I grew up in the faith being told to read the Word of God for myself. That by doing this I would grow in my faith and understanding of the truths of scripture. But ironically what is plainly written isn’t enough for some in the Christian faith. Now I am told by some individuals that I can not trust what I plainly see written in the scripture. That somehow I have not grown up in the faith, unless I believe what is not written in the text I have come to put my faith in. Continue reading
There are many reasons to be upset about the latest Supreme Court ruling concerning the definition of marriage. It changes 6,000 years of human history. It is not supported in the constitution. What about religious objectors and their constitutional rights, what will happen to us?
But there is another attack being conducted now that the court has ruled. It is an attack on our ability as a nation to have godly offspring. In the book of Malachi, God is telling Israel that they have violated the covenant of marriage. And in this part of scripture God spells out why He instituted marriage in the first place. He instituted marriage so that He could find godly offspring. Continue reading
In my circles I know a lady that is aware I do not believe that scripture teaches the Calvinist doctrine. To be honest I don’t think she is a full Calvinist either, but this person puts her faith in the once saved, always saved doctrine. She said something along the lines, I just put my hope in what Jesus said in the book of John, He lost none that were given Him. So when Jesus says in John …those that thou gavest me I have kept , and none of them is lost… was He speaking of those person who have and will put their trust in Him as savior? Or was Jesus speaking about something else? Continue reading
A reader by the avatar Las Artes left me a comment on my post The Church of the Living Dead. Please go there and view the entire comment.
I agreed with the comment concerning everything written by Las Artes except at one central point, which needs clarification, since it is central to The Gospel According to the Gospel. Even though my response is directed to Las Artes, it is meant for everyone. We all need to have a correct understanding of when God started to impute men righteousness and the manner in which He does so. Hint, it is not as we are taught in church, “the crucifixion of Jesus brought forth a new gift: the gift of grace”. Continue reading
For far tooooooo long the Christian faith has been putting all of its fruit in one basket. We have been mixing fruit that does no good for the soul with fruit that can see a man unto eternal life. We have been mixing rotten fruit with good fruit.
Unfortunately, pastors are taught in seminary that all fruit mentioned in the Bible is the same kind of fruit and they mistakenly use them synonymously. Pastors lead their congregations into accepting both the bad fruit and the good fruit as evidence of a faith in a believer’s life. They then preach about both kinds of fruit and tell their congregation to live by them both. But this is not what scripture tells us to do.
Let me explain. Continue reading
Many feel that the deposit of the Holy Spirit is the shoe in that they have received their salvation. Ignoring the scriptural teaching discussed in yesterdays post “Salvation the hope”. We so stubbornly want to posses what scripture teaches we have to live our lives out till the end in order to make our hope sure.
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
Speaking of the hope, scripture teaches us we have this hope through the washing rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Is God suffering from duplicity in His word when He mixes saved with the hope of eternal life in the same group of verses? Certainly not, for our God is a God that calls things that are not as if they were, not things that are as if they were not. So we can be confident we have hope of salvation but God can see the finished work long before it is done.
After being included in Christ through our faith in the word of truth, we as believers are set apart by the Holy Spirit which serves as a seal.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
The purpose of this seal is to mark us for the day of redemption. The day Christ comes back to bring us our salvation. This is why it is so important to not grieve the Holy Spirit.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
On the contrary we are to guard this good deposit with the help of the Holy Spirit. For there is a difference between those who guard the deposit of the Holy Spirit and those who grieve the Holy Spirit.
Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
The one who after believing the message of our gospel and received the deposit of the Holy Spirit and yes even the power of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, will die in their sins if they fall away. There is no guarantee that the deposit will bring us to the day of our redemption if we break the seal by falling away from the faith our hope. It is not the Holy Spirit who breaks faith with us, but us with Him when we fall away into disobedience.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
So it is not impossible for someone who has been given the washing or renewal and rebirth by the Holy Spirit to grieve Him so as to offend Him and loose all hope of salvation. This is why we are instructed not to believe in vain.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
We have to hold firmly to what we have in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and this to the end, in order to make our hope sure, or we will have believed and fellowshipped with the Holy Spirit in vain.
 Hebrews 6:11
 Titus 3:5-7
 Ephesians 1:3
 Ephesians 4:30
 2 Timothy 1:14
 Hebrews 6:4-6
 1 Corinthians 15:2
Nearly every believer in Jesus says they are saved. They completely ignore that our New Testament speaks of God calling things that are not as if they were. When confronted by this, we say not in our gospel you don’t.
If Paul was so certain of the fact of the believer’s salvation, why did he tell the believer to put on the hope of salvation for their spiritual armor?
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Why would Paul speak of a hope of salvation to a believer? If these believers had salvation there would be no need for hoping would there? I mean really, who hopes for what he has? Paul even taught nobody hopes for what he has.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Wait for it! We wait for it. Then it must not mean that those who are waiting and looking for the return of Jesus to bring them their salvation, are hoping for Him to save them physically only. It must mean what Paul says, that our salvation is a hope.
Peter even agrees that our salvation is but a hope. For he too says we have been birthed into hope. This hope comes to us through the resurrection of Christ. Peter further says that by our faith we are shielded by God’s power until guess what? Until the coming of salvation, not a tense of salvation, physical salvation but salvation to be revealed in the last time.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Have we forgotten that Jesus is our salvation? That He is to be revealed in all His glory at His coming. Have we forgotten the testimony of Simeon? Jesus is our salvation that is to be revealed in the day of His coming.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
The scriptural teaching of our salvation being a hope that we wait for patiently until the coming of the one who is to bring us our salvation, is agreed to by the writers of Hebrews.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
We all know Christ bore our sins when He came the first time, how is it nearly all of us have somehow missed the teaching in scripture that we as believers have a coming hope of salvation at Christ return? Oh I know how this happened. We ignore the other scriptural teaching that God calls things that are not as if they were when scripture speaks of our hope of salvation as a done deal.
Could this hope of salvation to come to us at Christ return be the reason why scripture over and over again uses certain words? You know like deposit, guaranteed, assurance and heirs. All words that imply something hoped for, longed for, yet not quite possessed by the one doing the hoping.
Because of this hope we are urged not to receive the grace of God in vain.
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
 1 Thessalonians 5:8-9
 Romans 8:24-25
 1 Peter 1:3-5
 Luke 2:30
 Hebrews 9:28
 2 Corinthians 6:1