Become A Christian
Obeying The Gospel
Baptized Into Christ
Holy Spirit Baptism
What About The Thief
The Great Commission
Works of God
The Baptist Church
A Baptist Sermon
Calvinism vs. the Bible
Hello... my name is Sonnie. I hope these pages will help you greatly in your endeavor to become a Christian and live a life for God in a way that is pleasing to Him. If you are already a Christian, then I hope these pages will help you grow in your faith and further learn the truth about God's Word. My sincere prayer is that you really want to be in heaven when you leave this earth. I pray that you will study the Bible (Holy Scriptures) for yourself and learn God's way to enter the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, I hope you learn to be able to share with others the good news of how to obtain eternal life with God.
Please know that when you read this prayer that Paul prayed, that I have prayed this same prayer for you and me...
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and enlightenment in the knowledge of him. Having the eyes of your mind enlightened to know what is the hope of his calling, and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:17-18)
Throughout these pages I will quote Scripture from several translations including the KJV (King James Version). ASV (American Standard Version), NASB (New American Standard Bible-1995 Updated Version), ISV (International Standard Version), ESV (English Standard Version) and the ESB (English Study Bible). Keep in mind that these translations are not absolutely perfect. Bibles are translated from Manuscripts and from older Bible versions, by men who are not inspired of God, and we know man is not perfect. This applies to any Bible that has been translated or will be translated in the future. However, I believe God has preserved His Word within these translations well enough for us to be able to know the truth. There is no doubt that the Word of God has survived the ages and will endure forever...
1 Peter 1:24,25 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
It does not seem that there is much controversy over the translations of the Old Testament, while the New Testament has been translated and revised with denominational and doctrinal bias since the 1500's. In my opinion, the KJV, ASV and ESV are probably the most accurate complete Bibles. It is also my opinion that the ESB is as accurate (maybe even more accurate) and easier to read, however it is only available in the New Testament and translated by only one man. The ESB uses texts from all of the major Greek texts (United Bible Societies, Nestle, Westcott & Hort, Textus Receptus, and Griesbach's). These texts consider all of the oldest Manuscripts and the recently discovered Manuscripts.
If you desire to acquire a deeper and more meaningful understand of the Bible, you may choose to invest in an Interlinear Greek-English New Testament (IGENT), which has the Greek Manuscripts in book form with English words below the Greek words. The IGENT uses the Textus Receptus (also known as the Received Text or the Majority Text), which was used to write and translate our earliest Bibles. It is very good in helping understand what the writers of the original Manuscripts intended to communicate to its' readers. It is an invaluable study tool in understanding the Scriptures. I will include definitions to many of the Greek words in these studies.
The original Scriptures were written by 40+ inspired men of God, over a 1600 year span, on two continents, and in three languages. The original writings are called Autographs, but these originals have never been found. Only copies of the originals in the form of Manuscripts have been discovered and this is what we have available to us today. The Manuscripts are actually copies of the original Autographs and date back to as early as the 1st century AD. Different scholars and publishers have taken these Manuscripts and published them for our reading and study.
Occasionally I will place an emphasis on Scripture in these pages.
In these pages you will read a host of passages. I believe in using a vast variety of Scripture... easy passages and hard passages, because they are all important. There is one thing for certain, when you finish reading these pages, you will have witnessed an anormous amount of Scriptural proof for God's truth. You are not going to get just a few passages in these pages... you are going to get hundreds of passages... you are going to get the absolute truth and proof from the Word of God. However... keep in mind that nothing can replace the entire Word of God. I am sure I will tell you on more than one occasion that you should read your Bible for yourself. My goal is to get you to read and study more... study to show yourself approved... this is God's will for us.
I have written these pages due to the overwhelming amount of false teachings we have in our society today, along with the misunderstanding of Scripture that I possessed for such a long time. This misunderstanding was mainly because of a lack of study of Scripture and my reliance on what other men had taught me. Once I started studying and learning the truth, I realized how easy it is for the vast majority of people to simply ignore good Bible study and take another man's word for what the Bible teaches. Traditions of men and man-made doctrines are abundant in our society. If we hear and/or have been taught the wrong thing for long enough, and do not know that it is wrong, we have tendacy to believe it is right, especially if the majority of people think it is right. When I learned how so many preachers and teachers are not sharing the truth, I felt like the least I could do is to help people understand the truth and try to get them to study the evidence (the Bible) for themselves.
A sad reality in todays society is that "many" people place too much faith in preachers and teachers of the Word who are merely men. I hear quite often remarks such as "our preacher has done so much for our church"... "our preacher has brought so many people back into our church"... "we have the finest preacher"... "we attend this church because we just love the preacher"... "we are going to have to build on to our church because our preacher has brought so many more people into our church"... it always seems to be about the preacher. Do we go to church to worship the preacher? If we would all focus more on the truth based on the Word of God, instead of the preacher, everything else would work out for the good of the church. It is not about our preacher or our personal church building... it is all about God and His church... the church which Christ proclaimed He would build and it continues to grow unto this day. This is the church that is composed of all true Christians everywhere, and it belongs to Christ... He is the head of the church... not the preacher. Consider what the apostle Peter said to Cornelius...
Acts 10:25-26 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am just a man."
Now Peter was an inspired man of God... he had the full measure of the Holy Spirit... he could heal, he had many special and miraculous gifts that no preacher of today has. Yet, many people seem to want to do the same thing to their preacher as Cornelius was trying to do with Peter. If we would place less focus on our preachers and more focus on God and what His will is, then He will provide the blessings for our congregations. All spiritual blessings are in Christ, who is the church...
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body's sake, which is the church:
In order to focus more on God we must focus more on His Word, and ALL of it, not just what fits our particular wants and desires. We cannot simply study the parts of the Bible that appear to support a particular denomination. We must throw the denominational handbooks away and forget about them... they are originated and written by uninspired men. We must open up our Bibles and start using it for ALL of our doctrine... it was written by inspired men... God is the author!
Throughout these pages I will point out Scripture that the "majority" of preachers in our communities today will skip right over, but I will also encourage everyone to read all of the Bible. Jesus tells us that we cannot live on bread alone... that we must live by "every" word of God.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
The majority of preachers today are hesitate to preach on most of these passages that I will point out, because they will have to twist the truth, and/or admit that some of what they are preaching is not the truth, and/or admit that they are not preaching all of the truth. I do not mean that we should never listen to a preacher, it is perfectly fine to listen, but we should verify what a preacher is preaching is in fact the truth. When Paul and Silas traveled to Berea, the Bereans "received the word with great eagerness". They were eager to hear the preaching of the Word of God. However, they were "examining" ("searched" in KJV) the Scriptures daily. They listened to the preachers, but they did not take their word for what was being preached... they searched and examined the Scriptures "daily" to make sure what they were being taught was in fact the truth...
Acts 17:10-11 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
If a preacher is not preaching the truth, then we need to call him out. If he is not willing to change his false teachings then we need to find another preacher who is preaching the truth. God tells us in His Word... it is better to trust God, than to put confidence in man. We must believe in the INSPIRED Word of God. It is the TRUTH! The truth is what will set us free... not the preacher or any other man.
Suffice it to say, reading and studying the Scriptures have taken on a completely new meaning for me. I pray that I will continue to study the Scriptures to further my knowledge. No longer will I simply accept and trust what mere men tell me. I will encourage everyone to read the Scriptures and study to show themselves approved, just like God commands us to do through His Word. I have learned that I cannot have full confidence in uninspired men when it comes to knowing the absolute truth. Consider the very words of God...
Psalms 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
It is important to understand that we have everything we need to know God's way in His Word... the inspired infallible Word of God... the Holy Bible. God inspired the apostle Paul to clearly teach us this truth when Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy...
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We learn in Paul's second letter to Timothy that "ALL SCRIPTURE", which is the entire Bible, Old and New Testament, "is given by inspiration of God".
"ALL" Scripture is profitable "for doctrine", which is instruction, learning, and teaching.
"ALL" Scripture is profitable "for reproof", which is to prove the truth and convict.
"ALL" Scripture is profitable "for correction", which is for improvement of life and for restoration.
"ALL" Scripture is profitable "for instruction in righteousness", which is for our instructions on how to be saved and acceptable to God.
Paul further wrote in this same passage that "ALL SCRIPTURE" is so "the man of God may be perfect" and "thoroughly furnished", which is to be perfectly complete.
Therefore, the Bible is all we need to learn how to be perfectly complete and acceptable to God. The Holy Bible is fully sufficient, absolute, inspired, and authoritative.
There are no more miracles needed... no more speaking in tongues needed... there are no new revelations to be learned... the Bible is all we need! If we need anything else then God lied when He inspired Paul to write what he wrote.
The Bible is a revelation of the mind of God to all mankind. It is the Word of God!
God tells us in His Word that we can know the truth... and He has given us His Word (the Holy Scriptures) so that we can know this truth. When it comes to something as vitally important as our soul and where we spend eternity, we should want to know the truth and not have any doubt what that truth is. It is a matter of eternal life with God, or eternal separation from God, and it is our choice to make.
Before we go any further with the study in these pages, we must accept that there is only ONE TRUTH to interpreting the Bible. What do I mean by one truth? I read and hear comments quite often how many people believe there are different interpretations for passages in the Bible. I agree! There is no doubt there are hundreds of interpretations. It is quite evident that many people today, particularly those in teaching roles, are re-constructing the Scriptures to meet the needs and desires of todays society and culture. Whatever it takes to bring more people into their particular church or set of beliefs. It's no wonder we have so many interpretations.
Paul had a little something to say about this when he wrote his inspired letter to Timothy...
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
I believe it is evident that people will follow false interpretations of the Scriptures because it sounds good, it fits their wants and desires.
I cannot help but to agree that there are many interpretations...
HOWEVER, only ONE CAN BE RIGHT!
We must remember that GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION...
More than one interpretation does in fact create confusion, thus it is not of God...
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
God is no doubt the "author" of the Bible, but in no way does He intend for it to be as confusing as so many people make it. To say that different people can have different meanings and more than one of them be right would be calling God a liar.
We should understand that the Bible is God's Word and we can indeed understand what God is communicating to us. Again... God is not a God of confusion... He does not intend for His Word to mean one thing to one person and something different to someone else. Although it is apparent that we are hearing different meanings for different passages among many people, this is not what God intended.
One reason there are so many different interpretations is because people are not willing to study the Bible for themselves. Most people learn what they learn from other people and before they even read the Bible they are tainted towards a particular doctrine of man. These people pick out certain passages to fit their own beliefs or doctrines which they have learned over the years. They skip over the rest, ignoring much of the truth.
If we put twenty church going people in a room and read a fairly simple passage and ended up with twenty different interpretations, then either none are right, or at best only one can be right. Now if we gave that same passage to a person who had never been exposed to any kind of religion whatsoever, I would put my confidence in him having the most accurate interpretation. I believe this is because he will understand the fairly simple passage for how it literally reads... he has no bias towards any man-made doctrines before he reads the passage.
The Bible is its' own best interpreter. "Scriptura sacra sui ipsius interpres" = Scripture is it's own interpreter. This was first expressed during the Great Prostestant Reformation and is commonly accepted among most Biblical scholars and theologians. Does this make it right? Well I would suggest that it would be better to trust the Bible when interpreting the Bible, rather than placing complete trust in another man... especially if the man interpreting the Bible is already bias to a particular denomination.
So... does the Bible being its' own best interpreter mean that it is going to be easy for us to understand the Bible. Not necessarily... however, it will be easier if we allow it work for us. In order for us to understand the Bible we are going to have to study it thoroughly and have at least a general understanding of the entire Bible. This does not mean we are going to have to be able to quote verses or know everything there is to know, but we certainly are going to have to have a general knowledge of it. Verses and passages support other verses and passages. If you have ever picked up a good reference Bible and see all those books, chapters, and verses, that are abbreviated in the center column or at the bottom of the page, this is what I am referring to. One verse may refer you to several other verses elsewhere in the Bible to show support and understanding for that particular verse. If we study the Bible like God wants us to, then knowing verses and passages will become common to us.
There are also certain doctrines (teachings) that we can understand without necessarily having a full understanding of the entire Bible. I certainly believe we can determine what we must do to be saved without having to read the entire Bible. We can certainly understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and some other teachings without knowing the entire Bible. Yet, there are still some things that we may not understand completely until we have a general overall knowledge of the Bible. I certainly do not believe we have to be a scholar or theologian to know how to live a life for God. Yet, once we are saved then we should have the desire to study God's Word and learn as much as we can. This would not be on a one time basis but instead it should be continually. The more we study, the more we know and understand. We should pray for wisdom and understanding and God will help us. It is the same with anything else we do. We usually study up on our favorite hobbies and know a good bit about them... some even become experts. It is the same principle with our jobs... the longer we work in a position the more we learn and the more we know and understand about our job. We start at the ground floor and work our way up... one day we may even own our own company. With the Bible we may start by simply reading the New Testament, studying only a little at a time so that we can grasp the understanding. Eventually we begin to read and study more, and gain a general understanding of the whole Bible.
When reading the Bible we should always consider who the author is... who the author is writing to... and what is the purpose of his writing the book or letter. Of course the ultimate author is God, who inspired all of the words of the Bible. We should also always consider verses and passages in context... it is easy to yank a passage out of context and support a false teaching... but if we put it back in context we can then understand its true meaning. Sometimes it is necessary to keep a passage in context with the entire chapter or maybe even the entire book. Interpretation variations are most often a result of not adhering to these simple interpretation guidelines.
Another important aspect of reading the Bible is to understand the words. There are many words in the Bible that literally mean something different today than they did when the original Manuscripts were written. Men have changed the English language and definitions to words over the centuries. Knowing the meaning and use of small words like "and", "unto", "for", "lest", etc., is important. We cannot overlook these small words because in many instances they have big meanings. There are many other words that we may think we know the meaning of that we can easily misunderstand unless we understand their application for when they were written. Owning a Bible dictionary is priceless in understanding the truth.
The Scriptures should ultimately have the same meaning to everyone. If we do not understand some teachings then we should study those teachings... we may even consult others who better understand these teachings and ask for Scriptural references. We may even get their opinion, but we certainly should not take it for absolute truth until we have studied and verified for ourselves that it is in fact the truth. If we differ with others as to what a passage means, then the Bible gives us the answer to what we should do... the Bible tells us we should reason together...
Acts 17:2 And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures
Isaiah 1:18(a) "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD
There is no easy way to conquer understanding the Bible... it will not come to us overnight. We cannot be lazy and expect to know what we need to know about the Bible and what God desires from us. However, we must conclude that there can only be the same truth for everyone... it is certainly the way God intended it to be and Scripture itself proves this to us. We should not just throw up our hands and give up... the truth is before us if we truly desire to know it. Ultimately it comes down to our personal desire to have a true and meaningful relationship with God.
Do we really want to know the truth?
The following passages will prove to us that it is possible for everyone to understand the Bible fully and that we all can have the same understanding.
Let's consider a few passages the apostle Paul wrote...
1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (KJV)
Paul urges us all to be in agreement and to "speak the same thing". He further wrote that we should have "no divisions" among us so that we can be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." We have to be in agreement as to what the Word of God is telling us. There cannot be different meanings for the same passages. There can only be the TRUTH.
Let's consider what Jesus said, and what the apostle Paul wrote about the truth...
John 8:28-32 So Jesus told them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority. Instead, I speak only what the Father has taught me. Moreover, the one who sent me is with me. He has never left me alone because I always do what pleases him." While he was saying these things, many believed in him. So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Ephesians 3:1-6 For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you gentiles. Surely you have heard about the responsibility of administering God's grace that was given to me on your behalf, and how this secret was made known to me through a revelation, just as I wrote about briefly in the past. By reading this, you will be able to grasp my understanding of the secret about Christ, which in previous generations was not made known to human beings as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets: The gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow sharers of what was promised in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Jesus said, "If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Paul wrote that by reading this (God's Word), that we can "grasp" the understanding of the secret about Christ. The secret is out... we can understand it in this day and time.
Let's consider some other passages that tell us we can indeed understand God's Word...
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.
Colossians 2:2-4 Because they are united in love, I pray that their hearts may be encouraged by all the riches that come from a complete understanding of the full knowledge of Christ, who is the secret of God. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will mislead you with nice-sounding rhetoric.
2 Timothy 2:1-7 As for you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Join me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the military gets mixed up in civilian matters, for his aim is to please his commanding officer. Moreover, no one who is an athlete wins a prize unless he competes according to the rules. Furthermore, it is the hard working farmer who should have the first share of the crops. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you to understand all these things.
We can have the full knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord because God has given us everything we need in His Word...
2 Peter 1:2-3 May grace and peace be yours in abundance through the full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
God will give us the ability to understand what we need to understand if we truly desire it. God "has given us everything we need for life and godliness" through His Word. If it is not in His Word, then we do not need it.
On the other hand, there will be those who will not understand the truth...
2 Peter 3:15-18 Think of our Lord's patience as salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him. He speaks about this subject in all his letters. Some things in them are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort to their own destruction, as they do the rest of the Scriptures. And so, dear friends, since you already know these things, continually be on your guard not to be carried away by the deception of lawless people, lest you fall from your secure position. Instead, continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to him both now and on that eternal day! Amen.
The "ignorant and unstable" will distort the Scriptures to their own destruction. If we do not study the Bible then we will be ignorant ourselves because we will be ignoring the Scriptures. This is a good reason why we have so many different interpretations.
The apostle Paul tells us that if we want to live a godly life in union with Christ Jesus, we are going to be persecuted. If you truly start living for God... you "WILL BE PERSECTUED"... there is no way around it. If you think everything is going to go your way... if you think everything is going to be all rosy... think again. Persecution is not rosy, it can have a very emotional effect on the most faithful Christians. Even family and friends may not agree with you... it is part of being a Christian. When you become a true Christian, you are no longer agreeing with the "majority", but you have become one of the "few" who "find" the way to eternal life.
The more "unworldly" you become, the more persecution you will receive. The more "faithful" you become to God, the more persecution you will receive. A godly life produces persecution...
2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in union with Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
I can tell you that with no uncertainty I have been, and will continue to be, persecuted by certain people. It is because I preach and teach the truth, and it goes against the majority. The truth is... the majority of people will not enter heaven. Although Christians are persecuted... it is a blessing and our reward in heaven will be great...
Matthew 5:10-11 "How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them! How blessed are you whenever people insult you, persecute you, and say all sorts of evil things against you falsely because of me! Rejoice and be extremely glad, because your reward in heaven is great! For that's how they persecuted the prophets who came before you."
Christians will be talked about, talked down, and Satan will do everything he can to deceive us. However, it's a okay that all people do not speak well of us...
Luke 6:26 "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. (NASB)
Luke 6:26 "How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, for that's the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!" (ISV)
This passage might cause some of those who are so very popular and all people speak so highly of, to think about how they are attracting attention to themselves.
We cannot ultimately look to man to know the truth, we must look to the Word of God to prove all things. God tells us in His Word to prove all things and hold on to that which is good and true...
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Do you really want to go to heaven? Do you know what you must do to be saved?
These pages are broken down into several sections/categories of study... we will study what is necessary for salvation... including what Jesus tells us about salvation, what the apostles wrote about salvation, and examples of salvation. We will also study false teachings about salvation. Ultimately we will end up proving the incorrect methods of salvation and the absolute Scriptural proof of what we must do to be saved. We will study a host of other doctrines of the Bible as well... including apostasy, perseverence, how to worship, and much more.
It will be what the Scriptures prove... I am basically pointing out passages and you can easily read what the evidence is for yourself.
I urge you to consider the passages that I will provide, then read and study the Bible for yourself so that you can know the truth. Always remember that it is not important that you believe in me, nor is it important that you believe in any other man, whether he is a preacher or otherwise. What is of utmost importance is that you believe in God and His Word, the Holy Scriptures. I affirm to you that I will provide you with the literal truth, but I will always recommend that you read the Scriptures for yourself.
The apostle Paul had the full measure of the Holy Spirit as an apostle of Jesus Christ. He told us to study God's Word and rightly divide the truth...
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
My intentions in this study is to rightly divide the truth. Hopefully at this point you accept that the Bible, which is the inspired Word of God, is the truth.
The TRUTH will set us free!
Consider the Scripture that I present and study it for yourself. Do not be fooled or continue to be fooled by false teachings. The Bible is very clear on what we must do and it is not hard to understand.
God is not a God of confusion and He wants us to know the truth.
Jesus said "few" will "find" the way into heaven... this is not only because of false teachers, but also because "few" search for the truth. Do not be one of the "many" who follow the path of destruction.
I beg you... for your own soul's sake... find out the truth and follow the straight path.
Be one of the "few"!
For now... I leave you with some Scripture for thought...
James 1:18-25 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Jeremiah 6:16(a) Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
God bless you!
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