(A Balanced Faith)
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October Edition, 2020 www.biblecounsel.net or www.biblecounsel.homestead.com Scriptural Newsletter
WELCOME HERE FRIENDS! It is hoped you will find this site to be very helpful. All questions and comments are welcome and held confidential (e-mail: email@example.com). This web site is non-sectarian ministry to encourage the reading of God's Word, and for serious seeking after truth. It values God's work of revival in the early 1800's, with which it is associated, and urges readers to learn about it (see Church Truth page and Feature pages above). It is always the desire and hope here to obey and honor our Lord, and encourage and seek the spiritual welfare of all people. WE NEED TO SERVE AS "ONE BODY" IN CHRIST in the world (note 1 Cor. 12:25)! No thought here is to condemn personal faith, for each one must look to God in their personal life, but this speaks to the ESSENCE of biblical Christianity, which is BIBLE ONLY ---apart from man's reasonings and innovations; and addresses Redemption Way; Church Truth; Spiritual Life; and Bible overview to maintain the balance in the faith. It is what God has intended for His collective testimony in this world. We need "all the counsel of God" as God enjoins us, and we need to encourage all souls to embrace all these things.
Everyone may participate in the ministry of this web site, by telling their friends to visit here. We hope all will find some ministry to help, and perhaps a nice challenge for their faith. Surely "the time is short", as God says, and surely we need to also "be about (our) Father's business". See the message and testimony at Site Manager Page. The writer does not have all answers, but will be glad to share what has been learned over many years. Questions and contrary views in a helpful way are appreciated.
Papers and comments here are changed periodically, and are personal convictions. Serious seekers after CHURCH testimony might well see Christian Assembly pages: F4 & F5. There are many pages for help and encouragement --- SEE INDEX ABOVE FOR A BIBLE STUDY --F8. The manager may not have answers for all questions, but is glad to share what he has and be of some help. He is not perfect and revisions and updates seem needed at times to clarify thoughts, so one might note the revision date on any papers they wish to copy. Any copies made should not be altered or taken out of context.
DOES THIS TRUTH DESCRIBE YOU?
"A true and faithful believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, will walk with Him in trust and devotion; and talk with Him daily, until that day when one can see Him and be with Him forever, in the Father's house in Heaven. " --RLD
Meditate On All F Series Above
COMING TO GOD
We will all come to meet our Creator-God, and should now happily by faith,
otherwise we will surely come sadly in judgment at the
Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15)
One of the essential things we should clearly see in our Holy Bible, friend, in this parable you noted at Matthew 25:1-13, about the "Virgins" coming to meet the "Bridegroom", is that though the ones who came were happy to be there for the wedding (as many are also now about the prospects of going to Heaven), NOT ALL WERE PREPARED TO ENTER IN. That message is set forth by God, it shows, to speak of a type of professing Christians today who speak of God and Heaven, and of Jesus as a teacher sent from God, but fail to enter in to WHO HE TRULY IS and are not thus prepared ---having NOT the Holy Spirit by real faith in the Savior. Perhaps that was also somewhat your intended thought on this.
The invited guests in those Bible verses had not the fullness of oil for their lamps ---a type of the Holy Spirit (which I believe is the fuller message). Their lamps of a little light of seeing (like a little interest now) were going out and were not adequate for entering in. We need today therefore, the FULL LIGHT and FULLNESS of the Holy Spirit in us ---which comes ONLY through being "born again" by faith ---receiving Christ Jesus (see John 3 and John 14:6, and the Epistle: 1 Jn. 5:10-12 in God's "Word of Life". This is essential to enter into the marriage supper and be with Christ. Without the new "everlasting life" (as John 5:20-26 shows in our Bible) we will not ENTER IN to the "Kingdom of God" ---I hope you know; rather we will stand at judgment before Him and suffer eternal consequences, as His Holy Word declares.
The "Kingdom of Heaven" shown in the Bible, friend, speaks in general of the RULING OF DEITY and man's PROFESSION, and "Kingdom of God" speaks of GOD'S RULE and a true RELATIONSHIP and POSSESSION by man of our Creator-God. We can see therein the spiritual message by God of the curious seekers after spiritual things, but who are not ready to embrace the fullness of the truth, as provided in God's "...beloved Son" (the Lord Jesus: "the Christ of God"). That is what God is saying in this analogy for us, I believe. We can see a similar picture of not having a depth of earnest truth and honor to God, in such as Luke 14:16-24 --very revealing! Our God wants SERIOUS seekers --not just curious religionists! In Matthew 22: 1-8 we see a further picture of God's calling to man. We ought to always come before our God in "holiness" and not be presumptuous with our carnal ways ---would you say? - R. DeWitt: Rd; 04/2020.
SIMPLICITY OF SALVATION
Brief Note Of Definition
God says: "He that HATH the Son hath life" (eternal), and "..he that hath NOT the Son of God hath not life" (eternal) --see the Bible Epistle: 1 Jn. 5:10-12 ---and see the KJV Bible for greater conformity to God's meanings (noting such as Scofield KJV Study Bible), and one should compare this truth with all Holy Scripture such as John 3; John 14; Romans 8; etc. Our responsibility in Bible study is to take "all the counsel of God" and be "rightly dividing the Word Of Truth", as God states. 'Bible-Only' needs to be our authority, rather than religious reasonings of men.
Holy Scripture speaks of POSSESSING Jesus, the Christ of God NOW for dwelling with Him in Heaven, when one leaves this world (as clearly shown in John 3 & 2 Cor. 6:2). How important should that be to a seeker after God? It surely speaks of a RELATIONSHIP for assurance, peace, guidance, comfort; and not just a religious BELIEF (as is all that many souls are seeking to find, for social and appearance sake) ---and perhaps to ease their conscience about future hope when one leaves this world.
There is no salvation of our souls in religion, but ONLY in receiving and knowing the Lord Jesus, as our God makes very clear in the Holy Bible. This begins a walk with our God to meet every circumstance in this world in peace and assurance, until the believer is raised up to Heaven one day. Let us ask self if we are ready to stand before our Creator-God for a welcome and blessing, else we will stand at judgment and sentence to that "Lake of Fire" as clearly foretold! - RLD: Rd; 05/2020.
The Lord Jesus said: "search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are that which testify of Me" (John 5:39) --- note His further statements as a caution, and our hope.