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22 May 2013, Wednesday
Proverbs 22:1-4, 12, 17-21
1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who died for all our sins so that by grace through faith we may receive salvation. Are you saved?
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
Why do we need salvation? We need salvation because without it, we will spend eternity in the fires of hell. Is hell real? Psalm 9:17 is just one of the many verses in the Holy Bible that mentions hell.
Is there any other way that can keep us from hell? None. Jesus is the only way.
What about purgatory? Aren't we given a second chance to do what's right after we die? To say that purgatory exists so that we can undo the unrepentant life that we lived and be saved from hell contradicts God's Word, which clearly says that the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY way (John 14:6) and that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Contrary to the concept of purgatory, we only die once and after that we face judgment--just as the Bible says:
For this reason, God sent His only begotten Son to bear all our sins:
Salvation is a gift from God; but it can only be yours and mine when we accept it. Once again we quote these verses:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
How do we accept it? We accept this free salvation when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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4 Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
(John 15:4-5, KJV)
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