Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Romans Road to Heaven - Source Unknown



There is a Romans Road that leads to Heaven! But, it is not one of the roads that was built by Caesar’s workmen. It is not posted on any of the 53,000 miles of roads that the Romans built.
You will find the "Romans Road to Heaven" clearly marked in the Book of Romans, and that book is the sixth book in the New Testament.
This small book of sixteen chapters was written by the Apostle Paul while he was at Corinth. He sent it to the Christians at Rome by the hands of Phoebe, servant of the church at Cenchrea (Romans 16:1
Luke tells the story of two thieves who were crucified the day that Jesus died. One of them was lost forever. The other thief was saved forever. He heard Jesus say, "Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43.. He confessed that he was lost, guilty and deserving of death! (Luke 23:40-42..
The unconverted thief died in his sins (Luke 23:39..
The repentant thief died to his sins (Luke 23:42..
Jesus Christ died for our sins (I Timothy. 1:15.
"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10..
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23..
"Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12.
All have sinned. I have sinned. You have sinned. But here is good news, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8..
Now, open your Bible or New Testament to the Book of Romans. Together, now, let us draw a map of the Romans Road to Heaven.
HOW TO DRAW THE MAP: First, start at Romans 3:10.. Underline this verse and in the margin, write, "The Road to Heaven Starts Here." Then in the margin write, Romans 3:23.
Now turn to Romans 3:23 , "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Again, in the margin write, Romans 5:12.
Now turn to Romans 5:12 , and beside that verse write, Romans 5:8 . Underline verse 8, and beside it write, Romans 10:9-13.
Now read those verses:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hat raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:9-13..
That is the map. You can follow this biblical road map to heaven. You can use this road map to lead others to heaven.
The Bible says that all have sinned. For this read Romans 3:10 and 3:23.
The price of sin is death. For this read Romans 5:12 and 6:23.
Jesus paid the price for our sins. For this, read Romans 5:8..
Now are you willing to ask God to forgive you of your sins? Are you ready to accept Jesus as your Savior, the One who paid the price for your sins'.
According to the Bible, if you die in your sins you will go to hell. But if you confess your sins, and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, He gives to you the free gift of eternal life and you are on the Romans Road to Heaven.


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Does The Word Of God Contradict Itself? - by Pastor Paul M. Sadler



Satan has sought to undermine the authority of the Word of God since the beginning. He whispered to Eve, “Yea, hath God said,” suggesting God was withholding something from our first parents. But more often than not his attacks are far more subtle. The liberal, for example, would have us believe the Scriptures contradict themselves; therefore they cannot be trusted. This is nothing more than an attempt to cast a shadow of doubt upon the veracity of God’s Word.

Despite the claims of the liberal, God never contradicts Himself. He’s omniscient! He knows the end from the beginning; how could He possibly contradict Himself? When we’re confronted with an alleged contradiction, the problem isn’t with the Word of God; rather, it’s with our understanding of the Scriptures. Most times there is a simple solution to the problem.

The account of Judas’ death is often appealed to as a glaring contradiction:

“And he [Judas] cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matt. 27:5).
“Now this man [Judas] purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out” (Acts 1:18).
We believe the Acts record is merely an augmentation of Matthew’s account of Judas’ dishonorable end. After Judas hanged himself, either the limb or rope broke, and since the top part of the body is heavier than the lower extremity, he fell headlong to the bottom of the ravine where his body burst open upon striking the jagged rocks.

Another supposed contradiction is found in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:
“Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand” (I Cor. 10:8).
“And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand” (Num. 25:9).
Once again, Paul’s account of the plague is simply a fuller description of what actually transpired during the wilderness wanderings. The key is found in the apostle’s words, “and fell in one day.” Paul reveals 23,000 died in this judgment on the same day, but according to Numbers, the total number of Israelites that perished, which included the days that followed, was 24,000. The apostle was merely emphasizing the seriousness of committing fornication, by showing how many fell in one day.
While these two purported contradictions are easily resolved, this is not always necessarily the case. In those areas where we are unable to adequately address a discrepancy, we must patiently wait upon the Lord for additional light, which may not be given until eternity.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

I Wasn't Praying Right - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

 

We were having supper in a restaurant in Albany, Georgia, and had just given our waitress a gospel tract. This brought about an incident we shall probably never forget. The young lady was married and had one child, though still a teen-ager, but she was a sincere believer and had already learned one lesson which is bound to enrich the life of any Christian.

About ten months previous her little baby, only two months old, had become seriously ill. The little one was taken to the hospital but his condition worsened daily. "I was on my knees so much those days," said the young mother, "begging the Lord day after day not to take my little child, and I guess I got a little bitter one night when the doctor warned me in a kind way not to expect too much.

"I went home again and began claiming promises from the Lord, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t been praying right. All of a sudden it came to me, and I said: ‘Lord, I’m your child and I know perfectly well that you wouldn’t do anything to harm me, so please help me just to trust you and to understand that whatever you do is for my good.’ 

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Believers Justified - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Our Lord’s appearance to Saul of Tarsus (later called Paul) on the road to Damascus, changed the pitiless persecutor in a moment into the docile, yes the devoted follower of the Christ he had so bitterly hated.



This transformation took place not only because he had now seen the risen, ascended Christ; it was caused also by what he had learned from Christ. From heaven the Lord had revealed to Paul the glory of His finished work of redemption and had sent him forth to proclaim “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).


This is seen in the closing words of the Apostle’s first recorded sermon, delivered at the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia. After mentioning the death and resurrection of Christ, the Apostle said:
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38,39).
Paul never changed this message, but kept emphasizing it wherever he went as well as in his writings. He saw in this truth the answer to man’s condemnation for breaking God’s holy law. Thus he wrote to the Romans:
“…by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested” (Rom. 3:20,21). 
“[We] declare, I say, at this time, [Christ’s] righteousness; that [God] might be just and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).
Mark well: He does not say, “believeth and is baptized.” This was the message committed to the twelve (Mark 16: 16; Acts 2:38). With the ushering in of the dispensation of grace God was manifested as “the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Grace, And How This Affects Us - by Pastor C. R. Stam



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              Ask the average believer what the Bible word “grace”means, and he will doubtless reply, “unmerited favor”.

Actually, however, grace is much more than this.

Subjectively, it is that loving attitude, or disposition, on God’s part, from which all His kindness toward us flows.

Objectively, it is all the kindness that flows from His love toward us.

Thus we read in Ephesians 2:2-6 that we were “the children of disobedience” and therefore “by nature the children of wrath, even as others”.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Note: This passage begins with those who were “children  of disobedience” and “children of wrath ”and, saving them “by grace,” gives them a position in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus!
God’s grace to us as sinners was great indeed, for:

“In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS [God's]GRACE.”

But now, having given us a position in His beloved Son, God’s grace goes out to us in still greater measure.

        Ephesians 1:6 declares that God has “made us accepted [Lit.,‘engraced us'] in the Beloved”.
Beholding us in Christ, God loves us and delights in us more than any father ever delighted in his son, or any grandfather in that precious grandchild.

        Thus, while in Ephesians 1:7 we read that we have “redemption… the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”, in Ephesians 2:7 we see these riches of grace increased to us “exceedingly”, now that we occupy a position “in the Beloved”:

“That in the ages to come He might show THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE…”

How?

“…in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”!

What a prospect! Through the ages of eternity God will lavish His loving kindness upon us to demonstrate to all the universe “Will riches of His grace”!


“What a prospect, child of glory,
Doth the future hold in store!
By the wildest flights of fancy
Thou couldst never ask for more.
Heir of God; joint heir forever
With His own beloved Son
God could not to you have promised
More of bliss than He has done!”

Author Unknown


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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TRUE THANKSGIVING - by C. R. Stam


 Many people entertain only vague notions about thanksgiving, just as they do about faith.
 They confuse faith with optimism, will power, presumption, imagination, and all sorts of other things. A doctor tells his patient that but for his faith, he never would have come through his illness. Somehow the patient was "just sure" he would recover. A smiling mother encourages her married daughter to "have faith, that everything will turn out all right." But faith in God is believing God; believing what He has said. True faith is based on the written Word of God (See Rom. 10:17).
 But unregenerate men have vague ideas about thanksgiving. A man escapes some great harm and thanks his "lucky stars." Another says: "I'm grateful for a healthy body," but to whom is he grateful? He doesn't say. In many cases it doesn't even occur to him to ask. He's "just thankful"!
 How refreshing, then, it is to open our Bibles, especially to the Epistles of Paul, the chief of sinners, saved by grace, and to see him giving thanks for specific blessings, and to a specific Person -- God!
 "Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son" (Col. 1:12,13).
 "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!" (II Cor. 9:15).
 "Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory!" (I Cor. 15:57).
 "Thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph!" (II Cor. 2:14).
  It is our prayer for all our readers that you may be especially thankful for "the gift of God [which] is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).


"KNOWN UNTO GOD ARE ALL HIS WAYS"
He knows from the beginning!
He moves forward to a purposed point and a glorious goal.
 Man often fails to finish what he begins,
 but God never begins what He does not finish.




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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Spirit Of Truth - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The Spirit Of Truth
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

  “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).

How blessed to know that the Author of the blessed Book which has changed so many hearts and lives and homes is “the Spirit of truth.”

The Spirit did not, of course, reveal all truth at one time. “The Law was given by Moses;” later the prophesies were penned by men of God as they were “moved by the Holy Spirit” and still later our Lord uttered truth “kept secret since the world began.”

But even our blessed Lord, while on earth, did not lead His followers into all the truth which God would have His people know. “I have yet many things to say unto you,” He said, “but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16: 12,13).

But when the Spirit came at Pentecost, did He immediately lead the disciples into all truth? Not yet. They still proclaimed the prophetic program, the message which our Lord had taught them and committed to them (Luke 24: 45; Acts 1:2,3).

It was not until some time later that the glorified Lord revealed “God’s purpose and grace” to and through the Apostle Paul, and the Spirit in turn caused others to understand it (Gal.2:2,7,9; Eph.3:1-5; IITim.1:9).

The glorious message revealed to Paul is the capstone of divine revelation, thus he says that it was given to him to “fulfil [complete] the Word of God” (Col.1:25).

St. Paul wrote more books of the Bible than any other writer and in them we have the fulness of divine truth as God would now have us know and understand it!


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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The Pauline Authority Of The Local Church - by Pastor Ricky Kurth



The Pauline Authority Of The Local  Church 
by Pastor Ricky Kurth



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“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19).

        By the time the Lord spoke these words to Peter, He knew from the reaction of the religious leaders in Israel that they were not going to accept Him as their Messiah, but were rather going to kill Him. Hence we see Him here preparing for His death by giving Peter the power and authority to act in an official capacity in His absence. This power was then expanded to include a quorum of two of the twelve apostles (Matt.18:18,19). We see the apostles exercising this authority in the early chapters of the Book of Acts.

However, the authority the Lord gave the twelve apostles had to do with authority in the “kingdom” church (Matt. 16:19), and we know that God interrupted the kingdom program after the stoning of Stephen. The Apostle Paul was then given the “authority” to act in an official capacity in the Lord’s absence during the dispensation of grace(II Cor. 10:8). This authority was then passed on through Paul’s epistles to the local church. Note Paul’s words in I Corinthians 5:

“For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit,have judged already, as though I were present…”

“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together,and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Cor.5:3,4).

Here the Corinthians are assured that when they broke fellowship with the man living in open and unabashed sin (v. 1,2,13), they would be doing so in the “spirit” of the Apostle Paul. That is, they could be sure that the decision of their local church would carry with it his apostolic authority and “the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We see this principle again in II Corinthians 2:10:

“To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also; for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ.”

Here we find Paul claiming to be acting “in the person of Christ,” i.e., with His power and authority. And we also see him telling the Corinthians that when they acted, they acted in his authority, and in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

All of this is especially significant when we remember that Paul says these words to the Corinthians, the most carnal church to whom he wrote. Thus we know that the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ today resides in the humblest local church that recognizes the authority of the Apostle Paul in the present dispensation.
  





Paul's Gospel 
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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New Jerusalem - By: Pastor Byron Richardson


New Jerusalem 
  Pastor Byron Richardson

(Now Home with the Lord)

The New Jerusalem has been for the most part a greatly neglected subject. It is seldom mentioned from the pulpit, in spite of its importance in God's estimation. Could the reason be reticence or ignorance? One of the most common offenses has been to consider the earthly millennial reign as the zenith of God's plans for the ages. The glorious climax will not have been reached until the New Jerusalem will have been suspended, as a satellite, between the Heavens and the Earth. Then all of its related components will be assembled into place.

Satan's ulterior motive is to divert attention from a higher to a lower dispensation, or from a perfect setting to an imperfect one. Most of the contention centers around the questions, as to the identity of the New Jerusalem. It is often confused with the Body of Christ. Thfrgivable since everything indicates that it is of an entirely Israelitish background.
Jerusalem has never been associated in any way with the Body of Christ. Invariably it has been related to Israel. If the heavenly hope, under the New Covenant be ruled out, Israel as a nation would have to forfeit everything, except her earthly blessings Heb 3:1; 9:23; 10:34.
It would be paradoxical to maintain that the Body and the Bride are one and the same. They will, however, coexist finally as two entities in their respective domains. Paul never once mentioned either the Bride nor the bridegroom. He referred to the Husband and Wife relationship as an example of the union, which exists between the Body and the Head.
The Bride and Bridegroom are mentioned in other portions of Scripture, Isa. 54:5, 8; Jer. 3:8,14,20, 31:32; Hos. 1:2-6; Matt. 9:15; 25:1, 6, 10; Jno 3:29; Rev. 21:2,9. The fact that all of these references occur before and after the Pauline writing is, in itself, most revealing.
The passage most frequently quoted to support the Church-Bride theory is Eph 5:22-32. It does not seem to occur to the advocates of that position that such an application ignores the obvious fact that neither the Bride nor the Bridegroom is found once in the entire passage.
It is stated definitely that the question under discussion is a Mystery. Eph. 5:32. Since the Bride and the Bridegroom were subjects of prophecy they could not be classified as a mystery. This bars their being considered at all in this connection, without wresting the Scriptures, for which some seem to have no compunction.
Paul resorted the only precedent at his disposal to prove the relationship between the Body and the Head. He wisely referred to Adam and Eve, since they were initially husband and wife, not bride and groom. Eve was never a bride, since she was created a wife The Body analogy continues, since members of Christ's Body are His spiritual flesh and bone. 
Likewise, Eve was physically a part of Adam's body, vs. 30. When the Body and Bride are combined an anomaly presents itself. It raises the moot question as to how a person could marry himselThe husband and wife status is a settled fact, whereas the bride and bridegroom relationship is problematical, that is, it is contingent upon future developments. The instant that one is baptized spiritually into the Body of Christ, an indissoluble union is effected. That is not the case with the bride and bridegroom status, which may be broken at the whim of either party Rev. 19:7.
Paul referred to the Heavenly Jerusalem in connection with the New Covenant, but never associated it with the Body of Christ. Gal. 4:24-26. He stated that a difference existed between the Old and New Covenants, namely: as to Conditions, bondage and freedom; Place, earth and heaven; Time, past and present. Under these circumstances Paul could refer correctly to the Heavenly Jerusalem as his Mother. It is most probable that at that time Paul had not progressed far in his knowledge of the Mystery Church.
The identity of the Bride has been established in the Bible, beyond any reasonable doubt. The New Jerusalem, which pertained to Israel is unquestionably the Lamb's Wife. That should settle forever the question of her identity. There is no appeal from the Word of God Rev 21:2,10. John, the Revelator, was precluded from revealing the Body, so what he saw bore no direct relationship nor resemblance to it.

A fact which has been overlooked generally is that an Israelitish Church is to be located in the New Jerusalem Heb. 2:12; 12:23. This is in all prob- ability the church which the Lord predicted. Matt 16:18. The Gates of Hell are playing havoc with the present day church, but that church will prevail against all odds. This fact alone separates it from the Body of Christ, which is being persecuted beyond measure. The New Jerusalem is identified clearly with the New Covenant in the context. Not a scintilla of Body truth is contained in Hebrews.
Furthermore, a Kingdom, consisting of at least twelve thrones, is also associated with the New Jerusalem. This Kingdom will act as a liaison between Christ's throne and the earth, Matt. 16:19; 19:28; Heb 12:28. Christ, no doubt, had in mind the New Jerusalem Kingdom, when He offered to overcomers the right to share His throne Rev. 3:21. Of course this would be delegated power, since all sovereign authority will be vested in Him. Matt. 28:18; Phil 2:9.

The finite mind is incapable of grasping the omnipresence of Deity. Christ, for a brief time did possess a physical body and consequently it is difficult for the uninformed to disassociate Him from it. 2 Cor. 5:16. As an antithesis he omnipresence of the Holy Spirit, although beyond finite comprehension, is usually accepted without argument. Christ, in His preincarnate and post-resurrection states possesses the same inherent qualities as the Father and the Holy Spirit, since they are inseparable in the spiritual world. Jno 20:26; Jer. 23:24.
The Lord's spiritual body could never be made subject to natural laws. After the resurrection His spiritual body could not be contained as evidenced by the resurrection, , ascension, etc. Jno. 20:19. Attempts to localize Deity must end in failure, as God. being Spirit, cannot be circumscribed even to space or time.
Therefore, Christ's throne and the Apostles' thrones will be unified, yet they will remain distinct in purposes. The secret is that they must be viewed from a spiritual angle. The mystery of the Trinity provides an example as to how impossible it is for man, in the flesh, to enter into a full appreciation of a total spiritual environment. 1 Cor. 15:48, 49; Phil 3:20,21; 1 Jno 3:2.
After he Lord's ascension the Bride aspect faded out. However, it was resumed in Revelation. Paul did refer to Zion by quoting Old Testament Scriptures, which related to Israel. Rom. 9:33; 11:26. Paul also called attention to the free Jerusalem from above, in connection with th NeCovenant, but not with the Body, Gal. 4:26. This identifies the New Cnant positively with the New Jerusalem, the Holy City.
The consecutive order of the citations to the bride also offers irrefutable proof that the New Covenant is identical with the New Jerusalem, Holy City and the Bride. Heb. 11:16; 12:22; Rev. 3:12; 21





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Monday, November 24, 2014

He Shall Pray For Thee - By Pastor C. R. Stam


Abimelech, king of Gerar, had taken Abraham’s wife as his own, but had done so innocently.

Sarah was a beautiful woman and Abraham, fearful for his life, had said to Abimelech: "She is my sister". Indeed, Sarah, also fearful, had vouched for Abraham’s lie, telling the king: "He is my brother".

But to save the failing couple from the consequences of their own cowardice and sin, God had appeared to Abimelech, warning him that if he valued his life he would immediately return Sarah to her husband — "and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live"(Gen. 20:7).

Can this be a correct account of what actually took place? Will God hear the prayers of guilty Abraham for innocent Abimelech? Yes, for Abimelech was a pagan who served other gods, while Abraham, with all his failure and sin, was God’s child.

Abraham’s prayer would, of course, be a confession of his sin and a plea that it might not be laid to the charge of innocent Abimelech, but nevertheless it was Abraham, not Abimelech, who had access to God.

This is an important lesson to learn, for many unsaved people point to the failures of believers and say: "I wouldn’t be guilty of that. If he goes to heaven, I certainly will get there". Nevertheless, such "good" people are lost, while poor sinners who have trusted Christ for salvation are saved and "made accepted in the Beloved One"(Eph.1:6).

There is only one way to find acceptance with God; this is by faith in His Son. Our Lord said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me" (John 14:6), and in John 3:35,36 we read:

"The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into His hands. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What ois the Gospel? - Cecil Spivey - By Cecil Spivey



What is the Gospel?


Believing Christ died, that’s HISTORY.

Believing Christ died for YOUR sins and rose again, that’s SALVATION. 
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


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A True Catholic - By Paul M. Sadler



A True Catholic 
 By Paul M. Sadler

In the Catholic Encyclopedia, the entry for the term “Catholic” begins, “The word Catholic (katholikos from katholou—throughout the whole, i.e., universal) occurs in the Greek classics….”  We agree that the term catholic simply means “universal.”  In the early church, the terminology catholic Church was used by Christians to distinguish the true Church from those who held to the heretical teachings of Gnosticism and pantheism.  The true Church is comprised of all those, regardless of their race, gender, denomination, or other religious affiliation, who place their faith in the finished work of Christ (Eph. 1:12,13), that He died for their sins, was buried, and rose again the third day (I Cor. 15:1-4).  According to the Word of God, the true Church is called the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22,23; Col. 1:18).

The Roman Catholic Church, as we know it, technically did not come into existence until 325 A.D., during the reign of Constantine, the ruler of the Roman Empire at the time.  He adopted Christianity as the state religion of the empire and adopted all the trappings that eventually came with it.  While Rome has always touted itself as being the “true Church,” which is universal, the very title, Roman Catholic Church is a contradiction of terms.  Roman is a “specific term,” referring to those who align themselves with her unsound teachings and her pope, while the term catholic means universal.  In reality, it is the Protestants who believe that the Church, the Body of Christ is catholic or universal.  This universal Church would include our Roman Catholic brethren who have placed their faith solely in the finished work of Christ, and not in works or the organized church.

Rome has often pointed out that the beliefs of Protestantism are something relatively new.  It claims they are merely the fruits of the Reformation, which is far from the case.  We certainly agree that the Reformers were used of the Lord to confront the indiscretions and outright errors of the organized church of their day and to encourage believers to return to the Scriptures as their final authority.  The Reformers, to their credit, were simply returning to biblical Christianity.  Essentially, the beliefs of the Reformers were the same as the early Christians during the first three centuries of Christianity.  Some of those teachings include the sole authority of the Scriptures, justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ’s finished work alone, that there is only “one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” etc.  Most evangelicals today, ourselves included, hold these doctrines to be among the fundamentals of the faith.

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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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