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God's Plan for You

God's Plan for this World and You

 

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

 

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

 

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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

Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

Are mainstream Christian teachings correct?


The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.


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

 

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

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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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Good Government and a Perfect World

What makes a Good Government that leads to a Perfect World?TRUE GOVERNMENT

When Jesus returns to the earth, he will set up a new world order. Not the despotic regime of a cruel tyrant nor the vacillating weakness caused by constant political pandering. Jesus will be the good, caring king over a united earth, ruling by the principles of God.

Perfect government will create a world of wonderful conditions for those privileged to live in it, wherever they are.

Let’s consider this coming world order in a little more detail.

Good Government

A common theme in political election campaigns is ‘good government’, or the ability of rulers to apply sound principles across their remit, for the good of all. It seems that many people have lost faith in human governments to achieve this. Turnouts in elections are often very low: 66% in the recent UK General Election was viewed as a ‘bumper year’.

In popular surveys, politicians seem to be less recognised and less trusted than celebrities! Many families and individuals throughout the world are struggling with life and want support from their government in the basics:

paying the bills, educating their children, being looked after if they are ill. If that support seems absent, they will inevitably become cynical. The great news is that good government is at the core of the kingdom which is coming.

And not just ‘good’: the rulership will be God-given and follow His principles.

When Jesus returns, he will set up the worldwide government of the Kingdom of God:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him…” (Matthew 25:31–32).

We are given a picture of the quality of the government in Isaiah 11:1-2:

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 11:1–2).

This form of rulership is not like today’s leaders, however well-intentioned they may be.

Justice

If we continue to read Isaiah chapter 11 (vs. 3–4), we shall see that this results in justice for everyone. Jesus will not be fooled by clever lawyers or influenced by the wealthy and powerful, but will judge with true  fairness, providing support for all who need it.

He will not be weak though, and he will not tolerate wickedness or opposition to his benign rule. The impact of this is amazing:

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9).

Now that really is a world to live in!

Education

educationEducation is really important. Having education provided is a great benefit,  and the quality and content of that provision is a big talking point for those who have children or are just interested in the development of young people. So in the coming Kingdom, what will people be learning about?

One place we can look for the answer is Isaiah 2:1–3. Here we are presented with a picture of the peoples of the world coming to Jerusalem, to learn from God’s appointed king. The ‘syllabus’ is described as follows:

Many people shall come and say,  “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:3).

The people of the world – young and old – will be learning about God, His laws and His purpose. Putting these into practice will contribute to the perfect world in which they will live.

Defence

Defence tends to be a huge preoccupation for most governments.

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WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DIE?

die1The constantly repeated message of the Gospel is the way to eternal life is through the work of Christ. Those obedient to God's commands will spend immortality in a state of perfection ~ the reward for righteousness. This being the only immortality of which the Bible speaks, it follows that the conscious eternal suffering for wrongdoing is without Biblical support.

Immortality Conditional

Immortality (living forever) is conditional, and is not something which we naturally possess, as the following passages prove:

  • "Christ has … brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:10; 1 John 1:2).
  • "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life (inherent) in you. Whoever eats My flesh … has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:53-54) - to give him this "eternal life". Christ's reasoning throughout John chapter 6 is that He is the "bread of life", and that only through correct response to him, is there immortality (John 6:47, 50, 51, 57, 58).
  • "God hath given to us (believers) eternal life, and this life is in his Son" (1 John 5:11). There can be no hope of immortality for those not "in Christ". Only through Christ has immortality been made possible; He is the "the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (Hebrews 5:9, Acts 3:15 A.V. mg.). Therefore immortality for men came through the work of Christ.
  • The true believer seeks for immortality, and will be rewarded by the gift of eternal life - something he does not naturally possess (Rom. 2:7; 6:23; John 10:28). Our mortal body "must put on immortality" at the return of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53); thus immortality is something promised, not now possessed (1 John 2:25).
  • God alone has inherent immortality (1 Timothy 6:16).

What is the Soul?

In the light of the foregoing it ought to be inconceivable that man has an 'immortal soul'. The Hebrew 'Nephesh' and Greek 'Psuche', which are translated 'soul' in the Bible are also translated as: body, breath, creature, heart, mind, person, himself. The 'soul' therefore refers to the person, body or self.

Man & Beast

There is no difference between man and animals in our fundamental nature and death:

  • "For what happens to the sons of men also happens to beasts: one thing befalls them (note the double emphasis): as one dies, so dies the other … man has no advantage over beasts … All (i.e. man and animals) go to one place (the grave): all are from the dust, and all return to dust" (Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20).

Death of the Soul

A very basic fact is that all "living creatures" eventually die. About a third of the words translated 'soul', are associated with the death and destruction of the soul. This shows that the soul cannot be something which is immortal. For example:

  • "The soul who sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4).
  • God can destroy the soul. "fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body" (Matthew 10:28 See also Ezekiel 22:27; Proverbs 6:32; Leviticus 23:30).
  • Frequently the Law commanded that any "soul" which disobeyed certain laws should be killed (e.g. Numbers 15:27-31).
  • Christ "poured out his soul unto death" (Isaiah 53:12) so that his "soul" or life, was made "an offering for sin" (Isaiah 53:10).

That the 'soul' refers to the person or body rather than some immortal spark within us is shown by the majority of verses where the word occurs. Some examples:

  • "The blood of the souls" (Jeremiah 2:34)
  • "if a soul sin ... if a soul touch any unclean thing ... if a soul swear" (Leviticus 5:1-4 A.V. See also Psalm 103:1, 2, 5)
  • "For whoever desires to save his life (soul) will lose it, but whoever loses his life (soul) for My sake … shall save it." (Mark 8:35)

This is proof that the soul does not refer to any spiritual element within man; here, 'soul' just means one's physical life.

The Spirit Of Man

The Hebrew ('Ruach') and Greek ('Pneuma') words for 'spirit' are also translated in the following ways: life, spirit, mind, wind, breath.

God uses His spirit to preserve the natural creation. The spirit of God within man is therefore the life force within him, as these verses demonstrate:

  • "The body without the spirit is dead" (James 2:26).
  • God "breathed into his (Adam's) nostrils the breath (spirit) of life; and man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7).

The spirit of life is given to us at birth, and remains as long as our body is alive.

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Where did God come from?

An interesting science based answer for God.Where did God come from?

"Where did God come from?"or "Who made God?" are classic questions asked by sincere children and hostile unbelievers alike. They are questions often asked with the intention of stopping us in our tracks and unfortunately, they do.  Before I begin an attempt to answer this question, I must state the following. The person asking this question, although he may be sincere, does not know God. He does not have a clue as to who God really is and often mistakenly applies the attributes of creaturehood to the Creator in an attempt to put God in the tiny box of his own brain (Psalm 50:21 ).

God did not need to be made. He has the power of Being within Himself. "It is precisely this concept of no origin which distinguishes that-which-is-God from whatever is not God." A. W. Tozer said.

When this question is asked by a child, its good because it shows that their mind is working logically. Everything that is made needs to have a Maker.  This is what we observe in nature. When an older person asks this question, they are unknowingly admitting their own creaturehood. This acknowledging that there must be a higher being than themselves, with the power to create out of nothing! The only question is, Is this being nature itself or God?  However, the God of the Bible claims to be self-existent and independent from the creation that is derived from Him as is revealed in the Bible:

Genesis 1:1

"1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

Psalm 90:1,2

"1  Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thouart God."

Psalm 102:25-27

"25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavensare the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 27 But thouart the same, and thy years shall have no end."

Isaiah 40:28-31

"28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and tothem that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renewtheir strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint."

Now back to the question, is the Creator nature or God?  Logic and science tell us that something can't come from nothing! If you believe otherwise the burden of proof is on you! You can look as deep as you want into science and you cannot escape the fact that nothing cannot create something.  Since something can't come from nothing, then if something exists now, then something has always existed! Is it God or matter? 

This is THE question of origins.  I don't have the time or the scientific knowledge to write a book on the problems of the eternal matter position.  Allow me to make a few points that anyone can understand.

1.    The first law of thermodynamics states that matter and or energy cannot be created or destroyed.  So far our observation of matter has shown that it does not have the power to create itself.  This is a problem because the universe (all matter) displays incredible design, but matter itself displays no mechanism for design, just a necessity to be acted on by outside forces to design it.  (Does a tornado in a junkyard create a 7-47?)

2.    The usable energy in the universe is running down. If it were to continue running down infinitely, we would have run out of energy infinitely long ago! Thus the universe must have had a beginning from an outside power-source not subject to the laws of nature as declared in the Bible "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," Genesis 1:1, and as stated in Hebrews 1:10-12 "10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."

3.    If you believe that matter is eternal, then obviously God could be also, so you can't even ask the question, "Where did God come from?"

In conclusion, all the laws of science point to the need for an uncaused first cause. God claims to be the uncaused first cause. God has the power of existence within himself, and that is what makes Him God.  God is not subject to the laws of nature. The laws of nature which can be observed independently of God are declared in the Bible:

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A Pearl of Great Price

When a change of approach proved necessary, Jesus began to teach using parables. His message about a comingA Pearl of Great Price kingdom on earth was encouraging some Jewish nationalists to imagine that he was about to head a revolutionary movement which would sweep away the occupying Roman force and establish a Jewish State again. They wanted Jesus to be their king, but he had been given a very different job specification by his Father.

Coming Kingdom

Jesus will come as a king and will rule over God’s Kingdom on earth, as the Scriptures clearly promise:

Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.

Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land (Isaiah 32:1–2).

To ensure there would be people in that Kingdom with him, Jesus came as a Saviour and his remit was to give his life as a sacrifice for sin, which would be effective for saving “his people” (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus did not want that message to be lost amidst nationalistic fervour, so he taught by parables to make people think about what they really wanted and needed. Many parables were about the Kingdom of God: on one day alone he used eight different parables to describe aspects of the Kingdom, focusing upon the attitude of mind and heart that is necessary for people to gain access.

Seeking and Finding

Among the eight parables Jesus taught were two about seeking and finding.

Before his change to teaching in parables, Jesus had taught that his followers should:

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The Fear of the LORD

All the books in the Bible are important, but each of them has a particular way of conveying a message from God.fear1

❖Some are prophetic in character, detailing events that were or are to come to pass.

❖Some are mainly narrative: telling the story of an individual or the nation of Israel, showing the way in which God communicated to His people along the way.

❖Some are books of poetry, like the Psalms that were the hymn books used by God’s people when they were worshipping in the land.

❖Others are books of wisdom and proverbial sayings – like the Book of Proverbs, most of which was written by wise King Solomon.

Add them all together and you have a very diverse library of books from God, suited to all our circumstances and inclinations and designed to get across the essential things we need to know about God’s love for each of us and His desire to work with us, as we embark on a spiritual journey through life.

Proverbial Sayings

fear2In March 1933, during the Great Depression, Franklin D Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States and in his inauguration address he made the following comment, which has since become famous:

“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”

His aim was to give the nation new hope and he wanted to encourage people to go forward with a measure of optimism and enthusiasm, despite the grim economic situation. His analysis was shrewd, for he perceived that if people were too afraid to try anything new, nothing would get done.

Of course, people who are absolutely fearless are just as bad. They never assess the risk, but go forward regardless, hoping for the best. That is another way of achieving nothing worthwhile. There has to be a middle course. A measure of concern and anxiety is no bad thing; too much of it renders a person powerless. And what is true in national politics or in family life is equally true when we think about our spiritual life – how to live with God and to be responsive to His Word. The inspired writer says:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10).

What Sort of Fear?

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The Wisdom of This World

“We must welcome diversity”, urged the tutor running a training course.The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God

“Some people are black and some are white; some people are allergic to nuts while others love them; some people like cheese and others don’t; some people prefer one style of life and others another. Each is equally valid.

Just because someone is different from you doesn’t make them better or worse.”

Limited Diversity

Nowadays messages like this are common. While the argument is appealing, that does not make it correct. Independent of any Biblical evidence, the argument of the trainer has limitations. I might thoroughly enjoy beating up old ladies, but most people would argue that I do not have a right to do this just because it gives me pleasure.

So how do we decide where to draw the line? For example, is it sufficient to say (as some do) that an action is acceptable as long as it doesn’t harm another person, or if it does more good than harm?

If we tried to answer such questions by thought and philosophy then we could, and probably would, all come to different conclusions. Society changes its position: activities deemed illegal a few decades ago are positively encouraged nowadays. So how do we really know right from wrong?

Bible Teaching

The wisdom of this World?The Bible has the answer. God made us differently, whether that’s the colour of our skin or our different allergies. Yet none of that matters in relation to our salvation; as the apostle Paul explained. With God:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

However, the Bible teaches very clearly that in matters of behaviour we are responsible for our choices and that some choices are simply wrong because they are against what God asks of us.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19–21).

We are also told that we are very limited in terms of the knowledge we can deduce for ourselves. This does not mean medical knowledge or advances in technology, but morality.

We cannot even learn this from experience, because God asks us to do what pleases Him, not what pleases us.

“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool...” (Proverbs 28:26).

“...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14-15).

The Bible says that God’s moral standards are alien to us:

‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8–9).

Because this is so we need things to be revealed by God, not deduced by us. The wisdom of this world is “foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). After all, human reasoning perpetrated the worst crime in history – the murder of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Healthy Living

We are always being told how we should live if we want to be healthy.Living Healthy?  Why not LIVE FOREVER?

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables every day, give up smoking, drink less alcohol, take more exercise.

We must all be familiar with such good advice but how much we pay attention to it is up to us! There is no doubt that a sensible, balanced life-style guards against many illnesses and malfunctions of the body.

Live Longer?

With the advantages of a good diet and access to modern medicines we humans, especially in the West, are living longer – often well beyond the allotted ‘three score years and ten’.

But the crux of the matter is that our bodies are not designed to live for ever – not in our present state anyway.

Whether we live more or less than 70 years, we will all die one day. The Bible explains this in the clearest possible terms:

“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19);

“For all our days have passed away in your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh. The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:9–10);

“For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).

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‘‘Blessed is the man......’’

The first psalm is the perfect introduction to the Book of Psalms. It sets before us two ways of Blessed is the man... who walks in God's waysthinking, two ways of living: two mindsets, as we say these days.

The Blessed

One kind of person is blessed by God; but his or her mindset is first described in a negative kind of way.

There are things he doesn’t do:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful… (Psalm 1:1)

❖ He doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly. There are people who go out of their way to do evil things, to be successful in a worldly sense, to be powerful or wealthy and pleasure-seeking without regard to how God would have them live.

❖ Nor does he stand in the way of sinners – people who sin deliberately or are easy-going in their living, not caring about God’s way.

❖ Nor does he join in the scoffing and scorn of those who treat God’s Word with contempt and are happy to ignore it, an all too common attitude in today’s busy world.

So what is he like, this man who is blessed by God, and how does he think?

The man of God "shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water..."His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper (Psalm 1:2–3).

‘His delight is in the law of the Lord’.

We would think of this today as the whole teaching of God and of the Lord Jesus. How often we read this word ‘delight’ in the Psalms!  David, who wrote many of the psalms, delighted in the Word of God and treasured it. We are told to take delight in the LORD and he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4).

In another psalm we read of one who was to come who would ‘delight to do your will, O my God,’ words that are prophetic of Jesus (Psalm 40:8).

Do we delight in God’s Word?

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Jesus is the Only Priest We Need

The evidence that Jesus was raised from the dead is very strong. His followers had not believed that he would die, and when he did they were in complete despair. Yet, within a few weeks they were shouting the message all around Jerusalem that Jesus was alive again.

❖ What had given them such conviction and certainty, and

❖ Who had told them what to do?

It was the risen Lord who convinced them he was alive and this is what he asked them to do:Jesus is our only ONE and True Priest

“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18–20).

What a remarkable statement that was, and is! Jesus has all authority in both heaven and earth. Even the angels are subject to him (see Hebrews 1:6). This gives Jesus the power to guide our lives towards God, if we truly give ourselves to him.

Good News for All

The resurrection of Jesus wasn’t just good for the disciples; it is good news for all of us, if we believe what Jesus said. During the forty days when he instructed his disciples, before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said this:

“All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me … It was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” … Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:44–53).

The apostles did as Jesus instructed them. They told everyone that Jesus had won the battle over sin and over death and that their Lord was now alive forever. He, and only he, could make it possible for others to live forever like him, and he would do this for them when he returned. To prove it, Jesus gave the power of the Holy Spirit to his apostles so that they could heal people miraculously, as Jesus had done. Thus Peter and John healed a man who had never been able to walk, and then said:

“Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man stands here before you whole … Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10–12).

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Bible Teaching About GOD

Bible Teaching About GOD

From the Bible     God is One - a unity

      Deut. 6:4      :    “Hear, O Israel; the LORD our God is one LORD.”

                     Isa. 43:10, 11:   “…Before Me there was no God formed, neither

                                              shall there be after Me.  I, even I, am the LORD;

                                              and beside Me there is no saviour.”

                     Isa. 44:8       :    “…Is there a God beside Me?  Yea there is no God;

                                               I know not any.”

                     Isa. 45:5       :    “I am the LORD, and there is none else.  There is

                                              no God beside Me…”

                     Isa. 46:9       :    “…For I am God and there is none else; I am God

                                              and there is none like Me.”

 From the BibleDavid, Jesus and Paul agree with this

  2 Sam. 7:22  :    “Wherefore Thou art great O LORD God; for there

                                              is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside

                                              Thee...”

                     Mark 12:29  :     “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the

                                              commandments is, Hear O Israel, the Lord our God

                                              is one Lord.”

                     Eph. 4:6       :     “One God and Father of all, Who is above all and

                                              through all and in you all.”

                     1Tim. 2:5      :    “For there is one God, and one mediator between

                                              God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

From the Bible    He had no beginning and will have no ending

     Psa. 90:2      :    “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever

                                              Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even

                                              from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.”

From the Bible    Heaven is His dwelling-place

      1Kings 8:30  :     “…And hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place;

                                               and when Thou hearest, forgive.”

                     Psa. 102:19  :    “For He hath looked down from the height of His

                                               sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the

                                               earth.”

                     Psa. 123:1    :    “Unto Thee lift I up mine eyes, O Thou that

                                               dwellest in the heavens.”

                     Matt. 6:9       :    “After this manner therefore pray ye; Our Father

                                               which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.”

From the Bible     But He fills all space by His Spirit

     Psa. 139:7    :    “Whither shall I go from Thy spirit?  or whither

                                               shall I flee from Thy presence?”  (whole chapter

                                               shoudl be read)

                     Jer. 23:24     :    “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall

                                               not see him? saith the LORD.  Do not I fill heaven

                                               and earth?”

From the Bible     He is all-powerful and all-knowing

     Psa. 147:5    :    “Great is our Lord and of great power; His under-

                                               standing is infinite.”

                     Isa. 40:28     :    “...there is no searching of His understanding.”

                     Isa. 46:10     :    “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from

                                               ancient times, the things that are not yet done,

                                               saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all

                                               My pleasure.”

                    Acts 15:18     :    “Known unto God are all His works from the

                                               beginning of the world.”                                          

From the Bible     He is the Creator and Sustainer of all Creation

      Gen 1:1        :    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the

                                               earth.”

                     Ps. 33:6        :    “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made;

                                               and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”

                     Ps.124:8       :    “Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made

                                               heaven and earth.”

                     Acts 17:24    :    “God that made the world and all things therein...”

From the Bible    His great Purpose with the Earth

      Hab. 2:14     :    “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of

                                              glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

                      Num. 14:21  :    “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled

                                              with the glory of the LORD.”

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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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