Friday, June 1, 2012

Is Self righteousness saves any person?

Bible says, in front of holy nature of God, every man/woman is a sinner. God's holiness is different than sinful nature of man. Self righteousness people never accept, I am a sinner. They say their good works, religious rituals, charity & man's effort enough to reach heavenly places. But don't forget, all sin separates us from God, even a “little lie or envy”.

[Romans 3:9-19]
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; 
“The poison of asps is under their lips”; 
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness. (Romans 3:23-25)

But your sins have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)

Salvation is a free gift of God & God's grace. No man's work or effort will help to save themselves & to enter heaven. The Bible is very clear that there is one and only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ. Our sin is the only barrier to enter heaven where holy God dwells in.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

In Christ, we can know the forgiveness of sin that comes to us through grace. Because He stood in our place & took our sins, we benefit from both His sinless life and His sin bearing death. Only in the cross can we see the grace that covers all our sin, and defeat the constant tendency to self-righteousness in our hearts.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(John 14:6) Jesus is the only way of salvation because He is the only One who paid penalty of our sins. "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference" (Romans 3:22)

Most people believe in God, even Satan does. But to receive salvation, we must turn to God, form a personal relationship, turn away from our sins, and follow Jesus christ. 

Satan is a great deceiver of souls [minds] & do not allow to find truth. "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age [Satan] has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them". (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

See other posts;

How I can receive Jesus christ?
Is Christianity a Religion?
Salvation of Body, Soul and Spirit
How we can confirm Jesus Christ is Alive?
Inspirational Quotes from the Holy Bible

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is Christianity a Religion?

Buddha never claimed to be God! Moses never claimed to be Jehovah! Mohammed never claimed to be Allah! Yet Jesus Christ claimed to be the true and living God. Buddha simply said, "I am a teacher in search of the truth..." Jesus said, "I am the Truth." Confucius said, "I never claimed to be holy..." Jesus said, "Who convicts Me of sin?" Mohammed said, "Unless God throws his cloak of mercy over me, I have no hope." But lastly Jesus said, "Unless you believe in Me, you will die in your sins." - Unknown Author

True christianity is not a religion, rather, it is having a right relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ as the Savior, through faith. God created man in his own image & he loves everyone in this world. Man lost his relationship with God & lost due to sin. Religious rituals or man's effort could not save anyone from sin, curse & death.

True gospel is the “power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” by which he means that salvation is not achieved by man’s efforts, but by the grace of God through the gift of faith.(Ephesians 2:8-9) Jesus death on the cross paid for the sins of mankind, giving us access to heaven and an eternal relationship with God.

Religion teaches external sanctification of a human body. Bible teaches us, every evil is coming from inside a person to become a sinner. Every sinner need a savior to come out from the guilty of sin. No one gets into heaven except by faith in the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ on his or her behalf.

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come - sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person. (Mark 7:20)

But Jesus came to teach sanctification of body, soul & spirit through the power of Holy spirit. Holy spirit is the free gift of God to everyone who believes Jesus christ is their lord & savior. God wants to make us more holy like Himself. He wants to transform us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. Sanctification results in holiness, or purification from the guilt and power of sin.

Jesus said; And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate [Holy spirit] to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)

Jesus said; It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [Holy spirit] will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.(John 16:7-11)

The receiving/indwelling of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation. Holy Spirit is the holy presence of God that guides us, teaches us, comforts us, rebukes us, reminds us of Scriptures, convicts us, loves us, intercedes in prayer for us, empowers us, heals us, enlightens us etc. Holy spirit help us to bring holiness & enable us to stand before God.

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

"If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world". (James 1:26-27)

Salvation of Body, Soul and Spirit

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.(1 Peter 1:6-9)

Every men have three parts; body, soul & spirit. God created man in his own image & give his spirit to fellowship with him. Due to sin, our spirit was in dead stage & no relationship with God. Once we receive Jesus christ in our hearts, our spirit is active & he controls our life with his spirit [Holy spirit] dwells inside of us. Salvation of our spirit is complete, the moment we receive Jesus christ.

That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.(Ephesians 4:22-24)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man [body] is perishing, yet the inward man [soul] is being renewed day by day.(2 Corinthians 4:16)

Our mind is located in our soul. Our mind needs to renew day by day to the fullness & likeness of Jesus christ. Salvation of soul (mind) is not complete. When Jesus christ returns (Rapture of church), he redeemed our souls & present body transformed into heavenly body.

Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:22-24)

Through Christ, we are made new creations in the likeness of God (2 Corinthians 5:17)

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." (Romans 8:14)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How I can receive Jesus christ?

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)

Every man born in sin & have sinful nature to do sin. Our sin is the main reason to separation from God after his/her physical death. An average lifespan of man/woman is about 70 to 80 years. God created man in his image & give freedom to choose Good or Evil. God is holy in nature & he can't afford sin. The will of God is to save every person born in this world.

God sent many prophets, kings to save his entire generation through his own chosen people "Israel". But God can't fulfill his will through his chosen people. Finally God himself sent his own Son, Jesus christ (second person of the trinity) to save whole generation.

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22) Jesus christ became the lamp of God & gave himself for his ultimate purpose. Jesus christ took our sins on the cross & redeemed from the hands of Satan by the blood of him.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

Here is how you can receive Jesus Christ and the free gift of Salvation:
1. Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior.
2. Be willing to repent and turn from sin.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in your heart and take control of your life. 
5. Receive Baptism fully immersed on water to put on Christ & live a holy life by the power of Holy spirit. (And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:21)

A suggested prayer (try to use your own words from the heart & confess with your mouth):

GOD Almighty, I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. I need your forgiveness of sins what I have done against you! I believe that your Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross and died for my sins. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. Lord Jesus, please forgive my all sins if it is small, big or reddish blood in nature & purify me completely by the blood of you. I hereby surrender my life & I accept Jesus christ is my lord & savior from now. Right now I ask Jesus christ to come into my heart. Thank you for your unlimited grace! Thank you for giving me eternal life & my name written in the Book of Life at heaven. Thank you for giving me Holy spirit to live faithfully until my death. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

Now you are free from sin, curse, death & belongs to God's family. God forgive all your sins what you have done against your creator. Now, you have fellowship & communion with God. This is the relationship, God wants from every men who born in this world. Start your relationship with God right now. Remember, Satan is a great deceiver of souls [minds]. Satan will always try to push away your mind next time to receive Jesus christ. Do not change your mind next time.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1)

God bless you, Jesus loves you, Holy spirit guides you.

How we can confirm Jesus Christ is Alive?

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:3-5)

It is the power of God that destroys the work of sin and/or the devil in the human body, such as the healings that Jesus and the disciples performed. The same signs, wonders & miracles still happen today by the power of holy spirit & according to the will of God.

The spiritual gifts of holy spirit identified in (Romans 12) are prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy. The list in (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) includes the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. The list in (1 Corinthians 12:28) includes healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)

Jesus said; anyone who believes in me, they will cast out demons; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Jesus is the miracle worker & healer. 

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.(Acts 6:8) In the name of Jesus every knee shall bow. Sickness,  disease, demons will leave in the powerful name of Jesus christ. Anyone who trust him & command 'Jesus' name without doubt in mind, you will see sickness recover from the present stage & demons leave from the body. 

God still performs miracles. God still heals people. Jesus said; whoever trust in me can do great signs, wonders & miracles "in the name of Jesus".

Now pray to receive the Gifts of Holy spirit promised to the believer; 
Heavenly Father, I come in the name of Lord Jesus christ. Lord Jesus, I thank you that you shed your blood on Calvary's cross for my sins. I ask for forgiveness for my sins and I do acknowledge you as my Lord and Savior. I ask you to baptize me in the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus, Amen.

Moreover, our salvation itself is a miracle. We were dead in sin, but God entered our lives and made us new creatures.(2 Corinthians 5:17) God just want to confirm it through signs, wonders & miracles. If any signs, wonders, miracles occurs in the name of Jesus, thus we can confirm he is alive.