4-12-2017 Are All Saved?

“We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10 NKJV).  God is the “Savior of all men” but not all are saved, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV).  God has made His offering for any who will accept it. “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12 NKJV).  Scripture is given “for obedience to the faith” (Romans 16:26 NKJV).  Jesus said: “if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24 NKJV).  “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

#sacrifice, #saviour, #sins

11-17-2016 Jesus Shows Us His Way

In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus sat down to eat at a Pharisee’s house, “a woman in the city who was a sinner” washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, anointed them with fragrant oil.  The Pharisee thought Jesus was wrong to let a “sinner” touch Him.  After Jesus’ parable to Simon, Jesus said, “’Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.’ Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 7:47-48 NKJV)1) On earth, Jesus could pronounce sins forgiven, because He was God.  2) What her sins were doesn’t matter, but coming to Jesus to be saved does! 3) Jesus says to all of us, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV) and in Heaven He saves those who obey.

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

#baptized, #forgiven, #sins

5-13-2015 Who Is A “Christian?” #2

Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:25-26 NKJV). Saul of Tarsus was one of those who was called a “Christian.” Saul had not been saved on the road to Damascus, for Jesus had told him to “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). After 3 days, Ananias told Saul to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV), then “he arose and was baptized” (Acts 9:18 NKJV). Saul was a “Christian.” Are you a “Christian?”

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

#baptized, #christians, #sins, #wash-away

5-14-2015 Who Is A “Christian?” #3

Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:25-26 NKJV).

Saul became the Apostle Paul who wrote, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3-4 NKJV). Since baptism entered the death of Christ Jesus, Paul did not believe he had been saved by prayer before he was baptized or that baptism began his “newness of life.” He believed as he was told, that in baptism, his sins were washed away (Acts 22:16). Paul was a “Christian,” are you?

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

#baptized, #christians, #newness-of-life, #prayer, #sins, #washed

4-13-2015 “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41) – Forgives Sins

1 John 3:4 NKJV says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Since sin is the violating of God’s Law, only God can forgive sin. Jesus said a miracle showed He had “power on earth to forgive sins” and then healed a paralyzed man instantly (Mark 2:1-12 NKJV). No Apostle or church of Christ was ever to “forgive sins,” but they preached Jesus Christ as “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV). No one today has the right either to claim to forgive sins with “works of penance,” or make up their own rules on how to be forgiven by God with “a sinner’s prayer!” Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

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

#forgiveness, #miracle, #sinners-prayer, #sins, #works-of-penance

2-23-2015           Mixed-up Morals

“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). It’s not enough that some people want to sin and ignore the love of God, but many, it seems, want to condemn any who express concern for their souls. Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7 NKJV). Christians should follow Jesus’ example and show compassion on sinners, to “save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:23 NKJV). Concern is not condemnation.

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

#sins, #world-hates

(#198) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:24-Wanna Abet?

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 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 29:24: “Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.”

Solomon has already judged against agreeing to uphold someone else’s debt (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26-27; 27:13), now he warns against sharing in someone’s sin! The gang members, driver of the get-away vehicle, owner/renter of a meth lab house, participants in the crime, are all as guilty as the one who actually commits the sin! This proverb shows that the one who shares in “thievery,” for instance, will end up losing his/her honesty and integrity by swearing “to tell the truth, but reveal[ing] nothing.”

The truth of this proverb remains unchanged in the New Testament Law of Jesus Christ: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22); “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32). Saul of Tarsus may not have stoned the first martyr for Jesus Christ, Stephen, but Saul protected the coats of those who did the stoning (Acts 7:54-60)! This still bothered him toward the end of his spiritually-productive life (1 Timothy 1:12-16)!

Choose your associates and friends carefully; be well aware of what they’re up to; have the courage to avoid damning situations! They may actually “think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:4).

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

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