Believe: Matthew 9.28 VOTD

“When he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.'”

Matthew 9.28

Jesus did not always require faith before healing someone, but when he could develop it in those to be healed, he did, since that was his main interest.

So today why does Jesus always require faith before salvation?

#faith #miracles #VOTD

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4-15-2016 What Is The Church of Christ #5

Before Jerusalem was destroyed, Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5 NKJV).  Bible miracles, however, “are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 NKJV).  After Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, many have come establishing churches “in His name,” and also have deceived many.  But God said of false prophets of old: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV.  “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17 NKJV).  Only the Bible speaks the truth.

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

#churches, #in-his-name, #miracles, #truth

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12-24-2015 One Miracle For One Prophet

God’s Prophet today is none other than Jesus Christ. After Jesus fed 5000 men (not counting women and children!) with 5 barley loaves of bread and 2 small fish, then gathered up 12 baskets full (more than He started with!), “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world’ (John 6:14 NKJV). God made it clear, with such an overwhelming miracle witnessed by thousands, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. “And many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV). God has not given such miraculous demonstrations to endorse anyone else as His Prophet. Jesus’ miracles should lead us to Him and no other.

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

#gods-prophet, #miracles

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9-17-2015 Miracle or Mirage

When a paralyzed man was brought to Jesus, He forgave his sins and said, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins –He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.’ Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!'” (Mark 2:9-12 NKJV). No music, no shouting, no hand-clapping, no lifting, no supporting, no propping up of this man was needed. Jesus did a miracle, but today, we only see cheap imitations.

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

#cheap-imitation, #forgive-sins, #healed, #miracles

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9-11-2015 Why Were Scriptures Written?

“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV). (1) Luke’s “orderly account” would make certain what Theophilus had only heard (i.e. “oral traditions,” or “gossip”); (2) This written Scripture completes the “word delivered;” (3) This “orderly account” was to certify truth distinguished from “many” other narratives; (4) “Certainty” of faith came from sure, written “scripture” and not from any other source!

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

#certainty, #jesus-christ, #miracles, #oral-traditions, #son-of-god, #written-scriptures

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7-22-2015 The Holy Spirit Or The Written Word?

Why do people listen to what God says first but not last? Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit when He said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV). When this happened on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 14-22), “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20 NKJV). Those miracles cease when the word “was confirmed to us” (Hebrews 2:3). Scripture says, “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). The written Word is God’s Message today.

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

#holy-spirit, #miracles, #signs, #written-word

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4-16-2015 “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) – Miracle Worker

Even “the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, ‘What shall we do? For this Man works many signs’” (John 11:47 NKJV). If miracles prove His claim, the number and power of them is overwhelming. In one chapter of Matthew alone (the 8th) Jesus heals: a leper, a paralyzed man, Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever; cast out demons “with a word; stopped a storm on the sea; and cast out so many demons, it drowned about 2000 swine. It’s no wonder, then, that “many of the people believed in Him, and said, ‘When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?'” (John 7:31 NKJV) No one else has done the works that Jesus Christ has done. Read all about it in the Bible.

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

#chief-priests, #miracles, #pharisees, #signs