The Wages Of Sin Is Death

Written by Stephen Kingery

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However, throughrepparttar grace of God andrepparttar 141130 sacrifice that Jesus Christ made onrepparttar 141131 cross we can receive a free gift -repparttar 141132 gift of salvation. We can be saved fromrepparttar 141133 awful fate ofrepparttar 141134 second death which is hell. God has provided a way for us to escaperepparttar 141135 torment of hell and to live in eternity with Him. The only way for this to happen is that we must be forgiven for our sins. Since Jesus took our sins torepparttar 141136 cross and paidrepparttar 141137 price for our sins we can receive forgiveness for our sins. We can have our sins remitted or forgiven.

How are our sins forgiven? They are forgiven because Jesus took them torepparttar 141138 cross and paidrepparttar 141139 penalty for us. However, we must acceptrepparttar 141140 free gift that God is offering to us. How? First by believing that Jesus isrepparttar 141141 Christ,repparttar 141142 Son ofrepparttar 141143 living God. Second, by repenting of our sins and asking God's forgiveness. Third, by confessing to our fellow man that we indeed believe that Jesus is God's Son. Fourth, by submitting ourselves torepparttar 141144 watery grave of baptism. And finally by living a live which is faithful to Christ and His church.

But exactly when is our sin forgiven? "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16) "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized inrepparttar 141145 name of Jesus Christ forrepparttar 141146 remission of sins; and you shall receiverepparttar 141147 gift ofrepparttar 141148 Holy Spirit.'" (Acts 2:38) "Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them." (Acts 2:41) "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling onrepparttar 141149 name ofrepparttar 141150 Lord." (Acts 22:16) How could anything possibly be more clear than is this issue. Our sins are forgiven when we in faith believing submit ourselves torepparttar 141151 watery grave of baptism. There are many false teachings concerning baptism inrepparttar 141152 world today. Butrepparttar 141153 Scriptures make it clear. Baptism is what obtains for usrepparttar 141154 forgiveness of our sins. Unless we voluntarily, with a believing heart and a repentant spirit submit to baptism by immersion, our sins cannot be forgiven. Jesus said it,repparttar 141155 apostles preached and practiced it and I believe it. And that should berepparttar 141156 end of it!

There are those who may say, "How can I know that I have been forgiven of my sins?" When we come up out of baptism there are no lights that flash, no trumpets that sound, no mighty rushing wind that fillsrepparttar 141157 place - so how can we know? Is it not enough for us to know that Jesus promised us that our sins would be forgiven? Is it not enough for us to know thatrepparttar 141158 apostles preached forgiveness of sins duringrepparttar 141159 establishment ofrepparttar 141160 early church? Considerrepparttar 141161 following Scriptures.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of a man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19) "These things I have written to you who believe inrepparttar 141162 name ofrepparttar 141163 Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe inrepparttar 141164 name ofrepparttar 141165 Son of God. Now this isrepparttar 141166 confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we haverepparttar 141167 petitions that we have asked of Him." (1 John 5:13-15) "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) "But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed fromrepparttar 141168 heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness." (Romans 6:17,18)

It is beyond my comprehension for a person to say that he or she believes that Jesus isrepparttar 141169 Christ,repparttar 141170 Son ofrepparttar 141171 living God and that they believe whatrepparttar 141172 Bible has to say aboutrepparttar 141173 nature of God and then to question whether or not they have received remission for their sins. If we believe whatrepparttar 141174 Bible has to say about God, His Son andrepparttar 141175 Holy Spirit, we should rejoice when we come up out ofrepparttar 141176 watery grave of baptism - not begin to question our salvation. If you do whatrepparttar 141177 Bible says to do to receive salvation, there is not need for questions!

If you study God's Word on a regular basis (daily if possible, but at least several times each week), then you will receiverepparttar 141178 strength to come to know with certainty in your heart that God has forgiven you. As our monograph series says. "Do not merely listen torepparttar 141179 word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22 NIV)

All Scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 141180 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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The Scarlet Cord

Written by Stephen Kingery

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I & II CHRONICLES The tribe of Judah figures prominently in Chronicles because it isrepparttar tribe from whichrepparttar 141129 Messiah will come. The genealogies in Chapters 1-9 of I Chronicles is a preamble torepparttar 141130 genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew. The messianic line was threatened by murders, treachery, battles, and captivity but it remains clear and unbroken from Adam to Zerubbabel. (See genealogies of Christ in Matthew 1 and Luke 3) The temple also is a picture of Christ. Note these three passages: "in this place there is One greater thanrepparttar 141131 temple." (Matthew 12:6); "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19); and "But I saw no temple in it, forrepparttar 141132 Lord God Almighty andrepparttar 141133 Lamb are its temple." (Revelation 21:22)

EZRA: In Ezra we seerepparttar 141134 continuation ofrepparttar 141135 promise of God to keeprepparttar 141136 descendants alive. Zerubbabel is part ofrepparttar 141137 messianic line. The remnant has returned torepparttar 141138 land of promise, and it is here in Bethlehem that Jesus will be born. The book of Ezra itself is a picture of Christ and His work of forgiveness and restoration.

NEHEMIAH: Nehemiah is also a picture of Christ in His work of restoration. Nehemiah also is a type of Christ in that he too gave up a high position in order to help his people. Inrepparttar 141139 book of Nehemiah, everything exceptrepparttar 141140 king is restored:repparttar 141141 temple, Jerusalem,repparttar 141142 covenant, andrepparttar 141143 faithfulness ofrepparttar 141144 people.

ESTHER: Esther pictures Christ in that she puts herself in place of death for her people and is a picture of Christ in His being an advocate for us. Also in this book we see another attempt by Satan to destroyrepparttar 141145 linage of David, but God preserves His people andrepparttar 141146 messianic line.

JOB: Job says, "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last onrepparttar 141147 earth;" (Job 19:25) He also cries out for a mediator (see 9:33, 25:4, 33:23). The problems raised inrepparttar 141148 book of Job are answered in Christ who knows of our suffering, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

PSALMS: Inrepparttar 141149 book of psalms we see thatrepparttar 141150 life and ministry of Jesus Christ is specifically anticipated. There are five different kinds of messianic psalms. In some,repparttar 141151 subject ofrepparttar 141152 psalm is a type of Christ. In others,repparttar 141153 psalmist uses language to describe his present experience which points beyond his own life to become historically true only in Christ. We also see in some psalms that it refers to a king orrepparttar 141154 house of David but final fulfillment is not come until Christ. Some are purely prophetic in that they refer only to Christ. And in still others we see thatrepparttar 141155 psalmist anticipatesrepparttar 141156 coming of Yahweh and His kingdom, which is fulfilled in Christ.

PROVERBS: Inrepparttar 141157 book of Proverbs we seerepparttar 141158 fabulous wisdom of Solomon, who it is said wasrepparttar 141159 wisest man on earth. However, this wisdom is a picture of Christ who hasrepparttar 141160 ultimate wisdom,repparttar 141161 wisdom of God; "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption..." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

ECCLESIASTES: This book shows us how empty our life can be without a relationship with God. Only Christ can provide those things which make life meaningful.

SONG OF SOLOMON: Inrepparttar 141162 Old Testament, Israel is considered to berepparttar 141163 bride of Yahweh and inrepparttar 141164 New Testamentrepparttar 141165 church isrepparttar 141166 bride of Christ. This book illustraterepparttar 141167 first and picturesrepparttar 141168 second.

ISAIAH: The prophecies in this book are clearer and more explicit than any other Old Testament book. Isaiah is brimming with prophecies of Christ.

JEREMIAH: The book of Jeremiah points directly to Christ: "Behold,repparttar 141169 days are coming, saysrepparttar 141170 Lord, That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgement and righteousness inrepparttar 141171 earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Jeremiah 23:5,6)

LAMENTATIONS: Jeremiah,repparttar 141172 author, is a type of Christ in that both wept over Jerusalem.

EZEKIEL: This book picturesrepparttar 141173 Messiah as a tender twig that becomes a stately cedar.

DANIEL: Inrepparttar 141174 visions of Daniel we see prophecies of Christ. Also his vision ofrepparttar 141175 69 weeks pinpointsrepparttar 141176 coming ofrepparttar 141177 Messiah.

THE MINOR PROPHETS - HOSEA, JOEL, AMOS, OBADIAH, JONAH, MICAH, NAHUM, HABAKKUK, ZEPHANIAH, HAGGAI, ZECHARIAH, & MALACHI: In these books we see several prophecies of Christ as well as types and pictures of Christ. Space does not permit us to give as much detail on these,repparttar 141178 minor prophets.

I hope that through this discussion ofrepparttar 141179 Scarlet Cord which runs throughrepparttar 141180 Old Testament inrepparttar 141181 prophecies, types and pictures of Christ you can see that He isrepparttar 141182 very center,repparttar 141183 cornerstone if you will, of God's plan of salvation for man. We should not think ofrepparttar 141184 Old Testament and New Testament as two distinct and separate parts, but as one whole plan by which God will redeem those who want to be His people. There is much which could be said aboutrepparttar 141185 differences inrepparttar 141186 Old and New Testaments, but we will save that for a future article. The thing for us to remember is that though there are many significant differences inrepparttar 141187 two testaments as to their purpose and so forth, together they form one beautiful and magnificent account of God's love, devotion, and longing to save His creation - man.

All scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 141188 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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