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  1. Pursuing Marriage in Christ By Justin Johnson God intended marriage to be good. Too many marriages end up in tragedy. When seeking marriage, how do you make sure your relationship starts on the right foot? When trying to win someone’s heart, it is natural to exert maximum effort to put your best foot forward. This ends up being the wrong foot. To become the object of another’s affections, you conform to what they desire, which may be different than what you truly are. If they saw how you really were, you fear, they might become disinterested and the hope of love destroyed. This is why one of the most common problems in marriage relationships is expecting your spouse to be something they are not. When hearts have been won and marriage occurs, both put less effort on their best foot and the other shoe drops. To keep the shoe from dropping some marriages trudge along attempting to maintain maximum effort to be someone they are not. This rarely ends well. Therefore, the usual marriage advice is to find someone who loves you for who you really are. This way there are no false expectations and less effort is required. This can be called putting your worst foot forward. Leading with your worst foot is not good either. The problem with this advice is that the Bible tells us that we are all sinners, and no one wants a sinner for a spouse. This is true no matter how much they claim to love you just as you are. God already knows the worst about us. God has already commended his love toward us. God loves his Son, and wants us to be conformed to His image. Moreover, God provides the grace and power for this to occur through faith. Sinners can become saints in Christ by grace through faith. The good news for marriage is that it was never intended to be only for perfect people (or perfect matches). There is no such thing. Neither is it merely where two sinners maintain close proximity without harming each other. Marriage is for two people to learn to love how God loves. Loving first, sacrificially, completely, by grace, in Christ, and in the face of a sinner. You don’t have to be someone you are not for marriage to work. Nor are you resigned to be the sinner that you were. You must only be who you are in Christ. This is why the only condition given to Christians on whom they marry is “in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:39). This way there are no false expectations: sin will be present; but there is also hope: you know the love of Christ. You are the hands and feet of Christ. Put that foot forward, and marriage success will be only as distant as you in Christ. -Grace and Marriage -Loving God to Death -How to Preach the Love of God in Christ -Showing Grace Toward Others -Give More Than Love -Jesus Loves Me -The Grace Reason to Do Good
  2. Abel’s Blood, Christ’s Blood By Justin Johnson Abel was a prophet killed by his religious brother. Abel’s brother, Cain, was a religious man who thought man should be accepted by birthright, works, and good intentions. God calls the works of self-righteous men evil (1 John 3:12). Self-righteousness cannot stand God’s righteousness. Cain ignored God’s appeals and killed Abel. Abel’s blood spoke from the ground (Gen 4:10, Heb 11:4). Abel’s blood cried for justice and retribution, judgment and vengeance, and cried “how long?” It was nearly 1600 years before God executed judgment upon that wicked world in a flood. Abel’s blood was a testimony to the wickedness of Cain and all those who followed his way. Blood on Their Hands The way of Cain persisted in evil religious men. It was identified in the Pharisees and scribes who killed the Lord as Cain killed Abel (Luke 11:50-51). The Lord said the blood of Abel would be required of those wicked men since they chose the way of Cain. Abel’s blood was again testifying of the wickedness of these religious men. But for those who had ears to hear the blood of Christ spoke of better things according to Israel’s covenants (Matt 26:28; Heb 12:24). Namely, his blood spoke of a better covenant and the sending of the Holy Ghost according to the covenant (Heb 9:17-18; Heb 10:15-16). For all this, Israel still followed the way of Cain and resisted the Holy Ghost and resorted to murdering Stephen rather than repent of their ungodliness. The blood of prophets since Abel has cried out against injustice and for judgment, “how long?” How could a righteous God withhold judgment against such ungodliness any longer? How could God show mercy to sinners, and grace to the depraved? It was not for the prophets to know these times of hidden things (Acts 1:7). Power in the Blood Christ first revealed these mysteries to a man who had the blood of Abel, Christ, and Stephen on his hands (Acts 8:1). Though he resisted the power of the Holy Ghost, the Lord Jesus Christ sent Paul to preach the power of the shed blood of Christ as the gospel of salvation (1 Cor 1:17-18; Eph 2:13). He gave to Paul a special dispensation whereby all who trust the shed blood of Jesus Christ can be saved by grace without the works (1 Cor 9:17; Eph 2-3). God has withheld judgment for nearly two thousand years while he offers salvation freely through faith in his blood (Rom3:25). The blood shed at the hands of men following the way of Cain, is now presented as the means for saving the same wicked world from sin. What grace! Abel’s blood and all the prophets cried out to hasten justice against ungodliness. The mystery of Christ’s blood allows God to patiently preach salvation to all for as long as God will suffer it for Christ’s sake. The blood of Abel cries for justice, but now the blood of Christ is preached for grace and peace. There will be a day when God will answer the cries of Abel’s innocent blood according to the prophets (Rom 12:19, Isa 26:21). But now God is offering salvation to sinners through the preaching of the blood of Christ according to the mystery. -Stephen, Zechariah, and Israel’s Fall -A Must-Use Verse to Teach Right Division -So Great Salvation -Secret Since the World Began -Rightly Dividing the Holy Spirit -Do Prophets Exist Today? -Willful Sin and Judgment of Hebrews 10:26
  3. It wasn't on my mind until I clicked on this thread and read a few posts but I too have much to thank God for and it;s so true, He is in the details that make the Big Picture. Congrats to you and all praise to God.
  4. The Gospel According to Paul http://graceambassadors.com/midacts/the-gospel-according-to-paul By Justin Johnson The Old Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are commonly referred to as the Four Gospels. Many Bibles even have in the titles of these books “The Gospel According to…” Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. All four of them contain the same gospel: the gospel of the kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom declared the fulfillment of the prophetic kingdom to the nation Israel. What they do not contain is the gospel of the cross for salvation. Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection do not even occur until the final chapters of the books. Jesus in his earthly ministry confirmed the kingdom promises to the circumcision (Israel): “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:” – Romans 15:8 Each of the four books start with the earthly ministry of Jesus to the circumcision and ends with his death and resurrection. This outlines the ministry and message of Peter, John, and the Twelve according to prophecies of Christ. Their ministries begin with the prophecies and end with their fulfillment in Christ. However, there is a fifth gospel. Paul’s gospel was not copied from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. It was personally revealed by the Lord (Gal 1:11-12). As such, Paul’s gospel as told in 1 Corinthians 15 is different than the four traditional Gospels. It includes the revelation of the mystery of Christ. A New Beginning Paul does not begin with Jesus’ ministry to the circumcision as do Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He says elsewhere that he does not know Christ after the flesh: “…though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” – 2 Corinthians 5:16 Instead, the first thing in Paul’s gospel is the last thing in the four gospels: the death and resurrection of Christ. “…I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;” – 1 Corinthians 15:3 This seems right as the foundation of Paul’s gospel of the grace of God was not the kingdom promises to a circumcised people, but the cross itself (1 Cor 1:18, 2:2, 3:10). The very first point of Paul’s gospel is neither the genealogy of Jesus nor Jesus’ relationship to prophecy, but his death for our sins. A New Ending Also different is how Paul’s gospel ends in 1 Corinthians 15:1-10. The four so-called Gospels do not progress beyond the appearance of the resurrection Jesus to the Twelve apostles. However, Paul is nowhere to be found in the four Gospels. He is not only absent but an unbeliever and an enemy of the gospel of the kingdom: “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem;…” – Acts 8:1 Paul’s gospel goes beyond the resurrection of Christ to his kingdom remnant. Paul explains the revelation of the mystery of Christ to himself “last of all”. “And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” – 1 Corinthians 15:8 Born out of the due time of prophecy, Paul was given salvation by the Lord himself and was chosen as the dispenser of the gospel of the grace of God: “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:” – Eph 3:2 “… a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” – 1 Corinthians 9:17 The Mystery Gospel It is popular to pursue the gospel narratives found in Matthew-John as the key to understanding the Bible. While there are doctrinal gems and spiritual truths in these books, we must remember Paul’s gospel in order to understand all things (even those things beyond the resurrection of Jesus). “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. “ – 2 Tim 2:7 The gospel Christ gave to Paul is missing from Matthew-John, and so is called a mystery gospel (Rom 16:25, Eph 6:19). Instead of trying to pattern ourselves after the Lord’s earthly ministry passed on to his twelve apostles to Israel, we should start with Christ crucified and pattern our ministry after the heavenly message of the apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 11:13). When our focus is on the gospel God gave to Paul then we will be in position to grow in the grace of God as did Paul, according to his gospel: “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” – 1 Corinthians 15:10 Related posts: -Handling Gospel Transition -The Gospel Missing in John -Did Paul Preach A Different Gospel? -The First to Preach the Gospel -Prophecy Unfulfilled -Paul’s “My Gospel” -Gospel of the Kingdom vs. Gospel of the Grace of God
  5. Praise Jesus !!! Thank you all for the excellent replies. I realize there are likely numerous Trinity threads and I made a decision to stop engaging in heated debates over the complexity of God. I found early on that I could not convince a Non-Trinity believer to change their mind. I tried for years and I can only plant seeds. I also concluded in my own mind that God will understand if we don't get everything right. I try to follow the two Great Commandments and the 10 of course, but I can always do better.
  6. I ask this because I run other forums and we have quite a few people that do not accept the doctrine of the trinity. I have seen Christians tell other Christians they are going to hell if the don't believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. I believe He is but what if I'm wrong. Are we expected to understand the concept and the nature of our Triune God? What do you see and hear on this topic and what are your beliefs?
  7. How Do I Know I Am Saved? http://graceambassadors.com/salvation/how-do-i-know-i-am-saved By Justin Johnson Let’s be honest. If you do not know that you are saved it is because you are not. I am not trying to be cruel or mean, but simply honest. It would be the worst kind of negligence if I encouraged you to believe you were saved if actually you were not. Unsaved people roam the earth thinking they are right with God, but are not. This reality may be driving your honest question about how to know if you are saved. This question is the greatest question one could ask, because the answer is understanding the gospel that saves. Many people remain unconvinced about their own salvation because of a fear they have left something undone, did not say something right, are not worthy enough, or have not done the right thing to be accepted by God. Perhaps this is you! You want to do right, and want to be saved, but do not know for certain how to know. What you need to know is the gospel of Christ. Do You Know the Gospel? At this point you may object because you claim to already know the gospel. But your question betrays you. The gospel that saves provides the knowledge of salvation. If you do not know you are saved, then you do not know the gospel that saves. If you claim to know the gospel and still do not know if you are saved you have been told the wrong gospel. Perhaps you have been told salvation comes by… – Believing Jesus is the Son of God. – Loving the Lord. – Following Jesus. – Accepting Jesus. – Being born again. – Keeping the commandments. – Loving your neighbor. – Praying the sinner’s prayer. – Repentance and confessing your sins. – Confessing the Lord with your mouth. – Asking Jesus to come into your heart. – Making him Lord of your life. – Maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus. – Naming the name of Christ. – Being filled with the Holy Spirit; or feeling his presence? If so, you were told wrong. Your doubts testify to the inadequacy of any of these “gospels” to bring the knowledge of salvation. Have you loved the Lord enough? Don’t the devils also believe Jesus is the Son of God (Jam 2:19)? How do you know Jesus accepted your invitation into your heart? Is salvation really by uttering a name? Though what you heard may have had an element of Biblical truth in it, you are still left wondering how you know you are saved even after knowing or believing these “gospels”. This is because they do not describe the gospel that saves. Proof of Salvation The Bible gives proof to every saved person to know they are saved: the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). If we test your proof of salvation against the gospel of Christ, we can know if you are saved or not. (I do not pretend to be the judge of your soul, but using God’s word to evaluate your salvation is prudent.) So, what is the proof of your salvation? If you say you have none, or that no one can know for certain, then you do not have salvation. If you say proof is in the good way you live your life, then you have not heard the truth. If you say proof is found in the promises of God to Israel, then you are taking what is not yours. God made promises to the nation of Israel, but there were many people in Israel who died in their sins at God’s hand of judgment and not salvation. How do you know you are part of the promises? If you say proof is in what you have done or not done, said or not said, then you are not saved. Without proof on what basis can you know that you are saved? There is none! Do you see now that you are not saved at all, and rather than needing to be convinced by Scripture that you are, you need to have the power of God unto salvation open your eyes to the truth of the gospel? What is the Gospel that Saves Now the question is seen in a new light. It is no longer the question of a saved person lacking confidence. It is the cry of an unsaved person lacking proof of salvation. Sinners cannot save themselves or make themselves worthy enough for God to save them. Salvation is not for the righteous or the good, but for the unrighteous and the ungodly. The truth is that there is none righteous, and all have fallen short of God’s glorious standard. Salvation of sinners is accomplished through the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. God manifest in the flesh died innocently in the place of sinners shedding his blood as a sacrifice for sins. He rose from the dead three days later defeating the power of death and offering his finished work as the means of salvation to all men. Salvation is not proven by our own efforts, but in the righteousness of God in Christ when he died for our sins, rose from the dead, and offers salvation freely to sinners who need it. Proof of salvation is found in the gospel of Christ. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself by the cross. “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” – Romans 3:25 We will be saved “if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” – Romans 4:24-25 This is the gospel of Christ; it is the preaching of the cross. Christ is God, and he did everything necessary to save men through his death and resurrection. His work is the proof of salvation. If his work is the proof of your salvation, then you have peace with God and eternal life. You are no longer trying to provide proof. God has provided it by his grace in Christ. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” – Romans 5:1 “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23 How Do I Know? Stop trusting your life, your prayers, your works, your good deeds, your feelings, trust the finished work of Christ and know that you are saved. I know that I am saved because Christ died for my sins, rose from the dead, and offers salvation freely to all who believe in him. I’ve seen him save other people who believe the gospel of Christ. He will save you, when you believe it (Eph 1:13; Rom 3:22).
  8. I do agree but only because I have also studied Reformed Theology. You're right that most people think they made a free will choice to believe and it's partly true. We are called.
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