Just a couple of things. (Researching the bible and calling yourself a Christian.)

Number 1. When doing research, in particular, research about the bible, it is always wise to check out the person who is doing the article.
What is their belief system? What are their motives? And what is the spirit behind the article?
Many, many people have written about the bible, and unless they are true Christians, they will not write the truth. 
If they do not have the Holy Spirit in them and they are writing about the bible, you can probably bet your superannuation on the fact that it will not be (entirely) correct and accurate.
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;” Romans 3:4
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44

 

Number 2. Do you call yourself a Christian? Many people do these days, but you wouldn’t know it by seeing their lives in action. 
Lets look at what the word “Christian” means, according to the Strong’s concordance. 

The word “Christian” means “a follower of Christ”. How do we know who Christ is and what we are to follow?
Look in your bible! You will find all his attributes, his personality and what he stood for in it. You are not going to learn about him, or what it means to follow him, if you do not read the bible. You can’t just get that knowledge about Christ, and what he was all about, out of thin air. It just doesn’t work that way.

I’m noticing that many people who identify as Christians don’t want to believe in the bible or adhere to it, so how can you call yourself a Christian if you do not follow his ways, his commandments, which are all in the bible?

The bible has this to say about those people: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Matthew 25:11,12
(If you are unsure what this is referring to, read the Parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25.)

 

 

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Do you doubt your Salvation?

I’ve just had a bit of a, moment, if you will. You might get a glimpse of how my brain works here.   Careful, it could be dangerous. 😉

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8Lose Salvation

I was thinking about people (professing Christians) being convicted by the Word when they hear it. I was also thinking about people (professing Christians) who do not get convicted by the Word when they hear it.
I was wondering if the latter are actually saved. I was then thinking that it’s so sad that friends I know probably aren’t actually saved*, even if they think they are; there’s a difference in being saved and thinking you are saved.

I then went on to thinking that I often doubt my salvation, and it was then that I realised that I doubt my salvation because I always doubt myself. I doubt myself and my abilities, my Christianity (am I in God’s will and do I want to do God’s will?) etc.
It was then that I realised that it’s not me who saves myself, it’s God who saves me. (Logically I know that, but deep down it’s always been something I haven’t quite been able to fully comprehend. I don’t think I have fully comprehended it yet still, but at least I have a glimpse now, and it’s something I can meditate on.)
I can’t keep doubting my salvation because that means I’m doubting God and His Word, and what Jesus did for me on the cross.

I guess I will always doubt myself and think that I am not good enough for God, or doing enough for God, or a ‘good enough’ Christian, but that’s just my nature, my carnal nature.

What it all boils down to is this; I have to trust in the Lord that I am saved because His word says I am**. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be in this life (a hard thing for anyone to accept, lol), but God is working in me and refining me and I’m sure I’ll keep growing in the Lord and will bear more fruit as the refining continues.

So, if any of you doubt your salvation, look inside yourself (but not in the new agey type of way though) and see if it’s really YOU that you are doubting, because God will never let us down and He promises us eternal life, if we just repent, believe and obey***.

*“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

**“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30,31

***“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:8,9

{Just a point of interest here. I included Hebrews 5:8 to show you that even Jesus learned to be obedient. So, if Jesus learnt to be obedient through suffering, we should also, instead of being self willed and rebellious.}

Judge not!

‎”Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:2 ImageThis would have to be one of the most misquoted verses from the bible. So many people say “You can’t judge me, you’re not God”, or words to that effect.

But if they’d take the time to read that verse in context, they would see what the real meaning is.
Here are the next 3 verses. Read them and decide whether it has the same meaning as the one on it’s own. “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:2-5

See, when it’s read in context, it has an entirely different meaning. 
Basically, what it means is that, if I were out getting drunk and partying, I couldn’t “preach”  to others and condemn them for doing the same thing. If I were out there doing the same things as everyone else, I would be in no moral position to tell them off (for want of a better phrase.)

As Christians, we are encouraged to let other believers know if they are in sin, but only if we aren’t in that same sin ourselves. It can be hard to be told that someone thinks you are sinning, and it can hurt our feelings, make us angry or start to lash out at that person, but that’s a good thing, it probably means that the Holy Spirit is trying to convict you of that sin. If or when that happens, it’s time to seek the Lord, pray and repent.So please, if someone says to you (lovingly) that they think you are veering off the path, please listen and don’t take it to heart. 

So next time you go to use this biblical verse, think twice about what you are saying, because there’s more to it than most people like to make out there is.