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  1. The bible says that Jesus bore our sin on the Cross, so then, who are we to not believe it. ? After all, if we are born again, then we have now become "the righteousness of Christ", and Jesus "became (our) sin". 2nd Corinthians 5:21, and what is also amazing, is that its God His Father that "made" this all happen. Here is a pretzel.....God is Jesus on the Cross, sending Himself down from Heaven, to Die as a Man. In John 1:10, Jesus was "standing on the earth HE CREATED", = "God said, LET THERE BE", in Genesis....... and this is JESUS now standing on it, and soon He was going to be hanging between the earth and sky that HE Created with.... words....and Jesus is the WORD ..... made flesh. On the Cross, Jesus is not just dying for sin, He literally became sin. I'll show you somehting else that is pretty interesting, as maybe you've not thought this or been shown it before... You all know this verse...... "we are not UNDER the Law but we are UNDER Grace". In other words, the reason for the Law....is that the law shows us our sinfulness, as this is the purpose of it, which then leads us to the One who dies for them on the Cross, gives us His Righteousness......you know, (Salvation). But notice this.... our NT says that the LAW was abolished, being NAILED to the Cross. Colossians 2:14 Now this does not mean the law and the 10 C's are no longer behavioral lifestyle guides regarding our Christian Discipleship, sure...but what it means is that because Jesus fulfilled the law in our place, the law now has no authority to judge us as sinners. Remember, God's law does this, not Jesus, not God. This is why Jesus never JUDGED any one, He always said. "sins are forgiven", "go thy way"...etc..... as that is why HE CAME, whereas the Law can not do this, it can only judge you to be a sinner, based on ITSELF as it reveals God's morally righteous moral code. So, Jesus abolished the law (took away its power to judge us as sinners), which is why Romans 4:8 has to be understood fully or Salvation can't be completely accepted or understood as it is meant to be, in both cases. So, there is Jesus, dying on the cross, and where is the Law that is abolished and NAILED to the Cross with him?? Its nailed. Where? Its above his HEAD. He is UNDER THE LAW, on the Cross, DYING. And we are NOT UNDER IT< because He died under it for us. "You are not UNDER the Law but under GRACE , <. see that? = Because Jesus is UNDER IT, on the Cross. He took away its power to JUDGE a born again believer. His death FINISHED not only our Eternal Redemption, but it also forever eliminated the Law's Legal right to judge us as SINNERS. <B><
  2. We, as the born again...are all as one body = ministers of the reconciliation. We are all called to set the table with the Goodness of God's Gift of Righteousness, and invite the entire world to come to God's table and be filled with the goodness of God's mercy and forgiveness. Salvation is a spiritual family reunion where we are all rejoined into the Spirit of God as we gather around the Cross, in celebration of Christ's Blood, which alone has made us acceptable to God as '"the righteousness of Christ." This is the Grace of God. This is the "Gift of Righteousness". Paul teaches... "be followers of Me, as I follow Christ". Jesus literally gave Paul most of the "church doctrine", that we understand as a "new Testament Church". Its Paul who first delivered, to the body of Christ, the exact truth/doctrine regarding exactly how God saves you. "Justification by Faith". This is not "repent and be baptized". This is JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. Notice the different words, the different meaning, between the two? So, when you preach and teach "Justification by FAITH"..., you are teaching.. "faith"....as ONLY what God accepts to then SAVE YOU and Keep you saved....., as Jesus taught Paul. What is so unusual about this situation with Paul... is that Paul was called later......after Jesus went back to heaven. Jesus took this "apostle to the gentiles", and taught him basically all that believers understand regarding almost every church doctrine, but most specifically the doctrine of "Justification by Faith", = without your self effort being involved. (no works, no commandment keeping, to BE saved or STAY saved). Salvation is all of Grace. Logically this is easy to understand, because..... unless you are on the Cross bleeding and dying, you are not the savior of yourself. A lot of people are trying to keep themselves saved, but you can no more do that then you can save yourself to begin with.... as it takes a sacrifical redeemer on a Cross, shedding blood, to save you and keep you saved. The bumper sticker says.....>"The ONE who saved you, keeps you saved." Philippians 1:6 Salvation is not a commandment keeping performance to be accepted by God, situation. Pride, self righteousness..... is the carnal idea of being good enough, based on commandment keeping, or lifestyle...that says to God..."see ME, im doing all this STUFF, im keeping the commandments, im living holy. so you HAVE TO TAKE ME NOW". "YOU HAVE TO KEEP ME NOW".. No He doesn't, and no He won't. ! As compared to Jesus, all your and my good works and commandment keeping and your idea of holy lifestyle that you are doing after you are saved, all this is just as dirty and useless to save US, as ALL that was before you were Saved. Get this !! What could not save you before the Cross, can't keep you saved after the Cross. Understand that, and you have seen yourself as God sees you, and once that happens, you will understand just how wonderful the Mercy of the Grace of God, really is.... and what its done and keeps doing for you. as "The Gift of Salvation".. "The Gift of righteousness". This is your Salvation. Redemption, is a GRACE via MERCY situation, where the goodness of God has been slain on a Cross, so that by Jesus's BLOOD bought redemption, you are accepted by God, once you Give God your Faith. "faith is accepted (by God) as your righteousness". Giving God your faith, activates God to impute to you (eternally gift you with) the " righteousness of Christ". How long does the Blood of Jesus effect last (the forgiveness of God) if you have it as your blood atonement? It will last as long as Jesus Lives. If you are saved, born again, (SAVED) then you will remain so for exactly as long as the One who saved you, Lives. This is because you have literally become "the Righteousness of Christ". The NT explains this as being "IN CHRIST"....as in ...you are now become "the righteousness of Christ". You are a "New Creation". You have become a Blood bought, Saint. Did you do for yourself? So, if you didnt cause yourself to be saved, then how can you cause yourself to stay saved by your self effort? If you think you can lose what only God caused, then you are pretending that you can control what God has given as a Gift. And that is pride. Listen, Salvation is ALL OF JESUS. The beginning and the end of it. And notice you didnt have to keep any commandments or be water baptized to BECOME born again. After this, sure, you are to live holy, etc, etc, etc.. Discipleship follows salvation...but this is NOT Your Salvation. Jesus is your salvation. You get your righteousness as "the gift of Righteousness" from Him. Live holy, do right, pay attention to the commandments, while understanding that none of these can save you or keep you saved. Salvation is ALL of Jesus. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How to teach : "Justification by Faith", and the "Gift of Righteousness". And the reason im teaching (some of you this) , is because over the years ive discovered that many fine Christians, good hearted, sincere, are horribly taught in their Christian beginnings regarding the New Testament, and suffer the consequences of this until they are helped. So, i just try to resolve this, i just try to be that help.... so that anyone and everyone who didnt have the benefit early on, regarding a good NT Teacher or good solid "Grace Foundation" doctrinal teaching, Hebrews 13:9 = can have it if they want it. So, This is how you understand HOW God saves you so that you can see why and how. And in this way, when you have the opportunity to "contend for the Faith", as Jude explains, you'll be able to argue the True faith from the point of view of the Cross, and the Grace of God. And you'll be able to teach a new believer how to understand what i call : "From Adam to Adam to Righteousness". Here we go.. God understood that Adam lost "righteousness" when tempted to eat the apple and did. Eve was tempted, Adam saw it coming, both sinned, and here we are in a mess, till God rescues us. So, the "fall of Adam", is the sin of Adam that LOST Adam's righteousness. It was this righteousness, this sinless perfection, that made Adam "in the image of God". God is HOLY. Holy is a specific spiritual term for the Righteousness of God, that ADAM HAD, before He sinned. Once Adam sinned, then his God-like .."state of sinless perfection" was LOST, = "adamic nature" ensued, and this is the eventual spiritual state of all people born since then. "sinners". Notice that you dont have to be taught how to lie, cheat, steal, or just do bad stuff. You are born this way.. "born into Sin". So, that is simply that you have no righteousness, same as Adam LOST. Answer ? Cure ?? = SALVATION. Salvation is God restoring this RIGHTEOUSNESS to anyone who will "call on the name of Jesus, and you shall be saved". This is "justification by faith", and "THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS". THIS IS "REDEMPTION". REDEMPTION IS CHRIST DYING FOR YOU SIN, AND GOD GIVING YOU JESUS'S RIGHTEOUSNESS = IN PLACE OF YOUR SIN. GOD CAME HERE, as Jesus, to give it back. To restore the original righteousness that Adam had, into and unto all who are BORN AGAIN. Jesus is the "2nd Adam". He's the same righteousness as the 1st, but He's also GOD in the Flesh, and when He sacrificed Himself for the "sin of the world", He is offering His very Righteousness to anyone and everyone who will go to the Cross, kneel, accept Christ as their Savior, BY FAITH, as explained by THE Gospel., that came thru Jesus thru Paul to you and me and everyone. = "justification by faith"". = God accepts your FAITH, to give you the eternal righteousness that JESUS died to offer. John 3:16 All Salvation actually is, is the lost righteousness of Adam, given back thru the Cross (Jesus Sacrifice) to anyone who will "believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved". Its a Gift. "The Gift of Righteousness". This is called the "ministry of reconciliation"...were we are reconciled back into God's family and into God Himself.....by receiving the righteousness of CHRIST as "the gift of Righteousness". This is your Salvation.
  3. To answer this, i need to speak plainly.... Never even toy with the idea of dating someone who is not born again, if you are.... If you do, and they are nice, interesting, sexy, smell good, have nice pecs, pretty eyes, long legs, and are fun to be with........you'll fall in love quickly, which generally means you have fallen in LUST. You can call it a "crush" if you like.... And once you do that regarding an unbeliever, the devil owns you. Now listen to me. Im going to give you a truth that can save your life... Its this. When the Devil has you marked for destruction, He will send someone into your life. That is 100% of the time. He'll tempt you all the time, but when he is aiming for your total destruction.....your life, your witness, your future......he will send a person to you.. Often its the opposite sex. Paul says to run from any chance you might fornicate. Not to resist it, not to debate it, not to pray about it, but to RUN FROM IT>......"flee". Paul understands your body and your urges. = Heed him. And dating is nearly the same thing, trying to happen.. Dating requires some self control, usually more then you have.... Enter at your own risk, if all your dating is just "you 2 all alone, most of the time".
  4. What is your favorite verse? Why do you like that verse and are there verses you go to in time of need? Just curious
  5. On Christmas Day, we as believers, and a whole lot of the unsaved world celebrate CHRISTmas. Thats correct, you can't have Christmas, without CHRIST in the word, tho you would think you can as everywhere you go now, you hear....>"happy holidays", instead of "Merry CHRISTmas". This lightly annoys me, so i always reply...... MERRY CHRISTMAS, whenever i find myself in the presence of a politically corrected dip stick. So, try this that im about to show you.... on your family and your friends and your neighbors, as it will be quite an experience for you to enjoy, while they get to partake, also. Do this : On Christmas eve, or before...... bake a birthday cake, or buy one from your local Walmart or .....similar. On Christmas morning, when all are gathered with you, or on Christmas eve, ( or Both) if you are game........show them the cake with one Candle LIT, and have them sing this with you. "Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to YOU Happy Birthday LORD JESUS...... Happy Birthday to YOU". Try that. It'll bless you, and it'll help them to see the LIGHT. Merry CHRISTmas, <B><
  6. Paul teaches that you are to ""examine yourself to see if you are IN the Faith"". This is similar to the idea of walking IN the Spirit. If you are not IN the faith, then you are "fallen from Grace". If you are not walking IN the Spirit, then you are walking IN the Flesh. All of this is related to, "you are not UNDER the Law, but UNDER Grace. Walking in the Spirit, means you are walking in the Law of Grace. You are "under" it. When you are walking in the "flesh", you are "under the curse of the law". Now, if you are born again, you can't actually ever again be under the curse of the Law. And this is because Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law, as it is written "cursed is everyone who hangs on the Tree". But with respect to what you BELIEVE, you can put yourself out of the Spirit and into the Flesh by no longer believing that Christ keeps you saved. Moving from Spirit (belief) to (flesh) unbelief, happens when a born again person is no longer trusting in Christ to Keep Them Saved. Paul describes this as "falling FROM Grace"...into the Flesh. When this happens to a born again person, their faith is "dead". How to understand this perfectly? = Grace: is Jesus saving you. Flesh: is you trying to keep yourself saved. Walking in the Spirit is walking in the Grace of God, as fully understood and BELIEVED. Walking in the flesh, is falling away from faith in Christ to keep you saved, and you have now become your own savior, and you yourself are trying to keep yourself saved. Some of you think that walking in the Spirit means that you are living a holy life. And that walking in the flesh means you are living in sin, or sinning a lot. But what that scripture says is that " you won't fulfill the lusts of your flesh if you walk in the Spirit". Understand that the power to stop sinning is God's Grace working in you. And what causes you to sin is to be away from Grace and into your own SELF Resistance of your carnal desires, and when you are there, you'll fail every time. Its only God's Grace that gives you the Power to stop sinning. So, when you are fallen from Grace, you are literally at the mercy of your own strong fleshly urges, and you are going to fall and fall and fall into "works of the FLESH".....sin. Did you ever read that verse that says, "God will give you the desires of your heart"? And maybe you were taught that this means....> If you stay true and faithful then all the stuff you want, you can have it? Well, not quite. This verse is actually teaching you that God will put new desires in your heart, Holy Desires, Holiness Desires, HIS Desires. He will remake your heart to have the desires that God wants in there..... He is giving them to you.... He is replacing your carnal heart desires with NEW desires ....... HIS. Back to this now...... The Truth is.... that walking in the full understanding of the Grace of God, ....this LIGHT..... is to be walking in the Spirit which is actually the very same thing as "walking in the Light".... and when you are not doing this, when you are instead trying to keep yourself saved, then you have stopped trusting in Christ, your faith is dead because you have moved from spirit to flesh and you are walking in the darkness. You have mentally shifted from heart faith in Christ, to head faith in yourself. From Light to dark. From Spirit to flesh. You are flesh. And the Spirit, is the Holy Spirit. They are not the same. When you are walking "in Christ", in THE real Faith, then you are "walking in the spirit" and "walking in the Light".. See.... The Light is Truth, and Jesus is THE Truth. So, when you are believing correctly, you are walking in the Truth, in the Spirit, in the LIGHT, And when you are not believing correctly, you are walking in the flesh, and in the dark. When your faith has shifted from faith in Christ alone to keep you saved, to faith in yourself to stay saved....= to work, endure, keep commandments, keep the Torah, keep yourself holy..... When all THAT and more is what you are trusting in to keep you saved, then your faith has shifted from what Christ DID For You, to what you are now DOING for yourself. Your faith in Him, is dead. You have become your own savior. You are in the FLESH. The flesh has become your truth and your faith. There is no Light in the flesh. Paul says to EXAMINE yourself to see if you are IN the Faith. So here is the test. And be honest with yourself when you think about this.... as God already knows the answer, Saint. How do you find out if you are fallen from Grace and are in the flesh, or walking in the Spirit and The Light ? = Answer this. : What are you trusting , right now, to keep you out of HELL. ?? Now, Listen, i didnt ask you what you are trusting to get you into heaven. See, What you are trusting to keep you out of Hell, is going to show you what you are trusting in, truthfully, 100%. Its your literal Faith examination. Here is the answer= if you are fallen from grace and are NOT walking in the Spirit. "i am trusting in Christ, BUT........" "i am trusting in Christ ,...........BUT". "im an trusting in Christ.,.......BUT". Now do you see that "but"?........That ADD ON, is your current savior. Its all that you will tell us that you have to do so that you dont Go To HELL, as long as you keep on doing it........ but if you stop, you will go to Hell. Now let me show you a few false Saviors that are on your list, ....some of you.. 1. "enduring to the end". And i ask you, did enduring to the end, hang on a Cross for you to Save you and keep you saved? 2. "Not living in sin". And i ask you, did not living in sin, hang on a Cross for you to SAVE you and keep you saved? 3. "obey the Torah"........So, i ask you, did obeying the Torah hang on a Cross to Save you and keep you saved? 4. "keeping the commandments, and being obedient"....... So, i ask you, did keeping the commandments and being obedient, hang on a Cross to Save you and keep you saved? 5. "being water baptized"..... So, i ask you, did being water baptized hang on a Cross to save you and keep you saved? Did the dying Thief on the Cross who believed on Jesus, and went to Heaven......was he water baptized after he died on the Cross? 6. "holding onto my faith".... So, i ask you, did holding onto your faith, hang on a Cross to save you and keep you saved? So, did any on that list DIE FOR YOUR SIN or pay for them all? = NO. And that is because none of those can save you or keep you saved. None of them is a SAVIOR. And its only THE SAVIOR who can get you into heaven and keep you out of hell. See it? = Who is that? So, what are you trusting in to keep you out of HELL? Is it in that list? Is it in another list? If so, you are fallen from grace and have another Savior, and your faith is dead because are not walking in The Light, as Jesus is The Light and THE SAVIOR . If you are walking in the Spirit, then your only answer has to be ..."Jesus saved me, and Jesus KEEPS ME SAVED", = out of Hell. Thats Faith. Thats walking in the Spirit. Thats walking IN the Light, as all this is based on what you BELIEVE. And that is how you examine yourself to find out if you are IN the Faith, or "fallen from Grace".
  7. Hi, I’m here again lol. Thanks for all of you who have helped me through my crisis a couple weeks ago. QUESTION: How do I deal with my family who discriminates against me because i am darker. Now, I am vulnerable with this topic. I don’t know how racially diverse worthy is, (doesn’t matter) but I don’t know if any of you would understand what I am saying or relate. I am grateful for any advice. Like some of you know, my family is not supportive of my mental health. I can not tell them my issues. So I come here. I am very grateful for all of you, truly! Anyway, I’m a black young women (17). For all of you who don’t know what colorism is. It is “prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group”. Colorism is a huge problem in the black community. In my experience, among some people I know and in society, dark skin is looked down upon. The thing is, colorism is a topic that makes people uncomfortable. I think because no one wants to admit that it exist. And because they may be colorist aswell. So here’s my problem, my immediate family is very colorist. This started with my mother who is of darker skin. Now, both my parents are black but my father is lighter skin. His complexion is more like George Lopez, while my moms is like Naomi Campbell. I have 5 sibling. My older brother and myself take after our moms complexion and my younger sister and younger 2 brothers take after my dads. Well you would think that my mother would not have a problem with having darker kids but she does. She projects her self hatred onto me. She has been verbally (& physically) abusive to me since I was 8. Whenever she wants to insult me, she targets my skintone, which is the same as hers, and also my hair and weight. She has uplifted my siblings as better and more beautiful than me because of their lighter skin. She makes comments indirectly about their hair and skin as being better than mine. It hurts. It hurts because she has brainwashed this to them, making them believe that they are better than darker people like myself. It hurts because i am singled out and this has been going since I was a young child . My mom is a narcissist so she really won’t accept blame. We have a looooonnngg history of just craziness. We have been doing better, but we never got along. I was always to blame. But that’s besides the point really. I have never struggled with accepting my skin; (blessing), but my low self esteem was because of my weight and I just think I am ugly. I recently realized that what is going on in my family is NOT okay! I have talked to my parents about this and how satan wants to divide our people. And colorism is a trick he uses. While they accept what I’m saying, they continue to make these comments. I am gaslighted all the time about being over sensitive when I get upset. For example, the reason I am writing this is because 10 minutes ago we were having family time and I told my dad that his comment about my brothers girlfriend was disrespectful and colorist. Of course he denied it. But then my sister jumped in and began to scold me. BTW, she is VERY vain and thinks that she is better because she is lighter. She doesn’t understand the struggles dark skin women face. My sister thinks she is prettier than me because of her skin. And for the comments people make about her being prettier than me because she is lighter. I’m sorry that this is so long. It is just that I’m very sad rn and feel less than. As much as I try to stay strong, their comments get to me and sometimes I question myself. I have always took pride in my skin but other areas I struggle (body). I hate when people are sad. Especially when other little darker girls hate their skin because of colorism and society. For example, my younger cousin who is 4 believes she would be prettier if she had light skin. It happens in the black community a lot. The media influence has a lot to do with it aswell as the whole slavery stuff. But I want to be an activist and a lawyer one day. And tackle problems like this. I know colorism is also a problem in India and south Asian counties. Anyway, if you made it this far God bless you lol 😂! Any advice is needed. Please pray that I can strive forward, I just feel drained and forgotten . I’m trying to do better and listen to god... but I admit I am struggling. Thank you, love all of you !💕
  8. I originally posted this today as a response to a member's question, but think its best served by posting it as a Thread. They asked me about different "gospels" being preached, etc. -------------------------------------------------- Well, there is another way to look at it..... Lets say that some people who read the bible, both Testaments, wrongly divide it all. And out of this, they become a victim of entrenched circular reasoning . = Novice, pride filled, immature, baby believers, or lost religious nutz, .... are the worst about trying to be teachers when they need to be on the TIT....Drinking milk, as they are so unskilled with the word, or anything related to "rightly dividing" any of it. And you find them all over Christian forums, quoting scriptures they can't even explain, connecting them endlessly into a corrupted loop chain of not only heresy, but literally foolish nonsense. A lot of self righteous religious people play this game with themselves and others because they dont realize that the Word of God, used incorrectly, can ruin a person's life. Its not a toy. Its not fun and games and "gotcha" at the Forum Debate box "my point, i gotcha"..... The Word is alive, its a "two edged sword", its a razor that cuts and slices... its a mind crushing bear trap when wrongly divided...... and it'll screw you up for life if you don't get some sound theological help from a skilled teacher in the beginning of your faith walk, when you are trying to find out what is what.....and the Devil knows you are wide eyed and easy to deceive, and will bring a deceiver to you and ruin you for life. This is constantly happening to new believers and the end result is you find them on forums like this teaching nut-bar theology that can truly harm new or weak believers. The reason i yell at these deceived people on forums like this one, is because they can devastate the mind of a new, baby, or immature, Christian. And i can't stand this.....So, i am often harsh with respect to trying to keep this from happening on Forums that im on. Its why im on this one. There are a lot of loose screw type believers running around on Forums, and some are Mods.... trying to sound "spiritual", while pretending they are.......... Which is, in all cases.... their self righteousness totally in control of them, and probably the fact, in 9/10 cases, they are not even born again......so, the Devil, was able to get all of these to SEE only a handful of verses, that then become a sort of mental prison to them. And the effect of this, is that their entire bible, and especially the NT, .... is reduced to a sort of tunnel vision, where the only thing they SEE, is what the Devil has shown them, and so, their entire perspective is narrow, wrong, and inescapable., and that is all they teach or preach. For example, on every Christian Forum, you will find a certain type of heretic, whom the devil led to Hebrews, before a skilled NT teacher ever had a chance to get them to Paul's "Grace" letters (epistles).. And this person, can only talk about "willful sin", "willfully sinning", "unpardonable sin"...commandments... Torah, Torah, Torah, Torah, enduring to the end. works, works works, works, and more works......as if they are a robot parrot....."squawk, sqawk"... you can lose it, you can lose it, you can lose it"....."you can lose you salvation"...."sqwak", squawk"..... They are like a broken car alarm that you hear in a parking lot that won't stop blaring the SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER............>>. Thats not God. Thats not a work of the Holy Spirit. That is a devil driven novice, totally religious, who is addicted to this feeling of adrenaline rush that drives them to be on a Forum like this one, arguing against the Grace of God, without a clue, using their little scripture pack of wrongly divided scriptures, posting away as fast as they can type the same thing over and over. So my point is this......the reason that you have the idea that there are different "gospels", is not because there are different Gospels, but its because a lot of religious nut bars have invented what is "out there" as "gospels", that they will argue about, and write a book about, and create a church so they can stand and preach about...... and post a video about, and tell you ...>"come to my site, where i have written a lot ABOUT MY CRAZINESS, that i say is The Gospel" or "why you can lose it". So, its kinda like that.. The reality is, Peter gave us Acts 2:38, "repent and be baptized", that he borrowed from John the Baptist... then later, He didnt use that one anymore.. Not after Acts 10.... And other then that, Paul gave us 2nd Timothy 2:8. : ""Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel". And he gave us the same again, but the long version in : 1 Corin 15 : ". 3 :For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4:and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day """" So, there is only One Gospel, and Paul called it " his", because he is the one who gave it (doctrinally) to the Church, having been given it by Jesus Himself. "justification by Faith". "The Gift of Righteousness". Listen, i could go and find 10 scriptures and create a new plan of salvation for you. Thats easy. I could do what some of the deceived do that Paul teaches about in Galatians 3 , and combine the Cross + the Law (Torah), and find a few more loose out of context verses, and pretend i'm right.. But, why do that unless you're a heretic? Im not one of those. I can't become one. And that is because Paul taught me, and he knows what he's talking about. And i teach Paul......so, that's how it has to be, or its totally wrong. See, i did what Paul told me to do.. Hebrews 13:9 "establish your heart with GRACE, and not with weird, man made ideas about doctrine"......I established my heart with GRACE. I learned all about it. I obsessed on it. I think about it, I teach it, preach it, LIVE IT. I fight with heretics on forums about it, nearly every time im on a Forum to try to protect YOU. They are "gone"...........and all that is how you become doctrinally sound.. You study and you learn the correct way to SEE THE LIGHT. And that comes only from starting with Paul. Not Matthew, James, Jude, Hosea, Mark.......No.. You have to begin with the MILK and you grow. Paul is the Milk. "establish your HEART, with GRACE"...that is the baby steps. And if you never did this, then you are not even yet a baby believer, no matter how long you have been saved. You have to learn the Light, in ORDER. Layer upon layer, one revelation at a time. And that is not learning about "gifts of the spirit" before you can even explain how God made you Righteous thru the Blood of Christ. And once you have this Light, you will see clever lies when you read them, and when you hear them. God will teach you as you grow in Grace, how to discern, as this is a God revealed "inner man" skill. YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT to SEE the devil's lies and his liars. The way you protect yourself from becoming a heretic, is written in a few Threads i posted here, in the last few months. Read them, if you care. See, there is no.....>"well, we are all just trying to understand it together, so, if someone is a little confused, then just love them, and let them continue to poison forums and ruin other believers by infecting them with heresy, as after all, isn't this showing them the love of Christ"? So, that mentality, that point of view, is actually the worst of all. As that person is a blank fool. And not just a fool, but a deceived one whom the devil owns. And God help any Christian Forum that is Moderated by that fool, in Jesus name i Pray.. amen.
  9. When we think of the phrase "using someone", then most of us immediately have the idea of a person who is carnally manipulating someone else. Another way to think of it is "taking advantage" of someone. In Both cases, its wrong. But with God, using Him, is Faith. Let me explain.... Let say you paid $100,000 for your kid to have the opportunity to take up space in a 4 yr Ivy League College, where they'll turn them into a politically corrected Christ Rejecting Socialist the first 2 yrs, then bake them until well done, the final 2 yrs. Now, any College will do this to your child for your money, but those will, most especially. Yet, you paid to USE what they OFFER. So, in this case your using their educational system, is your right, it is what you have paid for, its what you are supposed to do. Sure. Now with God, ... He has paid with the Blood of Jesus, for you to come and use Him. If you are born again, then you have an open door of continual access to God, BECAUSE of what Christ has done for you. God actually sent the Bread Of Heaven down here to Die, so that by purchasing you back to Him with Christ's Blood, <>redeeming you for all eternity<>, you are given full access to God. 24/7, for as long as God lives. Listen, 100 yrs after you are passed from this earth an into God's glorious eternity, you wont even remember that you were here. So, what does it mean to be "Blood bought", and have full access to God? Its means you ALWAYS have full access to God. That's literally what it means to be redeemed. You are redeemed from judgement for your sin, (Hell).... & you are redeemed from the curse of the law, so that the Law is no longer your JUDGE. The Law can't judge the born again, and God won't judge the born again, because JESUS has already been judged and SLAIN....>HE DIED. = THERE IS YOUR JUDGEMENT DO YOU in ETERNITY......It fell on Jesus, on Earth. = The Cross. ITS GONE. !! When the new Testament tells you that Jesus is the Light of the world, and that you have been translated from darkness TO LIGHT, this means you have entered into a brand new eternal identity ("in Christ") and new situation. (New Creation IN Christ). You are now God's. Literally. Bought with a price. And that price is the Blood of Jesus. You are NOT your own. You are under NEW OWNERSHIP.... Jesus's BLOOD paid for you to belong to God, and not just until you mess up again... The Blood of Jesus, is the Grace of God, and where your sin is found, God's Grace is greater then your sin. IT not only covers it, but God does not even remember it. Romans 4:8 goes even deeper into the Revealed Light of Redemption. The Payment for all your sin Who Himself bled on the Cross...... is eternal, because the Blood that paid for your forgiveness is not ordinary Blood. No, its GOD's Blood. Jesus is God... And Jesus shed God's Blood for YOU, which is WHY its an eternal sacrifice... Once and for ALL. Tho, this Holy Redeeming Blood is only APPLIED by God to those who BELIEVE and are Born Again. Jesus said... "YOU MUST be Born again", and His Holy Blood poured out provides the only means that God accepts to accept you, or anyone. Its available to everyone. This SALVATION. This Free Gift of Righteousness. This justification before God, BY Faith...... But, not everyone will BELIEVE. Satan rejected God, because he wanted to be God. The angels that followed Satan, rejected God. Jesus the Christ, IS God. So, Unbelievers down here, CHRIST REJECTORS..... are doing what Satan and his followers did, up there, and the end result is the same for them all. Jesus said that if you do not believe in Him, believe that He alone is the Savior-Messiah, then you will die in your sin. And you'll do more then that. You'll meet God as eternal Judge upon your death, and you'll pay for your Christ Rejection, forever. So, reader, if you have not trusted in Christ, then do it now...... Now. If You will take Christ into you heart right now, then God will take you into His heart, forever...... That God's Promise. God is waiting for you, all your life. He is not Lost, YOU ARE....... So, once God's Redeeming Blood has made you GOD'S Child, His property, His BODY of CHRIST, BORN AGAIN....then as God's Body of Christ, God actually wants you to USE HIM constantly, by Faith. Now lets talk about that... God is Love, and God has a work. His work is to SAVE, HELP, to RESTORE, to BLESS, TO HEAL, and to ENLIGHTEN, all of His Children, and to finally transform them into the very likeness of Jesus The Christ when you meet Him. And allowing God by your Faith to help you, with EVERYTHING, is how you use God. Using God, is to allow Him by you Faith, to do for you what HE LOVES TO DO. As all this is just God manifesting His Love, as all these imputations. as all this HELP. Love, God's love, is God doing for you because He Loves you....... exactly Like He Gave Christ to you as a GIFT. If you are born again, then You already USED His offer, you accessed It, you took advantage of God's Goodness, when you trusted in and believed on Christ, and God Saved you. Using God, is to seek God by faith to do what His Love wants to do for you all the time. When you use Him, you are giving Him the FAITH that He says, pleases Him, and if you don't, you are not pleasing Him as He would want you to do it, constantly. Faith, is using God to give His supply into all your needs and create inside you the God type happiness that He wants you to have, "the Joy of the Lord". All this "riches in Glory" is gained when you by faith, use Him, and He thereby does His heavenly work for you as He WANTS TO DO. God loves to be used for your benefit. He wants to be used by your Faith, as this pleases Him. Be sure you do it.
  10. so i was reading this and maybe i didn't understand it . Mark 3:29 - But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin. (NIV) (Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is also referenced in Matthew 12:31-32 and Luke 12:10). Anyone can please explain what this blasphemy is ? and with example . Thank you
  11. Behold

    LOVE VS LAW

    How did Jesus become our Savior. ???? Well obviously He is the reason you go to heaven. (Savior),= because you are born again, because you BELIEVED, and God ACCEPTED your Faith, and gave you (made you) His Righteousness. ("New Creation IN Christ") Now its true that He was the Savior, always, even as a baby.....or as Simeon in Luke Ch 2, said.. "My Eyes have seen God's SALVATION", as he beheld baby Jesus. And in John 1:10, when Jesus "stood on the world HE CREATED", He was standing there as Savior of the World, He Created, Colossians 1:16.... tho He had not saved it yet. So, what 2 things did Jesus have to do, to BECOME our savior? 1.) He had to meet ALL the requirements of the LAW, and not fail. 2.) He had to die on the Cross, which means He became our sin bearer, our redeemer, our Justification, and our Blood Atonement. In doing these 2 things, He became, our Savior....Literally, even if you are not yet saved. See, here is the thing.... Jesus is LORD, no matter if you believe it or want Him to be. And He is THE Savior, no matter if you are saved. Jesus does not become these things, once we believe them, but rather He is already, both. One of the light-bulb moments a serious student of the New Testament will have, is when they realize that Salvation does not start when you believe....it is in fact finished 2000 yrs ago when Jesus walked out of that Tomb. It only becomes yours, when you believed. Its APPLIED TO YOU< because you believed... It was already there fo the lastr 2000 yrs. Salvation was in the foreknowledge of God, before He even created Lucifer or the World or the Sun. Its been around for a while. Salvation is something that Jesus finished 2000 yrs ago. You get to have it, if you will believe. If you do, then God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, take up residence inside you, and because Jesus has obtained eternal redemption for you, and because He Himself IS Eternal life, that He Gives to you, then you are sealed into the Eternity of God Himself, and never let anyone try to convince you otherwise., as they are lying to you, Saint. We can see that dying for sin is obvious as this explains the Cross. God is judging Christ in our place, with those spikes, and that Crown, and that scourging that came before Jesus was lifted up by those Spikes, between heaven and earth. Yet, before He could satisfy God's righteous judgment against our sin, by dying for our sin, by becoming our sin.... Jesus first had to meet the requirements of the Law, so that this "curse of the law", could be taken off of us. And Saint, never let a heretic try to put that Law back on you that Jesus shed His Blood for= to deliver you from. So, how did Jesus himself fully meet all the requirements of the Law? He met them all, by being....... "God is Love". Jesus is God, and God is Love. See,... "love fulfills the Law". So you have this verse... : Romans 13:10. "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the LAW." We as the born again, understand that all the law and commandments found in the (Torah - Old Testament) are fulfilled when we keep the NEW Commandments, that Jesus gave us. And when we fail, this is a time to begin again and be thankful that JESUS DIDN'T FAIL. Jesus said, """Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. """ So, the way Jesus fulfilled the law, so that the curse of the law was taken off the Redeemed, was to LOVE. Thats how He did it. GOD IS LOVE, AND JESUS IS LOVE. Remember this verse ??? John 15:13. "There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends""" And there is Jesus laying His life Down, on the Cross, and not just for His friends, but for His ENEMIES. That is LOVE.......That is how GOD LOVES.. And the way we stop sinning, is not by straining to try to stop. Its not by fasting ourselves from the world. As in both cases, this will actually cause you to be more drawn to the very sin you are trying to force yourself to stop doing. Remember that Christ said......."apart from me, you can do nothing" .. You can't bear Christian Fruit, .. You can't stop sinning.... and you can't LOVE Like GOD.......APART from Jesus. So, the way you do all this, is to be filled with God. Paul describes this as.. "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me".. Here is the math... God is Love. If you are filled with God, then you are filled with LOVE. And this love, is the Power of Christ to keep those 2 commandments. The lifelong process of being "conformed into the image of Christ" that is fulfilled entirely when we meet Jesus....(Our Eternal Inheritance)..... This process of conforming is literally the process of being conformed into the Love Of God. The more like Christ we are, the more OF God's Love we have become. blessings, B
  12. Behold

    Adore Jesus

    Do you ever just adore Jesus? Do you have a quiet and hidden place where you can just adore the Lord of Glory? IN your bed, in your closet, in your car ?????? Do you ever just say......."oh Jesus, you are so beautiful. You are so beautiful...... you are the King of Heaven, the Prince of Glory, the Prince of peace. Oh Lovely Jesus, you are the Lord, you are the Glory of God, you are the King of Kings, you are perfection, you are AMAZING GRACE. YOU ARE LIFE. Who is like you Lord of Glory, who is your equal, who is like you......there is none Lord, You are the beautiful one, the perfect one, the Holy one. You alone are savior, peace, hope... You are the heart of God, and the Love of God.. You are the mighty one, the tender one, the rose of Sharon, the pearl of great price, the LIVING TRUTH. You are the very Blood of God, shed as the eternal love of God freely given. There is none like you beautiful one, there is only you, the hope of God, the light of Heaven, the lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely, JESUS . Thank you for your cross, thank you for your blood, thank you for your name that is above every name. You name is the sweetest that ever was, or that ever will be... Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU... !!! Jesus is SO worthy to be praised.
  13. Debp has been posting some informative (video), recently. God bless you sister. One of the helpful videos she posted is regarding the church wide, world wide, heresy : "Lose your salvation". This heresy can be phrased many ways, including "walking away from God" , "walking away from your faith". But no matter how you phrase it, the Grace rejecting aim of the people who show up on forums and in pulpits and online , who are teaching this Galatians 1:8 message, is the same. They Want to indoctrinate you into their harmful theology. Now i have a strong and unrelenting point of view about this heresy, because i have seen the damage it causes churches, Christians, and the heretics themselves. This theology is an extreme spiritual poison. Its an infection of the mind and spiritual condition. It literally can make you crazy. Especially if you are a sincere and true believer who above all things wants to please God. The True Believers, if they are caught up in this hellish circular reasoning theology, become more and more upset and there is NO simple remedy. See, what happens if you get infected by the people who are spreading this spiritual deceit, is that the bible and the devil begin to work together to condemn you to the point where you will begin to obsess on the idea that you are lost, and hell bound. The bible becomes a punishing enemy as all it seems to do is show you that you are going to hell. Ive seen it. Ive visited the mental health center and witnessed the mind damage and the broken spirit. This person, who has been deeply mentally disturbed by the people who mean to do it,.... they can't open a bible and get any Help. Prayer life becomes a guilt trip. They cry and shake and feel sick. Their lives become so disrupted by this screaming idea that they have committed the unparsdonable sin, or they have willfully sinned their salvation away. And all they had to do to be destroyed was show up on a "friendly" Christian Forum and read someone's Thread regarding "losing your salvation". This particular Thread Topic is reposted constantly on every Christian Forum that will allow it. And the next thing this sincere believer thinks is, "what if i did this".... and then the bottom falls out of their lives as the devil begins to work their minds into worry and fear to try to literally destroy them. FYI. : The Epistle to the Hebrews, is a spiritual bear trap. Its a book that will tie a novice baby Christian in a knot for life. This book is so strong, so powerful, that when a novice gets into it, having no sound theology to lean on, no soul anchor of Grace, no deep understanding of Redemption,..... they will end up for the rest of their life preaching one message. "you can lose your salvation". That is what happens to everyone who get lost in the Epistle to the Hebrews, because they never became grounded in GRACE and "Justification by Faith" theology Truth..... BEFORE they jumped into this DEEP DEEP Epistle to the Hebrews. Listen Saint, the bible is not a fun filled novel. Its a Spiritual Awakening Experience, written as words in Jesus's Blood.. Understand? And the unclean spirit , Satan, uses the bible to harm you, if he can. And do you think he can't? He was here before Adam. He was looking over Paul's shoulder when Paul was getting his letters out to the Churches. He sent Muslims their Bible. He lifted Jesus up by His power and took him to a high place, and showed the Lord of Glory a few things... Satan is alive, just as certain as Jesus is Risen. And he is not playing with you. He wants your LIFE if he can't get your soul, and if he can't get ither because you are born again, then he'll send a heretic into your mind, using a pulpit, a commentary, an online website, a family member, a christian forum..... who will try to make you believe that the Blood of Jesus is actually you keeping yourself saved. Now you think about that..... They will try to make you believe that the atonement is actually YOU keeping yourself saved, OR NOT. There are 2 Gospels that are preached. One is From the New Testament, and one is from the Devil. The bible preaches that God MADE you righteous and keeps you righteous, HIMSELF, if you will believe in Christ. This is called being born again. This is God becoming Jesus the Man, and taking His very righteousness and giving it to you, in place of your sin, and unrighteousness. This is Redemption. The Blood Atonement. The Devil's gospel teaches that your works make you and keep righteous, your commandment keeping keeps you saved, and your obedience is your Cross that you hang on, to save yourself. God's Gospel, is : "i will save you and keep you saved. ". using the Blood of Jesus. The devil's gospel, is everything else. And everything else including the person who is teaching works for salvation...... is Galatians 1:8 ----------------------------------------------------- ---------- Let me talk to you now about Eternal Security. Eternal security : is Christ in you. This is your Eternal Security. Being Saved once, and always, is Christ in you, who is HIMSELF eternal Security. Jesus said that He gives you eternal life and you shall never perish . (lose it or be parted from it.) 1 John 5:13 tells you that you can KNOW that you have eternal life. And the way you know is because Jesus who Himself is eternal life, is IN YOU. "Christ in you, the hope of Glory". He is in you, and you are in Him .. "in Christ". Now, lets get the bullseye on the target. The heretic will try to convince you that this same Jesus, who is Himself eternal life, is not in you, permanently. That if you decide to, you can get Him out. That if you decide to, you can just flip a switch, do a deed and like MAGIC, you are no longer Born again. This teaching is a lie. Now understand that Jesus is Himself "the resurrection and the (eternal) life. And if you are born again, you are joined to God, by Christ. Christ has removed your sin, becoming it for you on the Cross, and that is the only barrier that was keeping you from being joined to God. So thats gone. Your sin is gone, because the shed Blood of Jesus washed it away. The Law is gone, because you are no longer under it, you are under Grace... so the LAW can't judge you as a sinner. This is because Jesus Himself, God on The Cross, has been judged for you already and KILLED. So, that is your Hell, your Lake of Fire, and your Judgement for your sin... Its gone. gone......>>GONE. It can't be your eternal life situation as it is for Christ Rejectors, because your Eternal Life situation is CHRIST THE ETERNAL LIFE, who is INSIDE YOU. You do recall that your are as a born again Christian, the Temple of God? The Body of Christ? You are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, or as the New Testament explains, "if you have not the Spirit of Christ IN YOU, then you don't belong to God"..... So, God, Christ, and The Holy Spirit, who are all "ONE"< are in you., if you are born again..... Are you? Do you remember when you took Jesus into your heart? Believing on Him. Trusting in Him to save you, forgive you? That is your "New Birth", day. You are born from your mother, and you are born AGAIN = from your Father God. In both cases blood was shed. The first time it was shed for you, you came to earth. The second time it is shed for you, is the ONLY reason why you go to Heaven. (Grace is the color and function of Jesus's Blood). Born Twice, die once. if you are a born AGAIN (2nd time) = Christian. ============================================================== And here is the final answer... Here is why you can't lose your salvation and go to hell. A question or 2 : WHO is your Salvation? Who is it? Who is your eternal life? Who is your resurrection? Who is your Justification and your Sanctification? Who saved you? Who is Grace? Who is the Blood Atonement. Who is Redemption? Did you say YOU? Is it YOU? So, if its not you, then it must be JESUS THE LORD. JESUS THE CHRIST. JESUS Himself. He alone is your Savior, because He alone is everything that saves you, and everything that God requires for you to be saved, and in fact JESUS IS ALL GOD OFFERS YOU TO GET YOU IN TO HEAVEN AND KEEP YOU OUT OF HELL. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO BE SAVED. JESUS IS "THE WAY". AND THAT IS ACCORDING TO GOD. That is according to TRUTH, and Jesus is "THE TRUTH", and Im lifting Him up right now , and so should YOU. ! So, your salvation, is JESUS. You being born again, proves that HE is IN you. Listen.... Jesus is God, and God is not a man that He should or can, lie. Jesus said.....>"I will never leave you or forsake you". Hebrews 13:5 . Now notice the word "Leave". This word is explaining that Jesus wont ever do something. And what is that? Leave you. He "can't Leave you, or forsake you".... He said so. So, does the TRUTH LIE? Now, back up and look at what we are thinking about.... Where is Jesus? If you are saved, where Is He? He is IN YOU. IN YOU. IN YOU. In YOU. And how is Jesus in you? He is SEALED within you. God is SEALED within you.. You are their BODY OF CHRIST....... that is your permanent situation. Now get this and you'll be forever spiritually and mentally unaffected by people who want to make you believe that you are your own savior, or that you can end up in Hell, then the lake of fire. Notice again that "Jesus said that He will never LEAVE YOU"... What does NEVER mean? "never". what does this mean? Does it mean, as long as you keep your faith, and go to church, and never backslide, or walk away from God? Do you see a "unless", in that verse? Heretics do, and they put it in there to try to harm you. Jesus WILL NEVER LEAVE THE INSIDE OF YOU WHERE HE IS SEALED UNTIL THE DAY OF YOUR REDEMPTION.......because He said so, and the TRUTH does not Lie. Jesus is THE Truth. So, what does this show you, and explain to you, when a heretic is trying to make you believe that you can lose your salvation? What is the obvious truth here, Saint? The truth shows you that if that were possible, and its not, but if were possible for you to hit the Great White Throne Judgement, and be Judged by God for all your sin that Jesus has already been judged for on Earth.....then when you were sent to Hell, Christ in you, who will NEVER LEAVE YOU< is going to be there burning right with you, in the Lake of Fire. Impossible. Completely Impossible. There is no verse in the New Testament, that has ever even suggested that Jesus and the Holy Spirit, can leave you, or will. Not one. NONE. But there is certainly a crystal clear verse that Says to the born again, that Jesus will NEVER LEAVE YOU. Never, Never, Never. You can't take Christ to hell, because you can't go where He can't go.. And when those who oppose Grace and cast darkness on the Cross want to make you believe that you can go to hell, then just remember that The Christ in you, who is your proof of your eternal security and IS HIMSELF ETERNAL LIFE, is not Going to Hell, ...........and neither are you. B
  14. Before i write this Thread's simple message, i wanted to again encourage you, all of you, to go to your local Gym and sign up. Many people use "Planet Fitness", but, whatever, no matter which, find one, and use it. Your phone book, or just looking on the Web for Gyms in your CITY or TOWN, will give you several options, i would predict.. What age should you start? If you are 16 and over, then go to a gym. Use a cane? Have issues walking? Need someone to watch your dog? Go to a gym. A gym is a fountain of youth waiting for all, reader. It'll change your life for the better if you will go and be consistent about it. IN 2 weeks, or less, you'll feel very comfortable going, as you'll see the same people......etc, etc, etc. IN less then 2 months, you'll begin to truly realize why im telling you to go. In 6 months, and until a year, you'll be saying to yourself. "why did i never do this"... "I feel SO GOOD !!!!! " AND IT only gets better.....Try it. You'll see. ---------- So, i wrote a fairly detailed Thread yesterday "Eternal Security <> Salvation", and i hope you were able to read it and become even more secure in your Redemption if you already are, and if you are not, i hope that Thread and most of my Threads will help you to have a new understanding, a true understanding regarding God's Love poured out on you as an Eternal Redemption, thru the BLOOD of Christ. If you did read it yesterday, thank you, and i want to supplement it now with this Thread. And you can recall from the previous Thread's topic...... that Jesus will never leave you. Which explains WHY "Christ in you IS YOUR HOPE OF GLORY"..... And "hope of glory" means, you are going to heaven, expect this, look for this, and be happy about it. (HOPE). "Glory" is eternity with God with Christ.. Its everything that you will encounter after you are either Raptured or you die. And its all GOOD, and so good is it, that it has not even entered into your imagination, what God has prepared for those who love Him who are justified by Christ's blood. As i was driving to the Gym this morning, i was thinking about teaching the simplicity of salvation, as this is not always taught in a way that allows it to be seen in its simplicity. Now, ive taught the Grace of God all over the world, to people of many different cultures.... French, Asian, Russian, Muslim......etc.. And so, i learned that for Salvation to be understood as Jesus would want, for the benefit of the hearer, i need to be clear. --------------------------------------------------------------------- So here is a clear understanding of becoming saved.. Lets say, You are not saved. This means you are not joined to God and His Family and to Christ. The barrier is your Sin. Your sin has made you UNRIGHTEOUS..... So, Salvation is God's method of making you Righteous. Thats it. Thats all it is... You have no righteousness and so, you can't be joined to a Righteous God, whose name is HOLY. So, you have a prob. How do you get the righteousness that you need so that you can be a part of God's righteous family? And this is where all ideas and false theology and "religion" bite the dust and die. See there is nothing you can do, of yourself, to become righteous or STAY righteous. You can't of yourself do either. God knows this, so, He provided His very own Righteousness for you, as "the gift of Salvation", "the gift of Righteousness". The main difference between an unbeliever and a believer is that the believer has been given God's righteousness, as a gift. God righteousness, functions as a completed righteousness. Its all of it given to you, at once, and its sealed unto you, into you, and on you, until your day of redemption. (When you meet Jesus). God's righteousness Its Jesus on The Cross saying , "it is finished", and proving this is TRUTH by walking out of His Tomb....ALIVE. All of this is defined by and as GRACE. Grace, God's Grace, defines all of it. God's Grace, is Jesus. God's Grace is GOD making you Righteous. And the Righteousness He Gives you, comes from Jesus... who IS your Righteousness. Jesus is your Righteousness. If you are born again, then you have Jesus's Righteousness in place of your unrighteousness. Being "in Christ" means you are BECOME the Righteousness of Christ. This happened because God MADE YOU RIGHTEOUS when you FIRST BELIEVED. And in fact, you are exactly the same Righteousness as Christ, right now, and forever, if you are born again. Being SAVED, means you have Jesus in your heart, and in your Body. And Jesus said He will never leave you..... Being Redeemed means you have Jesus's Righteousness, in place of your unrighteousness. God dying as Jesus on the Cross is how God accomplished this for you. Jesus's sacrifice of Himself for you on the Cross, is how His Righteousness is given.... God then takes this Righteousness and offers it as "For God so loved the world, that He GAVE"..... And everyone who will call on the Name of Jesus, believing in their heart the Gospel, ... God sees each heart that does this, accepts this faith AS Righteousness, and He then takes The very righteousness of Himself, which is Christ's righteousness, and (imputes) GIVES IT TO YOU, and it becomes you. You as the "new creation in Christ" is you becoming God's very righteousness. "Christ in you", is what causes it, and you being "in Christ" is the result. And then it gets even better. Thats right, it gets even better. ..... First lets look at some words that actually mean "Grace", which actually mean "Jesus". Understand that Jesus is Grace. God's Grace IS Jesus... Jesus is Salvation. Jesus is Righteousness. Jesus is the Blood Atonement. Jesus is Redemption... Jesus is Eternal Life So, if you have Him inside you, if you are born again, then you have all those inside you, also. = Hallelujah !! .... And because Jesus said He will NEVER LEAVE YOU, then all of those concepts, that are your "Christ in you" reality..... are also never Going to leave you. Not ever. Simplified ?? = Because Jesus will never leave you, then Redemption, Eternal Life, The Blood Atonement, Justification, Sanctification, also will NEVER LEAVE YOU. So, do you see how God's Grace just keeps getting better and better? All of that is in you, because Jesus, who will never leave you, is in you. ------------------------------------------------- And here is the icing. Here is the pièce de résistance........ Philippians 1:6 """"Being confident of this very thing, that God which hath begun your Salvation in you will Himself perform it, until the day of Jesus Christ"" Saint......Notice this verse carefully, as its a Gold Mine in a universe of Glorious Hallelujah's . This verse is one of the greatest verses in the bible, maybe the greatest verse in the New Testament, outside of "God is Love and For God so loved that He gave, Jesus." This verse is telling you something, very very very important. Seal it in your heart. Deeply. Its telling you, that you can have Confidence in the reality, and the truth, regarding the FACT that God HIMSELF who started your Salvation, (made you Righteous) is Himself Going to Complete it for you..... until you meet Jesus. So what is the simple understanding of this verse? It means that God's salvation, that is given to YOU as a Gift, is all in His hands to complete for you, and He promises He will. It means that YOU DONT COMPLETE IT....... He DOES !! What you do, is try to please God with your life, that is your Discipleship, but that is not your Salvation. Your salvation is for God to complete, after Christ has become "Christ in you". Do you want the Koine Greek, and the Ghetto version, understanding? Do you want it right across the plate so that you can give it your best swing? Saint, this verse means, that God created HIS Salvation, that you dont control. A Grace, that you dont maintain. A Redemption that you dont supervise. Its simply means that God created His righteous merciful GRACE that saved you, so that you can't mess it up after it does. And that is why you can't lose your salvation. Its because God who started it, is the Same God who will finish it FOR YOU. Not you. Him. Philippians 1:6 This verse is simply teaching that The God who saved you, will Himself, keep you saved..... And as the verse tells you, you are to have CONFIDENCE IN GOD to do it. B
  15. Here is a simple Thread concerning ONE always confused "lightning rod" topic(s).....3.) "What is blasphemy of the HS">. along with 1.) OSAS, and 2.) "losing salvation". And the lack of understanding about these 3 really defines the distinction between legalists, and the born again. It also exposes the level of New Testament understanding a believer or non, actually has understood, regarding The Blood Atonement and Redemption and Grace. The fact is... if you are not saved, or if you are saved but are religious..(Legalist) OR.... if you are very self righteous in both cases, then this comes to light very brightly regarding how you will react on Threads that deal with those 3 topics. Here is something to know... If you are a deep student of the word of God, then you are a deep student of Paul, of His epistles, = deep student of the Grace of God. If you are not a deep student of the word, you will not be familiar with Paul's teaching (Doctrine), and that is why you will have such an issue with understanding that Grace has replaced "works", and that is why so many argue endlessly on Christian Forums, trying to prove that the Grace of God is only as good as you are... regarding you "staying saved". Now think about that, and God give you light., if you are one of the many who is trying to keep yourself saved by your lifestyle. --------------------------------------- Ok, Blasphemy of the HS.. One way to think of it, is simply.... the act of being an obstacle between a person and them finding the Lord or being born again. In other words, if you or if anyone somehow creates a situation where someone would be blocked from their pursuit of Salvation. This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. And example would be an Atheist online, on a forum, telling people that God is a myth, Jesus is not risen, and Christianity is a hoax. If you are over 50, and you remember Peter Jennings, former anchor of ABC News, or Christopher Hitchens, a famous European Political Analyst... Well, just before both of them died, they decided to pursue , in public, the idea that Jesus is a myth, and Christianity is a Hoax. And they both died not long after they decide to preach this message of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. So, its like i tell atheists on forums that are not Christian Forums.. I tell them that until they can prove that God does not exist, then its best to stand back from the pulpit where they are preaching their unbelief against God, in public, as God has shorter patience for this, ive noticed over the years. "God is not mocked". "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God".......and that is a fact, regarding God who is Love. The best state of mind and mouth an unbeliever can have, is to think..."well, until i can prove that God does not exist, i will keep an open mind and a closed mouth regarding preaching my unbelief in public. I personally, have zero patience and zero tolerance for anyone who claims the names of Jesus, and goes on Christian forums and tries to talk people out of their salvation, by lying to them. And the lie is to tell a born again believer that they can stop being born again, if they behave badly, or dont have enough obedience, works....commandment keeping....etc. This really galls me, and fires up my Righteous indignation to the MAX , because its a so called "christian" doing the devil's work, on a Christian forum, and this should not be allowed, and i do my best to stomp on it, because its so harmful in its effect on weak Christians who are not grounded in Grace, and fall prey to these mind blinded workers of deceit. See, i dont think any of you have ever actually tried to help someone who believes they have lost their salvation, because some heretic idiot convinced them, usually by twisting verses in Hebrews, to cause this mental breakdown. And i mean its a mental breakdown that many born again have and are having., thinking they are lost and going to hell, panicked, living in dreadful FEAR....Dysfunctional human beings....ruined...... when if fact they are saved and are going to heaven. Ive seen the devastation of real Christians that is caused by this work of the devil, using a so called "Christian" to achieve it. And once you have seen this, you'll be a lot more anti-sensitive to these devils who hang out on forums like this one, then you are now. Real Christian Forums, should have zero tolerance for these heretics. ZERO. Their should be a statement of Faith that says....""We do not allow members to harass and try to confuse other members regarding the heresy defined as " losing your salvation". This is not tolerated. If you are discovered to be doing it, you will be warned once. If you persist, you will be permanently banned. "" ==================================== Ok, back to the teaching.... Now, when we want to understand what Jesus is talking about when He is talking to the religious leaders, of His day, about their blasphemy, then you have to stop right there, and see that this is a specific moment, with Jesus himself being accused of doing His works by the power of the Devil. So, ask yourself.... who isn't doing this, is who this verse does NOT apply to ???? That would be everyone who was not there at that time. Now why would what these Pharisees were saying to and about Jesus, "not be forgiven now or in the world to come".. and this is KEY.. If you can see this, then you will have a lot of light regarding something very simple that applies across the board to any and all Christ Rejectors.. Understand that this sin that they were committing by accusing the Lord of being the Devil's tool....... It isnt this specific sin that Jesus is referring to that would damn them that day, or "In the world to come"... So, what is the sin that Jesus is actually talking about, that is their damnation, as it is the damnation of all who commit it? Its the sin of rejecting Christ as Savior. Its the sin of dying unsaved. Its Jesus explaining...."If you do not believe that I AM the messiah, then you will die IN YOUR SIN(s)". (Unforgiven)... And this is explained technically and literally in John 3:36, where it says that you dont have to be dead to be damned, and that the judgment of God against your sin, is currently IN PLACE, regarding anybody and everyone who is not born again and is of the age of accountability. See a person who is damned, is judged by God as damned, and this is happening as long as they are rejecting Christ, which means, RIGHT NOW....The only thing that changes, is that the final end result is given to them for their Christ Rejection, after they die. = Hell, then the Lake of Fire. That is the eternal end result of Christ Rejection, that IS Damnation, that was already their's when they were alive, living and breathing as Christ rejectors. So, in the case of these Pharisees, their damnation, was not their accusation, but it was their Christ Rejection...(in this world and in the world to come) ......same as it is for anyone who is lost, and is not a Believer in Yeshua. So, they were blaspheming against the Lord, and against the HS< but this is just sin..........However, their damnation, that Christ is pronouncing against them, is based on their Rejection of Him......Their Unbelief, as its this that is causing their words. (Heart Unbelief) So, their words are a reflection of their unbelief, and its their unbelief that has them under God's judgment. John 3:36 So, if you are born again. you can't undo your salvation, because its not yours to undo... It is God's who did it for you, because its HIS, that Jesus earned and Gives. Salvation is not of you, or me.. We dont do it. We can't save ourselves, and we can't keep ourselves saved. Salvation is what GOD DID, its a Finished Work, through Christ, that He APPLIES TO YOU and ME. = Forgiveness of all sin..... No longer holding us accountable for them, in eternity, and does not impute them to us now. Romans 4:8 We are SINLESS, as if we never sinned, in God's perspective, because He has given us the Righteousness of Christ, and given our sin to Jesus, our sin bearer, who died for them all. And a born again person says....>"but what about this sin".......and the answer is always the same no matter the sin, ... Final Answer:) Jesus died for that one, and all the rest. Every sin, all sinning, has already been paid for by Jesus's sacrifice on the Cross, = His death. "but what if i".... = ALREADY Paid for, on the Cross. "but what if i".. = ALREADY Paid for, on the Cross. "but what about this sin, its a fancy one, its rare".... = ALREADY PAID FOR, ON THE CROSS. "SIN", ALL OF IT... has been dealt with on the Cross, and you are now a SAINT of God, a Child of God, and this for eternity, even tho you are not perfect. See, Jesus IS perfect, and His sacrifice was perfect, and God accepted His sacrifice, to accept you because of it. God does not accept you because of YOU.....WHO ARE YOU? Who am I? Understand.....God ONLY accepted you, and accepts you still, and always will, if you are born again, = because of the Cross. The blood and death of Jesus <> ALONE<> made you acceptable to God and keeps you acceptable to God.
  16. Hello Reader Thanks for taking the time to read this Thread. This threads topic will be for me, a slight departure, as im a teacher that is trained in Pauline Theology and am an evangelist by "call", so, 99% of what i show you, is going to be related to Salvation, or to Paul's specific doctrines for the Church. So, Typically i dont speak much about the Old Testament, or about The Revelation. However, recent discussion with a person here has decided for me that i should post a nice simple and clear Thread about one subject in The Revelation, so that you can see it clearly. Generally, as i said, im going to stick to Pauline Theology, and happily so. The other reason I dont really spend a lot of time teaching The Revelation, is because if you put 100 Theologians in a room, all discussing this part of the New Testament, and you left them in there 100 yrs...... At the end of the 100 yrs, they still would not agree with each other, regarding all its content. Thats a fact. So, i prefer to stay where the ground is solid, the rabbit trails are covered with clarity, and the truth is not enamored in symbolism, and the main subject is the Cross. Thats what works for me, the best. Now i need you to think about this. I need you to realize that the central teaching of the New Testament is the subject of Righteousness. Jesus came to give it, and if you die without it, that's an eternal problem that you can't solve. Sometimes i teach and state that the Lake of Fire will be burning the unbelievers, for as long as God lives. And that is both harsh and true. What keeps it from being cruel, is the fact that anyone who end up there, chose this for themselves. They made a fully informed freewill decision to reject Christ, freely. Never will a person stand before God, who has heard the Gospel while on the earth, say to the Almighty, that its His fault that they end up in the Lake of Fire. After all, what more can God do to get you into His family then let His Son die to get you into it? So, if you, reader, end up standing before God as a Christ Rejector, you did so after reading what i just told you. So, you have no excuse, and you already knew to Trust Christ as your Savior before you ever read what i just said. Right? Lets be REAL.....thanks. Now, Saint, when you have your revelation right, when you have rightly divided the word correctly, through the Holy Spirt, then the New Testament will function together in perfect sense. In other words, when you have the right Light, then there will be no contradiction found in the New Testament. And when you are being taught by someone who is full of Light, then what they teach, will not contradict PAUL. Got that? And this is one of the main ways you discern who is lying to you, vs who is teaching you what agrees with Paul. And how much does this matter? It is the only thing that matters when you are learning the New Testament, and when you are being taught by someone. If your teacher does not align themselves with Paul's theology of the Grace of God, as an unearned GIFT, and similar........then RUN. Remember that. Remember that Paul makes the Cross OF EFFECT< and a heretic tries to make the Cross of Christ of NON-Effect., of NO Effect, regarding keeping you saved. I just used a magnifying glass on the heretics for you. So, cutting to the chase. All teaching regarding any subject in the New Testament, has to perfectly align with what Paul teachers, regarding any subject he teaches. If it doesn't then it heresy and the teacher is a heretic. So, if you want to protect yourself from a heretic, then you have to have the tool to do so. The Tool, is Paul and his Doctrine. If you know it, then you can spot a heretic in about the blink of an eye. Ok, lets look at a phrase in The Revelation and filter it through Paul's doctrine so that we dont end up in the land of confused heresy. Now if you study Paul's epistles, then you are familiar with "justification by faith" Alone. Notice that word "alone"? It is the word that separates the real believers and the "one true church" from the heretics and all their denominations. That word "alone" as indicated by the phrase "Justification by faith", simply and absolutey means that JESUS ALONE saved you and keeps you saved. And once you get this, once you see this, then all the heretics who try to make you pay for your own salvation, by telling you that you will "Lose it" if you dont complete their list, or if you dont twist a scripture as they do.......You are permanently delivered from them.... and that is a big part of my ministry. Its to protect REAL BELIEVERS from them, by getting you to the place in your understanding of The Grace of God where you can see them clearly, and recognize them instantly. ------------ ------------------------ Now lets get to this verse. Its this. Revelations 3:5 "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" Now, look at the reason a name wont be blotted out of the book of life... "he that OVERCOMETH". So, who is this... Its this person... 1 John 5:5 """""Who is he that overcometh , but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?""" And who is this? This is all the born again.... see the "believeth that Jesus is the Son of God"? That's YOU, thats ME, thats all the born again. That is "he that OVERCOMETH"< in that verse about the BOOK. So, if you don't want to be the one whose name is blotted out of the book of LIFE, then be the overcomer who has TRUSTED IN CHRIST". Be BORN AGAIN. BE SAVED. OR, if you want to have your name blotted out of the book of LIFE, all you have to do is be a CHRIST REJECTOR,. and die. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Now, let me give you the real teaching on this "Book of Life" so that the heretics can't fool you. You've seen that the believer in Christ is not blotted out of the book of Life. And that is the main thing you need to see. But what about this book? Ok, this is deeper water, and has to do with the foreknowledge of God. The foreknowledge of God, is God's ability to know all things, and that includes your thought and the intention of your motives, and it also means that God knows what is going to happen before it happens. This is foreknowledge. or, the knowledge of all things= be-FOR- it happens. The Lambs Book Of Life....what is it? Well, its a real book. And this book contains the name of every one who ever existed or will exist. You, me, Moses, Hitler, Adam, Eve, Donald Trump, and all the yet to be born. Its a "book of Life" that contains the names of all who will ever "be". As this is the foreknowledge of God, knowing all the names of all, and they are written down, "before the foundations of the world" in this BOOK. God also knew, "before the foundations of the world" that Jesus would be needed to come and die for your sin. So, all of this is known by God, before it was even HERE. The Book was in existence, before Mankind was created. Now, what about that blotting out.. A name is blotted out of that Book of Life. Recently a member here, who does not believe that Jesus Keeps You Saved, chose the "book of life" verse, to try to prove that a born again Christian can end up in hell with Christ in them. As you can see, this verse has nothing to so with the idea that you can lose your salvation. So, again....the book of life, is the FOREKNOWLEDGE of God, regarding the names of all who will ever exist, before they were born....all names of all ever created, written in this book. And remember what you do to get you name blotted out? = You dont BELIEVE, In Christ. So, each Christ Rejecter, has their name in the book before they are born, and their name is blotted out, because they died in UNBELIEF. I would offer the opinion that their name is blotted out before they die, because God already knew they would die a Christ Rejector. (Foreknowledge). So, that is how that Book Of Life works. Don't be one of those who gets blotted out. Be a Believer. Trust in Christ.. Keep your name in that Book. Choose Heaven, not hell. <B><
  17. Before reading, just know that is a long text, and may seem like something ridiculous and not needing to bother with to most of y'all, but this means a lot to me, and I keep hoping to find answers, but can't find any, so that's why I'm here... Hey, Everyone! I am fairly new to this Forum and excited to be a part of it! I was born into the faith, and have been a Christian my entire life (I'm 17 years old, lol). It wasn't until around I was about 12 or 13, though, that I began to become more interested in Christianity and the Bible, and at the age of 15, I discovered Apologetics, which helped me retain my faith that I was struggling with at the time. Thanks to that, I now have learned much more about Christianity than I ever thought I would, and I am so happy to know that Christ is Lord and that I am a Follower of Him! So y'all are probably wondering "what does any of this have to do with Tupac Shakur, as named in the title?" Well, that's where the questions come in. For any who don't know, Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was a rapper who went by the stage names MC New York, 2Pac, and Makaveli. He was born in New York, and then moved to Maryland where he attended the Baltimore Academy of Arts (I believe that's what it is called), but then moved to California at the age of 17, where he was introduced to the drug and ghetto culture, where dealing, gang violence, sex, and robberies were frequent and even promoted. He was brought up as a thug, due to this, and incorporated this message in many of his songs. Unlike many rappers today though, when Tupac rapped about drugs and crime, he didn't do it in an attempt to glorify them, he did it to show the consequences of dabbling with them and tried to show those that didn't live that lifestyle, what it's like to live it. Tupac even made songs that, to me, were very powerful. His songs such as: Changes, Dear Mama, Brenda's Got A Baby, Until the End of Time, etc. are enough to make one tear up (I did with Brenda's Got A Baby). Me, being born into the ghetto and being raised in a household of domestic violence, I began to feel extremely attached to his music and his message. I began to binge several of his interviews, videos, albums, films, etc. It got to the point to where he felt like a friend of mine, or even, family. Then, I saw an interview where he was asked his religious views, and this is where it gets downhill. His songs and poems show that he was an extremely strong believer in God, but when he is asked about what he follows, he responds, stating that he believes that if you are good in your heart and do good things, then you are closer to God. But if you're evil in your heart and do bad things, then you're closer to the Devil. But he then went on to say that the Bible, he believes, was made by a person who wanted to find a way to control people. He says that the Bible says that certain people (prophets, patriarchs, etc) are good because they suffered a lot. He then went on to say that he got shot 5 times, and that he was 'crucified' by the media, and he 'walked through with the thorns on', and he told the thief (probably someone in the jail he was in) that 'this ain't supposed to happen, I'll come back for you.' Then he clarified by saying that he ain't saying he's Jesus, but that people go through that type of 'stuff' everyday. He then went on to attack a lot of what he sees as selfishness by megachurches and gigantic cathedrals who won't help homeless people who need God (although I don't have an issue with that point). During this interview, he was quick to make sure that he wasn't trying to disrespect anyone's beliefs, and that these things he's saying are simply his opinions only. This broke my heart. I thought Tupac, someone who I see as an inspiration, was a full on believer! I began to overspeculate, and came to several conclusions, one of which was that Tupac wasn't being entirely truthful in the interview, as he does have different tones with different interviewers, and that he truly did believe in the Bible, but then I felt like I was lying to myself. There several factors that contribute to my continued belief that Tupac was a Christian. Such as: - He had a giant tattoo of a cross on his back - He had a tattoo of a cross, along with Jesus' face, with the words "Only God Can Judge Me" on his arm - His most frequently worn necklace was a necklace of a cross - He was extremely close to his mother, who was a very devout Christian, who even claimed that the group she was in (Black Panther Party) failed because they didn't involve God - In many of his songs, he implements Christian tones: "Hail Mary", "Only God Can Judge Me", "Black Jesuz", "Ghetto Gospel", "I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto" - Many of his lyrics point to a Christian belief: "Father please forgive me for my life of sin, my hard stare seems to scare my sister's kids.." (Until the End of Time) "Get on yo knees to pray, Oh Lord, Help me change my ways, and show a lil mercy on judgment day, it ain't me I was raised this way.." (Hell 4 a Hustla) "Is there a ghetto in heaven or do I go to hell?" (Gotta Survive) "Picture a world where black babies can survive past five, but we must keep hope, quotin the reverend from the pulpit.." (Everything You Own) "Question for the Lord, why don't He like me, please guard my soul" (High Speed) "Just another lost soul stuck callin Jehovah.. Father how the heck did I survive these five shots?" (All Out) "and I wonder if the Lord ever heard of me.." ([Song Title Contains Profanity]) "and I pray to black Jesus to please take the rest of me.." (As The World Turns) "Before I go to sleep I pray and thank the Lord for another fruitful day.." ([Song Title Contains Profanity]) "Dear God I been feeling like I'm close to Jesus.." (Catchin Feelings) "And God said He should send His one begotten son to lead the wild into the ways of the man Follow me; eat my flesh, flesh and my flesh" & "Catch me father please, cause I'm fallin," (Hail Mary) "Cry later but for now let's enjoy the laughter God bless the dead" (God Bless the Dead) "Dear Lord..How can I survive? Got me askin white Jesus will a brotha live or die, cause the Lord can't see us in the deep dark clouds of the projects, ain't no sunshine No sunny days and we only play sometimes" (Still I Rise) "Keep yo' head up and try to keep the faith And pray for better days" (Better Dayz) "Searchin for Black Jesus It's hard, it's hard We need help out here So we searchins for Black Jesus It's like a Saint, that we pray to in the ghetto, to get us through" (Black Jesuz) "Who do you believe in? I put my faith in God Blessed and still breathing And even though it's hard That's who I believe in Before I'm leaving I'm asking the grieving Who do you believe in?" (Who Do You Believe In) These things often comfort me. In regards to Christianity, the closest he ever came to "insulting" it, is saying that the Bible wasn't "written by God". He harshly criticized pastors, priests, and especially televangelists, but he never once, not once, ever spoke bad about Jesus Christ. And even though he didn't hold the Bible in the same regard as we do here, he never insulted any prophet or person in the Bible that is shown as good. What's strange though, is that, in an interview after this, Tupac, while acting in a movie called "Gang Related", states that his faith is in "Black Jesus" and that he has "been gifted by God, by Black Jesus". Here, Tupac refers to Jesus as God, (the reason he uses the term "Black Jesus", is because he wants to make it clear that he doesn't have the same thought pattern as WASP Christians) (also, note that this interview isn't part of the movie, lol). In an interview with MTV (I believe this was his last interview before he was eventually shot and killed), he compares Judas' Betrayal to his competition in the music industry. I don't remember what he said exactly, but it's easy to find online, and it's very short. After he was shot, he didn't die on the spot, but instead, fell into a coma and was rushed to the hospital, where he was alive for about 3-6 days until he eventually died from his wounds. During this time, he was visited by his mother, Afeni Shakur, and his aunt, Gloria Cox, both of whom were devout Christians, and they had with them, in Tupac's hospital room, an Evangelist, who was Tupac's aunt Gloria's cousin, who visited Tupac all the time and prayed over him, and also put oil over him and put a healing cloth on him, while he was still shot up and unconscious, but still alive. He eventually passed away, with the last ones seeing him pass on, being his mother and aunt. Now some of y'all may have a question of your own when reading this: "Why do you care so much?". Well, because I feel extremely close to Tupac, and he touched on so many things that meant a lot to me, and what he said are things that I very much relate to. He feels kind of like a best friend, or even a brother sometimes. I don't let this cloud my judgement, though, as there are aspects of him that I don't agree with. I don't want to follow the life he lived, and I believe that Biggie handled their feud in a much more mature manner and tried to calm people on both sides down, whereas Tupac, due to growing up in the ghetto and already being shot 5 times, became extremely paranoid and reacted somewhat militantly (though, only verbally, not physically). But as Tupac said, he didn't want to be seen as a role model, but instead, show the world what he alone was like. With all this being said, there are some questions I have regarding this. 1) Tupac promoted songs and messages of righteousness, with some gangsta-type themes, only so he could connect and reach out to the people who lived in ghetto hood areas. First and foremost, 2Pac believed in helping the poor, and fought for those who couldn't, but often times his anger did get the best of him, and he would act out on it, but then regret it later on. ~ Does this make him more of a no good thug rather than someone who can be seen as good? 2) Despite him not believing the divine context of the Bible (at least not at the time of the interview), do you think he could still be considered a Christian? He held a very strong and firm belief in God, and believed in the teachings of Christ as well. His Gang Related interview shows him calling Black Jesus, God. Maybe he could've been what is called an "Agnostic Christian"? What is the minimum requirement to being called a "Christian"? 3) Would you say that Tupac made it into Heaven? Or that it seems like He could've? He did exactly what Jesus taught people to do in His Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, but he didn't seem to believe in Biblical authority, but he did refer to Jesus as God. This means he took Him as his "Lord", but I'm not sure if he then also took him as his "Savior". His body art and songs seem to show a promotion of Christian belief, though. I remember reading about King Solomon who was once righteous in the Eyes of God, but then turned to idolatry and had several women as his wives and concubines. I don't think Solomon would've landed in Hell though, so I don't think that what Tupac did, would've landed him in Hell (but I'm not the one to make that judgement). Sorry for seeming somewhat dramatic, and over thinking the faith and actions of one man, but the reason I do this, is because I love Tupac and I genuinely care about his condition and his faith. If there's anyone here, especially a fan of 2Pac who may also know about his life, who can give an answer, then as Tupac said in Dear Mama, "you are appreciated". I kindly ask for as many answers that can be received as possible. Thank you, and God Bless!
  18. Jesus said. "I and my Father are One". "If you've seen ME, you've seen the Father". Thomas the Apostle, kneeling, crying, said to the RISEN Lord Jesus....."My Lord and my God. " Jesus is the Living Bread who came down from Heaven to take you back to Heaven. Do you see Jesus smiling at you all the time? He is... Imagine Jesus wrapping His arms around you, and hugging your soul, as that is how Deeply He is able to touch you on the inside where you need it the most. Looking into the face of Jesus, you see the smile of God smiling back at YOU. Jesus is The Light of the World He Created. When Jesus said "Lazareth come forth" He was careful not to just say "come forth", as had He said this, then all the Graves on the entire planet would have released their Dead. Soon He is going to appear and say "RISE" and all who are dead "in Christ" will, and all the Living Born Again shall see their Holy King, Savior, and Lord. Jesus is The Grace of God. Jesus is The Blood Atonement. Jesus is Redemption. Jesus is Salvation. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Risen. Jesus knows what you are thinking right now. If you wake up tomorrow,..... its only because God allowed it. Everything you own, including your next heartbeat and your last breath, belongs to the God who became one of us. God's Blood is what Jesus Paid to bring you back to the Family of God. Salvation by Faith, is the Faith of God expressed as the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, freely offered as redemption for the sin of the world. Jesus is The Good Shepard, The Prince of Heaven, and the Prince of Peace. When you received Jesus, God adopted you. Being born again is the 2nd time you were born. The real reason that God loves you, is because God is Love. God is the author of the endless 2nd Chance, and the Blood of Jesus is the reason why. Your Honest Effort is the work God rewards. God leaves the effort to us, and we leave the results to God. The reason that you will always have Eternal life, is because the ONE who IS Eternal Life lives within you and you are in Him. Should you die before the Rapture.....then.....The reason that the grave can't hold your body down is because Jesus who is STILL within you, IS the Resurrection. The Born again will always be where Jesus is always found. When Baby Jesus's tiny feet first touched the ground, they were touching the world He created. God does not remember your sins, if you are Born again. He only remembers the Blood of Christ that paid for them all. The final Answer is always , "Jesus".
  19. Salvation is remarkable. Christians understand the Cross as The Love of God poured out as The Blood of Jesus on the Cross, and Atheists, generally consider the Cross as anything but the Love Of God. Atheists, that ive talked to, over much time... in general, can't really wrap their head around the idea of God giving His Life for all of us, as a Gift of Love. And of course they are not able to believe that God became One of us, when in fact, they don't even believe that God exists.... So.. if they can't seem to relate at all to the idea of "laying down your life for a friend" as perfect Love, then certainly they are going to have huge issues with "Love your enemies ", = Jesus laying down His LIFE for those who hated Him when He was on the earth, and also for those who have hated Him ever since He ascended back to His original home with the Father of Creation and Grace.. But im not here to talk about Atheists, im here to talk about the reason that works and obedience before you are saved, which can't save you, also can keep you saved after you are Born Again. The Bumper Sticker reads like this..... "What Saved You, is what Saved You, accept no substitues", and that does not change the day after He saved you, nor does it change the last minute before you draw your last breath in your body, just before you meet your Savior. "What Saved You, is what Saved You.....accept no substitutes.". And the "What" is Jesus The Lord. This is why we call Him the Savior. Kinda makes sense, doesn't it. Now let me give that to you again....... all your good works, and all your obedience, and all your lifetime of 10 Commandment keeping that you can do- practice- and per-fect, BEFORE YOU ARE SAVED (Born Again), cannot save you, and all this also can't keep you saved after you are born again. So what does this really mean? ......... Are you born again? Then listen Saint..... it means that you can live as holy a life as you could possibly live, every second of your life, never break the 10 commandments...and do all of this until you are 109 yrs old, and you will die and go straight to hell like a bullet if you die and are not Saved. So, if the best you can do, is going to end you up in Hell if you are not born again.... then how can these same deeds, works, obedience, take your salvation away from you, once your are born again, if you don't do all the works, obedience, and so forth that could not save you to begin with? A.) ? = They Can't. Were you ever taught by a doctrinally sound teacher of the Word of God, or by the Holy Spirit Himself when you were alone with Him, that "what can't save you, also can't cause you to lose your salvation". And if neither of those have shown you this reality regarding Eternal Salvation, does your common sense not show it to you? Sure it does. Ask yourself......"if what i do, if all my good works, done perfectly, can't save me,.......... then how can these same works, affect my Eternal Salvation, once Jesus saves me, if i don't do what could not save me to begin with? A.) ? What saved you, saved you, and what can't has no effect on it.....EVER.......>NOT EVER. So, why can't being good, living holy, doing good deeds, and being a wonderful human being, get you into heaven, instead of directly into Hell after you die, if you are not SAVED? Why? Why can't your works, and enduring, and tithing, and church going, and holy living, and obedience to the 10 commandments, keep you out of HELL< after you die, if you are not Saved? Its because none of that can give you what you have to have, before God will accept you. Its because none of that can give you what you have to have, before God will accept you. Its because no works you do, no obedience you can perform, no "living a good life", "being a good person", "helping orphans", "cleaning the church", , can give you what God requires that you MUST have before He will accept you and keep you. = That's why. Thats why a good life, a clean life, being a good person, being a wonderful human being, who does not drink, smoke, cuss, watch porn, or hate..... is just as hell bound as a God hating Christ Rejecting child molester. Its because nothing you can do by SELF EFFORT, not ever, not EVER, will make you acceptable to God...........not ever. Does this mean you should not live a holy life, a good life, a clean life? No. What it means is that you come to understand some Truth about Salvation, (if you've not yet).... so that you are not living your entire Christian life sort of confused and nervous regarding truly understanding WHO SAVES ANYONE who was ever saved.. Lets understand perfectly........ that only what God accepts to save you, is what saves you and keeps your saved. God does not accept what an unbeliever believes and some fake christians say and teach saves them, which is....>"i'll do good, and some bad, and at the end God will judge all my works, and if my acts of good are a higher percentage then my bad, then JACKPOT !!< im in GLORY singing with the Angels."........Ummmm, no, you are in Hell once you die, and were going there the whole time you were breathing thinking you were ok. Ok, lets nail it down. Lets get it RIGHT.. and keep it there, forever. You , me, us, we are born with a problem, that only God can solve. And this is why He came down here, reader.... The problem is that nothing we can do can make us RIGHTEOUS. Nothing..... And God will not have you, me, or us, in His Family, unless we are RIGHTEOUS..... As Righteous as HE IS. So, out the window and down the river just went all your lifetime of trying to be good so that God will have you. He will NOT. As your good life is not RIGHTEOUS......it has no RIGHTEOUSNESS in it. And what is Righteousness, dear Reader? Its sinlessness. To be Righteous, (holy), is to be Sinless, in the EYES OF GOD. Not your eyes, but HIS. So, can all your good deeds make you sinless? If so then don't worry about the Cross, and just keep on going to church while you are on your way to hell thinking you are accepted by God because you are not quite as bad as the Preacher's wife, or perhaps me. Got it? Now lets get REAL. Jesus, the Bread of Heaven, the Prince of Glory, the Living Word, the Light of Life, the Sinless Son of God, Virgin Born, came down here to give you His Righteousness on a Cross so that God would have you as His OWN. Understand? And if that Righteousness has been given to you, then you are SAVED and will remain just as saved as God's Blood has made you HOLY<>Righteous. And this only happens because you have "believed on the Lord Jesus", and from your heart came this Faith that God accepted to SAVE YOU, and out of your mouth came the confession of your faith . And if you did this, then God has taken the Rightnessnrdd of Christ and He has given it to you, or as the word says.....He has "Made it unto you"......you are MADE RIGHTEOUS......and that is the only reason He will have you or keep you. NO OTHER REASON, will He take you, accept you, or keep you. So, can your works and lifestyle and obedience and confessing sin, do this for you? NO < NO < NO< NEVER !! So, again........... why are you saved? Is is because of you? Did you do it? Can you do it ??? So then, if you didn't save yourself, and can't, then can you keep yourself saved? NO. Only God can save you, and only God can Keep you saved, because of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS that He has given to you, that He now Accepts, to accept you. "By faith you are saved and that not of yourself", "The Gift of Righteousness" "Justification by Faith". And if you see this....if you get this, if you have this understanding, then you understand the Grace of God, and if you dont, and you are saved or not, you will think and believe that your works and your obedience, save you, or keep you saved, and in both cases that is a Self Deception. Its an Untruth, and a complete impossibility. It is in fact Satan's Lie. God Himself had to give you His very Righteousness to take you, to Birth you, to have you, and to keep you. Jesus is your only Righteousness, and if you have Him, if you are born again, then God has you. So, Where are your works and your obedience? They are never ever accepted by God, to accept you. Not ever. And if you can see this, if you can grab this, and grasp it, then you have understood the Blood Atonement and the Redemption that is only found where it is Given. >The Cross". "It is NOT by works of righteousness (that we do) but by and according to God's Mercy, = He saved us". God's "mercy" is Jesus on The Cross dying for your sin, so that by this sacrifice, God is able to give you in place of your Sin, Christ's Righteousness. And that is WHY and the only WAY, that God will have you and keep you. What are your works and your obedience compared to the Holy Blood of Jesus The Christ? Do you see this??? "Jesus is the Way". And His Righteousness given to you, as He took your sin and became your Sin Bearer on the Cross, is the only means that God supplied Himself to accept you, and there is no other way to be accepted by God. "God who began your salvation in you, will himself be faithful to complete it". And He did all this on the Cross, and gives it to you (by Faith) as the "gift of Righteousness". So, where are your works and 10 commandment keeping in all that? They are not found in God's Righteousness. Not ever. Salvation, is God's Righteousness, (Christ on the Cross), given to you as the "Gift of Righteousness". God bless your eyes always to see. <B><
  20. Behold

    John 6:51

    John 6: 51 Lets look at this verse, as its a wonder... John 6:51. Jesus speaking...." I AM < (God) the living bread which came down from heaven;.. and if ANY man eat of this bread, he (they, you, me) live forever: and the bread that i will give is my flesh....which i will GIVE (salvation is a free Gift), for the LIFE of the world.. = "give for the life of the world" Jesus speaking : "I AM (notice that He uses this title a lot when talking about Himself, as this is God referring to Himself as "The Great I Am"). So, Yeshua is constantly reminding us that He is not just the "Son" , He is indeed and literally God Himself who is the One manifested in a human body .. 1st Timothy 3:16. And notice that this verse im about to talk to you about relates specifically to John 3:16. And notice that God manifested in the flesh is 1 Timother 3:16. And if you read John 3:16, you see how neatly and perfectly God is drawing a Divine String through His word, in these verses and many more..... always connecting the dots, always placing interesting CLUES and "light bulb" moments in His word for any and all who "study to show yourself approved"... Now, How to see this verse's main point using scripture to explain it. There is the spiritual way and means to understand all NT verses. In that you compare scripture with scripture... You use the Word to explain itself.. The word teaches you the word.. And the way God has implemented this is that He does not always or even often use a verse, followed by a verse, followed by a verse, in some type of continuing consecutive order, to explain a doctrine, etc.. No. What He does is put it all in a circle that you have to study to find and thus understand. In other words, He has created the NT to be a sort of spiritual puzzle and you are to SEE the Light more and more as you connect the pieces. And these pieces are scattered, as in a circle that is all over the NT. For example, you might discover a piece of doctrinal Light in one verse in Romans, and then later, in Jude, or in John you'll SEE another piece that connects, and then in Acts there is another piece that connects, and this is always how you "study"... Its by a lot of reading that God will show your inner- man all these pieces that keep connecting and connecting as you go through the word, again and again. So, lets look at this verse in a few parts so that we can see ....... 1. "If any man EAT of this Bread". And what is the Bread? and how do you eat it? Well, the "bread" of course is the body of Christ on the Cross. And symbolically its a part of Communion... Now, here we go.... Remember that Christ said... "Man shall not live by bread alone"?...... hummmm.. "but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God".... So, isn't that interesting? And how does that work, within the context of this verse? Well, how do you eat the body of Christ so that you (have eternal life) become born again? As in this verse the "eating" says that if you do it, you shall "live forever".. So how do you do this? Simple. the "eating" that allows God to give you "life forever", which is eternal life, is to have Faith in Christ. To Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved....(born again) And so all this is explained by this verse..... John 6:47. : Jesus says unto you, All that BELIEVE IN ME, = HAVE Eternal life"... So, you have this verse that says to eat the Bread who came down from Heaven which if you do, imparts a consequence.. And to eat Him, the "bread",= Jesus..... means to have Faith, to BELIEVE, (Having faith is spiritually eating) and by this spiritual eating, you then become born again, which means you "live forever".. And why? Because the One who is Eternal Life, the one you just ate, (believed on) (Faith), is now in you and you are "in Christ", so, because you have Him, you have Eternal Life, as He IS, eternal life. 1 John 5: 11-13. Read it. 2. "give for the LIFE of the World". This is interesting, because now this verse is speaking universally, with a condition, regarding giving Eternal Life to the "world". And here we understand that Salvation, The Blood Atonement, is Jesus dying for the "world". John 3:16 This means, the world of humanity, for all time, and especially subsequent to the lifting of the Cross and the bodily resurrection of The Christ. "I came so that you can have LIFE"... And who is "you"? = All that eat the Bread. (Faith), and what is the "life"? = Eternal Life, who IS Jesus, and when you have Him, its because you have eaten Him, (Faith), and now you are "in Christ", and Christ is "in you, the <>hope of Glory"<>", = This phrase, "hope of Glory"... is a true understanding of the One who is our Heavenly Hope, who IS our Eternal Life, living inside us, who is going to bring us to Heaven, because Jesus IS the/our "Resurrection and the Life". So, in John 6:51, we see that to eat the bread that imparts eternal life, simply means to "believe on the Lord, and you shall be saved", with its symbolic counterpart being taking Communion. And we see that this verse is speaking specifically and universally regarding the One who said, "I am the resurrection and the life", and "i came to give LIFE (eternal life) and that more abundantly"... to all of the world, with the condition being, that this gift of the One who Himself is Eternal life, has to be "eaten".....that is to say, believed on, = by Faith. So that is the eternal result for us, if we do what the verse tells us to do, with the opposite and dire consequence of you not believing or eating Him, who is the Bread of Life, is that "if you do not (eat) believe that I AM He, then you will die in your sin(s)",...... And also said in John 3:36, = that God's judgment and wrath is waiting to be delivered as an eternal sentence to ALL who lived and died and never ate the Living Bread, = died a Christ rejector and WILL face God unforgiven. This is damnation. This is Eternal, and its a FREEWILL choice that someone makes that God accepts. And this reader, is why a person who ends up in Hell and the Lake of Fire, can never honestly or accurately accuse God of sending them there, as all God does, is accept your FREEWILL choice, and from there, your choice while you were living decided where you ended up, after you Died. Choose wisely if you are reading this, and are not yet a believer in Christ. Trust in Christ today, believe on Jesus today in your heart, kneel at the Cross today, and later meet God as your Loving Father and not as your Eternal Judge. <B><
  21. If the Bible is a Catholic book, how can Catholics account for the passage, "A bishop then, must be blameless, married but once, reserved, prudent, of good conduct, hospitable, a teacher...He should rule well his own household, keeping his children under control and perfectly respectful. For if a man cannot rule his own household, how is he to take care of the church of God?" (1 Tim. 3:2, 4-5). The Catholic Church does not allow a bishop to marry, while the Bible says "he must be married." Furthermore, if the Bible is a Catholic book, why did they write the Bible as it is, and feel the necessity of putting footnotes at the bottom of the page in effort to keep their subject from believing what is in the text? If the Bible is a Catholic book, 1. Why does it condemn clerical dress? (Matt. 23:5-6). 2. Why does it teach against the adoration of Mary? (Luke 11:27-28). 3. Why does it show that all Christians are priests? (1 Pet. 2:5,9). 4. Why does it condemn the observance of special days? (Gal. 4:9-11). 5. Why does it teach that all Christians are saints? (1 Cor. 1:2). 6. Why does it condemn the making and adoration of images? (Ex. 20:4-5). 7. Why does it teach that baptism is immersion instead of pouring? (Col. 2:12). 8. Why does it forbid us to address religious leaders as "father"? (Matt. 23:9). 9. Why does it teach that Christ is the only foundation and not the apostle Peter? (1 Cor. 3:11). 10. Why does it teach that there is one mediator instead of many? (1 Tim. 2:5). 11. Why does it teach that a bishop must be a married man? (1 Tim. 3:2, 4-5). 12. Why is it opposed to the primacy of Peter? (Luke 22:24-27). 13. Why does it oppose the idea of purgatory? (Luke 16:26). 14. Why is it completely silent about infant baptism, instrumental music in worship, indulgences, confession to priests, the rosary, the mass, and many other things in the Catholic Church? Now, please my friend, when you reply to this, please stick to just a couple of points per post, then it will be easier to respond to, unless you want to make a VERY long post answering ALL these points in one post, hoping that no-one will take the trouble to address your points.
  22. Yes! My old and gone comic book collection was quite questionable. If they had comic books like this around these days I would get back into the hobby. Can anyone recommend titles in print and for sale now? Such would make great Christmas gifts.
  23. Many believers do not enjoy their Christianity as they should because they have an idea of God, and how to deal with Him, and how He deals with them, that is remarkably wrong. There are many born again Saints whose entire idea of fellowship with God is not friendship, is not a love relationship, is not family..... but its a sort of a "how do i make myself worthy enough for God to be nice to me and accept me". Its almost a sort of mild performance anxiety mental issue, where the believer has not been able to accept or believe that God loves them because God is LOVE and that is what He does, because that is who He is......in reality. Instead they are forever straining at the straps, earning, stressing, ever seeking to perform enough, long enough, so that God can accept them. And truly, this performance based Christian mentality is a straight jacket of misery, and if you are wearing it, i want to offer you a verse to meditate on so that you get a True Vision of the God who saved you, and not because you earned it, but only because "God so loved YOU", that even if you were the only person in the world, He still would have sent His Blessed Son to the Cross just to bring YOU home to His Kingdom and into His heart. Look at this verse... and see the real God, your Father. John 16:24 "and hitherto have you asked nothing in my name : ASK and you shall receive, that your JOY MAY BE FULL."" Now, let me expound this just a little ......... "what are you waiting for?.....ask me.... im your Father.....I love you......and i want to give to you my blessing so that your joy may be full" Now, did you notice what you are to do to earn this fullness of Joy that God wants to give you? Answer.) = nothing You dont earn it. And the reason is, .. God's love for you is not a performance based rewards system. He is not up there taking notes and awarding and subtracting reward points, and if you finally do enough and get enough points, you finally get a blessing. That is not God. That is not how God's love works, or functions.... Yet many believers are working to get God's love., working to get God's acceptance.... working to get God to love them.........and they never feel it, ever..... because God's love is FREELY given. You noticed the reward of simply asking God in prayer ? = "that your JOY might be full"... = Blessing. God wants this for you. This is How He loves you.... He loves by GIVING and GIVING, and never is this based on your performance. Its always and only based on God's nature.... God is a giver... God is LOVE. God loves YOU.
  24. Behold

    Peace

    So what is ........Peace? Is there more then one type? So what is "peace" as we the redeemed should understand the 2 types? There is "peace" that the world gives. John 14: 27 This is a carnal feeling, fleshy, and its based on pursuit and lust. And once achieved the effect of this type of worldly peace, is that it fades and leaves you the same as it found you. Full of "empty". Jesus said, the peace that I give, "is not AS the World Gives"... John 14:27 So, we see from the words of Yeshua Himself, that there is a type of feeling that the world gives, that is not related to what He gives. Then you have these verses that are directed only to the born again... "and let the Peace of God rule in your heart".. Colossians 3:15 "God the Lord will speak peace to His people".. Psalm 85:8 "and the work of righteousness shall be Peace"... Isaiah 32:17 So how to understand what this all means, is easy, and seeing it will help you comprehend the severe distinction between what the world calls "peace", as compared to "the Peace of God that passes all understanding". Philippians 4:7 So, then.....what is the peace of God? Well the answer is........Jesus. Himself. He is Peace. He is the Prince of Peace.. And This is why this verse says....."now the LORD OF PEACE HIMSELF = Give you peace".. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 And how does He do this, and why can't the world do the same? Well, the world is not Jesus, and Jesus is not the world or of the world. The world has no Peace because it does not accept Jesus or want Him. So, the Christ rejecting world has no peace and having none, it can't offer any. How could it? But the born again, have peace. And this is because we have JESUS, who IS Peace, living inside us, = We have Peace. Jesus IS Peace. We have peace with God because Jesus who IS Peace, has made this happen for all the born again. So, ALL This is one more building block of revelation, regarding Salvation, that you need to understand. The simple revelation is, that Jesus IS Salvation. And so, if you have Him, if you are born again, then you are SAVED and for Eternity, because you have the one Who HIMSELF IS : 1. Grace 2. Peace 3. Redemption 4. Eternal Life 5. Justification 6. Sanctification 7. Atonement 8. Assurance The born again, have "Peace with God", because the One who IS Peace, Jesus the Lord, has eternally joined us to God. We are joined to Christ, Christ is God, and all are "One". This is the confidence of Salvation, of Peace. Jesus is Peace.
  25. Hey everyone I have a question? As we know, homosexuality is a sin in the bible. The question I have is this. Why are Christians forced to accept it when we know the truth and how it is a sin? Feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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