I heard David Limbaugh, Rush's brother, discussing how every section of the Old Testament points to Jesus. He pointed out Genesis 3:15 as the first of many examples found very early in the Bible story...
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
One of the things I teach in my Understanding Your Bible teaching is that the Bible is a Trilogy; "Someone Is Coming!" (Old Testament, Genesis to Malachi), "Someone Is Here!" (The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and "Someone Is Coming Again!" (Acts to Revelation.) We cannot have any two without having them all because each is built upon the others.
The Old Testament, Genesis to Malachi, is about God's interaction with Creation. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are about Jesus' interaction with Creation. The New Testament, Acts to Revelation, is about the Holy Spirit's interaction with Creation. And each are seamlessly connected with each other.
7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. (1 John 5:7-8 NKJV)
They agree as one, each of the three parts of the Bible point to the redemptiveness of Jesus as the Christ. Man is created with the power of choice and has strayed away from God. The restoration of God's Creation to Him is one of the repeating themes and pleas of Scripture.
One of the things we find repeated time and time again in Scripture is to do what God says, no more, no less, if we want to be redeemed to live with Him for eternity rather than exist forever completely separated away from Him in unending torment where there is no blessing at all.
No more, no less.
Here are some of the scriptures that warn us to do what God says and nothing more or nothing less...
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV)
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV)
“Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. (Deuteronomy 5:32 NKJV)
According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you. (Deuteronomy 17:11 NKJV)
So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them. (Deuteronomy 28:14 NKJV)
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7 NKJV)
Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left, (Joshua 23:6 NKJV)
8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” (Matthew 15:8-9 (NKJV))
And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ (Mark 7:7 NKJV)
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 NKJV)
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, (1 Timothy 1:3 NKJV)
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV)
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, (1 Timothy 6:3-4 NKJV)
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; (2 John 1:9-10 NKJV)
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; (Revelation 22:18 NKJV)
Why is to not go outside of the Word of God?
As you read the pages of MonticelloChurchOfChrist.com you'll see there is a lot repetition. Why? Mostly because many seem to think they can just blissfully do as they please religiously even though God says to follow the pattern He has shown without adding to it or taking anything away. (Exodus 25:9, Exodus 25:40, Exodus 26:30, Numbers 8:4, Acts 7:44, Philippians 3:17, 1 Timothy 1:16, 2 Timothy 1:13, Hebrews 8:5)
Because keeping to the Scriptures is so important and so many don't we have to keep repeating it over and over. Nothing is learned without repetition. Nothing.
Nowhere is going outside of the Word of God more obvious than "Sinner's Prayer" salvation where those desiring to be saved from their sins are commonly told to say a simple prayer along these lines to be saved...
"God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!"
NOWHERE IN NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE WAS ANYONE TOLD TO SAY ANY FORM OF THE SINNER'S PRAYER FOR REMISSION OF SINS AFTER JESUS GAVE THE GREAT COMMISSION IN MARK 16 OR MATTHEW 28. NO WHERE! IT IS NOT THERE!!
If you know where it's at, please let me know.
From the days of Noah to this present day God has used actual water for spiritual purification.
For some 1600 years after Jesus went back to Heaven most Christian "churches" taught baptism for the remission of sins. Over the last 400 years most have turned away from it to the "Sinner's Prayer" salvation.
The Bible actually teaches a different way of being saved than the "Sinner's Prayer."
(1.) Before anything else, you must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) In Romans 1:18-32 we are told what we have done that separates us from God. Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
(2.) After hearing the gospel you must have faith, an active belief, in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)
(3.) The third thing you must do is to repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19, Luke 13:3, 13:5, 2 Peter 3:9) You must have a change of mind about your sins. Before you paid little attention to them, now you strive not to do them. But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. In fact there are examples in the New Testament showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). Prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, it will not save you either.
(4.) You must confess, acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) You do not need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. (Acts 2:36) Not one time in scripture is anyone ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)
(5.) Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) This is the point that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is the blood of Christ that removes sin. (Revelation 1:5) Christ's blood was shed at his death. And we are baptized into both him and his death. (Romans 6:3-4) Baptism is where we are "born again" and walk in "newness of life." (Romans 6:3-4, John 3:3) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Mark 16:16, Acts 8:35-36; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who answers the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that is different than the one found in Acts 2:38 is not proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
(6.) Once you are saved, obedient, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) You must continue to serve God faithfully until death to continue in God’s grace. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)
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