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.
Why is it so difficult for people to believe and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
2nd Corinthians 4:3-7 (Living Bible) explains:
"If the good news we preach is hidden to anyone, it is hidden to anyone who is on the road to eternal death. Satan, who is the god of this evil world, has made him blind; unable to see the light of the glorious Gospel that is shining upon him; or to understand the amazing message we preach about
the glory of Christ and our God...For God who said,
Let there be light in the darkness, has made us to understand that it is the brightness of his glory that is seen in Jesus Christ."
"But this precious treasure - this light and power that now shines within us - is held in a perishable container, that is, our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within us, must be from God and is not our own. continued tomorrow- Amen
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Many Gentiles (non-Jews) have been taught that circumcision is required to receive salvation. Peter, John and Paul dealt with this question. They made it clear that circumcision is not required for salvation because all are saved by faith in the Grace of God through Jesus Christ. Acts 15:5-15 (Living Bible) states this clearly: "But then some of the men, who had been Pharisees before their conversion, stood to their feet and declared that all Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow all Jewish customs
and ceremonies. ...Peter stood and addressed them as follows, Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you long ago to preach the Good news to the Gentiles so they also could believe. God, who knows men's hearts, confirmed the fact that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him to us. He made no distinction between them and us, for he cleansed their lives through faith,
just as he did ours....Don't you believe that all are saved the same way, by the free gift of the Lord Jesus?" Amen
Do you say what you mean and mean what you say?
When asked how we feel, we often respond,"I'm fine";
when in fact we are miserable. Then we ask others how they feel or say "Thank you for your service" without really meaning it. Then we tell others, "I know exactly how you feel"; when in truth we don't, because we never experienced it.
If you can tell when others are speaking empty words
while saying "I love you" or "I don't mind" or "I agree";
then you know how they feel when you do the same.
The Lord speaks the truth in love. Anything less than the truth is deceit and often builds distrust.
Good apparel for Sunday Service does not conceal the
sins the body & mind committed all week.
The Lord knows when you have treated others as you want to be treated. 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
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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.
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
It's decision time for Christians. Whether to obey man and keep silent or obey God and speak & teach boldly for Jesus Christ. Acts 4:17-21 (KJV) gives the answer:
"But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth
to no man in this name. And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor to teach in the name of Jesus."
"But Peter and John answered and said unto them,
Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.
So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God
for what was done."
Those who forbid or object to the teaching & preaching of Jesus Christ are sworn enemies of God.
Many people have trouble understanding Communion of symbolic eating of Christ's body and drinking of his blood. Mark 14:22-24 (KJV):
"And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed,
and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat,
this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many."
The Lord told us to do this in remembrance of him.
St. Paul warned us not to take Communion if we have sins we have not repented and asked forgiveness for.
The Lord's Communion is to accept and honor his sacrifice of his body for our sins and the shedding of his blood to wash and purify us in His Holiness.
This births us into the blood kin family of God.
It's a mystery to man and the world, but very clear
in God's New Testament Plan. Amen
Sometimes people lose their direction in following the Lord and walk into a tangle of thorns. Jesus taught about this in St. Mark 4:18-19 (Living Bible):
"The thorny ground represents the hearts of the people who listen to the Good News and receive it.
But all too quickly the attraction of the world, and the delights of wealth, and the search for success, and the lure of nice things come in and crowd out God's message from their hearts, so no crop is produced."
We try to blame God when we get tangled and hurt,
while plowing and planting in the wrong kind of dirt.
Do you sometimes worry about how you are going to get by and provide for your family?
Matthew 14:19-21 (KJV) tells us how Jesus can bless what we have and make it more than enough.
"And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass and took the five loaves and two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and brake, and gave loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full, And they that had eaten were about five thousand men besides women and children."
All things are possible with God. Amen
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
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 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
WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING
We continue with why eyes are blinded to the Gospel: 2nd Corinthians 4:8,16-18 (Living Bible):
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed or broken. We are perplexed because we don't know why things happen as they do, but we don't give up and quit."
"...though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day...This short time of distress will result in God's richest blessings upon us forever and ever...We do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys of heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever." Amen
Some of you are struggling with mind and soul trying to battle strong forces attacking you. The only way to overcome them is trusting the Spirit of God within your spirit to rise up and flood your soul and mind. This drives them out and away when willpower and self-determination fail.
Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) tells us clearly. "...This is the word of the Lord...saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of Hosts."
1st John 5:4 (KJV) : "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Amen