Getting Started

Are you saved?

Can you see the Kingdom of God? If yes, you have been born again and if no, you need to accept Jesus now!

Jesus, God's only begotten Son, loves you and wants you in His Kingdom!

  1. You need to recognize yourselves as a born Sinner and lost for eternity. All have sinned (Rom.3:23).
  2. Soon as you look at Christ, you can see yourselves and the closer you come to Jesus, the more faulty and sinful you see yourselves. The apostle Paul came so close to Christ that he saw himself as the greatest Sinner even after his miraculous conversion.Jesus said: If I be lifted up, I will draw all man unto Me. Not lifted up in self-esteem like Satan, but humbled onto the cruel cross of Calvary. It wasn't that the apostle Paul was sinning, he said that he died to sin daily (Gal.2:20). It was because he had come very close to our model Jesus.
  3. The Bible says that it is impossible to save yourselves by any means and that includes good deeds, works or behaviour. The Bible also says that: "We are saved only by the death of Jesus Christ but much more by His sinless life (Rom.5:10)
  4. As so very much and all important the death of our Savior from sin is, His sinless life and role as our great high Priest and Intercessor above in Heaven is even more important. This is a little hard to believe at first, but if we were all saved at the cross 2000 years ago, there would be no need for Jesus today. But the Christian in His/Her battle against sin, need our Savior from sin. Jesus does not save in sin (Matthew 1:21).
  5. Need a Starter Motor? It is God's holy moral Law of the Ten Commandments! Look at all Ten of them and ask yourselves: "Am I sin sick"? Need a strong and fully charged Battery to fire the engines and your starter motor? Ask God for His holy Spirit of truth to guide and fill you!!! God is more willing to give us His powerful holy spirit than we are willing to give gifts to our own children.
  6. "The Law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ so that we may be justified by faith" (Gal.3:24). What does this mean? The Law of Moses as well as the Ten Commandments point out our sins and therefore the dire need of a "Divine" and not human Savior. Faith is believing and trusting in God's divine plan of salvation which He gave to Moses in form of the Temple/Tabernacle and Sanctuary services. The innocent little Lamb presenting Christ the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.

But then the officiating ordinary Priest had to take the blood and sprinkle it in front of the altar of sacrifice. Then the high Priest carried the blood into the holiest of holies, the presence of God where God's throne and the ark of the covenant/testament contained His holy moral Law of the Ten Commandments. The ark contains only what God Himself wrote and not what Moses wrote. God wrote with His own finger on two tables of stone while Moses wrote on papyrus, or paper scrolls.

Now Faith
God uses two combined methods to bring faith into our lives. Firstly, faith comes by hearing or studying the Word of God, the Bible (Rom.10:17). Secondly, we cannot see the kingdom of God by ourselves, so by asking God for help, He will give you His holy Spirit. One of the fruit of the spirit is "Faith" (Gal5:22). Jesus is called the AUTHOR of Faith and Hebrews 11 has a chapter on faith.

So, lets summarize:
We cannot save ourselves. We need to accept Jesus now and let Him save us at the cross, here, today. We need to keep looking at Jesus Christ and His cross. We also need to realize that we are sinners and lost for eternity unless we accept and long for the sinless Jesus now. We need to look closely at God's holy Law (Ex.20) and where it is situated, i.e. in heaven under God's throne and mercy seat (Hebr.8:1-5) to bring us to Jesus. Then we need to study prayerfully the Bible daily.
This is very important because the opposition Leader, the Devil will not let you go.
When the gospel seed is planted, he will desperately try and snatch it from you.

Jesus is the most wonderful Savior from sin, and He lifted me from under the condemnation of the Law to be with Him in spirit and truth. He has set me free and the Law which once condemned me, is now my guide and Law of freedom and liberty (see James 2:8-12).

If the great Satan, the great Archdeceiver tells you that we are saved without the Law, tell him that this is true. Jesus is our Saviour from sin and not the Law. It cannot save us.

But then also tell Satan that he always only quotes half the story. Like he did to Jesus in the wilderness. satan hates Christ and so he naturally hates Christ's holy Sabbath day (Mark 2:28) which is the fourth of the Ten Commandments under God's mercy seat in heaven. Look at Rev.12:17 and see where Satan and his evil spirits are directing their warfare against.

Satan will also try and tell you that no one can keep the Ten Commandments holy. Which one would be to hard for Christ empowered Christians to keep?
1.)Always swearing their heads off? 2.) Always taking God's name in vain? 3.) Wanting to worship idols and other god's? 4.) Violating and forgetting God's Sabbath day to keep it holy? 5.) Refusing to honor your parents or those in Authority? 6.) Tempting to hate and kill or self-murder? 7.) To hard to be faithful to ones spouse? 8.) Sticky fingers? 9.) False witness? 10.) discontent and coveting?

When the church of Christ preached pure doctrines, the Devils were raging mad and persecuted them. Christians were so careful of not offending or denying their Lord, that they even refused the smallest token of disloyalty such as putting a little incense to Goddess Diana in Roman times which would have saved their necks. But Jesus had said that he/she which denies Me before the World that person will I also deny before my Father in heaven. Apostolic new testament Christians were uncompromising

Persecution kept the church clean
No cold hearted professors found there! But then Satan changed tactics and instead of persecuting from without, he and all his fallen angels disguised as goats in sheep clothing mixed and fights from within ever since. The spirit of compromise is seen everywhere today in the churches

God says that: "Friendship with the world is enmity with God". (James 4:4).
Why? Because the human heart is carnal and cannot love God's Ten Commandments (Rom.8:7;3,4).

The law of duty [to God] is supreme. It claims authority over reason and conscience, over talents and possessions. It will admit no rival, and will not for one moment abate its high demands. It enters into no compromise with any oppressive power of earth. In every act of duty we are hiding self in Jesus. We reach out beyond ourselves, beyond the narrow scope of selfish and present gratification. Obedience to God brings the soul into agreement with the highest laws in the universe. It imparts dignity and true greatness to the humblest occupation where Christ can preside. It crowns the lowliest position in life with the highest honors, bringing men into alliance with God and binding up His interests with plans and purposes that have existence in the infinite mind from eternity.

The Lord Jesus Christ has paid the price for you, not to secure a mere assent to the truth, but for heart service. He desires the homage of your soul. You cannot cease to believe that you ought to do the will of God. You can no more release yourself from the claims of duty than you can flee from the presence of God. It is only in obedience to God that you will realize true happiness.

I entreat you to open the door of your heart and let your Saviour in. Give Him the whole heart--that which He has purchased. Ever bear in mind that it is you who must choose. God forces no man. He has chosen you, and engraven your name in the palms of His hands. Will you not give yourself fully to Him? Time is short. You have not a moment to lose in hesitation. The divine Word is in your hands, to be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path." Upward Look, p. 25.

Battle between spirit and flesh becomes very real when you become a new born Christian. The still small voice of God's holy Spirit will whisper of what is right and proper for you to do, but the flesh loudly strives always for the mastery. This battle is described by Paul in Romans seven as "For I know that the Law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not; for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that I do. If I then do which I would not, I consent unto the Law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not "(in me).
I find then a Law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (Rom.7:14-21).

The Law here described are no doubt the moral Law of the Ten Commandments (v.7) and the Law he found inside himself is the sinful Law of heredity inherited from Adam and Eve.
In Romans eight Paul gives the solution to the dilemma: " For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh; and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit".
Why does God say 'might' be fulfilled in us? Because not every Christian is willing to battle the sin problem and overcome as Jesus did.
I remember a time when I was very good at doctrines, but my Christian graces were lacking. Until I started learning in the school of Jesus Christ that as born again Babes we have to grow up into Christ and overcome all our natural tendencies of anger, temper, unloving thoughts etc. etc. etc. etc.
Truth is cutting and it always hurts. Our pride and self-sufficiency are our greatest enemies. We like to lay in a field of ease and pleasures, have Paradise here on earth.
Fulfilling the Law inside us, quoted above, is also found in Hebrews chapters 8 and 10 where it tells us that the new testament covenant consists of God writing His holy Law inside us which point out our sins.
In Galatians Paul also confirms the Christian battle against sin : " For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary one to the other: so that you cannot do the things you want to do." (Gal.5:17).--- All quotes are from the King James version of the Bible. This version is the most trustworthy and come to us from 'Textus receptus, the received text'. Just remember that modern translations have to alter at least 20% of the original content in order to receive their copyrights.

One important thing to remember is, that the four gospels and all of the New Testament is an explanation of the Old Testament.
If you are fortunate enough to own an old KJV Bible, you can see how the Apostles quoting from the Old and adding their explanation to it. In this way, you less likely suffer deceptions from those who would like to lead you astray from Christ's path of righteousness.

The Gentile church is not a separate identity
The Judaizers at Galatia were contending that the Gentiles had to become children of Abraham means of certain changes in their flesh. The apostle Paul did not dispute the necessity of Gentiles becoming part of the Israel of GOD. Indeed, "all Israel shall be saved," and only Israel-for as JESUS said, "Salvation is of the Jews." [John 4:22].
The apostle refuted the wrong method of trying to incorporate the Gentiles into the Israel of GOD. His message was clear: Abraham was justified by faith, and every Gentile who is justified by faith, becomes a son of Abraham [Gal. 3:8]. The promises were made to the seed of Abraham, and Christ is that Seed. Therefore, all who are truly baptized into CHRIST are in CHRIST and are part of Abrahams' seed [Gal. 3:28,29].
Those who have become new creatures by faith in JESUS and walk according to the rule of faith are "The Israel of GOD" Gal. 6:15,16

Gentiles who believe the gospel become "fellow heirs" with the faithful Jews. They do not make up a separate body, but they become fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.---Eph.3:6 The Gentiles, "Being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them {the Jews], and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.---Rom.11:17. Once aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, the Gentiles are "made nigh by the blood of CHRIST.-Eph.2:12,13

Being now children of Abraham, part of the commonwealth of Israel and partakers of of GOD's promises to Israel, believing Gentiles make up "the house of Israel to whom the new covenant is given: