The Second Coming of Jesus

Written by Michael Bradley

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Now here isrepparttar final chapter torepparttar 140623 whole saga. After Satan is permanently taken out for good,repparttar 140624 old earth and old heaven will pass away and a new heaven and new earth will be given to God's people. Here isrepparttar 140625 verse.

"AND I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH, forrepparttar 140626 first heaven andrepparttar 140627 first earth had passed away. Then I, John, sawrepparttar 140628 holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Beholdrepparttar 140629 tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, forrepparttar 140630 former things have passed away. Then He who sat onrepparttar 140631 throne said, "Behold, I will make all things new."

And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I amrepparttar 140632 Alpha andrepparttar 140633 Omega,repparttar 140634 Beginning andrepparttar 140635 End. I will giverepparttar 140636 fountain ofrepparttar 140637 water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be His God and he shall be My son. Butrepparttar 140638 cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part inrepparttar 140639 lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which isrepparttar 140640 second death." (Revelations 21:1-8)

Notice that in addition to a new earth and a new heaven, we also get a new city - a New Jerusalem. Godrepparttar 140641 Father will also dwell with us in this new heaven and new earth along with His Son!!! There will be no more death, no more pain and no more sorrow. Now here is another verse telling us what this new heaven and new earth will be like.

"But I saw no temple in it, forrepparttar 140642 Lord God Almighty andrepparttar 140643 Lamb are its temple. Andrepparttar 140644 city had no need ofrepparttar 140645 sun or ofrepparttar 140646 moon to shine on it, forrepparttar 140647 glory of God illuminated it, andrepparttar 140648 Lamb its light. Andrepparttar 140649 nations of those who are saved shall walk inrepparttar 140650 light, andrepparttar 140651 kings ofrepparttar 140652 earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (and there shall be no night there). And they shall bringrepparttar 140653 glory andrepparttar 140654 honor ofrepparttar 140655 nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written inrepparttar 140656 Lamb's Book of Life." (Revelations 21:22-27)
Here is another verse on this new heaven and new earth.
"And there shall be no more curse, butrepparttar 140657 throne of God and ofrepparttar 140658 Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads; and there shall be no night there: they need no lamp nor light ofrepparttar 140659 sun, forrepparttar 140660 Lord God givesrepparttar 140661 light. And they shall reign forever and ever." (Revelations 22:3-5)
This verse tells us thatrepparttar 140662 curse of Adam and Eve will finally been broken. We will never die again. No more sickness, disease, hunger, crime, Satan, demons, bad people, aging, etc. We will truly be in paradise in this new heaven and new earth and we will remain in this perfect environment forever and ever! Is that a storybook ending or what!!

The above verse also tells us that both Jesus and Godrepparttar 140663 Father will dwell and live with us in this paradise and we will all have direct access torepparttar 140664 both of Them! We will no longer have need of a Jewish Temple because God and Jesus will now berepparttar 140665 temple. We will be able to worship Them direct.

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Written by Stephen Kingery

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The Jailor: "And he took themrepparttar same hour ofrepparttar 140622 night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized." (Acts 16:33)

Corinthians: "Then Crispus,repparttar 140623 ruler ofrepparttar 140624 synagogue, believed onrepparttar 140625 Lord with all his household. And many ofrepparttar 140626 Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized." (Acts 18:8)

Again we say, how much clearer must it be for us all to agree that baptism is a necessary part of salvation? There are those who say that faith is all that is necessary. Then why doesrepparttar 140627 book of acts show us that in every case recorded for us to learn from, baptism was practiced?

Who is baptism for? I have a dear friend who is in a brotherhood that teaches and practices infant baptism. Is baptism for infants? Or is baptism only for those who knowrepparttar 140628 significance ofrepparttar 140629 act and what it represents?

Let's consider those things whichrepparttar 140630 Scriptures teach that must precede baptism. First,repparttar 140631 person must believe. This is emphasized strongly by Jesus, read again Mark 16:16. Can an infant have faith that Jesus isrepparttar 140632 Christ,repparttar 140633 Son ofrepparttar 140634 living God? Do you remember what you "believed" when you were just a few months old? How significant are those "beliefs" to you today? Can an infant be taught about God? Can an infant respond to that teaching? We all knowrepparttar 140635 answer to these questions: Of course not! Another act which must precede baptism is repentance. Can an infant repent? Again,repparttar 140636 answer is no. And for what sins wouldrepparttar 140637 infant be repenting for? Confession of one's faith that Jesus isrepparttar 140638 Son of God is another act which must precede baptism. It is equally clear that an infant cannot confess to have a faith that they are incapable of having.

So, who should (must) be baptized? If you still don't knowrepparttar 140639 answer to this question, then you should read againrepparttar 140640 eight accounts ofrepparttar 140641 people being converted inrepparttar 140642 book of Acts. This time readrepparttar 140643 full accounts. They are found inrepparttar 140644 following chapters of Acts: two, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, fifteen, sixteen, and eighteen. However,repparttar 140645 answer is one who believes that Jesus isrepparttar 140646 Christ,repparttar 140647 Son ofrepparttar 140648 living God; one who has repented for allrepparttar 140649 sins he/she has committed and strives to sin no more; and one who is willing to and has confessed his/her faith in Jesus asrepparttar 140650 Son of God. Only for these people is baptism appropriate, and a meaningful act. Remember, you can fool man most ofrepparttar 140651 time, but you can never fool God!

The form of baptism is alsorepparttar 140652 subject of much false teaching. Here again,repparttar 140653 Bible is quite clear as torepparttar 140654 form. The Greek word we translate as baptism is "baptizo." It means to dip, immerse or plunge. There is no one who is a serious student ofrepparttar 140655 Word that can deny this fact. If Jesus had intended forrepparttar 140656 disciples to pour as a method of baptism, He would have usedrepparttar 140657 word "ekcheo." But He didn't! If He had meant forrepparttar 140658 disciples to sprinkle He would have usedrepparttar 140659 word "rantizo." But He didn't! And if He had intended forrepparttar 140660 method of baptism to be any and all of these He would have usedrepparttar 140661 words interchangeably. But He didn't! God's word tells usrepparttar 140662 method of baptism: immersion, and that's all.

What does baptism do? Well, first of all it is a picture ofrepparttar 140663 death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul tells us this in a beautiful way: "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised fromrepparttar 140664 dead byrepparttar 140665 glory ofrepparttar 140666 Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3,4) It is also a picture of birth, for Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water andrepparttar 140667 Spirit, he cannot enterrepparttar 140668 kingdom of God." (John 3:5)

Baptism is necessary forrepparttar 140669 remission of sins. In Acts chapter 2repparttar 140670 three thousand that responded torepparttar 140671 gospel on that day had said, "What shall we do?" (Acts 2:37b) "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized inrepparttar 140672 name of Jesus Christ forrepparttar 140673 remission of sins; and you shall receiverepparttar 140674 gift ofrepparttar 140675 Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

Brothers and sisters, don't accept false teachings. Go to God's word for yourself and learn what It says about these and other subjects which are important to your salvation. May God be with you in your studies.

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140676 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of Be Ye Doers Of The Word.

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