John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Psalms 119:160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
What is it that you believe, and is what you believe in line with the word of God? How can you tell? 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
We must not take for granted that what we think we know to be true, is really the truth. God wants us to know for sure, and his word will teach us that truth if we are willing to invest time in studying His word. There are many who will quote scripture but will have no foundational understanding of what it means, and take it out of context. We must let God give us the understanding we need, for with out Him we will not understand the deeper things of God. We must read, study, investigate, pray and study some more. My purpose in writing articles is not to prove that I am right and that you must believe me, but rather I hope that what I present on this site will challenge your thinking, rather than taking in what some ministers claim to be Gods word. In Philippians 2:12 we are be taught "Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling."
We are to study Gods word with prayer, and allow Him to lead us to the truth.
The more effort one puts towards the studying of the word of God the greater is the reward.
1 John 4:1 tells us "Do not believe ever spirit, but test the spirit to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." Let us not fall into the trap of thinking that because, "I am a Christian" it does not happen to me and can't happen to me, if you hold that view than it may already be happening.
Let me give an example: We have all been taught that God is a trinity, but a careful study of God's word will reveal that that teaching is a lie. Now we many chose to just except it as truth without questioning it, or we may take the time to investigate what the word of God has to say on this matter. Many today believe that Jesus is equal in nature with our Father, and has always been with the Father, this is a teaching we have come to take as truth and do not question it. But! is that the teaching of God's word? The simple picture the scriptures present to us of Jesus Christ is that: He was born a baby Luke 2:7, He increased in wisdom Luke 2:52, He learned obedience by the things that he suffered Hebrews 5:8 He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared Hebrews 5:7
When we try to harmonize these verses from God's word, with the Trinitarian teaching of omnipotent, omniscient co-equality and co-eternity, it just does not fit and cannot fit. So the question that we need to ask in any study of God's word is, When faced with a conflict of facts, which fact is the truth? God's word, or man's interpretation?
This also applies to the teaching of having an immortal soul, Does God's word support this. Here is a challenge to you. To find the answer read the first three chapters of Genesis and you will learn the truth. The studying of the word of God to gain a better understanding on these and any other issue takes time.
As Christians we must always be diligent and on guard. 1 Peter 5:8-9 "Be of sober spirit be on the alert. your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." This is why it is so important that we get a true and accurate understanding of what the word of God teaches. The studying of God's word is your responsibility, so that your beliefs are derived from and founded upon God's word, not man's speculations. Let us learn a valuable lesson from Christ in Luke 22:42 "Not my will, but Thine will be done" Let us humbly submit ourselves to the truth, and God will bless you.
May we grow in the grace and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
A study of God's word will reveals
That God is not a trinity.
Man does not have an immortal soul, only God does .
Salvation is not something we receive because of our works, we do the works because we believe. This is called faith.
Believers do not go to heaven when they die, they await a ressurrection.
My not including to quote a proof scripture is in the hope that you will yourself take the time to read and study God's word to find these answers.
Non-believers do not spend eternity suffer in hell
#1 What Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior.
One of the many scriptures that have come to be misunderstood is the verses that speak about the fall of Adam and Eve. The misunderstanding of these passages that focus on the fall of Adam and Eve has resulted in confusion and misdirection in many other areas of scripture. It is important that we have a clear understanding of what really happened when Adam and Eve sinned, because if we don’t than we will not have a good solid understanding of what Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior.
Many understand that Jesus Christ redeemed us from what Adam did, but do we really know what happened when Adam and Eve sinned? Many also know that after we believe on Him, we receive the gift of the holy spirit. This opens for us two important questions, (1) What do we need the holy spirit for? (2) Why was it not available to everyone before the day of Pentecost? The answer to these questions is too first have a clear understanding of what is really being said in the first three chapters of Genesis.
Let’s start by looking at the subject of death. Genesis 2:17 “In the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” We read here that in the beginning when God created man He imposed a restriction upon him, and at the same time made known to man the penalty for violating this restriction, “death”.
We read in Genesis 2:16-17 what that restriction was that was imposed on Adam, not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The violation penalty was “in the day (note: in the very same day) that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surly die” so the penalty was death immediately. This death was going to happen in the very same day that Adam ate of the fruit. The difficulty that individuals have in understanding this event is that after Adam ate he continued to have life in his body, it was this life that the serpent in Genesis 3:1-6 told Adam about when he said “1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4 But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
We read in Genesis 5:5-6 tells us that Adam continued to have life in is body for many years to come, yet God said if he ate from the tree he would die. So did Adam and Eve die that day or not?
Since God cannot lie as is recorded in Numbers 23:19 Adam and Eve did indeed die that day. It was the serpent that said “you shall not surly die” when he deceived Eve Genesis 3:4. So, if they did not die that day, as God said, then the serpent was right and God was wrong, which is an impossibility. But is that what many teach today when they say “actually” when God said that they would surly die, He only meant that it was the sperm of death that was planted and the process of dying would begin. God said that they would surly die that very day, and that is what happened, they died that day. Death (absence of a form of life) Gods word reveals to us how man was created and what were the parts of his being. Knowledge of what composed the life of the first man will help us understand what was lost on the day.
May we grow in the grace and understanding of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
What Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior.#1-4
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God said that Adam and Eve would surly die that very day, and that is what happened, they died that day. Death (absence of a form of life). God’s word reveals to us how man was created and what were the parts of his being. Knowledge of what composed the life of the first man will help us understand what was lost on the day. So let us focus on the above statement. Since we know that God said they would surly die in that day, yet we read in God’s word that they lived on for many more years and even had children, it would seem to make perfect sense (without having to read into scripture what is not there) that there must have been another form of life in addition to their physical life. Let’s us search the scriptures to gain understanding.
Let’s read what Genesis 3:19 teaches: “in the sweat of thy face shalt you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for dust you are, and unto dust you will return” God the Father tells us that we were created of dust and a time will come when we will return to that dust (not heaven or hell) Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: We die because we are made of dust, Not because of sin. So the Body is made of the dust of the ground, and all physical things will eventually decay.
Genesis 2:7 “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living soul.” So again (without reading into scripture what is not there) One part of man is the body. But what else does Gen 2:7 teach, God formed man, but man at this time still has no life, it was not until God breathed into his nostrils “the breath of life” that man became a living soul. It is the lack of understanding of this event in the creation of man that has caused much confusion. If the breath of life is removed from man’s body there will be no life, God combined the breath of life with the body, and it was at that time that man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 clearly teaches that the breath from Him is what gave life to the body, without the soul the body is dead. Let’s take a look at Leviticus 17:11-14 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Therefore, I have said to the people of Israel, no person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood. “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore, I have said to the people of Israel, you shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.” The word for “life” is the Hebrew word “nephesh” which is translated as “soul” in Genesis 2:7. So according to Genesis 2:7 the soul is what gives life to the body; according to Leviticus 17:11-14 it is in the blood. That is why Acts 17:26 tell us “And He has made from one blood every nation of man on all the face of the earth” This one blood of this passage is the blood of Adam, which as been passed down from generation to generation. So all living things have a soul which is in the blood, so even animals have a soul. This is what Genesis 1:20-30 teaches. This is then not hard to understand, if we understand that “soul” is what gives life to the body. Though scripture clearly teaches us what soul is, a difficulty comes about when one makes a preconceived idea that soul is immortal. Soul is not something that is immortal it just gives life to the body. James 19-20 “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
As James clearly bring to light, If a soul could not die, then there would be no need to “save a soul from death”
Scripture nowhere refers to the soul as being immortal or undying, this is a false teaching that as crept in and being taught as truth. On the contrary we found that the scripture teaches clearly that (1) God alone possesses immortality, 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16 (2) that man should be seekers for it, Romans 2:5-7
(3) that immortality can be found in the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10 (4) that man “puts on” immortality, it will be conferred upon him at the last trump 1 Corinthians 15:51-54.
May we grow in the grace and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
# 2 What Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior.
In the following passage, the focus will be on the word “natural man” (psuchikos), which in greek means “a soul man” in other words ( a man with a body and a soul) also translated “natural” in 1 Corinthians 2:14 and as “sensual” in James 3:15 and Jude 19 .
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
So according to 1 Cor 2:14, a man who is content with living life with only being body and soul, will not receive the things of the Spirit of God. As the above scripture teaches us, in order for man to receive the things of the Spirit of God, “to communicate with God, to fellowship and walk in His ways, a person needs the appropriate receiver” which is Spirit. That is why the passage says: “neither can he (the man of body and soul) know the things of God, because they are “spiritually discerned” this passage teaches that it is impossible for the man of body and soul to know the things of God for the simple reason that such things have to do with the spirit, since he lacks spirit he cannot know them. So Adam had “body” because he was formed from the dust of the ground, he had “soul” because he was given “life” to the body by the breath of God, and “spirit” to communicate with God. Adam was at creation body soul and spirit. So what happened on that day that Adam and Eve ate from the tree. God told them that they would die that very day if they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and understanding that death means the absence of life, we can now understand what died that day. Adam was body soul and spirit, and his body died many years after the day he ate. So what permits the body to live is soul, Adam kept living after he ate because he had body and soul, the thing that was lost in Adam was the “spirit that God had given him. The result of his actions caused Adam to lose “spirit” and that was a death to him. The spirit in him was a form of life that he had before he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that was no longer there. James 2: 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Nowhere in scripture can you find that the flesh was to live forever. The natural man was taken from the ground (dust) Genesis 2:7: 3:19 “and undo dust you shall return” so the flesh was to go back from which it came, and the breath of life ”spirit” was to return to the one who gave it. Genesis 6:17; 7:22. Ecclesiastes 12: Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it. Psalm 104:29 You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When God “takes away their breath they (men) die, and return to dust. It was not until the day of Pentecost that the loss of the spirit was restored, when the holy spirit was made available, so that today, after believing on Jesus Christ, a person again becomes body, soul, and spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. David himself was aware of the possibility of losing the spirit from his life, and prayed to God the Father in Psalm 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. The spirit is something that God and only God can take away from someone.
May we grow in the grace and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
#3 What Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior
We know by the word of God that God is spirit and for anyone to communicate with Him, they must have received His spirit. We read earlier that the thing that God took away from Adam that he that day would surly die was the spirit of God. Genesis 2:17 “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The spirit of God was not made available after the fall of Adam, but God did put His spirit only on those that He wanted to communicate with, and give revelation. It is for this reason,(the fall of Adam) that we read of no record from Geneses to Acts, of any instruction as to how to receive His spirit, because the holy spirit was not yet available to all, John 7:38-39 To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. We are being told the holy spirit was not yet made available at the time that Jesus Christ walk with His apostles, and neither before that time, so during the time period of Adam’s fall till the time of Pentecost, if God wanted to communicate with someone, He had to put His spirit upon him. We read this in Numbers 11:16-17 The LORD therefore said to Moses, "Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. "Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone. This is the situation before the day Pentecost, so what happened after Pentecost? Lets read John 3:1-6 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him. Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born?” Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit. This scripture is prove enough to resolve any argument as well as guesses as to how one can enter the kingdom of God. One must be born from above. John 3:6 speaks of two births, flesh is born of flesh, this is the birth received from our parents which is (flesh) our second birth is what we receive from God (spirit). For anyone to receive the second birth, one must believe that Jesus is the Christ (the messiah, the Anointed One, our Saviuor, there is no other way.
The point in time where the spirit was again made available was on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost came, the believers were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw tongues like flames of a fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. The spirit is again made available, because of what Christ accomplished. We can again become, body, soul and spirit. What happens when that takes place. We read in 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. The spirit of God dwells in YOU, not a church or denomination, these are not nor ever have been the temple of God. God say “you are the temple of God” why because the spirit of God dwells IN YOU, not just upon you.
The end. I hope that you have all been benefited from reading these articles.
May we grow in the grace and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
#4 What Jesus Christ accomplished as Savior.
Ephesians 4:26-27 "Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity."
As Christians, we come face to face daily with many unjust acts, whether these acts are committed verbally, physically or due to inaction such as neglect, or we encounter a person or company knowing what they are doing is wrong, but unwilling to acknowledge any wrong doing. This ideology is a worldly one, and is in total contrast to a godly one, this worldly ideology is rooted in greed, and self-centeredness. This unwillingness to live by just and righteous laws created by our creator for our good is not because they do not know good, but rather their desire to choose evil over good.
Each of these situations mentioned require a different approach when and if one gets involved.
The question that we may at times ask when we see or know of an injustice taking place is how much involvement should I put towards righting this injustice, or should I even get involved.
That can be a very challenging question for us, because we as followers of Christ do not want to embrace the worldly ideology as Ephesians 4 teaches us ( do not sin), some of us may have grown up in an environment where we were thought not to get involved, or were taught the wrong way to get involved, some may want to get involved but do not feel they are qualified.
It is my hope that this article will shed some light on this. We already know from the above verse that it is not wrong to get involved in righting some form of injustice that is taking place (Be angry). It is very hard for me personally to see in this verse that it only involves an injustice that has been committed towards me or someone and that the only response is to keep quiet. Yes, we are thought to turn the other cheek as in Matthew 5:39. But does this verse to turn the other cheek contradict Ephesians 4:26-27 which clearly tell us that we can be angry? I believe that there is a clear balance that can be accomplished between these two teachings of God’s word.
There are certain scriptures that do give us a direct command, such as “thou shall not”
But in the case of the above verse, God in his wisdom as given us some freedom as to how we interact with the world around us, “Be angry” but also gives us a warning “sin not”. So we can indeed get involved with things around us but in a right way, what is that way? Colossians 2:7 Gives us some instruction on this matter. “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” So, one important lesson that we can learn form Colossian 2:7 is, How you deal with things in life will be based on where your values are rooted. There are rally only two ways in life, good or evil, or said another way, Gods way or the worlds way.
Ephesians 5:11-12 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,( don’t respond or act as they do) but rather expose them. (we must take a stand for truth) It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret..
Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against those who practice iniquity? (there is a time to speak up against an injustice and defend or point out what is true)
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance,(worldly views) but judge righteous judgment. ( Godly standards)
Whenever we stand up in righteous indignation (be angry but sin not) remember Jesus words in John 8:12 “I am the Light of the World”
But what about the teaching in Matthew 5:39 of turning the other cheek; “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” How would this apply to getting involved in an unjust action?
Should David have “turned the other cheek” to Goliath? Should Moses have chosen not to resist Pharaoh? Should Queen Esther have refrained from defending her people against Haman?
Some interpret this verse to support the idea of absolute nonviolence but that is not what it teaches.
To "turn the other cheek," does in no way imply pacifism, nor does it mean we are to place ourselves or others in mortal danger, Turning the other cheek means not to return insult for insult in retaliation, which is what most people expect and how worldly people act. We as followers of Christ are to standup for truth, and to point out to others from God’s prospective, the injustice of their action.
May we grow in grace and understanding in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
May the word of God richly bless your life