The teachings of Jesus have been replaced with the traditions and doctrines of men. Knowing of Christ, and Him knowing you are very different.
Salvation, the New covenant of Christ, and what it means to become Born again are not understood by many. The deceptive teachings of men that are without the Spirit of God have blinded their followers from having a true knowledge of Christ, that only comes through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There is only one fold and one shepherd. There is only one body of believers that faithfully follow the true Shepherd or pastor, and his name is Jesus Christ.
John 10:11-12 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep
Seventeen times in the New Testament the word shepherd is used. This word shepherd is always used in the singular, when referring to Christ. The teachings of Jesus are clear on this topic.
There is only one verse in all of the New Testament where the word shepherd, is translated to pastors (Eph 4:11). The problem with this translation is significant.
This subtle yet deceptive change, wherein the word pastors is inserted in place of shepherd, creates a deadly precedence. This sets up albeit falsely, the justification for a hierarchy, allowing certain men to have authority over others. The teachings of Jesus do not allow this false hierarchy.
Christ is the Good Shepherd, the verse below should make it clear; there truly is only one shepherd.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
The teachings of Jesus show that we can have Assurance of Salvation, through the Spirit of Truth provided by Him. As well, the false sense of security derived from the cheap imitation of salvation now, by works will be avoided.
To attempt to gain a Biblical Prophetic insight from the teachings of men who have the spirit of this world, instead of the teachings of Jesus through His Holy Spirit, is really just a sign of the times.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Multitudes in these last days spend time reading books, and listening to sermons but are unable to come to the knowledge of the truth. The reason for this is that they ignore the teachings of Jesus, and are not worthy of His Holy Spirit, because of their self centered lives.
John 14:26-27 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
For the Christian, Assurance Of Salvation according to the teachings of Jesus, is when we are Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise unto our inheritance of eternal life with Him.
John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
To truly understand Salvation we must gain access to the teachings of Jesus, submit to Him alone, and seek the Spirit of truth He alone can provide.
The answers men seek are contained in the Word of God; they are only a mystery to those who are not sealed by Christ through The Baptism of The Holy Spirit.
If any man does not have the spirit of Christ, or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit he can not be of Christ. We must be transformed by Christ to put on the Mind of Christ.
Our Lord said the “words that I speak they are Spirit and they are Life”(John 6:63). There are simple reasons for false teachings, confusion, and ignorance of the truth. Without the teachings of Jesus Christ, along with His Spirit of truth, we can in no way understand the truth!
Christ spoke plainly when He said that unless you believe and are baptized you shall not be saved. He did not say you are saved, but you shall be saved. We can have Assurance of Salvation through Him alone.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized (with the Holy Spirit) shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Emphasis added
John the Baptist proclaimed that are two Baptisms; one is unto repentance, and the other is one in which we can have Assurance of Salvation through the Holy Spirit.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
The teachings of Jesus on the end time gathering are very clear. He declared, One shall be taken and the other shall be left behind. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns. The ones taken are to be destroyed. The Elect are to be left behind, to inherit the Kingdom on earth, at Christ’s Second Coming.
Mark 13:24-27 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
The teachings of Jesus confirm, that after the tribulation He would gather all of the elect together. It would be unnecessary to gather the heavenly host, if it were not for the fact that they also were to reign on earth with Him.
After this great tribulation we will receive a kingdom that cannot be moved (Rev 8:12; 9:2; Heb 12:28).
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The apostle Paul understands the teachings of Jesus; he points out that he will receive the crown of righteousness at the same time as all those that love Christ’s appearing do. This occurs upon Christ’s return to the earth. To imagine that one shall be taken to receive the reward of eternal life before the tribulation, while the apostle waits until the end of the tribulation for his is utter nonsense.
2 Tim 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
According to the teachings of Jesus, He judges the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, which is His 1000 year earthly reign. If there is a pre tribulation rapture then this group escapes the judgment. But this is impossible, as it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment (2 Tim 4:1; Heb 9:27-28).
Peter presents us with a message that the new age church does not want to talk about, because they do not want to understand it. We will partake in Christ’s sufferings and are able to endure through the power of His Spirit that lives within His Elect.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
The teachings of Jesus on earthly tribulations, as well as His children enduring the Great Tribulation, should not be ignored (Math 5:10-12; Math 24: 29-31).
Mark 2:21-22 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
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