January 19, 2014
Great Bible Doctrines
The sacred scriptures contain many great doctrines. They are central to our understanding of the Bible itself, and our part in God’s plan for humanity. Let us explore some of the “Great Bible Doctrines.”
- Salvation from sin is one of the great doctrines of the holy writings.
Sin is a reality of human existence. All (that is, Jews and Gentiles) have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 6:23) Sin is not inherited from Adam, Eve, or anyone else. Sin results when a person violates the will of God. (l John 3 :4) Unforgiven sin results in spiritual death. (Romans 6:23; James 1:14-15) The final irreversible condition into which the wicked will find themselves is called the second death. It consists of the casting of the wicked into the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. (Revelation 20:14-15; 21:8) The sinner must be forgiven or they will be punished!
The remedy for sin is forgiveness which is is based on God’s love, grace, and mercy. (Ephesians 2:4,5,7,8,9) God forgives sinners when they meet the conditions of forgiveness that are detailed in the New Testament. In general terms, a person must obey the gospel of Christ. (Romans 10:16) Those who do not obey the gospel will be punished. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) The alien sinner obeys the gospel when they believe (John 3: 16), has a radical change of mind (Acts 17:30), acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Messiah (Romans 10:10) and is immersed into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
After a person is immersed into the Lord Jesus, they must be faithful in all aspects of life. They must be holy in body and mind. (1 Peter 1: 14-16) Their words must be pure. (Ephesians 5:25-29) They must worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:24; Philippians 3:3) They must be courageous and never disown their Lord. (Revelation 21:8)
They must pray constantly. (Colossians 4:2)