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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.

 

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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

 

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".

 

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Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

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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

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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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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

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THE CROSS OF CHRIST - Part 1

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?

The Crucifixion of Christ

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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.

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Meeting The Lord In The Air?

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to Could this be Right?  The Rapture - True of False Teaching?meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

WORDS OF COMFORT

The words of the Apostle Paul, quoted above, were intended to be words of comfort for the faithful believers, when one of the members of their congregation "fell asleep", in death.

This comfort is based on the hope of a resurrection and the elevation of the faithful to their promised positions as kings and priests on the earth. (See Revelation 5:10)

Paul's words in this chapter have caused some confusion in certain areas, but they also serve to make many Bible facts very clear. For example, the context informs us that:

  1. Death is a time of great sorrow, especially if there is no hope of a resurrection in Christ. (This supports the bible teaching that without the resurrection, death is final and that corruption in the grave is the only expected event)
  2. Those who die "in Christ" are said to be sleeping. They will be awakened from their sleep at the resurrection in the last day. (See 1 Corinthians 15:16-18, John 11:23-24)
  3. The resurrection occurs at the return of Christ, when he descends from heaven
  4. The dead in Christ will be raised first, and then the living believers will be gathered.
  5. Although not specifically stated, the purpose for the gathering of both the living and the dead believers is for judgment before Christ. (See 2 Timothy 4:1, 2 Corinthians 5:10))
  6. Those who are found faithful at this judgment will be rewarded with immortality and given positions of authority in God's Kingdom on the earth. (See Daniel 7:27, Luke 19:17-19, Revelation 5:10)
  7. When they are elevated to their position of power, they are said to be "in the air", that is, they are in high places of authority in the political heavens.
 

As with all Bible Teaching we must understand the passages in their intended context and compare scripture with scripture to ensure our understanding is consistence with Bible Teaching elsewhere. 

As we will also see it is essential that we understand the symbolic language that is used in the Bible as the words used are not always intended to convey a literal reality but a symbolic meaning is often behind the use of such word symbols.

Let's see what we can make of these words of comfort from the Apostle Paul based on a true understanding of the Bible message in its entirety.

 

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,"( Revelation 1:7)

IN THE CLOUDS

 

In the Bible we are told that "we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." ( 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NIV)

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THE CROSS OF CHRIST - Part 2

THE CROSS OF CHRIST - Part 1

Like the Lord Jesus himself, his followers will be raised from the dead. Do not miss the fact that the passage quoted  also tells us that the resurrection of Christ's followers will take place when he comes again.This is not the whole story. 

The Crucifixion of Christ

After his resurrection, the Lord Jesus proclaimed triumphantly: "I am he that liveth, and was dead . . . " (Rev. 1:18). But he did not stop there. He continued: " . . . and, behold, I am alive for evermore." He was therefore making a double claim:

1.   That he had been raised from the dead; and

2.   That he would never die again.

And so it will be with those "that are Christ's". Not only will those who have died be raised from the dead when their Lord returns: they will also receive eternal life, "the gift of God".

The blessings of resurrection and immortality are therefore promised to the Lord's followers because he himself surrendered to God's will and died upon a cross. The facts are clear, though the reason for them involves much that is deep and wonderful.

The Followers of Adam

Think now of Adam as the leader of a great procession. The whole human race is following him along the broad way of disobedience and sin. Many people stride eagerly along this attractive road, and a few tread reluctantly. Most people, however, would neither think of themselves as eager or reluctant followers of Adam. They never release that they are following him at all. They simply do as they please. But pleasing self instead of pleasing God is sinning: so, all unknown to themselves, they are a part of the Adamic procession.

There comes a point when some of Adam's followers begin to see the unwelcome destination towards which they have been moving. When death looms large before them they start dragging their feet, but all to no avail. Although they are not willing to die, death claims them.

The Lord Jesus was different. He always resisted sin, and he accepted death. Thus he declared by his life and his death that Adam was wrong and God was right.

To accept death as the just reward of one's sins is exceptional. But to accept death without ever having sinned marks out the Lord Jesus as a unique person.

"The man, Christ Jesus"

If Jesus had an altogether superior nature to the rest of us, the lesson would not have been so impressive. But the Scriptures assure us that he possessed a nature just like ours. It is easy to be misunderstood, so let us spell out the facts in simple language.

The Lord Jesus had no human father. He is called the Son of God because God was truly his Father. The power of God, called the Holy Spirit, caused his mother, a member of the human race, to conceive and give birth to a son-the Son of God:

"And the angel answered and said unto her (Mary), 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" (Luke 1:35).

"Like unto his brethren"

The Son of God is now immortal (he partook of "the divine nature" after his resurrection), but in the first phase of his existence he shared our human nature:

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, this is, the devil . . . For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Heb. 2:14-18).

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15).

The fact that the Scriptures lay so much emphasis upon this truth is the measure of its importance. It is strange that so many people indignantly reject the Bible teaching that, in "the days of his flesh", our Lord had a nature like ours. His temptation in the wilderness was not play-acting: it was real. The suggestions were attractive. He had to struggle to resist them; and it was likewise a struggle to accept death.

Yet, by resisting sin and accepting death, the Lord Jesus repudiated Adam and came down decisively on God's side in the great controversy.

Christ's Conquest over Sin

In his life and in his death, the Lord Jesus had honored his Father and declared Him (not Adam) to be righteous. Thus in character he was perfectly in accord with the will of his Father. He honored God like a true Son. And God honored him, raising him from the dead and making him immortal.

Think now of the Lord Jesus as the leader of another procession-a much smaller one. To his disciples he said:

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24).

Do you see the picture? In the lead is Jesus himself-going to the place of crucifixion. Following him is a procession of people who have opted out of the Adamic procession. Each is bent under the burden of a cross; each is a volunteer for crucifixion. These have also decided, like their Leader, that God is right. They are going to die with Christ that they might live with him.

Baptism - A Burial with Christ

It is by baptism that people demonstrate that they have decided to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is stated in Romans 6:

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

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The Temple of God built by Solomon“In My Father’s House are Many Mansions…”

This is a passage of Scripture, in John chapter 14 verse 2, which causes some people to believe that Jesus was offering a place in heaven but, as Mark Buckler explains, the Lord had something quite different in mind.

Jewish Book

Many of us easily forget, when we read the Bible, that it is a Jewish book, written mainly by Jewish writers about Jewish people.  It is so easy for us to read it with two thousand years of ideas and interpretations in our minds that we forget to ask a simple question:

What did the writers of this passage understand by it when they wrote it and what did their readers or hearers understand?

So, when Jesus talked about the many rooms in his Father’s house, what did he mean by this and what would his hearers have understood?

Incidentally, this is a passage that is often read in church funeral services and today it is thought to promise an inheritance with God in heaven.  Is that what Jesus meant?

God’s House

The expression “My Father’s house” as used in the gospels always refers to the Temple in Jerusalem.  For example, when Jesus visited the Temple as a boy of twelve, his comment to questioning parents was:

 “Why were you searching for me? … Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49).

Or when Jesus cleansed the Temple, he said: “Get these out of here!  How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:16).

So Jesus was saying to his disciples, in John chapter 14, that there were many dwelling places in the Temple, and that he would come back and live with them on earth in a similar way to how the priests lived close to God, because they lived in His Temple – in God’s House.  But did they? Was the Temple a House for people, or just the House of God?

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THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT 
 

Fear of the unknown

Everyone has some experience of a day of judgement - a reckoning or a verdict - We all know the suspense of waiting for the unknown, the feeling of apprehension, the uncertainty, and the fear.

The Day of God's Judgement

When was the last time that you had to wait for an outcome that you could not predict?
 
Perhaps you have sat an examination and waited for the results to be published, in the knowledge that those results would soon be pinned up on a public notice-board and everyone would know your success or failure. It was failure that you feared and excuses tumbled over excuses in your head as you waited the outcome.
 
Or perhaps you have taken a driving test, when, after months of practice, it took all your courage as you sat in the car, petrified, waiting for the verdict of the examiner.
 

Or perhaps you once applied for a job, were short-listed, and when the interview was over were fretting as you awaited the outcome.

Getting the job was important to you. Worse is the case of the man who had a feeling of discomfort for some time, and, finally, went to the doctor for a check-up. The doctor was uncertain and unwilling to make a diagnosis without a hospital examination, including X-rays and the opinion of the specialist. Now he has to wait the outcome and is fearful of the unknown.

The same kind of fear and apprehension comes to us as we wait the outcome of a moral uncertainty. We know, or think that we have done something wrong and we have "a fearful expectation of judgement".

Think of a boy fearfully waiting for his father to come home from work. It had not been a good day at school and the boy was in a bad mood when he came home. He soon got into an argument with his sister and hit her so hard that her nose began to bleed and she cried for a long time. His mother sent him to his room with the angry words; "You wait there until your father gets". So the boy can only wait in fear.

The inevitability of judgement has brought uncertainty and fear to all of us at some time in our life. With hindsight we can see that judgement seems to have an inexorable quality like a time-bomb ticking away to a pre-determined end - bringing awful consequences on individuals and communities alike.

A day of judgement?

Herculaneum was a popular resort town on the Italian coast. In the First Century AD wealthy Romans went there to indulge in a hedonistic life-style. They wanted continuous and licentious pleasure. Suddenly, on August 24 in AD79 nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted and rained hot lava, ashes and mud on the town and buried it to a depth of 15 m - about 2,000 people perished that day.

Judgement or natural disaster?

Make-up your own mind about that, but the wall paintings and floor mosaics that were preserved in the cataclysm and remain there to this day, give testimony to a life style that would not have pleased Almighty God. We could be excused for thinking that the cataclysm was at God's command.

Judgement on Sodom

Sodom was a prosperous and populated city about 1900 years before Jesus Christ. It was situated close to the Dead Sea on the Israeli-Jordanian border but its precise location is one of those unsolved mysteries that experts have tried to solve. The inhabitants perished in a disaster that may have been of volcanic origin. The city was totally destroyed. We know something about the people who lived there because the story of its destruction is recorded in the Bible.

Firstly as a warning that God's judgements are final and have terrible consequences on those who mock Him or live depraved lives and, secondly, as a record of God's loving care for those who love Him and live a righteously. Lot was Abraham's nephew and travelling companion, until their herds increased to such an extent that there was insufficient grazing for both herds and there was a danger of friction between them. They parted, and Lot chose to move to the fertile area near to Sodom.

"Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD" (Genesis 13:10).

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The LOGIC of Faith - The Inspiration of Scripture

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The Evidence of Peter
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Inspiration
To anyone studying the Bible it is of vital importance to know where the ideas in the Bible came from. If they are merely the opinions of ancient clerics then they are of historical interest but there is no need to take them especially seriously today. If, on the other hand, they represent the words of a higher authority, then they provide a guide to life that must not be ignored.

The Bible makes claims for itself. For example:
2 Timothy 3:16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

This passage tells us that the Bible is inspired by God. However, to understand this claim it is necessary to decide what is meant by the word inspiration.

The phrase "given by inspiration of God" in this passage translates one word from the original Greek, the word theopneustos. This word only occurs once in the Bible and is not found in Greek literature outside the Bible (apart from later commentaries on this passage). It appears to have been derived from two other words, the word theos, which means "God", and the word pneustos, which means "breathed" (but is related to the word pneuma which means "breath" and also "spirit"). One can thus conclude that the word means that the scriptures were brought about by the action of God's Spirit.

To see the detail of this one needs, however, to look at further passages.

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The Evidence of Peter

2 Peter 1:19-21We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which ye do well that ye take heed, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

In this passage Peter is referring to the witnesses available to show that the apostles were teaching a true message. The first witness Peter describes is the apostles who were eyewitnesses of the doings and words of Jesus but this, he tells us, is supported by the certain evidence of the Old Testament Scriptures. He goes on to tell us that these cannot be interpreted haphazardly; they have a definite meaning of their own because they are given by God and not by the will of man. The prophets spoke what was given them by the Holy Spirit. This means that the words of the scriptures are the words of God.

This picture extends not only to the Old Testament and to the words of Jesus. According to the writings of Peter, the New Testament Epistles are also Scripture:

2 Peter 3:15-16And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him hath written to you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.

This passage refers to the letters of Paul alongside other Biblical writings. It calls these the other scriptures which means that the letters of Paul were also considered scriptures in exactly the same way as the Old Testament.

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The Evidence of the Prophets

In the Old Testament prophets often introduce their revelations by words similar to these:

Jeremiah 2:1-2Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD...

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To be ACCEPTED by God we must have ‘HUMILITY’

Humility

1 Peter 5-7

5Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

The humble vs the proud?

Why is God so much against human pride?

What is it about pride that makes it so wrong?

Our correct understanding of this is so important, that God saw fit to provide for us the book of Job, which deals solely with this very issue.

Bro Lovelock in his consideration of Job says "The book of Job presents an acute study of human nature" and in doing so, it also demonstrates clearly our position before the OMNIPOTENCE and OMNISCIENCE of God.

job and 3 friendsJob suffered the terrible loss of all his possessions, all his children and then was inflicted with "boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown" ie. head.

This terrible trial came upon Job that he along with his 3 friends and us, might come to see clearly how it is that we, despite our low estate and all our faults, can still present ourselves before God and be accepted by Him.

 

The Book of Job by Lovelock - page 23-24 reads as follows:

"The book if Job presents an acute study of human nature, and the structure and setting forms a masterly treatment of that subject unequalled in any literature for both dramatic effect and depth of perception. The prologue enables us, standing outside of the temporal frame of Job and his friends, to view the complete circumstances of his sufferings. To the characters in the drama, however, the sufferings of Job are inexplicable, and each endeavours to find a rational explanation for their occurrence. Each is fully persuaded that his mental acuity has already made him master of the principle of life, and each endeavours to explain the facts in terms of his own philosophy, never doubting that his wisdom is unquestionable. Job, conscious of his abstinence from the gross evils of life, sees only one solution - that God is unjust or uncaring for man: the friends, fully persuaded of divine justice, see only gross sin in the life of Job as a possible reason. Not one suspects that his own understanding of the problem may be at fault, and in this "pride of intellect" we see one of our most insidious weaknesses portrayed by a pen of genius."

In summary we could say that the Book of Job is all about HUMAN PRIDE!

In Job it was the PRIDE of self righteousness.

In his three friends it was the PRIDE of self Intellect.

Into these two categories we could put all the iniquity of HUMAN PRIDE.

Pride is by far the hardest of the three evils in us all, to overcome, and failure on our part to do so will make us unacceptable to God, as God's rebuke of Job and his three friends illustrates.

Here is a great warning to us all. We could all benefit greatly from a study of the book of Job in our preparation for Christ's return and Judgement.

The opposite to PRIDE is HUMILITY, and this is a quality that all true Sons and Daughters of God most learn to develop. Humility is a prerequisite to God Manifestation which is the express purpose of God in all those He calls.

How can we fully appreciate the need to manifest the characteristics of God, until we've first come to realise that all that is in us is evil before God.

We can't even begin to become acceptable to God until we've acknowledged our utter unworthiness and repented.

God's appointed DAY of Judgement for the world is to be "upon every one that is proud and haughty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low" says Isaiah (2:12).                    

God answers Job in Chapters 38-42, and this Divine answer falls naturally into two closely related sections,

1st. 38:2-40:5                 

2nd. 40:7-42:6

Each of these is prefaced by a challenge to Job, and concluded by a confession from Job.

Generalising we might say that the first section is concerned with the OMNIPOTENCE of God, and the second with His OMNISCIENCE.

Elihu in his contribution emphasized the sin of pride, although he himself was by no means exempt from it, as his reasoning illustrates, but the whole answer of God forms a true comment on this matter.

God's answer is a series if pride-shattering questions designed to reduce all human wisdom to a state of awed humility.

Whilst God's answer is intended to be soul searching, as a God of love, God's answer was not designed to be soul-shattering, but rather a gentle education by which Job's zeal for God could be corrected, resulting in his acceptance with God.

God's answer therefore, stresses human ignorance and inability to question and judge - it is human lack that is highlighted, rather than Divine super-abundance.

That God presents Himself as a God of love is further born out by a comparison between the reasoning of Job's friends and God's presentations of Himself and His creative works.

Again in The Book of Job by Lovelock we read:

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Why we Believe the Biblebelieve

The Bible is a remarkable collection of books. It contains huge amounts of evidence that it was written under inspiration by God. Here are just two brief examples.

Prophecy

There are many prophecies in the Bible, and they are there for a reason - to show us that the Bible was written by God. Consider the history of the Jews. Once they lived in Israel. Then the land was invaded and the Jews were dispersed for nearly 2000 years. Despite their subsequent persecution they were never destroyed. Then they began to return to the land of Israel. Whatever your feelings about the rights and wrongs of that branch of Middle Eastern politics you cannot doubt that Jewish history has been remarkable. It is even more remarkable when you consider that all of their history was recorded in advance in the Bible.

Before entering the Land of Israel the Children of Israel (as the Jews are sometimes called) were told that if they were obedient they would live in the land in peace and prosperity. If they were disobedient, however, "the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other" (Deuteronomy 28:64). Despite being scattered they would never be completely destroyed:

"Though I make full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you"

Eventually the Jews were to be regathered and returned to Israel:

"I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel" (Ezekiel 11:17).

Ezekiel 37 is also interesting in this context verses 1-14:

"1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD."

 

How could a man have written this without the help of God? It would have been impossible.
 
Jesus Christ
 

Just as nobody could have written the history of Israel in advance, nobody could have invented Christ. The nature of his life is proof that he really existed!

The first men and women to be followers of Christ were, by in large, persecuted because of their beliefs. These are the very people who would have invented Christ had he been invented. Why would they have invented something that lead to their persecution? Not even the leaders of the early Church escaped: in fact they suffered most. Among other torments Paul was lashed at least 5 times, beaten three times and even stoned once. (2 Corinthians 11:24-25). Why would Paul have allowed himself to suffer so much because of his preaching if Christ had been invented? Far from being deluded himself it is usually Paul that is accused of inventing Christ.

The early followers of Christ did lead non-violent lifestyles, as Christ commanded (see Matthew 5:39), which would hardly have been a sensible thing to do in the brutal Roman Empire. The Apostles would not have invented the story of Christ's resurrection because they suffered for it and would have known that they would have suffered for it.

The only reasonable explanation is that Christ really did exist.

AND IF THIS IS SO, THEN THERE IS GREAT PURPOSE TO LIFE IN HIS MESSAGE OF HOPE!

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God's Holy SpiritTHE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED

On Holy Ground

This is a subject to be approached with reference and awe. God's Holy Spirit cannot be seperated from God himself. It is His mind, His character, His word and His breath. Very simply the Holy Spirit is God's power by which he created the world, sustains his creation, controls world governments and the lives of believers today. And it is so much more than this!

What does "spirit" mean?

The Hebrew word translated as "spirit" in the Old Testament strictly means "breath" or "power"; thus God's spirit is His "breathing", the very essence of God, reflecting His mind. It is not a separate person from God. It is a common Bible teaching that how a man thinks is expressed in his actions (Prov. 23:7; Mt. 12:34). A little reflection upon our own actions will confirm this; we think of something and then we do it. God likewise thinks and therefore does things: "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand" (NIV, Isaiah 14:24).

The Holy Spirit of God moved on the face of the EarthMany passages clearly identify God's spirit with His power. In order to create the earth, "…the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (NIV,Gen. 1:2,3). God's spirit was the power by which all things, e.g. light, were made.

A comparison of Mt. 12:28 and Lk. 11:20 shows that "the finger of God" and "the spirit of God" are parallel - God in action is His spirit. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and their starry host by the breath of His mouth" (Ps. 33:6). God's spirit is therefore described as follows:

  1. His breath
  2. His word
  3. His finger
  4. His hand

It is therefore His power by which He achieves all things. The spirit given to us, and all creation, is what sustains our life. We have "the breath of the spirit of life" within us (AV,Gen. 7:22 ) given to us by God at birth (Ps. 104:30; Gen. 2:7). God is the life force which sustains all creation, His spirit is present everywhere (Ps. 139:2,7,9,10).

An understanding of the true God and His very real presence all around us by His spirit can totally change our concept of life. We are surrounded by the spirit, constantly witnessing its actions, which reveal God to us.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

At various times in His dealings with men, God gave the use of His power ("Holy Spirit") to men. However, this was never in the form of a "blank cheque", as it were, enabling them to do what they wished; always the use of this Holy Spirit was for a specific purpose. When it was accomplished, the gift of the Holy Spirit was withdrawn. We must remember that God's spirit acts in a way which fulfils the purpose which is in His mind. The gifts of Holy Spirit were always to achieve specific things at specific times. Here is an example:

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Who will enter God’s Kingdom on Earth?

Some people who profess to be Christian’s believe that they are ‘saved’ now and that all that remains is for them to beKingdom 1 taken to heaven upon death.  But heaven as a place of reward does not exist and is not taught anywhere in the Bible – check it out, search “heaven” in a concordance in the Bible and see what you can find, but having done this I can tell you right now that you will not find a passage anywhere that teaches you that you are going to heaven as a place of reward for serving God now??

And if this is not taught in the Bible why would you believe it?  Yes I know churches teach this along with a lot of other false teaching, but if it is not taught in the Bible why would you believe it?

In fact if you go to Genesis 1:6-8 we read this:

“6 And God said, Let there be a firmament (Hebrew sig. ‘expanse’) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters (seas, rivers and lakes) which were under the firmament from the waters (the upper atmosphere where a large band of water resided to protect the earth from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the Sun) which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

So from this we are taught that God called the expanse between the waters below and the waters above “Heaven”.  This is the atmosphere between the waters of the earth and the waters of the high altitude atmosphere that God made to surround the earth in the beginning.

The reality of True Bible Teaching is that we all will die, and that only those baptized (fully immersed) into Christ and who live a life of obedience to Christ will be resurrected from the grave. 

This leads us to ask the question:  Who will be saved then?

Well the Apostle Paul told people that previously did not know the Truth of the Gospel Message that they were “…aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world…”

Here it is in Ephesians 2:11-13

“11 Wherefore remember, that yebeing in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

You believe in God’s Kingdom to be established on earth and you believe you are serving God as obediently as you can, but will you be found worthy to enter God’s Kingdom on Earth?

Will everyone who professes belief in God be saved?

The bible does not give us this assurance, in fact to the contrary it says that “few shall be saved”

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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.

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