Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ

2 Timothy 2:1-4 "1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth  entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

How does one become a Soldier of Christ?
When I was a little boy I played war and cowboys almost everyday. I would watch John Wayne in "The Sands of Iwo Jima,", " The Green Berets" and any other war movie I could find. I wanted to grow up and be a Soldier. I wanted to fight America's enemies. 



Well, I grew up and while I was a senior in High School I knew I wanted to be a U.S. Marine. Then I met a girl, I decided not to join. We were married in 1983. In 1985 our first son was born. During all this time I still thought about being a Marine. 

Now I could have went to the Army-Navy store and bought a set of dress blues, cut my hair and walked around town in a Uniform. Some people would have said "There goes a Marine". But I would not have been a Marine, I would have been "acting" like a Marine, "looked" like a  Marine. But, I would not have been a Marine. People do the same thing with God. They try to clean up their life, turn over a new leaf. But, they would not have become a Christian.

What did I have to do to become a Marine. First, I had to meet the qualifications. There were many. The same with becoming a Christian. You have to meet the qualifications.

Romans 3:10 says "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: " The only qualification for becoming a soldier (christian) in God's army is to be a sinner.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"  According to this verse everyone meets the qualifications. 

Romans 6:23 "23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. "  Because we all all sinners we must all die. But, God has prepared a way and it is free to all for the taking. It is a Gift. 

Romans 5:8 " But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  God loved us so much that even while we were his enemy he sent his Son to die for us.
 
Romans 10:13  "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." God will save anyone who will come to Him. Whosoever is clear, it many anyone.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says " 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."

Verse 9 says it is not of works. You can not do good enough to become a Christian.

Romans 10:9-10  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
God does not want anyone to perish. He is calling all men to repentance. 

 You must see yourself as God see's you. As a sinner. You are born a sinner. That is why you sin. You do not become a sinner because you sin. You sin because you are a sinner.
Agree with God that you are lost, a sinner, and you need a sinner. You realize you can not do anything on your own to come to Christ. You must depend on what Christ did on the cross for you.  Turn from your sins, your old life, and turn to God. Accept his son as your savior.

1 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
When you ask God to save you, and you believe him, and accept his gift, then you can know you have eternal life. 

You can pray something like this. "Dear God, I am a sinner. I know I can do nothing in my own power to change this. I believe Jesus came to die on the cross for my sins. Will you please forgive me and be my Savior. Thank you I accept Jesus as my Savior."

It does not have to be those exact words, but have this meaning. And then simply trust and believe God will do as he says.

4 comments:

  1. Blessings to you my brother in Christ,I am leaving this comment to let you know that,we need a savior not a sinner.This is in no wise a smart remark comment.'But a let you know' comment,to bring to your attention.
    May the Lord bless your efforts
    Your brother in Christ
    Rick Daniels

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  2. Dear Baptist/evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ,

    I ask you to consider these points:

    1. When God said that he would preserve his Word, what did he mean? Did he mean that he would preserve the original papyrus and parchment upon which his Word was written? If so, then his Word has disappeared as none of the original manuscripts remain.

    Did he mean that he would preserve his word in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek only? He would not preserve his Word when it was translated into all the other languages of the world?

    Or did God mean that he would preserve his Word…the message/the words…the Gospel: the free gift of salvation, and the true doctrines of the Christian Faith? Would God allow his Word/his message to mankind to be so polluted by translation errors that no translation, into any other language from the three original languages, continues to convey his true words?

    2. There is NO translation of the Bible, from the original ancient languages, into ANY language, ANYWHERE on earth, that translates the Bible as the Baptists/evangelicals believe it should be translated.

    No Bible translation on earth translates Acts 2:38 as, “Repent and believe in Jesus Christ every one of you and you will receive the Holy Ghost. Then be baptized as a public profession of your faith.”

    Why would God allow EVERY English translation of the Bible throughout history to be mistranslated or use such confusing language as to suggest that God forgives sins in Baptism? And not only all English translations, ALL translations of the Bible have retained these “mistranslations or confusing wording”.

    Do you honestly believe that God would allow his Word to be so polluted with translation errors that EVERY Bible in the world, if read in its simple, plain interpretation, would tell the people of the world that God forgives sins in water baptism??

    3. Why is there not one single piece of evidence from the early Christians that indicates that ANYONE in the 800-1,000 years after Christ believed that: Water baptism is ONLY a public profession of faith/act of obedience; sins are NOT forgiven in water baptism? Yes, you will find statements by these early Christians that salvation is by faith, but do Baptists and evangelicals really understand how a sinner obtains saving faith? THAT IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION, MY FRIENDS! Does the sinner produce faith by his own free will or does God provide faith and belief as a gift, and if God does provide faith and belief as a free gift, with no strings attached, WHEN exactly does God give it?

    4. Is it possible that: Baptist-like believers, at some point near or after 1,000 AD, were reading the Bible and came across verses that read “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” and “Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved” and established their doctrine of Salvation/Justification first, based on these and similar verses alone, and then, looked at the issue of water baptism, and since the idea that God forgives sins in water baptism didn’t seem to fit with the verses just mentioned, these early Baptists re-interpreted these verses to fit with their already established doctrine, instead of believing the “baptism verses” literally?

    Is it possible that BOTH groups of verses are literally correct?? If we believe God’s Word literally, he says that he saves/forgives sins when sinners believe/call AND when they are baptized? Why not believe that God can give the free gift of salvation in both situations: when a sinner hears the Gospel and believes and when a sinner is baptized?

    Should we re-interpret God’s plain, simple words just because they don’t seem to make sense to us?

    God bless you!

    Gary
    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals

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  3. Out of all the verses in the Bible there is only one that sounds like baptism is a part of salvation. Acts 2:38. So, when we compare scripture with scripture we see that baptism comes after salvation not during. The thief on the cross never was baptized and made it to paradise simply with his confession and belief and acceptance.

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  4. Can you really trust your English Bible to be God’s true Word?

    Have you ever had an evangelical or Reformed Christian say this to you:

    “THAT passage of the Bible, in the original Greek, does NOT mean what the simple, plain reading of the passage seems to say in English.”

    It happens to me all the time in my conversations with Baptists, evangelicals, and fundamentalists on my blog. They state: “Repent and be baptized…for the forgiveness of sins” was mistranslated. “This is my body…this is my blood” is a metaphorical expression, “Baptism does now save us” is figurative speech for what happens to us spiritually when we ask Christ into our hearts.

    What they are basically saying is that unless you speak ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek…you can’t read and really understand the Bible without the help of an educated Churchman!

    This morning I came across an excellent article on this subject, written by Jordan Cooper, a Lutheran pastor. I am going to give the link to his article below. I have copied a couple of his statements here:

    “So here is a question that we all need to ask ourselves when doing this (refusing to accept the simple, plain, English translation of a passage of Scripture): If a verse seems to disprove your theological beliefs, and you translate it in some way that doesn’t fit with any of the dozens of major English translations of the Bible, and that unique translation just happens to fit your own theological biases, could it be that it is in fact you who are in the wrong? Could you be reading your own preconceived theological convictions back into the text?”

    "I know it can be frustrating when you are constantly told that Scripture can’t be understood unless you learn (an ancient) language or read ancient documents that you don’t have either the time or the energy to study. Honestly, if you have a few good English translations at your side, and you take the time to compare them to one another, you have all the tools you need to understand the meaning of the Bible."

    Link to Pastor Cooper’s original article:

    http://justandsinner.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-wrong-use-of-biblical-languages.html

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