Tuesday, July 17, 2018

DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR!


FAILURE TO BELIEVED GOD RESULTS IN SIN!

GOD SAID:
Genesis 2:16-17 - And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat:  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it:  for in the day that you eat thereof, you shalt surely die.

SATAN SAID: 
Genesis 3:1, 4-5 - Now the serpent . . . said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? - - - And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die:  for God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

BELIEVING GOD RESULTS IN REPENTANCE!

Jonah 3:4-10 - And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing:  let them not feed, nor drink water:  but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God:  yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not.

BELIEVING GOD RESULTS IN SALVATION!

John 3:14-18And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believes on Him is not condemned:  but He that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of God.

Acts 16:29-34Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and (your household).  And they spoke unto him the Word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his (household), straightway.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his (household).

Romans 10:9-13That if you shall confess with thy mouth (that you have faith in) the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, Whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the (Gentile):  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all who call upon Him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

BELIEVING GOD RESULTS IN BECOMING RIGHTEOUS!

Romans 3:20-22Therefore by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the Law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God (apart from) the Law is manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe....

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 - Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God.  For He has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin;  that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

James 2:23 - And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:  and he was called the Friend of God.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE!  
YOU CAN BELIEVE CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD, 
OR ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD!  
YOUR ETERNAL DESTINY DEPENDS ON YOUR CHOICE! 

BUT SAVING FAITH COMES BY HEARING, 
AND BELIEVING THE WORD OF GOD!

Monday, July 16, 2018

A SIMPLE GUIDE TO DISPENSATIONS!


A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO DISPENSATIONALISM!

The Bible uses the term "dispensation" four times:
         1 Corinthians 9:17For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward:  but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed unto me.
       Ephesians 1:10That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.
       Ephesians 3:2If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you.   
       Colossians 1:25-26Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God; even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.  

The Greek word translated "dispensation," is οἰκονομία (oikonomia).  This same word is translated "stewardship" three times:
       Luke 16:2-4 - And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee?  Give an account of thy stewardship; for you may be no longer steward.  Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do?  For my lord takes away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

The King James Dictionary has this definition of the word "dispensation":  "An Arrangement of Things; a Scheme."  Ironically, it says that the word "stewardship" does not appear in the KJV! However, it does define "steward" as:  "Manager."

Middletown Bible Church (http://middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch1.htm) had this to say about the two words:
       The Greek word for "DISPENSATION" is the word oikonomia (compare the English word "ECONOMY"). This Greek word is actually made up of two words: 1. oikos=house 2. nomos=law. Thus the word means, "the law of the house, house-law."
       A steward is a "household manager." He is one who looks after the goods and property of another. He takes care of that which belongs to another.  [In other words, a faithful steward carries out the wishes of the one in authority over the property he oversees.]

I believe there are seven dispensations in the Scriptures; each begins with God's instructions and ends with mankind's failure to carry out His instructions:
       INNOCENCE - Don't eat that fruit! - Adam ate the fruit!
                               - Adam kicked out of the Garden of Eden; death!
       CONSCIENCE - Populate the entire earth! - Mankind clustered around Babel!
                                 - God divided mankind by language groups!
       HUMAN GOVERNMENT - Maintain civil order! - Mankind was totally wicked!
                                                    - God destroyed them in the Flood!
       THE PATRIARCHS - Trust Me in the land! - Trusted Pharaoh in Egypt!
                                          - Four hundred years of Egyptian bondage!
       THE LAW - Obey My commandments! - Murdered God's Son!
                          - God temporarily set aside Israel! 
       THE CHURCH - Be unified and win the lost to faith in Christ! - Denominations!
                                  - God ends the age of grace with grace:  the Rapture!
       THE MILLENNIUM - Obey Jesus Christ! - Will form an army to fight Him!
                                           - The army destroyed and the Great White Throne Judgment!

WARNING:  
WE ARE NOW IN THE CHURCH AGE, BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
DON'T LET THE CHURCH'S FAILURE PREVENT YOU FROM TRUSTING CHRIST!
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!






Sunday, July 15, 2018

"WOE": A WARNING OF CONSEQUENCES!


A FEW OF OVER A HUNDRED "WOES" IN THE BIBLE:


Proverbs 23:29-30Who has woe?  Who has sorrow?  Who has contentions?  Who has babbling?  Who has wounds without cause?  Who has redness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

Isaiah 3:11-12Woe unto the wicked!  It shall be ill with him:  for the reward of his hands shall be given him.  As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O My people, they which lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.

Isaiah 5:20 - Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 29:15 - Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who sees us?  And who knows us?

Isaiah 30:1Woe to the rebellious children, said the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.

Jeremiah 22:13 - Woe unto him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that uses his neighbor's service without wages, and gives him not for his work.

Jeremiah 23:1 - Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture, says the LORD!

Matthew 18:7Woe unto the world because of offences!  For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes!

1 Corinthians 9:16For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of:  for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!

Revelation 12:9-12And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea!  For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.

WOE!  A WARNING FROM JOHN 8:24!

JESUS SAID, YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS:
FOR IF YOU BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM,
YOU SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS!