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