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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!”           

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

#baptized, #repent, #salvation, #water-baptism

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3-21-2016 None Are Saved IN Sin

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV). This Scripture is often misunderstood by sinners, who think since God loves “the world,” and they are in “the world,” then they may already be saved, though they keep their sinful practices! But verse 19 says, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NKJV). “The world” has people who reject Jesus’ “light,” and practice “evil.” God’s Son saves anyone in the world who will repent and come to Him.

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

#believes, #evil, #misunderstood, #repent, #saved, #the-world

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1-26-2016 Live Good Enough Without Christ

Many seem to think that if they live by Christian principles, they do not need to repent of sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8 NKJV). It’s true that ungodly people may do good, but it is not true that ungodly people who do good do not need to be converted to Jesus Christ. God’s “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 NKJV), but He taught that all must “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), which allows God to work “in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:21 NKJV). Jesus also said, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NKJV).

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

#do-good, #repent, #ungodly-people

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12-8-2015 California Murders

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were murdered by 2 Muslims in San Bernadino, California, and more were seriously wounded. Before the bodies got cold, two things happened: (1) cold-blooded politicians called for “More Gun Laws.” This violates the Constitution we are under, and ignores the fact that California is one of the most gun-regulated States in the Union, but didn’t stop it. Guns don’t kill people, evil hearts do, and Jesus said, “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV). (2) The ignorant New York Daily News headlined: “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Oh, but He IS! He “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV), and will judge “each one,” “according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

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

#constitution, #evil-hearts, #gun-laws, #murder, #muslim, #repent

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7-2-2015 Born Sinners?

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). These continuing actions are violations of God’s Law. Are babies born stealing? Do babies come out of their mothers reviling, that is, using coarse, vulgar language? Are babies born “extortioners,” stealing by force and violence? Certainly not! Such sinful behavior must be learned as they grow up. Just so with “homosexuals” and “sodomites.” No one is born this way, it must be learned as they grow up. Sin is a decision in life, and God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).

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

#babies, #born-sinners, #decision, #extortioners, #homosexuals, #learned, #repent, #reviling, #sodomites, #stealing, #unrighteous

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2-11-2015           Unqualified Love of God?

The only verse many people accept is “God is love” (1 John 4:8 NKJV). They think that means “God loves me regardless of how I live.” They could not be more wrong, for Jesus Christ also said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21 NKJV). Sinners want God to love them as they are, but David said of God, “The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:4-5 NKJV). God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV); and “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).

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

#knowledge-of-the-truth, #love, #repent, #unqualified-love-of-god, #workers-of-iniquity

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(#204) The Proverbs of Solomon 30:21-23-The Earth Is Not Enough

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 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:21-23: “For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up: 22 For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food, 23 A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.”

These are trouble-makers in any society, for these demonstrate a lack of essential qualities of humanity.

1) “A servant when he reigns” will have too many scores to settle! Those souls who begin their journey at the bottom of the scale, and revolt themselves to the “ruling class,” become the most merciless tyrants history has ever seen. Do the names Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao tse-Tung, ad nauseum, come to mind? People who believe their ancestors suffered slavery, but they must exact revenge for it, will justify their own looting, killing, and hatred because of this attitude. Learn a lesson from Zimri in 1 Kings 16:8-20.

2) “A fool when he is filled with food” doesn’t realize from where his food has come! A “fool” doesn’t appreciate or obey God, and since God Almighty is the source of all blessings (James 1:17), humility and thanksgiving are left out of this person’s character. Aptly-named “Nabal” illustrates this when we read 1 Samuel 25:2-42.

3) “A hateful woman when she is married” will only use her marriage to accomplish her wicked ways. Jezebel comes to mind, for she married Ahab and used his power for her own purposes (1 Kings 16:29-34; 18:4, 16-19, 20-40; 19:1-3; 21:1-16). A woman with spiteful intent will be the same whether married or not!

4) “A maidservant who succeeds her mistress,” whether by the mistress’s death, divorce, or husband’s adultery with the maid, the mistress has suddenly achieved “success” without following the proper channels! Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6) illustrates this attitude, and her son, Ishmael, has marked the people who claim to have sprung from his family (Genesis 16:7-16).

The general command of God that will change these people for good is: “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

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

#bible-study, #humility, #marriage, #merciless, #proverbs, #repent, #tyrant