Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Walk the Walk

Welcome again to my blog. I am delighted you have taken the time to visit.

Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life in more detail to uncover some of the potential underlying causes of the improved wellbeing. We have spent the past few weeks discussing the convincing biblical truths which explain why your salvation is forever secure. Today we begin to discuss what scripture teaches about our Christian lifestyle.

As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7.

Let’s now consider verse 6:

1Th 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

Let’s take the 2nd half of the verse first, the importance of accepting God's word in our lives.

In Paul's informative prayer in Colossians1:9-14, he indicates the importance of approaching our Christian walk in a knowledgeable way (verse 9). Accordingly, to act correctly (verse 10) we first must know how to think. We do this first by knowing God's Word, especially the Epistles in the New Testament (Romans to Revelation 3). This is the section meant specifically to provide directions for the church age.

How do we come to understand the importance of the New Testament epistles in our lives? There is a process by which it develops:

·       Jesus Christ - He came and spoke to us in the Gospels so people would believe in Him as Messiah. Upon the rejection of His message (Matthew 12), He taught the disciples about the coming age (Matthew 13-18, Matthew24-25, John 14-17) and later the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

·       The Apostles – To the apostles it was given to teach God's truth to the church (Matthew 28:19-20, apostolic authority). It was the listener's duty to obey what they heard from the apostles, not yet having the written Scriptures. Importantly, the authority of the Scriptures themselves are established not by just direct statements that they are Scripture (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Peter 3:16, 2Timothy 3:16) but also by verses that indicate the authority of the apostles (2Thessalonians 3:4-6Colossians 1:25).  To them God gave the charge to teach His truth and later to write the epistles, because they were taught by Christ Himself.

·       Second generation Christians - These received the Word from the apostles and taught new believers under their authority (e.g., Timothy in the Pastoral Epistles).

·       The Biblical canon - The true Word of God was written down as Epistles with guidance by the Holy Spirit. These letters were circulated probably in the early church period when apparently an informal canon of Scriptures was formed. A generally accepted canon existed in the 2nd century. The New Testament in its current form was finalized at the Synod of Hippo in 393 AD. The late finalization occurred probably due to Christians could not openly meet until Constantine legalized Christianity after he became the Roman emperor in 313 AD.

·       Biblical authority for the Christian walk - The Bible speaks of accepting God's Word and using it as a basis for how we live our lives. Consequently, we receive not only the will of God and the benefits of the Spirit but also a healthy mind and good wellbeing through the Christian life as outlined in the Bible.

Far from being restrictive, the Bible liberates us by teaching us wisdom and what is true … with very few commands! It allows us to live a life of faith without being deceived by damaging practices in the world.

That's all for today; thank you for joining me. Next week we'll begin a series of blogs on how to apply this Word to our lives to receive its benefits.

The following site contributed to this blog: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christianity

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yes, we are secure! The Bible says it, believe it! (Part 5)

Welcome to my blog. I am so glad you have taken the time to read it.

Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life to uncover potential underlying reasons of this improved wellbeing.

As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7. We are discussing currently our blessed eternal security. Here is Verse 5:

1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

The fifth point (please see prior 4 blogs for the others) regarding the security of our great salvation is God’s unhappy attitude to those who do not believe in eternal security!

So yes, God not only endorses eternal security with wonderful promises, as we've discussed in the last four blogs, but also express His displeasure to those who do not believe it. This statement is supported by two main passages in Hebrews Chapters 6 and 10. Let's examine briefly the main passage in Hebrews 6, which although it can be controversial, is an exciting statement to our eternal security.

Here are the main points:

·       The author tells the young Hebrew believers that they should be mature by now; being teachers and able to judge quickly between right and wrong (Hebrews 5:12-14).
·       He urges them to leave the rudimentary principles of the faith dealing with issues related to their salvation (Hebrews6:1-3).
·       He inquired how could those who were saved (have known God’s gift and enlightenment and receive the spirit [all words or events consistent with salvation]) and have believed their sins were forgiven, could have another means to salvation apart from Christ. Indeed, their insistence that some sin was not forgiven indicated they would want Jesus to return to the cross and submit to public humiliation again. This is not viewed favorably by God (Hebrews 6:4-7).
·       The Hebrew Christians should recognize their salvation as evidenced by the acts that they have already done (Hebrews 6:9-10)
·       Certainly, the wonderful security we have based in Abraham; God’s promises to him and His confirmation by an oath are two things that provide a sure anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:13-20).

Hebrews 10 also indicates that for those who are unsure of forgiveness there is no other means for salvation except by Christ. The author urges those who doubt their forgiveness to progress in their faith (Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:26-39).

Certainly, we have a wonderful salvation by which Christ is sufficient to cover each and every one of our sins, past, present future. For us to say that somehow His painful, long, suffering, humiliating and unjust death is not enough to cover even one of our sins is an offense to God.

To review, to date we have covered now five spectacular scriptural proofs of our internal security:
  • Direct statements (e.g., 1 Peter 1:4-5)
  • Unchangeable positions in Christ noted in our recent blogs especially our: spiritual baptism, justification, sealing by the Spirit and adoption.
  • Perseverance (2 Peter 1:12)
  • God chose us to salvation (Romans 8:28-20)
  • God’s critique of those not believing in the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice once for all to salvation (Hebrews 6:1-10)
Well, that is my blog for today. Thank you for visiting. Join me next week when we begin 1 Thessalonians 1:6 and discuss the Christian walk! Please join me again then.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Yes, we are secure! The Bible says it, believe it! (Part 4)

Welcome again to my blog. I am delighted you have taken the time to visit.

Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life in more detail to see if we can uncover some of the potential underlying causes of the improved wellbeing. As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7.

Here is verse 5:

1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Based on the list of Biblical reasons noted in our prior blog about our eternal security, this week we are examining Biblical statements to those who do not believe in eternal security.

The fourth point of our wonderful salvation is that God chose us for himself. Again, this was all God's doing and not from our own efforts and work. Although some think this doctrine is controversial, let's look at the scriptures and you can decide for yourself.

·       God chose us - God elected us for salvation before all time to come to faith (Ephesians 1:4-5, Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28-30).

·       The Choice was individual - God did not choose a group, such as the church, but each of us distinctively (John 6:37,44,65; John 10:28-29; 2 John 1:1). 

·       God’s character - Choosing is consistent with God's character and past actions. To accomplish His magnificent work on earth He has always had to choose those that would serve Him (e.g., Noah, Abraham, Moses and Israel).

·       God dragging and convicting - After choosing God had to convict and drag us to Himself or we would not have come (John 6:44, John 16:8). The Bible uses the imagery here of having to ‘drag’ fish into a boat by use of a net. The fish, like us, do not come willingly!

By our very nature we never would have chosen God, understood Him or desired Him because of our fallen nature into sin (Romans3:10-18, Ephesians 2:1-3). As you know from last week he causes us to persevere. He alone keeps us in His hand and brings us to our eternal glory (John10:28-30, Romans 8:28-30).

Although some think that God's choosing is unfair there was no other way and scripture says it was done out of love and knowledge (Ephesians 1:4-7). If God had not intervened all would have perished!

God's glorious salvation accomplished by first free gift on the cross that we can be saved by faith alone not our own work. Every aspect of salvation is God's, and all to His glory.

To review, to date we have covered now four spectacular Scriptural proofs of our eternal security:

Well, that is my blog for today. Thank you for visiting. Join me next week when we discuss our Christian walk.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yes, we are secure! The Bible says it, believe it! Part 2

Welcome again to my blog. I am delighted you have taken the time to read it.

Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life in more detail to see if we can uncover some of the potential underlying causes of the improved wellbeing. As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7.

Here is Verse 5:

1 Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Based on the list of Biblical reasons noted in our prior blog about our eternal security, this week we are examining Biblical statements regarding our ‘perseverance’ to our everlasting home with God.

Perseverance is vital because it indicates that God alone, and not us, who causes us to endure to our salvation. Even if we wanted to change our position in Christ, or if we make mistakes, He causes us to persist to eternal life. Thanks be to God - it's all based on Him not us!

Here are some key verses (all KJV):

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

1 Corinthians 1:8  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Further, Hebrews 10:13-18 reminds us there is no other sacrifice for those who have been saved in Christ Jesus. That is it! We are forgiven! Deal with it! Certainly, what great promises we have in Scripture.

To review, we have covered 3 important Scriptural proofs of our eternal security:

·       Direct statements (e.g., 1 Peter 1:4-5)

·       Unchangeable positions in Christ as noted in our recent blogs especially: our spiritual baptism, justification, sealing by the Spirit and adoption.

·       Perseverance – as noted above

Well that’s it for today. Thank you for visiting. Join me next week when we consider God’s statements to those who do not believe in eternal security.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Christians can support the POTUS

Welcome back! In October I wrote a blog painting the upcoming election as a pivotal moment in our nation's history to maintain first amendment rights and the freedom of churchgoers to speak openly about the gospel. The almighty God graciously answered our prayers and Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States and has populated his cabinet with dynamic Christians. Thanks be to God!

Evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for the president. Afterwards, many people attended post-election rallies to celebrate the victory and support the new administration.

However, President Trump made an important observation late last year that after republicans win, voters tend to disappear. Now more than ever Christians need to help President Trump protect our freedoms. This occasion of correcting our country and the world is too important to remain silent.

How then should we think?

Realize that we are right! - The Christian message is correct for our country, culture and individual wellbeing. Despite the statists* and globalists# in the media, Hollywood, and both political parties constantly bashing President Trump, and making fun of people in the heartland as racist and angry, what we offer is just and true. Critics offer nothing that is anywhere as close to the healthy mindset and lifestyle that Christians possess.

Realize now is the time to act! - We can no longer depend on elections to reverse the trend towards a statist and globalist government as we have in past generations. We need to make a difference now for the upcoming generation.

Realize they hate us! -  Globalists and statists hate us because they detest God (John 15:18-19). Further, our battle is not just against man, but primarily the forces of darkness, ruled by Satan (Ephesians 6:10-12). As much as many Christians would like just to ‘all get along’ this will not happen as these people will not relent in their hatred for God or us.

So what to do?

Learn the Bible! I do not mean watch a video, or read a book about the Bible, but dig into the word itself with appropriate resources that help you learn it correctly. Teleios research has shown that Christians are timid in part because we don't have confidence in God's Word. We lack confidence because generally we do not know what it says and have not truly depended on it in our lives.

Speak God’s word to one another! Talk Bible to each other. This is imperative so you encourage other Christians, but you also learn to articulate God’s word. As Teleios research has shown people are afraid that they can't answer other people’s questions so we remain silent.
 
We should discuss the Bible with each other as well as teach and instruct others (1 Timothy 4:6). As the proverb states (Proverbs 27:17). As iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend (KJV, my paraphrase).  
 

Speaking and teaching God’s Word will change hearts. It's only by changing the hearts of people that they will change their vote and overwhelmingly elect people who love Christ and freedom of expression and hate statism.

Learn politics - Our hope is in God but we must be aware of what is happening in our culture. This awareness is the first step to being able to answer questions from others as it helps us begin to interact and ponder issues others might address to us.

Take action politically - Christians and conservatives are all busy taking care of work and family responsibilities. Those who demonstrate for globalism and statism often do not have jobs so they are happy to be paid to demonstrate and make the news. However, we cannot retreat! We need to take the time to write the president and our elected officials, encourage others and even legally demonstrate when we have the opportunity.

What we have is right and true. Now is the time to protect it. Thank you for reading my blog.  Join us next week when we continue discussing wellbeing and Teleios research.

* Statist may be one who places their hope and dependence in a strong central government.
# Globalist may be one who places their hope in a one world government.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yes, we are secure! The Bible says it, believe it!

Welcome again to my blog. I am delighted you have taken the time to read it.

Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life in more detail to see if we can uncover some of the potential underlying causes of the improved wellbeing. As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7 (KJV). Here again is the passage!

1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1Th 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

1Th 1:7  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

Let’s look at verse 5 and our precious security of salvation. Based on the list of Biblical reasons noted last week regarding our eternal security, this week we are examining direct Biblical statements describing our everlasting home with God.

Direct statements to our eternal security - Verses in the Bible that directly indicate a believer, who has trusted in Jesus Christ by faith for his salvation, is eternally secure, are the following:

1 Peter 1:4-5 (KJV). In these verses Peter comforts his readers that despite their troubles on earth they have an eternal home.

1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Romans 8:31-39 (KJV). This marvelous passage indicates that nothing can separate us from God's love and no one can lay a charge against us. In contrast, it is God alone who brings us to salvation and He will complete His work in us (verses 29-30).

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (passage shortened)

John 10:29-30 (KJV). Although Christ had not yet died for our sins, these verses indicate that those who are given to God are also given to Christ, and no one can take them out of either of their hands.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

1 John 5:10-13 (KJV). This passage, at the end of this marvelous epistle, indicates that those who believe in Christ for their salvation have eternal life. They can have confidence in this because of the changes shown in their life noted in chapters 2-4.

1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

1Jn 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1Jn 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1Jn 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.

Well that is our blog for today. Thank you for joining me.  Indeed, we possess wonderful direct promises in scripture as believers that we are eternally secure by our faith in Christ. We will continue with this series detailing this great promise next week by discussing perseverance.

WC Stewart


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yes, we are secure!

Welcome again to my blog. I am delighted you have taken the time to read it.

Last week we started a series on the Christian life and the wonderful promises of Scripture and their benefits to us. Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life in more detail to see if we can uncover some of the potential underlying causes of the improved wellbeing. As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians1:5-7.

Here again is the passage!

1Th 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1Th 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

1Th 1:7  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia (KJV).

The verses are neatly outlined by the following:

Ø  Becoming a Christian (Verse 5)

Ø  Security of salvation (Verse 5)

Ø  Accepting God's Word in daily life (Verse 6)

Ø  Becoming imitators of Paul (Verse 6)

Ø  Becoming examples to others (Verse 7)

Last week we discussed our glorious salvation.

This week let us discuss the certainty of our salvation. This is one of the great comforting promises of Scripture. It is our hope. Yet the topic remains controversial even among Christians.

What are the evidences of our security? I believe they are on five levels.

Ø  Direct statements of our security (1 Peter 1:4-5, Romans 8:28-39)

Ø  New unchangeable positions as a believer which we discussed recently (throughout a series of 6 blogs) and include our: justification, adoption, sealing by the Spirit, and spiritual baptism.

Ø  God causing us to persevere (2 Timothy 1:12, Philippians 1:6)

Ø  God's negative reaction to those who don't believe in eternal security (Hebrews 6:1-8, 10:26-39)

Ø  We are individually chosen to belief before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5, 1:11, Romans 8:29-30, John 6:44, 6:65)

Why is eternal security so important for our wellbeing?

It is the helmet of our salvation (Ephesians 6:15) and our great hope! Life is full of joy yet sometimes disappoints with missed goals, crushed expectations, death of loved ones and ultimately even ourselves. The knowledge of our salvation and a better future life beyond helps us through every step of our lives to maintain joy despite difficult times. Knowledge of our salvation provides good wellbeing as shown by our foundation, Teleios.1 It's difficult to have hope in the future and good wellbeing if you don’t even know you are truly saved.

Eternal security also allows us to better serve God as it becomes difficult to be a joyful servant when we lack confidence that we will ever really be with God. Such doubt can sap our energy and turn our thoughts from serving God to our own selves. We can only serve fully when we have a confident secure foundation (Colossians 1: 9-14).

Obviously, our salvation, but also our security, are necessary for moving on to maturity in the Christian life as noted in I Thessalonians 1. We may not feel we deserve salvation (actually we do not - it is God’s gift through Christ) and it may fight against our nature and upbringing, yet as Christians we must live by the facts of Scripture and not our emotions. We are saved eternally, get over it, and move on to maturity (Hebrews5:11,12Hebrews 6:1-19).

Over the next few weeks let us discuss the points of our security as noted above.  The information is just too exciting! We then will move along to discuss the Christian lifestyle. We thank God for such wisdom in Scripture in His promises to us.

WC Stewart


1.       MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC. Association of strength of religious adherence to quality of life measures. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2013;19:251-5.

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