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.
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
Do you believe there is more than one way to heaven?
In a recent survey 80% of Americans asked, said yes.
40% of the 80% said they were church going Christians.
8 out of 10 persons asked under age 25, said there are multiple religions with multiple ways to eternal life and there is no Satan or Hell.
There is only one true Saviour (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Bible makes that very clear.
In St. John 14:6 Jesus himself said, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Acts 4:10-12 states, "...by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth...Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Isaiah 43:11, "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour."
Hosea 13.4, "Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me."
There are no options but yes or no to Jesus Christ for heaven or hell. Now is the time to decide. Amen
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
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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
Do you know why the whole world seems to be covered in violence & crime and true peace cannot be found?
This is happening because people are denying the God of Peace and breaking God's laws. When people change the ordinances of God to their own understanding, then confusion and disorder prevails.
Isaiah 24:5 describes it very well:
"The earth is also defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws,
changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."
When a people or a nation separate themselves from God, they resort to their own understanding and self-rule, without the Lord's leadership.
This allows corruption, indecision, falsehood and chaos to take control in leadership and the people follow. The election the people need to make is to
"Vote God", using the Lord's Words as a voter's guide.
How do we justify name calling, bitter accusations, and venting hatred & resentment toward others in the name of a political party or organization?
We call ourselves Christians and still justify these actions in violation of God's Word forbidding us to do so.
There are Christians on both sides of the aisle, which vent hatred against each other; while knowing in their heart, this is in violation of the Lord's teachings.
This civil war of words has progressed into uncivil acts of violence that is erupting into actual combat and warfare. This is leading to the destruction of law and order and corrupting the nations. We must remember how America's first Civil War was fought.
Cain murdered his brother Abel because of hurt pride, bitter resentment and uncontrolled anger.
We must not follow in his footsteps that lead to punishment and loss of birthright in Christ jesus.
Cain thought he had gotten away with his actions,
until God intervened with punishment.
Our self-righteous actions, no matter how we justify them; will not go unpunished by the Lord. 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
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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
Today, as the Jews continue to celebrate Yom Kippur,
we all need to be reminded that the scriptures tell us,
that in Christ there is neither Jew nor non-Jew.
Galatians 3:27-29: "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ".
"There is neither Jew nor Greek [Gentile-non-jew],
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
Ephesians 4:4-6 helps clarify this:
"There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith,
one baptism. "
"One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Amen
There is a quick and simple way to self-check the status of your salvation in Christ Jesus.
Read the following scriptures from St. Matthew 7:21-23
and examine your inner thoughts and emotions as you do so: "Not every one that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven."
"Many will say unto me in that day Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?"
"And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you,
depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
If your response is not hope and gladness; but fear, dread, doubt or guilt; then you need to update your status immediately.
Update requires admitting all your sins and declaring repentance today. Beg forgiveness in the name of Jesus and promise to serve him in love and truth from now on.
This gives you a clean slate and a fresh start. Amen