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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 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.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Tue, Sep 29th - 12:51PM

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    THE BAPTISM OF *(BY) THE HOLY SPIRIT

    Act 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.

    1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

    Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

     

    Questions, brothers and sisters, has the baptism of John ended? If so when did this type of baptism end?  The truth is that John’s baptism ended with the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ and shown clearly at Pentecost where the 120 received baptism of the Holy Spirit sans water of any kind. The Bible defines the word baptism, and according to scripture it simply means immersion not only in water but in other things and ways as well. The meaning of baptism is not confined only to water according to scripture.

     

    The Bible authenticates itself, backs up itself, explains itself and delineates its meanings clearly in general terms and also in the minutiae.

    Jesus Christ’s disciples baptized more people in water than John, yet the Holy Spirit fell on none of them, (see John 4). Therefore there is no biblical endorsement that anyone can be saved by water period. 

    Surely some will in error quote these verses of scripture of  the risen Saviour, Jesus Christ, falsely claiming  that He is speaking of water baptism in order for people  to be saved: 

    In the words of Lord Jesus Christ He tells us that the Holy Spirit is the sole means by which men through faith in His name are saved, and placed into His body. 

    Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

     

    Jhn 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

    Water baptism is not a substitute for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the only baptism that can place all who have first believed in Lord Jesus Christ, into His body.

    Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

    Anyone who knowingly and willfully omits the Holy Spirit in the work of salvation absolutely shall never be forgiven in this world or the world to come.

     

    To any brother or sister out there, you went to a church, they had a “baptizing pool”, or maybe even took you to a lake or stream of some kind. They told you to be dunked or in some cases sprinkled in the water and you would be saved. You came out wet and when you dried off your life has not changed in any way. You feel there is something wrong with you, because other than going to the church, sitting in the pew, or doing some “church work” you have not changed in any way. Even what little you understand of scripture, you are unable to live it in any way. You now realize that the problem is you never got saved at all by water. If you sincerely desire to be saved the word is nigh thee even in thy mouth:

    Ro. 10: 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 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. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Dear brother or sister, now that you have openly covenanted with God, believing in all that Jesus Christ His Son has done for you; you are now washed in Jesus’ sinless blood through the Holy Spirit and placed in His body. Now you are saved, and become a child of God, a true Christian, and a new creature in Jesus Christ.

    Avoid denominational churches for they will only be interested in you calling yourself saved in the name of their particular doctrine or the names of  mere men or woman whom they claim as the "founder" of their false doctrines. They will demand and command that you identify and call yourself  by the name of their "founder". If they say they are Christian it is only an after thought as they glorify men or women, or their false doctrine and not Christ. 

    What one might ask is in a name, or what difference does it make in calling oneself other than the biblically assigned names for the believer? The plain truth brethren, it makes a difference to God, He commands that everyone, who claims to be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ, call themselves after His name  and have  the right to also use the  biblically assigned names of the believer through Jesus. Therefore if anyone claims to have been born of God, through Jesus Christ,  why would you think it is o.k. to call yourself by another man, woman or thing's name?  In all such cases it is right to question or call into question the paternity of all  such persons, claiming salvation through someone or something other than or in addition to Jesus Christ the sole source of salvation for all men for all eternity..

     Next step is to thoroughly study the Bible, and especially the New Covenant also known as The New Testament of Jesus Christ. I pray you will seek a Bible believing New Covenant church to find godly pastors, elders and teachers and other believers to help you in your Christian growth, as well as to fellowship with other believers.

    Stay in touch as we look to understand how the baptism in Jesus name is one of the ordinances for Christians, and its significance in the life of the Christian. Do not forget to share with others that you have come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

    love

    serola

    P.S

    As to your question "Is it necessary to be baptized again, since believing in Lord Jesus Christ of the New Covenant, although I received water baptism unto John Baptist before faith in Lord Jesus Christ?"

    Answer: Beloved, this is a very good question. The Bible is God's final answer for all time, not my personal or anyone's personal opinion. Water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is the only water baptism for New Covenant believers. Therefore, the water baptism you received unto John's baptism was invalid, expired and done away in Lord Jesus Christ. I encourage you to be water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Please feel free to read my posts on the purpose of the water baptism for Christians in the name of Jesus Christ. 



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    Sun, Sep 27th - 10:15AM

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    THE BAPTISM OF JESUS CHRIST

    Because John baptized Jesus Christ in water, some in error try to use this to mean that water baptism is necessary for salvation. Why, brothers and sisters, was Jesus baptized in the water by John? Jesus, without question, did not need to repent of nor confess his sins, because he never had any, neither had done any at all ever. Jesus Christ is the only sinless human being who ever lived. Therefore the baptism of Jesus Christ is not connected in any way to John’s baptism for the remission of sins.

     

     John himself was aghast because he knew that he, not Jesus Christ was in need of baptism. It was not until the coming of Jesus Christ who is greater than John and therefore who alone could offer baptism to the baptizer. We know this is true because the Bible clearly states John’s own words: 

     Mt. 3: 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

     

    Multitudes were baptized of John, however the Holy Spirit fell on none but Jesus Christ. Many were baptized of John, but upon Jesus Christ only did the voice of God declare Him, Jesus Christ to be the Son of the Living God. Again, what exactly then was the meaning of Jesus Christ’s baptism? What did Jesus Christ mean in saying it was necessary to fulfil all righteousness?

     

     John Himself explains in his own words the purpose in the baptism of Jesus Christ by water:

    John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

     

    The Bible makes it clear that the spirit that came on Jesus was not just a spirit, but the Holy Ghost also called the Spirit and the Holy Spirit:

     Luk 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

    None other than Jesus Christ has ever nor will ever receive this kind of special baptism. It is God who sets the standards. Just as God called and ordained the merely human/ sinner as high priest, washed him in water and anointed him with oil, under the annulled Levitical priesthood.  So God called and ordained the sinless promised Messiah, revealed Saviour,  Jesus Christ, washed Him in water and anointed Him with the Holy Ghost, and installed Him as  the eternal  High Priest of the New Covenant. The baptism of Jesus Christ represents His ordination as the High Priest, who would go on to complete God’s plan of salvation for all men once and for all.

    We see God’s purpose in Jesus’s baptism was to show John and all men, that Jesus is the very Christ the new High Priest forever, ordained by God, and anointed with the Holy Spirit. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR JESUS CHRIST WAS MADE HIGH PRIEST BEFORE HE WENT TO THE CROSS JUST AS THE FATHER REQUIRED AND COMMANDED.

    Question, did Jesus Christ ever baptize anybody in water? This is the wrong question. Better, did Jesus ever say that salvation can be obtained through water?  Jesus Christ never baptized anyone in water, although He allowed His disciples to do so. Jhn 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

    Most importantly Jesus Christ never, ever, said that anyone could be saved or receive salvation by water baptism. This is one of a very, very dangerous kind of error in failing to understand the doctrines of baptisms.

    love

    serola



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    Fri, Sep 25th - 11:15AM

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    THE DOCTRINES OF BAPTISMS

    Some are crying out to God, hungering for deeper knowledge of Him and a deeper walk.

    1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

     

    Thank you Holy Spirit given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. We know it is you Holy Spirit who takes us your people out into the deep things of God. Come on brothers and sisters into the deep by invitation of the Holy Spirit.

    It is unfortunate that some  in error do not recognize the different types of baptisms and lump them all together into one, usually to mean the baptism of John. The error of seeing John's baptism as the only one is rampant. Some even go so far in their identification with John, that they call themselves Baptists, after John. However the Bible absolutely does not lump them all together. The baptisms are not man-made doctrine, but of God. Each one serves His purposes. Of course we should mention the baptism unto Moses, performed by God himself in the Old Testament:

     

    THE MOSAIC BAPTISM

    1 Corinthians 10: 1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

    Obviously, brethren,  only those who first before believed, benefitted from this baptism; but to those who did not believe, this baptism did not do them any good. We see, understand and know that without faith in God all the waters of earth cannot save neither make one acceptable to God.  God absolutely and always requires faith first, for without faith it is impossible to please God:

    Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

     

    Mosaic baptism confirmed that all under it identified with Moses, and belonged to God through the Mosaic Old Covenant of the Law. Only those who believed were enabled to drink of that spiritual Rock, which followed them.

    It seems unbelievable, but I have met people in error claiming to be Christians on the basis that they have been baptized unto Moses!! The Mosaic baptism has served God’s purpose and has been done away with. Through God, Moses himself witnessed that in God’s marathon, he would run his course and pass the baton (the good news of salvation) to someone else, (Jesus Christ), who would complete the race:  Deu. 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

     

    THE BAPTISM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

    We come into the New Covenant finding our brother John the Baptist running furiously for God. No one can burn his house down for preaching, because he does not have a house, but thrives in the wilderness. No one could refuse him clothing or food because they did not like his message, because he dressed in camel hair, and ate locus and wild honey. John ran independently for God alone.

    John ran fearless of the religious hierarchy, and fearless of the secular ruling hierarchy of the day. They were pretty ticked off with John and wanted to shut his mouth, and silence his message for good. In this way they hoped, albeit in vain, to preserve their power and ruler ship.

     

    John cared nothing for them, did not need their approval nor permission. John had everything he needed from God. He also did not have to fear ejection from these hierarchies for he recognized that God is the sole, true and eternal hierarchy that matters, period.

     We come to the first of the New Covenant baptisms.  What was John’s mission?

    Jhn 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

    As a sign that people repented, and believed John’s message they sought to be baptized of him publicly in water.

     John 3:1 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. 4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 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.

    John denied being the Christ. John denied that his baptism of water could save anyone. Just as our brother the prophet Moses foretold that one greater than himself would arise who would fulfill totally God’s plan of salvation, so our brother John Baptist arose and carried forth this same prophesy:

    John 3: 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

    These men all pointed to Jesus Christ,  the Mega-God man to come from heaven, assigned by God and bristling with Holy Ghost power and authority who would get the job done to bring salvation to all who believe. Remember this brethren, confession of itself is not accepted by God, without the offering of blood by the high priest to gain the atonement for the penitent. This was true under the Law, but God also required blood under the New Covenant that is superior to any animal blood.This points to the fact that God set a time when the water  baptism of John, which prepared men for the coming of Jesus Christ, would be done away with.

    This might be shocking to some, especially those who have set up denominations, and have gained ministries and careers through teaching the baptism of John as a means to salvation. Yet all denominations suffer as it were a fatal flaw, or error regarding something other than  or in addition to Jesus Christ as a means to salvation.

    love

    serola



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    Sun, Sep 20th - 2:28PM

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    THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS

    Heb. 6: 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.3 And this will we do, if God permit. 

    Perfection means Strong's G5047 – teleiotēs: I.perfection

    A.the state of the more intelligent

    B.moral and spiritual perfection

    Brothers and sisters, we must fully grasp the doctrine of baptisms. The Bible addresses not one, not two, but three types of baptisms in the New Covenant. The word baptism means Strong's G907 baptízō – properly, "submerge" (Souter); hence, baptize, to immerse ...

    1. Water baptism as done by John the Baptist also known as John’s baptism: Acts 19:3

    2. Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5

    3. Water baptism in Jesus’ name. Act 8:16

     

    We must be settled in the principles of salvation and go on to perfection, not moving away from eternal truth. We can mature in our understanding of the gospel message. Regarding the baptisms, we must understand and know God’s purpose in each one. The main question is which of these three baptisms ensure salvation to all who believe? Are all of them necessary? Is only one necessary? Is a combination of them necessary in some way?  Is baptism in any form unnecessary?

     

    The confusion and chaos around baptism is easily dispelled by the Bible. Holy brothers and sisters we know that God is not the author of confusion. The Bible itself easily shows us the truth in these matters that will leave us refreshed and settled
    love
    serola


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    Thu, Sep 17th - 11:07AM

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    SPIRITUAL WARFARE (Earnestly contend for the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

     

    Praise Lord Jesus Christ for His wonderful Salvation. What a great Saviour, What a great High Priest/Mediator, and Head of the church, His body for all eternity!! Because of our Saviour, brothers and sisters, we can dance in the Holy Spirit in our hearts, and rejoice with joy that passes all understanding with our whole being.

    Let us be settled in the faith that God, for whom it is impossible to lie, has given us permanent forgiveness for all of our sins. Those who desire to be grounded in the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ, will indeed be so by the power of the Holy Spirit.

     

    Salvation is entirely by the work of our Triune God, and NEVER by ANY mere human works that any person does: 

     

    Eph. 2: 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

     

    Salvation is un-earnable, un-buyable, and un-repayable. Salvation is the entirely free gift of God. Even our good works after Salvation, is through God. This means that our decisions did not get us saved, nor can keeping short accounts keep us saved. The salvation of Jesus Christ is absolutely, finished, final and complete for all time.

    How then is salvation obtained under the New Covenant?

    Firstly God, Himself calls all men to repentance. God calls all men to be saved through His Son Jesus Christ, the sole Saviour and High Priest/Mediator for all who believe in Him.

    Ro. 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

     

    We clearly understand, beloveds, our confession is made to the sole Saviour, and High Priest/Mediator of the New Covenant, not the cancelled Old Covenant high priest of the Mosaic or Levitical Law. We gain the understanding that our confession does not mean to ask or beg God for forgiveness over and over again for our sins, like the penitent sinners of the Old Covenant of the Law. 

     

    New Covenant confession means to turn from sin to God; to fully agree to a covenant: Confess: G3670 homologeō, meaning: to assent, i.e. covenant, acknowledge: - con (pro) fess, confession is made, give thanks, promise.

     

    Ro. 6: 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

     

    2Co 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.

     

    It is absolutely vital that we fully understand that not only are our sins forgiven, but the old nature, or old man with its indwelling sin, utter depravity, corruption and degeneracy has been forever put to death, destroyed, and all who believe are raised up entirely new creations in Christ Jesus.

     

    Some take the apostle Paul out of context, to mean that since Paul said he was the chief of sinners, so all Christians remain sinners.

     

    1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

     

    Paul speaks in this chapter of what he was BEFORE salvation and that he is an example that God can save even the worst of sinners who come unto Him in faith:

    1 Ti. 1: 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

     

    What this means is that all sinners  can be greatly encouraged that  no matter what he or she  has done or been, all who repent and believe on Jesus Christ can and will be saved and made new creations in Him.   God will no longer see  such as sinners, but now and forever children of God.
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    serola


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    Fri, Sep 11th - 10:09AM

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    SPIRITUAL WARFARE (Earnestly contend for the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ)

    THE POWER OF THE SINLESS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS FORGIVENESS IN THE NEW COVENANT

    Praise Lord Jesus Christ for all of the great grace and benefits of the New Covenant written in His precious sinless blood. Brothers and sisters, we rejoice in the Holy Spirit with whom our Lord Jesus Christ has sealed us forever. It is always our delight, to dig down into the treasury of the Bible, which is able to fully equip us in the ministry of the gospel. I know without a doubt that our Lord Jesus Christ who has engrafted us with His word, will also enable all who believe to faithfully live and give His gospel freely to all that we can.

     

    Let us look further at the Christian and short accounts keeping and water baptism being falsely added to salvation. 

    Because of the complete work of Jesus Christ who has gained us permanent forgiveness of all our sins and given us peace and reconciliation with God forever, Christians do not have an account or record of their sins with God anymore. Therefore keeping short accounts is under the Law of Moses. Furthermore, there is absolutely no mention of short accounts in the New Covenant.

     

    There are those who will quote 1 John 1:9 in error to mean falsely that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was not complete and therefore Christians still have to work (keep short accounts) to stay saved. The error of Christians keeping short accounts as necessary to their salvation means that anybody suffering from amnesia will die in unconfessed sin and thus be lost.

     

    The same is true of anybody dying suddenly of various causes, and therefore not getting a chance to keep short accounts. This mess always leaves Christians in doubt of their salvation i.e. what if they cannot remember them all, since we are born in sin and raised in iniquity, we sin even as children on up. This means the short account keepers would have to beg God to forgive them of unconfessed sin too to be saved and stay “safe”.

     

     The worse error yet is that the Christian has to confess all their sins to stay saved. This is saying our salvation depends on our memory. There are some sins that we have done that we do not even recognize as sin. So this makes it impossible for us to confess such at all. It is no wonder that the error of short account keepers makes them always unsteady and fearful of losing their salvation.

     

    By the grace of God I pray, brothers and sisters, to later on give a comprehensive, sound, biblically correct interpretation of 1 John 1:9 strictly thorough the word of God. 

     

    Our personal opinion devoid of the truth of the scripture is error, and absolutely worthless. We ought to trust God rather than men. Here is what God has done for us through the precious sinless blood of Jesus Christ and He tells us His final truth and eternal gospel over and over again:

     

    Heb. 10: 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

     

    Our assurance of salvation rests in the omniscient, omnipotence of our Lord Jesus Christ whose sinless blood has permanently taken all our sins away for all time. The law required blood to take away the sins of the people but this offering or sacrifice was so weak it expired after only one day. Therefore God ordained the power of the sinless blood of His Son Jesus Christ, so that by His one offering or sacrifice He permanently takes away our sins forever of all who have faith in Him.

     

     

    Those who come in error confessing their sins to God over and over to stay saved the Bible says it again confession of itself is not accepted and is absolutely worthless to God, without a blood sacrifice. God does not require His Son to sacrifice Himself over and over again, His one sacrifice is sufficient for all time. Jesus Christ paid it all for our sins. 

    He is faithful and true, therefore God keeps no record, no remembrance of our sins.  

    As for those who insist on the error of the practice of continually giving their confession to God to be forgiven of sins and restore a so-called broken fellowship with God over and over after salvation; John states unequivocally:(THE SAME JOHN WHO WROTE 1 JOHN 1: 9).

    1 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. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
    love
    serola 


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    Fri, Sep 4th - 12:02PM

    IF YOU ARE NOT WITH ME YOU ARE AGAINST ME



    SPIRITUAL WARFARE
    WARNING, WARNING, WARNING
     

    Although a person can do it in ignorance, however, once the truth is known about the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, God absolutely forbids anyone to willfully and falsely proclaim or teach anyone that the blood of Jesus Christ is the same as the weak animal blood offered under the Mosaic Law.

     

    Also God absolutely forbids anyone to  ever, ever willfully and falsely equate Jesus Christ the Eternal All Powerful Sinless God-Man, the only Saviour and  High Priest/ Mediator  of the New Covenant to be the same as the weak merely human limited  high priest/sinner of the Law of Moses.

     

    Most of us, brothers and sisters have been taught to not do these things. However there are some amongst us who must absolutely understand and be fully warned  that God allows no options, or alternatives that oppose the gospel message or cast doubt on the eternal truth and final standard of the New Covenant of grace, through the sinless blood of Jesus Christ.

     

    Heb. 10: 26 For if we sin willingly after that we have received and acknowledged that truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a fearful looking for of judgment, and violent fire, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 ]He that despiseth Moses’ Law, dieth without mercy under two, or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye shall he be worthy, which treadeth under foot the Son of God, and counteth the blood of the Testament as an unholy thing, wherewith he was sanctified, and doeth despite the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me: I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

     

    BLESSED ARE THE BELIEVING, BLESSED, BLESSED, BLESSED

    Heb. 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

     

     

     

    We can greatly praise our God because He wants us to know the whole truth of who His Son Jesus Christ is and all that He has done to gain us who believe on Him, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life.

    Brothers and sisters let’s pray: Lord Jesus we pray and know that you will and do confirm and strengthen those who already know the full message of the New Covenant. Father we pray that those who do not yet  fully know your Son, but are thirsty, hungry, and even desperate to fully know Him will indeed have their petitions granted. Lord Jesus we pray that though your word they will be established, immoveable, and rooted in you through your word. Holy Spirit we thank you that you do and will always  bring the truth of God’s word and write it in the hearts and minds of us  your people forever.
    Brethren, let us do all that we can to glorify our great Lord. Let us keep in mind to be continually  focused on doing His will and preaching the New Covenant of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Yes let us do all we can in this world to stand against evil actions whether civil, governmental or individuals.
    However, at the end of the day, if we leave off  preaching the gospel message, we have done nothing at all of any eternal value. Thanks be to God I am convinced by the Holy Spirit that works in us and that  our love for God greatly impels us to seek out the lost so that they too can know His, love, forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation. God does not ever condemn us  His people, but helps each and every one of us to grow in knowledge of the truth of His grace. 
    love
    serola
     

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    Tue, Sep 1st - 7:02AM

    IF YOU ARE NOT WITH ME YOU ARE AGAINST ME



    SPIRITUAL WARFARE (Earnestly contend for the faith of  the gospel of Jesus Christ)
     

    I ponder, if there are some who might think that they are certain of their salvation but keep short accounts by continually confessing sins to keep getting back God’s forgiveness, which they feel they lose each and every time they sin.

    The most horrible irrationality or conundrum with Christians who mistakenly think this way is that although they are saved most of them are plagued with the fear that they might die with unconfessed sin, and therefore be lost for all eternity! Obviously, God does not take sin lightly, and certainly no Christian should either-ever.

     

     God always gives the eternal truth in His word correctly interpreted. No Christian is condemned because he or she has areas of ignorance in their understanding of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. Therefore we must have compassion, and jump with joy at every opportunity to bring any brother or sister out of this kind of ignorance.

    Of course no Christian is under the Law anymore, because of Jesus Christ. Yet ignorance especially of this kind  has serious consequences. Due to their ignorance they of themselves  feel guilty, condemned, and see themselves as spiritual failures. No doubt more than a few in fear of dying with unconfessed sin even  snap awake in a cold sweat at night, to ensure that they have not forgotten any sin to confess. When they go on to teach others this same kind of ignorance others suffer as well in the same way.

    It is not about how long a Christian has been saved that any of us should rest in, because this ignorance is also taught in some pulpits  and through other ignorant teachers still today. We not only take the full gospel message of Jesus Christ out to the world, but through careful, diligent, and persistent study we ensure we are taking the whole truth of the message out.

    Saints (G40 Hagios) imagine the damage that would have been done by Apollos had not Aquila and his wife not taken the time to expound to him the full gospel message. I pray, dear friends, that you will be like Aquila and his wife to your friends, family, your church and to everyone who is sincere, but sincerely wrong in handling the New Covenant message of our Lord Jesus Christ.   

     

    Let us look at the main reasons underlying these issues:  

     

    1. Ignorance of the power of the Blood of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

     

    2. Ignorance of what New Covenant forgiveness is and how it is obtained under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

     

    3. Ignorance of what sin is and how God expects every Christian to deal with it under the New Covenant.

     

    4. Misinterpretation of 1 John 1:9.

     

    Lord Jesus Christ, our Beloved, wants us His children to know Him, deeply and richly. He has set His word before us so that we can fully know what He has done for us out of love for us. Not that we deserve it, but because He is love, and mercy. I pray that those who are filled with fear and worry of losing His love, will go forward to accept and believe the love, peace and reconciliation with God, granted to us through His Son.

    Jesus Christ is faithful, and will in no wise cast out any that come to Him in faith. 
    love
    serola 
     

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