Friday, February 10, 2017

THE FIVE FOUNDATIONS of the REFORMATION" Harold Harker, & Signs of the Times Feb, 2017,

My many thanks to both the author and publisher. (john B)

Harold Harker examines the basic teachings of Martin Luther that led to the Protestant Reformation--- a movement that quickly spread across Europe and into the New World.

   This 2107 year marks the 500th anniversary of the outbreak of the great Reformation. In this article, the first in a series spanning a year, we will look at what underpinned this massive historical, political and religious upheaval The Reformation changed the map of Europe, shifting power from the ruling religious establishment and liberating millions in both faith and politics..
   Despite the massive upheaval that resulted, it was built entirely on one small word and its variations. Of course many more words foll;owed, but this one word is the foundation of them all. That word is the Latin  SOLA, which means "alone", or "only". Interestingly, it is the common word of five cryptic and defining beliefs of the Reformation and the Reformers.
    The five foundations of the Reformation highlighted it five distinct and defining points of difference and belief. Although these foundations are never used together as a creed, each was held as a basic and specific belief of Reformation Doctrine:

SOLA SCRIPTURA:  "BY SCRIPTURE ALONE" meaning that the Bible is the ONLY source for and of Spiritual Authority:

SOLUS CHRISTUS.. "by Christ alone", meaning that there is Salvation through no other:

SOLA FIDE--- "By faith alone", which was perhaps the theme of the Reformation:

SALO GRATIA-- "ny Grace alone," meaning that Salvation is a gift, never earned:

SOLI DEO GLORIA-- " by giving glory to God alone" and not to any other person or thing:

    Where did these five foundations come from? Why were they so important to the Reformation? Are they still relevant today?


    THE BIBLE, is the only authority in matters of religion for all Christians! People, regardless of their so-called by men, ecclesiastical statues, nor their edicts, nor their decisions of their eminent counsels cannot abolish, nor change the plain statements of the Holy Bible, because IT is The Word of God!

NOTE(JB) No matter how old a tradition of men, happens to be, age never made anything of man holy! To hold traditions of men as holy is apostasy, plain, pure and simple!   Paul, writing to the young minister Timothy, said ....
    2 Timothy 3:16-17  "All scripture is given by inspiration  {breathed] of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Note(JB) the Greek word here is THEOPNEUSTOS [ they -op'- nyoo- stos] Divinely breathed.

   The Reformation's reformers were exceptionally clear on this point. As Martin Luther said in his great defense at Worms when he as asked to recant {take back his words}  he said,
      "If I can not be proved wrong by the words from Scripture or by some other clear reason--- for I do not believe in the pope or in the councils alone, since they have been shown often to err and to contradict themselves, then I am bound by those passages from Scripture that I myself have quoted. As long as my conscience is bound by the word of God, I cannot and will not recant, because going against conscience is unsafe and threatens salvation."

   Just as Paul commended the believers at Berea for their study of the Bible to prove the new Christian doctrines being presented to them...
      Acts 17:10-11  "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

NOTE(JB) Other than the Word of God, the Holy Bible what is there in writing that leads us to salvation> The many words of men, and men alone, when this could have a dream caused by a sour pickle?
   We, those whom believe and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, have never taken anything other than the Holy Bible and books that shine upon it!


    On  a hot and sultry day in the year of 1505, the young law student named Martin Luther, trudged along a rutted road leading to the German village of Stotterheim. Suddenly , without warning, the sky became overcast, a gusty wind whipped through the trees, and a torrential rain unleashed its fury on the lonely traveler. Peals of thunder rocked the country side, and a bolt of lightening dropped from the black clouds, seeding Luther reeling'
    Terrified by the thought that he been hit by lightning, and struck down by the Almighty
God, Luther cried out load to his patron saint: Saint Anne, help help me! I will become a monk"!  Neither Luther's enraged father, nor the persuasive arguments of his friends could change his mind, and two weeks later he entered the monastery of the Augustinian Order of Hermits, to become a monk
     There he was taught to be afraid of god and the so-called "demons that surrounded him". As his sense of sin and guilt deepened, he zealously set about to rid himself of sin and to save his soul by his own good works.
    He shrank from no good deed, whether it was physical pain or mental stress in his quest for God's approval. Later he said: "I was was a good monk...if ever a monk got to heaven by his mockery it was I... if I had kept on any longer to I should have killed myself with my vigils, reading and other work."
     But despite his rigorous efforts to satisfy what he thought was an angry god, Luther never felt that the ledger was balanced. The harder he tried, the more sinful he felt. Inner peace and tranquility eluded him. He felt that he could not do enough to merit god's forgiveness and favor.
   Luther finally concluded that if forgiveness rested on his own behavior and his won good works, he was a lost man.
   He then turned to the church, which promised forgiveness through indulgences, penances,and gifts. When the Augustinian monasteries selected him to head a delegation to Rome in 1510, Luther was overjoyed! No city on earth had so many holy relics or spiritual indulgences. He grasped the change to earn the merit he so desperately needed and secure the peace for which he longed.
   "In Rome I was frantic, he said, "I ran through all of the churches and catacombs...I celebrated several masses.. and almost regretted that my father and mother were still living, for I would have liked to redeem them from purgatory with my masses and other good works and prayers."

NOTE(JB) WOW! Purgatory is word not found in God's Word, but only in the words of men! Plus redeem his parents??? Then why is Jesus Christ called The Redeemer"? If we can do this by our selves?   Cont;
    Luther was determined to earn {EARN?} all the merits he could while in Rome, on of the things he did was to climb Pilate's staircase on his hands and knees-- something they still do today, repeating the lord's Prayer at each of the 28 steps and kissing each one as they climb.

     Matthew 6:7 " But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

NOTE(JB) Is the repetitions of one prayer said over and over again 28 times, one for each step not as vain repetitions????

     Cont;   Yet even as he was climbing the stairs, a disturbing thought kept coming back to hem: Was this a valid means of forgiveness? Could a person earn salvation by climbing this staircase? At the top of the stairs Luther heard a voice like thunder that seemed to say to him "The just shall  live by faith."  This was the beginning of Luther's dramatic change in his theology of salvation. This nagging doubt accompanied Luther back to the monastery in Germany, where he searched the Bible as never before, determined to find the answer to his question: "How is a person saved"? To his amazement, as he studied God's Word, Luther found no evidence of trying harder, or of winning merit to make one righteous. Rather, he found the good news that salvation is free!  As he studied the Book of Romans, Luther found the text that would forever quiet his troubled mind: "The just shall live by faith

    Romans 1:17 " For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith"
    .Habakkuk 2:4 " Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."

NOTE(JB) Can you not see, that Biblical Illiteracy is the greatest problem for, and causing the deceptions, with the believers of the doctrines of men? This is not taught by Jesus!


    Christ, Jesus is at the center of our belief and doctrines of the Holy Bible, for all believers! When Jesus walked and talked with His two disciples on the way to Emmaus following His death and resurrection, He referred them to the Hebrew Old Testament. Then He showed them how all the writings, including the prophecies, pointed to Himself. This is good council for us today. If any church fails to uphold Christ as its center and object of devotions, it can not be counted as Christian!
    The apostle Peter, when brought before the Sanhedrin {Temple leadership}, declared of Christ that "salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (ACTS 4:12} Jesus Himself said, "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself " {John 12:32} Only in Jesus do we have salvation. He is our authority, He is is, as the Bible states, our "all in all" {Colossians 3:11]


   Faith-- fide---is the means by which we receive salvation. We, none of us, can be saved by what we do!Our Salvation is IN Jesus Christ alone!I n Him we have faith in Hi m we believe!......

NOTE(JB) Many believe and are so taught, that all sins were forgiven at the Cross, and YES but that was CORPORATELY!, only, we EACH, must go to Jesus in prayer, with repentant heart and humbly ask for forgiveness for our every sin! Think of His act on the Cross as as Jesus taking all the wealth of the universe and putting it in a BANK. He then says in the word, That He'll pay the price in full. Now think of our sins as our debts in Credit cards, car payments, mortgage payments, all our debts, BUT WE EACH must go to His bank and requests a loan of His bank of righteousness, then HE'll cover us with His robe!

...... No action on our part can  deal with our sin and our sinful state, other than in prayer, as mentioned before. The Reformers probably used this SOLA  more than any other."Saved by faith" and saved by: " believing in the sacrifice of Jesus as ONE"S Personal Savior"
      Romans 1:17 " For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.''

    Therefore, instead of seeking forgiveness by such works as prayers, vigils, scourging, {whipping one's self] ,  and climbing stairs, on hands and knees & kissing each step, while repeating the lord's prayer at each step> Luther took the simple step of believing, and having faith in God's Word!
    Luther preached a great deal about how faith alone can save human beings. So when a Roman delegate, named John Tetzel, a Dominican Monk, arrived in Germany and began to sell church-endorsed INDULGENCES, for the forgiveness of people's sins, even those whom are dead, and in PURGATORY {a word not found in Scriptures of God} Luther was incensed. Tetzel was sent to raise money by the archbishop of Mainz to raise money for the construction of saint Peter's Basilica in Rome through the sales of these indulgences, the purchase of forgiveness for sins past, present or the future!

NOTE(JB) Tetzel is on record for shouting this, as his "Sales- Pitch"  "Every time a coin drops into this box, and other soul flies to heaven"  Sorry but heaven's not for sale at any price!It was this type of deceptions, that made Rome the richest corporation ,or entity, on earth, yet today!

   Luther saw that a a huge church led- hook-winking action against the people, by Rome's shamelessly exploiting the people, held captive, if-Five Theses on his church's door!
    Now what was truth then, is still truth today! Salvation is The Father's gift to those who accept His son gift of His life and blood in place of our own payment of our sin penalties.It is this TRUST this belief in Jesus that is called "FAITH"!


    By Grace----GRATIA--- we are saved. Regardless of the life we have lived, be it good or bad, we all stand condemned before God as sinners, except for His Grace, The Father extends that to us through His Son Jesus Christ. ......

Note(JB), this is the why Mary, has no place in this beyond being His EARTHLY Mother! Anything about Mary beyond the Bible is but "Traditions" of men!
      Mark 7:13 " Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye..    Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

....... We have NO MERIT, no human does, that we can present to God to compensate for our sins, [Jesus did that for us on the cross, JB] Nor can we claim the merits of others who may have lived a good life, no matter how elevated their works are made by men since, Saints ans sinner alike must accept Christ's merits, individually!
     As Paul wrote:  Ephesians 2:8-9  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

  It was the Reformation that found these lost passages, hidden by men. God, The Father has provided everything we need for our salvation, and it's found in the person of Jesus Christ! We just need to accept it, the reformers brought this to focus, elevating it to where it can neither be ignored nor refuted!


   The final SOLA  SUMMARIZES THEM ALL: DEI GLORIA--- His Word, His son, His Gift, and His Grace. If we believe this and accept His Gracious offer in faith and trust Him to believer on His promises, we have salvation. Paul summarized it thus:
     Romans 11:36  "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."

So how does mankind demonstrate his faith?
    1 Corinthians 10:31-32  "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:"

These five foundations have been kept hidden by darkness for centuries, behind ignorance,, myth, and human traditions,, and the passing of the last 500 years since then, has not changed their meaning!

NOTE(JB) The Ten Commandments are both The Father' God's glory and character, which are the two greatest reasons why man CAN NOT change them! For they are written in Stone for eternal permanence! No matter how many books are printed under the name Catechism for converts! Truth is truth and it is eternal! {if it's not then its not truth! right?" }

Next: "What the Holy Spirit can do for you!"
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Thursday, December 29, 2016


I thank the author, and The AUTHOR of The Word, and Pacific Press Pub. pp 213--215 ( John B)

  1) For what purpose did God gather the Israelites at Mt.Sinai?
      Nehemiah 9:13-14  "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:  And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"

2) Which Commandment was singled out for a special mention among the Laws which wrote to all?
     Nehemiah 9:14 " And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"

NOTE (JB):  The words   ...." Sabbath" is used 61 Times in the O.T. & 56 times in the N.T.
                     ...... My Holy Day used 3 times in O.T & 56 times in the N.T.
                   ....... Sign used 46 times in the O.T. &   25 times in the N.T.
                  ......  Memorial appears 32 times in the O.T. & 0 in the N.T.
   From this Y O U dear reader must decide upon how important Saturday's Sabbaths are to The Father-God and to Y O U! Those following the edicts from Rome, are among those Christ died for, ..for their sins!

3) What indication is there in His 10 Laws that it was not new to the Israelites?
     Exodus 20: 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."

Note: Adam Clark's commentary on this verse: "As this was the most ancient institution, God calls them TO REMEMBER IT; as if He had said, Do not forget that when I had finished My Creation I instituted the Sabbath, and remember why I did so, and for what purposes."

4) To what does the Fourth Commandment trace the origin of the Sabbath rest?
      A)  Exodus 20:11 " For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."
      B) Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

NOTE(JB) Sanctify;* N.B. 'QADASH [KAW-DASH'] Strong's 6942-- Appoint, Consecrate, Hallow, Keep Holy, Proclaim. Thus it was the Creator, of all, that created this "REST" day the Sabbath day! Please note in the face of severe persecutions, the people of the Jewish faith have kept this Seventh-day, period! Yet one faction call it the Jewish Sabbath but look at this Bible verse:>>>>
     Mark 2:27 " And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:"

All in Rome, please take note! Follow not the deceiver!

5) What was this to be a continual reminder of and for?
     Exodus 31:17-18 " It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

Note(JB) There's nothing in History anywhere, to indicate that the days of week, as we know have been changed in their order.I n fact the Bible specifically names or identifies, only three (3) days, Preparation Day n{Fridays] Sabbath the 7th day, and The First day of the week , {Sunday] Monday was the 2nd day, Tuesday was the 3rd day and so on!
   Today's names for the days are all pagan names: Sun-day for the Sun-god, Monday for Moon-day the Moon goddess, Wednesday  (?)   Thursday is "Thor's day" the Viking god of war. Fryday is from the Germanic god-des Frie, " Saturn-day", is from the the planet Saturn, Satan's mane-sake, and all are so named by Pagan men!.Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, and in the 1500's Pope Gregory XII made the Gregorian calendar, and removed some days from August, for a ONE-TIME event to put the Summer equinox back for their Easter holy-day.. However the weekly rotations of days has remained unchanged! There are however zealots, who have printed up calendars showing that Saturday, is the first day of the week, making Sunday the SEVENTH DAY! By the way December 25th is the Spring equinox, Christ was born during the 13-19th,  of August! [Luke 1, the Course of Abia, is on our June 13-19th,now read and do the math! ]

Please read Exodus 16th chapter, and Mark 16:1-2  "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun."
     Luke 23:55-56  "And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment."
    Luke 24:1-3 " Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus."

   Does this not show that the Bible proves itself, within itself? (jb)

6) What additional reason for Sabbath Keeping did God give to the children when the law was reiterated to Israel at the close of Moses' death?
     Deuteronomy 5:15  "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day." [The rest of the law, pointing to men, is found here as well.JB]

7) What Spiritual blessings would the Sabbath also keep in remembrance?
    Ezekiel 20:12  "Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them."
* Note: Sanctify, for meaning please, read above, SVP..

8) In addition to enjoining the observance of the Sabbath day, what warning was given to them and to us today?
    Leviticus 19:26  "Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment,[divination/witchcraft] nor observe times." [fortune telling, palm reading Tarot Cards etc.]

9) To what did the prophets point as one of the most evident signs of Israel's lapse into apostasy?
     Amos 8:4-5 " Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?"

NOTE(JB) As today, its all about the buck, and Sabbaths? Well business as usual right? How many go to church on Sundays, come home change clothes and mow the lawn or do their garden?

10) What punishment did god declare He would bring also on Judah if they persisted in profaning the Sabbath?
     Jeremiah 17:27 " But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." {also read Vs.20-26]

11) What immediate reform did Nehemiah cal for upon the return from captivity?
     Nehemiah 13:17  "Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?"

12) What dire calamity did he declare the people would bring on Jerusalem again by profaning the Sabbath?
     Nehemiah 13:18 "Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath."

NOTE(JB): If Y O U, dear reader think this si only for the Jewish brethren look>>>>

     Galatians 3:29 " And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

NOTE(JB) IF, you, dear reader fully believe in Jesus Christ, as YOUR personal Savior, then  YOU, are also an heir according to the Promise, you are an Spiritual Israelite!
Now does one PROFANE the Sabbath? By not observing in it and by doing your will...

     Isaiah 58:13 " If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:"
     Joel 2:1 " Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;"

NOTE(JB) Day of the lord? At the 7th Trump. the day of the Advent of Christ's return, when every eye shall see Him!


Friday, December 9, 2016


Many thanks to both W.L. Emmerson and Pacific Press Pub, p.187-190. [John B]

NOTE (JB):  Contrary to many of earth's "religions" there is but one Godhead, consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit! The "religion" Christ taught, is the ONLY true way to live this flesh life, all. . .  ALL. . .other's are but man-made religions, some holding no truth, others bit and pieces of God's truth! Which is THE WHY this man says: "Never, ever take the words of men, no, not even this man, for the Word of God, learn that for yourself!!"

1) With what affirmation does God preface the Ten Commandments?
     Exodus 20:1-2  "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

2) Over how many does He claim sovereignty?
    Jeremiah 32:26-27  "Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard [ or difficult] for me?"

3) What then can HE not tolerate?
    Exodus 20:3-4  "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:"
Note(JB): There are those churches, who have many carved or craven images within and without.

F.W. Farrar, "The Voice From Sinai", p. 110. "This first commandment, 'I am the Lord they god, thou shalt have none other gods before me.' is nothing less tha6t the key to the whole of man's existence" It is the eternal basis of all worship and of all morality."

NOTE (JB): Sadly there's not much of either in the world these days!

4) On what grounds did God claim Israel's exclusive allegiance?
    Exodus 20:2  "I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

NOTE(JB): What about the rest of humanity?
                   Genesis 1:1 " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
IF. . . you, dear reader, have built, bought or rent a house, is it not your right, to determine who may or may not enter? God owns the whole of creations because HE CREATED IT! Man's science regarding this evolution thing, is from the fertile mind of Satan, and those he has deceived, and designed to remove man from God! Now please, with the evening news in mind,  I would say Satan's well on the way to succeeding, at least right now!

5) On what wider basis does god The Father, claim man's worship in a later (the 4th) Commandment?
      "For in six days the LORD MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH, and the sea, and all that in them is" Vs11 P_lease read Exodus 20: 8-11.
NOTE(JB): Please look at the Upper case letters, above, and think of a "Official Seal of Office", in which all have the Name, (LORD) the title (MAKER/CREATOR) and territory ruled, (HEAVEN AND EARTH)  IS THIS NOT GOD'S SEAL OF OFFICE?  Selah/Think.

6) Besides His creative and life-sustaining powers, are there other grounds on the which God has a right to ask for our willing,  worship?
     Psalms 99:5  "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy."
     Psalms 138:2-3  "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answerest me, and strengthenest me with strength in my soul."

NOTE(JB): do not be surprised at this last verse, as He is our TRUE FATHER, none are even conceived, with His will, that YOU and ME even exist, and our very next breath is only as per His will!  WHY?
    Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
You see, our soul, IS HIS breath of Life, thus remove it and we are a dead body, as a soul we have life, as does all life that breathes and moves, thus death is the opposite of creation of humans!
    Genesis 3:19  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

    In the Bible the words, spirit of man, breath of Life, are oft interchangeable. For they mean the same thing.There's much confusion on the matter of "Where are the Dead"? Due to the fact that most are taught error, as in die and to to either the good or the bad place, yet neither is truth...
    2 Peter 3:7  "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
    Jude 1:6  "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day"
If one is NOT taught or shown the WHOLE TRUTH, then we have as we have today, some 43,000 so-called "Christian Denominations"! By the way, the Root Meaning of this word denomination comes from denominator, in Math it's the number that;'s left over after dividing, now THINK, who is forever trying to divide men from God but Satan?

7) How wholehearted, then, should our worship be?
    Matthew 22:36-40  "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"

8) In spite of the fullness .of God's revelation to men of Himself, what perversions of worship have arisen?
    Romans 1:22-26  'Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

NOTE(JB): Served the creature  ?  All of God living creations are His CREATURES, but this one is Satan! Whom we serve when one knowingly and willingly sin against the Word, as in VS.26! You know that IF one whole human generation all succumbed to the gay life style, we humans would become extinct, thus this is not natural, and against nature of mankind. [Please know that they also are God's children, and should be treated as such]

9) To what else beside creatures of the earth have men worshipped?
    Deuteronomy 4:16-19 " Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven."

10): In what other way has worship also become perverted?
      Colossians 2:18  "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,"
NOTE(JB): How can we avoid false worship?  Colossians 2:20  "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,"

11). Though men may scorn the worship of heavenly bodies, angels, saints and the lower orders of creations, {birds, animals] what may we make into gods?
     A. Riches:   Matthew 6:24 " No man can serve two masters: [obey the religious laws of human doctrines JB] for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  [Philippians 3 :7, 19 Proverbs 6:9; James 4:13 and Matthew 6: 19-24.]
    B. Desire for Temporal {earthly stuff] Colossians 3:15 "Covetousness, which is idolatry"  {Idolatry is anything one places between self and God!}
    C: Appetite   :Philippians 3:19  "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things."
    D. Worldly Pleasures:   2 Timothy 3:1-6  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, high minded,[self-absorbed, prideful] lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,"
  E: Lust for power,  Daniel 11:37-38 " Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things."
  F: False Philosophies: Colossians 2:8  "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

NOTE(JB) One example of a vain philosophy is evolution. Because it tries to explain away God and His Creative powers! Satan worship, worship the earth via "Mother Nature" or Ghia!

12) Of what... is all false worship a denial?
    Job 31:28  "This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above."

13) Having clearly revealed Himself to me, is there any admissible excuse for false worship? \
      Romans 1:19-21 " Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  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:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."

14) What estimate does Paul place upon the intelligence of the worshipers of created beings?
     Romans 1:21-22 "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, "

15) What special manifestations of idolatry would be seen in the last days?
      1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

NOTE(JB) Examples? evolution, man's soul is eternal, die and go to one's reward, hell-fires are now and have been burning, etc, etc.. none of these are Biblical.

16) In what will the idolatrous worship of the last days be finally concentrated?
      Revelation 13:4  "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"

17) To counter this terrible apostasy what final appeal is to go forth to mankind?
      Revelation 14:6-7  "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


AGAIN MY MANY THANKS TO Author W.L..Emmerson and Publisher Pacific Press 1948.

1) What was Christ's thinking about The Law of God, prophetically revealed?
      Isaiah 42:21  "The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable."
      Psalms 40:7-8  "Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."

NOTE(JB): Why is this topic even discusses here? Because of the many false teachers, proclaiming that the law, the whole law of God, was nailed to His cross, and we are now under !grace This is bluntly, false because they include the Ten Commandments in this and they are but a reflection of God's character thus everlasting.
    Why do men do this?  To explain the reasons why they follow the commandments of men in Rome, and worship on their chosen day Sun day, the "Venerable day of the Sun god!" Why think anyone that man can change God's law that are written on stone for eternity? Please THINK!

2) By what declaration did Jesus fulfill this and other prophecies concerning His relation to the Law?
    Matthew 5:17-18  "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

NOTE(JB): The word FULFILL in the texts is PLEROO (play-ro'-o) from Strong's 4137 which comes from 4134 means tto teach, to complete, to perfect. Please read Matthew 5:18-48 to complete.

3) How are those who depreciate the law of God regarded by Jesus?
     Matthew 5:19-20  "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
    James 2:9-10 " But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

NOTE(JB): James is the half-brother of Jesus, and look what he was guided to write! THINK!

4) On thew other hand, who are approved in God's sight?
    Matthew 5:19 "........ but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

NOTE (JB) To all Bible teachers please take note of the above verse and the the following:
     2 Peter 2:1 " But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."   PLEASE THINK!

Never,ever take the words of men for the Word of God, know it for yourselves! WHY? Man can't save self, let alone Y O U!

5) Did Christ actually demand a standard of righteousness of His disciples?
   Matthew 5:20 " For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
    James 1:22 " But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
     Romans 2:13 " For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified."

6) Did Jesus not teach and urged obedience to the ceremonial law?
     Matthew 8:4  "And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them."

7) How did He regard those who set up the commandments of men in place of the Law of God?
    Matthew 15:3  "But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?"

NOTE(JB) Do not most "Christians" do this to this day? With Sunday worship, Easter eggs, and bunnies, as well as Christmas as the Birth day of Jesus when Luke has the info to to tell all it was in August?"   All thanks to the men of Rome!

  Matthew 15:4-6 " For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."

Note(JB) Corban, the non-biblical Hebrew tradition of children turning the home and it's goods over to the church, in place of them taking care of their elderly parents!

8) While Jesus taught the obligation of both moral and ceremonial laws during His ministry, what was it prophetically declared He would do at the Cross?
     Daniel 9:27  "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

NOTE(JB) I've asked this question of my Jewish friends: "If you've rejected Christ , why did you stop the daily sacrificing of the lams morning and evening? " They have no answer!  Regarding the above verse from Daniel this "WEEK" is split into two equal halves of 3.5 years. Christ's ministry lasted for the first half, the apostles for the last 3.5 years, until the stoning of Stephen, [Acts 7:59]  when the Word was passed to the Gentiles! Thus no National forgiveness, no Salvation by Inheritance, each must come to the Savior Christ, on their own choice.

9) What comment does Paul make on the termination of the sacrificial system?
     Colossians 2:14 " Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; "

NOTE(JB): this verse has been used to justify the the human moving of the God's Sabbath for the Seventh day to the FIRST day of the week, by Rome, and 96% obey her!-------Colossians 2:16 " Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:"
Those who obey God's Laws and worship and rest on the seventh day, eat only clean foods are to reject the world's criticisms, but the world takes this verse to mean, any day can be the worship day { I worship every day some say, then I say you never work always rest?} Plus the worldly take this verse to mean they can eat anything!  So why ignore this>>>>>Isaiah 66:17  "They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD."
Swine is pork, pig,  and is part of God's Sanitation department as are ALL of the unclean foods in Leviticus12-14.[Animals the are ruminants, {chew the cud] and have split hooves. Unclean have one bot not ever both, in marines life, they clean must have fins and scales, shrimps crabs, and  clams have neither.As does catfish and sharks. All the unclean are either carnivores or scavengers or both!
Anyone want a "Breast of Vulture sandwich?"

10) What evidence have we that some Christian teachers failed to recognize that Christ brought an end to the ceremonial laws?
     Acts 15:1  "And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved."

NOTE(JB) Male only circumcision is today ONLY for sanitary reason not religious reasons, as per the Word of God

11) How did the apostles correct this false teaching?
     Acts 15:24 " Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:"

12) When Jesus ended the ceremonial laws , by His death {for He WAS/IS the Lamb slain, for our sins] did He also abrogate {do away with] the moral law?
     Romans 3:31  "Do we then make void the law [God's Ten Laws] through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."

NOTE(JB): The LAW of God and the Gospel, can not in any way or fashion be separated one from the other, for each points us back to Christ and  The Father.

13) What does the Morel Law, the Ten Commandments, still demand, and always shall, of the believers?
     Romans 6:22-23 " But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"

Note: The ritual or the ceremonial law, delivered by Moses from God, place next to the Ark, while the Moral Law The Ten Pillars, written by God in stone and placed inside the Ark! The Ceremonial laws were "Nailed to His Cross" because HE was the final and ultimate sacrifice, therefore abolishing ALL the previous ceremonial laws and annual holy days. Those that observe the Annual Sabbaths or Feast days, are by their acts rejecting Christ ever walked upon this earth and gave His life for us!

   WHY? He came tpo fulfill the law not to destroy, but to fully complete the Law..{of LOVE}

14) How perfect a conformity to the Moral Law is required of the Christian?
       James 2:10  "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

NOTE(JB): That means all TEN as found in Exodus 20:1-17. and not rejecting God's 2nd nor moving the day for the 4th, and then splitting the 10th into two parts! {For ignoring the 2nd!} As does Rome! even-though their own Bibles agree with Exodus 20!!!! But their Book of catechism does not! Go figure!

15) How is this righteousness made possible in the life of the forgiven sinners?
      Romans 8:3-4  "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

NOTE(JB) NOW, do YOU dear reader, grasp the import of Christ, and YOUR acceptance of Him and His gift!It is the powers of Heaven, that gives us the ability, if we so choose to, obey and live a perfected life, ONLY because of the Holy Power!

16) How will the believer's love to God be made manifest?
     1 John 5:3  "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous"

    .Hebrews 8:10 " For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:"
     Is this a part of the "NEW" covenant?  NO!  Look>>>>

    Jeremiah 31:33 " But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Bible Speaks: "BORN FROM ABOVE" by W.L. Emmerson,, Pacific Press Pub.1948. p.147-151.

As always my many thanks to both above parties, John B.

NOTE(JB): Many call this "Born Again", But the title is more on point.

1) What qualification is absolutely essential to an entrance into the Kingdom?
     John 3:1-3  " There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

2) How incredible did the new birth appear to Nicodemus?
     John 3:4 " Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

3) By what illustration did Jesus explain the nature of the new birth?
    John 3:8 "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."

NOTE(JB) We ca NOT see micro-waves, such as radio, T.V. and satellite signals, but we know they exist when we turn on our Radio's or "Smart Phones' DO WE NOT? DITTO FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT!

4)How was Paul led to describe the process of death and regeneration {resurrection]?
   A) Crucified with Christ: Romans 6:6-7  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin."

NOTE(JB): Only with Heaven's help can we humans "Die to self", if we have truly so died, we are free from sin, but that's part of the justification process, over time!, unless it's God's will to be instantly perfected!

Note: James S. Stewart "The Strong Name" p.13  "The sinful soul does not recognize, and by the very nature of the case is precluded from recognizing, what has been going one within itself. It might seem natural to suppose that every time a man sins, he would know a little more about sin, its nature and its methods. Actually the exact reverse is true. Every time he sins, he is making himself less capable of 
realizing what sin is, less likely to recognize that he is , in fact, a sinner; for the ugly thing (and this, I feel sure, has never been sufficiently grasped), for really diabolical thing about sin is that it perverts human judgment"

B) Raised with {and by} Him? Colossians 2:12-13 " Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"

5) What terms are used of the new birth to indicate the various co-operating factors by which it is brought about?
      1 John 3:9 " Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.:
      John 3:8 which tells us.."Quickened {made alive] us together with Christ."
     Ephesians 2:5 " Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"
     1 Peter 1:23-25 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

6) By what is this regeneration of the believer symbolized?
     Romans 6:4-5  "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"

7) How completely is the new believer's new life in Christ dissociated from the old life of sin?
    2 Corinthians 5:17-18 " Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; "

8) Of what new nature do we become partakers through regeneration?
    2 Peter 1:4 " Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust".

9) In what vivid way does Paul describe the new life of the believer?
     Galatians 2:20-21 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."

NOTE(JB):  Vs 21 tells us all, that IF The Ten Commandments were able to make man righteous, then Christ needed not to have died!

10) How is the Holy Spirit associated with the regenerated life?  [
      Romans 8:9-10  "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."

NOTE(JB): Regeneration is to be made new, while yet living, but it is not a resurrection from the dead, for the dead know not anything..Therefore can't repent, nor seek forgiveness, fates are sealed at death! .Ecclesiastes 9:5 " For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." ]

11) What profound promise is then given?
      A) Ezekiel 11:19-20 "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God."
     B) Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

NOTE(JB), be not of the worldly, the masses are nearly always on the wrong side.For they accept the words of man, above the words of God! It is the Holy Spirit, that does the work within us, which I describe as His re-wiring, re-booting our brains, to think in right-doing.

12) In what ways will the new nature show itself?
     A) Spiritual interests:     Romans 8:5 " For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit."
     B): Loving God's Law..... Romans 7:22  "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:"
    C): Love for all others: 1 John 3:14 " We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death"

13) For what does God look in the life of the regenerated soul?
     Ephesians 2:10 " For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."14): Bt what visible test may we determine whether we are 'born of God'?
      1 John 2:29  "If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
      1 John 2:3  "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments."
NOTE(JB): That's ALL TEN, not 9 as most "Christians" observe, not the Seventh-day Sabbath but obey Rome and worship on the First day Sun-god day!
     1 John 2:4-6 " He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Bible Speaks: "BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS" by W.L. Emmerson. Pacific Press, Pub. pp 139-142.

My many thanks and Gratitude to all who made this book possible. John B.

1) Who ONLY, has the right to remit punishment and forgive sin?
    Isaiah 43:25  "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."

NOTE(JB) How can any man even think that he can remit punishments and forgive sins of another human being? In view of this passage..... Romans 6:23 " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
  Is this not as man saying that while they forgive and give absolution to the sinners, in some confession booth, that they have power over God's job of forgiving man's sins! What do YOU call, blasphemy?

NOTE(JB) As a young teen, I had a friend, that was an American Native, and I asked him, what in his culture they described the human conscience,. He knew not his exact age but that he remember spending 80 winters, and this was in the mid 1950's! This is what I learned. " When we are born the Great Spirit punts inside our hearts a very sharp stone, and when we do something we know to be wrong, the stone begins to spin, and that hurts our hearts! But when we keep doing wrong, over time, the stone is worm smooth but our hearts becomes very hared!"  I've not ever forgotten that story, and if one thinks about it, it point one! Today, there are many people,with very hard hearts!

2) How ready is God-The Father to exercise His mercy towards the sinners?
     Exodus 34:6-7  "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."

3) What did God's Holiness by necessity, impose upon His mercy?
     Hebrews 9:22  "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission"
    .Romans 6:23 " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"

Note: "The terms are most direct and most explicit. They are not repentance or good works, but the SHEDDING OF BLOOD, and this is one why, why Christ needed to die!

NOTE(JB) .Genesis 9:6  "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

     Please know that humans were closer to God, in those days, thus able to render honest verdicts, without prejudice, or political aspirations, that confronts in these last few hundred years! I for one am glad to error on the side of caution, and allow Christ to judge us all at the end! For there is NO unsolved crime with The Creator-God!

4) By whom have the conditions of forgiveness been met?
     Acts 13:37-38 " But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:"
\NOTE(JB) Please read, very slowly and carefully the The Second Psalm, with prayer asking for the wisdom needed to fully understand it! It points to the requirements to be able to stand in that Great Day that Christ returns!  All who shall not be able to stand, at that time have already perished! Thus choose YE this day whom ye shall obey, for whom ye obey his servants ye are. Serve ye God or serve ye Man? Serve righteousness, or serve those who lie and deceive you?
   Harsh?  Yeah! But how kind is death, everlasting?

5) How did Jesus make forgiveness possible?
    Ephesians 1:5-7 " Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
     1 John 1:7-8 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

NOTE(JB): We, each, need to claim Him daily, and re-invite the Holy Spirit, into our hearts, to rule as is His The Father's will, and asking for His help and guidance to "Die To Self", so that Christ lives more fully within us!  None of this can we accomplish by our own powers!BY the way: All of humanity has been Predestined or chosen for Heaven, it is we that need HIM!

6) By virtue of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, what is God the father willing to do for those who are convicted of sin?
    Job 33:28-30 " He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.  Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,  To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living"

7) How completely is God repaired to remove the guilt of sin?.
    Isaiah 1:18-19  "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:"

8) How far will He remove our transgressions from us?
     Psalms 103:12 " As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

9) What does The Father say concerning the remembrance of sins, repented of and confessed?
    Hebrews 8:12  "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."

10) Howe supremely blessed, therefore, is the forgiven sinner?
      Romans 4:7-8 " Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
       Psalms 32:1-2  " Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile."

11) Believing the promises of God, for what did the psalmist pray?
      Psalms 25:7  "Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD"
     .Psalms 25:18 " Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins."

12) How did he testify to the forgiveness of his sins?
      Psalms 32:5 "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."

13) For what does Jesus encourage believers to pray for?
      Luke 11:4 " And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil."

14) Is there na sin which God will not forgive?
       Matthew 12:31-32  "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."

NOTE(JB): If one keeps ignoring The Father's calling, He removes Himself farther and farther away, and after a time, the sinner will no longer be able to hear His calling, and thus is lost, blotted out, as if never even existed!  LOOK>>>>

15) What makes this sin unpardonable?
     John 16:8-9  "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;"

Note: If the sinner refuses to be convicted of sin, by rejecting the Holy  Spirit's pleading, obviously there can be no pardon,; for there no other messenger of mercy to follow!

16) If we claim forgiveness from God how should we relate ourselves toe who wrong us?
       Ephesians 4:30-32 "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
      Colossians 3:12-13  "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

NOTE(JB) Those who want God's  mercy MUST be prepared to give it, to all others!

17) Should there be any limit to our forgiveness to others?
     " Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

NOTE(JB): This number 490 is the same number of years that Israel's people were given to remove all sins from their lives, or loose their National Salvation, and thus must come to The Father through Jesus Christ, just like all others must do as well!

NEXT: "JUSTIFIED BY FAITH."  [sadly many are taught, that this comes only by works, and NONE is able to earn Heaven by their own works or efforts!"

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Monday, November 21, 2016

The bible Speaks: "WHAT IS CONVERSION"? by W.L. Emmerson, Pacific Press, Pub pp.134-138.

My many thanks to the above mentioned entities, I know not if this is in reprint, as my copy is from 1948. John B.

1) What universal call does God make to sinners?
    Acts 17:29-30  "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"

NOTE(JB):  As God IS our Creator, and as HE IS AND HAS sustained of our lives, He is in the position of command, don't you agree?

2) For what purpose did Jesus come among men?
     Luke 5:32  "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
     Matthew 18:11 " For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."

James S. Stewart, "The Strong News" p.15 "We can thank God that every twinge of conscience we feel, and every spasm of remorse that ever troubles this tragic world, is a token of life and a herald of hope."

3) What was the constant theme of His preaching?
     Matthew 18:3  "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
     Matthew 4:17  "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
     Matthew 12:28  "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."
     Matthew 19:14  "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

NOTE(JB): A child like trust in Jesus, is what we need to pray for, plus to fully surrender to His will within that trust/faith! This is not possible for us to do by our selves, and why we need to surrender our will to the Holt Spirit, that we have asked to dwell in our hearts/minds!.....Jeremiah 13:23  "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.."

4) REPENTANCE, how can we define this term?
     Ezekiel 18:30-32 " Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."
the human race!

Samuel M. Shoemaker, "A Way of Renewal," Religion in Life. ,Vol 12, No. 4,pp. 485, 486.
    "We can never remind ourselves often enough that the chief action in Conversion is God's actions upon us!.[JB only IF we are willing to accept this} When we are first converted, it is often because we4 are unhappy over the sins from which we ask to be released; and this is natural. At some time in the process of Christian Conversion-whether before it begins, or afterwords, we must come to appreciate something of the real meaning of Christian redemption. The holiness of God, our estrangement from Him through sin, the Cross as the sign of God's readiness to span the distance between Him and us--- these things may sound very old-fashioned to one who merely contemplates them; but they are the only explanation that fists the facts for one who has really discovered the 'exceeding sinfulness of sin', and has been lifted from it by the power of Christ. We come, through conversion, to a life that has been provided for us, not one which we can create for ourselves. God's part in our conversion is always the primary part....Our part in the conversion is self-surrender to God and His will.  {{this is the most difficult part, plus the fact that we may have to"unlearn" ideas taught to us from childhood, to fit within God's Words of truth!]  If this is not to be but a fleeting emotion, if it is to get us into the will and be a permanent possession, it must be filled with actual moral content. We must surrender, not just in general, but specifically the sins of which we are conscious at the time. The further renewal of our surrender must involve confessing and banishing the actual sins which have crept in since we made our first decision."

5) Why.... must the turning from sin to god be clear and uncompromising?
      Matthew 6:24  "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." [ avarice, the love of wealth]

6) How wholehearted must the repentance be of the sinner?
      Joel 2:12-13  "Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil."
      Hosea 14:1 " O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity."

7) What appropriate words does the LORD suggest the returning sinner should bring to Him?
     Hosea 14:2  "Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

8) In whose name may the sinners confidently present his plea?
     Acts 2:38  "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"

9) Of what does God further assure the repentant sinners?
     Isaiah 55:7-9  "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

NOTE(JB): Please do not allow the enemy of all, deceive with his idea, "I am a New Testament Christian"  because the Old Testament is the foundation and the frame of the "House of God" His Word!Plus Revelation, the Book of, has {"Borrowed" about 1/2 of all the words and symbols from the Old Book, thus making Revelation of and by itself not understandable!Thus one loses.>>>>
     Revelation 1:3 " Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

10) Besides revoking the punishment, what will God bestow upon those who turn to Him?
      A. A new Heart:  Jeremiah 24:7 " And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart."
           Ezekiel 36:26-27  "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."

     B.The Holy Spirit:  Acts 2:38  "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

NOTE(JB) Many times the term A New" Heart", actually means a new mind, a new ans better way of thinking. The heart after all is but a muscle, magnificent yest but a muscle, without the ability to think or reason, that's the mind's job!
   Acts 26:28  "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."

Note: ALMOST PERSUADED! Yet lost! I pray, dear reader, that does not fit YOU!

11) How will true repentance manifest {show] itself in one's life?
     Matthew 3:8 " Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:"

NOTE(JB) What is then also equally true?
      Matthew 3:10 " And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."

Note: "The Greek word for repent implies a righabout face. It looks on sin to deplore and confess, but the swings round sharply with resolute will to tread a new path, God does not will us to remember that which He is willing to forgive and forget!
NOTE(JB): Repentance gains forgiveness, yes! It means the relationship is restored.. However sins have consequences, that we shall not escape from, the smoker shortens his or her life spans, ditto for most of the habits that harms our health, or breaks His laws!

12) To whom did Jesus intend the Gospel of repentance to be preached after His departure?
       Luke 24:47 " And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem"

13) How earnestly did Paul fulfill the gospel command?
      Acts 20:21  "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

Note:: ,"Repentance looks back and forsakes, faith/trust looks forward and accepts."  W.N.Clark.

14) What reward did Paul have for his labor?
      2 Corinthians 7:9  "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing."

15. What are God's people today, exhorted to do?
      2 Timothy 2:24-26  "And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."

NOTE(JB) Sadly , many today do not accept the fact that Satan, even exists, so why think they that there's many who worship him today? As Luciferians! Yet the preaching of sins and perishing, without preaching the Hope message, is also a sin!

NEXT:  "THE BLESSINGS OF FORGIVENESS"  [To be forgiven of your trespass against another, is a great relief, and lifts up our  spirit.Therefore, forgiveness benefits all. As well as re-establishes our relationship with God and Christ]

Thanking Y O U for your time.  Questions?  Comments?  John at

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