|Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
|And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:30
THE NEW TESTAMENT BOOK OF JUDE MAKES FOR SCARY, BUT IMPORTANT READING.
1Jude, the servant of Jesus
Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to
write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend
for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace
of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that
the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation,
he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving
themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers
defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst
not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts,
in those things they corrupt themselves.
unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the
gainsaying of Core.
12These are spots in
your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried
about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom
is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15To execute judgment upon all, and to
convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard
speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons
in admiration because of advantage.
beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should
walk after their own ungodly lusts.
be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ unto eternal life.
22And of some
have compassion, making a difference:
others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless
before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
|New Testament book (Gospel) of John
|Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me
In God's terrible
judgement of Israel in the Sinai, God, in love gave them a way of salvation.
Let us look
at that account of the serpent in the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapter 21:
And the people spake against God, and against Moses,
ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth
this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people,
and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee;
pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that
every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent
had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
act of looking at the brass serpent indicates the person believed that this would heal him.
genuine faith alone is what is needed for God’s salvation.
|USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN UNDER WAY IN THE ARABIAN SEA
(New Testament) Chapter 3 deserves very careful study:1There
was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou
art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water
and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst
not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest
not these things?
11Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe,
if I tell you of heavenly things?
no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of man be lifted up:
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.
things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
23And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much
water there: and they came, and were baptized.
John was not yet cast into prison.
there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond
Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from
28Ye yourselves bear me witness,
that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth
him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30He must increase, but I must decrease.
31He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly,
and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the
words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36He 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.
|CHRISTIAN BAPTISM IN THE JORDAN RIVER, ISRAEL
|BAPTISM IS THE SYMBOLIC ENTRY TO CHRISTIANITY -- BASED ON PERSONAL DECISION OF FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST