Tuesday, October 6, 2009

“What about 'This' Verse – 101”

“What about This Verse – 101”

(Isaiah 1:18) Come now, = and = let us = “REASON TOGETHER”, = says Jehovah [God]; = though your sins are as scarlet, = they shall be as white as snow; = though they are red like crimson, = they shall be like wool.

Recently I had written a Blog… on Salvation & Water Baptism. I had some ‘varied responses’ asking about some ‘other verses’ that I had not used in that writing, due to space constraints. Perhaps may I first, share some of the technique that I use to find ‘Spiritual Truth’… in the Bible. Although it takes some time to find… ‘The Truth’… we first need to “First” believe God and His Word… above all that we have been… ‘Taught or Think’.

(Luke 4:4) And = Jesus = answered him [Satan], = saying, = It is written = that "man shall not = live by bread alone, = but = by every = Word of God."

(Numbers 23:19) God = is not a man = that = He should Lie, = neither = the son of man = that He = should repent. = Has He said, = and = shall He = not do it? = Or = has He spoken, = and = shall = He = not make it good?

(1Corinthians 2:13-14) These things = we also speak, = not in words = which man's wisdom teaches, = but = which the = Holy Spirit = teaches, = comparing = spiritual things = with spiritual.
(1Cor 2:14) But = the Natural man [Not Born Again] = does Not receive = the things [Word] = of the Spirit of God, = for = they are = Foolishness = to him; = neither = can he know them, = because = they are = spiritually discerned.

These verses are simply saying… that the Holy Spirit… teaches the Truth of the Word of God. God cannot Lie and so mankind is instructed to go to… “God’s Word”… for the ‘Truth’, that pertains to each and every facet of life. The instructions for all ‘Spiritual’ things can… ‘Always be Found’… in the Bible and through its Truths, revealed in its pages. The Bible is not a compilation of just… Books, Chapters and Pages! Its Truth is woven through its verses… like a “Tapestry!”

Did you know… that in the Bible, there are listed… “66-Books” = “1189-Chapters” = “31,103-Verses!” How then can anyone take… “One Single Verse”… and make a theology? It is simply impossible. The Bible was written in Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament. The Bible… “Is NOT A Fact Book”… even though it contains Facts! The Bible is… “Not a ‘Complete’ history book”… even though it contains… History! The Bible contains Science… even though it is… “Not a ‘Complete’ Science Book!”

There are many “Agnostics”…
who openly mock the Bible and try to disprove a single verse or even some multiple verses… using ‘Human Logic’. The Bible is a book of… “Spiritual Truth and Spiritual Principles”… with ‘real world’ examples. But also with numerous examples of the… ‘Consequences of Disobedience’… to the Word of God! It speaks of ‘Satan’, his fall and continued rebellion against God. It also speaks of his… ‘Authority and Power’… to blind the minds of those ‘who’ are against… “God and His Holy Word!”

(2Corinthians 11:13-14-15) For = such ones = are false apostles, = deceitful workers, = transforming themselves = into = the apostles of Christ.
(2Cor 11:14) Did not even = Satan = marvelously transform = himself = into an = angel of light?
(2Cor 11:15) Therefore = it is no great thing = if = his ministers = also transform themselves = as [false] ministers of righteousness, = whose end = shall be according = to their works.

(2Corinthians 4:3-4) But also = if = our gospel = is hidden, = it is hidden = to those = who are being lost,
(2Cor 4:4) In their case, = the god of this world [Satan] = has blinded = the minds = of those = who = do not believe = to keep them = from seeing = the light = of the glorious = gospel of Christ, = Who is the [visible] image of God. [Colossians 1:15]

(Luke 8:11-12) And = the parable is this: = The seed = is the = Word of God.
(Luke 8:12) Those = by the roadside = are the ones = who hear; = then = the Devil comes = and = takes the Word = out of their hearts, = lest = they should believe = and = be saved.

(Luke 4:6-7) And = the Devil = said to Him [Jesus], = All this power = I will give You, = and = the glory of them; = for it has been delivered = to me. = And = I = give it to = whomever I will.
(Luke 4:7) Therefore = if = You [Jesus] = will worship me [Satan], = all = shall be yours.

Perhaps now… you can see in these verses, the authority and power, that Satan has over those that … ‘Do Not’… “Believe the Word of God!” The complete Word of God is the… ‘Final & Only’… Authority of God… about His Truth! All others… ‘Are Just Wrong Opinions’… which are “NOT” in complete agreement with… “God and His Word!” Perhaps that is why… so many ‘Hate’ the Bible… for its Truth!

(1Thessalonians 5:21) Prove = ‘ALL’ = things, = hold fast = to the good.

(John 17:17) Sanctify them = through = Your Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.

(Isaiah 8:20) To the Law = and = to the Testimony [of the Word of God]! = If = they = do not speak = according to = this Word, = it is = because = no light = is in them.

(Acts 17:11) These people = were more receptive = than those = in Thessalonica. = They were very willing = to receive = the Word, = and = every day = they = carefully examined = the Scriptures = to see = if = those things = were so [or not].

These verses simply… state that the Truth of the Word of God, is God’s Truth… and that we ‘Ourselves’… are “Personally Responsible” to God… for ‘what’ we believe. Did you see that those disciples of Christ… willing received The Word… and then… ‘Verified its Truth’… with Other Scriptures? Remember when in a previous paragraph, I stated, that the Scriptures were like a… “Tapestry?” “God’s Truth”… is woven throughout… the Bible and ‘not’ just in one verse. It is as the… “Contiguous Truth”… not just found in one chapter, verse or thought. Perhaps an example of the Heart?

(2Chronicles 12:14) And = he did the evil = because = he = ‘Did Not’ = “Prepare” = his heart = to seek Jehovah [God].

(Ezra 7:10) For = Ezra = had “Prepared” = his heart = to seek = the law of the LORD, = and = To = Do It, = and = To Teach = in Israel = statutes and judgments.

(James 1:22) Keep on = being = Doers of = “The Word”, = and = Not = merely hearers = who = [continually] deceive themselves.

When reading through… the Old Testament some years ago, I came upon these verses. Since first reading… “2Chronicles 12:14”… I have taken God’s Truth from His Word… and always prepared my heart… before Worship, Prayer and especially before any… “Bible Study of the Truth in God’s Word! Did you notice in… Ezra 7:10… “To Do?” This is part of that… "Tapestry of Truth”… woven throughout God’s Word. ‘James 1:22’… simply is part of that Tapestry, along with many other verses… especially… “Luke 6:46!” Now… to that verse in Question…!

(1Peter 3:21)[Original ‘1611’ - KJV- version] The like figure whereunto, euen Baptisme, doth also now saue vs, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answere of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Iesus Christ.

(1Peter 3:21)[KJV] The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

(1Peter 3:21) [ISV] Baptism, which is symbolized by that water, now saves you also, not by removing dirt from the body, but by asking God for a clear conscience based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

(1Peter 3:21) [MKJV] which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

(1Peter 3:21)[Amplified Bible] And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here I have provided… “Five Separate English Translations”… of this verse from the Original Greek Text. The most accurate is the “Amplified Bible”… for sometimes it takes ‘Several English Words’… to correctly translate ‘one word’ from the ‘Greek Text’. Greek agrees in person, number and gender. Nowhere in any of these Translations… does it indicate that… Water Baptism is… Nothing more than an “Allegory”… or… ‘Word Picture’… of the Death, Burial and Resurrection… of Christ Jesus… from the Dead!

Did you notice… “The Answer of a Good Conscience towards God?” Please… tell me how… ‘Water Baptism’… which is only a symbol… can give you or anyone a… “Clear Conscience”…? “It cannot!” There are even those that have switched churches and had to be… ‘Water Baptized Again’. Which of the Two or Three or More… Water Baptisms… was Valid?

IF you ‘believe’ that Water Baptism… saves anyone… please proved me and others with… ‘Chapters & Verses’… of ‘Other Similar Bible Verses’? They have ‘To Validate’… “1Thessalonians 5:21 = Prove All Things”… about a… “Good Conscience”… just from Water Baptism…?” There are… “NONE!” Rather the… “Opposite!”

(Ephesians 2:8-9-10) For = by such grace = you = have been saved = through faith. = This does not come = from you; = it is = the gift of God
(Eph 2:9) and = not the result = of = works, = lest anyone = boast.
(Eph 2:10) For = we are = His masterpiece, = created = in Christ Jesus = for good works = that God = prepared long ago = to be = our way of life.

(Titus 3:4-to-7) But when = the kindness = and = love of God = our Savior = toward mankind = appeared,
(Tit 3:5) Not by = works of righteousness = which we = have done, = but = according to = His mercy = He saved = us, = through = the washing of regeneration = and = renewal of = the Holy Spirit,
(Tit 3:6) Whom = He = poured out = on us abundantly = through Jesus Christ = our Savior,
(Tit 3:7) That = being justified = by = His grace, = we should become = heirs = according to = the hope of = eternal life.

(1Corinthains 12:13) For also = by one Spirit = we are all = baptized into = one body, = whether = Jews or Greeks, = whether = bond or free, = even All = were made to drink = into one Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:4) There is = one body = and = one Spirit, = even as you are called = in = one hope = of your calling,
(Eph 4:5) one Lord, = one faith, = one baptism,
(Eph 4:6) one God = and = Father of all, = Who = is above all = and through all = and in = you all.
(Eph 4:7) But = to = every one = of us = is given = grace = according to = the measure = of the gift of Christ.

These Salvation Verses… simply are a… Tapestry of God’s Grace = Un-Merited Pardon = to we sinners. Even “The Spirit Baptism = 1Corinthians 12:13…”… which is ‘Not Water Baptism’… is the only Baptism listed in the… “One’s”… of Ephesians 4. Perhaps a re-read of the Blog… “Salvation & Water Baptism -101”… will help you better understand that ‘Water Baptism’… is only a symbol… and Not God’s Grace! It is a Human Work… done by humans… and Not God’s Grace!

Perhaps may I… leave you with a “Help”…? There are many ‘on line’ English translations of the Bible available. Here is a “Free Bible Software”… link, where you can download many English and Foreign Language Translations of the Bible… to your Personal Computer. There are also the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament texts there. Many Asian and European translations are there also. It provides many Bible Study Helps and Maps.


But, remember “One” thing…!
You need to… prepare your heart… “Ezra 7:10”… before you do any “Bible Study!” An oak tree does not grow overnight such as mushrooms do. It takes time and study and a heart yielded to… “God’s Truth”… found in… “God’s Word!”

(Jeremiah 29:13) And = you = shall seek Me [God] = and = find Me, = when = you = search = for Me = with = all = your heart.

Thank you for Your EAR! Roger //Email//

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