Every single text of Scripture points to Christ….From Moses to the prophets. He is the focus of every single word of the Bible. Every verse of Scripture finds its fulfillment in Him, and every story in the Bible ends with Him.
A solitary faith is not a Christian faith.
Our North American culture places high value on independence and individualism, so it can be difﬁcult for us to understand the necessity of community. Why can’t it just be me and we think, toting our Bibles off in some lone—ranger mission to save the world.
The problem is, you can’t choose Jesus and not choose the church. They are a package deal. And by church we don’t mean a group of people you sing songs and listen to a sermon with once a week. That is certainly one of the valid expressions of church and one we should be consistently involved in, but going to a service once a week is not walking in biblical community. Biblical community is the group of believers with whom we walk through the good, the bad, and the ugly of life while digging deeper into the gospel.
For living the most exemplary Christian life after-on e‘s conversion does not make a person ‘more certain’ .of gomg to Heaven. If a person thinks that living the most consistent godly life will help him along a bit with respect to his salvation, he ‘betrays his lack of belief in Christ’s atonement. Worst of all, l
such good works do not even avail in terms of the life of the Spirit, unless they are done in love.
“It is faith which worketh by love! Gal5:6 which edifies the soul and honours Christ, but that faith which works by fear is of no value. For this reason the person who thinks he could forfeit his own salvation by lack of obedience cannot obey the lord apart from a motive of fear. He may say that he loves the lord but when he knows in his heart of hearts that there is the remotest possibility he could somehow be eternally lost, such good works at bottom are done in fear not love. It is only when a person is absolutely convinced that he is going to heaven when die that a good work is of value…
Thus the great pity for those who do not believe in once saved always saved is that the very works they are trying so earnestly to produce do no help at al.
But as Spurgeon put it we have only one death-bed conversion in the New Testament (the thief on the cross) We do have one ‘that none may despair, but only one
that none dare presume’. The thief on the cross is a comfort for those of us who fervently hope for some of our loved ones whose final condition we are not sure about. But the thief on the cross is no example for those who are still alive
We are not saying once baptised, always, saved. we are not saying once having made a profession,
always saved. We are not saying once having come forward or walked up the aisle always saved. It is once saved, always saved.
The word of our testimony is one of the factors by which we overcome the world. I have the testimony that the only times I have suffered financially since becoming a Christian were when I neglected to tithe. This was usually done out of carelessness because I have always believed in tithing. However, every time I have suffered financial trouble and have gone back and checked my records, I found that my troubles began when I became careless in this one thing. When I repented and started giving the firstfruits of my income to the Lord again, the windows of heaven always quickly opened just as He promised.
Some Christians feel uncomfortable about worshipping and adoring the Spirit because the Authorised Version (King James) translated John 16:33 – referring to the Holy Spirit – “He shall not speak of himself”, a verse that should be translated “He will not speak on His own.”
What must be avoided in any case is people saying “Thus saith the Lord” or the “The Lord told me”. Speaking like this is not only highly presumptuous, but is taking the name of the Lord in vain. It is simply unnecessary to bring the Lord’s name in when we think we have a word for someone. It is using God’s name – the worst possible kind of name-dropping – to elevate our credibility. You are not thinking of the Lord’s credibility but your own when you bring in His name.
The dove is not the only way the Holy Spirit is depicted in the New Testament. He can be seen, described, or symbolised as fire, wind, water and possibly oil. But why the dove? The dove is in fact a wild bird; it cannot be trained or domesticated even though it is a gentle bird.
Cessationism makes certain passages irrelevant for today, hyper grace teaching rejects entire New Testament books – such as Hebrews and 1 John. These two books categorically dismiss what the hyper grace people teach