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Conditions Too

Some claim the love of God is unconditional. They do not know God nor the scriptures.

In an earlier post we discovered the first condition of Christianity in John 3:16. It is belief.

What are some other conditions? Mark 16:16 tells us that in addition to belief in Christ we must be baptized to be saved!

Let’s look at some other verses to see if we can spot the condition:

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If we want to be a son or daughter of God Almighty, what must we do? The condition is clear. Be separate and touch not the unclean thing.

John 14:21 KJV He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

If we want the Father and son’s love we keep his commandments.

Learning to spot conditions in scripture will help teach you proper discernment and help you in rightly dividing the Word of God.

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Another Word on Covid-19

It seems like everyone has something to say about the new coronavirus. I hear messages on television, radio, and even my cellphone. It seems every company I’ve ever dealt with, plus some, have an email with a comment.

Here’s my comment and some questions from Malachi 4:5-6 KJV: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord : [6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Does this speak of a future event? I believe it does. It could speak of Jesus or it could speak of some other Elijah type, yet to come in the future. But what a monumental task. How do you strengthen the love of a family and prevent a worldwide curse?

Perhaps, perhaps – you make them stay home and spend time together as a family.

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What Lack I?

If I accept Acts 22:16 KJV as the Gospel unto salvation, what lack I?

Only one thing: Remember to keep calling on the name of the Lord throughout your life and during your relationship with Jesus.

Call on Jesus to help you read and understand the Bible

Call on Jesus when you need help to do the right thing.

Call on Jesus when you confess your sins.

Call on Jesus just to give him thanks.

After belief and baptism, all that remains is relationship. If you remember to call upon the name of the Lord and heed is word you will be called, chosen, and faithful.

Romans 10:13 KJV says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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What’s Love

I recently commented on a television preacher, who said there were certain people he didn’t like, couldn’t stand to be around, but that he loved them in the Lord.

Was it just an attempt to sound Christian regarding people he didn’t care for or was it a sincere statement? It seemed to me to be worthy of further thought.

What is love? And what is love in the Lord? The Lord’s love isn’t two-faced. It is sincere. He has instructed us to love our enemies. Shouldn’t it be easier to care for people we dislike?

The thing is, I’m not sure what that looks like in action. I think you can hope someone changes, you can hope someone accepts the Lord unto salvation, you can even be nice to someone who isn’t nice to you.

Does that fall short? What’s love to you?

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Scared Straight

There seems to be a movement to lessen the meaning and strength of all the times in the Holy Bible when it says we are to fear the Lord.

This movement pins its hope on the definition of fear being reverential awe. These doubters would mislead us and seem to think reverential awe doesn’t actually mean to be afraid of or fearful of God. Let’s look at what Jesus has to say on the subject. In Matthew 10:28 KJV Jesus says, And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

In Philippians 2:12 KJV Paul adds … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

There is certainly a place for understanding that God is our Heavenly Father and that perfect love casteth out fear. There is also a place for those of us who understand it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of our living God. Hebrews 10:31.

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A List

Another preacher, same old nonsense. Christianity isn’t a religion. Christianity isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts. Christianity isn’t religion its relationship.

The problem is these teachers don’t even seem to realize they’re lying. Of course Christianity is religion. And if you’re smart enough to discern them, God offers rather critical do’s and don’ts in the Holy Bible, in places like Exodus 20. Why is it key to understand this? Because Christianity is relationship, which is our religion, which is also a list of do’s and don’ts.

Relationship includes things such as baptism, going to Church services, reading the Bible, keeping the law, loving our neighbors, doing good deeds, etc. It isn’t rocket science, Jesus defined the relationship. Now, it’s our part to live it out in our religion.

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A Better Way

I have heard it said by various preachers and teachers that if you were the only person to ever live, Jesus would have died just for you.

Personally, I think this is either an exaggeration of God’s love or an attack on his intelligence, but I could be wrong.

Look at it this way. He didn’t die just for you. Read John 3:16. He died for all those in the world that would believe. Instead of saying he would die millions or billions of times for every single believer, he did it once for all. His love was made manifest in that he died once.

Rather than ask if Jesus would die for just me, I think a better perspective is to ask yourself, if I were the only person on Earth, what could I do so that Jesus wouldn’t need to die?

The answer is to not sin. Don’t get me wrong we need Jesus’ blood. Mark 16:16, 1 John 1:9. If it was just you, though, would you ask your Savior to die for you alone or would you try to live your life so that he didn’t need to die?

. . . go, and sin no more. John 8:11

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Defined by the Naysayers

Recently a preacher on TBN said, it’s not about religion it’s about relationship with Jesus Christ.

What an excellent definition of religion. My religion is my relationship with Jesus Christ.

And yes it comes with rules such as the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. It is full of rules and regulations and love. Love to teach me those rules and regulations. Love to die for me and love to help me live.

For once the naysayers have it right. Build a relationship with Jesus by keeping the Father’s will.

To know the Father’s will read, study, and live it out by the example of the Holy Bible. A.K.A the Word, A.K.A Jesus Christ!

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Duty vs. Works

Many preachers today preach grace and unconditional love over works. The problem is that they often equate following God’s commandments with works. What does the Bible say:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Luke 17:10 KJV
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Remember Jesus said in John 14:15 KJV
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

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