What does the Bible say about our soul never dying?

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

Matthew 25:46 states that Jesus will say to those who did not prepare for heaven, “these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” Continue reading

What does the Bible say about kindness

“What is desired in a man is kindness” (Proverbs 19:22).

“And on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26). With many other things
this is said of a good woman.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

The Bible tells us that love is kind (1 Corinthians 13:4); that we are to put on kindness (Colossians 3:12; and to have brotherly kindness (2 Peter 1:7).

As Jesus was perfect in every way, He is our great example of kindness. The following story illustrates the importance of being kind. Continue reading

What does the Bible say about salvation

Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).

“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.

After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.

Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.

We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#obedience, #salvation

What does the Bible say about temptation

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation, that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross.

The words of a song are encouraging as it states, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; …dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#temptation

What does the Bible say about God’s goodness?

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fall, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).

“Good and upright is the Lord” (Psalm 25:8)

“For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you” (Psalm 86:5).

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“The goodness of God endures continually” (Psalm 52:1).

“So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God” (Mark 10:18).

As the above verses indicate, there is so much said in the Bible about God’s goodness, and that is the emphasis of this writing. But the Bible also says much about the severity of God, and how He punishes the disobedient. At Romans 11:22, Paul was writing to Christians telling them of God’s goodness and blessings to them as they continued faithful but reminded them of His severity if they fell away from faithfulness to God.

The goodness of God refers to His love, kindness, benevolence, generosity, etc., but on the other hand, His severity means His demand for obedience, rigid conformity to His will, His strictness and intensity, etc.

God is good all the time in His goodness toward us. The song states that “God is so good. He answers prayers; He cares for me; I love Him so; He’s so good to me.”

James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above.” Matthew 5:45 tells us that God “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” God loves and blesses all with His material blessings, but His spiritual blessings in Christ are for those who are obedient to Him (Ephesians 1:3). To enjoy these spiritual blessings we must become a Christian, a follower of Christ by our faith in Jesus as God’s Son, repenting of our sins, confessing our faith before men, and being baptized into Christ.

As we think of God’s goodness to us, and especially the gift of His Son (John 3:16), it should cause us to want to obey and live for Jesus. Romans 2:4 states it this way, “Or do not despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.”

The goodness of God that leads us to become a Christian should cause us to always be faithful to Him, and He will take us to heaven at the end of our journey on earth. – Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#goodness-of-god

House fire brings great loss

Doug and I were coming home from visiting and eating out with a cousin Thursday afternoon. We passed a house that drew our attention. It was no longer there. It had burned.

Doug said, “Look there. That house has burned.” We both were saddened to see the house destroyed by fire. We didn’t know the people who lived in the house, but there was a great loss to a family and it saddened us.

We were riding quietly and my mind was churning about the house, the fire, the loss, the disturbance of the family and other things. Think with me about it, please.

The fire was unexpected. They didn’t know the day or the hour it would happen.
They were unprepared for the fire. Who prepares for a fire, right? They could have been prepared, and perhaps they were, with fire insurance.
The fire caused lots of heartaches. It made them sad.
The fire likely took the most precious worldly possessions they had.
They will never be able to see or hold those prized possessions ever again.
The fire left them with the knowledge that nothing will ever be the same.

As devastating as the fire was in all the above ways, I thought about our souls and how much more devastating it would be to lose them.

Death will come unexpectedly, just like the fire. Death will come whether we are prepared or not. It is coming. Death will cause lots of heartache for loved ones, but far more heartaches for them if we have not made preparation to go to heaven. Death will take us from our loved ones, leaving a void in their lives. Death is final. Things will never be the same once death comes. After death comes the judgment. At death, our destiny is sealed. There is not one more invitation in which to respond. There is no turning around and coming back. No amount of pleading or begging will help. At death, we are headed for eternity, ready or not.

There are lots of similarities between a house fire and a death in the family. Are you ready? You can be, you know. Why not think seriously about your soul’s destiny and prepare for it today? Do you need help in knowing just what to do to be saved? We can help you with that and will be honored to do so. Prepare today and protect yourself with heavenly insurance.

What does the Bible say about rightly dividing the Bible

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
There are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though all of these 66 divisions are God’s inspired word, we must understand that the Old Testament is not a law binding on us today. Jesus came and fulfilled the old law and gave us the new law of the New Testament (Matthew 5:17; Colossians 2:14).
The unity of the Bible shows that one mind guided the writing of the Bible and that was God as He directed men to write the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). These 66 books were written by about 40 different authors. They wrote over a period of about 1500 years; living in widely separated parts of the world; speaking different languages; having various backgrounds; obviously many of them not knowing each other. Yet, when all of their writings are brought together they are in harmony, showing their message comes from God. That message may be summed up in the purpose of the Bible as the salvation of man through Jesus Christ that brings glory to God.
Rightly dividing God’s word describes an important principle involved in properly understanding the Bible as we obey and apply its teachings to our lives. We must properly divide or distinguish between the commands God gave to people in the Old Testament, and the commands He expects us to keep in our Christian Age.
To be saved from sin and prepare for heaven we must believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess our faith, be baptized, and live for Jesus.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

 

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