The Word of God is known as “living water.” It is not a coincidence that God would use this terminology to describe the Bible, in my opinion. Nothing can live without water. It is the source of life. As well, the Bible flows like water. It reminds me of this picture – tributaries/rivers flowing into the ocean. All are water – all are composed of the same molecules. Each tributary is important as it travels along its way – nourishing the land in its path; but together, when they become one, they are greater.

Rivers are made of fresh water and yet they flow into the ocean, which is salty. When we are born again of the Spirit of God, we are given a fresh new start – a new beginning – free from sin. As we grow in Christ and flow into the Main Source (the ocean symbolizing being more Christ like), we become saltier – causing the unbeliever to thirst after what we have and will see Jesus in our lives through our testimony!

As I meditated on the Word’s spiritually nourishing effects this morning, I found today’s Name for Jesus 🙂 One of the previous Names we covered was Jesus being called “The Word.” However, today’s name is “The Word of God.” I am taking liberties in my view of this particular name – and you will see how beautifully it fits 🙂

It is not a coincidence that God would use different names for Jesus – each name describes a characteristic of our Saviour and God – each points us to the Main Source – God, the Three-In-One! According to Revelation 19:13, we see that Jesus is called the “Word of God”:

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

If you replace the phrase “Word of God” with the word “Jesus,” you will see how interchangeable they are. Again, this is not a coincidence, seeing that the Word of God is Jesus and Jesus is the Word of God. How beautifully put together is the Bible – the Holy Spirit’s work flows with each verse describing the Saviour! Just as the tributaries flow into the ocean, each verse flows and points toward Jesus Christ!

Let’s look at more verses and apply this concept. I will list the verse first and then my own emphasis below.

And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. ~1 Samuel 9:27

“that I may shew thee Jesus.”

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. ~Mark 7:13

“Making Jesus of none effect through your tradition,”

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. ~Luke 4:4

“man shall not live by bread alone, but by Jesus.”

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. ~Luke 11:28

“blessed are they that hear Jesus and keep Him.”

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 2:17

“For we are not as many, which corrupt Jesus:”

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. ~2 Corinthians 4:2

“nor handling Jesus deceitfully;”

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. ~1 Thessalonians 2:13

“when ye received Jesus which ye heard of us, ye received Him not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, Jesus, which effectually worketh in you that believe.”

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. ~Revelation 19:13

“and his name is called Jesus.”

There are many more verses like these, but I think you get my point! One of my favorite Sunday School teachers once told us that since Jesus fulfilled the whole Law, we can easily take Psalm 119 and replace each of the following words with Jesus. Each of these words describes the word “law” in a different way:

Law, scriptures, precepts, testimonies, ways, statutes, commandments, word, and judgments

I challenge you to do this! It will have you whoopin’ and hollerin’ in the Lord 🙂

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The Bible says that man cannot live by bread alone! We must have a balance to our lives. Not only do we need bread (food) to keep our earthly body alive but we need spiritual bread (the Word of God) to keep our spiritual bodies alive.

I have been challenged by catholics to prove that God considers His Word, the Holy Bible, to be the final authority for man. Catholics believe that their magisterium and traditions are equal to the Word of God and that they “enhance” God’s Word and make it profitable for the catholic to live by. However, the Word is quite clear that it alone is what man should live by!

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. ~Deuteronomy 8:3

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. ~Matthew 4:4

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. ~Luke 4:4

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ~John 6:51

The Word of God, the Bible, is our nourishment. Notice that in three of these four verses, we are to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! God does not say the we are to live by His word AND anything else. He is not saying that we are to live by only some of his words. It is that important that God would emphasize over and over that we are to live by every one of His words. Why?

The Word is our lifeline to eternal life in Heaven. Of course, Jesus was not referring to the actual eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood. He is referring to actually being born again and receiving the ability to absorb the Bible – in essence, spiritually nourishing ourselves daily in the Word of God. The unbeliever cannot discern what the Bible is saying. That is why the Bible is “dry reading” to the unbeliever.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~1 Corinthians 2:14

However, to the born-again believer, the Word is life – the Word makes us alive and keeps us alive spiritually!

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ~John 6:35

I am that bread of life. ~John 6:48

My friend, Jesus is not only the Bread of Life but He is the Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. ~ John 1:1-2

When we nourish ourselves daily in the Word of God, we are taught by His Holy Spirit and are convicted of sin. Praise the Lord for the Bread of Life! Without this Bread, we are lost and going to hell. But the born-again Christian eats of this spiritual bread and is nourished! We shall never hunger because we are made alive by the Word, the Bread of Life, the Lord Jesus Christ! 🙂

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I can remember my mother telling me when I was growing up, “Just wait until your father gets home! He will have the final word in this matter.” My Dad was the head of our household and when he said something, that was it! 🙂

This title for Christ as the Amen, is quite appropriate. I can see Him having the final word in all matters! He is the Creator of all things in the beginning of time and, therefore, it is appropriate that He is known as the Amen.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~John 1:1-3

It is also appropriate that our Creator would have the say so as it relates to our lives, how we live our lives and what we do with His Word. Jesus thought it was important enough to teach on in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The Lord has left us His Word to teach us and guide us. With His Word, we can be faithful servants and can fully use the talents He has given to us. Christ’s words to us are a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). He does not wish for us to fall off a cliff or be deceived. Surely the path to salvation is not one that can be easily seen. It is one that has to be sought. Many will think they are on the right path because their church says they are or because it “feels right” but Jesus said that the way to heaven is a narrow path. Jesus said that many will seek to enter and won’t be able to enter! If anyone will have the final say in this matter, it will be Him – not the catholic church, not a pastor – but The Amen will have the final say.

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. ~Luke 13:24

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word Amen as:

Dependable; faithful; certain.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ~Revelation3:14-15

This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it established.

And let all the people say amen. Psalm 104.

The word is used also as a noun.

“All the promises of God are amen in Christ;” that is, firmness, stability, constancy.

Jesus is “dependable, faithful, certain, firm, and stable! What wonderful attributes to be given to the Lord! Our Rock and Chief Cornerstone is faithful and will have the final word in all things. His Word will be fulfilled to the tiniest jot and tittle!

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. ~Matthew 5:18

Paul warned the Romans about those who would try to twist God’s Word and would try to preach a lie. Every known major religion today is based on a written word of some kind. They have taken doctrine(s) and formed an entire religion based on that doctrine. Changing God’s Word will surely bring judgment.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. ~Romans 1:25

Which some professing have erred concerning the faith… ~1 Timothy 6:21a

Jesus will have the final word. What have we done with His Word today? Have we followed it? Have we given the responsibility of reading and interpreting the Word to other? Catholicism will have its members believe that they cannot interpret the Word of God for themselves because they do not have the ability to do so. The Apostle Peter stated otherwise:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. ~2 Peter 1:19-20

Why would Peter state that interpreting God’s Word was not privy to any one person? Noah Webster’s definition of private is:

PRI’VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one’s self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]

1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one’s self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man’s private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king’s private purse; a man’s private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company’s books.

Therefore, Peter was of the belief that anyone could read God’s Word and understand it. Why should the poor catholic not have the awesome privilege of reading and understanding God’s Holy Word? Why should anyone be deprived of the living water that will quench their thirst? Jesus Christ, wants to speak to us through His Word so that we can come to know the Amen intimately!

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When one finally understands why Jesus was called the “Lamb of God,” this name should cut to the core of our hearts! Our salvation required the sacrifice of innocent blood from a sinless Saviour – it required His life. Did Christ sin? No! But why should He pay the price for our wickedness?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16

Just as God required the Jews to take a spotless lamb to the high priest to sacrifice and atone for their sins, so did Jesus Christ offer Himself as the final sacrifice and His precious blood was the payment for the penalty of our sins so we may have eternal life.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. ~John 1:29

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! ~John 1:36

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. ~Matthew 26:28

There is no one who can claim this title. Mary cannot claim it. Mohammad cannot claim it. Joseph Smith cannot claim it. None of these were sinless and nor did they give up their lives in payment for our sins. It is only by Jesus’ own shed blood that we can stand before the Father without judgment.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. ~Romans 5:9

The Father looks upon the born-again Christian and sees only the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Father does not see our wickedness – He sees His Son’s sacrifice! Therefore, Christ’s blood justifies us and saves us from the wrath to come! The catholic cannot say this because the catholic church teaches that when they die, they go to purgatory. Purgatory is a place where catholics are condemned to fire! Does this sound like Romans 5:9 and its reference to being saved from wrath? Here are a couple of excerpts from catholic writings that help to explain the catholic’s purgatory:

“Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has from the Sacred Scriptures and the ancient tradition of the Fathers taught in Councils and very recently in this Ecumenical synod (Sess. VI, cap. XXX; Sess. XXII cap.ii, iii) that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but principally by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar; the Holy Synod enjoins on the Bishops that they diligently endeavor to have the sound doctrine of the Fathers in Councils regarding purgatory everywhere taught and preached, held and believed by the faithful” (Denzinger, “Enchiridon”, 983).

In Origen the doctrine of purgatory is very clear. If a man departs this life with lighter faults, he is condemned to fire which burns away the lighter materials, and prepares the soul for the kingdom of God, where nothing defiled may enter. “For if on the foundation of Christ you have built not only gold and silver and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3); but also wood and hay and stubble, what do you expect when the soul shall be separated from the body? Would you enter into heaven with your wood and hay and stubble and thus defile the kingdom of God; or on account of these hindrances would you remain without and receive no reward for your gold and silver and precious stones? Neither is this just. It remains then that you be committed to the fire which will burn the light materials; for our God to those who can comprehend heavenly things is called a cleansing fire. But this fire consumes not the creature, but what the creature has himself built, wood and hay and stubble. It is manifest that the fire destroys the wood of our transgressions and then returns to us the reward of our great works.” (P. G., XIII, col. 445, 448 ).

To the born again believer, our judgment has already been paid by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We are justified by His blood. The Lamb of God took away our sin and the penalty for it has been paid. Upon our death, we are present with the Lord – we do not need to be purged any further because the precious blood of the Lamb of God was sufficient!

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ~Hebrews 9:27 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. ~2 Corinthians 5:8

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The name Saviour is most definitely the one I love the most for the Lord! Without His shed blood and His payment for our sin, we have no hope. Without forgiveness, we cannot have a future in Heaven!

The word Saviour is mentioned 37 times in the Bible – 13 in the Old Testament and 24 in the New Testament. So who needs forgiveness? We all need forgiveness but let’s look at those mentioned in the Bible who considered themselves sinners in need of a Saviour:

Samuel: The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. ~2 Samuel 22:3
Israelites: They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; ~Psalm 106:21

Isaiah: Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. ~Isaiah 45:15

Jeremiah: O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? ~Jeremiah 14:8

Hoseah: 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. ~Hoseah 13:4

Mary (the mother of Jesus): And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. ~Luke 1:47

The Shepherds: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~Luke 2:11

Samaritans: And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. ~John 4:42

Paul: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: ~Philippians 3:20
Peter: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: ~2 Peter 1:1

John: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. ~1 John 4:14

Here we see that those of the Old Testament needed a Saviour (their Messiah) – we have Samuel, the Israelites, and even the prophets needed a Saviour. In the New Testament, the first time we see the word Saviour is when Mary speaks it. I found that interesting, actually. Even Mary needed a Saviour. The shepherds (Jews), the Samaritans (half Jew, half Gentile), as well as the Apostles themselves! None are exempt from the need of a Saviour.
Can there be another Saviour? The Word says,

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. ~Isaiah 43:11

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. ~Hoseah 13:4

Our Saviour’s blood bought our pardon and the forgiveness of our sins. No other can claim this. The catholic church would have their members believe that because Jesus was Mary’s son, she suffered as much as He did. But my friend, it was not her blood that was shed on that cross, no matter how much her heart was broken at the death of her son. It was Christ’s blood that was shed and, therefore, He can be the only one who can claim the title of Saviour. Mary cannot be co-redemptrix! The catholic church teaches that she is and they have lied to their members all these years!

And at the foot of the cross of our Saviour (Jn.19:26), Mary’s intense sufferings, united with those of her Son, as Pope John Paul II tells us, were, “also a contribution to the Redemption of us all” (Salvifici Doloris, n.25). Because of this intimate sharing in the redemption accomplished by the Lord, the Mother of the Redeemer is uniquely and rightly referred to by Pope John Paul II and the Church as the “Coredemptrix.”

Mary was a sinner like you and I, my friend. To say otherwise is to call Luke 1:47 a lie. The catholic church includes this verse in their Magnificat yet its members are blinded by its true meaning. Why would Mary call Jesus her Saviour unless she needed saving? She needed a Saviour just like you and I need a Saviour. Only Christ’s shed blood brings about forgiveness – He alone has authority to be our Mediator, our High Priest, our Saviour!

Here is a beautiful depiction of forgiveness. I absolutely loved it 🙂


The Cleansing Blood

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God’s call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor’s son.

The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor’s son.
The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry the pastor’s son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be.
He began to speak and his statement was this:
“My fiancee’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?” The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble.

What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus…. end of case!!!

Pass this on to everyone that you truly care for at all….we all need this message…. God Forgives.. So Should We.
Author Unknown

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Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. Why did He choose this term to refer to Himself? These are the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet, therefore, Jesus Christ is the first and the last, beginning and end – He was there in the beginning (John 1:1) and He will be there until the end.

~Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

~Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

~Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Because Christ can claim these titles, He is the only one who is qualified to take the penalty for our salvation. I love reading Hebrews because Paul puts to rest any need for the Rabbinical priesthood or any other priesthood for that matter. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the only sacrifice we need – from the beginning to the end. His sacrifice no longer needs to be offered daily but is complete!

~Hebrews 7:15-28 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, (15) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. (16) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (17) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. (18 ) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (19) And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: (20) (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec: ) (21) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. (22) And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: (23) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. (24) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (25) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (26) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. (27) For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. (28 )

No more sacrifice is needed because the Alpha and the Omega, Jesus Christ, offered Himself and He alone is sufficient from the beginning to the end! There is nothing more to be added – nothing to be taken away! You can tell a cult by what they add to or take away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His complete work of the cross.

Do they add works? Do they add sacraments? Do they take away the emphasis of His shed blood? Do they say He did not really rise from the dead? These are instrumental parts of the Gospel of Christ! To add to or take away from this precious work is to state that His sacrifice on that cross was not sufficient. I absolutely love Revelation 21:6! ~Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. To come to Jesus, you must first believe that there is no other way but His way. He is the one that provides the water of life freely. It’s not the church – it’s not by works – for it were through the church or by my works, it is no longer free, is it? Ah, but Jesus said it was free! Would the beginning and the end – the Alpha and the Omega, lie? His Word is too precious – His Word is eternal. ~Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Nothing in His Word will be left incomplete. The Hebrew jot and tittle are equivalent to our English crossing of the letter “t” and the dotting of our letter “i”. If such a tiny mark is this important to the Lord, Jesus Christ, then His Word and His salvation are no less!

We just finished celebrating Resurrection Sunday! Buddha did not rise from the dead. Mohammad did not rise from the dead. Joseph Smith did not rise from the dead! Only the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega rose from the dead. He died once, He rose once and He will come again to gather us to Himself! 🙂

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I dare say that everyone who looks at the picture of this famous author would know who he was… am I correct? His writings and plays are so famous that they live on today in their original forms. Historians love the old English and dare not disturb or change any of Mr. Shakespeare’s words because they are reminiscent of the age. To change his words and copyright it as our own would be unthinkable! No one would dare to corrupt such a work by such a grand master of words!

Yet, the good old King James Bible is in the same old English and had been known for centuries as the Word of God. Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is the Author of our faith, my friend. The very words of this Author were penned through this inspiration of the Holy Spirit and put into book form for us.

I absolutely love the fact that God used the word author to describe Himself here! As an author myself, I know my writings inside out. I can recognize my poems and my devotionals because I wrote them. I know when they have been changed in some way because I am their creator and I know my creations! I have written these things to explain what is in the deepest part of my heart. I have written these things because I absolutely love words and putting them into reading form that expresses exactly what is on my mind in an understandable manner brings me great pleasure. I try to write so that the reader is not mistaken as to what is my point. I don’t like it when someone comes along and steals my work and changes it or claims it as their own!

The fact that the Lord God chose the word author shows me that the Master Writer of all time, the Perfect and Omniscient God, has written to us to convey a message to us. He is perfect and His word is perfect. The fact that there are only three verses in the Bible that contain the word author is awesome! The number three in the Bible represents the Godhead. What kind of Author is the Lord?

1. He is the author of peace! (1 Cor. 14:33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.There is no confusion – no deviation – no changing with God. If His words were to change, that would bring confusion to the church. That is why it is impossible to believe that the catholic church is the one and only true church because they have added to the Scriptures with their traditions and magisterium. Just look at the dogma of Mariology! Nor would God be a promoter of compromise amongst the different “faiths” in the world.

2. He is the author of eternal salvation to those who accept Him as Saviour: (Heb 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Notice that our salvation is secure in Christ. Our salvation begins at the moment we obey Him and accept Him as Saviour. Notice it does not say eternal salvation after we die but right now – at the moment we obey Him! We do not need to do anything to be saved. To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22) Christ commands that we repent and be saved. (Act 17:30) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: It’s one thing to say you’re a Christian and you live like hell. It’s another thing to say you’re a Christian and your life shows that you are saved because you are obedient to His Word.

3. He is the author (and finisher) of our faith: (Heb 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. I love this! Jesus Christ not only is the author of our faith but He finishes our faith! Our faith is complete in Him. We do not have to do anything more to add to it. Just as I know my works intimately, our Author knows His work intimately. He knows us by name – He knows every area of lives – He has started His work in us at the moment of our salvation and will finish His work, through the power of the Holy Spirit, at the moment of our death. We are complete in Him – no one can corrupt His work because we are eternally His and His work is incorruptible! Praise the Lord!

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Have you ever been in a situation where someone rescued you from certain death? I have. When I was 12 years old, I nearly drowned. Had it not been for my brother-in-law, Bob, jumping into the lake after me, I would surely have died. The act of one man saved my life! Bob was an expert swimmer and, thus, was perfectly qualified to jump right in to save me. My sister, Pauline, could not have done this as she did not know how to swim, therefore, she was not qualified!

I sit hear thinking of where my soul would have been had Bob not rescued me! I would be burning in hell, then the lake of fire for all eternity! The fear that I felt at the time I was drowning is nothing compared to the fear that is experienced by those who are now in hell! How I praise the Lord that Bob saved my life that day. It gave me the opportunity to hear the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ thirteen years later! Although I had been raised in a moral home, a good catholic home, I had never heard the plan of salvation. But one thing is for certain, I knew what it was like to be “saved” from death.

As I meditated on that this morning, I noticed that I could only be saved by someone who knew how to swim. So it is with our salvation. Only someone who could conquer death and have eternal life could be qualified to save us – this was the Life Giver, Himself, Jesus Christ! There is no other that is qualified for the task of salvation, my friend.

Today’s Name of Jesus is Saviour! What a great name it is! There is no one that can say that they died and rose again. Lazarus could not claim this. Although he was raised from the dead, Lazarus eventually did die. Joseph Smith died. Muhammad did die. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left heaven to take on human form for the sole purpose of dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins! He then rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father!

Only God is qualified to save us! (Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. No mere human can save us. Mary cannot save us. Muhammad cannot save us. We have a qualified Saviour in Jesus Christ. Only He can claim this title.

I thought you might enjoy reading Scriptures relating to our Saviour! 🙂 If you are not blessed by these, your blesser is broken!

(2 Sa 22:3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

(Psa 106:21) They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

(Isa 43:3) For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

(Isa 43:11) I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

(Isa 45:15) Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

(Isa 45:21) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

(Isa 49:26) And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Isa 60:16) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Hos 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.

(Luk 1:47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. (Notice Mary said this – she says that God is her Saviour! How could she be sinless then?)

(Luk 2:11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

(Joh 4:42) And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

(Act 5:31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

(Act 13:23) Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

(Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

(Php 3:20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

(1 Ti 1:1) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

(1 Ti 2:3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

(1 Ti 4:10) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

(2 Ti 1:10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

(Tit 1:3) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

(Tit 1:4) To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

(Tit 2:10) Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

(Tit 2:13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

(Tit 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

(Tit 3:6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

(2 Pe 1:1) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

(2 Pe 1:11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

(2 Pe 2:20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

(2 Pe 3:18 ) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(1 Jn 4:14) And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

(Jud 1:25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

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(1 Jn 2:1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

The words attorney or lawyer are derived from the word advocate. A defense attorney pleads the cause of his client so that his client can be vindicated. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it well:

AD’VOCATE, n. [L. advocatus, from advoco, to call for, to plead for; of ad and voco, to call. See Vocal.]1. Advocate, in its primary sense, signifies, one who pleads the cause of another in a court of civil law. Hence,2. One who pleads the cause of another before any tribunal or judicial court, as a barrister in the English courts. We say, a man is a learned lawyer and an able advocate.3. One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause, by argument; one who is friendly to; as, an advocate for peace, or for the oppressed.

In scripture, Christ is called an advocate for his people.

We have an advocate with the father. 1 John 2.

AD’VOCATE, v.t. To plead in favor of; to defend by argument, before a tribunal; to support or vindicate.

Can you see it now? Ole slew foot is standing before God and accusing the brethren. I see him as the Prosecuting Attorney trying to convince God that we are guilty and we must be punished! But our Defense Attorney, our Advocate, is there as well, pleading our cause, defending the Christian!

There is a big difference between the lawyers of the world and our Great Advocate! Our Advocate is Jesus Christ, the righteous One! Although we are guilty before a Holy God, our Advocate paid our penalty! Our Advocate paid the debt and we are no longer found guilty. Jesus Christ stands before His Father and fights for us against Satan.

I can hear Jesus pleading my case before the Father, “Father, don’t listen to the father of lies, Satan! Kate believes that I paid her sin debt with my very own blood on the cross. Kate has accepted me as her Saviour and my blood now covers her, Father!”

The Father now sees the blood of His Precious Son, Jesus Christ, and Jesus’ blood covers me and the Father’s judgment of burning eternally in the Lake of Fire passes over me! Amen and amen! Praise the Lord!

As a Christian, it is so important for us to understand the different Names of Jesus. God put those different names in His Word to describe Himself to us. The believer who studies the Bible will glean so much and rejoice because he has a better understanding of the God he serves! Defining the various Names of Jesus helps us to see His character and allows us to love Him even more!

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To start off our series on the “Names of Jesus,” I thought it would be appropriate to begin at the beginning. (Joh 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(Joh 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

What exactly do “words” accomplish? Without words, we do not have a language. Words express what is on our mind to others so that they can understand. One of Jesus’ roles was to communicate what was on the mind of the Father, His will, to mankind. With that thought, look again at John 1:14. How appropriate it is that God chose this specific terminology to express Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left heaven to bring His Father’s message of salvation to us! The Messenger brought the message of Himself! 🙂

Since the Word is God and speaks of His Father through the written Word, we will let the Word define itself.

(Joh 1:17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.(Eph 2:8 ) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:(Eph 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The Word brought the Law through Moses in the Old Testament and brought grace and truth through Christ in the New Testament.

I love this popular verse:

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It has a mini message all in itself, doesn’t it? The Word has spoken and said:

1. I am: (Exo 3:14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

2. The way: (Mat 7:13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

3. The truth: (Psa 117:2) For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

4. The life: (Joh 1:4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

The Great I Am came to earth in human form bringing grace and truth through Christ Jesus. Christ’s words have been recorded so we may know the Heavenly Father’s will for our lives. God’s will is for all of us to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God shows us His mercy by showing us the truth about salvation through His Word, through Jesus Christ – The Word. His Word lights the path that we must take and this path leads to everlasting life!

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Author and Finisher of my faith
Do guide me along the way
Bishop of my soul I plead
Shed Your grace throughout the day

Beloved Shepherd and my Friend
Draw nigh in my time of need
Almighty Captain direct my ship
And calm my billowing seas

Oh Lord of lords and King of kings
You walk along side with me
To You I turn my Refuge and Rock
I find peace there when I flee

Kate Plourde
February 20, 2008
(I was moved to write this while meditating on some of Jesus’ precious names found in the Word!)

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