Monthly Archives: February 2009

Balance, Balance, Balance-Part 2 2

Why are there the extremes?

Before we begin this topic, I want to mention again, that there are times for the extreme. There is no middle ground in calling sin, sin. There is no middle ground regarding how to be born again. What we are discussing is the extremes in the ‘non-essentials’. I am also not saying that either extreme regarding a non-essential is ok. One extreme may actually be false, or both extremes may be false. And I am not saying the middle is always correct.

An example of an extreme in the non-essential would be in the area of Christians and prosperity. There are those who are part of the Name it, Claim it group. The opposite camp would be the God is sovereign camp and no matter what we do, we cannot change God’s will or get Him to move on our behalf. Both sides will defend their position by the use of Scripture.

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Balance, Balance, Balance

More than ever there needs to be balance in the Body of Christ. Over and over again I have seen Christians leaning toward extremes. Now some extremes are good, in fact a sincere sold out follower of Jesus should be extreme in some areas. But what I am speaking about is when Christians take the Word of God and form a doctrine to try to counter an extreme doctrine. The problem is that some then create their own extreme doctrine. The pendulum swings from one side to another side. Instead of looking for a Biblical principle, many times Christians are only looking for a means to counter an out of balance doctrine.

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Deity of Jesus Christ-Part 1

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One of the essentials of Christianity is the doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. In simple terms this means that Jesus is fully God, not a God. Christianity is the only religion that believes Jesus is God. Every other religion or cult sees Jesus as either a good man, a prophet, one of many gods, or not even a real person. There are cults like Mormonism and Jehovah Witness that deny the deity of Jesus. This is why these cults are not Christian no matter how much they may say they are Christian. Their doctrine does not line up with the teachings of Scripture, in this instance, the deity of Jesus.

Jesus claimed to be God, either He was/is God or He is a liar. If a liar, he is not a true prophet or a good man. He would actually also be a fool to die believing He is God, if He is not God. A person who does not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ is not a Christian because they are denying a fundamental doctrine of Christianity. Continue reading “Deity of Jesus Christ-Part 1” »

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Jesus as God and Savior

In this lesson we will explore the concept of Jesus being both God and Savior. Throughout the New Testament Jesus Himself, and others call Jesus lord and Savior. Some may argue that Jesus is just one of many gods. We will deal with that in a moment. Others may argue that just because Jesus was Savior that does not make Him God. We will also address that in a moment. In this lesson we will only look at the verses that call Jesus Lord and Savior or God and Savior.
(All verses are in KJV unless stated otherwise.)

Hosea 13:4
Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

In Hosea it is very clear that God, Jehovah, is speaking. He says there is no God but Him. And there is no saviour besides him. So, there is only one God and one Saviour. Thus if Jesus is called saviour, then he is equal to God-thus is God. Because there is only one true God.

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Jesus as Creator

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Who created the heaven and earth? God did. Then if there are any verses that says Jesus is the Creator, then Jesus and God are equal

Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
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Jesus has the characteristics of God

Only God is immortal
1 Timothy 1:16-17
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Jesus is immortal. Some may say vs 17 is about God the Father, but the context would make it appear that it is talking about Jesus. Continue reading “Deity of Jesus Christ-Part 5” »

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Jesus is equal to God

There are verses that say Jesus is equal to God.
Some will argue that God the Father created Jesus to be equal to Him-not that Jesus was innately equal to God. It is immaterial. Whether Jesus was at one time not equal to God (which we believe is false doctrine), He is NOW equal to God. So Jesus is fully God. To argue otherwise, is in direct conflict with scripture. Continue reading “Deity of Jesus Christ-Part 6” »

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Why Would a Person Want to Deny the Deity of Jesus Christ?

If Jesus is not God then Jesus is either a liar or a lunatic. If Jesus is a liar, He cannot even be a good moral person, or one of God’s many prophets. That would mean whatever Jesus taught cannot be trusted. Thus Jesus teachings can be ignored. So what Jesus calls sin may not be sin. The concept would be get rid of the messenger so that you do not have to follow the message.

If Jesus says He is the only way to heaven, but He is not God like He claims to be, then it would be safe to assume He is not the only way to heaven. So, then a person could argue there are many ways to get to heaven.

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Calvinism and Arminianism-My Perspective

There are sincere, Bible believing, committed Christians who come from both the Calvinism (Unconditional) and Arminianism(Conditional) camps regarding salvation.
It is obvious that I come from an Arminian perspective. It actually is the blending of the two together, which I personally believe is what the Bible teaches. That is why it seems that both sides can support their position. As I share my position I understand that there will be those who disagree-they still are my brothers and sisters in the Lord and I would hope those on either side of this issue would not use this as a means to bring separation or division.

My Perspective
A person can choose to walk away from their salvation-they can choose to no longer believe, trust, depend, upon Christ because they have a free will. However, it takes much effort to do this because of the seal of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit is our ‘earnest money’ to guarantee our salvation. Praise God the Holy Spirit does everything He can to keep us on track. There is no reason why we cannot make it to heaven with His help. There is nothing the devil can do to steal us from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin so we will repent. He shields us from the attacks of the devil when we walk in His covering. However, if we harden our heart to His correction and guidance we can walk out of His covering and open ourself up to deception. At some point we can harden our hearts and even commit the unpardonable sin-blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  A person does not walk away from their salvation because of anything the devil does, it is because they chose to believe the lies of the devil. 

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