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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

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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Where was the Cradle of the Earth?

Of the various theories put forth regarding the whereabouts of the Biblical Garden of Eden only two are credible because they are based on the source of the history – the Bible.

The popularized theory fixes Eden in Iraq – Babylonia – near the mouth of the Euphrates.

This traditional site, embedded in the minds of man and child over the ages, is generally accepted as a truth not open to question. However a recent theory, set forth by geologist/author Gaines R. Johnson, declares with certainty deduced from the topology, that Adam and Eve and the centre of the Garden of Eden were somewhere at or very near geographical Jerusalem.1 Two conflicting theories that locate Eden either in Babylon or in Jerusalem – both based on identical scripture – need investigation.

Eastward in Eden

In the beginning God planted a Garden ‘Eastward in Eden’ (KJV). In the NIV:

“He planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed” (Genesis 2:8).

In this garden were many trees, including the tree of Knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of Life, both integral to the destiny of man. After the fall, Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden, ‘lest they take of the tree of Life, and eat, and live forever’ (Genesis 3:22), the promise of immortality thus being withheld until God’s kingdom comes. A river flowed out of Eden parting into four headwaters: Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel (Tigris) and Euphrates, the latter two extant to this day.

The Cradle of the Earth - Where was it?This description does not tell us much. Is Eden due east of the Mediterranean Sea, or does it lie further east in Mesopotamia, near the mouth of the Euphrates? The Bible will support both interpretations. Historians and scholars have traditionally taken the latter view, locating the Garden in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) – ancient Babylonia. However, they base their conclusion on evidence that does not take into account the disruptions of the great flood that enveloped and devastated the whole known world some 1600 years after creation.

The deluge transformed everything, generating awesome geological changes. Simultaneously the fountains of the great deep were broken up, coming up out of the earth, and the windows of heaven opened (Genesis 7:11). Heavy, steady rain continued forty days and forty nights, the waters ever increasing until both hills and mountains were covered. Waters continued for five months so that every living thing was destroyed from the face of the earth, vastly altering the geological landscape.

It’s possible – yes probable – that the courses of the Tigris and Euphrates were re-routed in the topographical upheaval. In Genesis we note that the Tigris flowed from Eden toward the east (Genesis 2:14).

Today it takes a southerly route, so we know that at least one of these rivers did change course after the Flood.

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Will you Escape or are you just following the Majority?

(A Dangerous Majority)

It was a lovely clear, sunny day and Susan was doing a walk which was new to her. She had no map or Who are you following?compass but brief instructions on a sheet of paper. At the top of a high hill she followed the descent of a large group of ramblers, gathering speed because she wanted to get down before it went dark.

After about half an hour she realised to her consternation that she must be going in the wrong direction. The path was getting wider and wider, but according to her instructions it should have been a very narrow path.

The ramblers were doing a different walk!

Her mistake would have been avoided if, instead of following them, she had used a map and compass.

Susan needed to change direction.

The Majority are often Wrong!

Susan’s mistake was easy to make: she had followed the majority. Many people have commented that the majority can be wrong. For example Mark Twain said: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”. Scientists and philosophers have voiced similar sentiments.

More importantly, Jesus himself warned that in moral issues following the majority is potentially disastrous.

This is because the majority are heading to destruction:Enter by the narrow gate...

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).

So if we want to be on the right path to salvation we must enter at the "narrow...gate" and be on the "difficult...way which leads to life".

Although not all minorities are right, time after time the majority has been found to be wrong.

❖Noah - In the days of Noah, people were not interested in God and did not believe Noah’s preaching, so when the flood came they were not in the ark when: “a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” (I Peter 3:20). Just eight people listened and were saved from utter destruction!

❖Lot - Later, in the time of Abraham, the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God, and only Lot and his daughters were saved. Even Lot’s wife did not escape (Genesis chapter 19).

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Bible Teaching and Christian Life

There were some people living in Corinth in New Testament times who were sceptics. They did not believe in any other world than this world, they saw no evidence for any other life than this life, and out of this belief they formed this proverb:

“Let us eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.”

They lived lives which were wholly sensual and transient and that way of life arose directly out of their philosophy.

By contrast, the Bible records the lives of many people who were transformed by the things they came to Transformed by the Word of God is a true Christian Lifebelieve, people like the apostle Paul.

He started out as someone who hated the very sound of the name of Jesus of Nazareth and was determined to persecute his followers and have them executed, if need be.

He came to understand differently, however, and became an ardent follower of the Lord Jesus, eventually being executed himself because he would not renounce his beliefs. So what is it about the teachings of the Bible that might change the way we think and thus the way we feel and act? We will look at some of the key teachings of the Bible to test this out.

The Bible Doctrine of Sin

The Bible says that Sin is lawlessness.

It is a clear departing from the will of God. It is coming to the parting of the ways and choosing the way which is wrong. When sin is defined as lawlessness the Bible means that in all this lawful world only one thing is lawless – that is Man. Every other created thing is obedient to the law which has been put upon it by God.

Upon every tulip there is the law of the tulip and when it blossoms forth in all its glory it is obedient to that law, and it does what God intended it to do and therefore gives him glory.

The same is true of every eagle – when it hovers in the sky upon its great wings and hovers over its young, it does that which is true to the law of the eagle and it gives glory to God.

Upon Man there is the law of Manhood, once perfectly revealed by the Man of Nazareth and now enjoined upon those who are made in God’s image. When men turn from that high vision of Manhood and dishonour their nature they do that which is against the law of Manhood – they commit sin and are degraded, for they give God no glory.

Sin is Lawlessness

In all this lawful universe, only man is lawless. This is Sin. It is something with which God cannot compromise.

The awful purity of God does not permit Him to regard sin as something which can be forgotten and overlooked.

It is an obstinate and painful interloper in the world.

Now suppose a person does not believe or accept the Bible doctrine of Sin. Suppose he or she is ready to accept the popular view – that it is after all merely a maladjustment, a failure of education, a lapse, not an offence against God but in some way almost a blessing in disguise. Surely, a person believing this will have his behaviour affected when he is faced with temptation. Under such circumstances and mastered by such a belief – sin becomes easy.

When someone submits to the Bible doctrine of sin, to that extent he or she is fortified against it. He fears the subtlety of sin and avoids the occasions of temptation. When he is tempted he is held back by a realisation of what sin really means.

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God With Us

God With USFirst Century Christians, predominantly Jews, were steeped in the teachings of the ancient Holy Scriptures. They believed God to be in control of the world – a very real presence in their daily lives, and this perception held true through many centuries.

God’s People

Before he set out to deliver the descendants of Jacob from bondage in Egypt, Moses asked God: What shall I say to the children of Israel? What is your name? And God gave him this reply:

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

In view of what the people had seen, both in Egypt and in the wilderness, they approached God with awe and fear. The Old Testament is the record of a close knit family, headed by a God who commanded perfect obedience, the absence of which brought immediate punishment. Now, 2,000 years after Christ, this perception has gradually changed. Grace abounds. The New Testament God of love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy takes precedence over the Old Testament because of what we have seen as a result of the life and death of Jesus Christ.  And yet it is the same God.

The Hope of Israel

Presiding over the building of His earthly kingdom which began with the Exodus from Egypt (c.1447 BC), the ever-present God directed, guided and punished His people. All this was carefully documented for the benefit of truth-seekers both then and now. To ignore these historic books and to discount the Old Testament God is to sever any possible relationship. The option does not exist to prefer the New Testament God – full of love and compassion – as though He is not responsible for the judgments that sweep across the pages of the Old.

For, to many believers, it seems the two Gods – of the Old and New Testaments − can never meet. But meet they must.

The tie that binds the Old to the New Testaments rests in a statement made by the apostle Paul from prison in Rome where he awaited trial. He was then free to preach, and preach he did for two whole years. Calling together the chief Jews, he explained why he had appealed to Caesar:

“For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain” (Acts 28:20).

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JESUS CHRIST – God’s Greatest Gift to US!

New Testament Teaching Jesus Christ - God's Greatest Gift to US!

Let us begin by stating the obvious. Only in the New Testament do we read of Jesus as someone who is alive and taking part in the affairs of human beings living on the earth. And, equally importantly, it is only in the New Testament that we read about the God of heaven being described over and over again as “Father”, a term which is extremely rare in the Old Testament Scriptures.

That does not mean that there is no mention of Jesus in the Old Testament. As the coming Jewish Messiah, much is made of the fact that God would send a Saviour and Deliverer. But the Jewish Scriptures only speak of Jesus in the sense of looking forward to his Coming.

He is not spoken of as already existing, but as someone who would exist one day, when the time was right. Let us look at this more closely.

From the time when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden through to the end of the Old Testament there are repeated prophecies about the future coming of Jesus. Here are some of them.

Old Testament Prophecies

In the Garden of Eden a ‘Seed' – a descendant of Eve – was promised, who would overcome sin and reverse the problem introduced into the world by Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God.

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

In Psalm 22, David wrote about Jesus, using many phrases that pointed forward quite explicitly to the crucifixion. For example “they pierced my hands and my feet” and “They parted my garments among them”.

Once the prophet Isaiah met wicked King Ahaz and made one of the most famous prophecies of the Old Testament. He said that a virgin would one day bear a son:

”Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The prophet Micah predicted that a ruler would come from the town of Bethlehem to reign over the people of Israel , adding something of much interest to our theme.

“You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). This ruler, he says, has been planned from the beginning of time. We will come back to this point later.

Zechariah predicts the entry into Jerusalem by Jesus, an event that occurred just before Jesus was crucified just outside that very city. He too speaks of Jesus as a king but we know from the events themselves that this prophecy is fulfilled when Jesus is about to suffer his greatest trial (see Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:4-5).

None of the men who wrote these things met Jesus. They did not hear his voice; they did not see him crucified; they do not claim that he existed in their time. They all expected him to appear in the future, at a time to be decided by God himself.

Mortality of Jesus

There is an even more important reason for limiting the existence of Jesus to New Testament times. It has to do with the fact that Jesus came into this world to bring salvation to all people. They had become a mortal race because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the removal of the curse could only be done if another human being could obey Him perfectly. Jesus came to do this.

For that to really happen it had to be possible for Jesus to be tempted as other humans were, and it had to be possible for him to disobey. That is exactly what happened. His temptations were absolutely genuine and so were his accomplishments.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Jesus perfectly obeyed his Father and salvation for mankind was accomplished. Jesus rose from the dead and became immortal – the first to rise from the dead never to go back into the grave again.

God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

One of the best known verses in the Bible but also one of the least understood as this verse clearly tells us that God’s greatest gift to mankind was His only dearly begotten son.

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WHO IS GOD?WHO IS GOD?

What the Bible reveals

MANY people say they believe in God but if you ask them what they believe about Him, an almost incredible vagueness emerges. Their general view of God reflects their view of themselves. Most people are inclined to be indulgent towards their own failings and they think of God in the same way: ‘I like to think of God’, they say, ‘as infinitely kind, always forgiving and never condemning anyone, even wrongdoers’. Others say, ‘Well, if God exists, and I do what I think is right, I shall get whatever reward there is’.

This article is written especially for those who confess that they believe in the God worshipped by Christians but who may not have thought much about His nature. What is God like? What are His attributes and characteristics? If we can discover the answers to these questions, it could make a profound difference to the way we revere and worship the Almighty Creator, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Just to give some idea of what follows, we hope to show that God – the God of the Bible – is the eternal Creator, infinitely powerful, holy, just, merciful and loving; a God to be obeyed, who has promised to reward those who try to serve Him faithfully, but who will reveal His wrath to those who reject His ways.

How do we find out about God?

Where do we turn for an understanding of God and His nature? There is only one answer to this question: the Bible. What is the point of turning to human wisdom, which has no authority? In any case, one source of human wisdom will often contradict another, because people down the ages have had so many varied ideas about God. The Bible is a God-given book: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God …” (2 Timothy 3:16); “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

The Bible reveals to us a comprehensive and consistent picture of what God is like. This book can tell us all we need to know about the Almighty God. But there is an important consequence of going to the Bible: we cannot then ignore what it says; we dare not neglect what it tells us about God and His great plan for the earth and for mankind.

God’s self-revelation

So to the Bible let us go. What has it to tell us about God?

This information is not scanty – it is abundant. It commences in the first page of the Bible and is maintained right through to the last, that is to say, all through the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets of the Old Testament, and then through the Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament. But this picture of God is not complicated or confused, for there emerges one outstanding Personality with His own decisive character, closely concerned with the career of the human race and the future of the world. He cannot be relegated to the fringes of human concerns, nor pushed away “somewhere” in the distant heavens, to be conveniently ignored. If men and women do that, the consequences for themselves will be disastrous.

The commonest description in the Bible of the nature of God is “everlasting”. Consider these examples:

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” (Psalm 90:2)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)

“The LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King …” (Jeremiah 10:10)

Here is a quality of existence entirely outside our experience. Indeed God indicates so Himself through His prophet:

“The Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.” (Isaiah 31:3)

Here there is an obvious contrast between “men / flesh” and “God / spirit”. God’s nature is “Spirit”, and forms therefore an absolute contrast with human nature, which is limited in mind, weak in character, and perishing in death.

God is eternal

The most explicit descriptions in the New Testament are from the Apostle Paul:

“Now unto the King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17, RV)

“He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honour and everlasting power. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15,16)

It is remarkable that in these descriptions the two most explicit terms about God’s nature are expressed as negatives. He is “incorruptible” (not corrupting) and “immortal” (not dying). God has a “nature” the direct opposite of “human flesh”. So He is “eternal”, literally “of the ages” (RV margin). It is significant that Paul uses this term three times in one verse: “… to the King eternal (of the ages) … be glory for ever and ever” (unto the ages of the ages – RV margin). How impressed he must have been with the thought of the everlasting nature of God.

The greatness of God

The sheer supremacy of God and the glory which should be ascribed to Him by puny mankind is a constant theme throughout Scripture. It was well expressed by David, King of Israel:

“Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:10,11)

Greatness … power … glory … victory … majesty … all in heaven and earth … kingdom … exalted … head over all. We do well to read slowly through these terms to appreciate David’s profound sense of the majestic supremacy of God. It was shared by the Apostle Paul, as we have seen.

This deep conviction of God’s supreme majesty is shared by all the faithful of Old Testament times. Now we should not neglect the Old Testament, for in it are revealed the foundations of the character of God, basic truths about Him which are confirmed and expanded in the New Testament. Furthermore it was to Israel that was granted the great revelation of God’s supremacy over all the gods of mankind in the stirring events of their Exodus from Egypt. The Israelites saw the effects of the plagues upon the Egyptians and witnessed their own deliverance at the crossing of the Red Sea. Moses put it very strikingly forty years later:

“For ask now concerning the days that are past … whether any great thing like this has happened … Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders … according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?” (Deuteronomy 4:32-34)

Upon this open demonstration of His power and salvation on their behalf, God based His appeal for their service towards Him:

You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people …” (Exodus 19:4,5)

Notice particularly here that God’s appeal for faith in Himself was solidly based not upon His moral excellence (of which He would give plenty of evidence later on), but upon the demonstration of His supremacy over the greatest pagan system on earth at the time (the Egyptian). This is reinforced when God reveals through Moses His Law for Israel, for the very first clause begins:

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” (Exodus 20:2)

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Living in Harmony with God

From a physical point of view all the creatures that were created by God are equal. The ‘breath’ or ‘spirit’ of life is in all of them, mankind included, so that “man has no advantage over Living in Harmony with Godanimals, for all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 3:19).

In another way, however, men and women are unique.

"God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

The word ‘image’ describes one thing that is like something else, a resemblance. So God made a being that was more like Himself than the animals are: one that could desire companionship with the Creator.

Friendship with God

Unlike other animals, men and women can think about the reasons for things.

We can think about the past and learn lessons from our experiences, and then record them in words and pictures.

We can think about the universe and the future and about God Himself.

We can consider the effects that our words and actions have on other human beings.

We can examine the evidence that the Bible is right and that it really is God’s message to us. Especially, unlike other animals, we can want to be more like our Creator. We have been given consciences to help us to check whether we are doing right or wrong – becoming more like Him or growing away from Him. Our con-science can only do that if it is trained:

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:9–11).

Children of God

God wants us to come to Him as children. This has been true from the beginning when God called Israel His firstborn son (Exodus 4:22). Fathers are expected to give a good example to their sons, and God certainly did that to Israel. He challenged them to be holy (separate from the evil things of the world around them) because, He said, “I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2).

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THE REVELATION OF GOD IN THE BIBLE?


Introduction

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).Do YOU Know Who God IS?

With these few short words the Bible introduces us to God. We learn that the God of the Bible is Creator — maker of heaven and earth, the giver of life, the giver of good. But the Bible shows us that God is much more than a creator. He is our heavenly Father.

God wants us to be His children. God wants to be our heavenly Father. In fact, this is one of the most powerful messages in the Bible. God is willing to make us part of His special family, but that does not happen automatically. We must enter His family in the special way He has prescribed. That way is summed up in these words:

"Yet to all who received Jesus, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (John 1:12-13).

In this article we will learn about God our Father and how we can become His children.

Revelations of God in the Bible

The Bible provides us with a record of how God has revealed Himself to us. Over time, God has revealed Himself in many ways. He is the same God, but over time He has told us more about Himself. In one sense, the Bible is an extended record of those revelations.

Long after He made the earth God appeared to a special man, later named Abraham, speaking promises that surely seemed incredible (the first of these promises is recorded in Genesis 12). But Abraham believed God, and went to a place he did not know far away. God promised to Abraham that he would found a great nation, and that he would receive a magnificent inheritance, with eternal life. But last of all he made the greatest promise – "I will be your God" (Genesis 17:7). In making this promise, the Creator became the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He became the God of Jacob’s descendants, the nation of Israel.

Some four hundred years later, Abraham’s descendants hardly seemed to be God’s nation, for they were slaves in Egypt. But God had not forgotten His people. The Lord appeared to another special man - Moses. God told Moses that he had a great mission to complete. Moses was to deliver God’s people from their bondage. Moses asked the question that he had to know to begin his task — "WHO ARE YOU?"

A powerful voice gave the answer:

"I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you" (Exodus 3:14).

God revealed himself as "Yahweh" - a Hebrew name meaning "He who was, who is, and who will be" (compare Revelation 1:8). To Moses and to the nation of Israel, God showed Himself to be a God of power and deliverance, leading the nation out of slavery in Egypt through mighty displays of power.

Some 500 years later, the Lord appeared to Elijah, a man who would become a prophet without equal for centuries to come. Once Elijah became afraid and fled to the mountain of God, Mt. Horeb (the account is given in 1 Kings 19). There the Lord God summoned him to the mouth of a cave, and revealed Himself in a mighty wind that broke the rocks. But God was not in the wind. Then he revealed himself in a thundering earthquake - but God was not in the earthquake. He revealed himself in a raging fire - but God was not in the fire. Last of all, God spoke in a still small voice.

In the Old Testament, we can read how God revealed himself to Abraham, to Moses, and to Elijah. These Bible accounts contain awesome, fantastic pictures of God. But they also reveal a God quite distant from a sinful people. This is a God that is high, far-removed, and nearly unapproachable. When they saw God revealed, the sight was so fearsome that Abraham fell down to the earth in a deep sleep, Moses hid his face, and Elijah covered his face with his coat. God was so removed from His people that only one man, the High priest, could come into the Lord’s most holy place, and then only once a year.

Yet in His revelation to Elijah there were special words —still small words that pointed forward to a time when the Lord would be revealed in full.

Some 900 years later that voice did spring to life. The son of God, a man named Jesus, was born in a village named Bethlehem. This Jesus came with a very special purpose — to reveal God in a way no one else had ever done. To reveal God as He really wants us to know him. To reveal God as Father. It needed a son to reveal the Father.

Revealing God as our heavenly Father was one of the most important missions in the life of Jesus. In the preface to his Gospel record, the Apostle John says,

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The Existence of God - What Does It Mean To YOU

"He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" In the BEGINNING GOD(Hebrews11:6). The object of this article is to help those who want to come to God, having first believed "that He is"; therefore we will not concern ourselves with the evidence that confirms faith in God's existence.

Examining the intricate structure of our bodies (cp. Psalms 139:14), the evident design in a flower, gazing up into the vastness of space on a clear night, these and countless other careful reflections on life surely make atheism incredible. To believe that there is no God surely requires more faith than to believe He exists. Without God there is no order, purpose or ultimate explanation in the universe, and this will therefore be reflected in the life of the atheist. Bearing this in mind, it is not surprising that the majority of human beings admit to a certain degree of belief in a God - even in societies where materialism is the prevailing 'god' of people's lives.

But there is a vast difference between having a vague notion that there is a higher power, and actually being certain of what He is offering in return for faithful service to Him. Hebrews11:6 makes this point; we

"must believe that (God) is

                  AND

that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him".

Much of the Bible is an account of the history of God's people Israel; time and again the point is made that their acceptance of God's existence was not matched by their faith in His promises.  They were told by their great leader Moses "know therefore...and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep  therefore his statutes, and his commandments" (Deuteronomy 4:39,40).

Thus the same point is made - an awareness within us that there is a God does not mean that we are automatically acceptable to God. If we seriously agree that we really do have a creator, we should "keep therefore his...commandments". It is the purpose of this series of studies to explain what these  commandments are and how to keep them.  As we search the Scriptures to do this, we will find that our faith in God's existence is strengthened:

"Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

Likewise, Isaiah 43:9-12 shows how an understanding of God's prophecies about the future makes us know "that I am he" (Isaiah 43:13) - i.e.  that God's Name 'I am that I am' is perfectly true (Exodus 3:14).   The apostle Paul came to a town called Berea, now in Northern Greece.   As usual, he preached the gospel ('good news') of God; but instead of the people just accepting Paul's word for it, "they received the word (of God, not Paul) with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed" (Acts 17:11,12). Their belief was due to their open-minded, regular ("daily") and systematic ("those things") searching through the Bible. The gaining of a true faith was therefore not due to God suddenly making them have it by some kind of spiritual heart surgery, unrelated to God's word. So how can people of the world who walk into a Billy Graham crusade or Pentecostal revival meeting walk out again as 'believers'? How much daily searching of Scripture has gone on in these cases? This lack of a truly Bible-based faith doubtless accounts for the hollowness which many such 'converts' find in their later Christian experience, and why so many turn away from the evangelical movement.

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for your own systematic searching of Scripture, so that you too may "therefore" believe. The connection between hearing the true Gospel and having a true faith is often highlighted in the record of the Gospel's preaching:

-   "Many of the Corinthians hearing believed and were

    baptized" (Acts 18:8)

-   People "hear the word of the Gospel and believe" (Acts 15:7)

-   "So we preach, and so ye believed" (1 Corinthians 15:11)

-   The "seed" in the parable of the sower is the word of God (Luke8:11); whilst in that of the mustard tree it is faith (Luke17:6), seeing that faith comes from accepting "the word of faith" (Romans 10:8), "words of faith and good doctrine" (1 Timothy 4:6), into a heart that is open to belief in God and His word (Galatians 2:2 cp. Hebrews4:2)

-   The apostle John says of the written record of our Lord's life   that  "he  saith  true  (i.e. the  truth)  that  ye  might  believe" (John 19:35). And so God's word is called "truth" (John 17:17) that we might believe.

The personality of God

It is a majestic, glorious theme of the Bible that God is revealed as a real, tangible person, with a bodily existence.   It is also a fundamental tenet of Christianity that Jesus is the Son of God. If God is not a corporeal (bodily) being, then it is impossible for Him to have a son who was the "image of His person" (Hebrews1:3). Further, it becomes difficult to develop a personal, living relationship with 'God', if 'God' is just a concept in our mind, a wisp of spirit somewhere up in the emptiness of space. It is tragic that the majority of religions have this unreal, intangible conception of God.

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WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED?

WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED?

Introduction

Part 1: God wants all men and women to be saved.

How is God able to save from sin and death?

Salvation is only through Christ

When will God save men and women?

Article Summary

Part 2: What must I do to be saved?

The essential steps

1. Humble ourselves, to accept Grace

2. Have faith

3. Repent

4. Be baptized

5. Live a life of obedience

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Conclusion

Introduction

In our hearts we know that there must be more to life than simply living and dying. We look into space and consider the wonder of creation and realize there is a greater power than ourselves. We look at the complexity of the human body and realize we are not here by accident or chance. So, why are we here and what is the meaning of our existence?

For many, life is full of suffering and misery. Life often seems unfair and without meaning or purpose. But the Creator of the heaven and earth has told us there is meaning and purpose to life. He has told us there is much more to life than simply living and dying.

The Bible tells us that God wants to save all men and women from a meaningless existence and include them in His eternal plan. The Bible is a book of hope and it tells us of the way that leads to SALVATION.

Part 1: God wants all men and women to be saved.

God tells us that He wants to save all men and women:

"This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

God also tells us that He will fill the earth with His glory and knowledge:

"Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen." (Psalm 72:19)

"They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9)

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

God will fill the earth with His glory and knowledge by saving men and women who know God and reflect His glory. However, today we see a world that is torn apart by war, disease, poverty, suffering and disaster, and many people do not know, or want to know, anything about God. It is a world that is far from reflecting the glory of God.

When the earth is full of people disobeying God's laws how can the earth be filled with His glory? Ever since the first human failure in the garden of Eden, all men and women have inherited a natural tendency to disobey God. As a result, all people sin and eventually die:

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12)

Before the earth can be filled with God's glory, sin must be removed. When sin is removed all the problems associated with sin will also disappear. For this to happen, God has told us about His plan of salvation.

Without such a plan, the earth would never reflect the glory of God and we would be without hope.

How is God able to save from sin and death?

Consider the steps that led to the introduction of sin and death in the Garden of Eden:

1.    The earth was full of God's glory until Adam and Eve disobeyed God's commandment (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6-13).

2.    They were punished with a mortal (dying) nature that would experience suffering (Genesis 3:15-19).

3.    All people have inherited the same mortal nature (Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

To remove sin and death and fill the earth with God's glory, the above steps must be REVERSED. And this is exactly what happened. Jesus Christ succeeded where Adam failed.

Jesus never sinned, he was totally obedient to God and as a result he opened a way for God to save us and fill the earth with His glory.

The steps leading to the removal of sin and death can be summarized as follows:

1.    Jesus Christ obeyed God completely (Hebrews 4:15).

2.    He was rewarded with an immortal nature that was not able to sin (Acts 2:22-24).

3.    All CAN inherit an immortal nature (Romans 6:8-12).

The essential steps

There are five essential steps that God requires us to take if we want to be saved:

1.    Humble ourselves - to accept Grace Romans 3:23-24; Titus 2:11

2.    Have Faith in God and the Gospel Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:12

3.    Repent and be Converted Acts 3:19; Luke 13:3

4.    Be Baptized Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:43

5.    Live a life of Obedience Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Timothy 4:16; Matthew 10:22; James 1:12

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God's Declared Purpose with YOU and the EARTH

 

 

ARE YOU SAVED?  IF SO HOW ARE YOU SAVED?

 
 

 

Is YOUR knowledge of the BIBLE 

and YOUR belief and worship of GOD 

able to SAVE YOU?

 

Not sure? Well consider this passage from JOHN CHAPTER 17

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

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

Do you have this understanding of God and His Son

Jesus Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

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

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

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


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

about God, His Son Jesus and His purpose with you

and this earth.

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