Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
August 2016 Questions & Answers
The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them. Names and contact information has been removed. The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through. You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points. Please be mindful that there are often circumstances and details to every question that could potentially change the answer. Rightly divide the truth (II Timothy 2:15).
1. “If the water pipes broke and the baptistry was bone dry, would my salvation have to wait until the plumber showed up? If I were to die before then, would I go to hell? If I committed some sin -whether in thought, word, or deed, one minute before a fatal car crash - would I go to hell if I did not have time to repent of it? And, please, don't just say that it's up to God without giving me a specific Bible reference.”
A baptistry is not required to help someone obey the Gospel. Any body of water sufficient for immersion will do (Acts 8:26-39, Romans 6:1-6, and Colossians 2:12).
Sinners in need of salvation MUST believe AND be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:15-16).
Will one sin (I John 3:4) cause you to be lost? Yes, (James 2:10-12; cf. Romans 6:23).
You are to ALWAYS be ready to be judged (Matthew 24:42-25:13).
Regarding thoughts, that is a large subject matter. A thought, in itself, is not something sinful (James 1:13-16) as thoughts can be brought into obedience (II Corinthians 10:5).
Lastly, it is all up to Jesus Christ for He is the judge (II Corinthians 5:10).
He, Jesus Christ, commanded baptism (Matthew 28:18-20 and John 3:1-5).
He, Jesus Christ, says you will be judged on His words (John 12:48).
Thus, Jesus Christ has said that you will go to Hell if you do not obey all of His instructions [including baptism for those whom have sinned] (II Thessalonians 1:8-9).
*Note: Baptism (Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:22-33, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, Galatians 3:26-29, and I Peter 3:20-21), and much more is required for the lost to be saved (Matthew 13:19, Matthew 18:3, Luke 13:3; 5, Luke 14:25-33, John 8:23-24, John 8:31-32, Acts 3:19, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:9-17, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Colossians 1:23, Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:21-27, I Peter 2:1-2, II Peter 3:10-18, etc.).
2. “Who is the chief shepherd Peter spoke of?”
Peter spoke of the chief shepherd in I Peter 5:1-4.
He was referring to Jesus (John 10:1-18, I Peter 2:21-25, and Hebrews 13:20).
At the return of Christ that rewards for good and evil will be distributed (Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, Philippians 3:20-21, and I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
3. “Does the Bible say Jesus can relate to the things everyone faces ‘cause he was fleshly too?”
Jesus came in the flesh (Hebrews 2:9-18 and Hebrews 4:14-5:2).
Consider, He was really tempted beyond what we face (Luke 4:1-11, Luke 23:35, etc.) and had a much greater task than we do (Matthew 20:28 and I Peter 2:22-25).
Jesus understands the work of obedience (Philippians 2:3-8 and Hebrews 5:8-9).
Jesus also proved that one can live sinless in this world (I Peter 2:21-22 and I John 3:1-5).
When He commands us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48 and II Corinthians 7:1), holy (I Peter 1:13-16), without sin (John 8:1-11, Romans 6:1-2, I Corinthians 15:34, and II Timothy 2:19), etc.; He is not being unreasonable.
4. “I am looking for a good bible church in my area. I do not live near you. Would you go to a church that says this as their mission statement / We believe in the deity of Christ; His virgin birth; His shed blood for atonement; his bodily resurrection; His ascension; and His personal, premillennial return to establish His kingdom on earth.”
There are a lot of things you could mean by “bible church”. I will answer in general. I know there are false religions that where the name “bible church” (i.e. http://www.ifbc.org). If you are meaning that or something else, the following should answer all.
There is no such thing as a “bible church” I don’t mean to seem “picky”. However, there is just the Lord’s church (Matthew 16:13-18, Romans 16:16, and Hebrews 3:1-6) and all else exists without His authority. Remember, the Bible says “one body” (Ephesians 4:4-6) and that one body is His church (Ephesians 1:22-23).
You can always move to where there is a sound body of God’s people assembling and working together. Faithful people will leave all if need be (Matthew 19:29, Luke 5:1-11, and Luke 14:25-33)!
The real church of Christ does not have a “mission statement”. The real church of Christ is headed by Christ (Colossians 1:18). The believers that make up the local churches of Christ unwaveringly (Philippians 1:27), carefully (II Timothy 2:14-18), follow His word (Matthew 28:18-20 and II John 1:9).
To the particulars you enquired about:
Jesus is/was deity (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, John 8:56-58, John 10:30-33, John 20:28-31, Acts 20:28, Romans 9:1-5, Colossians 2:8-9, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-12, I John 3:16, and I John 5:20).
Jesus was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, and Luke 1:26-38).
Jesus did shed His blood for the remission of sins (Matthew 26:28). We have received atonement [“reconciliation”; Strong’s # 2643] by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:11). *I am not sure what the group you are quoting means by “atonement” though.
Jesus was risen from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-9, Acts 1:1-3, Acts 2:22-31, Acts 3:13-15, Acts 13:25-38, Acts 17:31, I Corinthians 15:1-8, and Hebrews 13:20).
He did ascend into Heaven (Mark 16:19, Luke 24:50-51, and Acts 1:4-11).
He WILL NOT return to establish a kingdom on earth (Luke 17:21 and John 18:36).
The kingdom already exists (Colossians 1:12-13, Hebrews 12:28, and Revelation 1:9).
Jesus will not come back to earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Jesus is our high priest (Hebrews 6:20). That is unchangeable (Hebrews 7:24). If He were on earth He could NOT be our high priest (Hebrews 8:1-6).
This appears to be a “Baptist Church” (http://www.fairview-baptist-church.org/doctrine.html)] you are looking at. If not, the above reasons, are sufficient as to why not attend with this group (Romans 16:17-18 and Ephesians 5:11)!
5. “Does God choose who will be saved and who will not?”
No, God has given men and women freewill (Deuteronomy 5:29, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:14-16, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Ezekiel 18:20-32, Luke 8:4-15, John 8:31, Acts 2:40-41, Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 3:6-14, James 1:21-25, etc.).
6. “Does repentance have to be permanent? Can I change for long enough to show God I am serious and partake a little in my drinking to help me get through things if I show I am serious to God? Just to get through tough times that I have a lot of?”
Repentance means you are turning away from sin (Proverbs 28:13, Ezekiel 14:6, Matthew 3:8, Matthew 21:28-32, John 8:1-11, Acts 28:18-20, and Colossians 3:1-17).
After repentance, you are to be converted and NOT go back to sinful ways AT ALL (Romans 6:1-18, II Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 4:17-5:11, Titus 2:11-14, and I John 3:1-10).
God does not approve of you drinking alcohol AT ALL (Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 23:20-21, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:22, Isaiah 28:7-8, Hosea 4:11, Habakkuk 2:15, Matthew 26:41, Luke 21:33-34, Romans 13:13-14, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 5:17-18, I Thessalonians 5:7-8, Titus 2:1-6, I Peter 4:1-5, and I Peter 5:8).
Have you considered that you are basically wondering if the occasional sin is okay to help you with what you are thinking is the difficult task of righteous living? If you love the Lord and want to be saved, just give all sin up (Psalms 4:4, Psalms 119:11, John 5:1-14, and I Corinthians 15:34).
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