THE NEED FOR SALVATION.
Romans 3:10-12. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Verse 23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
‘All have sinned’ includes the Jews. They were but are no longer the ‘called, chosen, and faithful’. They are sinners the same as the rest of humanity. All have to repent of their sins, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross if they are to have any hope for heaven. No amount of good works will save you. No conferences, seminars, religious services or other activities can save you. The antichrist B’nai B’ryth International United Nations cannot save you. All their NGO’s cannot save you. No organization in the world can save you. From the day you were born you were on the path of hell and eternal damnation. You do not believe me? or do not like to hear what I have said? Then it would be better that you go home and read the English King James Bible and find out more about your dire predicament and your desperate need for the Lord Jesus Christ who came approximately 2000 years ago and sacrificed himself (John 10:17-18) for the sins of all whom he is saving. We are all born in sin, shaped by sin and can do nothing about the condition we are in. Our only hope is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 51:1-12. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean(Heb.9:15-24): wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Ephesians 2: 1-3. And you hath he quickened (if you are born again), who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Jeremiah 10:23. O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Psalm 17:4-5. Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips (the word of God) I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
Psalm 119:116-117. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
Proverbs 14:12. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 22:15. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction (the word of God) shall drive it far from him.
The bible is true. Whether you believe it or not makes no difference. You are still born on the road to hell under the power of Satan until you become born again by the blood of Jesus Christ the Lord… whether you are Jew or Gentile. No religion on earth is acceptable to God. No Judaism, no Islam, no Buddist, no Catholic, no Baptist, no Mormon, no Jehovah witness, No anything. They are ALL WRONG. Salvation is personal, individual, in Christ alone, if you have been convicted of your evil nature by the hearing of the word of God.
Acts 26:18. (Paul was by Jesus sent to the Gentiles, that is you, whosoever believes) To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Romans 8:13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Verses 14-17. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (By GRACE not by RACE)(Born Again). For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear (Heb.2:14-15); but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (when Born Again): And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
How do you become led by the Spirit of God? There is only one way, by Jesus Christ the Lord.
John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
John 3:3. 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 (that means he will not have any understanding of this book which represents the kingdom of God).
John 3:5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (Eph.5:18, filled with the Spirit. V.26, washed by the water of the word).
Romans 10:8-17.But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek (Gentiles): for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Isaiah 52:7). But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Did you note verse 16. Many did not listen, and it is the same today. Many will not listen.
John 6:44-45. No man can come to me, accept the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and have learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Salvation is only by the will of God, not the will or work of man. No man can hear if God is not speaking to you. If we can truly hear, we will be convicted in our hearts of our sinfulness and, in true humility, cry out to God for mercy in Jesus name.
2Corinthians 7:10. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
John 5:39-40. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 8:9.And they which heard it (Jesus-the Word of God), being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst (We all will stand before Jesus the living God one day soon and judged for how we have lived our lives, good or bad, whether saved or unsaved – John 5:28-29; 2Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12-15; Job 13:26).
When we are born again we must feed on the word of God constantly.
Matthew 4:4. But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Job 23:12. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
John 6:51-54. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. This has everything to do with feeding on the word of God and suffering for Jesus name’s sake and the gospel’s. This has nothing to do with a piece of bread and a sip of red wine in some blasphemous religious service somewhere.
John 1:1,14. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jesus, the Word of God, is also the light for our way.
Psalm 119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
John 1:6-13. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man which cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 8:12. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Without Jesus no one shall escape the Lake of Fire, which is the second death (Revelation 20:15). He alone is God our Saviour who came in the flesh to make the only possible perfect sacrifice for our sins. (1Timothy 3:16)
John 5:23-25. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
John 11:25-26. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead (in sin, Eph.2:1), yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth (continually) in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 10:7-11. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Mark 9:23-24. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to them that believeth(In Jesus, off course).And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Matthew 19:23-26. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
Matthew chapters fiv, six, and seven are ‘the sayings of Jesus’, in the Sermon on the Mount.Not the last few verses:-
Matthew 7:24-27. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (Note:- The word of God falls as the rain, Deut.32:2; Isaiah 55:10,11. Satan sends a flood of spiritual deception, Rev.12:15…and causes people to stumble at every wind of doctrine, James 1:5-7). And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house on the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Matthew 7:14. Because strait(restricted by the Word) and narrow(do not deviate from the Word to the left or the right) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Luke 13:24. Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Psalm 16:11. Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 138:2. I will worship toward thy holy temple (in heaven,Heb.12:22), and praise thy name (Jesus) for thy loving kindness, and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Luke 21:34-36. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting(parties, dinners, etc), and drunkenness (Deut.29:19-21,religious activities-spiritual drunkeness), and cares of this life(worldly concerns), and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare it shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man(on judgement day). See also Revelation 14:9-20. Rev.16:12-21, and Rev.6:12-17.
Hebrew 3:12-14. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.
Matthew.24:13. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
We are built a spiritual temple in the Lord (the Word of God), Eph.2:19-22; 1Peter 2:5, and are priests and ministers in God’s kingdom. 1Peter 2:9; Rev.1:5-6; Rev.5:10. We are to minister the word of God one with another for our edification, exhortation, and comfort (1Corinthians 14:3) and avoid the lusts of the world and the deceitfulness of sin. Read 1John2:15-17.
God bless your reading and fellowshipping together with one another. Praise the Lord.
Harald Shepherd. January 2017.