Question: Do you think the Bible is written in plain language? (Part 3 of 5)
Answer: As a matter of fact I do. But I also believe that people read and understand the Bible through filters. In other words they see and understand through personal feelings that have been formed by tradition, false teaching, culture, etc.
In lesson #1 we learned that Jesus, Paul, and John spoke plainly leaving us the example that we should speak plainly. In lesson # 2 we learned that the religious world has many beliefs and practices that are plainly not taught in the Bible. In this lesson, # 3, we will focus on some personal beliefs that are plainly not taught in the Bible.
So, with that in mind, let’s begin with the apostle Paul’s teaching to a gospel preacher named Timothy: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:2-3). Even with only “the word” being taught people develops personal beliefs that don’t agree with what the Bible plainly says. Let’s notice a few.
Are we saved by works of our own righteousness? No! The Bible plainly says we are not in Titus 3:5; “Not by works of righteousness which we have done,…”
Do we have salvation outside of Christ? No! In 2 Timothy 2:10 the Bible plainly says that salvation is in Christ; “…salvation which is in Christ Jesus…”
Do we become God’s children by faith, if so, when and how? Yes! In Galatians 3:26-27 the Bible plainly says; “…children of God by faith…having been baptized into Christ…” Note: the only Bible way of getting “into” Christ is through faith that leads to baptism!
Do we really have to do the Father’s will in order to be saved? Yes! In Matthew 7:21 Jesus plainly taught that in order to go to heaven we must do God’s will; “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Is there really only “one” church in the Bible? Yes! The Bible plainly says so in Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body…”
What will happen to all the other churches? In Matthew 15:13 Jesus plainly says tells us what will happen to them; “…Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”
Does it really matter how we worship? Yes! In John 4:23-24 Jesus plainly said it does; “…worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth…”
How we live now will determine where we live eternally!
Watch for article # 4 on this matter.
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