Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I heard a Sunday teacher say, that the last half of Romans 8:1 should be left off. What are they talking about, leaving off parts of scripture?
Andrew/ Cradock, South Africa
The last half of verse one of Romans chapter eight, is said to be an “interpolation: Altering (corrupting) an original manuscript, by adding some thing.”
The words, “...who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” (should not be at the end of verse one, but do appear in their rightful place at the end of verse four.)
These words, also do not appear in original manuscripts, and so for this reason are left out of the following versions of the Bible.
Bible Commentator, Adam Clarke
This last clause (of Romans 8:1) is wanting in the principal MSS., versions, and fathers.
Griesbach has excluded it from the text; and Dr. White says, Certissime delenda; it should most undoubtedly be expunged. Without it, the passage reads thus: There is, therefore, no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus; for the law of the Spirit of life, &c. It is a fairly assumed point, that those who are in Christ Jesus, who believe in his name, have redemption in his blood; are made partakers of his Spirit, and have the mind in them that was in him; will not walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit: therefore the thing itself is included in the being in Christ, whether it be expressed or not: and it was probably to make the thing more obvious, that this explanatory clause was added by some copyist, for it does not appear to have made an original part of the text; and it is most likely that it was inserted here from the fourth verse.
Romans 8:1 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 NLT
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 NET
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 NAS
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 RSV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Romans 8:1-4 KJV should read......
 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Church Symbol: Lion, Money Bags and, a Chest.
A Symbol of Matthew, son of Alphaeus (Mark 2:14-possible brother to James) a tax collector, for the Roman Empire, in the area of Capernaum, where he lived.
Levi plied his trade on what was known as the “Damascus-Road,” an area between Damascus and the Mediterranean.
The Jews generally disliked tax collectors, because they were a dishonest lot.
Matthew's name originally was Levi.
When Levi became a follower of the Lord Jesus, his name was changed to that of
Matthew, meaning “Gift of Yahweh.”
Matthew 9:9,10 KJV
 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He saith unto him, Follow Me. And he arose, and followed Him.
 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Matthew 9:9,10 NLT
9 As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow Me and be My disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed Him.
10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and His disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (Perhaps, Matthew's way of saying thanks to Jesus, for loving the outcasts.)
11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”
12 When Jesus heard this, He said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”
13 Then He added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Hosea 6:6 KJV (See also I Samuel 15:22)
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
The Lion represents the gospel of Matthew, because ....
50 times the Kingdom is mentioned.
30 times the Kingdom of heaven in mentioned.
Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Revelation 5:5 KJV
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Jesus is the Messiah King/ King of Israel.
Speaks of His Royalty and Authority.
Jesus the mighty conqueror.
Matthew's gospel was written to assure the Jews, the Jesus was the promised Messiah.
Tradition, tells us that Matthew went on to evangelize Judea, and the nations of the East.
Whether or or not he was martyred or not, again, is not known for certain.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The church, I have my family in, teaches that God, is a man like us, that is, he has a body, like we do, and that is not every where.
Is what the Bible teaches?
Henrietta/ logan, Utah
John 4:24 KJV
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Spirit: Greek; Pneuma, a current of air, breath, breeze, ghost,spirit, life, Holy Spirit, God.
Luke 24:39 KJV
Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.
This was said by the resurrected, and glorified Lord Jesus, to His men.
Well, if Jesus said in John 4:24 that God is a Spirit, and here in Luke 24:39, that a spirit does not have a flesh and bone body.
Then may it be settled forever, that God the father is a Spirit, and not with flesh and bones! Jesus said so!
Acts 7:48,49 KJV
 Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
 Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of My rest?
Acts 17:24 KJV
 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
II Corinthians 3:17 KJV
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Spirit: Same as John 4:24.
And now concerning the “Omnipresence,” of God.
What does the Word of God, say?
Deuteronomy 4:39 KJV
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Joshua 2:11 KJV
And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Psalm 139:7-10 KJV
 Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy Presence?
 If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there:
if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.
 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
 Even there shall Thy Hand lead me, and Thy Right Hand shall hold me.
Proverbs 15:3,11 KJV
 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
Isaiah 66:1 KJV
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest?
Jeremiah 23:23,24 KJV
 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD.
Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Amos 9:2-4 KJV
 Though they dig into hell, thence shall Mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set Mine Eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
Acts 17:24-28 KJV
 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:
 For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
God is a Spirit, as such, there is no place where He is not.
A concept perhaps hard to understand as mortals, ah, but we shall not always be, for the day will come, when we will understand all things.
Till that day comes, let's believe the Word of God, and let's base our life on it.
Surely it is the Rock that will never fail.
Matthew 7:24-27 KJV
 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Bible Questions Answered:
Rev. Could you shed some light on the seventy weeks.
Bernard G. / Brooklyn, New York
The scripture to which you refer is.....
Daniel 9:1-27 NASB
1.In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans -
2.in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
3.So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
4.I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
5.we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.
6."Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7."Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day -to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.
8."Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
9."To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;
10.nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
11."Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice ; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
12."Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity ; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
13."As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.
14."Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
15."And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day -we have sinned, we have been wicked.
16."O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain ; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.
17."So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
18."O my God, incline Your ear and hear ! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name ; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
19."O Lord, hear ! O Lord, forgive ! O Lord, listen and take action ! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."
Gabriel Brings an Answer
20.Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,
21.while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.
22.He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.
23."At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed ; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
Seventy Weeks and the Messiah
24."Seventy weeks (A week consisting of 7 years, not days: thus 490 years) have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25."So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks (49 years) and sixty-two weeks (434 years; 49 + 434= 483 years) ; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26."Then after the sixty-two weeks (434 years) the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood ; even to the end there will be war ; desolations are determined.
27."And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week ( 3 ½ years) he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering ; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
Daniel 9:1-27 NLB
Daniel's Prayer for His People
1 It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians.
2 During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the LORD, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.
3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with Him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.
4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:
"O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.
5 But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations.
6 We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.
7 "Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you.
8 O LORD, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.
9 But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.
10 We have not obeyed the LORD our God, for we have not followed the instructions He gave us through His servants the prophets.
11 All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.
"So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin.
12 You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem.
13 Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the LORD our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth.
14 Therefore, the LORD has brought upon us the disaster He prepared. The LORD our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey Him.
15 "O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness.
16 In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.
17 "O our God, hear your servant's prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.
18 "O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.
19 "O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name."
Gabriel's Message about the Anointed One
20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the LORD my God for Jerusalem, His holy mountain.
21 As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice.
22 He explained to me, "Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding.
23 The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.
24 "A period of seventy sets of seven (70 weeks/ a week being 7 years, not days: and thus 490 years) has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven (49 years) plus sixty-two sets of seven (434 years; 49+434=483 years) will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.
26 "After this period of sixty-two sets of seven (434 years), the Anointed One (God's Son the Lord Jesus Christ) will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing,
and a ruler (The Ant-Christ) will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple. The end will come with a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end.
27 The ruler (The Ant-Christ) will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven (seven years), but after half this time (3 ½ years),
he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object (the Abomination of Desolation) that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him."
The Angel Gabriel told Daniel that God's Prophetic Clock started at ....
The Command to rebuild Jerusalem, after the Babylonian destruction.
And God's Prophetic Clock, stopped the day when Christ rode into Jeusalem to proclaim Himself “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
(483 years to the day.)
Sixty Nine of the prophetic weeks had then expired. (69 x 7 = 483 years)
Now there has been a “Gap” between the time of Christ's Sacrifice to this present day.
The Period of “Grace,” the Church Age.
And now for some two thousand years Christ has and is gathering out His blood bought Bride.
The Apostle Paul, warns that this time will abruptly draw to a close.
II Thessalonians 2:6-12 NASB
Man of Lawlessness
1.Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2.that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3.Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4.who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
5.Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things ?
6.And you know what (not a “what,” but “who”) restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
7.For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work ; only He (God the Holy Spirit) who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way
(i.e. His restraining power over evil, lifted.):
8.Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming ;
9.that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
10.and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
11.For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
12.in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
The day the Rapture (Catching Up) of the Church of Jesus Christ takes place-on earth starts the time known as the day of Jacobs trouble (Jeremiah 30:7 “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble;...” )-the Tribulation.
A world ruler (the Anti-Christ) will step forth, endorsed by a world religious ruler (the false prophet)
They will rule for 7 years, and this period of 7 years, will be the last of God's prophetic weeks. (483 + 7 = 490 years or 70 x 7).
Mark 13:30-37 KJV
 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.\
Bible Questions Answered:
What exactly are demons, and where do they come from?
Gracie/ Cryodon, U.K.
Demons, are not today, what they once were, originally.
When Lucifer fell under sin, he did not go alone,
Lucifer's fall: dual prophecy of King of Babylon and Lucifer.
Isaiah 14:9-15 KJV
 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
And again a duel prophecy between the Prince of Tyrus, and Lucifer.
Ezekiel 28:1-19 KJV
 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
 Wilt thou yet say before Him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of Him that slayeth thee.
 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Revelation 12:7-9 KJV
 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Matthew 12:24 KJV
 ...Beelzebub (the lord of the flies) the prince of the devils.
Other angels fell with him.
Revelation 12:3,4 NLT
3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon...
4 His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth...
One third of all the angels followed Lucifer.
Some fallen powerful angles, are kept in prison.
Jude 6 KJV “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Many of lesser (unchained) ranks, do the present day bidding of Lucifer.
Beelzebub: Another name for Lucifer, is interpreted, Lord of the flies.
(Demons are evil spirits.)
 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and
his angels were cast out with him.
(Demons are evil spirits, who have Lucifer as their master.)
Matthew 25:41 KJV
 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Luke 11:15 KJV
 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.
(Demons are evil spirit, deceivers.)
Revelation 16:13,14 KJV
 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
I Timothy 4:1 KJV
 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
(Demons may oppress, or possess an individual.)
Mark 1:25,26 KJV “
 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
(Demons may cause disease or sickness, but this is of course, “not,” in “all,” cases!)
Matthew 9:32,33 KJV
 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
(The Apostle warned the Church of Jesus Christ, of evil spirits.)
Ephesians 6:12 KJV
 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
I Peter 5:8,9 KJV
 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
 Whom resist stedfast in the faith,...”
Victory for God's children over evil spirits!
I John 3:8 KJV
 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.
Luke 9:1 KJV
 Then He called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
James 4:7 KJV
 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Luke 10:19 KJV “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Revelation 12:11 KJV
 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Bible Questions Answered:
Corinthians says we are to seek another mans wealth, I thought we were not to covet our neighbors things?
Shelia/ Seoul, South Korea
The scripture to which you refer is, the Apostle Paul's words to the Corinthians...
I Corinthians 10:24 KJV
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
The Apostle Paul, began from chapter 8:1-the 10th chapter, admonishing believers to “Give no occasion of stumbling either to Jews or to Greeks or to the Church of God:..”
No the Apostle, hardly condoned breaking the tenth commandment of covetousness.
This is a poor translation, on an original text, see how it is translated elsewhere...
I Corinthians 10:24 NLB
Don't be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
I Corinthians 10:24 NEB
Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person.
I Corinthians 10:24 NASB
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
I Corinthians 10:24 RSV
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
How many and different crowns are there?
Kelly S./ Nottingham, UK
Salvation is a “GIFT,” of God, to those who believe in and receive God's son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 KJV “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Word, does mention rewards (earned) by believers.
There is coming a day after the Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ, in heaven, that faithful believers will be rewarded for their work.
The Crown of Rejoicing: Faithful Service.
I Thessalonians 2:19,20 KJV
 For what is our hope, or joy, or Crown of Rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
 For ye are our glory and joy.
Philippians 4:1 KJV “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my Joy and Crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
The Crown of Righteousness: Faithful Testimony.
II Timothy 4:8 KJV “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 Crown of Life: Faithfulness in Trial.
James 1:12 NIV “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”
Revelation 2:10 KJV “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
The Crown of Glory: Faithfulness in Suffering.
I Peter 5:4 NIV
1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;
3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Hebrews 2:9 KJV “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
The Incorruptible Crown: Faithfulness in Self-Control.
I Corinthians 9:24-27 KJV
 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
See also: Rewards For The Christian
What happens to us Christians after the rapture?
Weston/ Quebec, Quebec
1) We will be with the Lord, not true only in death, but in resurrection, the Christian, will be with the Lord.
John 12:26 KJV
If any man serve Me, let him follow Me;
and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.
John 17:24 KJV
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My Glory, which thou hast given Me: for thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.
Philippians 1:23 KJV
For I am (Apostle Paul) in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart,
and to be with Christ; which is far better:
I Thessalonians 4:17 KJV
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8 KJV
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8 NLT
Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
2) We will be united with Christian loved ones who have passed on before.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
 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:
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 NLT
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died.
16 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.
17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
18 So encourage each other with these words.
Hebrews 11:40 KJV
God having provided some better thing for us, that they (Christians who have passed on since Calvary) without us should not be made perfect.
Hebrews 12:23 KJV
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
I Corinthians 15:51-58 KJV
 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Philippians 3:20,21 KJV
 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.
I John 3:2 KJV
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
John 14:3 KJV
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
All Christian people who have died in the Lord, since Calvary, who now reside in heaven and the presence of the Lord, will come back to earth, to receive their glorified, resurrected bodies-like the Lord's, as we (Christians) who are alive and are on earth, will also have our bodies to be changed to be like the resurrected and glorified Saviour's body. We, former saints and our Saviour, will all meet for a tremendous union in the air, and forever we shall be with the Lord.
3) Christian works will be judged.
Psalm 62:12 KJV
Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV
 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
(Not “saved,” by works, but not saved from doing good works.)
Matthew 5:14-16 KJV
 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
THE BEMA SEAT:
After the Rapture of the Church, saints in heaven, will have their works judged for rewards.
(note this is not a judgment concerning salvation). .
John 5:24 KJV
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
I Corinthians 3:11-15 KJV (Believers)
 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
II Corinthians 5:9,10 KJV (Believers)
 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.
 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
II Timothy 4:7,8 KJV (Apostle Paul)
 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
 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.
I Peter 1:17 KJV
And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
I Peter 5:4 KJV
And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Revelation 22:12 KJV
And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
See -The Bible Prayer Line -Index: Crowns
4) The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Hosea 2:19,20 KJV
 And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
 I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
Revelation 19:5-9 KJV
 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great.
 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto
the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Matthew 26:26-29 KJV
 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body.
 And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
 For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.
Order of events:
Rapture, Reunion, Rewards, Revelation (Marriage: knowing the Lord).
What great coming events, for those who know and love the Lord Jesus!
The rapture, secret catching away of the Bride of Christ, could come at any time, are you ready to meet Him?
See The Bible Prayer Line -Index: Bible Lesson: Salvation Prayer
Luke 12:40 KJV
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
I Thessalonians 5:2 KJV
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Revelation 3:11 KJV
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 22:20 KJV
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Church Symbol: Head of Wheat. (Symbol of The Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. May also represent communion.)
Deuteronomy 8:2,3 KJV
 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments, or no.
 And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Matthew 4:4 KJV
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.
Mark 14:22 KJV
And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is My Body.
Jeremiah 15:16 KJV
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
Ezekiel 2:8 KJV
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.
Matthew 6:10-11 KJV
10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
John 6:31-35, 48-51, 58,63 KJV
 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the True Bread from heaven.
 For the Bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
 Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.
 And Jesus said unto them, I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.
 I am that Bread of Life.
 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
 This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
 I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
 This is that Bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this Bread shall live for ever.
 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Isaiah 55:2,3 KJV
 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
 Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
James 1:17 KJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Revelation 2:17 KJV
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden Manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I have a book that says a Christian, can never be lost, is this a Christian teaching of the church?
Helen/ Placerville, California
This is called, “Once-Saved-Always-Saved,” teaching, and no, it is not any teaching of the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Can a person who is a Christian, fall from grace, to the point that he, or she is lost?
An often used scripture regarding the security of the believer is....
John 10:24-30 KJV
 Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.
 But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.
 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.
 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
 I and My Father are one.
The Key phrase here by Jesus is...
 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
Does the person, who does their best to “Follow-the Lord,” ever sin?
Of course. But when...we confess and, forsake our sin, He forgives us, this is the wonderful Grace of God.
I John 1:5-10 KJV
 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV The Lord's Prayer
 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This is what it means to “Follow the Lord.”
Claiming Him, as the Great Shepherd, Saviour, and “Following Him.”
Perfect, no, but ...
II Corinthians 3:18 KJV But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Those who with all their heart “Follow-After-The-Lord, can never be lost.
KJV  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.
 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
 I and My Father are one.
Romans 8:35-39 KJV  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. But there are some, who though once having followed the Lord, have left off following Him.Forsaken Him, for their love of things of the world.
To stop following the Lord, is to reject Him.
To reject Him, is to be lost.
What does the Word of God say?
I John 2:15-17 KJV  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Psalm 66:18 KJV
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Psalm 81:11,12 KJV
 But My people would not hearken to My voice; and Israel would none of Me.
 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
Isaiah 59:2 KJV
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
Matthew 24:12,13 KJV
 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Matthew 25:1-13 KJV
 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom.
 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.
 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
 And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
 But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.
Luke 8:11-15 KJV
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Luke 9:62 KJV
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Luke 13:23-28 KJV
 Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And He said unto them,
 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
 When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
 But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity.
 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
John 15:5,6 KJV
 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Romans 1:22-32 KJV
 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
I Corinthians 9:27 KJV
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
I Timothy 1:19 NLT
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
I Timothy 4:1,2 NLT
1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times
some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
Hebrews 3:12 KJV
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 12:13-17 KJV
 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
II Peter 2:9-22 KJV
 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
II Peter 3:15-18 NLT
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him
16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
17 I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.
18 Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 4:10 KJV
Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;
Crescens to Galatia,
Titus unto Dalmatia.
Hebrews 6:4-6 NLT
4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,
5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—
6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing Him to the cross once again and holding Him up to public shame.
Hebrews 10:38,39 KJV
 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.
 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.