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What is the True Word of God? #1

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WHAT IS THE TRUE WORD OF GOD IN THE BIBLE?

Part One

By John Leier


When I was young I was told about God our creator. I was told
that He was our Father and that Jesus Christ, the Son of God was
my Savior. I was instructed that the only way to go to heaven
after I died was through the church. My parents were instructed,
and believed the same. We were told if we left the church, we
would go to an ever burning hellfire. At that time, I was told
what the Bible said but I was never encouraged to buy a Bible nor
was I ever encouraged to read one. All my knowledge about God
came through the church and from my parents who never read the
Bible, and they belonged to the church. I found out after I came
to a little knowledge of the word of God, (after reading the
Bible) that the church was not the sole communication with our
Holy Father in heaven. It was some time later that I learned that
we were saved through the resurrected Jesus Christ. Also, I
learned that a church does not save you. One is saved by grace;
it is a gift of God and not of yourself.

"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8.

I also learned that this gift of salvation, through grace, was
not obtained by any work one can do. Since it's a gift, we cannot
obtain it ourselves or of ourselves, and we cannot work for it.
How then can we receive this gift of salvation from God? The
apostle Peter answered this at the time of Pentecost. For all
those who were pricked in their hearts, realizing their
sinfulness, Peter said:

"Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" Acts 2:38.

This is of course, an action on your part. Because of this, you
will be able to receive the remission of sins with the promise
that you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Power) from
God. Remember, you must first be called by our Father in heaven.

"So the last will be first, and the first last. for many be
called, but few chosen" Matthew 20:16.

"For many are called, but few are chosen" Matthew 22:14.

Then one might ask, who then can be saved? Scripture asks for us
to have patience.

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he, is and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him" Hebrews 11:6.

Remember that if you diligently seek after God He will reward
you. I also learned this, that knowing about God-is not
salvation, nor is being baptized as an infant, or even as an
adult.

"Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life,
and 1 will raise him up at the last day' John 6:54.

As a very young child, I knew about God, and I know now that God
was always there, and that at times He would help me. However, I
still needed to accept Jesus Christ into my life. I needed to let
Jesus be the focal point of my life.

Boy! What a stubborn character I was, and still am. None the
less, I seek to know more about God and what He would have of me.
I believe He will guide me by His Spirit (power). It is not by
any church doctrine, nor by tradition of man.
I find life a struggle here on earth. Jesus said: "Blessed are
the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" Matthew 5:5. The meek
in our society, at this time, just seem to be overrun. Yet, I
have this hope that God will help us overcome. He will see us
through these difficult times. That is His promise to any who
call upon the Lord, in Jesus' name. Here the true translation of
"name" is, "authority." That is, to believe in His Authority.

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee" Hebrews 13:5.

Given a free will, you must realize that you can leave your
Savior; He will not leave you nor prevent you from leaving Him.
However, if you leave Him, it will be a very great loss to you.

THE NEED TO READ THE BIBLE

After reading the Bible through, I found that what I had been
taught was not quite what the Word of God reveals. One must
really be an individual before God and be open to His Holy Spirit
(Power) to help us understand what the nature of His being is.
Our Father has revealed to us through the Scriptures, that we are
the dust of the earth.

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return
unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return" Genesis 3:19.

"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust' Psalm
103:14.

We are dependent on God our creator, but in His divine wisdom He
has given us a free will, we must choose the way we should go.

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this
day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of
the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD" Joshua 24:15.

By reading the Bible with a sincere desire to know more about our
Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, you will know the truth and it
will make you free.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32.

"In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of
the truth" II Timothy 2:25.

"I have not written unto you because ye do not know the truth,
but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth" I John
2:21.

WE TRY TO BLAME OTHERS

You must choose to do good or to do bad. Now we can reason that
since there is Satan, that Satan (also called a serpent) makes us
do things which are against the will of God. But, Satan cannot
make us do anything, but he tries through temptation. Even Eve
blamed the serpent.

"And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is it that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat"
Genesis 3:13.

I ask, Why? Why do I not have the strength always to do that
which is right? What is the answer? Satan is present in many
forms, he comes as a light to deceive us and to convince us in
many ways that which is against the will of God is the very
things we ought to do.

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light" II Corinthians 11:14.

Many writings and doctrines are simply not true. We must search
the Scriptures and pray for wisdom in discerning what the truth
is.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him"
James 1:5.

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so" Acts 17:11.

Many churches do not want you to search the Scriptures to see if
their doctrines are according to the writings in the word of God,
the Bible. And Satan will try to convince us that God is cruel.
He wants us to believe that if you don't shape-up you will burn
for all eternity (that is to put a false sense of fear in you,
not a respectful fear of our eternal God). Yes, this popular
belief is taught by many Christian churches. But consider, that
it is also taught by many non-Christian religions and most pagan
beliefs. There is a thought here that those who come unto God out
of fear of eternal sufferings in hell will not see the Kingdom of
God. It is most important that you come unto God out of love.
Look at the following verses with this in mind: Perish means-to
cease to exist, and in the Strongs Exhaustive Dictionary, the
Hebrew meanings for #586 and #5487, means to "terminate." Also,
#2704 from the Greek Dictionary means, "to destroy fully."

"Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven,
that one of these little ones should perish" Matthew 18:14

"i tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish" Luke 13:3 and 5.

"That whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlastinq life" John 3:15-16.

When you believe, this everlasting life begins at the return of
Jesus Christ. It will be given to those who have endured until
the end, and it will be according to the will of God at the
resurrection of the believers. It is for those that are in the
graves and those who are alive at His coming. His coming is
described in the following passages.

"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall
be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality' I Corinthians 15:51-53.

The Bible passages tell us that we are mortal and we do not have
immortality at this time. Of our existence, many error and say
Adam was created with an immortal soul in him, when in fact
Adam was created a living flesh.

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul" Genesis 2:7.

Look at the last words "became a living soul." When we look it up
in the Hebrew Dictionary from Strongs Exhaustive Concordance,
looking at numbers 1961, 2416, and 5315, it gives the translation
as "became a living flesh." Also:


"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?" I Corinthians 15:54-55.

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved" II Thessalonians 2:10.

"By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believeth
not, when she had received the spies with peace" Hebrews 11:31.

(Rahab was saved alive in the flesh but she was not given
immortality at that time.)

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance" II Peter
3:9. (Remember, that perish means "cease to exist.")

"All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my
nostrils" Job 27:3. (The breath, or air that we breathe, which is
the "Spirit of God in my nostrils," is the breadth of life. This
is the same that was given to Adam when God created him.)

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul" Genesis 2:7 (Breathed means "to puff, to inflate, or
blow hard," the Hebrew Dictionary from Strongs Exhaustive
Concordance, looking at #5301; see also, #5397, meaning "a puff,
i.e. wind, vital breath."

PLEASE DO NOT BECOME DULL OF HEARING

"Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered,
seeing ye are dull of hearing" Hebrews 5:11.

All the above I call to your attention because there are so many
denominations who have doctrines that say mankind has an immortal
part of him. Look at the truth of Scripture. It is Satan that has
introduced into Christianity the concept of immortality. He made
it appear that our Creator, God, was so foolish that He could do
nothing more than assign the rebellious sinner to everburning
hell-fire. This in turn, would project God as being a cruel
being. The Bible states that all who rebel against God, as well
as Satan, will be destroyed in the very end because of our
loving, merciful Creator, God. But, God is Spirit!

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death" Proverbs 16:25.

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth" John 4:24.

It is very important to know what the Bible reveals to us. We
must know who mankind is in relation to God, our Creator, so that
Satan can not deceive us. Satan, the devil, cannot make you do
anything; he wants you to accept his lies. However, Our Father's
Spirit is greater than Satan. I ask you then; Is God cruel? By no
means is God cruel. Satan's deceiving, false beliefs, has made
God like a wild beast who would have no mercy on its prey. And,
there are churches that sincerely believe that God will condemn
people if they do not follow after their doctrines. But the Truth
of the Word tells us:

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed
the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and
creeping things" Romans 1:22-23.

This inspires me to try to understand just what God's revelation
of Himself, is to us. I find God is a loving God, desiring to
have all of mankind, which He created, to have a free will. He,
God, desires that all mankind come to the knowledge of truth.

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things
to come" John 16:13.

For this we must read and search the Scriptures, being aware that
there are also some mistranslations and misinterpretations, and
mis understood Bible passages, as well as, inaccuracies that may
have come from the way we were raised-up to believe-by the
doctrines of men.
To understand, we must have love, one for another. This love is
an outgoing concern for another person and with our relationship
to God and His Word, the Holy Scriptures. What about all those
who have lived and died not knowing about the Holy Scriptures,
are they eternally lost to an ever-burning hellfire, without
having a chance to know the truth? No! Through God's just
judgment, none will be forsaken; they will have a chance to
choose.

This concludes Part One of "What Is The True Word Of God In The
Bible," -  watch for Part Two of "What Is The True Word Of God In
The Bible-Our Just God" where John will pick up this thread and
show how God is just and that His yoke is worth bearing unto
eternal life.

The following verses also refer to that calling of God: Romans
8:28, 30; Romans 9:24; I Corinthians 1:24; I Corinthians 7:17;
Galatians 1:15; II Timothy 1:9; I Peter 1:15; I Peter 5:10; II
Thessalonians 1:11.

John Leier resides in Minnesota. John states "I asked myself if
there was something that made it impossible to perceive God's
relationship to man? Remembering what I read in Scripture helped
me to realize that our great God did not leave us to wander
around aimlessly, but in fact, gave us guidance in the Bible.
These statements are for those who call upon Jesus' name and God
asks us to reason together with Him for He is not far off. Be
positive that your spirit is in accordance to the complete will
of God."

All Quoted Scripture is from the KJV.

April--June 2011 - ACTS - a magazine published by the CoG7thDay
out of Meridian, ID. USA

To be continued


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