Before Jesus returned to Heaven to be with the Father, "He
told them (His apostles), 'This is what is written: The Christ
will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance
and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am
going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the
city until you have been clothed with power from on high'."
(Luke 24:46-49) ... "Then they returned to Jerusalem from
the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from
the city." (Acts 1:12)
On Pentecost, 10 days following Jesus' ascension to Heaven, a
group of 120 were in the upper room as Jesus had instructed. The
Holy Spirit descended on them and immediately they were able to
speak in languages (tongues) they did not know or understand.
A crowd gathered so Peter told them about the Messiah that they
had crucified and preached "repentance and forgiveness of
To the Jews' question “Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized,
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far
off-for all whom the Lord our God will call'. With many other
words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, 'Save yourselves
from this corrupt generation'. Those who accepted his message
were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number
that day." (Acts 2:38-41)
Samaritans and Simon
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news
of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were
baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized.
And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs
and miracles he saw." ... "When Simon saw that the Spirit
was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered
them money." ... "Peter answered: 'May your money perish
with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with
money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your
heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray
to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought
in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive
to sin'." (Acts 8:12-13; 18; 20-22)
Eunuch from Ethiopia
"Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading
Isaiah the prophet. 'Do you understand what you are reading?'
Philip asked. 'How can I,' he said, 'unless someone explains it
to me?' So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. ...
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told
him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road,
they came to some water and the eunuch said, 'Look, here is water.
Why shouldn't I be baptized?' And he gave orders to stop the chariot.
Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip
baptized him." (Acts 8:30-31; 35-38)
Saul of Tarsus
"The Lord told him, 'Go to the house of Judas on Straight
Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his
hands on him to restore his sight'." ... Then Ananias went
to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said,
'Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road
as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again
and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Immediately, something like
scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up
and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his
strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the
Son of God." (Acts 9:11-12; 17-20)
"Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his
relatives and close friends. ... Then Peter began to speak: "I
now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but
accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.
... He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that
he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the
dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes
in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. ... Then
Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized
with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."
So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days."
(Acts 10:24; 34-35; 42-43; 46b-48)
"One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer
in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper
of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.
When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited
us to her home. 'If you consider me a believer in the Lord,"
she said, "come and stay at my house.' And she persuaded
us." (Acts 16:14-15)
Jailer at Philippi
"The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling
before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, 'Sirs,
what must I do to be saved?' They replied, 'Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.' Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized" (Acts 16:29-33)
Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue
"Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house
of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler,
and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the
Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized." (Acts
Disciples of John
"While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through
the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples
and asked them, 'Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?'
They answered, 'No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy
Spirit.' So Paul asked, 'Then what baptism did you receive?' 'John's
baptism,' they replied. Paul said, 'John's baptism was a baptism
of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming
after him, that is, in Jesus.' On hearing this, they were baptized
into the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 19:1-5)
Paul writing to the Roman Christians, but referring to
all who obey the Gospel
"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried
with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too
may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this
in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his
resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with
him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should
no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been
freed from sin." (Romans 6:3-6)
1. The Holy Spirit saved the 3,000 on Pentecost Day when He poured out His Spirit on them.
2. On Pentecost Day Peter told the crowd they needed to repent and be baptized to:
receive the ability to perform miracles
cease being under the control of the Romans
receive the forgiveness of sins
3. Saul of Tarsus became the apostle Paul by direct action of the Holy Spirit.
4. Philip took the bowl of water he found on the road to Ethiopia and poured water over the Eunuch's head to baptism him
5. Paul stated in Romans that those who had been baptized into Christ were:
buried through baptism into Christ death
raise from the dead like Jesus to an new life
united with Christ in His resurrection
A & B
A & C
A, B & C
"What must I do? was first asked of Peter when
Christ established his church as recorded in Acts 2
which you are encouraged to read in its
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all
together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the
blowing of a violent wind came from heaven (vv.
1-2a)... When they heard this sound, a crowd came
together in bewilderment (vs. 6a)... Then Peter
stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and
addressed the crowd (vs. 14a)... 'Men of Israel,
listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man
accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and
signs, which God did among you through him, as you
yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by
God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with
the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing
him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead,
freeing him from the agony of death, because it was
impossible for death to keep its hold on him.' (vv.
22-24) ... 'Therefore let all Israel be assured of
this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified,
both Lord and Christ.' When the people heard this,
they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and
the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?'
Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one
of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit.'(vv. 36-39)... Those who
accepted his message were baptized, and about three
thousand were added to their number that day.
" (vs. 41) ... They devoted themselves to the
apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and to prayer. (vv. 42-43)
We all have the same choice. Will we accept
Christ's message of reconciliation or reject it?
Some rejected the message but about 3,000 accepted
it and did the following:
•They heard the
Gospel message - Christ had been crucified,
resurrected and ascended back to the Father.
• They were convicted
of the sin.
"what shall we do?".
• Those who accepted
the Gospel message:
Were baptized (immersed) in the name of Jesus for
forgiveness of sins
Received gift of the Holy Spirit
•About 3000 added to
their number, Jesus' disciples.
Breaking of bread
It should be noted that everyone who heard made
a decision. They either accepted or rejected the
message of reconciliation.
There are many ways one can hear the Message of
Reconciliation - someone could personally show them
the message directly from the Bible, they could
learn from reading the Bible or verifying from the
Bible the truth of lessons on the World Wide Web,
There does not appear to be a requirement that a
disciple or follower of Christ do the immersing,
baptizing, as long as it is based upon a saving
faith, by immersion in water in the name of Jesus
and for the forgiveness of sins.
1. What is the Message of Reconciliation?
Christ's return to
All the above.
None of the above.
2. What did everyone who heard do?
Accepted the message
Rejected the message
Made a decision
3. Those accepting the message?
Received the gift of the
All the above
None of the above
4. Those who accepted Christ's Message of
Reconciliation devoted themselves to
Learning more about
Jesus and His teachings.
Returning to their old
friends and acquaintances.
Associating with others
who had accepted the message.
Breaking bread with
others who had accepted.
All the above.
A, B, D & E.
A, C, D & E.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has
come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Death - The Old Self of Sin [Flesh or Earthly
• You were taught, with regard to your former way of
life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by
its deceitful desires. (Ephesians 4:22)
•Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the
kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually
immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes
nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor
drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the
kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you
were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
•At one time we too were foolish, disobedient,
deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and
pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and
hating one another. (Titus 3:3)
•The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual
immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and
witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage,
selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy;
drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did
before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Burial - Of the Sinful Body
Like a seed that is planted into the earth and rises a
different plant - so sinful man accepts the Word is buried
into death of Christ and rises a new spiritual man to live
a different life.
•Or don't you know that all of us
who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his
death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism
into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from
the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a
new life. (Romans 6:3-4)
• Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2
• Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means
anything; what counts is a new creation. (Galatians
Resurrected - A New Creation
•"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. For we are
God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do".
•"You were taught with regard to your former way
of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted
by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of
your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like
God in true righteousness and holiness". (Ephesians
•"(We) have put on the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator".
•"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not
gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the
flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit
are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other,
to prevent you from doing what you would." (Galatians
•"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do
everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)
•"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is
no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the
sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live
by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us
not become conceited, provoking and envying each
other." (Galatians 5:22-26)
•"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you
to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be
completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one
another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the
Spirit through the bond of peace." (Ephesians
•"You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in
the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their
understanding and separated from the life of God because of
the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their
hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given
themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every
kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more."
Ephesians 4, 5, and 6 statements on daily living by
the new creation:
• Be made new in the attitude
of your minds
•Put off falsehood and speak
truthfully to your neighbor
•In your anger do not sin
• Do not let the sun go down
while you are still angry
•Steal no longer, but must
•Do not let any unwholesome
talk come out of your mouths
•Get rid of all bitterness,
rage, brawling and slander, and every form of malice.
•Be kind and
•Forgiving each other, just
as in Christ God forgave you
•Live a life of love
•Among you there must not
a. A hint
of sexual immorality
b. Any kind
• No immoral, impure or greedy
person has any inheritance in the kingdom of God.
•Do not get drunk on wine
•Be filled with the
•Speak to one another with
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
•Sing and make music in your
heart to the Lord
•Always giving thanks to God
•Submit to one another out of
reverence for Christ
•Wives, submit to your
husbands as to the Lord
•Husbands, love your wives,
as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
•Children, obey your parents
in the Lord
•Honor your father and
•Fathers do not exasperate
•Slaves, obey your earthly
masters with respect
•Masters, treat your slaves
in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that
he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and
there is no favoritism with him
•Be subject to rulers and
authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is
good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate,
and to show true humility toward all men
•Finally, be strong in the
Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God
so that you can take your stand against the devil's
1. A person coming into Christ becomes a new creation
God miraculously changed one's
Man resolved within himself to
become a better person by changing his lifestyle.
There was a death to sin, a
burial into Christ and God resurrected man as a new
creation, spiritual body
2. God's grace, Christ the perfect sacrifice for sin, is
free to all but man is free to accept or reject based on
his faith or lack of faith.
3. An individual can lose all sensitivity to what is right,
pure and just.
4. A new Christian, new creation, can continue to live as
before one's death to sin, burial with Christ and
resurrection as a new creation.
5. It is impossible for people to lose their sensitivity to
Previous studies have shown we must change our lifestyle from rebellion
to righteousness. We must believe the Gospel message - the crucified
and resurrected Christ. We must obey that message to be in Him because
it is in Him and through Him we have redemption and are reconciled
"He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus
Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of
his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished
on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us
the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he
purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have
reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth
together under one head, even Christ." (Ephesians 1:5-10).
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that
one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that
those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him
who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard
no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ
in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this
is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave
us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the
world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
(2 Corinthians 5:14-19)
" What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace
may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it
any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried
with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too
may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in
his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the
body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be
slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin."
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and
deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic
principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all
the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been
given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful
nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with
the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in
baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead." (Colossians 2:8-12).
Jesus as our advocate beside us when we stand before God in judgment.
1. When someone crucifies his old self with Christ, he are united
with Him by death of his sin, having the assurance of eternal life
and being united with Him in His resurrection.
2. Where is redemption found?
Only Faith in Christ
Prayer asking for redemption
The blood of Christ
3. How does one become a new creation?
When one believes Christ is their savior
When one is put into Christ by their burial through baptism.
When resurrected following physical death
A & C B & C
A & B
4. People who have died to sin, been buried in water baptism and
resurrected to a new spiritual life are united with Christ.
5.Where does the fullness of Deity dwell?
Paul in Romans states
that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation
(1:16), that faith comes from hearing or reading in
such a way that the word of God is understood (10:17).
When we obey God’s Word we die to sin. "...
We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or
don't you know that all of us who were baptized into
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were
therefore buried with him through baptism into death in
order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new
life." (Romans 6:2-4)
This is the seed analogy. A seed must be planted,
germinate, push up through the soil before it can
become a glorious plant. As the plant continues to grow
it may face many trials; for example storms, flood,
drought, fire, disease, bugs, birds, animals and man.
Some plants may not be damaged at all while others may
become deformed, broken down, eaten or cease to mature
and die. As with plants, unpleasant things happen to
Christians and they too may become deformed, broken
down, devoured or just cease to mature and die as shown
in the following scriptures.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to
devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“Once you were alienated from God and were
enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body
through death to present you holy in his sight, without
blemish and free from accusation if you continue in your
faith, established and firm, not moved from the
hope held out in the gospel." (Colossians
it that no one takes you captive through hollow
and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human
tradition and the basic principles of this world rather
than on Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
" Do not let anyone who delights in false humility
and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize.
Such a person goes into great detail about what he has
seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle
notions. He has lost connection with the Head."
"... All over the world this gospel is bearing
fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you
since the day you heard it and understood God's grace
in all its truth. You learned it from Epaphras, our
dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of
Christ on our behalf;" (Colossians 1:6-7)
"Holding on to faith and a good conscience.
rejected these and so have shipwrecked their
faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander,
whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to
blaspheme." (1 Timothy 1:19-20)
Spirit clearly says that in later times some will
abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits
and things taught by demons. Such teachings come
through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been
seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry
and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God
created to be received with thanksgiving by those who
believe and who know the truth." (1 Timothy
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of
people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith
and pierced themselves with many griefs."
(1 Timothy 6:10)
"Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your
care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing
ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some
have professed and in so doing have wandered from the
faith." (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
"Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge
in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching
will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and
Philetus, who have wandered away from the
truth. They say that the resurrection has
already taken place." (2 Timothy 2:16-18)
"For Demas, because he loved this world, has
deserted me." ( 2 Timothy 4:10)
"For there are many rebellious people, mere
talkers and deceivers, especially those of the
circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they
are ruining whole households by teaching things they
ought not to teach-and that for the sake of dishonest
gain." (Titus 1:10-11)
astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one
who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning
to a different gospel." (Galatians 1:6)
"If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it
becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does
that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely
not!". (Galatians 2:17)
"You are observing special days and months and
seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have
wasted my efforts on you." (Galatians 4:10-11)
"Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that
if you let
yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no
value to you at all. Again I declare to every
man who lets himself be circumcised that he is
obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to
be justified by law have been alienated from Christ;
you have fallen away from grace." (Galatians
"You were running a good race. Who cut in on you
and kept you from obeying the truth?" (Galatians
"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to
have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save
him?" (James 2:14)
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not
accompanied by action, is dead." (James 2:17)
"Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to
make your calling and election sure. For if you do
these things, you will never fall," (2 Peter1:10)
and by implication if you do not do these things you
"But there were also false prophets among the
people, just as there will be false teachers among you.
They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even
denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing
swift destruction on themselves." (2 Peter
" Therefore, dear friends, since you already know
this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried
away by the error of lawless men and fall from your
secure position." (2 Peter 3:17)
"These men are blemishes at your love feasts,
eating with you without the slightest qualm-shepherds
who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain,
blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit
and uprooted-twice dead." (Jude 12)
Jude clearly states others were devoured. "Though
you already know all this, I want to remind you that
the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later
destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who
did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned
their own home-these he has kept in darkness, bound
with everlasting chains for judgment on the great
Day." (Jude 5-7)
1. When Paul stated in Colossians that Christ would
present Christians holy and blameless "provided
that you continue in the faith" he left no doubt
that those who did not continue in the faith would not
be presented holy and blameless.
2. The disciple Demas, Paul's companion, deserted Paul
and returned to his former worldly life.
3. Peter warned Christians to beware lest they be
carried away from their secure position.
4. Even angels were carried away leaving their place
and are being held in darkness until judgment.
5. The craving for money causes some to wander away
from the faith.
Those who have been buried into Christ through immersion in water
upon hearing and believing Jesus is the Son of God, the perfect
sacrifice for sin, have been added into His Body, that is, to the
Church He established. " You are all sons of God through faith
in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have
clothed yourselves with Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27)
It is imperative we become more like Him.
We must study to learn and understand the apostles' teaching, their
letters and epistles, which the Holy Spirit of God guided them to
write. We are now the Church, the sanctified, or those called out
of sin to obedience, or simply the Body. It is by the things we
wear or put on, (not meaning material clothes but way of life) that the world will know we are His disciples.
The leaders of the Jews questioned Jesus " 'Teacher, which
is the greatest commandment in the Law?' Jesus replied: 'Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And
the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the
Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew
22:36-40) Jesus also stated in John 13:34 "A new command I
give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love
A life based upon love, first of God, then of man, will always seek
to do good things, to serve rather than aiming for power, prestige,
wealth or fame. Paul gives us a good list in Colossians 3:12-17.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness
and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together
in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since
as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish
one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual
songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do,
whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Also in Galatians 5:22-26 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who
belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its
passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in
step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and
envying each other."
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to
put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful
desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put
on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and
holiness. "Ephesians 4:22-24
In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul identifies some things not to do or become
"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality,
impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord,
jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did
before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom
Finally John makes it very clear in Revelation 21:8 "But the
cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually
immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars
- their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This
is the second death."
Paul tells us what to remove from our life and then how to live the spiritual life. "Therefore
each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor,
for we are all members of one body. 'In your anger do not sin':
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not
give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no
longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands,
that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let
any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful
for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit
those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with
whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." (Ephesians
Having been reconciled to God by obedience to His message and putting
on things pleasing to Him we grow more like Him.
1. According to Jesus the two greatest commandments are love God
and to love one's fellow man.
2. What binds everything together in perfect unity?
3. Christians who walk by the Spirit
Are not self conceited
Do not provoke another
Do not envy
Both B and C
All the above
4. Christians in Galatia were warned they would not enter the Kingdom
of Heaven if they participated in the works of the flesh.
5. To whom was the apostle Paul referring when he said put away
falsehood, don't steal anymore, speak not evil and do not grieve
the Holy Spirit?
All who have obeyed
from the heart the message of reconciliation have put on Christ
died to sin
been buried or immersed in water (baptism)
been raised a new being
been added to the Body of Christ and are in Him, in Christ.
As disciples of Christ we constitute a spiritual body and just like
the human body there are many functions the body must perform if
it is to grow. All activity must be functioning in unity for the
body to be effective and efficient, therefore all parts of the body
do not do the same thing. "For as in one body we have many
members, and all the members do not have the same function so we,
though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one
of another." (Romans 12:4-5).
Paul, while in prison, provided insight into spiritual functions, also referred to as gifts, when
he wrote "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you
to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all
lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another
in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond
of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called
in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one
God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in
you all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the
measure of Christ's gift." (Ephesians 4:1-6).
He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for
the work of ministry [serving (rd)], for the edifying of the body of Christ, till
we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed
to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into
Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body,
joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according
to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes
growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Ephesians
Perhaps the most crucial functions are never seen while others are
The spiritual body's functions listed below are from Romans 12:6-8:
• Prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion
to our faith
• Service or ministry, let us use
it in our serving or ministering
• He who teaches, in teaching
• He who exhorts, in exhortation
• He who gives or contributes, with
• He who leads, with diligence
• Perform acts of mercy with cheerfulness
In performing these activities we must continue to live a life pleasing
to God. Romans 12 tells us how we are to live before God:
• Be genuine in Love.
• Hate what is evil, hold fast to
what is good.
• Love one another with brotherly
• Outdo one another in showing honor.
• Never lag in zeal, be aglow [fervent] with
the Spirit, serve the Lord.
• Rejoice in your hope, be patient
in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
• Contribute to the needs of the saints,
practice hospitality [taking care of other's needs .
• Speak well of those who persecute
you; bless and do not curse them.
• Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
• Live in harmony with one another;
do not be haughty.
• Associate with the lowly.
• Never be conceited.
• Repay no one evil for evil, but
take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
• If possible, so far as it depends
upon you, live peaceably with all.
• Beloved, never avenge yourselves,
but leave it to the wrath of God.
• Do good things to your enemy for
by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.
From Ephesians 4:11-13 we see that in order to prepare His people
for works of service to build up the body so it could mature and
reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God
He gave some to be:
° teaching pastors, shepherds, bishops or overseeing watchmen
Therefore in the Body of Christ we do not all perform the same functions
but become servants, doing whatever needs to be done and give honor
to everyone not just to those who have a more public function.
1. God is the one who adds those who
have put on Christ to the church Christ established.
2. The body of Christ has many functions to perform therefore each
individual Christian must do every function.
3. Functions of apostles, prophets, evangelists and overseeing watchmen are to
Assign tasks or functions to every Christian.
Prepare Christians for works of service to mature them.
4. In order to reach unity in the church we must grow in knowledge of the Word and do the works of the Body, the Church.
5 Christians are servants of God, therefore we can select what we want to do rather than do what our Master needs to have done.
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Cor 15:1-4 ESV
Once someone has
A. Heard the Gospel Message (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
was God who came to earth in the flesh
crucified on the cross for our sins - the atoning
buried rising on the third day
4. was seen
by many who knew him best
B. Responds to that message by
believing He is the Son of God
repenting of all unrighteousness
changing one's way of life to one of godliness
to sin, leaving the sinful body in the grave of
C. Once someone hears and responds to the gospel, they are resurrected from the water of baptism, by the power of God, as a new creation. They become a child of God.
In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul identifies some things not to do
or become "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:
sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and
witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage,
selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy;
drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did
before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
kingdom of God."
Rest assured the Devil will use everything at his disposal
to get you to return to your former way of life. Peter
wrote "If they have escaped the corruption of the
world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are
again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at
the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for
them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to
have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred
command that was passed on to them." (2 Peter
The apostle John also provided some insight when he wrote,
"Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his
brother is still in the darkness." ( I John 2:9)
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If
anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in
him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful
man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has
and does - comes not from the Father but from the world.
The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does
the will of God lives forever." (I John 2:15-17)
hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no
murderer has eternal life in him." (1 John
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the
murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic
arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in
the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second
death." (Revelation 21:8).
"Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts,
the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and
everyone who loves and practices falsehood."
When a Christian returns and remains in their former way of
life, they are not better off, but worse. "They
promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of
depravity-for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered
him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by
knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again
entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end
than they were at the beginning. It would have been better
for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than
to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred
command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs
are true: 'A dog returns to its vomit,' and, 'A sow that is
washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud'." (2
The Hebrew writer makes it clear that God has no pleasure
in those who turn back. "So do not throw away your
confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to
persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you
will receive what he has promised. For in just a very
little while, 'He who is coming will come and will not
delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks
back, I will not be pleased with him.' But we are not of
those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who
believe and are saved."; (Hebrews 10:35-39)
It is not enough to just begin in the way of righteousness.
One can turn back from a life in Christ to their former
way, a life of sin. Look at the message given to seven
Asian churches most of which were established a few years
earlier by Paul:
“…Yet I hold this against you: You have
forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which
you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.
If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your
lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2:4-5)
Smyrna “… Do not be afraid of
what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will
put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer
persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of
death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Pergamum “… I know where you
live-where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my
name. You did not renounce your faith in me, ...
Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: …
Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and
will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
(Revelation 2:13, 14, 16)
Thyatira “ … Nevertheless, I
have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who
calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my
servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food
sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20)
Sardis “… These are the words
of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven
stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being
alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains
and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds
complete in the sight of my God.” (Revelation
Philadelphia “… Since you have
kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you
from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole
world to test those who live on the earth”
(Revelation 3: 10)
Laodicea “… I know your deeds,
that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either
one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot
nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
(Revelation 3: 15-16)
Paul's advice is very timely: “So, if you think you
are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!”
(1 Corinthians 10:12)
1. Peter tells us a Christian can become worse off than
before one knew the way of righteousness.
2. Paul warned the Galatian Christians that if they
returned to the works of the flesh they would not
inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
3. John explains that a Christian can still be in
4. To whom is the wrath of God
Men who suppress the
God is a God of love not a
God of wrath
A, B & C
5. The world and the lust for it will pass away but the
will of God lives forever.
Misers appear to worship money and material things. But is
this really worship? No worship is expressed through trust,
obedience and love in expressions and actions of honor and
praise. It is not some repetitive practice, ritual.
The patriarchs worshiped God by offering animal
The Children of Israel worshipped by sacrificing
animal without blemishes and offerings of finest grains
God so loved the world He gave His only Son.
Christ so loved that He offered to God His body as
the only sacrifice to atone, remove or cleanse man of
God accepted Christ's offering thus giving man
opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation.
This gift of forgiveness is available to all who
accept by putting their trust and obedience in
Christians are to offer their bodies as "living
sacrifices" after having died to sin being immersed
[buried] into Christ's death. Their sacrifice must be
from their inner being out of love and with
thanksgiving for the removal of sin and hope of eternal
life if they remain in Christ. "And you, being in time
past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil
works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his
flesh through death, to present you holy and without
blemish and unreproveable before him: if so be that ye
continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not
moved away from the hope of the gospel" (Col 1:22-23 -
Real or genuine worship to God originates from love, the
giving of one's self over to serving, praising and daily
Godly living. Paul stated it this way "offer your bodies as
living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him.
This kind of worship is appropriate" (Romans 12:1 GWT).
Worship is a participatory activity, not a spectator event.
It is action from within ones inner being whether alone or
in a group. There are benefits derived when worshipping
with others; e.g., one recognizes he is not alone in his
devotion to God and others encourage faithfulness.
"Worship is "the direct acknowledgement of God, of His
nature, attributes, ways and claims, whether by the
outgoing of the heart in praise and thanksgiving or by
deeds done in such acknowledgement." (Vine, IV 236 -
and New Testament Worship, J. D. Bales 1973
Who Is To Be Worshipped?
Paul stated to those in Christ "I urge you, brothers, in
view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual
act of worship" (Romans 12:1a). Obviously by becoming a
living sacrifice, the object of such devotion very
When there is an attitude of love, peace and gratitude
within one's inner being, there comes forth a desire to
express it in various ways, words, thoughts and actions.
These expressions when directed toward God will take
various forms such as doing good as opportunity arises,
singing praises, praying with thanksgiving, giving because
of the joy of helping others, studying scripture to obtain
a better understanding of what God desires and is pleasing
to Him, remembering the atoning sacrifice made by Jesus and
daily living to mirror or reflect God's image in offering
"your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and
pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate"
God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit
[not physical] and in truth [genuine not ritual]. John
4:24 declares that 'God is a Spirit.' These words contain
one of the most simple, yet most profound truths which ever
fell upon mortal ear. Their truth is one of the great
glories of revelation, and corrects the mistaken conclusion
of human reason. They show that:
"1. God is absolutely free from all limitations of
space and time, and is therefore not localized in
temples (Acts 7:48).
2. God is not material, as idolaters contend.
3. He is not an abstract force, as [some (rd)]
scientists think, but a Being.
4. He is lifted above all need of temples, sacrifices,
etc., which are a benefit to man, but not to God (Acts
17:25). " [p. 149, The fourfold
Gospel, J.W. McGarvey and Philip Pendleton]
When Should One Worship?
By being a living sacrifice one will in everything gives
thanks, glory and praise to God while looking for ways
a. Assist other children of God and others in need.
b. Encourage others to live sacrificial lives.
c. Spread the message - forgiveness and salvation is in
d. Proclaim and defend the life, death, burial,
resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus, our
Christians will not abandon being with, edifying or
fellowshipping others in Christ, regardless of when or
where they assemble. They will be faithful to their Savior,
to His Message, to His people and not be ashamed of their
chosen way of life. Therefore, worshipping God by serving,
teaching, singing, admonishing and meeting together is not
limited to any specific day or place.
Where Is One To Worship? Jesus told the Samaritan
woman "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will
worship the Father neither on this mountain [Mt. Gerizim]
nor in Jerusalem" (John 4:21). So going to some specific
building or location to worship is not what God desires.
One worships from within rather than some physical
location. Assembling with others of common faith edifies by
increasing the emotions of one's inner being.
How Is One To Worship? Understanding the what, who,
when and where of worship should help in understanding the
how of worshipping. The giving ourselves as a living
sacrifice is a lifestyle of service motivated out of a
desire to be more like Christ while giving Him glory,
honor, praise and adoration.
Man is to worship in his spiritual inner being, his seat of
emotion, and in genuineness not some routine done without
feeling. Consequently, one incapable of performing a
physical act can still worship and serve God.
Therefore, if one's thoughts and emotions are based upon a
knowledge of God and he has an intimate relationship with
Him, he has trained his whole being to love, adore and
praise God with genuineness of heart and desire to please
him. He is now prepared to be a living sacrifice serving
God in spirit and truth.
Since good works that benefit man while glorifying God and
inner being, spiritual, activity, in the form of songs,
prayers, expressions of adoration, praise is real and
genuine worship, then worship activity not from ones heart
is unacceptable worship, for instance:
Prayers offered to satisfy personal desires
Money given for personal recognition
Songs of praise to God sung to the listener with no
thought of God.
Lessons taught for praise of man.
Lord's Supper may be partaken of without
considering Christ's atoning sacrifice and without any
thanksgiving for the forgiveness, redemption and
reconciliation resulting thereof.
Good works done for self-satisfaction
If the Kingdom of God is truly within you, then your
character will be one of love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control and your
actions will reflect this character.
1. Who is to be worshipped?
2. How often should one worship?
Three times a week
Daily living sacrifices
3. One must go to a church building or temple to
4. Worship is
Bowing down to an
idol or shrine
by a priest
adoration and honor toward God
5. Worship activity cannot be in vain as any type of
worship is acceptable to God.
God told Abraham "By
myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you
have done this and have not withheld your son, your
only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely
multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as
the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring
shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your
offspring shall all the nations of the earth be
blessed, because you have obeyed my voice" (Genesis 22
Years later God said of one of Abraham's descendents
"'I have found that David, the son of Jesse, is a man
after my own heart, who will carry out all my wishes.'
It was from this man's descendants that God, as he
promised, brought to Israel a Savior, who is Jesus"
One will find many prophets in the Old Testament
foretold that through Abraham and the Children of
Israel a savior would come. He would be a redeemer to
restore mankind back into fellowship with man's
"So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to
the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the
time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of
woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were
under the law, so that we might receive adoption as
sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit
of his Son into our hearts" (Galatians 4:3-5 - RSV).
All prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus. According to
Matthew Jesus stated "Do not think that I have come to
abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to
abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to
you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not
a dot, will pass from the Law until all is
accomplished" (Matthew 5:17, 18).
Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been raised. As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. When he stood up to read, the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners [those in Hades, the abode of the dead souls (rd)]and recovery of sight to the blind [those following traditions rather than “the law and prophets” (rd)], to set oppressed people free, and to announce the year of the Lord's favor.' Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. While the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him, he began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture has been fulfilled, as you've heard it read aloud"' (Luke 4:16-21).
Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:9-10
Therefore, Jesus, Immanuel (God with us), not having sinned offered Himself to God as the atoning sacrifice. God accepted His offering by resurrecting Him from death and the grave. This sacrifice and resurrection became the way for forgiveness of sins. Everyone who:
puts their faith and trust in Christ
dies to his sinful life
calls upon God to forgive
is immersed into Christ
is raised by God a forgiven spiritual being.
clothe themselves in the fruits of the Spirit "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23b).
remaining faithful they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven receiving everlasting life with God and all the redeemed (Colossians 1:23).
But not everyone will
"Not everyone who keeps saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom from heaven, (Matthew 7:21).
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Everlasting Life - Heaven
Heaven is the abode of God and all the righteous and
described in human terms as magnificent and
a. "I saw a throne
in heaven with a person seated on the throne. The
person sitting there looked like jasper and
carnelian, and there was a rainbow around the
throne that looked like an emerald. Around the
throne were 24 other thrones, and on these thrones
sat 24 elders wearing white robes and gold victor's
crowns on their heads (Revelation 4:2-4).
b. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There
won't be death anymore. There won't be any grief,
crying, or pain, because the first things have
c. A voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise
our God, all who serve and fear him, from the least
important to the most important." Then I heard what
sounded like the voice of a large crowd, like the
sound of raging waters, and like the sound of
powerful thunderclaps, saying, "Hallelujah! The
Lord our God, the Almighty, is reigning (Revelation
d. I saw no temple in it, because the Lord God
Almighty and the lamb are its temple. The city
doesn't need any sun or moon to give it light,
because the glory of God gave it light, and the
lamb was its lamp. The nations will walk in its
light, and the kings of the earth will bring their
glory into it. Its gates will never be shut at the
end of the day-because there will be no night there
Those who refuse
the free gift of God, the forgiveness of sins, have
chosen to follow the desires of the world offered by
the Devil. They will not inherit the Kingdom of heaven.
They are doomed to eternal death with the Devil in Hell
with all the wicked and rebellious.
Eternal Death - Hell
Hell is the abode of the Devil, his angles and the
a. "All the nations
will be assembled in front of him, and he will cull
them out, one from another, like a shepherd
separates sheep from goats. He will put the sheep
on his right but the goats on his left." ... "Then
shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire
which is prepared for the devil and his angels"
(Matthew 25:32-33 ... 41).
b. Hell is also referred to the lake that burns
with fire and sulfur, which is the second death
(Revelation 21:8b) where "The Son of Man will send
his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom
all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw
them into the fiery furnace. In that place there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew
c. For those who have chosen Eternal Death rather
than Everlasting Life for all eternity Jesus said
"Not everyone who keeps saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
will get into the kingdom from heaven, but only the
person who keeps doing the will of my Father in
heaven. (Matthew 7:21).
d. The Apostle Paul was very specific on the
lifestyle they chose "You know that wicked people
will not inherit the kingdom of God, don't you?
Stop deceiving yourselves! Sexually immoral people,
idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes,
homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunks,
slanderers, and robbers will not inherit the
kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). "Now the
actions of the flesh are obvious: sexual
immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts
of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy,
murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like
that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in
the past, that people who practice such things will
not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians
e. Lastly the Apostle John records "But people who
are cowardly, unfaithful, detestable, murderers,
sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all
liars will find themselves in the lake that burns
with fire and sulfur. This is the second death."
One's daily choice of actions will determine where they
will spend eternity. What decisions will you make
today? Are you going to live for the After-Life with
the redeemed or the After-Death with the condemned?
Decide today - Eternity is a long time to be without
the love of God!!!
1. Did God send a savior to redeem man?
2. Who is the Savior?
God, the Father
Jesus, the Christ
Satan, the deceiver
Some man-made object
None of the above
3. Those in Christ remain faithful to Christ?
4. Those who put their trust in Christ message of
Salvation and obey will inherit Everlasting Life with
God and the righteous.
5. Those who reject God's free gift of Salvation will
receive Eternal Death with the Devil and His
It is difficult for our
finite minds to comprehend eternity, but before the
creation of the Earth God already existed and He will
continue to exist after the end of time on Earth. When
Christ comes again everyone will face his Creator, the
Almighty God, to give an account of his actions while on
How great it will be to have Christ, our Advocate, beside
us on that day. He will speak up on behalf of His obedient,
faithful disciples because: "We were therefore buried with
him through baptism into death in order that, just as
Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the
Father, we too may live a new life." (Romans 6:4) Then God
will welcome us into His presence. We will be so overjoyed
that we will sing His praises and give thanks forever.
Christ died so we could live in Heaven where there will be
no fear, no sorrow, no pain, no weeping and no darkness,
but only love, peace, truth and righteousness, forever and
ever without end.
There is another group of people. They are those who will
not have that advocate on their side. What about them? They
lived in rebellion satisfying their human desires refusing
to obey or even acknowledge the presence of Almighty God.
"But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant
heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the
day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be
revealed. God 'will give to each person according to what
he has done'. To those who by persistence in doing good,
seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal
life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the
truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There
will be trouble and distress for every human being who does
evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory,
honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the
Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 2:5-10)
"But now he (Jesus) has appeared once for all at the end of
the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face
judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the
sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not
to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are
waiting for him." (Hebrews 9:26b-28)
What Will Happen At The End Of Time
Let the Word of God tell us in passages that deal with the
Second Coming of Jesus.
1. The Lord will appear [a spectacular thing]
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a
loud command, and the voice of the archangel and with the
trumpet call of God..." (2 Thessalonians 4:16a). Every
human being living on the face of the earth, whenever that
day is, will hear that trumpet and our attention will be
suddenly captured on a moment's notice.
2. The dead will be raised
"The dead in Christ will be raised first." (2 Thessalonians
4:16b) That is corroborated in I Corinthians 15:52 "in a
flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For
the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised
imperishable." When Jesus comes again, the graves are going
to be emptied. All of those that we have known.
3. The living are going to be changed
"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep (i.e.
die), but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet
will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we
will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with
the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality." (1
These first three things are all going to happen
a) A trumpet will sound
b) The voice of the archangel
c) The dead will come out of the graves, and the living
at that time will be caught in the air with them, all
of humanity, from the beginning of time.
4. A Great Separation-Judgment
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels
with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All
the nations will be gathered before him, and he will
separate the people one from another as a shepherd
separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep
[the righteous] on his right hand and the goats [the
wicked] on his left." (Matthew 25:31)
5. Inheritance for the Righteous
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you
who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the
kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world."
6. Sentence Pronounced on the Disobedient
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me,
you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the
devil and his angels." (Matthew 25:41)
John writes (having seen that revelation), "And I saw the
dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and the
books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the
book of life. The dead were judged according to what they
had done as recorded in the books." (Revelation 20:12)
7. The destruction of the earth
"The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens 1
will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed
by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid
bare." (2 Peter 3:10)
1 [The heavens are a) Aerial - atmospheric heavens, as "birds of heaven" or "clouds of heaven b) Siderial -
the region of the "sun," "moon," and "stars]
Time on earth has ended. It is too late to accept God's
gift of salvation. Accept Him NOW as "Today is the day of
1. At the Judgment Day Christians have an advocate or
attorney, Christ, beside them to explain that His blood
through immersion into him [baptized into His death] has
washed away the stains of sin.
2. Satan, that rebellious angel, stands ready to welcome
all rebellious ones who refused Christ's invitation.
3. Man created in God's image is without excuse as God's
eternal power and deity are clearly perceived in things God
4. When Jesus returns at the end of time on earth, He will
send angels to remove from his Kingdom evildoers and throw
them into the furnace of fire.
5. The furnace of fire or Eternal fire was prepared for the
Devil and his angels.