What does God's Word Say about it!
This should be the attitude of the Christian in every area of life, what does God's Word say about it.
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.
Matthew 7:24-25 Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and
doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house
upon a rock:
Within the nature of the One eternal God (Isa_43:10 ) there are three distinct persons ( Luk_3:21-22 ) The Father ( 2Pe_1:17 ), The Son ( Joh_1:1-14 ), and The Holy Spirit ( Act_5:3-4 ). The Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and The Holy Spirit is not the Father, these three are one in unity and share equally in the divine nature.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father,
The Word, and The Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The Trinity can be seen in the following verses:
Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: And, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him:
Vs.17 And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is a person, as much as the Father and Son are persons, and therefore, has the elements that are involved, within a personality. Some traits of his personality are as follows:
HE HAS A WILL
1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and selfsame Spirit: dividing to every man severally as he will.
Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Phillip, go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Acts 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, behold three men seek thee.
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
THERE IN CREATION
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. ( see also Job_26:13, Job_33:4, and Psa_104:30 )
IS CALLED GOD
Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said Ananias why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep part of the price of the land?
Vs.4 While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
The Bible was given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, inspiration literally means God breathed. Under the divine influence of God, men spoke and wrote down the Holy Scriptures (Jer_36:2, Act_1:16, and 2Pe_3:15-16 ) Jesus said “ Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God ( Mat_4:4) God's word gives instruction in every area of life, from how to know God, to how to raise our children. The word of the Lord shall endure forever ( 1Pe_1:25 ).
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Man is a created being
The popular myth that is being taught in our schools and universities is that of evolution. Evolution is a lie from Satan, and is a doctrine of demons, working through unregenerate man. God's word declares that life began on dry ground (Gen_1:21 ) while evolution says the sea. God's word declares that birds and fish were created at the same time ( Gen_1:21 ) but evolution says that fish evolved hundreds of millions of years before birds.
God's word declares that He made the animals and fowl out of the ground (Gen_2:19 ) but evolution says they evolved. The Bible stresses ten times, that the things created, reproduce after its kind. Man has never evolved and will never evolve into anything else. Let us examine the scriptures.
Mankind is Lost
Jesus Christ said, “ He came to seek and save that which was lost" ( Mat_18:11). By lost it is meant, separated from God and destine for eternal damnation in the lake of fire ( Rev_20:11-15 ). Mankind has a sin problem, inherited from Adam, that is rooted at his very core, his spirit.
Man sins because he is a sinner, and in his fallen condition cannot save himself. God devised a plan of salvation in which his Son would die for the sin and sins of all people everywhere. Man can dress himself up with religion, education, social skills, and good deeds, but it takes the shed blood of Jesus Christ, to change mans inner being. Only through Jesus can man be restored to relationship and fellowship with God.
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, there is none righteous no, not one.
Praise God for his love and the salvation that he has provided!
Heaven is a Real Place
Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Mat_6:9 ). Heaven is the abode of God, the Lord Jesus Christ ( Act_7:55-56 ), the angels ( Mat_18:10 ), and the departed saints
( Heb_12:23; Rev_7:9 ). The Lord Jesus told one of the men who was crucified with him that “This day you shall be with me in paradise”.
When a believer dies, the body returns to the earth ( ashes to ashes ) to wait for the resurrection, but the born again spirit departs to be with the Lord in heaven. InMat_17:3, Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus and talk with him; Elijah was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot, without seeing death, and Moses went to heaven by way of death, the point is, both men retained their identity. In heaven you will still be you, only glorified! When a person dies their spirit will depart for one or two places; heaven if they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and hell, if they haven’t. Their is no scriptural evidence nor proof of purgatory, nor such a thing as soul sleep.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident. I say, and willing rather to be
absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
See also Revelations 5:9, 6:9, 7:9
Hell is a Real Place
Jesus spoke about hell just as much as he did heaven and warned about the consequences
of ending up there. In Luk_16:19-31 Jesus tells us of a man in the torments of hell. The man was aware of his surroundings, he was thirsty, he realized he had a family on earth and wanted to warn them about the place he was in.
The Bible says hell was not prepared for man but for the devil (Mat_25:41 ), but because of his sinful condition, this fate awaits man as well. the Bible says that it is not Gods will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance ( 2Pe_3:9 ). God has provided a way of salvation for man and it is through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
and Revelations 20 ).
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Mark 9:43 It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell. into the fire that shall never be quenched: Where the worm dieth not. and the fire is not quenched.
The occupants of hell will be Satan, the antichrist, the false prophet, fallen angels, and all unsaved people. ( Rev_20:10, Rev_19:20, Rev_20:15, and 2Pe_2:4 ).
Satan is a Real Being
Jesus said of Satan that, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (Joh_8:44 ). The devil is not some character out of Hollywood, nor a cartoon character, but is in fact a fallen angel, who has access and dominion in this world.
He opposes God and the people of God and is the enemy of mankind. The Lord Jesus came to this earth and defeated him, so that people could be set free from his rule. In the plan of God that is being worked out in the ages, Satan was overthrown and will have his place in the lake of fire (Rev_20:10 )
Genesis 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die.
Vs.5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
Vs.4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Sinners Still Under His Rule
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Contends With God’s People
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Preying upon People
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Ephesians 4:26-27 Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:
Vs.27 Neither give place to the devil.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Christ defeated Satan
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fireand brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Resurrection is the reunion of the bodies and souls of people, which have been separated by death. The word resurrection means to make stand, or rise up. Every person that ever lived will be resurrected, this will take place in two phases, the resurrection of the just and the resurrection of the unjust. These two phases of the resurrection will be separated by one thousand years, which will be the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection
Will occur at the 2nd. coming of Jesus Christ, it will include Old Testament and New Testament Saints of God.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Vs.16...For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
Revelation 20:11-15 Vs.13...And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
( Other references: John 5:25, 6:40, 11:25 Job 19:25-27, Isaiah 26:19, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 )