1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is,
or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value.
We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:24
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5,14
And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16
A systemic spiritual problem that we have in the U.S. has two, major parts. Part one is that the majority of those professing Christ think or have been told by their leaders that they are born again when they are not. Churches are preaching a perverted gospel and souls are being deceived. When one is truly born again, no one needs to inform that person of the experience. It is a real experience that becomes part of one's life and testimony. The day you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost is a day you can mark on your calendar. No one can ever take that experience and reality from you. It's a down payment on and taste of the world to come. When you have it and you nurture it, you will long for the world to come and like the old hymn says, the things of earth become strangely dim.
When I ask people who say they are Christians, including those among the multitude of men claiming to be pastors, what one needs to do to become a Christian, I get a lot of similar and yet varied answers, the collection of which is very vague and not the clear note and certain sound of the gospel the original, Jewish, apostles preached. I then try to steer the conversation to an emphasis on the words of Jesus, "You must be born again." In my own youth, I was told that I was born again when I was not and it nearly cost me the destruction of my life and eternal soul. Since being Spirit born is a requirement of salvation, it isn't something someone else can tell you you've experienced. One must know for oneself beyond shadow of a doubt. If you profess Christ and ever wonder if you are truly born again, please go to the Lord in prayer, study God's word and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. This world is lost and can nit help you if you are nit willin to press in and search fir truth. Jesus is THE truth! Let no man deceive you.
There is only one gospel, one saving message for the entire world and it has a certain form. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Ephesians 4:5 Jesus said, "Upon this rock will I build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Note that Jesus speaks of his church in the singular. To find out what the one church Jesus is building looks like we must reference the only reliable source of eye witness accounts and historical record available to mankind, the Holy Bible, particularly, the New Testament. We must trace back to the day the true church was born on the Jewish feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem 33ad and reject anything less than Biblical terminology when seeking to asertain what gospel the Jewish apostles preached and what structure the early church knew and practiced. Only then will the church that Jesus is building be made manifest and accessible to those who seek truth and the fellowship of the true body of Christ in the earth ne more readily found. The good news it that we do have the New Testament which contains the blueprint for the church Jesus is building. First, let's look at the original, only and everlasting gospel.
Because Jesus said you must be born again, we must search the scriptures to be certain our born again experience matches that of the early church. Again, insisting on Biblical terminology, we must... Obey the Gospel, which entails three keys to salvation. #1. Repent #2. Be baptized in the Name of Jesus for the remission of sins #3. Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 -the clarion call preached by Peter whom Jesus Christ gave the keys to the kingdom of heaven to. Enter the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, succinctly summed up in the singular most key verse and for centuries most neglected verse of salvation:
Please don't stop there but prayerfully, studiously, verify the clear pattern of Acts 2:38 salvation in the following verses for yourself:
Acts 2:38-39: 8:12-20; 10:42-48; 16:27-33; 19:1-7 and 22:16 God is very serious about His message as witnessed in Galatians 1:8-9 and II Thessalonians 1:8-9
#1. Jesus is the leader and we are to follow Godly men only as they follow Christ. #2. The early church knew nothing of a solo pastor/priest hierarchy, nor professional clergy but Jesus really was the leader and the apostles were to ordain elders(plural) in every city -men who met the stringent biblical guidelines and qualifications. If you care to read further on the topic of biblical eldership, please click here but please do so in the fear of the Lord and not man.
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