“The Gospel & the ‘Water Heater’ – 101” …Blog.
*** (John 3:5-to-8) Jesus answered, "Truly, truly I tell you, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
(Joh 3:6) What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
(Joh 3:7) Don't be astonished that I said to you, 'All of you must be born from above.'
(Joh 3:8) The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. That's the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
*** (Genesis 9:12-to-17) And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature with you, for everlasting generations:
(Gen 9:13) I set my rainbow in the cloud. And it shall be a token of a covenant between Me and the earth.
(Gen 9:14) And it shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud.
(Gen 9:15) And I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
(Gen 9:16) And the rainbow shall be in the cloud. And I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
(Gen 9:17) And God said to Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
Can ‘You’ use a ‘Water Heater’ to share the Gospel…? Do ‘You’ see any similarities…? This AM, when returning from ‘Water Aerobics’: this dawned upon me. Christ Jesus and the Bible often use “Word Pictures”… to convey Spiritual Truth. His Holy Word: is like a “Sharp Two Edged Sword” [Hebrews 4:12-13] and a “Fire & Hammer” [Jeremiah 23:39] and “Truth” [John 17:17]. Being ‘Born Again’, or Born from Above, by the Holy Spirit of GOD… uses a “Water” word picture. In the above verses from Genesis, God used “Water” to Judge Mankind… but set a Rain Bow in the sky as a Reminder of His covenant with mankind. The ‘Refraction’ of sun light in the mist; makes a ‘Rain Bow!’ We humans can only live a few days; without ‘Water!’ We cannot live ‘Eternally’ without the Holy Spirit promised to all who would believe… “Conditionally” [John 7:38-39] on Christ Jesus! Just because one says they: ‘Know Jesus’… does ‘Not’ make it so. Remember the “Many” who Christ Jesus spoke about in: “Matthew 7:21-22-23”…? Remember He said… “I [Jesus] Never Knew ‘YOU’… “Depart from ME”… ‘You who practice: “Lawlessness!”
“Where do Christians go ‘Wrong?’ – 101” …Blog.
*** (1Corinthains 12:13) For also by one Spirit we are all baptized [1Corinthians 12:13 & Ephesians 4:5] into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into one Spirit. [John 7:38-39 & Acts 15:8-9]
*** (Titus 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,
*** (1Corinthains 1:17) For Christ did ‘NOT’ send me [Paul] to Baptize; but to Preach the gospel; not in wisdom of words; lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
*** (Romans 11:6) But if by grace, then it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it is of works, then it is no more of grace; otherwise work is no more work.
Water Baptism and Salvation – 101 Blog.
Where do I find the… “Atonement”… used in a Water Heater? The “Finished Work of Redemption” by Christ Jesus; is the eternal payment for: SIN/SINS! But ‘only’ for those: “Truly Born Again!” In essence, ‘ALL’ their SINS are Forgiven; “Past, Present & Future!” When Christ Jesus died on the Cross, some “2,000+ years ago”… all your SINS where in your future! The OT Sacrifices and the “Passover Lamb of God”… pointed to the ‘Future’… One Sacrifice for All Sin: for All Time. In a water heater, there is a… “Sacrificial Anode!” This metal bar or rod: gets dissolved over time as it gives up metallic electrons during the process of… “Ion Migration”. There is also a “Sacrificial Anode” built into most ‘Out Board Motors’ and yes, even into some Ships. These ‘Anodes’ gives up their life; in an effort to save something else. Christ Jesus gave His life… and ‘Rose Again’ for our Justification.
*** (Hebrews 10:12) But this Man [CHRIST JESUS], after He had offered One Sacrifice for sins = FOREVER, = sat Down on the right of God,
(Heb 10:13) from then on expecting = UNTIL = His enemies are made His footstool.
(Heb 10:14) For by ONE Offering He has Perfected = FOREVER = those who are Sanctified.
(Heb 10:15) The Holy Spirit Also is a witness to us; for after He had said before,
(Heb 10:16) "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"
(Heb 10:17) also He adds, "their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more."
(Heb 10:18) Now where Remission of these is, = THERE IS = NO MORE = OFFERING FOR SIN.
“It is ‘Finished!’ – 101”…Blog. [1/2]
“It is ‘Finished!’ – 201”…Blog. [2/2]
*** (2Corinthains 5:17-to-21) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and-look!-all things have become new!
(2Cor 5:18) All of this comes from God, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
(2Cor 5:19) For in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself by not counting their sins against them, and He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
(2Cor 5:20) Therefore, we are Christ's representatives, as though God were pleading through us. We plead on Christ's behalf: "Be reconciled to God!"
(2Cor 5:21) God made the One [Christ Jesus]: Who did not know sin; to be sin for us, so that we might become God's righteousness in Him.
*** (John 10:17-18) This is why the Father [God] loves Me [Jesus], because I lay down my life in order to take it back again.
(Joh 10:18) No one is taking it from Me; I lay it down of my own free will. I have the ‘authority’ to lay it down, and I have the ‘authority’ to take it back again. This is a command that I have received from my Father.
… MOST do not realize that it was: ‘NOT’… the Roman soldiers –> that nailed Christ Jesus to the Cross…! It was the “SINS” of… “ME, My Sins”… that Nailed ‘HIM’ to that Cross…! True Biblical Confession happens ‘Only’ –> when we are willing to take that… “Personal Responsibility” of: –> “My Sins Nailed ‘HIM’ [Christ Jesus]:–> there to that Cross”…!
“What is ‘Confession’ of SIN – 101” …Blog.
*** (1Jn 1:9-10) If we make it our habit to confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [Proverbs 28:13 & Romans 6:1-2]
(1Jn 1:10) If we say that we have never sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is ‘not’ in us.
*** (Hebrews 9:14) how much more will the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God; cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we may serve the “Living God!”
“Understanding ‘Forgiveness’ – 101” …Blog. [1/4]
Did ‘You’ realize that God speaks… through Creation. Surely ‘You’ know “Psalms 19”…? He also speaks by His Holy Word. If: ‘You’ know Him as your “Savior & Lord”… Then: do ‘You’… “Listen & Obey”: “HIM?” You cannot do that, IF: ‘You’ do not spend time ‘Reading & Studying’ His Holy Word! He met with His Father each morning. Do ‘You’ meet with your heavenly Father; just as Christ Jesus did…? His Holy Word will refocus your perspective and give ‘You’ special insights to ‘Life!’ Take it as a ‘Pleasure’ and… “Not as a Chore!”
*** (Mark 1:35) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, HE [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
*** (1Samuel 3:21) And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the LORD.
*** (2Timothy 2:15-16) Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the “Word of Truth” with “Precision!”
(2Tim 2:16) However, avoid pointless discussions. For people will become more and more ungodly,
*** (Luke 4:4) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written that “man shall Not live by bread alone; but by “Every” –> Word of God.” [Matt 4:4 & Deut. 8:1-2-3]
“Not by Bread ‘Alone’ – 101” …Blog.
*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; for You have magnified = Your Word = above all Your name.
*** (Psalms 119:11) I have hidden Your Word in my heart; so that I might not sin against You [Lord].
*** (Ephesians 1:4) according as He [God] chose us in Him [Christ]; before the foundation of the world; that we should be ‘Holy’ and without blame before Him in love, [John 6:44]
*** (1Corinthains 16:22) If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ; let him be accursed [Damned]. The Lord comes! [Again]
… Do YOU Present an Unbalanced Gospel…?
Unbalanced – 101 Blog.
*** (Acts 20:27) For I did ‘Not’ keep back; from declaring to you; “ALL” the counsel of God.
Love; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!