Apostolic Christian Fellowship Temple, Inc.
|Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:21 PM|
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father unto thy hands I commend my spirit and having said this he gave up the ghost.
(St. Luke 23:46)
Salvation is FREE but it didn’t come CHEAP!
Today everyone is saved; I mentioned this in a previous lesson if we took a survey by a show of hands and asked the question whose save? 80% of the congregation would raise there hand; the other 20% would not have heard the question. This is called the Pareto Principle or the 20/80 Principle example.
Time- 20% of our time produces 60% of the results
Counseling- 20% of the people takes up 80% of our time
Reading- 20% of the books contain 80% of content
Picnic- 20% of the people will eat 80% of the food
What is Salvation? The sealing of your soul from a Hell Destine word
Church folks are missing the mark in a big way we read the word, teach the word but don’t really know how to interpet the word. One of the biggest miss interpreted scriptures is Roman 10:9. Paul said if thou shalt confess with thy mouth and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. The scripture is right, but the interpretation is misunderstood. Now focus your attention on Roman 10:1, Paul said my desire is that Israel might be saved; verse 2 said they have a Zealof God, but not according to knowledge. The key words are Zeal and Knowledge. Zeal means a desire, a want, but not having the real thing. Knowledge, Paul said in verse 3 they are ignorant of Gods righteousness, which means people are leaning on there own understanding and not the true word of God. Look at verse 9 Paul emphasizes two things you must do 1. Confess with your mouth 2. believe in thine heart. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. In the book of Act’s 2:38 Peter broke down Romans 10:9 by saying repent (same as confess) every one of you for the remission or the (removal) of your sins and you shall receive the Holy Ghost.
Roman 10:13 said who so ever call on the name of the lord shall be saved. To claim salvation you must speak in tongues as the spirit of God gives utterance according to Acts 2:4.
Lets look at the life and death of Jesus Christ, Luke said in the 1 chapter verse 35, an angel told Mary the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore the Holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the son of God, Isaiah prophesied in chapter 7:14 a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel( which means God with us). 1st Timothy 3:16 said without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness God was manifest in the flesh, which means God himself became Jesus Christ in the flesh. Paul said to the Colossian church 2:8-9 don’t let any man spoil you through philosophy, vain deceit, tradition, or rudiments. For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelt all the fullness, of the God head bodily, again this just means that Jesus is God.
Life and Death of Jesus
Jesus lived for 33 years performing many signs, wonders, and miracles, on the night which he was betrayed they took Jesus to the High Priest, early that morning he went before the council, then to Pontus Pilate, then to Herod. Neither Pilate nor Herod found fault and Jesus was turned back over to Pilate who said flog him and release him. The Romans scourge of torture consisted of stripping the victim, stretching them against a pillar (pole) or bending them over a post, with there hands tied. The instrument of torture was a short wooden handle with several leather stripes attached. Each strip had bits of iron or bones tied to it.
The blows were laid on the victim by two men one on each side. This resulted in the body being cut to such extent veins, and inner organs of the victim were exposed. The victims usually died during the flogging. After which the soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed on his head and called him the king of the Jews. He was made to carry his cross although several layer of skin were ripped to the bone and racking with fever. He was nailed to the cross hands and feet and because he was not dying fast enough (according to the law he had to be dead before sun down) he was stabbed in the side with a spear fulfilling the Zechariah 13:1 a fountain shall be open in the house of David for sin and uncleanness. The blood and the water is the formula for salvation. John 3:16 said you must be born again by the spirit and the water. Spirit is the Holy Ghost water is Baptism according to the scriptures water represents the blood of Jesus and is symbolic of life.
I said all of this to help you remember how our lord and savor lived and died. Do you think God would have allowed any of us to just quote a sinners prayer and be called a child of the King. The recipe for salvation is that you must be born again by the spirit and the water.
From the Old Testament to the New every man or women who followed Christ gave up all to answer the call. From Abraham, to Elijah, Moses, and the 120 in the upper room (Acts 2:1-4). The word disciple means followers of Christ.
Salvation is free but it didn’t come cheap
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