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Are there signs from God?

Are you looking for a “sign from God”? Do you think you have received a sign from God? Do other people receive signs from God?

If you are willing to listen to what the Bible say, the answer is “no.” People are no longer receiving special signs from God. There are certainly individuals who want a sign from heaven (Mt. 12:38Mt. 12:38
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38 Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, Teacher, we would see a sign from thee.

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). Jesus, however, said that heaven now offers to man the gospel (Jn. 20:30-31Jn. 20:30-31
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30 Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

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). We believe because of what has been “written,” not because of some sign.

In Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 11:6
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6 And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

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we are told that we cannot please God without faith. We must, therefore, ask how faith comes. Many think faith is created by a sign from God. A persons may think and believe this, but it is not what the scriptures say. We are told that faith comes by “hearing God’s word” (Rom. 10:17Rom. 10:17
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17 So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

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Instead of a sign being God’s power to salvation, the Bible says the gospel is God’s power to salvation (Rom. 1:16Rom. 1:16
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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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). Those who do not believe the gospel regard God’s word as foolishness (1 Cor. 1:181 Cor. 1:18
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18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.

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), but those who do have faith know the scriptures are the “power of God.”

Rather than a sign from God, the Bible says God’s word “works in people (1 Thess. 2:131 Thess. 2:13
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13 And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, even the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe.

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). People are “brought forth by the word of truth” (Jas. 1:18Jas. 1:18
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18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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). A person must “receive the implanted word to be saved” (Jas. 1:21Jas. 1:21
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21 Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness, receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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). This means being “begotten by the word of God” (1 Pet. 2:231 Pet. 2:23
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23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

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), not a supernatural sign from God.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Spiritual wealth (2 Cor. 8:9) – A sermon on being spiritually rich

WHAT IF SOMEONE SAID TO US, “GOD WANTS US TO BECOME RICH.” HOW WOULD WE AGREE OR DISAGREE?

1. Our answer is found in 2 Cor. 8:92 Cor. 8:9
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9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

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2. When we hear the word “rich,” we may instantly think about money and possessions.
3. In the New Testament, this is not the sense of rich in 2 Cor. 8.
4. Paul had in mind “spiritual wealth.”
5. Jesus said in Mt. 6:21Mt. 6:21
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21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.

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that where our “treasure is,” there will be our “heart.”
6. We can set our heart on the things of this earth.
7. Or, our idea of wealth can take the form of spiritual wealth.
8. The greatest wealth is not physical – it is divine.
9. The first reason for this is based on duration.
10. In Mt. 6:19Mt. 6:19
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19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal:

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Jesus said physical treasure is subject to at least three problems.
11. Heaven is a place that offers a type of “durable protection” for spiritual wealth.
12. A long time ago this was stated by a wise-man (Prov. 8:18Prov. 8:18
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18 Riches and honor are with me; Yea, durable wealth and righteousness.

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13. When it comes to earthly treasure we know it can fluctuate in value.
14. God’s riches are guaranteed.
15. Mt. 25:34Mt. 25:34
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34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

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says a kingdom has been “prepared from the foundation of the world.”
16. With treasure on the earth, we can know what it is worth.
17. We can put a price on virtually anything that man values.
18. God tells us the heavenly treasure is above our ability to fully comprehend – Eph. 3:8Eph. 3:8
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8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

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19. We want to make a note of some of what He offers.
20. Eph. 1:7Eph. 1:7
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7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

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refers to the “riches of His grace.”
21. God’s grace is a treasure. Forgiveness is a great, great gift.
22. Not only does forgiveness make us rich, sanctification becomes part of our spiritual portfolio.
23. Sanctification means “to set apart.”
24. This word is used in places like 1 Cor. 1:21 Cor. 1:2
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2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours:

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25. One spiritual benefit available to all people is salvation, 2 Tim. 2:102 Tim. 2:10
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10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

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26. Another spiritual treasure is found in 1 Thess. 4:15-181 Thess. 4:15-18
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15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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27. The Bible alone is a priceless treasure.
28. The riches of Christianity are also demonstrated in the person of Jesus Christ.
29. In Heb. 7:25Heb. 7:25
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25 Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

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we are told Jesus can save us to the “uttermost.”
30. The Lord is a great spiritual treasure, but He is just one of the things found in Christianity.
31. Maybe one of the most intriguing treasures is found in 2 Cor. 4:162 Cor. 4:16
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16 Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

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32. The spirit of a Christian is renewed each single day.
33. For the rest of our body, Rom. 8:18Rom. 8:18
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18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward.

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says “glory is waiting.”
34. All the problems and issues of this life will one day be past.
35. Are we spiritually rich or are we spiritually poor?
36. Are we trying to help our children be spiritually rich, or are we leaving them in spiritual poverty?

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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2 Cor. 8:92 Cor. 8:9
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9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

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The word heart in the Bible

1) The human heart beat roughly 35 million times a year.
2) In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.
3) More than 2,000 heart transplants are performed each year in the U.S.
4) When a person really becomes a Christian, their heart is changed.
a) That change usually does not come all at once—it is a process.
b) As the heart is molded into the way God desires, a person becomes different.
c) 2 Cor. 3:1-32 Cor. 3:1-3
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3 1 Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you? 2 Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men; 3 being made manifest that ye are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in tables that are hearts of flesh.

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5) When we evaluate people we often look at the outward appearance.
6) Often that is the worst indicator of what a person is like.
7) In 1 Sam. 16 the prophet Samuel was told to go and anoint a king.
8) What was God looking for in a king? The answer is found in verse 7.
a) God pays special attention to a person’s heart.
b) Outwardly a person may not seem to have any positive quality.
9) Heaven is not all that interested in outward appearances.
a) We see this in our next reference, Lk. 11.
b) Jesus had been invited to dine with a Pharisee (Lk. 11:37Lk. 11:37
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37 Now as he spake, a Pharisee asketh him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

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d) The Pharisees were really concerned with what they could see (outward appearances).
e) God was and is interested in the heart.
10) The man in Lk. 11 must have expressed surprise or shock because Jesus said something to him.
11) What the Lord told him is in verse– verse 39 – READ
a) A heart is transformed by becoming a Christian.
b) A heart is “sprinkled” with the benefits of Christ’s blood when we are baptized, Heb. 10:22Heb. 10:22
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22 let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water,

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12) When a heart has been changed by being obedient to the gospel, it becomes sensitive.
a) I do not mean sensitive to criticism.
b) I mean sensitivity to knowing and following the will of God.
13) During this time David quietly cut off part of Saul’s robe.
14) David’s action showed he could have killed the king, but he did not want to do that.
15) Later David had some remorse about cutting Saul’s robe.
a) He was a man who had a sensitive heart.
b) God wants good hearts, and that process begins with spiritual surgery.
16) A lot of people
17) want a heart that is soft toward God and a heart attached to the world.
18) Jesus responded to this type of thinking in Lk. 9:61-62Lk. 9:61-62
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61 And another also said, I will follow thee, Lord; but first suffer me to bid farewell to them that are at my house. 62 But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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a) If a man puts his hand to the plow and turns back, he wants two kinds of hearts.
b) James said this is spiritual adultery, Jas. 4:4Jas. 4:4
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4 Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God.

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19) We can have only one heart; it is for God or it is for the world. It cannot be divided.
20) The Bible goes on to tell us that we make our choice very early in life.
21) In Gen. 8:21Gen. 8:21
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21 And Jehovah smelled the sweet savor; and Jehovah said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake, for that the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

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God says man’s heart is “evil from his youth.”
22) Mk. 7:23Mk. 7:23
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23 all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.

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23) God wants to create a new heart within people through His plan of redemption.
24) Unfortunately there are those who prefer to keep their hearts closed and hard.
25) Mk. 3:1-3Mk. 3:1-3
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3 1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had his hand withered. 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3 And he saith unto the man that had his hand withered, Stand forth.

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26) Pharaoh also had a hard heart (he chose to harden himself to the instructions given by God).
27) We also make a choice about our hearts: we can harden them or let them be softened.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Divination – What does the Bible mean by divination?

This term may be briefly defined as “heathen magic.” It should also be understood as something that stands in contrast to divine miracles.

Unlike modern magicians who rely upon “sleight of hand,” divination was an attempt to reach out to and supernatural (and evil) powers. This type of activity was repeatedly condemned by Old Testament writers Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:6Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:6
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26 Ye shall not eat anything with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantments, nor practise augury. 31 Turn ye not unto them that have familiar spirits, nor unto the wizards; seek them not out, to be defiled by them: I am Jehovah your God. 6 And the soul that turneth unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto the wizards, to play the harlot after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

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; Isa. 8:19Isa. 8:19
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19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto the wizards, that chirp and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? on behalf of the living should they seek unto the dead?

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; Jer. 27:9Jer. 27:9
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9 But as for you, hearken ye not to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers, nor to your sorcerers, that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

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), and God said it was a capital crime (Ex. 22:18Ex. 22:18
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18 Thou shalt not suffer a sorceress to live.

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; Lev. 20:27Lev. 20:27
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27 A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones; their blood shall be upon them.

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Known by God: Does God "know" you?

Does God “know” you? The Bible speaks about being “known” by God and “not being known by God” (Mt. 7:23Mt. 7:23
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23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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). When a person is “known by God,” he or she is saved, redeemed, and is pleasing to God. The expression “known by God” is used in places like Gal. 4:9Gal. 4:9
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9 but now that ye have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how turn ye back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunto ye desire to be in bondage over again?

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and 1 Cor. 8:31 Cor. 8:3
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3 but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.

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Be “known by God” by being obedient to heaven’s plan of redemption (Heb. 5:8-9Heb. 5:8-9
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8 though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;

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).

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Amanuensis – What is an amanuensis? Did the Bible writers ever use an amanuensis?

An amanuensis was a person who wrote a letter while it was spoken (dictated) by someone else. An amanuensis does not interfere with Bible inspiration (2 Tim. 3:16-172 Tim. 3:16-17
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16 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.

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); it simply means the document was not physically written by someone like an apostle. One example of an amanuensis appears to be in Romans 16:22Romans 16:22
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22 I Tertius, who write the epistle, salute you in the Lord.

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Is suicide a sin? What does the Bible say about suicide?

1) Samson took his life (Judg. 16), yet he is spoken of favorably in Heb. 11.
2) Judas took his own life and he is spoken of unfavorably (Jn. 17:12Jn. 17:12
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12 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

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3) Christians have generally opposed suicide (Rom. 14:7-9Rom. 14:7-9
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7 For none of us liveth to himself, and none dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

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19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;

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29 for no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as Christ also the church;

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4) Some cultures have had “laws” about suicide – “no Christian burial.”
5) Why do people commit suicide? _______________________________________________________
6) Is it limited to a particular age? ________________________________________________________
7) Is overeating a form of suicide? What about other acts? ___________________________________
8) Does society contribute to suicide? ________________________________________________
9) Is suicide “a form of atheism”? ___________________________________________________
10) Can suicide be related to hypocrisy? ________________________________________________
11) Who does suicide wound (1 Cor. 12:121 Cor. 12:12
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12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.

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12) Do Christians ever get VERY discouraged? Ps. 38:3, 6, 8, 10Ps. 38:3, 6, 8, 10
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3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine indignation; Neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin. 6 I am pained and bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 8 I am faint and sore bruised: I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart. 10 My heart throbbeth, my strength faileth me: As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

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13) What do we find with Jonah – Jon. 4:3Jon. 4:3
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3 Therefore now, O Jehovah, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

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14) How did Solomon feel (Eccl. 2:17Eccl. 2:17
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17 So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

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15) Moses (Num. 11:15Num. 11:15
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15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

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16) Is suicide a sin? Is it an “eternal sin”? _______________________________________________
17) Explain “accountability” and sin – ___________________________________________________
18) Might be a person who commits suicide be condemned, but not for suicide? __________________
19) What should we NOT do if someone threatens suicide? __________________________________
20) What ARE some things we can do? __________________________________________________
21) Remind the person we are accountable to God – Ps. 100:3Ps. 100:3
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3 Know ye that Jehovah, he is God: It is he that hath made us, and we are his; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

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22) Gen. 9:6Gen. 9:6
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6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

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– suicide is “self-murder.”
23) Can we learn from the Ten Commandments (Rom. 15:4Rom. 15:4
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4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.

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24) What does Ex. 20:3Ex. 20:3
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3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

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teach us about suicide? ______________________________________
25) Relate suicide to Heb. 4:15Heb. 4:15
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15 For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

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5 Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.

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26) The solution is not suicide; it is ____________________________.
27) Is suicide always pre-mediated (Acts 16:27Acts 16:27
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27 And the jailor, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

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28) When people do think about it, what can they do (Phil. 4:8Phil. 4:8
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8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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29) Many points about suicide come from the book of Job.
30) Several points in Job’s life are related to modern suicides.
31) He thought God no longer answered his prayers (Job 16:16-17Job 16:16-17
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16 My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 17 Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

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32) He thought God singled Him out for punishment (Job 19:8-11Job 19:8-11
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8 He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in my paths. 9 He hath stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head. 10 He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone; And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree. 11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.

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33) He did not see purpose in his life.
34) Poor self and image and felt like a failure.
35) Felt all alone – friends and family had abandoned him (Job 16:20Job 16:20
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20 My friends scoff at me: But mine eye poureth out tears unto God,

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Fellow Workers in Romans 16 – Michael E. Brooks

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in
Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my
life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all
the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:3,4Romans 16:3,4
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3 Salute Prisca and Aquila my fellow-workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who for my life laid down their own necks; unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles:

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I read Romans 16 with much greater appreciation
now than I did several years ago. I must confess
that at one time I considered it merely a rather
tedious collection of personal notes from Paul
that had little relevance or meaning to Christians
today. I suspect that others have shared those
views. After all, what difference does it make to
us whether the Romans said hello to Rufus and his
mother (verse 13) or to the household of
Aristobulus (verse 10). Who were these people
anyway? Why should we care? What application or
doctrine can be derived from such details?

I no longer feel that way, however. For the past
twenty years God has given me the privilege of
traveling to a number of different countries where
I have met and worked with many Christians. I know
what it is to have coworkers who put their own
lives at risk for the Gospel’s sake, and sometimes
even for my sake. I have witnessed and sometimes
assisted those who have responded with faith to
the Gospel and who have obeyed the commands of
Christ, in spite of opposition and persecution. I
now better understand Paul’s love for Mary “who
labored much for us” (verse 6), and for Epaenetus,
“the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ” (verse 5).

The church in Rome had a remarkable collection of
workers, gathered apparently from many different
parts of the Empire. Paul, who had helped to
convert at least some of them and worked with
others, sends his love and regard for them in such
a way that not only would the church there know of
them and their work, but also so that Christians
of every age and in every place would respect and
admire them. Jesus said of the woman who anointed
him with perfume, “Wherever this gospel is
preached in the whole world, what this woman has
done will also be told as a memorial to her” (Mark
14:9). So the labors of Phoebe, Urbanus, and many
others in Rome are still being told today.

It is important for us to recognize that there are
still many faithful Christians laboring in the
Gospel throughout the world today. Faithful
workers have not vanished. Bangladesh, Nepal,
India, Brazil, Nigeria, Guyana, and the United
States, to name but a few, contain dedicated
servants of Christ, as do most other nations of
the world. According to brethren in Florence,
Alabama, only eight countries lack at least one
Church of Christ today. Wherever the Church
exists, it is because someone worked to preach the
Gospel and produce obedient faith. It is also
because work continues to build up and increase
those churches.

Let us give honor to the many little-known co-
workers of Christ who labor throughout the world.
In New Testament times it was the apostles who
received most of the attention. Today it may be
missionaries and preachers. But God knows and
loves all those who serve him. We are thankful for
every one of them, and pray God’s blessings upon
them.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Discerning the Scriptures

My wife and I lived in England doing mission work in 1978 and ’79. While there, the news media reported a ten year old paperboy had been found dead along a dirt road in the country. Police asked that anyone on that road that day report to them. A mother and daughter went to the police saying they had been on that road but saw nothing unusual. In fact, while they were leaning on a fence looking out over a meadow, they heard a car, turned and glanced at it, and that was all. They couldn’t remember the make or even the color of the car.

Under hypnosis in separate rooms, both the mother and daughter were asked about the car. They were able to give the police the make and model, the color of the car, the license plate number, the color of the interior, and even the color of the drivers eyes! The murderer was captured.

All this information was recorded in the mother and daughter’s minds from just a momentary glance at the vehicle. They were unaware of it, but it was there.

This incident brings to mind Romans 14:12Romans 14:12
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12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.

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, “Each of us shall give account of himself to God.” We may forget, but our entire lives are still in our minds. We will personally reveal it to God at the Judgment, whether it be good or bad (2Corinthians 5:10). We will be held accountable for every sin that has not been cleansed by the blood of Christ by means of obedience to the Faith (Romans 1:5; 16:26Romans 1:5; 16:26
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5 through whom we received grace and apostleship, unto obedience of faith among all the nations, for his name's sake; 26 but now is manifested, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, is made known unto all the nations unto obedience of faith:

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The cleansing blood of Christ flows only through His Body, which is His church (Colossians 1:24Colossians 1:24
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24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church;

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). Are you in contact with the cleansing blood? (1John 1:7John 1:7
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7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

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). — Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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A sermon on forgiveness – the Bible and forgiveness

1) There are seven special words used throughout the Bible to express the forgiveness.
2) Today we want to look at just one word for forgiveness, and it is a New Testament word.
3) The word that is the basis for our study means “to send away” or “to let go.”
4) This word occurs as both a noun and a verb in the New Testament; we will start with it as a noun.
5) Our first passage, as you will see on the sheet, is Mt. 26:28Mt. 26:28
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28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins.

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a) He gave His life on the cross for the “remission” of sins.
b) Remission is one of the special words used to describe forgiveness (send away).
6) A good illustration of what this forgiveness is may be found in Lk. 4:18Lk. 4:18
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18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised,

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a) The text says, “He sent me to proclaim release from the captives.”
b) Release is the word for “forgiveness.”
7) We have seen people who were held captive and released.
8) God is very serious about communicating this point.
9) One of our accounts of the great commission is found in Lk. 24:47Lk. 24:47
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47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

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a) Jesus said heaven had a message for people. He said this message was for all people.
b) What were all nations to hear? There is “remission (the sending away) of sins.”
10) If we want to be completely freed from our sins, how does the process work?
11) Our answer is found in Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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a) “Forgiveness” (the word we have been studying) is also used in this passage.
b) In Acts 2 it was the Day of Pentecost and Peter the apostle was preaching.
c) Faith alone will not cut away a person’s sins.
12) Peter said in Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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the people needed to “repent.”
13) Repentance is necessary (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), but repentance does not take away the sins of a non-Christian.
14) Peter said, “be baptized unto (for, in order to receive) the forgiveness of sins.
a) If we want God to send away our sins, we must be baptized.
b) Without baptism, we retain every single sin.
15) Over the years many have mocked the importance of baptism.
16) Baptism allows us to contact the benefits of Christ’s blood and then our sins are sent away.
17) It is therefore not surprising that after baptism people were “added to the church” (Acts 2:41, 47Acts 2:41, 47
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41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls. 47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved.

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18) Holy people (those with their sins forgiven) were put into the church.
19) The religious doctrines of men say put unholy people into the church and then baptize them.
20) Men have gotten the divine plan backwards.
21) Heb. 9:22Heb. 9:22
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22 And according to the law, I may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission.

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says without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.

LET’S NOW TURN OUR ATTENTION TO PLACES THAT USE THIS SAME WORD, ONLY IT OCCURS AS A VERB.

a) Mt. 6:12Mt. 6:12
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12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

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is the first passage we want to cite in this regard.
b) To forgive means to send away; to get rid of something.
c) When we forgive someone, the matter is put in the trash and burned. The ashes are buried.
2) Mt. 18:21Mt. 18:21
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21 Then came Peter and said to him, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times?

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3) The word we are looking at is also found in Luke’s gospel, Lk. 23:34Lk. 23:34
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34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.

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.
4) God is “faithful and just” to forgive us of our sins (1 Jn. 1:91 Jn. 1:9
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9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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5) Part of our being faithful and just is extending forgiveness to others.
6) Have we done that?

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Are you interested in a Bible Study Article blog? Get free Bible-based articles are designed with a two-fold purpose:

1. To encourage the reading and studying of God’s word (2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.

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– ASV; Acts 17:11Acts 17:11
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11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.

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2. Teach others who are interested in knowing more about the saving gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20Matthew 28:19-20
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19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

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; Mark 16:15-16Mark 16:15-16
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15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

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; 2 Timothy 2:1-22 Timothy 2:1-2
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2 1 Thou therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

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These articles are printable, making them easily available for distribution to others. They can be distributed through the medium of e-mail, can be used for church bulletins, Bible class material, prison ministry, or any other Bible-related ministry.

May the Lord receive the glory of our efforts (Isaiah 43:7Isaiah 43:7
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7 every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yea, whom I have made.

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; Matthew 5:16Matthew 5:16
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16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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—Mike Riley

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Was God just in ordering the Canaanites to be destroyed?

Many wonder how God could have ordered the people of Israel to destroy the Canaanites. Is it not wrong to kill? How could a just God command that an entire group of people be exterminated?

God did command that the residents of Canaan be destroyed (Deut. 20:16-18Deut. 20:16-18
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16 But of the cities of these peoples, that Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth; 17 but thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as Jehovah thy God hath commanded thee; 18 that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so would ye sin against Jehovah your God.

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). Although many seem to have the idea that this action happened all at once and the people in the land had no opportunity to change. This belief, while common, is wrong. In Deut. 20:10-11Deut. 20:10-11
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10 When thou drawest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. 11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee.

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we are told, “When thou drawest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. 11 And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that are found therein shall become tributary unto thee, and shall serve thee.”

Not only did people such as the Canaanites have an opportunity to do what was right, they had been exposed to the righteous lives of many patriarchs such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Though they had many chances to change, they chose sin—the most terrible type of sin. Corruption had reached a point where the people sacrificed their after-birth children to pagan idols (Deut. 12:31Deut. 12:31
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31 Thou shalt not do so unto Jehovah thy God: for every abomination to Jehovah, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods.

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Sin had reached a point where it was like a cancer—the land had to be purged of evil so Israel could be used to bring Jesus the Messiah into the world. Other nations and peoples that became so wicked God had to destroy them include Tyre, Babylon, and Nineveh).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Comparing the Sabbath Day (Saturday) to the Lord's Day (Sunday)

A. The Sabbath Day celebrated the finished work of Creation.
B. The Lord’s Day celebrates the finished work of Redemption.

A. The Sabbath Day celebrated the beginning of natural life.
B. The Lord’s Day celebrates the beginning of spiritual life.

A. The Sabbath Day celebrated life in Adam.
B. The Lord’s Day celebrates life in Christ.

A. The Sabbath Day celebrated the demonstration of God’s power.
B. The Lord’s Day celebrates the demonstration of God’s Grace.

A. The Sabbath Day celebrated the work of God’s hands.
B. The Lord’s Day celebrates the work of God’s Heart.

A. The Sabbath Day was given to physical Israel.
B. The Lord’s Day was given to spiritual Israel (Christ’s disciples).

When John said he was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day, we don’t have to think very long about what day he was referring to (Revelation 1:10Revelation 1:10
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10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet

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). In other words, Sunday is not just another day of the week for us to try and satisfy our insatiable appetite for worldly things. We have six other days to do that. Sunday is the “Lord’s Day.”

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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"We have seen strange things today."

We find the above quote in Luke 5:26Luke 5:26
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26 And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to-day.

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. People had seen a man rebuke the belligerent authority of the Scribes and Pharisees. They saw a man who claimed to forgive sins, and then prove the claim by healing a paralytic right before their very eyes! The man was Jesus, and as people watched Him, they concluded, “We have seen strange things today.”

As we read of His life in the four Gospels, we find that people looked upon Him from His birth to His ascension with bewilderment, fascination, and astonishment. He was truly unique and distinctive.

People heard Him speak and they were amazed (Matthew 7:28Matthew 7:28
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28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching:

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); “Never a man spoke like this man” (John 7:46John 7:46
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46 The officers answered, Never man so spake.

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). When He went into His own country, He taught in their synagogues and “they were astonished” (Matthew 13:54Matthew 13:54
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54 And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

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). “And all bare Him witness, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Luke 4:22Luke 4:22
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22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded out of his mouth: and they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

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). “And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with power” (Luke 4:32Luke 4:32
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32 and they were astonished at his teaching; for his word was with authority.

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). Even His closest disciples marveled at the things He did (John 4:27John 4:27
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27 And upon this came his disciples; and they marvelled that he was speaking with a woman; yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why speakest thou with her?

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). When he discussed the dangers of riches, His disciples were “exceedingly amazed” (Matthew 19:25Matthew 19:25
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25 And when the disciples heard it, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved?

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). And, even His own mother was amazed at Him (Luke 2:48Luke 2:48
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48 And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I sought thee sorrowing.

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This same “distinctiveness” will be evident in His Body, which is the church (Colossians 1:24Colossians 1:24
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24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church;

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). Even the Sanhedrin, after arresting Peter and John, “took notice that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13Acts 4:13
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13 Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

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Jesus did not shed His blood to purchase a church that would blend in with society and become invisible. –Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Weeping in the Bible

Weep (klaio) is a verb; it describes weeping, mourning, and showing emotion. It occurs more than 30 times in the New Testament. Readers can find this term associated with physical death in places like Mt. 2:18Mt. 2:18
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18 A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she would not be comforted, because they are not.

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31 The Jews then who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going unto the tomb to weep there. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 11 But Mary was standing without at the tomb weeping: so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

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). It is also used to describe remorse (Mt. 26:75Mt. 26:75
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75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

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). It is joined with people weeping over divine judgment and eternal doom (Rev. 18:15, 19Rev. 18:15, 19
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15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning; 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe, woe, the great city, wherein all that had their ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

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; Mt. 8:12Mt. 8:12
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12 but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

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). We find it joined with Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem (Lk. 19:41Lk. 19:41
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41 And when he drew nigh, he saw the city and wept over it,

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) and in a woman anointing Jesus (Lk. 7:38Lk. 7:38
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38 and standing behind at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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"DON'T GET USED TO THE SCENERY!"

I was visiting in a house not long ago where the TV was on. I couldn’t help but notice how blurry the picture was. Eventually, I asked the couple about it. They said it had been that way for about two years and they had gotten used to it.

On my way home, I began to wonder if there are blurry areas in our lives that we tolerate just because we have gotten used to them.

Are there any who have gotten so used to the scenery of worship, the singing of praise, prayer, listening to a sermon, and seeing the lost die in their sin, that it means little to them, and they just accept it?

52 percent of Americans believe that pre-marital sex is a morally gray (blurry) issue, so they tolerate it. The same can be said of many sins that have mushroomed to the spotlight in recent years.

Paul writes in 1Corinthians 4:16b that “our inward man is renewed day by day.” Everyday is a “renewal!” How then can a genuine Christian’s vision become blurry if he is renewed everyday? The answer is that he has swerved, perhaps unknowingly, off the straight and narrow road, and needs help getting back to the path that leads to Heaven.

Is that you? Have you become used to the scenery? Do you look forward to attending the Sunday assemblies in anticipation of worshipping the great transcendent God of Heaven? Do you look forward to Bible study wherein you may learn how to better glorify God and enhance your spiritual life? Or, is your spiritual outlook “blurry?” If the latter, would you like to bring it back into focus by upgrading your knowledge of the Bible? — Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Was Paul uninspired?

Was the apostle Paul uninspired? Did Paul ever claim he was not speaking by inspiration? Are the words of the apostle Paul mere opinion? Some think and say so, and one argument for this position is 1 Cor. 7:251 Cor. 7:25
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25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.

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: Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.

Have no commandment of the Lord has been used to say Paul lacked inspiration. If Paul had said nothing else about this subject, this conclusion might be correct. Later in this chapter (1 Cor. 7:401 Cor. 7:40
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40 But she is happier if she abide as she is, after my judgment: and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.

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) Paul did claim to have inspiration. He had and wrote by the “spirit of God.” He also claimed inspiration in Gal. 1:11-12Gal. 1:11-12
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11 For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. 12 For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Often people claim Paul was not inspired so the teaching of scripture can be dismissed. In the case of 1 Cor. 7:251 Cor. 7:25
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25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be trustworthy.

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, Paul had not received a specific statement from God on this issue. The lack of specific instruction on this point in no way affected his inspiration on other matters.

Be wary about people who claim the Bible and the apostles do not have God’s stamp of inspiration. Usually people make these claims because the Bible does not support what they believe or do.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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"Who are you to reply against God?"

We would think that no one would be so arrogant as to reply against God. However, men were doing it in the first century, and it continues today.

The question is rhetorical. The answer is obvious. No man has any authority to argue with anything God says. After all, He is God, man isn’t!

If God commands how we are to worship Him, and He does (John 4:24John 4:24
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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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), if you ignore with those commands, you are guilty of “replying against God.”

Churches and pulpits are filled to the brim and overflowing with men who are replying against God. Whether this is being done intentionally, or in sincere ignorance, makes no difference. There is no excuse for sin (John 15:22John 15:22
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22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin.

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Today, the Bible is being heralded as antiquated and out of touch with modern society. But I ask, “How can anything be outdated when it exists in a realm where there is no time?” (cf. 1Peter 3:8). But this attitude is real and it’s causing religious leaders to write their own bibles and build their own churches based on the likes and dislikes of the majority. Do they really think they can manipulate the true God of Heaven? If they do, they are wrong. After all, “God’s word is forever settled in Heaven” (Psalm 119:89Psalm 119:89
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89 For ever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven.

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); “I will not altar that which is gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:34Psalm 89:34
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34 My covenant will I not break, Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

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).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Calling Evil Good

In Isaiah 5:20Isaiah 5:20
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20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

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, we read, “Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil.” Yet, it seems that a great majority of our society has adopted this sinful philosophy. There is an effort to rename all sorts of sins trying to make them more “respectable.” For example: the evil of premarital and extramarital sex is widely accepted as normal in our modern society. I am told, “Lighten up Toby, that’s just how it is these days!” However, the Bible still calls it “sin.” Since it is sin, it must be repented of before God will forgive the sinner (Luke 13:3Luke 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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). Furthermore, giving consent to sin is to make one’s self guilty of the same (Romans 1:32Romans 1:32
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32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practise such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practise them.

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Social drinking is common among many who claim to be Christians. It is proclaimed that the Bible condemns drunkenness, but a little drinking is okay. The same passage that condemns drunkenness also condemns adultery, homosexuality, stealing, etc. (1Corinthians 6:9-10). If “a little” drinking is okay, then so is “a little” adultery, “a little” homosexuality, “a little” stealing.

Another evil that is being called good is the sin of indifference. “Just don’t bother me. I’m comfortable just the way I am!” Our Lord condemned the church at Laodicea because they were “indifferent.” They approached Holy and Sacred things in a much to mediocre way, and had a far too casual approach to Christianity (Revelation 3:15-16Revelation 3:15-16
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15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

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). He encouraged them to “be zealous and repent”(Revelation 3:19Revelation 3:19
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19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

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While these and many other things go against the grain of modern societal thinking, still, they are truths that must be dealt with if one has any expectation of being saved by Jesus Christ (cf. Hebrews 5:9Hebrews 5:9
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9 and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation;

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). Is it any wonder that Jesus said, “Many are called, but few are chosen?” (Matthew 22:14Matthew 22:14
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14 For many are called, but few chosen.

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Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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"The Danger of Casual Christianity"

“Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16Revelation 3:16
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16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

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– NKJV). To be a lukewarm Christian nauseates Jesus. He will not tolerate it. This truth raises great concerns in a society that views spiritual matters with mediocrity.

Acording to Jesus Himself, a casual approach to things like worship, Bible Study, and in general, being about our Heavenly Father’s business, meets with Divine rejection.

We all have our “comfort zones,” and it seems we are unwilling to step out of them even when it concerns preparation for eternity. We may go to worship, as long as it doesn’t interfere with something else we would rather do; we may study the Bible, if there isn’t something good on TV; and we may even inquire about a hurting soul, as long as it doesn’t mean getting involved.

Generally, we have pleasant things to say about the church, the Bible, and we put forth a little effort to be somewhat of a moral person, but that is as deep as our spiritual commitment goes. “With their lips they honor Me, but their heart is far from Me” (Matthew 15:8Matthew 15:8
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8 This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.

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If we want to hear Jesus say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant,” (Matthew 25:21Matthew 25:21
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21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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), we will have to “do well” in this life. Doing well means rising above a casual commitment to the will of God. Jesus urges, “Therefore, be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19Revelation 3:19
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19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

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).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24Jn. 8:24
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3Lk. 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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; 1 Cor. 12:13; 11 Cor. 12:13; 1
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13 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 unto the church of God which is at Corinth, even them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus; 5 that in everything ye were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; 8 who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye be unreproveable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been signified unto me concerning you, my brethren, by them that are of the household of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I mean, that each one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos: and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius; 15 lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe. 22 Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumblingblock, and unto Gentiles foolishness; 24 but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that he might bring to nought the things that are: 29 that no flesh should glory before God. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: 31 that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4Rom. 6:4
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4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.

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), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27Gal. 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; Rom. 6:3Rom. 6:3
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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