Do You Have Questions About Salvation?

For those of you that truly do have questions

regarding true “Salvation” vs. false.

Many of you have seen street evangelist Ray Comfort and have seen his valid method of pointing a person toward the Lord (Jesus Christ) by comparing people’s lives to the original 10 Commandments that God gave Moses nearly 4,000 years or so ago, also found in Exodus 20. While Ray uses this tactic he is very confrontational and will normally end up pushing a person away from God rather than drawing them toward God – While I could use the very same approach, I prefer not to due to the conflict that it creates, so I choose to use the friendlier approach and I like to show people right from the Bible just how God laid out His special plan of “Salvation” to save us from a future eternity in Hell. This being said, I will try to spell out for you as easily as I can God’s plan of Salvation as follows:

  • Back at the beginning of our earthly time (not eternity past), God created Adam and Eve (Genesis 1).  While in the Garden of Eden, God told them that they could eat from anything in the Garden except the fruit of one particular tree – the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. For some strange reason, God gave man (and woman; “man” is being used here as a reference to the collective whole of the human race, moving forward) a “free will”… The ability to choose for themselves what they would do. (Genesis 2:17)

Long story short, Eve, then Adam (in that order according to the Bible – Genesis 3:6) chose to eat of the fruit of the only tree that God told them not to, under penalty of death (Genesis 2:17). This death turned out to be an eternal death and the eventual physical death of their physical body as well. (The serpent, otherwise known as Satan, or the Devil, was the one that approached Eve with the temptation to eat of the fruit originally. Revelation 12:9; 20:2) — Satan, or previously known in Heaven as Lucifer, led a rebellion of the angels in Heaven before the Earth had been created and, again, long story short, had a following of nearly one-third of all of the angels in Heaven, and Lucifer said that he could be just as good as God, if not better, and God could not stand for the rebellion (being sin, as it was against God) and threw Lucifer and his following angels out of heaven and eventually gave them the Earth to roam upon until God’s final judgment which is to happen at some future distant time.

We learn later in the Bible that God created a special place for Satan and his angels called the Lake of Fire, or some even call it Hell. Since there will be people which will choose to follow God and some that will follow Satan, God chose that, after the Judgment, for all of the non-God followers to spend the rest of eternity with the Devil and his angels in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 19:20) – You can figure that it will not be a party, but rather it will be a place of severe torture and pain and it is said that it is a place where “the worm dieth not“! (Luke 16:19-31) There will be no physical death even though people will want to.
— This story could be very long so I am trying to abbreviate it for you where I can. The whole story and more can be found in the Bible.

God wanted man to spend the rest of eternity with Him in Heaven (“I go to prepare a mansionJohn 14:1-3) after His physical death, but since God is perfect and man is sinful, there was no way in our present state for man to enter into the kingdom of Heaven to be with God. So, God could no longer allow man into His PERFECT Heaven. (Habakkuk 1:13)

The Roman's Road to Salvation

The Roman’s Road to Salvation

  • Because we (man) inherit our “sin-nature” (Romans 5:12)– the propensity to sin or break the 10 Commandments in one way or another – some of us worse than others, but all still the same in God’s eyes – Fallible! – and God still cannot let sin into Heaven, none the less! Even if it were only for just a little white lie and that was it… it is still sin nonetheless!
  • God made a way for man to escape the final punishment of eternity in Hell. He chose to come to earth in the form of a man, to be born like a normal man (not an alien coming out of space), to grow up just as a normal child would grow up, and to die the worst death known to man at the time – the death upon a Roman cross, for accusations that were totally untrue and unfounded. (Philippians 2:8)
  • The only real difference between the way He grew up and the way we grow up is that He grew up totally flawless – without sin – none at ALL!!! (Hebrews 4:15) Even though He was tempted just like we are, He never “chose” to sin. (Luke 9:22) This God/Man’s name was Jesus. It is a proven fact, through historians, not listed in the Bible, that He did live and He started what we call today as “Christianity”. The word literally means “Christ-followers” or “Little-Christs” – in other words, we try to emulate what Jesus would do in all situations and actions.
  • One thing that Jesus told His followers was that once He died, He would not just stay in the grave but He would rise again to new life 3 days after (Luke 24:3-8). He died and not just disappear, but He was seen again by more than 3,000 men (not counting women and children) and that was when God allowed us to have His Holy Spirit after we received Him as our Savior. Remember that we are talking about God and that, being God, He can do anything He wants to do – except sin!
    Once we are Saved, He gives us His Holy Spirit to live and dwell with us in our soul (heart as it is known in the “circles”) until we die and are accepted immediately into Heaven. (This is going to be AWESOME!!!!!)
  • The way we know these things is that it is all recorded in a compilation of 66 books together that make up what we call today as the Holy Bible. The way that we know that the Holy Bible is true is that down through the ages – nearly 4,000 years to be nearly exact – there were some people known as “prophets” that God told certain things would happen through history (the advent of Jesus’ birth, His life and His execution included) called prophecy and many of these things have come true as the “prophet” foretold and there are still some that have yet to be fulfilled in the future from now.
  • I will list a few Bible references here (not the only verses that back up these topics but just a few to show we are telling the truth) that will show you some of what I have explained:
    • All men have sinned and are not worthy of going to Heaven: Romans 3:10 – “For there is NONE Righteous, no not one.” and Romans 3:23 – “For ALL have sinned and come SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.”
    • There is a penalty for our sins: Romans 6:23 – “For the WAGES of sin is DEATH”
    • God provided a contingency plan for those of us who WANT it: Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth His LOVE toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
    • There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that we can do as a “work” that can “buy” our way to Heaven: Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the (FREE) GIFT of God. Not of WORKS lest any man should boast.”

— I have to explain this just a little to make sure that it is totally clear: Grace by definition is: Receiving something that you do NOT deserve. Mercy defined is: Withholding something in the form of punishment that you definitely deserve.

We are saved by the Grace of God – He is offering us something that we don’t deserve because He also knows that there would be absolutely no way that we would be able to actually earn it. We MUST have FAITH that God is real; that Jesus did come to earth and lived and died as He said He would (and did – as the prophets foretold) and that He is in Heaven right now preparing a place for us (John 14:2-3) so that when it is our turn to go, we will have a mansion with streets of solid Gold… I’m getting ahead of myself now. But, returning to the subject, God wanted it to be this way so that there would be NO ONE that could stand up to you and say that they did one thing or another in order to get to Heaven because that would be PRIDE and that in and of itself is a sin… again, it can’t be in Heaven!

God made this entry into Heaven to be FREE – but instead of just letting everyone in that says they are going, He wanted only to have people who really appreciated what He did on the cross and that he took our sins to the cross with him and when He died, He went to God in Heaven and said, now I have paid his/her debt in full – He bought our entry tickets but we have to go to the “will call” and pick them up.

That is the point of a Gift… one has to receive it before it becomes theirs. That is why not just anybody is going to make it into Heaven…

  • In order for us to receive the FREE GIFT of eternal life in Heaven, we MUST ask for it:
    — Romans 10:9-10, 13; “For if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, thou shalt be saved.”

— Again, I think a little explanation is appropriate, but this is somewhat self-explanatory. I don’t know if you have any Catholic background or not, but if you do, you might remember having to go to the priest and make your confessions every so often.

  1. This is something similar to having to do that but much less painful. This means that you first MUST believe that what the Bible says is true
  2. and that Jesus DID come to earth to live and die for us and raise the 3rd day
  3. and took the weight of the sin of the world on Him at the time He was crucified and paid the debt for the whole world to enable them to be able to go to Heaven when we die – and we are never guaranteed another tomorrow, so you better do this sooner than later.
  4. This is what you do – and only do this if you want to receive this free gift of Eternal Life offered by Jesus Christ. Read this prayer with me and mean it with all of your heart:

Pray: “Dear Jesus, I know I’m a sinner. I know that I don’t deserve this free gift of salvation, but I want to go to Heaven when I die instead of going to eternal Damnation and torment in Hell. Jesus, I thank you for dying in my place so that I could go to Heaven and for paying for all of my sins and I ask You, right now, that You would forgive me of all of the terrible sins that I have committed. Thank you, Jesus, for Your forgiveness and enabling me to go to Heaven. Amen.”

The last thing here is not a requirement for entry into Heaven, but, I strongly recommend that you find a good Christian Church and be Baptized according to the Bible (Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; Baptism Lesson); and be clear that Baptism does NOT have anything to do with becoming saved, but rather it is to come after salvation and then by being baptism by immersion as the Bible teaches, shows obedience to God and it puts you in front of “your peers” to show that you are taking a stand to do what is right and follow Christ and be obedient to the Bible and what God instructs us to do. This is also the first thing you should do to show that you are willing to be conformative to the instructions of the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit.

If you feel that you can do this later, please DON’T wait. None of us are guaranteed another breath. Tomorrow may never come. I’m sure that you’ve known someone that has passed away (died) suddenly, as do I, and I know that if something like that might happen to me, I’d be in heaven in the next second. Don’t you wish you had that assurance that you could be in Heaven if you died today? I beg you to pray the prayer above to make sure.  If you still have questions, please don’t leave this site until you have your answers. There are additional articles at the bottom of this article that might tell you in a slightly different way that might give you more information that would clear up your questions. If that doesn’t do it, press the button at the button and you can email me personally your questions and I will do my best to give you the answers you so desperately need in a timely manner.

I also do request that if you have any questions or if you did pray this prayer with me that you would visit my website and let me know. There you will also find many materials including an excellent Bible Study, Growing in Grace by Dr. Ed Nelson, designed for those who have just received God’s free gift of Salvation, but please let me know that you took the time to read this and follow the steps. I can also give you some additional links to more supportive documents that can help you through your new walk in Christ.

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Sincerely,
–Mark Davis

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What Are You Wearing?

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How Can Adversity Be Good?

Your Spiritual Wages

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Personal Accountabilities

What is God’s Will For My Life?

God’s Blessing For the Christian Blogger

  “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”

— Psalm 68: 11

Even if you aren’t a blogger, I believe that the Lord’s blessing is on anybody that spreads His Word.

On the contrary, God also gives us a warning to those Christians who know the Truth and don’t speak of it to those who don’t know the Truth:

Ezekiel 3: 18 “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

If you are reading this post, you are one of three types of people. 1) You are a Christian that is interested in spreading God’s Word and looking for more information about it, or 2) You are NOT a Christian but you are searching for the Truth, or 3) You’ve been thinking all along that you are a Christian and want to make sure that you actually are a Christian and on your way to Heaven (It’s better to be safe and going to Heaven than to be sorry and going to Hell).

Regardless which type you fall under, I suggest reading this article; “You’re Dead, Now What?’

©2013 Mark Davis

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Saw this on a church marquee:
Jesus paid the price; you get to keep the change.

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Assurance of Salvation

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

— John 3: 36
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

1 John 5:12, 13 —
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.  These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.”

Ephesians 3: 11, 12
“According to the eternal purpose which he
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness
and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

1 John 3: 14 —
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother
abideth in death.”

— 1 John 3:19 – 21
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before him.  
For if our heart condemn us, God is
greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  
Beloved,
if our heart condemn us not, then have
we confidence toward God.”

Hebrews 10: 22 —
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Job 19: 25 – 27
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

— Psalm 4: 3
“But know that the LORD hath
set apart him that is godly for himself:
the LORD will hear when I call unto him.”

Romans 8: 16 —
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:”

Romans 8:38, 39
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

— 2 Timothy 1:12
“For the which cause I also suffer these things:
nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that
which I have committed unto him against that day.”

John 5: 24 —
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”

Ephesians 1: 7
“In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

— John 10: 27 – 30
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.”

Ephesians 1: 12 – 14
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Philippians 1: 6
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:”

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

— John 6: 37
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

John 20: 31 —
“But these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing
ye might have life through his name.”

John 6: 39, 40
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Acts 2: 21
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call
on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

— John 1: 12
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

1 John 5: 18 —
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;
but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself,
and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

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

Hebrews 6: 17 – 20
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever…”

©2013 Mark Davis

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“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, ‘Shake well before using’. That is what God has to do with some of His people.  He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.”
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Lesson 13 – Baptist Distinctives – Lesson

Lesson 13

BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES

In this lesson we will present Biblical truths that distinguish Bible-believing people from other groups.  Over the years these have been called Baptist distinctives because they are historically what Bible-centered Baptists have believed.  They deal with specific issues of doctrine and church polity. All of them are scriptural principles.  I have no quarrel with someone who wants to call these Bible distinctives rather than Baptist distinctives.  As the author of this book, I am not necessarily jealous for the name Baptist: but I will fight for the principles to which Baptists have historically held. These Biblical principles are the truths we present in this chapter as Baptist Distinctives.

Although many other groups hold some of these doctrines, only those of Baptist persuasion hold all of them.  As a Baptist, I do not claim that Baptists are the only ones to hold any truth; but I do believe that a church that holds to the historic Baptist position is the local church closest to the pattern of the New Testament churches.  This is not a doctrinal statement. Instead, it is a statement of principles taken from the Bible and revealing the difference between historic Baptist principles and those held by other denominations or groups.

THE BIBLE — OUR ONLY RULE FOR
FAITH AND PRACTICE

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

1.     Other groups find their authority for their faith (what they believe) and their practice (what they do) in different ways.

Roman Catholics have church dogmas and encyclicals.

Mormons have the Book of Mormon.

Other denominations use some type of denominational handbook.

All we need is the Bible.  It is the Word of God, and we need no other book or method.

2.     The Bible is our authority for faith.

“Faith” deals with what we believe.  We take the Bible as the only authority in the matter of our teaching.  The Bible is true.  Though we may not always understand what it says, we do know with the Bible, our church is wrong but the Bible is right.

3.     The Bible was written for churches today.

In Matthew 16:18 we find the founding of the church.  In Matthew 18:17 we find the discipline for the church.  The Book of Acts gives us the establishing of local churches.  Nearly all the rest of the New Testament was written in the framework of a local church.  Since the Bible was written for the churches and about the church, and since the Bible is God’s inspired Word, our churches need no other authority for their faith and practice.

Therefore, we must accept the Bible as our only authority for what we believe and for the manner in which we organize and operate our churches.  We must not accept —

The traditions of men,

The new writings of men,

The thinking of great leaders,

The vain philosophies of men,

But rather, the sure Word of God.

We do not reject traditions or writings or the thinking of men completely.  These can have their place, but they are not the authorities for our faith and practice.

Colossians 2:8, 9 — “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

The Bible teaches clearly that the church and state should be separate entities.  The church should not control the state, and the state should not control the church.  Baptists have historically held this position.

1.     Moses and Aaron

God called Moses to lead the nation of Israel.

God called Aaron to be the high priest.

Their positions were distinct and separate.  It was the position of Moses to bring God’s message to men.  Aaron, as high priest, was to lift men up to God.

2.     David and Nathan

Nathan, a prophet, came to King David in 2 Samuel 12:7 to announce to him that David was the man who had sinned.  God used Nathan to point out sin to David.  Nathan did not run the state, but he did accept his responsibility to warn the king about sin.

3.     Saul

Saul intruded into the priest’s office.  In 1 Samuel 13:8-10 we read of King Saul’s endeavoring to do the work of the priests.  In 1 Samuel 13:13 the prophet Samuel rebuked Saul, saying, “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: . . .”

Saul was king.  As such, he disobeyed God when he endeavored to do the work that was limited to the priesthood.  He violated God’s principle of the separation of church and state.

4.      Jesus

Jesus paid tribute (taxes) to Caesar.

Matthew 17:24-27 — “And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?  He saith, Yes.  And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?  Peter saith unto him.  Of Strangers, Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.  Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

Jesus is The King of kings, but He paid tribute to Caesar.  This instructs us that there needs to be a separation of church and state.

5.     Paul and Peter

Paul and Peter taught that Christians should be subject unto the higher powers.

In Romans 13 Paul taught these truths:

a.     The powers that be are ordained of God (v. 1).

b.     Rulers are to be a terror to evil works (v. 3).

c.     The ruler is actually a minister of God.  He is to bear the sword, executing wrath upon them that do evil (v. 4).

d.     Believers are to be subject to the governing powers for conscience sake (v. 5).

e.     Believers should pay taxes as assessed by the government (v. 6).

f.     Believers are to render tribute, custom, fear, and honor to whom it is due (v. 7).

In 1 Peter 2:13-17 Peter taught these truths:

a.     Believers should submit themselves to the ordinances of man (vv. 13, 14).

b.     Believers should honor the king or the one in authority over them (v. 17).

There are those today who would teach that the state is to govern the church, to control the church, and to use taxes to support the church.  Of course, if the state were to do this, then the state would control the churches and have full direction of them.  That means the pastors would be paid by the state.  This produces a clergy that are not interested in the church and are not answerable to the church or God.  They are answerable to the state.

Wherever a state church has been adopted, that church has gone into corruption and apostasy.  The state church was started by Constantine when he mixed the state and church together.  This is the Pergamos Church of Revelation 2; and of it the Lord says in Revelation 2:16, “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

There are others who teach that the church is the highest authority and that it is to govern the state.  This is also unscriptural.

There are three institutions founded by God.

1.     The Home — founded in Genesis 2

2.     Human Government — founded in Genesis 9

3.     The Local Church — founded in Matthew 16 and established at Pentecost

Each one of these institutions is independent of the other.  They should work together to function for the glory of God.

Historically, Baptists have held the separation of church and state as a Biblical distinctive.  Though this conviction has sometimes meant martyrdom, godly men have stood for this Biblical position.

Of course, the church is to have an impact in society.  Therefore, it should teach and aid and strengthen the home.  And it should do the same in connection with the state.  The church should make an impact on the state, helping rulers to rule according to Biblical and moral standards.

Believers should be members of a local church.  At the same time they are citizens of the state.  As citizens, we should exercise our spiritual influence so that we might have a decent and moral climate for our children.

The three institutions — the home, the church, and human government — are given to us by God.  They are all divine institutions and as such are responsible to God.

The HOME God gave the responsibility of the education of the children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).  He also gave the home the responsibility of providing all the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of the family.

The the CHURCH God gave the great commission to evangelize, baptize, and teach.

To the STATE God gave the ministry of dispensing justice.  The government official is a minister of God (Romans 13:6, 7) as much as the preacher, but with a totally different responsibility.

God never intended for the home, the church, and the state to be in conflict.  The home and the church should produce law-abiding citizens, and the state should protect the home and the church.

The home is to be supported by the hard work of its members.  The church is to be financed by the tithes and offerings of its members.  The state is to be supported by taxes.  Jesus Christ was speaking of taxes when He said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s  and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).  This does not mean there should be a wall erected where the church and state are never to have anything to do with each other.  Don’t forget that it was Jesus Christ who told the tax collectors how to handle their office.  And the Lord also instructed the soldiers how to carry out their duties.

It would be impossible for a Christian to leave his Christianity at home when he goes out in the world each day.  As he deals with government, he must realize that he has the principles of the Word of God to uphold.

As Christians, we are to pray for our government officials (1 Timothy 2:1, 2), to submit to the laws of the government (1 Peter 2:13, 14), to pay taxes to the government (Romans 13:6, 7), and even to hold a government position if we choose to do so.  When the rights of the Christian are infriged upon, he is to appeal to Caesar (Acts 25:1-12) but not to resort to violence. However when the government interferes with a Christian’s obedience to God, the government must be disobeyed.  Scriptural examples of such disobedience are Moses’ parents (Exodus 1:22 — 2:10; Daniel (Daniel 1:5-8); the three Hebrew young men (Daniel 3:1-3-); and the apostles (Acts 5:26-29).

A REGENERATE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

The Bible teaches that before a person can be a member of a local church, he needs to know that he is saved.

Acts 2:41 — “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Acts 2:41 states that a number were added to the church fellowship.  The requirement for membership in the church was that they “gladly received his word” and “were baptized.”  Verse forty-seven states that “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”  To come into the church, they needed to be saved.

In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul addressed them as follows:

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints . . .” (1 Corinthians 1:2).

He speaks later in verse four, saying that the grace of God was given them by Jesus Christ.  These Corinthians were saved before they joined the church.  Please note also the salutations in Ephesians 1:1-4; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:1-4.  In all of these salutations you will see clearly that the members of the churches were saved.

Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

It is this new birth that is required for a person to become a member of the church.  Many denominations do not hold to this Biblical distinctive.  If they baptize infants into church membership, they will have an unregenerate church membership.  Some baptize the infants and then put them through a “confirmation” class when they become teenagers. However, they have been members of the church since they were infants, and very seldom is the necessity of the new birth emphasized in confirmation.

BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS ONLY BY IMMERSION

We have had a detailed discussion of baptism in Chapter two.  There we learned that the scriptural mode of baptism is immersion.

The Bible teaches that the membership in the church must be scripturally baptized.

Please note again Acts 2:41 — “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

The Great Commission from Jesus Christ requires that we baptize the converts.  Matthew 28:19 — “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

This distinctive, like the previous one, completely does away with the practice of infant baptism.  An infant cannot believe.  And those who “baptize” infants use the unscriptural mode of sprinkling or pouring.

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER AND
SOUL LIBERTY

The “priesthood of the believer” means that each believer is his own priest under the High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  A believer does not need another human priest to serve as a mediator.

Peter taught that believers are priests.

1 Peter 2:5 — “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 2:9 — “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hat called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Revelation 1:5, 6 — “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

In 1 Timothy 2:5 Paul wrote that we have only one Mediator — “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Any human priest between us and our High Priest, Jesus Christ, is unscriptural.  Believers do not need another priest.  They do not need Mary to intercede for them.  Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is at the right hand of God, ever living to make intercession for us (Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 7:25).

What does it mean that each believer is a priest?

1.     Every believer has direct access into God’s presence.

Hebrews 4:16 — “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

2.     Every believer has the personal right and privilege to read and understand the Word of God himself.

John 5:39 — “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

The Bereans reveal the attitude we all should have as individuals toward the Word of God.

Acts 17:11 — “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

3.     Every believer can have immediate forgiveness and cleansing of sin upon his confession and without any other mediator.

1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We do not need to go to a special priestly person to have sin forgiven, and we do not need a “sacred” place to be able to pray. Neither do we need any human intermediary to understand the Bible.  The Holy Spirit can and will instruct every Bible believer who is hungry enough to study the Word of God

1 John 2:27 — “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

Soul liberty involves the scriptural teaching that every believer is individually responsible to God.  We each need to accept Christ personally.  The Bible message is that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Also, we each need to grow individually.  The Bible teaches that each individual is important to God.  The distinctive of soul liberty means that a believer is not under the authority of some individual in a man-made religious system.

AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH

Each church is a self-governing body.  When Paul wrote to the various churches, he dealt with different problems in each church.  There was no governing body outside the local church that had authority over the church.

Basically, there are four kinds of church government.

1.     The Papal — practiced by the Roman Catholic Church

This puts authority in the Pope and is totally unscriptural.

2.     The Episcopal

This puts authority in a group of priests and it, too, is unscriptural.

3.     The Representative

This involves a presbytery in the Presbyterian Church or the synod in the Lutheran Church.  It simply means that a group of men have authority over the local church.

4.     The Congregational

This is the only scriptural form of the four.  This allows God full control in the local church with the congregation seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Every New Testament church faced its own problems.  They dealt with those problems to see the blessing of God upon the church.  They did not look to an outside ecclesiastical organization.

Autonomy of the local church means:

1.     The self-government of each local church

Each church is to seek the will of God under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

2.     The independence of each local church

By this we mean that the local church is independent of other churches.  Of course, the local church is entirely dependent upon the Lord.  And it is responsible only to the Lord and not to any other church or organization.

This does not mean that a local church cannot fellowship with other local churches.  Indeed, fellowship between churches is very important.  Churches may fellowship together to accomplish various ministries such as missions, camps, retreats, etc.  Yet while so fellowshiping together, each local church must remain an entity unto itself.

This means that the local church should govern itself and its own affairs under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  Scriptural churches have no hierarchy of a clergy class over them.  They have no general assembly or convention that rules over the local church.  Each local church is independent and sovereign.

The local body of believers is to be self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating.  (Note 1 Corinthians 5 and Acts 13.)  The local church should be autonomous and sovereign in all its actions — whether in the election of its officers (Acts 6), the discipline of its members (1 Corinthians 5-6), or in its relationship and association with other churches (Acts 15).  There is no higher authority than a congregation of believers meeting to transact business under the leadership of a pastor.

3.     Congregational government

By this we mean that from a human standpoint, the membership of the church is actually the final authority.  Some refer to this type of direction as a “democracy.”  By that they mean: one person, one vote.  Democracy refers to government by the people.  I prefer to call it a “congregational” form of government so that we understand that it is the born-again membership of the people who should be the final authority.

Actually, it would be better to refer to the local church as a theocracy.  This would put the Lord in control.  A spiritual church will certainly follow this pattern.  The New Testament teaches that Christ is the Chief Shepherd and that He has pastors as undershepherds in the local churches.  The undershepherds (the pastors) are answerable to the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:4).  The titles “elder” (1 Peter 5:1), “bishop” (1Timothy 3:1), and “pastor” (Ephesians 4:11) all refer to the same office.  This is taught clearly in 1 Peter 5:1, 2 —

“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:  Feed [the Greek word “poimaino,” translated “pastors” in Ephesians 4:11] the flock of God which is among you, taking the ovdersight [the Greek word “episkopew,” translated “bishop” in 1 Timothy 3:1] thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.”

From this passage we see that the elder also did the work of shepherding (the pastoral responsibility) and overseeing (the bishop responsibility). Under the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, the pastor has the responsibility of leading the feeding of the flock (Acts 20:28).  The assembly of believers has a vote in the work of the church, but they also need to learn to follow the leadership of a godly pastor.

The scriptural manner of church government is a congregational form of government, following the leading of a pastor who seeks to follow the Lord.  Therefore, it is extremely important that the pastor, the staff, the deacons, and the membership of a local church seek to walk in fellowship with the Lord.

Another important truth concerning the autonomy of the local church is that the church is composed of members and not of organizations.  Thus, a couples’ club or a women’s missionary fellowship or a men’s brotherhood may exist for fellowship or service, but they are not to be called a church.

THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

1.     The Bible promises eternal life to those who believe.

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

John 3:36 — “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 10:27, 28 — “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

In John 10:29 the Lord Jesus Christ promised that no man could pluck the Lord’s saved ones out of the Father’s hand.

The word translated in the verses above as “everlasting life” or “eternal life” is used forty-three times in the New Testament to qualify life or to fix the duration of the believer’s life.  It is the same word used in Romans 16:26 to describe the character of God’s existence.  Also, we find it in 2 Timothy 2:10 describing the duration of the glory of Christ.  Again it is used in 2 Peter 1:11, telling of the duration of Christ’s kingdom.

Thus — just as long as God is, as long as the glory of Christ and His kingdom endure, so long is the believer safe.

2.     Salvation implies that the believer is safe.

Involved in the word “saved” is the idea of being kept safe.

Note 1 Peter 1:5 — “Who [we believers] are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

3.     Believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13, 14 — “After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

This “sealing” by the Holy Spirit signifies ownership and completion. The Spirit of God takes up His abode in the believer as God’s possession, never to depart.  At the same time there is complete deliverance from the power of sin.  Philippians 1:6 states: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

4.     To deny security is to misunderstand the doctrine of grace.

We are saved by grace and only by grace.

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

When we say that we cannot be kept secure by God, we are saying that our sin can cause us to lose our salvation.  This means that we believe works enter into salvation.  The moment we add works to salvation, we eliminate salvation by grace alone.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Bible reveals that the church has two teaching pictures for the believers.  These are the two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. An ordinance of the church is determined by the following criteria:

1.     It is commanded in the Gospels.

2.     It is practiced in the Book of Acts.

3.     It is taught in the Epistles.

Only  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper meet all three requirements.

The first teaching picture — Baptism — pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  We have already given the scriptural teaching on that in Chapter 2 — Baptism; and in this chapter, under the fourth distinctive.  Therefore, we will not discuss it any further.

Bible believers believe that the elements of the Lord’s Supper are only symbolical of Christ’s broken body and His shed blood.  God refers to these as “memorials.”  We are to do both until this church age ends.

The Lord’s Supper is a teaching picture, an object lesson, to keep before us the price of our redemption.

The bread pictures:

1.     Christ’s broken body

Matthew 26:26 — “And as they were eating.  Jesus took bread, and blessed it and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.”

I Corinthians 11:24 — “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

2.     His bearing of our sins in His own body

1 Peter 2:24 — “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”

The cup pictures:

1.     Christ’s shed blood

1 Corinthians 11:25 — “After the same manner also he took the cup when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Matthew 26:28 — “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

2.     Salvation only through His blood

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

The Bible teaches there are only certain ones who have a right to partake. First Corinthians 11:27 speaks of those who partake “unworthily” and become guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  The Scriptures reveal the order in Acts 2:41, 42.

1.     They were saved.

“Then they that gladly received his word . . .”

2.     They were baptized.

“. . . were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

3.     They fellowshiped at the Lord’s Table.

“And they continued steadfastly . . . in breaking of bread.”

Therefore, to partake of the Lord’s Table, one needs to be saved, to be baptized scripturally, and to be walking in fellowship with the Lord.

THE PURPOSE OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

1.     To remember His death — 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

2.     To be a time of self-examination

1 Corinthians 11:28 — “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”

3.      To remind us He is coming again

1 Corinthians 11:26 — “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.”

SUMMARY OF BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES

I have listed eight truths as Biblical distinctives that form a New Testament church.  Some groups or denominations believe some of these distinctives, but only Bible believers believe all of them.  For example, Methodists could believe in the Bible (though most modern-day Methodism does not believe the Bible), could believe in separation of church and state, but would not believe in the baptism of believers only, the security of the believer, or the autonomy of the local church. (Methodists have district superintendents over the churches.) Presbyterians would not necessarily baptize by immersion, and they have a presbytery over the churches.  Pentecostals do not believe in the security of the believers and many of them have a church hierarchy.  Lutherans have not practiced separation of church and state.  Etc., etc.

Only Bible believers have held to all of the eight distinctives.  They are important for us to hold as we stand true to the Scriptures.

©2013 Mark Davis

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Lesson 13

ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 1 Timothy 4:16

2.     Read Romans 9 — 16.  Make notes of truths you find in this section about doctrines and about the Baptist distinctives.

NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read in Romans 9 — 16:

Day 1 — Romans 9 _______________________________________

Day 2 — Romans 10 ______________________________________

Day 3 — Romans 11 ______________________________________

Day 4 — Romans 12 — 13 __________________________________

Day 5 — Romans 14 _____________________________________

Day 6 — Romans 15 _____________________________________

Day 7 — Romans 16 _____________________________________

2.      Notes on doctrines which we believe and the Baptist distinctives that I found as I read Romans 9 — 16:

1.     The Bible (only role for faith and practice) __________________

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2.     God _____________________________________________

3.     The Lord Jesus Christ _________________________________

4.     The Holy Spirit _____________________________________

5.     Man _____________________________________________

6.     Salvation __________________________________________

7.     Satan ____________________________________________

8.     The Christian Life ___________________________________

9.     Heaven and Hell ____________________________________

10.    Future Events _____________________________________

11.    Separation of Church and State (Particularly  note truths you learn from Romans 13 about a Christian’s relationship to government.)

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12.    Regenerate Church Membership _________________________

13.    Baptism of Believers Only ______________________________

14.    Priesthood of Believer ________________________________

15.    Autonomy of Local Church _____________________________

16.    Eternal Security ____________________________________

17.    The Lord’s Supper ___________________________________

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KNOWING WHAT WE BELIEVE

It is extremely important that we know what we believe and why.  In this lesson we will consider the vital doctrines of the Word of God.  Doctrine simply means teaching, and we are considering what the Word of God teaches about fundamental and basic truths.  To honor the Lord, we must have convictions about these truths.  Knowing these doctrines will help stabilize your Christian life.  I recommend that you acquaint yourself with these truths.

THE BIBLE

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We believe in the Bible as the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God.  By its being inspired, we mean that the Bible is literally breathed of God.  It is God’s Word.  All portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradiction.  They are totally without error as originally given by God.  Therefore, the Scriptures are our only infallible and authoritative rule for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:89).  The canon of Scripture, comprised of the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete.  Nothing shall be added to it or taken from it (Revelation 22:18, 19).

GOD

We believe in the one Triune God.  He is personal, spirit, and sovereign. He is perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power.  The Godhead eternally exists in three Persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are one God, having the same homage, confidence, and obedience.  God is absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator; yet He is everywhere present, upholding all things (Genesis 1:1, 25; John 1:1; 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 3:16, 17; 1 Timothy 3:16).

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-4; John 10:30).  He became the God-man by virgin bir

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, and therefore the third Person in the Trinity.  In Acts 5:3, 4 Peter told Ananias that he had lied to the Holy Ghost; and then he said, “Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto Godth (Isaiah 7:14).  He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, not having a human father, and is true God and true man.  He is man’s only hope of salvation, having shed His precious blood on the cross for our sins (1 Peter 1:18, 19; Hebrews 9:26-28).  He died, and buried and literally rose bodily again from the dead on the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  He is at the right hand of God today as our Mediator, interceding for us (1 Timothy 2;5, 6).  He will return for us, His church, the body of Christ, and take us unto Himself into Heaven (! Thessalonians 4:13 – 18).  He will set up a millennial reign on earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:4-6)..”  In this we see that Peter stated clearly that the Holy Spirit is God.

The Holy Spirit is a Person.  In John 16:13, 14 and in other verses, a personal pronoun is used of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:27 states that the Holy Spirit has a mind.  First Corinthians 2:11 reveals that the Holy Spirit has Knowledge.  Romans 15:30 speaks of “the love of the Spirit.” Also, 1 Corinthians 12:11 states that the Holy Spirit gives gifts according to His will.

From these verses we see that the Holy Spirit has these attributes of Personality:

Intellect — mind and knowledge Emotion — love Will

You see, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is not just an influence.  He is a Person at work in the world today.

His ministry is many-fold.  I will mention some of the ministries He has had in the past and does have now.

1.     In the past.  He is the Author of the Word of God.

2 Peter 1:21 — “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2.     In the past.  He took part in creation.

Genesis 1:2 — ” . . . And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

3.     Today the Holy Spirit indwells the body of the believer.

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

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

4.     Today the Holy Spirit performs the following ministries:

a.     Conviction in the hearts of the unsaved to bring them to Christ (John 16:8-11 — The word reprove in John 16:8 means convict).

b.     Regeneration of the believer (John 3:5, 6; Titus 3:5).

c.     Baptism of the believer into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).

d.     Sealing of the believer — making each believer eternally secure (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

e.     Teaching the believer the truths of the Word of God (John 14:26; John 16:13; 1 John 2:27).

f.     Sanctifying by developing holy fruit in the life of the yielded believer (Galatians 5:22, 23).

g.     Empowering the believer for service (Acts 1:8).

h.     Filling the believer to live and serve the Lord with power and blessing (Ephesians 5:18).

To live to the glory of God, every believer should rely on  the power of the Holy Spirit.  We need to know the truth concerning Him and then rely on His power.

MAN

The Bible teaches that all men are sinners, that they are, by nature and by choice, sinful.  Man, who was created by a direct act of God, made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27), fell in sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).  Because Adam — the father of the human race — fell, all humanity has been born with a sinful nature.  The only One ever born of woman who held no sin is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Sin and death passed upon all men.

Romans 5:12 — “Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

Therefore, mankind is universally sinful.

Romans 3:23 — “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Read also Romans 3:9-12, Isaiah 53:6, and Ecclesiastes 7:20.

Because of his sin, man is alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18) and is outside the family of God (Ephesians 2:12).  Unsaved men abide under the wrath of God (John 3:36) and are unable to save themselves.

SALVATION

The Bible teaches that salvation is by God’s grace through the believer’s faith and is without works.

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

Titus 3:5 — “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Salvation is a free gift (Romans 6:23) and cannot be merited or secured by man in any way except by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:19-24).  Salvation was purchased by the blood of Christ.

I Peter 1:18, 19 — “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

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

In Christ, believers have eternal life as a present possession and are justified before God.  Believers are sons in the family of God (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1).  The saved are eternally secure in Christ (John 6:37; 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:5).

When a person is saved, he is a new creation.  His salvation affects his whole life and personality (2 Corinthians 5:17).

SATAN

The Bible reveals Satan to be a person, actively at work in the world today.  He is the great adversary of God and His people.  Satan is the leader of all evil angels and spirits.  He is recognized in the Bible as:

a.     Satan — Revelation 12:9

b.     The Devil — Revelation 12:9

c.     The adversary of believers — 1 Peter 5:8

d.     The god of this world — 2 Corinthians 4:4

e.     The prince of the power of the air — Ephesians 2:2

f.     The prince of this world — John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

As a believer, you will be wise to recognize the reality and power of Satan. Thank God, though he is powerful, he is not all powerful, Satan was defeated and judged at the cross; therefore, his eternal doom is certain and believers can have victory over him.  Satan can come either as a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) or as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  The saved are able to overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11), and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 4:4).

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

God’s people should live holy lives with good works, not to bring salvation, but because of salvation.  The good works of a Christian should be the normal fruit of a saved life (Ephesians 2:10).

HEAVEN AND HELL

The Bible teaches there is a place called Heaven for the saved and a placed called Hell for the lost.

Matthew 25:46 — “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Luke 16:22, 23 — “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:  the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, . . . “

FUTURE EVENTS

The Bible teaches that at the close of the church age, the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven to call out the believers.

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 — “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

This event is called the Rapture and could take place at any time.  At the rapture, Christ does not set His feet upon the earth, but comes in the clouds to call the Christians home with Him to Heaven.  Following the Rapture there will be the seven-year period of tribulation, the worst conditions ever to exist on earth.  After seven years the Lord Jesus will return with His saints to set up His millennial reign.  These two appearances of the Lord are delineated in Titus 2:13 —

“Looking for that blessed hope [the Rapture], and the glorious appearing [Christ’s coming with His saints] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The Lord Jesus will reign as King for 1000 years.

Revelation 20:6b — ” . . . but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

The Bible teaches there will be a resurrection of the saved and a resurrection of the unsaved.  The saved are raised to life and the unsaved to eternal doom (John 5:29; Daniel 12:2).

It is the responsibility of Christians to be watching for the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Titus 2:13 — Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Mark 13:35 — Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning.”

Hebrews 9:28 — “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

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Lesson 12

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ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

2.     Read Romans 1 — 8

For lessons 12 and 13 our assignment will be to read through Romans. Someone has said that Romans is a little Bible presenting a complete message of salvation and the Christian life.     Under section 2 of “NOTES” on a separate sheet, please record truths you find concerning doctrines from your reading of Romans 1 — 8.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     How did God give His Word? (2 Peter 1:20, 21)

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2.     Note the three persons in the Godhead from Matt. 3:16, 17.

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b. _____________________________________________________________

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What do these verses indicate concerning the working together of each member of the Trinity?

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3.     List at least four truths concerning Jesus Christ, the Word, from John 1:1-14.

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d. _____________________________________________________________

4.     What is the lost man’s condition according to Ephesians 2:1-3?

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5.     Salvation comes by God’s _______________ and through man’s _______________________ (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

6.     What part do works have in our salvation? (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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7.     What two things are mutually exclusive? (Romans 11:6)

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8.     Give the descriptive names of Satan as found in Revelation 12:7-12.

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9.     Give some truths about Hell found in Luke 16:19-31.

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10.     When does a believer go to Heaven? (2 Corinthians 5:8)

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11.     What will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ? (2 Corinthians 5:10)

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12.     What should the truth of the second coming of Christ do for us as believers? (1 John 3:2, 3)

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read in Romans 1 — 8:

Day 1 — Romans 1 __________________________________

Day 2 — Romans 2 __________________________________

Day 3 — Romans 3 __________________________________

Day 4 — Romans 4 __________________________________

Day 5 — Romans 5 — 6 _______________________________

Day 6 — Romans 7 __________________________________

Day 7 — Romans 8 __________________________________

2.     Notes on doctrines which we believe that I found as I read these eight chapters of Romans:

1.     The Bible ______________________________________

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2.     God __________________________________________

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3.     The Lord Jesus Christ ______________________________

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4.     The Holy Spirit __________________________________

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5.     Man __________________________________________

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6.     Salvation _______________________________________

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7.     Satan _________________________________________

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8.     The Christian Life _________________________________

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9.     Heaven and Hell __________________________________

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10.    Future Events ___________________________________

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©2012 Mark Davis

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