Baptism

Black man baptizing three others

Baptism

A lady asked a question.   She asked the question “Can baptism deny you the Kingdom?”  Different types of “churches” have varying modes of “baptism.”  Some sprinkle, some pour, and some immerse.  Some baptize infants; others baptize older children and/or adults.  And there are groups which even “baptize” on behalf of those deceased.  Then others tell us it is not an important thing and therefore practice no baptism at all.  

Consequently, history reveals that baptism has been the most divisive issue throughout the present age.  Our Baptist forefathers paid dearly for their stand upon the Bible truth of baptism.  Many focus on the “act” of baptism rather than Salvation itself.  Set aside any preconceived notions and see exactly what the Bible teaches.

Also, a smart lady ask this question, “can baptism deny you the Kingdom?”  I would like to share with you my direct response to her”, and remember to keep the Bible in context as you go along.  Also, it is our Christian duty to study God’s Word to show ourselves approved, a workman that needs not be ashamed.  

A man baptizing another man

The Response

  Furthermore, you offered a question that many may be confused about, and a very legitimate question.  You asked, “Can baptism deny us the kingdom?”  Most importantly, the answer is “No.”  Non-belief will deny you the kingdom, and nothing else. 

Evidently, many have mistakenly taken Baptism out of context through the centuries by tradition equating it to Salvation.  Furthermore you can be baptized a thousand times and all you get is very wet.   

     Baptism is not Salvation.  Salvation requires us to believe that.   The shed blood of Jesus Christ was the propitiation for our sin.  That is what cleanses us, not water.  Rather, baptism shows the world we belong to Christ.  

If anyone has questions on Baptism please contact me and we will show you what the bible says.  Thanks.  

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The Bible Way

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The Bible Way

God’s Holy Word

God’s Holy Word, the Bible, which bible to choose has been a controversial subject for centuries.  The best advice this author can give, especially for people just starting their religious studies or journey, is to first take the advice of someone very experienced in scripture until you have taken the time to research if that person is correct or not according to facts, historical facts.   If you like history, you will find the study of the history of the bible very interesting.  The advice this author can give from His many years of experience until proven wrong is this:  use the Authorized King James Bible while you’re doing your own research until you are convinced it is the true Word of God.  It has never been proven wrong.

Are there  mistakes in the KJV?

Yes, some have said that it contains mistakes in it, but the people claiming that are the ones containing mistakes.  They may be referring to some grammatical changes the King James Bible committees made before its first publication for easier reading and understanding, but there are no contextual mistakes as there is in all modern-day versions.  It is critical in the day we live for the bible student to recognize falsehoods or lies when they see them. Only Satan is the author of confusion which he has been doing for centuries trying to destroy God’s Word.  ALL modern-day versions must come from somewhere so where do they come from?  They all come from the King James Version.  It’s just that they were then corrupted by adding too and taking away from like the bible says NOT to do.  The brilliant scholars caused this. 

It is pathetic how the modern-day versions and translators have corrupted the Word of God.  On the next page I have a chart of how and when the corruption started.  When you look at the chart, notice there are only two bibles in the world, or should I say two lines of text.  There is the Antioch text line, and then there is the Alexandrian text line.  You the reader is welcome to study this out.  ALL modern-day versions come from the Alexandrian line, and the King James comes from the Antioch line.  The modern day “perversions” was borrowed and then corrupted FROM the Antioch line. Many corruptions have begun in the last few centuries.

What We See

A cross laying on a bible

This author sees corruption creeping into the churches, even some of the Independent Fundamental churches.  It is happening because of “political correctness” and the “good ole boy” syndrome.  What do I mean by that?  If people are friends with pastors whether they are speaking biblically correct, they stand for the incorrect speaker before they will stand for the truth.  Another word for that is “compromiser.”  People compromise the truth for friendship. There is more of that going on than you might imagine.  I support biblical pastors, but if one says something that is not biblical, I’d rather go by what the bible says.  Men can be wrong, God is ALWAYS right.  When you look at it a little closer it is not what we think, but what God says that is truth. 

The Average Layman    

I ask the average layman this, have you taken the time to observe what leaders of the church and elsewhere are speaking and how it lines up with the Word, or are you just not that interested?  If we don’t study “truth” how will we know deception and lies when they come around?  Please observe the chart on the next page. 

Corruption in the Church

Corruption is creeping into the church.  Let me give you an example.  Since everything is based off the words of the King James, the NKJV or New King James is being touted as one of the grandest bibles around, since it comes from the King James.  What the average lay person is not aware of, is that it also has been corrupted by the modern day so called “scholar.”  The following words are omitted: “Lord” 66 times, “God” 51 times, “heaven” 50 times. Besides, “fornication” 23 times, “repent” 44 times. Also,“blood” 23 times, “hell” 22 times, “devil” 26 times, “Jehovah” entirely, “new testament” entirely, damnation” entirely, “soul” 137 times.

As you can see on the chart protestants came from the Antioch line, but the Independent Baptists are not “protestants.”  Many of the “protestants” have corrupted the Word.  I think it is somewhat humorous when people carry on and on about “racial” this and “racial” that.  I’m aware of my biblical race. If we are not “Jewish” then we are “Gentile.”  I know I am a Gentile that has been “grafted” into the family of God.  I’m thankful for that race.  Regardless of your race, if you are a “saved Gentile” you belong to the Lord.  When it is all said and done, that is all that matters. A day is coming when race is irrelevant.  Think about that for a while.   

Justification 

How can anyone justify any such deletions?  All that change in the bible they claim they are making the bible easier to read than the King James.  That is not true.  They remove simple words and replace them with more difficult words.  Tested were the reading levels of all the versions. The easiest to read was the King James. But, once again, people will believe a lie before they will the truth, and most people will claim the King James is hard to read and it is just not true.

What the bible requires is “study”, not just reading.  But that requires effort, which many do not want to pursue because it might require sacrifice of time and effort.  God has never claimed that being a Christian would be easy no more than it was easy for Christ to walk up Calvary.  You can have the bible memorized from front to back and it is not worth a plug nickel unless “obedience’ is there.  That is the whole purpose of scripture, is obedience.

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Truth or Lie

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Truth or Lie

Comparisons

 

Why Jesus truth?  The whole universe falls under two categories.  Anything you mention is either of the truth or it is certainly in the lie category.  Our faith and our lives are lived and operate by the “Truth” or a “Lie.”  It does not matter what you mention it falls under one of those headings.

Which do you believe, the truth or a lie?  Do you know that even more of people will believe a lie before they will the truth?  That is certainly sad but it is true.  That statement is not according to me, most importantly, but according to what God communicated to mankind through His Word.  The Lord, Jesus Christ said, most noteworthy, “I am the way, the truth, and the light.”  Therefore we can believe Him when He says that certainly.  And Satan is “the father” of all lies.  Finally, in contrast, we either believe the truth or we believe a lie.

Truth Benefits

The “truth” will be beneficial to you or help you and a lie will always harm you.  First of all, had you rather be harmed or benefited?  It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, besides did you know most people bring about their own misery.  Many do not want to hear that because they look at themselves as doing no wrong, rather many are in for a “rude awakening.”  

Did you know that God don’t lie?  He has never told a lie.  The truth He shared with us in the Bible of His Son Jesus is something you can believe.  It is not a fairy tale like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.  Furthermore, I’ll give you a few examples of “truth” and “lie”, although their are literally millions of examples in everyday life, certainly.

Example

The word honesty

For example, this is going to touch a nerve with a  lot of people certainly.   A local television station promotes breweries daily.  Why?  For one thing, profit certainly.  Beer companies pay the station big bucks for advertising their beer. Then, they receive a large profit from the advertisements as a result. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.   

Lies

You tell me the answer to these questions.  Is beer good for your body?  The answer is no, because it can destroy the flesh through liver disease or causing accidents through drunkenness, most importantly.  The bible says in Galatians 5:21 – Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  I did not say this, God did.  

Beer therefore being good for you would fall under the “lie category,” because, believing a lie will harm.  The truth is what the bible says.  The truth will benefit you.  Stay away from beer and it will benefit you.  I want to ask you a question.  Do you live by lies or the truth?  

Does the TV stations not realize there are other folks that find that offensive to their belief system?  You can call me a nut if you wish, I am screwed on the right bolt.  Your beer and what you think will not change the truth.  The truth will stand for all eternity.  It is a matter of obedience and believing God.  Some call that faith.  Most importantly, it is funny when anybody speaks “truth” they suddenly become the “bad guy.”

The Devil : the father of lies

The word lies

This is only one example, there are millions more where the “truth” always wins out.  The devil will lie you right into Hell!  A day is coming, most importantly, the bible says, when every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess who is “Lord”, as a result of this “truth” we have been sharing on this post. 

Have you ever really contemplated on having more peace in your life?  You can visit another post on this website titled Peace.” Consequently, we need to maintain an attitude of trying to keep the peace among our brothers and sisters in Christ, but likewise among those we meet along the way.

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Use of Biblical Language

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Use of Biblical Language

I will try to simplify before moving on with the lesson.  Now I am talking about saved individuals, those that claim to belong to Christ.  Let us say that an individual that is saved decides to sin, which by the way is a choice.  Watch my hands; after he commits the act he says Lord, I repent.  Guess what, that is not enough. 

You say, Buddy have you lost your mind, that is not what the Bible says.  That is correct, that is not what the Bible says. But the Bible does say this; once you say, Lord I repent, there has to be a turning away and going another direction from that sin.  There has to be a change of mind, a turning away.  We cannot say, I repent, and keep repeating the same sin. That is not true repentance. 

True Repentance

Before my lesson this morning I would like to share a conversation I had the other day on the topic of when people sin.  I should have expanded a little on a conversation I had regarding rewards and how that is associated with the Kingdom, or the thousand year Millennial Reign of Christ. 

What time we serve the Lord in this life we will be rewarded for that.  A lot of folks have never experienced true repentance.  That is why they lay down on God.  That is why they are not dedicated to God.  Repentance is an individual word in scripture that people like to avoid.  Why?  Because they enjoy hanging on to their sin.  They don’t really have a true heartfelt repentance. 

They might want to use that sin again sometime.  That is why people do not wish to get saved, or come to church like they should.  I will not repent of my slackness, I might want to lie out of church again next week, or Sunday night, or Wednesday night. We use repentance as a bi-word or secondary word, instead of a primary word.  

Two hands

Truth or Lie

Now folks we are going to switch gears here a little bit, because I would like to share with you how critical it is to learn how to recognize the difference between the truth and a lie.  Individuals in the day we live are being flooded with lies. 

Now I do not know if you have noticed or not on the local level, but the devil is trying to destroy individuals, families, and even churches.  He knows his time is short.  But we, as a unified body of believers in one accord cannot let that happen. 

Why?  Because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. And sad to say there are many in the world that paints a pretty picture and is constantly handing the child of God a lie.  And it is critical in the day we live that we go by what He says, and not by what the false Bibles say, not by what some theologians say, not by what the Charismatics say. 

Belief in God

Here goes with my two comments.  Did you know that there can be a belief in God and not be saved?  Besides showing you the proof in the scriptures I see it all the time in the witnessing booth.   Did you know that there can be a belief in God, and still go to Hell?  I hear people in the booth all the time say, “Well I believe in God”.  Here is another example of people quoting the Bible, and taking things completely out of context. 

Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  Why do they tremble? Because they know they are going to Hell.  Now look at John 3:16, scripture that almost everyone knows.  Here is where the Charismatics get messed up, by saying oh I believe in God.  Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Begotten Son

Different words

The only BEGOTTEN SON

You see, something many Charismatics have never done is believeth in the “only begotten Son”, which in itself is proof of the Trinity. 

 OK, here comes another shocker, get ready.  Did you know there are many Charismatic Christians?  Did you know there have been people that believe in God, that join a church, get baptized, and still are lost. 

Do you know why?  Because they do not believe in the finished work of the cross.  They believe, but they have never received.  You have to receive what you believe.  Oh Buddy, what do you mean by that.  You can believe the gospel all day long, but until you repent of your sins and receive Him as your personal savior, then it won’t do you any good.

We never know the heart

 I also know because I have witnessed it with my own eyes.  I do not doubt anyone’s salvation, but to make my point, I saw a deacon’s wife believe in God, join the church, get baptized, was faithful for 30 years and later get saved.  Why?  Because she did not receive what she believed to begin with.   

I’ve been in the booth; I take the Charismatic down the Romans Road.  They look at me and say, oh, I believe, I’m just not ready yet.  Their belief is not very deep.  Why is it not very deep?  Is there still hope for that individual?  Only if he gets under the right Word and the right teaching. 

Cross on a hill

Charity  

As I study scripture and listen to other preachers and read different books on scripture I notice something going on in the day we live that is happening on a grand scale even among some Baptist churches.

I see so called men of God not following, the example that the Apostle Paul set before us regarding the use of the English language, the proper interpretation of it, simply because a lack of a thorough and deep study in the Word.  Regardless of what many men claim, I have a peace settled in my soul because of the accuracy of the King James Bible.

Never limit English

This verse is misunderstood a lot of times because of limiting the English language.  We are guilty of that a lot of times.  We will limit what a word says without going to a dictionary to find out if it has other definitions.  A lot of English words have a multitude of definitions, and some of them actually cancel each other out.  Some words have a positive and a negative definition. 

Two arms touching

Let me give you an example:  3 – The word Replenish in Genesis 1; it’s not re-plenish it is replenish. If you look it up in a dictionary the primary meaning is to fill up. 

The secondary meaning is to refill.  We usually use the word in terms of its secondary meaning and yet the primary meaning means to fill up the first time.  Which definition you go with is going to make all the difference in the interpretation of Genesis 1.

Let

The primary definition of the word Let, is to hinder.  Today we don’t generally use it that way, you very seldom find anybody using it in a negative sense.  Most of the time when we say let we mean allow; that’s the secondary meaning of the word in the dictionary.  The primary meaning is to hinder.  Now, back to 1Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 Though can mean something is certain.  Paul says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels”.  That could possibly mean that he does do that, and the Charismatics interpret it that way. 

Tongues

I heard a charismatic say one time, “Paul said he spoke with the tongues of men and of angels, that is not what Paul said.  That is a misinterpretation, a misuse of the word.  It not only can mean that something is certain, it  also can mean that something is possible but hypothetical, in other words the same as saying “even if”.   That’s the way it’s used here as a possibility. 

Old church

Lev 25:35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.

Trust God

He said though He slay me yet will I trust in Him, well did God kill Job?  No, He didn’t so it was a hypothetical if situation.  He was saying even if He killed me I’m still going to trust Him.  That’s what he meant by the word though.

Look at Pro 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

Well has hand joined in hand against God?  No it hasn’t, but even if it did, they wouldn’t go unpunished.

The word Though can mean plain old If.  That’s the way it was translated in Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me 

Compare Scripture

In God We Trust

That’s the same as saying not as if I’d already attained.  If you’d take your Bible and compare Scripture with Scripture, every Word of God, man must live by every Word of God. 

I can define the word here and if it looks like it means something that I know is contradictory to what the Bible teaches elsewhere, in this case about tongues.  

I hope you can see the importance of every word in scripture.  Just like God uses the word shall.  He that believeth on Him shall have everlasting life.  That whosoever believeth in Him should have eternal life, well do you have it or not if you believe on Him?  You do, so God uses the word should as an absolute certainty, not the way you generally use the word. You say so and so should do this, you mean that’s what they ought to do and they’re not necessarily going to. 

Use Your Dictionary

Now, that’s the key to getting proper interpretation is finding out what words mean.  If words don’t mean what they mean, then you don’t have any foundation of truth at all.  God wants you to know the truth. 

Cross in the sky

God said He would preserve His Word, He has and He will.  I like what Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.  If we are to be more Christ like, it is our Christian duty to preserve His Word and not fall for anything the world sends our way. 

Don’t let the world or the Devil try to shame you in calling you one of those King James nuts!  

Foundation of Truth

Do you have any foundation of the truth?  Folks, we have to live by every word.  You have to get that definition.  That is why sometimes we have a little trouble witnessing to cultists.  It is a matter of defining terminology.  I do not do this in a witnessing booth, but I have seen people that do.  

You ask a Mormon, do you believe in Jesus?  Yes, I believe in Jesus; he does not mean what you mean. 

ortance of being in the right word, the right Bible.  As a disciple of Christ, as an ambassador of Christ, as a witness for Christ, you’d best be on the same boat as he is, the Gospel Ship of Truth.  Do not corrupt Christ; do not shame His precious Word. 

Paul is not saying that he speaks with tongues of men and of angels, he’s saying if he did that, that’s a hypothetical situation, if he spoke with tongues of men and angels and without charity he’s nothing but sounding brass and tinkling symbols, that’s all he’s saying. 

Interpreting Scripture

Multicolored Jesus

Now we’ve seen the importance of correctly interpreting the scriptures.  And it is much easier if you’re in the correct literature to start with.  Here is something I never ever practice.  I will never use a comparison Bible.  Why?  Because I don’t need it.  I do not start with a lie, and try to make sense out of it with the truth.

The NIV takes the deity away from Jesus Christ.  The King James says that God was manifest in the flesh.  The NIV reads he appeared in a body.  The NIV perverts the virgin birth, it removes the blood of Jesus Christ. It removes major portions of 147 verses. It takes away 64, 576 words from scripture.  If you wish to know what God says about that read Deut. 4:2, where he says do not add to or take away from his word.  Not counting the Book of Revelation. 

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Knowing God’s Will

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God’s Will

Knowing God’s Will

A recent survey revealed that in an average Bible Believing, independent Baptist Church, maybe 40% of the members know God’s will for them, 48% want to know God’s will, and the remaining 12% are unconcerned.  The twelve percent either just do not know, do not care, or have not really given any thought to the matter. 

Very few people today can actually say today that they know the will of God for them personally.  Romans chapter 12 discusses the will of God and how to know.  So hopefully this lesson will enlighten us a little bit as to what we need to know to understand this better.

 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. 12: 1

 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom 12: 3

A woman kneeling on a rock

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: Rom. 12: 4

The Formulas

Verses one and two give the formula for knowing God’s will.  There are other things involved in a full knowledge of God’s will.  For example, circumstances have a part in the will of God.  Circumstances involve God working things out in a given situation to guide His servant, (which would be you).  Yes, since we have become saved, we are now a servant of Jesus Christ.  Why are we a servant of Jesus Christ?  Because if we want blessings in our life, and also in our eternal home, heaven, we are to serve Him, and obey Him in all things.

Other Christians, wiser than ourselves, can often help us in ascertaining the will of God.  God can use many different ways to reveal His will to an individual.  Consequently, when we speak of a certain “formula”, there may also be many other factors involved.  Be that as it may, the principles found in Romans 12 must be operating in one’s life if he or she is to really know God’s will for them.

Consider this basic formula for knowing God’s will.  Paul says, “I beseech you” in verse 1.  Beseech means to beg or plead with someone.  The apostle is begging us to do something.  That something must certainly be worthy of our attention for him to beg us.  We need to pay attention and see what it is.

Look at verse 1 again.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God.”  Paul calls our attention to something that should motivate us to want the will of God in our lives.  A man in deep thought

A Living Sacrifice

Paul says to “present your bodies a living sacrifice” That is exactly what the three Hebrews did in Daniel 3:28, when Nebuchanezzar made the golden statue. 

They said, (Dan 3:16-17), “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver (us) out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”  They sais God was able to deliver them, but if He chose not to, they would still serve Him.  They yielded their bodies that they would not bow down to any God except their own.

That is what Paul is beseeching Christians to do:  “present your bodies a living sacrifice.”  That is, we are to take ourselves, ourselves totally, and give ourselves to God.  

Paul Says

A woman leaning on a tree

Look at Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 

That is a command.  That is what Paul is begging us to do in chapter 12.  He pleads in chapter 12what he commanded in chapter 6.  Our members are the parts of our bodies.  We are to yield, or present, them unto God, as instruments of righteousness.  God wants us to verbally and consciously commit ourselves to Him.  He wants us to yield our members to God through prayer.

God, I give you my eyes that they might look for you and see the needs of people that you might minister through me to those people.

The little member that needs yielding the most is the tongue.  It causes more trouble than any other member.

 Jam 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

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The “Tongue” Defies

Jam 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

The Bible says that in the tongue is the power of life and death (Pro. 18:21).  If every Christian would completely yield his tongue to God, everything he had would be God’s.  James says (1:26) if a man does not bridle his tongue, his religion is vain.  If one can control his tongue, he has control of the whole body. (James 3:2)

Eli in the Old Testament is an illustration of this perfect yielding to God.  He had a lot of problems, mainly in his own family.  He was not good in the discipline and training of his sons.  Because of that, the curse of God came on Eli’s family.  

Disobedience

Now, there was a man to whom God said, “I’m going to cut your family off.  You’ll have no descendants in Israel at all, because of your disobedience in raising your sons in a godly manner.”  When Eli received that negative message from God, he said (1st Sam. 3:18), “It is the Lord: let Him doeth what seemeth Him good.” That is total submission to the will of God. 

Had he submitted to God like that 25 years earlier, God would not have had to curse his family.  Had he yielded himself as a father to God, to be used of God the way God wants a father to be, then he would not have had serious problems with his sons later.  God would not have had to destroy his family.  Finally he came to a point in his life where he totally submitted to God, but it was too late to salvage his family.

Is that not the way it is with a lot of Christians?  They wait until their children are grown, gone astray, and on their way to hell, before they finally wake up and get right with God.  We should get right years and years before that happens. 

Someone once asked a Christian educator, “When do you start educating a child?”  His answer was, “twenty years before he‘s born, by educating his parents.”  We must start as early as possible.  So we need to yield ourselves to God at whatever point in our lives we are at right now.  If one is saved, it matters not if he is only ten years old; he needs to yield himself to God.  God wants total submission, just like Eli expressed.   

Be a Light 

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Isaiah gives another picture of total submission to God.  God said, “Whom shall I send?”   Isaiah looked around and said, “Lord, I’m here.  Why don’t you send me?  That is total submission.  God is asking that same question to all of us: “Whom can I send to the mission field?  Whom can I send to your next door neighbor to tell them about Jesus? 

Too often we do respond as Isaiah did:  “Lord, here am I; send me.”  Instead, we say, “Lord get somebody else to go to my neighbor.”                                                              

“Whom can I send to witness to your fellow employee or your schoolmate?”  We should quickly reply, “Lord, You don’t have to look any further.  Here I am, ready to do your will.”  May we, as Isaiah, totally submit to the will of God?

Go  “Present your whole bodies a living sacrifice.”  The first step one must take, in order to know for sure what the will of God is for him, is to dedicate himself  totally to the Lord.

 1st Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This concerns more than just dying and going to heaven and waiting on the second advent of the Lord.  He is saying that He wants us Christians to be in such a state when the Lord comes back, that at that moment we are blameless.  We will not be in sin nor even having wicked thoughts.

Be Ready

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We will be doing what God wants us to be doing right at that moment.  If one is planting an apple tree when Jesus comes back and that is what God wants him doing, he is just as much in the will of God as the person standing on the street corner preaching.  He is yielded to God and doing what God wants him doing.

1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  What will God do?  He will preserve us blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In order for Him to do that, there are some things contingent on us.  We have to yield ourselves to Him.  

God wants us to live our lives and do the things necessary for living.  He wants men to make a living for their families.  He wants ladies to be homemakers.  It is His will for us to do all the things necessary to living.  Paul says that whatever we are doing, we should be blameless in body, soul, and spirit, when the Lord returns.

God wants the whole person to be sanctified.  When does He want that; when does He want us to yield ourselves totally to Him? 

Dedicated

 God wants us dedicated today, so He can bless us this day.  That is why He tells us in Mathew chapter 6 to concern ourselves with today, and do not worry about tomorrow. 

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  Forget what may happen tomorrow, or next month, or what happened last week.  We must concern ourselves with today.  Living today, not yesterday, not tomorrow.  Dedicate ourselves to God today, that He may bestow upon us a blessing today.  The reason we go through many days without blessings from God is because, on those days, we have not dedicated ourselves unto the Lord. 

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Another passage shows when God wants us dedicated unto Him.  1Ch 29:5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?

The materials mentioned were being dedicated for the building of the temple.  After consecrating the gold and silver, David inquired as to who of the people would consecrate his service “this day” unto the Lord.  God cannot bestow a blessing on us this day unless we are willing to consecrate ourselves this day unto Him. 

Consecrate Ourselves

God wants us to consecrate our whole being to Him today.  We might respond, “Well, I did it yesterday.  Is that good enough for today?  It is not.  That is why we should get up every morning dedicating ourselves for that day unto the Lord.

Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  

Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

And our dedication to Him should be new every morning.  And it will be, if our faithfulness to Him is great.     

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Prophecy 1

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Prophecy

Prophecy 1

I would like to ask you a question this morning.  What is prophecy?  Did you know the Bible defines everything that it talks about? You do not necessarily need lexicons, Bible dictionaries, or concordances.  Those are helpful aids and I recommend them, but if you only have a Bible, you can make it.  The Bible is self-defining, self-interpreting, and self-commenting.

The Bible tells us what prophecy is, and to understand prophecy we need a complete revelation from God.  For example, you cannot understand the book of Leviticus without the book of Hebrews.  You cannot understand Isaiah without the gospels.  You cannot understand Daniel without the book of Revelation.  So, we need the complete revelation of God to have a complete understanding of the things God is talking about in the Bible.  This becomes clear when one reads in the Bible that the very prophets who wrote the Bible really did not understand it:  They did not have the complete revelation. 

Types of Language

The Bible uses three types of language.  It uses a figurative language.  An example of figurative language is when Jesus said, Let the dead bury the dead (Mt. 8:22), and you know that corpses do not go around burying other corpses.  That is figurative language He was using.  Also, the meaning of figurative language is always clear from the context where you find it. 

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Then there is the symbolic language.  The Bible uses thousands of symbols, and these symbols always represent something else.  For example, the four beasts in the book of Daniel, we are told, represent kingdoms.  The symbols that are found are always explained in the context where they are found or somewhere else in the scripture. 

Every symbol in the Bible is explained somewhere in scripture.  People say, “Well, you cannot understand the Book of Revelation.”  I had a Sunday School teacher (not you John) tell me one time that he wished they would take “Revelation” out of the book, because, he said, no one can understand it anyway.  He was only showing his stupidity.  Every symbol in Revelation is explained somewhere in the Bible, and most of them are found in the book of Revelation itself.

Literal Context

Finally, the most commonly used language in the Bible is literal language.  If you can take it literally, that is the way you need to take it.  If the plain sense makes sense, then don’t look for any other sense.  The Bible means what it says, where it says, and how it says it.  People try to change it around because they are smarter than God.  Let me give you an example.  I am a firm believer in context.  But people can take that too far sometimes.  God loved Jacob and He hated Esau.  Well, if you keep it in context…. When I hear someone using that term more than they should, do you know what that tells me.  It tells me they do not believe what the Bible said. 

There is no mistaking when the Bible is literal.  I’ve had this happen and you probably have too:  When all you do is read someone a passage of scripture and they do not like it, they say, “Well, that is your interpretation.  If they don’t say that that they say “Well, you can take the Bible and teach anything that you want to teach.”  They know what it means, but they are rejecting it.  You ought to take everything in the Bible literal if you can take it that way.  It means exactly what it says. There is no fooling around with God.  If you do not believe in the Authority of the Bible, you will not believe the Bible. 

Allegorizing Scripture

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We need to avoid allegorizing scripture.  We need to avoid spiritualizing scripture.  There are people who would spiritualize the whole Bible away until it did not really mean anything when they were through with it.  There are three things we need to avoid when we are handling the Word of God:

One of these is misinterpretation.  For example, if I told you to open your Bible to John 3:5, and it says, Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  But I say, “Except a man be born of water and the blood, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”  Then I said, “You see there, you have got to be baptized to be saved.”  That is a misinterpretation. John 3:5 is not talking about baptism at all.  There are no baptisms within 20 verses of John 3. 

Then, there is a misapplication of scripture.  Acts 2:38 does not apply to you.  You are not a Jew in Jerusalem.  You are a Gentile, and that passage does not apply to you at all.  This verse is the foundational verse for the charismatic movement, and it is a misapplication of scripture.A person's hands folded

Dividing truth

 Most importantly, the trouble is that people are not willing to let the Bible say what it says, where it says it.  People are not willing to do that.  They want to change it, and want to correct it, wishing to interpret it.  Some want to do ‘this and that’ instead of letting it say what it wants to say.

Look at the verse on the screen.  So, Study to shew thyself approved unto God (If you are a Christian who never studies the Bible, you are not approved; your life is unapproved.), a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  The problem is that people do not take the time and the effort to study out and rightly divide the Word of Truth.  Finally, it is really amazing the number of Christians who want to be spoon-fed.

Seems like, if this is what you want, you are a baby.  If you are too lazy to get the food out, take the lid off the jar yourself, get the spoon out, and eat it, you are a baby.  Even more, there are too many Christians that way.  They never study the Bible.  They want to be spoon fed everything about it. 

Using God’s Word

Therefore you should develop the habit that when you have a question about the scripture, first of all, you do everything you can to find the answer before you ask someone else.  Finally, use the Word of God in a sensible way.  See how to get around in it.  Learn how to use concordances. se whatever you need to get the answers to your questions.  Then if you cannot find it, go ask someone.  The trouble is that people do not let the scriptures say what the scriptures want to say. They want to interpret them. 

First of all, there are four things we have to know if we want to rightly divide the word of truth.  1.  We have to know, first of all, who is speaking in any given passage.  Is God talking?  Is it Moses or the apostle Paul?  Who is it that is speaking?  2. Secondly, to whom is that person speaking?  Is the verses speaking to Israel nationally?  What about talking to a church?  Or speaking to an individual Christian, Gentiles or the heathen?  To who is he directing this message. Third, what is he talking about in the scripture?  It is amazing that an individual Christian will pick up his bible, read two or three chapters and say that he has read his bible today. 

Well, what was it about?  ‘I do not know’ is the usual response.  Christians have devotion in the morning and by 9:00 at night they have forgotten what it was they have read about.  They do not know what it is about.  Ask yourself some questions while you are reading the Book.  Find out what it is doing and what it is talking about.

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Dispensation

Fourth, find out when it is taking place.  What dispensation is it?  Ask yourself, does this apply to the church age?  Or does it apply to the Tribulation Period?  Does it apply to Israel in the land?  Or does it apply to Israel in their dispensation?  What dispensation is he talking about in the scripture?

If you will answer those questions while you are studying any given passage, you will not get into heresy.  It is impossible to rightly divide the word of truth without doing these things.  If you are not doing them, it will lead to every kind of heresy there is.  Every single false teaching that is found comes from not rightly dividing the word of truth.  Do not ever try to make the B

Most importantly, what is Prophecy? Let us allow the Bible to tell us what prophecy is from the Book of Revelation.  Re:1:1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Re:1:2: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Re:19:9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Re:19:10: And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Prophecy

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Finally, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  “I am like you are, John.  You are a prophet and I am a prophet.  And what we are ordained to do is give testimony of Jesus.” 

Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ.  That is all it is according to the definition given in scripture.  Re:22:8: And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.  Evidently, the one John is bowing to is one of the prophets.  The prophet tells John that he needs to stay with the testimony of Jesus, and His testimony is the spirit of prophecy. 

Therefore, if prophecy is the testimony of Jesus, we must conclude that the entire Bible is in the testimony of Jesus Christ, from Genesis to Revelation.

1Pe:1:6: Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1Pe:1:7: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Pe:1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

1Pe:1:9: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

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Suffering and Glory

First of all, notice the two great themes of prophecy.

The sufferings of Christ, the first advent.

  1. The glory that should follow, the Second advent.  Those are the two themes of prophecy – the first coming of Jesus Christ and the Second coming of Jesus Christ.  The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

2 Pe:1:18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

2Pe:1:19: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, ( The more sure word here is the written Word of God, and what he has been referring to in the last few verses has been the mount of transfiguration from Mt. 17, on which Peter, James, and John went up with Jesus.  

And Peter is saying here that with this written Book, you have a more sure word of prophesy than if you heard a voice from heaven.  By the way, you are not going to hear a voice from heaven.  If you hear voices, you better check it out because it is not coming from God.) as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (This is a reference to the rapture)

Future Glory

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2Pe:1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

So, what did they speak about?  Jesus.  They wrote about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.  So, the prophetic scriptures from Genesis to Revelation are the testimony of Jesus Christ.  They speak of His sufferings and His glory.

 Hence, the Old Testament prophet did not quite have the perspective that we have today.  He is standing in the distant past and he is prophesying of two things.  What is the first thing?  The sufferings of Christ are the first thing.  And what else?  The glory that should follow is the second (that is a crown.) What does the prophet see?  He does not see the valley between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow, which is the church age.

You do not find the church age clearly given in the Old Testament.  The OT prophet sees the sufferings and he sees the glory, but he cannot reconcile the two.  He cannot understand them.  We read that in 10 – 1Pe:1:11: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify,

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Old Testament Visions  

Let us get an example in Isa. 61 of the Old Testament prophets not being able to see quite as clearly.  Isaiah did not see the comma that he put in a verse, but Jesus did see it.  And it comes out very clearly.  Not only is every jot and tittle important, but the punctuation as well. There is one comma here that divides both advents in the same verse, and you can find similar occurrences often in scripture.

Isa:61:1: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; 

Another scripture says in Isa:61:2: To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  Can you see the two advents?  Where are they?  They are in verse 2:  First advent – to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (comma); and the Second Advent – the day of vengeance of our God. 

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 (Jesus quotes this until the first comma and then stops because the Second Advent will not apply when He is here the first time, although Isaiah did not know this when he prophesied.)  Lu:4:16: And he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

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Lu:4:17: And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

Lu:4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (v. 19 is found in Isa. 61:2)

Lu:4:19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Lu:4:20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Lu:4:21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture (up to the comma) fulfilled in your ears.

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The Masoretic Text

 
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The Masoretic Text

Most importantly, the Masoretic Text is the traditional Hebrew Old Testament.  It is both Judaism and Protestantism.  The Roman Catholic Church historically has used the Latin Vulgate.  It was translated by Jerome.  This position has been revised.  The Catholic Church uses the Hebrew text.  The Orthodox Church has historically used the Greek Septuagint.   Masoretic comes from the Hebrew word masora.  Finally, it refers to the marginal notes added by Jewish scribes and scholars. 

Also,  ancient manuscripts of the Hebrew Old Testament dated to the ninth century.  Most importantly, this has changed with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. They date from 168 BC to about 68 AD.   However, the scrolls provide us with Hebrew manuscripts more ancient. More than the previous manuscripts by one thousand years.   First of all, the majority of Biblical manuscripts among the Dead Sea Scrolls agree with the Masoretic Text.   Also, this further provides evidence of the text’s credibility.   Finally, it testifies to the accuracy of the Hebrew scribes.  Even more, it was in their reproduction of biblical manuscripts.

 Biblical fragments among the Scrolls come from the book of Leviticus (1QLev.a).  They add support to the antiquity of the Masoretic Text.  Also, these fragments encompass Le 19:31-34; 20:20-23. There is but one minor variant from the Masoretic Text found in Le 20:21. The Masoretic Text uses the Hebrew word hoo.  The Dead Sea Scrolls uses the Hebrew word he.   It is the same Hebrew word.  It is a personal pronoun meaning he, she, or it.   Also, the two are used interchangeably throughout the Hebrew Old Testament.

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Additional Manuscripts

Additional manuscripts have also been found.  They support the Masoretic Text.  Most noteworthy, these texts were approximately nineteen hundred years old.  Then,  dating slightly before 73 AD when Masada finally fell.  More importantly, the manuscripts were exclusively Masoretic.   Add the Geniza Fragments which were discovered in 1890 at Cairo, Egypt.  These fragments date to the fifth century AD.   Also, they were located in a geniza,a type of storage room for faulty manuscripts.  The fragments number around 200,000. It reflects Biblical texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic.  Finally, the Biblical texts discovered support the Masoretic Text.

The Textus Receptus

 The Masoretic Text may be thought of as the Textus Receptus (Latin for received text) of the Old Testament.  In fact, some scholars have referred to it as such.  Look at the Textus Receptus of the New Testament. Also, the Masoretic Text is based on the majority of manuscripts.  Finally, it reflects the Traditional Text used.  Most importantly this is where the authorized King James Bible comes from.  For that reason it can be trusted.  Seems like people needs to put more faith in the Word of God.

 Six generations the ben Asher family reproduced the Masoretic Text.  Moses ben Asher produced a text in 895 AD known as Codex Cairensis.  It contained the writings of the Prophets.  Codex Leningradensis dates to 1008 AD. It was based on the work of Aaron ben Moses ben Asher. The son was Moses ben Asher. Finally, this codex is the oldest manuscript containing the complete Bible. 

The Standard Hebrew

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Generally scholarship agrees that the Masoretic Text became the standard.  It authorized Hebrew text around 100 AD.  It was in connection with the completion of the New Testament.  The Masoretic Text existed prior to the writings of the New Testament.  Finally, these were actually the words Jesus spoke when He read the scriptures.  Therefore if we believe in anything it should be the words Jesus spoke.

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The Bible and Science Reality

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Bible and Science

The Bible and Science Reality

The Bible is not a science textbook, so to speak, but it is 100% accurate when it makes a scientific statement.  Understanding this will help you in defending the Bible when you encounter scientific questions.  The King James Bible is 100% accurate every time it makes a scientific statement, or any kind of statement for that matter.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Science falsely so called – they are calling it science but that is not what it is.  The Bible contains scores of scientific statements.  The word ‘science’ here comes from the same word as the word ‘knowledge.’  From ‘oppositions’ we get the English word antithesis, an opposite argument, and a rebuttal of some sort.  

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Carbon Dating

For instance, a few years ago they tested a live shellfish with carbon 14 testing and it dated 3,000 years old.  Obviously, this was a lie.  You know there is no such thing as a 3,000 year old shellfish.  That shows the fallacy of carbon 14 dating.  6 – Carbon Dating might be wrong by 10,000 years.

Paleontology is the study of cave men, evolution, and dinosaurs.  For your information, dinosaurs are real – Job saw them – and they are contemporary with mankind (or were until they became extinct).  

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Dinosaurs     

What is the Biblical answer to how dinosaurs died out?  A reptile will continue to grow as long as it lives.  It is just a characteristic of reptiles.  That is why there are snakes that are 40 and 50 feet long.  Tortoises can weigh 500 and 600 pounds, and are 400 -500 years old. 

If you took a common fence lizard, living in the ideal environment as before the flood when men lived 900 years, it would become a tyrannosaurus rex or brontosaurus or some other type of dinosaur because of its life span.  After the flood the life span was changed for all creatures.  Now they die out too early to grow to those kind of sizes.  It is not because they mammals came on the scene and ate all the eggs of the dinosaurs.  If that were true there would be no more crocodiles or anything else.  All of the eggs would be gone. 

Science Facts

Fossilized amber that contained oxygen bubbles were tested that existed pre flood and it contained 50% more oxygen than what we have today.  The earth pre flood was a perfect environment where animals could grow much larger, and live much longer than they do now.  It is believed that the reduction of oxygen in the atmosphere after the flood could have taken out the dinosaurs. 

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There has been a multitude of scientific theories disproved. 

It was scientifically accepted 500 years ago that the earth was flat.  We know today that the earth is round.  The Bible knew it was round before mankind did.  Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,

Heaven Cannot Be Measured

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The implication is that the heavens cannot be measured.  If it could then he would be through with the nation of Israel.  Now that was written before 600 BC.  God wrote in His Book by implication that you cannot measure the universe.  That implies, anything that is a constant can be measured because it is expanding.  16 – In 1925 science finally caught up with the Bible in the form of an astronomer by the name of EP Hubble, who put forth the expanding universe theory.  The Bible says that God spreads out the heavens: 17 – Job 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

So the universe is huge; whether it is 16 light years or 10 billion does not make any difference.

Milky Way

Now here is the Milky Way Galaxy.  Think about an area just the size of the big dipper.  21 – In an area the size of the big dipper they say there are 2,500 galaxies.  22 – If that is the case and there 100 billion stars in just one galaxy, you are talking 250 trillion stars in that one little piece of the sky.  Is that not what it says?  He says they cannot be numbered.  You cannot number the stars.  I’d say the heavens declare the glory of God, wouldn’t you?  I mean just thousands of galaxies and billions and trillions of stars.  So, the very number of stars shows the glory of God and shows His might and power. 

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Isa 40:12 who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?  

Endless Stars

What we are talking about here, who knows, are trillions and trillions and God has got a name for every one of them.  He must have some kind of vocabulary.  Now there are about a hundred names of stars that are still around from ancient times.  The Bible names several of them but most of the names of stars are modern names.  Talk about having a reason to worship somebody.  Not one faileth – not one of them is missing. 

  Astronomy is gradually catching up with the Bible and seeing the truth of these things.  Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.  Psa 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.  The heavens declare the glory of God.  He says you are excellent, you set your glory above the heavens.  Psa 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Recognizing Creation

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 That is a good question.  Sometimes when we are travelling we have to drive at night, and my wife and I will split driving.  Sometimes when she drives I’ll just lean my head over against the window on a clear night and look at the stars.  Man, it just never ceases to amaze me.  What are we?  We are just a puny dot of corruption in the backside of the universe somewhere.  How many stars are there?  There are more than we can count.

 Another area of scientific study with the astronomers is whether or not stars emit sound?  Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?  I know we take that verse figuratively.  

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Repentance Bible

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Repentance

Being Sorry

This Repentance Bible post is an explanation of how people really act and behave in the real world.  

First of all,  you need to understand what salvation is before you get into the repentance part so read my post on “Salvation.”  It explains salvation in a very easy to understand way.  

You can repent without believing but you can’t believe without repenting.  Repenting in the Greek is “metanoia” or “change of mind.”  You change your mind toward believing God.  

A change of thinking, which means a person realizes it is their sin which separates them from God, then realizes that Jesus Christ is the only provision for the payment of that sin.  This is true repentance toward God for salvation. 

The words I'm sorry

You can also repent after you’re saved when you have done a wrong.  According to the Hebrew we are to “turn away from our sin.”  There is no need in repenting unless there is a “turning away” from your sin.  Can God bless a person that will not turn from their sin?  Absolutely not!

The whole idea of repenting is to draw closer to God.  More importantly, how could we expect results without repenting?  Just do a turn around and draw closer to God.

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King James Bible – 2

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King James

King James 2

Ok, we are in a short series of lessons on the Authority of the Authorized King James Version.  We are showing 12 reasons why the King James is the Word of God.  Thus far we have seen the following reasons:  God promised to preserve His words, the Authorized Version was translated under a God ordained English King.  It has no copyright, and we determined that God always translates perfectly.  Another reason we learned the King James is the Word is because it produces good fruit, plus the King James translators believed they were handling the very Words of God.

Today’s lesson will start with another reason why the KJB is the Word, and that is 3 – because the King James Translators were honest in their work.  The critics of the KJV enjoy making a fuss about the words in italics, which were added by the translators, but the argument is entirely unnecessary and unfair.

The italic words in the KJV actually prove that the translators were honest in their work.  When translating from one language to another, the idioms change, in other words, a word in one language may have a slightly different meaning than the same word in another language.  Therefore it makes it necessary to add certain words to help the reader grasp the full meaning of the text.  When the KJV translators added such words they set them in italics so we’d know these words were added, unlike we find in so many new versions today, which do not use italics. 

Italics

Besides, no one has ever proven that these italic words are not the words of God, because no one has “the originals” to check them with.  In fact, we know for sure that the translators were led by the Holy Spirit to add at least some of the italicized words.

A closed bible

One good example of this is found in 2nd Samuel 21:19.  When the translators came to this verse in the Hebrew text, they noticed that an exact translation would give Elhanan credit for slaying Goliath, but we know from 1sr Chron. 20:5 that he actually slew the brother of Goliath.  So the KJV translators added the words “the brother of” to 2nd Sam. 21:19.  If the Lord has not led them to do so, then 2nd Sam. 21:19 would contradict 1st Chron. 20:5 (as it does in the New World Translation.) 

Another fine example is 1st John 2:23.   The translators were right in adding the italicized words.

As you can see, the words “he is” are in italics.  According to many scholars they should be omitted, but according to the apostle Peter they should not be omitted.  Peter quotes Psalm 16:8 in Acts 2:25 and he uses the italicized words!  How did the translators know this if the Lord did not lead them? 

The italics in the King James Bible are the marks of an honest translation, for no one added these words to mislead us, or to change the word of God.  They added the words to help us, and they set the words in italics so we’d know where they were added. That’s honesty.  I know the KJV is the word of God, because the translators were more honest in their work than any of the modern Bible translators. 

The KJV is the Word of God

Another reason I know the KJV is the word of God is because all the new translations compare themselves to the KJV.  The new versions do not compare themselves with each other, because they’re too busy comparing themselves with one book, the King James Bible.  This fact alone proves that there is something very special and unique about the KJV.

An open bible

Why does everyone line up in opposition against the King James Bible?  Why not attack one another?  That’s easy: Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom (Matt. 12:26).  His desire is to discredit the word of God, not himself; so he attacks only one book, God’s Book, the KJV.

Those who oppose the KJV are unsure of themselves, for they have no Final Authority; so they despise those of us who do have an Authority.  They’re unstable, insecure, dishonest, and very inconsistent.  They’re all terrified of one book, the KJV, and they’ll stop short of nothing in their efforts to rid the body of Christ of that Book.

The Standard

I know the KJV is the word of God, because it’s the standard which all others use for comparison.

  The Laodicean period is the last church period before the Second Coming of Christ.  It is the last of the seven church periods in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.  One can clearly see that we are living in the Laodicean period today by simply comparing modern churches to the church of Revelation 3:14.  This lukewarm period began toward the end of the 1800’s and will continue until Christ returns.  The new versions fit well into the lukewarm churches because they are lukewarm “bibles.” 

The Authorized Version, however, was translated long before the Laodicean churches appeared.  It was translated during the Philadelphia church period, which is the best church period of all.  It was the church that the Lord Jesus commended for keeping his word (Rev. 3:8-10).

In 1611

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  There was no “scientific” crowd around in 1611 to put pressure on the translators.   There was no civil rights movement going on at this time to influence the work of these men.  The women were not screaming for “equal rights”, and the humanists and socialists had not yet taken control. 

 The open public denial of God’s word and the deity of Christ were practically unheard of among ministers.  It wasn’t until the twentieth century that professing Christianity became flooded with lukewarm preachers who would be willing to compromise the word of God for self-gain. 

ork in church history occurred between 1700 and 1900, so it makes perfect sense that God would have a Bible ready for this great work, and He did – the KJV.  Unfortunately, the new translations appeared a bit late on the scene!  Think about that.  I know the KJV is the word of God because of the time in history in which it was translated. 

Innocent until proven quilty

Another reason I know the KJV is the word of God is because no one has ever proven that the KJV is not God’s Word.  Has anyone proven it guilty?  No.  Has any scholar actually proven that there are errors in the King James Bible?  No.  Enemies of the KJV delight in ignoring the facts about the Authorized Version, while never proving anything.   I know the KJV is the word of God, because over 400 years, no one has ever proven otherwise.

Another reason the KJV is the word of God is because of the manuscript evidence.   Only a very deceived individual could believe that the new versions are equal to the King James Bible. Ninety-five percent of all evidence supports the text of the King James Authorized Version.  The new versions are supported by the remaining five percent evidence. 

The New Bibles

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 They also include the Apocrypha, which the Lord Jesus Christ excluded from the Old Testament in Luke 24:44.  All new versions contain readings from these corrupt manuscripts, and all new versions use their tiny five percent evidence to attack the ninety-five percent majority text of the King James Bible.

The Texus Receptus (received text) from which the King James Bible came can be traced back to Antioch, Syria, where the disciples were first called Christians and where Paul and Barnabus  taught the word of God for a whole year (Acts 11:26).  

We don’t need an Egyptian version, for Egypt is a type of the WORLD in the Bible.  God called His people OUT of Egypt (Exod. 3 – 14), and God called His Son out of Egypt (Hos.11:1 with Matt. 2:13-15).  Why, the Bible says that “every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians” in Gen. 46:34 and the Lord Jesus Christ is called a Shepherd in John chapter ten.  

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Then there’s the Roman text, also known as the “Western Text”.  The harlot of Revelation 17 is a perfect description of the Roman Catholic Church, which has persecuted Christians for thousands of years.  Romans persecuted the Christians in Acts 18:2, and in 70 AD the Romans destroy Jerusalem.  Rome is the “dreadful and terrible” beast of Daniel chapter 7, and Christ will destroy the “Revised Roman Empire” at the Second Coming (Dan. 2:7; and Rev. 13).  It has been estimated that Rome is guilty of the blood of some 200 million people who have rejected her corrupt system.  A “bible” from Rome is another thing we can live without.

An open bible

  The word of God speaks positively of Antioch, and negatively of Rome and Egypt.  We should take the best and dump the rest!  I know the King James Bible is the word of God because of the manuscript evidence.

Exalting the Lord

And last but not least I know the King James is the Word of God because it exalts the lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  A real Bible will testify of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The true word of God will always exalt Jesus Christ, and it will never attack His Deity, His Virgin Birth, His Blood Atonement, His Bodily Resurrection, His Glorious Second Coming, or any other doctrines concerning His person.  However, the new versions attack all of the fundamental doctrines concerning the Lord Jesus Christ at one time or another.

By perverting the many important verses of scripture which deal with the fundamental doctrines of Christ, the new bibles have a continuous attack launched against our Savior.  The new versions have an extreme bitter hatred toward the Authorized Version and the way it gives the Lord Jesus Christ the preeminent place.

The King James Bible never attacks our Lord.  More than any book in the world, the Authorized Version of the Protestant Reformation exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.  If we had no other reason for receiving the Authorized Version as the Word of God, this reason alone should be enough to convince any true believer, for how could we not become suspicious of the new versions for making such changes.  I know the King James Bible is the word of God because it always exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.

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