Lesson 4: The Truth for man's salvation:
Many people have secret doubts about their salvation because they were never formally water baptized or sprinkled. We know Jesus received water baptism and encouraged others to do so. This was in symbolic recognition of their sins being washed away.
The spiritual baptism of the Holy Spirit is what removes our sins and births our heart for true salvation. In St. Luke 23:39-43 we read that Jesus saved the thief hanging on a cross next to him without ceremony the same day.
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward for our deeds; but his man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." Amen
Do you know for certain what happens to the beast, the false prophet and the devil at the end of time?
Revelation 19:20 and 20:10 gives us the answers:
"And the beast was seized and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image;
these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone."
"And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Lesson 1: Many people are soul searching for truth concerning their salvation. This is the first of a series of lessons that Jesus taught to reveal the truth for man's salvation. In St. Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) Jesus answers the question, 'Who is my neighbor?' with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It is a story about a traveler who is robbed, beaten and left for dead by the roadside. A priest passed by and ignored him. Then a Levite (a member of a priestly Hebrew tribe of Levi), came and looked at him and left without helping. Then a Samaritan (the Samaritans and Jews hated each other), came and cleaned up his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
Being religious in name only is not true salvation.
Actions speak louder than words. Amen
Lesson 5: The Truth for man's salvation:
Most of us want peace of mind and a tranquil soul.
We usually blame others or circumstances when we
can't find them. All too often, we blame ourselves; but cannot find the answers we need.
Then we seek all kinds of escape solutions with alcohol, drugs and desperate measures trying to solve these inner problems. We have to face the truth in ourselves.
When we accept the salvation of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit of Truth becomes part of our being. This Spirit guides and directs us from within. It tells us what is right and wrong in the eyes of God; and warns us when we go in the wrong direction.
When we obey this gentle voice, the Spirit of Peace & Tranquility floods our mind and soul. When we ignore the warnings and harden our hearts; our mind takes control and does what it wants anyway. Then comes the disruption & conflict within ourselves.
We are God's children and we pay a price for disobedience. Every child of God is different and each of us has our own personalized set of rules. Some of us have the inner liberty to do things that others don't have. Then others have the inner freedom to do things
that we ourselves are not allowed to do.
Peace of mind and tranquil soul comes by obeying the
inner, special rules of Truth the Lord designed for you.
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Lesson 7: The Truth for man's salvation:
All of us are born with a spiritual hole in our heart
where God wants to dwell. This void in our lives can only be filled and made whole by the Holy Spirit using the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Adam & Eve were made perfect and filled with the Spirit of God. Their rebellion and disobedience caused their spiritual death and all following them.
Jesus came as the second Adam to restore man with God in spiritual rebirth and all accepting him.
Nothing in and of this world can fill that void in our heart and make us whole; no matter what man tries.
The only true and pure source of spiritual life to make us complete is Jesus our Christ abiding in our heart. Without Him you are spiritually dead already. With Jesus we are reborn again for eternal life. Amen The end of this series of lessons.
The Love of God covers a multitude of sins for both the living and the dead. It reaches beyond the grave and offers salvation to all. 1st Peter 4:6-10 tells us how:
"For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though these are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God."
"The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound
judgement and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins."
"Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Amen
Do you know and understand what the
"second death" is and what happens to Death and Hades at the end of time?
We continue in Revelation 20:12-15:
"And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds."
"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, everyone according to their deeds. And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire."
"And if anyone's name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Amen
In this day and age, everybody speaks and writes whatever they want and nobody seems content with what they have. As a result, many people feel isolated and fearful, wondering who is going to help them.
Hebrews 13:5-6 tells us what we all need to hear:
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with what you have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
"So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Treating others without respect for them, often causes loss of your own self-respect. It can also cause separation in your relationship with God.
Lesson 6: The Truth for man's salvation:
Who or what is pulling the strings in your life today?
We own things and have loved ones & friends that we are tied to in some fashion. These cords of pride in ownership and cherished relationships we attach to them work both ways.
We stay connected in our efforts to control them, without realizing that they can influence and control us as well. Material things are subject to wear & tear and all too often become burdens instead of blessings.
The same is true in our relationships with others.
Sometimes our love and desire to please others, becomes stronger than our desire to love and please God. Then we lose self-control of our personal lives and the ability to guide & influence others.
When we fail to let God control us; then the things of this world will take control of us in His place. Amen
What in the world are you looking for today?
Most people are going to the world to get Security and Comfort instead of seeking it from God.
Then when they get what they want from the world, they are shocked and dismayed to find it is never enough and does not satisfy their real needs inside.
No matter what the world lets you have, it cannot bring lasting peace of mind and complete soul satisfaction. When we leave this world behind, none of the materiel things we have accumulated goes with us.
Most people will be empty handed and terribly afraid when they come face to face with God on Judgement Day. Without Jesus as our Savior, whose blood paid for our redemption, we are doomed to eternal torment in the pit of fire with Satan.
Only the Lord gives everlasting Security and Comfort.
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Lesson 2: The truth for man's salvation.
There is no justification for schisms (separations or divisions into factions) in the body of Christ.
1st Corinthians 12:12-13 and 25 (KJV):
"For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink in one Spirit."
"That there shall be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another."
The only name tag for admission into heaven is
Jesus Christ. Amen
Are you tired of your mind getting stirred up and ruining your day?
When a dark cloud blocks off the sun, everything seems to get darker and gloomy. Then it passes and everything gets bright again.
The same happens in us when dark thoughts suddenly rise up to block the Son Jesus from shining
into our minds.
Sharp arrows of fear, worry and doubt will keep torturing our minds until we learn how to prevent them from penetrating & controlling our inner thoughts.
We do have a choice each day to protect our minds from these things and allow the peace & comfort of the Word of God to control and guide us. It is called the "helmet of salvation" that we are told to put on every day. Fear, worry and doubt will keep coming from the world about us; but Faith, Hope and Love in Christ Jesus won't let them control us. Amen
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Do you know the two commandments that Jesus said were the most important of all?
He tells us in Mark 12:29-31:
"...The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and with all thy strength. This is the first commandment."
"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
Keeping your mind focused on obeying God and treating others the same way you want to be treated in this world today, is not easy. It truly requires all our
strength and dedication. Amen
We continue with the 'second death' for all to understand what will happen at the end of time.
We conclude from Revelation 21:4-8:
"And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall no longer be any death, there shall no longer be any mourning or crying or pain; the first things have passed away."
"And He said to me, It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely. He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son."
"But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone;
which is the second death." Amen
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Lesson 3: The Truth for man's salvation:
We are forbidden to worship the messengers of God,
the churches and their doctrines instead of God.
In Acts 14:14-15 (KJV) Paul and Barnabas stopped the people who wanted to worship them as gods:
"Then the priests of Jupiter ...brought oxen and garlands...and would have done sacrifice with the people; Which, when Barnabas and Paul heard of, they rent their clothes and ran in among the people,
crying out, Saying, sirs, why do ye do these things?
We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things that are therein."
In Revelation 19:10 we see John about to worship a messenger angel and was forbidden to do so:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:
Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy."
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV) is very clear to all: "Ye shall make ye no idols, nor graven images, neither rear you up
a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land to bow down unto it. For I am the Lord your God. " Amen
This is hope and comfort for lost loved ones in these days of death and destruction: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
"But we do not want you to be uninformed brethren,
about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as do the rest who have no hope."
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.'
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep."
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout...and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord."
"Therefore comfort one another with these words."