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Sin and Temptation

It is truly a marvelous blessing to be able to touch (with our faith) the forgiving blood of Jesus Christ in the watery grave of baptism (Acts 2:38) to arise as a new creature (Rom. 6)! No human being earned or deserved this grand opportunity to be redeemed from sin. God extended his wonderful agape love via his son Jesus Christ because He so loved us (John 3:16)! The inspired Paul expounds very plainly the seriousness of NOT obeying the gospel. In 2nd Thessalonians we read,

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. (2 The. 1:7-9)

God's power unto salvation is the gospel (Rom 1:16). We are added by the Lord to His Church once we have obeyed the gospel (Acts 2:47). Please note: we do not "join" the church. We are added to the Church by the Lord when we obey the gospel!

Once we have become savable members of the Lord's church does that mean that we are eternally secure? Absolutely not! The Apostle Peter teaches us,

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith vir-tue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (2 Pet. 1:5-7)

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Tim Eldridge
(Woodland, AL)


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