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If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?” What would be your reply?
Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.” I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”
I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.
I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”. Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.
Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation. Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either. Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.” This all amounts to a system of good works.
I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.
Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all? The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.
Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.
Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.
One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.
First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”
The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.
The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Hmmmm I’m going to die one day, where will I go?
Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ. God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.
O.K. How do I get God’s gift? Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;
and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.
Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us. Whosover means YOU.
In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell. My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.” He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.
My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation? If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.
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Old Testament Studies by Dr. Charles Bonner
The Book of Genesis
Introduction: Genesis is a Book of beginnings. The human writer: Moses.
The author: The Holy Spirit
The beginning of heaven and earth
The beginning of plants and animals
human life and sin
Genesis is the beginning of everything …. except … God
It is the beginning but has no finality
The beginning of idolatry
The Book of Genesis is quoted over 60 times in the New Testament. The recorded events of the Book of Genesis cover a period of 2,315 years. It begins with Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God …” and it closes with Genesis 50:26 “… in a coffin in Egypt.”
Genesis has five chief divisions
2. Fall and redemption
3 Cain, Seth and the flood
4. Flood to Babel
5. Abraham to the death of Joseph
Why study the Old Testament? Romans 15:4; Galatians 3:24
Eight famous men of the Old Testament
1. Adam 2. Abel 3. Enoch 4. Noah 5. Abraham 6. Isaac 7. Jacob 8. Joseph
A. Theistic evolutionists teach God created by means of evolution.
1. this is not Bible theology nor science nor evolution
2. God created vs 1
3. Notice several verses on God’s creation: God said = spoke
a. vs 3 c. vs 9 e. vs 20 g. vs 26
b. vs 6 d. vs 11 f. vs 24
4. Notice the divisions of days
a. vs 5 “… and the evening and the morning were the first day.”
b. vs 8 c. vs 13 d. vs 23 e. vs 31
5. Man – chapter 2:5 refers back to Genesis 1:27
B. The oldest profession 2:5, 15
C. The Garden was “Eastward” in Eden 2:8 or in the Eastern part of Eden.
II. God Makes Abraham A Promise Genesis 12:1-3 and 13:15-16
A. This is an unconditional promise
B. Abraham didn’t have to do anything for God to keep His promise
C. Man’s folly or impatience; lack of faith; disobedience; sin Genesis 16:1-16
D. Ishmael means “God shall hear”
E. Genesis 17:1-8; vs 15-19; vs 8 God gives Abraham & his seed, the land of Canaan
F. the Covenant is with Isaac Genesis 17:20-21
G. symbol of the Covenant – Genesis 17:10-12 – violated with Ishmael vs 25
H. God again confirms the Covenant 18:11-14
I. birth of Isaac 21:9-13
J. Synopsis of the situation
1. God tells Abram that he and his wife will have a son; they are old & she can’t have any
2. Sarai tells Abram to have a child with her maid, Hagar 16:1-2.
a. this is man running ahead of God – not waiting on God
b. this is man trying to do God’s will man’s way
c. this is sin: disobedience, immorality
d. God’s promise follows the legitimate line through Isaac – Genesis 17:21
e. the illegitimate line is Ishmael – the Arab peoples. God still made them great because
of God’s promise to Abram.
f. both peoples trace their lineage back to Abraham. Both claim God’s promise of the
land of Canaan to Abram’s seed 17:8
g. they’ve fighting over the land for centuries
h. the continual fighting and unrest is a product of man’s sin
III. Sodom And Gomorrah Chap. 19
A. In Chapter 18, God would not destroy them if there were even 10 righteous people in
Them, vs 33. There evidently were not that many there.
B. Chapter 19 – two angels came to Sodom to see Lot. They were most likely two of the
three angels that had met with Abraham in 18:2.
1. Lot treated them hospitable – he also invited them in vs 2
2. vs 4, the men (sodomites) of Sodom, surrounded the house
3. vs 5, they wanted to perpetrate their wickedness upon the men – Lots guests
4. vs 8, Lot offers his two daughters in their place
a. shows Lot’s perversion
b. shows Lot’s disreguard & disrespect for himself, his wife and his daughters as well
as for God
5. vs 9, the sodomites tried to break in Lot’s house
6. vs 10 the men (angels) rescued Lot and smote the queers with blindness
7. vs 13-15, the angels will destroy the wicked city. Shows the power of God’s angels
8. vs 16 Lot lingered – he had become so attached to the sinful place he was living in, he
did not want to leave it. If Lot had recognized the wickedness of the city, he would
have left it long before this time.
9. vs 16, the angels had to drag Lot and his family out of the city.
10. vs 28 the fate of the cities
11. vs 31-38 the continued sin of Lot and his family
IV. Isaac: Chapter 25-26
A. God continues His formation of His chosen nation, Israel Chapter 25:11
B. God confirms His covenant to Isaac, that He had given to Abraham 26:3-5, 24
A. Steals Esau’s Blessing; he deceives his father 27:1-25
B. Jacob receives the blessing reserved for his brother Esau 27:26-46
C. Jacob receives the Abrahamic Covenant 28:3-4; 13-14
D. Esau married into Ishmael family 28:9
E. Jacob’s name changed to Israel 32:28
1. Jacob had 12 sons
2. Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel
The Messianic Line Of Christ – Genesis 49:8-10
! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Reuben Simeon Levi Judah Dan Naphtali Gad Asher Issachar Zebulon Joseph Benjamin
29:32 29:33 29:34 29:35 30:6 30:8 30:13 30:13 30:18 30:20 30:24 35:18
F. Jacob waits 14 years for his bride – he reaped what he sowed earlier
VI. Joseph; Genesis 37-50
A. He was the oldest son of Jacob and Rachel; Gen. 37:3
1. He was the favorite son of his father
2. Because he was favored, his brothers hated him and sold him into slavery into Egypt Genesis 37:18-36
B. God uses Joseph and brings him to a powerful position in Egypt chapters 37-48
1. He is tested in the house of Potiphar Gen. 39:1-23
2. Joseph does the right thing, yet is framed and goes to prison; vs 7-14, 20,22
3. Pharaoh has a dream chap. 41
a. Pharaoh’s magicians could not interpret the dream; vs 8
b. Pharaoh calls for Joseph, vs 14, to interpret the dream
c. there would be 7 years of plenty and then 7 years of famine, vs 29-30
4. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge over all the land of Egypt 41:40-44
C. Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy corn; chapter 42
D. Joseph tells his brothers who he really is chapter 45
E. God took something evil and made something good from it; Genesis 50:20
Joseph is one of the most complete types of Christ in the Old Testament
Similarities Joseph Christ
Both were beloved of their fathers Gen. 37:3 Matt. 3:17; 17:5
Both were sold by their own Gen. 37:27-28 Matt. 26:15
Both were taken to Egypt Gen. 37:26 Matt. 2:14-15
Both were falsely accused Gen. 39:13-15 Matt. 26:59-60
Both had two fellow sufferers, Gen. 40:20-21 Luke 23:39-43
one was saved and one condemned
Both were exalted after suffering Gen. chap. 39-41 Phil. 2:7-9
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This is a very BRIEF Outline on this subject
The word “anoint” is used a few different ways in the Bible. It was customary to anoint kings, prophets, and priests, on their entering on their office, as a part of the ceremony of inauguration.
Exodus 28:41 & 40:15
Prophets of old were anointed. Isaiah 61:1 & I Samuel 10:1
The word “anoint” is applied also to Christians as being consecrated or set apart to the service of God by the Holy Spirit; a use of the word which is derived from the sense of consecrating, or setting apart, to the service of God.
I John 2:20 & I John 2:27
The word “consecrate = “dedicate;” “to be clean both ceremonially and morally;” “prepare.”
Hebrews 10:20: “dedicate.”
Christians should be concreted or dedicated to the service of the Lord.
“Unction” as used in I John 2:20: anointing, or the enlightening and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit. Here, John reminds them that their anointing; their power etc was from the “Holy One.” I John 2:18 – There were, back in John’s day, false or antichrists. These antichrists posed as the equals of or even superior to Christ himself.
Vs 19 – ‘.. they were not of us …” There were, in John’s day, as well as in our day, people who falsely profess Christ as Savior. They were not “true” Christians.
So, John teaches them that what they (true Christians) have, is from God and it is not the same as those who pretend to be Christians.
Vs 21 – what they have from God is Truth.
I John 2:27 – The anointing that they have, they received from God. It abides in them.
The word “abideth:” to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand.
Here we see the promise of Hebrews 13:5 & John 14:16 – 17.
Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit: Psalm 92:10. This is to be understood spiritually of the strength, comfort, and prosperity which God imparts to the righteous through his providence, word, and Spirit.
Those who put their trust in God shall continually receive from Him new strength for the performance of the new services which he requires of them.
Our power comes from: The Holy Spirit; from reading God’s Word, given to us by the Holy Spirit. It also comes from prayer as we speak to God: strengthened by: Eph. 3:16
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Intro: The word tempted means to: test examine prove
Luke 4:1 tells the same … But … Mark 1:12 uses the word “driveth.
The word driveth does not mean that Jesus was compelled forcibly against his will to go there, but that Christ was inclined to go there by the Spirit, or was led there. The Spirit of God, for important purposes, caused Him to go.
In Luke 4:13 – he (the devil) departed from Him for a season.
Here, we must conclude that he tempted Jesus again. In the Garden, the devil tempted Jesus to draw back from the Cross.
The devil attacked Jesus through Peter and with the Pharisees
Mark uses only 2 verses regarding the temptation of Jesus. Mark adds the “wild beasts” in the wilderness.
The wilderness is a lonely – unproductive place. There are many dangers in the wilderness -
snakes – jackals – lions – wolves – The devil through all he has at trying to bring Jesus down.
Hebrews 4:15 (tempted in all points)
Back to Matthew 4 – 40 days – fasting – hungry – the devil waited until Jesus was at His weakest point …. when He was most vulnerable.
In each instance, Jesus quoted Scripture – Matthew 4:4, 7, 10. My friends – stick to the Bible
Read it – memorize it – believe it – obey it.
All Christians are tempted in one way or another.
Tempted not to read your Bible – not to pray – to quit – to get discouraged – tempted to stay home from church – tempted in one way or another.
Remember … all temptations are from the devil and not from God … James 1:13
I run into Christians who quit because of what somebody said or did to them or about them.
That’s the devils delight. Peter denied the Lord and cussed and swore about not knowing Jesus … peter denied Jesus. Jesus was betrayed by a friend – Judas. Yet … He did not cave in and quit serving the Lord.
Many times, I hear someone say – pastor – you don’t know how that hurt me. They told a lie about me – they hurt my feelings … so … I’m just not to go to church any more – if that’s they way Christians act.
Sad but true … Many Christians act like idiots …. But Jesus Christ is still the same – yesterday – today and forever.
Always remember this … Jesus died in your place on the Cross of Calvary … not some long tongued gossip … not some self proclaimed Pharisee.
I do know how that hurts because I have been there and yet … I have never quit preaching – serving – going to church – praying – reading my Bible – witnessing – tithing – giving to missions etc. etc.
Not long ago, the devil attacks by using my kids – he has probably attacked many of you with family – kids – tearing down … wearing you down.
John was hurt, physically by a faculty member at Bible college. I had to have a go round with them because they were refusing to take care of the matter. Said that they would not pay their part of the medical bills for him … etc.
I found out my daughter, living in another state, was in trouble. I went to get her out …. Now she is safe from the threat of harm and death. Through this – I received death threats and it does play on your emotions and the stress level is high.
Pharisee’s attacked this church and attacked me and the devil tries to bring harm – to divert me and you from what we should be doing.
I have had, over the years, my life threatened simply for telling folks about Jesus.
Folks have said that I have said things that I never said — I think they call that lies.
Yet, I have trusted in the Lord – read my Bible – made mistakes … like we all have … and when my focus strayed from Christ to people … I confessed that sin and put my eyes back on Jesus. I turn to the Scriptures and to prayer and just trust the Lord and seek His direction.
EXAMPLE: (Pastor related to me … Miss Jones … widow … came to church Sun. mornings … about 3 of 4 Sundays. Often called the church, 3-4 times a week, with questions as she was trying to learn.
Miss Jones often hosted get together’s for some of her lady friends that she used to work with.
One Friday, as she inventoried her liquid refreshment, she discovered that she needed to order another case.
She called the liquor store … so she thought …. but out of habit, dialed the church. The pastor …. just about to leave … simply answered “Hello.” Miss Jones said … Hi, this is Helen Jones – I need another case of ………….. and please deliver it to my house ASAP. “Well, Miss Jones, said the pastor, how are you, this is pastor Johnson …..
Miss Jones started yelling into the phone ….. Pastor Johnson … what are you doing at the liquor store? She told .. all over town … that her pastor was a customer at the corner liquor store. Sometimes, that’s how malicious gossip spreads.
The devil uses many things to tempt us …. 25 years ago … when managing a large furniture and appliance store, in Wisconsin … I was working with smaller churches – helping them – preaching and teaching etc. was making – then – $52,000 a year.
I reasoned within myself – “I can be a business man and use my $$$ to help struggling Christians – preachers and churches.” The temptation to drop out of the ministry to do what seemed right in my own eyes.
God made me miserable and I went in one day … after much prayer … and quit my job and took another job in a much smaller store, as manager, for half of what I was making.
Now let’s get back to the part about Christians being hurt … Pastor, you don’t know how that
hurts … and yet, I believe I do.
When I was a pastor in Iowa, late 1970’s , God was blessing. A town of 500 – 600 folks and a church of about 25 people. After 4 years – avg. 126 in S.S. and 175 in church. Souls saved every week and baptizing almost every Sunday. Problems surfaced …. the deacons met with me and told me that it was time to leave. They had a pastor stay for just 2 years . You’ve over stayed your welcome … (they never said anything about a 2 yr time limit to me) No problems, just time for another pastor. I said that God was blessing – souls saved – I would leave when God let’s me know it’s time to go.
They said .. you get new people – they will get elected to office and we’ll be out. This is our church. I said “I thought it was God’s”
So … they helped me along. I received no pay check, ( 2 kids to feed). I got a job and kept preaching. We lived in the parsonage – they shut off the phone and electric. No lights, fridge can’t keep food etc. It was fall … furnace don’t work w/o electric.
One deacon – whose dad was not saved – spread all over town, a vicious lie – “The preacher kicked me outta church.”
I asked him why he said that … it was not true … he smiled … a wily smile … “No one will believe you. I was raised in this town and know almost everybody … they’ll believe me, no matter what I say.
A while later, the church I pastored before coming to Iowa – said they would move us back there at their expense – and they did.
Before I left … the sin was exposed … much to my surprise. Immorality in the church … adultery – wife swapping – orgies etc.
The greater harm was done. The deacons unsaved dad, died unsaved; he hated me as he believed the lie … a lie that was not true. (All lies are never true).
Most of the folks walked away from that church. One family, to this day, has never darkened the door of any church. That church – to this day – has never run over 30 – They “hire” a pastor for 2 years and he has to leave after 2 years.
Ichabod was written over the door – their testimony for Christ has been ruined.
When someone tells me – Pastor, you don’t know the hurt … you don’t know how it feels to have Christians dump on you … I can say … Yes I do.
Now … every pastor has had similar stories and preachers, today – go through similar things.
Why? The devil tempts – tests – examines them – me and you … he tries to get you and me to quit.
Missionaries have the same problems …. the devil uses people.
Remember … each week … in America … over 150 Baptist preachers quit the ministry because of “Christians” fighting with and attacking their pastors. Who wins? The devil.
Preachers have shared with me – how the devil used folks in churches they pastored – to fight them over stupid stuff. Folks who want to run the church their way. I never gave in, one pastor shared with me … “After a while, my carnality takes over and I finally – just tell them off. Be cause that’s all some people will understand.”
Recently a pastor shared with me the church sent him a note, put it in his mailbox, when he was gone. They wouldn’t talk to him face to face, they were cowards. They said that they would no longer pay him his salary. Why? No apparent reason …. no Biblical reason.
He is hurt by this. The devil has won in that church and souls will not be reached in their area – the Gospel is hindered.
Maybe that’s why preachers seem “tough” when you get to certain areas of the local church …
They guard against the trouble makers … the liars …. those who are always negative etc.
You get tempted – in one way – you get hurt – so do preachers. Most preachers have been where you are and even more so.
The devil gets you – where he believes … is your most weakest point.
Yet …. Jesus Christ died for my sins and for yours – on the Cross of Calvary …. NOT the nay sayers … not the liars … not the trouble makers … not the sowers of discord …. not the Judas’s
Our focus – is to be on Jesus – not on people – problems – self will – but on Jesus.
The devil fights every Christian – every church – every family – he tries his best to ruin your testimony and hinder churches from winning souls – from preaching the Gospel.
The devil attacked Jesus Christ – tried to hinder Jesus from doing the will of God, the Father.
Jesus stuck to Scripture. He never gave in.
The devil wants to destroy churches, homes, marriages, lives, etc.
he uses suttle things … gossip … lies …. someone to sow discord …. someone to destroy … someone to tempt you. in various ways.
Never give in.
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Be Strong In Gods Grace
II Timothy 2:1
Intro: God’s grace is a bottomless subject. We will never find the end of it. Man is a sinner & God’s grace is greater than all our sin; read Romans 5:20 “Moreover the Law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
God’s grace is an active principle communicated from God. It is light directing the Christian in how to act & the power to act according to that light. Note the following verses:
John 1:4-5, 17-19; Luke 1:79; Luke 2:32; John 8:12; John 12:35-36; Acts 26:18
I. It is only through God’s grace that the Christian becomes spiritually strong
A. God’s grace is what helps us to get through hard times II Timothy 1:3
B. Without the grace of god, it is impossible to win the spiritual conflicts of life
1. As our trials = hard times; testing’s, increase, we have a greater NEED to grow stronger
& stronger in our faith & in the grace of God.
2. Our faith gets stronger
3. Our determination & our love for God & Jesus Christ, will get stronger
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
4. The opposite of this is the Apostle Peter
a. Matthew 26:35 Peter said he would never deny the Lord
b. This was Peter acting in the “flesh,” his own strength, his self.
c. Notice what happened: Peter denied Jesus 3 X’s
5. We MUST be strong in the grace of God & not in self = our desires; our thinking, motives; our own way.
6. To get through life & its problems, Christians must be strong in God’s grace.
II. Grace Is For Everyday
A. II Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
B. Grow = increase
1. In Christ likeness.
2. The life of the Christian is growth
C. Born again by God’s grace
1. Living by God’s grace
2. Serving by God’s grace
D. Grow in grace & knowledge
1. The two go together
2. This is the grand safeguard against sin.
3. Search the scriptures on a daily basis
4. If you grow in God’s grace, you WILL also grow in His knowledge = have more knowledge of Jesus Christ. The two go together, hand in hand.
5. ONCE the HEART has been established by grace, the Christian now has grace to serve God in a way that is acceptable to God.
Hebrews 13:9 II Corinthians 9:8
III. It All Begins When a person receives Christ into Their Heart, Ephesians 2:8-9
A. We do not deserve salvation but God offers it anyway
B. Our zeal; fervor; good deeds; cannot obtains salvation
C. Salvation is FREE from God for you to receive it by faith; John 1:12
“But as many as received HIM, to THEM He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name.”
Will you, right now, receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Ask Him to come into your heart and to save your soul. Ask Him for forgiveness. Jesus will forgive you and He will save you. Your part is to believe & then ask. Pretty simple isn’t it?
If you are already a believer, won’t you depend upon God’s grace and lean upon Him?
He will help you through the greatest problems that you will face, by His grace.
Are you willing to serve the Lord through His grace? This comes by reading His Word (Bible) on a daily basis (start in the New Testament if you are a beginner at this). Give Him your cares, worries and problems in a time of prayer. Ask Him for help in your daily routine, etc.
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Genesis 1:27 & Ephesians 2:8-9
Intro: God created man and put him in a garden paradise. Satan tempted man and man fell into sin.
Genesis 2:8-17 God provides
Genesis 3:1-5 The devil tempts and man falls spiritually
Genesis 3:14-19 The penalty for sin and the provision by God
Genesis 3:7 & 21 God’s grace
Genesis 4:8 The first murder
Ungodliness and sin came into the world by the temptation of satan. Man (Adam & Eve) willingly does wrong; they disobeyed God. This was against God’s Word. All sin is against God. Man willfully left God out of their decision making.
The history of man from Adam until now, is a history of man depending upon self and living independently from God. There is no mention of anything vile, immoral etc.
In the Garden of Eden, there were no drug pushers; no bars or liquor stores; no pimps and prostitutes etc. and was in a perfect paradise and yet, he still fell into sin and got away from God.
Man basically leaves God out his thinking; doing; and life in general.
Man tends to plan – act & live as if God did not exist = ungodliness.
Genesis 11:4 We see human progress, but it is all for self; all for mans own glory. Man tries to get to heaven his way and refuses God’s way. They did not take God into account; therefore, their work was ungodly & it brought the judgment of God upon them. Romans 1:18 & 21-23.
Look at the world around us; look back at history throughout the centuries. Man lives against God and the things of God. That’s why we have wars; murders; immorality; hatred; and a host of many other crimes. People that you might even consider to be “good folks,” live as if there was no God.
So, where is God in all of this?
He is watching; observing; working to bring man back to God.
For Adam & Eve – God provided a payment; a sacrifice for their sin.
For Abraham – God provided a sacrifice
For all mankind – God provides a solution, a payment for our sin & it is by His Grace.
Grace is something we do not deserve but God wants us to depend on Him, to love Him & serve Him.
In the Old testament, Leviticus 4:26 (a sacrifice & atonement for sin).
Leviticus 4:35 (atonement for mans sin and forgiveness).
Atonement is basically, a payment.
God provided a way and God paid for that way. Man’s part is to believe by FAITH and obey it = do what He says. Apply it to you.
In the Old Testament, the sacrifices had to be done over & over every year.
In the New Testament we find: Hebrews 9:24-26. Here we find that Jesus went to God in your behalf. He did not offer nor have to offer Himself every year as the Old Testament priest gave their yearly sacrifices. He offered Himself; His own blood in your place.
Hebrews 9:27-28. Because of mans sin, we have an appointment with death. This means that we had better prepare to meet God now.
Christ was ONCE offered to bear our sins; not on a yearly basis, but ONCE AND FOR ALL.
Man’s part: Believe it; obey it & receive it by faith.
You apply it by receiving Christ as YOUR Saviour.
GRACE: When a Christian lives by faith & is disciplined by grace, it brings to mind & soul, the goodness & beauty of God. We can realize His unfailing love & His providing salvation for everyone: Romans 10:13. Christ died for ALL but the sad part is that not ALL (everybody) will receive Him as their personal Savior.
When the heart sees this and the riches of His grace; the pleasures that this world offers; the “things” that draw us away from God, His Word, His House; living for Him … all those “things” will soon fade away & will no longer attract us. They will lose their “sparkle” & glamour.
Our heart must see the riches of God’s grace. By grace, God calls the saved believer to serve Him. By grace, God supplies the power, drive & determination to the Christian:
II Peter 1:3 tells us that: “According
To His divine power …”
One day, the saved will realize the grace of God to its fullest: Revelation 22:1
Your part: To believe it To receive it To apply it to yourself = to do it.
Matthew 27:22, Pilate asks a very pertinent question, even for today: “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”
What will YOU do with Jesus? Will you receive Him as your Saviour?
If you are already saved, will you live your life for Jesus?
If not, on either of these questions, “Why not?”
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Law Vs Grace
Intro: When we study God’s Word on the topic of God’s Grace; we MUST realize just how unworthy that we really are.
We are imperfect at best and we have a sinful nature.
When you understand that you are accepted of God on the ground of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and not your own goodness and righteousness.
Then you can realize that your standing before God is in His righteousness and not you own. It is all about God; His Power; His grace; His forgiveness.
When you can believe and accept that very fact, then you will not have the problem of questioning yourself, whether or not you are really saved.
God’s Grace is something we do not deserve; but God offers it out of His love and mercy for you & me.
It is freely offered by God & you must freely receive it, if you want to have it.
I. The Law Curses the Sinner
A. You break God’s Law, you pay for it
1. Galatians 3:10 – God’s Law requires what no man can perform,
namely, perfect, uninterrupted, and perpetual obedience.
2. The curse becomes effective only when the law is broken.
3. Curse = The emphasis is on the word “continueth”
4. The person who continually breaks the Law have a curse upon them.
They placed it there upon themselves by their own disobedience
5. The one who breaks one of God’s Laws is guilty of breaking ALL of
them: James 2:10
6. The curse is placed on the Law breaker who does not yield entire
obedience to God’s law. Partial obedience cannot save from the
penalty that we must face.
II. Grace Cover The Law Breaker – Romans 4:7
A. Iniquities = violations of God’s Law
B. Sins are covered = are concealed; or hidden from the view.
Sins that God will no more look upon, and which he will no more
C. Covered = hidden, not forgiven
D. Forgiven = Pardoned Hebrews 10:17
1. Sins = an offense
2. Iniquities = Wickedness; breaking the law; unrighteousness
3. remember no more = God will not punish us for forgiven sins.
He will not hold them to our account.
E. Gods Grace, when you ask for forgiveness, allows God not to look
upon your sin that He has already forgiven. He will not punish you for what He has forgiven you of = GODS GRACE.
F. How many sins can God forgive you for? Romans 5:20
III. God Gives The Saved Grace To Serve Him
A. The Law was engraved in stone: Exodus 24:12
B. Grace is given in your heart: II Corinthians 3:3
C. The Law is demanding: Joshua 7:25 (stoned Achan for breaking the
Law) Exodus 21:28-29
D. Gods grace is out of love to God: John 14:15; Luke 19:9-10;
II Timothy 1:9
1. Obeying God’s Word is the fruit of our love for Him
2. To obey without love is drudgery and slavery
3. The evidence of our love for God is “willing obedience”
4. Gods Grace allows the saved to serve the savior from a heart filled with love and not of fear: I John 4:18
Grace gives you a willing, easy, and cheerful obedience; a pleasing and an acceptable obedience to God’s Word. He that is afraid of God, is afraid of punishment: but he that loves God, is afraid of offending God. God’s Law is “Heavy: God’s Grace is light.
True love to Jesus always shows itself by obedience to His Words, while all other love is onlylip service, and betrays the hypocritical heart. Are we daily giving proof of our love to Jesus by obeying His Word?
3. Church services
5. Bible reading
6. Telling others about Jesus
7. Giving of time; talents; money
All this can be accomplished successfully in the Grace of God without fear & without it being “hard” or burdensome.
That’s why Jesus said: Matthew 11:28
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
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Jesus prays for special intercession for the believers. John 17:9-19
1. Vs 9: “I pray for them” Luke 22:32.
Every believer should have great joy in knowing that Jesus Christ prays for them.
2. Vs 9: Jesus prays for believers in contrast to the world = the unsaved.
Jesus died on the Cross to make salvation possible for all sinners; He lives to make intercession for the saved. Jesus does a special work for believers. He is our Mediator; our High priest. He intercedes for the saved in a special way that he does not for unbelievers. I Timothy 2:5
3. Vs 10: The people, who are saved, in Christ Jesus, also belong to God. Those who belong to God also belong to Jesus.
4. Vs 10: “I am glorified in them.” Christ’s glory here upon the earth was manifested by his disciples. It is also to be manifested by all believers. This is a great inspiration to serve the Saviour.
5. Vs 11: Jesus is getting ready to leave this world. The hour is near for His crucifixion etc. As He prays, Jesus commits His disciples to the Father’s care. He also asks that they might be united in the purpose of getting the Gospel to the world. Acts 4:32; Acts 2:32; John 13:1.
6. Vs 11: “Holy Father” The word “Holy” points to and describes God’s character.
The root meaning of the word in the Greek means: separation. This signifies that God is completely removed from all evil. God is also removed from evil and elevated high above all evil and sin. James 1:13
7. Vs 12: All the saved are and have been kept by Jesus in God’s Name. None of them have ever been lost. Kept is used two times in this verse. 1st time, the meaning is: “preserved.” The 2nd time, the meaning is: “guarded.” Guarded as the shepherd guards his sheep or as a soldier guards a treasure.
Judas was never given to Jesus: John 6:70; John 13:27; Luke 22:3.
The word “but,” a conjunction. The meaning is: Among the company of disciples and believers, there was one who was lost; unsaved; never saved.
“Perdition,” Ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): damnable, perish, waste. John 6:37; John 10:27-29.