Although I find most statements of faith not to be useful because they are usually too sparse, I have changed my opinion of their usefulness. Whereas I tended to think a statement of faith should reflect the absolute Truth – and therefore could only be Scripture (because any confession or statement of faith will fall far short of Scripture) – I have found such statements should reflect what the believer's heart actually believes to be true. This enables the reader to comprehend a little of the messenger and his or her deficiencies, and in this case, provided some indication of whether the website, message or sermon will actually be useful; and any limitations it may have. I have found that such statements do help a believer identify those websites that may be false or essentially wolves in sheep's clothing. In essence I have now learned that it is very useful to know what the author of any sermon, message or note has learnt from Scripture (even the Apostle Paul voiced what he had learnt both from Scripture and the Holy Spirit); to better understand the weaknesses of such teachings.
In any case all information needs to be checked against Scripture, for even the early church did not take the Apostle Paul at his word, but checked what he said against Scripture.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:10).
The following is a brief overview of a little of what I have learnt, noting that not all relevant verses have been given, nor is this statement in anyway comprehensive and is dynamic.
- There is one God, the Lord God Jehovah also called the Lord God Most High, who is triune, being God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (trinity). The name of God is
- God is revealed in Scripture (called the Bible, Cannon or Word), both Old and New Testaments, which were divinely (supernaturally) inspired, God breathed, inerrant, infallible and plenary. Scripture is complete and sole authoritative Word of God.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah and is the only son of God. He is deity, existing before the foundation of the world, but took on the form of a man, born into the world by a virgin birth.
- The Holy Spirit is a person.
- God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh as taught in Scripture.
- God created humans in His image and all have an everlasting spirit which is located in the soul of a living person (only humans have souls). A person's soul is destined to be with God or will be cast into hell.
- The purpose of all people is to glorify God. God delights in our prayers and He delights in our obedience and dependence upon Him.
- Sin entered the world by one man, Adam, and so did death. Adam's sin corrupted all of creation. This means that all humans born from that day are separated from God due to sin – all inherit a sinful nature, therefore, all require a means to be saved. The Bible says that the heart of all people is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.
- The Holiness of God demands perfection. As a consequence, sin must be punished by death, which is eternal separation from God; it is not annihilation.
- Following death, the body will be resurrected – either to judgement and everlasting punishment or to everlasting life.
- Salvation from death (and eventually hell) can only be obtained by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Son of God. This is because humans cannot pay for the sins they have committed, because we are too sinful.
- Jesus Christ paid for our sins (it is said he redeemed us) by being crucified on a cross and having his blood drained from his body.
- Jesus Christ, the Son of God, incarnate, that is a man born of a virgin, was killed by crucifixion on a cross but he did not remain dead. Rather he rose bodily on the third day after being killed (the resurrection) and entered heaven (bodily) after being seen by many, and is now seated on the right hand of the Father – the Lord God Most High - in heaven.
- It is only by faith in Jesus Christ can a person be saved. Salvation comes from believing on Jesus Christ, who offers eternal redemption, which is underserved and cannot be paid for, therefore is called grace. Christians are called 'believers' for this reason.
- Salvation is by grace alone which Christ performed perfectly and is the only acceptable substitutionary atonement, that is, propitiation which blots out God's view of our sin forever. Christ therefore died in our place as punishment for our sins in order that we do not need to die. We have a choice of accepting this atoning sacrifice - a choice all people have.
- Once a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, a person is born again, or in other terms, regenerated, which is imparting a new life. The Holy Spirit from that time forth dwells within the born-again person
- As a consequence of believing in the Lord Jesus Christ that person will repent of their sins through confession to Jesus Christ. Christians believe the Holy Spirit provides the means to do this.
- Forgiveness of sins only comes from the Lord Jesus Christ – no man can do this.
- God predestines born-again people to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ, all of whom He knows in His foreknowledge (or full knowledge). Predestination guarantees glorification of saved people – a person's salvation is eternally secure in Christ.
- Faith is demonstrated in works - what we do and say.
- Adam was deceived by the Devil, also called Satan, a fallen angel. Satan exists and with his angels continues to plague the world.
- Hell was prepared for Satan and his angels, but will be used for those that do not believe the Lord Jesus Christ. Until that time the souls of those who have died, having rejected Jesus Christ, are in Hades; those who were born-again (i.e. saved) by faith are in Paradise.
- The Church is the Bride of Christ, redeemed by the blood of Christ, as a people to be gathered unto Himself. Only those that personally believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and have repented of their sin, are part of the Church, the Bride of Christ.
- Christ is the head of the Church – no man can substitute this.
- Of ordinances, the Lord's Supper it to be taken regularly by believers only, until the Lord himself comes for His Church. Baptism taken in obedience is a symbol of a believer's death and resurrection to new life.
- Christ is coming soon to gather the Church unto himself – which the world will not see – the Church waits for this day (rapture).
- Dispensations describe well the councils of the Almighty God in his dealing with mankind. We are currently governed under the dispensation of grace.
- Israel has not ceased to exist, but in the days of the tribulation, after the Church is taken to heaven, a remnant (small number) will believe the Lord Jesus Christ, and will arise and go and evangelise the nations (as Jesus has commanded). The re-birth of Israel after its destruction and dispersal, as prophesied by Jesus, has taken place – she is yet to accept her Messiah.
- A tribulation of seven years will follow the rapture of the Church (pre-tribulation) during which God judges the world and in particular Israel and the Nations – the fullness of the gentiles being complete (meaning, the number that are to be saved have been saved).
- Christ Jesus will reign for 1000 years following the tribulation (pre-millennialism, which is "waiting for the Son") during which time Satan will be locked-up. After this time Satan will be let loose, for a short time, to test the hearts of men. Following the time of testing those that fail, along with Satan, will be cast into Hell for ever.
- The Canon of Scripture is complete, provided to all people for our learning, that we might have hope, for it gives understanding of the salvation of God.
- Interpretation of Scripture is not a private affair, but by Scripture only, enlightened by the Holy Spirit only.
There is one living God, on whom the entire universe depends upon for its existence; being created by Him for His good pleasure. The LORD is the true God; He is a living God, and the everlasting King. There is only one God and He is one: He is Jehovah (known to Israel as Yahweh). God is known through Christ as Father, and along with the Son and Holy Spirit forms the unity of the Godhead. The very existence of all things depends upon God who created all things. The narration of creation is laid out in Scripture, which clearly gives the manner and time the world and surrounding universe were created. Scripture shows that man was created in the image of God, and not a derivative of animal.
No one has seen God, for man could not possibly look upon Him without dying, but God has been revealed to us in Christ Jesus. Scripture teaches that the Word [logos], who was with God and was God (from the beginning), became a man (flesh) and dwelt on earth (amongst people) as the Saviour of the world, send by God the Father.
God has been substituted by people with many things – all dead and useless. In the western world this is most often material things, called materialism but is underpinned by nihilism, where the possibility of truth is denied,. The Scripture teaches that materialism is covetousness, and covetousness is idolatry – the worship of that which is not true God – because it replaces the dependence of God upon man's efforts. Man is called upon to depend upon God.
I believe that materialism and nihilism has led to the development of models that described the world without God, call evolution, but Scripture teaches that God created all things5,6. Materialism can only lead to death – its own philosophy states that man comes into the world to compete with everyone else, at whatever cost, to accumulate wealth at the expense of all others – then that person dies. This model teaches that there is absolutely no point to life other than material wealth. The Bible states that such wealth will be squandered pilfered or rusted way. Scripture is very clear from a parable of Jesus that wealth we accumulate may never be used by us – death may intervene – such a man is called a fool, while Ecclesiastes shows how meaningless accumulation of wealth is. In much of the non-western world God has been replaced with the idol called Allah by Moslems who have absolute no assurance of salvation, and indeed have no hope, for hope of salvation can only come from the Lord God Most High.
The Lord Jesus Christ, born of a virgin woman (Mary), by the Holy Spirit coming upon her, is the Son of God. Scripture states that Jesus Christ was before the foundation of the world, the beginning and the end, the 'I AM'. He left his glory (he currently sits on the right hand of God, demonstrating his pre-eminence in all things) and became a servant, obedient even to death, obedient to his Father in order to deliver us from this evil world. Jesus is the Son of man, the Son of God, the rightful heir to the throne of David, who is of the tribe of Judah a son of Israel. He will rule from David's throne after his people (Israel) have been dealt with, which occurs after the time of the Gentiles.
Jesus Christ (meaning the anointed one) is the promised Messiah, Jehovah, and The Saviour, foretold in the Old Testament. Leaving aside the analogies and types which speak of the Messiah, for instance David, the Old Testament clearly taught of the coming of the Messiah, and this Messiah was Jesus, which was understood at the time of Jesus.
God spoke in the past through the prophets and lastly through his Son, who is the heir of all things, being the exact (or express (KJV)) image (or representation (NIV)) of God, the brightness of his glory, who purged our sins (I have found that sins are not forgiven, we are forgiven, sins are done away with) by making Christ account for them; he did this once for all and sat at the right hand of God.
All truth is vested with God, for God cannot lie, and all His words are true. Christ himself is Truth, being the “way the truth and the life”. Truth is reality, and reality is truth; therefore all events either in the future or in the past must be interpreted by the truth. However, the Great Deceiver, Satan attempts to cloud or distort the truth making a lie look like truth by sending evil men into the world, including into churches, to mislead many. Pride appears to be the principal enemy of truth, with Paul warning Timothy that novice elders are likely to fall due to pride; falling into the same sin that condemned Satan.
I learnt from Scripture that the Canon (which means measuring stick), usually referred to as the Bible, is the word of God. It is divinely inspired and complete, in that it covers all situations a human may find himself in and answers all relevant questions of the past and future. It however does not include all the words of God, and indeed some have heard words or seen things which they were not allowed to add to the Canon.
The Canon holds the supreme place in the councils of God, whereby God honours his Word, above His name. The interpretation of the Bible is by God, and therefore must be taken from the view-point of God – indeed it is the Holy Spirit who gives understanding. The Bible contains the Truth and is inerrant; for God cannot lie36 which means the promises, tenants and ordinances of Scripture cannot be broken.
The amazing thing about the Bible is its consistency for although it was written over 2000 or so years, and by ~40 authors in three languages not one part contradicts another. For instance, I have found the doctrine and theology of the Pastoral Epistles is in accord exactly with that of the Law (Genesis – Deuteronomy). The reason for this is that the Scripture is God-breathed being authored by the Holy Spirit43.
Prophecy in scripture is a direct revelation of God, either past, present or future: these were not private thoughts of the author.
The Bible, or Scriptures as it is known, is useful for doctrine (telling us what is right), for reproof or rebuking (telling us what is not right), for correction (telling us how to get it right) and for instruction of training (telling us how to stay right)42. Its words are powerful and dynamic – likened to something living – indeed the writer to the Hebrews states that “the word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword...”
If I want to know the true interpretation of scripture I need to heed God himself in the same way David asked the Lord to teach him, the ways of the Lord. For I learnt that God will guide and counsel me, he will instruct me and teach me the ways I should go. In particular he will teach me to judge between right and wrong. I learnt that wisdom is the fear of the Lord (eg Proverbs 4, 7 and 8) and it is this facet of God that God himself will teach. The Canon is the starting point, and of course, God will use life's experiences to teach me, as He has been doing for more than five decades.
Since Peter teaches that prophecy, in particular, is not of one's own interpretation stating: “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation”, I am behoved to find its interpretation in Scripture as guided by the Holy Spirit. It is the latter I have learnt that many do not head. Yet time after time (seven times) in the Letters to the Churches, the churches are told to listen to the Holy Spirit. The most practical example of revelation by the Holy Spirit is the Church and its character. I learnt that Paul had revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that the Church as a mystery, revealed in this present dispensation, being the Bride of Christ, whom Christ died for.
I have found that Scripture is not a mystery – it was written by ordinary men – some fairly illiterate such as the fishermen Peter and John, but some were prime or high ranking ministers such as Nehemiah and Daniel who understood world politics, and some extremely well educated such as Moses and Paul, and in every case, each portion of the Canon was written to ordinary people: sometimes Israel, sometimes the nations and sometimes an individual such as Luke's writings, or the letters to Timothy and Titus, and many cases to specific churches such as those at Ephesus, or Corinth. I find this enlightening because I find that Scripture was written to be easily understood. There are clearly figures of speech – in the same manner we used to day, metaphors, allegories and other literary devices, but in each case interpretable by the reader. Therefore, I found that one uses the literal sense first, ALWAYS IN CONTEXT, and if this makes no sense then interpreting through the correct literary device – which is always indicated. I found that since the Canon is consistent end to end, if my interpretation is inconsistent with the Canon it is I that is wrong not the Canon.
The Jews were waiting for the Messiah from the day of Abraham. But the first glimpse of the Messiah is shown to Adam after his fall, was foretold by Israel and again by Baalam. Moses looked forward to the day of the Messiah, which Jesus alluded to. David's throne is the throne on which the Messiah shall ascend29, which will last for ever.
The Messiah is foreshadowed in the Old Testament (for David was a type of Christ). David spoke much of the Messiah as did other psalmists eg. Psalm 2, noting in this Psalm the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit speak to each other, Psalm 9, Psalm 21 and Psalm 40. Zion is spoken much of in the Old Testament as the place of reign of the coming Messiah – that is Jerusalem. All these things the Jews looked forward to.
The suffering and humiliation of Christ is clearly foretold; indeed, the Gospel, notably Matthew demonstrates the truthfulness of the prophecies in Jesus Christ: see Psalm 22, Psalm 16, Psalm 40, and Isaiah 53 etc. Isaiah outlines the suffering of the Messiah for the sins of the people; he was to come to his own (Israel) and be rejected, he suffered for the sins: he borne our grief, carried our sorrows; he was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted and he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities and by this we can have peace, and by his suffering we can, through faith have our sins washed way (Isaiah 53).
The nature of the Messiah is shown in various portions of the Old Testament – especially the Prophets. Isaiah 11 shows him to be the king and ruler over the house of David in the time to come, and demonstrates the rightness of him being the heir to the throne, arising from the tribe of Judah, the rightful holder of the sceptre (See Psalm 45 & Isaiah 66). He was to come physically (prophecy is to be read literally – see how Daniel read and interpreted the prophets), and as saviour as shown in Isaiah 53, which also clearly foretold of his suffering for our sake.
The Old Testament is also very specific as to when, where and how he was to be born. For instance Bethlehem was prophesied to be his birthplace, born into the tribe of Judah (see endnote , also Matthew 1, Luke 3), at a time of great turmoil (Jeremiah 31:15 & Matthew 2:18), after the second temple was repaired etc. Jesus did not come into the world unannounced, but the prophets stated a forerunner would first appear. This was John the Baptist (see Matthew 3, John 1:19, Luke 3 etc).
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Sin entered the world by one man and I learn from Scriptures that death entered the world by this one man because he sinned. This means the death was not before this time, which was about 6000 years ago, having entered the world by the fall of Adam. The punishment for sin is death. Death, also called the second death (the first being separation of body from soul) I learn, is eternal separation from God; that is, our souls are separated from God by being cast into outer darkness, into the pit of everlasting fire, called hell. I learn that hell was not created for man but for Satan and his angles. God does not want anyone to suffer this punishment, but man has a choice – to obey God and live, or disobey God and die. The requirement to live is faith, for I find in Scripture the explicit command that without faith it is impossible to please God. Hell, which is the final or second death, is not annihilation as Scripture attaches the conditions of ‘everlasting' or ‘eternal' (ζωὴν αιώνιον) to those being sent to Hell. Those that desire annihilation will not get it. I learn from Scripture that the metric of salvation is determined by the extent (its magnitude) and awfulness of the event from which we are saved. Our salvation is as great as one can measure, because we have been saved from hell the worse possible event for any soul.
Christ died for our sins which is in accordance with Scriptures, having come in human flesh (incarnation) [his humanity is explained in the four gospels] approximately 2000 ago, and has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, in that he bore our sins in His body on the cross (referred to as the tree in Scripture), becoming sin for our sake, suffering for sins – the just (Christ) for the unjust (you and I) – that we might be brought to God. He became our righteousness in God whose efficacy is all-atoning (i.e. all covering, that is, all sin is dealt with – there is no sin except the rejection of Christ that cannot be paid for by Christ's death. This is what blaspheming the Holy Spirit is: The Holy Spirit tells us that the only way to be saved is to accept Christ – rejecting Christ blasphemes Him – if one rejects Christ one cannot be saved, as the only path for redemption is through Christ: hence the logic is complete) in that both sins of omission (in ignorance, as codified by Moses) and sins of commission (deliberate, as in when David had sexual intercourse with Bathsheba) is dealt with, such that the guilty conscious can be cleansed, which Aaron could not achieve but Paul did achieve. Although Paul killed righteous men and women, and considered himself the most sinful person ever, he was redeemed.
I note that without the shedding of blood there is no remission – we remain in our sins for ever – but with the blood of Christ – there is remission. Christ has fulfilled this requirement for those that believe in him. I also note that this was not a class action – Christ died for each and every sin of a believer, for each and every individual believer. That is, he dealt with every sinner's sin individually on the cross. The book of Romans helps the understanding of this.
Christ died due to being crucified, was laid in a grave in accordance to Scriptures and rose again from the dead three days latter, raised by God and now is in heaven with God himself, seated on His right hand, and was seen by Stephen.
I see from Scripture that Christ stated that if he were to leave us another would come, called the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, being the third person of the trinity. I have learnt that this is indeed true and that the Holy Spirit indwells His people individually and collectively, so that we are the temple of God. This so seals the people of God, anoints them, with God's love poured (shed: KJV) into our hearts. He leads us and is the guarantee of our inheritance. Proof of this is the fact we can cry Abba Father as sons. For this reason I HAVE ABSOLUTE ASSURNACE OF SALVATION – BECAUSE HE LIVES WITHIN ME! No other religious group has this assurance, and no other religious group, in particular the Moslems, can identify what their god did for them as an individual. The Lord God Most High dealt with my sin individually!
I learn that it is by grace we are saved – there is nothing we can do, no works (or thing I can do) can save us from our sins: salvation is a gift from God. I learn that salvation is available to all through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed without faith I found it is impossible to please God69. Therefore, eternal redemption is available because of Him that purged all sins of those that believe such that God remembers their sins and iniquities no more. In Christ we are perfected forever, and can now enter into the holiest place [ie into the presence of God the Father] by His blood, not possible before, which is a new and living way. This means I can enter in the presence of God himself.
I learn from Scripture that we must be born of water and the Spirit, born again, which is possible through His word by faith. We need to be born again because there is no good thing in us. This stems from the fact Scripture tells me that I can do nothing to save myself – the narrative of the Old Testament attests to this fact. I see that God loved us so much that he gave his only begotten [one and only] son to die for us. Any person believing on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved – this is a choice people need to make. Those that do not avail themselves of this are naturally dead in sins and will enter hell at the second death119.
Much of Scripture shows the fruitlessness of the endeavours of man to make him- or her- self right before God (eg the Old Testament see for example Psalm 94:11). Salvation comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which is followed by repenting, confession of sins. Confession is more than a feeling, but needs to be done with the mouth. Hence one needs to admit one is wrong (a sinner) in the sight of God62, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that you will be saved103; confessing of sins must be to God not to man, as this will achieve nothing134. “Conversion” or “being saved” means a complete turn around and obeying God which means keeping his commands. One needs to receive the Lord Jesus Christ into one's heart, and allow him to take control, and accept by faith his saving grace98, confessing this fact103.
He loved us so much that he sent His only begotten Son to die for us and is magnified when compared with the awfulness of our waiting punishment – hell. Christ loved the church so much he willingly gave himself for her, so she could be sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water and by the word, so the He might present her to himself a glorious church holy without blemish.
I learn that God will send Christ at an appointed time to receive the bride of Christ – the Church – to Himself, raising up those that that are His and are dead – they will receive new bodies(r), and changing the living so their bodies are perfect like His. Furthermore, there is an appointed day when God will Judge the world, that is, all people who have rejected His Son (this occurs after those of God's, the Church, is taken out of this world, called the rapture). I learn from Scripture that prophecy is to be read as occurring in the order it is written, and read as written.
Therefore, I find that Christ first comes for his own at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4), after which seven years of tribulation occurs, although I know not the time between the rapture and the beginning of this tribulation (Revelation 6 – 19, along with the prophecy of Daniel, Zachariah etc) then there will be a thousand years of reign with Christ (the millennium) followed by the last judgement (Revelation 20) and a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21 & 22). Theologically this is a pre-tribulation (rapture does not concern Christians), pre millennial view (the tribulation occurs before the millennial reign as Revelation states). The Church, that is the Bride of Christ, does not face judgement, which is why I believe the church is removed from the world prior to the tribulation, which begins in Revelation chapter 5. I know this because Jesus as recorded by Luke states that some are able to escape all the things (judgements) that are to come. This is repeated by Paul in 1 Thessalonians, who states that we await the coming of Christ who will deliver us from the wrath to come. I see that Paul repeats himself in the same book at chapter 5, where Christians are called the sons of light – that is the Church belongs to the light, not the time of darkness – the judgement. He reiterates that we escape judgement. I can confidently say this, because the gospel is the message of hope – that is, Jesus Christ has paid my debt in full (I have been purchased with a price), and hence the punishment arising from the judgement of my sins has been paid. The Holy Spirit was also able to say to the Church at Philadelphia (Rev 3:10) that they would be kept from the coming trial. I also have heard of no Father who makes his son's bride pass through tribulation – Jesus did not allude to this either in the parable of the 10 young women (Matthew 25). The issue many have here is that they do not understand that the Revelation chapters 4-19 is about the judgement of Israel and in part the nations – resulting in those that hate God standing before the Son of God (Luke 21:36)128.
The reality of this truth is that people, in this age, can be possessed by demons (Satan is not bound until chapter 20 of Revelation), and our fight is not with men of this world but principalities and powers. Furthermore, Christians wait for the coming day of Jesus, but the Jews [non-believers in Jesus Christ] watch for the coming day – but He will come as a thief to those that watch (for there will be signs). The judgement will be in righteousness by Christ who will judge the dead, small and great. All will give an account of himself to God, but the righteous (those saved by grace, who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ) will inherit eternal life made possible through the propitiation of Christ for our sins, and the wicked will be punished with everlasting destruction, being cast into the lake of fire called hell.
I learn from Scripture that our inheritance is assured as we wait for Christ to return, and hence I will never perish, and I know that no person or power can remove or pluck me from the hand of Christ.
A Christian is one that has been saved from Hell by the Lord Jesus Christ.
I found that a Christian has confessed with his or her mouth and believes that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, acknowledging that he or she is a sinner, deserved of death, and accepts Jesus' offer of paying that price by accepting Jesus died and rose again for him or her – that one is a saved and becomes known as a Christian (because that one is a follower of Christ). I found that Jesus did indeed pay the price of my sin – redeeming me from death in hell.
The Christian (one who has been saved by Jesus Christ, and is born again) has been sealed with the Holy Spirit, which is a “guarantee against the day of our redemption”, and indicates that I have been set apart to God; that is sanctified due to the offering of Christ (which was once for all, noting the “all” being those that accept it), and that my life is to be blameless, holy, having been changed into His image.
I learn that a Christian desires to observe two ordinances commended by Christ, both signifying His death.
(2) The Lord's Supper consisting of two symbols – bread and wine – are partaken so as to proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ until He comes again for his Church. I learn from Scripture this is symbolic; Christ having done this in front of His disciples, clearly showing that the bread was not his actual flesh (sarx in Greek) and the wine not his actual blood, but symbols of the flesh we are to eat, being the Word of God and blood, being that which Jesus shed for my sins, which washes me.
We are to abide in Him and he will abide in us. This I know because he has sent His [Holy] Spirit. Our earthly nature causes us to do what we want not to do, but Christ is just and righteous to forgive us, if we go to Him – no man can forgive our sin, only Christ.
The fear of the Lord is wisdom – Scripture speaks much on the importance of wisdom and the need to listen to her (eg Proverbs 4, 7 and 8). He or she is to actively seek to please God, fleeing or walking away from things that are against God – such as sexual immorality, greed, drunkenness etc; and following after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness104. This can only be done by seeking wisdom. I find from passages in Proverbs, where wisdom is personalised, that it is wisdom that discerns my direction at life's cross-roads. Left to self with, no guidance from the Holy Spirit, the trend is always towards corruption (Proverbs 7).
The Scripture plainly teaches about sex and sexuality, in that a man is to have sex with his wife only and no-one else, and vice versa. Sexuality is expressed as masculine or feminine, although God has turned some over to un-natural expressions of sexuality, including homosexuality that marks these as un-believers. Condemnation of homosexuality is found in the Law (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 clearly prohibit homosexual).
I find that Jesus taught that even if one only thinks about having a sexual relationship with another to whom he or she is not married, this is a sin, and a contravention of the ten commandments. This also means that homosexuality is not ordained by God, and indeed I find in the Bible strong imperatives that state such sexual unions are absolutely wrong in the sight of God and must be avoided. I also find teachings other than in the Law that shows the unnatural state of two of the same sex having sexual intercourse: Romans 1:18-31, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11. The Bible teaches that marriage of a man to a women is the mechanism to avoid these unnatural unions – the Apostle Paul wrote that man who has a burning desire to have sex is to get married to a women.
I find that the Bible shows that marriage rather than cohabitation is right, noting that having a sexual relationship with the opposite sex constitutes in some way the act of marriage – this I found by reading the narrative of Jesus and the sinful women who had five husbands, being a prostitute to five men (John 4:16-18). I find that cohabitation falls short of the Scriptural definition of marriage (where marriage's permanency is emphasised by Jesus in Matthew 19:5) , where marriage is the life long commitment of a permanent relationship – the becoming of one flesh for the purpose of bringing forth children.
On the other hand Jesus Christ stated that divorce, in the sight of God, was only introduced due to the “hardness of men's hearts”. I find that Scripture gives clear instruction who can apply for divorce and who in the divorced party cannot remarry. This is found in Matthew 19:7-8 and 1 Corinthians 7.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for – noting that only reality is true. Faith is the opposite to doubt, a fact Jesus talked of many times – he said “if you have faith and do not doubt”. The Bible states that the “just shall live by faith”, and points out that it is only by faith one can be saved. There is one and only one faith 43.
Faith is the essence of the requirement to please God69. The best example of faith can be found in Abraham who believed God when he was told he would be the father of a great nation, yet when told to sacrifice his son, Isaac, did so obediently. God provided a ram for him at the last minute, and the Bible records that his action was accorded him as righteousness. Indeed Abraham's faith extended to knowing that even if he had sacrificed his son Isaac, he would have been raised again. But this was never God's intent – it was a test, and testing is required to prove faith, as a black-smith ‘proves' the steel by hammering it: indeed Scripture in many cases shows that this is a necessity. The episode of Isaac was to 1) test Abraham and 2) demonstrate to the world what faith was, and 3) what he would have to do to his Jesus Christ His son in order to save the world.
Faith orders a person to trust someone else. Faith in Jesus Christ means a person following Jesus Christ but not knowing where one is going – in the same way a private follows a general's order or a slave his master's. This is not a problem because Jesus is totally trustworthy – he is the “way the truth and the life”38.
It is by faith a person is saved – this has been explained in the paragraph entitled “Being saved”. If one could be saved by performing tasks or working hard, we would only boast about it, says the Bible91. Confessing ones sins to a priest cannot save you, only faith can. Faith imputes righteousness to a person, which is explained in chapter 11 of Hebrews. The completer of our faith is Jesus Christ, in that the fulfilment of the amount owing in our lives (which is our life in full), owing due to our wilfulness and sinfulness, was paid in full by Jesus Christ.
The Bible shows that faith is not from our ability to be able to do something, but in the ability of the provider: Abraham was to find that God was that provider and names the Lord Jehovah-jireh meaning Yahweh-who-sees-and-provides.
Scripture is adamant that our faith must be rooted and grounded in the knowledge of God.
The church or congregation [ekklsia] should be the pillar and ground of all truth, having being built upon the foundation of the gospel entrusted to the Apostles with Christ as the chief corner stone is bound to keep itself pure in doctrine and godly walk. It is a body not an organisation, with Christ as its head: in that it comprises those that have been born again. Physically it comprises Christians that meet, not as an organisation but as the body of Christ – in essence a fellowship.
Christians must meet regularly, which was the example of the early church, usually on the first day of the week, the Lord's Day or Sunday. We do this not as obedience to the third commandment, but because we love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and body. A group of only 2 or 3 meeting in Christ's name is a congregation – the Holy Spirit will preside (and must be let to do so) over the meeting .
The Church was established on the doctrine of the Apostles and not the dogmas of man. Churches established on the doctrines and dogmas of man are false churches and will have no place at the marriage of the Lamb (Christ Jesus will sit down with all saints – that is Christians when the Church is taken to heaven in the last days), although some who are members of such false churches will be saved, ‘as by fire'. I have found most, if not all the falseness, corruption and evilness of the modern churches clearly outlined in the Letters to Seven Churches of Asia – The Revelation chapters 2 & 3.
The Church is distinct from Israel – it is neither Israel nor does it substitute Israel. She (she because God refers to the group as the bride of Christ) is different from Israel because the Canon explicitly states the church is neither Greek nor Jew (Romans 10:12, Colossians 3:11). The Council of Jerusalem (explained in Acts 15) accepted that believers in the Lord Jesus Christ did not need to become a Jew to be accepted into the congregation.
The Church as a hierarchy – Christ is the head and no one can displace, replace, represent or substitute him. There is no vicar on earth that represents (or can) Christ – any that call themselves this I find to be liars and deceivers. They are never to be trusted – the blood of the martyrs still cry out the story of deceit. The Church nor men cannot forgive sins – only Christ can because no man can clear his conscious of guilt – Israel proved this beyond any doubt, which is in essence what the Old Testament proves. The Church no longer comprises Apostles or apostolic appointees. I find that at the completion of the Canon (ie the Bible) the church had all that it needed to fulfil its task – provided it listens to the Holy Spirit as the writer to The Revelation indicates. However, the church requires elders or pasters and deacons who are men that fulfil the obligations and specifications as indicated by the Apostle Paul, in particular in the letters to Timothy and Titus. As a whole, the Church comprises the priesthood of all believers – there is no distinction between laity and clergy: indeed I find that there is no need to use these terms – all are priests and all are of the order of the holy priesthood.
God clearly gave man free will which is evident in the fall – Adam had a choice which he used to disobey God. Satan apparently had the same free-will and chose to disobey.
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There are angels, which are messengers of God, and will keep you, guide you and at times instruct you. These have, from time to time, taken on the form of man. Man is not to worship angels for angels are the servants of the most high God. They are not subject to death and arranged in a hierarchy. One of the chief angels desired to be like God and and sinned against God, deceiving with who followed him. These are for whom hell was prepared, the lead angel in this group is called the deceiver, Satan or the Devil who had the power of death, but was defeated by Christ.
I find the representation of angels as beings being brightly clothed with wings to be the antithesis of what Scripture describes. Only once do the angels appear to be wearing white – those sitting in the tomb of Jesus.
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Heaven can mean a place as well as a generalised realm – for instance Daniel refers to God as the God of the heavens. Heaven is the abode of God and his angels – we see that angels are sent from heaven from time to time for various purposes e.g. at the time Christ was being persecuted prior to being crucified. Heaven is where the saints will end up, and here I note that saints are those that have had righteousness imputed them (see Hebrews 11) and have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God – that is all Christians are saints.
There is much confusion about hell; both doctrinally and from various Bible translations that have rendered the Greek or Hebrew incorrectly.
There are two places of abode of the wicked: Gehenna and Hades (Greek) or Sheol (Hebrew). Gehanna is not hades (or sheol – being the Hebrew, which is often translated grave or pit eg Isaiah 24:18) and indeed I learnt that hades is the grave of the dead-in-Christ (i.e. they are not yet in Hell). That is, those unbelievers that die now are sent to Hades awaiting final judgement. Essentially Hades is a prison – dark and gloomy – of which Christ holds the keys and where Christ went after his death to preach to the prisoners, to demonstrate that he had indeed conquered death.
The inhabitants of Hades, after being judged, along with and Satan, will be taken and cast into hell – which is a lake of fire – and they will be there for ever. This means that death of the wicked does not lead to annihilation, but eternal punishment, as far as I understand. The purpose of hell (gehanna), which is a lake of fire, was for the fallen angels including their leader, Satan185, but now will include those that reject Christ. I found hell described in a number of places where the inhabitants will suffer much leading to weeping and gnashing of teeth.
God created men and women to be together – He created Eve to be the help-meet of Adam. The ordnance of marriage pre-dates the Mosaic law, and is fundamental to all humans – a boy grows up, and leaves his mother and father to join together with a woman (never a man), and in this relation is permitted to have sex, indeed encouraged to do so (1 Corinthians 7). The purpose is to conceive children – a command given to Adam and Eve – and children are a blessing to any marriage – a heritage to the Lord. Homosexuality is expressly forbidden203, but can be used to mark by God out those that hate God. Sex is forbidden with an animal, sibling, aunt or uncle, sister- or brother-inlaw, mother (or fathers wife), children or daughter inlaw – see Leviticus 20 and Deuteronomy 27.
Whereas it is recognized that ALL Scripture is profitable that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work, I find the following give the essence of Scripture.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.
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.
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Especially “(3) For I [Paul] delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:
(38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV) For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus
 Colossians 1:16-17 (KJV) 16For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
 Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD [is] the true God; He [is] the living God and the everlasting King.
 Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
 Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV) 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
 Genesis 1-3
 Exodus 33:19,20 (NKJV) Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
 John 1:18 (NKJV) No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
 John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
 Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world.
 See Acts 14 and Ephesians.
 Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Romans 1:25 [these] who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
 Colossians 3:5
 Jeremiah 17:5 (NIV)This is what the LORD says:“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.>
 Matthew 6:19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal”
 Luke 16:21
 Eg Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, …Yet there is no end to all his labors, Nor is his eye satisfied with riches. But he never asks, "For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?" This also is vanity and a grave misfortune.
 Noting that Islam is a culture not a religion and hence it is impossible to separate “church from state” as they are one and the same in Islam.
 Lamentations 3:26 NKJV It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.
 Matthew 1:23 (KJV) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Galatians 4:4 (KJV) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
 Luke 1:35 (NKJV) And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
 John 1:34
 1 Peter 1:20 (KJV) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
 John 8:58 (KJV) Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
 Matthew 22:44-46 which quotes Psalm 110:1, also Hebrews 1:3, 1:13, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2 (Hebrews chapters 1 to 10 sets out the pre-eminence of Christ), and seen by Stephen seated at God's right hand (Acts chapter 7)
 Philippians 2:7 (KJV) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 Galatians 1:4 (KJV) Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
 John 9:35 (KJV) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?.....
 Matthew 16:16 (KJV) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. etc
 Isaiah 9:6,7 (KJV) 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
 Luke 1:30-:33 (KJV) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Revelation 5:5 (KJV) 5….behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David..
 Romans chapters 9, 10 and 11.
 See the Gospels, especially Matthew 2.
 Colossians 3:13 (KJV) ..and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
 Romans 6:6 (NKJV) knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
 Hebrews 1:2-3 (KJV) [God]…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Colossians 1:15 (KJV) [Christ].. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Ephesians 4:32 (KJV) .. forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
 Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie (also Titus 1:2)
 2 Samuel 7:28 …O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true.
 John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life
 Revelation 12:9 that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world
 Matthew 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. (See also 1 & 2 Timothy, 2 Peter etc)
 1 Timothy 3:6 (Darby) not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into the fault of the devil.
 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 2 Peter 1:3 (NKJV) His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him
Hebrews 1:1-3 (NKJV) God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power..
Jude 3 (KJV) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
 Revelation 10:4 (NKJV) “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.” Which means we do not know what the voice said – in God's counsel it was important for John to hear them, in order to understand the vision, but not for us.
Revelation 10:8-11 (KJV) And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. We therefore do not have a recording of these words.
The Apostle Paul also saw things he was not allowed to write about.2 Corinthians 12:4.
 Psalm 138:2 (KJV) thou [God] hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
 2 Peter 1:20 – 21 (NKJV) knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
 John 10:35 (NKJV) … the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)
 2 Peter 1:20 (NIV) Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own [private] interpretation.
 Hebrew 4:12
 Psalms 86:11 KJV Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
 Psalms 32:8 ESV I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
 Isaiah 28:26 NKJV For He instructs him in right judgment, His God teaches him.
 Psalms 34:11 KJV … I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
 2 Peter 1:20 – 21
 Letter to the Ephesians chapter 3 noting Ephesians 3:5 “it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” And chapter 5: 21-32 noting Ephesians 5:32 “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church”
 John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad.
 Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
 Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].
 Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
 Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
 John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me
 2 Samuel 7:13 [NKJV] "He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
 Ps 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
 Ps 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Zec 9:9 ¶ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
 John 1:11 KJV He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
 Isa 11:1 ¶ And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
 Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting.
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for [his] only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.
 Isaiah 40:10-11 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young etc.
 Compare Jeremiah 25:11 with Daniel 9:2.
 Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?...
 See also note 55 (above) Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, [in] the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
 Hag 2:9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
 Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
 Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
 Romans 5:12 (NKJV) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
 Romans 5:14 (NKJV) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Re 21:8 (KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Second death is also referred to in: Rev 2:11, Rev 20:6 & 14.
 Matthew 25:41 (KJV) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
 John 8:51 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
 Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
 Revelation 20:14 KJV And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death
 Matthew 25:46, 25:41 etc
 Hebrews 9:26 (KJV) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
 Acts 5:30 (KJV) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
 1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NKJV) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
 Mark 3:29 ESV but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"
 Leviticus 4:2 (individual), 4:13 (nation), 4:22 (ruler), 4:27 (common person) and 5:14 (trespass in ignorance), see also Numbers 15.
 Hebrews 9:9
 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV) Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
 Galatians 3:13 NKJV Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree")
 Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
 Hebrews 10:18 Darby But where there is remission of these [sins], there is no longer a sacrifice for sin.
 Hebrews 9:28 ESV so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many
Romans 6:6 ESV We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Galatians 2:20 ESV I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 John 19:41 (NKJV) Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.
 There are many references to this – see the four Gospels
Matthew 28:6 (KJV) He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Acts 10:40 (KJV) Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;
1 Corinthians 15:20 (KJV) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
 Acts 5:30 (KJV) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
 Hebrews 1:3 (KJV) … when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high [ie God]
 Acts 7.
 John 16:7 (KJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
See also John 14: 14 and 26, John 15:26
 Romans 8:9 (NKJV) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Romans 8:11 (NKJV) But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
See also John 16:7
 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
also Ephesians 2:21 (Church)
 Ephesians 1:13-14 (NKJV) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Romans 8:15 (KJV) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:6 (KJV) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV) Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
 Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Also, Titus 3:3-6
 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 John 3:16 (KJV) 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.
 Isaiah 43:25 (KJV) I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Hebrews 10:17 (KJV) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
See also Hebrews 1:4.
 Hebrews 10:14 (KJV) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
 Hebrews 10:19 – :20 (NKJV) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
 John 3:5 (KJV) 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.
Indeed all of John 3 is instructive in this matter.
 Ro 7:18 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
 John 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.
 Acts 16:30-31 (NKJV) And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
 See Romans chapter 6
Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins..
 Psalm 94:11 (NKJV) The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile (vanity).
 Acts 2:38 (KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 Romans 10:9 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 1 Timothy 6:11 (NKJV) But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 1 John 2:3 (NKJV)
 John 3:16 (see 98)
 Matthew 13:41,42; Matthew 24:51 etc
 Ephesians 5:25 – 27 (NKJV) …Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish
 John 14:1-3 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
 Matthew 24:36 (NKJV) “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Philippians 3:21 (KJV) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NKJV) But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
 Revelation 6:10 (NKJV) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
 I suspect it will be soon after, because Jesus indicated that Christians are the salt of the earth preventing total decay – once this is removed, rapid decay will occur viz: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7
 Luke 21:34-36 NKJV "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
 1 Thessalonians 1:10 NKJV [we] wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
 1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV for you were bought with a price.
 Romans 2:9 ESV There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek [ie nations or non-Jews]
 Matthew 13 & 24 (i.e. verse 32), Mark 13 and Acts 2:19.
 Psalms 72:2 KJV He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
 Revelation 20:12 (NKJV) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
 Romans 14:12 (NKJV) So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
 Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Ephesians 6:10-12
 Romans 3:24 - 25 (NKJV) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.
1 John 2:2 KJV And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for (the sins of) the whole world.
 Revelation 20:15 (KJV) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Matthew 25:41 (NKJV) 41“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
See also Rev 19:20, Rev 20, Matthew 14:42 & 50.
 Deuteronomy 32:22 NKJV For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell (shoel); It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
 John 3:16 “should not perish”, Romans 5:10 “Shall be saved by His life”, Romans 9:10 “you will be saved” Acts 16:30 – 31 “you will be saved”, Ephesians 1:12 -14 “the Holy Spirit…. who is the guarantee of our inheritance”, Revelation 2:11 “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”, Mark 9:41 “he will by no means lose his reward”, John 6:37 [will] “by no means cast out” John 10: 28-30 “neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” Romans 5 “we have peace with God” etc.
Romans 8:1 (NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit
 Acts 16:31 NKJV So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."
 Romans 10:9 NKJV if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
 Romans 10:9 NKJV if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
 John 3:7 NKJV Do not marvel that I [Jesus Christ] said to you, 'You must be born again.'
 See 90
 Psalm 4:3 (KJV) But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
 Hebrews 10:10 (KJV) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
 1 Peter 1:15 & 16 (KJV) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
 2 Peter 3:14 (NKJV) Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
 Romans 6:3 (NKJV) Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
 Romans 6:4 (NKJV) Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
See also Colossians 2:11-14.
 1 Corinthians 11:26 (NKJV) For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. (Indeed 1 Corinthians 11:17-26 for the entire ordinance).
 Matthew 26:26 (KJV) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (Also Mark 14:22, Luke 24:30, Acts 27:35)
 John 6:55 – 56 (NKJV) For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
 John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
 Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Hebrews 12:24 (KJV) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
 1 John 4:12 – 13 (NKJV) No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
 Romans 7:13 – 25
 1 John 1:8 – 9 (NKJV) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
 Romans 1:26 (NIV) Because of this [changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature (KJV)], God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
 Matthew 5:28 (NIV) But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
 Leviticus 18:22-23 (NKJV)You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (23) Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.
 1 Corinthians 7:9 NKJV if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
 Matthew 19:5 ESV [Jesus] said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
 Genesis 2:24 (KJV)Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. This was repeated by Jesus in Matthew 19:5 to indicate the purpose and permanency of marriage, which was re-iterated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:16..
 Genesis 1:28 NKJV Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
 Matthew 5:32 (NIV) But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
 Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see
 Matthew 21:21
 Habakkuk 2:4
 Hebrews 11:17-19.
 1 Peter 1:6 & 7 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
 Hebrews 12:1,2 (NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 Genesis 22:14. This is a play on the Hebrew – yireh means to see: God sees the needs to Abraham and so provides.
 Psalm 9:10 (KJV) And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
 1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou ought(est) to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV) But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
 1 Corinthians 3:10 – 11 (NKJV) According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 Ephesians 2:20 – 21 (KJV) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
 1 Corinthians 5:11 (NKJV) But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person. (see also 1 Cor 5:1-13)
1 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV) but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
 See all of 1 Corinthians 12.
 Colossians 1:18 (NKJV) 1And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
 Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
 Acts 20:7, 18
 Matthew 18:20
 Ephesians 2:20, but more explicitly when Paul demands that the church follow his example and doctrine to the letter eg 2 Timothy 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:2,
 1 Corinthians 3:15
 2 John 1:7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 2 Peter 3:3
 See Hebrews chapter 9
 1 Peter 2:5 (NKJV) you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
 Psalm 91:11 (KJV) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
 There are a myriad of references to this eg, Genesis 16 – the story of Hagar, Judges 13:3 – the story of Samson etc
 Revelation 19:10 (NKJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him [the angel] But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus.
see also Daniel.
 Isaiah 14:12 (NKJV) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (See all of Chapter 14 of Isaiah)
Ezekiel 28:15 (NKJV) You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, ill iniquity was found in you. (See Ezekiel 28 11-19 : this is an illustration of Satan, caste in the person of the King of Tyre)
 2 Peter 2:4 (KJV) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Matthew 25:41 (KJV) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
 Hebrews 2:14 (NKJV) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
 John 20:12
 Daniel 2:44
 Luke 22:43 NKJV Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
 Jude 1:6 Darby And angels who had not kept their own original state, but had abandoned their own dwelling, he keeps in eternal chains under gloomy darkness, to the judgment of the great day;
 Revelation 1:18 And I [Alpha and Omega] have the keys of Hades and of Death.
1 Peter 3:19 NKJV by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison
 Revelation 20:13 NKJV The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Revelation 20:14 NKJV Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
 Revelation 20:10 NKJV The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet [are]. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
 Eg Matthew 13:42, 22:13 & 25:30, Luke 16:24
 Genesis 2:18 NKJV And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper [help meet in the KJV] comparable to him."
 Genesis 2:24 ESV Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
 Leviticus 20:13 ESV If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
 Psalms 127:3-5 NKJV Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
 Romans 1:26-27 NKJV For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
 Leviticus 20:15 NKJV If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal.
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