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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM


Matthew 28:19, 20

There are two ordinances in the church. An ordinance is an established rite or ceremony and has the effect of being a law. Many ceremonies and ordinances are held by the religious world. There is at least one denomination that has over 300. Jesus instituted two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19,20; 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:26). Both of these ordinances point back to His death and forward to His life and resurrection. One thing that is very interesting to me is, many cannot get past the word “go” and include the baptism and teaching with the going. These words came directly from the lips of Jesus, the one that was crucified and His declaration was – “go and proclaim the gospel, baptise the believers, teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” None can be baptised that have not been told about the sacrifice of the Savior. Salvation without baptism is incomplete obedience. HERE IS WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES CONCERNING BAPTISM.

I.  FIRST, IT IS AN IMMERSION IN WATER.

    1. Three modes practiced today: (1) IMMERSION, (2) sprinkling, (3) pouring. Which is the scriptural mode?
    2. The meaning of the word baptize is: immersion, dip, plunge, submerge.
    3. John baptized where there was much water (John 3:23; Matt. 3:1-12). John baptized Jesus and He “went up straightway out of the water” (Matt. 3:16).
    4. Figures of speech used in reference to baptism mean immersion (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12).
    5. Sprinkling and pouring do not fit the symbols, and destroy the figures.
    6. Some objections noticed:
         a. John could not have immersed all who came to him (Matt. 3:5).
         b. John could not have had time to baptize all who came to him. John refused some (Matt. 3:7,8). How much longer does it take to immerse than to sprinkle?
        c. John baptized with water (John 1:33).
        d. It is claimed that infants were baptized, therefore could not be by immersion (Matt. 19:14 is used). Nothing is said about baptism in this scripture. Jesus used children to teach a spiritual truth (Matt. 18:3; Mark 10:13,16). Advocates of infant baptism cite the case of Cornelius (Acts 10), and the jailor and his household (Acts 16:31-33). In all these cases the subjects baptized were old enough to hear the Word, believe and receive the Holy Spirit.
        e. All infant baptism arguments fail when the scriptures are examined.
        f. Not enough water in Jerusalem to immerse all who came on day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41, 42). There was plenty of water for immersion at: upper pool (II Kings 18:17); lower pool (Isaiah 22:9); Pool of Hezekiah (II Kings 20:20) was 240 feet long and 144 feet wide; Pool of Bethseda (John 5:2); Pool of Siloam (John 9:7); plus many fountains and pools mentioned in Nehemiah 2:14; 3:15.
        g. There was not time enough to baptize all in one day. How long did Peter preach? Two hours? He began at 9 a.m. (Acts 2:15) and probably ended by 11 a.m. There were at least twelve to do the baptizing. How long does it take to baptize one person? Allow one minute, and it would take four hours and ten minutes to baptize those who came on Pentecost. It is ridiculous to reject plain Bible statements.

II. THE ELEMENTS OF SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM.

    1. A proper subject – a believer (Acts 2:41, 42). John refused some (Matt. 3:7-10).
    2. Scriptural authority – a New Testament church (Matt. 28:19, 20; Madrk 13:34; I Tim 3:15). John received authority from God (John 1:6, 33). Jesus gave authority to the Apostles (John 4:1). Jesus gave authority to the church (Matt. 28:19, 20). Apollos baptized without authority (Acts 19).
    3. A scriptural design declares death and resurrection (Rom. 6:4,5). Is an act of righteousness (Matt 3:15).
    4. A scriptural mide – immersion (Matt. 3:16; Acts 8:38).

III. BAPTISM’S MESSAGE.

    1. Declares one to be a child of God (Rom. 6:4, 5; John 1:31).
    2. Expresses symbolically that one is dead to sin and alive to righteousness.
    3. Symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In essence it is a picture of the gospel (I Peter 3:21; I Cor. 15:1-4).
    4. All who hear it and see the message pictured in baptism should be reminded that Christ died for our sins and lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25).
  

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What The Bible Teaches About CHURCH GOVERNMENT


Hebrews 8:5

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

God is for order in every realm. From chaos, God brings order. From the Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters when the earth was without form, and void; We see God bring order from disorder. God has always been a God of purpose and reason and plan. He called Moses to the top of Mount Sinai to give an order for living (the law) and for worship (the order and requirements of sacrifice) and for the place of service and worship (the tabernacle). These plans were very exact and measurable. Jesus has set the pattern for His Church. There are four forms of church government: 1. Papal, 2. Episcopal, 3. Presbyterian, 4. Congregational. WHICH IS SCRIPTURAL?

I. A CHURCH IS A DEMOCRATIC BODY, AND GOVERNS HERSELF BY THE RULES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
    A. One member has no more power or voice than another (Matt. 20:25-27).
    B. She makes her decisions by a vote of the majority (Acts 1:26). This is a democratic form of government.
    C. She resolves her own problems (Matt. 18:15-18).
    D. She receives her own members (Acts 9:26-28; Rom. 14:1).
    E. She disciplines her own members (I Cor 5:1-5, 11-13; II Thess. 3:6, 14, 15.).
    F. She restores her own members (II Cor. 2:5-8).
    G. She chooses her own officers: deacons (Acts 6:1-7, preachers (Acts 1:26).

II THE PLACE OF CHURCH OFFICERS IN CHURCH GOVERNMENT.
    A. The place of the pastor.
        1. He is to rule in the spiritual realm (I Tim. 5:17-19; Heb. 13:7, 17).
        2. His rule is a rule of persuasion and must be in accord with scriptures.
        3. His work is outlined in II Timothy 4:1-5; I Peter 5:1-3; Titus 1:7-9; Acts 6:4.
        4. His qualifications are listed in I Timothy 3:1-7.
        5. He is to be esteemed highly for his work’s sake (I Thess. 5:12, 13).
        6. He is to be supported by the church (I Tim. 5:18).
    B. The place of deacons.
        1. The origin of the office (Acts 6:1-7).
        2. The qualifications of deacons (I Tim. 3:8; Acts 6:3).
        3. The work of deacons (Acts 6:1-7). The meaning of the word deacon is servant. They are to serve the church in temporal matters in a spiritual manner; be helpers to the pastor.

III. THE CHURCH SUPPORTS HERSELF BY SYSTEMATIC OFFERINGS FROM HER MEMBERS.
    1. All members are responsible to thus support the church (I Cor. 16:1; II Cor. 8:14, 15; Acts 4:33,37).
    2. Christ receives our tithes (Heb. 7:8).
    3. Church members are to give glory to God through His church (Eph. 3:21).

IV. THE CHURCH GOVERNS HERSELF AND GROWS AND ESTABLISHES HERSELF BY THE POWER OF GOD AS SHE FOLLOWS THE INSTRUCTION OF HIS WORD (Eph. 2:20-22; 4:15, 16; II Timothy 3:15, 16).

V. THE REASON FOR THE CHURCH AND HER MESSAGE.
    1. Her commission is to take the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19,20). In doing this she must govern herself by New Testament law that God may be honored and that He may bless her efforts.
    2. Her message is a salvation message (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 3:10).
    3. God has preserved His church and kept her through the ages that His work of salvation, preaching the gospel, and training of the samed might be perpetuated (Acts 1:8).

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT CHURCH INDEPENDENCY


EPHESIANS 3:21; 5:23,24

By independency is meant that the New Testament church is independent of all other churches , and would exist as an entity if all other churches should go out of existence. Only God is sovereign and the church is independent under God, subject only to Him, free from all earthly headquarters, answerable to God only. It is true that churches fellowship one another but only in that sense are they interdependent.

I. THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH HAS CHRIST ONLY AS HER HEAD.
   “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22).

II. THE CHURCH IS TO BE SUBJECT TO NONE BUT HER HEAD.
   No one has the right to exercise authority over others in the church, and surely no outside body of men has the right (Matt. 20:24-28).

III. BIBLE EXAMPLES OF CHURCHES ACTING INDEPENDENTLY — OUR PATTERN.
   1. The church acted independently in electing one to take Judas Iscariot’s place (Acts 1:15-24).
   2. The church acted independently in selecting seven men for the office of deacon (Acts 6:1-6).
   3. The church acted independently in sending Barnabas on a special mission to Antioch (Acts 11:22).
   4. The church acted independently in sending missionaries (Acts 13:1-4
      a. Holy Spirit called them;
      b. The church sent them out; and
      c. The Holy Spirit sent them forth.
   5. The Antioch church acted independently in sending out missionaries, and other churches acted independently in helping to support them (II Cor. 8:1-4; 11:8,9; Phil. 4:15,16).
   6. The church acted independently in determining to send relief to the poor saints at Jerusalem (Acts 11:27-30).
   7. The church in Antioch acted independently in choosing whom they wanted to carry their gift to Jerusalem (Acts 11:30).
   8. The church is instructed to act independently in using the keys of the kingdom (Matt. 16:19; 18:18).

IV. THE CHURCH’S INDEPENDENCY IS LIMITED UNDER GOD.
   1. A church is limited to the laws of Christ (Matt. 28:20).
      An inherent right means a natural right in one’s self to do a thing. A commissioned right is a right received from another who has the power to bestow that right. The one commissioned has only the right to do that for which he is commissioned. Therefore the church cannot legislate nor turn her work over to others.
   2. A church’s independency is limited to that which is scriptural” Scriptural baptism, Lord’s Supper, no other instructions than the Word of God (II Tim. 3:15-17).
   3. A church is limited to preaching the gospel to lost souls, but God must do the saving. A church is not at liberty to change the gospel message.
   4. Jesus said that His church was not of the world (John 17:16). The church is independent from world organizations and should remain so that her testimony may not be hindered.

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH


The last post make, we looked at the work of John the Baptist and how he prepared the way for Jesus Christ. John had the material ready and waiting for Jesus to call from the shores of Galilee and begin His church. Take note that this is a physical work that can be seen and observed. Just a side note here – if there ever were a universal invisible church, surely it was here because these people were saved and baptized and for religious liberals today, salvation is the only requirement for membership in that mystical body of believers they say is the universal invisible church.

Jesus operates contrary to this popular misconceived heresy. Jesus knew there was not a universal invisible church, therefore He called these men from the seashores of Galilee, from their occupation of fishermen; Jesus then established them in a visible, local church. Here is the beginning of the church. Man has to arbitrarily move the beginning of the church to the day of Pentecost to allow for the heresies of – universal invisible church, close and open communion, believers baptism. Man wants what man wants and God and His Son become irrelevant in the Church that Jesus built. Matt. 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Many people bandy this passage about but do not be mislead. This passage makes the statement that the church was built upon Jesus. Notice the terminology, “I”. The day of Pentecost is too late for Jesus to use the word “I”. Note “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The church Jesus built never went out of existence and never protested and came out of the church of Rome, therefore the church Jesus built is NOT any protestant denomination.

Here is what the bible teaches – The church is a visible church of Christ and is a congregation of baptized believers; associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Christ; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons; whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

THE CHURCH WAS SET UP DURING THE PERSONAL MINISTRY OF JESUS.
1. John the Baptist was sent to prepare the material (Isa. 40:3; Matt. 3:1-3; Luke 1:17).
2. Jesus took the material prepared by John and set up His church. Peter and Andrew were called out (Matt. 4:18-22; Acts 1:20-23).
3. The church is the executive in the Kingdom of God (Matt. 16:19).
4. Jesus and John preached that the kingdom was at hand (Matt. 3:1,2; 4:17).
5. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 9:35).
6. The kingdom was suffering violence then (Matt. 11:12).
7. The kingdom was in the midst of men (not hearts) (Luke 17:20,21).
8. Some refused to enter, and hindered others from doing so (Matt. 23:13).
9. Jesus said there was no doubt the kingdom “is come upon you” (Luke 11:20).

THE CHURCH BEFORE PENTECOST (FIVE PROOFS).
1. They had authority to baptize before Pentecost (John 4:1,2; Matt 28:19,20). No authority to do anything was given at Pentecost; there was an exercise of previously given authority.
2. They had a law of discipline before Pentecost (Matt. 18:15-17).
3. They had the Lord’s Supper before Pentecost (Luke 22:19).
4. They had heard Jesus sing in the church (Psalm 22:22; Matt. 26:30; Heb. 2:12).
5. They transacted business (Acts 1:15-26). Elected Matthias to take Judas’ place.
6. They had a church treasurer, Judas.

THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IS LOCAL IN NATURE (Not Universal Nor Invisible).
1. The church in Jerusalem was local (Acts 1:12-26).
2. There was a local church in Antioch (Acts 11:26; 13:1).
3. “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth” (I Cor. 1:2).
4. “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth” (II Cor. 1:1).
5. “Unto the churches of Galatia” (Gal. 1:2; plural number – local).
6. “Unto the saints which are at Ephesus” (Eph. 1:1; Acts 20:17).
7. “To all the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse” (Col. 1:2).
8. “To the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons” (Phil. 1:1).
10. “John to the seven churches whichare in Asia” (Rev. 1:4).
11. “Tell it unto the church” (Matt. 18:17).

All of the above scriptures speak of a local church at a given place. There are some statements of general character in Ephesians which speak of things pertaining to any local church, but there are no scriptures that speak of an invisible or a universal church.

JESUS PROMISED PERPETUITY TO HIS CHURCH (Matthew 16:18; 28:20; Ephesians 3:21).

His churches have continued to this day having been know by different names in history: Christians, Montanists, Novations, Donatists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Petro-Brussians, Waldenses, Ana-Baptists, Baptists.

THE REASON FOR THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF HIS CHURCH THROUGH ALL AGES.

1. That the message of salvation might be perpetuated (Matt. 16:18-20).
2. That He might have a people contending for the faith system (Jude 3).
3. That He might have a people to call His own name and claim as His bride (Acts 15:14; Eph. 5:22-33).Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE CHURCH – THE VERY BEGINNING


THE BEGINNING

Today there is a lot of misconceptions about the Church. Because of this we will begin before the beginning of the Church. There is a prophecy that was fulfilled that one would come and prepare the way for another.

THE PROPHECY
Isaiah 40:3-4

“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made ow: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:”

An explanation of this verse will help us to see what this prophecy means in the New Testament. Prepare ye the way. This is a picture of a king that will be travelling among the countryside in his domain. There would be those that would herald the coming of the king and preparation would be made for his travel. My dad used the terminology – this road is crooked as a dogs hind leg. Roads would be straightened as much as possible, valleys filled in or bridges built, mountains reduced in size where the road went and pot holes filled. The purpose was to make the travel a little easier for the king. As the king travelled a herald would precede the king announcing, “the king is coming, the king is coming.”

We need to see the application of this principle in fulfilled scripture. Matthew 3:1-3 gives this picture to us – “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2. And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Matthew makes the statement that John the Baptist is the fulfilment of this prophecy. We then have in John 1:23 John the Baptist statement about himself. “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”  Here we see that John the Baptist is the herald for the Saviour that was to come. John the Baptist had a very specific message. Matthew 3:2 – “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Notice the response to this message in Matthew 3:5 – “Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 6. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. Now what was John the Baptist doing? Preparing the way for Jesus.

How is this preparing the way for the Lord?  John chapter 1 explains a lot that was prophesied. Verse 15 records John the Baptist witness of the Word that was made flesh – “…This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. Verse 29, John utters those immortal words “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John stands with two of his disciples saw Jesus and made the claim – Behold the Lamb of God! These two disciples them followed Jesus. As we read further we find Jesus calling Philip and Nathanael to follow him. Matthew 4:18-22. This is the passage where Jesus walks the seashore of Galilee and calls his disciples to follow him. Verse 19 contains the words that every child knows – Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Their response contained in the next verse – “And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

Let us now examine the purpose of John the Baptist as he came to prepare the way for the saviour. 1. He preached repentance in the wilderness. 2 When a person repented, John the Baptist baptised them. 3. He preached and extolled the superiority of Christ. Now Jesus has come and preparation has been made for his coming. There are saved and baptised believers that are ready to be put into the church. Jesus walked the seashores of Galilee and called out his church that had already been prepared.

God made great provision for his Son to come and give his life for the lost and also to give his life for his church.

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH


“We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers; associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Christ; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers (only 2 offices) are pastors and deacons; and 2 ordinances, baptism and the Lords Supper.

One will find that I place great emphasis upon the church that Jesus built. The church is the bride of Christ and He has given us a great responsibility if we are members of His Church. Much of the New Testament is written to different churches in different locations. Ephesians 5:25 makes a bold statement “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. If the church is this important to Christ, we should also respect this bride that Christ is one day going to receive as his own. We must get her history correct. We must be able to correctly identify her. We must know her purpose. The Bible reveals these things to us. We simply have to be diligent in our pursuit of the truth. Notice, when the Lord instituted the Lord’s Supper, Luke records this in Luke 22:20. – “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” He did not have all the saved gathered in that room, but he had his church and made the statement that his blood had been shed for them. Shed individually (for each person) for salvation and shed collectively for his church. The next post will use the bible to determine when the church began.Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE LAW OF MOSES


Colossians 2:14-17

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

The fundamental law is recorded in Exodus 20 and is the basis for all the law. Details of the law are found in the book of Deuteronomy. Although Christans are under grace and not law, every righteous and moral principle of the Law of Moses is taught in the New Testament.

I. WHAT THE LAW WAS.
    A. It was an expression of the righteousness of God, and His disapproval of sin in man (Romans 5:13) For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Romans 2:12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
    B. It was a standard for right and wrong. It was wrong for Cain to kill Abel but there was no law that said so until the Law of Moses. The Law spelled it out.
    C. it was an expression of the holiness of God (Romans 7:12). Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

II. WHY THE LAW WAS GIVEN.
    A. Because of transgressions (Galatians 3:19). Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of trangressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
    B. To be a schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24). Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
   
C. To make sin known (Romans 7:7). What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, thou shalt not covet.

III. THE LAW WAS NOT GIVEN THAT MEN MIGHT OBTAIN LIFE THROUGH KEEPING IT.
    A. It is impossible for any law to give life (Galatians 3:21). Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
    B. No man ever kept the law perfectly (Romans 8:7,8).  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
   
C. Christ came to do  what the law could not do (Romans 8:3). For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
   
D. Lawful use of the law (I Timothy 1:8-11). But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

IV. THE LAW WAS A MINISTRATION OF DEATH.
(II Corinthians 3:6-11). Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8. How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9. For if the ministration of condemnation be glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

V. THE LAW WAS DONE AWAY FOR THOSE IN CHRIST.
(Colossians 2:14-17). Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
(II Corinthians 3:9-11) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11. For if that which is done away was glorious, much mor that which remaineth is glorious.

VI. IF THE BELIEVER IS NOT UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES, IS HE WITHOUT LAW?
    A. He is under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:3). For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    B. He has a new priest – an heavenly (Hebrews 7:11,12). If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12. For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

VII. OUR MOTIVE FOR DOING RIGHT WITHOUT BEING UNDER LAW.
    A. The love of God motivates the child of God. It is the Law of love (John 14:23,24). Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
    B. Love is the fulfilling of the law. “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law”  (Romans 13:10)
    C. The keeping of the law never caused any to love God, but the indwelling Spirit sheds God’s love in the heart through the new birth (Romans 5:5). And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER


PSALM 121:1-8; [A Song of degrees] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

One must first understand WHAT is born of God, and what salvation really is. All who hold to a system of law-keeping or works for salvation have failed of grace, and therefore no security is affirmed for them. Only real believers are saved and have security. A distinction must be made between real and nominal believers. Peter was a real believer; Judas Iscariot was a nominal believer and never was saved.

I. THE PART OF MAN THAT IS SAVED AT THE NEW BIRTH.
    A. The inner man (spirit) is born again in the new birth, and never sins again (I John 3:9). Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
    B. It is a spiritual birth (John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (II Corinthians 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
    C. It is a sanctification of the spirit (Hebrews 10:14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. How long is forever?
    D. The inner man is sealed unto the day of the redemption of the body (Ephesians 4:30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:13,14) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Romans 8:23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

II. SALVATION IS FROM THE LORD AND NOT THE DEVIL.
God determines how far Satan can go (Job 1:12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. If Satan can get one child of God, he can get all; therefore, IF he doesn’t get some, then they get to heaven by Satan’s mercy.

III. NOTICE SOME POSITIVE STATEMENTS OF SCRIPTURE THAT TEACH SECURITY.
    A. Psalm 37:23,24: They shall not be utterly cast down.
    B. Psalm 89:29-36: His seed shall endure forever.
    C. Psalm 91:9-12: The Lord is their refuge and no evil shall befall.
    D. Psalm 121:7: They are preserved from all evil.
    E. Isaiah 54:17: Nothing formed against them shall prosper.
    F. John 5:24: The child of God is passed from death unto life (present), and shall not come into condemnation (future).
    G. John 6:37: He shall not be cast out by the Lord.
    H. John 17:24: The prayer of Jesus secures them.
    I. John 10:27,28: It is impossible for them to perish – none can pluck out.
    J. Romans 8:28: All things work to their good.
    K. Romans 8:35-39: Nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ (Believers only are in Christ and have His love, II Corinthians 5:17).
    L. Philippians 1:6: God will continue the good work begun in them.
    M. Colossians 3:3: Their life is hid with Christ in God.
    N. II Timothy 2:13: God cannot deny himself – to deny His child would be to deny Himself.
    O. I Peter 1:3-5: They are kept by the power of God.
    P. II Peter 1:4: They are partakers of the Divine nature.
    Q. I John 5:4,5: They overcome the world.
    R. I John 5:18: Satan cannot touch a child of God.
    S. Jude 24,25: They are kept from falling, and shall be presented to God faultless.
    T. Hebrews 7:25: God saves them to the uttermost.
    U. Hebrews 6:4-6: If anyone could be lost after being saved, it would be impossible for him ever to be saved again.

There is only one plan of salvation. If one were to lose their salvation, they would have to be saved again by that same plan. To loss ones salvation and to be saved again, Christ would have to descend from heaven once more, die on the cross again, be buried and arise again the third day. This is the only way of salvation. The scriptural declaration is; Christ died once for all and by stating that we can lose our salvation says His work on the cross was incomplete and ineffective in securing a lost soul.

IV. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER OFFERS HOPE TO MEN WHO WOULD BE HOPELESS OTHERWISE (HEBREWS 8:18-20).Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SANCTIFICATION


SACTIFICATION
I CORINTHIANS 1:1-3; I THESSALONIANS 4:3,4

The word “sanctification” is translated with different shades of meaning, but it carries the principle thought of separation and setting apart for a specific use. Definitions: “to separate from a common condition or use: dedicated; hallowed; pure; righteous; ceremonially or morally; to separate; consecrate; cleanse; purify; sanctify/ to regard or reverence as holy.” From the same word we get the word sanctuary.

I.  What Sanctification Is Not.

It is not a second work of grace so as to bring perfection and sinlessness to the body.

“Forgive us our sins” (Luke 11:4). This is a prayer for Christians. The Corinthian church was sanctified, but not perfect (I Corinthians 3:3; 5:1). “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves” (I John 1:8). “I find then a law that when I would do good evil is present” (Romans 7:21).

II. Use Of The Word In The Bible.

    1. A day may be sanctified. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work” (Genesis 2:3).

    2. God may be sanctified. “Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread” (Isaiah 8:13).

        “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Numbers 20:12).

        “And for their sakes I sanctify myself” (John 17:19).

    3. People may sanctify other people.

        “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes” (Exodus 19:10).

    4. People may sanctify themselves (Joshua 3:5).

    5. Material things may be sanctified (Leviticus 8:10).

III. What Sanctification Means To Us Today.

    1. We are sanctified when we are born again. Jesus’ blood is the foundation of it (Hebrews 9:13,14). We are made fit for service to the living God by this sanctification.

Set apart by God (I John 3:9; Ephesians 1:13).

    2. Jesus was made sanctification for us and He IS our sanctification (I Corinthians 1:30).

    3. We sanctify our lives, our prayers and our bodies to God (Romans 12:1,2; I Timothy 4:4,5).

    4. We sanctify our lives daily (Philippians 2:12).

    5. It is God’s will that we sanctify our lives to Him (I Thessalonians 4:3,4). Paul tells how this is done in I Corinthians 9:27. Many lives are fuined because of lack of self-sanctification.
    6. The Christian’s sanctification should be progressive. “But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).

IV. How We May Know That We Are Sanctifying Ourselves To God.

By the Word of God. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The word “sanctification” suggests self-denial, prayer and service.

V.  The Unsaved Cannot Sanctify Himself.

Sanctification is a work of God in the heart (II Thessalonians 2:13). The soul is completely sanctified in regeneration (Titus 3:5).

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT REPENTANCE AND FAITH


REPENTANCE AND FAITH
ACTS 20:21

The word for repentance means, to undergo a change in frame of mind and feeling – to repent; to make a change of principle and practice – to reform; a change of mode of thought and feeling – reversal of the past. These are the three senses in which it is used.

John preached no literary review or entertaining message. he did not attempt to appeal to the higher nature in man. Though an unpopular doctrine, repentance and faith are as old as man.

:Just confess Jesus” is the rule of modern evangelism, but such a confession must be the result of a changed mind and feeling toward God, must stem from the heart.

I.   NOTICE THE NECESSITY OF REPENTANCE.
     1. Repentance is taught in the Old Testament (Ezekiel 14:6).
     2. John the Baptist taught repentance (Matt. 3:1).
     3. Jesus taught repentance (Luke 13:3-5; Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15; 2:17).
     4. The disciples were commanded to preach repentance (Luke 24:47).
     5. The disciples preached repentance (Mark 6:12).
     6. The Apostle Paul preached repentance (Acts 20:21).
     7. God commands all men, everywhere, to repent (Acts 17:30

II.  REPENTANCE AS IT IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE INVOLVES:
     1. A knowledge of what sin dies, and of personal guilt (I John 3:4; 5:17).
     2. Personal, self-examination.
         
a. Sees sin as committed against God (Psalm 51:4).
          b. Hatred for sin generated in the heart (Job 42:6).
          c. Sorrow for sin because it is against God (II Corinthians 7:10).
          d. A purpose or will to sin against God no longer, involves a sense of helplessness to accomplish this purpose by one’s own self.

III. FAITH TOWARD CHRIST.
Bible faith is: trusting, relying, entrusting or committing to the power of another.
     1. There is no merit in faith as such-the merit is in the object of faith.
       
Example” One might have faith in a ladder, but the ladder breaks. One might have faith in baptism, church membership, dedication in infancy, or in personal virtue, but such faith does not save because the object is wrong.
     2. One must have a belief in God before saving faith in Jesus Christ can come (Hebrews 11:6).
     3. The meaning of faith in Jesus:
         
a. A reliance upon Him (John 3:16).
          b. A faith from the heart (Romans 10:9,10).
          c. A faith which receives Jesus (John 1:11,12).
          d. A faith which commits to Jesus (II Timothy 1:12).
          e. A faith that will pray to God (Romans 10l:13).

IV. WHY IT MUST BE BY FAITH IN JESUS.
     1. Because none can come to God in any other way (John 14:6).
     2. Because the Gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).
     3. Jesus is the heart of the Gospel. There is no gospel without Him (I Corinthians 15:1-3

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