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The Lord's prayer

R.C. Foster in “Studies In The Lfe of Christ” (p. 862) recorded how someone “has pointed out the extraordinary collection of relationships which emerge in this prayer.”

(1) Our Father father and child
(2) Hallowed by thy name God and the worshipper
(3) Thy kingdom come king and subject
(4) Thy will be done master and servant
(5) Give us this day ourdaily bread benefactor and suppliant
(6) Forgive us our debts creditor and debtor
(7) Bring us not into temptation guide and debtor
(8) Deliver us from the evil one redeemer and redeemed

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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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How Christians are like sheep

A study of how Christians are like sheep:

1) Sheep are often ignorant – Jer. 5:4Jer. 5:4
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4 Then I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish; for they know not the way of Jehovah, nor the law of their God:

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– discuss ______________________________________________
2) Sheep are easily distracted – Isa. 53;6; Mk. 4:14-19Mk. 4:14-19
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14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them. 16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy; 17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble. 18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word, 19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

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– – discuss _______________________________
3) Sheep have no personal protection – 1 Pet. 5:81 Pet. 5:8
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8 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,

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– discuss ____________________________________
4) Cost to reclaim sheep? __________________________________________________ Jn. 10:11Jn. 10:11
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11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.

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5) Gen. 4:4Gen. 4:4
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4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

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– “early care necessary” – – discuss _____________________________________________
6) Jn. 10:5Jn. 10:5
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5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

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– apply to Christianity: _______________________________________________________
7) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. What do sheep want? ____________________________
8) What do men want? ________________________________________________________________
9) Jn. 10:10Jn. 10:10
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10 The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

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10) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures – satisfied sheep lie down.
a) 4 criteria before laying down: no fear, “pest free,” not hungry, no friction with others.
b) 2 Tim. 1:72 Tim. 1:7
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7 For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

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– compare 4 criteria to us – ____________________________________________
11) He leadeth me beside the still waters – sheep (on average) are composed of 70% water.
12) Thirsty sheep are restless – Mt. 5:6Mt. 5:6
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6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

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13) Discuss man’s spiritual thirst: _____________________________________________________
14) He restoreth my soul:
15) Sheep can end up on their backs – feet in the air and panicked.
16) Discuss “restoring souls” in local congregation: ______________________________________
17) He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
a) Sheep require very delicate care. Important to “keep them moving.” Shepherds must plan.
b) Some sheep refuse to follow – discuss – ________________________________________
c) What prevents people from following? ________________________________________
18) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Shepherds faced danger.
19) Examples: __________________________________________________ Jn. 16:33Jn. 16:33
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33 These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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20) I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
21) Explain “rod” and “staff”: ______________________________________________________
22) Gal. 2:11Gal. 2:11
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11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I resisted him to the face, because he stood condemned.

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23) Thou preparest a table before me. Shepherds scout out areas in advance. Heb. 2:10Heb. 2:10
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10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

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24) Thou anointest my head with oil – “medical treatment” for sheep. Church is God’s hospital.
25) My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

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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has the kingdom of God come?

World history and the kingdom of God

1) It is important to study the kingdom through the eyes of Daniel (he was living in Babylon).
2) At this time Babylon (625-538 B.C.) was the dominant world power.
3) Dan. 2:32Dan. 2:32
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32 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass,

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: Describe the image: ____________________________________________
4) Dan. 2:36-37Dan. 2:36-37
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36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art king of kings, unto whom the God of heaven hath given the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the glory;

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: What part of the image represented Babylon/the king? ______________
5) Compare Isa. 14:4Isa. 14:4
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4 that thou shalt take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

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6) What happens in Dan. 5:5Dan. 5:5
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5 In the same hour came forth the fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

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7) Dan. 5 also discusses the ancient world powers – Dan. 5:18, 25-28Dan. 5:18, 25-28
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18 O thou king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty: 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end; 27 TEKEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

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8) This information is then discussed a third time in Dan. 7 using the image of “beasts.”
9) Dan. 7:3-7Dan. 7:3-7
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3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it. 5 And, behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and, lo, another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, terrible and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

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– the four beasts are: __________________________________________
10) The “lion” in premillennial thought is said to represent: _____________________
11) The “eagle’s wings” on the lion are said to refer to: ______________________________
12) Why REJECT these interpretations as completely false (Dan. 7:4, 5, 6Dan. 7:4, 5, 6
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4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it. 5 And, behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and, lo, another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

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13) What is the bear falsely said to represent (Dan. 7:5Dan. 7:5
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5 And, behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

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14) Why REJECT this view? _____________________________________
15) What was the third beast like (Dan. 7:6Dan. 7:6
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6 After this I beheld, and, lo, another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

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16) This beast is often referred to as the nation of Germany.
17) One wild claim is that it must be Germany because this nation has produced “leopard tanks.”
18) The “four heads” are often interpreted as “four German reichs.”
a) Germany had two reichs, there was Hitler’s third reich, and now supposedly a “fourth reich.”
b) The fourth beast had how many horns (Dan. 7:7-8Dan. 7:7-8
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7 After this I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, terrible and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.

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c) False teachers say each horn represents a king and all will one day be joined together.
d) This accounts for much of the talk about a recreated “soviet union” or the “European union.”
e) Right now the European Union has 15 members—that does not fit premillennial doctrine.”
f) They think the number will one day be reduced to ten.
g) They further say one day this power will dominate the entire world—one world government.
h) Finally, it is said from this group a single person will emerge – a skillful politician.
i) This individual (a few think it could be a woman) will be the “beast” or “anti-Christ.”
j) Also false: In the future this leader will lead international forces in attacking Israel in “Armageddon.”

19) People forget that Dan. 7 has the same information as Dan. 2—world kingdoms from the past.
20) What Daniel said was future history for him; for us, it is in the past.
21) Babylon was the first kingdom (lion/eagle) and God said it would fall – 2:39; 5:20-21, 28.
22) In Dan. 2, Babylon was compared to fine gold.
23) After Babylon came another world empire (the Persian Empire). Dan. 5:30-31Dan. 5:30-31
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30 In that night Belshazzar the Chaldean King was slain. 31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

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24) In 538 B.C. the Medes and Persians united together and formed this kingdom).
25) This is the kingdom compared to silver (Dan. 2:32Dan. 2:32
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32 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass,

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) and a “bear” in Dan. 7:5Dan. 7:5
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5 And, behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

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. Compare Dan. 5:28, 31Dan. 5:28, 31
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28 PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

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26) This kingdom lasted until 330 B.C. and then came Greece, the third kingdom (330-323 B.C.)
27) In the image of Dan. 2, this was like “brass” (Dan. 2:39Dan. 2:39
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39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee; and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

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). In Dan. 7:6Dan. 7:6
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6 After this I beheld, and, lo, another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

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it is compared to a: _________
28) The fourth kingdom was Rome (B.C. 31-476 A.D.)
29) See Dan. 2:33Dan. 2:33
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33 its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay.

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and 7:7. There were to be four world kingdoms and no more.
30) These world kingdoms have all come!

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
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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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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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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how is a person saved?

Who saves us?

1) 1 Cor. 9:221 Cor. 9:22
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22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.

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a) Paul said he who was doing “all things.”
b) Did the apostle Paul save people?
c) This is not the only time he made this type of claim.
2) In the previous book (Rom. 11:14Rom. 11:14
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14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them.

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) he said “he” was the one provoking Jews to jealousy.
3) It was HIS work that was causing people to become interested in the gospel.
a) James 5:20James 5:20
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20 let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.

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b) READ
4) Who is converting a sinner from the error of his ways? Who is saving a sinner from death?
5) Paul had a lot to say about the subject of marriage in 1 Cor. 7.
a) In 7:16 he realized that some Christians are married to a non-Christian mate.
6) READ
7) How is the salvation being found? It is through another human being (a Christian mate).
a) How are these people going to find God?
b) The verses presented thus far give us a partial answer: through our hands and lives.
c) In many cases a person is saved by or through a fellow human being.
d) Timothy was told (1 Tim. 4:161 Tim. 4:16
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16 Take heed to thyself, and to thy teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.

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) he could save himself as those who “heard him.”
a) People are not saved by our hands alone.
b) Disciples of Jesus once asked, “Who can be saved” (Lk. 18:26Lk. 18:26
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26 And they that heard it said, Then who can be saved?

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c) What did the Lord say to this question? With God, all things are possible!
d) God sent Jesus into the world and the blood of Christ saves us (Jn. 3:17Jn. 3:17
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17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.

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e) The Holy Spirit has revealed the plan of salvation so man can have forgiveness of sins.
2) Acts 4:12Acts 4:12
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12 And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.

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3) Even the name of Moses (a name that people tried, Acts 15:1Acts 15:1
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15 1 And certain men came down from Judaea and taught the brethren, saying, Except ye be circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

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4) Salvation comes from God and His grace, Acts 15:1Acts 15:1
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15 1 And certain men came down from Judaea and taught the brethren, saying, Except ye be circumcised after the custom of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

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a) A person must “call upon the name of the Lord in obedience” (Rom. 10:13Rom. 10:13
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13 for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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b) 2 Tim. 1:8-92 Tim. 1:8-9
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8 Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God; 9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

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c) God employs mercy to save human beings (Tit. 2:4-5Tit. 2:4-5
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4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5  to be sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed:

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a) The Bible makes a third point. It tells us that man saves himself.
2) Acts 2:40Acts 2:40
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40 And with many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, Save yourselves from this crooked generation.

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a) Peter was certainly involved in the “salvation” process.
b) God was involved in the salvation process because of all the previous references we gave.
3) 2 Cor. 5:202 Cor. 5:20
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20 We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.

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uses similar language: “be ye reconciled to God.”
a) 2 Cor. 6:172 Cor. 6:17
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17 Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,

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b) James 4:8James 4:8
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8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

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c) Rev. 3:18Rev. 3:18
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18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see.

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d) Phil. 2:12Phil. 2:12
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12 So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

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e) Mt. 11:28-2929Mt. 11:28-2929
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28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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f) Jn. 6:27Jn. 6:27
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27 Work not for the food which perisheth, but for the food which abideth unto eternal life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him the Father, even God, hath sealed.

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g) 1 Cor. 9:241 Cor. 9:24
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24 Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain.

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4) Salvation is really a three prong process.
a) God is at the head of it; we cannot be saved without Him.
b) Others help save people.
c) In some respects (see the previous passages) we “save ourselves.”

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

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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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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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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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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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Gave Place Not For An Hour – Gal. 2:4-5

When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Galatia he reminded them that there were those who came into their midst with ulterior motives. In this case there were Jews feigning Christianity in an effort to bring the Gentile Christians into subjection to the Mosaic Law. But Paul says, “we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you” (Gal. 2:5Gal. 2:5
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5 to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

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Since the earliest days of the church this tactic of false teachers sneaking into the church in order to subvert the gospel of Christ has been a problem. The problem then, as it is now, is that far too many congregations did not stand, as did Paul and the church at Galatia.

Paul warned the elders of Ephesus that heinous wolves would come into their midst, not sparing the flock. Even from the eldership men rise up, teaching false doctrines and drawing away disciples after themselves (Acts 20:28-30Acts 20:28-30
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28 Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

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9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision, 11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

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Paul also told Timothy that if a man, “consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness,” and that “from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim. 6:3-51 Tim. 6:3-5
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3 If any man teacheth a different doctrine, and consenteth not to sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but doting about questionings and disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain.

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Most of the problems we face in the church today are because leaders have not followed the commands of God to stop those who preach and teach false doctrines and for the church to withdraw themselves from the same. Likewise we have failed to follow the good example of Paul and the brethren at Galatia to not, even for a moment, give these false teachers an audience to spew forth their heresy.

If we do indeed love the truth, the church, God, the souls of men, and our own souls we will start doing what we have failed to do in the past and turn the tide on the digressive movements in the church and society. Be Faithful! — Tim Dooley

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

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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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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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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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Gal. 2:4-5Gal. 2:4-5
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4 and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

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When good men do nothing

There is an old saying by Edmund Burke that asserts, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This is most certainly true for the lives of Christians. It has been said that if we stand still the world and denominationalism will pass us by. Many of us have seen this happen in our lifetimes regarding the church, truth, doing of good, and the souls of men.

What have we seen good men not do?

Pray (1 Thess. 5:171 Thess. 5:17
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17 pray without ceasing;

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Study (2 Tim. 2:152 Tim. 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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Worship (Heb. 10:25Heb. 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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Edify (1 Thess. 5:111 Thess. 5:11
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11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.

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Support (Acts 20:35Acts 20:35
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35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Love (Matt. 5:43-48Matt. 5:43-48
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43 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44 but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 45 that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? 48 Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Teach (2 Tim. 2:22 Tim. 2:2
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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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Work (John 4:35John 4:35
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35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white already unto harvest.

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Give (2 Cor. 9:72 Cor. 9:7
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7  Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

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Show courage (1 Cor. 16:131 Cor. 16:13
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13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

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Fight (1 Tim. 6:121 Tim. 6:12
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12 Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

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Certainly you could add many more things to this list, but you get the idea. Christianity is to be an active lifestyle, a work, a passion. If good men do nothing, if Christians do nothing, evil will triumph.

However, doing nothing does not remove culpability. Pilate tried to wash his hands and do nothing, but he could have stood for what was right and released Jesus (Matt. 27:24Matt. 27:24
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24 So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; see ye to it.

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). What does this mean for you and I? Well, we don’t have to do any of the things we have mentioned. We can stand by and let evil prevail. If we do don’t be surprised when you suffer evil, loose your home in Heaven and find yourself in eternal damnation with those you allowed to win here on earth. Be faithful!

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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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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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Salvation is not by faith alone

1) When words begin with “mono,” they are typically associated with the idea of “one.”
2) There is the idea of something being single or alone.
3) When we open up the New Testament, we find a word called “monon.”
a) This is an adverb and it means “alone, only.”
b) Mt. 5:47Mt. 5:47
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47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?

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is one illustration of the point we want to make
i) A little later (Mt. 8:8Mt. 8:8
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8 And the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.

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this word is used again), only this time not by the Lord.
ii) Here “only” really means “only” (alone, just this one thing—nothing else required).
c) Listen how Jesus responded to this man’s request – verse 10 of Mt. 8 – READ
i) Why did Jesus command this man’s faith?
ii) It was because this man said just one thing was required.
4) Mt. 9:21Mt. 9:21
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21 for she said within herself, If I do but touch his garment, I shall be made whole.

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– READ
a) The word “but” is our little adverb that is translated “only” in the passages we are citing.
b) In the ASV and the KJV, the text says “but.”
c) In the NKJV, NASB and NIV, the translators used the word “only.”
d) This woman was thinking there was only one thing—just one thing—she she had to do to get well.
5) It is therefore no wonder why Jesus commented about the woman’s faith – verse 22 – READ
6) Acts 18:25Acts 18:25
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25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism of John:

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– READ
a) Rom. 3:29Rom. 3:29
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29 Or is God the God of Jews only? is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yea, of Gentiles also:

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. Here Paul asked a question: is God the God of the “Jews alone”?
b) Is God “only” God for the Hebrews?
c) 1 Cor. 7:391 Cor. 7:39
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39 A wife is bound for so long time as her husband liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is free to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

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. Paul spoke of a widow and said she may want to remarry.
d) He said in a case such as this she could ONLY remarry “in the Lord.”
e) If this passage means what some say it means (she must marry a Christian), ONLY means ONLY.
f) Marrying a non-Christian cannot be done under any set of circumstances.
g) A better explanation is that “in the Lord” means in harmony with the Lord’s will.
h) If a person is divorced, Mt. 19:9Mt. 19:9
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9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.

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says that only the party not guilty of fornication can remarry.
i) If a widow or anyone else wants to marry, it must be ONLY in the Lord – in harmony with God’s will.
j) That marriage must comply with God’s plan outlined in places like Mt. 19.
7) 1 Cor. 15:191 Cor. 15:19
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19 If we have only hoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most pitiable.

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is a second key passage in the First Corinthian letter with the word “only.”
a) What if Christianity would turn out to be untrue?
b) That would mean all of our hopes are false and everything we have believed is a lie.
8) 1 Thess. 1:51 Thess. 1:5
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5 how that our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; even as ye know what manner of men we showed ourselves toward you for your sake.

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is my next text. The gospel did not come in “word only.”
a) Without a written document miracles were needed to “confirm the word” (Mk. 16:20Mk. 16:20
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20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.

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b) Our next verse is 1 Tim.5:13.
c) He said these women could become “idle” (lazy).
d) God said this is not the “only” sin they could commit.
e) They could go from house to house and spread gossip—God does not like gossip.
f) When people choose to engage in one sin, this text suggests that others soon follow.
g) Jas. 1:22Jas. 1:22
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22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves.

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says do not be “hearers of the word only.”
9) Jas. 2:24Jas. 2:24
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24 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.

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and this verse will be read – READ
a) God says a person is NOT saved by “faith alone.”
b) What does the word “only” mean in Jas. 2:24Jas. 2:24
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24 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.

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c) Throughout the Bible we see that alone means “only, by itself, nothing else involved.”

10) Rather than saying man is “saved by faith alone,” it says we are NOT saved by faith alone.
11) Something besides personal faith in God is required. What else is necessary?

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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Receiving the kingdom of God (Hebrews 12:28)

1) Why is the word “receiving” important? ________________________________
2) What does “shaken” remind you of? ___________________________________
3) What errors are refuted by Heb. 12:28Heb. 12:28
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28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:

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4) This “unshakable kingdom” is a key point throughout the Bible. Many spoke of it.
5) What did John the Baptist say (Mt. 3:2Mt. 3:2
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2 Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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6) Who else spoke of it (Mt. 4:23Mt. 4:23
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23 And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people.

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7) Jesus said this message ___________________ be preached (Lk. 4:43Lk. 4:43
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43 But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was I sent.

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8) Who else knew of the kingdom message (Lk. 8:1Lk. 8:1
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8 1 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve,

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9) How “soon” was the kingdom to come (Mk. 1:14-15Mk. 1:14-15
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14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel.

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10) Discuss the expression “word of the kingdom” in Mt. 13:19Mt. 13:19
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19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side.

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11) Compare this to Heb. 4:12Heb. 4:12
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12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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12) The apostles went on a “limited commission” and preached what message (Mt. 10:1, 7Mt. 10:1, 7
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10 1 And he called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of disease and all manner of sickness. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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13) Jesus later appointed ________ (Lk. 10:1Lk. 10:1
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10 1 Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself was about to come.

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9 and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10 But into whatsoever city ye shall enter, and they receive you not, go out into the streets thereof and say, 11 Even the dust from your city, that cleaveth to our feet, we wipe off against you: nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh.

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14) Passages that are impossible to explain if the kingdom of God has not come:
a) Mt. 6:33Mt. 6:33
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33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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b) Jn. 3:3, 5Jn. 3:3, 5
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3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!

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c) Acts 8:12Acts 8:12
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12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

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d) Acts 28:23, 31Acts 28:23, 31
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23 And when they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging in great number; to whom he expounded the matter, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening. 31 preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, none forbidding him.

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15) A kingdom must have four components: a territory, a kingdom, a system of law, and subjects.
16) This is an earthly definition that is certainly consistent with scripture.
17) In the truest sense of the word “kingdom” in the Bible means “the reign/rule/power of God.”
18) This full meaning of the term is reflected in other parts of the letter – Heb. 10:27, 31Heb. 10:27, 31
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27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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19) Part of God’s kingdom (ruler/power/reign) is the kingdom created by Christ—the church.
20) This kingdom is described in both general and specific terms. We start with the general.
a) Dan. 7:13-14Dan. 7:13-14
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13 I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

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b) Fulfilled by Christ – Mt. 28:18Mt. 28:18
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18 And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.

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c) It was to be set up in Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2-3Isa. 2:2-3
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2 And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.

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2 And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem;

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d) Fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost (Lk. 24:46-49Lk. 24:46-49
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46 and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 Ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.

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2 1 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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e) Ps. 2 is Messianic – it predicted a universal reign – Ps. 2:6-8Ps. 2:6-8
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6 Yet I have set my king Upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, Thou art my son; This day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

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f) Fulfilled – Phil. 2:9-11Phil. 2:9-11
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9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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g) The kingdom was to be one of righteousness (Isa. 9:7Isa. 9:7
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7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.

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h) This has been fulfilled – Eph. 4:11-16Eph. 4:11-16
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11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a fullgrown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; 16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.

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

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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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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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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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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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Hebrews 12:28Hebrews 12:28
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28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:

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A Holy Visitor – the pope visits the U.S.

This past week, those who practice Roman Catholicism, and some who don’t, the news media and political figures, were all abuzz with the arrival of the Pope. Visiting with a friend Wednesday I expressed my angst with the moniker given to this man as “the holy father.”

Now there is nothing wrong with referring to another as “holy.” We are commanded to be so. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-161 Peter 1:15-16
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15 but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; 16 because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

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My objection is then not with the word “holy” but with the definite article “the,” and the joining of such with the spiritual title of “father.” Jesus clearly taught that it is not permissible to do so (Matthew 23:9Matthew 23:9
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9 And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in heaven.

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It boggles my mind to think of so many people being so naïve. But when tradition and false doctrine take place of God’s Word, this is always what takes place. There is no difference between this situation and the sad state of those who are part of the polygamist cult in Texas that has been in the news recently.

Truth is we have had a holy visitor. In John 1:14John 1:14
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14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us , full of grace and truth.

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we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (emphasis mine, tld).

Unlike the warm and enthusiastic reception the Roman Catholic Pope received, Christ, “came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11John 1:11
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11 He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.

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11 [For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.]

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Unlike the Roman Catholic leader who rode through our streets in a bulletproof “Popemobile,” Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem seated upon a donkey. Instead of standing before the world (the Pope spoke to the UN the other day) and having the support of his fellowman, Jesus was betrayed and all His disciples forsook Him.

But we have this promise in the same text. That if we will receive Him, reject the will of men, and be born of God, He gives us the power to be the sons of God (vs. 12-13). Will you? Be faithful! Tim Dooley

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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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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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The Purpose of Preaching

This year, I plan on preaching 104 sermons, not counting Gospel meetings, lectureships, Bible classes, private Bible studies, and newspaper articles. But what is the purpose of all this? Believe it or not, preaching does have a purpose.

Preaching should exegete and explain inspired literature. The first Gospel sermon preached by the apostles is found in Acts 2. Luke used 25 verses to record Peter’s sermon. Of these 25 verses, 12 are direct quotes from Scripture. Nearly 50% of the sermon was Scripture. Is that the way it is in today’s pulpits? Many know the “gist” of the Bible, but if that’s all we need, why didn’t God just give us the “gist” of His Will?

Another purpose of preaching is to disturb the audience. Many who heard the first sermon were “pricked in their hearts” (Acts 2:37Acts 2:37
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37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?

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). Peter did not preach in such a way as to leave his hearers feeling good in their sin. Preaching that leaves men satisfied and contented in their sin has no purpose. The primary purpose of preaching is to convert and change people. This can only be done by the Holy Spirit convicting men of sin (John 16:8John 16:8
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8 And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

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), and He does this through preaching of God’s Word (1Corinthians 1:21b).

Preaching must present Christ as man’s only Hope. Preaching must produce conviction. Preaching must cause men to think and to ask questions. Much, and perhaps most, of the division in the religious world today can be attributed to the fact that people do not ask questions or investigate the Scriptures. They are simply content to take someone’s word for it, whether it be a parent, spouse, preacher, priest, etc. We are told that the Bereans were, “noble…in that they received the word with all readiness, and then searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (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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Preaching has many other purposes such as telling men how to be saved; leading men into the Lord’s church; and helping Christians grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. –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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"To Oil, or not to Oil?

The question comes from James 5:14James 5:14
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14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

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which says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

No, we do not need to anoint with oil today, unless it be with “The oil of gladness” (Hebrews 1:9Hebrews 1:9
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9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

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). Oil is representative in our day and time of making the sick as comfortable as possible and using every physical means available that would aid healing.

“But doesn’t the Bible mean what it says?” Certainly, but what exactly does the Bible say?

The Greeks had two words for this, very similar, but still two different words. Ah-lay-thoe, which refers to the common use of oil, and Chree-oh which is used in reference to sacred things such as anointing.

Consider the use of this word “ah-lay-thoe,” also translated “anointed” in Luke 7:38Luke 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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& 46. A woman anointed Jesus’ feet with oil; then Jesus reprimands Simon for not anointing His head with oil. Other passages where “ah-lay-thoe” is translated “anointed” are: John 11:2; 12:3John 11:2; 12:3
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2 And it was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

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; Mark 16:1Mark 16:1
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16 1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.

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, as well as James 5:14James 5:14
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14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

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. Compare those passages with Luke 4:18Luke 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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; Acts 4:27; 10:38Acts 4:27; 10:38
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27 for of a truth in this city against thy holy Servant Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together, 38  even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

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, and Hebrews 1:9Hebrews 1:9
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9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

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, which translate the word “chree-oh” as “anointed,” and you will see the difference in meaning, a difference which cannot be ignored. One cannot use the word “ah-lay-thoe” in reference to the sending of the Spirit upon Jesus or the ceremony of inaugurating a king, etc. The word “Christ” literally means “the Anointed One.” Christian is derived from this word, and both terms are forms of Chree-oh.

All Christians have an “anointing” from God (2Corinthians 1:21; 1John 2:20John 2:20
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20 The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou raise it up in three days?

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& 27). The word in each of these passages is “chree-oh.” It is a sacred anointing. It is NOT the word which James uses in 5:14. He uses the word “ah-lay-thoe” which simply means “an oiling.” “…and let them pray over him, oiling him with oil in the name of the Lord…”

If what the Elders are to do is what the Catholic priest does, that is, put a bit of oil on the eye lids, the ears, the nostrils, the mouth, the hands, the kidneys, and the feet, then James could not use the word “ah-lay-thoe” because what the priest does is supposedly a sacred act. Linskey says that the participle which James uses means that the sick person’s body is to be rubbed with oil just as the nurse now rubs a patient’s body with alcohol. The ancients used olive oil in this way. Isaiah 1:6Isaiah 1:6
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6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.

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used the expression, “mollified with oil” (ASV), “soothed with ointment” (NKJV) in relation to treating bruises, scratches, etc. The good Samaritan applied oil and wine to wounds and bruises (Luke 10:34Luke 10:34
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34 and came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine; and he set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

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). Herod the Great was bathed in a vessel full of oil when he was thought to be near death’s door (Josephus, Ant. 17).

Th oiling was to be done “in the name of the Lord.” Praying was the main act, using oil in the name of the Lord was a second and minor act. Both the imperative and the participle are aorist’s which simply means that single acts are referred to. Also, the imperative (praying) is antecedent to the oiling. That is, “having oiled with oil, let them pray.”

We also note that James writes, “If ANYONE…” This would include women and children. I am of the opinion that when an elder or two came to a woman’s or child’s bedside, some member of the family was asked to apply the oil before the prayers were offered.

The addition of “the name of the Lord” to the application of oil does not make this a sacrament or a ritual, for “all that we do, we are to do in the name of the Lord” (Col. 3:17Col. 3:17
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17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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), and “whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever we do, we do it all to the glory of God” (1Cor. 10:31).

There are other words translated “anointed” in our English versions (e.g.. John 9:6John 9:6
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6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed his eyes with the clay,

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), that have no practical application to this particular topic.

In summary, the application of the oil was preparatory in nature. Using the common word, literally meaning “rub with oil,” James is referring to the common practice of using oil as a means of bestowing honor, refreshment, and grooming. If a person is sick, we should do all we can to comfort them; utilize any medical treatment available; and put it all under the umbrella of prayer. Toby Miller

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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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A sermon on God's grace

1) This morning we want to see engage in a brief study of what God’s grace is and does.
a) God’s grace says punishment can be avoided. His grace encourages us to find forgiveness.
b) God offers great grace to the world, but His grace must be accessed.
c) Once it is accessed, it must be maintained.
d) Acts 13:43Acts 13:43
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43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

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says people must “continue” in the grace of God.

2) Sometimes I get the impression that people view God’s grace as a one-time arrangement.
3) Acts 14:3Acts 14:3
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3 Long time therefore they tarried there speaking boldly in the Lord, who bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

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a) God’s grace is joined with His word.
b) We are not going to find the grace of God unless we open up the word of God.
c) Acts 15:11Acts 15:11
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11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they.

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says salvation and grace go hand in hand. We cannot be saved without grace.
4) Acts 20:32Acts 20:32
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32 And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified.

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a) God’s grace “builds up people.”
b) False teachers build up people by misusing God’s grace.
c) Jude 4.

5) False teachers tell people “It does not matter what you believe.
6) “You may believe what you want because God is a God of grace.”
7) Acts 14:3Acts 14:3
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3 Long time therefore they tarried there speaking boldly in the Lord, who bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

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– God’s grace is joined with His word.
a) Grace and scripture go together.
b) False teachers may build people up with lies and false promises.
c) They use smooth talk to describe a type of grace the Bible never mentions.
d) (Rom. 1:7Rom. 1:7
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7 To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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); (1 Cor. 1:31 Cor. 1:3
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3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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); (1:3), etc.

8) Not only does God want us to have grace, He wants us to “stand” in it. Rom. 5:2Rom. 5:2
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2 through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

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a) Rom. 5:15Rom. 5:15
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15 But not as the trespass, so also is the free gift. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound unto the many.

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says God’s grace is a gift.
b) Gifts are given to people who have a relationship with the giver.
c) Gifts are not randomly passed out to strangers.
d) Grace is given to those who are “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3Eph. 1:3
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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ:

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9) God’s gift of grace is a very great gift – Rom. 5:17Rom. 5:17
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17 For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.

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10) God’s grace is “abundant” (it is more than enough).
11) Christians at Rome thought God’s grace was a pretty good deal but they took things too far.
a) Rom. 6:1-2Rom. 6:1-2
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6 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?

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b) Grace helps us in many ways.
c) Sadly, there are those who do not want to remain in God’s grace.
d) In the Galatian letter (5:4) the apostle Paul spoke of those who “fell from God’s grace.”
12) Paul said “grace through faith” in Eph. 2:8Eph. 2:8
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8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

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. Grace is God’s part; “faith” is our part.
13) Eph. 2:8Eph. 2:8
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8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

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does not say “faith alone.” It says “faith.” Faith involves many things, including obedience.
a) Col. 1:6Col. 1:6
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6 which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

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17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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14) 1 Pet. 1:2, 221 Pet. 1:2, 22
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2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

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a) 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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baptism puts people into Christ – the location of God’s grace.
b) All need God’s grace to avoid eternal condemnation. Have we accessed it?

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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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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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Tit. 2:3: not given to much wine

Many times in the world we find people confused about their “role.” Society has tried to redefine the roles of men and women, and even some religious groups have done a poor job concerning what men and women are to do. God is the creator of all things (Genesis 1-2), the Bible claims to be His word (and there is sufficient proof to believe that the scriptures are the word of God), so we may turn to the sacred writings to learn about the role of men and women.

One passage that does a good job of summarizing what men and women should do is the second chapter of Titus. Here are the first five verses in the second chapter of Titus:

But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine: 2 that aged men be temperate, grave, sober-minded, sound in faith, in love, in patience: 3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; 4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5(to be) sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed: 6 the younger men likewise exhort to be sober-minded:

How should people get along with one another? How should people act towards one another? These verses give us specific information that is easy to follow. In this blog article we want to concentrate on just one item: “enslaved to much wine.” Paul said “aged women” are to be “reverent in demeanor” and not “enslaved to much wine.” The KJV and the NKJV says “not given to much wine.” NIV translators chose “addicted to much wine.”

The key term behind these translations is the Greek word douloo. Readers may be interested in looking at some of the other places this term occurs in the New Testament. For instance, the word is used in Acts 7:6Acts 7:6
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6 And God spake on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land, and that they should bring them into bondage, and treat them ill, four hundred years.

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and there is translated “bondage.” Peter used this word in 2 Pet. 2:192 Pet. 2:19
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19 promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he also brought into bondage.

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when he described the “bondservants of corruption.” Paul used it twice in Rom. 6 to describe “servants of righteousness” (verse 18) and “servants to God” (Rom. 6:22Rom. 6:22
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22 But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life.

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). It is wrong for Christians to be slaves to booze or anything else that is addictive.

Someone might say, “I know that being ‘given to wine’ is wrong, but what if someone just ‘drinks a little.’ Is this okay? What is usually meant by this is “social drinking.” Is it okay for a Christian to be a “social drinker?”

The expression “not given to much wine” does not justify drinking an amount of alcohol that is less than an addictive amount. This is easily demonstrated by a parallel expression. If we are told it is wrong to be “addicted to speeding,” that does not mean we are allowed to “speed a little bit.” If the Bible said we cannot be “addicted to lying” or “given to lying,” that would not mean it is okay to “lie a little.” This expression means the subject being discussed in inconsistent with the Christian faith and must be avoided.

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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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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Tit. 2:3Tit. 2:3
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3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good;

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Premillennialism is false doctrine

There are many premillennial views in our world. Preachers and authors speak of “post tribulation,” “pre-tribulation,” and “a new order,” a “new world government,” the “mark of the beast,” “666,” the “man of sin,” Jesus one day “ruling on the earth,” a “kingdom to be established on the earth,” and a coming “anti-Christ.” From the Catholic Pope to American Presidents, wild religious claims have been made.

If people would simply read their Bibles they would see that all the premillennial theories so zealously preached are false. One of the places where the error of Premillennialism is especially visible is Heb. 12:22-28Heb. 12:22-28
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22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused him that warned them on earth, much more shall not we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven: 26 whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:

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Premillennialism says we should “look forward to a future kingdom.” God says (Heb. 12:28Heb. 12:28
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28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe:

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) that a kingdom has already been established. Who will we believe—premillennial teachers or God?

Premillennialism says everything is still in the future, and they often claim the “near future.” Look at Heb. 12:22Heb. 12:22
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22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,

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– “ye are come unto Mount Zion.” “Come” is a perfect tense verb. The perfect tense means this had happened in the past and the condition (state) was still true (existing). To what had these Christians come? They had arrived at “Mount Zion, the city of the living God.” They had come to the heavenly Jerusalem.”

Is it not incredible to find that people will deny what God has said? Whenever someone says the “best is yet to come,” they contradict Heb. 12:22Heb. 12:22
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22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels,

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. Who wants to trade the “city of the living God” for some type of future life on earth? Why would God want to remove people from the “heavenly Jerusalem” and put them back on the earth? Premillennial thought says Jesus will come back and reign on the earth.

Rather than coming to “set up” the kingdom, the Lord is returning to “give up” the kingdom for He is REIGNING NOW (1 Cor. 15:24-261 Cor. 15:24-26
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24 Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.

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). Jesus IS King of Kings (Rev. 17:14Rev. 17:14
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14 These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful.

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); Premillennialism says He WILL BE King of Kings. God’s word says “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” (1 Thess 4:171 Thess 4:17
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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.

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). Jesus will meet people in the air, not the earth.

There are other reasons to reject Premillennialism, but the preceding information provides enough of an overview to know all premillennial doctrine is wrong. God began putting people in His kingdom more than 2,000 years ago (Col. 1:13Col. 1:13
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13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;

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). Jesus said those in His day would not die before they saw the kingdom come with power (Mk. 9:1Mk. 9:1
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9 1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There are some here of them that stand by, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power.

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). Jesus tell the truth (and thus the kingdom came), or did He not tell the truth? Think of the preaching done by John the Baptist as well as Jesus Himself: “the kingdom of God is at hand?” Did Jesus and John tell the truth or did they not?

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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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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Must we obey God's commands?

“Commands” (the Greek word “Protasso”) 4.6.08

1) READ Gen. 47:11Gen. 47:11
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11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

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a) The word “command” is the word we want to focus our attention on this morning.
b) This word is used 8 times in the New Testament.
c) Before we see how the term is used in the New Testament, we want to study it a different way.
d) About 250 years before Jesus came into the world the Old Testament was translated into Greek.
2) Sometimes it is valuable to study the Greek Old Testament because many of the words are also used in the NT.
3) Next on our list is Ex. 36:6Ex. 36:6
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6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.

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. READ A command is a very serious thing.
4) If it is not followed, a person will often get in trouble.
a) Lev. 10:1Lev. 10:1
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10 1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded them.

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– READ What was the consequence of not following God’s command?
b) Verse 2 tells us – READ
5) God could have punished these men with a fate less than death.
6) A final verse from the Old Testament is found in the book of Deut. 27—Deut. 27:1Deut. 27:1
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27 1 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandment which I command you this day.

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a) In this section of Deuteronomy we read about the “blessings and cursings.”
7) Moses “commanded” the nation to make the right choice – Deut. 27:1Deut. 27:1
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27 1 And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandment which I command you this day.

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8) Even back in Old Testament times people knew God had “commandments.”
9) They also realized something else: ALL God’s commands are to be kept.

WHEN WE STUDY WORDS IN THE GREEK VERSION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (THE TRANSLATION THAT WAS MADE ABOUT 250 YEARS BEFORE JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD), WE FIND MANY OF THE SAME TERMS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN SOME CASES THE DEFINITIONS FOR WORDS IN THE GREEK VERSION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT ARE VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THOSE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN OTHER CASES, SOME WORDS HAVE A DIFFERENT MEANING.

1) With this foundation in mind, let’s go to the first book of the New Testament, Matthew.
a) The passage we want is Mt. 1:24Mt. 1:24
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24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife;

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2) Joseph was “commanded” to be Mary’s husband.
a) God’s commandments stay constant; we see that in our next reference, Mt. 8:4Mt. 8:4
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4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

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b) Moses law is what Jesus spoke of it and it had been given more than 2,000 years earlier.
c) God’s commands do not lose force with time.
3) All God’s commands need to be followed, even if they seem a bit strange.
4) Our next passage that has this term is Mt. 21:6Mt. 21:6
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6 And the disciples went, and did even as Jesus appointed them,

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a) Jesus indicated that His disciples might be asked about their actions (verse 3).
b) Verse 6 is the passage we want – READ
5) I like the KJV in this text because it uses the word “commanded.” Acts 10:48Acts 10:48
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48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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a) Most will recall that in Acts 10 and 11 we have information about Cornelius.
b) This man was a worshipper of God, but he was not a Christian.
c) He was told to call for Peter and listen to some Bible teaching.
d) This was done and the Holy Spirit came to show that Gentiles could also be Christians.
e) When Peter realized it was okay for this man to be a fellow Christian he did something.
f) Notice what is said in Acts 10:48Acts 10:48
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48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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6) Many say baptism is “important” but not required by God.
7) God and His apostles “commanded” baptism. It is not optional. It is not “recommended.”
8) It is absolutely required because it is the final step in the forgiveness of sins, 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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9) Baptism is not the only command of God, but it is one heaven’s commandments.

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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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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Degrees of reward and punishment in heaven and hell

Have you ever wondered if there are “degrees of reward” for those who will go to heaven and “degrees of punishment” for those who will go to hell? Many have; in many Bible classes this has been a “hot topic.” Opinions may be many and strong, but as with any other issue, we must turn to God’s word because only it is an authoritative source for Bible questions.

Studying whether or not there are degrees of reward in heaven should begin with one key point: all the saved receive salvation (i.e. this will be one thing all the righteous have in common). In Heb. 5:9Heb. 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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the Bible says: having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation.

Although all the saved will receive salvation, does the Bible says there will be degrees of reward? The answer to this question is YES! Consider these verses:

Matt 25:14-28: 14Matt 25:14-28: 14
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Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se za?ne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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For (it is) as (when) a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. 16 Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. 17 In like manner he also that (received) the two gained other two. 18 But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. 20 And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents. 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. 22 And he also that (received) the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. 23 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. 24 And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; 25 and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own. 26 But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; 27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. 28 Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents.

In the First Corinthian letter 1 Cor. 3:81 Cor. 3:8
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8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

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says: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: but each shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.

Matthew 6:20Matthew 6:20
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20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. Will all “lay up the same amount of treasure?”

In the book of Hebrews (Heb. 10:28-29Heb. 10:28-29
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28 A man that hath set at nought Moses law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: 29 of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

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) the writers speaks “of how much sorer punishment.” Just as there will be differences in reward, so such will also occur with punishment. In fact, Jesus made this specific point in Lk. 12:47-48Lk. 12:47-48
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47 And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; 48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.

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: Luke 12:47-48Luke 12:47-48
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47 And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; 48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.

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: And that servant, who knew his lord’s will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many (stripes); 48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few (stripes). And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.
For additional verses on this subject, see Rom. 2:6Rom. 2:6
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6 who will render to every man according to his works:

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and Mt. 11:21-22Mt. 11:21-22
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21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

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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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How is Christianity different from other world religions?

Many are familiar with four names: Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed, and Jesus Christ. All four of these historical characters founded three religious movements that have made an impact throughout the world. Of these four characters, however, there is a huge difference between them. Confucius died and is still dead. Buddha and is still dead. Mohammed died and is still dead. Jesus Christ died but is no longer in the grave.

One of the greatest gospel preachers of all time was the apostle Paul. Paul began by strenuously opposing the gospel of Jesus Christ, but later became so supportive of it he was willing to give his entire life for advancing the message of Jesus (Rom. 1:14-16Rom. 1:14-16
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14 I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you also that are in Rome. 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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16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

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). As Paul preached the good news (this is the meaning of “gospel”), he emphasized the resurrection of Jesus. Consider these words from 1 Cor. 15:1-41 Cor. 15:1-4
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15 1 Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand, 2 by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures;

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Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand, 2 by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures.

Is Jesus different from Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed? YES! Only Jesus has been raised from the dead. Too, as Luke wrote in Acts 4:12Acts 4:12
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12 And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.

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: And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved. Since Jesus is “alive and well” (now reigning in heaven), the Bible says 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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that Jesus “ever lives” to make intercession for His people (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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). Seek out Jesus, the “author and finisher” of a person’s spending eternity with God in heaven (Heb. 12:1-2Heb. 12:1-2
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12 1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of 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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), 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 Hell eternal? Is Hell everlasting punishment?

Many wonder if Hell is a real and an eternal place of punishment. Some religious groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to deny the existence of Hell by saying Hell (Gehenna) is simply the “Valley of Hinnom” (a deep cleft just south of Jerusalem). Certainly this valley did exist (in first century times it was a kind of public “garbage dump”) – a place where a fire burned and maggots could be found in abundance. Did Jesus mean people would “end up in a garbage dump” and this punishment was worth losing body parts to avoid (Mt. 18:8-9Mt. 18:8-9
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8 And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire. 9 And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire.

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)? No one can believe that. Jesus used a public garbage dump to illustrate the terribleness of Hell.

Jesus spoke of Hell more than any New Testament author. One of the places where we see Him issuing a severe warning about it is Mk. 9:43-48Mk. 9:43-48
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43 And if thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed, rather than having thy two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire. 44 [where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.] 45 And if thy foot cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life halt, rather than having thy two feet to be cast into hell. 46 [where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.] 47 And if thine eye cause thee to stumble, cast it out: it is good for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell; 48 where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

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. Due to a manuscript variation, some translations contain verses 44 and 46 while others do not. If a Bible translation does have all three verses, the text should be identical in all three places.

• The ASV reads: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
• The KJV says: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
• The NKJV has: where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.
• The NIV says: where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

In Mk. 9:43Mk. 9:43
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43 And if thy hand cause thee to stumble, cut it off: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed, rather than having thy two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire.

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Jesus stressed the awfulness of Hell in yet another way. He said this place is “unquenchable.” In the Greek text this term is “asbestos” (yes, the Greek word asbestos is spelled the same way as the English word asbestos). Used as a Greek word in the New Testament, asbestos means “unquenchable” or “inextinguishable.” Since the fire that used to burn in the garbage dump around Jerusalem is no longer burning (it has been quenched and extinguished), the “Gehenna” Jesus had in mind was not in the land of Israel. He had in mind an eternal place of punishment. Hell is a real place, and it is reserved for those “that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thess. 1:82 Thess. 1:8
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8 rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus:

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). God and the Bible says Hell is real; uninspired men say it is not. Who will we believe?

A final point about asbestos (the Greek word for unquenchable fire in Hell) relates to its origin. Ralph Earle (Word Meanings in the New Testament, One-Volume Edition, p. 42) offers this fascinating insight: “The reported discovery of asbestos is an interesting story. It is told that a man who was burning some wood in his fireplace noticed that a bird’s nest in one of the small branches did not ignite with the wood. Investigators in the forest produced more of the material. Some scientist who knew the Greek gave to the substance the name ‘asbestos.’”

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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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