has provided over a thousand pages of instructions telling us what He
expects of us. In those instructions He has included many failures and
successes as illustrations on how to handle many situations.
Bible is very simple and to the point. It was written in such a way
that a person does not have to be an intellectual to read and
understand it. In fact it doesn't even have to be read, or heard to be
understood. However, it does require the Author
to be at our side to explain it, and fortunately we have that, but only
if we ask for Him to do so.
Laws I will write on their hearts," God said. (Jeremiah 31:33,34; 2Cor
3:3). And He said He would send a Comforter and Instructor to help us
understand His desires for us. (John 14:15-27)
is clear that He did just that because the early Christians were the
most dedicated and sincere that this world has ever seen. And all they
had was a few letters, if that, from some Apostles that they very
likely had never even seen!
the Dark Ages we had Martyrs who died for the Word, and at that period
of time the common people weren't even allowed to read the Bible. And
those who were reading it, and explaining it to the people, were often
the most corrupt individuals who ever lived, and had butchered the Word
so badly that it had little semblance to what God said.
people came to Jesus, then later the Apostles, and asked what they
needed to do to be saved, they received an answer in one or two
sentences - not handed a book of regulations they had to memorize and
then, why are there so many pages of do's and don'ts in the Old
Testament? And what, if anything, does the Old Testament have to do
with us today?
Old Testament is a history of a people God selected to illustrate what
He has in mind for His people, and for His world to come. For the Jews
it was a way that God provided in which they could find a form
of Salvation, and to be special in the eyes of the world, illustrating
what God is willing and able to do for His chosen people who believe on
Him, and obey His ordinances.
that in mind, it has a lot to do with us today.
Ten Commandments were given to point out what is sin in the eyes of
God, because without them sin didn't exist. Take for instance Adam with
the apple. For Adam there was only one sin (disobedience) he could
commit because there was only one thing God told him not to do; eat
from the tree of knowledge. (And what has mankind hungered for every
since? Carnal knowledge; satisfying fleshly lusts.) (Gal
3:23; Rom 4:15).
Old Testament shows how the Jews failed miserably to fulfill their
part, but for us, it demonstrates what God will do when we
fail to do His Will.
Old Testaments is a book of Prophesies and prophetic Types and Shadows
that point to the fulfilment of God's purpose, which begins with Jesus.
this is where we come in.
New Testament begins with the birth of the Son of God, just as the Old
Testament did. However, this "Second Adam" was not a failure as was the
first; and He brings Life ("a Quickening Spirit") back to mankind to
replace the death sentence brought about by the first man Adam.
this Second Adam is leading His people back to the Garden that the
first Adam was kicked out of.
over a thousand years the Jews tried to follow the Laws of God. In
fact, they tried so hard that they made up many of their own laws to
add to God's, called "traditions," until they could no longer see God's
purposes; or recognize Him when He came to them.
what does that mean to us today, and what must we do to be saved? Of
course we can't, nor should we, fulfill the rules laid down for the
Jews; but what about the Ten Commandments and the Sabbath?
Apostles observed the Sabbath, as well as the other requirements laid
down for Jews, even though they knew they no longer had to. One reason
for this was the necessity to be good practicing Jews in order to win
the Jews to Christ (Acts 18:21). And along with
that, they also made it a practice to meet on the "First day of the
week." In fact, they and other worshipers are spoken of frequently as
meeting every day of the week (Acts 2:46,47).
what about the Ten Commandments; are we supposed to obey them now?
You can break them all you want. Jesus fulfilled all those laws,
regulations, and sacrifices in His life, and in His death.
course, there are some that the law of the land frowns upon; like
murder and stealing and bearing false witness.
others that, until recently, were socially taboo, like adultery and
disrespecting your parents. And your neighbor might be a little harsh
toward you if you covet his wife.
final three are those directed toward God Himself, and tragically
enough, they are the ones most people break without giving it a second
thought. Having other gods before Him; almost everyone breaks that now,
even if it is just a bank account that is your god.
His name in vain ("vain" means flippant talk, not considering what you
are saying), that's done all the time.
images? Can you imagine a home without pictures or TV? (And I'm an
the Sabbath? We now look to the true Sabbath
which is coming up very soon; called the Millennium (Mark 2:27,28).
right, we are back to the beginning. Here you (or I) stand, waiting to
make a decision as to which church to join, or religion to practice.
What should you do?
you want - it makes no difference because they all lead to the same
path for you; destruction.
wait a minute! Let's restate your position. You are not just looking
for a religion to follow; you have reached a point in your life where
you know something is missing; you know you have a purpose and that
life just isn't working the way it should.
know that you need God to do something in your life, and if He doesn't,
you just don't know what to do.
an easy question to answer. Jesus was asked that a lot, and we have His
replies to guide our response.
ONE: You accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
3:16; Romans 10:9; Eph 2:1-10)
you need to know that you are truly repentant, and recognize that you,
along with all the rest of the world, are a sinner in need of
Salvation. That all sounds easy enough, and you
may or may not be feeling a great deal of emotions at this moment
(Feelings are fickle, they are not a determining factor), but it's not
just a matter of spouting a series of words that is going to change
your destiny. It has to be heart-felt.
can lie to us, and direct us from the truth. If we make a commitment
out of fear, that promise will very likely be forgotten when the
feeling of fear passes (soldiers in wartime would call this a "foxhole
promise.") But if the feeling we are experiencing is that of being lost,
having reached the "end of our rope," the chances are much better that
we will strive to retain the joy of having been "found."
must realize that you are being saved by two individual operations. The
first is God's Grace toward you (that means He is giving you something
that He does not have to give, and something that you don't deserve).
And the second is your Faith. Faith means that you believe
He is able and willing to rescue you (James 2:14-26; Mk 9:24).
is not a feeling, it is an action; it's a behavior; it is a lifestyle.
Faith is something that moves you from one point to another. The
opposite of Faith is Fear. If you do not move when you say you have
faith, then you have fear: and the fearful are sent to the pit (Rev
final portion of step one is surrender and submission. Surrender means
that you are turning everything you have; everything you are over to
Jesus. You are in essence acknowledging Him as your Lord and Master; in
other words, you are saying that you wish to be His slave, or servant.
[As you mature in the Lord, that relationship will change (John Chapter
15; Gal 4:1-9).]
is a difficult concept for people in "civilized" countries to
comprehend where we have no slavery or Imperialism. Many other nations
grasp the concept easily, as did the people in almost every nation and
time period up until the present; where "Individual Rights;" and even
"man is god" attitudes have become prevalent.
no one is free; we are all either a slave to Jesus, or to Satan. This
authority was given to Satan when he caused Adam and eve to fall, and
has been referred to often throughout the Bible (2Cor 4:3,4; John
8:40-44; Luke 4:5-8).
if you are sincere about wanting to be saved, then you already
recognize that your present master isn't treating you too well, and you
wish to accept the Price that Jesus paid for your freedom; which is His
blood, which should have been yours (Eph 2:1-3).
are saying that you recognize the extreme sacrifice that He made for
you, and you are thankful from your heart; and you are willing to do
whatever He wishes with you. You are also acknowledging that you
realize that He will only do what is best for you, regardless of how it
seems at the time (Heb 10:10; Matt 7:11; John 15:1-11).
is a harsh reality, and one that you don't have to accept if you don't
want to. There are plenty of churches out there that will ease
you into their church and provide what some refer to as "Cheap Grace."
I would suggest, however, if you follow this procedure, that you read
your Bible faithfully and carefully, then see if you still feel
comfortable with your decision.
worry, however; Your decision isn't conclusive; that is you can always
surrender yourself later if you so choose. God will still be there, and
Jesus' Sacrifice for you will still be viable. His Love doesn't change;
that is a human characteristic (Mal 3:6).
TWO: You receive the Holy Ghost
3:5,6; 2Cor 3:3; Rom 8:11)
one is easy. You have nothing to do with it. If you are sincere (and
the chances are that you aren't real sure of your sincerity, but God
knows), you will be given the Holy Spirit. At this time you are dealing
with but a "seed" of faith on your part, and only receiving a "seed" of
the Holy Spirit on God's part.
may experience nothing at all at this time, or you may speak in tongues
(I never have) or (as some have reported) be "Slain in the Spirit."
None of those external signs matter. What matters is that you have
truly received the Holy Spirit; and the signs of this will be a desire
to make changes in your life, as described below.
for signs, I wept - deeply! And this for a month. I couldn't think of
the Lord, or a Christian song, or any such thing without sobbing; But
that was 30 years after I was converted, but had
not yet fully given my life to the Lord. My life changed when I did
something about it; turned around; began emptying myself. When I think
of all those precious years I wasted.
THREE: You "Work out your salvation."
8:31; 14:15; Phil 2:12-15)
this is the one that gets much of the Christian world in an uproar.
"Works! People are saved by Faith, by Grace; not works!"
that's right. Salvation is something you can't work
for, you can only accept it as a free gift from God. It is the Gift
you receive that does the work through you (Isa
64:6,7; John 14:10; Mat 10:19-20).
you have been sincere with step one; then you have received the Holy
Ghost. If you were not sincere, then you have not
received the Holy Ghost.
you find that you are able to do the things you did before without a
feeling of guilt. If you are able to speak lightly of God and Jesus
without remorse, then chances are you need to re-examine step one (Matt
you are truly converted, you are "Born Again" into the Kingdom of
Heaven. You become a Child in the Family of God (John 3:3-21).
Seed of the Holy Spirit you have received, though it is very small, is
a part of the Godhead, and He loves and "misses" the Father and the
Son. He hates and is repulsed by sin, and will not let you feel
comfortable indulging in it; not even in your thought-life or your
attitudes (Matt 5:28). Sin (which is your human nature) is a barrier
that separates you from God; and the Holy Spirit will work within you
to tear down that barrier (Isa 59:1-2). The Holy Spirit will reveal
more and more things you need to be rid of; and some you will very
likely resist because they are so much a part of you, and may very
likely even be considered as "good" things, not bad. Be aware, however,
the voice of God is very, very quiet, so when you begin to resist and
deny, or let your own voice overpower His, you will find yourself on a
side road that leads further and further away from Him without
realizing it. (1 Kings 19:12)
will find yourself losing your old desires to sin, and wanting to
replace them with desires to be as holy as God is willing to bring you
to be. You will also discover what heart-felt repentance is, and why
the Ten Commandments are no longer applied; you won't need laws to tell
you what you must do, because God's laws will be written on your heart,
not on stone.
you "prune" away the sins from your life, you will be making room for
the Holy Spirit to grow. The more you prune away, and the more the Holy
Spirit grows - the more joy you will experience, and the more you will
be anxious to have other sins you were not even aware of be revealed so
you can be rid of them as well (1Cor 11:31,32).
course you will find that you are unable to rid yourself of them, and
saying to God: "There's another one, Dear Father; what are you going to
do with this one? You know I'mnot able to deal
with it; you're
going to have to do it."
may well find that you don't like what God does in order to deal with
the problem. For instance; if it's anger, He will very likely bring up
one thing after another that makes you mad, until you no longer become
what a feeling of joy and relief you will feel when it's gone. And
what's more; you will be absolutely positive that you are a Child of
God because He only disciplines His children (Heb Chapter 12:).
Holy Spirit within you will not only be growing, and taking more
control of your life - but He will be experiencing joy as He brings you
closer and closer to the Father and the Son (Luke 17:21).
the more you mature in the Lord, the more the Scriptures will open up
to you. You will find an understanding of the Word that causes you to
want more and more. Along with this you will discover that you will
have a new-found passion for your fellow man and for Lost Souls that is
not possible for the man Adam to experience.
will discover that Love is something that comes from God; not something
we can stir up within our self (Rom 5:5; 2Tim 1:7).
you will discover what Fruits of the Spirit are. They are works
produced by the Holy Spirit through you, not by
you (Gal 5:22-25).
Works are the result of Salvation, and you can no
more stop producing them, once the Holy Spirit begins to mature, than
you could cut off your arm. They are your Joy, your Peace that is
beyond Understanding (Phil 4:7).
there is a school of thought (a very big school)
that says Works have nothing to do with Salvation and Security. I won't
argue that point. But if you had a child who said; "I love you" and "I
trust you," but didn't obey you, and did that which he knew hurt and
angered you - would you believe him? (Luke 6:46; James 2:26).
will likely find that many people, even Christians, will dismiss or
even vilify your new-found way of life. All they are really telling you
is that they very likely have not been truly
accepted into the Family of Heaven (Rom 8:7; John10:20; Acts 26:24).
Just smile, and pray for them; knowing that are many that call
themselves Christians, but very few that
Jesus calls Christian. (Matt 20:16; 7:13-27).
are invited to visit the websites below for more information and
support in your new venture.
keep in mind, your mind is still carnal at this
time, so don't feel distressed if doubts creep into your thoughts. Your
security is in the Word of God, not in the words
in your head (Rom Chapter 8 ; Rom 3:4).
1Cor 11:31,32 31For if we would judge
ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when
we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be
condemned with the world.
2Cor 3:3 3Forasmuch
as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ
ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the
living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
2Cor 4:3,4 3But if our
gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
2Tim 1:7 7For God hath not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound
Acts 2:46,47 46And they,
continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from
house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of
heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with
all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should
ACT 18:21 21But bade them
farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in
Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed
Acts 26:24 24And as he thus
spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside
thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
Eph 2:1-10 1And you hath
he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein
in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in
the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also
we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature
the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in
mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even
when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by
grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us
up together, and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus: 7That
in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: 9Not of works,
lest any man should boast. 10For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them.
Gal 5:22-25 22But the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such
there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's
have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let
us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
Gal 4:1-9 1Now I say, That
the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant,
though he be lord of all; 2But is under tutors
and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3Even
so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the
world: 4But when the fulness of the time was
come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5To
redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption
of sons. 6And because ye are sons, God hath
sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba,
Father. 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant,
but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8Howbeit then, when ye knew
not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9But
now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn
ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again
to be in bondage?
Heb Chapter 10 1For the law
having a shadow of good things to come, and not
the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which
they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto
perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased
to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had
no more conscience of sins. 3But in those sacrifices
there is a remembrance again made of
sins every year. 4For it is
not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away
sins. 5Wherefore when he cometh into the world,
he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast
thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7Then said I, Lo, I come (in
the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8Above
when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering
for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein;
which are offered by the law; 9Then said he,
Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may
establish the second. 10By the which will we
are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for
all. 11And every priest standeth
daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which
can never take away sins: 12But this man, after
he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right
hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till
his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one
offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof
the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said
before, 16This is the
covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I
will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write
them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I
remember no more. 18Now where remission of
these is, there is no more offering for sin.
brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By
a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the
veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having
an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us
draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with
pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession
of our faith without wavering; (for he is
faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another: and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin
wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27But a
certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which
shall devour the adversaries. 28He that
despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29Of
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who
hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of
the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath
done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30For we
know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto
me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge
his people. 31It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But
call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were
illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33Partly,
whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions;
and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34For
ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of
your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and
an enduring substance. 35Cast not away
therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36For
ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye
might receive the promise. 37For yet a little
while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now
the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw
back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39But
we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that
believe to the saving of the soul.
Heb Chapter 12 1Wherefore
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For
consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against
himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4Ye have not yet resisted
unto blood, striving against sin. 5And ye have
forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My
son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou
art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth
he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If
ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son
is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if
ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye
bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have
had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and
we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather
be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For
they verily for a few days chastened us after
their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we
might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no
chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness
unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore
lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And
make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned
out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow
peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently
lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many be
defiled; 16Lest there be
any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat
sold his birthright. 17For ye know how that
afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:
for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with
18For ye are not come unto
the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto
blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19And the
sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice
they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them
any more: 20(For they could not endure that
which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it
shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21And
so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I
exceedingly fear and quake:) 22But ye are come
unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23To
the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in
heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
made perfect, 24And to Jesus the mediator of
the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better
things than that of Abel. 25See
that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not
we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh
from heaven: 26Whose voice then shook the
earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the
earth only, but also heaven. 27And this word,
Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken,
as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken
may remain. 28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom
which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For
our God is a consuming fire.
Isa 59:1,2 1Behold, the
LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have
hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Isa 64:6 6But we are all as
an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are
as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like
the wind, have taken us away. 7And there
is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself
to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast
consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8But
now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are
the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the
work of thy hand.
James 2:14-26 14What doth
it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? can faith save him? 15If a
brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And
one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye
warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which
are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even
so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18Yea,
a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith
without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 19Thou
believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also
believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O
vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was
not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac
his son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith
wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And
the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of
God. 24Ye see then how that by works a man is
justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise
also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received
the messengers, and had sent them out another
way? 26For as the body without the spirit is
dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Jeremiah 31:33,34 33But
this shall be the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my
law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be
their God, and they shall be my people. 34And
they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his
brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the
least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will
forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
John 10:20 20And many of
them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21Others
said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil
open the eyes of the blind?
John 14:15-27 15If ye love
me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with
you for ever; 17Even the
Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him
not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you.
18I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you. 19Yet a little
while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live,
ye shall live also. 20At that day ye shall know
that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in
you. 21He that hath my commandments, and
keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be
loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him. 22Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot,
Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto
the world? 23Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24He
that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear
is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25These things have I spoken
unto you, being yet present with you. 26But
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
John Chapter 15 1I am the
true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every
branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch
that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now
ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide
in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except
it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I
am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me,
he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and
cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If
ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will,
and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my
Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9As the Father hath loved
me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10If
ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept
my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11These
things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that
your joy might be full. 12This is my
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13Greater
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. 14Ye are my friends, if ye do
whatsoever I command you. 15Henceforth I call
you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but
I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my
Father I have made known unto you. 16Ye have
not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should
go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name,
he may give it you. 17These things I command
you, that ye love one another.
18If the world hate you, ye
know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If
ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are
not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I
said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have
persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my
saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all
these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they
know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come
and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak
for their sin. 23He that hateth me hateth my
Father also. 24If I had not done among them the
works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they
both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But
this cometh to pass, that the word might
be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a
26But when the Comforter is
come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even
the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify
of me: 27And ye also shall bear witness,
because ye have been with me from the beginning.
John 8:31 31Then said Jesus
to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then
are ye my disciples indeed;
John 14:15 15If ye love me,
keep my commandments.
John 3:3-21 3Jesus answered
and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus
saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the
second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus
answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the
flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel
not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The
wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but
canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit. 9Nicodemus answered
and said unto him, How can these things be? 10Jesus
answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things? 11Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye
receive not our witness. 12If I have told you
earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you
of heavenly things? 13And
no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even
the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And as
Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He
that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God. 19And this is the
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But
he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Luke 6:46 46And why call ye
me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Luke 17:21 21Neither shall
they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is
Mal 3:6 6For I am
the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Matt 5:28 28But I say unto
you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart.
Matt 20:16 16So the last
shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Matt 7:11-27 11If ye then,
being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much
more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that
ask him? 12Therefore all things whatsoever ye
would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the
law and the prophets. 13Enter ye in at the
strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: 14Because strait is
the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it.
15Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even
so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot
bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore
by their fruits ye shall know them.
21Not every one that saith
unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he
that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto
them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore
whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And
every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall
be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Matt 13: 1The same day went
Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2And
great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into
a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3And
he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower
went forth to sow; 4And when he sowed, some seeds
fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5Some
fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith
they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6And
when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root,
they withered away. 7And some fell among
thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8But
other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an
hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9Who
hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10And the
disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in
parables? 11He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even
that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not,
neither do they understand. 14And in them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall
hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not
perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed
gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and
their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and should
understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them. 16But
blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your
ears, for they hear. 17For verily I say unto
you, That many prophets and righteous men have
desired to see those things which ye see, and
have not seen them; and to hear those
things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18Hear ye therefore the parable of the
sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the
kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh
the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was
sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But
he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that
heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet
hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is
offended. 22He also that received seed among
the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and
the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh
unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into
the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;
which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some
sixty, some thirty.
Mark 9:24 24And straightway
the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I
believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Mark 2:27,28 27And he said
unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28Therefore
the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Phil 2:12-15 12Wherefore,
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. 13For it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14Do all things without
murmurings and disputings: 15That ye may be
blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst
of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
Phil 4:7 7And the peace of
God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.
Rom Chapter 8 1There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from
the law of sin and death. 3For what the law
could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in
the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do
mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the
things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is
enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the
flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the
flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the
Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But
if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12Therefore,
brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For
if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For
as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For
ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children
17And if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we
suffer with him, that we may be also glorified
together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of
this present time are not worthy to be
compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For
the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation
of the sons of God. 20For the creature was made
subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath
subjected the same in hope, 21Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For
we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain
together until now. 23And not only they,
but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to
wit, the redemption of our body. 24For
we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man
seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we
hope for that we see not, then do we with
patience wait for it.
26Likewise the Spirit also
helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we
ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. 27And he that
searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of
the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the
will of God. 28And we know that all
things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are
the called according to his purpose.
29For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate to be conformed to the
image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover
whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them
he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31What shall we then say to
these things? If God be for us, who can
be against us? 32He that spared not
his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him
also freely give us all things? 33Who shall lay
any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God
that justifieth. 34Who is
he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who
also maketh intercession for us. 35Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword? 36As it is written, For thy
sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are
more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 3:4 3For what if some
did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without
effect? 4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but
every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in
thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Rom 5:5 5And hope maketh
not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by
the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Rom 10:9 9That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rev 21:8 8But the fearful,
and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
1 Kings 19: 11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon
the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great
and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks
before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind
an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the
earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire
a still small voice.
Gal 3: 23But before faith came, we were kept under
the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that
we might be justified by faith.
Rom 4: 15Because the law worketh wrath: for where
no law is, there is no transgression.