Two Men And The Well-Established Way

A Fictional Narrative

Two men are about to attend a very important meeting that will determine their future with the company.

Two men were working for the same employer and there came a time when they both would be called before senior management to vie for an open position in senior management at the firm. Both had been with the company the same amount of time and had similar responsibilities. Both were well qualified in what they did in their current responsibilities, and in the responsibilities for the new position.

The day came for them to present themselves before those that would decide on their futures. Both men presented their ideas on how the job before them would be accomplished. The first man said that he would follow well-proven methods that the company had used from its inception. The other man said that he had new ideas about how to accomplish all that the job entailed.

The response from management was quick and to the point. Management said that the guidelines they had established from the beginning had served them well in all the years that the company had been in business. The new way laid out by the second man was not a proven way and therefore would be a great risk for the company to go that way. The first man was given the job and was quite successful at it. The second man remained where he was and was warned by the company that his way could only lead to failure. He had a choice to make; would he conform to the company guidelines that would bring him future success, or would he continue the wrong way which would lead to certain failure. We leave our story here hoping that the second man would not let pride and self will determine his future and come back to the well-established way. Only time will tell.

Well-established ways should not be ignored. The Gospel lays out a well-established way for salvation and our daily walk (sanctification). Straying from this way will bring failure to our lives. We are to place our faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross for salvation. This is the well-established, and the only way to join the kingdom of God. We are to continue to place our faith in the cross as we walk out of this life. The second man did not understand that how he started with the company, the company guidelines, was the way he should approach any new task. Leaving this well-established way cost him his promotion, and in the end, could cost him his career.

We cannot walk with the Lord any other way except by the way He has established. We keep our faith in the Christ crucified and this allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Straying from this path given us by the Lord will cause us much trouble and may result in us losing our way. The Holy Spirit works exclusively through faith in the finished work of Christ as the following verse states:

“For the Law (Law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life in Christ Jesus (Christ crucified) has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death (we will have victory over this law only by the Law of the Spirit). (Romans 8:2)

When we come to the Lord in salvation, the sin nature in us is made dormant. We are dead to it by our faith in Christ. If we choose to move our faith from Christ to some other thing as we walk out this life, the sin nature becomes active in our life. We are only dead to it as we keep our faith in Christ The sin nature is not dead if we leave the well-established path. We have left our walk of faith and started down the path of works. This can only end poorly for us.

“Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin (the sin nature), but alive to unto God through Jesus Christ (faith in Christ brings victory in our daily life). Let not sin (the sin nature) therefore reign (shows it can reign if our faith is not in Christ crucified) in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof (Paul is saying this will be the result if faith is not continued in the cross)” (Romans 6:11,12).

We are called to walk in newness of life by following the well-established and only way the Lord has set forth. He paid a great price to pay the sin debt for us. Spiritually, we are buried with Him and raised to newness of life. The only way we can walk in this newness of life is by continually placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified. It’s the well-established way.

“Therefore we are buried with Him in baptism into death: that like so Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

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Ready Or Not… He Is Coming!

“Looking for that Blessed Hope (the Rapture of the church), and the glorious appearing of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming and it could be at any time. In fact, He is coming twice. The first of the two appearances will be for His church at the Rapture. At the Rapture, all those that are His will be caught up to be with the Lord. The Bible says this regarding the Rapture of the church:

“For the Lord Himself (Jesus) shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first: then we which are alive and remain (all those living that love the Lord) shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Thessalonians. 4:16,17

The next and final appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ will be at the end of the age at the coming Great Tribulation. It will be a time of unimaginable war and destruction. Israel will be surrounded by the armies of the Antichrist and complete annihilation will look certain for Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ will come to save them and defeat the armies of the Antichrist. The Bible says the following about this time and glorious appearing of the Lord:

“And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He Who sat on him (Jesus) was called faithful and true, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns” (Revelation 19:11,12a).

“And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him on white horses…. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should, smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:14,15).

So, the first appearing, or return, of the Lord occurs prior to the Great Tribulation. All those that love the Lord and are waiting for His coming will be “caught up” or raptured to meet Him in the air and accompany Him to Heaven where they will forever be with the Lord. The second appearing will be at the end of the Great Tribulation when He comes to save Israel and brings judgment on the nations. We have a choice today. Obviously, going in the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ would be more desirable then suffering through the unimaginable destruction of the Great Tribulation. The Bible says this about the times of the end:

“For there shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days be shortened, there should be no flesh saved (speaks of Israel coming close to total destruction): but for the elect’s sake (Israel), those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21,22)

This is the final battle, the final confrontation between Satan and the Lord. Satan will make a final push to totally destroy Israel and kill every Jew. The resulting destruction will affect all those on the earth… many will die. It will be a time of unequaled death and destruction. It is the time of God’s wrath on all the evil that has caused death and sorrow for millions down through the ages. When the Lord comes the second time, He is staying and will rule and reign in Righteousness from Jerusalem. As the following verses show, both of the Lord’s comings will occur suddenly and without warning:

Regarding The Rapture

“Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), be we shall all be changed (both the living and the dead). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trump will sound (could happen at any time), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (no sin nature & glorified bodies), and we shall be changed (saints alive at the time will receive glorified bodies)” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Regarding the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of the Great Tribulation

“Behold, He (Jesus) comes with clouds (all the saints); and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him (the Jews, who will now know He is their Messiah): and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (He brings judgment). Even so, Amen (Revelation 1:7).

Today is the day of salvation. Jesus paid the price for all sin on the cross. If you have never come to the Lord in repentance and placed your faith in Christ and Him crucified; won’t you do so today. God is patient and loves you. In His mercy, He calls out to all those that would come that they might find rest for their souls.

” The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

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The Lord Has Done Great Things

Washed, Sanctified, and Justified

“…But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:13).

We have been washed or cleansed from all sin, by our faith in Christ and Him crucified. He took away all sin by His sacrifice on the cross for all those that come by way of faith. We have been sanctified which is our standing with God by what Jesus did. We have been justified which means we have been declared not guilty. Washed, sanctified, and justified the moment we came to the Lord. How amazing is our God? What great things He has done for us.

Our sanctification is positional. The Lord sees us as perfect because we have placed our faith in Christ and He sees us “in Christ.” We all know that we are not perfect. The Holy Spirit comes into us at the moment we are born again and begins His work to bring our condition up to our position. It is a lifelong work of the Holy Spirit and one in which we must cooperate.

We cannot sanctify ourselves. As has been stated, it is a work of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to place our faith in the Lord’s great work at the cross and do so daily. This is how the Holy Spirit works. He will not work in any other way. Our faith must be in the cross for Him to work in our lives. The following verse tells us that clearly:

“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2)

The Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Romans. He is saying here, in this verse, that the “Law of the Spirit”, or how the Spirit works, is a law of God and that the Holy Spirit works only in the parameters of the finished work of Christ. We are freed from the “Law of Sin and Death” by faith in the finished work of Christ by the Holy Spirit.

If we place our faith in anything other than the cross, the Holy Spirit will be hindered in His work. He will try to help us as much as possible, but we will not find the victory over sin that we seek in our lives. We were born again by faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross. We live our lives and are sanctified in the same way. Just before the Lord died on the cross He said “It is finished.” He came and died on a cruel cross to take away the “sin of the world.” Because of that great work, the Holy Spirit works in our life to take the sin away that “so easily besets us.” He has done it all. How great is our God?

“The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).

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Stand Fast, For There’s Coming A Day… And What A Day That Will Be!

“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” Philippians 4:1.

We can see by the above verse just how much Paul loved those in the church of Philippi. He strongly encouraged them to stand fast in the Lord. As we have discussed in past articles, there are enemies of the Cross that try to bring false doctrine into the church. We also battle the general pull of the world, the flesh trying to exert authority, and our mortal enemy, the Devil. We need to be aware of all these enemies of the Cross and stand fast in the faith. Timothy, Paul’s young companion, and coworker, received this instruction from Paul: “Hold fast the form of sound words (doctrine), which you have heard from me (that which was given Paul by the Lord), in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus (what he accomplished at the Cross)” 2 Timothy 2:13. He also encouraged Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Paul sent similar warnings to other churches he oversaw and for good reason. The world is opposed to the Gospel and we are in for the fight of our lives as we hold fast to all the Lord has given us. As mentioned, our fight is one of faith. We will overcome the enemies of the Cross in no other way. We are told in Ephesians Chapter 6 to “Put on the whole armor of God”. Here, Paul likens our walk of faith to that of a soldier putting on all the armor that will protect him in battle. The object of our faith must always be Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Jesus fought the battle and won the victory and our faith needs to be in Him and what he accomplished to gain the victory for ourselves. We need to do this daily. Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me (be my disciple), let him deny himself (our own ability), and take up his cross (the benefits of what Jesus there did) daily (must be done each day), and follow Me (Christ and Him Crucified).” Paul said It this way: ” I am crucified with Christ (Roman 6:3): nevertheless I live (new life); yet not I (not in our strength), but Christ lives in me (resurrection life – Romans 6:4): and the life which I now live in the flesh (our daily walk with the Lord) I live by the faith of the Son of God (what he did on the Cross), who loved me, and gave Himself for me (what a great Savior)” (Galatians 2:20).

Paul, in other places in the New Testament, encouraged believers to stand fast or hold fast in the faith. As we have discussed, there were good reasons for these warnings then, and we need to heed these warnings today as well. Other examples of Paul encouraging believers in this way are ” Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith” (Hebrews 10:23), “For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord” (1 Thess. 3:8), “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21), and “Stand fast in the Lord” (Philippians 4:1). Any time we see “in Christ” or any of its derivatives (e.g. in Him, in the Lord), Paul is talking about what Jesus accomplished at the Cross. In each of these verses, Paul’s admonition to these believers was to stand or hold fast to their belief in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Our faith in His great work will be richly rewarded.

The Bible speaks of 5 crowns (used figuratively) that will be given to believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ (where believer’s works are judged and rewarded). They are imperishable and represent a symbol of honor that will be given to believers in Heaven. They are as follows:

The Crown of Life

Given to those that persevere under trials (James 1:12 & Revelation 2:10).

The Crown of Righteousness

Given through the Righteousness of Christ to those that love and anticipate His coming (2 Timothy 4:8).

The Incorruptible (Imperishable) Crown – 

Given to those who faithfully run the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

The Crown of Rejoicing

A reward to saints for their lifetime work (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

The Crown of Glory-

Awarded to those that have faithfully cared for and fed the flock (1 Peter 5:4). This includes apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, ministers and all those that work to propagate the Great Commission.

Although any believer would be honored to receive these crowns, I believe the greatest reward we can receive is to look into the face of Jesus, the One that loved us and died for us. In the words of the song “What a day that will be when my Jesus I will see. When I look upon His face, the One that saved me by His grace. When He takes me by the hand and leads me to the Promised Land. What a day, glorious day, that will be.” It’s hard for us to comprehend that we would actually receive a crown after all the Lord did for us. In Revelation 4:10-11 it says this of a scene taking place in Heaven “The four and twenty elders fall down before Him Who sat on the throne, and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power…”. We owe Him everything!

We look forward to actually seeing the Lord and being with Him forever. David exclaimed, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23.6). We can certainly take comfort in these words. What a wonderful Savior. What an incredible salvation. Let us, therefore, stand fast and wait, “For the Lord, Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. Indeed, what a glorious day that will be.

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There Is No Other Name

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Peter said these words as he stood before the Jewish religious leaders after he and John had been used by the Holy Spirit in the healing of the lame man at the gate of the Temple. This incredible healing happened in front of all those that were present in the Temple that day. The man had been lame from birth and was carried to the Temple daily so that he could ask for alms from those entering. He must have been very well known to all those that frequented the Temple.

The Healing

“Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).

“And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (Verse 7).

“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the Temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Verse 8).

The religious leaders were now confronted with an undeniable great miracle. Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, made it clear that this healing was not accomplished by their own power or personal holiness, but by the Name of Jesus whom God had glorified. As our introductory verse states; Peter boldly proclaimed that there was no other name under Heaven by which salvation could come. And the religious leaders saw they were “unlearned and ignorant men and marveled.” And they acknowledged the following:

” …. And they took knowledge of them (Peter & John), that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

“And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it” (Verse 14).

It was obvious that a great miracle of healing had taken place by the Name of Jesus. After conferring together the religious leaders commanded the Apostles to not speak or teach in the Name of Jesus.

“And they (Jewish religious leaders) called them (Peter & John) and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the Name of Jesus” (Verse 18).

This is a command that the Apostles could not obey. They responded to the leaders as follows:

“…..Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard” (verse 19,20).

We too must boldly proclaim that there is no other name by which a person can be saved. Everything we ask for from God is made possible by what Jesus did on the Cross. In the name of Jesus we are saved from this present evil world. A time may come for us when we will be persecuted for our stand in the Lord, or forbidden to mention that wonderful Name – the Name of Jesus. Should that day come (or when that day comes), let us remember the words of Peter and John and follow their bold stance. Let us always hearken unto God not man “for there is none other name.”

“Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).

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You Want Me To Marry A Harlot?

A Wife Of Whoredoms

“And the Lord said to Hosea, go, take unto you a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land has created great whoredom, departing from the Lord.” (Hosea 1:2)

Incredible as it seems, Hosea was to marry a harlot as an object lesson to Israel from the Lord due to their unfaithfulness. The “children of whoredoms” in the above verse means “children of idolatry” and is a reference to the idolatry of the Northern Kingdom. So, Hosea took Gomer, a harlot, as his wife. Gomer conceived and brought forth a son, Jezreel. His name means “God will scatter or sow” pointing to the coming fall of the Northern Kingdom which came about some 70 years later.

Gomer conceived again and brought forth a daughter, The Lord instructed them to name the daughter “Lo-ruhamah” which means “not pitied.” This once again pointed to the idolatry of the Northern Kingdom and their refusal to repent. For this reason, the Northern Kingdom would be destroyed.

Another son was born to Hosea and Gomer. The Lord said to name him “Lo-ammi” which means “not my people.” Through these three births the Lord was warning Israel, but Israel did not heed the warning. The Lord then calls upon those in Israel that loved him, a minority for sure, to plead with His unfaithful people to repent and serve him.

Faithless Gomer, in a manner of time, leaves Hosea and returns to her whoredoms. The Lord continuing the object lesson to Israel commands Hosea to purchase Gomer off the slave block. She was used up and unwanted. A price for a slave at the time was thirty pieces of silver. Hosea purchased her for fifteen pieces of silver. Gomer was used up and unwanted not even being sold for the price of a slave. The Lord used the phrase “Beloved of her friend” which points to the love Hosea had for Gomer. He must have been saddened to see Gomer standing before him unwanted, abused and reduced to rags. Gomer must have looked on in amazement as the one she had left loved her enough to find her and redeem her. This was an object lesson to Israel regarding their unfaithfulness and the Lord’s great love for this “unfaithful wife.”

Homer had left Hosea for many days but returned to him seeing his love for her. This typifies Israel leaving the Lord for some 2000 years now since the time of the Lord’s first advent, and coming back to the Lord in the last days. They will acknowledge the One that loved them, was sold for the price of a slave and hung on the cross that He might pay the price for Israel and for us all to deliver us from our slavery to sin. The Lord will remember His chosen people and all of Israel will be saved. This will happen at the Second Coming of Christ when the Lord returns to save Israel from certain defeat and annihilation by the Antichrist.

“And so all Israel will be saved…For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Romans 11:26,27).

In the above account, we see the Lord’s great mercy and grace on full display. It looks forward to when the Lord would send His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to shed His Blood on a cruel cross to rescue us from our fallen nature. To deliver us from the powers of darkness that held us captive. Jesus would pay the price to redeem us and we would be brought into His Kingdom and made partakers of the promises and joint-heirs. We should thank the Lord every day for His mercy and grace. We have redemption by the Blood that He shed at Calvary. His love for us has no bounds.

“Who has delivered us from the powers of darkness, and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14).

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A Walk Through Galatians

Walking In The Grace Of God

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (any law), then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

The Apostle Paul, in the Epistle to the Galatians, is addressing a problem that had arisen in the church and was of a very serious nature. Judaizers had come from Jerusalem and were telling the church at Galatia that they must add the law (law of Moses) to faith in Christ. They were preaching a combination of grace (faith in Christ) and works (keeping the law). The definition of the word Judaizer is “to live according to Jewish customs”, and that’s exactly what they were suggesting to the Galatians. Paul knew that this was a very serious error and would cause the church at Galatia to lose its way.

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ…..” (Galatians 2:16).

This important issue of law versus grace is addressed by Paul in this letter. The Galatians were believing salvation was by grace, but, as noted, the Judaizer had come from Jerusalem and were telling the Galatians that along with faith in Jesus they must follow the law (law of Moses) This false way for sanctification (our daily walk) was by self (law and works). Paul knew that mixing anything with faith in Jesus and His finished work was another gospel. The following verses on the law and grace are all from Paul’s epistle to the Galatians and clearly show that the way of grace is the only way that the Lord has provided us for both justification and sanctification:

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The Law (Yoke of Bondage)

(The following verses are all from Galatians)

The law is not of faith.”

“Cursed is everyone who continues not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them (an unattainable high standard).”

It (the law) was added because of transgressions (to show man what sin is), till the seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise is made.”

“Wherefore the law is our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God…”

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Grace (Liberty)

(The following verses are all from Galatians)

” I am crucified with Christ (Romans 6:3-5): nevertheless I live (our new life); yet not I (not in our strength), but Christ lives in me (baptized into His death, buried with Him, and raised in newness of life)”.

“…. the life which I now live in the flesh (daily walk), I live by the faith of the Son of God (continued faith in the cross), Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (grace- the only way).”

“But if you be led by the Spirit, you are not under law.”

“….Walk in the Spirit (faith in the cross), and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

We will either be under law (works) or grace (unmerited favor). We cannot mix the two. Either we are determined to succeed in ourselves through law and works, or we have come into the grace of God which is the only way to experience victory. In the following verses Paul points out what will happen should we return to law after beginning in grace:

“For if I build again the things which I destroyed (go back to the law), I make myself a transgressor (sin, and exactly what the Judaizers wanted them to do)” (Galatians 2:18).

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by law (seek to be); you have fallen from grace (moved our faith from Christ to something else)” (Galatians 5:4).

We are to stand fast in the liberty by which we were made free. Free to live a life pleasing to God by our faith (daily) in Christ and the cross. Returning to the yoke of bondage is leaving the cross and going under law of any kind (including those laws we make up). Let us stand, with our faith firmly placed in the cross of Christ. Our victory is assured.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

The Holy Spirit will cause the fruit of the Spirit to be evident in our lives as we walk this walk of faith.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law” (Galatians 5:22).

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If Not To The Lord; Where Could We Go?

“In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4)

“Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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These words of Peter were spoken after what had turned out to be a very sad scene. The Lord had just finished teaching in front of the multitude and many of those present, including some of His disciples, had turned away from Christ. Regarding this, the Gospel of John says: “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” In the introductory verse above, Simon Peter was responding to the following question from the Lord: “Then said Jesus unto the twelve (Apostles), will you also go away?” Peter added the following bold declaration: “And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

There is no other place where those seeking salvation can go. The Lord tells us that there is only one way to salvation.” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” The world questions this and points to other ways they say are ways to God. We know this is not true, but we need to truly appreciate the fact that there is a way and understand just what the Lord requires of us.

The Lord could have softened His message that day to make it more palatable to those present, but He did not. He knew it was critical that the people hear what the requirements of discipleship were. In addressing the multitude, Jesus proclaimed the following: “Verily, verily I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no life in you.” Jesus is speaking spiritually here regarding the cross and the necessity to totally and completely believe in Him and His great work at the cross. He is saying, short of that, there is no life in you. He goes on to say: “whosoever eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jesus is reaffirming to those present that the total object of our faith must be in His sacrifice at the cross, and if that is done, we will have eternal life. And finally, the Lord says: “He who eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in Me, and I in Him.” This speaks of the importance of our continued daily partaking of the Lord (Christ Crucified).

Luke 9:23 makes it clear: “If any man will come after Me (be a disciple), let him deny himself (our own ability, will power, strength), and take up his cross (faith in His finished work) daily (important to reaffirm our faith daily), and follow Me (can only be done by faith in the cross).”

In this address to the multitude by the Lord, it goes on to say: “Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, this is a hard saying; who can hear it.” Jesus responds to this unbelief on the part of some of His disciples by saying: ” It is the Spirit Who quickens; the flesh profits nothing.” He, of course, is telling them that His words are pointing to spiritual realities. Man wants to do his part, and when that way seems unattainable or not to his liking, unbelief is the most common reaction. In the natural, the cross has no attraction. Peter and the twelve, although I am sure didn’t fully understand what the Lord said; went the way of faith. They believed in the Lord and trusted that He had the “words of life” and that He would lead them in that way.

That is something we must do today. Some things may be difficult to understand; we may go through some difficulties in life we don’t understand, but we know in whom we have believed. He has told us that the way to “eternal life” is by placing our total faith in Him and His great work. Our flesh will want to do its part, but we must not trust in our own ability or in self-effort. We are to practice the Christian disciplines (e.g. Bible reading, fasting, praying), but our faith must not be in these for victory. Our part is to choose to believe in Christ and Him Crucified on a daily basis. Yes, there is only one way that leads to life and, if we know the Lord, we can rejoice in the fact that we have found it. Where else could we go? Thank the Lord that we need not look anywhere else for He has the “words of life.” There is none like the Lord.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

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Tom Quinn Ministries – TQMINISTRIES.COM 2021

(Composed by Lenny LeBlanc)

Hell Is A Real Place!

Why Would The Lord Send Anyone There?

“Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in His salvation”. Psalm 78:22

Psalm 9:17 says, ” The wicked shall be turned into Hell and the nations that forget God.” Jesus also spoke of Hell as a real place. He said, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell” (Matthew 10:28). These are hard statements, but Hell is a real place and the Lord’s warning regarding it should give us pause if we do not know Him. The Bible says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 9:10). The question becomes: Why would the Lord send anyone to Hell and how might we avoid going there?

As a result of Adam’s fall in the garden, all of us that came after Adam have a fallen nature. It’s called the sin nature. We have no power over it. We cannot, in ourselves, overcome it. We are, left to ourselves, without hope in the world and doomed (Romans 3:23). The Lord had mercy on us and provided a way out of our dire state. The salvation that cost Him so much (the Cross) is available to us as a gift (Roman’s 6:23). We must come to the realization that we are in desperate need of God and come to the Lord in repentance, accepting the gift that He paid such a great price for on the Cross.

Unbelief is the only reason someone goes to Hell. This is not the Lord’s will for us, but in creating man he has given us a free will. We have a choice to believe God or not to believe Him. He has said He loves us and has proven it by becoming man (the God/Man) and dying for our sins. 1 Corinthians 1:24 says, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God”. In our unsaved state, we are sinners and need to admit that to God. We must acknowledge that we need a savior and repent of our sins. That is all the Lord asks of us. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with Me”. This is incredible in itself, that God would come to us individually and in a personal way to offer His love in the form of a complete salvation from our fallen nature. Yes, in spite of our hopeless condition; He comes to us with this wonderful gift of salvation.

The Lord cried out “It is finished” on the Cross just before He died. He meant what He said. The sin debt has been paid. We no longer need to be held under its power. We are free. Yes, free and we have the liberty to live godly lives and worship the One that made it all possible (Galatians 5:1). We do this by placing our faith in what Jesus accomplished at the Cross and the Holy Spirit helps us (John 16 & Romans 8:2). The Bible doesn’t teach sinless perfection, but it does teach a daily walk of faith in Christ and Him crucified resulting in the Holy Sprit working in us to bring us the victory we seek in our lives. The Lord has said that we will be with Him in eternity, have become sons (and daughters) of God, and are made part of the family of God. Psalm 23 says, ” Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

So, why would a loving God send anyone to Hell? There is no sin in Heaven, therefore, those that will not repent of sin and go God’s way have in fact sent themselves to Hell. It is not the Lord’s will for anyone to face this end, but if we, as the above verse says, “believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation”, then He has no choice. He has given us every opportunity. As an example, if we find ourselves trapped in a fire and someone comes and shows us the way out, then we need to follow the path to safety or perish in the fire. It is the same with the Gospel; the Lord is showing us the way to safety and we need only follow Him. He is calling out, with mercy and love, offering this great gift to whomsoever will come to Him today. It is an urgent call for the hour is late and we are promised no more than today. The Lord has made every effort to reach us with this wonderful salvation message.

The Lord Calls Out To All Those On The Earth Today!

If you have not come to Him in repentance before now; He is calling out to you today. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden (life without God) and I will give you rest (the result of placing our faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at the Cross)” (Matthew 11:28). Won’t you hear His voice today! If you make the decision to come to Him, then you have gone from death to life and have become a member of the family of God. The following prayer is the “Sinners Prayer” which has been prayed by millions throughout the years. In it, we admit to the Lord that we are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and place our faith in the Lord Jesus as our Savior.

Dear God in Heaven: I come to You in the name of Jesus. I am sorry for my sins, the way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me and cleanse me with the precious Blood of Jesus from all unrighteousness. With my mouth,! I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive this very moment. I accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of my soul. And I make Him the Lord of my life. And according to Your word which cannot lie, I am washed: I am cleansed: I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

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The Anchor Holds

A Place Of Rest

“For I determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

The above verse was written to the church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul regarding the anchor for our soul. It is faith in the cross that saves us, keeps us, brings us victory and will bring us into the very presence of God in glorified bodies in the future. Our faith in the cross brings God’s grace into our lives and allows the Holy Spirit to work mightily in us.

The Lord is merciful, but is also just and must judge sin. Our placing our faith in the cross saves us from the certain judgment of a just God. The Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The Lord in His mercy offered Himself on the cross for our sin. As John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” Our Faith in His great work saves us and we are made sons (and daughters) of God. The instant we place our faith in the cross we are born again (born from above) and become co-heirs with Jesus.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

(Composed by Helen Howarth Lemmel )

We are also kept by God by our continued faith in the cross (Christ crucified). The Word says: “Who are kept by the power of God through faith (in the cross) unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” So, we are saved by faith in the cross and kept in the same manner. The Bible speaks of salvation in three ways. In separate verses it says: we are saved, we are being saved and in some verses it speaks of salvation in the future (as in the above verse). The first speaks of our initial salvation, the second is speaking about our progressive sanctification (daily walk), and the third our glorification in the end time.

By the cross, we gain victory in our lives on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit works exclusively through our faith in the cross to give us this victory (Romans 8:2). Our every triumph in this life over the world, the flesh, and the devil is brought about by the Holy Spirit as we continually (daily) place our faith in Christ Crucified.

All the Lord has done for us in the past, will do for us today, or will do for us in the future is made possible only by what Jesus accomplished at the cross. Yes, our faith in the cross (the price Jesus paid) is the anchor for our soul. We must keep our faith there at all times. This is God’s way – His only way. And it is our only way to victory.

Near the Cross

Jesus, keep me near the cross. There’s a precious fountain – free to all, a healing stream- flows from Calvary’s mountain.

(Composed By Fanny Crosby)

An anchor on a ship secures it and keeps the ship from drifting. In the same way, our faith in the cross keeps us secure in the grace of God, and will keep us from drifting (moving our faith to other things). Though the winds of life may blow, the Lord has provided a sure anchor for our soul. He has saved us, He keeps us in His grace, and one day He will bring us into His very presence in glory. We are saved, we are being sanctified, and we will be glorified. All this is accomplished by God as we place, and keep our faith, in the anchor of our soul – the cross.

“This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).

The Anchor Holds

The anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The anchor holds, though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees as I face the raging seas. The anchor holds in spite of the storm.

(Composed by Ray Boltz)

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