Saturday, April 6, 2019

Are You Saved To The Uttermost?

m All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
The Bible says in Hebrews 7:24-25, "But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." The "...This man..." in this passage is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. So the question in the title, are you saved to the uttermost? The Bible says in Romans 14:22b, "...Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth." But the Bible also says in 1st John 3:20, "...if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart..."  I know one must believe and be baptized to be saved. For Jesus said in Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." My reading of that scripture has always been that if you don't believe, it really doesn't make any difference whether you are baptized or not. This is what apostle Peter must have meant when he talked   about baptism saving us in 1st Peter 3-21. I'm glad I was baptized in Jesus name the week I turned to God.

 I love that chorus we used to sing in church "In the Name of Jesus." It goes like this;

     In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus. we have the victory,
     In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus, demons will have to flee,
     Tell me who can stand against us when we call on His great name,
     Jesus Jesus, precious Jesus we have the victory.

I was never sure about the third line in the chorus. It was either, "tell me who can stand against us when we call on His great name," or "tell me who can stand before us when we come in His great name." I guess it doesn't make a lot of difference. The important thing is to be saved. So the question is are we saved to the uttermost? It takes the name of Jesus to save us. The Bible says in Acts 4:10-12 that God has given us a name by which we can be healed and by which we must be saved. So in putting Mark 16:16 and 1st Peter 3:21 together with Acts 4:10-12 it becomes evident that what apostle Peter said in Acts 2:38 is true. Any other way is simply the invention of carnal men.           

My friends, if you have thought in the past that just being baptized saves you, think again. The Bible tells about a man who the Bible says believed and was baptized. The man's name was Simon, commonly referred to as Simon the Sorcerer. In Acts 8:4-25 we are told of the great revival that was happening in Samaria. I won't print it all here. The Bible says that Simon believed also and was baptized. When he saw that when Peter and John laid hands on people they received the Holy Ghost, he offered them money that he also might have this power. I think he wanted to retain his power over the people. Apostle Peter said to Simon, "...Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." Peter went on and told him his heart wasn't right with God and of his need to repent. Simon then asked Peter to pray for him that the things Peter had spoken would not come upon him. (Remember what Jesus said in Mark 16;16) There was a problem with Simon's belief system. He needed to repent. Asking some man  to pray for you won't cut it. You need to go to God in repentance. (see Acts 20:21 to find out what Paul preached everywhere)

I don't know whether Simon had received the gift of the Holy Ghost or not. But it would appear that he had not. I believe that God won't give the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the true born again experience, to someone who has not fully repented. If you have been baptized in Jesus name and still have questions about your salvation, maybe a true repentance is in order. If you have truly repented of your sins and been baptized in Jesus name you will be saved to the uttermost. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
That was about the only Christian song I knew when I turned to God in 1965. I also knew the song entitled, "The Old Rugged Cross." Often I would sing the song, "Just a closer Walk With Thee," in worship at home. The Lord Jesus was all I wanted to have in my life. What beautiful words for a new believer! I recently looked on the internet and found that the song is in the public domain so here are the words: 

     I am weak but thou art strong,
     Jesus keep me from all wrong, 
     I'll be satisfied as long,
     As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

          Just a closer walk with Thee,
          Grant it Jesus is my plea,
          Daily walking close to thee,
          Let it be dear Lord, let it be.

     Through this world of toils and snares,
     If I falter Lord who cares
     Who with me my burden shares,
     None but thee dear Lord, none but thee.

     When my feeble life is o'er,
     Time for me will be no more,
     Guide me gently, safely o'er,
     To thy Kingdom shore, to thy shore.

I surely do like that song, it is the cry of my heart today. But songs can't save you and I, only Jesus can. You may be a Christian already, but if you haven't been baptized in Jesus name you should be. The name of Jesus is the only, " under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (see Acts 4:12) When the Apostle Peter spoke to those Jewish listeners on the Day of Pentecost and told them that they were guilty of the death of their Messiah, they said in Acts 2:37b, "...Men and brethren, what shall we do?"  Then in verse 38, "...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." Peter went on and told them that this was the promise of God to them and their children and to all that were afar off.

You and I were afar off from the salvation of the Lord Jesus, So God's promise is to us also. Why not obey the Word of God today?

Saturday, March 30, 2019


All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Oh, you've never heard of the OKJV, it is simply the old King James Version of the Bible that we have loved all these years. I personally have never had any problem using the old King James Version. If there are inaccuracies in the OKJV I have never found them. Many years ago I read or heard that a college professor made the statement that a good knowledge of the KJV of the Bible was equivalent to a college education. I don't know if that is true or not but I sure do love God's Word. A reminder is due at this juncture, the King James Version of the Bible is a translation. It is not translated from the original manuscripts. They, as far as I know, do not exist but the manuscripts that the KJV was translated from were copies (probably of copies, of copies, ad infinitum). To me it is through the amazing providence of God that the KJV comes to us without discernable error.

I have looked at several different web sites and found that some folks don't like the New King James Version of the Bible for various reasons. One which gives some comparisons is: another which gives more of an in-depth history is:
In my (non-exhaustive) research was one which gave a thumbs up, vs new kjv.htm. Many fundamentalist preachers are using the NKJV simply because it is more user friendly. But it does seem to change some of the meaning in some cases. I personally like the OKJV because I don't like change.

I suppose that getting someone to like or dislike the NKJV or the OKJV is much like trying to get someone to change their mind against their will. That old saying comes into play here, "a man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still." Or, as the case may be, "don't convince me with facts, my mind is already made up." I'm reminded of the time shortly after I gave my heart to the Lord, the pastor had an old friend who was a chart teacher come for a week of services. He taught on the correlation of the Books of Daniel and Revelation. The adult Bible teacher had also been teaching on those books. As I sat on the edge of my seat en-rapt with the teaching it occurred to me that there was some discrepancy between their teaching. I immediately asked the Lord which was right. The Lord responded, "I'm right." 

The Bible says in 
Psalm 33:4, "For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth." I like that chorus we use to sing in church called The Word of God is right. It goes like this:
   The word of God is right Hallelujah to the Lamb, 
   The word of God is right Hallelujah to the Lamb, 
   The word of God is right Hallelujah to the Lamb, 
   Hallelujah to the Lamb.
The Second verse goes;
   It makes me walk upright, Hallelujah to the Lamb,
   It makes me walk upright, Hallelujah to the Lamb,
   It makes me walk upright, Hallelujah to the Lamb,
   Hallelujah to the Lamb.
And Bible does say in 2nd Corinthians 3:3-6"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." And the Bible says in 2nd Timothy 2:19,  "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." If you are a true born again Christian you shouldn't be too concerned about the use of the NKJV based on the foregoing scriptures. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Jesus Christ, All Day, Every Day.

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

For the born again Christian the Lord Jesus is indeed 24/7. What I mean by that is He is the Lord and Master of your life all the time! What else could apostle Paul have meant when he said in Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." He (that is His will) should be present in our minds at all times. I don't mean (nor do I want) to sound super spiritual because I know I'm not, but I do believe that Paul was. I don't think he considered himself that way either. In any event the coming of the Lord Jesus will happen and I want to be ready.

I am now 77 years old and my time on earth is drawing to a close. I long for the day that I will see Jesus. I just want to see Him in peace. And I will too. The devil has been plaguing me in my mind almost without intermission the last few years. I think he wants me to give in and give up. Perhaps he knows my time is short (I personally won't give him that much credit, but I do know that his time is short and he knows it also, see 
Revelation 12:12). My faith and trust is in the Lord Jesus and has been for the last 53 + years. I feel like one of the church fathers, I believe it was Polycarp, who was reputed to have said when he was offered his life if he would only recant, "Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong." I too can truly say for the last 53+ years the Lord Jesus has done me no wrong either.

Please do not think that I have had any premonition of my impending demise, I have not, but as I said earlier I am 77 years old and in this life you don't live forever, thank you father Adam. Let me take this opportunity to give thanks and praise to the Lord Jesus who said in John 10:10b  "...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Are you an heir of the abundant life that the Lord Jesus mentioned? You can be! If you have never repented of your sin, or been baptized in Jesus name or received the Holy Ghost (or Spirit), turn to God today, and find someone to baptize you in the only name that can save you. God has promised you His Spirit. (Please see Acts 2:38 and Acts 4:12)

Monday, March 25, 2019

What Are Angels?

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
What are angels? The Bible gives a few scriptural references to angels. In Hebrews 1:13-14 the Bible says "But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" So here is a biblical definition of what angels are. The term angel or angels come from the Greek word (According to Strong"s Greek -Hebrew dictionary), "aggelos" (pronounced) ang'-el-os). "From ἀγγέλλω aggellō (probably derived from G71; compare G34; to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication a pastor: - angel, messenger."  So although the biblical definition found in Hebrews 1:13-14 says God has made His angels to be ministering spirits, the Greek definition says they are also, " implication a pastor."

Some time ago I wrote a post on the subject entitled, "The Hair Issue, Revisited," posted on 7-26-2013.  At the time I thought that it was probably the last posting I would do on the subject. However listening to a preacher on a webcast made me think that maybe a further exposition of the subject was appropriate. Let me say that I do agree with the concept that there is nothing magic about long hair on a woman. As I stated in my previous posting one has to take what the Apostle Paul taught in its context. 

In a book I read it was mentioned of a woman's child who was sick. The mother put her long uncut hair over her child and God healed the child. I have also read in the same book the concept of the long uncut hair of a Christian lady taking the place of the covering cherub spoken of in Ezekiel 28:13-19. I don't believe there is any connection with the Apostle Paul's teaching in 1st Corinthians 11:2-16. If God in His mercy heals a sick child when a woman puts her long hair over the child, He does so not because of her long uncut hair but because of her faith and because of His mercy. Nowhere in the Bible is there any connection of special power given to the Christian woman because of her long uncut hair.

There is however much in the Bible concerning faith. In fact that is what the apostle Paul taught everywhere as mentioned in Acts 20:21. He said, "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."  Let me get back to the subject of this posting. I believe  what the writer of the Book of Hebrews was making reference to was angels that are spiritual beings. But the Greek meaning of the word, as stated before, can be pastors also. In the Book of Revelation in chapters 2 & 3 the Lord speaks to the angels ("aggelos" see above), by the Spirit, God's message to the churches, (see Adam Clarkes notes on Revelation some good and some not so good. I think it is commonly held that these were men who had rule over the churches. It becomes evident then that the word "angels" can mean more than spiritual beings. 

This then provides a little more understanding to 1st Corinthians 11:10 where the Bible says, "For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels." The word here for angels is again, "aggelos." It would then make more sense if taken into the context of what Paul was saying, eg, the woman being subject to the authority of the man. (see 1st Corinthians 11:3) This is a subject that has been discussed ad infinitum. In essence then the word angels can mean spiritual beings or ministers of the gospel.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The True Meaning of Baptism in Jesus Name

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Is baptism necessary? Yes if you want to do what the Lord Jesus said. In Mark 16:16 the Lord said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." It sounds to me like you won't be saved without believing or being baptized. The Bible tells of when Philip met the Ethiopian eunuch and preached Jesus Christ to him. In Acts 8:36-38 gives the account as follows, "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him." Philip said to the eunuch, "if you  believe you may." The eunuch's response was "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." He qualified and he was baptized!

Is the name of Jesus necessary? Yes because the Bible says in Acts 4:12"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." But what about Matthew 28:19 which instructs the early believers to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..." I would note that no one was baptized then and there, but when they went they baptized people in the name of Jesus.

Some have said that baptism has nothing to do with salvation. I would argue that based on at least the two previous examples that they are wrong. In fact the Bible says in 1st Peter 3:20b-21 that Noah and his family, "...that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ..." No, not the idea of baptismal regeneration but in the answer we give as the eunuch gave to Philip. (See above) Friend if you haven't repented of your sins and believed that the Lord Jesus died for you and resurrected from the dead, you are not qualified to be saved. To be saved according to the Bible you must believe and be baptized, just like Jesus said!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The King of Israel

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
The Jewish Scriptures (or the Old Testament to the Christians) say a lot about the King of Israel. One question is asked in the Book of Psalms, found in Psalm 24:8 and in Psalm 24:10, "... Who is this King of glory?" To the Jewish mind I suppose these verses are somewhat self explanatory. All the verses in  Psalm 24:7-10 say, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." To the Jew It is obviously God. To a born again Christian it speaks of the Lord Jesus.

In Psalm 22:1a the words are the words spoken by the Lord Jesus, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (see Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34) As I re-read the Psalm, I was struck by the numerous references that the Lord fulfilled, even in His last hours! But I want to take it a little further and put Psalm 22, 23, and 24 together. In Psalm 22 the scripture starts out with the words, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" This Psalm speaks to me of Jesus on Calvary's cross during His suffering. Psalm 23, commonly known as the Shepherd Psalm, speaks of His death. Psalm 24 asks the question,  "Who is this King of glory?" The compilation of the three Psalms together speaks to me of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

To you my friend, whether Jewish or not, I urge you to repent of your sin, turn from them to the living God Jesus Christ, be baptized in the precious name of Jesus to have your sins forgiven and God has promised to fill you with His Spirit. (See Acts 2:38 and Acts 4:12) The Lord Jesus is after all the only king of glory, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (See Revelation 17:14 and Revelation 19:16) And in conclusion 1st Timothy 1:17 says, "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."