Are Believers Eternally Secure?
Yes, because eternal life, or a never ending life in the presence of God, is found only in Jesus Christ (1 John 1:2). When you trusted Christ as Savior, He joined inseparably His eternal life to your new, born again heart (1 John 5:11). If you have Jesus, you have His life; those who reject Jesus do not have His life (1 John 5:12). (To read more, Click Here; use back button to return to this page.)
Are Believers Righteous?
Yes, believers are fully and forever righteous in their new, born again hearts because Jesus Christ lives in them, joined as one to them (Romans 8:10b). Believers can never sin in their inner spirit because Jesus in them can never sin (1 John 3:9). But, believers are still dead because of sin in their mortal bodies (Romans 8:10a); this is the reason for walking in faith. (To read more, Click Here)
Are We Under the Law?
An emphatic NO. The Law was given only to Israel and was in effect only until Jesus Christ came (Galatians 3:19 - Jesus is the "seed"). After Jesus completely fulfilled the Law for Israel, God replaced it with the New Covenant. The goal under the Law was to be declared righteous before God by one's own effort and compliance; this never happened before Christ. But, grace fulfills the Law because believers are now made righteous by the indwelling presence of Jesus Christ. (To read more, Click Here)
What is the Difference Between Law and Grace?
The Old Covenant law was self-empowered living based on human effort and compliance. New Covenant grace is God-empowered living made possible because Jesus Christ lives His life through those who trust Him (Galatians 2:20).
Why Did God End the Law?
God ended the Old Covenant Law because Jesus Christ completely fulfilled the Law by His righteous life. The Law dealt with human compliance; some kept the Law better than others but none kept the entire Law before Jesus. The Law was given only to Israel as a temporary measure until Christ came to fulfill it. Then God replaced the Law with a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22) that was based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). The better promise, under New Covenant grace, is God's Spirit literally inhabiting the hearts of those who believe in Jesus as Savior. The Holy Spirit writes His laws upon the hearts of believers (Hebrews 8:10); the motivation changes from, "Don't" to "I don't want to." It is a shift from external rules to internal self-control.
Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
You must be baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ Jesus to be saved. Water baptism is a symbol of your death, burial and resurrection with Christ unto new life in Him. Water baptism is not what saves you, it is God's Spirit who saves you.
What is Repentance?
New Testament repentance is turning from unbelief to faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15; John 6:29; Acts 19:4). It's just that simple. Old Testament repentance was turning from sin because under Law, you lived by your own human effort.
How Can I Turn From Sin (Repent) Before I Become a Christian?
You can't. This is another big myth that is rooted in traditional Christianity. Only when you trust Christ as Savior, and God gives you a new heart and comes to live in you, are you able to turn from sin.
Why Do Believers Still Sin?
As a believer, you can still sin in your outer mortal body because it has not yet been redeemed and made righteous like your inner born again heart (Romans 8:10). It is when you try to meet your needs apart from God that you can sin. To live righteously, let Jesus in you live out His life through you. (To read more, Click Here)
Should Christians Confess Their Sins?
No, no, no. Your sins were forever forgiven by God on the Cross of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 8:12). Stop focusing on sins and start focusing on righteousness made possible by Jesus Christ who lives in your born again heart. (1 John 1:9 was not written to believers; it has been misinterpreted for centuries.)
What is Wrong with Religion (Organized Christianity)?
In every church on every Sunday, the message has to do with how you can live a life pleasing to God. It is what the Apostle Paul warned about (Galatians 3:2,3). It is being saved by faith and then trying to live your life by your own human effort. The life of the believer is walking by faith, also called walking in the Spirit; it is Jesus Christ, who lives in you, living out His righteous life through you (Galatians 2:20).
Who are the True Believers?
The Body of Christ is made up of those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior, both inside and outside of organized Christianity. The Bible is clear that churches will always have a mix of believers and unbelievers, called the "wheat" and the "tares" (Matthew 13:24,25,26,27,28,30). Sadly, the true believers in denominational churches are often poorly taught; there are many examples, one being that not many understand that they are righteous children of God, eternally secure in Him.
Is There Really an Unforgivable Sin?
Yes. It is unbelief in Jesus Christ as Savior. If you reject Jesus, you are also rejecting the eternal life that He alone possesses (1 John 5:12b).
What is the Difference Between "Soul" and "Spirit"?
Your inner "spirit" or "inner man" is the real you and, as a believer, the part of you that has already been redeemed and made righteous. Your spirit will live on into eternity. Your physical body and your mortal mind are temporary; they are called your "mortal flesh" or your "outer man" (2 Corinthians 4:16). Your mortal flesh has not yet been redeemed (Romans 8:10a). Your "soul" is the immaterial expression of your mortal mind and body consisting of thoughts, feelings, and personality. Your spirit is always righteous because Jesus lives in you (1 John 3:9). But your soul is not perfect and therefore cannot be part of your spirit.
How Can I Understand the Bible?
The only way to understand the Bible is to let God, Himself, teach you. Your inner spirit is the part of you that is now alive to God, and the only part of you able to "hear" His voice (Ephesians 1:17,18; Colossians 1:9). Here is a worthwhile prayer: "Lord, open my eyes to your truth so that I can understand what your written Word says." A good perspective is to be willing for God to change your mind about anything at any time; don't block what God is teaching you by holding onto doctrines and beliefs created by tradition, things that are not even in the Bible.
Why Can't Christians Agree on What the Bible Teaches?
People, for centuries, have tried to understand the Bible with their own human understanding and reasoning. As disagreements began to appear, believers separated from other believers and formed denominations. The Bible says that denominations should not exist; this verse is never taught in churches: 1 Corinthians 1:10.
Who Was Jesus Here on This Earth?
Although not a mainstream belief, this website believes that Jesus was fully and only human "for a little while" during His time on the earth (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus, the Son of God and Creator of the universe, was fully deity before His time on the earth and is fully deity now. But Jesus emptied Himself (Philippians 2:5,6,7,8) so that He could be like us in every way, except without sin (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15). At His baptism, the Holy Spirit came down and entered Jesus to be His power to do the works and miracles of the Father; Jesus did not do His miracles by His own power, He did them by the power of the Father in Him (John 14:10; John 5:30; John 12:49). Now, in the very same way, the Spirit of Jesus comes to live in us to be our power to live righteously and do the works of God (John 15:5). Jesus became like us so that we can live as He did; Jesus did not live a life that is out of reach for us, as so many believe. Instead of being fully God and fully man at the same time, Jesus was, for His time on the earth, fully man indwelled by the Holy Spirit. We too, being fully human, are indwelled by the same Holy Spirit. (To read more, Click Here)
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