Know the Truth About Salvation
With so many religions in the world today, and numerous denominations in the United States alone, the chances of finding the absolute truth comes down to those who sincerely want it. An open mind is not the only thing needed in a search for the truth but an open heart that holds a desire for the knowledge of God, and a simple belief in the words that have been recorded about Him.
Know the Truth rightly divides the precepts of the Holy Bible in order to render a clearer picture of the will of God for everyone's soul salvation. Without complicated theories or hype about how to be saved, the booklet remains simple enough for even a child to understand. Again, all that is required on the part of the reader is faith in the word and promises of God, not in the author.
"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, Lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (St. Matthew 3:16, 17).
The above scripture gives us all the perfect example of what it takes to please God, born again of water, and of the Spirit. After John baptized Jesus, and the Holy Spirit of God came upon him, God made it known that he was well pleased in his Son. Before this blessed event took place, in verse 15 Jesus reminded John that he must be baptized of him in order to "fulfill all righteousness." To be righteous means to be in right standing with God, and Jesus gave us the beginning fruits of acceptance into the kingdom of God. Furthermore, God acknowledged Jesus as his Son and this is what it truly means to be a child of God.
Common sense - and the word of God - will reveal anyone that there is only one possible way to get to the kingdom of God. Regardless of the different world religions and theories of salvation, and the various doors to the kingdom many church denominations have left open, God has but one door to His kingdom, and it was unlocked by His first-born son Jesus Christ.
The actual event of Jesus and John the Baptist is again, the foundation to salvation. Born again of water and of the Spirit completes salvation as required by God. No other method can precede this act of the new birth. Different church denominations will veer around this act with their own interpretation of salvation only because they fear the truth, or do not know the truth. Therefore, they try to make it easier for a soul to enter by proclaiming such false doctrines like accepting the Lord as your personal Savior and they will be saved, and of course, they back this theory with a scripture in which we will dissect later in the booklet. Nevertheless, the truth is, the leaders who teach this theory have themselves taken the easy way out.
Certain churches tell you that the first step is to get saved, then to get born again, which is not only a false doctrine but contradicts the scriptures. Once a person is born again of water and of the Spirit, they are saved. This is what will save them from going to hell. When the Holy Spirit of God descends down into a person, the same Spirit will resurrect them at his gathering of believers. A person cannot be saved then get the Holy Spirit, for it is the Holy Spirit that saves.
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).
Along with this scripture, there are other scriptures to confirm the one and only new birth. The believer must rightly divide the word of truth in order to get the full picture of salvation and not assume the theories of an unlearned teacher. No amount of good deeds, tithes or offerings, faithfulness in church attendance, hours of bible study, or any other almsgiving acts can substitute for the correct method of salvation.
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (St. John 3:3). "Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (St John 3:5).
The word baptism comes from the Greek word "Baptizo" which means "to make fully wet: to wash." To be made fully wet - as Jesus was when John baptized him - one must go down into a body of water - and he "came straightway up out of the water" (verse 16), after John totally submerged him into the water making him fully wet. This is the actual, physical way that a person is to be baptized, not sprinkled or splashed, neither is it only symbolic. If it were only a symbol Jesus would not have done it physically.
The spiritual meaning for being water baptized is to wash away your old sin nature. We were all born into sin and are considered sinners by nature. Even if a person has never broken any of the original Ten Commandments, they are still considered sinners and must be regenerated by the water baptism. You repent for the immoral acts of sin that you consciously commit and then get water baptized in order to wash them away. "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). Thus, the water baptism begins for a person the start of a sinless life.
Another misconception in the doctrine of water baptism is the name in which it is to be done. Traditional churches teach from the scripture of St. Matthew 28:19, in which Jesus commissioned the disciples to go and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. However, let us search the scriptures and see what name the disciples used when they started baptizing people.
In the book of Acts after the believers received the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, and after Peter preached to them what was prophesied of Joel concerning the Christ, a group of men asked Peter: "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:37, 38).
Peter plainly stated to the men that they should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. He did not say in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Why? Because the Holy Ghost revealed to Peter that Jesus was, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.Another example of the baptism in Jesus name is recorded in Acts 10:48 when Peter baptized other believers who had received the Holy Ghost but had not yet been baptized. "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." And who is Lord? Jesus Christ is Lord. Not only did the disciples baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, they did many other miracles of the kingdom in his name. "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). Paul cast out a demon from a woman who mocked at them for many days, and he did it in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 16:18. All power is given to Jesus Christ and everything that is to be done in the will of God is to be done in the name of Jesus Christ. The only reason some churches teach the title of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, is because they have not the true revelation of the Spirit or who the Christ really is, they only rely on intellectual understanding of God, not Spiritual understanding. They fear the supernatural powers that come within the essence of the Holy Ghost and from the authority of Jesus Christ, which is also why they make up alternative ways of salvation, because of the fear of truth.
In the book of Acts 19:1-7, Paul had run across a group of believers who had been water baptized by John's baptism - which was the baptism of repentance - and had not yet received the gift of the Holy Ghost. They told Paul that they had not even heard of the Holy Ghost, but they were only believers of the Christ. They had a zeal for righteousness and they believed in the baptism of John, but Paul told them that John preached of believing in the one that would come after him, which was Jesus Christ. Then the scripture reads: "And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied" (Acts 19:6).
Another reason church leaders today avoid the true gospel is because they do not believe in speaking in tongues after receiving the Holy Ghost. Speaking in other tongues is not only a gift of the Holy Spirit, but also a confirmation of receiving God. The scripture reveals tongues (which is spoken of throughout the New Testament) as one of the many attributes of God. It is ordained of God and a part of the new birth. Tongues are a way the Spirit within you communicates with God after the new birth. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26).
The Spirit baptism, the Holy Ghost, or, the Holy Spirit is all the same thing. To be born of the Spirit is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Jesus promised the disciples and all that believe on him this precious gift. It is the actual essence of God inside of you - if you receive it. It is real. Many people do not believe in things they cannot see so they take for granted the presence of the Holy Ghost.
A ghost is a spirit, and God is a spirit, so people actually take God for granted because there is no evidence of his presence. However, the Spirit of God shows much infallible evidence. It takes a sincere belief in the Spirit in order for it to show itself to you, or come inside you. A person must be ready to receive it and the gifts and supernatural powers that it brings with it, and must not fear. If one believes in the Spirit and desires for it to enter them, then it will come; it is a promise of Jesus Christ. It will come inside your body, bring to life your soul, and illuminate your mind that you may see the evidence of God. Afterward, you will know beyond a doubt that God is real.
The Holy Ghost does not appear once then goes away. It stays with you forever. After you receive it, wherever you may be, it will be there in the morning when you awake. The world has stereotyped the receiving of the Holy Ghost into a picture of people running and jumping and shouting out of control, and many people react this way because they feel they should live up to this enactment. Nevertheless, one can receive the Holy Ghost as quietly and calmly as the Lord gives it. Because of this stereotyped picture of the Holy Ghost, many are frightened away from receiving it. In a way, you could say that the church could be responsible for discouraging many potential believers because of the show they put on in church.
False prophets have also given the powers of the Holy Ghost a bad name by displaying pretentious shows of healing and casting out of demonic spirits. These acts were also done in the days of the early apostles' where unsaved men would use the authority of Jesus' name to cast out devils, which in turn discredited the apostle's true demonstrations of the power of God. Yet, the Holy Ghost is given sincerely to those who seek sincerely. Those who understand its authority use the powers sincerely, and the gifts of the Spirit operate correctly for those who practice them correctly. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (St. Matthew 7:7).
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (St. Mark 11:24).
The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God and God is love. It is the Spirit of truth, and Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The Holy Ghost is a comforter; one that will keep you focussed in the times of life's trials and tribulations; though hard times of pain and heartaches. It gives you joy in the mist of corruption; it gives you peace in the mist of confusion. It makes you humble and meek in the face of arrogance and pride. It fills your heart and mind with the characteristics of righteousness when evil attempts to consume you. It gives faith to trust in the promises of God when the situation gets beyond your understanding and control, to remind you that He will always provide for you and never leave you barren or without daily encouragement.
The Holy Ghost strengthens you in the presence of all your enemies and gives you the victory over all the works of the adversary. He (the Holy Ghost) is a teacher of truth so you will never believe a lie. He is a guide on the road of salvation so that you do not go astray under the deceptions of the devil. He protects you from all evil; heals you from sicknesses, and delivers you from your own sins and iniquities. Give Him the chance and He will solve all the problems in your life. The fruits and gifts of the Spirit are all attributes of God that a person cannot experience unless they have received the Spirit.
There are cases where a person might practice forms of witchcraft using the forces of the spiritual world, powers of the prince of darkness, or spiritual wickedness in high places, but these illusions of power cannot match the dominion of the spiritual realm of the kingdom of God. Every gift must, or should be, used in a manner that exalts the kingdom of God. The Spirit perfects that which is lacking in a soul by molding it into a form of righteousness and goodness, which has a power all its own.
The things that cannot be seen with the natural eye can be seen in the Spirit. A spiritual person can perform things that cannot be done by the natural man. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10).
"Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men" (St. Matthew 16:23).
When men begin to make up their own ways of entering the kingdom of God, they begin to err from the truth of Gods word. Some men alter the truth of salvation in order to gain followers; they figure that many people - as they are - refuse to believe in something they cannot see and would rather worship gods according to their own desires. In other words, they want the easy way out and there are many false teachers who adhered to their wishes. Thus fulfilling the scripture of 2 Timothy 4:3,4. Please read. There is only one way to be saved; to enter the kingdom of God; to go to heaven, and that is to be born again of water and of the Spirit.
The most popular method taught of getting saved by unlearned traditional preachers comes from the scripture in Romans 10:9 which reads: "That if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." All scripture is true and profitable for doctrine yet a follower of the gospel must rightly divide the Word of truth.
The 10th chapter of Romans was dedicated to the unbelieving Jews who rejected Christ as the Savior of the world. They first had to recognize this fact in order for them to begin the process of salvation. This confession of Christ as the Savior can be done, and has been done, by the devil himself; but this does not mean that he will be saved. The devil knows that God raised Christ from the dead and that Christ is the Savior of humanity, yet his destiny is already planned; he cannot be saved. The scripture in James 2:19 reads: "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." It is a shame that even the devil knows there is a god (and many people acknowledge the devil) but people will not believe in the powers and salvation of the Lord.
Anyone can confess though mere words have no meaning if you do not have faith. The devil will stand before a crowd and say; "Yes, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart." but this does not guarantee salvation. The confession and belief are elementary to bring you to salvation, and eventually you will be saved. Further down in Romans verse 13 it reads:"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Again, this act is one that jump-starts your faith of God. Once you conclude that you truly believe and desire to live for the Lord, and then you seek and ask for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Only after you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and are water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, will you be saved. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).
So you can confess, believe, and call on his name, the devil does all those things also, but unless one receives the gift of the Holy Ghost, to be born again, you will not enter the kingdom of God. The difference is thin and it takes a sincere soul to understand the truth; one who really wants to know God and not just to pretend he is saved, or to belong to the trendiest church scene. It is also difficult to know the true believers from the false, but one who has received the gift of the Spirit should be able to recognize the wolves in sheep's clothing and their teachings of false doctrine.
After the Holy Ghost is received by anyone, the gifts will begin to appear. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (St. Mark 16:17, 18).
It takes faith and belief in these scriptures in order for them to manifest. Any of the gifts of the Spirit takes faith in order to operate. Moreover, in order for your faith to operate properly, you must have love; and God is love. God is also a Spirit. Therefore, if you receive the Holy Spirit of God you can manifest the gifts of the Spirit through love.
Today's' Christian do not operate in the gifts of the Spirit like they should because they find it a bit embarrassing to go around claiming to have supernatural powers. Many Christians have even received the Holy Ghost yet fail to bring forth the faith to operate in the gifts. The truth is they are afraid they will be mocked by the world that stereotype and classify those who operate in the gifts as belonging to a cult. "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him" (St. John 4:23).
Both spirit and truth are required of a believer after they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Worship of God consists of an adoration of God. A desire to know Him and His will for your life. A desire to be molded into the image of His Son Jesus Christ: a desire to be righteous according to the standard of God's righteousness, not your own: to seek the heavenly powers of good, and not evil, and to use those powers to bring others into the faith of God.
Worship of God enables a believer to realize things as they truly are and not the illusions of the world: to accept the truth even in the time of doubt: to know the truth and uphold it in the face of persecution by millions of others, in the face of mockery and contempt by those who seek to deceive you. One must speak the truth when pain may be the result, yet speaking it in love and hope of salvation, not as a cloak of maliciousness.
A true worshipper of God never compromises the truth for a portion of this world's wealth or glory or status, (like thousands of preachers are doing today, and have done throughout history). A true worshipper knows the standard of God and lifts it up against the devil. A true worshipper is hated by the world, not loved; family members and close friends because of his devotion and adoration of his Lord despise him.
True worshippers accept the necessary things of life with great contentment rejoice in the joy, peace, and love that he receives of the Lord everyday. He is constantly learning new things about the kingdom of God and never rest at the price of deception. He loves the saints of God so deeply that he, like Jesus, would give his life to save them. He has a never-ending hope for those that are lost and blind to the deceptions of Satan, that they will some day know, just how deep the love of God runs.
"And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5). The plan of the devil is to sidetrack anyone he can, as long as he can, from knowing the truth. So many preachers these days have been trained and taught by older preachers who themselves were deceived that it is very difficult discerning who is telling the truth any more. Many people use this excuse for not going to church but at the day you stand before God, and he opens the lambs book of life, (which is the New Testament), and begin to recite the scriptures to you, you will be condemned by your own resistance to the truth, because the truth is written in His Word.
No one can blame the church or the preachers who preach false doctrine for the damnation of millions of souls on that day; only you will be able to answer for your own soul salvation. Since people choose to hear what they want to hear, and live the Christian life the way they feel is acceptable to God, not only will you be condemned by lack of faith in His Word, but you will be convicted of crucifying the Son of God: along with all the preachers who neglected to acknowledge the truth in this age of mercy and Gods grace.
For all those who seek the riches of this world beneath the cloak of a bible, and for those who financially profit from the words of righteousness, and those who mock souls that practice the gifts of the Spirit, along with those who chose not to live life in truth; your reward will be with the one whom you have so selfishly omitted from your life.
The one in whom you talk of and pray to and ask from and sing to and teach about, yet have failed to truly know. The one who died for all the sins you are wickedly committing each time you resist the words and promises of His new covenant of grace. Moreover, the only one who can save you from the convictions of your heart, by love, mercy, and faith in His Holy Spirit....................AMEN!
Remember that you must be born again!
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