Sunday, February 26, 2006

Why Do Christians Worship On Sundays?

The reason Christians worship on Sundays is because Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week, see Mark 16:9 and John 20:1.

The tradition of Christians meeting on Sundays for worship has thus to do with us remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus, see Acts 20:7.

It was also on a Pentecost Sunday the apostles received the Holy Spirit and began their work in preaching the gospel, see Acts 2:1 - 4.

Now then that we Christians are taught in the New Testament to no more follow the Law of Moses, see Romans 7:4 - 6, no man should be judged no more for his choice of day of worship, see Colossians 2:16, since the Old Testament Law has been abolished and nailed to the cross of Jesus, see Ephesians 2:15 and Colossians 2:14.

"Quid incredibile iudicatur apud vos, si Deus mortuos suscitat?", Acts 26:8.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

God's Promise Is For You

Before the world began, God, who cannot lie, promised us eternal life, see Titus 1:2.

In Job, one of the oldest books in the Old Testament, Job prophecied and said: "in my flesh shall I see God", Job 19:26. In the biblical week - where every day symbolizes one thousand years according to 2 Peter 3:8 - the prophet Hosea foretold concerning the last 3000 years of this 7000 year period, that God would revive us after two days, and on the third day raise us up, that we should live in the sight of God, see Hosea 6:2.

These prophecies confirm that every believer has immortality, and on a more global scale it is also a promise to the nation of Israel, which also got revived in 1948, and soon will receive a much more exceeding and abundant glory as we enter the third New Testament day, see also Acts 1:6 - 7. Actually the Jews have a Jewish calendar which is somewhat misleading. First there is an error in the calculation of the present year of more than 200 years, and secondly their calendar year is also only 360 days long. This means that we with corrections live in the biblical year 5995 or maybe 5996. Jesus stands in other words at the door, see Matthew 24:33, Revelation 3:20, and Revelation 20:4.

In the Old Testament God asks us if we know the name of His Son, see Proverbs 30:4. In Hebrews 1:8 God explains and says to His Son: "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever". In Revelation 11:15 we learn that Christ reigns for ever and ever, and in Revelation 22:5 we Christians are promised the same.

This is based upon the fact that Jesus Christ never sinned, see 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 7:26, and 1 Peter 2:22 - since Jesus is the Lord God Almighty - see Matthew 1:23, John 1:10, John 10:30, John 14:9, John 20:28, Acts 4:12, Colossians 1:16, Titus 2:13, 1 John 5:20, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 4:11, and Revelation 11:15 - 17.

Christ will "change our vile body", see Philippians 3:21, so that we will be similar to His glorious appearance, see 1 John 3:2. Compare also with 1 Corinthians 15:51 - 55, and 1 Thessalonians 4:15 - 17, where it further is explained how mortal man puts on immortality.

Now that Jesus, our "God was manifest in the flesh", see 1 Timothy 3:16, "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations", see Matthew 24:14, and Mark 16:15 - 16, because we have the promise that "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved", according to Romans 10:13.

"Si Deus pro nobis, quis contra nos?", Romans 8:31.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Faith Works By Love

"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love", Galatians 5:6.

We know that "God is love", 1 John 4:16, and that "love is of God", 1 John 4:7. We have also heard that "every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God", 1 John 4:7. It is therefore said that "whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God", 1 John 5:1.

Thus we see that faith works in love.

Now God calls "those things which be not as though they were", Romans 4:17. True faith is accordingly based on the promise of God, which is fixed upon the facts of God's word. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God", Romans 10:17.

All this manifests that "Jesus is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him", see Hebrews 5:9. Thus believing "on the name of the Son of God", the Christian believer now have eternal life, see 1 John 5:13.

We know that we should obey God, see Luke 6:46, but which is God's commandment then?

God's commandment is: "That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another", 1 John 3:23.

The new commandment Jesus gave us was that we "love one another", see John 13:34 and John 15:12. This commandment is also tied to a promise: that "whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight", see 1 John 3:22, and see also John 14:13 - 14. "And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us", 1 John 3:24.

Now the "Comforter" reproves the world "of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment", see John 16:7 - 11, because Jesus has "overcome the world", see John 16:33, and He has nothing in common with "the prince of this world", see John 14:30.

When Christ dwells in our hearts by faith, then we are "being rooted and grounded in love", see Ephesians 3:17, "and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge", fills the believer "with all the fulness of God", see Ephesians 3:19.

We live in the day of the preparation of our Lord's return, see the Old Testament prophecy in Nahum 2:3; cars are said to "rage in the streets" and to "justle one against another" (modern car crashes), see Nahum 2:4. But concerning the New Testament ministers, the Old Testament prophecied: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD", see Isaiah 54:17.

Concerning the unbelievers Isaiah added: "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin", Isaiah 30:1. Jeremiah in his turn added: "The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of godly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken", Jeremiah 11:16. The end of the prophecy is that "all Israel shall be saved", see Romans 11:26, now that "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law", see Galatians 3:13.

"Et nos, qui credidimus, novimus caritatem, quam habet Deus in nobis. Deus caritas est; et, qui manet in caritate, in Deo manet, et Deus in eo manet", 1 John 4:16.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Why Is The New Testament So Special?

The New Testament is God's final revelation to man. This is why the New Testament is called "the everlasting covenant", see Hebrews 13:20, and see also Revelation 14:6.

God forbids anyone to teach a different religious doctrine than the gospel of Jesus Christ - the complete and perfect revelation - given by God to guide all people until the end of time, see Galatians 1:8 - 9, 2 John 1:9 - 11, and Colossians 3:17.

Another thing which makes the New Testament so special is that we are taught that we only can obtain salvation through Jesus, see John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.

Now, the gospel is "the perfect law of liberty", James 1:25, and it is to be preached to everyone in the universe, see Matthew 28:19.

The New Testament is God's mighty power to save everyone who believes, see Romans 1:16, and through the New Testament of Christ all men get eternal life, see John 20:30 - 31.

Through the New Testament we have also received all truth, see John 16:13, and if something is not in the New Testament, then it is not part of God's truth, see John 14:26.

The faith has "once for all" been delivered to us, see Hebrews 10:10, and now we wait for the appearing of Jesus a second time, see Hebrews 9:28, and Acts 1:10 - 11.

Jesus never sinned, see Hebrews 4:15, and His resurrection is the greatest miracle of all, thus proving that He is The Eternal - "the true God, and eternal life", see 1 John 5:20 and John 20:28.

Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and arose the third day as prophesied and as testified by eyewitnesses who saw Him alive, see 1 Corinthians 15:3 - 8. This is why Jesus has a name which is "above every name" on earth and in heaven, see Philippians 2:9 - 11.

"Gratia vobis et pax multiplicetur in cognitione Dei et Iesu Domini nostri. Quomodo omnia nobis divinae virtutis suae ad vitam et pietatem donatae per cognitionem eius, qui vocavit nos propria gloria et virtute", 2 Peter 1:2 - 3.