What Is the Bible In Its Essence?

01 Mar 2015

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We may not often think of the word essence in relation to the Bible, but the Word of God does have a particular essence. If we want to grow in Christ, it’s critical for us to know what that essence is.

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The Grace of God

25 Feb 2015

1 Corinthians 15:10—“But by the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace unto me did not turn out to be in vain, but, on the contrary, I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I but the grace of God which is with me.”

Note 2 on not I says: “Not I but the grace of God equals no longer I…but…Christ in Gal. 2:20. The grace that motivated the apostle and operated in him was not some matter or some thing but a living person, the resurrected Christ, the embodiment of God the Father who became the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit, who dwelt in the apostle as his everything.”

Cross-reference “a” on grace directs us to these verses:

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Can You Lose Your Salvation? [with video]

23 Feb 2015

Can a Christian lose their salvation? Having the security of salvation is critical to our growth as Christians, yet many of us are plagued with the fear that we will somehow lose our salvation. Maybe we think God will someday change His mind about us and cause us to be “un-saved.” Or maybe we fear that if we disobey the Lord, our failure will cause us to lose our salvation. Whether from God’s side or our side, we just don’t know how secure our salvation really is.

But one of the first things we should be clear about after we believe in Jesus Christ is that our salvation is eternally secure. We have an eternal salvation. We cannot lose it, and it can never be taken away. How can we know this? Seven proofs in the Scriptures confirm this fact.

The video below briefly covers these proofs from the Scriptures and shows how definite the Bible is: once you are saved, you are always saved, and you cannot lose your salvation.

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A Life Wholly Centered on Christ

18 Feb 2015

“As people who have been born of God and have Christ living within them, all Christians must be brought by the Lord’s mercy to the point where they are no longer wholly caught up in studying about Christ, doing something for Christ, or even serving Christ, but rather are in the reality of touching and experiencing Him in a living way day by day. Romans 5:10 testifies, ‘For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life.’ This ‘much more’ must be more of Christ. A Christian’s initial salvation experience is indeed wonderful. He is now one who has been born of God, but ‘much more’ he is to be saved by the life of Christ. Every person who knows Christ as his Savior can and must be brought into this experience of ‘much more,’ which is entering into the fullness and reality of a life wholly centered on Christ—experiencing, touching, and enjoying Him moment by moment.”

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Does God Have a Plan?

15 Feb 2015

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When we’re little children, many times we play with our toys in a random way, exploring as we learn. But we have no grand scheme or purpose to our play. We simply make it up as we go.

But can you imagine God doing something like that? Would the God who is wise, loving, and eternal create the universe without a purpose? Could He create human beings without a purpose?

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God’s Masterpiece

11 Feb 2015

Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand in order that we would walk in them.”

Note 1 on masterpiece: “The Greek word, poiema, means something that has been made, a handiwork, or something that has been written or composed as a poem. Not only a poetic writing may be considered a poem, but also any work of art that expresses the maker’s wisdom and design. We, the church, the masterpiece of God’s work, are a poem expressing God’s infinite wisdom and divine design.

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The Bible’s Source—God or Man?

08 Feb 2015

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Where did the Bible come from? Are its words simply religious lore, written down by people over the centuries? Are they the product of the thoughts and imaginations of men? Or is the Bible the inspired Word of God? Did God write the Bible? Or did men?

Since our faith is based on this book, it’s crucial for us as Christians to know the source of the Bible.

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God’s Full Salvation for Us

04 Feb 2015

“After regeneration, a believer needs to be baptized (Mark 16:16). Then God begins the lifelong process of gradually spreading Himself as life from the believer’s spirit into his soul (Eph. 3:17). This process, called transformation (Rom. 12:2), requires human cooperation (Phil. 2:12). The believer cooperates by allowing the Lord to spread into his soul until all his desires, thoughts, and decisions become one with those of Christ. Finally, at Christ’s return, God will fully saturate the believer’s body with His life. This is called glorification (Phil. 3:21). Thus, instead of being empty and damaged in each part, this man is filled and saturated with the life of God. This is God’s full salvation! Such a man now expresses God, fulfilling God’s plan!”

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Is Jesus in Your Boat

01 Feb 2015

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Whether we’re unsaved, newly saved, or have been Christians for a long time, we all have the same basic need—Jesus. We may need to receive Him for the first time, or we may need to receive Him into a particular situation. In this gospel post, we’ll see how we can invite Jesus into our turbulent life.

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Christ Making His Home in Our Hearts

28 Jan 2015

Ephesians 3:17a—“That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.”

Note 1 on home in your hearts says: “Our heart is composed of all the parts of our soul—mind, emotion, and will—plus our conscience, the main part of our spirit. These parts are the inward parts of our being. Through regeneration Christ came into our spirit (2 Timothy 4:22). After this, we should allow Him to spread into every part of our heart. Since our heart is the totality of all our inward parts and the center of our inward being, when Christ makes His home in our heart, He controls our entire inward being and supplies and strengthens every inward part with Himself.”

Cross-reference “a” on home in your hearts directs us to this verse:

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