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  • A Brief History of Early Pre-Millenialism

    10/31/2013 8:08:10 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    onthelookout777 to Olympiad Fisherman

    Yes, I’ve really appreciated the valuable resources at http://www.pre-trib.org/articles

    And the upcoming Dec. conference looks like it’ll be great, as usual.

    I hadn’t heard of http://1024project.com/ until now, though I recognize many of the names there. So thanks for pointing me to this new resource.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  • A Brief History of Early Pre-Millenialism

    10/30/2013 7:37:44 PM PDT · 3 of 20
    onthelookout777 to Olympiad Fisherman

    Thanks for posting!

  • Why I Hate "Faith Alone"

    10/13/2013 3:15:02 PM PDT · 69 of 252
    onthelookout777 to All

    Oops, sorry for the triple post.

    My browser kept indicating that the post hadn’t gotten through.

  • Why I Hate "Faith Alone"

    10/13/2013 2:42:18 PM PDT · 61 of 252
    onthelookout777 to All

    For anyone interested:

    The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift.

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how we, undeserving sinners, can receive the free gift of eternal salvation from a just and holy God:

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:18
    He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    John 6:28-29
    Then they asked him, “WHAT MUST WE DO TO DO THE WORKS GOD REQUIRES?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.”

    John 6:47
    (Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.

    John 11:25-26
    (Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?

    John 20:31
    But these have been written that you may BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING you may have life in His name.

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    Acts 16:30-31
    … WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
    And they said, BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Romans 3:28
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law

    Romans 4:5
    But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

    Romans 5:2
    Through him we have also obtained access by FAITH into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also BELIEVED, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

    Ephesians 2:8-9
    For by grace you have been saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast

    _____________________________________________________

    Christians may foolishly try to use the grace of God as an excuse for licentiousness and antinomianism, but they’re just shooting themselves in the foot, ruining their opportunity to receive eternal rewards from the Lord Jesus Christ at the future Bema Seat evaluation.

    Romans 6:1-2A
    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!

  • Why I Hate "Faith Alone"

    10/13/2013 2:41:28 PM PDT · 60 of 252
    onthelookout777 to All

    For anyone interested:

    The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift.

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how we, undeserving sinners, can receive the free gift of eternal salvation from a just and holy God:

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:18
    He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    John 6:28-29
    Then they asked him, “WHAT MUST WE DO TO DO THE WORKS GOD REQUIRES?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.”

    John 6:47
    (Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.

    John 11:25-26
    (Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?

    John 20:31
    But these have been written that you may BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING you may have life in His name.

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    Acts 16:30-31
    … WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
    And they said, BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Romans 3:28
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law

    Romans 4:5
    But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

    Romans 5:2
    Through him we have also obtained access by FAITH into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also BELIEVED, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

    Ephesians 2:8-9
    For by grace you have been saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast

    _____________________________________________________

    Christians may foolishly try to use the grace of God as an excuse for licentiousness and antinomianism, but they’re just shooting themselves in the foot, ruining their opportunity to receive eternal rewards from the Lord Jesus Christ at the future Bema Seat evaluation.

    Romans 6:1-2A
    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!

  • Why I Hate "Faith Alone"

    10/13/2013 2:39:37 PM PDT · 59 of 252
    onthelookout777 to All

    For anyone interested:

    The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift.

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how we, undeserving sinners, can receive the free gift of eternal salvation from a just and holy God:

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:18
    He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    John 6:28-29
    Then they asked him, “WHAT MUST WE DO TO DO THE WORKS GOD REQUIRES?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.”

    John 6:47
    (Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.

    John 11:25-26
    (Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?

    John 20:31
    But these have been written that you may BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that BELIEVING you may have life in His name.

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    Acts 16:30-31
    … WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
    And they said, BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Romans 3:28
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law

    Romans 4:5
    But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

    Romans 5:2
    Through him we have also obtained access by FAITH into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also BELIEVED, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

    Ephesians 2:8-9
    For by grace you have been saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast

    _____________________________________________________

    Christians may foolishly try to use the grace of God as an excuse for licentiousness and antinomianism, but they’re just shooting themselves in the foot, ruining their opportunity to receive eternal rewards from the Lord Jesus Christ at the future Bema Seat evaluation.

    Romans 6:1-2A
    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 6:19:29 PM PDT · 116 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Responsibility2nd

    Does 1 Peter 3:21 really teach baptismal regeneration, salvation by works?

    It’s important to look at verses in context.

    Here’s more good commentary from Dr. Robert Dean of http://www.deanbible.org

    Hebrews series - Lesson 59 - transcript excerpt:

    1 Peter 3:20 (NKJV)
    “who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.”

    The “who” here refers to the spirits in prison. These are the fallen angels who committed the sin with the daughters of men in Genesis 6. That is the previous verse. The context talks about how Jesus went down to preach to the spirits in prison.

    Then it tells us when this occurred.

    They went through the water. They were not in the water. The ones who got wet died. The ones who stayed dry are the ones who go through the baptism. That is why it is a dry baptism.

    1 Peter 3:21(NKJV)
    “There is also an antitype which now saves us — baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

    This is the Greek word apothesis which means to remove. It’s used to remove clothing that is dirty. It is a physical term. It is not a spiritual term. It is not the washing away of dirt through water baptism. But it is an appeal to God for a good conscience. The word there for appeal is the Greek word epirotema which is the word for a pledge. It is the pledge that baptism is a pledge of a good conscience toward God which comes because we have been cleansed spiritually by God the Holy Spirit at the instant of our faith alone in Christ alone. There is a washing, a cleansing. It is a positional cleansing.

    Now we have to remember that there are two types of cleansing in the Christian life. There is positional cleansing that takes place at the instant of salvation which cleanses us from all sin. Then there is experiential cleansing that takes place as we confess our sins as we go through the Christian life. Even if you die with unconfessed sin you still go to heaven because you are positionally cleansed in Christ.

    I remember when I was a kid that was a question everybody got concerned with. What if you die with unconfessed sin? What happens? Do you go to hell? Do you have to go to hell for a while? Do you go to purgatory? No. You are positionally cleansed of all sins at the cross but experientially cleansed through I John 1:9. So this baptism is a focus on positional truth.

    Now one other thing I want to note here. Why does he say through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and not the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? That is because the resurrection is the conclusion of this whole process. This is a typical figure of speech where you are talking about the entire work of Christ on the cross from start to finish. The payment of sins was between 12 noon and 3 p.m. but the whole process of His work isn’t over with until the resurrection occurs. The reason he refers to the resurrection here and not the crucifixion is that he is talking about the entire process of the crucifixion – the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what is included in the process. So he looks at the final element in the work of Christ in saving us.

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 3:23:03 PM PDT · 108 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Responsibility2nd

    You wrote:
    “Back to my example of the Great Commission. If Jesus commands us to baptize,...”

    My reply:
    Actually I was the one who pointed out that water baptism is part of the Great Commission. (See my post #21.) Obviously the ritual of water baptism should be carried out. As you know, there are many commands in Scripture about things that the Christian should and should not do. That doesn’t mean that all of those things are the way to receive the free gift of eternal salvation.

    You wrote:
    “... and we clearly see salvation is acheived in various commands to repent or believe or confess or BAPTIZE or whatever -...”

    My reply:
    No. The way to receive eternal salvation isn’t just “whatever.” Repent - the Greek word metanoeo - means to change your mind, to turn. The unbeliever must change his mind from unbelief to belief in Christ as his only Savior.

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8,9).

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how to be saved (how to receive the free gift of eternal salvation).

    Below are just a few of the many verses that explain how we, undeserving sinners, can be reconciled to a just and holy God and receive the free gift of eternal salvation:

    Acts 16:31
    BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus
    [Note: It doesn’t say “believe in the Lord Jesus AND receive water baptism”]
    and you will be saved

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him
    [Note: It doesn’t say “who believes in him AND receives water baptism”]
    receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also BELIEVED
    [Note: It doesn’t say “believed AND received water baptism”],
    you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace you have been saved through FAITH
    [Note: It doesn’t say “through faith AND water baptism”];
    and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH
    [Note: It doesn’t say “by faith AND water baptism”],
    we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

    Romans 5:2
    Through him we have also obtained access by FAITH
    [Note: It doesn’t say “by faith AND water baptism”]
    into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Romans 4:5
    But to him who does not work, but BELIEVES on him who justifies the ungodly
    [Note: It doesn’t say “believes AND receives water baptism”],
    his FAITH
    [Note: It doesn’t say “his faith AND water baptism”]
    is counted for righteousness.

    You wrote:
    “... then I ask HOW DARE YOU delete the word of God to suit your beliefs?”

    My reply:
    As I’ve already said, I believe that water baptism is commanded in the Great Commission and should be practiced.

    But time and time again Scripture tells us that the way of salvation is to BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).

    So, according to your view, it’s the writers of inerrant, infallible Scripture who “dare” to omit the water baptism that you think should be included as necessary for eternal salvation.

    (P.S. Thanks for explaining about your name.)

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 12:58:34 PM PDT · 95 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Responsibility2nd

    In my post above re Acts 2:38, sorry, I wrote “baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit” when I meant to say “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”

    By the way, if you don’t mind my asking, what does “Responsibility2nd” mean? Thanks.

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 12:50:14 PM PDT · 94 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Responsibility2nd

    English translations of the Bible are not infallible, so yes, it’s important to look at the original languages of Scripture. The quote that I posted didn’t merely allege that Acts 2:38 involves an “extremely complex Greek construction,” but backed up that statement by explaining the particulars. Here’s more about the unusual construction of the verse:

    Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said to them, ‘You (in the Greek, ‘you’ is plural) turn to God, for the forgiveness of your (in the Greek, ‘your’ is plural) sins; and you (in the Greek, ‘you’ is plural) shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (and let every one of you [in the Greek, this switches to the singular] be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ).’”

    A correct understanding of the meaning of the Greek:
    “Repent (change your mind, turn to God) and each of you will receive the Holy Spirit. Then be baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit on the account of the forgiveness of your sins.”

    You wrote: “Can you be saved without repenting?”

    To repent is the Greek word metanoeo which means to change
    your mind, to turn. Repentance is a change of mind, which involves changing from unbelief to belief in Christ as one’s Savior. The issue is believing in Christ as one’s Savior.

    You wrote: “What about being saved but not actually believing?”

    Faith in Christ as Savior is the way of salvation taught by Scripture. I previously posted just a few of the many verses that teach this wonderful truth:
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/3068921/posts?page=8#8

    However, if one dies before reaching the point of accountability - for example, a young child who dies before reaching accountability, or a person who never reaches accountability due to mental deficiency - then that individually is saved automatically.

    But for those of us who do reach accountability, Scripture is clear that the issue is believing in Jesus Christ as one’s Savior. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Our sins were poured out on Him and judged by God the Father. God offers the free gift of eternal life to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.

    You wrote: “Those who would preach salvation is acheived by praying ‘The Believers Prayer’, or teach baptism is not essential unto salvation teach a false doctrine.”

    The first part of your statement is correct. Nowhere does Scripture say that one must say a prayer in order to be saved.

    The rest of your statement is a misunderstanding. The ritual of water baptism is not necessary for salvation. However, the baptism by means of God the Holy Spirit is something that God does for every Church Age believer.

    In order to interpret correctly the book of Acts, we need to realize that it’s a transitional book, describing what took place during that unique phase of the Church Age prior to the completion and circulation of the canon of Scripture. There are things in the book of Acts, pertaining for example to the baptism by means of the Holy Spirit, that are sometimes misconstrued as establishing a precedence for what should be normative now.

    Here’s an excellent verse-by-verse series on the book of Acts:
    http://deanbible.org/andromeda.php?q=f&f=/Audio%20Files/2010%20-%20Acts
    This is an ongoing series that can be downloaded or live-streamed, free of charge. Live-stream link here: http://deanbible.org

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 9:52:41 AM PDT · 85 of 224
    onthelookout777 to metmom

    Oops! Sorry, metmom. Been busy and haven’t had time to read the whole thread and was just trying to answer posts addressed to me. Thanks!

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 9:46:58 AM PDT · 84 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Responsibility2nd

    Quote:
    1010RD pointed out your errors. Let me try and set you straight as well. But on just one issue.
    You said; “The thief on the cross was saved without water baptism.”
    And I say; “So what?” The thief on the cross was no different than Abraham or Moses or the prophets who also died prior to Pentecost. But after Pentecost when they asked “What must we do to be saved”? Acts 2:38 and many more verses point out the need to be baptized in order to be saved.
    ________________________________________
    ________________________________________

    Just a few of the many post-Pentecost Scriptures that teach that we receive the free gift of eternal life by faith in Christ as Savior:

    Acts 16:31
    BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    Ephesians 1:13
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also BELIEVED, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace you have been saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

    Romans 5:2
    Through him we have also obtained access by FAITH into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

    Romans 4:5
    But to him who does not work, but BELIEVES on him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is counted for righteousness.

    ____________________________________________________

    Does Acts 2:38 teach baptismal regeneration and salvation by works?

    Acts 2:38
    Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Here’s some helpful commentary from Dr. Robert Dean of http://www.deanbible.org -

    Hebrews series - Lesson 60 - excerpt from transcript:

    ... This is an extremely complex Greek construction in this passage. And it is poorly translated in the English. It makes this phrase in the middle “let each of you be baptized in the name of Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” as if that is a second command after repent. Actually repent is a second person plural imperative. That means – y’all repent.

    Do you see in that last phrase? That is a second person plural. Am I making myself clear? The “you” in the middle - what do you think that “you” is? That is a singular you. It starts with a second person plural (repent). Then it goes to a second person singular; then it goes back to a second person plural. To make it a little clearer in the English it is…

    Literal translation: Repent and each of you will receive the Holy Spirit. Then be baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit on the account of the forgiveness of your sins.

    That is how it should be understood. It has the idea of on the account or because of the forgiveness of your sin. We receive forgiveness when we put our faith in Christ. That is what Peter is saying here by repent. He is indicating changing your mind about who Jesus is. He just got finished talking to the Jews about how they crucified Jesus as the Messiah and rejected Him. Now they need to change their minds and accept Jesus as their Savior. As a result of that they too would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit just as they did and then subsequent to that “let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 9:15:13 AM PDT · 82 of 224
    onthelookout777 to metmom

    Quote:
    Well, instead of just saying *I’m right, you’re wrong*, how about explaining where and why you think you’re right and others are wrong.
    Nobody is going to take your say so on the matter unless you have something, preferably Scripture, to back it up.

    _________________________________________

    Good point. I’m not sure if you saw the Scriptures that I used to back up what I said:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/3068921/posts?page=8#8

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 9:08:38 AM PDT · 79 of 224
    onthelookout777 to 1010RD

    Quote:
    Baptism is part of the Great Commission
    The only correct thing you posted. The rest is the result of a too fruitful imagination.
    __________________________________

    As mentioned before, see Romans 6.

    Romans 6:3-4
    “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

    These verses describe the baptism by means of God the Holy Spirit which every believer in Christ receives at the moment of salvation. The baptism by means of God the Holy Spirit is what the ritual of water baptism symbolizes.

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/20/2013 8:59:12 AM PDT · 77 of 224
    onthelookout777 to Mother Mary

    Quote:
    FAITH and BELIEF in Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is essential, but not sufficient.
    “...if I have all FAITH so as to move mountains, but do not have LOVE, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
    ____________________________________________________

    That’s a very important passage that you quote from 1 Corinthians 13. Let’s look at the context. The preceding chapter, 1 Corinthians 12, as well as 1 Corinthians 13 are talking about the use of spiritual gifts in the post-salvation spiritual life of the Christian. It’s saying that all of the Christian’s works are nothing without genuine love. The Christian’s post-salvation spiritual life is nothing if it’s devoid of genuine love. The context isn’t discussing how one receives the free gift of eternal salvation. The context is the Christian life after one believes in Christ.

    Please see this earlier post that gives just a few of the many verses that talk about how one receives the free gift of eternal salvation:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3068921/posts?page=8#8

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/19/2013 7:18:01 PM PDT · 21 of 224
    onthelookout777 to 1010RD

    “Why baptize then?”
    ______________________________

    Baptism is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).

    In the ritual of water baptism, the believer is immersed in water, and that is symbolic of death, and when the believer is brought out of the water, that is symbolic of resurrection to new life in Christ.

    The ritual of water baptism is a picture of the fact that at the moment of salvation through faith in Christ as Savior, the believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. This is called positional truth. (Romans 6)

    The ritual of water baptism is not necessary for eternal salvation. The thief on the cross was saved without water baptism. (Luke 23:43)

  • What Does "Born Again" Mean?

    09/19/2013 6:36:39 PM PDT · 8 of 224
    onthelookout777 to All

    The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8,9).

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how to be saved (how to receive the free gift of eternal salvation):

    John 3:16-18
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    Romans 4:5
    But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Romans 3:28
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law

    John 6:28-29
    Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.”

    John 6:47
    (Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.

    Acts 16:31
    BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    John 11:25-26
    (Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?

  • A look at John 3:14-18

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    John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

    It’s so very clear.

    Christ, the eternal Son of God tells us to believe in Him.

    The one who believes in Him has eternal life.

    But the one who does not obey Him, the wrath of God abides on that person.

    In context, what is it that has just been said that must be obeyed if one is to have eternal life?

    We must believe in Him.

    That’s what was just said in the previous sentence.

    Believe in Him.

    That’s what He said that must be obeyed if one is to have eternal life.

  • A look at John 3:14-18

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    Quote: “With God, to believe means to obey. God does not desire a lukewarm, vague belief in Him, but a devoted life in His service. This is evidenced later in the chapter. John 3:36 reads as, ‘He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.’”

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    Helpful notes from Dr. Robert L. Dean Jr.’s verse-by-verse series on the Gospel of John:

    John 3:36 NASB “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

    The conclusion to the whole chapter.

    Notice it doesn’t say, he who believes and is baptised, he who believes and joins the church, he who believes and is circumcised, he who believes and follows the Mosaic Law, he who believes and commits himself.

    Incidentally, one of the big problems today is that faith is defined by many people as commitment.

    That is absurd.

    Faith is not commitment; faith is to trust, to believe, to accept something as true.

    Commitment has to do with things in the spiritual life, it has nothing to do with salvation.

    Notice the shift in words: “but he who does not obey.”

    This is a very important shift.

    The one who believes has eternal life but the one who is disobedient, the one who does not obey -

    Notice is doesn’t say “the one who does not believe.”

    Why is that?

    Because it is a command.

    What is the command?

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

    If you obey the command (to) believe you will have eternal life.

    The issue here is not obedience to the Law, obedience to every mandate in Scripture.

    The issue is one particular mandate,

    Acts 16:31 NASB “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved...”

    http://www.divineviewpoint.com/sane/dbm/setup/John/Jno032.htm

  • A look at John 3:14-18

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    The gospel (good news) of eternal salvation:

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who died on the cross as our substitute.

    He paid the penalty for our sins.

    He took the punishment that we deserve.

    God’s provision of eternal salvation is a free gift (Eph. 2:8,9).

    God, through Jesus Christ, did everything.

    All you do is accept that free gift.

    Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

    The Bible explains how to be saved (how to receive the free gift of eternal salvation):

    John 3:16-18
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVES in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He who BELIEVES on him is not condemned: but he who does not BELIEVE is condemned already, because he has not BELIEVED in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    Romans 4:5
    But to the one who does not work, but BELIEVES in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is reckoned as righteousness

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Romans 3:28
    Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by FAITH without the deeds of the law

    John 6:28-29
    Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.”

    John 6:47
    (Jesus Christ said) He who BELIEVES in me has everlasting life.

    Acts 16:31
    BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved

    Acts 10:43
    Every one who BELIEVES in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

    John 11:25-26
    (Jesus Christ said) I am the resurrection and the life. He who BELIEVES in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and BELIEVES in me will never die. Do you BELIEVE this?

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    A few helpful resources:

    Gospel Wars - Part 1 (paper)
    by Dr. Robert L. Dean Jr.
    http://deanbible.org/Media/Doctrines/A-G/Gospel%20Wars%20part%201.pdf

    Gospel Wars - Part 2 (paper)
    by Dr. Robert L. Dean Jr.
    http://deanbible.org/Media/Doctrines/A-G/Gospel%20Wars%20part%202.pdf

    What Is Wrong with Lordship Salvation? (article)
    by Dr. Andy Woods
    http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/documents/articles/59/59.pdf

    The Free Grace Alliance
    offers dozens of free papers examining problems with so-called Lordship Salvation:
    http://www.freegracealliance.com/articles.htm