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What is a Christian

So what is a Christian?

So you came here searching to understand what is a Christian. Some would simply say, “to believe in Jesus” makes you a Christian. But what does it mean “to believe?” And who, really, is “Jesus Christ?” According to the Bible, Jesus is the  promised Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. His Hebrew name is “Yeshua”, which means “Salvation”. He is the only begotten Son of God, God come in the flesh, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, who suffered, and was crucified for the sins of the world. He died and was buried, and on the third day, He rose again from the dead having the keys of hell and death. Soon afterward He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will soon return to judge both the living and the dead.

Those are the facts about Jesus, but how can you know they are really true so to really believe in Him? The kind of believing which the Bible speaks of means “complete trust”, so that you throw your entire existence upon Jesus in FAITH that He will save you. How can someone do that? And why do you need to be “saved”? The answers can only come from the highest authority, God Himself, by His REVELATION. Real FAITH only responds to real REVELATION from God… about Him AND about you. God communicates to a person through His Holy Spirit and His Word (Jesus Himself, and The Bible, Old and New Testaments). The Creator reveals His existence, His nature, His authority, and His will to people, in a way that makes them sure about Him. A true Christian is not someone who has chosen a particular “religion” because it appeals to him or because it seems reasonable. Rather, he comes to know his Creator by REVELATION, and comes to know Jesus personally as who He actually is: the only begotten Son of God and Savior of the world. REVELATION is also required to see yourself as you truly are in God’s eyes.

Reading the Bible does not automatically bring REVELATION, but when God’s Spirit brings conviction and certainty about His truth, then you can respond with true FAITH. Matthew’s gospel [Matthew 16:15-17] gives a powerful example: Jesus said to His disciples, “But what about you?” “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. Peter’s answer about Jesus was revealed by God, Himself.

REVELATION from God also can come in other ways, such as visions, and there is general REVELATION from nature  which testifies to an intelligent Creator. However it comes, REVELATION is God’s part in the process of becoming a Christian. But REVELATION alone will not make someone a true Christian. Many people receive REVELATION from God in many ways but never become Christians. This is because they refuse to repent and believe; they do not respond with REPENTANCE and FAITH. REPENTANCE means turning around and away from one’s own understanding and way of life, which is sinful and self-centered; and turning to God. It means responding to REVELATION from God recognizing His existence, His perfect holiness and our hopeless sinfulness. When we truly repent, we really understand and agree that we are sinful unto death, that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]; that we desperately need forgiveness and a purification that we cannot accomplish ourselves, because by our very nature we have violated God’s law and His holiness. Only being deeply convinced of these things we can truly respond with a FAITH that trusts completely in Jesus, the Savior who died for sin, and reconciled us to God.

Sin leads to death….do you realize that the certainty of your death is intimately connected with the terrible reality of your sin? The Bible makes these clear statements;”Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—.” [Romans 5:12] And; “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Yes, the evidence of the reality of sin is everywhere around and within us because this world is filled with disease and death, which are the direct result of it. Anyone who says “Well, I’m not that sinful!” is simply not aware of his or her true inner condition.

Sin entered the world when our first parents were tested in that ancient Garden. Adam and Eve were made in the very image of God, their beauty, depth, and profound significance, beyond our comprehension. Because of their great significance to God, the test He allowed them to experience would have far-reaching consequences. Eating the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would change the very nature and fabric of Creation, bringing the death and decay we witness every day. This event was not a myth. The New Testament makes perfectly clear that, “.. since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead;” [1 Corinthians 15:21].

Are you sensing the truth in these words? Then the Holy Spirit is giving you REVELATION about God and yourself. He is gently calling you to respond with FAITH. Since you have come here seeking, this is His promise: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” [Jeremiah 29:13]. God desires for men and women to seek and to find Him. In His gentle way He calls us into His love without forcing us, even as He wakes us up to the reality of our true condition.

Since the day that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and sin and death entered the world, the Father of Creation, in love, has provided hope. Since death was not His highest will or intention for us, but rather Life, even Eternal Life, He made a way to cover and finally, erase, sin from the world. This way involved sacrifice; and the shedding of blood. Expressed with these words, in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, He said; “..the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” [Leviticus 17:11].” The first sacrifice was in the Garden, when the Lord God slew an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. The final, perfect sacrifice was Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Christ, or Messiah who, shedding His own blood, took away the sins of the world. The following passages of scripture prophesy and describe Him in detail: [Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-13; Daniel 9:23-27]. Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53 is very explicit about this “Suffering Servant Messiah”. The entire New Testament, especially the four Gospels, is the true history of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Again, if you find these words, these scriptures, ringing true deep within, then God really is speaking to you and convicting you of your true condition and spiritual need, and of His hope for you. Because after the final perfect sacrifice of the Messiah was accomplished on a Roman cross some 2000 years ago, His dead body was laid in a tomb; but three days later life was restored to Him, and He was raised bodily from the dead. This is described in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The resurrection was witnessed by over 500 people; [1 Corinthians 15:6]. And since that time, this true message has changed the lives and brought hope for eternity to many millions of people all over the world.

FAITH can also be your response to the conviction you may be feeling and receiving about these things. Today could be your day of salvation. A new, spiritual birth can occur inside you, as the simple truth of John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” And “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12]. But make sure that your repentance is deep and sincere and that you fully intend, with God’s help, to turn away from all your sins. God is not mocked. He looks at the heart, and fully knows your intentions. If they are real, He will enter you by His Spirit and give you new life. This means that you, also, will be resurrected from death and receive an eternal and perfect body as the resurrected Messiah did. The gift of eternal life is received by REPENTANCE and FAITH. You can express this response in your own words, based on your conviction of sin, and the death and resurrection of Jesus; or you might use a prayer such as this one:

Father in Heaven, I come to you realizing that I am truly a sinful person, that my sin separates me from you and leads me to judgment and eternal death.  I’m asking that you forgive me as I turn from my sins; rebellion, unbelief, sexual immorality, occultism, hatred, cursing, selfishness, and everything you call evil. I do believe that your Son Jesus, came, died, and rose again from the grave and that through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus, and write my name in your Book of Life. I gratefully receive this free gift of His righteousness, cleansing, and eternal life as I fully trust that He carried my sins away completely.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving your life for me. Help me to live a holy life worthy of your salvation. Amen.

If you have responded in real repentance and faith with this or other prayer, please let us here at Worthy Network know about it; we would love to encourage and help you in any way we can. And know this: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” [Romans 10:9-10]

  • http://www.georgewhitten.com George Whitten

    If you have a question about what is a Christian? Please go ahead and ask! God bless!

    • Jerry collins

      If your questions comes from the church background or does it come from the biblical tex. The word christian only appears one time in the English text and then it is a incorrect translation. The word Christ appears 572 times and it is not translated. One can get all kinds of meaning for the name of Jesus wtih christ following it is not his title it is a condition. The same for the word christian there is not one christian named in the bibilical text and Saul never saw one during his whole time of taking the good message. the word in the Greed christianous means those being anointed. It was a condition that was occuring to them. further more if you look at the passage again you will the word church it again is a bad translation. the word in the greek ekkleesia meaning the ones invited out of the unrighteous gentiles where they had been scattered by the father after the divorce Jer 3 Jesus was the price paid to buy them back and he was the first to invite them out in Matthew 15:18 she is not an it and her name is not the church. The invitation has been lost for 2000 years because of the church for it became the invitation and thereby destroying the invitation. Jesus did not say that I will build my church the word is ekkleesian being the ones invited out of the gentiles where they hac been scattered by my father because of the divorce. In Acts 11 26 The next word is the word assembled here agaiin another of the churches produced errors in the text in English. the four error in this verse is the word disciples it should be learners. This whole verse need a rewrite and put in all the correct translations and the question that you ask will go away instead of making a theilogy of a mistranslated word. the ones invited out can only be Hebrews of the house of Israel all others are rejected for another reason and that is the anointing can only come from the Holy Spirit and that again is only for the whole house of Israel. It is very simple there is no such thing as a christian in the NT when you learn the greek instead of the corrupted heathen bible of the heathen church of the Lord Jesus Christ. which was produced to deceive the rejected gentiles from the beginning before the foundation oif the earth. Jesus does not love everyone only the children of his two wives. all others are rejected. Amos 3:2 you only have I loveed of all the families of the earth. If the people would learn what the writers had to say their would not have a problem being something that does not exist.

      God to my web page and read more about the ethnee and ekkleesian
      http://www.myprivatelib.com

      read and write soon
      Jerry Collins

    • set free

      What is a christian for the word has never been translated from the greek letter Text and it is used only one time? Only a hebrew can be saved accord to Matthew 1:21 Jesus said he came only for hebrews of the House of Israel Matthew 15 Matthew 28: 19 does not rquire anything other than be an ethnee in the Greek for one to baptised by the Holy Spirit and Joel 2 says only the whole house of Israel can received the outpouring there fore the ethnee are the sheep of the house of Israel. Then how can one become a Hebrew to be saved out from among the hated gentiles Luke 1?
      Jerry

  • Roddy Alan

    This is another big step for me because I have accepted Jesus in 1982 , and have slide back into the old me..(a place I dont want to be).I truly believe that Jesus died for my sins …my problem is :I feel like Im taking advantage of GOD’s grace…when I sin it seems like its the same sins over and over I feel so bad and seem to run away from Jesus cause Im embarassed that I let him down and that I followed my desire other than his….I know in my heart that Im forgive but I also feel that I dont deserve his forgivness for my sins that I just comitted , AGAIN….Is there hope for me ? I cant seem to fight my temptations….I feel like Im missing something….

    • Peter

      Roddy, We all have the same problem. None of us are perfect, and we all tend to fall into a pattern of sin because we still have the Old Sin Nature fighting against us, and temptation pushing us to go back to our old way of life.

      A good father loves his children, and he will love them even if they make mistakes and do dumb things. No matter what they do, they are still family, they are still his children, and he is still their father. He loves them more then they know. That is how it if with God. His children may sin and do dumb things, but He is still their Father and He loves us more than we can understand.

      As a Christian you can know, that even if you turn your back on God, God won’t turn his back on you. He is always there for you.

      The Bible is God’s thinking. It is the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and you should study it to show yourself approved unto God a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed (2 Tim 2:15). And ask Him to give you the strength to follow Him. It will help you to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:2)

      • adaluz

        Roddy,
        Our problem is that we don’t see things from God’s perspective. He is not looking down on us in disgust when we mess up, If we see it that way, then we don’t truly understand grace. Timothy Keller describes the difference between Christianity and other faiths in this way:
        Other Faiths: you obey the law in order to be accepted by God=FEAR OF GOD
        Christianity: you are loved/accepted by God because of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross for you(Grace), which leads to obidience=LOVE OF GOD
        He does a better job explaining that than I do. Anyway, repentance doesn’t simply mean turning away from sin, it means turning away from sin and turning to Christ. Only he can save you. I have tried time and time again to break the patterns of sin in my life by my own strength which failed and left me in a state of despair. It sounds cliche, BUT “cry out to Jesus” for help. If you truly would like to live in the spirit and no longer want your life to be marked by sin…you’ve got to be on your knees constantly asking for help brother. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” What does he mean? Well, we are his children, and like any father, he wants us to come to him with childlike faith. We tend to want to do things on our own (self sufficiency is my biggest problem), but apart from him, we can do NOTHING! Begin praying for the holy spirit’s power, conviction and strength to fight sin. As Christians, we will constantly be fighting sin our whole lives, BUT sin will never conquor you. Why? because your Lord and Savior has conquered it and it is already defeated. How differently would you live if you lived understandin that sin has no power over you because “he that is in you, is greater than he that is in the world.” Your position in battle? “On your knees with lifted hands…” He doesn’t promise that it will be easy, but he does promise to be with you, to never leave or forsake you…and that is all you need to win the battle.

        • set free

          Good Morning
          in the passsage about the children he said let the little children come to me as he came only for Hebrews they were children of the father he was not offering the next door children something those being the hated gentiles. Jesus does not love all the children of the world but only those of his two wives Aholah and Aholibah EZ 23
          In John it says in the greek letter text that you must be born from above not again into the family of Hebrews by the FAther/
          What ever this thing called sin is that the gentile christians who are unrighteous gentiles from the beginning. Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins and by his stripes they were healed that being idol worship. see Peter 2 Jesus came to save his people out from among the hated unrighteous gentiles Luke 1
          Jesus only invited the ethnee out from among the hated gentiles EZ 34-35
          Jesus came only for the hebrews
          Salvation is by race and to one race only Hebrews
          Peter only wrote tp Hebrews
          James only wrote to Hebrews
          Paul only wrote to Hebrews
          God only has wrath for gentiles from the foundation of the earth
          Repentance and believing is of no value to God
          being a follower or a confesser is of no value to God
          Only sheep can get into the fold all others are rejected
          Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world
          The church has never existed in the wilderness nor in the New Testament
          The church is the largest false religon there is
          the church is for deceiving the heathen gentiles waiting the wrath of God.
          it is time to re- learn what the NT is all about.
          the inviting out of ethnee the righteous gentiles that GOd loves
          Jerry

      • set free

        If conforming to the heathen gentile church that was never in the greek letter text then one can study for 1000 years and one will not become a sheep of the master. For the church for the most part has rejected the biblical text by trying to convince God that heathen gentiles can be saved around the world. Matt 1:21 Jesus was coming to save his people from their sins this did not include the unrighteous gentiles of this world. God does not require that one conform to the English text but that they be a Hebrew of the house of Israel, therefore Salvation is by race for only one race the Hebrews. Paul went only to the Hebrews, He said he was minister to the Hebrews. Revelation says 2:26 that the Hebrews will rule over the hated gentiles.
        Jesus said that the 12 learners were to judge the 12 tribes who was going to judge the gentiles? They had already been judged before the foundation of the earth, they were to receive the wrath of God.

  • http://www.worthychristianforums.com/index.php?/user/65308-isaiah-68/ Isaiah

    Roddy I have good news!! We all have had trouble with sin, and all have fallen short! Even Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the new testament had problems with sin! So I am going to walk you through a bit of Romans ( the whole book is incredible, but to long to post here! I am going to break down a bit of Romans Chapters 5-8. If you have time I highly suggest reading those chapters, as they explain it more eloquently then I ever could. Here are some highlights!

    Its good to remember this, Jesus did not come to save Saints. He came to save sinners!

    “Romans 5:6-21(NKJV)

    6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

    As you see, it says while we were still sinners! If we struggle, what does Paul say…

    “Romans 5:20-21
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Where Grace abounds even more! Not that we are to continue sinning to have more grace as he continues in chapter 6.

    “Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)
    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? “

    But even this is hard to do, as Paul states later he even has a hard time…

    “Romans 7:15-20 (NKJV)
    15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. “

    As you see, even Paul did sinful things. He struggled as well, lets see what he says the cure is…

    Romans 7:21-25 (NKJV)
    21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
    So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

    Romans 8 (NKJV)

    Free from Indwelling Sin

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
    Sonship Through the Spirit

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

    You see, as we walk in the spirit our sinful fleshly man, weakens and our spiritual man with strengthen.

    Also Notice in Romans 8:1 It says “There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus”

    Yes we fall but we are not condemned, We may feel the effects of sin, or his gentle conviction guiding us away from sin, but we are not condemned, He is not standing there trying to beat us up.

    Remember in Luke Chapter 14 it says

    “20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
    22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “

    He wants to revive you back with open arms and Party!

    One last note, I wrote the following many years ago. I had done some dumb stupid sinful stuff. Right after returning from a missions school called a Discipleship Training School. I had gone on a missions trip and seen god do so many things, and then I did a sin that I had done before, and struggled with for years. So as I came to my senses again, feeling horrible and stupid, and condemned. I wrote this.

    The True Meaning Of DTS

    DTS What does that really mean?
    Does it mean Discipleship Training School? Maybe
    But what does it really mean?
    There has to be something deeper

    Maybe it means Die To Self?
    I think that is what the true meaning is
    Die To Self what a simple statement
    Simple yes, but full of revelation
    Simple to understand? Yes
    But to follow through with? NO!

    Dying To Self
    Good Idea But how?
    I know what is right
    I know what is wrong
    I don’t do what is right
    But I do what is wrong.
    Why?

    I want to do right
    I want to please my Heavenly Father
    I want to do what he wants me to do
    In the end I want to hear
    “Well done, my good and faithful servant”

    But I do not do what is right
    I do what I know is wrong
    I hear His voice warning me
    I hear him pleading with me to stop
    I hear him crying as I ignore the voice
    I know I am hurting the one who Loves me
    I feel little or no remorse or regret
    Why? Because my spirit is weak, but my flesh is strong

    I say I will go to the ends of the world for you
    I say I will die for you
    I say I will do what ever you want me to
    No matter the cost

    But it is easier to go to the ends of the earth
    It is easy to be brave for God
    To stand up in the face of persecution
    Yes even to be a Martyr for Christ is easy
    But to Die To Self, that is the hard thing
    To Die To Self is a daily thing
    To die every day is hard
    To fast is hard to pray and read the Word is hard
    To spend time with God is hard
    This all goes against self

    How do die to self?
    Can you die to self?
    Yes you can!

    How?
    You need to starve self
    Do not exercise self
    Daily read the Word
    Daily spend one on one with the Father
    Fast and pray make your spirit strong
    Then you will Die To Self

    But do not stop feeding you spirit
    Because if you do not you will not die to self
    If you do keep your spirit strong,
    You will Die To Self
    -Isaiah- 1998
    http://www.worthychristianforums.com/index.php?/topic/141047-the-true-meaning-of-dts

    • Jerry Collins

      If your remarks are only to the ethnee Hebrews as the writings of Paulare for 1350 times he references the hebrews of the House of Israel in the four books of Romans, Galatians, Corinthians and Ephusians. no heathen gentiles are list no gentiles are listed as being saved or redeemed. No gentile city is list as being the ones chosen out. he was an miinster to the ethnee only. Jesus came only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, he only dispatched his learners to the ethnee gentiles who are not gentiles at all but the Hebrews that were scattered among the gentiles by the father following the divorce in Jer 3
      God speak through the prophet Isaiah chapter 46 Assemble the ones who have escaped the gentiles, the house of Israel are the ones scattered among the gentiles Jesus in Matthew 16:18 only invited out the ethnee where they had been scattered and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. she is not an it and her name is not the church.
      See my webpage for more details
      http://www.myprivatelib.com
      Thank you for allowing me to comment.
      Jerry

  • Christine Siruelo

    Thank you for these encouraging and universal truths.. I am truly blessed. In Jesus mighty name. Amen….

  • Nathalie halliman

    thank you for these word and i am bless in Jesus name

  • Dino

    Awesome. One of the best and complete descriptions I’ve read. God bless you and your website.

  • Leslie Padilla

    i’ve recently have been saved and God showed me and my ex a revelation ( a quick picture sort of say) of his friends at our wedding..notice how I wrote ex ;( well. Since being saved God has talked to me through other people and has made a covenant with me –showing me he is for me, it is very hard as we are not together he is a good man /christian but has yet to be saved I’ve already asked God in prayer for his salvation and knowing God will deliver him…Its still pretty hard because the enemy peeps in and tries to overcome you but something happens–God does fight for you and what he created no one can take or tear apart…As much as I’m trying to convince myself to move on and date and try to prove he is not for me by laying out facts, it still doesnt work for God, God will make you do something to exercise your faith, he make you committ to a fast or just something you just decide to say ok Lord “I do this one last thing, ha and that one thing leads to another promist for God —and thats how he works..Before we are saved he lets us run around, make mistakes and take the journey on our own, and when your Saved he is in your life for ever ….so no matter how much we think we want to try to run around again, and do certain things..if its not in his will he just won’t let it happen!!!

    and Thank God for that!!! your always learning about him, yourself, your purpose, and you dont ask why things happen or turn out the way they do…your faith in him lets you keep moving so that he is the only one in control.

    God Bless!

    Leslie Padilla

    • Jerry collins

      There has been no one saved in the last 2000 years for the act of buying back his wife Aholah and all her children that were scattered among the gentile nations of this world. Jesus only came for the children of his divorced wife Aholah. He had to die to be remarried to his divorced wife otherwise it would have been an abomination before God. Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins which in the OT was Idol worship even to the point of killing their children by burning them. Jesus only sent his learners to those of the House of Israel. which are Hebrews. One can not become a christian for it is not something that you can become but rather it is a process that is being done to those that Jesus has already selected before the foundation of the world, The promise of the Holy Spirti is only to the whole house of Israel. Salvation is only to the Hebrews and salvation is by race and race alone.

      Go to my web page and read more about the House of Israel and who they are today.
      http://www.myprivatelib.com
      Your friend and student of the word of God

      Jerry Collins

  • Roy B

    Does the bible really teach “FAITH ALONE” doctrine? Which specific verse in the bible can we find justification by “Faith Alone”? How do you explain the following passages in the light of “Justification by Faith ALONE”?

    1. For he will repay according to each one’s DEEDS: to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (Rom 2:6-7)

    2. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the DOERS of the law who will be JUSTIFIED. (Rom 2:13)

    3. What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have WORKS? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also FAITH of itself, if it does not have WORKS, is dead. (James 2:14-17)

    4. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good WORKS, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.(Eph 2:10)

    5. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every GOOD WORK. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

    6. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good DEEDS and glorify your heavenly Father. (Mt 5:16)

    7. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my WORK for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and DEED. (Rom 15:17-18)

    8. The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good DEEDS; these are excellent and profitable to men. (Titus 3:8)

    9. See how a person is justified by WORKS and NOT BY FAITH ALONE. And in the same way, was not Rahab, the harlot, also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. (James 2:24-26)

    • set free

      First of all the English translation has need of being done correctly from the beginning.
      Salvation is by race and race alone according to the angel in Matthew 1:21 and Jesus himself. Jesus said he came only for the Hebrews of the house of Israel and he died to be rejoined to his wife Alohah whom he devorced in Jer 3. Eph 4:26 and he is going to present her glorious to himself the ones invited out from among the hated gentiles.
      The whole new Testament is only to the hebrews known as ethnee in the greek letter text. Jesus only dispatched his learners to the ethnee and Paul was a ministry to the ethnee. All of that is lost in the English translation and whole lot more for the church destroyed the invitation in Matt 16:18. Never has a gentile been saved by faith because they are rejected by God from the foundation of the earth.
      Ez he is going to collect the hebrews out from among the hated gentile enemies.
      Jesus only saved the Hebrews out from among the hated gentiles.
      Having said it once more I repeat salvation is by race and race alone.
      Jerry

      • Wayne

        And, I repeat, you constantly proclaim your ignorance of the Scriptures – both in the English translations and in the languages they were originally written in. Seek God in humility, my friend, and may He lead you to repentance and obedience to the Truth of the Gospel.

  • http://www.graftedbygod.com/ Brad-What is a Christian

    We are Christians by believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. That he was both God and Man, and that he died on the cross taking the penalty of our sins upon himself. We cannot be saved by anything we do other than believing that God has redeemed us through His Son, repenting of our sins and following him.
    Great article!

    • http://www.myprivatelib.com/ Jerry collins

      Sorry Brad believing does not make one a christian for the word in Acts 11 is not even translated. The verse has four errors in that one verse. the word is christianous meaning those being anointed. it is not something that you can be or become it is a process that is occuring and on going. No where in scripture excepted in the corrupted English text from the Catholic frame of mind. It was heathen church and has always been the corrupted church out of which came the modern christian church corrupted because of her mother. Jesus said he came only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. That narrows it down to the Hebrews only. Salvation is by race and race alone. Jesus did not die for the sins of the whole world he died to remarry his divorced wife of Jer 3 by fulfilling Deut 24 then he could proclain O barren wife you have more children than the Married wife, Isa 54:1 read the book of Hosea when God told Hosea to go down and buy back Gomer. No repentance no confession of sins, on believing just buy back Gomer and take her home and love her. He was acting out the drama for the whole world to see. It is all about the wife and her children. the whole OT the message is the same. In the NT the language changed but the message is the same Just the wife and her children.
      Go to my web page and read all the details about the ethnee and the ekkleesian
      http://www.myprivatelib.com
      Jerry Collins

    • set free

      Sorry Brad you can believe a thousand years and still never become a hebrew of the House of Israel. The word christian was never translated from the greek letter text and it is used only one time. Repent neither will make you a hebrew for never has a goat been converted to a sheep in the last 2000 years.
      Jesus came only for the hebrews of the house of Israel Matthew 10-15
      Jesus died to be remarried to his divorced wife of Jer 3 acccording to Deut 24
      Only the corrupt church uses confession and repentance to get the wrath of God on the gentiles that are deceived by confession and repentance for the last 2000 years.
      Jerry

  • Romeo angeles

    Thank you! and may GOD bless your ministry.

  • Mary Jeandoss

    This is an awesome response to those who need to know Jesus and why he had to die for us. When they have that knowledge they can received the good gifts that God has for them. Instead, we should not doubt who Jesus is and what he did for us. His blood is covering our sins. We should thank him and acknowledge that we are sinful even when we don’t realize that we are sinning.

    Thank you for these words.

    • set free

      If US is a hebrews then they can be saved out from the hated gentiles
      Jesus said he came only for the sheep of the house of Israel who are Hebrews No confession or repentance can make one a hebrew all others are rejected.
      Jesus died to be remarried to his wife and not for the sins of the whole world read the Old Testament he came to redeem his people out from among the hated gentiles. The Greek letter text has it all wrong. salvation is by race and race alone.
      Jerry

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Smith/100000251131160 Brian Smith

        And Jesus said to the Jews that others (speaking of the gentiles) would come from the east and the west and sit down in the kingdom and they (speaking of the Jews) would be outside. Jesus also said that the kingdom of God would be taken from them
        (speaking of the Jews) and given to another Nation (speaking of the gentiles)
        and produce fruits. So the idea that Jesus only died for the Hebrews is silly.

        The Bible says that who so ever believe in Him (that means anyone) would not
        perish but have everlasting life. Jesus said He was sent only to the lost House
        of Israel, He did not say He only came to save the lost House of Israel. Jesus responsibility was to preached the gospel to the lost House of Israel before it would be preached to the gentiles…..that is what is means. Jesus commissioned Paul to preach the gospel to the gentiles…and he did.

        • set free

          If you check in the Greek interlinear Jesus delegate Paul to be an apostle to the ethnee, being the righteous children of God. Paul said he was a minister to the ethnee. Paul never saw a gentile converted to a Hebrew. The gentiles have been rejected from the foundation of the earth.

      • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

        Galatians 3-24 tells us the old law, that was a school master,has been done away with.

      • Tom

        Lots of opinion stated here “set free” how about scriptures to back up your claims?

        • Susan Jeni Cagle

          He can’t do scripture because its not in there. We should pray for his confusion.

          • Jeff Ludwig

            I agree. Jerry needs a lot of prayer. This is the first time in 26 years that I have heard his view expressed.

      • Jeff Ludwig

        Dear Jerry (“set free”)…I would encourage to go back to school and take a good course in soteriology (salvation). It’s not by race. Just look at Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. I’m a Jewish believer myself, but based on that verse alone (as well as the books of Ephesians, Hebrews, and Romans) I could never think salvation is based on race. It just ain’t so. Please reconsider.

  • Ronald Brooks

    The Lord only adds the saved to His church. Those added to it must be saved according to His requirements. Jesus says in Mark 16:16, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Men today say that all you have to do is “to accept Christ as your personal Saviour” and you will be saved. This is one of the reasons men say that everyone has the right to freedom of religion. In Romans 6:1-4, one first comes into contact with the cleansing blood of Christ which He shed in His death. Baptism is a burial. If you have never been buried by baptism, the blood of Christ cannot cleanse you of your sins. In John 1:5-10, God is light and darkness is sin.

    Baptism is the beginning of a new life. Those who have been baptized without first understanding the gospel must be baptized again. If you walk in darkness(sin), you cannot have fellowship with God. While walking in the light a Christian has unbroken fellowship with God because he is being cleansed of all his sins by the blood of Christ. The vast majority of people do not know what the will of the Lord is. They are not following the will of the Lord. If they were there would be only the church Christ established, the church of Christ, Matthew 16:18.

    Peter tells us also, in 1 Peter 3:21, “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” This will be the only standard of judgement on Judgement Day and not what we think or what men think. In John 1:48, Jesus says “The word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

    Since Jesus is both Lord and God, His commands must be obeyed, John 20:24-29.

    • Jerry collins

      First of all the Lord did not have a church and there never has been one in the NT, See Acts 7 for the church in the wilderness did not exist the word for church should have been translated in Matthew 16;18 I will homebuild the wife of me, being the ones invited out from among the unrighteous gentiles where they had been scattered by my father and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. She is not an it and her name is not the church. 80 times the word church appears strike it out and write in the ones invited out from among the gentiles. She the ones being invited out are only Hebrews of the house of Israel, salvation is by race and race alone, All the books in the NT are written only to the house of Israel. Peter writes to the ones scattered among the cities of Asis James writes to the 12 tribes, the book of Hebrews is to the Hebrews They are all written to the Hebrews of the House of Israel. thier world is every thing to the father in John 3:16 If you are not born of your mother Sarah then all other children are rejected and sent away even to these last days Gentiles are just a bag of bones waiting to die. Who has warned them of the wrath to come and they are of their father the devil.
      See my web page for more about this subject
      http://www.myprivatelib.com
      Jerry Collins

    • Gerald Collins

      Matthew 16:18 is the single biggest translation error of the whole New Testament. See John 2 Jesus was invited to the wedding not called for the Greek Letter text has a word for KALxxxxxx the word is invited to the wedding. it is one of the 27 invite words not translated. The word ekkleesian is not the word “church” but a verb phrase meaning being the ones invited out and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. She is not an it and her name is not the church. she is the divorce wife being invited out from among the unrighteous gentiles. the other 79 church words in the English text are also the ones invited out. Jesus never had a church see Acts 7:38; there was never a church in the wilderness rather it was the ones invited out of Egypt paid for with the Egyptians and Ethopians. The church has never existed in the eyes of God. He only loves the two wives of him and their children all else are rejected.
      The biblical text is all about the Hebrews and for the Hebrews and to the Hebrews dont believe the lie for God is a raciest he has only know one family of the earth Amos 3:3.
      If this fouls up your theology read the book again from cover to cover and count the number of brethren in the NT and search for the one time that salvation is offered to the rejected gentiles. Salvation is by race and for one race only HEBREWS.
      Jerry

      • Wayne

        GERALD COLLINS. I’m glad to see you dropped your deceptive nom de plum.

        It would be good for you to take your own advise and read the Book from cover to cover. I would add some advice: that you humble yourself before God and pray for His Spirit to open your blinded eyes that you might see the truth. That which you have been espousing is NOT the truth of Scripture. Read 1 Corinthians 10:32 which delineates the THREE groups of people in this world: the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church (made up of people redeemed from the first two groups).

        Your reference to Acts 7:38 logically has no connection to your claim that “Jesus never had a church.” It needs to be taken in context, which is a sermon preached by Stephen to Jewish leaders, who proceeded to stone him to death.
        Incidentally, the word church does NOT appear in either Greek or Hebrew – that is because it is an ENGLISH word. However, the proper Greek word translated “church” in English is a proper interpretation. It came from a secular Greek word which depicts “those individuals (usually citizens of the local municipality) who were called out to meet together for specific purposes.” How better described can be an assembly of believers meeting together for the purposes of ministry of the Word, the members fo the Body of Christ, prayers, exhortations, etc.?

        You are sorely wrapped up in false doctrines and I pray the Spirit of God opens your understanding to His Truth. If you consider yourself to be a regenerated disciple of Christ you CANNOT be following God as “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15 ESV). True brothers and sisters in Christ are redeemed from the people groups of the Gentiles as well as the Jews as the Bible amply teaches. If you refuse to recognize and love brothers and sisters in Christ who were formerly Gentiles, then I fear for you eternal destiny.

        Seek God, my friend, seek God and walk HUMBLY before Him, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 NKJV). As one wrote above, you need God’s grace – so humble yourself, Jerry.

  • Gerald Collns

    Jesus came only for HIs people of the OT no others. they were the Hebrews that were scattered after the divorce Jeremiah 3 Jesus died only to be able to remarry his wife who had been divorced. It was to fulfill the law of Deut. 24 He was beaten for the healing of HIS people from their desiere to worship idols. He did not come for gentiles none allowed at anytime. The wife was not even present when the buying back took place for he had to make an invitation to invite them out of the unrighteous gentiles where they had been scattered by the father. The buying back does not allow for a choice. See Hosea. Repentance was not necessary see Matthew 28:19 Baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. No repentance required The whole NT is only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel Hebrews only. The church offers all of the other many ways to be saved from those SINS that can only be found in the OT for in Matthew 1:28 at that time there was no NT do this test Answer all the questions in 1:28 without using the NT for you would have to wait for 350 years to have one

  • http://www.myprivatelib.com/ Jerry collins

    In your prayer you ask that your name be write in the book The book of LIfe was filled in before the earth was cast and in the book are only the names from the only family that God has ever known of all the families of the earth (Amos 3:2) He is talking to the House of Israel who is the wife taken as one of the sisters lishted. No Gentiles are listed in the book because they beleived for he never even heard of beleif it does not exist in the Greek. In fact the word is not even in the language at all. The death that Jesus died was to remarry his divorced wife of Isa 50 to fulfill Deut 24 Again there is no repentance listed except in the English text. Jesus said himself that he came only for the Hebrebs of the house of Israel known as sheep. Matthew 28:19 does not have any repentance required no confession of sin no acknowledgement of the blood before they were baptized in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirt. Jesus only dispatched his learners to the Hebrews that were known as ethnee the righteous gentiles of the OT who had been scattered. What sins was the angel talking about in Matthew 1:28 when there was no NT testament yet he was only read to be born in just a few hours. Where is there an offer of salvation to be accepted by any one who will beleive? Salvation was by race and race alone then grace was evident for the children of the divorced wife. Read of the divorce in Jer 3 and the plan to rescue in Isa 50-55 Hebrews only Read matthew 16:18 where the church destroyed the invitation to the ones scattered to be invited out from among the gentiles where they had been scattered. The church has never existed in the eyes of God for all its self righteousness when the transslators destroyed the invitation. The church and the ekkleesian are diabollically opposed to one another. The theology of the church is not bible text based at all. it is al wrong it is the biggest cult of the cults in superimposing it self over the invitation and to destroying it and the message of the divorced wife and her children tha Jesus said he came for only. The church is the heathen church of the Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of deceiving the rejected unrighteous gentiles of this earth. For all of your fine words your theology does not agree with the Ot people that God reconfirmed on Mount Sinai and he would be their God. No gentiles at the foot of the mountain. Jesus married the two sister who became whores and he divorced one and remained married to the other. the punishment was only for 2520 years he came only for those children that had been scattered. he had to died because he divorced his wife. not for the sins of the world. The message of the OT is completely lost in the corrupted church since its beginning.

    Jerry Collins

  • Jerry Collins

    lets put john 3:16 in the correct context of the NT. Jesus came to die for his wife Aholah (ez23) whom he divorced in Jer 3 and put the plan down in Isa 50 when he said where is the bill of divorcemen that I gave your mother Aholah when I divorced her for her Adultery. without repeating the next 3 chapters Jesus came only for the children of Aholah when he came. He said I came only for the children of Aholah Matthew 15. So he came only for the one family that he has ever known AMos 3:2. When John said that ye must be born from above not again as in the corrupt English text. and it is not an offer based on faith alone but rather it is salvation for the Hebrews out from among the gentile dogs. Peter confirms this in his writings you are a chosen people a purchased people a holy nation a royal priest hood and are once more the people of God Peter1-2 quoting EZ,Hosea, Isa 53 and by his stripes you are healed. Not based on beleiving or confession or repentance but on race and race alone of the family of Hebrews

  • Jerry Colins

    Jesus came for his wife Isa 50 Her name was Aholah. She was divorced in Jer 3 Reedeemed in Isa 53 Rejoiceing in Isa 54 O barren wife you have more children than the married wife Aholibah. EZ 23 Not where did Jesus die for the sins of the whole world or for all mankind what ever that is. God hate Esau before he was born and he rejected him, Canaan was 1-2 years old when God rejected him Ishamel was 13 when God rejected him, The boys of Keturah were only 10=15 when God rejected them, Moab and AMmon were rejected when they were born On was killed by God when he got married and then God killed his brother Jesus said the Pharisees were of their father the devil, Paul said beware of the dogs Canaanites John in Rev said the dogs would be out side the gate of the city
    The writings of Paul in the book of Romans is only to the ekkleesias and the ethnee go and coulnt all the (WE-You-us brethren) and then tell me it is to the gentiles snakes Jesus rescued the clildren of Aholah out from among the gentiles where they had been scattered by the father. They were the lost sheep that Jesus said he came for only God said to the House of Israel you only have I known of all the families of the earth. And all of this was done that he could remarry Aholah and get her children. The invitation is in Matt 16:18 and is repeated 80 more times but the church has destroyed the invitation to the children of the House of Israel. They were rescued without faith believing repentance or confession. It was the word of the Lord Jesus to get the only ones he wanted. The righteouss ones by faith shall live. God considered the gentiles as being dead as an open grave with dead men bones. It takes no praying when you have been purchased back (see Hosea and Gomer) and take her home and love her.
    In Romans 9 paul is talking to the ethnee the righteous gentiles which are different than the ethnoon and he said to the ethnee that if you shall confesss with thy mouth thou shall be rescured.
    The whole NT is only to the ethnee who are being ekkleesias
    Go to the OT and read the play book and then watch the replay and see what God did for the ones he chose from the foundation of the earth. It took nothing on their part to be once more a purchased people for Jesus was the price maid to get the treasuse in the field The Hebrews of the House of Israel.

  • Kimberbracken

    WHY DO WE NEED TO BE SAVED TO ESCAPE HELL A CHRISTIAN IS SOMETHING OR SOME ONE WHO ACKNOWLEDGES CHRIST TO BE THE ONLY TRUE WAY TO HEAVEN AND TURNS AWAY FROM THEIR SINS

    • set free

      I dont know what a christian is for the word has never been translated from the Greek letter text but just brought over and given the meaning of the church. Go to Hosea and read the account of Hosea buying back the wife who was working as a whore on the streets and she was owned by another. God told Hosea to buy back the wife and take her home and love her, no repentance, no confession, no acknowledgement, no actions on her part to be bought back. When Jesus purchased back his wife he didnot require anything of her. He was beaten for her healing of her sins, “by his stripes you were healed states Peter in chapter 2. Peter was writing only to the Hebrews that were scattered. Salvation is by race and for one race.
      Jerry

      • Tom

        “Salvation is by race”? You (set free) left out the G. “Salvation is by G-R-A-C-E !!!”

        ” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for ALL MEN; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the GENTILES in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Tim 2:1-8

        Sounds like you (set free) have some race issues and some hate issues. You need to figure out who your “neighbors” are. You are surrounded by Samaritans! “Set free”? It sounds like you are not “set free”, it sounds like you are a prisoner of hate. I will pray to WHWH (my Father) that He will set you free from Satan (your father). He is the father of Hate and bigotry. Repent and He will forgive you! Love your neighbor and thus fulfill the Law – Mar_12:31

      • Wayne

        SET FREE, I think you should change your nom de plume as you are not only trapped in your bondage but seek to put others into your bondage. You constantly display your ignorance, not only of Greek and Hebrew, but also the Scriptures translated into English.

        The word, “Christian” is found in the NT. Acts 11:26 states quite plainly that it was in Antioch were Christ’s disciples were called, “Christianous” (Greek Χριστιανός – singular form of “Christianous.”). We also find the follower of Christ labelled as “Christian” in Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16.

        You can read in my previous reply to you that you are also mistaken in your false doctrine that “salvation is by race and for one race” – the Hebrews. Scripture makes it plain that it is God’s design that the Redeemed would be from the Gentiles as well as the Jewish people.
        You have no legitimate evidence that those to whom Peter was writing in 1 Peter were Jews. They are identified as “pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:1-2 (NKJV). Those who were dispersed may well have included Gentile believers.

        Indeed, the apostle Paul made it quite clear that there are THREE groups of people in the world: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:” 1 Corinthians 10:32 (KJV). Your false doctrine contradicts Scripture as you limit the world to only two groups: Jews and Gentiles. It is plain from Scripture that there is a third group made up of those redeemed by the Blood of Christ – “the church of God.”

      • Meng

        Sorry bud your are wrong, Peter sees a vison 3 times in a row to paratake of unclean flesh that God has made clean, so he told everyone after his vison that the Spirit had told for him to take everyone as clean even non jews and partake with them.

  • Jerry Collins

    In the comment just above you guote Rom 10:9-10 but go to chapter nine and you see it is that Paul is talking to ethnee, the people that had been scattered in the Old Testament. they were given the name ethnee in the New Testament, They are the righteous gentiles that are search for the things of God See Matthew 5 Jesus only dispatched his learners to the ethnee in Matthew 28 Paul said he was a minister to the ethnee. How can we know the ethnee by seeing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them. They have always been righteous but rejected because of the divorce in Jer 3 In Amos 3 they are the only family that God has ever known. Paul refers to the gentiles as dogs and so does Jesus when he is talking to John on the Isle of Patmos in Rev 22. One cannot do anything to be saved for no one has been saved in 2000 years. No gentiles has ever been converted to being a Hebrew of the House of Israel. Gentiles have been rejected ever since the foundation of the earth and no plan to save them has ever been made. The New Covenant is only to the House of Judah and the House of Israel Heb 8:8.
    For more see my web page http://www.myprivatelib.com
    Thanks Jerry

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Wilson/100001382676433 Thomas Wilson

    Praise the Father for His love for us through His Son. “By grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no man may boast.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

      Plus Baptism.

    • set free

      The promise that you quote is only to the Hebrews no gentiles are included for they were rejected before the foundation of the earth. Jesus said the gentiles would be gathered and taken out and burned See the book of Matthew. One angel is going to do the ethnic cleansing

  • reader

    you are totally losing the point of the topic, after a few lines i stopped reading because you are talking irrelevant things…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

      What is irrelevant. Appears that is what the Biblle says. Faith is necessary to be sure, but you can not be saved by faith alone.

  • Dana

    I would like to be saved and have prayed and do not really know if I am sincere as God wants. I know our hearts are deceitful and wicked and who can know it? There is a way that seems right unto a man but in the end it is death. I am praying all the time and I have forsaken sins in my life and am asking to be counted worthy to escape the wrath to come. I just don’t know what else to do.

    • Tom

      Dana, You must have “Saving Faith”.
      There are many types of faith and have faith in many things. Unfortunately
      there are lots of people claiming to be “Christian” that have faith
      in the fact that they have faith, “faith in their faith”. They may
      think to themselves, “If I only have enough faith then everything is
      ok.” Faith is a gift from God. We all get different levels of it. Some
      have great faith, some have little faith. According to scripture, God is the
      one that portions out faith Romans 12:3, Ephesians 6:3. So don’t feel lost if
      your faith is less than you think is “must” be to be saved.
      “HOWEVER”, not just any faith will do! Yours must be a saving faith!
      What is saving faith? Saving faith is the faith of Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham,
      Moses, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. What
      did all these people have in common? True faith, saving faith! They all had the
      kind of faith that caused them to do something, they had “action
      faith”. Noah’s faith caused him to build a giant boat, Moses’ faith caused
      him to stand in opposition the the most powerful man in the world and say
      “Let my people go!”, My favorite example of saving faith is Abraham.
      Because of his faith he left his homeland not knowing where he was going to end
      up. His faith caused him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. It is
      the faith of Abraham that saves. Why? Because Abraham’s faith caused him to
      act. He had “action faith”, “saving faith”. Saving faith
      will cause you to do and say anything that God wants. You will be obedient.
      Jesus said in John 8:31 “So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him,
      “If you continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers.”(ERV)
      John says in 1Jn 5:3 “Loving God means obeying his commands…”(ERV).
      Do these verses sound like “faith in faith” or “action
      faith/saving faith”? Of course they are saving faith.

      Here is my question to you, Dana. What kind of faith do you have? If you have
      faith in God that causes you to do nothing, then your faith is in vain. If you
      have faith that changes who you are and causes you to act then you have the
      right kind of faith. The question that you should be asking yourself now is,
      ” What will saving faith cause me to do?” Good question. Saving faith
      will cause you to call on God to save you through being baptized for the
      remission of you sins. Peter says in 1 Peter 3:21 “And that water (the
      flood in Noah’s time) is like baptism, which now saves you. Baptism is not the
      washing of dirt from the body. It is asking God for a clean conscience. It
      saves you because Jesus Christ was raised from death.”(ERV). You see Dana,
      many people today think that one calls on God with their mouths. However
      scripture says we confess with our mouth, Romans 10:9. According to New
      Testament scripture we call on God to save us through baptism. Notice in 1
      Peter 3:21 baptism in asking God to cleanse us. Notice what Paul is told to do
      in Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash
      away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. ” Baptism is calling on
      God. If you read the entire chapter you will see that Paul Believed in Jesus
      for 3 days, fasted for 3 days, had been praying (presumably for 3 days) and he
      still had sins to be washed away at his baptism. His sins were not cleansed
      when he believed. His sins were not cleansed through fasting. His sins were not
      cleansed through his prayers. His sins were cleansed when he called on God
      through his baptism. You may ask yourself if 1 Peter 3:21 is right and baptism
      has something to do with salvation then what does it actually do? Is it a work
      done by man or by God? Colossians 2:11-13 explains exactly what baptism does,
      “In Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, one that was not done
      by human hands(work done by God). That is, you were made free from the power of
      your sinful self. That is the kind of circumcision Christ does when you were
      baptized. You were buried with Christ, and you were raised up with him because
      of your faith in God’s power. God’s power was shown when he raised Christ from
      death. You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not
      free from the power of your sinful self. But God gave you new life together
      with Christ. He forgave all our sins.” Notice how faith and baptism are
      almost synoptic? God cuts away(circumcised) our old self when we submit to Him
      through being immersed in water(baptism). Notice the words “new life in
      verse 13, then look at Romans 6:3-4 “Did you forget that all of us became
      part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his
      death. So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in
      his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of
      the Father, so we can now live a new life.” We get our new life in
      baptism. The scriptures say we are raised with him, not like him. That’s
      because something really happens in baptism. It is not symbolic as some would
      say. God really works, he really has power! It is our action/saving faith that
      leads us to obey Christ’s command to be baptized in Mark 16:16. He set the
      example in Mark 1:9. Notice he began his ministry with baptism and ended it
      with baptism. Action/saving faith not only causes you to be baptized it causes
      you to live this new life and endure till the end. Baptism alone doesn’t save
      you but it will when coupled with being Christ like, living “the way”
      and enduring to the end. Some say “What about the thief on the cross?”
      Well, what about him? “They say, “He wasn’t baptized!” Well, I
      say prove it! Just because his baptism wasn’t recorded in scripture doesn’t
      mean it never happened. The Thief certainly knew who Jesus was when he defended
      him while hanging on the cross in Luke 23:39-42 “One of the criminals
      hanging there began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah?
      Then save yourself, and save us too!” But the other criminal stopped him.
      He said, “You should fear God. All of us will die soon. You and I are
      guilty. We deserve to die because we did wrong. But this man has done nothing
      wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you begin ruling as
      king!” This man definitely knew who Jesus was, understood about his
      kingdom that was coming soon, he knew that he was an innocent man and even
      called him by name. A man with this much knowledge of Jesus would more likely
      have been baptized than not. So, what about the thief on the cross? Why do
      people look for ways out instead of simply obeying Jesus? I will never Know!
      People will come up with many reasons to do things their way but It is God’s
      way that counts!

      Dana, you asked what else you can do. That’s ironic because that very question
      was asked on the 1st day of Pentecost after Jesus was raised from the dead.
      Peter preached Jesus to a crowd and they asked the same question. Here, read it
      for yourself, Acts 2:36-38 ” So, all the people of Israel should know this
      for certain: God has made Jesus to be Lord and Messiah. He is the man you
      nailed to the cross!” When the people heard this, they felt very, very
      sorry. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we
      do?” (there is your question) Peter said to them, “Change your hearts
      and lives and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Then
      God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy
      Spirit.” (ERV).

      Dana, I am sorry it took this many words to say what it was that I wanted to
      say but people have made this subject divisive and complicated and it takes a
      lot of words to undo the damage that has been done through the heretical
      teachings of well meaning preachers. I’m sure I haven’t scratched the surface
      and raised more questions than I answered. I have prayed that God will lead you
      to His saving truth. Please guard your soul against false teachers. Trust only
      the scriptures, they have the power to save! May God bless you and keep you.
      Amen

      • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

        Well; said.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alvasam Alva Bell

        JUST SHARING SOMEONES OPINION

        • Tom

          I’m not sure what you meant by “JUST SHARING SOMEONES OPINION”? Would you please clarify your statement?

      • set free

        Jesus came to save HIS people from their sins and His people are only the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Never has a wild animal gentile been converted to a Hebrew since the time of Jesus. He died to remarry his wife that he had divorced. See Isaiah50-54 Jesus was not killed on Golagoth he died willingly to annul the first marriage vows that he could remarry his divorced wife the ethnee of the Greek interlinear. Jesus only dispatched his learners to the ethnee. No gentiles were included at any time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

      No where in the Bible does it tell us to pray for salvation. Acts 2-38 tells us how to become a Christian. Problem is most people treat the Bible as a list of unrelated sayings that you can pick and choose from. Not so the Bible is a book with a plot. The first Gospel sermon was preached by Peter He said repent and be Baptized. No where else in the Bible is this contridicted.

      • set free

        In the New Testament the word salvation comes from the greek meaning to rescue and in this case Jesus came to rescue the Hebrews out of the pagan gentiless

      • Wayne

        Likewise, no where in the Bible do you find the word “trinity.” That, however does not mean that the Holy Trinity is not found in Scripture. It is, of course.

        So is prayer for salvation found in Scripture. Christ, Himself, told of the tax collector who lifted up his eyes to heaven and cried, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Though the word “pray” or “prayer” was not used, nonetheless it was a prayer. Christ went on to state that his “prayer” brought justification/salvation to this sinner (Luke 18:13, 14). In light of this, Peter’s admonition to “repent” in Acts 2:38, carries with it the implication that, at least part of this action, included praying to God. This was then to be followed by water baptism.

        The Apostle Peter encouraged Simon the sorcerer to “PRAY” to God to forgive him (Acts 8:22).

        One of the reasons one does not find admonition to sinners to “pray” for salvation in the rest of the NT is because it was written to those who had already been converted. It is interesting to note, however, that when we, as Christians, sin we are exhorted to “confess our sins [to God] He is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It is difficult to imagine one can confess to God without it being considered prayer.

    • Wayne

      DANA, I can empathize with your concerns.

      I would encourage you to be persistent in calling upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us that if we seek Him with all our hearts, He will reveal Himself. Likewise Christ also encouraged in Matthew 7:7-8 (AMP) – “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”

      If you will diligently seek Him and cry out to Him, He will bring salvation to your heart, soul, spirit, and body. You will know this has occurred when, “The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16 AMP).

      I would also encourage you to read “Grace Abounding,” written by John Bunyan (author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”). It can be downloaded and read free at this site: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/grace . It can be a little heavy reading but I encourage you to force yourself to read it through. He, too, wrestled with coming to faith and salvation in Christ. This book details his spiritual struggles. (I also recommend you read, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” at a later date).
      I will pray for you as you continue to press into Christ. God bless.

  • http://twitter.com/ttechsan @ttechsan

    This is good and reminds me of how I answer Mormons etc when they claim to be Christian. I ask if I don’t believe in … I list and mention various Mormon beliefs. So If I don’t believe in those things can I claim to be Mormon? Well of course not. Therefore due to our completely and historical definition of Christian you can’t claim to be a Christian as you are no more Christian than I am Mormon

    • Ruth

      Then you really miss the point of being Christian. Just because you aren’t a Mormon doesn’t mean they aren’t Christian, that’s false logic. Their whole RELIGION is based on Christ. Their REAL name is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. They embody more of Christ’s teachings than most other Christians I have ever met, like you judgmental people.
      Also, since the point of this article was revelation, I’ll point out that Mormons are one of the very few religions that believe in modern day revelation. I really don’t see anything in this article that can be used to argue that they aren’t Christian; rather the other way around.
      Christianity is a much bigger and broader scope of people than one religion. There are quite a large number and none of them really believe in quite the same thing. But they all have one thing in common; they believe in Christ, they believe he was the Son of God, and they believe in following his example. Be they Mormon, or Baptist, or Catholic, or what have you; they believe in Christ. I invite everyone to be like Christ; charitable, loving, understanding, and NOT JUDGMENTAL.

      • set free

        First of all Jesus never came to make christians he came to save HIS people from their sins. See Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1 when Zackarias was prophesing. He came to pardon the Hebrews for being without the covenants and promises. He came to rescue the Hebrews out of the rejected gentiles. The entire New Testament is only to the Hebrews. Salvation is by race and for only one race Hebrews

        • Wayne

          SET FREE, the fallacy and heresy of your postulations are easily seen in your claim that “the entire New Testament is only to the Hebrews.” Much of the NT was written to Gentiles who had become regenerated disciples of Christ, as they were written by the apostle Paul, whose ministry was primarily to Gentiles (Romans 15:16; et al.). This fact is evidenced, not only that many of the NT epistles were written to Gentile believers, but also in the Greek in such places as 2 Timothy 1:11 where ethnos is pluralized and rightly tranlated “NATIONS” not merely one nation (i.e. Israel), as you falsely claim.

          Christ’s ministry to the Gentiles is not only seen in the Gospels (the Samaritan woman in John 4; the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7:25-30 and Matt. 15:22-28; the demoniac of Gadera Mark 5:1-20, who, after Christ’s ministry, returned to his Gentile nation of Decapolis [v.20]). Christ’s ministry(both through Himself and His Apostles) was prophesied in the Old Testament in such passages as Isaiah 42:6-7 (KJV) – “I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” The Hebrew word translated here as Gentiles is “goyim” rightly tranlated “GENTILES” or “NATIONS.” Both in Biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew, “goyim” is almost always used to depict Gentiles – or those who were not Jews.

          Additionally, the New Testament often makes the comparison of Jews vs. Gentiles in the ministry/reception of the Gospel (Romans 3:29; 9:24, 30; Galatians 2:8-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-16 et al.).

          Your postulations contradict many Scriptures which consistently demonstrate that “Christ Jesus came into the WORLD to save SINNERS [not Jews only].” (1 Timothy 1:15). Jehovah God “is not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

      • Wayne

        RUTH, I would urge you to procure books by Christian apologists which examine Mormonism in the light of the Bible. You will discover that the “Christ” in which the Mormons believe is NOT the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Their “Christ” is NOT a member of the triune Jehovah God. Rather, the “christ” of the Mormons is a created being on equal footing to Satan [i.e. one of the false christs which Christ spoke of in Matthew 24:24].

        Additionally, there are eposes which demonstrate that Mormonism is tied to the secret society of Masons. Albert Pike, one of the authors who delineated Masonry in various writings [the best known is his book, entitled Dogmas and Morals]. He revealed the true nature of their religion when he claimed, “The god which we serve is not the Adonai of the Christian but is Lucifer.” [an approximate facsimile of his quote as I do not have it readily available]. Similar information is found at http://www.zimbio.com/Freemasonry/articles/61/Famous+Freemason+Albert+Pike+Wrote+Lucifer

        As the original article above, “What is A Christian,” states, mere intellectual belief in Christ – and even “following his example,” as you wrote, does not make one a Christian.

        Only the work of the Hoy Spirit convicting one of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8-11), and leading one to true repentance and faith (total dependance upon and complete commitment to Christ for this life and the next in Biblical truth), can bring about a spiritual rebirth or regeneration (read John 3).

  • dreiher2

    This is completely confusing. The only verse here that even uses the word “believe” as clearly resulting in eternal life is John 3:16. I believe George Washington was the first president of the United States, but I am simply persuaded of the truth of that proposition. I don’t “cast myself completely on George Washington” in order to believe he was the first president. I don’t know of any translation of the NT which translates John 3:16 as “Whosoever turns from sin, rebellion, unbelief, sexual immorality, occultism, hatred, cursing selfishness and everything as evil shall not perish but has everlasting life.” You are not teaching the salvation of the Bible. You are extrapolating out from what the Bible says, and reading things that are repeated over and over again by people everywhere there that are not really there. That is called “False Doctrine.” BTW, Paul is not talking about justification salvation in Rom 10. There is justification salvation in Romans 4-5, but there are two different things talked about in Rom 10:9-10. The first is believing for justification salvation, and after a person does that, they CAN (not will) experience the 2nd kind of deliverance, that is a believer is no longer the slave of sin, although they still live that way. They CAN (not will) be delivered if they “confess,” (they don’t HAVE to for justification salvation). A person can be a “Christian” and not be a believer, that is in the Biblical sense. I know many people who are “Christians” but they are headed for the lake of fire because they don’t have the slightest idea what “believe” means in John 3:16. They redefine belief to include something more than simple belief. If you do that, you HAVE to go to the lake of fire for eternity! It is not the biblical way to get eternal life.

    • Jeff Ludwig

      Interesting comment. However, what do you make of Jesus proclaiming “Repent ye for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Then in the Great Commission He tells his disciples “to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” It seems to me that these communications suggest that after one is saved, he or she can and will no longer be a “slave to sin” as you put it. If one says “repent” there must be some things to repent of. Jesus names a few in the Sermon on the Mount. Then too, if baptism symbolizes dying with Christ in order to be resurrected as a new creation, that dying is not only dying to unbelief, but to the sin nature (or original sin) as well as to sinful day-to-day activities. However many of these sinful behaviors and thoughts are overcome gradually through sanctification. There is no statement about what sin or sins are overcome at the “time of justification” (except original sin which afflicts all persons), but the non-specificity does not mean that the overcoming of sins is not implied. Since the overcoming of sins is implied, the Word of God is there to reveal to us what some of those sins are, i.e., what can be and/or will be overcome. I agree with you that there is a sense in which putting our trust in the Lord and being born again is simple, but on the other hand, if it were as simple as you seem to think, why would we need the Holy Bible? Was it not written under the direct inspiration of Almighty God? I don’t think from what you have written that you would say that. So, I would plead with you not to throw out the baby with the bath water. Some people who are doing too much finger pointing about sin in the Church may sometimes be mean-spirited, but in counteracting that mean spiritedness we don’t want to fall into false doctrine. Blessings to you and to your family and friends, Jeff Ludwig

  • ANDERSON

    SO ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN

    Most people will tell you they are but in reality they are only

    religious people following the words of man come Saturday or Sunday.

    lets do the math on earth today there are over 3 billion people claiming to be christian of those 3 billion there are over 3000 different religions teaching there version of there god be it catholic Muslim Mormon or whatever they are all products

    of man not the true god. Christ is the church and at this time he sets at the right hand of God any church on earth built and started by man was made corrupt by both man and Satan. Christ tells us (oh how they worship in vain preaching for truth the doctrine of man. ) the only truth is in Gods words Christ said man cannot live by bread alone but by every word of God. Gods words are in his book given to us so we may no the truth. the world will never know the real God until they give up mans religion. And even now I know that only a very few people will understand this because they are to busy pointing there finger at others and claiming there right. When none are right no not one for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Christ will return one day soon and he will gather his flock and build his church here on earth and all others will be destroyed. Learn to seek the truth now do not take my word for it read your bible and learn for yourself but you must first seek Christ be Baptized and read in an honest search for real truth do not just take mans word no mater what or who they are your preacher is only as good as the religion that schooled him. Gods book is truth and all the answers are in it you will not need mans interpatation ask God he will show you the answer. God is the light and truth Satan is darkness and lies so think about it with over 3000 different religions don’t you feel a lot like your in the dark and being lied to. Remember there is only one God not 3000 gods. Satan will not let go untill the last second so let go the chains of religion or you will never find truth. may God help you understand this and send you down the narrow path that leads to Christ Amen.

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  • ANDERSON

    SO ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN

    Most people will tell you they are but in reality they are only

    religious people following the words of man come Saturday or Sunday.

    lets do the math on earth today there are over 3 billion people claiming to be christian of those 3 billion there are over 3000 different religions teaching there version of there god be it catholic Muslim Mormon or whatever they are all products

    of man not the true god. Christ is the church and at this time he sets at the right hand of God any church on earth built and started by man was made corrupt by both man and Satan. Christ tells us (oh how they worship in vain preaching for truth the doctrine of man. ) the only truth is in Gods words Christ said man cannot live by bread alone but by every word of God. Gods words are in his book given to us so we may no the truth. the world will never know the real God until they give up mans religion. And even now I know that only a very few people will understand this because they are to busy pointing there finger at others and claiming there right. When none are right no not one for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Christ will return one day soon and he will gather his flock and build his church here on earth and all others will be destroyed. Learn to seek the truth now do not take my word for it read your bible and learn for yourself but you must first seek Christ be Baptized and read in an honest search for real truth do not just take mans word no mater what or who they are your preacher is only as good as the religion that schooled him. Gods book is truth and all the answers are in it you will not need mans interpatation ask God he will show you the answer. God is the light and truth Satan is darkness and lies so think about it with over 3000 different religions don’t you feel a lot like your in the dark and being lied to. Remember there is only one God not 3000 gods. Satan will not let go untill the last second so let go the chains of religion or you will never find truth. may God help you understand this and send you down the narrow path that leads to Christ Amen.

    If you find this fills that empty feeling you fill every saturday or sunday please pass this information on to as many as you can the world needs to know. Thank you Andy. Please help us spread the word if you can send a donation to;

    christians

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  • david

    If we understood that Jesus was NOT called Christ, until AFTER His baptism with The Holy Spirit, and that it was in fact His baptism with The Holy Spirit, that identified Jesus as The Christ, meaning The Anointed One – as the baptism with The Holy Spirit is the ANOITING Itself, The Promise of The Father. ACTS 1 v 4 to 8. JOHN 16 v 6 to 8. JOHN 14 v 15 to 24.

    And if we remember John said “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit and fire.” MATTHEW 3 all.

    And if we understood that LUKE 12 v 50, is Jesus talking about the very same baptism for us, as is MATTHEW 3 v 11. and ACTS 1 v 4 to 8. JOHN 14 v 20.

    And if we understood, that Paul used the phrase “in Christ Jesus,” and “Christ in us,” ROMANS 8. as a result of Jesus saying such as JOHN 14 v 20. JOHN 17 v 22 to 23.
    1 CORINTHIANS 3 v 16.

    JOHN 3 v 16 is the MOST MISUSED, MISQUOTED piece of Scripture I know of. Because of JOHN 3 v 16 being used in isolation, it has been used to lead people to believe that all we have to do is ‘believe in Jesus,’ rather than to believe, and obey, His testimony, and as long as we keep ignoring the rest of this conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus, in which Jesus tried to teach Nicodems, and rebucked Nicodemus, as a teacher of Israel, for his lack of belief, and undersranding, hence verse 16, telling us that those who would believe the testimony of Jesus, would be saved – meaning, resurrected to life.
    “If that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells IN YOU…………..” ROMANS 8 v 11.
    But if not? ROMANS 8 v 1 to 17.
    “I have a baptism with which to be baptized,” for us to be baptized with – Jesus had already been baptized when He said this.
    LUKE 12 v 49 to 53. – MATTHEW 12 v 46 to 50.
    Baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the wedding garment.
    “You must be born again.”
    Baptism with The Holy Spirit, is still given via the laying on of hands, and is still attested to with the GOD GIVEN GIFT OF TONGUES, for all.
    Christ – means Anointed or Anointed One – which is Jesus, Jesus The Christ.
    Christ – ian – means an anointed one – me or you. The word has never meant ‘follower,’ disciple – means follower.
    Jesus was The Firstborn of many, that is to say, The First baptized with The Holy Spirit, of many – Christians are the many.
    Baptism with water, not christening, and baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the narrow gate by which we enter the Kingdom of God, it is the point at which we are born-again, baptism with The Holy Spirit, being that very point of new birth, becoming a new creation, returning back into that close relationship with God, that we lost through Adam’s fall, TITUS 3 v 5 to 7. ROMANS 8. v 1 to 17.
    Our baptism with The Holy Spirit, is the very point of our new birth – we must then remain faithful, and obedient to God, and His commandments.
    “He who endures to the end shall be saved.”
    Beware of the ‘toronto blessing,’ I sincerely believe it to be the “powerful deception sent (permitted) by God.” 2 THESSALONIANS 2. I was involved with it for five years myself.
    “You must be born again, born of the water (water baptism), and of The Spirit (baptism with The Holy Spirit).”
    “I have a baptism to be baptized with…….” For us to be baptized with.

  • zion

    that really hit the spot.I feel better.I love Jesus!!!

  • 21stcenturyconfusion

    Everything found in the Bible that points to what a true Christian is points towards who Christ is. God is love, true unbounded love that prepared redemption for all mankind through Christ Jesus. True, Godly, righteous can only be lived out in Christ by the sinner who repents through genuine faith granted through the Holy Spirit and trusts What Jesus did for him/her on the cross.

    The genuinely saved will demonstrate God’s love to the world more and more as they mature in the word and become disciplined Christians — who are called disciples. Maturity in Christ is a process, not an event.

    God bless you all! :)

  • James

    I could only read the first paragraph because it alone left more questions ie. problems than answers. First please explain what “begotten” means. Also I thought that Christ meant saviour but I could be wrong about that. For some reason I also thought that Yeshua was normal name similar to David and a predecessor to Josh or something (and I know that Jesus was descended form the line of David [through his mother I think]). I don’t know what to say about that phrase “keys of hell and death” except that it is confusing and metaphorical. I guess that you believe in interpreting the bible as they say- literally- so you should be careful about the metaphors you use.

    Finally, how can Jesus judge both the living and the dead? Something is wrong with what we think about the afterlife.

    I am confused about what this afterlife is supposed to consist of because I can’t trust scriptural evidence(???) and my sincere overtures to God lead me to extreme and justified doubt about what you are preaching.

    Nonetheless and with something like love,

    Bless Peter, challenge Paul and learn from Thomas

    Sincerely,
    James

  • Alexandra

    hi my name is Alexandra Arcadia,
    my boyfriend is a christian but i am not. i want to pleae him by become a christain but i dont want to disapoint him cant any one tell me if this is the right thing to be doing
    thanks

  • Mathew Sammie

    Question: “What is Christianity and what do Christians believe?”

    Answer: The core beliefs of Christianity are summarized in 1
    Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was
    resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who
    will receive Him in faith. Unique among all other faiths, Christianity
    is more about a relationship than religious practices. Instead of
    adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to
    cultivate a close walk with God. That relationship is made possible
    because of the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

    Beyond these core beliefs, there are many other items that are, or at
    least should be, indicative of what Christianity is and what
    Christianity believes. Christians believe that the Bible is the
    inspired, “God-breathed” Word of God and that its teaching is the final
    authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter
    1:20-21). Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons—the
    Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.

    Christians believe that mankind was created specifically to have a
    relationship with God, but sin separates all men from God (Romans 3:23;
    5:12). Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ walked this earth, fully
    God, and yet fully man (Philippians 2:6-11), and died on the cross.
    Christians believe that after His death, Christ was buried, He rose
    again, and now lives at the right hand of the Father, making
    intercession for the believers forever (Hebrews 7:25). Christianity
    proclaims that Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to completely
    pay the sin debt owed by all men and this is what restores the broken
    relationship between God and man (Hebrews 9:11-14; 10:10; Romans 5:8;
    6:23).

    Christianity teaches that in order to be saved and be
    granted entrance into heaven after death, one must place one’s faith
    entirely in the finished work of Christ on the cross. If we believe that
    Christ died in our place and paid the price of our own sins, and rose
    again, then we are saved. There is nothing that anyone can do to earn
    salvation. We cannot be “good enough” to please God on our own, because
    we are all sinners (Isaiah 53:6; 64:6-7). There is nothing more to be
    done, because Christ has done all the work! When He was on the cross,
    Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meaning that the work of
    redemption was completed.

    According to Christianity, salvation
    is freedom from the old sin nature and freedom to pursue a right
    relationship with God. Where we were once slaves to sin, we are now
    slaves to Christ (Romans 6:15-22). As long as believers live on this
    earth in their sinful bodies, they will engage in a constant struggle
    with sin. However, Christians can have victory in the struggle with sin
    by studying and applying God’s Word in their lives and being controlled
    by the Holy Spirit—that is, submitting to the Spirit’s leading in
    everyday circumstances.

    So, while many religious systems
    require that a person do or not do certain things, Christianity is about
    believing that Christ died on the cross as payment for our own sins and
    rose again. Our sin debt is paid and we can have fellowship with God.
    We can have victory over our sin nature and walk in fellowship and
    obedience with God. That is true biblical Christianity.

  • David Camden

    Well said….thank you. Hopefully everyone that reads it will respond with heartfelt conviction. Praise to you Lord God, King of Heaven & Earth!

  • ZADIK

    I agree with most of what you have written with the exception of one part. I don’t say that YAHShUA is “EYLOHIYM in the flesh”. I know that He is the Son of YHWH. I know that He is the sent MAShIACh of YHWH. I know that we are redeemed back to YHWH through His death on the cross. I accept all these things without wavering just as I accept YAHShUA as the master (ADONIY) of my life and accept YHWH as the progenitor of all things.

    So my question is does that make me a “non-believer” or “un-believer” in the eyes of most that say they are “Christians”?
    I don’t call myself such simply because YHWH nor YAHShUA never said or mandated that one be called anything. I am simply a follow of YHWH, HIS sent MAShIACh and the precepts they have set forth.

  • DrDjjl

    “through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So
    I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus”

    Why cant you ask forgiveness directly from god ! isnt he the all knowing the all seeing ? The first part of your prayer makes sense, but once it has to go through someone – a person, flesh, who dies, then i think it becomes idolatry and you start worshiping the man and not God (The father as you put it)

  • Sam

    “through Him I can receive your forgiveness and eternal life. So
    I’m asking you, Father, to completely cleanse me by the blood of Jesus”

    Why
    cant you ask forgiveness directly from god ! isnt he the all knowing
    the all seeing ? The first part of your prayer makes sense, but once it
    has to go through someone – a person, flesh, who dies, then i think it
    becomes idolatry and you start worshiping the man and not God (The
    father as you put it)



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