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The Three Step Salvation Plan

Posted by Job on April 13, 2007

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1. Admit to God that you are a sinner, and that this gives God the right to punish you for your sins. If you are deny or are unsure of that your being a sinner, then take this challenge: Have you ever told a lie? Stolen something? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Disobeyed or disrespected your parents? Used the Name of God in a swear or curse word? Looked at someone other than your spouse in a sexual manner? Hated or become very angry with someone? Have you practiced another religion, taken part in any ritual, or cared about anything more than you do God? If you have done any of those things at any point in your life, then you have disobeyed a direct order from God. It is not an issue of your character or morals, but the fact that you have broken one of God’s Commandments at some point, which is what sin is. Yet, you should take this personally, because one day God will judge you for disobeying Him, and if He finds you guilty, He will punish you forever. What gives God the right to judge and punish you? The fact that He is God, that He created you, and that the very same rules that you broke in your short life He obeys for eternity. Realize this: no matter how moral and upstanding you are, you still sin each day of your life, usually without even knowing it, and the main way is not in what you do but in what you think! Even if you never made a single movement for your entire life, you would still sin! So reject your pride and admit to God that you are a sinner! And what does this mean? That you owe God something, that you are in debt to Him. But it is a debt that you can never pay. So like any creditor, God has the right to punish you for your unpaid debt, and He will exercise that right, with the punishment being an eternal death in a lake of fire. This is called acknowledgment of sin.

2. Know that you have no right to disobey God, and that God has every right to punish you forever for all present, future, and past known and unknown sin, even honest mistakes. Then desire not to disobey God anymore. Whether it is the things that you did in the past or may do in the future, whether it is things that you remember or not, whether it was things that you knowingly or not , or something that you knew was wrong when or not, and whether it is easy to stop doing these things or not, know that all disobedience to God is unconditionally wrong, and that your desire is to not disobey God again at all costs. This is called repentance of sin.

3. Know that only God can forgive your sins and keep you from being punished for them. How? God came to earth as the only man born to a virgin: Jesus Christ. Being fully man while on the earth, the opportunity to sin was constantly presented to Him just as it is to you. But being fully God, He was able to do what for you is impossible: live an entire life without having a single sinful thought or action, known or unknown, willingly or by accident. But though Jesus Christ never committed any sin, He died anyway. Why? To take the punishment for your sins. If someone else pays your debts for you, then you do not have to pay them, right? And that is precisely what Jesus Christ did. After Jesus Christ paid your debt with His death on a cross, He rose from the dead three days later to prove that those who are not guilty of sin will not be punished. Since only God is without sin, knowing that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that accepting that His death was only way that you can be spared the punishment of sin is the same as believing that Jesus Christ is God, and also that God alone has the ability to find you guilty of sin and make you innocent of it. This requires more than simply acknowledging some bit of information as factually correct such as what you do when reading a newspaper or history book. This is you being absolutely certain that Jesus Christ exists, that He died on the cross to pay your debt to God that you alone created with your own sins, and that He resurrected from the dead to prove that because that He paid your debt for you you will not be punished. Then you must trust God that it is because of this knowledge alone that He will save you from being punished for owing the debt to Him that you cannot pay. This called believing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The “on” in that phrase is key. It is not merely believing that Jesus Christ lived, or even that He was God who died for your sins and was resurrected. It is knowing what His life, death, and resurrection means for you: that your debt of sin can be paid by God alone through faith and trust in God alone, and only in the manner that God requires. So, if you right now before God acknowledge your sin, repent of your sin, and believe upon the resurrection, then you are saved!

Please do a few things to make it official. In the Bible, Romans 10:9 says that if you openly state that Jesus Christ is your God and believe in your heart (meaning with your mind, emotions) and will) that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved. So if you can speak, say “Before God I have acknowledged my sin, repented of my sin, and believed on the Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.”

Next, Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8 that you must tell others that you believe in Him and that He paid your debt because of it. So, if there is anyone around you, tell them so. Or, if you wish, you can tell me at healtheland@gmail.com! Also, God commands us to receive a full – immersion baptism, which represents how Jesus Christ died for us and rose again, and allows us to participate in His actions symbolically. The ideal place to have this performed is at a church.

You also must immediately become a faithful, regular reader of the Bible, and the only true way is to do so the whole way through from start to finish. Why? Because the Bible should be the foundation and motivation for all that you believe, say, and do from this point on. You will not be accepted by God unless you love Jesus Christ, and the Bible says in John 14:15 that you cannot love Jesus Christ except by obeying Him. As God’s Commandments to you are in the Bible, you must read it in order to obey Him. I would further greatly appreciate it were you to click on this link (Make Your Testimony To Jesus Christ Right Here!) to let me know that God used this outreach ministry to cause you to give your life to Him. (It solicits a testimony, but you do not have to provide one unless you want to!)

At this point you may be confused about certain things. That is perfectly fine, and understandable. Foremost, let me inform you about God. First of all, He loves you. That was why He left the paradise of Heaven to live as a man (not only that, but the common life of a laborer, a carpenter as a Jew during the time that Jews were living in poverty and brutal oppression by the Roman Empire) and experienced death (and not only that, but the humiliating excruciating public death of a criminal in a manner that the Bible calls cursed.
Second – and this is a mystery that men are incapable of understanding and should not try to – though there is only one God, God is composed of three distinct personalities: the Father (or the Ancient of Days), the Son Jesus Christ (or the Word of God), and the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost). The three personalities combine to make one Entity, one God. God is used in referenced to all three personalities as a unit – commonly called the Holy Trinity (though I prefer Tri – Unity) or when speaking of a personality in separate. Each personality is equal, and each personality is distinct with a clearly defined role. How does this make for one God instead of three? First, consider not that 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 but rather 1 X 1 X 1 = 1. Second, again realize that it is a mystery, accomplished by the God that has always existed in this state and makes it so. But this is the reason why God refers to Himself in singular when speaking of Himself to others and plural when speaking of Himself about Himself. The first example in the Bible of God referring to Himself in plural is Genesis 1:26. Isaiah 6:8 (with Isaiah 6:1 – 7 being the salvation narrative on which this 3 step method is based, allowing for the fact that Jesus Christ had not yet openly been revealed to the world in the time of Isaiah) is an example of God referring to Himself as singular and plural. All three personalities of the Trinity are equal, but Jesus Christ willingly subordinates Himself to and obeys the Ancient of Days – whom Jesus Christ called Father in scripture and the Father called Jesus Christ His only begotten Son – and the Holy Spirit does the same regarding both Jesus Christ and the Ancient of Days. One of the duties of the Holy Spirit is to bring us to Jesus Christ, and one of the duties of Jesus Christ is to bring us to the Ancient of Days. One of the duties of the Ancient of Days is to be a prosecutor and judge: to put people on trial regarding their sins, to determine their guilt or innocence, and determine their fates. (One that has not allowed the Holy Spirit to bring them to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ to bring them to His Father will be tried and convicted by the Father.)
For more information on the vital Christian doctrine of the Trinity, read
this link and this one as well.

Second, the Bible commands us in Hebrews 10:24 – 25
to keep regular frequent company with other Christians, and the most common way of accomplishing this is with membership and regular attendance and participation of a local church. If this is what you choose, make certain that such a church professes that the Protestant Christian Bible is the inerrant, God inspired, completed revelation to man, and is the final authority in all matters, and this profession is verified by the actions of the church’s pastor and members. Finding such a church is very difficult in this day and age, so many Christians are now seeking to fulfill Hebrews 10:24 – 25 by regularly meeting to pray and study the Bible in small groups, which is what the early church did – often in each other’s homes but also at times in public places like synagogues and on each day of the week – until the Roman government took control of the church and commanded under penalty of death that people could only meet in government – designated buildings on Sunday. It was at that time that the term “church” came to mean a building where people met to worship, or a particular group of people that meet at buildings to worship.

Third, here is a link that does an excellent job of briefly defining common Christian terms, many of whom are often misunderstood, misused, and abused. Please become familiar with it, and it will help you both in your understanding of the Bible, and those who either honestly misunderstand it knowingly dishonestly seek to profit from the popular misunderstandings of others.

Finally, God bless you in your new life!
Job E. King of Heal The Land

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Suggestions On How To Read The Bible

Posted by Job on March 15, 2007

It is my belief that the Holy Bible, no matter what version that you use, is not for the lost, but rather for the found. Why? First, if you are unsaved, the only thing that you need (or that does any good) is the prayer to be saved, and that does not require any knowledge or belief other than the contents of the prayer itself. (There are plenty of other versions of the salvation prayer, including some in the Bible itself, which can be easily found with a little research or by asking someone else who is truly saved.)

Next, the Bible simply cannot be understood without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Realize that much in the Christian walk is paradox. The Bible’s text should be literally read, taken, and believed, true. But it is also true that the Bible has allegorical meaning. The Bible is the Word of God. But it also represents the Word of God, which God himself will reveal to you while you are reading it, and while you are not. There is One God, One Word, One Faith, and One Baptism, and everyone who is truly saved will have the same understanding. Yet, some understandings of the Bible and the Word of God that will be different for different people; indeed saved, fire – baptized people WILL read the same scripture and get different meanings, understandings, and revelations. As a matter of fact, the SAME person may read the same scripture over and over again, and often get a different meaning, understanding, or revelation. Despite the differences – and because of them – it is all one continuous consistent unchanging Word of God, which is God himself. It and it alone should you put your trust, and that trust should be total, absolute. Not only that, you are duty bound by your God to obey his Word and put it in action at the time and in the manner that he tells you to, no matter what it is, no matter what the consequence.

 

The Bible is more than just a set of instructions, stories, parables, and explanations. Through the Bible God reveals to you Himself. Knowledge of God gives a person great power, and God is not going to give that power out to people who, knowingly or unknowingly, will use it to do harm. For that reason, the true meaning and power of the Bible is hidden to all except those who it is revealed to by God himself through the Holy Spirit. Even if a person with the Holy Spirit tried to reveal the meaning to someone without it, they would not understand it even if they sincerely wanted to and sincerely want to be saved. As a matter of fact, there are many instances where a person with the Holy Spirit cannot reveal certain meanings to others with the Holy Spirit! Indeed, even among fire – baptized completely dedicated individuals, there are going to be some things that will be revealed to some but not others. And yes, there are some things in the Bible and of God’s word that will never be revealed to anyone on this Earth. 

And that is why though Satan, his demons, and his human agents on Earth may know every word in the Bible and will use it against you; to tempt you, it will not and cannot work unless you allow it. No matter how familiar they become with the Bible and all its translations, interpretations, and implications, it will have no power. It will have no power because they are walking outside of the source of the power, which is God Himself. And it will have no power because despite all their knowledge and understanding, they truly have no knowledge and understanding.  

So, to read the Bible, you must first get saved and receive the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, the things that you will read in the Bible – and the things that others tell you is in it – has the great potential to confuse you, and even become a source of temptation and detriment. I am not saying that you should not read it, but rather read it knowing that you need something else in your life, heart, and spirit to truly understand. I would liken it to an elementary school student reading a college textbook. You may – indeed you most likely will, if you are sincere about your desire to love God – get some level of understanding and benefit, but you will still be wanting.  

After you are saved and receive the Holy Spirit (or perhaps after you get saved) you should ask the Lord to guide you in what you should read. You should pray before you start reading, pray during your reading, and pray after you finish. If there is something that you do not understand, pray and ask God its meaning. If you do not get an answer (or are unsure) just continue reading.

 

Now when you are specifically being led by the Holy Spirit, God will tell you what to read and when. Otherwise, there is no set way to read the Bible. Despite what you may have heard, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting from the beginning and reading the Bible cover to cover. In fact, I strongly recommend it! If you are newly saved and looking for a place to start in lieu of or in addition to reading the Bible cover to cover (which I do believe that all Christians should do at some point and also more than once), I highly recommend the Book of Psalms. The reason is that much of the Psalms contain clear, easy to understand prayers to God and praise to God that are intense and powerful. Indeed, you can recite many of the Psalms to serve as your own prayers and worship! If you are new to praying or have concerns about whether you truly know how to pray effective, I recommend that you start with The Lord’s Prayer and then go to the Psalms. 

I recommend for the newly saved to stick with the same version of the Bible. There will be plenty of time to read other versions. Going from one to another, especially when trying to cross – reference, may be time – consuming and confusing. I do recommend, however, occasionally checking another version or two in order to try to attain a better understanding of selected passages that you really desire to get a better grasp of before you move on. Which version to read? More on that later. Bible study guides, references, concordances, interpretations, and the like will be helpful, but be aware that they are no substitute for what the Holy Spirit will reveal to you. Indeed, the potential for being mislead into spiritual harm by those is much greater than reading the Bible itself without any reference, so watch and pray. 

That brings us to the many versions of the Bible. There are two great Internet references to help you among the competing Bible versions:  http://www.biblegateway.com and http://www.bible.cc. The former has the many versions of the Bible. The latter lists several versions (at the time of this writing 7) simultaneously a verse on a page at a time.

As you can probably already tell, I strongly prefer the King James Version. I also sincerely believe that some Bible translations are misleading, some to the point of harming even a sincere reader. However, I will not go so far as to recommend the King James Version or tell you which versions to avoid. That is something between you and your God and is definitely an issue to pray on. I will only say to use care, caution, vigilance, and due diligence, especially if you are newly saved and/or not yet fire – baptized with the Holy Spirit with evidence thereof. (If you wish to know about the evidence of having the Holy Spirit, the Book of the Acts of the Apostles is an excellent starting point, and you will arrive to the first mention very quickly).

 

Last but not least, be both unmovable and humble. No matter what level you have obtained in your walk with Christ, have complete confidence that not only is the Word of God entirely true, it is all the truth that there is. Have a strong level of faith in what you have personally read for yourself and what understanding you have received, and have faith that what you have read and received is sufficient for you to put your trust in and live by. God knows that you haven’t gotten the whole story yet; indeed he is expectantly waiting and desirous to reveal it to you! Furthermore, do not engage in any dispute or disagreement on the Bible, and do not arbitrate any dispute. Fighting over the Bible and its meaning is one of the main ways that Satan has used to prevent people from becoming true Christians. Further, true Christians who engage in such behavior run a great risk of their own spiritual destruction. The Bible itself says in Timothy 3:9 “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.” The Word of God is completely true and absolute. There is nothing to debate over. There is nothing to arbitrate. The Bible itself stands on its own, and so does what the Holy Spirit reveals to any and all that has it. Sincere questions and discussions on the Bible and its meaning are fine, indeed highly recommended and may be extremely beneficial. In many cases (but not all) there is nothing wrong with hearing someone else’s beliefs on God’s word. After all, true preachers, teachers, evangelists, etc. impart God’s word to the world, and God commands all of us to do so. But do not argue. Do not try to force your opinion. People have to freely accept the Word of God AND earnestly seek it themselves! Indeed, only attempt to correct someone if God himself through the Holy Spirit tells you to. 

So go forth, read the Bible, and receive all that God has for you in it. Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I ask that all who seek and desire you and read the Bible be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and receive guidance, understanding, and revelation from you and you alone. I ask that their reading the Bible be an integral part of pleasing you to get into heaven, and that such be their only goal in reading the Bible and of all that they do. I ask that everyone who desires to follow you will have access to the Holy Bible, and I have faith that for those sincere who lack access that you will make a way. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

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