This Week's Sermon ( 7-13-15 )
“ Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. “ Isaiah 12:2
I was quoted this verse with an emphasis on the name “ Jehovah “ by a person from a certain world religion.
His religion teaches that Jehovah is God but is not Jesus.
Over the years I witnessed to a friend who is now past 92 years old and is physically deteriorating fast.
He belongs to this religion I refer to.
A few years ago I told him when it comes time for him to die, make sure he gives his heart to Jesus.
He looked at me and said - “ I'll think about it. “
Noticing how bad he is physically, recently I went to him and said - “ As you know, I have told you this before. Put your faith in Jesus before you die. Make sure He is your Lord and Savior. “
My friend, Jesus is Jehovah. He is God. He is the Father and the Holy Spirit, in human flesh, according to the book known as the Holy Bible.
Say an author wrote a book in explicit detail on how to achieve a certain goal.
What if readers had various opinions about the author's detailed direction, deciding to accept certain things the author said but rejecting other things the author said and only staying with what the readers chose and decided to agree with.
Well, this is how people read the Holy Bible. They accept what they want and reject what they do not like.
This is why we have some world religions that are 'supposedly' based on the Holy Bible and so many church companies and organizations based on the Holy Bible as well.
Everyone interprets the Bible by either accepting or rejecting what they choose to like in it and coming to their own conclusion.
This is why Paul said:
“ One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. “ Ephesians 4:5-6
“ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: “ Ephesians 4:13
Paul clearly said there is only one Lord, one faith and we are presently not in unity as of yet because of our chosen opinions of the Scriptures.
And yes my friend, the Bible teaches just as Paul said, that God is in us and the Bible also says God is flesh and bone with the nail wounds still in Him.
We either accept the whole Bible or we do not.
Before we die, according to the Holy Bible, we need to put our faith in Jesus and clearly, Jesus alone, for our salvation. Not anyone nor anything else for our salvation.
God made it this way... that we can only be saved through His Son Jesus.
Contrary to popular world opinion, not even merely believing there is a God, will save us...according to the Bible.
The criminal that hanged on a cross next to Jesus chose to put his faith in Jesus shortly before he died.
Since he was dying, this criminal had no time to join a church, pay tithes, get baptized in water, make right all the wrong he did to people, give to the poor, nor even read the Bible.
He obviously remembered what Jesus said during His 3 years of preaching and decided to rest his faith in Jesus and Him alone to get Him to Heaven...not anyone nor anything else.
Jesus forgave him and told Him he would be with Him in Heaven that same day.
Jesus is the God of the Old Testament, our Creator, and our Redeemer, in human flesh.
Praise His holy name forever!!
We either believe this or we don't.
The choice is ours.
Just like the 2 criminals that hanged on a cross next to Jesus, one chose to believe in Jesus and the other did not.
Not believing in Jesus will cause us to end up in eternal hell, according to Jesus.
Put your faith in Jesus.
He alone is sufficient for our salvation
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