Read the Bible, God’s Holy Word to you and I!!
John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
All of the Bible Students recognize this verse, the words straight from the mouth of our Lord and Savior…to you and I. And for us, the Bible Students, we hold these words close in our hearts and endeavor to keep our eyes on only that. What is becoming so common now days, is all the hoopla about “What” we as Christians, should be doing. And so many think that they are so “Religious” or “Pious” that surely God would accept them.
I don’t know how many times I have stated such in past articles and yet there will always be those that wish to expound their knowledge of Scripture. I have NO problem with that part, I LOVE the Scriptures and I do everything I know to follow them…everyday. There is however, a part that way too many have stated to me in emails. To the point that I sometimes find that I get annoyed by it all.
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.”
I know these words and I believe them without question, but then we must also remember these words as well; This is for the person that has already come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, it is “What” we should be doing as we await HIS return.
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
If there is one thing, that most forget to read and recite it’s this verse above. Notice that HE did NOT say anything about the Ball game, or anything else of the like. Jesus Christ stated “Go ye therefore and teach, and baptize and to observe all things…HE commanded us to.” If my English still serves, that is a statement, that we must be DOING something! NOT for Salvation for us, we are already saved to Jesus Christ, this is afterwards.
Too many people are willing to sit back and do nothing. Jesus Christ did HIS part, by dying on that Roman Cross for us, to cover our SIN. There is NO WHERE in the Scriptures where Jesus Christ stated HE was just too tired, too worn out, needed a nap, or whatever. In my previous articles, I thought this is what everyone would understand and take to heart, I was mistaken.
The “Great Commission” requires us to be actively working for the Lord, as the least of our obligation to HIM. I was very surprised when so many wrote me and became so angry! Then I got to thinking, most people would rather take it easy, it’s human nature. Some however became very belligerent and a few cursed me! And I was thinking, are these people suppose to be Christians, because they sure were not acting like it. So that is the reason for writing this particular article, I guess I must learn to write in a more simplistic manner from now on.
This is an area that tends to haunt me, in a way. It is important that everyone that knows Jesus Christ, to read HIS Holy Word the Bible…everyday. The reason is then obvious, it is according to what Jesus Christ said about these times we are living in.
Luke 21:8-9 “And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”
If there is one thing I can relay about the Bible, is that God will NEVER deceive you in anyway! Every single word in the Bible is absolute TRUTH! I have been told that my manner of writing is like the “apologetics” which is a fancy way of saying that I “Defend the Faith”. If that is true, I do not have a problem with it, I will always defend the Truth, to my dying day. I Believe in my heart, that this is what the Word of God is all about…the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH. Everything I write comes from the Word of God and I will never change.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
So as you can see there are things we should be “DOING”, as we await the Return of our Lord and Savior. I have NEVER said that the works of man are the way to Heaven! We already know, it is by grace, in Faith, of Hope (Better things to come) in Jesus Christ alone!
James 2:14-17 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Jesus Christ said it, I believe it, that finishes it!!!