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WHY IS BIBLE TRUTH SO IMPORTANT?

Bible Truth

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

 

Our Commitment to all True Bible Teaching Seekers is that all our teaching will be supported by consistent and clear Bible Passages.

 

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

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  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.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The OFFER of LIFE or DEATH

God's Offer of LIFE or DEATH

“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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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

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The statements on this guide represent what we believe is true Bible teaching. The statements are deliberately challenging, asking every reader to compare his own opinions with the plain teaching of Scripture, examining carefully the Bible passages offered as proof. If, as a result, a change of mind and heart is called for, there will be no doubt that the teaching of the Lord, and the book he trusted, must be followed and not what the churches teach.

 

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  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  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.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

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The Promises to Abraham

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The Promises to Abraham

The promise to Abraham is grossly ignored by most of Christendom.  Yet it is the foundation of the gospel Abraham - The Man Promised the Worldmessage and any understanding of God’s purpose with the earth, mankind and Jesus Christ, must operate upon the axis of the promise to Abraham. The promise to Abraham was also made by God to “the fathers” of Israel, Abraham, Issac and Jacob and constitutes the second of the three great promises that God has made.

The background of Abraham’s life

The Bible teaches how that Abraham lived and grew up in an ungodly land called “Ur of the Caldees” near the ancient city of Babel or Babylon(see Genesis 11:27-32, Joshua 24:2). God appeared to him an made a promise with him if he would leave this country and go to a land God would show him. Abraham did this and it is recorded in scripture as a great act of faith.

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

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8

Why is the promise to Abraham relevant?

The importance of the promise to Abraham is massively relevant to all believers in the Bible. Consider these points:

  • This promise to Abraham is described by Paul as THE GOSPEL:

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Galatians 3:8

  • The apostle Paul, when imprisoned for preaching the gospel claimed that it was because of his hope in the promises to the fathers of Israel (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that he was being condemned:

“And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers” Acts 26:6

  • When a person is without Christ, it means that they are strangers to the “covenants of promise”, meaning that to be in Christ is to be related to them:

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” Ephesians 2:12

  • One of the reasons for Jesus Christ’s work was to fulfil and confirm this promise to Abraham.

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Romans 15:8

What was the promise to Abraham?

The details of the promise to Abraham unfolded gradually throughout his life. Abraham’s faithful obedience was rewarded by further details being revealed to him.

Here is an outline of the promise and it’s different aspects:

  • The initial promise given at UR – Genesis 12:2-3
    • Abraham would become a great nation and a great name.
    • God would bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed him.
    • That in Abraham eventually ALL nations will be blessed.
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The Promise in Eden

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The promise in Eden

The foundation promise

Most people are fairly familiar with the early chapters of Genesis. How that the serpent’s ("was more subtil than any beast of theThe Garden of Eden field" we note here that the serpent was a four footed beast of the field, but later as part of its punishment became a snake without legs crawling on its belly) reasoning ignited a temptation within Eve which led to her sinning by taking of the forbidden fruit. What most people do not realize is that contained within the condemnation of both the woman and the serpent, lies a promise, or covenant, from God. This promise is the foundation promise of the Gospel, and is expanded upon in God’s later promises to Abraham and David. We read of it here:

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

Genesis 3:15 explained

Here we have depicted two “seeds”, or descendants. The seed of The Serpent versus the seed of The Woman. There is to be enmity between these two classes, enmity meaning strife, contention, hostility and war. It is clear then that they represent opposites in conflict.

The results of this conflict are also revealed here – the serpent’s seed would be bruised in the head – this is a fatal wound. The woman’s seed would be bruised in the heal, a temporary wound.

To understand what this promise meant we need to consider the context. Adam and Eve had just sinned. They were now dying creatures, knowing what it was to disobey God they were no longer innocent knowing both good and evil. There seemed to be little way out of the situation – EXCEPT God had given them this promise. That one would come who would destroy the results of the serpent’s lie. One, who was to be bitten by the result of the serpent’s lie (i.e. he was to be mortal), but only temporarily in the heal, but he would rise above this to crush and destroy the serpent forever. This was a promise from Almighty God which they could hope and trust in.

The seed of the serpent

The seed of the serpent is figurative of all those who are motivated by the animal thinking of the serpent, or what is termed in scripture “the flesh”. Consider these verses:

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers (serpents), who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Matthew 3:7

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell (or the grave)?” Matthew 23:33

“Ye are of your father the devil (or as it should be translated “slanderer”), and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:44-47

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7

The above verses show that to think, speak and act after natural fleshly lusts, in opposition to and in ignorance of God’s ways equates to being the seed of the serpent. This class of people and their philosophy has always been in conflict with the seed of the woman.

The seed of the woman

The seed of the woman is the opposite to the seed of the serpent. This, in the wider sense, denotes a class of people who are trying to walk in God’s ways. This promise in Eden shows that this class of people will eventually destroy the seed of the woman.

In its ultimate sense the seed of the woman was the Lord Jesus Christ, although bitten by having a sin cursed nature (2 Corinthians 5:21, Heb 4:15), triumphed over sin and death, triumphed over the results of the serpent’s lie.

Through this victory of Jesus Christ and the hope that it brings to all who put their faith in it, the whole world will be cleansed form sin and death:

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:26

This promise was the basis of hope for Adam and Eve and their descendants, as they looked forward for this promised seed – it is relevant for today as we too look forward to the time when God’s ways will overcome man’s ways and the seed of the woman triumphs completely over the seed of the serpent. God later expanded this covenant in his promises to Abraham and David, it is advised that these covenants are also studied.

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Did Jesus Christ Pre-Exist?

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Did Jesus Christ Pre-Exist?

A Bible Study

New Testament Teaching

Let us begin by stating the obvious. Only in the New Testament do we read of Jesus as someone who is alive Only in the New Testament do we read of Jesus in the present tenseand taking part in the affairs of human beings living on the earth. And, equally importantly, it is only in the New Testament that we read about the God of heaven being described over and over again as “Father”, a term which is extremely rare in the Old Testament Scriptures.

That does not mean that there is no mention of Jesus in the Old Testament. As the coming Jewish Messiah, much is made of the fact that God would send a Saviour and Deliverer. But the Jewish Scriptures only speak of Jesus in the sense of looking forward to his Coming.

He is not spoken of as already existing, but as someone who would exist one day, when the time was right. Let us look at this more closely.

From the time when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden through to the end of the Old Testament there are repeated prophecies about the future coming of Jesus. Here are some of them.

Old Testament Prophecies

In the Garden of Eden a ‘Seed' – a descendant of Eve – was promised, who would overcome sin and reverse the problem introduced into the world by Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God.

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel”(Genesis 3:15 ).

In Psalm 22, David wrote about Jesus, using many phrases that pointed forward quite explicitly to the crucifixion. For example “they pierced my hands and my feet” and “They parted my garments among them”.

Once the prophet Isaiah met wicked King Ahaz and made one of the most famous prophecies of the Old Testament. He said that a virgin would one day bear a son:

”Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel”(Isaiah 7:14 ).

The prophet Micah predicted that a ruler would come from the town of Bethlehem to reign over the people of Israel , adding something of much interest to our theme.

“You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting”(Micah 5:2). This ruler, he says, has been planned from the beginning of time. We will come back to this point later.

Zechariah predicts the entry into Jerusalem by Jesus, an event that occurred just before Jesus was crucified just outside that very city. He too speaks of Jesus as a king but we know from the events themselves that this prophecy is fulfilled when Jesus is about to suffer his greatest trial (see Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:4-5).

None of the men who wrote these things met Jesus. They did not hear his voice; they did not see him crucified; they do not claim that he existed in their time. They all expected him to appear in the future, at a time to be decided by God himself.

Mortality of Jesus

There is an even more important reason for limiting the existence of Jesus to New Testament times. It has to do with the fact that Jesus came into this world to bring salvation to all people. They had become a mortal race because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the removal of the curse could only be done if another human being could obey Him perfectly. Jesus came to do this.

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GOD DOES EXIST!

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"… anyone who comes to him [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Heb. 11:6). A tall order for the atheist admittedly - but the Bible gives us plenty of convincing evidence that God does indeed exist. In addition to this "intellectual" evidence, is "experiential" evidence - believers can see God at work in their own lives.

All people are without excuse not to know that there is a God, why is this?

Because the very evidence of God is all around us…. See Romans 1:19-20

“19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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.”

We are all part of God’s creation so from within us and without we are surrounded by the very evidence of the intelligent design of an all wise, all knowing and all powerful creator.

Examining the intricate structure of our bodies (Ps. 139:14), the evident design in a flower, gazing up into the vastness of space on a clear night, these and countless other careful reflections on life surely make atheism incredible. To believe that there is no God, and that everything and everyone we see around us, came from nothing and no-one, is against all the laws of probability. Surely this requires more faith than to believe that He exists. Without God there is no order, purpose or ultimate explanation in the universe, and this will, therefore, be reflected in the life of the atheist.

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Where Did Christmas Come From?

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It's That Time Again! - A Story from the Past

Christmas TreeIt was the night before the great celebration.   Every child in the house was filled with anticipation and awe.   Their fresh, new clothes were hanging out and waiting for each child to wear the next morning.   None of them could bear the thought of going to bed and sleeping.   How could one sleep, knowing that gifts, desserts, and fun awaited each of them the next day?   They couldn't help wondering what words they would hear read from the sayings of their great King and Saviour.   Would the queen proclaim a huge party for the children tomorrow like she usually did?   Who would recommit their hearts to serve the Church?   Who would rededicate their lives to serve their wonderful Saviour, Lord and King?   Waiting for all of this was almost more than any child could take.   Nevertheless, each of them was firmly instructed to march straight off to their beds and go to sleep.

As the children walked reverently past the family's decorated tree, they bowed their knees.   It was so beautiful with its bright candles, glistening with liberally wrapped gold and silver tinsel.   They thought of how this tree represented the new life of their King and Saviour, who had died, but had miraculously come back to life.   As they bowed, each one also felt as if they might die waiting for the morning to come.   They knew that many of their cousins, aunts, uncles and friends would be with them to sing songs, eat tasty food, pastries and dainties.

After the morning Church Service in honour of their great Lord and King, they would all be free to do as they pleased.   They knew very well that each child would receive many gifts.   They wondered what would be waiting for them the next morning.   There was not one of them who hadn't hoped for something special that whole year long.

As the children went off to bed, the parents began to celebrate the evening with a party.   Although this was supposed to be a Holy event in honour of their Lord, their minds were elsewhere.   Somehow, the smell of wine, sweet breads, and other delicacies took complete control of their thoughts.   This was truly a time of fun, fellowship and relaxation.   Every family had a beautiful, decorated tree, sumptuous foods, wine, and the latest in fashion and gifts.   This was a time for gladness, fellowship, merriment including the sacred worship of their Lord who had died and come back again.

Many of the men had worked very hard during the previous month.   Now it was time to relax and enjoy the fruits of their hard labour.   Some of them had made huge profits the previous month by buying and selling numerous gift and church items necessary for this special holiday.   This was truly the best time of the year for them.   Some adults were already merry from attending numerous celebrations given all week long at their work place or business associate's home.

Sound Familiar?

You may be thinking that this is a story about christmas taken from the archives of early America or Europe.   However, this is not the case.   Instead, this scene was common during the Babylonian holiday 'saturnalia'1(Sat-tur-nail-yah).   Observing saturnalia was normal in the days of early Babylon, when Noah's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were adults.   This holy day was called saturnalia in commemoration of the rebirth of their god saturn, whose real name was Nimrod.   It always took place for a week, ending on December 25th2.   Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah (Gen. 10:8-9; 1Chron. 1:10).

Why does this pagan holiday have such a strong resemblance to what we call "christmas"?   Because in almost every detail, the sentiment, worship and celebration of christmas are exactly the same as ancient Babylon's saturnalia.   Why?

Before this can be understood, some background must be given.   The Bible says of Nimrod that "he began to be a mighty one in the earth.   He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord".   Secular history also abundantly records that, 'Nimrod was a mighty hunter'.   However, this is not referring to him hunting animals, but his own fellow man.   Simple research done at a library or encyclopedia3will show this to be true.   Semiramis was his wife and queen.   She is said to have been exceptionally beautiful as well as a powerful witch of satan.   Together, both she and her husband, Nimrod, succeeded in forming the new world's first and biggest pagan religious system.   Because after Noah, "the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech", most of the world's population centred around the middle east (Gen. 11:1).   This is how Nimrod's Babylonian religion was able to spread throughout the whole world after the Lord had "confound(ed) their language" (Gen. 11:7,9).   Nimrod was not alone in this.   He had been deeply influenced by his father Cush, who was the son of Ham.   Already Cush had adopted the name of the god, "Bel"4for himself (Isa. 46:1; Jer. 50:2, 51:44).

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MARY, Mother of Jesus

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Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Jesus in Nativity sceneMary is one of the most famous characters in the Bible. Even people who have never read the Bible have heard about the mother of Jesus Christ. But what was Mary like? What part did she play in the Gospel story?

An Angel appears to Mary

The first mention of Mary in the Gospels concerns the appearance of an angel:

"In the sixth month God sent the angel Gabriel to Galilee to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David" (Luke 1:26-27)

Luke records here that Joseph was a descendant of David, yet when he records the family tree of Jesus in Luke 3:23-38 he gives the ancestors, not of Joseph, but of Mary. Mary was also a descendant of David, but she was descended from David’s son Nathan, while her husband Joseph was a descendant of David’s son Solomon (the genealogy of Joseph is found in Matthew 1:1-16).

‘The angel went to her and said; "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you". Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered, "May it happen to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.’ (Luke 1:28-38)

Mary’s Song

When Mary heard the words of the angel she sang a song of praise to God:

"My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. For he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, For the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those that fear Him from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; He has scattered the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants for ever, even as he said to our fathers." (Luke 1:46-55)

Mary thanked God for helping Israel and remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants. Mary herself was a descendant of Abraham, as were all the people of Israel, and by providing this special child God was showing his mercy not only to Abraham’s descendants but even to Abraham himself. It may sound strange that God could "show his mercy" to Abraham by the birth of Jesus, as he was long dead when Mary sung this song. This is because Mary saw that the child, Jesus, would be a fulfilment of promises that God had made to Abraham. (see Galatians Ch.3)

There is another song in the Bible like Mary’s song. This is the Song of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, in 1Samuel 2:1-10.

The birth of Jesus

Mary and Joseph lived in the north of Israel, but the prophecies concerning the future King of Israel, "the Messiah", said that the king must be born in the town of Bethlehem, in the south of Israel. (see Micah 5:2 as quoted in Matthew 2:6). In order for the prophecy to be fulfilled God arranged circumstances so that Mary, even though she was heavily pregnant, had to travel to Bethlehem:

"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who has pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn." (Luke 2:1-7)

Jesus ‘came down from heaven’

Jesus’ birth was the most important birth in history. More than that, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus form the central point in the purpose of God in making the world. God had seen so clearly the need for Christ that he is described as "the lamb slain before the foundation of the world". (Revelation 13:8)

This kind of language can be confusing. In God’s eyes Jesus was "the lamb slain before the foundation of the world" yet we know that in human terms, Jesus was not slain before the foundation of the world at all. His death at the hands of the Jews and the Roman governor Pilate was a historical event at a fixed point in time (28 or 29AD). Before the lamb was slain, and raised from the dead, there was no way for men to be saved. All those who died before this event ‘slept’ (a Bible term meaning ‘died’, but death with hope of resurrection). Faithful men born before Jesus, like Abraham and David, faced death with the faith that God would one day provide a way for them to be saved, but not denying that death was real. The fact is that none of them could be saved without Christ. If Christ had failed when he was tempted, or not submitted to the cross, then all those who died before Jesus - and we too - would have perished without hope. Consider Paul’s words on the importance of Christ’s resurrection from the dead:

"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost." (1Corinthians 15:17-18).

This is what Jesus meant when he said that "no one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6)

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Did Jesus Christ Come Down From Heaven

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Did Jesus Christ really come down from Heaven?

Introduction

Before we begin it is necessary to make one thing absolutely clear.Jesus Christ and his Origin

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the greatest Being in all the universe, apart from God Himself. The purpose of this article is to honour the Lord Jesus, as he should be honoured.

Unfortunately, the Bible's teaching about the Lord Jesus is often misunderstood. In a well-meaning but misguided attempt to honour Jesus, many churches teach things about him that are not Biblical. This booklet sets out to correct these wrong ideas.

This is not from a desire to criticise anybody's religion, but simply to show what the Bible really teaches about Jesus, the Son of God. Only when we understand this can we give the Lord the glory that he deserves.

By Alan Hayward

 

"I Came Down from Heaven"

The title of this article is a question: did Jesus Christ come down from heaven? In Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John there is a verse which appears to answer that question. Jesus said:

"I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Verse 38.)

But we must not jump to a conclusion. This subject is not nearly as simple as it might seem.

A difficulty arises because there are two very different kinds of language, literal language and figurative language. Both kinds are used by Jesus in the chapter we are considering.

In verse 64 he said, "There are some of you that do not believe." This is literal language. It means exactly what it says. Even a child could not mistake its meaning.

But many other verses are not like this. Take verses 53 and 54, for instance. Here Jesus said:

"I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life."

This is figurative language. It does not mean what it appears to say; instead, it carries a deeper meaning. You have to think carefully to discover its real meaning. Consequently, if we are not careful we can easily misunderstand it.

As a matter of fact the unbelieving Jews did misunderstand this and similar sayings of Jesus. They said, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Perhaps they thought Jesus was preaching cannibalism! Whatever they thought, they were very much mistaken.

Well, what about the statement, "I came down from heaven." Is this literal, or figurative?

There is good reason to think that it could be figurative. In verse 31 of the same chapter there is a mention of what the Old Testament called "manna". This was a kind of bread which God provided, by a miracle, for His people to eat while they were in the desert. The words of verse 31 are, "He (God) gave them bread from heaven to eat."

This is obviously figurative language. This miraculous bread was not baked in heaven and then delivered to the earth. The statement that it came from heaven informs us that the God of heaven created it on earth.

There is a famous hymn which people sing at harvest time. The chorus begins, "All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above." These words are taken straight from the New Testament, from James 1:17, which says that every good gift "is from above, coming down from the Father." When farmers sing that hymn, they do not imagine that their crops literally come down "from heaven above." They simply mean that God gives us our harvests.

More Figurative Language

The Bible uses this sort of figurative language about men, as well as about things. It tells us that "there was a man sent from God, whose name was John." (John 1:6.) Yet John was never in heaven. "Sent from God" simply means that God gave him a special job to do.

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Guy Fawkes: Gun Powder Treason and Plot

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Guy Fawkes story of: Gun Powder Treason and Plot

The story of the English translation of the BibleThe Story of Guy Fawkes

At the time of this Bible in the news it’s bonfire night here in the UK. A time to watch firework displays, play with sparklers and of course huddle around a bonfire. The night air is thick with smoke and the sound of loud explosions. Flashes light up the dark sky and glints of fireworks can be seen in every direction from time to time.

But what is the meaning of this night which is celebrated up and down the land of Great Britain?

The Dark Ages

The story really begins in the dark ages of around 500AD to 1500AD. Britain was dominated by the Catholic Church which was obsessed with the protection of it’s authority.

One of the things it saw as a threat to it’s authority was the Bible. During most of this period there was only one Bible compilation and translation readily available - it was called the Vulgate which was a Latin translation of the Bible. Only the educated priests could read Latin and so the word of God was not accessible to the everyday man on the street.

In 1382 a teacher at Oxford University called John Wycliff translated the Vulgate into English. Wycliff was a keen advocate of scripture and not the Papacy being the authority to the truth about God. Wycliff's translation was later banned by the church along with all of Wycliff’s writings. In an attempt some years later to protect it’s power, after Wycliff had died the church decreed him a heretic. His corpse was exhumed and burned and the ashes cast into the River Swift, which flows through his home town of Lutterworth.

This was not the first time the Church had acted with such aggression to those who wished for common people to read the Bible.

In 1224 Pope Gregory IX  sanctioned legislation to put heretics to death. In 1229, a few years later, at the Council of Toulouse the church issued this decree:

"We prohibit also the permitting of the laity to have the books of the Old or New Testament... But we strongly forbid them to have the above mentioned books in the vulgar tongue”

A few years later in 1234 another Church council, the Council of Tarragona decreed:

“No one may possess the books of the Old and New Testaments in the Romance language, and if anyone possesses them he must turn them over to the local bishop within eight days after promulgation of this decree, so that they may be burned”

During this time if you were discovered to own a Bible in any language other than Latin you would of been considered a heretic and attracted the condemnation of the Church and the death penalty.

In 1559 - Pope Pius IV placed the Bible on the Church’s “list of forbidden books”.

Even up until the 1800’s this was still a strategy of the Church. In 1824 in the Encyclical  UBI PRIMUM of POPE LEO XII we find these words:

“We too exhort you to try every means of keeping your flock from those deadly pastures... Convince them that to allow holy Bibles in the ordinary language, wholesale and without distinction, would on account of human rashness cause more harm than good.”

Just at the Right Time

It was in the 1500’s that a chain of events unfolded which would begin the steady decline of Papal Authority in England. In 1440 the printing press was invented allowing for documents to be replicated swiftly and in 1522 a compilation of original Bible manuscripts was put together by a priest called Erasmus.

These two events enabled a English scholar by the name of William Tyndale to not only translate the Bible into English but also allow this translation to be replicated and distributed around England. This was done at great risk to Tyndall who was eventually condemned to death by the Church.

Also at this time, over in Germany a priest by the name of Martin Luther had become disillusioned by the authority of the Church. In 1517 he published his famous “Ninety Five Theses” which protested against clerical abuses and corruption. In 1534 he published a German translation of the Bible.

As well as this the British monarch Henry the 8th had become sick of the Pope interfering in his affairs and had separated the English church from the church of Rome.

All of these events began what is now known as the protestant reformation. At the heart of this reformation was the rejection of the Catholic Church and a focus on the Bible as the only source of authority.

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The Offer of Life or Death“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 awaytheir 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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:23-24

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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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