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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
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
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
Many times, addiction to alcohol or other drugs is directly related to feelings of inferiority, failure, or
inadequacy. Most try to excel in some way to overcome these feelings, and struggle to find acceptance within themselves and with others.
Unfortunately, these feelings are often too strong to overcome no matter how hard one tries. Then many make new resolutions and fresh starts that all too often fail.
This leaves one discouraged, desolate, hopeless and ashamed inside themselves. Their lives become one of inner misery and without hope. This in turn opens the door to thoughts of suicide and long term self-destruction.
In some instances these feelings are transformed into anger & hate toward others and may erupt into acts of violence and murder.
There is a force stronger than these things known as the love from Christ Jesus. The Lord's love contains the power of God within it and will prevail over all things if accepted and allowed to do so.
This acceptance requires submission of self-will and surrender of self-esteem to know & realize how great God knows you are as His child through Christ Jesus.
Jesus said that we become kings and priests in the kingdom of God and greater than the kings, rulers, the rich and powerful of this world. We become greater within ourselves by this acceptance of Jesus.
1st John 4:4 makes this clear:
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
"All things are possible with God." Amen
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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
"Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham,
and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is this word of salvation sent": Acts 13:26, 37-41:
"But He whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:"
"And by Him, all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
"Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you."
"And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us: And put no difference between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith."
"But we believe that through the grace of the
Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved even as they."
We are all one family under God. 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
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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
This is the month for repentance and a time to get right standing with God.
The sins of others do not condemn us when we ourselves are righteous in God's eyes.
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
"But if the wicked will turn from all his sins he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die."
"All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live."
"Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?
saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?"
"But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned,
in them he shall die."
"Repent, and turn yourselves away from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin."
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.
This is the Word of the Lord to all Christians and Jews throughout the world today.
Isaiah 43:25-26 and Isaiah 44:22-23;
"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for my mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together:
declare thou, that thou mayest be justified."
"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me: for I have redeemed thee."
"Sing, O ye heavens: for the Lord hath done it: shout ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing,
ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein:
for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob and glorified himself in Israel."
God loves us, stands with us, forgives us: no matter what the world says, thinks or does. Amen
What is your opinion of yourself and how do you calculate your self-esteem?
Do you use fat, broke, or ugly to determine who you are as the world does or do you look inside as the Lord does to determine your true value?
Christians have a tendency to undervalue themselves and believe they are weak and submissive because the world wants us to feel that way.
They mock and ridicule us just like Goliath did with David, but we know how that turned out.
They mocked, whipped, shamed and crucified Jesus
and felt victorious that He was dead.
Well, we all know how that turned out.
The world is afraid of us and trembles inside, because they know just how great and powerful the Lord Jesus is inside us. Their only chance is to convince us that power is not in us.
Therefore, look inside yourself and know that the very same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is alive in you.
Your faith is the victory over the world, death and hell. This makes you a far greater treasure than anything else in the world. Amen