THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD OF GOD!

(HEBREWS 4:12) “THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE, SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD, PIERCING TO THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND THE SPIRIT, OF JOINTS AND OF MARROW, AND DISCERNING THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.”

(JESUS SAID IN JOHN 17:17):  “SANCTIFY THEM IN THE TRUTH, YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.”

(1 PETER 1:22-25) “HAVING PURIFIED YOUR SOULS BY YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THE TRUTH FOR A SINCERE BROTHERLY LOVE, LOVE ONE ANOTHER EARNESTLY FROM A PURE HEART, SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN, NOT OF PERISHABLE SEED, BUT OF IMPERISHABLE, THROUGH THE LIVING AND ABIDING WORD OF GOD;  FOR ‘ALL FLESH IS GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWERS OF GRASS.  THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD REMAINS FOREVER.”

AND THIS WORD IS THE GOOD NEWS THAT WAS PREACHED TO YOU (capital letters and italics are mine for emphases).”

I’m faced with a dilemma.  My dilemma is this.  I’m a Bible Christian, born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, as He is revealed by the Holy Spirit in Holy Scripture.  Herein lies my dilemma: I have family and friends in various churches, both Catholic and Protestant, who are caught in the mire of works oriented “Christianity.”  In other words, they believe that they are either saved entirely by works, or must add works to the sacrifice the Lord Jesus made for our salvation on Calvary.  Over the years I’ve been hesitant to witness to them in a definitive way, for fear of hurting their feelings.  How foolish I’ve been, to think that bruised feelings are equal to souls lost eternally; or, to put it another way, “What does it  profit a man  to gain the whole world, and to lose his own soul (Mark 8:36).”  My thinking was, in fact, this: “Bill, don’t hurt the feelings of those you love most in this world!  Even though it means losing all association with them for eternity.”  However, God has convicted me of my foolishness; and, now I realize, it’s better perhaps that they should hate me now, for a while, than for us to be separated for eternity.  You may say, “Who are you to think that you are right, and we are wrong?”  But, I don’t think I’m right and you’re wrong.  In fact, I would know nothing about the True and Living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, if it were not for His Holy Word.  I speak as I do, because He has spoken to me through His Holy Word, and has given me faith to believe Him.  God alone is right!  Read His Word!  Pray for enlightenment and guidance.  

Jesus prays to His Father, and our’s in John 17:17:  “Sanctify them (Set them apart) by thy truth, thy word is truth.”  In that prayer, He prays for Himself; for His disciples then; and for those of us who will believe in Him through their Word (The Bible.)  

Come to Him today!  Cast yourself by faith into the Everlasting Arms of the Lord Jesus Christ!  He alone, can and will save you by His “Amazing Grace!”  

From one who has decided to fear only God, and not to keep on fearing men,

Bill

 

THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD OF GOD!

JESUS CHRIST, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

“FOR OUR SAKE HE (GOD THE FATHER) MADE HIM (GOD THE SON) TO BE SIN WHO KNEW NO SIN, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21.”

Jesus Christ is proved to be righteous by the truth that He knew no sin.  Consequently, the grave could not hold Him.  Think of that!  Read Romans the fourth chapter.  In it, Abraham was declared to be righteous, because the righteousness of Jesus Christ was imputed to him.  So it is with God’s children today!  We are justified by the sinless life, the vicarious death, and the glorious and miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ.  “He saves us, not by works of righteousness which we have done; but, according to his mercy he saves us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).”

Not by sacraments; not by oft repeated words of penitence; not by confessing sins to another human being; not by anything conferred on us by a mere man, nothing but the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ!  On Calvary His precious blood flowed freely to cover us for the propitiation of our sins; and, only His blood, administered by the power of God’s Holy Spirit can save us from the power of sin and death!  There is no other way!  The work of Jesus Christ that secured salvation for all who believe, does not require subsequent effort by men to be made perfect!  If that were so, then God would not be God!  He would not be, as He is in fact, the Sovereign, Almighty, Alpha and Omega of all things!

If you have been taught that Jesus Christ  is anything less than He is in Truth, cast that erroneous thinking and teaching away, and come to the Christ of Scripture today!  Call on His Name as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:13; Acts 4:12), and be saved!

For the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His glorious Gospel of love and grace,

Bill Biza

 

 

JESUS CHRIST, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS