Where do you believe you will spend eternity,
Note this contrast: John 14.15; Luke 6:46
THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION FOR MANKIND
There will always be those who darken counsel with words without knowledge:
Job 38.1-3; 1 Kings 13; Colossians 2.8
We must follow the pattern of Acts 17.11 and 1
Therefore, everything we consider concerning our eternal and spiritual well being must be based entirely on the Truth.
John 8:31-32; 17:17; Psalm 119:160
Psalm 145:18; John 4:23-24
THE PROBLEM: SIN THE SOLUTION: JESUS
I John 3:4 GOD John 1:29
Romans 3:23 JESUS (John 3:16-17) Isaiah 53:4-6
Isaiah 59:1-2 MAN Romans 5:8
Romans 6:23 2 Corinthians 5:21, Mt. 27.46
CHRIST HAS ALL AUTHORITY
THE LORD GAVE HIS AUTHORIATIVE WORD TO HIS DESICIPLES
John 17:8, 14, 18
CHRIST PUT THAT AUTHORITY INTO HIS WORD, THE BIBLE
1 Corinthians 14.37
2 Peter 3.2,16
CHRIST'S AUTHORITATIVE WORD IS ALL SUFFICIENT
2 Timothy 3:16-17
2 Peter 1:2-4
Jude 3 cf. I Peter 3:18 (hapax = one time for all time).
GOD DEMANDS RESPECT FOR HIS WORD
I Timothy 6:3-5
2 John 1:9-11 John 8.31-32
Therefore: Do not add to or take from God's Word!
Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; 1 Corinthians 4.6
THE OLD TESTAMENT IS FOR OUT EXAMPLE
EXAMPLES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR ADDING TO OR TAKING FROM GOD'S WORD
- Adam and Eve
- Serpent said thou shalt not die.
- Genesis 3
- Cain and Abel
- Cain's sacrifice not of faith.
- Genesis 4:1-8
- Hebrews 11:4
- Romans 10.17
- Nadab and Abihu
- Offered up strange fire
- Leviticus 10:1-3
- Struck the rock.
- Numbers 20:1-12
- King Saul
- Cattle, sheep, and the king.
- 1 Samuel 15:3-23, 26
BECAUSE OF CHRIST'S LOVE FOR US HE ESTABLISHED A NEW WILL THAT WOULD GO INTO EFFECT AFTER HIS OBEDIENCE AND DEATH
AS A RESULT OF CHRIST'S DEATH BURIAL AND RESURRECTION, HIS WILL DID GO INTO EFFECT
The Church (Christians), which is the Kingdom of God that Christ reigns over, would be the ones who would reveal God's Will:
- Ephesians 3.8-12; 1 Peter 1.10-12
- Mark 9.1 Luke 24.46-49 Acts 1.8 and 2.1-4
- This is what Christ and Christians taught others so that they could become a part of Christ's church:
- Matthew 28.19-20
- Mark 16.15-16
- Luke 24.46-47
- This is what the Lord, apostles, and Christians taught concerning the church:
- Acts 20.17, 28
- Ephesians 4.4 Ephesians 1.22-2
- See also Colossians 3.15
- 1 Corinthians 12.12-14, 20, 27
- See also Romans 12.4-5
- 1 Corinthians 1.10-13
- John 17.20-23
- Romans 15.5-6, Philippians 1.27, 1 Peter 3.8
- Romans 16.17-18
- See also 1 Timothy 6.3-5
CHRISTIANITY IS TAUGHT: TITUS 2.11-15, Romans 10.14-17
Consider: Paul declared this to the Church in Rome: Romans 6:17 ;
And this is what he declared to the Church in Corinth: I Corinthians 2:2 ;
To the Churches in Galatia he wrote this Galatians 2:20
Paul also told them what they had crucified, if they belong to Christ in Galatians 5:24 ;
And Paul told the Church in Rome how they were crucified with Christ Romans 6:3-6
Paul declares the same message in Colossians yet in another way Colossians 2:11-14
And in effect said the same thing to the Church at Thessalonica 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 ;
Paul explained to the Church at Corinth what the Gospel was I Corinthians 15:1-4
But understand one cannot obey until one believes Mark 16:16
Compare Colossians 2.12 with John 6.29
Jesus taught that one must be born again: John 3.3-21. In verse 5 of this text, "Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom." John declared there were three who bear witness in heaven and three who bear witness on earth. 1 John 5.6-13.
When Christ arose from the dead He was once again the sinless Son of God. When one is united in the likeness of his death, one buries the old sinful man that they were. And when he or she rises in the likeness of His resurrection, they become the sinless sons and daughters of God, through the Blood of the Lamb. Therefore, Christians became the righteousness of God, to now walk in the newness of life. 2 Corinthians 5.21; Romans 6.3-7
NEW TESTAMENT EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO OBEYED THE LORD'S WILL FROM THE HEART.
Acts 2:1-47…….Jews v38 Acts 10:1-48……Cornelius v47-48
Acts 8:5-12…….Samaritans v12-13 Acts 16:13-15…..Lydia v15
Acts 8:26-39…...Eunuch v38 Acts 16:25-40…..Philippian Jailer v33
Acts 9:1-18…….(Saul) Paul v18 Acts 18:1-8……..Corinthians v8
Acts 22:1-16…...(Saul)Paul v16 Acts 19:1-5……..Ephesians v5
TO BE IN CHRIST IS THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE :
I Peter 1:14-21
THEREFORE WE NEED TO DO THE FOLLOWING IN FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST'S WILL
- Hear the Word of God Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 7:24-27
- Believe in God Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9; Acts 16:31
- Repent of the sins in our lives Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; Acts 3.19; Acts 17:30; Luke 24:47
- Confess the Lord Jesus Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9; Matthew 10:32-33
- Be Baptized for the forgiveness of our sins Acts 22:16; 2:38; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:8-12; I Peter 3:21
No one from The day of Pentecost in Acts 2 until this present
day has been saved, until they have done all of the above.
Ephesians 4:4-6: 4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all.
1 Peter 4.17: For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don’t obey the Good News of God?