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)
August 11, 2013
Do Not Allow Sin To Reign
We must not allow sin to “reign” on the throne of the heart! Paul said, “Therefore do not allow sin to reign in your mortal body.” (Romans 6:12) By the grace of God and the knowledge of the scriptures, we are to put sinful practices to death. Paul told God’s people in Colossae, “Therefore put to death your members that are on the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5-6)
God, not sin, should reign in the human heart!
When we were immersed into Christ Jesus we were immersed into his death. We were then raised from the water to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4) The old self has been crucified and should be DEAD. (Romans 6:6) The old acts of sin should not be raised again. Sin is deadly. “The wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Sin creates a barrier between man and God. The barrier is a wall that forbids fellowship with God. In order to have fellowship with God, human beings must walk in the light, meaning living according to the truth. (1 John 1:5-7) Living according to the truth is to walk in the pathway of righteousness.
One of the dangers of allowing sin to reign in the mortal body is this: once sin is allowed to sit on the throne of the heart it is extremely difficult to be dethroned! Why is this true? Because there is pleasure in sin. (Hebrews 11:25) Pleasure seekers revel in sin. Pleasure seeking is one of the “beams“ that forms the basis of worldliness. But God’s word says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world.” (1 John 2:15)
A thing is not right just because it is fun!
Righteous living is fun in the sense that the heart rejoices in knowing that doing the right thing pleases God. That is true pleasure!
The crucifying of the old self indicates the radical change that takes place in a person’s life when they obey the gospel. Repentance is not merely sorrow for sin, but it is a change of mind with regard to sin, and as a result a change of life follows! A person who persists in sin has not repented. This is true with regard to any sin.
The Holy Spirit guided Paul to write about who will not inherit the kingdom of God. He lists them-
- the sexually immoral,
- those who worship idols,
- males who engage in sex with males,
- the greedy,
- people who are verbally abusive,
- and swindlers. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Such people can and must change. They must cease the practice of those sins and all other sins. If they die bearing the guilt of sin, according to God they die lost, and will be cast into the lake that bums with fire and sulphur. (Revelation 21:8)
There is room in the heart for one king, and that king is the deity. “Consecrate Christ as Lord in your hearts: already ready to give answer to every person who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15) When sin reigns it creates both an illusion and a delusion. The illusion creates an erroneous perception of the reality about sin. The delusion deceives a person into believing sin does not have deadly consequences.
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