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An independent study of the Bible will reveal that the following are key True Bible Teachings:

  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.

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WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

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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!

 

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

 

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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".

 

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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

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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.

 

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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)

 

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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

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The Resurrection of Jesus: A fact of History!

An empty tomb with grave clothesFrom its earliest beginnings Christianity has been based on a single central foundation, the proclamation that Jesus was raised from the dead. He is, therefore, declared by God to be both Lord and Christ, Judge and Saviour of the whole of humanity. Because of this, the resurrection of Jesus is of vital importance.

Did Jesus rise from the dead?

If the resurrection did not happen in the manner described in the New Testament then the historical basis of Christianity crumbles away and virtually nothing is left. If, on the other hand, the resurrection really did happen, it is probably the most significant event in the history of the world from its creation to the present day.

Common Ground

Before considering the resurrection it is useful to consider the common ground between those who believe that the resurrection took place and those who deny it:

Jesus was a real historical figure. Everyone agrees on this because there are simply too many witnesses, both friendly and hostile. These include: - 27 New Testament documents from 8 different writers, large numbers of church fathers, 7 Roman historians (the earliest writing only a short time after the crucifixion), and the Jewish Talmud.

Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem somewhere around 30 AD. This is also testified to by contemporary writings including the gospels and epistles but also documents outside the Bible.

Jesus was buried in a tomb somewhere in or near Jerusalem. To believe otherwise would require a miracle equivalent in magnitude to the resurrection. As the body did not dematerialise on the cross and was not taken straight up into heaven, it must have been placed somewhere after the crucifixion.

This foundation leads us on to consider evidence for the resurrection itself.

The Empty Tomb

Three days after the crucifixion, the tomb of Jesus was empty.

The witnesses to the fact of the empty tomb are very powerful.

An Empty Tomb

First, we have the witness of various disciples who saw the tomb empty:

"Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first, and stooping to look in he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb, he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed" (John 20:3-8).

What is interesting about this witness of the disciples is that it is never presented as conclusive, or even as important. The reason for this is that there was no need for a human witness to the empty tomb at the time at which the gospels were written, because the witness of the whole population of Jerusalem - not to mention pilgrims from all over the known world - was that the tomb was empty.

The tomb was near Jerusalem. Anyone who wished to find out for themselves could go down to see it; to do so would take only a very short time. Yet Jerusalem was the cradle of the infant church; thousands of people were converted there very soon after the crucifixion:

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

This must mean that the tomb was empty; it would have been impossible to convince anybody, let alone the thousands who joined the emerging church, that Jesus had been miraculously raised to life if his body was still obviously inside its tomb.

A final witness to the fact of the empty tomb is given by the reaction of the authorities of the day. Here is the explanation of events to which they lent their weight:

"... Tell people his disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep... so they did as they were directed, and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day" (Matthew 28:13-15).

This story was current among Jews from the earliest times, and we have independent evidence of this. For example, Justin quotes a debate in which his opponent refers to Jesus as:

"One Galilean deceiver, whom we crucified, but his disciples stole him by night from the tomb... and now deceive them by asserting that he has risen from the dead and ascended into heaven" (Justin Martyr: Dialogue Against Trypho,108 [c.AD150]).

The story does, in fact, persist to the present day.

The important point about this explanation is that it would be unnecessary if the body of Jesus was still safely in the tomb. There is only one conclusion that can be drawn: The tomb was empty.

The Resurrection Appearances

The other main plank of the evidence is the witness given by people who saw Jesus alive after the resurrection. These include the following:

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The Appeal of Jesus

Come to me...and I will give you rest...

It is easy to become anxious about the problems of the modern world. We can however take great comfort from the fact that the power of Jesus Christ, who called men and women nearly 2000 years ago, is still effective today.

The preaching of the gospel by Jesus’ followers in the first century led to a revolution in how people thought and lived. What was the reason for such mighty changes? The explanation is contained in the gospel records about his work and mission, where we find that the message of Jesus, which was then carried further afield by his followers, the apostles, met a very real human need.

Men and women have the same needs today and the message of Jesus can satisfy them now as in the first century. There are the same questions on essential things today as there were so long ago; for men and women do not change. What was there about Jesus that drew men and women to him when he moved about among them?

Local Fame

The records that we have of the life of Jesus are almost entirely devoted to the 3½ years of his public work, with emphasis on the closing days which led to his crucifixion. Most of his ministry was spent in journeying from place to place preaching and healing. Both his message and his miracles created tremendous enthusiasm; the whole province of Galilee rang with excited talk about the new preacher.

Ancient picture of a Village on the shores of Lake Galilee

Crowds followed him from place to place, pressing around the houses where he stayed, and sometimes leaving him little time for rest or food. Numbers were once so great that he got into a boat and used it as a platform from which to address the crowds on the shore. The “fame of him spread everywhere”, and Mark describes how the whole country was moved:

"And a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things he was doing, came to him” (Mark 3:7–8).

What is the reason for this widespread interest in Jesus? Without doubt his miracles played a great part.

So many were healed throughout the land and we can understand how eagerly those who were sick or whose loved ones were suffering would seek him out.

The miracles had even greater significance however; they proved Jesus’ claims that God was with him and also illustrated that his work was to bring healing to men and women in an even deeper sense – to heal their minds and hearts and save them from sin.

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WHY DID CHRIST HAVE TO DIE?

WHY DID CHRIST HAVE TO DIE?Mel Gibson's film: The Passion of the Christ has brought the horrors of Roman floggings and crucifixion back into the public eye.

But why did Jesus really have to die?

When our thoughts turn to the cross of Christ what sort of mental picture do we have? Do we see the cross as something ennobling and glorious? Do we have warm sentimental feelings about crucifixion?

Crucifixion

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)

In the days when the Romans ruled, crucifixion was regarded with revulsion and disgust. The offender -- usually a dangerous political enemy or an incorrigible criminal -- was raised aloft and placarded before the people as a grim warning that disobedience does not pay. Those who witnessed the ghastly spectacle usually took the lesson.

Of the Lord Jesus Christ it is written that he "endured the cross despising the shame" (Hebrews 12:2). It was such a shameful death that some contended that Jesus could not have been the Son of God because God would never have allowed His Son to die such a vile death.

Jewish Intrigue

The crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ was a combined operation -- The Jews made the plans and the Romans carried them out.

When the Jews first became aware of the presence of the Lord Jesus, they were hopeful and excited. The Romans had robbed them of their independence and they resented it. They wanted a king of their own, and Jesus of Nazareth as they called him, seemed a likely candidate for this office. He seemed to have alI the qualifications!

Although the Lord Jesus was --and still is-- destined to be a king, other matters had to be dealt with first. Especially important was the need to preach repentance and personal holiness, as the Lord did early in his ministry in the Sermon on the Mount. The Jewish leaders did not appreciate this emphasis on moral integrity. They felt rebuked not only by his words but also by the awesome holiness of the Lord’s character. Also they were envious of his popularity with the common people.

Roman Suspicion

This popularity was an embarrassment for another reason too. The leaders no longer thought of Jesus as a prospective king, but the common people still seemed attracted to this idea. The excitement of the crowds could make the Romans suspicious, and the Jewish leaders were afraid that they might "take away both our place and nation" (John 11:47,48)

How then could they get rid of him? First they had to persuade themselves and their fellow Jews that there were good reasons for removing this man. The real reasons -- envy of Jesus and fear of the Romans -- could not be broadcast though attempts to conceal them were not remarkably successful. What then should the "official" reason be? After a deal of bungling because the false witnesses whom they had suborned kept contradicting each other, they found a charge that would make them appear as men of high principle: Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God. Although the claim was true they called it blasphemy, and blasphemy was punishable by death. His fate was determined.

But there was still a problem. The Romans were their overlords, and only those whom the Romans condemned could be put to death -- and then only by the Romans themselves. So they had to persuade the Romans to kill him. It would have been no use their complaining to the Romans that Jesus of Nazareth had claimed to be the Son of God. The superstitious Romans might even have honored him for this high claim; certainly they would not have thought of it as a capital charge. So with tongue in cheek the Jewish leaders reported to Pilate the Roman governor, that this man claimed to be the king of the Jews, whereas they acknowledged no king but Caesar. He was therefore, they argued, a threat to the Roman government. If you let this man go, they said to Pilate you are not Caesar’s friend. (Remember that not so long before this they would have welcomed Jesus as a king because they wanted to be independent of Rome)

Of course Pilate could see through their guile, yet he was forced to give in to their demand lest he himself should be reported to Caesar for disloyalty.

So Jesus was crucified.

Conspiracy against the Son of God

The crucifixion of Christ was no small operation. It is not usually appreciated how many people and how many types of people were involved. Representing the Romans were Herod the king, Pilate the governor, a centurion and some common soldiers Two rival Jewish parties were also involved -- Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees consisted largely of narrow-minded intensely religious scribes; whereas the broad-minded, pleasure-loving priests belonged to the Sadducees' party. Also there was a treacherous apostle named Judas, a seditious killer name Barabbas. and a little army of Jewish accessories in that bizarre assortment of enemies.

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BIBLE TEACHING ABOUT CHRIST'S COMING!

It was once fashionable in religious circles to say that Jesus Christ would never return to the earth. There are still plenty of professing Christians who believe that. But there are now many others who have come to believe that the Second Coming is a very important event.

"as lightening shines..." so shall the coming of Christ be


True Bible Students have always taught that the Return of Jesus Christ to the earth is vital to the fulfillment of the purpose of God. This article reviews Bible teaching about the Second Coming, both the events that will lead up to that miracle and the reason for the Lord's Return.

New Testament Teaching
Someone has counted the New Testament references to this great event, and they number 318 occurrences! If you reflect that the number of times the word for Christian love occurs is only 115, you will begin to see the importance of this topic. Nor is it simply the case that only one or two New Testament writers refer to the matter in their writings. Treatment of the subject is widely spread.

Jesus spoke often about the Kingdom of God and his Second Coming. His parables, for example, were told to those who thought the Kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He was like a nobleman who had to go "into a far country to receive for himself a Kingdom and to return" (Luke 19:12). More than once he spoke of the Coming of the Son of Man (e.g. Matthew 24:27,30,37,39,48; 25:27; 26:64). And when he assured his disciples of his continuing spiritual, but invisible, presence "even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20), he inferred that then he would be visibly present with them for ever.

The testimony of the Apostles was equally plain. They had been clearly taught by the Risen Lord who, during the forty days before his ascension into heaven, instructed them about the Kingdom of God, the restored kingdom of Israel (Acts 1:3,6). It was the opening theme of his post-resurrection appearances that all the Old Testament promises were coming to their fulfilment in him (Luke 24:27). At the time of his ascension, as he was being taken up from the Mount of Olives into the clouds, God sent His angels to explain.

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Thief on the Cross with Christ The Thief on the Cross

Introduction

The story of the thief on the cross is much loved by Christians everywhere. It concerns a man who was not only, like all men, a sinner, but who by his own admission deserved the death penalty. Despite this Christ not only forgave the man, but also promised him life after death. So the thief became the only person in the New Testament, (apart from the disciples in Matthew 19:28), to whom Jesus promised a place in paradise.

The thief on the cross is not only important because the promise of eternal life is central to the Gospel, but also because the incident shows the eagerness of Christ to give this promise to anyone who genuinely repents, no matter what wrong they may have done in the past.

Unfortunately there is also another reason why this detail of the crucifixion story is popular today, and that is because it is the only passage in the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament, that can be clearly used to support the idea that when people die, they (or rather their 'immortal souls' according to popular belief), go to Heaven. From this point of view the key point in the story, to be found in the Gospel of Luke chapter 23, is verse 43: "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise. "

A Mistake in Translation

Sadly the popularity of the verse is due to a translation error. Once this mistake is recognised, then the story of the thief on the cross can be seen to mean exactly the opposite of what many readers would like it to mean.

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The Thief on the Cross with Christ

INTRODUCTION: A Unique Promise

Firstly, what is so special about a promise? We all know from experience that often ‘talk is cheap’, and promises are sometimes just as easily broken as spoken. However this is a booklet about a Bible subject and it is hoped that it is understood that a "promise" in Bible terms is something different from a human promise. In the Old Testament God made promises to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, to David, and others, and these are special because we know that a promise given by God is a promise that will be kept. The same is true of the promises of Jesus, of which there are hundreds in the New Testament. Among them one of the most famous is the promise made by Jesus to one of two thieves crucified with him in Jerusalem. This was the last promise Jesus made before his death and resurrection.

The story of the thief on the cross is much loved by Christians everywhere. It concerns a man who was not only, like all men, a sinner, but who by his own admission deserved the death penalty, even by human standards. Despite this Christ not only forgave the man but also promised him life after death. The thief was further promised that in this new life he would be together with Christ. So this criminal, about whom we know nothing, not even his name, then became the only person in the New Testament, apart from the disciples (Matt 19:28), that we know for certain has been guaranteed a place in paradise.

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God's Plan for the WorldGOD'S PLAN FOR THE WORLD

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.

Bible Prophecy is the Sole Source of Information on God’s Purpose

The Bible alone explains why and how this should be. The reason is that the Creator
"formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is none else" - (Isaiah 45:18).

We think it is logical to assert that if there is a Great Designer, and if He created a race of beings to inhabit this planet and no other, then there must have been an ultimate objective in His mind. Happily, we have not been left to guess what that goal might be. From the day that God put a human being on this earth, His one supreme purpose was that His creation should willingly respond to His own perfection:

"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" - (Habakkuk 2:14).

The final stage in fulfilling that intention is what the Bible describes as THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH.

A REAL KINGDOM

Because it will be in every physical and political sense a real kingdom it will have a king, a government, a capital, and an international system of laws. God has already delegated "all power in heaven and in earth" to His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. What is more, we learn that the date has been set in the divine calendar:

"God hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained" - (Acts 17:31).

The kingdom of God on earth will soon be here. The abundant signs which confirm this are not the subject of this booklet; but we are mightily convinced that it is so! This coming Millennium will be the most exciting thing the world has ever seen. It will overshadow all those periods in history labelled with names like 'the age of enlightenment', 'the classical age', 'the renaissance' and so on. The kingdom of God will provide a superb environment on this lovely planet for all who will acknowledge God as supreme Creator and Jesus Christ as king of the world.

A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Use your imagination for a moment! Think of a world at peace, its inhabitants healthy and well-fed and doing rewarding work. Imagine a world in which there is full employment, where people are not exploited and where a man can live a long and prosperous life; a world in which famine and pestilence no longer kill one quarter of the population and where the full resources of the land and the seas are harvested. Already you are getting a picture of the Kingdom of God.

Now ponder on the absence of religious bigotry or sectarian strife; imagine the benefits of internationally accepted laws, with justice administered by fair-minded yet uncompromising judges. Conjure up a mental picture of life without terrorism and child-abuse; where good neighbourliness prevails and evil tendencies are discouraged, where governments establish good standards of behaviour, and implement just forms of retribution. That will be the kingdom of God on earth!

To many people, the Kingdom of God is just a vague hope that one day man will bring about a state of happiness on earth. To others, the Kingdom is a dream of heavenly bliss in the skies. But the realist knows that the aspirations of men are not producing a better world for us or our children. And anyone who reads his Bible carefully knows that there is no evidence for the common belief in an afterlife in heaven. The Kingdom has to do with a real, tangible world empire which will be set up when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth from heaven in the near future.

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The Real Christ - Jesus the Son of God

Who is the Real Christ?

It’s that time of year again when many people begin to think about the birth of Jesus Christ. Hymns and carols are sung about this great event and parents and grandparents attend nativity plays.

But who was Jesus Christ and why was he so important? Depending on who you ask about this you might get different responses. The atheist might reply by saying that Jesus was nothing more than a man who taught and lived a good life. A church theologian might respond by saying that Jesus was in fact God Himself, a part of a Trinity.

Who was Jesus?

Jesus born of Mary as son of man and son of GodBut who does the Bible say Jesus was? In Luke chapter 1 and at verses 31 and 32 we read of how the angel Gabriel comes to Mary, the mother of Jesus before Jesus was conceived. This is what the angel says to her:

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:”

At verse 35 we read:

“…The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

This is a fulfillment of a prophecy in Isaiah 7:14

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Here we are reading of how, through God’s power, Mary, a virgin, would become pregnant and give birth to Jesus. He was to be the Son of God. Note: he was not God the Son as some churches teach, this phrase is never used in the Bible. Jesus is not God. He was the Son of God and as such was also to be born as a human being, inheriting human nature from his mother, Mary.

Human Nature

Human nature is an interesting topic in the scriptures. Unlike the general consensus of our humanistic society which teaches us the goodness of man, the Bible paints a very different picture of mankind. 

For example:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (sick)…” Jeremiah 17:9

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man” Matthew 15:19-20

Human nature has a bias towards sin. Towards doing that which is against God’s law.

The process of sin is explained to us in James:

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15

So man is drawn away from the things of God by his own lust that comes naturally to him. When he gives in to that lust he sins and sin brings death.

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Am I a Sinner?

Some people think that we do not sin if we live a decent life, pay our taxes, and show kindness to ourAren't We All Sinners? neighbours.

With those things done, it is widely thought, we can class ourselves as “good citizens” or even “good people”; certainly not “sinners”. Sinners are adulterers, thieves, murderers, and so on, not like us at all. But if you think that, get ready for a shock.

Biblical Assessment

Who are we to decide whether we are sinners or not? That is for God to decide, and His decision will be in accordance with what He has told us in His word, the Bible, and that is crystal clear. For in one devastating assessment, the Bible says this:

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

That statement doesn’t come out of the blue. It follows a long list of Old Testament statements describing the repeated failure of God’s people to keep His laws and to walk in His ways.

Transgression

Crossing over the line = TransgressionThere are different words used in the Bible for doing wrong; for example, “transgression”. This word means a deliberate “crossing over the line” – a wilful disobedience of God’s will. That all started with Adam and Eve, who chose to do things their way, instead of God’s. Given one simple command, they crossed the line that God had drawn and broke His law, with fatal consequences.

Sin

Then there’s the word “sinned” in the quotation from Romans. The originalFalling Short = Sin Greek word means, as the rest of the verse says, “falling short”. It was the word used when you shot an arrow at a target and, simply through lack of strength or skill, you failed to hit the target. The arrow literally “falls short”.

In other words, that would not be a deliberate act of disobedience, but something that happened through your sheer inability to meet the high standards God expects of us.

Either way, we ARE sinners, whether deliberately – by an act of will – or simply by our human inability to match what God expects of us.

Salvation

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Resurrection and Judgement

Jesus Resurrection to ImmortalityThe Hope of Resurrection is fundamental to all Bible Believers along with the promise of “life eternal” to all those who come to a knowledge of the Truth concerning God and His Son Jesus Christ. 

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

But all those who have gone to their grave with this knowledge now wait the day of Resurrection to life once more so that they might be granted ‘Eternal Life’ as promised.  This includes all the worthy believers of old right back to Abraham, Noah, Seth and Adam.

Resurrection!

Let the apostle Paul explain:

“I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13–15).

Notice that he describes the dead as “asleep”. As we have seen already in this series, the dead are not now alive, either in paradise or in hell. They are dead, but to God that is like ‘sleep’ because He has the power to restore their lives, or in other words to ‘wake them up’, when He pleases.

Old Testament Truth

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No ENTRY into HEAVEN!

There’s a children’s counting song that goes like this:There is NO HEAVEN!

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, All good children go to heaven”.

It’s a good rhyme and might be helpful to teach children their numbers, but the theology is at best questionable ie. where are we taught this? and in reality it is clearly just wrong based on True Bible Teaching.

Bible Teaching

If you are up for a challenge, here’s one. Does the Bible promise believers that they will go to heaven when they die?

Anyone who cares to read the Bible objectively, with an open mind, will discover that there is no verse to be found throughout Scripture which tells us categorically and unambiguously we go to heaven when we die.

Instead there are many verses which tell us that we do not go there, but that death is an unconscious state from which some people will be awakened at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this earth. Consider some of the evidence:

“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).

Only Jesus has gone to heaven, where he now sits in glory at his Father’s right hand (1 Peter 3:22), NO ENTRY into Heavenawaiting his return to earth. Not Abraham, not David, nor any of the people who are declared to be faithful followers of God. As the letter to the Hebrews explains, they are still awaiting their reward:

“All these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having providedsomething better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us” (Hebrews 11:39–40).

The gift of everlasting life will be theirs, and could be ours, but only when the time is right.

Jesus did not ‘come down’ from heaven in a literal sense. He only came into existence when the action of the Holy Spirit upon the womb of the virgin Mary caused Jesus to be born as “the only begotten Son of God” (Luke 1:35, John 1:18, 3:16,18).

God had always purposed to have a Son who would save the world, for He foreknows everything from the beginning.

This is what Jesus meant when he said the Son of man had “come down from heaven” (John 6:38), in just the same way that Manna had been provided from heaven (6:48-51).

Heaven: God’s Dwelling

“Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

Here is an unambiguous statement from the Old Testament telling us God lives in heaven and the earth is the place for mankind. That is a statement that is often made in Scripture. King Solomon could pray to God, asking Him: “Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive” (1 Kings 8:30). And the Psalmist declares:

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

Earth Not Heaven

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THE OFFER OF LIFE OR DEATH

 
 

The 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 awaytheir 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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:23-24

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The Book of Revelations Explained

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

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true message of the Book of Revelations is all about.

 

 

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SEEK THE TRUTH WITH WRESTED SCRIPTURES!

 
 

Use this True Bible Teaching Resource to help understanding some of the more difficult passages that many take in isolation to the rest of the Bible and claim that they teach things that the Bible does not teach.

The Bible is a large book, but it teaches us the truth from beginning to end, therefore anything towards the end of the Bible eg. The New Testament must agree with what is taught in the Old Testament, also remember that the divisions of the Bible into Old and New Testaments is a manmade one, the whole Bible is God's WORD to us and must be undersood consistently as such.


Wrested Scriptures

 
 

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

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