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Oct
18

THE GRACE OF GOD”

“…by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. “ -Ephesians 2:8

CONSIDER AFRESH the often asked question on the above text: “What is referred to by the last phrase, “it is the gift of God?” Does the apostle teach that grace is the gift of God, or does he say it is salvation, or perhaps that faith is the gift of God?

Look first at the word ‘grace.’ Aside from the Apostle James’ reference to a flower’s vanished glory, both ‘grace’ and ‘favor’ in the New Testament King James Version are always a translation of the same Greek word, charis (khar’ece, Strong #5485). Its first definition in Strong’s Greek Lexicon is “graciousness,…of manner or act.” And it is of interest to note that Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary puts as its first definition of grace, “unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification.” So grace is favor, “unmerited favor.”

Salvation by Grace

Grace is, therefore, God’s unmerited favor – His goodness toward those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. The principal manifestation of God’s grace has heen in the form of a gift. We think the apostle meant that salvation is “the gift of God,” or, as emphatically put in the Greek, “of God is it the gift.” Salvation is not our achievement, but it is a gift from God. That truth is made stronger by contrast. It is ‘not of ourselves’ and “not of works.” Salvation is indeed the most extraordinary expression of God’s grace.

Salvation is of divine origin. But it is not anything that God was bound to arrange by the necessity of His nature. It is the result of His gracious will. Had it not been for His good pleasure, salvation would never have come. “By grace are ye saved.” The Greek grammar denotes not the act of being saved, but the fact of having been saved. God’s grace rather than human merit is the source of the whole arrangement. We are saved gratuitously. Salvation is a gift; it is not earned.

Faith

But what about faith? We inquire into this because, other than the clearly stated gift of miraculously-conferred faith (1 Cor. 12:9), some suggest that it is faith which “is the gift of God.” Certainly faith is a received quality. It is among blessings which answer to Paul’s rhetorical question, “what has thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7) But the elements of character which please God, among which is faith, as well as the temporal possessions and necessities held by Jesus’ disciples, are generally attained through conscious effort. They are ‘received’ through our cooperation amidst God’s overruling providences.

Faith, wherever present, exists in the mind, and it is generated by the holy spirit’s influence of light and peace. Faith, in common with every other Christian virtue, exists in the heart that has responded to spiritual influences. Paul wrote that “all [men] have not faith.” (2 Thes. 3:2) That does not suggest, however, that those who have faith received it as “the gift of God” as though an answer to our question. It is one’s own mind and being that believes. It is not possible for God to believe for man, and convey that belief as a gift. The apostle wrote, rather, that “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. “-Rom. 10:17

Paul understood that faith is built and constructed; it grows and enlarges. He encouraged believers to increase in faith: “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” (2 Thes. 1:3) ‘Soundness of faith’ comes through hearing, thinking, learning and trusting, and sometimes by victory following rebuke.-Titus 1:13

Salvation through Faith

Salvation is not of ourselves (as seen foregoing). We are saved by grace. The salvation comes through faith in God’s revealed purpose in His Son who died for all. Nothing aside from faith would enable our receiving of the gift of salvation. We of the human family were justly condemned to death for sin and disobedience. Those who break God’s righteous law have no standing before Him in their own righteousness. Inasmuch as “there is none righteous, no, not one,” all need God’s grace and favor.

None in the human family has a vantage point or place of approach from which to require or demand God’s blessing. God Himself needed to make the first move in the rescue of man. And He did. After the first human pair entered the broad road leading into death, the LORD God made a promise intimating the eventual recovery of mankind from Satan’s influence. And God is specially pleased with those who believe, even though few respond to His promises. Those who do respond to God’s revealed will are greatly blessed. One of those was Noah. The word ‘grace’ is first used in Scripture in regard to him. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Gen. 6:8) The faith of Noah in God’s promises saved him and his family from death in the flood.

But now that Jesus has laid down his human life in sacrifice as an atonement for sin, those who follow on in faith in the steps of their heaven-sent Redeemer receive eternal-life salvation. Such faith makes all things new: those far off are brought nigh, they pass from death to life, from disobedience to sonship, from evil conduct to good works, from fleshly desires to spiritual fellowship, from children of wrath to sitting in the heavenlies. Those improved relationships are described by the Apostle Paul:

‘And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince ofthe power of the air, ofthe spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches in His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh,…were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers in the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. “-Eph. 2:1-13 NASB

The Way of Salvation

Sin, death, and accompanying sorrows have through the ages, as today, prompted many to inquire into God’s saving grace. Our recognition of God’s blessing leads to confession of sins and shortcomings, and true heart belief. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. ” (Acts 16:31) That answer of Paul to the fearful prison keeper is still true. None need fear to put trust in Jesus. He purchased all mankind with His own precious blood. He has received all power in heaven and in earth. Salvation is free to all who trust in Him and continue following on in faith. All devoted believers have authority to speak on behalf of Christ. We say in Christ’s stead to the sincere and honest hearted, “be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20) Our commission is to direct the sin-weary and heavy-laden to the Savior of all men!

Jesus clearly taught that salvation comes through faith. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life.” (John 5:24 NASB) Faith is taking God at His word, as Paul wrote: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. “-Rom. 10:17 NASB

This is truth beyond doubting! We are saved by grace, through faith, through believing the Word of truth. The gospel promises salvation, full and free. God’s loving mercy is the “good news” message to the sin-sick and weary-salvation offered freely to all, without money and without price.-Isa. 55:1-3

A living and active love for God expands with one’s enlarging appreciation of His unmerited favor in the great salvation. “We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) And when we come to love God and our Lord Jesus, we come to love those who are of the same mind. We grow in loving sympathy for our brethren in their fight of faith. And we come to love all mankind, so loved by God as to send His only begotten Son to suffer cruel death, the price of human redemption.

Gifts from God

Jesus was sent to “save his people from their sins. ” (Mat. 1:21) He came to save from death, which is caused by sin. The saved thus have eternal life.  “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He that hath [belief in] the Son hath life; and he that hath not [belief in] the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:11,12) By God’s grace, salvation life is free as a gift through faith.

Again and again Gods gift was affirmed. By Jesus to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” –  John 3 16

Again by Jesus to the woman: “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:14

By Paul to the Corinthians: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable [indescribable NASB] gift.” –  2 Cor 9:15

Again by Paul to the Romans: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  – Rom.6.23

“The Grace of God”

What a nice expression – “the grace of God.” It prompts pleasant and peaceful thoughts about our Father, the great Creator But Paul’s use of “the grace of God” phrase in Titus 2:11 appears to be with a specific purpose There the expression refers to the Savior of mankind. That four word phrase “the grace of God is a synonym for Jesus: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men.”  (RSV) How beautiful!  The sequence of phrases puts in good perspective the reality of His manifestation. He is the gift of God’s grace by which all men may be saved. How wonderful to know it! “The grace of God has appeared!”

Paul wrote a similarly-identifying phrase. Its words are specific too – “the goodness and loving kindness of God.” The context shows that those words refer to Jesus. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared [“God our Savior” – a reference to the Father, of which more to be said later], he [God] saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the holy spirit which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savio.”  (Titus 3:4-6 RSV) “The goodness and loving kindness of God” another synonym for Jesus, a companion  phrase to that in Titus 2:11 –  “the grace of God.”

The Apostle in Hebrews 2:9 attributes salvation from death to God’s grace:  “…we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death… that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” The thought is that Jesus experienced death so that every man who dies need not stay dead for ever. Indeed what grace…from “the God of all grace.” -1 Pet. 5:10

Paul also shows that “the grace of that one man Jesus Christ” in conjunction with or united with “the grace of God” provided the free gift. This in Rom. 5:15,16 (RSV): “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.” The twin thoughts which attach to the words “the free gift” relate as cause and effect. The first thought is of Jesus – given in death as man’s ransom. The second thought is the benefit of that ransom conferred upon all who really believe on Jesus – justification with its accompanying salvation.

“God Our Savior”

It is generally acknowledged by commentators that the words “God our Savior” noted above in “the kindness of God our Savior” refer to God himself, not to His Son Jesus. The same three-word phrase was spoken in prayer by Mary of the almighty God and heavenly Father (Luke 1:46-48), and written by Jude in verse 25 of his epistle, and three times by Paul (Titus 2:10, 3:4, 1 Tim: 1:1, 2:3). Aware that God is the architect and all-wise planner of salvation and its process, they all acknowledge the Father as “God our Savior.” He is the one God Who has been from everlasting and Who shall be unto everlasting, and Who enlisted the faithful service of His beloved Son.

Grace for Grace

Jesus’ disciples perceived that He who walked among them was indeed “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) He always reflected God’s favor. Fellowship with His Father was never interrupted. Being now perfected in the heavenlies, completed by the things which he suffered, having demonstrated faultless obedience despite temptation and accusations of blasphemy, Jesus sends forth of His fulness as His blessing upon believers.

The Apostle John affirmed himself as one of those so greatly blessed.

“For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” – John 1:16,17, NASB

“Grace for grace“(KJV)…just what does that mean? Surely not that the grace of the old covenant is replaced by that of the new administration. Grace interchanging with grace is meant; grace replaced by fuller grace; greater depths to our spiritual relationship and fellowship; greater measures of spiritual understanding, sustenance and strength; continual impressions of received favor, new grace coming upon and superseding that formerly received. This becomes true in our individual experience. Grace is enjoyed in proportion to our growth in appreciation for God’s favor channeled through our Redeemer. And that all comes because of and out of His fulness.

“For out of His fulness (abundance) we all received – all had a share and we were all supplied with – one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped! upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace – unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual bless- ing – and truth came through Jesus Christ. ” – John 1:16,17, Amplified Version

God’s Riches

It is God’s richness in grace which provided the plan for deliverance from disobedience, sin and death. Paul gave that truth prominent place in Ephesians for our close consideration.

‘He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His [God’s] grace. ” – Eph. 1:5-7 NASB

Without God’s grace, death would mean extinction for all members of the condemned intelligent creation. God has freely wrought His grace to our forgiveness and to our inheritance of eternal life. It was all in view from early time. God predestined sonship for all repentant trespassers who will avail themselves of His gracious provision of salvation.

Paul emphasized again to the Ephesians God’s promised riches of grace to the redeemed. “In order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches ofHis grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” – Eph. 2:7 NASB

Paul also used the delightful phrase, “the grace of God” early in Colossians. And again it seems to be another direct reference to Jesus. “You previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel, which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.” – Col. 1:5,6 NASB

There was a time with each of us, as with the Colossians, when we did not know “the grace of God in truth.” They, perhaps as we, may have only heard of Jesus, knowing little about Him, His origin, His purpose, and the hope of the life that centers in Him. But a time came when we did know about God’s great grace. Such was the happy experience of those Colossians. Paul took their minds back to the time – when they heard, knew, and believed as truth the words about “the grace of God.” “In the word of truth, the gospel” … “since the day ye heard, and knew the grace of God in truth.” He mixed, merged and repeated words that pertain to salvation…truth, gospel, the grace of God, hearing. Again Paul intentionally put in focus the important aspects of salvation which are supplied through God’s riches by Christ Jesus our Lord, the living example of divine grace.

Quotations from King James Version except as indicated RSV – Revised Standard Version NASB-New American Standard

Sep
30

Genesis 5:18-32 Lord, help us to walk with You. Sometimes, we wonder, “Where is our life leading us?” That depends, Lord, on who’s doing the leading. Are we being “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14)? or Have we allowed the devil to slip into the place where You alone should be? Lord, lead […]

via Sometimes, we wonder, “Where is our life leading us?” — Learning From God’s Word

Sep
29

what is grace, definition of grace

Question: “What is the definition of grace?”

Answer: The gospel message is the good news of God’s grace, so it is important to know what grace is and to constantly seek to get a better view of what grace does in our lives.

Grace is an essential part of God’s character. Grace is closely related to God’s benevolence, love, and mercy. Grace can be variously defined as “God’s favor toward the unworthy” or “God’s benevolence on the undeserving.” In His grace, God is willing to forgive us and bless us abundantly, in spite of the fact that we don’t deserve to be treated so well or dealt with so generously.

To fully understand grace, we need to consider who we were without Christ and who we become with Christ. We were born in sin (Psalm 51:5), and we were guilty of breaking God’s holy laws (Romans 3:9–20, 23; 1 John 1:8–10). We were enemies of God (Romans 5:6, 10; 8:7; Colossians 1:21), deserving of death (Romans 6:23a). We were unrighteous (Romans 3:10) and without means of justifying ourselves (Romans 3:20). Spiritually, we were destitute, blind, unclean, and dead. Our souls were in peril of everlasting punishment.

But then came grace. God extended His favor to us. Grace is what saves us (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is the essence of the gospel (Acts 20:24). Grace gives us victory over sin (James 4:6). Grace gives us “eternal encouragement and good hope” (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Paul repeatedly identified grace as the basis of his calling as an apostle (Romans 15:15; 1 Corinthians 3:10; Ephesians 3:2, 7). Jesus Christ is the embodiment of grace, coupled with truth (John 1:14).

The Bible repeatedly calls grace a “gift” (e.g., Ephesians 4:7). This is an important analogy because it teaches us some key things about grace:

First, anyone who has ever received a gift understands that a gift is much different from a loan, which requires repayment or return by the recipient. The fact that grace is a gift means that nothing is owed in return.

Second, there is no cost to the person who receives a gift. A gift is free to the recipient, although it is not free to the giver, who bears the expense. The gift of salvation costs us sinners nothing. But the price of such an extravagant gift came at a great cost for our Lord Jesus, who died in our place.

Third, once a gift has been given, ownership of the gift has transferred and it is now ours to keep. There is a permanence in a gift that does not exist with loans or advances. When a gift changes hands, the giver permanently relinquishes all rights to renege or take back the gift in future. God’s grace is ours forever.

Fourth, in the giving of a gift, the giver voluntarily forfeits something he owns, willingly losing what belongs to him so that the recipient will profit from it. The giver becomes poorer so the recipient can become richer. This generous and voluntary exchange from the giver to the recipient is visible in 2 Corinthians 8:9: “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

Finally, the Bible teaches that grace is completely unmerited. The gift and the act of giving have nothing at all to do with our merit or innate quality (Romans 4:4; 11:5–6; 2 Timothy 1:9–10). In fact, the Bible says quite clearly that we don’t deserve God’s salvation. Romans 5:8–10 says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. . . . While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.”

Grace does not stop once we are saved; God is gracious to us for the rest of our lives, working within and upon us. The Bible encourages us with many additional benefits that grace secures for every believer:

• Grace justifies us before a holy God (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:6; Titus 3:7).

• Grace provides us access to God to communicate and fellowship with Him (Ephesians 1:6; Hebrews 4:16).

• Grace wins for us a new relationship of intimacy with God (Exodus 33:17).

• Grace disciplines and trains us to live in a way that honors God (Titus 2:11–14; 2 Corinthians 8:7).

• Grace grants us immeasurable spiritual riches (Proverbs 10:22; Ephesians 2:7).

• Grace helps us in our every need (Hebrews 4:16).

• Grace is the reason behind our every deliverance (Psalm 44:3–8; Hebrews 4:16).

• Grace preserves us and comforts, encourages, and strengthens us (2 Corinthians 13:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17; 2 Timothy 2:1).

Grace is actively and continually working in the lives of God’s people. Paul credited the success of his ministry not to his own substantial labors but to “the grace of God that was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Grace is the ongoing, benevolent act of God working in us, without which we can do nothing (John 15:5). Grace is greater than our sin (Romans 5:20), more abundant than we expect (1 Timothy 1:14), and too wonderful for words (2 Corinthians 9:15).

As the recipients of God’s grace, Christians are to be gracious to others. Grace is given to us to serve others and to exercise our spiritual gifts for the building up of the church (Romans 12:6; Ephesians 3:2, 7; 4:7; 1 Peter 4:10).

Sep
29

What is an heir in the Bible?


 

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Question: “What is an heir in the Bible?”

Answer: The literal meaning of heir is “someone who has been appointed to receive an inheritance.” An heir is a person who receives something of value from a father (see Mark 12:7). The Bible sometimes uses the word heir to describe us as recipients of a gift from God (Galatians 4:7). We are “heirs” of God, and Christ is our “co-heir” (Romans 8:17).

The heirs most often mentioned in the Old Testament were sons, principally the firstborn, born only to legitimate wives, not concubines. A firstborn son held the birthright, which means he was heir to a larger portion than what his brothers received (Deuteronomy 21:17; Genesis 2:10). There are a few instances when a younger son became the chief heir (1 Kings 1:13; Genesis 25:23). The patriarch of the family—or God Himself, in the case of Jacob and Esau—had the right to choose the chief heir and could set aside the normal rights of the firstborn. For example, Jacob gave Reuben’s birthright to Joseph’s sons because of Reuben’s sin (1 Chronicles 5:1). An heir could receive his inheritance as a lump-sum payment during his father’s lifetime in lieu of waiting until his father’s death (see Luke 15:12). Daughters only became heirs if they had no brothers, and only if they married within their own tribe (Numbers 27:8; 36:6).

The New Testament portrays Jesus Christ as God’s “firstborn” Son (Hebrews 1:6, see Psalm 89:27); that is, Jesus holds the “birthright” and is the heir of all the Father has (Hebrew 1:2). God has given Christ all of creation as a gift, because all was created for Him (Colossians 1:16; John 3:35). The inheritance that Christ receives includes believers, those whom the Father has given to the Son (John 6:37).

Believers are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Meaning, believers have been given the privilege of sharing Christ’s inheritance. As adopted sons of God, Christians are treated as firstborn heirs (Hebrews 12:23). Our inheritance includes salvation (Hebrews 1:14), eternal life (1 Peter 1:4), and even a measure of the throne of Christ (Revelation 3:21).

The heirs of God’s promises receive their inheritance through faith: “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith” (Romans 4:13; Galatians 3:6). The promise given to Abraham concerning his “offspring” (Genesis 22:17–18) was a promise of Jesus the Messiah (Galatians 3:16). So an heir of God is someone who, through faith, receives Christ, who fulfilled the Abrahamic promise of being a blessing to all nations (Galatians 3:29; Revelation 21:24–27). To all who believe is given the Holy Spirit as “a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:14).

Recommended Resource: A Godward Life by John Piper

Sep
29

 

New Testament Promises

There are 750 promises in the New Testament, but only 250 separate benefits due to the fact that many of the promises are repeated in different books. Some are not in the form of a promise, but the truths they contain make the basis of our claims for gospel benefits, so they are listed as promises. Generally, verses are listed with the book wherein the promise is found first.

Promises in Matthew:

  1. Salvation from sin (MATTHEW 1:21)
  2. Spirit baptism (MATTHEW 3:11; MARK 1:8; LUKE 3:16; LUKE 24:49; JOHN 1:33; JOHN 7:37-39; ACTS 1:5,8; ACTS 2:17-21,38-39; ACTS 11:16; GALATIANS 3:14)
  3. Life by the Word (MATTHEW 4:4; LUKE 4:4)
  4. Protection by angels (MATTHEW 4:6; LUKE 4:10-11; HEBREWS 1:14)
  5. Soul-winning power (MATTHEW 4:19; MARK 1:17)
  6. Kingdom of heaven (MATTHEW 5:3,10; MATTHEW 7:21; MATTHEW 8:11; MATTHEW 19:14; MATTHEW 25:34; MARK 10:14; LUKE 6:20; LUKE 12:32; LUKE 13:29; LUKE 18:16; JAMES 2:5)
  7. Comfort (MATTHEW 5:4; LUKE 6:21; 2 CORINTHIANS 1:4,7; 2 CORINTHIANS 7:6)
  8. Earth as an inheritance (MATTHEW 5:5)
  9. Filling of righteousness (MATTHEW 5:6)
  10. Mercy (MATTHEW 5:7; LUKE 1:50; JAMES 5:11)
  11. A visible God (MATTHEW 5:8; REVELATION 22:4)
  12. Sonship (MATTHEW 5:9,45; LUKE 6:35; JOHN 1:12; ROMANS 8:14,16; GALATIANS 3:7-9,26; HEBREWS 3:6; 1 JOHN 3:2,10)
  13. Blessing for persecution (MATTHEW 5:11)
  14. Great rewards (MATTHEW 5:12; MATTHEW 6:4,6,18; MATTHEW 10:42; MARK 9:41; LUKE 6:23,35; LUKE 14:14; JOHN 4:36; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:8-15; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58; EPHESIANS 6:8; COLOSSIANS 3:24; HEBREWS 10:35; JAMES 1:25)
  15. Greatness (MATTHEW 5:19; MATTHEW 18:4; LUKE 9:48)
  16. Forgiveness of sins (MATTHEW 6:14; MATTHEW 12:31; MATTHEW 18:35; MARK 11:25-26; LUKE 5:24; ACTS 10:43; ACTS 13:38-39; ACTS 26:18; ROMANS 3:25; ROMANS 4:7-8; EPHESIANS 1:7; COLOSSIANS 1:14; 1 JOHN 1:9; 1 JOHN 2:12)
  17. Necessities of life (MATTHEW 6:30,33; LUKE 11:9-13; 12:31)
  18. Answers to all prayers (MATTHEW 7:7-11; MATTHEW 17:20; MATTHEW 18:19; MATTHEW 21:21-22; MARK 9:23; MARK 11:22-24; LUKE 11:1-13; LUKE 18:1-8; JOHN 14:12-14; JOHN 15:7,16; JOHN 16:23-26; ROMANS 8:32; HEBREWS 11:6; JAMES 1:6; 1 PETER 3:12; 1 JOHN 3:20-22; 1 JOHN 5:14-15)
  19. All good things (MATTHEW 7:11)
  20. Punishment in hell for rebels (MATTHEW 7:22-23; MATTHEW 8:11-12; MATTHEW 13:41-42,49-50; MATTHEW 25:41,46; MARK 9:42-48; LUKE 3:17; LUKE 12:46; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:17; 1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10; JAMES 2:13; 2 PETER 2:12-13; REVELATION 14:9-11; REVELATION 20:10-15; REVELATION 21:8; REVELATION 22:15; cp. ISAIAH 66:22-24)
  21. Physical healing (MATTHEW 8:17; MATTHEW 9:29; MATTHEW 13:15; MATTHEW 17:20; MATTHEW 21:21-22; MARK 9:23; MARK 11:22-24; MARK 16:15-20; LUKE 4:18; JOHN 14:12; ACTS 28:27; ROMANS 8:11; JAMES 5:14-16; 1 PETER 2:24)
  22. Answers to prayer according to faith (MATTHEW 9:29; HEBREWS 11:6; JAMES 1:5-8)
  23. Degrees of punishment in hell (MATTHEW 10:15; MATTHEW 11:22,24; MATTHEW 12:41-42; MATTHEW 23:14)
  24. Inspiration (MATTHEW 10:19; LUKE 12:12)
  25. Final salvation at the end of a life of sowing to the Spirit (MATTHEW 10:22; MATTHEW 24:13; MARK 13:13; ROMANS 6:16-23; ROMANS 8:23-25; GALATIANS 6:7-8; 1 PETER 1:5,9,13)
  26. Second coming of Christ (MATTHEW 10:23; MATTHEW 16:27; MATTHEW 23:39; MATTHEW 24:27-31; MATTHEW 25:31-46; MATTHEW 26:54; MARK 13:24-27; MARK 14:62; LUKE 21:27-28; ACTS 1:11; ACTS 3:20-21; ROMANS 11:26; 2 THESSALONIANS 1:7-10; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:8-12; TITUS 2:13; HEBREWS 9:28; HEBREWS 10:37)
  27. Exposure of all secrets (MATTHEW 10:26; MARK 4:22; LUKE 12:3; ROMANS 2:12-16)
  28. Providence of God (MATTHEW 10:29-31; LUKE 12:6,24,28; ROMANS 8:28-30; 1 PETER 5:7)
  29. Divine recognition (MATTHEW 10:32; LUKE 12:8; REVELATION 2:5)
  30. Divine denial (MATTHEW 10:33; MARK 8:38; LUKE 9:26; LUKE 12:9)
  31. Life or death (MATTHEW 10:39; MATTHEW 16:25; MARK 8:35; LUKE 9:24; JOHN 12:25)
  32. Prophet’s reward (MATTHEW 10:41)
  33. Righteous man’s reward (MATTHEW 10:41)
  34. Soul rest (MATTHEW 11:28-30; HEBREWS 4:9)
  35. Only one unpardonable sin (MATTHEW 12:32; MARK 3:29; LUKE 12:10)
  36. Judgment of minutest details (MATTHEW 12:36-37; MATTHEW 15:13; MARK 9:49; ROMANS 2:16)
  37. Increased or decreased blessings (MATTHEW 13:12; MATTHEW 25:29; MARK 4:24-25; LUKE 8:18; LUKE 19:26)
  38. Conversion upon obedience (MATTHEW 13:15; ACTS 3:19; JAMES 5:19-20)
  39. Exaltation of righteous (MATTHEW 13:43)
  40. Separation of good and bad (MATTHEW 13:41-43,49-50)
  41. Building of a church (MATTHEW 16:18)
  42. A victorious church (MATTHEW 16:18)
  43. Power to bind and loose (MATTHEW 16:19; MATTHEW 18:18; JOHN 14:12; JOHN 20:23)
  44. Rewards according to works (MATTHEW 16:27; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-15; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10)
  45. Unlimited power (MATTHEW 17:20; MATTHEW 18:18; MARK 9:23; MARK 11:22-24; MARK 16:15-20; LUKE 10:19; LUKE 17:6; LUKE 24:49; JOHN 14:12; ACTS 1:8)
  46. Reception of Christ (MATTHEW 18:5; LUKE 9:48)
  47. Salvation of the lost (MATTHEW 18:11; LUKE 5:32; JOHN 5:25; JOHN 10:9; REVELATION 22:17)
  48. Divine presence now (MATTHEW 18:20; MATTHEW 20:23) and hereafter (REVELATION 7:15; REVELATION 21:3-7)
  49. Material blessings (MATTHEW 19:29; MARK 10:30; LUKE 18:30; MATTHEW 21:21-22)
  50. Eternal life (MATTHEW 19:29; MARK 10:30; LUKE 18:29-30; JOHN 3:15-16,36; JOHN 4:14; JOHN 5:24; JOHN 6:27, note: JOHN 6:47,50,58; JOHN 8:51; JOHN 10:27-29; JOHN 20:31; ROMANS 2:7; ROMANS 6:22-23; TITUS 1:2; 1 JOHN 2:25; 1 JOHN 5:11-12)
  51. Exaltation through humility (MATTHEW 19:30; MATTHEW 20:16; MATTHEW 23:12; MARK 10:31; LUKE 13:30; LUKE 14:11; LUKE 18:14; JAMES 4:10; 1 PETER 5:6)
  52. A ransom (MATTHEW 20:28; MARK 10:45; 1 TIMOTHY 2:6)
  53. No marriages among resurrected people (MATTHEW 22:30; MARK 12:25; LUKE 20:35)
  54. God’s Word unchangeable (MATTHEW 24:35; MARK 13:31; LUKE 21:33; 1 PETER 1:25)
  55. Rulership for saints (MATTHEW 25:21,23; 1 CORINTHIANS 6:2-3; 2 TIMOTHY 2:12; REVELATION 5:10)
  56. Atonement (MATTHEW 26:28; LUKE 22:19-20; JOHN 1:29; ROMANS 3:25; ROMANS 5:11; EPHESIANS 1:7)
  57. Food for the next life (MATTHEW 26:29; MARK 14:25; LUKE 22:16,18,30; REVELATION 2:7,17; REVELATION 7:11-17; REVELATION 19:7-10)

Promises in Mark:

  1. Reaping what is sown (MARK 4:24; LUKE 6:38; GALATIANS 6:7-8)
  2. Persecution (MARK 10:30)
  3. Signs of the gospel (MARK 16:15-20)

Promises in Luke:

  1. An eternal kingdom to Christ and His saints (LUKE 1:32-33; LUKE 12:32; REVELATION 5:10; REVELATION 11:15; REVELATION 22:4-5)
  2. Deliverance from enemies (LUKE 1:74)
  3. Peace (LUKE 1:79; JOHN 14:27; JOHN 16:33)
  4. Joy (LUKE 2:10-11; 1 PETER 4:13-14)
  5. Universal salvation (LUKE 3:6; ACTS 10:35; ACTS 13:26,47; ACTS 15:17; ACTS 28:28; ROMANS 1:16; ROMANS 10:9-13; GALATIANS 3:22)
  6. Now is the acceptable time (LUKE 4:18-19; 2 CORINTHIANS 6:2)
  7. Preservation (LUKE 9:56; LUKE 21:18)
  8. Personal responsibility (LUKE 12:48)
  9. Immortality of body (LUKE 20:36; ROMANS 2:7; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:42-54; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8)
  10. Wisdom (LUKE 21:15; JAMES 1:5)
  11. Rapture of all saints (LUKE 21:36; JOHN 14:1-3; JOHN 16:16; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:23,51-58; EPHESIANS 5:27; PHILIPPIANS 3:21; COLOSSIANS 3:4; 1 THESSALONIANS 3:13; 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-17; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:9-10,23; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:7; JAMES 5:7; 1 JOHN 3:2)

Promises in John:

  1. Freedom from condemnation (JOHN 3:16-18; ROMANS 8:1; HEBREWS 9:13-15)
  2. A state of no hunger or thirst (JOHN 4:14; JOHN 6:35)
  3. The resurrection of all people (JOHN 5:28-29; JOHN 6:40,44,54; JOHN 14:19; ACTS 24:15; 1 CORINTHIANS 6:14; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:20-58; 2 CORINTHIANS 4:14; REVELATION 20:11-15)
  4. Assurance (JOHN 6:37; PHILIPPIANS 1:6; 2 TIMOTHY 1:12; 2 TIMOTHY 2:11-13; HEBREWS 6:1-20; 1 PETER 1:5,9,13)
  5. An indwelling Christ (JOHN 6:56-57; JOHN 14:23; ROMANS 8:10; COLOSSIANS 1:27)
  6. Knowledge (JOHN 7:17; JOHN 14:20,26; 1 CORINTHIANS 1:30; 2 CORINTHIANS 2:12; 2 CORINTHIANS 12:8-11)
  7. Light of life (JOHN 8:12)
  8. Freedom (JOHN 8:32,36)
  9. Honour (JOHN 12:26; ROMANS 2:8-10)
  10. Universal dealing (JOHN 12:32)
  11. Mansions (JOHN 14:1-3)
  12. Greater works (JOHN 14:12)
  13. Love of God (JOHN 14:21)
  14. Manifestation of God (JOHN 14:21)
  15. Abiding Presence (JOHN 14:23; JOHN 15:10; PHILIPPIANS 4:9)
  16. Purging (JOHN 15:2)
  17. Fruitfulness (JOHN 15:5; 2 PETER 1:8)
  18. The Holy Spirit in a measure (JOHN 16:7-13; ROMANS 8:14-16) and in all fullness (LUKE 11:13; LUKE 24:49; JOHN 7:37-39; JOHN 14:12-18,26; JOHN 15:26; ACTS 1:8; ACTS 2:16-21,38-39; ACTS 5:32)
  19. Guidance (JOHN 16:13-15)

Promises in Acts:

  1. Justification (ACTS 13:38-39; ROMANS 2:13; ROMANS 3:24-28; ROMANS 4:25; ROMANS 5:1-2; ROMANS 8:33; GALATIANS 2:16; GALATIANS 3:24)
  2. Restoration of Israel (ACTS 15:16-17; ROMANS 11:25-29; MATTHEW 24:31; MARK 13:27)
  3. Nearness of God (ACTS 17:27; EPHESIANS 2:13; JAMES 4:8)
  4. Edification (ACTS 20:32)
  5. An eternal inheritance (ACTS 26:18; 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9; 1 PETER 1:4; REVELATION 21:7)
  6. Deliverance (ACTS 26:18; ROMANS 8:21)

Promises in Romans:

  1. Goodness of God (ROMANS 2:4; ROMANS 11:22)
  2. Justice (ROMANS 2:6,12-16; ROMANS 8:33; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-15; 1 CORINTHIANS 4:5; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:31)
  3. Indignation and wrath (ROMANS 2:8-9)
  4. Glory and honour (ROMANS 2:10; ROMANS 8:18)
  5. Impartiality of God (ROMANS 2:11)
  6. Righteousness (ROMANS 3:22; ROMANS 4:5,16,24; ROMANS 5:19; 1 CORINTHIANS 1:30)
  7. Salvation by grace through faith, not of works (ROMANS 3:24-31; EPHESIANS 2:8-9; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:13; TITUS 2:11-12)
  8. God for all people (ROMANS 3:29-30)
  9. Salvation from wrath (ROMANS 5:9-10)
  10. Victory (ROMANS 5:17; ROMANS 8:4,13; ROMANS 8:37; 2 CORINTHIANS 2:14; 1 JOHN 5:4)
  11. Abundant grace (ROMANS 5:20-21)
  12. Newness of life (ROMANS 6:5-8)
  13. A spiritual mind (ROMANS 8:6)
  14. Restoration of creation (ROMANS 8:21; EPHESIANS 1:10,12; REVELATION 21:3-7; REVELATION 22:3)
  15. Divine help (ROMANS 8:26-27,31,34; ROMANS 14:4; 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13)
  16. A short work of God (ROMANS 9:28)
  17. Salvation of Gentiles (ROMANS 9:25-26; ROMANS 11:11-12; ROMANS 15:21)
  18. Salvation of Israel (ROMANS 9:27; ROMANS 11:23-36; HEBREWS 8:10-12; HEBREWS 10:17)
  19. Boldness (not ashamed of Christ, ROMANS 9:33; ROMANS 10:11; 1 PETER 2:6)
  20. End of law in Christ (ROMANS 10:4)
  21. Word near all people (ROMANS 10:8)
  22. Simplicity of salvation (ROMANS 10:9-10; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:2; 1 JOHN 1:9; 2 THESSALONIANS 2:13)
  23. Faith (ROMANS 10:17; 1 CORINTHIANS 12:9)
  24. Holiness (ROMANS 11:16; EPHESIANS 1:4; EPHESIANS 5:27; COLOSSIANS 1:22; cp. HEBREWS 12:14)
  25. God unchangeable (ROMANS 11:29)
  26. God’s vengeance (ROMANS 12:19)
  27. Blessing or cursing (ROMANS 13:2-3)
  28. Joy, righteousness, and peace in the Holy Spirit (ROMANS 14:17)
  29. Coming Messiah to reign (ROMANS 15:12)
  30. Satan’s defeat (ROMANS 16:20; cp. REVELATION 12:7-12; REVELATION 20:1-10)

Promises in 1 Corinthians:

  1. Confirmation (1 CORINTHIANS 1:8)
  2. God to be faithful (1 CORINTHIANS 1:9; 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:24; 2 THESSALONIANS 3:3; HEBREWS 10:23; HEBREWS 13:5)
  3. Christ to be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 CORINTHIANS 1:30)
  4. Unlimited blessings (1 CORINTHIANS 3:21-23; EPHESIANS 1:3)
  5. Judgeship of saints (1 CORINTHIANS 6:2-3)
  6. 9 spiritual gifts (1 CORINTHIANS 12:8-11)
  7. Baptism in one body (1 CORINTHIANS 12:13)
  8. Eternal love (1 CORINTHIANS 13:8)
  9. Perfection (1 CORINTHIANS 13:10; 1 PETER 5:10)
  10. We shall know as known (1 CORINTHIANS 13:12; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-54)
  11. Putting down of rebellion on earth (1 CORINTHIANS 15:24-28; EPHESIANS 1:10; REVELATION 21-22)
  12. Destruction of death (1 CORINTHIANS 15:26)

Promises in 2 Corinthians:

  1. All promises true (2 CORINTHIANS 1:20)
  2. Removal of blindness when the heart turns to God (2 CORINTHIANS 3:16)
  3. Liberty (2 CORINTHIANS 3:17; GALATIANS 5:13)
  4. Transformation (2 CORINTHIANS 3:18)
  5. Constant physical degeneration and spiritual renewal (2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-17)
  6. New creation work (2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-18; EPHESIANS 4:24; HEBREWS 8:10-12)
  7. Divine fellowship (2 CORINTHIANS 6:16; HEBREWS 8:10; JAMES 4:8; 1 JOHN 1:7; REVELATION 3:20)
  8. Divine reception (2 CORINTHIANS 6:17)
  9. Divine Fatherhood (2 CORINTHIANS 6:18; MATTHEW 7:11; LUKE 11:13; HEBREWS 12:5-10)
  10. Riches (2 CORINTHIANS 8:9)
  11. Bountiful reaping (2 CORINTHIANS 9:6)
  12. All sufficiency (2 CORINTHIANS 9:8)
  13. Eternal righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 9:9)
  14. Increased righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 9:10)
  15. Enrichment in all things (2 CORINTHIANS 9:11)
  16. Spiritual weapons (2 CORINTHIANS 10:4-5; EPHESIANS 6:10-18)
  17. Perfect strength (2 CORINTHIANS 12:9)
  18. Life by God’s power (2 CORINTHIANS 13:4)

Promises in Galatians:

  1. Deliverance from the present evil world (GALATIANS 1:4)
  2. Abraham’s blessing (GALATIANS 3:14)
  3. Heirship (GALATIANS 3:29; ROMANS 8:17; TITUS 3:7)
  4. Adoption as sons (GALATIANS 4:5-7,31; EPHESIANS 1:5)
  5. Eternal death for sin (GALATIANS 5:21)

Promises in Ephesians:

  1. Redemption (EPHESIANS 1:7,14; COLOSSIANS 1:14; TITUS 2:14; HEBREWS 2:9-15; HEBREWS 9:11-15)
  2. Restitution of all things (EPHESIANS 1:10; ACTS 3:21; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:24-28; REVELATION 21)
  3. Boldness and access to God (EPHESIANS 2:18; EPHESIANS 3:12; HEBREWS 4:14-16; HEBREWS 10:19-23)
  4. Heavenly citizenship (EPHESIANS 2:19; PHILIPPIANS 3:20)
  5. God’s infinite power (EPHESIANS 3:20)
  6. Sealing (EPHESIANS 4:30; EPHESIANS 1:13; JOHN 6:27; ROMANS 4:11; 2 CORINTHIANS 1:22)
  7. Sanctification (EPHESIANS 5:26; HEBREWS 10:10)
  8. Long life (EPHESIANS 6:3)

Promises in Philippians and Timothy:

  1. Peace shall keep you (PHILIPPIANS 4:7)
  2. Needs supplied (PHILIPPIANS 4:19)
  3. God’s will to save all people (1 TIMOTHY 2:4; 2 PETER 3:9; REVELATION 22:17)
  4. Profit in godliness (1 TIMOTHY 4:8)
  5. Power, love, and a sound mind (2 TIMOTHY 1:7)
  6. Honour and usefulness (2 TIMOTHY 2:21)
  7. Crown of righteousness (2 TIMOTHY 4:8)

Promises in Hebrews:

  1. Angel ministers (HEBREWS 1:14)
  2. Help in temptation (HEBREWS 2:18)
  3. Partaking of Christ (HEBREWS 3:14)
  4. A high priest (HEBREWS 4:14-16; HEBREWS 6:20)
  5. Uttermost salvation (HEBREWS 7:25)
  6. A better covenant (HEBREWS 8:8-12; HEBREWS 10:16-17)
  7. A new covenant (HEBREWS 8:8-12; HEBREWS 10:16-17)
  8. Personal representation (HEBREWS 9:24)
  9. Eternal substance (HEBREWS 10:34)
  10. Holy City (HEBREWS 11:10-16; HEBREWS 13:14)
  11. A better thing (HEBREWS 11:40)
  12. Disciple (HEBREWS 12:6,11; REVELATION 3:19)
  13. Jesus to be the same (HEBREWS 13:8)

Promises in James:

  1. God to be the same (JAMES 1:17)
  2. Liberal answers to prayer (JAMES 1:5-6; HEBREWS 11:6; MATTHEW 21:21-22)
  3. Crown of life (JAMES 1:12; REVELATION 2:10)
  4. Grace (JAMES 4:6; 1 PETER 1:13; 1 PETER 5:5)
  5. Satan to flee when resisted (JAMES 4:7; 1 PETER 5:8-9)
  6. God to have pity on sufferers (JAMES 5:11)

Promises in 1 Peter and 2 Peter:

  1. New birth (1 PETER 1:23; 1 JOHN 5:1)
  2. Crown of glory (1 PETER 5:4)
  3. All things (2 PETER 1:3)
  4. Great promises (2 PETER 1:4)
  5. The divine nature (2 PETER 1:4)
  6. Escape from the corruption of the world (2 PETER 1:4)
  7. Security (2 PETER 1:10)
  8. Abundant entrance into the kingdom of God (2 PETER 1:11)
  9. New Heaven and New Earth (2 PETER 3:13; REVELATION 21-22)

Promises in 1 John and 2 John:

  1. Cleansing from sin (1 JOHN 1:7,9)
  2. An advocate with God (1 JOHN 2:1-2)
  3. Boldness in judgment (1 JOHN 4:17)
  4. Witness of sonship (1 JOHN 5:10-11)
  5. Renewed life (1 JOHN 5:16; JAMES 5:19-20; GALATIANS 4:19; GALATIANS 6:1)
  6. Eternal truth (2 JOHN 2)
  7. Both God and Christ (2 JOHN 9)

Promises in Revelation:

  1. Blessing by reading (REVELATION 1:3)
  2. The tree of life (REVELATION 2:7; REVELATION 22:2)
  3. Escape from hell (REVELATION 2:11)
  4. A white stone (REVELATION 2:17)
  5. A new name (REVELATION 2:17)
  6. Power to rule nations (REVELATION 2:26-27; REVELATION 3:21; REVELATION 5:9-10; REVELATION 22:4-5)
  7. The morning star (REVELATION 2:28)
  8. White robes (REVELATION 3:4-5; REVELATION 7:9; REVELATION 19:8)
  9. Name retained in the Book of Life (REVELATION 3:5; cp. EXODUS 32:32; PSALM 69:25-28)
  10. A place in God’s temple (REVELATION 3:12)
  11. The name of God (REVELATION 3:12)
  12. The name of God’s city (REVELATION 3:12)
  13. Christ’s new name (REVELATION 3:12)
  14. The descent of the Holy City to earth (REVELATION 3:12; REVELATION 21:2,9-10)
  15. Eternal supply (REVELATION 7:16)
  16. No more heat (REVELATION 7:16)
  17. Divine shepherding (REVELATION 7:17)
  18. No more tears (REVELATION 7:17; REVELATION 21:4)
  19. Defeat of all earthly kingdoms (REVELATION 11:15; REVELATION 19:11-21; REVELATION 20:1-10)
  20. Rest from hard labour (REVELATION 14:13)
  21. Works will be manifest (REVELATION 14:13)
  22. Kingship and priesthood (REVELATION 20:4-6; REVELATION 1:5-6; REVELATION 5:10; REVELATION 22:4-5)
  23. God’s tabernacle with human beings (REVELATION 21:3)
  24. No more death (REVELATION 21:4)
  25. No more sorrow (REVELATION 21:4)
  26. No more pain (REVELATION 21:4)
  27. All things new (REVELATION 21:5)
  28. Water of life (REVELATION 21:6; REVELATION 22:17)
  29. Eternal nations to be saved and multiply forever (REVELATION 21:24-27; REVELATION 11:15; REVELATION 22:4-5)
  30. Eternal healing (REVELATION 22:2)
  31. No more curse (REVELATION 22:3)
  32. A right to the tree of life (REVELATION 22:14)
  33. A right to enter the Holy City (REVELATION 22:14; cp. REVELATION 21:8; REVELATION 22:15)
  34. Plagues of Revelation upon rebels (REVELATION 22:18-19)
  35. Names of rebels blotted out of the Book of Life (REVELATION 22:19; cp. REVELATION 3:5; EXODUS 32:32; PSALM 69:25-29)
  36. Rebels lose their right to the Holy City (REVELATION 22:19)
  37. Rebels will be denied the blessings of Revelation (REVELATION 22:19)
  38. Soon return of Jesus Christ to fulfill all the above promises (REVELATION
Sep
29

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”[d] So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”[e] 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”[f] 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”[g] 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[h] 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit

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Sep
29

LAST DAYS OF CIVILIZATON ON EARTH

Last Days

What does the Bible say about the last days?

Non-Christians find it hard to believe we are living in the last days of earth’s history. It’s in the Bible, II Peter 3:3-4, TLB. “First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of, and laugh at the truth. This will be their line of argument: ‘So Jesus promised to come back, did He? Then where is He? He’ll never come! Why, as far back as anyone can remember everything has remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation.'”

The coming of the Antichrist is a sign of the end. It’s in the Bible, I John 2:18, TLB. “Dear children, this world’s last hour has come. You have heard about the Antichrist who is coming—the one who is against Christ—and already many such persons have appeared. This makes us all the more certain that the end of the world is near.”

Did Jesus say when the end would come? It’s in the Bible, Matthew 24:14, NIV. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Men posing as Jesus will try to deceive people in the last days. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 24:23-24, NIV. “At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”

There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 24:29-30, NIV. “Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”

What moral conditions will be characteristic of society in the last days? It’s in the Bible, II Timothy 3:1-5, NIV. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

An increase in knowledge and travel is a sign of the last days. It’s in the Bible, Daniel 12:4, TLB. “But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased!”

What other signs of the last days does the Bible mention? It’s in the Bible, Luke 21:25-26, NIV. “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Talk of peace and safety are a sign of the last days. It’s in the Bible, I Thessalonians 5:2-3, NIV. “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

What are people to do when they see these things taking place? It’s in the Bible, Matthew 24:42-44, TLB. “So be prepared, for you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Just as a man can prevent trouble from thieves by keeping watch for them, so you can avoid trouble by always being ready for My unannounced return.”

Sep
28

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.   KARMA?

Sep
28

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. a
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins

Sep
28

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Sep
28

In past years? Whenever we  seen someone who claimed to be A Christian?

KARMA slapped me up against the face today!!  AMEN

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Learning From God's Word

Bible Readings Notes, Sermons And Theological Articles

The Bottom of a Bottle

Trust me, I've been there, I've looked, I've searched and I know now, that there are no answers to be found in the bottom of a bottle or on the edge of a blade! Fighting Hard, Recovering, Rebuilding, REBORN. Moving on from addiction to a new life.

Pray With Me For Others

Woman Of Purpose

Katzenworld

Welcome to the world of cats!

Decoding Happyness

Because Happ'y'ness depends on 'Y'ou ! Let's decode the little things that bring happiness amidst this life full of care :)

1001 Scribbles

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