SINNER’S PRAYER? Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”(Acts 2:37) It is amazing the apostles didn't tell these believing Jews they were already saved! Those who embrace the "saved by faith only" doctrine would have told them that. The apostles didn't pray the "sinner's prayer" with them, accepting Jesus into their lives as their personal Savior. Why can't those who claim to believe the Bible simply tell the believer today exactly what the apostles told believers on that Pentecost: “Then Peter said unto 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.”(Acts2:38) • Thanks for reading! Peter Dennis ...
It has been stated that the Bible contains at least 300 prophecies in the Old Testament which refer to the coming, life and reign of Messiah or Christ, The Anointed One. In this lesson, we get to know Jesus better by looking at His Virgin Birth and resulting defeat of Satan as they are foretold in the first prophecy about Jesus.
God told The Devil who deceived Eve: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). The seed of the woman is the first reference to Jesus in prophecy. The Devil would bruise Jesus' heel, but Jesus would one day come to earth to bruise or crush the Devil’s head.
Galatians 4:4 tells us: “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law….” Note that the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 spoke of the seed of the woman and it would bruise Satan’s head. Paul the apostle tells us of the fulfillment of this when God sent His own Son, Jesus. Note that Paul says that Jesus was “made of a woman.”We see mention of the seed of the woman and Jesus being made of a woman. In neither case does it mention the seed of a man nor Jesus being made with the help of a man because the seed of a man would not be necessary. This is what would set Jesus apart from every child ever born into this world!
Isaiah 7:14 also foretold: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” What was the sign indicated in this verse concerning the Messiah or the one who would be “God with us”–Immanuel? The sign to look for is that a virgin shall conceive and bear a son! Mary did indeed bear a Son and He, Jesus, was conceived of the Holy Spirit without the help of a man!
"But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, '“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. '“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”' Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “'BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, '“GOD WITH US.”' (Matthew 1:20-23). It happened just of the scriptures said it would! We have every reason to believe.
Most people are familiar with the prophecy from Isaiah 7:14, but the first prophesy about Jesus and His Virgin Birth is found early in the scriptures in Genesis 3:15. God let us know that through the seed of the woman a deliverer would be coming. The seed of the woman makes no mention of the man. You see, the man would not be needed in the conception and birth of Jesus. "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law…" (Galatians 4:4).
In closing, it has been calculated that the probability of 100's of prophecies being fulfilled in one person is over 84×10123; that translate into 84 followed by 123 zeros! (John H. Gerstner, Reasons For Faith, p.115). Hundreds of prophecies were made about Jesus 100’s and even 1000’s of years before His birth. We can rest with blessed assurance that Jesus is the Christ.--Michael R. Baggett ...
We sometimes hear someone say “prove it is a sin,” with the idea that unless the Bible says “this is a sin,” then it is acceptable to the Lord. But, the criteria is that in order for something to be acceptable to the Lord, one must “prove it IS acceptable” (Romans 12:1-4). If you cannot prove it IS acceptable then you SIN by doing something you cannot and did not first prove is acceptable by correct use of evidence. We do not have to prove that a separate priesthood, and an incense altar is sinful in the church, but those who utilize such in the church must prove it is acceptable to the Lord. Men could not be priests in Israel unless they could first prove their genealogical credentials (Ezra 2:62). The burden of proof was not on others to prove they were NOT properly credentialed. It was each man’s responsibility to prove they were properly credentialed by genealogical records to be descendants of Aaron. If you could not prove it, you were disqualified or too defiled to risk using in the priestly role. It was Nadab and Abihu’s responsibility to prove the source of fire they used was acceptable (Lev.10:1-10). They had no right to think “this is acceptable unless someone can show us a ‘Thou shalt not get fire from this particular source’.” The burden of proof is on each of us to “prove what IS acceptable”( Eph.5:10; 1 Thess.5:21). Prove first, then act on the proof. To do otherwise is sin. TWB ...
Have you ever had someone to ask you, "Do you know Jesus?" I want you to consider a more important question: Does Jesus know you?
The Bible tells us: "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19).
While many people may mistakenly think they know Jesus, Jesus is never mistaken about knowing His own people. John 10:27 tells us: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
Friend, did you notice that last part of the verse? The true sheep of Jesus, our Shepherd, hear His voice and follow Him. The true sheep follow Him by following His word (2 Timothy 3:16,17). In Bible lands, it is a practice to keep different flocks of sheep fenced in together overnight for safety purposes; yet, the sheep will recognize the sound of their own master's voice and eagerly go out to follow him at daybreak. The sheep will not respond to a stranger, but come running when they hear their master's own unique voice (John 10:4,5).
We become one of the sheep belonging to Christ by; first, hearing the gospel (Rom. 10:17; Acts 18:8); then, responding to it by believing in Jesus as Lord and Christ with all of our hearts (Acts 8:37; 18:8); turning from sins in repentance (Acts 2:38; 16:32-33); confessing that belief in Jesus Christ with our mouths (Acts 8:37); and by being baptized (immersed) into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 18:8; 22:16; Romans 6:3-8).
Paul told the Christians at Rome: "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" (Rom. 6:17-18). Note, the Roman Christians "were," they had been, the servants of sin. But now, Paul is thankful they have been made free from past sins and have become the servants of righteousness. Question: When did this happen? When they "obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you" [to them]. This form of doctrine is that which they obeyed when they submitted to being baptized into Jesus Christ, which is clearly revealed earlier in Romans 6:3-8:
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him."
Have you been taught the gospel and baptized for the purpose of being buried into the death of Jesus Christ where His Blood is spiritually contacted, having put to death the old man of sin, and having been raised to newness of life in the likeness of His resurrection? If you did this from a heart of understanding what Christ did for you on the cross with baptism being for remission of yours sins through Christ Blood, then He knows you! If you remain faithful to Him, He will continue to know you (Matthew 7:21-23).
Now, if one just goes through the motions of baptism without having the knowledge of its purpose, does Christ know them? What have we been talking about in part of this lesson? Baptism must be done with an understanding heart (Romans 6:17; 1st Peter 3:21). Baptism is a responsible decision requiring understanding. This is why it is useless and needless to baptize babies and very young children as practiced by popular denominations in many communities. Babies and young children do not know about sin and are therefore innocent and "safe" spiritually before God (Matthew 18:3). Further, if a responsible adult is baptized with the misunderstanding that baptism initiates them into a man-made denominational church or that baptism is merely a "follow up" to salvation; then, their baptism was done in error and they have not obeyed from the heart because they have not been taught properly (Romans 6:3-18). One cannot be taught wrong and baptized right! This is why Apollos was taken aside and taught the way of the Lord more perfectly (Acts 18:25). This is why Paul the apostle commanded some people to be baptized again in the name of Jesus because they had not been taught properly (see Acts 19:1-6). Is it reasonable to deduce that these were not known by Christ before they were baptized in the name of Jesus? Yes, the Bible teaches that some people are baptized wrong and need to be baptized according to what the scripture teaches. You can see this in Acts 19:1-6). Not just any baptism will do. Sprinkling and pouring over the head do not constitute baptism either, but let's save that for another lesson.
Friend, does Jesus know you? Are you unsure? the staff at Answering Religious Error want you to know Jesus and for Jesus to know you.--Michael R. Baggett ...