Of all the primary steps of obeying the gospel, faith, repentance, confession and baptism, all are said to be “unto” or “toward” salvation, God, Christ and the remission of sins; whereas of baptism alone is it declared that it is “INTO Christ.”
The natural man finds it very difficult to receive spiritual things, due to his inherent preoccupation with the mechanics of them, the “how” of everything. Nicodemus’ question is therefore one of remarkable interest to all. How persistently man probes every mystery!
The Holy Spirit is the blessed Spirit, a member of the GODHEAD, who takes up residence in Christian hearts in consequence of their being sons of God (Galatians 4:6), and in fulfillment of the apostolic promise of such an indwelling to all believers who will repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38f), and is thus identifiable as the “Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).
The verbal prophecies, numbering some 333, foretold the coming of the Messiah in such detail and clarity that hardly any phase of our Lord’s life and character was omitted.
Paul mentions, in Romans 13, a spiritual condition called “SLEEP,” and his call for people to AWAKEN out of it provides strong emphasis upon the dangers of such stupor.
There are four things mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1, which belong to the Christian by virtue of his being “in Christ.” Satan, death and hell have no claim on the one who is “IN CHRIST!”
A mere glance at these included names and titles for Christ Jesus, taken from the Holy Bible, cannot fail to impress any thoughtful student of God’s Word.
Our entire neighborhood was once rolling hills of pasture and farmland. A couple of years ago, a kickball accidentally landed in a dense stand of trees, vines, thorns, and weeds, at the back of our property.
The key to understanding the Old Testament is JESUS CHRIST!
When the seed is planted, and it lands on good soil, the Lord can do beautiful things with it, and the Christian servants it yields are for GOD’S GLORY, not mine or anyone else’s.
“I am the bread of life” is one of the SEVEN great “I AM’S” of John.
The entire teaching of Christ is oriented to the doctrine of the resurrection.
I found this on one of my journeys to the great state of Florida.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Remember when you were young, how dark woods were frightening, and the open closet door across your bedroom held unknown terrors, or of the creepy things hiding under your bed?
Finally! Someone has written a book that is long overdo for the over indulgent parents of this country. Across the Earth, far too many people in every society have been mentally conditioned, their environments prepped, and attitudes altered for our “modern” world.
The whole dispensation of the kingdom of Christ until the final judgment, embracing all of the time between the First Advent of Christ and the Second Advent of Christ culminating in the Final Judgment of all men, is repeatedly mentioned in Revelation.
Just like in my Dad’s restoration job, we need to have the attitude that sin and self and self-glory need to be completely stripped away so the hand of the Maker can be seen and He can be glorified in our lives!
The fact that a Christian has been called of God and is equipped for service by the gift of the Holy Spirit does not eliminate the necessity for strenuous effort.
The love of Christ has nothing to do with the worldly concept, but when you define love as Jesus does, the then title works!
Our lives get busy, the day grows long, perhaps we’ve binged more than we care to admit, and before we know it is time to go to bed. Have we remembered to pray throughout the day?