Sunday, January 22, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  1 (7 of 7)
EXPLANATIONS AND CAUSES
He who endures to the end shall be saved (Matt. 10:22), not he who walks with the Lord for a while then returns to a sinful lifestyle (choke the word, Mark 4:19, Luke 8:14).  Salvation is what we receive at the end of our days (1 Peter 1:5); saving faith in the present is the "down payment", "earnest money" (Eph 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:22, 5:5), for the promise of salvation.  When we take back the "deposit", God takes back the "promise" and blots our name out of the book of life.  Revelation 3:5, this is one reference, which states blotting out our name can happen.  This one scripture among others (Exodus 32:32-33, Rev 22:19) makes the "once saved always saved" and “eternal security” doctrine incorrect theology, which in itself has only been around about five hundred years, a doctrine the Apostles never taught.
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As long as we are maintaining a "saving faith" walk with God, God's promise of the salvation of our soul in our last day is "secure". If we commit a sin, that does not destroy our "saving faith", for if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ (1 John 2:4).  Bare in mine the scripture says "IF ANY MAN SIN", implying that sin is not to be our common practice. I stated earlier that "saving faith" compels us to obey God (Romans 3:31), without "saving faith" we will continue in habitual sinfulness, and only have a "religious experience" with an unchanged sinful nature, then at the end of our life receive the judgment of eternal damnation, not eternal life, [patient continuance in well doing...Romans 2:7].
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The reference in Exodus 32:32-33 is believed, because of the Hebrew meaning of the word, to imply that the Old Testament's use of the book of life (book of the living) is in reference to those presently living, while in the New Testament the meaning is in reference to eternity.  If the name were removed God would send immediate judgment on the individual or individuals, those in the Old Testament.  When God said to Moses ...whosoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book, the Hebrew meaning of the word "sinned" means: habitual sin.  So more correctly... whosoever sins against me habitually, him will I blot out of my book.
Obviously, whatever the use of the wording, whether Old or New Testament, those who sin habitually will be blotted out of the Book of Life. Those who have given their heart to Christ do not fall into the category of the habitual sinner.  For though we may commit sin, yielding to the desire of the sinful nature in our flesh, it is not in our "new nature," placed in the inner man to sin habitually.  A "Backslider", the person who forsakes the Lord and returns to their old lifestyle, falls into the category of "the habitual sinner", as well as the person who has never given their heart to Christ.  The backslider does not fall into the category of "He that overcomes", and "He that endures to the end" (Matthews 10:22). Therefore the backslider's name will be blotted out of the book of life. Yet, all of their remaining days, God will work with them in an effort to restore them to Him self, and reestablish His favor in their life.
Jesus said there are those who will stand in the Judgment, saying did we not cast out devils in your name…?   The Lord said, depart from me you workers of iniquity I never knew you [Matthew 7:23, Luke 13:27].  For years I questioned that statement, for it made those who have the gifts of the Holy Spirit appear to be unaccepted by God.  The Lord showed me that what caused them to be rejected was those deeds were past tense in their lives, for they at one time did obey Him and have an intimate relationship with Him, so He could use them to do great wonders for His glory, but sometime before their death they had stopped obeying Him and being intimate with Him, they were backslidden.  Therefore when they said that bold statement to Him, He said I do not know you.  They were cast out of His presence. They were in a backslidden condition, and their name was not in the Book of Life.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:15
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In the Old Testament, God asked the children of Israel, if a man turns to serve Him, then turns back, will his righteousness be remember?  The answer of God was, No it will not (Ezekiel 33:11-19).  If I were to forsake the Lord (backslide), all of the treasure I have stored up in heaven will be lost, and I will fall under the same judgment of God against those who have rejected Him all of the days of their life.  My name would be blotted out of the Book of Life and I will spend eternity in hell instead of in His presence.  For both Old and New testaments speak of our name can be "blotted out".   A person who professes to be a Christian can justify their sin all they want, it is a device of the Enemy to keep them trapped, unusable, and of very little value to God, then in the last day of their life, when they enter eternity and stand before God, He may say "depart from me, you worker of iniquity I never knew you," rather than "enter thou into the joy of the Lord thou good and faithful servant."
"Not everyone is meant to have the gift of the Holy Spirit" (God's power and gifts), is a lie of the Enemy to keep a "Christian" powerless against him and trapped in a sinful pattern of living, and with this behavior a fearful looking of fiery indignation that will devour God's adversaries.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  Hebrews 10:26-27
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.      Hebrews 4:1
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.  James 5:19-20
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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Water baptism, RCC mormons JW salvation (1 cor 3), trinity, three baptisms, Erano, Angel of the Lord, denial that Satan and demons exist,

Another past week of numerous topics of discussion, to keep the editorial as short as possible I can only highlight as few of them. The three baptisms the Bible teaches about and a verse that says “one baptism” was confused to mean there is only one not three; the obvious problem is the context for “one baptism” was a reference to only one of the three, which is the New Birth. Without the New Birth first, water baptism has no significance, and the Acts 2 Baptism will not be given. The New Birth is require to receive eternal life, but not to the neglect of water baptism to complete the fullness of God’s Plan of Salvation. A question was asked about John the Baptists baptism if anyone did that before him, and the answer is no, John let us know his was specifically give to him by God to do. What follows are two comments related to water baptism and John’s:
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FD … Without understanding the ...purpose... for water baptism, you have come to a false conclusion. Immersion in water has the same purpose in the New Covenant as it did in the Old Covenant and why John the Baptist did it. John was approached about "purification" in John 3:25 and Peter explained the purpose in 1 Peter 3:21; when the Greek is use to define what both references mean is when the reason God "requires" water baptism is understood. The Apostles never converted someone without baptizing them in water next.
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Contrary to John Bowen's conclusion John 3:3-6 is not talking about water baptism, Jesus defines this in v6. God “uses” WATER baptism to cleanse the soul from the "guilt" of sin and "heals" the soul from the damage sin caused. The BLOOD of Jesus "atones" (forgives) and "cleanses from sin." Jesus' Blood and water baptism has TWO different functions and purposes in God's Plan of Salvation. The Act 2 Baptism has a different purpose, and Jesus defined this in John 14 thru 16 and Acts 1:8 and Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. 
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VP … Water baptism or cleansing was a Torah law requirement under certain circumstances. What I have read declares John's baptism unto repentance was not practiced before John did it, unique to him, and based on John 1:33, 3:23-30 God led John to do it, and Jesus commanded that it continue. Acts 19:3 called the baptism "John's baptism."
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Another subject was if Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and Catholics will receive eternal life since particular doctrines and theologies they embrace have anti-biblical errors. Having checked what the JW and Mormons teach about repentance from sin and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savoir I found that they teach it like Catholics and Christians do; therefore based on how I understand 1 Corinthians 3 the answer is Yes, IF not all at least Some will. What follows is the response posted:
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MS … 1 Corinthians chapter 3 lets us know any erroneous doctrine and theology built on “Jesus as our Foundation for Truth,” those that believe those errors do have a chance of receiving eternal life, but like Valerie wrote “God is the Judge” who of those in the Errors will receive it; therefore YES there is a CHANCE that those deceived by JW, Mormon, and Catholic ERROR… “Could Possibly” … be among the Redeemed. Nonetheless, it behooves those who know the eisegesis errors to encourage those in them to escape those errors, which is why the Ministry of Apologetics exists (Jude 3).
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The Deity of Jesus and the Angel of the Lord were discussed; which I will not post any responses here. A discussion with a person who embraced what a man name Erano promoted as he being the second coming of Jesus and claiming Jesus was crucified because Jesus sinned, and like all cults twisting biblical teaching to fit the deception that the false cult promoted provided for a lengthy discussion. It had been a number of years since I first encountered someone who embraced Erano’s lie, but because of the past encounter the person was not my first.
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An individual who fell prey to the lie that Satan and demons do not exist, and obviously had to twist or ignore what Jesus said and did about them to imply Jesus knew it was only psychological myth. Our discussion did not end with him agree with me that Satan and demons do exist. Another person wanted to blame the RCC for a myth concept that Satan and demons do exist, but there is historical proof that person’s source information is as much in error as he. Conversations I have had it the past want to blame the concept of a Satan on the Babylonian Captivity as a pagan concept the Israelis adopted.
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It was then that I found out Satan is a Hebrew word translated “adversary” in Numbers 22, when an angel of Lord drew a sword to kill Balaam was prevented. I shared then that Moses knew Satan existed therefore it is easy to conclude if anything, the Babylonians learned about Satan from the Israelis not the other way around. Aside from this since Jesus said Satan and demons exists it does not matter who first mentioned the existence of them. Since God has used me to cast out demons like He used Jesus, no one will convince me Satan and demons do not exist.
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Samuel    1/22/2017   God Deep in your relationship with God, not shallow.