Saturday, July 4, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – July 6, 2020 ; The Spiritual Gifts given to Believers.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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The Spiritual Gifts given to Believers.


John 15:1-14, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you.’

John 15 takes place after our LORD and the disciples have left the upper room where they are on the way from the upper room to the Garden of Gethsemane and it is along the way that our LORD gives the discourse on the true vine.

By now, you should know that John 15 is one of those controversial passages that we run into every now and then that is subject to some misinterpretation.

Sooner or later we run into someone who teaches that you can lose your salvation and that the LORD will take back His gift of salvation. However, our LORD doesn’t give us gifts and then takes them back.

For example, salvation and living the spiritual life is said to be a gift in Eph 2:8-10.

Eph 2:8-10, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of GOD; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Therefore, salvation is a gift and as a gift, our LORD will never take it back, or it can never be withdrawn or cancelled or nullified according to Rom 11:29.

In our translation of the NAS, we read in ROM 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of GOD are irrevocable. The Living Bible says in Rom 11:29, For GOD’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.

Some of these doctrines were brand new doctrines that were never heard or taught before the Gospel of John; Rom 16:25-27.

Rom 16:25-17, Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal GOD, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise GOD, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

Look at Matt 12:38-41, Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgment, and shall condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.”

What is the preaching of Jonah that caused the Ninevites to repent or to change their mind concerning Jehovah or our LORD? I was the Gospel that changed their mind towards as our LORD used the three days and the three nights that He was in the belly of the whale or the belly of one of the largest fish of his day.

So, as our LORD was teaching these principles which He revealed concerning salvation, He evangelized the wickedness of the Ninevites and He also revealed that something greater than Jonah’s experience is here.

Matt 12:42, “The Queen of the South shall rise up with this generation at the judgment and shall condemn it, [Why?] because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

The queen of Sheba traveled thousands of miles just to hear the wisdom and the doctrine that Solomon possessed. The LORD said: “something greater than Solomon is here” and that does not refer to “someone greater than Solomon is here,” although our LORD was greater than Solomon.

What our LORD was saying is that the “something greater” than what Solomon taught is here and that “something greater” refers to the new teachings that our LORD brought to His people.

You say, “What new teachings?”

John 1:17, For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

The new teachings were now based upon “grace and truth” and not the Mosaic Law.

Matt 12:43-45, “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. The it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

The point here is that we have something far greater and more challenging than the blasphemy professed by the “tongues crowd” or the “emotional revolt of the soul crowd” and that is the fact that you and I have and hold doctrine in our soul; Psa 56:4-11.

This is a very interesting passage that was either written “by David” or written “for David” when David was outnumbered by the Philistines who seized him in Gath.

This is a Psalm that describes David “faking madness” or pretending that he was crazy or that he had lost his mind. On one occasion, while he was being hunted by King Saul, who was extremely jealous of David who Saul was trying to kill or have him killed.

In the ancient world, it was considered to be a curse or bad luck if anyone took advantage of those who were mentally challenged by mistreating them or hurting them in some way.

King Achish, the king of Gath, would not touch David or hurt him in any way. And so, upon discovering who he was, the Philistines suggested to Achish that David was a security risk, and David became afraid and ran away for his life.

This was some of the background to the passage before us which is Psa 56.

Consequently, David disguised his sanity by acting insane.

And then thinking David was crazy, King Achish of the Philistines let him go with his life, as he was considered a harmless idiot.

Psa 56:1, Be gracious to me, O GOD, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

This is a reference to the fact that David had to be on the alert at all times because his enemies would not leave him alone. Just like you and me have to deal with a constant outbreak of negativity, indifference, apathy, and other sins.

Psa 56:2-4, My foes [enemies] have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In GOD, whose word I praise, In GOD I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

Notice that we should respect and have praise for the word of GOD. This means, not only should we praise GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit, but we should also “Praise the Word;” Psa 56:4; 56:10.

Psa 56:4-11, In GOD, whose word I praise, In GOD I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? All day long they distort or pervert GOD’s words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. They attack, they lurk, they watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life. Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O GOD! Thou hast taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Thy bottle; Are they not in Thy book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that GOD is for me. In GOD, whose word I praise, In the LORD, whose word I praise, In GOD I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Now, concerning the ministries that GOD the Holy Spirit is said to graciously give to us and provide for us although we are given some fantastic blessings at the moment of salvation, none of these ministries make you feel better or any differently. There is no emotional experience with a spiritual connotation.

There’s nothing wrong with the emotions as long as they are used in the way our LORD created them to be used and that is for either the “legitimate emotion of sorrow or hurt” or the “legitimate emotion of laughter and rejoicing.”

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Internet Church Service – July 5, 2020; What is the difference between miracles and magic?

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: What is the difference between miracles and magic?


Job 3:25 “For what I fear has come upon me, And what I dread befalls me.

I know my Lord and Savior and I would be a fool to reject the Divine Call upon my life.

A fool is someone who makes mistakes and does not learn from his actions whereas a wise man is someone who learns from the mistakes and actions of others.

It was Einstein who said The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Because the fish does not know what it is and what it does and how to do it and function as Royal Family.

We all need to discover who we are and what we are doing here and what should be our goals because of that discovery.

The sooner you find out and discover who you really are and what you are and why you are here, the sooner you are going to discover the real reason God created you.

Some people don’t even want to talk about these things but until we do, we are not really going to discover who we are and why we are here and why have we been created.

This principle that everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Our Lord appointed the Twelve, including Judas Iscariot, who was an unbeliever, who was not only appointed by our Lord to bear fruit and make sure that the fruit remains.

He is also ordered by our Lord to make sure that but he also was given the authority by our Lord to do some very interesting things such as:
Such as preaching the word; Counseling those in the Word. Performing Many Miracles

We will see some of Satan’s power manifested in the simplicity of the signs and the wonders which Satan will use to deceive the world and if possible, deceive the very elect; Matt 24:22; Mark 13:20.

Here’s what the citizens in the world today are going to see and observe which is the deception that Satan uses which is really going to be nothing more than MAGIC.

Question: “What is the difference between miracles and magic?”

Answer: Magic and miracles might mean the same thing to some people, but there is actually a tremendous difference between the two terms.

It is proper to say that Jesus worked miracles, but it would be wrong to attribute His works to magic.

Magic and miracles differ in their source: Magic has either a human or demonic source, but miracles are a supernatural work of God.

The Bible speaks of Satan using magic which is called “lying wonders” in 2Th 2:9.

Magic and miracles differ in their source: Magic has either a human or demonic source, but miracles are a supernatural work of God.

A major difference between magic and miracles is that magic draws upon power that is not directly from God, and miracles are the result of God’s power intervening in the devil’s world.

Miracles and magic sometimes look the same, but their goals are different.
Magic and illusion (which is used by Satan) distract the eye from reality, while miracles draw the eye to reality.

Miracles reveal; magic hides.

Mark 3:14-15 = Judas who was given the power of God; and the authority of God; to preach and teach the “Word of God,” even though he was an unbeliever and not saved or born again.

Judas was a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ and a preacher of the gospel, but there was a doublemindedness about him.

Most of you know and realize, Judas abandoned the faith that he once professed
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First of all, there was the Commitment He Made.

Commitment back in those days meant a lot more to them than it does for us since we are really lacking in what it takes to keep commitments which is not being a good person or living in morality.

What does it take to keep commitments?

It takes character.

It takes integrity.

It takes virtue.

It takes honesty.

It wasn’t because they couldn’t!

It was because they wouldn’t.

You major problem is simple, so simple to overcome if you desire to, but the real problem is that: “You are bound in chains to the feminine idol.”

Prov 5:22 His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

“he will be held with the cords of his sin” is where we get the translation that the man is bound with chains to the feminine idol.

They will make vows and commitments and then not keep them and the sad thing is they don’t even try to keep them!

Like the rest of the disciples, he left everything to follow our Lord.

Judas was actively involved in ministry, and he was given remarkable spiritual gifts for that time.

Luke tells us that Jesus called “the twelve” together—that included Judas—and “gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.”

Judas Iscariot was a gospel preacher!

Judas Iscariot was given the gift of healing for that dispensation which meant a specialize priesthood where only a few could have the power of the Spirit, and the Spirit was not in them but upon them.

Judas exercised authority over demons and in a few days after that the demons were gone, Judas went back to join the twelve.

Prin: Active involvement in ministry is a good and wonderful thing; but it is not, in itself, a guarantee of spiritual life or health.

Notice the Lord did not say anything about the works that one does but He said that He never knew them although they prophesied in His name, and in His name they cast out demons and performed many miracles?’

The Opportunity He Was Given

Judas walked with our Lord for three years.

Judas saw the greatest life ever lived up close and personal.

You can’t have a better model of faith than the Lord Jesus or a better environment for forming faith than Judas had in walking with the Savior.

Judas directly witnessed the miracles.
When Jesus fed the 5,000, Judas was there. He took the bread and distributed it along with the other disciples.

When our Lord calmed the storm, Judas was there.

And Judas also was there when our Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

Judas heard all the teaching of Jesus our Lord, too.

Judas heard the Sermon on the Mount, so he knew there is a narrow road that leads to life and a broad road that leads to destruction.

With Judas’s own eyes, he saw the clearest evidence.

With his own ears, he heard the finest teaching.

With his own feet, he followed the greatest example.

The human heart is beyond understanding; Jer 17:9 and there is something incomprehensible about a person who abandons the faith they once professed.

Judas’s story contains an important lesson for parents, leaders, and friends who grieve over someone they love who has abandoned the faith. They worry:

Where did we go wrong?

What more could we have done?

Did we fail in our teaching?

Did we fail in our example?

Even the best example, the most compelling evidence, and the finest teaching—the ultimate environment for unconditional faith—cannot, in and of themselves, change the human heart.

The Choice He Made

Satan made a relentless assault on Judas’s soul, as he makes a relentless assault on everyone who chooses to follow Christ.

The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Joh 13:2.

This evaluation overlooks the fact that Judas opened the door to Satan.

Judas had been stealing from the collective money bag, and when he kept this sinsecret, Satan entered into him.

Unconfessed sin always opens the door to Satan’s power.

Satan doesn’t gain a foothold in the lives of people who are walking in the light with our Lord Jesus, He only gains access when we open the door.

The Outcome He Embraced

When you get close to our Lord, one of two things will happen: either you will become wholly his, or you will end up more alienated from him.

The story of Judas reminds us that nothing good can come from giving up on Jesus Christ.

For those who get close, the only outcomes are full devotion or eventual antagonism; and every day, each of us is heading in one direction or the other.

In an age when many are abandoning the faith they once professed, the story of Judas warns us to guard our hearts, lest we drift away.

The story of Judas also equips us to reach out to those who may be close to walking away from the faith themselves.

Finally, the story of Judas reminds us that nothing good can come from giving up on Jesus Christ.

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The following link is to a good-news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – June 29, 2020; After salvation, it is extremely important that we are secure in who we are and who the LORD is in our life.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries



The Tree of Life is a weekly teaching summary:
God’s Word is taught Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday


STUDY TITLE:


After salvation, it is extremely important that we are secure in who we are and who the LORD is in our life.


The LORD not only provided the power and the ability to be saved but He also provided the power that protects us and our salvation.

1Pe 1:3-5, Blessed be the GOD and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of GOD through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Go forward to 2Pe 1:2-4, Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of GOD and of Jesus our LORD; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and GODliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Now, even though there are people who say that we can lose the gift of salvation that GOD has given to us the moment we believed in His Son;

Our LORD also reminds us of the fact that we are not only eternally saved but we also have the gift of eternal security.

This means that the same power that we all needed at the moment of our salvation is the same power that keeps us saved.

EG + EG = For remember Eph 2:8-9, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that (grace; salvation; faith) not of yourselves, it is the gift of GOD; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

By the way, here is another different approach that we will note which is called the original language approach.

The original language of the verb sozo in Eph 2:8 is a perfect, passive, participle of sozo.

Perfect – saved in the past with the result of being saved forever.

Passive – you received the salvation – you did not produce it.
Participle – purpose.

Even our LORD’s half brother Jude says something about Jud 1:24, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

There are so many passages that we could quote concerning the doctrine of eternal security that I have decided to teach the doctrine by pointing to the different approaches we could use concerning eternal security.

By approaches, I mean that no matter which way we approach the subject, it all brings us right back to the fact that the LORD has provided many different ways for us to approach the doctrine of eternal security because of the importance of it.

After salvation, it is extremely important that we are secure in who we are and who the LORD is in our life; 1Co 15:10 says, By the grace of GOD I am what I am.

Never think that you can live for GOD by your own power or by your own strength; but always look to HIM and rely on HIM for the assurance and the mental stability that is needed in times of pressure. Also, one of the most important statements that the apostle Paul made is found in 2Ti 2:1 where the apostle Paul taught Timothy some very important principles concerning the grace of GOD.

2Ti 2:1-5, You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

So, I have chosen to approach our doctrine of which I will call “The Eternal Security Approaches.”

If you haven’t learned by now, believers can and do commit some type of sin that not only shocks them but also it shocks those believers who say or think that anyone who sins as a believer has lost their salvation.

In our main passage in John 15 on the Vine and the branches, our LORD is teaching HIS disciples the difference between suffering for blessing and suffering for divine discipline.

Our LORD was preparing HIS disciples to always be ready to give to everyone the reasons that they can handle adversity or prosperity as well as deserved suffering and undeserved suffering.

As the Apostle Peter said in 1Pe 3:15, Sanctify Christ as LORD in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Now, all of us should be alert to the fact that there are always individuals who distort passages like John 15:2, which says that “Every branch [believer] in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.

John 15:2, a verse that ignorant believers use to say that you can lose your salvation. Now, I have been asking you this past week to answer certain questions that lead to false doctrine.

For example, in our passage, our LORD is dealing with our fellowship with our LORD and not our salvation, but do you see the word salvation in this verse?”

What about those who say that John 15:2 and John 15:6 is teaching that believers can lose their salvation?

Do you see the word “lose” in this verse?

No, you don’t see the word lose at all because our LORD is teaching His disciples the importance of the principle of “Abiding in him” which refers to our fellowship with our LORD and not our salvation.

Also, do you see the word “sin” in this verse for it is sin that causes believers to lose their salvation according to those who believe the “satanic lie” that they can lose their salvation?”

However, if a believer does willfully sin, he does not lose his salvation, he loses the principle of Abiding or fellowshipping.

Do you see the word salvation in this passage?

No, the word salvation is not even mentioned in this verse, John 15:2; and John 15:6.

Let’s stop right here.

First of all, all of us should be alert to the fact that there are always individuals who distort passages like John 15:2 which says that “Every branch [believer] in Me that does not bear fruit, He [TLJC=The Lord Jesus Christ] takes away; = (that’s the first part).

The main question that our LORD was dealing with is found in phrases like John 15:2 where our LORD says that “every believer in Him that does not bear fruit, our LORD takes them away.

And here’s my question; “What does our LORD take others away to?

This is one of the main questions that we should have in John 15:2, where our LORD says that “every believer in Him that does not bear fruit, our LORD takes them away [from what?].”

Isa 57:1, The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,

The question we should have is what did our LORD refer to by the phrase that “if a believer does not bear fruit, our LORD will take away the believer.”

The main question that we should all have is also found in John 15:6 which other apostate believers distort the verse when it says that; “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Notice the main subject that our LORD is addressing is said to those who “do not” abide in Him that they need to “abide in Him” and not have anything thrown away as a dead branch.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.