Is Jesus Christ God?

Philippians 2:5-11
This passage of scripture is on the two natures of Christ and clearly states “the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The fundamental question that must be answered is asked of the Pharisees by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 22:41 (KJV)
“While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

Matthew 22:42 (KJV)
Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, [The Son] of David.”
They believed the Lord Jesus Christ to be nothing more than they themselves; just a man.
Many people today claim that Jesus Christ is God, while others say he is not.

What difference does it make what we believe about Jesus Christ?

Is it that important of an issue?

2 John 1:9 (KJV)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

According to this passage, if we do not have the correct doctrine about Jesus Christ, we do not have God at all.

What we believe about Jesus Christ is critical.

Our very salvation depends upon it.

Believing That Jesus Christ is God is Essential for Salvation

John 20:30 (KJV)
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

John 20:31 (KJV)
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

This passage tells us we must believe that Jesus is “the Son of God” to have eternal life.

That is, we must believe that Jesus is the Son of God to be saved.

But what does this term “Son of God” mean?
We may have various ideas about what this term means, but the important thing is not what you or I think it means.

What does it mean in the Bible?

The Holy Scriptures teach us that we can use the term “Jesus” and not use it to mean the “Son of God” of the Bible.

2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (KJV)
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him].”

Notice the Bible teaches that if you believe in another Jesus you will also believe another gospel and the person who has this belief received it from another spirit.

It is extremely important that we are sure that what we believe is what the Bible says.

Galatians 1:6 (KJV)
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Galatians 1:7 (KJV)
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

It really isn’t another gospel; it is a perversion of the gospel.

The Bible teaches that if we change the gospel message we have perverted the gospel.

When someone adds works to salvation that is a perversion of the gospel.

When someone teaches that God has already chosen (predestinated) whom He will save and all else are lost that is a perversion of the gospel.

Any teaching that does not line up with salvation by grace through faith is a perversion.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9 (KJV)
Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Galatians 1:8 (KJV)
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
Do you know of any religion that makes a claim that some angel gave the information that they believe?

Do you know of any man or woman that teaches something other than salvation by grace through faith?

Galatians 1:9 (KJV)
“As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Is that clear?

Galatians 1:10 (KJV)
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

Obviously those who teach another gospel are men pleasers and certainly there is a reason they want to please men.

So what does the term “Son of God” mean in the Bible?

What did those who heard Jesus speak in person understand him to mean when he said that God was his Father?

John 5:17 (KJV)
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
John 5:18 (KJV)
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”

This passage tells us clearly what they understood him to mean.

They understood he was “making himself equal with God.”

The term “Son of”, in this sense, means “to have the same nature as”.

The Jews understood that for a person to claim that God was his Father was to claim that he himself was God.

John 10:27 (KJV)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:28 (KJV)
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:29 (KJV)
My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.

John 10:30 (KJV)
I and [my] Father are one.”
To know someone in this way and then claim that you can give them eternal life and then add that no one can pluck them out of your hand nor the hand of your Father is clearly something that only God could do.

What did Jesus mean by this statement?

Again, what did those who heard him in person understand him to mean?

The passage goes on to tell us.

John 10:31 (KJV)
“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

John 10:32 (KJV)
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

John 10:33 (KJV)
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

When Jesus claimed “I and my father are one”, he claimed to be God.

When you get the right view on this doctrine it will rightly direct your view on other doctrines.

A person who is wrong on this doctrine will not be able to rightly divide the word of truth.

“What think ye of Christ?”

R. A. Torrey said in 1918,

“And the most fundamental question concerning the Person of Christ is, ‘Is Jesus Christ really God’?

Not merely, Is He Divine, but Is He actually God?

When I was a boy, to say you believed in the Divinity of Christ meant that you believed in the real Deity of Christ, that you believed that Jesus was actually a Divine Person, that He was God.

It no longer means that.

The Devil is wise, shrewd, and subtle, and he knows that the most effectual way to instill error into the minds of the inexpert and unwary is to use old and precious words and put a new meaning into them.

So when his messengers masquerading as “ministers of righteousness” seek to lead, if possible, the elect astray, they use the old precious words, but with an entirely new and entirely different and entirely false meaning.

They talk about the Divinity of Christ, but they do not mean at all what intelligent Christians in former days meant by it.
Likewise, they talk of the atonement, but they do not mean at all the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ in our place by which eternal life is secured for us.

And oftentimes when they talk about Christ, they do not mean at all our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the actual historic Jesus of the four gospels; they mean an ideal Christ, or a Christ principle.”

So our subject is not the Divinity of Christ, but the Deity of Christ; and our question is not, Is Jesus Christ Divine, but rather, Is Jesus Christ God?

Was that Person Who was born in Bethlehem and Who lived thirty-three and 1/2 years hereupon earth as recorded in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Who was crucified on Calvary’s cross, Who rose from the dead after three days and three nights, and was exalted from earth to heaven to the right hand of the Father; was He God manifest in the flesh, was He God embodied in a human being?

Was He, and is He, a Being worthy of our absolute faith and supreme love and our unhesitating obedience and our whole hearted worship?

Should all men honour Jesus Christ even as they honour God the Father (John 5:23).

John 5:23 (KJV)
“That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

Not merely is He an example that we can wisely follow, or a Master whom we can wisely serve, but is He a God Whom we can rightly worship?

I presume that most of us do believe that He was God manifest in the flesh and that He is God today at the right hand of the Father, but why do you believe so?

Are you so intelligent in your faith, and therefore, so well-grounded in your faith that no glib talker or reasoner, no Unitarian or Russellite(JW) or Christian Scientist or Theosophist, or other errorist can confuse you and upset you and lead you astray?

UNITA’RIAN, n. [L. unitus, unus.]: One who denies the doctrine of the trinity, and ascribes divinity to God the Father only.

THEOS’OPHIST, n.: One who pretends to divine illumination; one who pretends to derive his knowledge from divine revelation.

The Old Testament Teaches That Jesus Christ is God

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

A good cross-reference for this verse is found in Hebrews.

Hebrews 1:8 (KJV)
“But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.”

Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.”

God is speaking through the prophet Zechariah and saying “They shall look upon me (God) whom they have pierced.”

God is the one who is to be pierced.

In the New Testament, this passage is said to be fulfilled when they pierced Jesus Christ.

John 19:34 (KJV)
“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

John 19:35 (KJV)
And he that saw [it] bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

John 19:36 (KJV)
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

John 19:37 (KJV)
And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.”

The New Testament Teaches That Jesus Christ is God

The New Testament is filled with the truth that Jesus Christ is both God and man. He is the God-Man.

1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

John 1:1 (KJV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 (KJV)
The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 (KJV)
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

John 1:14 (KJV)
“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.”

Acts 20:28 (KJV)
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Colossians 2:8 (KJV)
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Colossians 2:9 (KJV)
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

The Lord Jesus Christ is 100% man and 100% God at the same time all of the time.

The Lord Jesus Christ accepted worship.

Matthew 4:8 (KJV)
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Matthew 4:9 (KJV)
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Matthew 4:10 (KJV)
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Satan is told that God is the only One to be worshipped.

Acts 10:25 (KJV)
“And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped [him].

Acts 10:26 (KJV)
But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”

Peter understood that man is not to be worshipped.

Revelation 22:8 (KJV)
“And I John saw these things, and heard [them]. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Revelation 22:9 (KJV)
Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”

Angels are not to be worshipped.

The Lord Jesus Christ not only accepted worship it was commanded that He should be worshipped.

Hebrews 1:6 (KJV)
“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

Matthew 8:2 (KJV)
“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

Matthew 9:18 (KJV)
“While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.”

Matthew 14:33 (KJV)
“Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”

Matthew 15:25 (KJV)
“Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”
Matthew 28:9 (KJV)
“And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”

Matthew 28:17 (KJV)
“And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”

John 20:28 (KJV)
“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

John 20:29 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.”

The Lord Jesus not only allows Thomas to worship him as God, he also pronounces a blessing upon all of us who will believe and do the same.

Some people say that Jesus is not God.

They say that he was just a good teacher.

But understand, if Jesus was not God yet allowed himself to be worshipped, he would not have been a good teacher at all. He would have been a sinner and a blasphemer.

We have seen that believing in “Jesus” is not enough.

We must believe in the Jesus of the Bible, lest someone deceive us by preaching “another Jesus”.

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is God.

Jesus claimed to be God. (John 5:17-18; John 10:30-33; etc.)

The Old Testament teaches that Jesus is God. (Isaiah 9:6; Zechariah 12:10; etc.)

The New Testament teaches that Jesus is God. (1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:8-9; etc.)

Jesus allowed himself to be worshipped, (Matthew 8:2; John 20:28-29; etc.), despite the fact that the Bible says we are to worship God only. (Matthew 4:10)

So, is Jesus Christ God?

Your eternal destiny hangs on how you answer that question.

2 John 1:9 (KJV)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

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Think on these things

Philippians 1:20
“According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death.
Philippians 1:21
For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.
Philippians 1:22
But if I live in the flesh, this [is] the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
Philippians 1:23
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Philippians 1:24
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh [is] more needful for you.”

Isn’t it interesting that the Apostle Paul had a desire to depart and to be with Christ which he said is far better? And the Apostle Paul also said dying is gain and living is Christ. Then he said it was more needful for others that he abide in the flesh.

I must ask myself, “Is the Lord Jesus Christ truly the one that I am living for?” And if I am living for the Lord does that show up in my lifestyle and words uttered by my lips when I am with others by whom I am obviously needed?

We talk about revival and we yearn for America to turn around but the obvious question would have to be “Why?” Why do I want America to turn around and what does it mean for America to turn around? Is my focus the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and others or am I concerned about my comfort? And if I want revival so badly why don’t I spend time praying “in my closet”, fasting, reading, searching, studying, memorizing and meditating on the word of God? Do I want a revival or do I want others to have a revival? Do I want the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Lord or do I want that for others?

I love the Gospel of John and I have read it many times. John chapter 14 is especially precious to me.

John 14:1
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.”

Maybe I should think about how much I really want to see my Saviour!

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God will do what he said he will do and no one can stop Him

Numbers 23:19
“God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

Titus 1:2
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

• God is not a man

John 4:24
“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.”

1. God is Sovereign man is not

Acts 15:18
“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.”

God makes many statements in the Bible about what He is going to do and then works out all of the details to accomplish what He said He would do to the minutest detail.

In the Book of Genesis we are introduced to the first Hebrew and his name is Abraham.

Genesis 14:13
“And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these [were] confederate with Abram.”

One of the infallible proofs that there is a God and the Bible is the words of that God is a people we call the Jews.

The Jews have their beginning in Abram and it is a miraculous beginning. On several occasions God makes promises to Abraham about his future inheritance.

Genesis 13:16
“And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, [then] shall thy seed also be numbered.”

Genesis 15:5
“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

Abraham only has one son by his wife Sarah and he is 100 years old when Isaac is born but God did exactly what God said he would do and God did it in a way that no man could.

Abraham is promised that he will become a great nation and that he will inherit some land.

Genesis 13:14
“And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

Genesis 13:15
For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”

God begins the nation of Israel in a very unusual way.

Genesis 15:13
“And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;”

God has promised Abraham that He will give him seed (a son) and he has promised to make him great and God has promised that He will give Abraham some land and now God promises Abraham that his seed are going to be slaves in a strange land.

Numbers 23:19
“God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

God gives Abraham one son; Isaac.

God gives Isaac two sons; Jacob and Esau.

Jacob schemes and steals the firstborn birthright from his brother Esau and then must flee for his life.

Jacob ends up with 4 wives and 12 sons before God leads him back to the land where Esau dwells.

Jacob is afraid for his life but God promised him safety.

Jacob has one wife that he loves more than the other three and with that wife Jacob has two sons; Joseph and Benjamin.

Jacob shows favoritism to Joseph and also gives him a coat of many colors and his brothers hate him.

Joseph has dreams about becoming a ruler and ruling over his brothers; he tells them of his dreams and they hate him all the more.

Joseph is sent out one time to check on his brothers and when they saw him they plotted to kill him.

An older brother sought to protect him from being murdered and put him in a pit.

Some of Joseph’s brothers drew him up out of the pit and sold him into slavery and Joseph was carried down into Egypt.

Joseph was a good slave and his master turned all of his wealth over to Joseph for him to manage.

His master’s wife wanted to have sex with Joseph but he would not so she framed him and his master put him in jail.

Joseph was a good slave in jail and ended up in charge of the jail.

Joseph interpreted dreams for two men who were placed in the jail and the interpretation was correct.

Later Pharaoh had a dream and Joseph was summoned to interpret and once again his interpretation was correct and Joseph finds himself second in command over all of Egypt.

Because there is a famine in the land Joseph’s brothers come down to Egypt to but corn and later the family of Joseph is moved down into Egypt a strange land.

In the Book of Exodus we read the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham 200 years before.

Exodus 1:8
“Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

Exodus 1:9
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel [are] more and mightier than we:

Exodus 1:10
Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and [so] get them up out of the land.

Exodus 1:11
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.”

Multitudes of details can be learned as you read through Genesis and Exodus but one thing is prominent and that is: Numbers 23:19 “God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

God is sovereign and He promised Abraham that his seed would be slaves in a strange land and then worked out all of the details to fulfill His promise.

Genesis 15:13
“And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;”

God is Sovereign man is not

God has made some promises to you and God is keeping His word. God is at work on the details fulfilling His promise to you.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God He promised to send a Redeemer.

Genesis 3:15
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman is a promise of the virgin birth.

Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:23
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

The promise of the virgin birth is a promise that God will become a man.

Luke 1:35
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

1 Timothy 3:16
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

1 Timothy 2:5
“For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

There are those who would doubt that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh but doubts prove nothing but that man loves darkness rather than light.

John 3:19
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

Everyone knows there is a God and everyone knows God has a Son.

John 5:17
“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

John 5:18
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”

Those unbelievers knew who Jesus was but they were not willing to be honest.

Romans 1:18
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 1:19
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.”

Psalms 14:1
“The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.”

The problem with man is not what he believes the problem with man is his heart.

Genesis 3:15
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The bruising of the head is a promise of a second advent of the Saviour.

The Lord Jesus will come back to this earth just as He promised.

John 14:1
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:2
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.”

Genesis 3:15
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

The bruising of the heel is a promise of a sacrificial Saviour that cannot be defeated at the first advent.
The Bible teaches us that the Lord Jesus was tempted by the greatest of all tempters.

Matthew 4:1
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Matthew 4:2
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Matthew 4:3
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Matthew 4:4
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

The Lord Jesus lived His life without ever committing one sin in word, thought or deed.

1 Peter 2:22
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”

2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Hebrews 4:15
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”

At the cross of Calvary the Lord Jesus defeated sin and Satan.

Colossians 2:14
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Colossians 2:15
[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

God promised to make His grace known by all.

Titus 2:11
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”

God said that it was His will that all men be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

God is longsuffering because He is not willing that any should perish.

2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God promised hope of eternal life to all.

Titus 1:2
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (You must choose by the free will that God gave you)

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The Next Day after Christmas

Luke 2:20
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

I enjoy the Christmas season because it seems as though many more people are actually thinking about Christ.

Oh, they may be thinking of a babe in a manger but at least their thinking about Jesus.

People do a lot of travelling to spend time with relatives and friends at Christmas time.

And even in 2011 people will attend a church service who will not attend at any other time of the year.

Maybe that first Christmas WAS something like what we see today!

They had the angels singing, so the air was filled with Christmas music.

They had the shepherds visiting, kind of like local friends dropping by.

And they had the Wise men coming in from out of town, they did not make it in time for Christmas, but they got there for the same reason a couple of years later!

Kind of like when we go to visit family in other cities, and we don’t get there for Christmas, but we do show up around that time of year!

But let me point out to you an interesting little note!

Luke 2:20
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

Note that after the shepherds visited and saw the babe in the manger they returned.

In fact, if you think about it, for most everybody, life got back to normal after that first Christmas day!

The shepherds returned to their flocks; the angels silenced their singing. The Wise Men made the long trip BACK HOME. And it seems like everybody forgot about that Holy Night!

So much so, that we do not even know for sure what day Christ was really born!

The shepherds returned as did everybody else, ALL EXCEPT MARY AND JOSEPH!

When Christmas is over this year, will you simply return to life as normal, perhaps praising God for the chance to celebrate Christmas, but really, none different than you were before?

The reason for the season seems to fade quickly into another new year and beyond.

Mary and Joseph had their lives radically changed by Christmas.

All of us who have had children know that bringing a baby into the world drastically changes the lives of Dad and Mom.

It changes their lives from the day of the birth of that child forever.

A person can never be the same after they have had a child born into their family!

Many will come for a visit when a baby is born.

They may visit in the hospital or in the home.

They may even bring a gift.

They all want to hold the darling and uh and ah over it.

But soon everyone is gone and the parents are left alone to raise the child.

I wonder what it will be like for us this Christmas.

Will we pause for Christmas and then go back to life as it was before Christmas or will this be a life changing season for us?

• MARY AND JOSEPH NEVER DID RETURN FROM SEEING JESUS!

That Christmas night when they first saw Jesus,
was for them only the beginning! From that moment until Jesus became a man they saw Him daily.

When you turn in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ you are radically changed and you have the rest of your life and all of eternity to spend with Jesus your Saviour.

Mark 1:15
“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

May be you have gone through many Christmas’ not believing the gospel.
It is time for you to repent and receive Christ as your Saviour.

Acts 20:21
“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Repentance takes place when you see yourself as a sinner in need of a Saviour and you turn to the Lord Jesus as your only hope of salvation.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 1:12
“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:”

John 6:47
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

John 20:30
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Mary and Joseph did not leave Jesus in Bethlehem; they took Jesus home with them.
They were warned by the angel of the Lord of danger and they took Jesus down into Egypt.

Matthew 2:13
“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Matthew 2:14
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:”

In the Bible Egypt is a type of the world.

When you get saved you take Jesus into the world with you.

Colossians 1:27
“To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

When you get saved you have Christ living in you and wherever you go you take Him with you.

You cannot escape living in the world and sometimes living in places that are not good for you.

You can live for the Lord Jesus anywhere in the world.

The Bible says:

1 John 2:15
“Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:16
For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

You can love Jesus instead of this world and what it has to offer.

John 14:15
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

All you need to do to show your love for Jesus is do what He tells you to do.

Mary and Joseph also moved to Nazareth but they never moved anywhere without Jesus.

Now there was a time when Mary and Joseph left Jesus behind in Jerusalem and did not miss Him for awhile.

• They lost Jesus at the Temple

You cannot lose Jesus in the sense of losing your salvation but you can get away from the Lord and that is called backsliding.

Proverbs 14:14
“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.”

You can attend church faithfully, read your Bible daily, pray daily, and involve yourself in ministry and still get backslid; cold and indifferent to the things of the Lord.

A man was asked, “Do you believe the two biggest problems in the church are ignorance and indifference?”

The man replied, “I do not know and I do not care!”

Proverbs 14:14
“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.”

Notice that a backslider is filled with his own ways.

That is a self centered life that is consumed with self; that is a life that is focused only on self.

ME FIRST! YOU LAST!

In Exodus chapter 20 God gave to Moses what we call the Ten Commandments but in the New Testament the Lord summed them up in Two Commandments.

Matthew 22:37
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:38
This is the first and great commandment.

The first 4 commandments are all about man’s love for God.

Matthew 22:39
And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22:40
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

The last six commandments are all about man’s responsibility to man.

There is nothing in the Ten Commandments about self-serving.

Perhaps we could conclude that we have gotten away from the Lord (we are backslidden) when our focus turns inward.

When we ourselves become more important and more of the focus than God or others we are backslid.

Sins are committed for self pleasure and victory over sin is ours when we are living our life for God and others.

1 Corinthians 8:3
“But if any man love God, the same is known of him.”

When someone truly loves God it will be seen in their actions and heard form their lips.

It is not something that they will need to tell you.

Philippians 2:3
“[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

When God is loved by an individual it will also be seen in their actions towards others.

The Christian life is a life of putting God first by giving yourself to minister to others.

• They lost Jesus at the Temple

• They lost Jesus…Jesus did not lose them

John 14:6
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The life of Jesus is eternal life and He paid a great price to make that eternal life available to mankind.

1 Peter 3:18
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

1 Peter 2:24
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

On the cross of Calvary the Lord said “It is finished” and that was the conclusion of the debt owed by mankind.

2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18
And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Man’s debt of sin was fully paid by the Lord Jesus Christ and He now offers eternal life to all who will receive Him to be their Saviour.

John 3:15
“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

• They lost Jesus…Jesus did not lose them

• They did not notice that Jesus was missing for almost three days

Again, I say that you cannot lose your salvation but you can get backslid.

A peculiar thing about backsliding is how slow and gradual the movement away from God is and how unnoticed is its actions.

You can get up every morning read your Bible and pray, attend every church service, work in the ministry, and be indifferent to things of God on the inside.

Backsliding happens gradually and when you finally realize that it has happened to you; you look up with amazement at how far you have gone away from God.

What you now realize is you are not reading your Bible and praying every day; in fact, you do not remember the last time you read your Bible or seriously prayed about anything.

You may or may not be still in church but you have probably quit serving.

You probably used the excuse that you needed a break or you just did not have time for your family.

Of course those were lies but you had convinced yourself that was a need.

You might notice that your excuses are focused on self and that is the problem.

We must die daily and do a self examination daily.

1 Corinthians 15:31
“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”

Psalms 139:23
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Psalms 139:24
And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

They lost Jesus…Jesus did not lose them

They did not notice that Jesus was missing for almost three days

• They found Jesus exactly where they lost Him

The problem a backslider has is how do I get going again serving the Lord and others?

You go back to where you got off track and start again.

Someone may say, “Do I need to re-dedicate my life to the Lord?”

I am not exactly sure why we want to get hung up in unscriptural terminology but you can call it anything you want to call it.

• Confess and Forsake Sin

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Proverbs 28:13
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.”

You just need to get back to reading your Bible and praying with the intent of loving God and loving others.

Pay attention to what you read in your Bible and ask God to speak to you before you begin reading.

Spend your prayer time praying for others; Prayer is a time when you can just forget about self.

Get back in church faithfully; Sit up and pay attention, take notes, do something to make sure you listen to the message.
Do the right thing and do not worry about getting a feeling.

• The Next Day after Christmas

Millions of people celebrate Christmas but the day after or soon following Christmas and Christ are forgotten.

People go back to life as usual. Mary and Joseph nurtured their relationship with the Lord Jesus, Will you?

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Prayer should be made in agreement with the Holy Scriptures

Today we hear Christians quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 as if it had some magical power to solve America’s problems.

2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The “my people” in this verse could not be the church. Think how impossible the verse becomes if it were. Which church would it be and when is the last time you saw a group of Christians who could be in agreement on one subject such as this. And how are you going to get all of them to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways. We don’t even agree on what is wicked. Notice also that once you get this unity God hears, forgives and then heals the land. I am not going to say that such a task is impossible but I want to interject that prayer must be in agreement with the Holy Scriptures. Is it God’s will for America to turn and get right with God? Careful now! We are considering the Holy Scriptures. Let us suppose that everyone gets right and turns and America turns and once again becomes the great Bible preaching nation that we once thought it was. What is your motive for wanting that? Are you busy in the work of God? Are you absolutely positive that your motive is not selfish and motivated by the comforts that you love so dearly?

I believe in prayer but I also believe in repentance. When American Christians get broken about their sin and truly repent they will be ready to pray. The Bible tells us very clearly what the church would be like in the last days. We are the Laodicean church and we are “a sorry lot”. Those are my words.

Revelation 3:14
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Revelation 3:15
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Revelation 3:16
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

I do not believe that American Christianity can even begin the road of repentance until it confesses what it has done to God’s word.

Proverbs 13:13
“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”

That is a subject I am willing to discuss if you want to contact me and begin the discussion. Apostasy is a departure from the truth while maintaining that you are still standing on the truth. It is hypocrisy! It is the preacher who says, “I believe that the authorized King James Version is the word of God” and then he says, “In the Greek…” That is an apostate preacher who says one thing and believes something all together different. I did not say that he is aware of his crooked dealings: some are and some are not. And any English version that is not the Authorized King James Version is not the word of God. I make those statements without any hesitation after being saved for almost 36 years and having read, studied, searched, memorized, and meditated on the Holy Scriptures for all of those years. No one who has taken the time to look at the other English versions could say that they are on equal ground with the AKJV nor could they say honestly that there is no doctrinal error in those other English versions.

If you want to know why we are in the Laodicean period of church history it is because we gave up the Book that God gave us.

I believe also that there is the possibility that the times of the Gentiles are over and God has turned in the direction of the Jews, the Tribulation, and Millennial.

Luke 21:24
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Romans 11:25
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Romans 11:26
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:”

I believe that other than a remnant of Gentile souls God’s work from here on out is going to be fulfilling the promises that He has made to the Jews. Yes, I know that many Gentiles will be redeemed during the tribulation but let’s face it the Bible does have divisions. One of the great sins of our day is ignoring the divisions and trying to make the church the only thing that God is interested in. You cannot shove every verse of the Bible into the church age and make a doctrinal application. God has not promised to extend His time table because people are still lost. That is why the people who claim the name of Christ need to be telling others how to be saved and using the right Bible when they do it. Someday soon it will be too late for most of America.

2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 3:15
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

The Jews are God’s chosen people and they have been given promises that no other race of people can claim. You did know that the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world as a Jew, didn’t you. And you have read the Old Testament, right! You have read about Abraham, right!

Genesis 12:1
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Genesis 12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

You do know that God has not changed His mind about this promise, right!

God is at this time gathering all nations for destruction. The nations, in the Bible, are a term for every nation except the Jews (Israel). The Jews are not reckoned among the nations of the world.

Numbers 23:9
“For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”

The Jews were to be a people unlike any other nation.

Leviticus 18:24
“Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:”

It was from among the Jews that Christ came and the Bible says clearly salvation is of the Jews.

John 4:22
“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.”

Let me interject a scriptural thought at this point that obviously is not considered by many today.

God is the Creator of all mankind.

Genesis 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

It is commonly taught that man is something special and should feel good about himself because he was made after God’s likeness and in the image of God.

Maybe we should just keep reading in the book of Genesis and find out if there is any truth to this positive pie in the sky, “I feel good about who I am” and “You just gotta believe in yourself.”

Adam was given one command and was just like you and I a colossal failure.

Genesis 2:16
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Adam was surrounded by trees that he could eat of one but just like you and I he had a tough time dealing with that one tree being forbidden to him. Why would God plant a tree and then tell me not to eat of that one tree? And can you believe it: God said I would surely die if I ate of that one tree? That is not fair! Where does God get the right to plant a tree in my garden and then tell me not to eat of it or He will make sure that I die? There you go! That is modern man. It is not yours: It ALL belongs to God. And God can do whatever He wants with it because He made it and He made it with a plan and a purpose. God cannot make a mistake and so whatever decision God makes is RIGHT. God is Sovereign!

God gave man a choice to be obedient or disobedient and God already knew which choice man would make. God knew man would make the wrong choice and therefore God, being much smarter than man, had a plan and a purpose for man. This plan would be 4,000 years down the road from the origin of man’s disobedience and God already knew all that would happen in the time between the sin and the sacrifice.

Let’s go back to Genesis and read something that most people seem to miss. Man is not one of God’s children just because God made him. We are not all God’s children and our relationship to God is creation to Creator. He is your God on the basis of creation but that does not guarantee you any security in eternity outside of salvation that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Genesis 5:1
“This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

Adam was made in the likeness of God but we are reading the book of the generations of Adam which is going to tell a different story about Adam’s sons.

Genesis 5:2
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

Just As we read it in Genesis chapter 1.
Genesis 5:3
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:”

Read that verse carefully and believe what you read. Adam’s son was in his likeness and after his image. What is the difference between the Adam of Genesis chapters 1 and 2 and the Adam of Genesis chapter 5? The difference is disobedience. This Adam that is now having sons in his likeness and after his image has been changed. God told Adam when he ate of the tree that was forbidden he would die. Adam died spiritually the very day that he ate of the forbidden tree in that he was separated from fellowship with God and at the age of 930 years Adam died physically. The death penalties went into effect exactly as God had said.

Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Notice that the word is WAGES (plural). There is more than one kind of death. We all understand that when someone dies physically we place them in a box and put the box in the ground. The dead are separated from the living. Spiritual death is the dead being separated from the living.

John 14:6
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The Lord Jesus is “the life” and we are dead spiritually.

Ephesians 2:1
“And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

Before you get saved you are alive physically but you are dead spiritually. You are living but you do not have life: God’s life.

1 John 5:11
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:12
He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

When you receive the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Saviour you receive life and you can have fellowship with God.

1 John 1:5
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your
Saviour you are dead spiritually and if you die physically while you are still dead spiritually you will go to Hell.
Romans 5:12
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Hebrews 9:27
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

Job 14:10
“But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he?”

Luke 16:22
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Luke 16:23
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Luke 16:24
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”

Adam’s sons are no longer in the image of God they are in his image and they have the sentence of death on them. All of mankind after Adam’s disobedience have been born dead spiritually and eventually will die physically because we are no longer in the image of God.

When the Lord Jesus Christ came to bear the sin of us all it is recorded that He is the image of God and that would be because He does not have death in Him and that is because He has not been disobedient.

2 Corinthians 4:3
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The way you get the image back is ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and then He will indwell you and His righteousness will reflect the image of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

The Lord Jesus Christ became a man just like Adam and was tempted just like Adam but the Lord Jesus Christ never sinned. He was never disobedient to the Father.

John 8:29
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

The following verses and many more are recorded about the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

1 Peter 2:22
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”

Hebrews 4:15
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”

John 1:29
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

1 Peter 2:24
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter 3:18
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

The Lord Jesus Christ succeeded; Adam failed. When you are born you are born in Adam’s image and Adam’s likeness and you are dead in your trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1
“And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;”

You need to be born again.

1 Peter 1:23
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

John 3:6
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

You are born again after you hear the word of God and turn in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:13
“In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

The word of truth declares that you are a sinner and in need of repentance.

Ecclesiastes 7:20
“For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

Acts 20:21
“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 7:10
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

Once you acknowledge by the preaching of the word of God and work of the Holy Spirit that you are a sinner you can turn to the Saviour and be saved.

Romans 10:9
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:10
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:11
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:12
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Once you have turned in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ you become one of God’s children.
John 1:12
“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:”

Galatians 3:26
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Now that we know that there is a difference between being one of God’s creatures and being one of God’s children let us return to our study.

It was the Jews to whom God committed the writing of the word of God. All (40 +) men who were used to pen the words of the Holy Scriptures were Jews.

Romans 3:1
“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit [is there] of circumcision?

Romans 3:2
Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”

Religion today has substituted itself for the Jew and kicked the Jew out. Oh sure they blow kisses at the Jew and say that we should be nice to them because if we do God will be nice to us.

The Jews are the superior race and they will survive all the attacks because God has promised them some land, a king, and a kingdom. It is our duty as Bible believers to accept the facts of the word of God and praise His holy name that some day SOON He is going to step out into the air and take us to the Judgment Seat of Christ.

America will get what she deserves and no amount of prayer is going to stop the judgment of God. God may bless me in many wonderful ways as a child of His but I am in a nation that God must judge. And when judgment comes I may lose some of the comforts of the luxury that I now live in but blessed be God I am still saved. I believe the Bible mentions something about us living in a way that gives Him glory.

1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:19
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

America has forgotten God!

Psalms 9:17
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.”

Therefore, America is one of the nations being gathered for destruction.

Joel 3:2
“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
Zechariah 14:1
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

Zechariah 14:2
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Zechariah 14:3
Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.”

Zephaniah 3:8
“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.”

Jeremiah 30:11
“For I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

The only nation that has a promise of preservation is the nation of Israel.

Jeremiah 30:16
“Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.”
Jeremiah 46:28
“Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I [am] with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”

America fits into the category of all nations and God gives His thoughts of America in the Bible.

Isaiah 40:17
“All nations before him [are] as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.”

I love America but I believe America has mocked God and America will pay. America can do whatever America wants to do but America will answer to God.

I believe the reason so many are praying to try and stop certain politicians from going into office is because they do not want to lose their comfort zone. American is fat and Americans are happy as long as they have money. Yes there are a few dedicated believers left but for the most part American Christianity is a fire gone out. We have access to more ways to preach the gospel than any generation that has ever lived and we have done less that any other generation. I do not look forward to any part of the future except the rapture but I will do my best to accept whatever comes because God has the right to do whatever He chooses.

Perhaps I sounded to bold or harsh for you but my friend we are in the last days. We have preached it for years and now that it is hear we do not want to acknowledge it. There has been a verse in the Bible that has greatly troubled me for years. I will close with that verse without comment.

1 Peter 4:18
“And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

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True or False, You decide

Luke 16:19
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:”

Here we have a rich man who is living life the way we all suppose that we would live if we only had millions of dollars. There is an interesting statement made just a few verses prior to this one.

Luke 16:15
“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

Obviously the way that we look at things and the way that God looks at things are not the same. Those things which we think would make us happy seem to be things that are an abomination to God. Maybe the statement about the heart is important. “God knoweth your hearts.” What does God know about our heart?

Jeremiah 17:9
“The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

There isn’t anything more deceitful than our heart and it is desperately wicked. That would indicate that it is not wise to trust my heart.

Proverbs 28:26
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

Why would one be considered a fool for trusting in his own heart?

Mark 7:21
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mark 7:22
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mark 7:23
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

Our desperately wicked heart defiles us with all manner of evil and thus only a fool would put confidence in something like that.

Obviously this rich man needs God but his riches have him in bondage and he is fooled into thinking that he is doing just fine.

Luke 16:20
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

Our contrast with the faring sumptuously rich man is a beggar who obviously cannot walk. He is laid at the gate of the rich man in hopes that the rich man will share his wealth with him. The beggar is not only unable to make a living because of his physical handicap he is said to be full of sores. The beggar has some kind of bodily affliction that would make him a putrid eyesore. An interesting note about the beggar in contrast to the rich man; the beggar has a name; Lazarus. The remainder of the story would indicate that the beggar was under the protection of God when he died and thus God knows his name.

Luke 16:21
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Lazarus is hungry and desires that he could just snatch some of the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table. Instead of food to give him strength he has dogs licking his sores. Imagine laying on the ground and not having the ability to move on your own covered with sores. Along comes the dogs; an animal that will eat his own puke and begins licking the sores of Lazarus.

One might ask the question, “Where is God?” If this beggar belongs to God then why is he afflicted with the inability to walk about in his own power and why does he have these sores on his body? And why would God allow him to lie at the gate of the rich man desiring something to eat and instead get licked by dogs? “Where is God?”

Those of you who do not like God will not like my answer but you will have something to think about. Man is much more than just a physical body.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Man consists of three parts; spirit, soul, and body. The body is only one third of the trinity and it is the only visible part. The spirit and the soul are invisible to the human eye. The spirit and the soul are the spiritual part of man and thus man is two thirds spiritual. The body is the temporal part of man that means it has an end.

Let’s take a trip back to the beginning of time and see what happened with God’s first man.

Genesis 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Notice that God said, “Let us” which would indicate that there is more than one. How many Gods are there?

In the Old Testament we read:

Deuteronomy 6:4
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:”

God said “Let us” is one.

In the New Testament we read:

Mark 12:29
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:”

And once again God said “Let us” is one.

Ephesians 4:6
“One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.”

And once again God said “Let us” is one.

If there is only one God then why did God say “Let us?”

The answer is there is only one God but He has chosen to present Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God who is one is a Trinity. You do remember that man is also a trinity (spirit, soul, and body).

Genesis 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Man being made in the image of God would at least in part be the trinity. Man is said to be made in God’s image and after His likeness.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

O.K. we must resolve another issue before we go any father. Is God the creator? The answer is Yes He is or no He isn’t. You know that He is the creator so why would you suggest that He isn’t?

Romans 1:19
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.

In you, has been manifest that which may be known of God. It is God that shewed it unto you.

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

God is invisible.
John 4:24
“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.”

That one God that is a Trinity is a spirit and you have never seen Him with your eyes.

John 1:18
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].”

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

The invisible things of God have been clearly seen from the time of creation. And the invisible things of God that have been clearly seen are understood by the things that are made: that would be you. The invisible God that is clearly seen and understood by the things that He has made also understand His eternal power and Godhead and you are without excuse so stop making excuses.

You understand His eternal power; you know that He is eternal. You understand the Godhead; God is a Trinity.

Obviously, if God is the creator He made you and if He made you then you are responsible to Him. You will answer to God for what you have done with the life that He gave you.

Now let us go back to the beginning of the creation of man and read.

Genesis 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

So here is man being made in the image of God and after His likeness.

Genesis 2:7
“And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Formed from the dust of the ground would be the physical body.

Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life would be the spirit.

And man became a living soul.

Here you have the trinity of man made in the likeness of the Trinity of God with an additional statement you need to pay attention too.

“…man became a living soul.”

When you were made you were made a living souland the soul never ceases to exist.

O.K. here is man made after God’s image and in God’s likeness and then given a woman to be his wife and placed in a garden with permission to eat anything he wants except for one tree that is forbidden to him.

Genesis 2:8
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:9
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

Genesis 2:16
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

What in this world is a tree of the knowledge of good and evil? What kind of fruit would that tree have on it? And why would God say that I must die if I eat from that tree?

To be continued…

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Salvation, How important is it?

As a Young child and throughout those years that I was growing I always believed that there had to be a God. I never doubted that God was the Creator of all things…including me. I never doubted that God was invisible and I had never seen Him but somehow I knew that He was there. As I grew older I became rebellious to authority and chose an unacceptable way of living. I would not have been mistaken as an unbeliever and could have easily been classified as an atheist or agnostic by the way that I lived. But in those days of wickedness I still knew that there was a God and there was this awareness that someday I would answer to Him for my chosen way to live. I lived in ignorance of the facts and tried never to consider the reality of God. One day I found myself in much trouble and there was no way out of the consequence. Miraculously, God made a way out and that does not mean that I got away with wickedness that means that God had a plan and a purpose for my life and He was working out the details.

I was born at a very early age and grew up normal…Whatever that is. I was the son of a man who had done well with his life financially. Not rich, but comfortable. This man taught me to work and to pay my bills. He taught me to be honest and do the right thing. He wanted me to get an education because he had only completed the eighth grade. In his day that was sufficient but he could see that more education than that would be needed for my generation. I finished high school, started college but soon dropped out. When I was the age of eighteen this man that had taught me about life was killed. I immediately acknowledged God by telling Him that if that was the kind of God He was then I did not want anything to do with Him. You see, I did not deny the existence of God I denied the work of God that I did not agree with. I knew that it was God that killed my dad.

Enter, the Rebel! I became very rebellious to authority and was bent on doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it because I wanted to do it. I developed an exceeding hatred for life. At the age of 20 for reasons unknown to me I decided to join the U. S. Army. I found out quickly that I no longer had the freedom to be a rebel. The crazy thing is I liked the Army way of doing things. I took the blood transfusion. If you cut me I would bleed O D Green. The Army way of life fit me. I liked the Army but my anger at God grew more manifest in my choice of life style. I drank and became a drunk. I never was an alcoholic because I hated going to meetings and making confessions. So I was a drunk.

I had gotten married, had one child and another one on the way. I was in the running for worst husband and father of the year. I was on my way to a disaster full speed ahead. I hated life. I wanted to die. I was afraid to commit suicide. You do remember that I knew there was a God and I knew that death would not be the end of anything but physical life. I knew that I would face God. I knew that there had to be a Hell for people like me could not go to Heaven.

God was at work doing what only God can do. I had relatives and they had gotten things right with God and they were serving Him faithfully in a church. These relatives got burdened about my wife and I and they began to pray for us to get saved. They thought that maybe they should get others involved in praying for us so they shared their prayer request with other members of their church.

I had been sent to Germany for a 39 month assignment with the U. S. Army. In 13 months I was on my way back to the U.S.A. and Ft. Hood Texas via a mental hospital. After evaluation I was released and my family and I made straight course for Abilene Texas. You say why was I going to Abilene? I had a God ordained appointment that I was not aware of. I went to visit those relatives who had been praying for me but I did not yet know that they were praying for me.

Arriving on Saturday we planned on leaving the next day, Sunday. We were asked to go to church with these relatives on Sunday and we agreed. I don’t know why. I did not want to go to church. God is much bigger than you think and He is definitely smarter than anyone you have ever met, physically speaking.

I sat through a Sunday School Class on that Sunday morning and I do not have a clue what the teacher said. I sat through a sermon on that Sunday morning but I do not have a clue what the Preacher said. But while I listened to that man preach someone began talking to me on the inside. No, not audibly but clearly from within. I was impressed with the fact that I needed a Saviour. As I sat and listened to this internal voice I remembered from my childhood that at the end of the sermon there would be what is called an invitation. An invitation is given so you can walk down the isle to the altar and someone can take the Bible and answer your question. I began to think, “I wish that Preacher would shut up, I need to go to that altar and get saved.” Finally the time arrived and the Preacher did give the invitation and I rose with tears in my eyes and informed my wife that I needed to get saved. I believe I said to her, “Do you want to get saved?”

On that day I received the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Saviour.

How important is salvation? My life was changed. I no longer hated life. I now knew how to love my wife and my children. I was no longer a rebel. I had reasons to live and no longer wanted to die. I had a worthy purpose for my existence. I still believed in God but my view of Him had greatly changed. I now believed that God made no mistake when He killed my dad. I now believed that God had the right to do anything He wanted to do anytime He wanted to do it and everything that God did was right. I know that someday I will answer to God but I will answer as a saved man. I know that I am eternally secure and Heaven will be my home when I leave this planet. I know that I cannot go to Hell because the Lord Jesus Christ, My Saviour, has already done that for me. Why is salvation important? It makes life worth living.

You may e-mail me at crjaquess@sbcglobal.net if you have questions.

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Salvation, How important is it?

As a Young child and throughout those years that I was growing I always believed that there had to be a God. I never doubted that God was the Creator of all things…including me. I never doubted that God was invisible and I had never seen Him but somehow I knew that He was there. As I grew older I became rebellious to authority and chose an unacceptable way of living. I would not have been mistaken as an unbeliever and could have easily been classified as an atheist or agnostic by the way that I lived. But in those days of wickedness I still knew that there was a God and there was this awareness that someday I would answer to Him for my chosen way to live. I lived in ignorance of the facts and tried never to consider the reality of God. One day I found myself in much trouble and there was no way out of the consequence. Miraculously, God made a way out and that does not mean that I got away with wickedness that means that God had a plan and a purpose for my life and He was working out the details.

I was born at a very early age and grew up normal…Whatever that is. I was the son of a man who had done well with his life financially. Not rich, but comfortable. This man taught me to work and to pay my bills. He taught me to be honest and do the right thing. He wanted me to get an education because he had only completed the eighth grade. In his day that was sufficient but he could see that more education than that would be needed for my generation. I finished high school, started college but soon dropped out. When I was the age of eighteen this man that had taught me about life was killed. I immediately acknowledged God by telling Him that if that was the kind of God He was then I did not want anything to do with Him. You see, I did not deny the existence of God I denied the work of God that I did not agree with. I knew that it was God that killed my dad.

Enter, the Rebel! I became very rebellious to authority and was bent on doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it because I wanted to do it. I developed an exceeding hatred for life. At the age of 20 for reasons unknown to me I decided to join the U. S. Army. I found out quickly that I no longer had the freedom to be a rebel. The crazy thing is I liked the Army way of doing things. I took the blood transfusion. If you cut me I would bleed O D Green. The Army way of life fit me. I liked the Army but my anger at God grew more manifest in my choice of life style. I drank and became a drunk. I never was an alcoholic because I hated going to meetings and making confessions. So I was a drunk.

I had gotten married, had one child and another one on the way. I was in the running for worst husband and father of the year. I was on my way to a disaster full speed ahead. I hated life. I wanted to die. I was afraid to commit suicide. You do remember that I knew there was a God and I knew that death would not be the end of anything but physical life. I knew that I would face God. I knew that there had to be a Hell for people like me could not go to Heaven.

God was at work doing what only God can do. I had relatives and they had gotten things right with God and they were serving Him faithfully in a church. These relatives got burdened about my wife and I and they began to pray for us to get saved. They thought that maybe they should get others involved in praying for us so they shared their prayer request with other members of their church.

I had been sent to Germany for a 39 month assignment with the U. S. Army. In 13 months I was on my way back to the U.S.A. and Ft. Hood Texas via a mental hospital. After evaluation I was released and my family and I made straight course for Abilene Texas. You say why was I going to Abilene? I had a God ordained appointment that I was not aware of. I went to visit those relatives who had been praying for me but I did not yet know that they were praying for me.

Arriving on Saturday we planned on leaving the next day, Sunday. We were asked to go to church with these relatives on Sunday and we agreed. I don’t know why. I did not want to go to church. God is much bigger than you think and He is definitely smarter than anyone you have ever met, physically speaking.

I sat through a Sunday School Class on that Sunday morning and I do not have a clue what the teacher said. I sat through a sermon on that Sunday morning but I do not have a clue what the Preacher said. But while I listened to that man preach someone began talking to me on the inside. No, not audibly but clearly from within. I was impressed with the fact that I needed a Saviour. As I sat and listened to this internal voice I remembered from my childhood that at the end of the sermon there would be what is called an invitation. An invitation is given so you can walk down the isle to the altar and someone can take the Bible and answer your question. I began to think, “I wish that Preacher would shut up, I need to go to that altar and get saved.” Finally the time arrived and the Preacher did give the invitation and I rose with tears in my eyes and informed my wife that I needed to get saved. I believe I said to her, “Do you want to get saved?”

On that day I received the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Saviour.

How important is salvation? My life was changed. I no longer hated life. I now knew how to love my wife and my children. I was no longer a rebel. I had reasons to live and no longer wanted to die. I had a worthy purpose for my existence. I still believed in God but my view of Him had greatly changed. I now believed that God made no mistake when He killed my dad. I now believed that God had the right to do anything He wanted to do anytime He wanted to do it and everything that God did was right. I know that someday I will answer to God but I will answer as a saved man. I know that I am eternally secure and Heaven will be my home when I leave this planet. I know that I cannot go to Hell because the Lord Jesus Christ, My Saviour, has already done that for me. Why is salvation important? It makes life worth living.

You may e-mail me at crjaquess@sbcglobal.net if you have questions.

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Is There A God?

The Bible does not appear to even attempt to prove the existence of God and that is because God has put within every man the knowledge of His existence.

Romans 1:19
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

There are many who in one way or another deny that there is a God in spite of the fact that they know there is.

Romans 1:32
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

It is sin that provokes man to deny that there is a God because admittance that there is a God is admittance that they will answer for the lifestyle that they have chosen.

Romans 3:19
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

As a believer I can listen to the ramblings and ravings of the lost man or I can spend time strengthening my faith in God.

I decided a long time ago that being in the minority is most always the right thing.

The very first verse of the Bible declares that there is a God.

Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

I cannot prove to anyone that there is a God but as I have already stated they know that there is a God so I am never interested in the conversation about the non-existence of God.

I am going to give you one proof that there has to be a God.

I am not attempting to prove that there is a God for everyone already knows that there is a God.

I am just going to give you something that proves that there has to be a God.

When you are challenged by the so called atheists, agnostics, skeptics and hecklers of this world you might just respond with some truth from the word of God.

Psalms 14:1
“The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.”

The person that says there is no God has a heart problem and we knew that before they spoke.

The brain takes in information contrary to God and because of his heart problem man decides to believe what his brain has learned.

The only other option that I know of other than some religion that teaches a lie about how to know God is the theory of evolution.

Let me say first of all that God gave every individual a free will and you can believe anything that you chose to believe.

If you want to believe a lie God will allow you to believe that lie and damn your soul to Hell without one concern about your eternal soul.

We sometimes get the impression that God is walking around wringing His hands trying to figure out how to get people saved.

God is not upset because many have chosen to reject His Son.

I did not say that God has changed His mind about what He has already put into writing.

Titus 2:11
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”

1st Timothy 2:4
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

2nd Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

I said God is not upset about being rejected.

He isn’t even surprised by the rejection.

Matthew 7:13
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14
Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

I cannot explain how but the word of God says that every person on every spot of this earth has the grace of God appear to them and they are given a choice to receive God’s Son or reject God’s Son.

2nd Corinthians 4:3
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2nd Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

First comes the choice to believe and then comes permission for the god of this world to blind if the choice is to believe not.

You might make note of verse 3 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”

Does God hide the gospel or truth from some people and why would God do that?

Often someone will say that the Jews under the law were looking forward to Christ coming as if they knew that He would come and die for them and they could then be saved by believing on Him.

You might have a hard time proving that when you study the disciples, who were chosen by the Lord.

They did not believe even after He had died on the cross.

Obviously they did not get the memo: or should I say did not believe what was written in the Old Testament.

Mark 16:14
“Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.”

God had a plan and His plan included hiding the truth from some Jews until a specific time previously determined by God.

Luke 18:31
“Then he took [unto him] the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.

Luke 18:32
For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:

Luke 18:33
And they shall scourge [him], and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

Luke 18:34
And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”

Luke 24:44
“And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.

Luke 24:45
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”

The scriptures are hidden to all men until a time that God chooses to open your understanding.

The Scriptural admonition is “Search” and “Study.”

John 5:39
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

2nd Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

If you are not willing to “Search” and “Study” the scriptures will remain hid to you.

Here is the bottom line: God gave you knowledge of His existence and God revealed to you your need of a Saviour.

Once God has done that the choice is yours.

God will not force you to believe on His Son and God is not going to predestinate you to get saved because that would go totally against all that God is.

If you chose Christ as your Saviour God says to you “Search the scriptures” and “Study.”

God will not force you to search and study but He will not reveal truth to you if you do not search and study.

Yes you will learn some things from listening to others but you will never get all of what God wants you to have if you do not get into the Book and work at learning truth.

When it comes to the natural man it is very difficult for him to believe in something that he cannot see, feel, or touch.

1st Corinthians 2:14
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.”

• Proof for the existence of God is the new birth

When you get saved you are a new man in Christ Jesus.

2nd Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

What does it mean to become a “new creature?”

Does it mean that all of your tastes and desires are changed?

If you liked iced tea the day before you got saved you will like iced tea the day after you get saved.

Does becoming a new creature take away all of my sinful desires?

No! It magnifies them.

Romans 7:15
“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Romans 7:16
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.

Romans 7:17
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:18
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.”

Becoming a new creature in Christ is something spiritual that takes place and from the day of your new birth until the day of your death or the rapture your two natures will be contrary to one another.

Galatians 5:17
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

When you are born again you will develop a love for the things of God and develop a hatred for the works of the flesh.

2nd Peter 3:18
“But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
You are a new creature like Christ.

Colossians 1:15
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

The Lord Jesus Christ never appeared as a man until after the virgin birth.

On many occasions we have the Lord appearing as an angel but that is another lesson.

Psalms 2:7
“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

This day is a specific time that God had ordained for His Son to be born.

Galatians 4:4
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Galatians 4:5
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

The Lord Jesus Christ was the first man ever born of the Holy Ghost which is also called the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:35
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
Therefore we read: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” (Colossians 1:15)

When you are born again you are born again by the
Holy Spirit.

John 3:8
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

At the time of the “new birth” the Holy Spirit indwells you and since Christ is the fulness of the Godhead the bible says:

Colossians 1:27
“To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

You are a new creature in Christ and Christ is in you so in you is a divine nature.

2nd Peter 1:4
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

You are a new (spiritual) creature and you have been changed.

• Proof for the existence of God is the new birth

2nd Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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Thanking God for so great salvation

Hebrews 2:3
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];”

Where would we be if “so great” salvation had not been spoken by the Lord and then confirmed again and again by those who heard that truth? Where would we be if God had not taken it upon Himself to be the Initiator of the plan and purpose of His “so great” salvation? Where would we be if the Lord Jesus Christ had not taken it upon Himself to become one of us and live among us being tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin? Where would we be if the Lord Jesus Christ had not been willing to go to the cross and there bare our sins in His own body and be made sin for us? Where would we be if the Lord Jesus Christ had not been willing to be forsaken under the wrath of God and go to Hell for us? Where would we be if the Lord Jesus Christ did not have the power to rise from the dead and live again? Where would we be if that “so great” salvation had not been made available by grace through faith? Where would we be if we had to earn that “so great” salvation by our good works?

Romans 4:4 “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

We would be tormented and tortured in the lake of fire for all of eternity.

Revelation 14:10 “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Thank God for “so great salvation” that is absolutely free through repentance and faith!

Acts 20:21 “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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