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


12-4-2015 New Birth Order

“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40 NKJV). No better example of this is found than Jesus’ statement: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Baptism is into Jesus’ death. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). Any salvation offered before baptism is without the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. If not, why not? There is not one passage of Scripture where baptism and salvation/remission of sins are mentioned together that places salvation before baptism. If salvation comes to a sinner without being baptized into Jesus’ death in order to obtain remission of sins, then, as far as their “salvation” is concerned, “Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21).

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

#baptism, #decently, #faith, #in-order, #salvation, #saved


12-2-2015 Salvation Finally Revealed

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4 NKJV). “Our learning” must come from studying the events written in the Bible. God’s plan to save both Jew and Gentile through Jesus Christ, and add the saved to the church of Christ, is in the New Testament, not the Old Testament. Paul wrote that God’s Plan, “in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5 NKJV). Peter commanded Jews, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV); and Gentiles “to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV). Jesus saves “from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39 NKJV).

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

#church-of-christ, #new-testament, #old-testament, #saved


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


7-3-2015 Sin is Sin

No one asked Jesus, “Whose sin is greatest?” But we know the answer: someone else’s! Jesus said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV). Is morality what we don’t do? We don’t murder, but commit adultery? We don’t steal, but we covet? We’re not wicked, but are full of pride? No one’s sin is worse than ours, “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV). Temptations are “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV), and so is sin! Jesus said: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

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

#adultery, #baptized, #believes, #covet, #greatest-sin, #morality, #murder, #pride, #saved, #steal, #temptations, #wicked


4-1-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #3 – Saved Without the Church

Paul told the Ephesian Elders “to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 NKJV). That purchase makes Christians “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). People who obey the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38, 41 NKJV), know that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). People claim they are saved and live a Christian life but have nothing whatever to do with the churches of Christ, have killed Jesus’ purpose in dying on the cross! Since His death purchased the church, and the Lord adds the saved to the church, no one saved is outside His church.

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

#blood-of-christ, #church-of-christ, #remission-of-sins, #saved

I am a sinner but I have been…

I am a sinner, but I have been forgiven by one who loved me and died for me.

There was never anything I did to deserve this. In fact, he died many hundreds of years before I was born.  Another man who lived hundreds of years before I was born told me about the one who died for me.

The apostle Paul wrote, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works,” (Titus 2:11-14 ESV).

Since I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, then I am bound to tell others of my salvation and give thanks to God through him for what he has done for me.

Others may not think that is who I am, but that doesn’t matter. That’s who I must be.

#redeemed, #saved, #sinner

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Once we become a Christian, immersed in the waters of baptism (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4), cleansed in the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7), and sanctified from the world by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9), can we ever be lost?

We know that if we walk in Christ, bringing glory to God, as we find in Scripture, we will remain in the arms of God (Ephesian 2:19; 3:20-21; 4:1).

There are those who teach that a true Christian can never be lost. I agree (Romans 8:1).

However, the question remains as to whether we can leave the Lord by exercising our freewill? Scripture says that we can (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31).

The following articles examine this very important question:

No Condemnation in Christ

Once Saved, Always Saved 1

Once Saved, Always Saved 2

Once Saved, Always Saved 3

I hope you will diligently study these passages and pray about them.


#apostsy, #forthright, #hebrews, #impossibility-of-apostasy, #lost, #once-saved-always-saved, #salvation, #saved

The Fundamentals – The Church

The other day I received in the mail Ministry magazine, a publication of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It comes free to the office (how we begin to get it, I do not know). In the publication was an article titled, “Find the right church” (January 2011, pp. 13-16). The focus of the article was on helping “pastors” find the right church for them with respect to employment. The title, however, is more illustrative of a frame of mind.

From this I gave thought of how a great many people view the church. The church is an institution that one can take or leave, depending upon the whims of the person. Since they think in a denominational sort of way, this is not far from the truth of the matter. However, when one thinks in terms of a biblical position, those who leave the church or take it somewhere the Lord did not purpose for it to go, this is a catastrophic sentiment. Since the Lord established the church (Matthew 16:13-19), only He can determine anything about it. Those who have false ideas about the church need to consider all over again what the teachings of Scripture.

Such a teaching that we are part of a larger denominational entity is biblically false! The Lord’s church is strongly opposed to denominationalism for by its very nature denominationalism is fragmented into to contrary doctrines: contrary to Scripture and contrary to one another. There is more to the Lord’s church than just believing Jesus is Lord, that He died and was resurrected, and His second coming is pending.

The Lord’s church is a necessary institution because 1) Jesus established it (Matthew 16), 2) it was in the mind of God in eternity (Ephesians 3), 3) by it the manifold wisdom of God is declared to all creation (Ephesians 3), 4) through it the local members receive much edification (Acts 14:22), and 5) its benevolent spirit radiates the glory of God (Galatians 6:7-10).

It is a shame when men and women, professing to be Christian, do not know what the Lord said about His body, the institution of which they are, supposedly, members. The church is the blood-bought institution of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are saved are members of His body and members of no man-made institution. It is a challenge to each of us to faithfully live the life of Christ, to faithfully speak the words of Christ, and to cheerfully, lovingly, gently, but firmly share the message of Christ with others. Remember, only those who are members of His church will be saved because there are no saved people outside the Lord’s church!

#church, #denominations, #jesus, #lord, #saved

Lost dog found – JAM

Kobe is a small terrier who is glad to be back with his family after a 1,400-mile trip. The small white dog vanished from his Downey, California home weeks ago but was found by a stranger in Denton, Texas. A microchip implanted in his neck contained his owner’s information. We like to hear stories of lost dogs finding their way back home, but there is a story far more meaningful once told by the Lord. It was about a lost boy who wandered far into a strange land and lost all. But the good news is that he came to himself and returned home. Even angels in heaven rejoice when the lost return home. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #lost, #saved