C&C: Reconciliation by the Death of Jesus Christ

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Isaiah 64:5-7
5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

In this lesson we will be focusing our attention on a statement made many times by pastors, teachers, and preachers alike.  That statement is “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”.  It is important to first establish that in the context of this passage this statement is being spoken to people who were under the Mosaic Law.  The question then becomes can we who are living under the New Testament Covenant of God be the righteousness of God in Christ while at the same time making the statement that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”?

2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We are the righteousness of God in Christ!!

2 Corinthians 6:14
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

John 12:32-34
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. {reconciling the world unto himself}
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

Romans 5:8-10
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Let us focus our attention again to this particular verse of scripture. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

We are not as an unclean thing as the Prophet Isaiah spoke of pertaining to the natural seed of Israel who were under the Mosaic Law.  For we have been cleansed and purified!! Our sins and iniquities are not taking us away because under the New Testament Covenant of peace the Lord was merciful to our unrighteousness by remitting our sins and thus remembering our sins and iniquities no more.

Hebrews 8:12-13
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Ephesians 5:24-27, 30
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Remember we are the righteousness of God in Christ!!  We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  The washing of water by the word is speaking of the water baptism in Jesus name where the blood of Jesus Christ is applied to our sins and thereby remitted.  (See: Acts 2:38, 22:16, Col 2:11-14, 1 Peter 3:21)

Titus 3:4-5
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Spiritual cleansing, regeneration, and reformation by repentance and water baptism in Jesus name and the receiving of the Holy Ghost.
The Greek word in use for washing:

3067. loutron, loo-tron’; from G3068; a bath, i.e. (fig.) baptism:–washing.

The Greek word in use for regeneration:

3824. paliggenesia, pal-ing-ghen-es-ee’-ah; from G3825 and G1078; (spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), i.e. (fig.) spiritual renovation; spec. Messianic restoration:–regeneration.

1 Peter 1:18-23
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

We must remember that when the Prophet Isaiah spoke “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”, was being spoken to people who were under the Mosaic Law.

Hebrews 10:1-4
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Our sins have been remitted!!

Romans 3:19-26
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Since we all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God, God sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous into the world, to be the mediator between God and man bringing forth reconciliation through his death.  Now we have access through faith in his blood unto God’s grace wherein we now stand.  Being then justified freely by his grace we have the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Therefore we are made the righteousness of God in Christ through our obedient faith in his blood.

So as to the question of can we who are living under the New Testament Covenant of God be the righteousness of God in Christ while at the same time making the statement that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”, the answer is no.  How can that which God has cleansed be unclean?  You can’t be both the righteousness of God and yet at the same time say all your righteousness is as filthy rags.

Hebrews 11:32-33
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

By the works of faith righteousness is wrought.  Our works are wrought in Christ.  We are the righteousness of God in him.  Therefore the works that we do are through faith of Jesus Christ and righteousness is imputed unto us.  We are to follow after righteousness and this takes place by our obedient faith to God.

James 2:24
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

James 2:17
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 1:25
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Works of faith wrought in Christ!!  “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” (Eph 5:30)

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Obedience: More than all Whole Burnt Offerings and Sacrifices

The subject I am going to be teaching on is the importance of being obedient and what it means to be obedient.  To start off our teaching, I am going to read to you a scripture, that comes with great implications if one truly believes the Bible and the contents there in.

2 Timothy 3:16
16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Do you believe it tonight?  Do you believe that All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God?  Do you believe that all scripture is profitable for doctrinal teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness?

Let me explain to each of you tonight, that if you believe this verse of the Bible, that there should no longer be any divisions of Christianity.  Why?  Because to acknowledge that all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness will only lead you to the one true path.   I will show this to you tonight.

Since the Bible tells us that all scripture is inspired by God, there is never a time that you will use one passage of scriptures to reject another passage of scriptures.  There also will never be a time that you leave out or exclude scripture because you do not understand them.

For instance:

John 3:16 says,
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.

Praise God for that!  And, this is true!  But, just because this is true, does that mean you exclude what other scriptures also tell us to do?  Like:

Mark 16:16 that reads,
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

But wait a minute.  John 3:16 said  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.

Again, I ask you tonight.  Does that mean we ignore that Jesus also tells us that He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Or should we believe what we learned in 2 Timothy 3:16?  Which told us All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Do you believe what the Bible Says?  Ok.  Again, since all scripture is inspired by God then we realize that you never stack one passage of scripture against another.  So, God did send his son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but we also must be baptized in his name as the bible also teaches us.

Let me give you another example:

Romans 10:9
9 {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.
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Amen!  This is true.  But does that mean you no longer have to be baptized?

Acts 2:38-39 says,
38  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.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

If we exclude scriptures are we being obedient to 2 Timothy 3:16 which told us, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness?

Oh But wait,

Ephesians 2:8-9 says,
8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

This is truth!!!  But so is the baptism in Jesus name and the receiving of the Holy Ghost.

Didn’t the scriptures also tell us….

Ephesians 2:19-20
19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

So what did the Apostles in the Bible tell us?

Acts 2:38-39 says,
38  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.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

What did Jesus in the Bible tell us?

John 14:15
15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

So, we are not saved by works but by our obedient faith to the keeping of God’s commandments.

What?  Know ye not that we are called for obedience to the faith for his name?

Romans 16:25-27
25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

So what does it mean that this Gospel of Jesus Christ was made known to all nations for the Obedience of Faith?

For this answer, we need to better understand how faith works.  Faith requires action.  Listen to what the Apostle James tells us in:

James 2:20;26
20  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

So faith takes an action of obedience to be made complete.  Let me give you an example.

Let’s say I have faith that if I purchase a smoke detector for my home that it will save my life in case of a house fire.  I have faith that it will save my life.  However, I must be obedient to my faith that the smoke detector will work and save my life in case of a house fire.

How then?  You will find that for the smoke detector to work, there were instructions given to you.  One of which includes placing a battery in it so that it will have power to operate.

So in order for my faith that the smoke detector will save my life in case of a house fire to be made complete, I must follow the instructions, and place the battery into it.
If I choose not to be obedient to my faith that the smoke detector will save my life in case of a house fire, and do not install the battery, then if there is a house fire, it will not work, and thus my faith without works of obedience was dead being alone.

So we have learned that faith requires actions of obedience in order to be made complete.

Have you ever wondered how faith works?   The answer can be found in:

Galatians 5:6
6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

So in Jesus Christ faith is what matters.  And faith works by love!!!

With this understanding, it should make more sense why the Lord said in:

John 14:15
15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

In Jesus Christ the Lord, faith works by love.  And thus if you love God, you will keep his commandments, because faith being alone is dead.  For your faith to be made complete in Jesus Christ, you must be obedient to his commandments.

Romans 8:8,10
8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.    WHY?????   Because……
10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Mark 12:28-34
28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

So it is of the utmost importance that we are obedient to our faith that God will save us.  For this to take place.   We must believe 2 Timothy 3:16 16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

If we truly believe this bible verse, that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, it will lead us to Acts 2:38-39 which is the plan of Salvation that God has given unto us His people, which instructs us to, “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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Let me again remind everyone what the Bible teaches us of those who did not obey the truth of this Gospel of Jesus Christ’s Death, Burial, and Resurrection, in…..

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
7  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

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C & C: Holiness is Part of Salvation

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Hebrews 12:14
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

If you do not follow after peace with all men, and holiness, you will not be saved.  God commands us to be holy and is therefore a part of our salvation.  We are to be holy in all manner of communication, behavior, and conduct even as God is holy.

1 Peter 1:14-16
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

To be holy we must conform ourselves to God’s character.  His holy nature.  We must love what He loves and hate what He hates and think the thoughts that would align up to His thoughts as we are taught throughout the Bible, God’s only Holy Word.

To live a holy life we must not be conformed to this world but rather transformed from it.  We must separate ourselves from sin and the things of the world while being dedicated to God and reaching out to the lost even as Jesus Christ did.

Romans 12:1-2
1 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.
2 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.

2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

As followers of Christ and that of God we as Christians must not love the things of this world, nor allow ourselves to become attached to it, nor to take part of the sinful pleasures and activities of this world.  This is a commandment of God.  If we are not holy as He is holy then we will not be saved.  This is not optional.  This is a promise of God.

James 1:27
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

You must come “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” and ” present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.  You must not be “conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” keeping yourself “unspotted from the world.”

James 4:4
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

The friendship of the world is enmity with God.  It is the enemy of God and if you live in it and partake of it you will suffer the wrath of God!

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We must avoid “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”.  We must not love the world, or “the love of the Father is not in him.”  Holiness is Part of Salvation.  You must discipline yourself and abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:22
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

We must so run that we too may obtain, but we must be “temperate in all things” and understand that we must keep our bodies under subjection to Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Holiness is Part of Salvation.  Holiness is both inward and outward.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
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.

Holiness is not to be ignored or to be assumed by your own interpretations of what holiness is when the scriptures identify to you what holiness is and what manner of person you ought to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God”.   As you can see you are bought with a price if you are Christ’s, “therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

If you do not live a holy life God will destroy you!  For “the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” “and ye are not your own” “therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Holiness includes your thoughts, attitudes, and your physical appearance.  Your physical appearance is a reflection of what is on the inside.  What your thoughts and attitudes are is reflected in your outward appearance.  This is not to say that you can not deceive man and reflect an outward appearance of holiness while you are corrupt and foul on the inside.

Matthew 23:25-28
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

God expects us to grow spiritually, to grow in grace and the knowledge of Him that saved us, and to produce fruit continually.

2 Peter 3:18
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

John 15:1-8
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Holiness is not to be confused with works salvation, but rather seen as the scriptures have revealed, part of salvation. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Heb 12:14)

If you truly love God you will keep His commandments and you will also desire to be pleasing in His sight.  It will be your pleasure to obey Him and keep His commandments.

1 John 5:3
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We are told that everything we do is to be done to the glory of God, whether in word or deed is to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, and our love is to be expressed in deed and truth.

1 Corinthians 10:31
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

1 John 3:18
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

We must not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit!  We must bring our thoughts under subjection and to the obedience of Jesus Christ!  This in turn will bring our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors under subjection and to the obedience of Jesus Christ!  Holiness is Part of Salvation!

Romans 8:1
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Galatians 5:16-26
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
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.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Your outward appearance reflects your inner self and “all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Deuteronomy 22:5
5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Regardless of what society and culture teaches “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

1 Peter 3:1-7
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

1 Timothy 2:8-15
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Luke 6:43-44
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good
fruit.
44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

Luke 3:9
9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

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If We Love God We Will Keep His Commandments

1 John 5:1-21
5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

Does this verse mean that if you believe Jesus is the Christ you are born of God and have eternal life?  That is what many would say.  However, they never continued reading the rest of the chapter.  This verse tells us that if you believe Jesus is the Christ you are born of God: and every one that loves God, loves him also that is begotten of Him.  Which would be His children or Sons of God.

2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

A portion of the answer is now found in this verse.  This verse tell us how we know if we have loved His children.  It continues from verse 1.  It tells us we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.   So, now we just learned that those Born of God, love His children, love God, and keep his commandments.  One of his commandments was, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.   See John 3:5.

So now we see that Jesus tells us to be Born of God you must be born of water and of the Spirit.  So to fulfill the question from verse one, which was, Does verse 1 mean that if you believe Jesus is the Christ you are born of God and have eternal life?  That to answer this question you also have to apply verse 2 which tells us that we must love His children, love God, and keep His commandments, of which one is specifically about what must be done to enter the Kingdom of God, which was how to be born again.

3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

This tells us how we know if we love God.  Which is if we keep His commandments.  And tells us that His commandments are not grievous.

4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

This tells us we overcome the world, by faith.

5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Here a specific question was asked.  Who is he that overcometh the world, is it he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

6  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

This verse tells us how Jesus Christ came.  Which was by water and blood.  Not water only, but by water and blood.  And the Spirit bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.  Who is the Spirit that bears this witness?

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)

So this Spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ bears witness that Jesus came by water and blood.  How did he come by water and blood?  John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”

7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Here we are told there are three that bear record in Heaven and these three are one.  So who is the Father?  God.  Who is the Word?  John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  So the Word is also God.  Who is the Holy Ghost?  The Spirit of God.  We just learned that Jesus is the Comforter, the Spirit of truth.  So what does all of this mean?  That the three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, are God and His name is Jesus.

Remember , John 5:43 ” I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”  So verse 7 said that the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are one.   It did not say these three are one made up of three.  Because that would no longer be one, but three.

8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Now we are told that there is three that bear witness in Earth.  The Spirit, the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.   We know that the Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost; and that when the soldier pierced His side, there came out blood and water.  So the question is what do these three agree in?  They agree in how to be Born again.  Which is the whole topic.  Remember the question from verse 1?  If not it was, does this verse mean that if you believe Jesus is the Christ you are born of God and have eternal life?

So now we see that the answer to this question is yes only if you have met all these other requirements.  Which were: we must love His children, love God, and keep His commandments, of which one is specifically about what must be done to enter the Kingdom of God, which was how to be born again.

So the two questions that remain are, What then is the fulfilling of the commandment of God, to be born of water and of the Spirit?  And if the Spirit, water, and the Blood agree in one, and it is Salvation.  How then?

Question 1 was answered in:

Acts 2:36-39
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38  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.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

So when we baptize in the name of Jesus we are being born of water and when we receive the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues, we are born of the Spirit.

This also fulfills Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.

Which Peter understood and thus why he told them to be baptized in the name of Jesus.   Do you recall that Jesus told Peter He would give him the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven?

Matthew 16:17-19
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Question 2 And if the Spirit, water, and the Blood agree in one, and it is Salvation.  How then?

(John 19:34) Showed us the blood and water represents Jesus’ death.

Romans 6:3-6
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

So when you apply Acts 2:38 “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”, The blood represents your repentance.

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22)

The water represents burying yourself into the death of Jesus which crucifies our bodies and puts sin to death, so that we also should walk in newness of life.  (Romans 6:3-6 above)

The Spirit represents the Holy Ghost which is promised to you after taking on the name of Jesus Christ in baptism. (Acts 2:38 above)

(Continuing from I John 5)
9  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

This verse tells us that the witness of God is the testimony of His Son.

10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

This verse tell us that if you believe on the Son of God you have the witness in yourself: but he that does not believe makes God a liar, because he does not believe the record that God gave to Jesus.

11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Here we are told the record is eternal life given by God, and that this eternal life is in His Son Jesus.

12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

This tells us again that if you have Jesus you have eternal life. And if you do not have Jesus you do not have eternal life.

13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Here we are told the reason of this chapter.  That you might believe on the name of the Son of God, which is Jesus; so that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you might believe on the name of the Son of God, which is Jesus.

14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

This verse tells us the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He will hear us.

15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Here we are told, that if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, according to His will, we know that we will have the petitions that we have desired of Him.

16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

This verse tells us that if we see our brother sin a sin that is not unto death, that if we ask, He shall give him life, if it were not a sin unto death.  We are told that there is a sin unto death, and told not to pray for it, if our brother has committed that sin.  That sin is Mark 3:29 “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation”.

17  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

Here we are told that all unrighteousness is sin: and that there is a sin not unto death.  These are Mark 3:28 “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme”.

18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

Here we are told that one born of God sins not; but that he keeps himself, and the wicked one will not touch him.  Does this mean that you can do anything you want and it is impossible for you to sin?  Recall what this chapter has told us in verse 3.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  Also:

Romans 6:15-16
15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Here we are told that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

This verse tells us that now we know the Son of God, Jesus is come, and has given us and understanding, and that understanding is that we may know Him that is true, and that we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.  And then we are told, that Jesus is the true God, and eternal life.

John 14:6-9
6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8  Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

This verse tells us to keep ourselves from idols and was said because now we should have understood who God is.

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Come let us Grow Together: Water Baptism

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God.  The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

A crucial subject that many people do not understand is the importance of water baptism and what takes place as a result of it.  Many people view water baptism as an option that you can do if you want to, but it’s alright if you don’t.  There are also questions about how to baptize people and at what age you can baptize them.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mk 16:16)

Many people claim that what you are about to read is how you obtain salvation.

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. (Rom 10:7-8)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rom 10:13)

What happened to the rest of what was taught?????

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Mt 28:19)

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Lk 24:45-47)

Jesus opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and told them what to speak.  He told them to preach repentance and remission of sins in His name.  And they did!!!

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. (Acts 2:38)

Notice that baptism was not optional but was part of how they were to receive remission of their sins.  Also notice that all throughout the book of Acts, which was the birth of the New Testament Church, you will see that the people who believed in the preaching of Jesus Christ repented of their sins and were baptized in the name of the Lord.

(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) (Acts 8:16)

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (Acts 8:37-38)

And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. (Acts 9:18)

Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. (Acts 10:47-48)

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 19:5-6)

AND NOW WHY TARRIEST THOU? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:12-16)

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C & C: What the Grace of God Teaches Us

Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed.  The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.

Titus 2:11-15
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Are you following the grace of God?  The grace of God that brings salvation?  The grace of God that teaches “us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”?   It is very important that you understand What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  We are saved by grace but you will not be saved if you are not following after What the Grace of God Teaches Us!

Maybe no one has ever taught you What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  Maybe you are unaware that the grace of God that brings salvation requires you to be obedient to What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”!  This is required or you have fallen from grace and will not be saved!

2 Peter 3:17-18
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

There is no such doctrine in the Word of God that teaches you that once you are saved you are always saved, but the contrary is taught all throughout scripture!  “beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.”

1 Corinthians 9:26-27
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

The Apostle Paul himself declares that he keeps his body under subjection “lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway”.

Revelation 3:5
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Your name can clearly be blotted out of the book of life!  It is of the utmost importance that you not only understand this but that you also follow after what the grace of God teaches us or you will not be saved!  “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”!

Let’s take a closer look at what it means to be obedient to What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  The Grace of God teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.  How does one know what is ungodly and what is worldly lusts without studying the Word of God and being taught by the 5-fold ministry that God has given to the Church?  You can’t just follow after your heart!

Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
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.

You can’t claim to be saved by grace while you deny What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  The grace of God that brings salvation requires you to be obedient to What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  It is more than “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts” but also the grace of God teaches us that “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”!  You MUST “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” to be saved by the grace of God!!

People love to quote these scriptures from Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Yet deny or misunderstand What the Grace of God Teaches Us!  We are saved by grace through faith if you are obedient to What the Grace of God Teaches Us!

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

You MUST “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” to be saved by the grace of God while also “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts”!

Romans 14:16-19
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Hebrews 12:14-16
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

If you do not follow after “peace with all men, and holiness” you will not be saved!  It is essential to salvation as well as being part of following What the Grace of God Teaches Us!

1 Corinthians 14:1
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Charity is love and love is the fulfilling of the law of Moses.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth:

Romans 13:8-10
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If you do not have the love of Christ in you then you are not following What the Grace of God Teaches Us!

1 Timothy 6:6-14
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

The grace of God that teaches “us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” teaches us to be content with “food and raiment” for “godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

We are to “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”  These are the things that the Grace of God Teaches Us!

2 Timothy 2:22-26
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

We are saved by grace through faith “and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  However, you MUST OBEY What the Grace of God Teaches Us or YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED BECAUSE YOU FAIL SHORT OF THE GRACE OF GOD AND HAVE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT THE SON OF GOD, AND HATH COUNTED THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT, WHEREWITH HE WAS SANCTIFIED, AN UNHOLY THING, AND HATH DONE DESPITE UNTO THE SPIRIT OF GRACE! (See Hebrews 10:29)

Titus 2:11-15
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

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Let us be Wise

James 1:5-6
5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James 3:13-18
13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Proverbs 1:1-5
1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4  To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Proverbs 1:20-29
20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Proverbs 2:1-5
1  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2:10-12
10  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11  Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12  To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

Proverbs 3:13-18
13  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 4:7-9
7  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Proverbs 5:1-13
1  My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
5  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11  And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12  And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13  And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

Proverbs 7:4-5
4  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
5  That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Proverbs 9:10-18
10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12  If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13  A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14  For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15  To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17  Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Proverbs 10:13-14
13  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14  Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Proverbs 11:8-12
8  The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9  An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10  When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12  He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Proverbs 12:1-7
1  Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
2  A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5  The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6  The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7  The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

Proverbs 12:23-25
23  A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25  Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 15:2-16
2  The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5  A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6  In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10  Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
11  Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12  A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16  Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 17:27-28
27  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Proverbs 18:15
15  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 19:1-2
1  Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2  Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

Proverbs 6:23-29
23  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24  To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25  Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26  For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27  Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29  So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

Proverbs 8:10-11
10  Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11  For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 15:32-33
32  He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Proverbs 19:20
20  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Proverbs 23:12
12  Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:23
23  Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Proverbs 4:1-6
1  Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3  For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Psalms 34:11-19
11  Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12  What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15  The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17  The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Proverbs 13:14
14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 5:21-23
21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
22  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
23  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Proverbs 20:24
24  Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Psalms 37:23-24
23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

1 Chronicles 28:9
9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

You can have all the wisdom in the world and still not act wisely!!

1 Kings 11:4
4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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