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9-28-2017 Salvation Is Not Miraculous

Salvation is not a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner’s heart. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He stated: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). No one can be saved without hearing and obeying what Jesus said. Saul of Tarsus was making “havoc of the church” of Christ (Acts 8:3 NKJV) when Jesus appeared to him and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NKJV). Saul asked, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Jesus told him to “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). Jesus did not tell Saul what to do. Saul was not saved on the Damascus road. Saul had to believe, and be baptized to be saved! And so must you.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracle, #obedience, #salvation

Your life: Deuteronomy 32.45-47 VOTD

“When Moses finished giving these teachings to the people, he said to them, ‘You must be sure to pay attention to all the commands I tell you today. And you must tell your children to obey completely the commands in this Law. Don’t think these teachings are not important. They are your life! Through these teachings you will live a long time in the land across the Jordan River that you are ready to take.'”

These were some of Moses’ last words to the people of Israel. He emphasized the importance of keeping God’s commandments. They meant life to Israel.

Jesus said the same thing in John 12.48-50 to his followers. We shouldn’t think that grace cancels obedience. How do people today diminish the importance of God’s commands?

#obedience #commandments #VOTD

Plowing and harvest: Exodus 34.21 VOTD

“On six days you may labor, but on the seventh day you must rest; even at the time of plowing and of harvest you are to rest.”

Exodus 34.21

God provided no exceptions to the observance of the sabbath. No special circumstances, such as plowing or harvest, gave the Israelites the possibility of opting out of this weekly rest.

Faithfulness to God’s commands does not permit the saints to judge when they may be disregarded. What commands do people today tend to set up exceptions or special circumstances for?

#sabbath #obedience #VOTD

Never death: John 8.51 VOTD

“I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”

John 8.51

The Jews could not accept this claim of Jesus’, because they were disobedient to God’s will and did not belong to God, v. 47. They rightly understood that such a promise could only come from one who was greater than Abraham.

The condition that Jesus sets down is also rejected by many religious people today. They refuse to obey God in order to escape eternal death. But the Lord’s emphatic introduction calls attention to his statement, that cannot be dismissed nor twisted.

#obedience #truth #death #VOTD

Less or more: Numbers 22.18 VOTD

“Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment of the Lord my God to do less or more.'”

Numbers 22.18

Balaam understood well his limits, but he wound up going with Balak, perhaps in hope of finding a way to receive the king’s riches.

In the restriction of God’s command is the freedom to reject wrong motivations.

#commandment #obedience #VOTD

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7-3-2017 The Gospel Guides

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you” (Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV). David clearly states God’s instruction should guide one without being forced to obey. Jesus said things proceeding “out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man” (Matthew 15:18 NKJV). True, evil begins in a heart, but so, also does obedience. Paul “preached to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV), and “you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Romans 6:17 NKJV). “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV). Don’t be forced to be baptized.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptism, #forced, #obedience

Reveal myself: John 14.21 VOTD

“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

John 14.21

In Jesus’ last discourse to the Twelve, before his death, he spoke of great things, such as love and obedience.

In what sense are God’s love and Christ’s love dependent upon obedience to his commands?

#love #obedience #VOTD