Salvation

Our Life in Christ

“To me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).

Our life in Jesus Christ is totally different from the natural life with which we are born. What does the new life embrace?

1. A spiritual birth

All people enter the world as sinners, without God and without hope. There is no one righteous as we are all under the control of the depraved nature which we inherited from Adam. Our life with the Lord Jesus begins with a spiritual birth, or rebirth, when, from God’s perspective, we are passing from death into life (John 3:3; 5:24).

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Various Kinds of Love

I received the following question on the basic characteristics of the Christian faith:

QUESTION: “I wish to gain more clarity on the following matter: The faith of the Muslims is largely based upon discipline, while Christianity is mostly based upon love. If we wish to determine the integrity of the Christian faith with reference to Islam, how can we show that Christianity has certain truths which Islam does not have? I know that Jesus Christ is one example, but I am more interested in what happens in people’s lives today. Is there a certain wonder which Christians have in their lives, which Muslims will never have? Did the Lord Jesus make certain promises to His disciples that do not apply to any other people? (I do not refer to promises on the end-time here). Does the Lord’s Spirit take control of your body and enables you to see things which other people cannot see, or do you only put your trust in historical events which your eyes have never seen? What gives Christians that divine power which non-Christians will never possess or experience? If your answer is love, then please define it because all people have love (Kevin).”

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The Children of God and the Children of the Devil

Spiritually, the world population is divided into two groups only, i.e. the children of God and the children of the devil. This division relates to the two big kingdoms that are in competition for control over humanity. They are God’s kingdom of truth, righteousness and eternal life, and Satan’s kingdom of lies, sin and eternal death.

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Christian Fundamentalism

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.

There are so many variations of Christianity with regard to its practices and creeds that the question is often asked: which is the correct one? Christians who strongly adhere to basic Scriptural pronouncements, principles and values are referred to as fundamental, conservative or evangelical believers. The characteristics of this disposition will be reviewed in terms of its relevancy to a sound faith.

Christian fundamentalism is associated with the following 32 basic principles:

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From Darkness to the Light

All Scripture references are from the New King James Version.

God’s Plan of Salvation

There is a definite way that the Lord Jesus deals with unbelievers to save them, equip them for service and prepare them for eternal life in heaven. The willingness and full co-operation of each one of us, according to fixed biblical guidelines, is necessary if we wish to avert the tragedy of a false repentance. We can all share in the wonderful experience to be called by the Lord out of the darkness of sin into His marvellous light. I invite you to explore with me the unsearchable riches of the Lord’s love and saving grace, and to accept it by faith.

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Great Significance of the Atonement

All people are sinners upon whom the curse of the death penalty has been pronounced: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them. But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident… Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:10-14).

Violators of the law are sinners. God’s judgement of eternal death has been imposed upon all sinners, regardless of whether they committed the sins under the law or without the law: “For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin” (Rom. 3:9). They have all been sentenced to death as “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). This sentence also applies to the New Testament: “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). “For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law” (Rom. 2:11-12).

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Letters from Heaven

There are seven letters in Revelation 2 and 3 which the Head of the Christian Church, Jesus Christ Himself, directed to the entire church of all centuries, through the mediation of His servant, John. The letters are undated and therefore timeless writings to all followers of Christ – the faithful and the wayward ones. The letters contain precious promises and loving encouragement to those who persevere in the right way, but also clear reprimands and serious warnings to all who started to err and subsequently departed from the truth. Many of the latter have completely lost their way.

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Peter’s Life Before and After Pentecost

In Peter’s spiritual life there are two distinct phases – i.e. the phase between his repentance and filling with the Holy Spirit, followed by the phase which started on the day of Pentecost. During the first phase he was a fleshly Christian who was still full of himself and his own ideas, despite the fact that he had already received important revelations on Jesus as Saviour and Messiah. Because of carnality his life was characterised by failure, defeat and spiritual deception. But at the onset of the second phase he had the experience of sanctification and thereafter went from strength to strength in his spiritual life. These two phases are typical of all Christians’ way of spiritual development after repentance.

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Samson: The Power of God versus the Power of Sin

The story of Samson is narrated in Judges 13 to 16. In this story the power of God and the power of sin are described in a dramatic way as observable realities. It was common practice in the Old Testament to give physical demonstrations of the spiritual battle between the kingdoms of God and Satan, so that all could become increasingly aware of its reality. We too should derive spiritual lessons from these examples and apply them to our own lives.

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The Great Commission of Jesus Christ

Summary: The Godly mandate of the mission command embraces three different activities that must be carried out.

The mission of the Christian church for the whole period between Christ’s first and second comings comprises of an assurance, three commands and a promise.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20).

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