Archive for February, 2019

Should We Take The Intersection Or Union Of The Conditions Stated In The Salvation Passages?

February 21, 2019

Let’s first use the account of the rich young ruler as a test case:

· Mark 10:17-22 says the man was “rich

· Matt 19:22 says he was “rich” and “young

· Luke 18:18,23 says he was “rich” and a “ruler

If we just take the intersection of the adjectives describing the man, we could only conclude he was rich. But if we take the union (everything said), we conclude he was a rich young ruler, correct?

Now let’s apply the same reasoning to the Salvation passages:

· John 3:16 only mentions belief as being required for salvation

· Acts 11:18 only says repentance is required

· Acts 22:16 and I Pet 3:21 only show baptism is necessary to salvation

· Mark 16:16 makes our salvation contingent upon belief and baptism

· Rom 10:10 requires belief and confession

· Acts 2:38 conditions forgiveness upon our repentance and baptism

So in answering the question, “what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30), should we take the intersection or union of the conditions stated in the verses listed in the salvation passages above?

· What did we do in the case of the rich young ruler?

· If we did take the intersection of the conditions stated, what would it be? Nothing, right?

· But if we take the union of the conditions in the salvation passages, what do we come up with?

Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

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John 1:1 Refutes Both The Christadelphian And Oneness Positions

February 14, 2019

John 1:1 reads “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Notice “the Word” in verse 1 is shown to be Jesus by verse 14 – “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.” As a matter of fact, “The Word Of God” is actually just another name for Jesus according to Rev 19:13 – “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” So “the Word” in John 1:1 is referring to Jesus himself.

And so in the beginning, “the Word was with God.” That shows Jesus and the Father are two separates beings or persons. That refutes the Oneness position that Jesus and the Father are the same.

And John 1:1 goes on to say “the Word was God.” So Jesus was God/divine also. That refutes the Christadelphian position that Jesus was only a man.

God Never, Ever Forgives Sin Without Repentance

February 6, 2019

II Pet 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

Acts 11:18 “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”

Eze 18:21 “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”

Acts 8:22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”

Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”