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  • John T. Polk II 9:36 pm on 2017-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    1-6-2017 Who Is In Christ 

    “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NKJV).  After His resurrection, Jesus added His baptism to belief: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Paul wrote to the Galatians: “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man” (Galatians 1:11 NKJV), and added: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27 NKJV).  According to Jesus, none are saved before baptism, and according to Paul, none are children of God before being “baptized into Christ.” Are you “in Christ?”

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  • John T. Polk II 10:38 pm on 2016-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    11-17-2016 Jesus Shows Us His Way 

    In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus sat down to eat at a Pharisee’s house, “a woman in the city who was a sinner” washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, anointed them with fragrant oil.  The Pharisee thought Jesus was wrong to let a “sinner” touch Him.  After Jesus’ parable to Simon, Jesus said, “’Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.’ Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 7:47-48 NKJV)1) On earth, Jesus could pronounce sins forgiven, because He was God.  2) What her sins were doesn’t matter, but coming to Jesus to be saved does! 3) Jesus says to all of us, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV) and in Heaven He saves those who obey.

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  • John T. Polk II 7:04 pm on 2016-09-22 Permalink | Reply
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    9-19-2016 Can Baptism Save? 

    Gospel salvation commands sinners to, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  Some people will say almost anything to keep you from being baptized like that.  But what about John the Baptist’s baptism?  Paul explained:  “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus” (Acts 19:4 NKJV). Jesus asked the question: “The baptism of John–was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11:30 NKJV).  If John’s water baptism was “for the remission of sins,” how say some that “baptism cannot save at all?”  If John’s water baptism was authorized by God, how say some that “water baptism is of the Devil?” As Jesus said, “answer me!”           

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  • John T. Polk II 11:02 pm on 2016-05-04 Permalink | Reply
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    5-4-2016 Becoming A Christian 

    After Jesus had died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, He appeared to the Apostles, “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted” (Matthew 28:17 NKJV). “Doubted” simply means their mind was divided on how far to go with belief.  To them, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV).  Today, people believe Jesus is the Christ, but are not sure about being baptized.  Listen to the Lord who loves you and was raised from the dead.  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 3:53 pm on 2016-04-20 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baptized, , saved by prayer   

    4-19-2016 Salvation And Prayer 

    In the New Testament, there is no record of a sinner being saved by prayer alone.  When the church of Christ began, sinful Jews asked, “what shall we do?”  Peter told them to, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).  The first Gentile sinner, Cornelius, was praying, but was told to send for Peter to tell him saving words (Acts 10:30; 11:14 NKJV).  Peter “commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV).  Saul of Tarsus saw Jesus, Who sent him into Damascus where he prayed, and was told to “be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV).  None of them were told to pray, claim their salvation, or join the church of their choice.

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  • John T. Polk II 3:42 pm on 2016-04-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baptized, , religious confusion   

    4-11-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #1 

    Because of all of the confusion in religion throughout the world and history, atheists argue there is no “god” to speak clearly.  They have completely ignored the unity of the people when God has been obeyed as He spoke. The resurrected Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).  Churches of Christ were established without confusion:  in Rome, “so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:5 NKJV); in Galatia, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ…you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27-28 NKJV).  “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 3:11 pm on 2016-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    4-8-2016 Who Is God #10 

    Can people only pray and receive a spiritual relationship with God? Saul of Tarsus certainly had tried for “three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank” (Acts 9:9). But it wasn’t until Ananias said, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV). His fervent prayers did not begin his relationship with God until he was baptized to “wash away” his sins. Later, as the Apostle Paul, he wrote, “for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:16 NKJV). The “pattern” for all who believe on Jesus Christ included “baptism” to wash away his sins! Our spiritual relationship with God begins by following the “pattern.”

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  • John T. Polk II 6:01 pm on 2016-03-24 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baptized, , , death on the cross, loved   

    3-22-2016 Sinners Need God’s Love 

    Everybody on earth needs to be loved. Many are the shattered, battered lives in people who think they are too vile for God to love them. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). The greatest demonstration of God’s love to sinners was Jesus’ death on the cross. Everyone must also know that “whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him” (1 John 2:5 NKJV). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). To every creature in “the world” Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Accept His love by moving toward Him.

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  • John T. Polk II 9:06 am on 2016-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    3-8-2016 The Gift Of The Holy Spirit 

    The church of Christ began when the Apostles commanded “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). “The gift of the Holy Spirit” was only given by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands. Later, when Samaritans “were baptized,” Peter and John were sent to them, “who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:15-17 NKJV). There are no Apostles today to give “the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
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    • Don Ruhl 11:20 am on 2016-03-12 Permalink | Reply

      John, What do you do with Romans 8.11 that says the Spirit dwells in our mortal bodies, and Galatians 4.6 that says because we are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts?

      • John T. Polk II 3:06 pm on 2016-03-20 Permalink | Reply

        To those who were baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-18), Romans 8 encourages walking “according to the Spirit” 8:1 by “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” 8:2, which is the instrumentality through which the Spirit influences and guides 8:4-8. A Christian life, therefore, is one directed by “the law of the Spirit of life” which “dwells in” us 8:9. If that law “dwells in” us, “Christ is in you” 8:10, and our sinful body is “dead” “but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” 8:10. Our “mortal bodies” will receive life by the same Spirit that inspired the writings by which we are guided. After all, Jesus said, “”It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63 NKJV).
        Until the New Testament was finished, miraculous workings of the Holy Spirit, bestowed by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands (Acts 8:12-19), was given to some who obeyed the Gospel. Paul asks the Galatians, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Galatians 3:5 NKJV). In other words, did these miraculous deeds come to them while they were under Moses’ Law, or to those who obeyed Jesus Christ? The answer comes after 3:19-29 has made them “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,” “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts” 4:6. When the word “was confirmed” by miracles (Mark 16:16-20), then a Christian “who is taught the word” should share “good things” with “him who teaches” (Galatians 6:6). If the Holy Spirit, Himself, dwells in each Christian’s heart, why should he teach, and whom does he need to teach?

        • Don Ruhl 7:12 pm on 2016-03-24 Permalink | Reply

          John,

          Romans 8.11 makes clear that He who raised Christ from the dead will do it by means of the Spirit who dwells in us. It seems that you believe any reference to the Holy Spirit is a reference to miracles, but why do you believe that way?

          In that passage, Paul spoke of the Spirit as dwelling in us as a matter of fact. Also, Galatians 4.6, speaking of all Christians, for Paul said, “because you are sons,” declares that the Father has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.

          If God wanted us to get the idea that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, how else would he have said it, other than the way that He said it?

          Don

    • Weylan Deaver 1:42 pm on 2016-03-12 Permalink | Reply

      John, there is much with which to disagree in your short post. I would put it, rather, that the church began when the Spirit descended on the disciples in Acts 2. They had already been born of water by submitting to John the Immerser’s baptism for the remission of sins, and, when the Spirit was poured out on them by Jesus after his ascension (Acts 2:4), they were now born of Spirit, thus meeting both requirements for entrance into the kingdom, as stipulated by Jesus (John 3:5). When the first saints entered the kingdom, then you had the church of Christ in existence on earth. The Spirit is given to the obedient (Acts 5:32; 2:38), and “poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:6), as Joel had prophesied (Joel 2:28), and as John had promised to all his hearers (Luke 3:16). The passages mentioned by brother Ruhl are apropos, as well as a host of others. True, there are no living apostles to give any “gift” today. But, then again, apostles never gave the “gift” of the Spirit to anybody. That was always God’s doing, whether it involved the miraculous (1 Cor. 12:11) or the Spirit as given to indwell every saint (1 Cor. 6:19).

      • John T. Polk II 3:20 pm on 2016-03-20 Permalink | Reply

        Weylan, Thanks for reading these “Minutes,” and I hope some others may catch your attention.
        The baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles had nothing to do with their conversion, as mentioned in John 3:5. Have you not read that Peter said the Pentecost event was not for their conversion, but the fulfillment of Joel 2:28-32?
        After that, until the New Testament was finished being written and confirmed (Mark 16:16-20), any reference to the Holy Spirit, Himself, being in Christians, must be tempered by Acts 8:12-19 and Acts 19:1-7 as occurring through the Apostles’ hands. Those who received “the Spirit who is from God,” spoke those things they received in men’s words (1 Corinthians 2:7-13), until the written word was finished. Paul did not anticipate Christian’s miraculous reception of the Holy Spirit beyond that point, because the Holy Spirit said through him: “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37 NKJV). We must understand the Holy Spirit through the Holy Spirit’s own book.

      • Weylan Deaver 1:20 pm on 2016-03-21 Permalink | Reply

        John,

        If baptism in the Spirit “had nothing to do with their conversion” (as you say), it did have everything to do with their entrance into Christ’s kingdom, which they could not accomplish without being “born of water and of the Spirit,” which includes immersion in both, and which applies to everybody who would enter the kingdom, including us. The about-120 disciples did not need converting on Pentecost because they were already disciples. What they needed was the Spirit so they could enter the kingdom (having already been immersed in water unto the remission of sins via John’s baptism).

        Peter’s audience in Acts 2 did need converting. They had not been born of water or Spirit. They needed both, which Peter indicated at v. 38. The descent of the Spirit in Acts 2 was the beginning of the fulfillment of Joel 2:28ff., but you fail to see its ongoing application (Acts 2:39, etc.). We are in agreement miracles have ceased, but it is not accurate to hold that reception of the Spirit is, itself, a miracle (e.g., the human body’s reception of a soul at conception is supernatural, but not a miracle). I agree with you that “We must understand the Holy Spirit through the Holy Spirit’s own book.” That Book teaches about the Spirit’s ongoing, active role in the saint’s life, providing blessings additional to, and in harmony with, the Bible itself.

        Given your view of John 3:5, you have the (insurmountable, in my judgment) task of proving that “born of” means both immersion and non-immersion for us (a contradiction). Or, you could claim John 3:5 is not applicable to us, in which case you surrender water baptism. I understand the principle that one passage can throw light on another passage, but we ought not let assertion based on presupposition lead to interpretation which does violence to the text.

    • LaraIngalls 2:51 am on 2016-03-14 Permalink | Reply

      And a follow up question: Is there a distinction to be made between “receiving the Holy Spirit” (which would indwell every Christian) and the “gifts of the Holy Spirit” (the prophecying, speaking in tongues, etc., that 1 Corinthians tells us will cease and that Scripture demonstrates involved the apostles &/ or God’s intervention)?

      • Weylan Deaver 3:02 pm on 2016-03-14 Permalink | Reply

        I believe there definitely is. All Christians (past, present, future) receive the Spirit. No Christians are performing miracles today. Only some Christians–even in the days when miracles were happening–ever had the ability to perform miracles by the Spirit.

  • John T. Polk II 12:13 pm on 2016-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    2-9-2016 Organized Religion 

    It is impossible to be a Christian and stay out of “organized religion.” After Jesus’ resurrection, people asked the Apostles “what shall we do?” “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42 NKJV). “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). Those who obeyed the Gospel immediately were added to the church of Christ and assembled to worship God. Those saved were “organized” by God’s Word.

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  • John T. Polk II 12:23 pm on 2016-01-15 Permalink | Reply
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    1-13-2016 Willful Ignorance 

    On January 7, 2016, Edward Archer shot and wounded a Philadelphia policeman. Archer was wearing a Muslim cloak, confessed he did this “in the name of Islam;” and his mother said he was a Muslim. But Philadelphia Mayor, James Kenney, said: “In no way, shape or form does anyone in this room believe that what was done represents Islam.” There are people who are “willfully ignorant” (2 Peter 3:5), that is, they refuse to see, or admit to, the facts. Peter was discussing “scoffers” who reject the abundant evidence for the world-wide flood in Noah’s day, but this applies to anyone who willfully refuses to accept plain truth. Jesus Christ said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), and the willfully ignorant will claim “baptism has nothing whatever to do with salvation.” Jesus said, “if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV).

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  • John T. Polk II 10:10 am on 2015-12-15 Permalink | Reply
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    12-10-2015 Baby Jesus #2 

    This time of year, in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, many don’t seem to understand some things. For instance, when Jesus birth was announced the shepherds, suddenly there appeared “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'” (Luke 2:13-14 NKJV)  But Jesus’ birth did not mean there would be “peace” all over the earth. Moses’ Law was “to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:24-27 NKJV). “Peace, goodwill toward men” is for those who are “baptized into Christ.” Do you have that peace?

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  • John T. Polk II 1:52 pm on 2015-11-25 Permalink | Reply
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    11-23-2015 Worldly Living 

    Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are: clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

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  • John T. Polk II 11:07 am on 2015-09-15 Permalink | Reply
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    9-3-2015 “I Know I’m Saved” 

    Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV). Some people contradict this by saying, “But I know I’m saved before I was baptized.” Really? How? Scripture says: “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-5 NKJV). No one can “know” they are saved, unless they have believed and been baptized in order to be saved.

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  • John T. Polk II 11:24 am on 2015-08-15 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baptized, , , rebelled, , unbelievers   

    8-11-2015 The Israelites’ Example 

    God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, leading them through Moses. “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land(Hebrews 11:29 NKJV). The Apostle Paul said they “all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:2 NKJV). But they refused to enter the Promised Land, and rebelled against God. Concerning those “twenty years old and above” (Numbers 14:29), God swore “that they would not enter His rest…who did not obey…So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18-19 NKJV). (1) No one was saved without being baptized; (2) Baptized believers could become unbelievers; (3) “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11 NKJV). No “once-saved-always saved” here!

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