, association is an important form of teaching, Matthew 24:36 – 39; Luke 17:26 – 30; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:2 – 3 to name a few.

 

Pictures:  Old Testament is a picture book, Genesis 22 – John 5:45 – 47 (Jesus); Exodus 12:3 – 5 – 1Corinthians 5:7 – 8 (our Passover Lamb); Numbers 21:8 – 9 – John 3:14 – 15 (brass always associated with judgment of God.

 

Typology:  Lamb type of Christ; serpent type of Satan, sword type of Word of God – Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 19:15; Egypt type of world – Isaiah 31:1; 144,000,000 Revelation 7: 1 – 8, 1Corinthians 15:5 – 6 and of course others where leprosy was a type of sin and more.

 

Creation:  Stars symbolize Angels; trees symbolize people; raven and dove symbolize Satan and Jesus; waters symbolize voices of people.

 

These are just a few and there are many things in the bible that help you to study and learn the bible but the main factor is the Holy Spirit that dwells in you if you are saved, that teaches you His Holy Word.  I pray that you believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that He shed His blood to cleanse us of our sins and died and was resurrected on the third day and then ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God and makes intercessory prayers for those saved every day.  God bless you and keep you.

March 16, 2009 Posted by | Spiritual | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Key to Learning the Bible

First and foremost, the key to learning the Bible is Loving the Bible!  Before you open the bible at any time to read and/or study pray for God to bless you with His Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of His Word.  Ask God to open your eyes to see and open your ears to hear.  God’s Word is not dead words as ordinary books or other bibles written by men.  It is God’s Holy Spirit that teaches and guides you in His Word and provides you the understanding or you won’t understand His Word period.  We can’t learn His Word with our own wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  We can read passages/verses all day long and if we don’t have the right heart and mindset we will never be shown His mysteries of His Word.  We are not as intelligent as God no matter how smart or what school we graduated from.  We can only know the mind of God if He gives it to us period!  Know that the battlefield is the mind and we must discipline or renew our minds.   Romans 12:1 -2 tells us, I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove whatt is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  The reason being is Satan attacks our mind by the Word of God.  He puts doubts in our mind as he did Eve in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:1 and even tried that with Jesus in Jerusalem on the pinnacle of the temple by saying, Luke 4:10 – 11 when the true saying is Psalm 91:11 – 12.  Satan attacks us in three ways, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life in 1John 2:16, the exact same way he fell from grace in Isaiah 14:12 – 14.  So we have to put on the Full Armour of God as in Ephesians 6:11 to withstand the wiles of the devil.

Realize the bible is not hard to understand, it is the Holy Spirit Who teaches us the bible and we will never get anything out of It unless God’s Holy Spirit gives it to us!  It’s importatnt to get the divisions in the proper places, primarily:

  • Who is being addressed in a particular passage, the Jew, the Gentile or the Church.
  • Three different applications of scripture are Historical, Doctrinal and Inspirational.
  • Realize the best way to learn is by association otherwords by relating things that are similar.
  • The two greates words in the bible for learning by association are the words, as and like.
  • To understand the things you can’t see, study the things God made, because everything in this universe is some manisfestation of God.
  • Certain keys which unlock the pictures and help you see them are the individual words contained in the bible.
  • God is a Trinity:  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, 1John 5:7, 2Corinthians 13:14.
  • Man is a three part being also, made in body, soul and spirit, patterned after God.
  • Three groups of people addressed in the bible: Jews, Gentiles and Church.
  • Old Testament: The Law, The Prophets and The Wisdom Books.
  • New Testament: The Gospels, The Acts and The Epistles.
  • Everything in the universe breaks down into a system of threes: earths kingdoms – animal, vegetable, mineral; earth’s makeup – land, sea, air; space – height, width, depth; matter elements – protons, neutrons, electrons; time – past, present, future
  • Every person on earth comes from three men: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

God gave us the bible exactly the way He wanted us to have It and when someone changes or adds words in the bible, it destroys the Word of God.

Key Phrase Context: (not in every case of the phrase)

  • The Day of the Lord – the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • The Day of Christ – the rapture of the Church
  • Those Days – the tribulation period

Did you know that God has a wife, named Israel, Hosea 2:1 -2; Isaiah 54:1 – 5?  How about Jesus having a wife, the Church (Believers), Revelation 21:9.  Israel has two daughters that committed whoredoms named Aholah, the elder and Aholibah her sister.  Aholah is Samaria and Aholibah is Jerusalem and they went whoring after the Assyrians and bore children, Ezekiel 23:4 – 5.  Did you know that Clouds in the bible will be connected with the second coming of Jesus Christ, Revelations 1:7.  The word Selah will be in context to the Millennium – Selah is a musical expression meanig to pause or rest.

When we see Jesus Christ it is the earthly name given to the Son of God.  Christ is His heavenly title, meaning “Anointed”.  Whenever His name appears as Jesus Christ, it describes His operation and function as the earthly man, Jesus, Who bled and died for our sins and then rose from the dead (ressurection) and ascended into heaven (Christ).

When we see Christ Jesus it describes His operation and function as the Risen Saviour seated at the right hand of God, Christ, performing His Priestly office, interceding for the saints (believers) before the throne of God, then bringing that function to earth, Jesus, to manifest it in the lives of saved people.

When Holy Ghost/Spirit appears, is in reference to the indwelling Spirit of God that is in saved people.

On the outside He is God, Genesis 6:22 and on the inside He is the Lord, Genesis 7:5.

God interprets His Word for us when you are saved and the Holy Spirit teaches and guides you in His Word.  There are Cross Reference techniques by subject, types, events, historical and chapter/verse context.

Subject:

  1. God manifest in the flesh, 1Timothy 3:16, John 1:1 – 5, 1John 1:1 -2.
  2. Christ is in saved people, Colossians 1:27.
  3. Jews and Gentiles become one in the body of Christ, Ephesians 5:32.
  4. Rstoration of Israel, Romans 11:25.
  5. Rapture of the Church, 1Corinthians 15:51.
  6. Mystery of Iniquity (pride), 2Thessalonians 2:7.
  7. Babylon the Great Myster Religion, Revelation 17:5.

Types:

Types are a major key to the bible.  There are major and minor types.  There are types of antichrist in the bible such as Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Balak, Sisera, Abimelech, Saul, Goliath, Absalom, Ahab, Sennacerib, Nebachadnezar Herod and Judas to name a few.  Joseph, type as the greatest type of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The types make the Bible come alive!

Events:

The Second coming of Jesus Christ, two major places are Isaiah 53, in the Old Testament and Revelation 19 in the New Testament.  The Millennium are centered in Ezekiel 40 – 48.  Matthew 24 lays out the “End Times” and Matthew 27 lays out the Crucifixion.  Revelation 4 and 1Thessalonian 4:13 – 18, the Rapture of the Church.

Historical:

The Old Scofield Reference Bible  is good for historical references while the Ussher’s chronology is good for dates in history.

Chapter/Verse:

Before you ask what the verse means you should determine what the context is.  The bible has a basic doctrinal, historical and inspirational context.

Job, doctrinally, pictures the tribulation period, historically, it is a story of events which actually happend to a man named Job, inspirationally it shows us how to deal with suffering, persecution and trials of our faith.

The Five Wisdom Books in the Old Testament can be categorized as follows:

  • Job – presents the sad man.
  • Psalms – gives us the happy man.
  • Proverbs – details the foolish and wise man.
  • Song of Solomon – pictures the heavenly man.
  • Ecclesiastes – shows us the wordly man.

In the Book of Proverbs we have portrayed for us two men: a wise man and a foolish man.  When you read this book you are one fo these two men.  Everyone you deal with in life is one of these two men.

Remember, pray to God through Christ Jesus to be taught and guided in His Holy Word to be blessed with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding in His Word.  If you don’t have His Word but have one of man’s word (bibles) then you are in trouble from the start because you want get it.

In conclusion, blessed is the man that puts his trust in the Lord and has the fear of God because that is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, Proverbs 9:10 and Psalms 111:10.  May God bless and keep you.

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All Bibles are the Same aren’t They?

Strangely enough a lot of people will say that all bibles are the same including those that have leadership positions in a church!  This is so far from the truth and what is a travesty is the ones leading the sheep don’t even have a clue so therefore are providing wrong doctrine and reading and studying from man’s bible (instigated by Satan) and not God’s infallible Word.  In the first place we as individuals put too much trust in man to teach us instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and teach us the Word.  Man is a liar and God cannot lie as stated in Numbers 23:19 and Titus 1:2.  His Words are of no private interpretation in 2Peter 1:20.  It is up to us to know and understand God’s Word individually.  When we stand before Him on that judgment day we will not be there with the preacher, minister, teacher or so called prophet!  We will stand before Him by our self.  We will be judged for our self and not for what others have done for us.  In this country we put certain individuals on a pedestal and give them reverrence that is unwarranted!  We are all in the flesh and no flesh shall be saved, all flesh is weak, Matthew 24:22; 26:41 and the flesh profits nothing, John 6:63.  Romans 3:23 – 24 says, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  This means ALL PEOPLE, no matter if he is the Pope, preacher, teacher, minister or a so called prophet.  Study your self but ask God to bless you with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding in His Word and shut your wisdom, knowledge and understanding down so you don’t get in the way.  It’s good to study or fellowship with those of like minds for sure, this is a great thing to do.  Just stop putting your trust in man and put your trust in Jesus Christ.  Let’s get to “all bibles are the same aren’t they”?

Let me ask you this question!  If you are in church and your pastor is reading from say an NIV version and the person next to you in the pugh is reading say a NKJ version and you have the AKJ version, do you really think you will get the same message or be fed as Jesus instructed Peter to do in John 21:15 – 17?  The answer is absolute, positively NOT!  Jesus wasn’t speaking of feeding them food but the Word of God and if you have the wrong word you will get the wrong message and NOT BE FED!  God is perfect the first time each and every time and only needed to write His Word once not twenty or more times.  Man rewrites God’s glorious Words to suit his own interpretations with the excuses being, we don’t use that language any longer or God was grammatically incorrect or what ever other bogus excuse man uses to CHANGE THE WORD OF GOD!  We have the audacity to think that God didn’t write the bible but Moses, prophets, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and the others did.   Please realize that neither of the people with their titles thought to write those glorious words but were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God to write the bible.  The Words God gave to us couldn’t have been done by man or they wouldn’t be Holy Words.  Otherwords the bible was written by God through individuals that He chose to write His Words.  Same thing with the translation of His Word into English, those individuals didn’t just wake up and decide within themselves to translate the bible into English.  God chose those individuals to translate His Word.  Do you actually believe He would allow man with all of his faults to translate something so Holy and Truthful and as important as His Holy Words them selves?  If you don’t know the answer is, NO!  But Satan has orchestrated that so that he can do what he does best and that is confuse mankind so they won’t receive the real meaning of God’s Word so he can take as many with him into the Lake of Fire with him.  I mean God is not the author of confusion as stated in 1Corinthians 14:33 but Satan is the Great Deceiver as in Revelations 12:9; 20:10.

So how did so many bibles come to be and where did they come from?  Psalms 11:3 says, If the foundations be destroyed, wht can the righteous do?  Psalms 82:3 says, They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  Review this chart taken from http://www.born2serve.org/images/kjvchartbig.gif.  Click on the page to enlarge the details for viewing!

The battle for the Word of God is going on today as it always has. The work of the Evil One himself has always been to cause men to doubt the Word (Gen. 3:1), to corrupt the Word (2 Cor. 2:17), and to misquote the Word (Luke 4:10,11; compare to the truth in Psalms 91:11 – 12, Satan also knows the bible better than we do but misquotes to confuse). There are many Modern Versions on the scene today all claiming to be more accurate or more readable renderings of the Word of God. Most of these versions follow the MINORITY Greek Text even though that text exhibits a corruption throughout. The King James Version was translated from the MAJORITY Greek Text which agrees with about 95% of all available manuscripts. The MAJORITY Greek Text can be traced back to the Peshitta (Syriac Version) about 150 A.D.  The MINORITY Greek Text can be traced back to the Papyrus (Alexandria Version) about 200 A.D. 

Many Christian Colleges and Universities have switched over to the MINORITY Greek Text (known as Westcott and Hort or Nestle and Aland) for the classroom, while still using the King James Version in public preaching. Since there are over 5,000 differences between the MAJORITY and MINORITY texts a problem immediately faces the student. The King James Version he brings to the classroom is subjected to constant editing by the teacher who is using a Greek Text different from the one the King James Version was translated from. The student is well aware that God did not inspire two different Bibles. He must make a choice and for the sake of harmony or teacher satisfaction he will usually accept his King James Version minus the MINORITY Text corrections as the Word of God. Should there be an area where agreement cannot be reached he is told to decide on the proper rendering by exercising his spiritual discernment. The schools that are following this double standard will admit that when the King James Version is no longer needed for Public Relations they will make the complete change to the New American Standard or the New International Version. These two are seen to follow the MINORITY Greek Text!

Those who want to replace our King James Version with new Modern Versions are constantly stating that no Bible Doctrines are affected by the changes. One school recently published an article by one of it’s’ teachers in which he said that, “BOTH TEXTS ARE THE WORD OF GOD.” It is difficult to understand how two texts differing in over 5,000 places can both be the Word of God. It only serves to show the absolute desperation on the part of the MINORITY Text champions to defend their indefensible position (through the workings of Satan). The purpose of this volume is to show the changes made by the MINORITY text and how they affect the Bible Doctrines which Christians have always believed.

Though I do not consider any change in the Word of God to be unimportant, I have singled out the most glaring examples. A careful reading will show that the Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian faith have been affected many times. Are we to believe the scholars when they tell us that no important doctrines are affected by the new Modern Versions? It is obvious that they are not correct. What they really mean to say is that when all the changes have been made the Bible Doctrines are still there somewhere else in the Bible. If there are ten verses showing the Virgin Birth of Christ, and they have removed two, there are still eight remaining to prove the doctrine. That may satisfy them, but the Fundamental believer sees that as a piece by piece destruction of the Word of God. 

We would accuse them of taking away from the Word of God. They would accuse us of using a Bible which has many additions inserted by overzealous Christian copyists. The issue now becomes quite clear. We must either believe that overzealous heretics have corrupted the original Word of God or believe that overzealous believers have added to the original Word of God. I can understand why heretics would want to corrupt the original Word of God, but I cannot believe that Christians would add one word to the Word of God which they have been entrusted to copy and pass along. The Spirit of God within Christians would put a holy awe and reverence around the sacred word and guided by that same Spirit they would copy what God had given them. My conclusion is that the new Modern Versions are based on Greek manuscripts that have been corrupted by heretics who changed the Word of God to agree with their rejection of the Deity of Christ and their Humanism regarding salvation. The Greek Text underlying the King James Version is not filled with additions made by overzealous Christians. It is the Word of God preserved by the Spirit of God and it exalts the Lord Jesus Christ, giving him his proper place and the glory due unto his name.

Here are just a few changes made in the New Testament because there are tons more:

MATTHEW

1:25 “her firstborn” is omitted. That Jesus was her firstborn indicates that Mary and Joseph had sexual relations after the birth of Jesus and that others were born of her. The omission here seeks to add credence to the false doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church concerning the perpetual virginity of Mary. The Bible is clear that Jesus had brothers and sisters.

5:22 “without a cause” is removed. In the Sermon on the Mount the Lord warned of judgment for those who were angry with a brother without a cause. Should this change be accepted, everyone who is angry with his brother may be judged. The effect is to bring Jesus into judgment for failing to observe his own words (see Mark 3:5). Such is contrary to the doctrine of the sinlessness, of Christ.

6:4, 6, 18 “openly” is out. It is a Bible Doctrine that Christian work done unnoticed for the glory of the Lord will one day be rewarded openly (Col. 3:4).

6:13 “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen” is deleted. This ascription of praise to “Our Father” is found in 491 out of 500 existing manuscripts. This statement was made a century ago by Dean John Burgon.

8:29 “Jesus” is left out. The demons bore witness to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God. It was an identification of Jesus (in humanity) as the Son of God (in Deity). It affects the doctrine of the Person of Christ.

JOHN

1:18 “the only begotten Son” is changed to “The only begotten God.” Such a phrase is foreign to Scripture. It accommodates the Arian teaching that Christ was a lesser deity created by God. It agrees with the teaching of Origen that Christ was not equal with God in essence and nature. Sound Fundamental doctrine concerning Christ is that he is one person of the Triune God and that he proceeds from the Father by an eternal generation and reveals God to men as the Son of God.

1:27 “He it is … who is preferred before me” is removed. This change removes the pre-eminence and pre-existence of Christ. John wanted us to see that though Christ came after him, he in reality preceded and ranked above him.

3:13 “which is in heaven” is omitted. This change affects the doctrine of the omnipresence of Christ. As man he was here on earth, as God he was able to be everywhere present. The omission is a corruption introduced by those who do not believe in the perfect and absolute Deity of Christ.

3:15 “should not perish” is removed. This deletion removes the opposite of everlasting life, which is to perish. The doctrine of eternal damnation is weakened by the change.

ACTS

Title “of the Holy Apostles” is deleted. To leave us with “ACTS” means nothing. That the Apostles were sanctified (holy) by the Lord Jesus and sent forth as his sent ones is evident from John 17:17- 19. The title in the MAJORITY Text is doctrinally correct.

2:30 “according to the flesh he would raise up Christ” is omitted. It was not just that one of David’s descendants would sit upon the throne, but that his greater Son would be raised from the dead in a body of flesh.

2:31 “his soul” is omitted. The body of Christ was in the tomb but his soul went down into Hades (Hell), the place of departed spirits. The teaching of the Bible is that our Lord had a body, soul and spirit.

2:47 “to the church” is left out. Believers are added to the Church which is Christ’s body. The Church is an organism, and when persecutors touched the Church they touched Christ (see 9:5).

ROMANS

1:16 “of Christ” is omitted. The gospel message is of Christ and centers around his Person and Work. This is an inexcusable attempt to leave Christ out of the good news of salvation.

3:22 “and upon all” is dropped. The doctrine of imputed righteousness is most blessed to the believer. We are clothed in his righteousness and God sees us in Him, therefore it is “upon us.”

8:1 “Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” is dropped. To the truth that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ, the Word adds the truth that they are characterized by a walk in the Spirit. It is a Bible doctrine that those who are saved are characterized by a changed life.

1 CORINTHIANS

2:4 “man’s wisdom” is changed to “wisdom.” Paul did not reject wisdom in his teaching, he rejected MAN’S wisdom.

3:4 “are ye not carnal?” is changed to “are ye not men?” It should be obvious that they were men, but the Bible truth to be taught was that in their divisions they were being controlled by fleshly (carnal) desires and not spiritual desires.

2 CORINTHIANS

4:4 “unto them” is omitted. The devil does not have power to keep the light of the gospel of Christ from shining, but he does have power to blind men lest it shine “unto them.”

5:17 “all things” is left out. The believer is brought into vital union with Christ so that it is declared that he is in Christ. In the sight of God “old things” of the sinful nature are passed away. It only remains for those old things to be unwound, like Lazarus’ grave clothes, in his daily life. In the sight of God “all things” are become new though they make their appearance in the life of the believer as he grows in grace and knowledge. To deny that “all things” are become new is to deny the finished work of Christ whereby we are made accepted in the beloved.

GALATIANS

3:1 “that ye should not obey the truth” is omitted. The Galatians had been bewitched by the Jewish legalizers who had put them under the Law to keep saved. Paul tells them that in so doing they were not obeying the truth. The truth was that they were saved by grace and that all spiritual blessings were theirs in Christ. To turn from that is to be in error.

3:17 “in Christ” is dropped. Paul is talking about the covenant with Abraham through his seed which was Christ. The law was added later and did not affect the covenant of promise to those who would be saved by believing as Abraham did. God promised Abraham that through his seed (singular) all the families of the earth would be blessed. That was a covenant confirmed before of God “in Christ.”

4:7 “an heir of God through Christ” is changed to “an heir through God.” The inheritance is to the children of God through the mediator ship of Christ. We are not heirs of God through God, but through Christ. The change here is intended to destroy the reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

EPHESIANS

1:1 “at Ephesus” is left out. It is hard to conceive that the Spirit of God addressed an epistle and then lost the address.

3:9 “by Jesus Christ” is removed. It is a Bible doctrine that all things were created by Jesus Christ and without him was not anything made that was made. This change detracts from the Deity of Christ which is made evident by the fact that ALL THINGS were created by Him.

5:30 “of his flesh and of his bones” is left out. The Bible teaching is that the believer is vitally conjoined to Christ for a new life and walk in the Spirit. We are “quickened together with Christ,” “raised up together,” and “seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” God likens this to the marriage relationship where two people become one flesh.

PHILIPPIANS

4:13 “Christ” is changed to “him.” It is precious to the believer to know that Christ will give him strength for spiritual living. Christ himself said, “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). The word “him” is quite indefinite and can be misconstrued by Modernists to include the “him” of any religious group believing in a Supreme Being.

COLOSSIANS

1:2 “and the Lord Jesus Christ” is omitted. Along with the Father he is the source of grace and peace.

1:14 “through his blood” is left out. Redemption and forgiveness of sins is through the direct agency of his shed blood. Many Modernists today can work around the words “redemption” and “forgiveness of sins,” but they cannot work around the shed blood. Therefore they must deny it and be in direct opposition to it.

1 THESSALONIANS

1:1 “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” is dropped. Are we to think that grace and peace is bestowed by Paul? No, that is not within his power. They have their source in the Father and the Son.

5:27 “holy” is dropped from before “brethren.” Paul had other brethren according to the flesh who were not saved (Rom. 9:1-3; 10:1). These were sanctified and preserved brethren and they were “holy” because they were accepted in the beloved.

1 TIMOTHY

3:3 “not greedy of filthy lucre” is omitted. The phrase has to do with obtaining earthly gain through disgraceful means. This happens everyday within professing Christendom. It is inspired of God and belongs in the text.

3:16 “God was manifest” is changed to “He was manifest.” The reference is to Christ manifest in the flesh, etc. The MAJORITY Text tells us that this Christ was God. There are 252 copies of Paul’s Epistles which have “God” and only 2 copies which have “he.” The MINORITY Text leaves us in doubt as to who “he” is. The doctrine of the Deity of Christ is greatly harmed here by the corrupt text.

2 TIMOTHY

1:11 “of the Gentiles” is omitted. That Paul was appointed to teach the gospel to the Gentiles is indisputable (see Gal. 2:7-9).

HEBREWS

1:3 “When he had by himself purged our sins” is changed to “when he had made purification of sins.” The omission of the word “our” leaves us to wonder whose sins were purged his own or others. It is not plain and therefore the substitution atonement of Christ is affected by the change. With the words “by himself” the Holy Spirit wanted us to see that the atonement for our sins was accomplished by Christ alone. The damage to this verse is awesome in its’ consequences.

3:1 “Christ” is omitted. Our High Priest must be anointed of God to that office and the word Christ means the Messiah or Anointed one of God.

JAMES

2:20 “faith without works is dead” has been changed to “faith without works is useless.” There is a great difference between dead faith and useless (or idle) faith. The first indicates that no faith exists and the person is lost. The second implies that faith exists but it is not being used. Again we see humanism and the false idea of a little divinity in each one which only needs to be fanned into a flame. The change promotes false doctrine.

4:4 “ye adulterers” is dropped from the text. No reason to excuse the men from the scathing denunciation of God’s Word.

1 PETER

1:22 “through the Spirit” is removed. The Bible teaches that it is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that men are brought to believe in Christ. In John 16:8,9 he convicts the world (all men) and draws them to faith in Christ.

1:23 “for ever” is dropped and thereby the preservation of the Word of God is called into question. The agency here of the new birth is the Word of God, which is eternal. Our new birth therefore is as eternal as the Word which originated it.

2:2 The phrase “unto salvation” is added by Westcott and Hort to “that ye may grow thereby.” This puts a question mark over the certainty of our present salvation. It makes salvation a process rather than an accomplished fact. The doctrine of eternal security is denied by the new exhortation to grow UNTO SALVATION.

3:18 “suffered for sins” is changed to “died for sins.” The context has Christians suffering for well doing and they are exhorted to keep on because Christ also has suffered for us. It is a Bible teaching that Christ not only died for our sins, but that he suffered for our sins (see Isaiah 53:5-7).

1 JOHN

1:7 “Christ” is dropped. This word brings the cleansing blood into relationship with our great anointed High Priest who ever liveth to make intercession for us. Many cults believe that Jesus (as man) died for the original sin of Adam and that Christ (as a spirit) rose without the body. John would have us know that the one who died and the one who arose are the same.

3:5 “our” is removed from before “sins.” Once again the question of whose sins were taken away is raised. There have been sins committed by angels and men. The “our sins” refers the atonement to those of men. (see my comments under Hebrews 1;3).

3:14 “his brother” is removed. The teaching of the Word is that a true Christian will love his brother in Christ. If a man does not love a true Christian, then it is evident that he is still lost and abides in death. The test of spiritual life is not that we love, but that we love the brethren (see John 13:34,35).

REVELATION

5:10 “kings and priests” is changed to “a kingdom of priests.” The 24 elders are representative of all the redeemed who in Christ are constituted kings and priests. A kingdom of priests smells of Nicolaitanism (the rule of the clergy over the laity) and the priesthood for a select few as in the Roman Catholic Church. (The same change is seen in 1:6)

8:13 “an angel” is changed to “an eagle.” This is most amusing and shows how captive the Revisers are to their corrupt text. In a setting replete with angels we are told about a talking eagle who pronounces three more “Woes” to the inhabiters of the earth.

14:5 “before the throne of God” is dropped. This phrase speaks of the perfect standing that the saved have in Christ. They are without fault before God because they are, like the church, “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6).

20:9 “from God” is dropped. At the end of the Kingdom Age the enemies of God are destroyed by fire “from God out of heaven.” God is the one who will destroy all enemies and create a new heaven and a new earth.

20:12 “before God” is changed to “before the throne.” The dead will be raised, not to stand before an impersonal throne, but to stand before “the God” [literal]. Many would like to change the personal God into some kind of Divine Mind or Supreme Being.

CONCLUSION

All that has gone before makes it very clear that Christian Doctrine is greatly affected by the changes. The MINORITY Text is the source of these changes and the New Modern Versions usually follow that Text. It is unthinkable that men of God would continue to advocate the use of these versions when they are in complete possession of all the facts. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to guide us into “all truth.” May he be allowed to have his way in our hearts. If you have read this book and are of the same persuasion as the author, I would exhort you to give copies to your Christian friends. It is very important that they understand the issue confronting the Church today.  Please understand the consequences for those that change the Word of God by either adding or taking away from His Words.  It is hazardess to your health and that’s not a joke.  Let God tell you, Revelations 22:18 -19 says, For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.  Maybe that doesn’t scare any of you but it certainly does me.  First if you add, you’ll receive ALL the plagues written in the book.  Second, if you take away, three things happen, your part is taken out of the book of life; your part is taken out of the holy city and your part is taken from the things written in the book.  Talk about Doomsday!  How can man, think he can improve on God?  Is it the degree from Harvard or he’s a Rhodes Scholar or went to the finest Seminary/Theologian school?  PLEASE!  Stay away from the bibles that man wrote and stay with what God gave to us period.

Acknowledgement and thanks to: Paul L. Freeman and Dr. Scott Johnson.

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Non Lukewarm Ministries

My mission is to show God’s Truths from His Holy Word!  I pray that I can glorify God through Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour by helping others understand His Word and develope a desire in their hearts to know Him.  You will see that the words won’t be entirely mine but Gods truths from His gospel.  I will only be providing information from the King James Version because It is His infallible Word.  I will show this in later postings when we do some comparisons and show that there are only two lines from which bibles come from and who the authors are.

I chose the name “Non Lukewarm” Ministries from Revelations 3:14 – 22 because we are in the last church age, Laodicean, where in verse 14 Christ tells us because we are neither lukewarm and neither cold or hot, He will spit or vomit us out of His mouth.  Imagine that, so disgusting are we to spit or vomit us out of His mouth.  The reason will be aparent as we study and learn together.  First we think we don’t need anything because we are so materialistic and just have on the Helmet of Salvation meaning knowledge but not God’s Full Armour!  Jesus  is outside knocking on the door for us to open the door so He can come in and dine with us.  He’s not even in our churches today because of wrong doctrine being taught by false teachers, preachers and so called prophets blindly leading sheep to hell instead of God’s Kingdom.  Jesus warns us of all the things that are happening in the present time in Matthew 24 with His warnings of the ‘end of the world’.  In verse 24 He tells us many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  He goes on to tell us in verse 24 that these false Christs and prophets will show great signs and wonders inso much that, if possible, they shall even deceive the very elect or believers.  This is why in my heart I want to help others that fear God that are doing their part to teach right doctrine to help those underneath those working for Satan to come out from among them in 2Corinthians 6:17.

With God’s Word we will learn together sound doctrine, expose false teachers, preachers and prophets, God’s bible and Satan’s line of bibles, bible context meaning who is being spoken to thus rightly dividing the Word of Truth and to expose what man calls ‘Religion” because God is not religion or about religion.  That is man’s creation!  Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 no man can serve two masters, we can’t serve God and riches, we can’t love God and love the world.  Jesus didn’t come into the world to save the world He came to save sinners as said in 1Timothy 1:15.  Jesus came to cause division stated in Luke 12:51 – 53.

It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will touch all who read and study with me from His Holy Word the Gospel of Jesus Christ and He fills them with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding to draw you to Him.

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