MORE ARTICLES - You and God
God's Plan for You

God's Plan for this World and You

 

THE view of planet earth, seen from outer space, is very beautiful indeed. Confirmation of this has come from the astronauts who have gazed upon it. The earth is the fairest jewel in God's creation and it is the chosen place in the whole universe where He has promised to reveal His Kingdom in all its glory. That is why it is so beautiful.

 

The earth, of all the planets in the solar system, is the one that is perfectly suited to all forms of life and the one that orbits at exactly the right distance from the sun to provide comfortable conditions for the human race.

 

Click here to find out more: God's Plan for the World

WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

Bible Truth

THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Don't let this be you or your family!

 

BIBLE TRUTH and true faith must be founded on a fully inspired Bible.

 

Click here to learn more about the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD:The Inspired Word of God

Bible Prophecy - FACEBOOK

Bible Prophecy Video Channel

 

Visit this Link to view

 

Bible Prophecy Videos

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU!

TBT logo

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

Our Commitment to all True Bible Teaching Seekers is that all our teaching will be supported by consistent and clear Bible Passages.

 

The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

Click here to learn more about the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD:The Inspired Word of God

Wrested Scripture

Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

Are mainstream Christian teachings correct?


The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.


Find out what the Bible is actually saying and where interpretation can go wrong.

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

What We Believe

True Bible Teaching fundamental beliefs are:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

Click here for a comprehensive

 Statement of our Faith:

True Bible Teaching Beliefs

 

 

 

Bible Truth

 Truth Seeker - True Bible Teaching

The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)

 

True faith must be founded on a fully inspired Bible.

 

Click here to learn more about the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD: 

The Inspired Word of God

True Bible Teaching PDF's

TRUE BIBLE TEACHING

BASED ON THE BIBLE

About God About God
About Jesus Christ About Jesus Christ
About Angels About Angels
About the Kingdom of God About the Kingdom of God
About Resurrection and Judgement About Resurrection and Judgement
About the Devil and Satan About the Devil and Satan
About Demons About Demons
About Heaven and Hell About Heaven and Hell
About the Soul About the Soul
About the Death of Christ About the Death of Christ
About the Holy Spirit About the Holy Spirit
About Baptism About Baptism
About Death About Death
About the Trinity About the Trinity
About the Sabbath About the Sabbath
Bible Q & A Bible Questions and Answers

 

The OFFER of LIFE or DEATH

God's Offer of LIFE or DEATH

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

To learn about God's Promises to You click on the pdf:The Inspired Word of God

Invest in the Bible!

Make the Best Investment of Your Life

World NEWS in Bible Prophecy
World Events And Bible Prophecy
World News Today is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy spoken 1000's of years ago.  World News Today is a Sign of the near RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THIS EARTH!
Find out for YOURSELF what is happening in the world today and how this relates to Bible Prophecy.
YOUR Families Salvation

The Bible Is Our ONLY Guide

The Holy BibleThe Bible provides us with plain Scriptural Teaching for the True Followers of Christ

The statements on this guide represent what we believe is true Bible teaching. The statements are deliberately challenging, asking every reader to compare his own opinions with the plain teaching of Scripture, examining carefully the Bible passages offered as proof. If, as a result, a change of mind and heart is called for, there will be no doubt that the teaching of the Lord, and the book he trusted, must be followed and not what the churches teach.

 

All Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James (also known as the Revised Authorized) Version of the Bible.

 

Read The Bible Guide   The Bible our Guide to Salvation

 

Download your personal Bible Reading Chart: Bible Reading Chart

 

Would you like to know more about Bible History ie. when things happened.  Then download this Bible Timeline:Bible Timeline

FREE DOWNLOADS

Free Booklets to Download on the One True God

 

Free Booklets on

True Bible Teaching

 

GIVE US YOUR COMMENTS

Please send us your Comments!

Click the image to give us your comments...

 

Let us know what you think, and what you would like us to include on this WEBSITE

 

GOD'S KINGDOM COMING SOON...
 
 

Thy Kingdom Come on Earth as thy will is done in heaven

GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH - WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?

 
 

True Bible Teaching - About You and God and Your Hope of Salvation

 
Print

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE?

Why AM I HERE?Have you ever wondered why you are here?

Most thinking people have asked this question and wondered about the answer and the purpose of theirlife.
 
They ask this question because when they survey their life and look at how small a speck of time their life occupies they begin to wonder what the point of life is?
 

When we consider how short our life is and how much of it we spend doing things we don’t really want to do ie. working for a living instead of just enjoying ourselves and even more to the point doing something that will last over time. 

Then we rightly ask "What is the point of all this?"

How many of your friends or family are dead already? 

What was the point of their life?

Is there anything lasting that still lives on?

If not then why not?

Surely this life is not just about sleeping, eating and working?

Man does not have the answer or answers to why we are here or for that matter the very existence of life as we see it all around us.

Why were you born? Is there a reason and a meaning for your life? Is your existence part of some greater divine plan?

So we ask again....

Why is the PURPOSE of MY LIFE?

Was mankind placed on earth by an all-wise Creator as part of a great Purpose, is there a MASTER PLAN?

Knowing the answer to this should be supremely important!

Read more ...

 
 
Print

Is your knowledge of Bible TRUTH

and is your BELIEF and WORSHIP of the

ONE TRUE GOD able to SAVE YOU?


JOHN CHAPTER 17
"1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

The Greek word for "know" is 'genosko' and it means to have a thorough intellectual understanding of what something is all about.

Do you have this understanding of God

and His Son Jesus Christ?

The need for this full understanding of the TRUTH is further underlined by Christ's words in John 17:17

We are sanctified in our understanding of God's word of Truth ie. set apart us special unto God and Christ, without this we cannot be saved.  Just as Israel were not saved when they strayed from their TRUE knowledge of God.

God's special people the nation of Israel were destroyed for lack of knowledge as we read in Hosea

4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,

6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
 

The Apostle Paul has warned us that some would not be in the Faith (ie. the true knowledge of God and Christ)...

1 Timothly 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
And again by the Apostle Peter...

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And in 2 Thessalonians where the Apostle Paul tells us that some would fall away from "the Truth" he says that this would be becaused they had lost their love of the Truth and had chosen rather to believe a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

"10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

And so the Apostle Paul counselled us all to Work out OUR OWN SALVATION...

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.


You owe it to yourself and your family to seek the Truth

about God, His Son Jesus and His purpose with you

and this earth.

FREE Online Bible Courses

 
 
Print

God’s Kingdom on Earth – What will it be like? – PART I

Where there is no vision, the people perish…”               Proverbs 29:18

God's House of Prayer for all Nations

So you believe in the Kingdom of God on Earth, but what will it really be like? 

Do you know enough about this to have a vision of this time whereby you actively look forward with earnest desire that the day would come tomorrow?

How can you be certain that you will even like this time?

I mean what is it you see yourself doing, what friends will you have, what family will you have etc...?

Knowing the answers to these types of questions can make the difference between fearing this time, to looking forward to it with absolute eager excitement and joy.

All the passages that speak about this time in the Bible portray it as a time of unspeakable joy, peace and happiness beyond anything we can even imagine.  As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 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.”  Cp Isaiah 64:4

So we have every reason to look forward to this time and pray earnestly that it will come soon on this earth.

But we won’t have this joyful expectation if we have lots of unanswered questions that confuse us and cause doubt to be present in our mind about this time.

To the faithful who read the Bible, God has given us the answer to every question we could possibly ask about what this time will be like.  Some answers give us a complete picture, some we can confidently take from precedents God has already established with His people Israel as He established them in their land as His people, His Kingdom nation on Earth as it were.

Other answers, especially those where the question is about things we have very little revelation in the Bible, we must resolve to accept what Abraham said of the LORD and what the Angels agreed with Abraham when he pushed for a number of hypothetical answers about the few righteous people who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the gross evil that was done by most of the people living in these two cities.  At the start of Abraham’s questions he said “shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25.   The angels concurred with this and proceeded to explain that if a few righteous were found in Sodom and Gomorrah then the LORD would not destroy these cities for their sake.

Abraham took this right down to the family of his nephew Lot consisting of 10 people, and even for just 10 people the angels replied that the LORD would not destroy these two cities.  This shows us how gracious and merciful the LORD is.

Sadly, even amongst Lot’s family of 10, only 4 people were found to be righteous, and they were saved by the Angels ahead of the complete destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

So we too can have every confidence in the words of Abraham, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right!”  And so for the answer to some questions we must leave it at this and know that whatever happens the LORD shall do what is gracious, merciful, righteous and just for all.

But that said, most questions are answered for us in the Bible, so we can build a sound and complete vision of the time of God’s Kingdom upon this earth.

So let’s have a look at some of the questions we might have on this time of major transformation of the earth and life as we know it today.

Some key questions concerning this time might be as follows:

  1. WHAT CHANGES WILL THERE BE LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH?
  2. WHAT IMPACT WILL THESE CHANGES HAVE ON HOW PEOPLE LIVE?
  3. WHAT WILL THE BELIEVERS BE DOING AT THIS TIME?
  4. HOW DO THE BELIEVERS PREPARE FOR THAT TIME NOW?

Read more ...

 
 
Print

The Problem with Human Nature

The Problem with Human Nature

Despite the grand Purpose God has for this World and Mankind, we have to face the fact that we humans have not cooperated willingly with our Creator. Most of the time we have disobeyed Him in major and tragic ways and even people with good intentions fail sometimes.

The Bible calls this disobedience ‘Sin’, and we have seen how sin has resulted in death. However, one man succeeded where all the rest of us failed. That man was Jesus, and in him God offers to save all who really want to be part of that plan of salvation which will fill this earth with His glory.

Unpleasant Facts

First we have to face the facts about this human nature of ours. We learn from the Bible how the first human pair were tempted and chose to please themselves rather than God (Genesis 3).

Then their oldest son Cain killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4) and within a few more generations human behaviour had become so bad that almost everyone then living was destroyed by a flood. Only one family – Noah’s – had the faith to be saved (Genesis 6).

The urge to please SELF had become so strong that it was the ruling principle in human life. It is true that in order to survive, men and women need courage and determination, and these qualities are gifts from God. But when people oppose the laws of God that leads to sin, which is defined as “lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).

That is the situation that we find ourselves in now – we all have this resistance to the laws of God deep inside ourselves: we want to live our lives our own way, ‘to do our own thing’ is what this world fully encourages us to do, but is this right?

Human Waywardness

In the New Testament the Apostle Paul tells us how much he wanted to please God, but he described his experience this way:

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. u For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!  (Romans 7:14-25). 

Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that this is a reflection of us all in all our endeavours, no matter how much we try to do what is right we found ourselves doing wrong.

Jeremiah’s Experience

The prophet Jeremiah said this about human nature:

Read more ...

 
 
Print

Live now - Live forever!

A vital Bible message that everyone should read

Live Now - Live ForeverWe are happy to bring to you a vital Bible message, which we think, which we know, can change your life.

Do you believe in life after birth?

Do you believe in life after death?

Do you want to live now?

Do you want to live forever?

Some people are not, really alive after birth. They breathe out and they breathe in and that is usually a sign of life. But life is more than just breathing out and breathing in.

To really live now means to be happy, to be fulfilled; to enjoy life. We recently talked to a woman who was so distressed she said to me; "When I wake up in the morning, and I realise I am still alive, I'm nauseated? I want to die". She hated life. She in fact had twice tried to take her life. She wasn't living. She was existing. And this young lady was only in her thirties - very sad. But she didn't live by the Bible at all. We believe the Bible tells you how to live - right now, and also it tells you how to live forever.

The person who belongs to God, who has Jesus Christ as their elder brother, is a happy person. They are free from worry, free from guilt. They have the most glorious future you can imagine because not only are they living now, they have this hope of living forever. They have "a promise", as the Bible puts it, "of the life that now is, and of the life that is to come". (1 Timothy 4:8)

That's a real promise. The Bible tells us how to live now, and by really living now, we will also live forever. This is really good news, and that's what the word 'gospel' means. The word 'gospel' literally means, 'good news', and the Bible has good news for you!

The good news is that you can live forever with Jesus and with all the faithful of all ages in fulfilment of the promises that God made to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.

A sick world 

Now the problem with the world today is that most people are not really living now. They are just existing. They don't live right. Crime, immorality, lying, cheating -these things are so common place - they have corrupted our society; from top to bottom, bottom to top. It's true in every country of the world.

Read more ...

 
 
Print

Paradise On Earth or in Heaven?

PARADISE on Earth or in Heaven?Jesus had a few words with the thief who was crucified alongside him, as recorded in Luke 23. It ended with the Lord saying: “... today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).

The essential issue is: Where will the righteous be rewarded? And, to a lesser extent: When? So it is a limited Scriptural teaching which is being considered in this short article. It is not the aim to discover what makes a person righteous in God’s sight, simply where are they to be rewarded – in heaven, or on earth?

SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES

A valuable method of Bible study on essential matters would seem to be; examine simple, clear, unambiguous passages and use them as a basis. This is what we are now about to do.

Firstly, we are told where the righteous will NOT be rewarded. Look at the following clear statement:

"No one has ascended to heaven but he who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven" (John 3:13).

So, subsequent to the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle John can record that NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN. There was, by the time of writing, one exception − the Lord Jesus − and the writer is careful to include that in the record. (He was, of course, writing under inspiration and therefore the words are accurate.) The teaching of that passage is clear.

Other people who had died had not gone to heaven, however good they might have been.

The same teaching is found in the Book of Acts when the apostle Peter says this about David the good king of Israel. He was a man described by God as “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22), yet this is what the apostle Peter said:

For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand’” (Acts 2:34).

So, although he was righteous, yet David did not ascend to heaven but was (and remains) in the grave until the resurrection of the dead, as the apostle Paul later affirms (Acts 13:36).

WHAT THEN?

If people who have died are not in heaven, where are they? A clear Bible principle is established in one of the Psalms:

"The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:16).

This is a wonderful promise; that this beautiful earth, at an appointed time, will be taken from man’s misrule and, under God’s control, will be given to mankind. This is in perfect accord with the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples:

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).

These well-known words of the Lord’s Prayer teach his disciples to pray for the time when God’s kingdom will again be set up on earth. Do you recall these words of Jesus?

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). (To pursue this further look up the  following passages: Psalm 37:9-11; Proverbs 2:21,22; Proverbs 11:31; Numbers 14:21; Psalm 72:19 and Isaiah 45:18. There are many others.)

GOD'S COMING KINGDOM

Read more ...

 
 
Print

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE

Christian DisciplesThe English word ‘‘Christian" is the Greek word ‘Christianos’ signifies 'a follower of Christ, a Christian.

The English word “Disciple” is derived from the latin noun ‘discipulus’ it signifies ‘a learner or scholar’.

Anyone who calls themself a “disciple” is declaring to others that they are a student who’s object it is to learn.

The word “Disciple” is used only once in the Old Testament  in Isaiah 8:16

Hebrew is ‘limmuwd’lim-mood  and signifies instructed, learned, taught, disciple.

Greek is ‘mathetes’ math-ay-tes  and signifies a learner, pupil, disciple.

Putting the two together we have  Followers of Christ’s Teaching  This then is what a Christian Disciple is, but what does it mean?

One writer on this subject (John Thomas) has this to say.

“Hence a church of disciples is an assembly of learners; and a church of Christian disciples is an assembly of persons who believe the things of the Kingdom of God, and of the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and, thus believing, have been immersed into Christ and patiently continue in the faith and well doing of their vocation, reading, marking, learning, and inwardly digesting all things revealed in the scriptures of truth.  Such were the disciples first called Christians at Antioch.

Key occurrences of the word “Christian”

Acts 11:26  re: Barnabas and Paul at Antioch

“And it came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered together with the ecclesia, and taught much people; and that the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Act 26:27  re: Paul before Agrippa

“King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets?  I know that thou believest.  And Agrippa said unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian.”

1 Peter 4:12-18

“12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happyare ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, oras a thief, oras an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet ifany man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the timeis come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and ifit firstbegin at us, what shall the endbe of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

“our fiery trial”

“suffer as a Christian, be not ashamed, but glorify God in this name or on behalf of this name”

Yet today some might tend to despise or shun the name Christian because it is used so widely by any who would claim to be followers of Christ irrespective of whether they have a true understanding of “the way, the life, and the truth” that Jesus taught.

Numerically the greatest number of those claiming this title belong to Apostacy among whom there is a “strong delusion at work” that has its origin in catholicism.

How did this name come about?

Read more ...

 
 
Print

Christ's CrucifixionCrucifixion

In reality it was a stark and hideous spectacle. Crucifixion must surely be one of the most monstrous of all human inventions. Scourging sometimes preceded crucifixion. The condemned man was whipped with thongs of leather to which pieces of bone or metal had been attached There were times when people died as a result of scourging. Next the victim was nailed, through hands and feet to a wooden cross which was then lifted to a vertical position and fixed firmly in the ground. Then he was simply left to die. He was not killed -- just impaled in a position from which escape was impossible and left there until death overtook him

By sheer animal instinct the man would struggle to keep alive although life meant torture. Under its own weight his body would slump forward constricting the lungs and restricting breathing. But again and again, despite the intense pain in pierced hands and feet, he would heave his chest upwards to draw breath -- and keep alive.

Ultimately death would come as a relief but only after hours and hours-often days-of indescribable agony. The Lord died after six hours on the cross, and Pilate was amazed that he had died so soon (Mark 15:44)

Why did Jesus have to die?

Where did it happen?

It happened outside the walls of Jerusalem, in a very public place. The Bible says, “This thing was not done in a corner”. Jesus of Nazareth was crucified between two thieves. The place is called Golgotha, otherwise the Place of a Skull, or the hill of Calvary. These are places described in the gospel records – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – and identifiable today. It was a very real place.

When did it happen?

It took place about two thousand years ago, not long after the year from which our Western calendar today began, often called ‘The Year of our Lord’. No other event of that time is remembered today all over the world. Jesus was about 33 years old, a young man, when he was executed by crucifixion at the time which the Jews call Passover, and which Gentiles call Easter.

The Romans had ‘perfected’ the art of crucifixion. In earlier times other nations had crucified their criminals but always after they had been killed by other means. But the Romans crucified their victims alive and left them to a lingering death which often took several days.

How did it happen?

It was a gross miscarriage of justice. Both the Jews and the Romans conspired together to bring about the death of an innocent man whose only crime was, as the Bible says, that “he went about doing good”.

The Jews were living as a subject nation of the Romans whose local Procurator was Pontius Pilate, who is remembered only because he condemned Jesus to death. They had always been a stubborn and defiant people, often at loggerheads with one another rather than at peace. They were the same under the Romans. The Sadducees, the priestly class, governed worship at the temple. The Pharisees, the Separate Ones, were their opponents. Whilst the former were liberally minded, the latter were stern, strict and meticulous keepers of the Law of Moses.

They finally became united in their hostility to Jesus Christ who took the Sadducees to task for the hollowness and sham of much of their worship, and reproved the Pharisees for the back-breaking legal burdens they laid upon the people and useless traditions invented by men which overrode and often sidelined the word of God.

Hostility deepened into murderous intent against the Lord Jesus. His standing amongst the common people, the wonder of his miracles, the clarity of his authoritative teaching from God made them say that “no man ever spoke like this man”, and, “it was never seen like this in Israel”, about his wonderful works. More ominous for the rulers was their fear that the popularity of Jesus would seriously injure their own standing in the sight of the Romans with whom they worked in a harmony of intrigue to protect their authority.

The final plot to kill Jesus was made secure when they bribed Judas Iscariot, one of the apostles, to betray him to them in a suitable place at an agreed time.

How was it done?

Although his life was in danger and he knew it, Jesus came to Jerusalem at Passover time when the city was thronged not just with local Jews but with pilgrims from all the countries of the Dispersion. The rulers wondered whether Jesus would resist arrest and whether he would upset their plans by one of his miracles. Thus they had temple officers, Roman soldiers and a motley band of people at hand for the crucial time.

Surprisingly, Jesus was quiet and, to all outward appearances unafraid. During the Last Supper, Judas slipped away to the rulers to confirm that he thought that that night would be a convenient time for the arrest of his Master and the garden of Gethsemane would be a convenient place because Jesus often went there to pray.

From that moment, both Jewish and Roman law was put to shame by the behaviour of the authorities. It was about midnight when Jesus was arrested. Against the law, he was tried in the night and on the flimsiest of charges in which even the so-called witnesses were in disagreement.

It was a hurried and disgraceful affair. The condemnation of Jesus was pronounced personally by the high priest Caiaphas, despite the fact that the so-called charges had not been substantiated by any evidence. The Council were constrained by the high priest to concur in the sentence, “He is deserving of death” (Matthew 26:66).

By this time it was early in the morning of the following day, according to Western reckoning, and Jesus was put in prison for a few hours. At this point it becomes apparent that Pontius Pilate had been primed as to what would happen and that his co-operation would be required that day so that Jesus could also be condemned by the Romans.

An appalling miscarriage of justice

Pilate did not find the interrogation of Jesus altogether to his liking. The prisoner did not appear to be the kind of person who would commit blasphemy, as the Jews alleged, or treason against Rome as they were now urging.

Read more ...

 
 
Print

We Need to Worship God in TRUTH AND SPIRIT!

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24)

Worship God

 

It is a fundamental essential of pure religion to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. There are many who worship God in the spirit, having a humble, emotional attitude in their prayer and supplication, but they do not honor Him with a good understanding of the truth of His word.God's Word of Truth the Bible

Conversely, there are others who may have every jot or tittle of the Word firmly planted in their minds, but they are unable to effectively absorb this knowledge into their heart and apply it in their lives.

Thy Word is True

The Word of God as originally written is completely true, but there are many private interpretations that greatly diminish its value. Consequently, there are those "who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." (Romans 1:25)

Jesus, who was a living manifestation of the true Word of God, spoke of himself as the way, the truth, and the life: His teachings were true, they were consistent with the teachings of God as recorded for our learning in the Old Testament. Today, there are a multitude of Christian books, tapes, and videos that claim to provide insight into the Word of God, but if they are not true reflections of the teachings of the Bible they can deceive the people. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)

Mixtures of Truth

An outright lie is often less dangerous than a mixture of the truth. When something sounds very much like the words of the Bible and when the lies are cleverly mixed with true facts, people are easily deceived, even as Eve was deceived by the lies of the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

To worship the Father in spirit and in truth, one must first "study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."(2 Timothy 2:15) We must search the Scriptures daily to see if these expositions of the Bible are based on the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. (Acts 17:11)

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."(Romans 2:28-29)

Read more ...

 
 
Print

RESURRECTION AND JUDGEMENT!

ResurrectionThe apostles of Jesus Christ travelled the Roman world with a bold and urgent message. Jesus had died; but he had risen from the dead and his exaltation to God's right hand gave new hope to all who would try to follow his example of obedience. In spite of mocking, derision and persecution, these apostles sounded forth their great clarion call: being witnesses themselves of Christ's resurrection, they were galvanised into action, publicly proclaiming the hope of resurrection for all true disciples of the Lord.

There is probably no better way for us to learn more about this wonderful and comforting Christian hope and the associated teaching concerning God's judgement of man, than to examine it through the preaching of one of these apostles who had joined the group of witnesses, as "one born out of due time" (1 Corinthians 1 5:8). He too was persecuted and imprisoned for the things he preached, but while in custody would not be silenced and continued to speak, even to his captors, of the hope which filled his own heart.

At the Court of Felix
The Apostle Paul was in prison in an outpost of the Empire and distant from the magnificence of the capital city. But there is no doubt that, however unsavoury that prison cell may have been, the provincial governor's headquarters in Caesarea bore some similarity to the fashionable apartments known to Felix from his earlier life in Rome. With wide-ranging powers he had gathered to himself a court and dispensed what he would fondly and incorrectly call justice with a casualness and sadistic severity equalled, and later exceeded, by the recently enthroned emperor Nero.

At Felix's side was his teenage wife Drusilla, by all accounts a great beauty and just widowed as a result of the death of the Syrian king Azizus to whom she had been married, probably at the behest of her father Herod Agrippa 1, at the tender age of fourteen. Whether the tenderness of her character matched that of her age may be questioned by her premature association with the uncultured Felix long before Azizus' death regularised the situation. It seemed part of the family characteristics of the Herods to disregard the sanctity of marriage and treat the bond with contempt. Had not John the Baptist been imprisoned and subsequently beheaded by Herod Antipas for his effrontery in criticising him for taking his brother's wife? (Matthew 14:1-11).

Civilisation Corrupt
The thin veneer of civilisation cloaking corrupt and immoral practices parallels our own modern 20th century western world. Criticism of its ways was as unwelcome then as it is now. Yet it was against this background and before the two most prominently involved that the imprisoned Apostle Paul "reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgement to come" (Acts 24:25).

And again in Acts 17:30-31 Paul says; "30 And the times of this ignorance (lack of knowledge) God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus Christ) whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."

It is therefore fitting that we in our day should examine the same principles, recognising in ourselves, as well as in the world of which we form part, the need for more exalted standards of thought and conduct. It is neither comfortable nor fashionable to speak of a time of coming judgement. It seems a subject inextricably linked with the doctrine of hell-fire, which has become an object of derision and the butt of music hall jokes. But while eternal torment deep in the bowels of the earth is nowhere taught in Scripture, judgement is an integral part of God's programme which will result in the world ultimately being full of His glory.

Just like Felix of old, though, if we try to push the subject from our consciousness we shall hardly succeed.

Even Felix trembled as he saw the strong connection between his way of life and his ultimate destiny. He was unwilling to mend his ways and strive after the "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). Our own experiences teach us that, whether we like it or not, there is a connection between endeavour and reward; and between disobedience and punishment. It is the guiding rule in the disciplining of children and management of organisations and is summed up in the phrase 'the carrot and the stick'. Consider the following words, written by the same apostle who stood before Felix and Drusilia:

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:11-14).

There is, then, a responsibility incumbent upon those who wish to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to lead lives consistent with, and reflecting the standards he taught. To do this it is necessary to "deny ungodliness and worldly lusts" now to the extent that we are aware of the certainty of his return. How similar these words are to those spoken to Felix!

Read more ...

 


FREE Online Bible Courses

 

 

God's Declared Purpose with YOU and the EARTH

 

 

ARE YOU SAVED?  IF SO HOW ARE YOU SAVED?

 
 

 

Is YOUR knowledge of the BIBLE 

and YOUR belief and worship of GOD 

able to SAVE YOU?

 

Not sure? Well consider this passage from JOHN CHAPTER 17

"1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

The Greek word for "know" is 'genosko' and it means to have a thorough intellectual understanding of what something is all about.

Do you have this understanding of God and His Son

Jesus Christ?

The need for this full understanding of the TRUTH is further underlined by Christ's words in John 17:17Only a TRUE understanding of the Word of God can Save YOU

We are sanctified in our understanding of God's word of Truth ie. set apart as special unto God and Christ, without this we cannot be saved.  Just as Israel were not saved when they strayed from their TRUE knowledge of God.

God's special people the nation of Israel were destroyed for lack of knowledge as we read in Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

In Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.

In Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
 

The Apostle Paul has warned us that some would not be in the Faith (ie. the true knowledge of God and Christ)...

1 Timothly 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
And again by the Apostle Peter...

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And in 2 Thessalonians where the Apostle Paul tells us that some would fall away from "the Truth" he says that this would be becaused they had lost their love of the Truth and had chosen rather to believe a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

"10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

And so the Apostle Paul counselled us all to Work out OUR OWN SALVATION...

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.


You owe it to yourself and your family to seek the Truth

about God, His Son Jesus and His purpose with you

and this earth.

FREE Online Bible Courses

 

 

 

The Book of Revelations Explained

Would you like to know what the Book of Revelations is all about?

Click on the image above to commence a short series of 3 

articles that will explain to you in summary form what the

 

true message of the Book of Revelations is all about.

 

 

Weekly World Bible Prophecy Watch

 

Bible In The News

 

The Man of Sin, The Antichrist and the "mystery of iniquity" are all about Roman Catholicism

YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS, SO CLICK ON THIS IMAGE AND READ THE ARTICLE, KNOWING ABOUT THIS WILL SAVE YOU FROM FALSE TEACHING THAT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF YOUR FAMILY!