December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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What Must I DO To Be Saved?

Traditional Christian churches and preachers would have you believe that there is very little to do to be saved! They teach that all one must do is “just believe in God”, “accept Christ as your personal savior”, and you are saved! They teach that salvation is that tingly feeling one gets when they are in a church, at the altar after an altar call, and have said (in your heart) that you believe in God and accept Christ as your personal savior.

Jesus, Himself, said, “If you love me, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS!” (John 14:15) What ARE the commandments of Jesus? Are they listed any where in scripture?

Yes they are but the dismal lack of Bible knowledge of traditional Christians, along with the results of a scripture in the book of Revelation, keep them from knowing what and where they are!!!

Rev. 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Yes, Satan DECEIVES the WHOLE EARTH!!! Not the ground we stand upon but the people of the earth! The people who inhabit THE WHOLE EARTH! Do you believe scripture? Do you believe what I just printed above? I truly hope you do, because it is a scripture that needs to be in the very FOREFRONT of our minds, day in and day out!! Satan is the MOST SUBTLE of all God’s creation! (Gen. 3:1) He is SMOOTH! He is glib! He is CHARISMATIC!!!

And he wants you to NOT believe in him!!! He does his best (worst?) work behind the scenes invisible to people in what he does and how he does it!

The lack of bible knowledge causes most people who attend church to just accept what their preacher says without checking their bibles to find out if what he is saying is true. The Bereans were congratulated when they checked to see if what Paul was teaching was true!

Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

If the scriptures point out that it was noble of the Bereans to check whether Paul was telling them things that were so, is it not MORE noble to check those preachers of our modern times who did not even have direct contact with Jesus? We are to receive the Word with all readiness of mind, but aren’t we to be, shall we say, a little skeptical until we find out from our Bibles if these things are so?

We need to keep in mind constantly that MEN MAKE MISTAKES! Preachers and pastors have been taught by other men who MAKE MISTAKES, and it is up to us to check the truth of their sermons!! Too many preach sermons of their own thoughts ABOUT the Bible rather than what the Bible actually says.

That, folks, IS OPINION!! I suppose opinion is fine, as long as it is labeled opinion, but when some man teaches it as if God said it, we need to go to our OWN BIBLES and see if those things are so!!! I’m like Jack Webb who, as Joe Friday in the movie “Dragnet” said, “We just want the facts, Ma’am.” THAT IS HOW WE ALL SHOULD BE WHENEVER WE HEAR SOME MAN PREACH WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOD’S WORD!!!

WHY? Because our salvation is between us and God, not us and some other man!!!! (Philipians 2:12)

Yes, we are to WORK OUT OUR OWN SALVATION BETWEEN US AND GOD, with FEAR and TREMBLING!!

Traditional Christianity is a watered down, corrupted mixture of beliefs and teachings that are totally AGAINST God and Jesus Christ!!!

How can I say that? It’s pretty simple! Just look at what those Christians do and then COMPARE IT WITH WHAT THE BIBLE COMMANDS!!!

Those “commandments of Jesus”, just what are they? I mentioned them briefly above and referred to John 14:15 in reference to them. Jesus said, “if you love me, keep my commandments!” Just what ARE Jesus’ commandments? The problem most people have is that they are “new testament Christians”. In other words it MUST be in the New Testament or it isn’t God’s Word, or so they think!

What they don’t realize is that ALL of the New Testament is based upon, FOUNDED UPON the Old Testament!! One cannot build a very stable house without a foundation. In the same way the New Testament would not be very stable without the foundation of the Old Testament!!

What is this Old Testament and New Testament anyway?

Ex 31:18 “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”

Those two tables of testimony were the TEN COMMANDMENTS which are here referred to as tables of stone. We know that God wrote the Ten Commandments into stone and gave them to Moses to take to the Children of Israel.

The Children had just previously told Moses that they had accepted what God commanded and that they WOULD DO ALL THAT HE HAD SAID!

They made a COVENANT with God which is referred to in many places as the Old Covenant. That covenant is founded upon the Ten Commandments!!! That is what they covenanted with God to KEEP!!!

But WHO was this God that wrote the Ten Commandments in stone with His own Finger?

We will need to go to the Book of John in the …. New Testament …. to find out the answer to that.

John 1:1-3,14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Through these scriptures we find that there is another Being WITH God who was also CALLED God! We know these scriptures are not talking about some written word because it refers to The Word as HIM.

We know that The Word (Greek=Logos) was with God at the very beginning of ALL CREATION because it says that ALL THINGS were MADE BY HIM!!! That pretty much tells us that The Word WASN'T created, DOESN’T IT??

When this Word became flesh, how do we know who He BECAME?

John 1:10-12 “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Verse 14 told us that this person who came into the world to His own people was THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER!!! Later scriptures in John 1 show us that this is talking about none other than JESUS, who became THE CHRIST, or Savior!!!

Heb. 7:1-11 “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”

We see here that this Melchisedec, priest of the most high God, was eternal and that He was made like unto (made into) the Son of God! We saw in John 1:1 that there were only TWO “in the beginning”, so this Melchisedec was also The Word, who became Jesus through a human birth!!!

Continuing:

4 “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.”

He was resurrected from the dead!

“And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?”

We have determined directly from scripture that the God of the Old Testament was the ONE who was begotten by God the Father and born into the world as a fleshly human being!!

Since God Almighty (The Father) has NEVER been seen nor heard (John 5:37), the God of the Old Testament was NOT HIM!! Can you see that?

That leaves only the other great being we read about in John 1:1, The Word.

Need more proof?

1 Tim 6:14-16 “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in his (Jesus') times he (God Almighty) shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

The above is speaking of Jesus (Rev. 17:14) who was dwelling in the light of the Father, and only He (after His resurrection) has immortality. (Jesus is here being compared to other human beings who do NOT have immortality and not with God Almighty.)

The God of the Old Testament was Melchisedec, high priest of God Almighty. He was The Word who was in the beginning WITH God, and became Jesus through a human birth from Mary!!!!

Jesus then in referring to HIS commandments was talking about those commandments He wrote with His own finger in two tables of stone on Mt. Sinai, when He was the God of the Old Testament!!!

Can you understand? I truly hope God will give you understanding of this important subject because your eternal life depends upon it!!!
Salvation is THROUGH the SACRIFICE that Jesus made FOR us!!!
That immortal being, The Word, became flesh through a human birth in order to die for our sins, and was then resurrected back to immortal life with God Almighty when He had lived a life totally free of sin.

There is NO OTHER way and no other person by which we may obtain salvation!
Salvation is only given to those who have God’s Holy Spirit IN THEM, and that Holy Spirit is ONLY GIVEN to them that OBEY GOD!!!

Acts 5:32 “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost (Greek, pneuma=Spirit), whom God hath given to them that obey him.”

God ONLY GIVES His Holy Spirit to those who OBEY Him!! DON’T YOU SEE?

God’s commandments MUST BE OBEYED in order to receive the Holy Spirit, so that when Jesus Christ returns to this earth, those who have His Holy Spirit will be resurrected to IMMORTALITY!!!!!

1 Cor. 15:50-57 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (some will be changed while still alive.)
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we (who are still alive) shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of (overcoming) sin is (obedience to) the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (We can gain the victory over death through Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins!)

YES! Immortality is something human beings seek for!! THEY DON’T ALREADY HAVE IMMORTAL “SOULS”!!!!
Immortality is something we SEEK which when achieved SAVES US FROM DEATH!!!!

THAT is what people must be SAVED from!!! Death!!!

Peter was asked a question after he had given a sermon to a group of people.

Acts 2:37-39 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Therefore, in order to be saved, a person MUST REPENT, become OBEDIENT to God’s Law, the Ten Commandments (as well as His Statutes)!
Then that person will be BAPTIZED, a physical ritual which shows the “death” of their ‘old man” and the beginning of life of the “new man.”
Once that has been done, hands will be laid on that person and a prayer will be offered up to God that He will give His Holy Spirit to that person.

If that person still has His Holy Spirit at death, or the return of Jesus Christ, that person will then be resurrected to life eternal and IMMORTALITY!
Death will no longer have ANY HOLD upon them because they will be impervious to death!!!

What a MARVELOUS story! What a magnificent opportunity for mankind!!!

And there is much more that MUST be LEARNED, but this is enough for you to contemplate right now!

May God BLESS YOUR UNDERSTANDING!!!

 

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