11-14-2017         “Faith Only” Doesn’t Confess Christ

John 12:42-43: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” “Many” “rulers” among the Jews “believed in” Jesus as the Christ, but “did not confess Him,” though Jesus made it clear about confession. “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9 NKJV). Faith only, without confession, receives “the praise of men,” but not the “praise of God.” It’s pitiful to see people whose faith does not obey.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#believe, #confession, #faith-only


1-25-2017 Believing In Vain

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV).  What Paul preached was that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose to life the third day, all according to the Scriptures. He followed the sinners’ response to “die to sins,” and be “baptized into Christ Jesus’” death (Romans 6:2-3 NKJV). Believing in vain happens when a Christian believes doctrines that deny Gospel truth. Faith becomes “vain,” or empty, if Jesus’ resurrection is denied (1 Corinthians 15:14); or people fellowship God and live in darkness (1 John 1:6); or once-saved, always saved (1 John 1:8); or that people are saved by faith only and before baptism.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#believe, #vain


1-18-2017 Are Demons Saved

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?  Enough to confess who He is? “And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, ‘You are the Son of God’” (Mark 3:11 NKJV). Demons believed and confessed Jesus is “the Son of God.” What did you do to be saved by Jesus: believed? confessed? If you were told that saved you, does that mean “demons” were saved? The Gospel says: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NKJV). People are commanded 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). Are you “saved” like a demon, or obeying “in the name of Jesus Christ?”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#believe, #confess, #demons


3-1-2016 Do You Need A Miracle Today?

The Gospel of Christ saves those who believe. “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:21-23 NKJV). “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23 NKJV). But Jews later said, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?” (John 6:30 NKJV). So we are told, “although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him” (John 12:37 NKJV). The answer to “sign-seekers,” is to “preach Christ crucified.” Bible miracles prove “Jesus is the Christ.”
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#believe, #bible-miracles, #signs


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.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #believe, #know, #saved


(#68) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:13-Pick one: Despise or Fear God’s Word.

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:13: “He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

“Despises” is a verb meaning “having no regard or respect for.” Another proverb applies this principle to prayer: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Without exception, either eternal or physical destruction or both, comes to those who reject God’s Word. Jesus also said: “Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you–Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47). Though Jesus did not come to be the Judge the first time, He will, at His Second Coming (Hebrews 9:27-28), for He said: “”And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

There will be no scoffers, agnostics, atheists, immoral, wicked, or perverse people who “will be rewarded,” for they, all, refuse to “fear the commandment” of God. Solomon said this, and then the Apostle Peter also: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14); “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35). God’s reward is for those who accept His Word and treat it accordingly: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Evil in the Heart

Why do you think evil in your hearts? That was the question Jesus asked those who knew well what He did, but refused to accept His testimony (Matthew 9:4). Evil in this context is refusing to act on the Lord’s word. How often are we guilty of the same? The Lord clearly expressed His will, and yet many are guilty of thinking evil because there is a refusal to accept His testimony. The challenge for us is to accept what the Lord said and implement these words into our lives. If we do not, are we not thinking evil? Whether we believe this or not, the Lord makes it clear we are. If you say you do not understand it, then will you pay special attention to the words of Jesus in order to try and understand (Matthew 13:19)? It is a challenge for each of us.

#believe, #heart, #obedience

The most misued word in the Bible

My vote for the #1 and #2 misused words in the Bible are “believe” and “faith”. Entire denominational doctrines have been built around a non-scriptural definition of these words. Biblical saving faith or belief is not a mere mental assent that Jesus is the son of God and came to save us. James 2 provides an excellent commentary on this whole matter.

#belief, #believe, #faith

Every man, at the bottom of his heart, w…

Every man, at the bottom of his heart, wants to do right. But only he can do right who knows right; only he knows right who thinks right; only he thinks right who believes right.


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The Simple Believes Every Word

Proverbs 14:15:

“The simple believes every word, But the prudent [one who is wise & uses sound judgment] man considers well his steps.”

From whatever source of religious instruction – Investigate, Investigate, Investigate!

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Believe it – JAM

The end of W.W.II was rapidly drawing near. Hiroshima believed that it would never be bombed, because a famous American POW was imprisoned there. Before dropping the atom bomb, the US dropped thousands of pamphlets in Japanese warning the people. They ignored them. Then before the actual raid, a squadron of planes were sent first to sound the siren and give people time to escape. No one paid any attention. Finally, the bomb was dropped and over 100,000 people died. They ignored the warning. How often are we warned that a Judgment Day is coming but do we give it more than a shrug of the shoulders? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#believe, #judgment, #just-a-minute