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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 1

The Doctrine of Salvation is the last in this doctrinal study. Let me make a statement of faith by this study–I believe that Repentance towards God, and Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary, is the only ground for salvation from sin – “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) I pray that this study will accomplish God’s perfect will wherever He sends it.

Introduction:

“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 hear him;” (Hebrews 2:3)

Salvation is great! It is the most wonderful gift a person can ever receive from God. This doctrine is a study of that great salvation.

The believer is to put on the “helmet of salvation” as part of his armor against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:17). The helmet protects the head (mind) from doubts. Very few believers ever amount to anything until they understand so great salvation and the security that we have in it.

Salvation means “to deliver and salvage.” Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (2 Corinthians 1:10).

The “finished work” means that Jesus Christ bore our sins in His body on the tree – 1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus died for our sins, paying the penalty – Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He was buried and rose again, physically, from the grave 3 days and 3 nights later – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Jesus said, “It is finished” before dying on the cross (John 19:30). He was the final physical sacrifice that was ever needed to satisfy the wrath and anger of a Holy God against sinners. Jesus satisfied the just demands of a Holy God that sin be paid for by the death and the blood of a perfect sacrifice. God is satisfied forever – thus Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Never again does a sacrifice for sin need to be given, for God considers the believer in Jesus Christ to be “perfected forever” by the work of Christ, on Calvary’s cross, once for all. Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Jesus – Part 7

IV. Christ fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament, showing that He is the Messiah.

Old Testament – New Testament Prophecy Fulfillment:

Genesis 22:18 – Seed of Abraham – John 11:51, 52

Psalm 72:10 – Wise men offered him gifts – Matthew 2:2, 11

Hosea 11:1 – Called out of Egypt – Matthew 2:13-15

Malachi 3:1 – Preceded by a forerunner – Luke 1:17

Isaiah 9:1, 2 – Ministry commenced in Galilee – Matthew 4:12, 16, 23

Zechariah 9:9 – Public entry into Jerusalem – Luke 4:16, 18

Isaiah 53:2 – Not highly esteemed – Mark 6:3; Luke 9:58

Isaiah 35:5, 6 – Worked miracles – Matthew 11:4-6

Isaiah 53:9 – Without guile – 1 Peter 2:22

Psalm 69:9 – Suffered Reproach – Romans 15:3

Psalm 69:8 – Rejected by His brethren – John 1:11; 7:3, 5

Isaiah 49:7 – Despised of man – John 15:24, 25

Psalm 118:22 – Rejected by Jewish rulers – Matthew 21:42

Psalm 41:9 – Betrayed by a friend – John 13:18-21

Psalm 109:2 – Deceitful witnesses at His trial – Mark 14:56-59

Zechariah 11:12 – Sold for 30 pieces of silver – Matthew 26:15

Isaiah 53:7 – Called the Lamb of God – John 1:29

Zechariah 11:13 – His price given for a potter’s field – Matthew 27:3, 7

Micah 5:1 – Smitten on the cheek – Matthew 27:30

Isaiah 50:6 – Spit upon and scourged – Mark 14:65

Psalm 22:16 – Nailed to a tree – John 19:18; 20:25

Zechariah 12:10 – Pierced in His side – John 19:34

Psalm 69:21 – Gall and vinegar given Him – Matthew 27:34

Psalm 14, 15 – Intense suffering – Luke 22:42

Isaiah 53:4-6, 12 – Suffered for our sins – Matthew 20:28

Isaiah 53:7 – Silent while suffering – Matthew 26:63; 27:12, 14

Psalm 22:18 – Garments parted and lots cast – Matthew 27:35

Isaiah 53:12 – Interceded for His enemies – Luke 23:34

Isaiah 53:13 – Would be cut off (killed) – Matthew 27:50

Psalm 34:20 – Not a bone would be broken – John 19:33, 36

Zechariah 12:10 – Pierced – John 19:34, 37

Isaiah 53:9 – Buried with the rich – Matthew 27:57-60

Psalm 16:10 – His flesh would see no corruption – Acts 2:31

Psalm 16:10 – He arose from the dead – Luke 24:6, 31, 34

Psalm 68:18 – His ascension – Luke 24:51

Zechariah 6:13 – Our Heavenly Priest – Romans 8:34

Psalm 110:1 – Sitting on the right hand of the Father – Hebrews 1:3

These are only a few of many prophecies; yet the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled them all! He is VERY Christ!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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Theology – The Doctrine of God-Part 1

Introduction:

The word “theology” comes from 2 Greek words: “theos,” meaning “God,” and “logos,” meaning “word” or “doctrine.” Thus “theology” is the teaching, doctrine, or study of God.

In a broad sense, the word “theology” means the entire study of Bible doctrine, the study of the Creator and His creation. In a more narrow sense it refers to the study of the doctrine of God, His attributes and works. It is in the latter sense that we will study Theology: God, His nature, and His attributes.

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English: Title page of The Holy Bible, King James version, 1772. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I. The Existence of God

A. It is assumed – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) God never argues His existence. He expects us to accept the fact that He exists. He simply states His existence in His Word. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

B. Acknowledgments of God’s existence – It cannot be proven there is no God. To prove there is no God, one would have to go to every corner of the universe and look under every rock to show that He is not there. Man does not have the capability of doing this, and never will. We can believe there is a God because of :

1. The Word of God – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the world of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

We must accept by faith that God has given us His Word. Without it we would not know how to be saved nor how to have fellowship with Him. Apart from God’s revelation, man drifts along on a meaningless existence without purpose or goals.

2. Intuition – It is natural for man to believe that there is a God. The abnormal mind is the only one that cannot accept the fact of God’s existence. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1a) William Evans once said, “All the evidence points to the conclusive fact that this universal faith in the existence of God is innate in man and comes from rational intuition.”

3. Tradition – It has been the common characteristic of peoples throughout history to believe there is a God and a life after death. History proves that man is a religious creature. After a detailed study of some of the remote tribes of Africa, David Livingstone concluded that all people have a conception of God which they have passed on from generation to generation.

It is not uncommon for missionaries to go to people who have never been reached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to see those people worshiping a Supreme Being of some sort.

4. Reason – By looking all around us, it seems obvious that Someone with intelligence created, ordered, and organized this marvelous universe. Everything exists in perfect order. “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:” (Romans 1:20)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)

“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4)

Reason tells us that such perfect design demands a Designer. God has assisted man’s reason by showing Himself to man in His general revelation. God’s works are seen in nature.

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English: Candlestick – Nature series – “Pâte de Verre” – Daum – Nancy France (12cm) Français : Bougeoir – série Nature – “Pâte de Verre” – Daum – Nancy France (12cm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Nature –  “And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 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.” (Acts 14:15-17)

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

6. His Son – God revealed Himself to reasonable men by a special revelation. He came to this world in the form of a baby. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16)

The best ways God could show Himself to mankind are: 1. Show Himself, and 2. Write it down (the safest form of communication imaginable!). This is what the Lord has done. He has revealed Himself to this earth (as a human being in the form of Jesus Christ) and he has left man with a written record (the Bible).

Man is without excuse. “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:” (Romans 1:20)

 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Eschatology

 

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