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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE TRUTH

Is Bible Truth important to your Faith and Salvation ie. will you be saved despite what you believe the bible teaches or does it matter what you believe?

Well the word “truth” appears 237 times in the bible, that alone says it must be important!

Therefore it must be important to understand what “truth” is.

A quick scan of the passages using this word “truth” leave us in no doubt that it is not only important, but vital to our salvation.

John 17:3

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1 John 5:20

20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:3-4

3For thisis good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Clearly then knowing what is Bible Truth is important and vital, in addition to this we are also warned that some would depart from the “truth”…

1 Timothy 4:1

1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry,and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 John 4:6

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

From these passages it is very clear that we need to know the “truth” about God and His Son as it is taught to us in the Bible.  This means we must learn what this is from the Bible itself.

 

Don't let your HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL rest with someone else eg. your pastor or minister, YOU owe it to yourself and your family to be fully convinced of what it is you believe to be sure it HOLDS something REAL for you.

We have all been warned by God that there would be many false teachers and Jesus himself has told us that "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  See Matthew 7:14

 

Sadly when Christ returns to this earth, many will only then realise that they have believed in lies Jeremiah 16:19

"19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit."

Don't let this be you or your family!

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

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The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

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  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
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“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

 
 
 
 
 

Salvation Hebrews 9:28

Salvation
 
Introduction
 
Part 1: God wants all men and women to be saved.
 
How is God able to save from sin and death?Salvation is only through ChristWhen will God save men and women?Summary
 
Part 2: What must I do to be saved? 
 
The essential steps 
 
Humble ourselves, to accept Grace 
 
Have faith 
 
Repent 
 
Be baptized 
 
Live a life of obedience Once Saved, Always Saved? 
 
Introduction
 
In our hearts we know that there must be more to life than simply living and dying. We look into space and consider the wonder of creation and realize there is a greater power than ourselves. We look at the complexity of the human body and realize we are not here by accident or chance. So, why are we here and what is the meaning of our existence?
 
For many, life is full of suffering and misery. Life often seems unfair and without meaning or purpose. But the Creator of the heaven and earth has told us there is meaning and purpose to life. He has told us there is much more to life than simply living and dying. 
 
The Bible tells us that God wants to save all men and women from a meaningless existence and include them in His eternal plan. The Bible is a book of hope and it tells us of the way that leads to SALVATION. 
 
Part 1: God wants all men and women to be saved. 
 
God tells us that He wants to save all men and women: 
 
"This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:3-4) 
 
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) 
 
God also tells us that He will fill the earth with His glory and knowledge: 
 
"Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen." (Psalm 72:19)
"They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9) 
 
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)
 
God will fill the earth with His glory and knowledge by saving men and women who know God and reflect His glory.
However, today we see a world that is torn apart by war, disease, poverty, suffering and disaster, and many people do not know, or want to know, anything about God. It is a world that is far from reflecting the glory of God. 
 
When the earth is full of people disobeying God's laws how can the earth be filled with His glory? Ever since the first human failure in the garden of Eden, all men and women have inherited a natural tendency to disobey God. As a result, all people sin and eventually die: 
 
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12) 
 
Before the earth can be filled with God's glory, sin must be removed. When sin is removed all the problems associated with sin will also disappear. For this to happen, God has told us about His plan of salvation. Without such a plan, the earth would never reflect the glory of God and we would be without hope. 
 
How is God able to save from sin and death? 
 
Consider the steps that led to the introduction of sin and death in the Garden of Eden: 
 
1. The earth was full of God's glory until Adam and Eve disobeyed God's commandment (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6-13). 
 
2. They were punished with a mortal (dying) nature that would experience suffering (Genesis 3:15-19). 
 
3. All people have inherited the same mortal nature (Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22). 
 
To remove sin and death and fill the earth with God's glory, the above steps must be REVERSED. And this is exactly what happened. Jesus Christ succeeded where Adam failed. Jesus never sinned, he was totally obedient to God and as a result he opened a way for God to save us and fill the earth with His glory. 
The steps leading to the removal of sin and death can be summarized as follows: 
 
1. Jesus Christ obeyed God completely (Hebrews 4:15). 
 
2. He was rewarded with an immortal nature that was not able to sin (Acts 2:22-24). 
 
3. All CAN inherit an immortal nature (Romans 6:8-12). 
 
It is through Christ than God can save men and women from sin and death. We can be given a nature that will reflect God's glory perfectly -one that does not experience suffering and does not die: 
 
"For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) 
 
It is understandable that Jesus could be raised from the grave and be given eternal life because he was perfect. But how can we, who are sinners, share in this blessing of salvation? 
 
It is by God's 'grace' or favour that we are saved. Although we are personally sinners and deserve death (Romans 6:23), if we follow the essential steps for salvation we will be presented as perfect in the day of judgement (Colossians 1:22, Jude:24). And if we are perfect in the sight of God then we will be rewarded with the same reward He gave to His perfect son -eternal life. 
 
This is an incredible thing for God to do. He is willing to blot out all our failures, see us as perfect and give us a reward so great we cannot fully comprehend it. This highlights the enormous love of God and His great desire to save us. 
 
God's plan of salvation is like a person putting on a coat to cover himself. When we sin we become symbolically naked in God's eyes, our human weakness and imperfection is exposed before God. This idea can be seen when the first sin was committed in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve felt naked and ashamed when they sinned and they tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves (Genesis 3:7). However, this was not an acceptable covering for their sin and instead, God provided them a covering made from an animal skin (Genesis 3:21). 
 
From this time onwards, the shedding of blood which was required in the provision of the animal skin became an essential requirement for covering sin (Exodus 29:36, Leviticus 1:4, Hebrews 9:22). 
 
Because we are all sinners, we are all 'naked' in God's eyes and need a covering if we are to be seen as perfect and be saved by God. 
 
Today, when we are baptized into Christ, we symbolically put on Christ, and he becomes our covering for sin: 
 
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."  (Galatians 3:27) 
 
This putting on of Christ is also likened to putting on a white robe that has been made clean by the blood of Christ (Revelation 7:13-14). 
 
Having provided this covering for our sins, God can count us as just and right like Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8-11). But this covering can be spotted by sin (Jude:23) and needs to be kept clean by seeking forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9). Christ also warns us in Revelation that we must 'keep' our garments. If we lose our garments by backsliding, we lose our covering for sin and God will not save us: 
 
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Revelation 16:15) 
 
Salvation is only through Jesus Christ 
 
It is important to realize that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. No one else has lived a perfect life, therefore no one else is qualified to reverse the process that led to sin and death and provide hope for us.
 
There are Christians and non-Christians who will tell us that as long as we are genuine, sincere and love God we will be saved. They will say there are many roads that lead to salvation and the one we choose depends on our background.
 
However, the Bible tells us it is through Jesus Christ, and only Jesus Christ, that we can be saved: 
 
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14:6) 
 
". . . It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:10-12) 
 
"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him." (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10) 
 
"Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him." (Hebrews 5:8-9) 
 
Salvation by Grace 
 
If salvation is only through Christ that means we cannot earn salvation for ourselves. This means it is a gift: 
 
"For it is by grace, you are saved, through faith -and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
 
We will consider this subject in more detail in Part 2. 
 
When will God save men and women? 
 
The return of Jesus Christ back to the earth must happen before God can save us and fill the earth with His glory. We are told very clearly in the Bible that Jesus is coming back to the earth again: 
 
"Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11) 
 
When Jesus Christ comes back to the earth, the reward of eternal life will be given to all those who have followed the essential steps required for salvation: 
 
"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." (Revelation 22:12) 
 
"For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him." (1 Corinthians 15:22-23) 
 
When Christ returns he will re-establish God's kingdom on the earth. God did have a Kingdom in the past (1 Chronicles 28:5), but because of the wickedness of the kings they were removed and God said there would not be a king again until the return of Christ (Ezekiel 21:26-27 compare with 2 Samuel 7:12-16 and Luke 1:31-33). 
 
The great promises God made to Abraham and David were about this Kingdom on the earth. (For more information on the promises God made to Abraham and David or the Kingdom of God on earth please review our other pamphlet selections). 
 
We are told that the Kingdom will last for 1000 years on the earth (Revelation 5:10 and 20:4). After the 1000 years, sin and death will be completely removed and the earth will be filled with God's glory (1 Corinthians 15:24-28). 
 
Summary of Part 1 
 
We have seen that:
 
God will fill the earth with His glory.
 
Before He can do this sin and death must be removed from the earth.
 
To remove sin and death God made a plan of salvation by sending His son Jesus.
 
Jesus never sinned and as a result he reversed the steps that led to death and was given eternal life.
 
By God's grace, if we follow the essential steps for salvation God can see us as perfect and also reward us with eternal life.
 
Grace means we cannot earn salvation, it is a free gift.
 
The reward of eternal life will be given when Jesus returns to the earth and rules as King over God's Kingdom.
 
After 1000 years, death will be destroyed and sin will be completely removed from the earth.
 
The earth will finally be full of God's glory
 
Part 2: What must I do to be saved? 
 
The essential steps 
 
There are five essential steps that God requires us to take if we want to be saved: 
 
1. Humble ourselves -to accept Grace Romans 3:23-24; Titus 2:11 
 
2. Have Faith in God and the Gospel Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6; Acts 8:12 
 
3. Repent and be Converted Acts 3:19; Luke 13:3 
 
4. Be Baptized Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:43 
 
5. Live a life of Obedience Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Timothy 4:16; Matthew 10:22; James 1:12 
 
1. Humble ourselves -to accept Grace 
 
The first step is to humble ourselves because there is nothing we can do, or have done, that makes us deserve this wonderful gift of eternal life. We have all sinned and deserve death (Romans 6:23). Eternal life is a gift we cannot earn, we can never expect it as something that is rightfully ours. We are told that it is by God's grace (favour) that we are justified (made right): 
 
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:23-24) 
 
Therefore, we must humble ourselves so we can prepare our minds for the coming of Christ who will bring us salvation:
 
". . . All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." (1 Peter 5:5-6) 
 
2. Have faith in God and the Gospel 
 
God will only save us by His grace if we have faith: 
 
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8) 
 
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) 
 
Not only must we believe that God exists and will reward us, we must also believe in the good news about the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. This message was at the very centre of Paul's preaching: 
 
"Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 28:31) 
Belief in the gospel was required before a person was baptized: 
 
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." (Acts 8:12) 
 
It is also important to have a correct belief about God and Jesus. We are told that true worshippers will worship God in truth: 
 
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks." (John 4:23) 
 
We are also told that our eternal life depends on knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ: 
 
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:3) 
 
A correct knowledge of God, Jesus and the Kingdom of God can only come through reading the Bible. When Paul preached the good news to those in Berea they did not simply accept what he was saying, rather they searched the Bible to see if what they heard was the truth (Acts 17:11). We too must have this attitude and search for truth. 
 
There are a number of examples in the Bible that show us how God views those who worship Him in the way that they think is acceptable without paying due regard to the way God commanded them to worship Him: 
 
-Cain worshipped God in his own way and was rejected by God. We are told in the New Testament that his works were evil (1 John 3:12). 
 
-The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, were destroyed by fire from God because they were disobedient in the way they approached and worshipped God (Leviticus 10:1-3). 
 
-In Christ's day the Jews had turned their worship into one that God saw as vain and empty (Matthew 15:9). And they would be 'thrust out' of the Kingdom (Luke 13:28). 
 
Therefore: 
 
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) 
 
3. Repent 
 
After hearing the truth about God, Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, we must repent. Paul tells us: 
 
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out." (Acts 3:19) 
 
Repent means, "to change ones mind for the better". Therefore, we must change the way we think and turn to God. Our whole life must be focused in the right direction as we prepare to make a life long commitment to serve God and walk in the footsteps of Christ. 
 
4. Be baptized 
 
Although baptism may seem a simple and unimportant thing to do, it has great meaning and significance. We must take the time to understand the meaning of baptism and realize how important it is. Baptism is an essential step and not an optional extra. We are told clearly that belief must be followed by baptism: 
 
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16) 
 
The book of Leviticus taught the Jews how to make a sacrifice for sin. The person offering a sacrifice for sin would take the very best lamb and shed its blood. Before it was killed, the sinner would reach forward and place his hand on the head of the animal (Leviticus 4:27-29). In doing this, he would be making a connection with the sacrifice. As he saw this animal rapidly die, he would understand that this animal represented himself. It would remind him how serious sin was and how terrible it is in God's eyes and he would appreciate the great love of God in providing a covering for his sin. 
 
In a similar way we have forgiveness of our sins today. Through baptism we are making a connection with our perfect sacrificial Iamb -the Lord Jesus Christ. This connection with Christ through baptism is explained in the book of Romans:
 
". . . all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father; we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin -because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him." (Romans 6:3-8) 
 
In baptism we are symbolically dying, being buried in water and being raised out of the water just as Christ died, was buried and rose to a new life. 
 
After baptism we enter into a new relationship with God and our past sins are washed away and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) 
 
5. Live a Life of Obedience 
 
Once we are baptized we must obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ and tell others about the wonderful hope of salvation: 
 
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20) 
 
In a letter to Timothy we read the following advice: 
 
"Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them. Because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16) 
 
When we are baptized we change our master. No longer are we slaves to sin, but to righteousness (Romans 6:16-23).
 
The Lord Jesus Christ becomes our new master (Romans 1:1) and because we have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), we must be 100% committed to him. The commitment we make to our Lord is for life and we are required to remain faithful to him and persevere until the end: 
 
"All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."  (Matthew 10:22) 
 
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12) 
 
The commandments of Christ are for our own good now and in the future. They are designed to prepare us for God's kingdom. 
 
We read Christ's commandments in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), in addition, the apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:37 that the things he writes are also the commands of Christ and cannot be ignored. While we must try hard to live a life of obedience to these commands, we will fail. However, because we are connected to Christ we can come to God in prayer and seek for the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 1:7-9, 2:1-2). 
 
The struggle to remain obedient is not easy. Because God knows the struggle is not easy for us, He has left us with some very valuable resources to help us overcome our weaknesses and remain faithful to Him. 
 
They are as follows: 
 
1. Bible reading -God has preserved His word for us to read. As we need food each day to give us physical strength. we also require a regular intake of God's word to give us spiritual strength. To help you in regular reading of the Bible, the Christadelphians have a daily reading planner that takes you through the entire Old Testament once each year and the New Testament twice (please write for a free copy). 
 
2. Prayer -At any time we can talk to God in prayer and ask Him for strength and help when we are feeling weak. Communication with our Father in heaven is something we cannot afford to neglect. Jesus tells us that we should always pray (Luke 18:1). There is no minimum or maximum number of times we must pray each day, and there are no set times to pray ¬God can hear our prayers at any time. Daniel set a good example for us to follow when he made it a habit to pray each day in the morning, at noon and in the evening (Daniel 6:10). 
 
3. Fellowship -Sharing fellowship through eating bread and drinking wine with those who have the same faith, as was commanded by Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-29), will serve as a great source of strength and help. In the bread and wine we remember the Lord's life and death and are encouraged by his perfect example. Other believers can also give us strength and encouragement just as we can also encourage and strengthen them. 
 
Once saved, always saved? 
 
The Bible never says that salvation is guaranteed. Immortal life is only given at the judgement when Jesus Christ returns to those found worthy. Simply attending a church and saying that we "accept Jesus as our personal saviour" (a popular phrase, but one not found in the Bible) will, sadly, not guarantee our salvation. 
 
The Bible teaches that even after we are baptized there is no guarantee of salvation. We are told that we must strive to enter into the Kingdom (Luke 13:23-24), and that not everyone who seeks eternal life will find it (Matthew 1:13). Christ will reject even some who are confident of their own salvation, because they did not do the will of God (Matthew 1:21-23). Christ tells us that observing his commandments is part of our Christian walk (Matthew 28:19-20), and seeking to obey them is required for our salvation (1 Timothy 4:16, Hebrews 5:9). 
 
Many Christians sincerely believe that they know the day and hour they were saved", and yet time and time again such overconfidence so easily leads them to make mistakes. 
 
"Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful in case he should fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12) 
 
The Bible clearly teaches that: 
 
Eternal life is not a present possession of believers (see Matthew 10:22, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 3:12-14, 2 Peter 1:10, compare Titus 3:7 with Romans 8:24, compare Matthew 24:46 with Daniel 12:2). 
 
Salvation is given to those who have accepted Christ AND have 'overcome' the trials they experience throughout their lives (see Revelation 2:7,17,26, 3:5,12,21). 
 
Salvation is ultimately a future experience (Romans 13:11, 1 Thessalonians5:8, Hebrews 1:14). 
 
Eternal life is to be given at the "last day" (John 6:39-40,54, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23). 
 
The great apostle Paul, although confident of his salvation, recognized that he could be disqualified from the race to receive the incorruptible crown of life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). From another of Paul's letters, it is clear he understood that his salvation was not guaranteed (Philippians 10:10-14). Paul also tells the Gentile believers in Rome that they must 'continue' in God's kindness otherwise they would be cut off as many of the Jews were: 
 
"Behold then the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell severity, but to you goodness -if you continue in his goodness -otherwise you will be cut off." (Romans 11:21-22). 
 
There are three quotations in Hebrews that leave us without doubt that salvation is not guaranteed when you accept Christ and become a believer. Read the following verses and ask yourself whether the salvation of these believers was guaranteed; 
 
  (i) Hebrews 3:12-14
 
  (ii) Hebrews 6:4-6 
 
  (iii) Hebrews 10:26-29 
 
God requires us to struggle against our selfish human natures and remain obedient to Him. Overcoming temptation is not easy and it will require great effort and perseverance combined with sincere prayer and a constant reading of the Bible. Paul described this struggle as a 'war' within himself. There was a battle between doing good and doing evil and often when he wanted to do good he found himself doing evil (Romans 7:14-25). 
 
At the judgment every person will be rewarded according to his or her works, it is to the one who continues in well doing that eternal life will be given. In contrast, the disobedient will receive indignation and wrath (Romans 2:5-10). 
 
The confusion surrounding salvation revolves around the uses of the word 'saved'. The following example shows us how the word 'saved' can be used in more than one way: 
 
Imagine that an airplane crashed in the middle of a large ocean. The people from the plane are struggling for survival. When one of them sees a life raft nearby he cries, "Thank God, I'm saved". However, he is not completely out of danger, first, he must reach the life raft. Once in the life raft he is still not totally safe. The life raft may sink or there may not be enough food and water to last until a rescue plane is sent. Even when in the rescue plane, there is a risk of the plane crashing -he is not 'saved' in the ultimate sense until he sets foot on land. 
 
When we come to the Bible, we also find clear examples of the word 'saved' being used in a number of different ways. There are three distinct uses of the word "saved" in Scripture. Care in their use is required to avoid misleading conclusions: 
 
1) "Saved" in the past tense referring to the sacrificial work of Christ or when the believer connects him or herself with that sacrifice at baptism (see 2 Timothy 1:9 and Titus 3:5 for examples). This is like the person stranded in the middle of the ocean seeing a life raft and saying, "Thank God, I'm saved". 
 
2) "Saved" in the present tense (continuous tense in the Greek, more accurately "being saved"). The following quotations indicate that salvation is a continuing process throughout the entire life of the believer (see Acts 2:47, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 15:2 and 2 Corinthians 2:15). This is like the person on the life raft. 
 
3) "Saved" in the future tense and ultimate sense (see Matthew 10:22, 1 Corinthians 3:15, 5:5 and 1 Timothy 4:16). This is like the person safely setting foot on land. 
 
Conclusion 
 
Because of the perfect obedience of Christ, God is able to fulfill His purpose and fill the earth with His glory. When Christ returns, he will re-establish the Kingdom of God and this kingdom will grow until it fills the entire earth. 
 
We can be part of this coming Kingdom if we follow the steps that God has recorded for us in the Bible. If we follow these steps, God will count us as righteous and we will be saved from spending eternity in the grave and be given eternal life. 
 
The hope we are given by God is real. God's purpose will continue to unfold and we have the option now of being saved and being part of His eternal plan. There are only two ways for us to go. We can chose the broad way that leads to death, or the narrow way that leads to life ¬the decision is ours. 
 
Let us consider the words of Moses to the children of Israel: 
 
"I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose ilfe, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life," (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) 
 
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THE BIBLE - INSPIRED WORD OF GOD
 
 

Exploring The Bible

As we begin to consider the Bible and its message let us first answer some commonly asked questions.

What does "Holy Bible" mean ?

The word "Bible" comes from the Greek word "biblos" meaning "book". "Holy" is a word meaning "set apart" or "separate", with the idea of being set apart or dedicated by or for God. Therefore the name "Holy Bible" was given to this book because it was seen to be God's inspired Word, thus making it separate from all other books ever written.

When was the Bible written?

The Bible is in fact a collection of books or writings that were written over a period of approximately 1600 years by many different writers. The first books were written by Moses about BC 1500, while the last was written by John the Apostle around AD 100.

Why is the Bible divided into the Old and New Testaments?

If we look at the index in the front of the Bible we see that it contains 66 books. The translators divided these books into the Old and New Testaments many years after they were written. The Old Testament contains 39 books that were written in Hebrew before the birth of Christ, while the New Testament contains 27 books that were written in Greek after Christ.

Where was the Bible written?

There were many men whom God chose to write the Bible over a long period of time. Although most wrote in Israel there were some like Daniel and Ezekiel who wrote in Babylon and others like the apostles who wrote in different provinces of the Roman Empire. The amazing fact is that although the Bible was written over such a long period of time, in many different places and by many writers, its message is consistent and unified. This in itself indicates that God is its Author.

How did God cause these men to write the Bible?

There are many references in the Bible telling how God caused His message to be recorded. The Apostle Peter expresses it this way: "No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21). Thus Peter explains that God selected holy or God-fearing men to whom He made known His will. These men then wrote the message that they received from God. These combined writings have become the book we know as the Bible.

Why was the Bible written?

This question is answered this way by the Apostle Paul: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The Bible was therefore given to teach man about God and His purpose, and to direct him into a way of life that is pleasing to God and rewarding to those who obey Him. Afterall as our Creator does not God have the right to bring on this earth the purpose for which He alone made it in the first place.  It is a great blessing to us individually that He has made US all with free will, that He has invited us to be a part of His Purpose is now up to US to decide whether we want to find out about it, be involved and live FOREVER in a perfect world

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This website is a compilation of commonly known scientific evidence supporting creation — evidence in the fields of geology, biology, medicine, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, astrophysics, and astronomy, and specific research by esteemed scientists, and from my own personal experience as a consulting geologist and biologist.

This site was completed after having grown weary of false evolutionary doctrine promoted by public television, national networks and other media, and taught in our public schools. Although "evolutionary theory" does not meet the universally accepted definition of 'theory' or 'hypothesis' or, for that matter, the universally accepted defintion of 'science' (see section, Creation versus Evolution, for definitions), students continue to be taught evolution as “proven fact”—and later in life, they perpetuate this doctrine as teachers, journalists, and parents without question.

What many people today never hear and realize is the fact that so-called evolutionary theory is not based on known scientific laws or the preponderance of scientific evidence. Rather, scientific creation, as described in the Book of Genesis, is perfectly consistent with all known laws and evidence—and such evidence is overwhelming. The reality is, evolutionary doctrine is built on false assumptions and poor science. It is the greatest deception in modern history.

Why do secular scientists continue to adhere to a false evolutionary doctrine? This site provides the reasons, and summarizes much of the evidence for scientific creation. I ask any skeptical person to give this site an impartial reading before dismissing the scientific creationist viewpoint.

 
 
 

 

ARE YOU SAVED?  IF SO HOW ARE YOU SAVED?

 
 

 

Is YOUR knowledge of the BIBLE 

and YOUR belief and worship of GOD 

able to SAVE YOU?

 

Not sure? Well consider this passage from JOHN CHAPTER 17

"1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

The Greek word for "know" is 'genosko' and it means to have a thorough intellectual understanding of what something is all about.

Do you have this understanding of God and His Son

Jesus Christ?

The need for this full understanding of the TRUTH is further underlined by Christ's words in John 17:17Only a TRUE understanding of the Word of God can Save YOU

We are sanctified in our understanding of God's word of Truth ie. set apart as special unto God and Christ, without this we cannot be saved.  Just as Israel were not saved when they strayed from their TRUE knowledge of God.

God's special people the nation of Israel were destroyed for lack of knowledge as we read in Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

In Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.

In Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
 

The Apostle Paul has warned us that some would not be in the Faith (ie. the true knowledge of God and Christ)...

1 Timothly 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
And again by the Apostle Peter...

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And in 2 Thessalonians where the Apostle Paul tells us that some would fall away from "the Truth" he says that this would be becaused they had lost their love of the Truth and had chosen rather to believe a lie.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

"10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

And so the Apostle Paul counselled us all to Work out OUR OWN SALVATION...

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.


You owe it to yourself and your family to seek the Truth

about God, His Son Jesus and His purpose with you

and this earth.

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SEEK THE TRUTH WITH WRESTED SCRIPTURES!

 
 

Use this True Bible Teaching Resource to help understanding some of the more difficult passages that many take in isolation to the rest of the Bible and claim that they teach things that the Bible does not teach.

The Bible is a large book, but it teaches us the truth from beginning to end, therefore anything towards the end of the Bible eg. The New Testament must agree with what is taught in the Old Testament, also remember that the divisions of the Bible into Old and New Testaments is a manmade one, the whole Bible is God's WORD to us and must be undersood consistently as such.


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