Water Baptism Episode 5

Water Baptism Episode 5

Baptized in Water Episode 05

Encouraging Words

The like figure whereunto

even baptism doth also now save us

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…….

This is explaining the experience of Noah and the worldwide flood

And how this relates to the new covenant command to follow the Lord through the waters of baptism

The Story of Noah & his Family

He fled to God for Safety

Built the Ark to save his family

They needed to escape the corruption that was in the world

They escaped the judgment & floated away to a new life

Read the story for yourself in Genesis 5:29 through to Genesis 9:19

This is a great story of what actually happened.

We have to escape as well

We need to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust and sin

2 Peter 1:3-4

2 Peter 1:3-4

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

They Were Saved by Water

Eight souls were saved by water

Water lifted Noah from the OLD life

Set him down on the NEW way of living

1 Peter 3:20-22

1 Peter 3:20-22 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the this of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

The like figure whereunto

Even baptism doth now save us

We need the same

We need to be saved

We need to escqape the corruption

Because the day of the judgement of God is coming

Complete Covering

Judgement for Old – Joy for New

Escape to a New life

Be like Noah

Escape from your old life

Live in the power of a New Life

Baptism doth also now save us

the actual act or ceremony of baptism does not save you, in itself, unless it follows your repentance from sin and disobedience and your faith toward God in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:21

Acts 20:21

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh

But the answer of a good conscience

when you understand what this really means you are at the doorway of hope

Hosea 2:15

1 Peter 3:21-22

Hosea 2:15

And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

1 Peter 3:21-22

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh

But the answer of a good conscience toward God

Here is the answer to living a deeper life, a life totally surrendered to the leading of the spirit of God and obedience to the word of God.

You do not struggle to put away this corruption

Of your old nature, the body of sin, the life of the flesh (YES you do want and desire this to be gone from your life)

This is put away, by faith, as you walk in the new conscience that you have through faith in the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse your conscience from dead works.

Hebrews 9:14

Hebrews 9:14

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Water Baptism is a revelation

For more on this see Water Baptism Episode 4

the doorway of intention, the token, that you will continue to walk in obedience to Jesus the Lord and in subjection to him

Understand the context of this passage

1 Corinthians 10:1-4

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Do you want this?

Do you want the badge to say

“this is what I want” – “this is what I want to do” ?

A token of remembrance and identity

The intention and determination that you will, by the grace of God, follow the Lord Jesus through faith in him.

So here we are

Do you understand what “water baptism means?

Do you understand this?

Acts 8:36-39

Acts 8:36-39 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

“LOOK! Here is water –

What am I waiting for?

Why shouldn’t I be baptised in water?”

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Water Baptism in Water 3

Baptism in Water
Baptism is symbolic of being in the Body of Christ
It is a symbol – a mark that you belong
It’s part of your public confession and conversation
It is the mark of “belonging”
You will find that the Christians in the bible all follow the Lord in being baptised in water whenever possible.
Baptism in water is practiced & taught were ever the gospel was preached and people became Christians
Belonging in the body of Christ as a whole!
This is the invisible body that stretches across time and space from the day of Pentecost until the Lord Jesus returns.
When you are born again by the Holy Spirit you are joined together and baptised into one body.
1 Corinthians 12:27
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
All Baptised into One Body
All baptised into one body by one Spirit
All made to drink into one Spirit
This is regardless of our culture, language, nationality or social standing.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Baptised into the body
Now you are part of that body
Water baptism does not make you part of the body but it confirms that you are someone who follows the teachings and commands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the Day of Pentecost
3000 people were baptised in water as being added to the body of Christ
Enjoyed the fellowship of that body
Repent & be baptised – this is the 1st message of the Gospel – the news of the full gospel
It Follows That
All Christians ought to be baptised in water
The bible firmly teaches that water baptism is an essential part of Christianity
All those who gladly received the word of God were baptised in water.
Acts 2:41-47
Acts 2:41-47 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Water baptism is a mark
Of joining or becoming a member of the church as a whole rather than being a member of an isolated local church.
It’s about signifying that you become a member in the whole body of Christ
The invisible church
When you consider the whole body of Christ stretching the cost time and space it is in a sense invisible in that it is in the world but not of the world as the whole body of Christ.
It is not manifested as one single functioning institution.
There is no record in the word of God
that describes the church as a single functioning organised institutional body. As far as the political and national manifestations of the time, the church was not institutionalised, by God or man, as a whole single organised functioning body.
There is no record of any official registration with any governmental powers.
The church was never the replacement of the Jewish state as such.
The local church
The local churches are the visible manifestation of the whole church, the invisible church.
In the New Testament these local churches ranged from house meetings to large assemblies of believers.
The pattern and order
Is clearly set out in the New Testament but it is centred around assembling together rather than the forming of institutions. When the people weren’t actually assembled the pattern and the order weren’t functional as such.
Matthew 18:20
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
They went out from us
There were those who taught and followed fables and, so, they did not walk in the doctrine of the apostles
1 John 2:19
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Forsake not the assembling
Individual Christians were expected to gather together in local assemblies
Hebrews 10:25
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Meet together to break bread
Coming together as a church was taught where ever the full gospel was preached.
Acts 20:7
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
Meeting on the first day of the week
There was rudimentary organisation in that the place and the time of the meeting was well known and publicised.
1 Corinthians 16:2
1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
The KJV word church
Church & churches used 111 times
It’s worthwhile looking at all the references, in the meantime here is a sample of the three ways in which the word is used.
In this episode and this session on water baptism will just take a brief look at the use of this word “church” in the Scriptures.
Church – a single local assembly
The Christians met at known times in known places for praise and worship, prayer and fellowship, preaching and teaching of the exhortation of the word of God for nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Acts 8:1
1 Corinthians 16:19
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Church as a plural collective noun
Church – the invisible church inclusive of all local assemblies (used in a plural all-inclusive manner)
Matthew 16:18
Matthew 18:17
Acts 2:47
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Churches – as a plural noun
a grouping of local assemblies
(Never used of a building in the Bible only used as a gathering of people)
Acts 9:31
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
I am identified with Jesus In Baptism
On the cross He is idntified with me
In water baptism I identify myself with Him
These thoughts will be expanded in future episodes.
Are you ready
To, in faith, obey the word of God & follow the Lord Jesus through the waters of baptism?

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The Water That Divides

WATER BAPTISM

 

Water baptism does NOT save:

As a ceremonial rite on its own

Just asking someone to baptise you in water will not save you on its own

A Symbolic Act of Obedience

Water baptism does not make you into a Christian

Water baptism does NOT, in itself, save a person

But a Christian is baptised in water because they are saved

Make or Mark

Water baptism does not make you into a Christian

But water baptism marks you as a Christian

Blood or Water

The Blood of Jesus Chrisy (not water) cleanses us from the guilt of our sin

Saved by grace (not water) through Faith

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

New Birth – Born Again

Is cleansing

Forgiveness

These come from God

This is getting a brand new start again in life

“Baptism” – its meaning in Bible

dip, immerse or submerge

To completely cover as in buried

New Testament Believers

were SUBMERGED in water

To be submerged or covered completely over – like being buried

You need a ENOUGH water

– not just a “sprinkle from a bowl”

but to submerge as in a burial

You go down into the water

You come up out of the water

Enough to water a flock

Exodus 2:19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

If you need enough to water a flock you also need enough water for a symbolic burial

Enough water for baptisms

John 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

The reason that they were baptising people in that region was because there was plenty of water on hand.

JESUS CAME UP OUT OF WATER

Mark 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Let’s read this story:

Enough water for them to go down into and then come up out of

Acts 8:35-39

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

GOING DOWN INTO WATER

Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

COMING UP OUT OF WATER

Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

SYMBOLISM OF

SUBMERGING IN WATER

Buried by baptism

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Life After Death

Reasons why a Christian should be baptised calf

1 – You are in Obedience to Christ

2 – You are following example set by Jesus

3 – You are part of the pne and same body of Christ

1st step in Obedience to Christ

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:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

2nd step You are following Jesus example

Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

3rd step Symbolic of being in the same body of Christ

It is symbol – a mark that you belong

It is a rite of passage

It is the mark of “belonging”

All the Christians in the bible had followed the Lord in being batised in water

The Jewish and the Gentile Christians were all baptised in water and were all in the one and selfsame body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Baptised into the body

Now you are part of that body

It is the place where you are born – fed – taught – grow – participate – fellowship – assemble together in the name of Jesus

Jesus had no sin of his own

but he was baptised “so that he could do all that was right”

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

To suffer him – do as he asked

Do you wish to fulfil all righteousness and do what is right?

Do you want to follow Jesus?

Like Jesus will you suffer this water baptism now?

Will you ask to be baptised in water?

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Is Water Baptism For You?

Do you know that Bible Teaches?

Water Baptism

Should you be baptised in water?

Water baptism

Is included in the Gospel Message?

Water baptism is everywhere in the New Testament

BAPTISMS in ACTS

& OTHER New Testament Baptisms

Peter Preaches water baptism

It’s the 1st message in/to the Christian Church

ACT 2:38-41

[KJV] [Acts 2:38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

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

Water Baptism Shows

That a person is committing him/herself fully to follow Jesus Christ

Water baptism comes after

Repentance & Faith

Repentance = being sorry for & turning away from the wrong things that you know that you have done

Faith is believing in Who Jesus is & What he has done

[KJV] [Acts 2:38]

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Turn Back To God

Turning from Sin

Forsaking Sin

Leaving the Old Life

Otherwise water baptism is a farce – joke if you don’t mean it

A desire deep within you

To stand up for Jesus

To serve God

If you don’t want to serve God DON’T get baptised

Paul is converted THEN

He is baptised

Paul Repented & had Faith – then he was baptised

ACT 22:12-16

[KJV] [Acts 22:12] And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Here are many accounts of Christians

Getting baptised in the 1st church

We should look at them

The Samaritans

– ACT 8:9-13

[KJV] [Acts 8:9] But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

The Ethiopian

– ACT 8:35-38

[KJV] [Acts 8:35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Cornelius & Household

ACT 10:43-48

[KJV] [Acts 10:43] To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Jailor & Household

ACT 16:30-34

[KJV] [Acts 16:30] And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Lydia a Businesswoman & family

ACT 16:14-15

[KJV] [Acts 16:14] And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Crispus Ruler of the Synagogue

[KJV] [Acts 18:8]

[KJV] [Acts 18:8] And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

Believers at Ephesus

ACT 19:1-5 ~Paul at Ephesus

[KJV] [Acts 19:1] And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

WATER BAPTISM

Encouraging Words 2

Water baptism does NOT save

But a Christian is baptised in water because they are saved

Water baptism does not make you into a Christian

But water baptism marks you as a Christian

The Blood of Jesus (not water) cleanses

[KJV] [1 John 1:7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Saved by grace (not water) thru Faith

EPH 2:8-9

[KJV] [Ephesians 2:8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

New Birth – Born Again

Is cleansing

Forgiveness

These come from God

Its getting a brand new start again in life

“Baptism” – its meaning in Bible

dip, immerse or submerge

To completely cover

NT Believers were SUBMERGED in water

To be submerged or covered completely over – like being buried

You need a lot of water – not just a “sprinkle from a bowl”

You go down into the water

You come up out of the water

“PLENTY OF WATER”

[KJV] [John 3:23] And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

GOING DOWN INTO WATER

[KJV] [Acts 8:38] And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

COMING UP OUT OF WATER

[KJV] [Acts 8:39] And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

JESUS CAME UP OUT OF WATER

[KJV] [Mark 1:10] And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

SYMBOLISM OF

SUBMERGING IN WATER

Buried in baptism

[KJV] [Romans 6:4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Life After Death

Reasons why a Christian should be baptised

1

1st step in Obedience to Christ

2

You are following example set by Jesus

3

Baptism is a symbol of being baptised by one spirit into the body of Christ

1st step in Obedience to Christ

[KJV] [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:

[KJV] [Mark 16:16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

You are following Jesus example

MAT 3:16-17

[KJV] [Matthew 3:16] And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Jesus had no sin of his own

but he was baptised “so that he could do all that was right”

[KJV] [Matthew 3:15] And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

WATER BAPTISM

Encouraging Words 3

Baptism is symbolic

of being in the Body of Christ

It is symbol –

a mark that you belong

It is a rite of passage

It is the mark of “belonging”

All the Christians in the bible had followed the Lord in being batised

Baptism in water is practiced & taught were ever Christians were

1CO 12:12-13

[KJV] [1 Corinthians 12:12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Baptised in the body

Now you are part of that body

It is the place where you are born – fed – taught – grow – participate

3000 baptised into body

Enjoyed the fellowship of that body

Repent & be baptised – this is the 1st message of the Gospel – the good news

All Christians ought to be baptised

The bible firmly teaches that water baprism is part of Christianity

ACT 2:41-47

[KJV] [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.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

I am identified with

Jesus In Baptism

On the cross He identified with me

In water baptism I identify myself with Him

WATER BAPTISM

Encouraging Words 4

Baptism –

Badge that I belong to Him

The Badge of Belonging

We were a badge that identifies us as belonging to Jesus

Have we been baptised?

Paul asks this question

Or rather what type of baptism did you have?

ACT 19:3-5

[KJV] [Acts 19:3] And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Become Saved

Repent, Believe & Confess

Then Show your Beliefs by Baptism in water

Confession of Faith before Baptism

ROM 10:9-10

[KJV] [Romans 10:9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You Are Not your Own –

You Are Brought with Price

1CO 6:19-20

[KJV] [1 Corinthians 6:19] 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?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

WATER BAPTISM

Encouraging Words 5

The Symbol of Baptism

is Death & Resurrection

Baptised into His Death

Buried with Him

Raised to life with Him

ROM 6:2-4

[KJV] [Romans 6:2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Raised with Him

that we might live new life

[KJV] [Romans 6:6]

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Our old self crucified with Jesus

that the body of Sin be done away

No longer slaves to sin

Water is a watery grave

Our body – old life – the corpse

Death to old life

Now yield to God in

New Life – New Power

Old Gone – New Come

Your old live gets buried with Christ

Your funeral service is seen in water baptism

Your start

a brand new life in Christ

You rise up out

of the water of baptism just like Christ rose up form the grave

You are free to live

ROM 6:13-14

[KJV] [Romans 6:13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The Symbol of Baptism

–Washing / New Life

Washed – Sanctified – Justified by Spirit

Rise up clean

into a new life with a new boss

Way to go

Separated from your old live

United with your new life

Washed & cleansed

1CO 6:9-11

[KJV] [1 Corinthians 6:9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Symbolic of Drawing Near

[KJV] [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.

Water Baptism means

Sincere Heart –

Cleansed to have Pure Conscience

Bodies Washed with Pure Water

Washing of

Rebirth & Renewal of Holy Spirit

Reborn Clean

Renewed by the Holy Spirit

TIT 3:4-7

[KJV] [Titus 3:4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

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;

6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Baptism is

Taking up the Challenge

To Live a Godly Life

Separated & removed form the old way we lived

Totally new way of living

Sharing the power & ability to live like Jesus

A resurrected life in power & propose

WATER BAPTISM

Encouraging Words 6

Noah & Family

fled to God for Safety

Built the Ark to save his family

They needed to escape the corruption that was in the world

They escaped the judgment & floated away to a new life

Saved by Water

Water lifted him from OLD life

Set him down on NEW way of living

1PE 3:20-22

[KJV] [1 Peter 3:20] Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Complete Covering

Judgement for Old – Joy for New

Escape to a New life

Be like Noah

Escape from your old life

Live in the power of a New Life

Do you want this?

Do you want the badge to say

“this is what I want” – “this is what I have done” ?

So here we are

Do you understand what “water baptism means?

Do you understand this?

ACT 8:36-39

[KJV] [Acts 8:36] And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

• “LOOK! Here is water –

What am I waiting for?

Why shouldn’t I be baptised?”

The Case for Speaking in Tongues 9 Transcript Notes

The Case for Speaking in Tongues 9 Transcript Notes

The Case for Speaking in Tongues 9

Welcome back, my name is Dan Wooldridge, this is number eight in the series, “The Case for Speaking in Tongues”

Why Should You & I

Speak in Tongues Often?

Continuing the Doctrine of “Other Tongues”

Just How Hungry Are You?

Just how hungry are you for the things of God?

Before you proceed any further you need to ask yourself this question

The Things of God Can Only

Be Known God’s Way

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

You Have To Be Hungry

Unless you hunger and thirst for what is righteous and the gift of God for you you will not receive.

Consider these scriptures

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

John 7:39

(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Luke 11:9-13

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

Luke 11

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Did You Notice This?

Even though the Holy Spirit was given when Jesus was glorified you still have to ask him for the fullness of the Holy Spirit and be hungry to receive this fullness.

If You Want to Receive

THEN YOU HAVE TO BE HUNGRY

Renewed and Washed

Our minds have to be “renewed & washed” with the Holy Spirit and the Word.

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

In the Spirit of Your Mind

And be washed & renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Consider this in Titus – by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost

Titus 3:5-7

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; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Washing of the Word

the washing of water by the word

Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

We have to “replace”

natural thinking with “spiritual” thinking

How do you “replace” thinking?

The way to replace is to “displace” you do not have to dig it out, as in, to make a hole & then fill the hole

You displace water as a boat does, by simply moving through the water. Wherever the boat is then the water is displaced.

Read & re-read:

1 Corinthians 14:14-15 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Consider Also

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Paul spoke in tongues a lot:

More than them all!

1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

Remember this is only part of the sentence because the main thrust of the teaching here in 1 Corinthians is about what happens during a church service or a meeting and so concerns church order.

The full sentence reads:

1 Corinthians 14:18-19 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

It Ought to Be Obvious

You should not have to do jump through intellectual twists and turns to establish simple truths that are from everlasting to everlasting.

Paul gives 3 reasons

why he spake in tongues a lot.

In 1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Let’s look at these three reasons

Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue (1) speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit (2) in the spirit he speaketh (3) mysteries.

(1) speaketh not unto men, but unto God (2) in the spirit he speaketh (3) mysteries

His Reason 1

You Speak Directly to God & He understands you – speaketh not unto men, but unto God

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

You DO THE Speaking BUT

it is your spirit that is praying – my spirit prayeth

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

His Reason 2

I am speaking “in the Spirit” in the spirit

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

As opposed to my

“natural mind & reasoning directing my prayers.

By speaking in tongues I put myself to pray in the spirit & not in the flesh & natural thinking.

Your mind with any doubts

fears or natural reasoning is bypassed! – displaced

but my understanding is unfruitful

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

No one can interrupt me

NOT even can my own mind.

I put myself into God, on purpose, as a simple act of will by starting to speak in tongues.

All thoughts (though they may keep all on coming into my mind) cannot not hinder the prayer or influence it.

God has chosen prayer

as a means of having his way in our lives & his plan for mankind.

The direct link

I am praying myself in a direct link spirit to spirit by passing by the mind with all its limitations & gain access to the thoughts that come from the mind of the spirit.

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Do Mind the Things of the Spirit

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

The mind of the spirit is not the mind of the flesh.

The mind of the spirit is constantly refreshed & inspired by the spirit (from the spirit).

God speaks spirit to spirit

He speaks via the spirit to our spirit.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

His Reason 3

I speak “Mysteries”

in the spirit he speaketh mysteries

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

Mystery –

special understanding, when understood, that brings revelation

Mystery implies

a specialist understanding that comes from certain situations and conditions, something that is not immediately understood.

And revelation

a process that has to be received in order to gain insight and understanding –

something that is only a revelation by a certain path or procedure –

not open to sight without revelation.

A process that gives salvation and understanding

This omes from routes

that means to bring and to show the way

I can get beyond

the limitations of the mind and draw on the flow in the wisdom of the spirit who is the infallible guide and always agrees with the word of God.

Mysteries –

are those spiritual things beyond comprehension of the natural mind.

I can access the source of all wisdom and let him guide me.

Speaking in tongues is the way

that allows the Spirit of God to speak directly to my spirit.

I can pray myself out of the natural state and into the spiritual where I can receive wisdom in all its spiritual mystery.

A comparison look

Paul spoke in tongues a lot

1 Corinthians 14:18-19 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Paul had lots of revelations

& understood lots of mysteries

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

God reveals things to us

via spirit to spirit

we speak wisdom – yet not the wisdom of this world

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

God reveals things to us yet again

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

The Spirit guides in all truth

It is the spirit who will guide us into all truth.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

I can access the source of all wisdom

& let him guide me.

I can simply pray myself

out of the grip of natural thinking – state

& into the spiritual thinking – state.

This is where I can receive wisdom in all its spiritual mystery.

THIS ADDED BENEFITS

How does he/she do that? They say.

Look At:

1 Corinthians 2:1-16 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

1 Corinthians 2

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 2

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1 Corinthians 2

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Consider These Highlighted Phrases

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: –

even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. –

but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. –

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

This is from the man who said

“I speak in tongues more than you all”

The Spiritual Person Judges

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

My mind can be fooled

BUT my spirit has an ally.

My spirit is not fooled or tricked

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

We walk in the Spirit to bring

Death to the flesh – natural mind

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Remember the witness is

with our Spirit NOT our mind.

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

There are THE main 2 VOICES –

the voice of the MIND and

the voice of the SPIRIT.

1 Corinthians 14:14

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

Yes we can hear one voice

in our mind and another in our Spirit.

We have to learn to take notice of the voice in our SPIRIT.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Joined – spirit to spirit

When we speak in tongues we are so joined

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17

Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

It is the spirit not the mind

that searches the deep & hidden things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

It is the spirit not the mind

that searches these things – they are revealed to us through our spirit NOT our mind.

1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

We receive the spirit of God

that we might know what is freely given to us!

We might not ever know

if we only listen to our mind.

The spirit of the world certainly can’t help us very far.

1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

We speak in the words

that the spirit teaches

The voice of the spirit compares spiritual matters with spiritual.

If you are not in the spirit

you can’t receive them. This helps explain why there is so much incorrect teaching. As you know what you are taught or what you believe has a direct effect on your behaviour.

You can only tell the truth

one way – you can tell a lie lots of ways.

There is one truth & many lies about any matter or subject.

Natural psyche – psychology –

from the head – can’t know the things of the Spirit.

Praying in tongues is the doorway

to the realm of the spirit – the access to the infallible source of wisdom.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

He Knows What Is the Mind of the Spirit

Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The spiritual person judges all things

We find this hard to accept

Judge all things but unable to be correctly judged in return by the natural mind!

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

You might fool my mind

BUT as a frequent tongues talker you will not fool my spirit.

My spirit is spiritual

The spirit of God bears

witness with my spirit

Bears witness with our spirit NOT our minds!

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

Do you know the difference

between the voice of your spirit & the voice of your mind?

The 2 yokes

The yoke of your spirit

The yoke of your mind

Which would rather be under bondage to the “spirit” or the “mind”. Christians miss out on the Lord because they are under the yoke of the natural mind.

Be a constant tongues talker

& escape the yoke of the natural mind.

So we speak in tongues to communicate directly with God

So we speak in tongues

for a period & we are moved from being dominated by our senses to being led by the spirit.

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

We must walk in the spirit

to escape the fables, lies, false teaching, outright heresies & practices that try to ensnare our faith.

So when we speak in tongues

we pray alive our understanding & revelation of the gospel – the secrets of God that we so much need.

This is why I speak in tongues

– so I keep on speaking in tongues!

So we speak in tongues!

How To Tell A Story Study Notes and Workbook

How To Tell A Story Study Notes and Workbook

Storytelling Is an Art

A resource for ministry to children

My name is Daniel Wooldridge

Born January 1943 in UK

Arrived in Australia 1961

Born again 1963

Preach & teacher – pastor & church planter

Ministry to children & storyteller

My heart felt thanks

To all those who have provided me with inspiration and resources concerning “storytelling to children” (including the late Henry Gallus & Clifford Warn both of whom are now with the Lord Jesus)

The bible references for this workshop.

All the bible references are from the King James Bible

Storytellers use the Active Voice.

Do you know the difference between the Active Voice and the Passive Voice? Tick YES/NO

Storytelling is a Performance Art.

An art is a skill that has to be understood and as such can be taught.

Art is something that is practiced & will improve with Practice, Repetition & Rehearsal.

“Praise the Lord with skill and understanding” or “Praise the Lord with all our ART”

Tell our stories well with all our skill and understanding or with all our art.

Do you want to be a good storyteller? Tick YES/NO

Do you want to learn how to do this? Tick YES/NO

Are you ready for this? Tick YES/NO

We want to help children grow

in faith, not just in knowledge

Storytelling helps move children to the place where they can experience our Lord Jesus Christ for themselves

We work with children’s imagination

In other words we feed their imagination and not their intellect or understanding so that they start to hope for what they eyes cannot see

We have to trust the power of storytelling

Storytelling will do the job

Jesus always told stories using metaphors and images that appealed to the curiosity and the imagination

Jesus did not preach sermons

Most of the time Jesus did not explain his stories

The stories we tell will always be different

All our stories can be planned to be effective BUT they must also be spontaneous

Every group of children that we tell stories to is different

Our stories’ point or theme may be the same but the way in which we tell the story will always be slightly different

What is essential?

It is essential that stories are “Interesting”

It is not enough that the story is interesting to the storyteller himself/herself

It must be interesting to the hearers / those who listen.

If a story is not interesting then a story is “boring”.

Circle these words "Interesting" & "boring"

Interesting NOT Boring

If the story is boring then the storyteller loses the attention of the listeners.

If you lose the listeners then an orderly group will be virtually impossible & some type of corrective force will be needed to help you keep order.

Do you want to be?

INTERESTING Tick [ ]

OR

BORING Tick [ ]

A Great Storyteller

It always looks “inspired” when the same group of children is very well behaved with one storyteller BUT almost unmanageable with another storyteller telling the same story.

Have you ever listened to any great storytellers? Tick YES/NO

Are you worried or concerned about controlling a group of children while you tell them a story? Tick YES/NO

The underling fact is:

The storyteller, who is interesting, will have the control of the children.

It is as simple as this.

If you are interesting, then you will keep order almost without effort.

Do you want to be interesting? Tick YES/NO

Do you find it hard to control a group of children when you are telling them a story? Tick YES/NO

If you answered YES to this THEN you may find this next section helpful.

How to be interesting

Interesting starts in the mind

Firstly the mind of the storyteller must be interesting.

Yes interesting starts in the mind of the storyteller not the listener.

Do you think that you are an interesting person? Tick YES/NO

Develop an interesting mind.

The scripture says:

[KJV] PRO 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

One of the best ways to have friends is to be interesting.

If you want friends then you have to be “interesting”.

Have you got plenty of friends? Tick YES/NO

Underline the word interesting!

People crave interesting.

Do you know that you can develop an interesting mind?

It seems today that we have lost the art of being interesting.

Many of us feel we are boring.

Will you make up your mind that, by the grace of God, you are going to become interesting? Tick YES/NO

We are interesting!

We are unique

There is no one like us in the whole wide world of time & space

One way to be interesting is to know about all the bible stories

You can’t beat the background reading & devouring the bible stories even if you don’t understand all the different meanings

Do you read your Bible regularly? Tick YES/NO

Circle the word "unique"

You see your brain

is a self-organising system.

You load it up with info – in this case bible stories – it automatically starts hunting for patterns, similarities & contrasts.

This is a God-given gift that we all have.

Will you load your mind up with the Bible stories? Tick YES/NO

Your mind will sort the stories out

into a very interesting kaleidoscope of patterns & associations

When you add to this mix a fired up spirit full & overflowing with the glory & joy of the Lord God.

You have a wonderful mix

Who knows what this wonderful & interesting mix floating in your mind, giving inspiration & a constant flow of ideas & thoughts, will produce?

You don’t have to understand how your mind works in order to enjoy the results

Underline patterns & associations

You then translate these thoughts into words

Into a format that is understood by the listeners & will allow them to see what their eyes cannot see

Yes, you can do this! You can become intelligent and interesting

Circle – intelligent – interesting

Words Allow the Mind

To See What the Eyes Cannot See

Intelligence is the ability to make finer distinctions.

You, the storyteller, take the bible stories & re-tell them so that the listeners an see them in their mind

This why you should read them to yourself again & again to enlarge your vocabulary to get word power.

Do you read the bible stories over & over? Tick YES/NO

Bible stories will build intelligence through the increase of finer distinctions in the minds of the hearers of your bible stories.

Do you believe this? Tick YES/NO

Imagination

When you stir up the imagination you fire the emotions which produces empathy which produces interest

All children have imagination

Do you want your bible stories to excite & ignite the imaginations of the children who listen to you? Tick YES/NO

A Note about Children and Order

Human beings are really like "pack animals".

Children live in packs or groups.

Nations/tribes/families/groups/teams

That is why they follow leaders.

The Bible describes the church in terms of people who follow leaders who follow THE leader.

Children follow leaders.

Have you noticed how children will often follow a leader? Tick YES/NO

The teacher should be the natural leader.

Today teachers do not have the control of the classroom in the same way that they used to have.

Most classrooms in, my country, normally allow children to talk to each other during class and there is nearly always music playing in the background.

Go into a child’s home and often meals are enjoyed, not on the kitchen or the dining-room table, but in front of the television set. Meals are not set but each family member eats when they are able to

Have you ever sat in on a School lesson? Tick YES/NO

Do you see the point of this? Tick YES/NO

You can’t instil an order on a group of children in one hour a week when they don’t have that order at School or home.

In a Sunday School type program

We have a child for maybe one hour each week.

In this hour, we have certain goals.

What is our primary goal?

Is your goal to teach children how to sit still?

Is your goal to teach children ethical behaviour?

Is your goal to teach children principles of obedience?

OR is your goal to teach children about the person and the work of Jesus Christ?

Have you ever thought about this? Tick YES/NO

What do you need to teach?

Obedience OR faith

Faith comes first. Faith should come before obedience.

[KJV] Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Do you understand this difference? Tick YES/NO

I think our aim is to teach children about Jesus.

We know that faith comes through hearing the word of God.

But we also know that children don’t listen and certainly don’t hear when you just read Bible verses out aloud with no skill or understanding.

Underline SKILL & UNDERSTANDING

Getting the attention of children

is big business today

When it comes to children’s TV shows

An enormous number of colour filled images flash across the screen.

More colour, more contrast, more images per second, more contrasting sound.

Children are consumers and they need to stay on the channel to see the ads

children influence adults on the things to buy

Compliance & Order

So the first matter I would like to consider is the subject of "Compliance".

You will need methods of compliance to bring a sort of order to your time with the children so that all the children can absorb this precious knowledge of who Jesus is.

We have Limited Time

Because of the time constraints, the methods we use to get compliance are "quick and dirty".

So how do you get this co-operation? How to we get this compliance?

I say this because we don’t need to teach a moral lesson about order, etc. but simply create a temporary atmosphere so that the children have space and time to learn.

Do you see that we only have a limited time? Tick YES/NO

Mosaic Principles of Learning

It is great to know about the "Mosaic Principles of Learning".

Mosaic in that each child has an optimum way in which they learn.

Some children love to hear, some to act out, some using craft and so on.

Each child uses a different mix of intelligences to take in information

MAX7 & OASIS are great examples of Mosaic Learning.

This wonderful method STILL needs the attention of a group of children in order to be effective.

Efficient & Effective Compliance

Controlling a group of children is getting harder & harder.

The idea of a controlled environment where the teacher is the leader has always been challenged by children of every age.

Compliance is not necessarily brought about by creating an environment of law and order.

To have justice in a law and order system requires time and even an understanding of the special conditions of each child so that a fair mitigation can be arrived at.

Frankly, in a Sunday School class we just have not got the time to do this.

Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

How then do we achieve this compliance?

The compliance of the group so that each individual in the group can learn through the different Mosaic approach that suits them.

First remember children are pack animals.

If you control a leader of the pack you will control the environment of the class.

So the first job is to discern just who the real leader of a particular group of children actually is.

Good or Bad Influence

NOW don’t worry about the type of influence the leader has

it could be a GOOD or BAD influence!

This does not matter. It’s the one with the influence that we are looking for.

You are not picking or endorsing a leader for the group.

You are going to use the leader that is already there.

Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

Leaders come into 2 general types.

There are the ones who are out front and.

There are the ones to always have a "front man."

The front man is the one who always gets caught but the real ringleader stays hidden.

Find the leader.

Arrive early and watch the children playing

As you look at the children playing you will be able to notice the real leaders.

A very strong leader will influence both boys and girls, and a not so strong leader will influence children of their own gender.

Of course there are exceptions to any rule that this is a good general approach.

The time with the children

We know that the program is split up into many fast moving segments.

This will mean that often the natural leaders of the children don’t get the opportunity to exercise their influence.

But make no mistake about it their influence is there.

Storytelling Time

Activities settle and all movement slows down as they get ready for the story.

This is a time when a leader’s influence will start to surface.

You are going to have to manage this environment. How?

Skill OR Force? Go with skill. Skill is better.

SKILL OR FORCE Underline the one that you would like use.

Spot the leader

As soon as you spot the child with the influence you need to act.

Now remember we are simply maintaining order so that the maximum benefit of the class and the time with the children will be passed on to all the children there.

You going to tell a story

The main point of your story and your story are united together and you need every word of the story to highlight that point

So a story is about something that happens it is not about an abstract consideration

In order to understand the abstract consideration you have to listen to the whole story first

You can’t separate the theme from the story because the story is the theme

The story has a main character

The leader should become the “main character” of your story & so you can grab the leader’s interest & attention.

If you have the leader’s attention then you have the attention of the rest

Circle ATTENTION

Learning Storytelling

It is like the scripture:

[KJV] [John 12:49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What does this mean?

WHAT I should SAY -IS – THE CONTENT

WHAT I should SPEAK – IS – The Method

What is the Main point of the Story & HOW I should say (tell) the content

Are you enjoying for this workshop? Tick YES/NO

Ask the Lord Jesus

When you ask the Lord Jesus for help with your storytelling, He will show you “what” story to tell & “how” to tell that story.

Many times we ask the Lord Jesus what the story should be about but we don’t ask him how we should tell it.

Have you ever asked the Lord Jesus HOW to tell a story? Tick YES/NO

There 2 approaches

1 pick the main point & find a story to demonstrate this

2 pick a story & then find the main point that the story demonstrates

But be careful, because when you tell the story the main point and the story itself are interwoven together as one

Jesus was the best storyteller

Jesus knew that you can’t just explain analyse summarise or outline a truth

Jesus knew that the way to tell the truth was to wrap it up in a good story

Jesus spent more time storytelling and less time explaining

The power of storytelling is huge

The Holy Spirit helps us & opens the hearts & minds of the listeners.

Will you study the story is that Jesus told? Tick YES/NO

Jesus was a storyteller

In fact the Bible says that He only spoke to the crowds with stories

Some of the stories were literally true and some were not.

Jesus used stories to illustrate (paint a picture in the listeners’ mind) and so move the conscience of the listeners.

Can you spot the true ones – that is those that were literal events? Tick YES/NO

Wether a child or an adult, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to fire up the conscience. Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

The story is the greatest medium

We can use to teach children Bible truths

We need to get our children and tell them the Bible stories

Remember, we want to enliven their conscience not increase their knowledge

Do you want to tell children Bible stories? Tick YES/NO

We want them to

Understand the story (not understand the moral point of the story BUT understand the flow of the story)

Believe the story (not believe that the story just happened BUT believe that the outcome of the story actually worked)

Remember the story (so that it can be relived and retold)

These 3 will form the foundation of love, hope and faith that comes from having the word of God in our hearts and in our minds

Underline these three points

Understand the story

Believe the story

Remember the story

The main aim of a storyteller

Is to get the listeners to feel the story

So that they become emotionally involved in the story.

They become part of the story

One of the drawbacks today

Is that children, in watching television, suffer from senses overload with the result that they become *watchers* or *spectators* rather than PARTICIPANTS in the story

Watchers are not participants Watchers are great for spying but makes for dysfunctional people & we Christians are anything but dysfunctional by-standees of life

Do you understand the difference here? Tick YES/NO

When it comes to stories and listening to them – are you a SPECTATOR or a PARTICIPANT –

Underline the one that applies to you

It’s as if children today

Take on the perspective of the camera looking at, observing, and not really been a part of the story

It seems to me that they have lost the power of participation because nothing is left to the imagination

This is the difference between being a news reporter & being the news

Children today seem more inclined to be a news reporter – spectators rather than participants

See if you can structure your time with the children so that do not just report their news. We want living accounts of what it was like to be in that news story.

Do you understand the point here? Tick YES/NO

What is the challenge for the modern storyteller?

The modern storyteller must move the listeners right into the story so that they are not just spectators or "watchers"

They are living in the story [imagining themselves as the main character]

They start to live in the story and experience the event of the story

When I tell stories

I make the main character very similar to one of the children who are listening (if there is a group leader who influences the rest in a negative way – I pick that one) because I want a complete identification with the character in the story.

I might use skin, hair or eye colour. Something that will allow identifaction with the main character.

You could use size, age, type of clothing or any thing that will cause a recognition between your class leader & the main character

Inside the story plan

We follow the five basic rules

If you learn and practice these five rules you will become a great storyteller.

Is this what you want? Tick YES/NO

Rule Number One (1)

Begin the story strongly – not with a greeting but by launching into the power of the story

Rule Number Two (2)

Use only one theme & one main character (modern TV shows often have more than one theme, but we need only one theme with one main character)

Rule Number Three (3)

Use simple language (at the level of understanding of the listeners)

Rule Number Four (4)

Paint a picture in the listeners mind (so that they can join in their imagination)

Rule Number Five (5)

End with a call for action by appealing to the listener’s emotions

Learn these off my heart

Begin the story strongly

Use only one theme

Use simple language

Paint a picture in the listeners mind

End with a call for action by appealing to the listener’s emotions

This story plan is

1 Begin Strongly

2 One Theme

3 Simple Language

4 Paint a Picture

5 Call for action with an appeal to the Emotions

The Story Theme

You have ONE main character in your story involved in ONE main event.

The best stories present a main character that the listener can identify with, who gets into an impossible situation and one way or another as the story unfolds, the situation is resolved

Now that sounds like a bit of a mouthful but really stories are about someone you can identify with overcoming problems.

Will you plan your stories so that they have one main character and one main theme? Tick YES/NO

Because good stories MUST stir

The imagination & good stories MUST be felt.

So you have one main person (animal or anything — I now a great story about 3 special trees) and you present difficulties and tension that have to be overcome.

Do you want to tell stories that I felt? Tick YES/NO

You have to package this

& put it together in a way that is interesting.

Telling the story is not the same as writing or reading the story.

Underline the words "writing" and "telling"

You will learn

To use your body language

To use your voice Tone Volume Pitch Speed

To invoke “moods” & ignite the imagination

Can you see that this will help children become participants in your stories? Tick YES/NO

Look at the parable

Of the Good Samaritan

Or I should say the story of a Samaritan traveller who did good and noble things when he stopped to help a fellow traveller who had been attacked, robbed & left for dead by the side of the road.

If you understand how this story is put together you will be able to copy this format. Are you ready? Tick YES/NO

Notice that the reason

That Jesus told this story was to explain just who our “neighbour” really is

but notice that he did not give this story a title nor did he explain the meaning of the story before he told it

Jesus is asked a loaded question and he answers this question by telling this story

The story is not just about an unknown traveller & what happens to him.

It is about WHO helps him.

[KJV] Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Jesus told this story

It is about an ambushed traveller & about who does & who does not help him.

And so this story demonstrates who a “neighbour” really is to someone who really was looking for excuses

So let’s look at How the master storyteller told this story

You can find this story in Luke chapter 10

What is the point of this story? Underline the words "Samaritan traveller" OR "neighbour" to indicate that you know what is the main purpose of this story

notice how the theme of this story is interwoven completely into the story and Jesus makes no attempt to separate the theme from the story

We are going to break down the format of the story so that we can reproduce it. Are you ready for this? Tick YES/NO

NOTE the Simple Action Words

Good Stories draw pictures in the mind

Stories are used to illustrate abstracts

Stories should not contain abstract concepts as such.

Stories are about NOUNS & VERBS.

Underline NOUNS & VERBS

Look at the structure of this story:

Luke 10:30-37

It’s only 8 verses long

Jesus starts this story strongly by setting up a dramatic opening scene:

Count the words here – not many, are there?

1. Setting up the scene

In 28 words

[KJV] Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 28 words

We have met

The main person of the story

We know what he was doing

Which road he was on

Where he was going

We know what happened to him

We have six actions (verbs)

Going down a road,

Falling into the hands of robbers,

Being stripped,

Being beaten,

The robbers went away,

The robbers left him.

Think about how you format your story

There is no passive voice used. Do you know what this means? Tick YES/NO

NO – well use only noun to action sentences

Example – The bat hit the ball hard NOT The ball was hit hard by the bat.

We have

one description

(An adjective) of Him being half dead,

We have his problem – He is wounded & facing death because he cannot help himself

There are unanswered questions

How is he going to escape from his latest predicament? Will he die? Will someone come by & help him?

Can you feel the tension as you tell the story? Tick YES/NO

We are left in suspense.

Anticipation is built

Tension is increased

That’s not bad for 28 words.

Not a single adverb insight.

How is he going to escape from his latest predicament?

Will he die or live?

We are left in suspense.

2. Now follow two quick scenes

To reinforce the man’s predicament &

To emotionally involve the hearers

Surprise is the element

The events are not what the listeners were conditioned to expect.

Note that the two who passed by were the most likely people in the whole community who would feel constrained to stop and help their fellow man.

The listeners would expect these two travellers to help a wounded man

The Priest passes by

(23 words)

[KJV] [Luke 10:31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 23 words

The Levite passes by

22 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 22 words

The listeners would have

Already tried to predict the outcome before the story unfolded

They would have already had perceptions about the ones who pass by the injured man.

Do you try to work out the results as you hear stories & predict the outcome? Tick YES/NO

The tension is deliberately increased

& the feelings of the hearers are stirred in judgment, criticism & a sort of “Yeah that would be right – church people – hypocrites”

OR “what’s our faith coming to these days?”

Then person least likely to assist

Turns up,

Has pity on him and

Takes ACTION

(Verbs not adjectives)

Practice this using the tone, loudness & pitch of your voice to tell the story

Can you do this? Tick YES/NO

3. The climax

88 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 21 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:34] And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 31 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:35] And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 39 words

The hero of this story

Went to him

Bandaged him

Poured on medicines

Put the wounded man on the hero’s own donkey

Carried him to an inn

Took care of him

Paid the innkeeper to continue the care

Promised to reimburse the innkeeper any extra expenses

This is a “surprise” ending

This ending shocked the hearers & illustrated the point of “who is your neighbour?”

Do you understand the point of this? Tick YES/NO

Jesus used simple plots

Plots that are not boring!

Simple nouns with action verbs

Pictures are painted

Tensions are built

Anticipations are surprised

Results are confirmed

Can you follow this format? Tick YES/NO

Two thousand years later

This story is still interesting

It is still remembered BUT only if the modern storyteller amplifies the 3 Helpers in the way they tell the story.

If you don’t explain

The Priest, the Levite & the half-cast Samaritan who did not know how to worship and was not a Jew

The judgment & surprise will be lost

You will need a short character sketch for each of them

When to explain these characters?

After a strong beginning & before the actual story

“Did you know that in Bible times

The Levites were ………………….,

The Priests were ….……………………… &

The Samaritan were …………………..?”

Think about how you will do this.

The judgment & surprise

would be lost if you just used the terms – Samaritan – Levite – Priest without involving interesting backgrounds about them.

I don’t know about you but here in Australia most children share multiple parent links & no one feels isolated by not having a father or mother not living in their own household

Ethnic backgrounds

This means that today in Australia there would be no understanding of what it was like to be a Samaritan in Bible times

You don’t really want to have to go into explaining discrimination in today’s terms of colour and ethnic backgrounds

You do need to explain the ethnic background that existed at the time of this story so that there will be an expectation as to the behaviour of the Priest, the Levite and the Samaritan

Priest

A minister in the Jewish Religion who was born into the right family & given as a child to grow up in the job

Levite

A Jewish temple servant who was born in the right family and grew up in the job from a child

Samaritan

A half-cast born of mixed race parents Jewish / Gentile.

The Jews were forbidden to marry anyone who was not a Jew born of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

No one loved or liked the Samaritans.

They were mistrusted and considered evil.

Surprisingly, in this story, the innkeeper trusts the Samaritan to come back and pay any debt that might have been booked up.

Storytellers use:

Anecdotes – a short narrative of an incident of private life

Parables – a comparison or similitude; a fable or story told to illustrate some doctrine or moral point;

Do you know that

Jesus never used the following words in his stories or talks or sermons or parables:

Salvation

Grace

Redemption

Can you see this? Tick YES/NO

Jesus used the

Rabbinical method of telling a parable or a story or an example in order to highlight a point

The truth was taught by storytelling – painting pictures & illustrations by mouth

[KJV] Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Paul used

Paul wrote in picture-less abstracts (full of adjectives & adverbs) in his letters.

But reading a letter is not the same as telling a story.

Parables & pictures

Carried Jesus’ preaching- like the:

Ten talents

Prodigal son

Jesus told stories all the time

His stories were about everyday life and the way he told them drew people in so that they could identify with the characters and situations in the story.

His stories explained the point in everyday terms

The story is the best way that a teacher can communicate with people.

Do you still want to be a good storyteller? Tick YES/NO

Storytelling is still in use everywhere you look.

Not only on TV shows but also on TV commercials.

Good storytellers know that good stories always have an impact.

What is the storyteller’s Golden Rule

Give your listeners the message you want them to get but tell it the way they want to hear it

This is easy to do

Package the information

What is the best and most preferred package?

The story format! People love stories. People need stories.

Put the story together with the message you want to tell but in the way that they want to hear it.

Even a prophet in the Old Testament gave a hard message from God to a King in a story package

Do you know this story? Tick YES/NO

Look Up ~Nathan Rebukes David

[KJV] 2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

Read the whole story & practice telling this story

Children & TV

You know that our children spend over one-day a week watching stories on TV.

They grow up with stories

By the time you get to 65 you spent about nine years of your life watching stories.

People enjoy stories. They like stories and, if you want to communicate, you need to learn how to tell a good story

You must realise

There are many wonderful stories that you can tell.

This is very exciting

You can help people by telling stories to them and they can learn some of the greatest lessons in life.

Jesus was the greatest storyteller who has ever been.

Make a list of the stories that you can tell

If your listeners

Can feel, through their imagination and their emotions, the solutions that the main character uses to escape from the trouble that he/she is in then listeners will remember and adapt this information for their own use later.

Remember

Give the people what you want to give them BUT package it in a way the people want.

Package the truth in a story format

Story telling hints

People want to know how to cope with life’s problems

As they listen to a story

They identify with the main character and if the main character faces difficulties and struggle and overcomes them, then they identify with that character

Children Need to Experience

The emotion of the “moral” & hear stories about the “moral” LONG before you can challenge them to correct & live the “moral”

Don’t labour the moral point! Tell the story so that children feel the problem and the solution and then they will start to enact it in their own lives.

Do you labour the moral point when you tell a story? Tick YES/NO

This is the end of Part 1

Make a list of what you have learned

I have touched on material by many people who have helped me to understand the wonderful effect of telling stories.

Part 2 will help you even more

Did you learn anything? Tick YES/NO

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 14

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 14

 

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 14

FOLLOW ME

The Invitation

Jesus invited a publican named Levi, who is also called Matthew, to be his disciple. The invitation is found in three gospels.

The following account is in Luke:

Luke 5:27-28 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

Follow Me!

The invitation was simple, “Follow Me.”

This was not the first time Matthew (Levi) had come in contact with Jesus and had heard Jesus preach.

Had known him from the start

He had to have had knowledge of Jesus’ life from the beginning of His ministry for Acts tells us all that the apostles had to have knowledge of Jesus’ life from the time of John the Baptist.

Known from the beginning

This was the criteria for choosing Matthias to take the place of Judas Iscariot

Acts 1:21-22 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

Knew the Implications

So Matthew knew well the implication of Jesus’ invitation. This was not a call to follow for an hour or a month.

When Jesus invited Matthew to “Follow Me,” it was a total dedication to become one of Jesus’ followers.

Invitation to Salvation

Jesus invited Matthew to be saved and be one of His disciples. Jesus was inviting Matthew to be “born again.”

The Same Invitation

We all receive the same invitation

This is the same invitation that each child of God has received and accepted.

The Invitation

This is what salvation is all about.

It is not merely an invitation to be baptized, or join a church, or to work for Christ.

This is an invitation to total dedication of one’s life to Jesus Christ.

The parameters of this invitation

It is an invitation to follow Jesus from the time of the initial salvation experience to the the end of one’s life

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

1. Called to completely follow

Jesus calls people to choose him above everything and everybody else.

Matthew 8:21-22 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Matthew 10:37-39 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

2. Called to invite others to follow

Jesus calls people to win others to Him.

Matthew 4:18-20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

3. Called drop all to follow

 

 

Jesus calls people to give up their way of life for Him.

Matthew 16:24-27 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

3. Called drop all to follow Cont.

 

 

Matthew 16:24-27 Cont. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

4. Called to faithfully follow

Jesus calls people to be faithful even unto death

John 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

4. Called to faithfully follow Cont.

Luke 9:61-62 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

This invitation is weighty

It is a call to total surrender to Jesus Christ.

It is a call to give up the way of life a person has practiced and to become a spiritual person.

It is a call to follow Jesus all the way to the end. It is a call to live according to God’s Word until Jesus comes for His church.

It is not a call to follow for a period of time or until something else seems to be so very important.

A CALL to be a disciple of Jesus.

Jesus’ invitation to eternal life is not to be taken lightly.

Those who follow Jesus and remain faithful to Him; for these there are strong promises.

Those who give their life to Christ and live in obedience to His word.

Those who live a holy life for Christ and who have the Holy Spirit do not live a life of sin.

People who ‘abide’ in Christ

Such verses as I John 3:9 describe people who love the LORD and live faithfully for him.

1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Nevertheless, there are those who are actually in Christ who backslide and eventually commit the sin of falling away.

People Who Draw Back

Those people who have drawn back to perdition

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Make no mistake here;

the writer of Hebrews was saying there are some who have been saved, but draw back and are lost; but we are not like them.

We go on to live for Jesus all the way to the end.

Any who would say:

If there are those who would say:

That these who draw back were never in Christ, let them read Jesus’ own statement,

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Regardless of Any Fable

No matter what men may teach or what even whole churches may teach, Jesus’ invitation is the same today as it was in Biblical times, “Follow Me”.

Those who are in heaven are not people who follow Jesus for a while, then fall away and bring no fruit to perfection:

Luke 8:13-14

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Another Point is in order.

Those who are saved, are saved. Let all of God’s people understand that God is the judge.

It is not for anyone to judge a true child of God:

Romans 8:33-39

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Romans 8:33-39 Cont.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:33-39 Cont.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 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.

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

A Mountain of Evidence

There is a mountain of evidence, and the warnings are so serious that no child of God should ignore the possibility of falling back into the world and suffering the eternal consequences.

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.

A Serious Warning

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

NOT UNDERTAKEN

 

 

This series is undertaken NOT so that men may fall away and be lost, but that men may be warned of the deceitfulness of sin and believe unto the saving of their everlasting salvation:

Hebrews 3:12-19

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Hebrews 3:12-19 Cont.

16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

There Are Those:

There are those who say that they follow Jesus and have never been saved.

There are those who have been saved but are backslidden who will repent and will renew their covenant with God,

There are those who have been saved, but have backslidden and then fallen away and have gone back to the world and have blasphemed the precious Holy Spirit who are fit only for the flames of eternal fire.

Let Each Child of God

Let each child of God make his calling and election sure.

Let each child of God “take heed lest he fall”

1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

The Plan of Salvation

The writer of Hebrews summed up the plan of salvation in one verse:

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Jesus said, “Follow Me.”

Surely you will take this invitation to follow the Lord Jesus for ever;

Yes, so help me God!

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 13

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 13

FREE WILL

The LORD created Adam and Eve.

When the LORD placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he gave them free will.

He could have created them to obey him and to love Him.

In other words,

He could have programmed them in such a way that they would never have disobeyed Him, and they would love Him without wavering.

If the LORD had created Adam and Eve that way, they could never have truly loved Him; because they would not have had a choice.

They would have been made to love the LORD, and they would not have chosen to love Him.

Love is a choice.

It is man’s choice to love the LORD and obey Him, or to reject Him and disobey Him.

the tree of knowledge of good and evil was placed in the garden.

Man had to choose to follow the LORD and His Word or refuse and follow his own will.

Adam and Eve failed to choose the LORD.

1 Peter 1:13-25

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1 Peter 1:13-25 Cont.

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch 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;

1 Peter 1:13-25 Cont.

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1 Peter 1:13-25 Cont.

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The LORD gave every man the choice

of choosing to believe in Him or to reject Him. It is God’s will that all men would repent of their sin and be saved, but all men do not choose to follow Christ.

They Have A Free Will

and the LORD will not make people choose to love Him and do right. He gives them the right to reject the LORD and be lost. Every man has been given free will. This is proven by the many scriptures that invite man to be saved, and the fact that a man does not have to be saved. It is his choice.

The Holy Spirit draws all men

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The LORD has given all men a free will

to choose to follow Him and love Him, or to reject Him and His Word and so be lost:

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

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.

The LORD wants every person

who has ever lived or ever will live to be saved; however, every man will not be saved, because many choose to reject the LORD’s love, and they choose a life of sin.

The LORD has given all men free will.

Holiness and Faithfulness

Is Not Salvation by Works

Free will is man’s ability to choose.

The LORD has given to every man a capacity to believe.

The Measure of Faith

Every man is born with the measure of faith

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Along with the right to choose,

the LORD gave man the gift of believing. Men who deny God have to consciously rebel and determine to do so because it is unnatural and illogical for man not to believe in his Creator.

Not only has the LORD given man

the measure of faith, He draws men with His precious Holy Spirit

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The Drawing of the Holy Spirit

Without the drawing of the Holy Spirit, no man can be saved. God has given abundant witness of Himself to all men:

Psalms 19:1-5 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

Left with a witness

Acts 14:16-17 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

Without Excuse

Romans 1:18-22 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Must We Deny Logic

Men have to deny all logic to not believe

in an intelligent Creator; however, it is by the gospel of Jesus Christ that He gives lost men the opportunity to believe in Christ and be saved

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Capacity to Believe

That is, all men who hear of Jesus Christ have the capacity to believe in Him:

Romans 10:14-17 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

A Rebellious Heart

Once a person has heard the gospel and then his heart has been touched by the Holy Spirit, only a rebellious heart would resist God’s call to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Paul the apostle addressed this in

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

We Need God’s Grace

Man cannot even believe without God’s grace:

Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

When the LORD gave man free will,

He gave him the ability and the right to choose.

Man has the ability and the right to love or not to love, to be honest or not to be honest, to do right or do wrong.

Judged for the Life We Live

Nevertheless, the LORD will judge men for the life they live

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

When a person gets saved,

that person becomes a new creature in Christ; however, the LORD does not take away that person’s free will.

This is the difference between those who hold to an “unconditional covenant” view of scripture and those who hold to a “conditional covenant” view.

Those who believe in the

“once saved, always saved” interpretation of scripture, believe that when a person gets saved, the LORD revokes a part of that person’s free will. In their thinking, a person who is saved no longer has the ability to choose to turn away from Christ and go back to the world.

They try to contend that

there are those who have tried to turn back, but the LORD has ended their life before they completely fell away/became castaway (apostatized) and then took them to Heaven.

There is not a single verse of scripture that states that the LORD will not allow a person to fall away.

Likewise, there is not a verse

that states the LORD will terminate a backslider’s life in order that such a person can enjoy the blessings of Heaven.

As previously noted in this series, there are many verses that warn of the possibility of falling away.

Wresting the Scriptures

In the eyes of the professors of unconditional covenants,, to teach that a person must be faithful and live a holy life in Christ is to teach salvation by works (legalism).

Again, this is a statement that has no credibility.

In order to reveal the absurdity of such an accusation, one needs to consider what salvation by works consists of.

Good Works Is Not the Foundation

First a person seeking salvation by works is a person who is seeking to be saved by his own goodness.

This is the mistake the Jews, who did not give their heart to the LORD and tried to be saved by living the law, made:

Consider this Scripture

Romans 10:3-5 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

This is a description of Jews

who tried to obtain salvation by their own deeds, that is, by living the law without giving their heart to God.

Paul made this plain in an earlier statement

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

The Jews who lived under the law

of the Old Testament could be saved by believing in God, giving Him their heart, and living in obedience to His Word.

When they sinned, the sacrifices and offerings that pointed to Christ and that the LORD had provided were accepted as atonement.

However, it was not their doing

the good works of the law that saved those Jews, but their faith in God.

Many of the Jews, in their pride, fancied themselves as righteous because they kept the law.

They did not depend on the blood for their salvation, but on their own goodness of which they, like all men, had none.

So what does all this mean?

It means a person cannot be saved by merely keeping the law.

Paul said it with clarity

Romans 9:31-32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Where in in the both fore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

the basis of the law was grace and faith

The law was given to help men not to sin and to help them to live holy lives as a result of their faith in God. It was given to show them their own sinfulness and God’s Holiness.

Salvation by works, then,

is trying to live a righteous life without being saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. Alas!

So many fall into the sin of pride.

They think they do not need to be saved.

They think they are good enough that they do not need to humble themselves before God and ask for His forgiveness.

That is one way of trying to obtain salvation by works.

Secondly, a person cannot remain

saved by depending on his own righteousness. This was the heresy Paul fought against so vigorously and exposed in the book of Galatians:

let’s read together

Galatians 5:1-6

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Galatians 5:1-6 Cont.

4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

False teachers were confused

and were teaching a confused doctrine to the Galatians.

The false teachers were teaching that once a person is saved by Jesus Christ, it is necessary to live the law to stay saved.

They were teaching circumcision.

Paul made the point if a person was obligated by one point of the law for righteousness he is obligated to do the whole law

Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

James also made this same point

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Paul’s concern for the Galatians was that once they had been saved by Jesus Christ, they would think they had to be circumcised or keep the law to remain saved.

He made it very clear that a person

who is made righteous by faith in Jesus Christ is saved plus nothing, minus nothing.

To go back to the law after being saved was to depend on a person’s own works to keep him saved. Paul said to do this meant a person would be lost.

Read what he said carefully:

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Notice, Paul said that we are saved

by faith in Jesus Christ, and we are kept saved by faith in Jesus Christ.

To go back to the law after being saved is to fall from grace.

That is to be lost again.

Salvation by works is trying to be saved

by not having faith and giving one’s heart to God.

Salvation by works is having faith in anything other than the shed blood of Jesus Christ for righteousness to be saved or to remain saved.

Salvation by works is not remaining faithful and living a holy life in Christ.

Being Faithful and Living Holy

Remaining faithful to Christ is not salvation by works. In fact, it is the teaching of all of the Bible.

Peter the apostle’s message in

1 Peter 1:5-9 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1 Peter 1:5-9 Cont.

7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

It is obvious that the LORD expects

His people to remain faithful to Him.

To try to say a person can be saved without faith is ridiculous.

It is just as preposterous to try to assert that after a person is saved by faith he can lose his faith and still continue in fellowship with Christ.

Continue in Faith & Faithfulness

Certainly a saved person must be faithful to Jesus Christ.

That is why all the warning about backsliding and falling away “apostasy” are in the Bible.

Being faithful is not works; it is love.

Living a holy life in Christ is not salvation by works; it is living in faithful obedience to the LORD:

1 Peter 1:13-16 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 1:13-16 Cont.

14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

For a child of God to be saved

and to strive to live a holy life is obeying the will of God. To try to say that the LORD does not require holiness of His people and will accept wickedness and rebellion is a perversion of the truth.

For people to believe they can be saved to live a holy life and then live a wicked ungodly life without repentance is heresy.

The Bible does not teach such antinomianism.

James 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

It is in this chapter that James explains that a person cannot be saved by the law, and it is in this chapter that James explains faith produces works.

Was he preaching salvation by works?

Most assuredly, he was not.

Was he saying a person who is saved does not live like a saved person?

Anyone who would attribute such a teaching to James would have to be — you figure it out.

To Help You Figure This

in order to make the fable stick it is suggested that Matthew, Hebrews and James wrote for the Jewish Christian

the commands and the warnings are therefore not applicable to the Gentile church but somehow apply to Jewish Christians in yet a different future church age of some sort

any who question this are considered to be simpletons lacking the necessary Gnostic qualifications to rightly divide the Word of God.

Read the whole book of James,

and ask, “ Does James believe a Christian is a person, who ought to live a faithful life to Jesus Christ, strive to live holy in Christ, but instead that Christian lives a life of sin and backslides, falls away, becomes castaway (commit apostasy), and yet, still goes to Heaven?”

The resounding Answer

As words mean what they mean and we have the responsibility of a free will

THE ANSWER HAS TO BE NO!

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 12

Checks to Unconditional Covenants

1 Enduring Sound Doctrine

2 Grace Is What Saves Lost Mankind

3 You Can Fall from Grace: It Is Evident

4 The Biblical Teaching about Justification

5 The Case of Spiritual Adoption

6 Grace Is Not For Granted

7 The Valiant Guardsman of the New Covenant

8 THE LORD’S SEAL

9 What about apostasy?

10 ETERNAL LIFE IS FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON

11 Bias explanation problems

12 WORDS THAT MEAN WHAT THEY MEAN

13 …………

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 12

WORDS THAT MEAN WHAT THEY MEAN

WORDS THAT MEAN WHAT THEY MEAN

Words have meaning.

There are words in the Bible that convey a clear, concise, and exact message.

This is true when it comes to the doctrine of perseverance.

How Is Salvation Taught in the Bible?

The Bible teaches that people are saved by the grace of God.

You are saved because you accept Jesus Christ by faith, and give your life to Him.

This is the very heart of the gospel message

Now Consider This

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

Here are two plain English phrases

“keep in memory” & “believed in vain” brought into a conditional relationship with the words “if” & “unless.”

Surely a plain understanding of English is all that is needed here!

IF You Keep in Memory!

Paul, the apostle, taught a person is saved IF he “keep(s) in memory” Paul’s preaching of Jesus Christ.

A person who does not “keep in memory” Paul’s teaching has “believed in vain” because he no longer has faith.

Maybe You Will Contend

That these particular people didn’t really receive, were not actually standing and most certainly were not genuinely saved! Oh dear!

How Does This Wording Strike You?

The wording of Scripture clearly indicates that if a person leaves the faith of Jesus Christ, that person is no longer in fellowship with Christ, therefore; is no longer saved.

That is not teaching works, as some would slanderously charge, but it is simply teaching truth that is completely consistent with Biblical doctrine.

When Jesus taught about bearing fruit,

he stated: John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

There Has To Be a Purging

of any branches in this vine that do bear fruit.

There has to be a taking away of any branches in this vine that bear not fruit.

John 15:5-6 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

The Branch Has To Bear Fruit

(No person can remain in Christ and not bear fruit.)

Jesus stated that to not abide in Him is to be lost.

The only way a person cannot abide in Christ is to leave the faith.

A person who has never been saved has never been in Christ.

The word “abide” means “to stay or to continue.”

The meaning is clear.

A person who does not stay in Christ will be lost.

This is the obvious and correct meaning of Jesus’ words.

What about the Word “Castaway”?

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

The word “castaway” was used by the Paul, the apostle, to show that after a person has been a minister and preached to others, it is still possible to turn back to the world and be lost

The Word Means What It Means

To cast something away means “to discard it” or, literally, “to throw it away” because it is no longer desirable.

The clear meaning is that Paul was vigilant to be sure that he lived a faithful life for Christ.

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he did not allow himself to be overcome by anything that would pull him away from Christ and cause him to be rejected.

An Attribute of Maturity

to be able to tell the difference between the literal meaning of words and words used to describe metaphors in a more mystical way requires Christian maturity.

There is a place for mysticism, metaphors and allegories but when used in the flesh, rather than the spirit, they become exceedingly dangerous.

we have to tell the difference between words that have a literal meaning and words that are mystical in a metaphor.

Nicodemus Missed the Metaphor

“except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is a good example of a mystical statement. It’s not real so the words don’t exactly mean what they say.

Sometimes There Is a Mixup

disciples often attached a ridiculous sense to the words of Jesus and so by the letter slew the spirit.

Beware the doctrine of the Pharisees, it is leaven! They thought he was talking about their special bread.

Confusing the Mystical and Spiritual Sense

you have to have a pure heart if you wish to avoid obscuring the mystical and spiritual sense of words.

The Jews misunderstood Jesus when he said that he would rebuild the temple in three days.

When you turn the literal truth of a statement into an allegory and head into carnal mysticism you end up in a disaster. Take the Genesis record for example.

We Are Called to Know the Difference

as we mature we learn to know the difference and avoid serious mistakes and pitfalls in the way in which we understand the Scriptures.

Consider Shadow and substance

The covenant concerning the Jewish sacrifices was a shadow but if you were a Levite they were extremely physical.

We need to know the difference between what is literal and what is mystical.

We need to know when the words are literal and when they are mystical, an allegory or a metaphor.

The Example of Judas

Was what happened to Judas mystical or real?

Judas was one of the original twelve apostles, but he became a thief and a traitor to Christ. He was an apostate minister.

He was a castaway.

The Example of Demas

Demas was a fellow minister with Paul the apostle

Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

Yet Demas Turned Aside

Nevertheless, we are told later, Demas deserted the ministry for the world

2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

Demas is never mentioned again.

He renewed his love for the world and repented of what he had left to follow Jesus. Heb 6:6

He evidently had become an apostate (a castaway).

Do Not Try to Soften the Warnings

or reduce them to harmless mysticism

There is no evidence to support explanations that try to soften the warnings of the possibility of leaving the faith of Jesus Christ and becoming lost again will.

Are we those who twist & wrest meanings

Words have meanings and must not be twisted.

1 Corinthians 8:11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

If the “once saved, always saved” doctrine is accurate, why would the Holy Spirit use the word “perish” in this instance?

The word “perish” means “to destroy.”

This cannot be speaking of just physical death.

All men are subject to physical death whether they are saved or lost. This is talking about the second death not the physical death of the body.

Before You Counter an Argument

the word perish is already defined in:

John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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.

In Corinthians perish means perish

The word “perish” means that a person can die spiritually and perish in the lake of fire, which is the second death.

In 1 Corinthians 8:11, Paul is teaching about the danger of a Christian doing something that would cause a weaker Christian to become offended, turn away from the faith of Christ, and therefore, be lost.

When Must Perish Not Mean Perish?

Now, if a person holds to the “once saved, always saved” persuasion, it is not possible to allow the word “perish” to mean “perish.”

There must be an elaborate explanation to make it fit that doctrine; however, if a person holds to the conditional security doctrine then the word “perish” is allowed to stand on its own, and it means “perish.”

The honest, strait-forward explanation,

or interpretation, of this verse and the meaning of the word perish is, quite simply, perish.

Those who are saved and believe in the Biblical doctrine of being faithful to the LORD know this is a warning, they are mindful of the possibility of causing some weak Christian to turn from the faith and be lost.

What about DESTROY:

When Does Destroy Not Mean Destroy?

Romans 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

1 Corinthians 8:12-13 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

The warning is abundantly apparent,

and there is no grounds to change the word “perish” to mean something less than it means.

The word “destroy” further strengthens the message & means exactly destroy.

Paul is not just concerned about a believer’s conscience being wounded, or that he would be hurt.

You sin if you cause the weak brother to offend (sin)

Perish – destroy – sin – offend! These are not metaphors!

He is talking about destruction.

Must there be an in-depth mystical explanation of this word as well in order to preserve the doctrine of eternal security at all costs, or is it possible to just believe what the Bible says?

Change the plain meaning of “fall away”

Calvinists also change the word for “fall away” (apostasy) so it will fit neatly into their doctrine.

They change its meaning to “to fall in one’s way” to signify merely falling away from adherence to the realities and facts of the faith rather than fall from salvation and grace.

This is a telling verse

Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Calvinists try to make this term “fall away” mean something less than turning back away from Christ, turning back to the old ways and the old life, and becoming lost.

Some say this and some say that.

Even their own proponents cannot agree on the meaning of

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

They Are However Adamant

in that they all agree it cannot possibly mean a person who was saved turns back and rejects Christ and so becomes damned in the final judgement.

It is important to face the scriptures

with complete and utter honesty.

If it is possible for a child of God to lose his faith in Christ and turn back to the devil, then it is better to know that and guard against that possibility than to deny it.

One last example is important;

in Romans 11, Paul taught about the position of the Jews and Gentiles in God’s plan of salvation.

He points out that the Jews, except for a remnant, have been broken off because of their unbelief

Broken off Castaway Because of Unbelief

they were believers who became unbelievers

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

a note about hypothetical and literal

the King James Bible helps establish the difference between a spiritual and carnal mysticism

“wast” always literal (Adam wast made of dust)

“wert” always an allegory, metaphor (wert natural/grafted branches in the olive tree)

There Follows This Warning

Then, there is a warning for Gentile Christians not to boast of their position in Christ for they too could be lost because of unbelief

Romans 11:21-22 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

CUT OFF

Well, there it is.

The two little words “cut off.”

What shall be done with these two words?

The warning is to non-Jewish Christians not to become high-minded or proud because they are saved.

They are not to make the same mistake the Jews made, who have been broken off because they lost their faith.

The possibility exists that if the Gentile Christians lose their faith and go into unbelief, they could be “cut off.”

Even the Lord Jesus Said

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Obviously after you believe on him you enter into a conditional relationship.

This is a conditional covenant!

IF THOU CONTINUE!

Even Jesus says “if thou continue.”

Does this not mean that once a person is saved, that person is to “keep in memory,” and “continue” in the faith?

Is this not a type of warning, that warns “not abide in Christ” is to in incur far more than that of the LORD’s loving chastisement for an erring believer?

Consider This Next Scripture

Hebrews 3:12-15 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

The Clear Testimony of Scripture

TAKE HEED

Does this not testify that for a person to choose the world after knowing the wonderful grace of God through Jesus Christ and to make “shipwreck” of their faith will demand the judgment of God, and that person will have fallen away (apostasy) and be “cut off” forever? YES IT DOES!

These words of Scripture mean exactly what they mean!

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 11

Checks to Unconditional Covenants 11

Bias explanation problems

What is not acceptable?

Biased explanation of scriptures just ought not to be acceptable

The problems of biased explanations of Scripture result in the meaning of the word of God being altered and twisted.

The Warnings Serve Purpose¶

There are warnings in Scripture of severe Judgment on anyone who misrepresents the true teaching of God’s Holy Word.

Anyone who misinterprets the Bible to make it fit their own view is in deep trouble.

The Unadulterated Truth

Christians need to seek the unadulterated truth when interpreting the Word of God.

It is sin to try to make the teachings of the Bible fit into a particular man-made teaching/fable

We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Consider This Phrase

From 2 Peter 3:16

“which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest”

The problem is our logic.

We consider a person and form the opinion that they are learned and stable as Christian teachers

BUT It is what they teach of the word of God that makes them unlearned and unstable – it is their doctrine that determines the character/character flaws

There Is No Need to Wrest

you only have to do wrest the Scriptures when you are teaching fables or plain scriptural untruths

(Paul calls mixing true doctrine with the commands/thoughts of men as fables and he warns strongly about teaching fables and believing fables)

When the Bible gives a clear and definite warning

of the possibility of a Christian turning back into the world and being lost, it is wrong to try to change the meaning of that text.

Face the Meaning of Scriptures Honestly

It is important to face every Scripture with an honest attempt to discern the true interpretation of the precious Holy Spirit.

Christians must not interpret the Bible to fit their belief system; rather, the Christian must, through study and prayer, form his belief system from Biblical truth.

To refuse to examine one’s beliefs according to the Bible with anything less than complete honesty is foolhardy (in the KJV sense of the word).

Once in Grace Always in Grace

There is a tendency in the writings and teachings of “once saved, always saved” proponents to minimize verses that obviously do not fit their doctrine and give them an interpretation that changes the honest and straightforward meaning.

Honest Interpretation Is Clearly Seen

These attempts betray their unwillingness to interpret the Bible with complete honesty in regard to the matter of the correct Biblical teaching of conditional security.

Their attempts to reconcile verses that obviously teach conditional security and make them fit into the “once saved, always saved” paradigm is often extreme and, in some instances, ludicrous and often quite deceitful.

There are 2 foundations to properly lay

What “rightly dividing the word of truth” means

What the effect of “here a little there are little line upon line” ends up having.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Just a few examples of such twisting of scriptures

will be given to allow you to judge for yourself the unscriptural interpretations placed on verses by those who teach unconditional security to align the meaning to their teaching.

Slanting the Context

Such writers often attempt to slant even the context to make a certain teaching accommodate their prejudice.

Often, they attempt to give the impression that any interpretation that disagrees with theirs is one of ignorance.

Christians need to base their faith on the honest straightforward teaching of the very Word of God, and not on illustrations.

A Sure Foundation

If a person honestly, diligently, and sincerely bases his faith on all the Bible says about a particular subject, he need not fear being judged a deceiver

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

The Obvious Meaning Is Obscured

There are verses that adherents to the “ once saved, always saved” persuasion cannot interpret with a straightforward and obvious meaning and still be consistent with their doctrine.

Take the book of Hebrews

a plain and simple way of understanding the New Testament is to see that people become of the seed of Abraham through being born-again in the new covenant

That the people of God do not form into National boundaries and kingdoms or sovereign states

The church is manifested in local assemblies

Endeavouring to Keep the Unity of the Spirit

The church, the people of God, are one body, not in an organizational way but in an a framework that crosses national heritage, culture and family divisions.

only one way to become a member of this body whereby God becomes our father and we become brethren.

HOLY BRETHREN

1 Thessalonians 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Let’s consider HOLY BRETHREN

The Hebrew Christians were indeed Christians who were in the same church as the Gentile Christians and there was to be no middle wall of partition between them. The use of the term holy brethren unites them all together as the people of God and so this epistle applies equally to any Christian who names the name of the Lord Jesus Christ whether they be of Jewish or Gentile race.

The Context of the Book Is Not Exclusively Jewish

The book of Hebrews is written to Christians and its warnings are applicable to Christians

There are 5 main warnings in the book of Hebrews

The book teaches conditional security

The telling use of “them” instead of themselves in in Hebrews 6:6 is revealing.

Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

According to Unconditional Covenant Authors

a person who turns away from Christ does not have to fear losing his salvation.

He only has to fear chastisement and knowing that … They are merely Out of Fellowship.

They seem to define eternal life as a gift that is given to the Christian as a possession of his own.

According to this view, once it is given, it becomes the sole possession of the receiver.

According to this logic, a Christian does not have to continue to have faith to continue to be saved.

Apparently God does not require a constant attitude of faith to be saved merely a single act of faith.

Surely, that cannot be correct.

Do they really teach that? But they do, it is in print. It is not taken out of context.

It is what they say. With not one verse to support this statement, they teach once a person is saved he does not have to continue to have faith.

Even if he loses his faith in Christ,

He is still saved. They illustrate this statement with flimsy illustrations like a father having a son and the son is always a son no matter how they behave.

You cannot compare the flesh with the spirit like that – you compare spiritual things with spiritual

This is a preposterous statement.

There is not one verse in the whole Bible that says that. This type of reasoning is outlandish when compared to what the apostle John taught:

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

How about what Jesus said?

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

unfortunately I have witnessed too many people

who believe that because they professed faith in Jesus Christ at some point in their life, it is not necessary to continue to have faith and live faithfully for Christ.

Such folk believe salvation is for anyone

who says that they are saved because they had an act of faith in the past which God honoured.

They mix up the local church and the universal Church

they say you can leave a local church but you can never leave the universal Church

of course I understand that many who profess salvation are not saved, but to infer that people are saved or can remain saved and leave the faith forever and not repent and still be saved is incredible.

The true Biblical teaching

about eternal life is that it comes from God.

It is obtained when a person comes into fellowship with Jesus Christ by accepting Him as his Saviour.

It continues because a person continues in fellowship with the Father and the Son.

Unconditional grace Teachers

insist that a person does not see eternal life as depending on fellowship with the Father and the Son as is taught in John 17:3

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Eternal life or salvation resides in God and comes from God the Father and God the Son.

If that fellowship is completely broken,

as many scriptures state is a possibility, then the person who breaks fellowship with the LORD no longer has eternal life.

That is the teaching of all the scriptures; hence, Jesus said in John 15:1-2

John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

The meaning is clear.

When someone breaks fellowship with Jesus Christ, they are no longer in Christ; and they no longer have eternal life, because eternal life depends on fellowship with the Father and the Son.

The meaning is straightforward.

Jesus made it very clear, and there is no need to muddy the issue with fanciful interpretations and ridiculous explanations.

If you turn back to the world in the ways of the world

God does not merely count you as out of fellowship and your salvation eternally secure

God casts you into hell

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Jesus illustrated His point by comparing

those who permanently turn back with branches cast into a fire.

Jesus used His illustrations to teach truth, not to give a biased view.

This is why “once and grace always in grace”

teachers have to skew the context of the book of Hebrews and by subtle explanations and interpretations, lead people to believe the very warnings that the LORD has placed in the Bible to prove conditional security are, in actuality, proofs for unconditional security.

The context of the book of Hebrews is no more Jewish than the book of Matthew or the book of James. Both have a strong Jewish flavor, but both are Christian books and the truths in them apply to all Christians.

This is why they exemplify

the type of prejudicial logic that “once saved, always saved” theologians are compelled to apply to the warnings in order to slant the Bible toward unconditional security:

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

consider the word THEM

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

In other words

you simply cannot go back to your old ways without dire consequences

what about

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

You simply cannot return to your old ways with impunity

there will be a price to pay and that payment is as severe as the difference between getting hurt accident and losing your life in an accident.

What is so preposterous in the statements

from their teachings, as summarized above, is that they goes so far as to teach that these very warnings are not meant to teach conditional security, but he actually uses them to promote unconditional security.

In other words,

readers are not to understand the obvious meaning of these verses, but are to believe ,in a sort of esoteric- involved explanation, of their rationale.

It is simply absurd to write off the book of Hebrews

as being inconsequential for us Gentile Christians

I first started to deeply study Hebrews using notes from Andrew Murray.

Andrew Murray was a Dutch reform preacher and as such brought up in Geneva logic yet even he had the honesty to correctly interpret the five main warnings of the book of Hebrews is applicable to all Christians

Paul was not (or whoever you may believe the writer to have been) addressing his brethren of the flash he was addressing HOLY BRETHREN IN THE SAME WAY AS HOLY BRETHREN ARE ADDRESSED IN THE BOOK OF THESSALONIANS (WHO WERE GENTILE CHRISTIANS)

It would seem logical. that after a while,

people of the “once in grace” position would tire of denying the plain interpretation of scripture and defending their doctrine by saying,

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

They like to say

“Well, Galatians 5:4 does not mean that if a person, after being saved who then goes back to the law or depends on anything other than the blood of Jesus Christ for righteousness is lost.

How hard it must be for sincere people who love the LORD to constantly say, “In 1 Corinthians 9:27, it doesn’t really mean that Paul was talking about losing his salvation.” Really?

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

I’ve Met This Geneva Logic

on many occasions. Once in Brisbane at a conference I was preaching about the carcasses falling in the wilderness and the whole congregation (it was an open forum style) rose up in indignation that these carcasses were not actual lives lost or the chosen people dead.

The conference was supposed to break for lunch but few left the auditorium and I felt like somebody facing ball after ball with a true and steady bat.

On and on this line of argument could go,

for there’s an overwhelming number of warnings in God’s Holy Bible that warn of the possibility of a person turning back to the world once having been saved and then being lost.

This is just the honest straightforward

teaching of all of scripture.

In my travels I have encountered many people who seem to believe that believing all the Bible teaches about salvation is somehow teaching salvation by works, or not having assurance of salvation, or somehow not being loyal to Jesus Christ.

All these things are wrong.

It is a Christian’s mission to trust the very Word of God, believe it, love it, and live by it.

Christians who are truly born-again are not teaching salvation by works when they just simply believe it is possible for a person who returns to the world (turns completely away from Christ) will not go to Heaven.

That is what the Bible says.

It says it without apology or hesitation, and it declares it over and over.

It says that when a person believes on Jesus Christ he or she is saved

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

The Bible says that when a person

gets saved and is in fellowship with the Father and the Son, he has assurance of his salvation

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.

What does this passage mean?

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Oh! Someone may say,

“That does not mean a person can lose their salvation!” Really?

I have spent most of his life studying the Bible, and I would say that when including the context, that is exactly what it does mean.

Those who compromise the very Word of God

and do not teach it in its entirety and do not teach the clear warnings of scripture will be responsible for the souls they lead astray

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Saved people who are in fellowship

with Jesus Christ do not die in their iniquity.

They are in Christ.

They are in fellowship with the Father and the Son. They live faithfully for the LORD.

Those who completely break fellowship by not abiding in Christ die in their iniquity, and they do not go to Heaven!