The last day of this series ends with an awesome name for Jesus: Potentate.

~1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Noah Webster defines it as:

Potentate

PO’TENTATE, n. A person who possesses great power or sway; a prince; a sovereign; an emperor, king or monarch.

Exalting him not only above earthly princes and potentates, but above the highest of the celestial hierarchy.

Strong’s lists the Greek word as:

G1413

δυνάστης

dunastēs

doo-nas’-tace

From G1410; a ruler or officer: – of great authority, mighty, potentate.

When we apply the definitions to this verse, we see that our King of kings and Lord of lords is the ultimate Sovereign King – He is the Great Authority and His Word will be final. My friend, if you have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not gain entrance into Heaven. The Word of God says,

~Revelations 7:14-17 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Great Shepherd will lead us to the ultimate still waters, the ultimate green pastures and will feed us Himself. Whatever name has defined Jesus Christ, He remains he King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Mighty Potentate, Saviour, Messiah, Bread of Life, Apostle, both High Priest and Passover, Lamb of God, our Rock and Fortress!

If you do not have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, you are missing out on spending eternity with Him in Heaven.

~Romans 10:8-13 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You do not need to wait until you get out of purgatory. Jesus says that if you call on Him now, you SHALL be saved – not maybe – not possibly – but SHALL be! Don’t believe the traditions of men and church magisterium.

~John 9:35-39 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Dear religious person, if you think you know the way to Heaven but depend on your works or church to get you there, you are the one that Jesus is speaking of when said “they which see might be made blind”! You think you can see but in the light of the Word of God, you are blind. Won’t you let Jesus talk to you through His Word today? Read your Bible and let the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ reveal the way to salvation to you!

The Mighty Potentate will have the last word.

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

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As we read our Bibles, we see that the Old Testament points forward to the Messiah and the New Testament reveals who the Messiah is. Why is Passover given to us as a name for Jesus?

~1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Although the chapter and verse numbers were not in the original text, I find it interesting that this particular verse is found in Chapter 5, verse 7. Five symbolizes grace in the Bible and the number seven symbolizes perfection. God’s perfect grace was given to us through the Passover, Jesus Christ! Things like this always excite my spirit!

So what is Passover? You can read about how the Passover began in Exodus 12:1-14. It is such a beautiful account of salvation. The Jews were given this blessed event to point to the coming of their Messiah. The Bible says:

~Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

God shed the blood of an innocent animal (~Genesis 3:21) to cover Adam and Eve after they had sinned. Notice that Adam and Eve knew they had sinned and tried to make their own coverings. What a wonderful depiction of man trying to come to God in his own way – through the works of his own hands. However, their coverings were not sufficient. God had to make the covering that was acceptable to Him. This was the first mention of the shedding of blood for a covering. We see another type of “offering” in ~Genesis 4 when Abel brought a lamb for a sacrifice and Cain tried to bring the fruit of his garden, the work of his own hands – thus his own efforts at salvation.

The Passover is a depiction of this future covering of sin. A spotless lamb had to be killed and its blood had to be painted on the three sides of the doorpost so the Angel of Death would pass over the house and not inflict death to th first born. What a beautiful depiction of Christ’s blood, a complete sacrifice from the God to mankind. The blood of a spotless lamb (Jesus’ sinless life) was painted on the three sides of the doorpost (three symbolizing the Godhead/Trinity).

When we accept Jesus Christ’s shed blood as payment for sins, repent and are born again, God sees Christ’s blood over us and we do not get what we deserve, which is eternal death in Hell. Does this not bless you? Our Passover, Jesus Christ, has removed all condemnation and replaced it with eternal life in Heaven!

~John 1:29 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 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Whatever God does is perfect. He provided the perfect Lamb because the Jews’ passover lamb was just a foreshadow of what was to come. Their lamb could not take away their sins. Our Perfect Passover Lamb can take away our sins! Praise the Lord! It is not a church that takes away sin. It is not a priest that takes away sin. Only the Perfect Lamb of God has the authority to take away sins because HE paid the price with His own blood. It is God’s responsibility, not sinful man. How can one sinner have the right to forgive another sinner’s sin? Sin is sin in God’s eyes (see James 2:10) – all sin is bad according to God and deserves Hell and judgment.

~Joshua 24:18-20 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

~Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

~Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Only God can forgive sins because He is the One who provided the sacrifice of shed blood, the covering and the forgiveness fulfilled through Jesus Christ, our Passover! Won’t you accept Jesus Christ as your only Passover? Salvation and forgiveness of sins can only be obtained through Christ. Five times (symbolic in the Bible for God’s grace) the phrase, “forgiveness of sins” is found in Scriptures:

~Acts 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.

~Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

~Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

~Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

~Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

False religion will corrupt this beautiful message of the Passover. Rather than a remembrance, they sacrifice Christ anew daily and go against the Scriptures where we are told that Christ had to die only once for all sin. His death was sufficient – it was complete – once for all! Yes, we can remember His death as a memorial whenver we receive communion. But we cannot sacrifice Christ anew as the catholic church does.

~Hebrews 10:10-14 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

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This name for Jesus, Messiah, appears twice in the Old Testament (Messiah) and twice in the New Testament (Messias).

~Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

~Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

~John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

~John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

The Old Testament refers to the Messiah as a Prince and the New Testament refers to the Messiah as the Christ. According to Noah Webster’s Dictionary, Messiah means:

Messiah
MESSI’AH, a. [Heb. anointed.] Christ, the anointed; the Savior of the world.

I know that when Messiah cometh, who is called Christ, he will tell us all things. Jesus answered her, I that speak to thee am he. John 4.

I find it interesting that the Jews were looking for a Messiah that would be a Prince (a Conqueror) but did not see Him as a Saviour from their sin. The New Testament, however, does not concentrate on Jesus’ position as Prince (mentioned as such only three times) as much as a Saviour (mentioned 24 times).

Jesus was anointed of God for His mission as Messiah – to save the lost. He came to guide us to the Truth and to show us the only path to Heaven. He submitted to His Father to the point of death. This could not have been an easy task when you meditate on it. Would you have gone to your crucifixion death if you knew ahead of time the pain and agony it would cause? If you are interested, read about Jesus’ crucifixion as viewed by medical professionals. We can understand how submission to the Father’s will must have been priority with Jesus.

~John 3:16 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.

~Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

~John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Yet, despite His knowing what was to come, He died for us! Christ was anointed for the sole purpose of coming to earth to die for our sins!

~John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Just what will the Messiah save the world from?

2 Peter 2:9-15 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

I also found it interesting that Peter refers to those who have gone astray following the way of Balaam. Balaam is a type of antichrist – one who distorts the truth and leads people astray. The Bible refers to him in Numbers 23 and 24. Jesus refers to Balaam in:

~Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Balaam enticed the Israelites to idolatry and sin. He became a stumbling block to the Jews and caused error to set in. Peter stated in 2 Peter 2:9-15 that they have forsaken the right way and are gone astray, following after Balaam. What does the Bible say is the right way?

~Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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

~Matthew 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: ~Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

~Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

~Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

The catholic church uses verse 16 as proof of works for salvation. This is a teaching from Balaam. This is far from what Christ was teaching. Christ was teaching that grapes do not grow thorns nor figs thistles. It’s not rocket science. In other words, after salvation I will be producing righteous fruit. Before salvation, however, I will be producing those thorns and thistles because I am a child of the devil.

We will be able to recognize the teachings of Balaam by the fruit it produces. What kind of fruits do they produce? The fruits of these people will be the opposite of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

~Ephesians 5:8-10 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Therefore, the fruits of Balaam are: they walk not in the light – they do not seek after righteousness and truth and the do not prove what is acceptable to God.

Not only does our Messiah save us from sin but He teaches us. He even provides us with His Word so that we may prove what is acceptable to God!

~John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

~John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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

~John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

~Romans 1:25 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.

~1 Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

~2 Corinthians 4:2-4 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. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

~1Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

~2 Timothy 3:15-16 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Jesus will not contradict Himself! The truth can be found by reading your Bible. You will find exactly what you need to find the Messiah and His salvation. You will also find how to identify the teachings of Balaam. The teachings of Balaam will try to lead you away from finding salvation through Jesus Christ. Balaam’s teachings will steer away from Christ and focus on something or someone else. The catholic church is famous for this. Their dogmas, magisterium and catholic sacred tradition point to Mary, the pope’s infallibility, purgatory, works, penance, sacraments, and salvation through the catholic church – these are just some of the things they teach. They have left the simple truth of the Word of God. The Messiah did not come with complex theories but He came with a simple mission.

Do not follow after someone without proving his words with the Scriptures. The Bible is your light given to you by the Messiah! The teachings of Balaam will corrupt God’s Word and cause the people to follow a lie. The only way to expose a lie is to know the Truth!

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~Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (16) And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (17) He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, ( 18 ) Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (19) The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? (20) Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. (21) But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. (22)

Master was used in Jesus’ day to describe an instructor, teacher or doctor. The word was also used for the master of a household. How interesting it is that Jesus could fulfill these! Today’s Scripture passage is a well-known one and it cuts to the very heart of man.

Here is a young man who comes to Jesus and recognizes that Jesus is special. He not only called him Master, but Good Master. Then he asks Jesus what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? Jesus’ response is one that every good person should take heed to. Jesus wanted to cut to the core of this young man. He knew that this young man was a “good” Jewish man and that he was trying to work his way to Heaven. Jesus also knew that this man kept the Law and lived by it. Like any good teacher, the Good Master even outlined the areas “of good” this man was striving to do so that he could inherit eternal life: he kept all of the commandments, the Law, and Jesus named them. The man responded to Jesus, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?”

What a great question! If you are trying to work your way to Heaven by following the teachings of your religion, you are like this young man. The Good Master knew the young man’s heart and knew that there was something that was really important to him – it had a “clutch” on him. Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and come and follow Him. Had riches not had a grip on the young man, it would have been nothing for him to give up. The fact that he was sorrowful and went away shows that his riches meant more to him than following Christ.

Does Jesus require all men to give up everything and live like a pauper? No! But He does want you to be willing to give everything up. Do you hear Jesus’ message The Good Master is trying to teach you in His Word. What do you place ahead of salvation? Is it money? Is it your spouse or your family? Is it fear of leaving the teachings you’ve had all your life – that familiarity? Do you think that all those good deeds you are doing will get you to Heaven? Do you think that following the traditions of your church will get you to Heaven? Notice that this young man did all the things required of him yet Jesus told him it was not enough.

Jesus knows your heart just as He knew the heart of this rich young man. You can be entrenched in catholicism, Judaism or whatever religion. But what does God’s Word say? Jesus may not require you to give up your wealth, but he will definitely require you to give up working your way to Heaven, just as He did with this young man.

~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There is nothing you can do that will get you any closer to Heaven. The only work that can successfully get you to Heaven is the work of Jesus Christ – His death on the cross, the shedding of His own blood, and His resurrection! Christ did all the work – all we need to do is to accept the fact that there is nothing more we can add to it. This rich young man did everything he was taught to get to Heaven but it was not enough.

~Romans 3:24-25 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

So where do you stand today? Does your religion mean more to you than following Christ? Does your family mean more to you than following Jesus? Jesus had nothing against riches. But Jesus knew that riches meant more to this young man than salvation. How very sad, indeed! Let the Master teach you instead of man!

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What do you think of when you read these two verses? I think of the horn of a rhino or the horns of a ram. All animals with horns use them as a means of defense when a predator attacks.

~2 Samuel 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.

~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

What a blessing to think of our God being our horn – our means of defense when ole slew foot tries to overcome us!

But the Jews also used the horn as an instrument. Did you know that the shofar is the oldest instrument in the Jewish religion and dates back 5,000 years? The shofar is made from a ram’s horn, mostly, but can also be the horn of a sheep or a goat. The shofar is blown 100 times at Rosh Hashanah, which is the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year. The shofar is blown to proclaim the coronation of their King of Kings! Oh what an exciting holiday this must be for the Jews! How exciting for the Christian as well since we know Who that King of Kings truly is – our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

In my readings, I have found that when the Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah, they remember Isaac being on the altar when Abraham was about to sacrifice him. But God stopped Abraham’s hand and provided a ram for Abaraham to use for the burnt offering!

~Genesis 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

What a beautiful picture of God the Father sending His Son, Jesus Christ, our Horn of Salvation, to be the sacrifice acceptable to God!

I also love the fact that Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first day of the seventh month! One is symbolic of One God – seven is symbolic of perfection! Christ Jesus is the Perfect salvation of mankind – the Perfect Lamb of God – the Perfect Sacrifice.

Our horn of salvation, Jesus Christ, is depicted throughout the Old Testament! What a beautiful picture! When we look at the horn as a tool of defense, I can see how Jesus is my defense. The Word says that He has defeated the devil, once and for all.

~John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

~1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

We have nothing to fear because the Horn of our Salvation is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Our Defender will be the Victor!

~1 Timoth 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

~Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

~Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Does this not give you goosebumps? It does me! Hallelujah to the King! Sing praises to the God of Glory!

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What a wonderful Name of Jesus Christ! The Word of God, Jesus Christ, (John 1:1) is also our Guide. It is only through the precious Bible that we can read, learn and grow! The first time the word guide is used in this context is in:

~Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Strong’s defines this word as:

H5090

nâhag
naw-hag’
A primitive root; to drive forth (a person, an animal or chariot), that is, lead, carry away; reflexively to proceed (that is, impel or guide oneself); also (from the panting induced by effort), to sigh: – acquaint, bring (away), carry away, drive (away), lead (away, forth), (be) guide, lead (away, forth). נהג

Noah Webster defines guide in this way:

One who directs another in his conduct or course of life.

Each time H5090 [נהג nâhag] is used in the Old Testament, we see clearly how God is our Guide. This word is not used in reference to a human being being the guide.

~Psalm 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Christ is our Rock and our Fortress. We cannot enter Heaven without Him. His desire is to Guide us to the Rock.

~Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

David knew that only God could lead him on the right course. Only God can guide us on the right paths of righteousness because He alone is the Righteous One.

~Isaiah 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

~Isaiah 51:18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

Israel was rebellious and they did not have God to guide them but instead, they suffered the wrath of God.

For the New Testament saints, the Holy Spirit of God is our Guide and was left to us by Christ Himself. The Greek word for guide is:

G3594
ὁδηγέω
hodēgeō
hod-ayg-eh’-o
From G3595; to show the way (literally or figuratively [teach]): – guide, lead.

Here we see the same concept as in the Old Testament. The word for guide as it relates to God is a different word than that used for a human being. Isn’t that a blessing to you?

~Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

~Acts 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

~Romans 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, God, is our Guide. He resides within us and teaches how to guide the unsaved to salvation!

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Did you ever receive a gift coupon in the mail or in an email only to find out that you have to jump through hoops to obtain it? We received a gift coupon for a lovely weekend getaway but we had to sit through a few hours of a sales presentation in order to get the weekend getaway. The whole point of this is the fact that there was a gift awaiting us but we had to go there and do something to receive it.

It isn’t that way with salvation, my friend. There is nothing that we can do to earn this gift of salvation from God.

~Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This blesses me so much! I did not not have to wait until I cleaned up my life in order for Christ to die for my sins. Christ died for my sins while I was yet a sinner. I once gave the plan of salvation to a co-worker at my job. She told me that she needed to clean up her life before she could get saved because God would not want her the way she was. My response to her was that Romans 5:8 says that Jesus Christ already died for her sin even before she could clean up her life.

Cleaning up your life can no longer be used as an excuse. In fact, this concept is just another way man can say he is working his way to Heaven. If you could clean up your life enough to have salvation, then Christ’s gift is no longer a gift. Salvation then, in your eyes, becomes a wage from work that you have done on your own. But the Bible says:

~Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our gift from God goes beyond our comprehension. We tend to try to “humanize” this gift. But God is not human and His love for us goes beyond mere human words and thoughts.

~2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

There aren’t enough words to describe God’s love toward us and the gift that He has given to us.

What is this gift?

~John 3:16 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.

Jesus Christ is this unspeakable gift. What Christ did for us is unbelievable! He died for people He was not related to or was even close friends with. How many people would you die for? Surely you would die for your family, or even a good friend. But would you die for that homeless man you pass on your way home from work?

For those of you who are interested in reading about Christ’s crucifixion as it is viewed by those of the medical profession, click here. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.

Christ gave Himself, His very body and shed His own precious blood so that God’s demand of payment for sin would be satisfied. God is Holy, my friend. He demands that payment (restitution) be made for sin. Just as you would have a price to pay if you committed a crime, so does God require a payment for all sin. God is a just God. He cannot allow sin into Heaven and, therefore, requires that payment be made in full.

Christ fulfilled this payment. It would be just as if I went to court and stood before the Judge for all of my horrible sins. The Judge states that I deserve to die and I am now sentenced to death with no possibility of parole. My Attorney, Jesus Christ, goes before the Judge and says,

Father, I died on the cross and shed my own blood so that Kate does not have to go to hell. She has accepted me as the only payment for her sins and her penalty and death has been paid by Me.

It is at this point, at my salvation, that the Father (the Judge) says,

Kate is free from my judgment of hell because her sins are covered by my Son’s own blood and He has paid a great price for her with His own life!

My friend, if you are not a repentant born-again Christian, please read these words with all sincerity of heart!

~Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

~Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

~Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

~1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

~Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

If these verses bring conviction to your heart, please know that you can turn to Jesus Christ right now and be one of those that has been purchased by Jesus Christ with His own blood. There is nothing you can do to earn this gift. It is a free gift from God. But you do have to accept that precious Gift. Acknowledge to God in prayer that you are a sinner in need of salvation. Confirm to God that you are repentant. That means that you sincerely desire to turn away from your sins and follow Him. Acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven and that you accept His gift and His work on the cross for your salvation.

Now, may we all be able to rejoice with the Apostle Paul!!!!

~2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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To whom or what is your faith anchored? The function of an anchor is to keep a ship still in the midst of storm so it does not wander away. The anchor also stops a ship from moving when a mission at sea is necessary. Either way you look at it, the anchor holds a ship securely. What a wonderful depiction of our Saviour and a moving description of Christ.

~Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

The word anchor occurs only once in the Bible. How interesting this is to me. The number one is symbolized in the Bible to mean beginning/one. There is but one God – He was there in the beginning and throughout time. It blessed me that this word anchor appeared only once. In other words, there is only one anchor to keep our soul and provide our salvation and that is God!

Hebrews 6:19 says that the Anchor of our soul is both sure and steadfast. Strong’s definition of both of these words are:

G804
ἀσφαλής
asphalēs
as-fal-ace’
From G1 (as a negative particle) and σφάλλω sphallō (to “fail”); secure (literally or figuratively): – certain (-ty), safe, sure.

G949
βέβαιος
bebaios
beb’-ah-yos
From the base of G939 (through the idea of basality); stable (literally or figuratively): – firm, of force, stedfast, sure.

Applying these definitions to the Saviour speaks to our hearts and gives us a glimpse into His characteristics. Our Lord, our Anchor, is both sure and steadfast. It reminded me of another one of the devotionals on Jesus’ names, Foundation! Christ’s nature is revealed in all of the names. I love that Jesus and His Gospel are sure and stedfast. That means they never change. They hold fast – they are secure and certain. We are safe in Christ and our faith is stable – just as our faith is stable in the foundation Christ provided.

Any time the repentant, born-again believer is weak, He can rest assured that his salvation was purchased by Christ and, therefore, is secure in Him because our Anchor holds it. You may wonder why I use the term “repentant, born-again believer” rather than just the born-again believer. I do so because there are many who claim to be born again but their lives have never changed. They have not repented from their sins but have merely prayed a little prayerette to be saved and they think that this gets them saved. Alas, the Word states that you must repent. We must look at our sin as God looks at our sin. Our sin is putrid and disgusting, unholy and we deserve hell because of it. The repentant sinner acknowledges this and is just as revolted at his sin as God is. The repentant sinner desires to live a righteous life and moves onward striving to do so. He does not continue in his sin but his life changes. If he was a thief, he steals no more. If he was a liar, he lies no more. If he was an adulterer, he does this no more. There is a change in the true repentant, born-again believer’s life, just as Paul stated in 2 Corinthinas 5:17!

So, my friend. Is your salvation securely held by the Saviour? Does your faith grip to the Solid Rock or is it gripping onto the traditions of men and religion? This will collapse like a house built on sand. Are you depending on good works through sacraments, penance, baptism and purgatory to get you to heaven? This, again, is building your faith on sand. Christ is the Anchor – His salvation/Gospel is built on the Solid Rock – it is unshakeable – immoveable – impenetrable – and everlasting!

In Times Like These
by Ruth Caye Jones

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah was coming who would be the foundation for all things.

~Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isaiah says that not only is Jesus the foundation but His foundation is tried, precious and sure! Why are these adjectives so important? They are important because Christ’s foundation is like no other. No religious organization can have a foundation of equal value or strength. Let’s look at these adjectives and see what makes Jesus so different from religion.

Isaiah says that Jesus is a tried stone. As a refiner works with metal, he puts it through the fire and tests its quality. The same word used for tried is the same word as in:

~Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Christ had to take human form to become the perfect sacrifice on the cross. His life was tried and He came forth as gold. As a result, He was the perfect Lamb of God. Therefore, His Gospel, the very foundation of the Christian faith, was tried and proved worthy. Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8 ). Therefore, He does not change. His Word does not change. It stands as firm as His foundation. Any religion that changes their stand or eventually compromises does not have Christ as their foundation.

Secondly, Isaiah says that the Messiah was a precious corner stone. What a wonderful graphic picture of what Christianity is all about. A builder will use the largest and strongest blocks to place in the corners of his building. This word precious, according to Strong’s:

H3368
יקר
yâqâr
yaw-kawr’
From H3365; valuable (objectively or subjectively): – brightness, clear, costly, excellent, fat, honourable women, precious, reputation.

It is safe to conclude that the best and strongest stone was used in Isaiah’s depiction of the foundation that Jesus Christ was to lay for us.

Thirdly, Isaiah refers to Jesus’ foundation as a sure foundation.

H3245
יסד
yâsad
yaw-sad’
A primitive root; to set (literally or figuratively); intensively to found; reflexively to sit down together, that is, settle, consult: – appoint, take counsel, establish, (lay the, lay for a) found (-ation), instruct, lay, ordain, set, X sure.

There is no other foundation that can be as perfect as the foundation that Jesus Christ has laid for us. He is the Chief corner stone.

~1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Yes, the Apostles helped to lay this foundation but we cannot forget that Christ is still the Chief corner stone. He is the Head – it is His work that paid the price, not ours. It is because of His strength as the Chief corner stone that we are able to stand as His church. It is not religion – it is not the catholic church – it is not Judaism. It is all Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ only.

The Apostles and early church disciples always pointed others to Christ. When they encouraged others to follow their example, they always ended by pointing their followers to Christ!

~1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Many religions use this verse as their basis for church tradition and following after the Apostles, i.e. Apostolic succession. However, note the latter part of the verse: even as I also am of Christ. In other words, follow after me because I follow after Christ. But it stands to reason that if the one you are following strays from what Christ taught or laid in His foundation, you should not follow him any longer. Christ has the final word.

Cults begin and end with following after men who lay another foundation. Mormonism, catholicism, Jehovan’s witnesses, etc. They add to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

~2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (3) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (4)

The devil’s subtleties crept into some of the early churches and men adopted heresies as a result of their fleshly desires. The catholic church is famous in this area for it has been building on a foundation laid in sand. Their doctrine is quite contrary to the foundation that Christ laid. Christ makes no mistakes. Christ’s words are final as He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End. Let’s take a look at some of the dogmas and sacred traditions the catholic church requires of its members:

  • Celibacy of its priests
  • Nuns
  • Praying and worshipping Mary, Queen of Heaven
  • Mary’s sinless beginning and sinless life
  • Baptism of babies
  • Praying to the dead and to the saints and saying the rosary
  • Purgatory
  • Indulgences
  • The saying of masses for the dead
  • The Lord’s supper administered only in bread and not grape juice
  • The seven sacraments
  • Only the catholic can be saved because salvation is only in the catholic church

These are just a few – I could keep on going but my point is made. IF these traditions and dogmas are true and are so important that people are cursed if they don’t follow them, then why are they not recorded in God’s Word – especially that of salvation found in only the catholic churh. This is not the foundation that Christ laid. In fact, there are no Scriptures to be found that describe these traditions or dogmas.

There is no other foundation than that which Christ laid for our salvation. There is nothing to be added, no matter what people tell you. Everything we need for salvation is found in Christ and in His Word. If we needed more, God would not have us in the dark but He would have told us in His Word.

~John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

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Is this picture too precious or what? What a beautiful depiction of the Lord’s mission on earth! It goes well with today’s name of Jesus – Carpenter!

~Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

We can assume that Joseph taught Jesus the carpenter trade as a child. I can see Jesus playing beside Joseph’s workbench, can’t you? As He matured into a teenager, I can see Him working side-by-side with Joseph to earn a living for the family. Jesus used His carpentry skills in His teachings.

~Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: (24) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (25) And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: (26) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (27)

Notice that Jesus said whoever hears His words and heeds His words is building his faith upon the Rock. The Carpenter knows how to build a house and He also knows what type of foundation is best. Christ likened our faith in Him as one who builds his house upon a rock. That house is solid and is unshakable – even when the rains came, the floods came and the winds blew! Now that’s a solid house! When we liken this visual picture to our own spiritual lives, we must ask ourselves if our faith in Christ is as unshakeable. Are you certain of your faith? Are you certain that you are going to Heaven when you die? Are you certain beyond a shadow of a doubt? Be honest with yourself. The Word says,

~1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Rock on which we must build our house of faith! As a catholic, I build my faith on the catholic church. I had always been taught that Peter is this rock. However, this is contrary to many Scriptures. When the Scriptures contradict a religious belief, one must make a decision for one’s self. Do I believe God’s Holy Word or do I believe what I have been taught by my religious leaders?

Our Carpenter, Jesus Christ, longs to help us build our house of faith, my friend. He longs for us to build it upon Him.

~John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (39) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (40)

Won’t you search the Word of God and learn from the Great Carpenter how to build your house of faith upon the Rock?

~Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ( 28 ) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (29) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (30)

Christ’s salvation does not involve burdens. I had a heavy burden of sin upon my shoulders as a catholic. The catholic church never removed my heavy burden. But the day I truly met the Carpenter, He took that burden completely away. With no exaggeration, I felt a hundred pounds lighter the moment I accepted Christ as my Saviour according to the Scriptures. I repented of my sins and changed direction in my life. It was at this point that I began to build my house of faith upon the Rock as my Carpenter taught me in His Word! Praise the God of Glory and Mercy!

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While looking at this graphic, one can get the feeling of being delivered from harm’s way. Searching the Scriptures for this name of our Saviour really blessed me! My spirit was encouraged and lifted up!

~2 Samuel 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

~Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

~Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

~Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

~Psalm 144:2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

~Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Noah Webster defines the word deliverer as:

1. One who delivers; one who releases or rescues; a preserver.

Christ releases us from the sin debt that mankind has owed since the fall of Adam and Eve! The catholic church would have you believe that the catholic’s debt is not fully paid until after he is released from purgatory. However, that is a work and is not covered under the Grace of God. The Word says:

~Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

Therefore, to the one who believes that Christ’s payment for our sin debt is not enough but one must add penance and indulgences with purgatory, then that person is under the sin debt for certain. But Christ said that He released us from this debt, my friend!

The word deliverer also means “rescues.” Oh what a precious picture in the mind’s eye! We are rescued from burning in hell! Like the graphic above, Christ’s payment for our sins rescues us from eternal punishment! We no longer need to work our way to heaven because the payment is paid and our salvation is secure in His hands!

And lastly, the last definition for deliver is “preserver.” Oh my! Our salvation is preserved by Christ, Himself! God is not a mere man who can fail us. He is the God of Glory and securely holds our salvation forever!

~Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

~2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

~Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

There is nothing else that needs to be done for our salvation. Christ died once for all. He paid the price once for all. When we repent and believe in Him, we need only do it once for all eternity. Jesus, our Deliverer, has our salvation securely in His hand!

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How I love today’s name for Jesus Christ. Our Captain leads the way for us. Not only is He perfect in every way, but His sacrifice on the cross is perfect as well. Nothing more is needed to obtain salvation than the blood of our Captain and Leader.

~Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? (13) And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? (14) And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. (15)

~Hebrews 2:9-11 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (9) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (10) For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, (11)

~Hebrews 7:27 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.

Our Captain is perfect in every way. Not only can He lead His army but He can safely keep any member (born-again Christian) safe in His care.

~Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (24) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (25)

Our Captain keeps us from losing our salvation and will present us faultless before the presence of His glory, my friend! There’s no purgatory after death – if there were, how can Jude 1:24 be fulfilled? That means that Jesus Christ is able to keep us from falling because it is His blood (Hebrews 7:27) that is perfect and was offered up once for all. We cannot lose our salvation because our Captain is the one who holds our salvation securely – it is eternal.

~John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Not only is our Captain in charge of our souls, but He is also known as the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.

~1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (24) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (25)

He alone possesses our souls because He purchased us at a great price with His own blood. After I accept Christ as the only way to Heaven, I become His property, if you will. I am now a child of the King of kings!

~Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

~Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

How can one have spiritual blessings in Christ if we are not saved? We have a position in God’s family once we are born again in newness of life (2 Corinthians 5:17).

~Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

~Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (3) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (4)

There is nothing I could possibly do to get me on inch closer to the gates of Heaven. I’m already a part of Christ (in Him) and there’s nothing else I can do to earn it or keep it.

~Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, (4) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (5) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (6) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (7)

Everything dealing with my salvation revolves around the work of the cross. I cannot keep the sacraments, I cannot work my way to Heaven by doing good deeds, I cannot perform penance enough to make up for my filthy rotten sin. I will always have this sin nature because I was born with it. But praise the Lord it’s not up to me but it’s all up to Christ. If it were up to us, Cain’s offering would have been sufficient, but it was not. It needed to be God’s way!

I am thankful that Christ saw fit to put in His Word:

~1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

We can know NOW that we have eternal life when we believe that Christ came of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross, rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father awaiting to return for His own. We do not need to live a life wondering if our salvation is secure. If our salvation depended on our faithfulness to God, we would be miserable because we fail Him every single day. But our salvation is not dependent on us but it is totally dependent on the precious work of Jesus Christ and, therefore, our Captain holds it securely in the palm of His hand!!!

Do you want your children to constantly doubt whether or not they are a member of your family? Our Heavenly Father is no different! He wants us to know right here and now if we are going to heaven or not. There is no purgatory. Judgment comes swiftly after death if one isn’t saved. But God calls everyone to salvation right now! After you die, it’s too late!

~2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

The Captain wants you to get saved today. He wants to be your Guide and your Leader. Everything He does is perfect. Therefore, He can securely keep your salvation!

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Today’s name for Jesus was a total blessing to me! Jesus is known as our Shepherd!

~Hebrews 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (20) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (21)

Let’s look at a little history on the shepherds from the Middle East at the time of Christ. The shepherd had but a few tools for his trade. He possessed a rod, a staff and scented oil.

The rod was a straight stick and was used to beat away predators. The staff had a hook on the end and was used to guide the sheep in the direction the shepherd wanted them to go. If they strayed, he would reach out with his staff and pull the sheep back by its head.

When you look at the uses our Shepherd’s tools, you can see so many spiritual applications! We have the comfort of knowing that Christ carries a rod – a big stick, if you will 🙂 He promises to beat away the enemy and have victory over ole slew foot.

~1John 4:4b … because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Jesus’ staff guides us through His Word:

~Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

~Psalm 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

~Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

~Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

When we disobey the Word, however, the Lord allows circumstances, trials and tribulations into our lives to draw us toward Him.

~Psalm 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

The scented oil was used to anoint the sheep. I found it interesting that there were three reasons why the sheep needed anointing:

  1. The oil kept flies from laying eggs in the sheeps’ nose. It is said that when the eggs hatched, it would cause the sheep to become hysterical and they would run into trees and even run off cliffs to their death!
  2. He lubricated the rams’ horns so they wouldn’t hurt each other during battle.
  3. The oil was used on the sheeps’ wounds to promote healing.

God anoints His children through the Holy Spirit. Noah Webster defines it as:

The use of oil in consecrations, was of high antiquity. Kings, prophets and priests were set apart or consecrated to their offices by the use of oil. Hence the peculiar application of the term anointed to Jesus Christ.

We are to be set apart, consecrated to Christ once we repent and are born again. We are anointed and when we are obedient sheep, the cares of this world will not overpower us and cause us to be blown about with every wind of doctrine. (see Ephesians 4:14) As well, when we are yielded to the Holy Spirit, we will not be fussing with the brethren but will love the brethren. (see 1 John 3:14) Thirdly, when we are anointed by the Shepherd, we are promised that He will heal our hearts, our wounds, our spirits, our broken hearts, our devastated homes, our sinful lives, etc. Our Shepherd will draw us to salvation, to His Father and to eternal life!

~Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Oh what a Great Shepherd we serve! Praise the Lord that the Perfect Shepherd is our Guide. He is the one who teaches us and leads us in His Word. What a beautiful depiction of Christ – the Great Shepherd! Praise His Holy Name!

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One of Jesus’ names is Shiloh. The word Shiloh means “sent” according to Hitchcock’s Bible Names.

~Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

How appropriate is this title! The Son of God was sent by the Father to deliver us from the punishment we so rightly deserve!

~John 3:16 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.

Strong’s says:

H7886 שׁילה shîylôh shee-lo’ From H7951; tranquil; Shiloh, an epithet of the Messiah: – Shiloh.

What blessings to read definitions where we can picture the characteristics of our Lord and Saviour! Tranquil provides a picture of peace – a peace which can only be given by Christ! He has become a bridge from earth to the Father, becoming our Passover Lamb – a perfect and complete sacrifice so that mankind’s fellowship with the Father can be restored. What better peace can one have than to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that his eternal soul will go to Heaven when he dies! There is no need to worry because the responsibility of salvation lies with Jesus Christ and His work, not works of our own. There is no security if we have to depend on our own abilities. After all, we are all human and we all have broken a commandment or two. All of our own righteousnesses are as filthy rags, the Bible says. Our works do not mount to a hill of beans with God.

~Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

It’s a good thing that the price of our eternal soul is not left to us! For we would fail miserably! Praise the Lord that our eternal security is left to One who is Perfect and, therefore, can keep our salvation! Restoration was Jesus’ mission. Reconciliation was His motive. However, He will not force anyone to be saved. Jesus has given us His Word (the Holy Bible) to show us why we need salvation, where to find salvation, how we can receive salvation and how we are to live after salvation. This is an important topic and the Lord would not have us be in the dark. Christ is also known as the light of the world as well and His light shines through the pages of the Bible. I also find it interesting that the Tabernacle was located in Shiloh, a city North of Bethel. Jesus Christ was sent to us and He dwells inside our hearts (our tabernacles/our temple).

~1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (19) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (20)

We were purchased with a great price, my friend. It cost Jesus Christ His own life, His own blood, to pay for the penalties for each one of us. To say that Christ’s death was not enough is blasphemy. To place additions to salvation is blasphemy. To say that baptism, sacraments or anything above must be done in order to be saved is to say that repentance and accepting Christ just isn’t enough. Anything that a religion says that man must contribute toward salvation is a lie from the pits of hell. The devil has tried to trick mankind since the Garden of Eden. Salvation is simple – it is plain – it is not confusing. This would make God a cruel God. But we know that God is love. Not only is He love, but He demands justice and payment.

So what tranquility can be found in judgment and payment? There is no tranquility attached to keeping countless rules, dogmas, penances, sacraments, etc. The Jews tried to keep all their laws and could not. That is why God had to send His Son. The end result of trying to keep these, as the catholic church requires, only brings doubt when the catholic thinks about eternity. The catholic does not lay on his death bed with full assurance that he is going to heaven when he dies. Instead, he lays on his death bed believing that purgatory is on the other side of death and he is hoping that his family and friends will buy enough indulgences and buy enough masses to be said on his behalf so he can be released in the not-too-distant future. What tranquility is in that? None! The Bible says:

~Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

After death comes judgment, my friend. There is no purgatory. This will be, however, a time when you will stand before Christ, the Judge, and He will look your name up in His Book of Life. If you repented and were born again according to the Scriptures (not the traditions of the church), your name will be there. If you trusted in the catholic church, the sacraments, baptism, etc. for salvation, then your name will be blotted out and you will suffer eternal life in the Lake of Fire. Won’t you let Jesus Christ be your Shiloh? He was sent for this purpose and He can provide you with salvation and tranquility. If you would simply look inside your own heart and ask yourself if you have complete peace – complete tranquility as it relates to your eternal destiny. Life here on earth is but a moment in time – but eternity is a very LONG time. Only a fool would leave his eternal soul in the hands of another human being. But to leave one’s soul securely in the hands of Jesus Christ, our Shiloh, will bring that tranquility that you desire from within!

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~Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, is coming soon. It may not be today – but it will be soon. Just look at the condition of our earth! Yet, the Word says that these things are merely the beginning of sorrows!

Jesus did not want us to be in the dark because we are children of light! He was quite clear in His Word as to what we should be on the look-out for.

~Mat 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (4) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (5)

Here are just a couple, but we read about them almost every day now.

Russia’s Messiah

Jesus of Suburbia — Has He Risen Again in Houston, Texas?

One need only do a Google search on news items and you will find a lot more!

~Matthew 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (6) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (7)

One need only have the news on for a few minutes or read the first page of any newspaper to hear about nation rising against nation. It is part of our everyday life any more. Just in the past seven days, there have been countless earthquakes, according to USGS. Pestilence is running rampid all over our planet. Famines are not restricted to third world countries any more.

(Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

So what, may you ask, does all of this gloom and doom have to do with Jesus being called Wonderful? The born-again Christian need not worry about what is going on around him. He is secure in his salvation because it was purchased by God Himself. The born-again Christian looks forward to the Rapture and being taken away from this cursed earth until the day that Christ will come again to make the earth new again and will reign as King!

~Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, (50) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (51)

For the one who does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Saviour has much to fear. Go ahead and have your fun for your hour comes quickly. Not only will you have to suffer through the seven-year Tribulation, but you will have to spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Are you ready? Can you truly call Jesus Wonderful today? It’s not too late! If you truly desire the truth, please visit my salvation page. Contact me if it was a blessing to you!

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I absolutely love today’s name for Jesus! Have you ever stopped to look at grape vines? They are so beautiful. When we look at the spiritual applications of Jesus’ name “The Vine,” we can receive such a blessing!

~John 15:1-2, 5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (1) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (2) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (5)

I saw a few things right off the top:

(1) A branch cannot live without the vine

“for without me ye can do nothing.”

A cluster of grapes cannot just appear. A cluster of grapes cannot will itself to grow. This tells me that one cannot say that they are saved through their church or through their good works. For Jesus said that without Him, we can do nothing. We cannot gain salvation from anything that we do. Salvation is of the Lord, not of anything that we can do. Christ died on the cross for our sins – our salvation is complete in Him.

~Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

(2) A branch that does not produce fruit is pruned

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away”

Many would say that this is proof of salvation by and through works. However, one must notice that if there were at least one grape on this vine, it would fall under the next category (in #3). This particular branch did not even produce any fruit. Jesus condemned the fig tree in Matthew 21:19 because it did not have fruit at all. He caused it to wither away and die. The same holds true here. When a branch does not produce even one fruit (the unsaved), it is cut off.

(3) A healthy branch produces fruit

“the same bringeth forth much fruit”

and

“and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”

So what can we learn? Can a cluster of grapes exist without the vine? Does a grape vine grow bananas? Only grapes can grow and flourish on a grape vine.

Only the born-again Christian (the grapes) can be attached to the Vine, Jesus Christ, and remain attached. The unsaved cannot bear fruit (spiritual fruit) to begin with and, therefore, are cut away.

Another valuable lesson is that the saved will be purged with trial and tribulation in order for them to produce more fruit for the glory of God. Each trial we go through draws us closer to the Lord. We grow and become more like the Master!

God in Heaven Hath a Treasure

Thus though worn, and tried, and tempted, glorious calling, saint, is thine;
Let the Lord but find thee emptied, living branch in Christ the Vine!
Vessels of the world’s despising, vessels weak, and poor, and base;
Bearing wealth God’s heart is prizing, glory from Christ’s blessèd face.

Oh, to be but emptier, lowlier, mean, unnoticed, and unknown.
And to God a vessel holier, filled with Christ, and Christ alone!
Naught of earth to cloud the glory, naught of self the light to dim.
Telling forth His wondrous story, emptied—to be filled with Him.

~Author Unknown~

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What a beautiful choice of words were used to describe Jesus Christ. I especially love this one because I remember how the Lord shed His light upon my heart the day I was born again! I can honestly say that I once was blind but now I see!

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~John 8:12

Christ came not only unto His own, the Jews, but it was prophesied that He would be a light to the Gentiles as well! Praise the Lord that the Old Testament was not only written for the Jews but the Gentile can find blessed assurance in its pages as well.

~Isaiah 42:6-7 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (6) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (7)

In the pages of the New Testament, we find how prophecy of the Jews’ Messiah was fulfilled in Christ Jesus. We find the wonderful light given to the Jews is also given to us! Praise the Lord that we can be included in such salvation as this!

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. ~John 9:5

Surely Jesus’ precious light continued after He arose! John 9:5 says that the light would be with us as long as He was in the world. But what happened to the light after Jesus arose into Heaven? Surely the light did not cease to exist!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~Psalm 119:105

The Word is clear as to what light would dwell amongst us. It is the blessed Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ that shines into our hearts and illuminates us. It awakens us and quickens us – shining a blessed light that takes us from darkness to light.

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: ~Proverbs 6:23

The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. ~Proverbs 13:9

O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. ~Isaiah 2:5

Where can one find the Gospel? One finds all one needs to know about God in His Holy Word, the Bible. Why then does man not read the Bible as he should?

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ~2 Corinthians 4:4

The devil would love nothing more than to cause mankind to doubt that we even have God’s Holy Word in our possession. Can the Creator of the Universe also keep His Word from being corrupted through the ages? Of course He can! However, the devil thinks he has won this battle. He has managed to convince the various religions of this world that they have the Bible. He has managed to convince the world that there are many versions. However, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) and is quite able to leave us with His Word in print which has not been corrupted by man.

So why would Satan work so hard to convince the world that there are many versions of the Bible?

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ~Romans 1:16

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ~2 Timothy 3:15

Satan works hard at this very thing because he knows that the Word of God has the power of salvation! Ole slew foot does not want people getting saved – period!

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17

It is the Word of God that will build your faith. The more we are in the Bible, the more we are molded into the image of Christ. If Satan can succeed in keeping you away from the Bible, then he has won the battle. You will lead a defeated life. If you are a born again Christian reading this today and you are not reading your Bible, then you are a weak Christian. If you are a catholic who believes that the magisterium and church tradition are equal to the Word of God, then the devil has already won in your life. He has managed to cause you to doubt the authority of the Scriptures. You will not be able to see the Light of the blessed Gospel because you are already blinded by the religious system you serve.

There is nothing above the Word of God to guide us. The Word does not say that a priest, a rabbi or religious leader will be the lamp unto your feet or the light unto your path. The Word says that only God’s Word fulfills this.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~Psalm 119:105

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Contrary to catholic belief, Mary is not our mediator. In fact, the Bible is quite clear as to Who is our Mediator. It is as if the Holy Spirit saw into the future and knew that the roman system would try to incorporate an entire doctrine around Mary. So He (the Holy Spirit) made sure to include quite a few verses in the Bible to make it perfectly clear to us just who is the one and only mediator.

What do the Scriptures say?

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ~1 Timothy 2:5

Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. ~Galatians 3:19

Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. ~Galatians 3:20

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. ~Hebrews 8:6

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ~Hebrews 9:15

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. ~Hebrews 12:24

Noah Webster defines mediator as:

1. By way of eminence, Christ is the mediator, the divine intercessor through whom sinners may be reconciled to an offended God. Tim.2.

Christ is a mediator by nature, as partaking of both natures divine and human; and mediator by office, as transacting matters between God and man.

Mary does not have a divine nature. Mary was blessed to have been chosen as the vessel in which the Saviour would enter this world. However, she is not part of the godhead nor is she divine.

The catholic church says that Mary pleads our case to Jesus, who then pleads our case to the Father. However, this belief contradicts 1 Timothy 2:5. This verse says that there is only one mediator between God and man and that’s Christ. Christ is God, is He not? Therefore, man can go straight to God without any human mediator whatsoever. Christ, the divine Mediator, has rightfully obtained this title by His very death on the cross. What makes this so hard to understand? The catholic church further identifies Mary as the one who intercedes on our behalf. Again, the Holy Spirit saw this coming as well and He made sure to include Scriptures that would reveal this as heresy!

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. ~Romans 8:34

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. ~Hebrews 7:25

Let’s face it folks. When you take the dogmas of the roman system and compare them to the Scriptures, they fall flat on their faces.

Jesus Christ is our Mediator. This is His title. No one else’s… plain and simple! To attach these precious titles of our Lord and Saviour to Mary, or anyone else for that matter, is just as bad as if they blaspheme the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. None is more deserving of our faith, our love and our loyalty than Christ, our Redeemer, our Mediator and our Intercessor!

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What a comforting thought this is. To think that the God of Glory, the Creator of the Universe, would leave Heaven to come on earth just to be with us is an awesome thing to meditate upon! Just think about it for a moment.

I found it interesting that the Bible would use this name for Jesus. It reveals to me one of God’s characteristics. I find that God is a stickler for detail. By giving us numerous names for Jesus, He gives us a glimpse of just who He is. When we combine all these “different glimpses,” we have an overall view of our Lord and Saviour. Another way to look at this is to imagine that you are a pumpkin pie which is cut into eight pieces. Each piece of the pie is part of you, the whole pie, but each piece is unique because it is nearly impossible to cut a pie and have the pieces all be the exact same size.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ~Matthew 1:23

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ~Isaiah 7:14

What a loving God we serve! He knew that man could not possibly do all the works of the law and not sin. He knew that the blood of lambs could only cover our sins while His own blood can cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Can you imagine knowing that your only purpose on this earth was to be put to death in a horrific manner? I dare say, my flesh would take over and I would change my mind, most assuredly. Not only did God know the suffering He would have to undergo, He chose to do it anyway.

Christ not only walked the earth, but He was tempted as we are tempted. He experienced the same types of trials and tribulations as we experience. He is able to bring us comfort because He has already been through it all and He knows exactly what we need. My friend, Emmanuel continues to live with us! He did not cease to do so once He arose into Heaven. In fact, He left us His Holy Spirit so that God could continue to be our Emmanuel. Emmanuel does not mean “God WAS with us” but “God IS with us”!

Each born-again believer is given the Holy Spirit and this same Spirit walks by our side, each step of the way. We pilgrims may be walking a troublesome pathway but we can rest assured that Emmanuel is walking that same path. Does this not bring you great comfort? It surely does to me! I know that I am not alone. Thank You, Lord!

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It is interesting that Jesus Himself would use this term to describe His ministry to mankind – a door, a simple yet very poignant description indeed.

Picture this, if you will. You’re going to visit someone. You are approaching their house and you walk up the pathway to the door and knock. They do not immediately answer the door, so you knock again. Again, no answer. Do you break the door down to gain access to their house? Of course not. Thinking that they are not at home, you walk away with plans to return another day.

Jesus is no different. His Holy Spirit draws us to Him. The Spirit’s job is to glorify Jesus Christ through us by drawing us to salvation. As a result, the fruit of the Spirit that shines through us are a testimony to the saving and changing power of Jesus Christ. Salvation, however, is very straight forward. It does not involve a complicated path or a series of complicated tasks or rules. Salvation is quite simple – the lost hear the call of the Holy Spirit wooing them to salvation.

~John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (27) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (28 )

Once the lost hear Christ’s voice, they enter the only door that leads to salvation.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. ~John 10:7

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. ~John 10:9

Once we enter into salvation through the Door, Jesus Christ, we are born again. We are new creatures – we are His sheep and He is our Shepherd. He wants to have a personal relationship with us but we must come to Him using God’s way. Being born again is a relationship with Christ, not a religion. There are no perfect churches out there. If there were, none of us could be a member because we are all with sin. However, being born again puts us into a personal relationship with Christ where we are His sheep and we hear His voice. He is our Shepherd and He cares for us, feeds us through His Word, and keeps us safe.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. ~Revelation 3:20

Many claim they are His, but they try to enter using another way – through false religion – or through their own works. There is no other way, my friend. No matter how much the magisterium and traditions of the roman system try to convince you, Mary has no involvement. The first of Marian dogmas began in the year 431 at the Council of Ephesus, ironically at the Church of Mary! Mary is not the door to God through Christ Jesus, as catholicism claims. That cannot be found anywhere in the Bible. Jesus is the only Door in which we can gain entrance to Heaven. The ecumenical world will say there is another way. However, the Bible has an answer to that as well:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. ~John 10:1

The catholic church would have its members believe that there is salvation only through them. However, the Bible does not say that. The Bible says that salvation is attained by going through the Door, Jesus Christ.

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

There will come a time when that door will be shut and none will be able to enter. Now is the appointed time of salvation to those who read.

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) ~2 Corinthians 6:2

Do not wait until it is too late. If you have an ounce of doubt as to whether or not you are saved, settle it once and for all before it is too late for you. You do not want to be left standing at the door and Christ does not let you into His Heaven.

When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: ~Luke 13:25

The most horrible words a man can ever hear is,

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. ~Matthew 7:23

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels ~Matthew 25:41:

But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. ~Luke 13:27

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