Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Posted on August 17, 2012

Witness of the Word


Bible texts on vital subjects which are intended to quicken Interest in the Word of God, strengthen faith, and build true Christian character to the end that the kingdom of God may Be enlarged through personal witnessing.

1. The Salvation Command

I. God's Salvation

Isaiah 55:1-3: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And you labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let you soul delight itself in fatness. Incline you ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make and everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55:6-7: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for will abundantly pardon. Revelation 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

2. Our Sinfulness and the Universality of Sin All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 5:12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all sinned. I John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

The Nature of Sin

James 4:17: Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. I John 3:4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Original Sin

Certain Punishment for Sin

Ecclesiastes 12:14: For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. John 5:28-29: Marvel not as this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. II Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good bad. Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. See also Matthew 25: 34-46

Doctrine of Hell

Matthew 13:41-42: The son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather our of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:41: 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. II Thessalonians 1:7-9: And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. See also Luke 16:23-26.

3. The Need for the New Birth

John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God II Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. I John 5:1: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ if born of God: and everyone that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten him.

4. Salvation Only through Christ

Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Galatians 3:13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Curses is everyone that hangeth on a tree. Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. I Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

5. Repentance and Confession

Psalm 51:3-4: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalm 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:10: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

6. Complete Forgiveness

Psalm 103:12: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let reason together, saith the LORD: through your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them, which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. I John 1:7: 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.

7. God's Love for Us

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 5:6, 8: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

8. Eternal Security

John 10:28-29: 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 to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. Romans 8:38-39: 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. I Peter 1:3-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. II. God's Promises

1. In Time of Sickness

Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us. II Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 4:16-17: For which cause we faint not; but through our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

2. In Time of Affliction

Psalm 34:19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 55:22: Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 91:15: He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. Romans 5:3-5: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. I Peter 1:6-7: Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of you faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

3. In Time of Youth

Psalm 119:9: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed there to according to thy word. Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 23:15,19,26: My son, if thine heart by wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine…Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way…My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. Ecclesiastes 12:1: Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. II Timothy 3:15: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

4. In Time of Old Age

Psalm 39:5: Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Psalm 90:10: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Psalm 91:16: With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. II Timothy 4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

5. In Time of Death

Psalm 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou are with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 73:23-24: Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. John 11:25-26: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? II Corinthians 5:1: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. II Corinthians 5:6-8: Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Philippians 1:21: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. III. Spiritual Problems

1. Those who Lack Assurance

John 5:24: 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. John 10:28-29: 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. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them, which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. I Peter 1:3-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 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.

2. Those in Darkness Because They Are Living in Sin

Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

3. Those Who Live Careless Lives

Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, bretheren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I Peter 1:15: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. I John 2:15-17: 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 therof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

4. Those Who Neglect Bible Study

Psalm 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. II Timothy 3:14-17: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

5. Those who Neglect Prayer

Matthew 7:7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. John 14:13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified. I Thessalonians 5:17: Pray without ceasing. Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

6. Those Who Neglect the Church and Fellowship

Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Psalm 122:1: I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

7. Those Who are Unforgiving

Matthew 6:14-15: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, you heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Colossians 3:13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

8. Those Ashamed to Openly Confess Christ

Matthew 10:32-33: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father, which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

9. Those Who Lack Strength to Resist Temptation

I Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but god is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. James 1:12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. II Peter 2:9: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.

10. Those Failing to Stand Fast in Time of Trial

I Peter 1:7: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. I Peter 4:12-14: 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. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

11. Those Who Are Anxious Backsliders

Deuteronomy 4:29-31: But it from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

IV. God's Word for Excuses of Unbelievers

1. "I am too great a sinner"

I Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Matthew 9:12-13: 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.

2. "My heart is too hard"

Ezekiel 36:26-27: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart our of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

3. "I must become better before I become a Christian"

Isaiah 64:6: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

4. "I am afraid I cannot hold out"

John 10:28-29: 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 Peter 1:3-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. II 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 the day.

5. "I am so weak"

II Corinthians 12:9,10: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. I Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

6. "I have tried before and failed"

Luke 22:31-32: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy bretheren. Isaiah 40:29-31: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

7. "I can't give up my evil ways"

Galatians 6:7-8: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

8. " I will be persecuted if I become a Christian"

II Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Romans 8:18: For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

9. "It will hurt my position in the community"

Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul. Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

10. "There is too much to give up"

I John 2:15-17: 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 forever. Philippians 3:7-8: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

11. "The Christian life is too hard"

Matthew 11:30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. II Corinthians 4:17-18: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

12. "I am afraid of ridicule"

Mark 8:38: Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels

13. "I am not good enough"

Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Luke 15:21: And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke 18:13-14: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

14. "I am good enough"

Proverbs 14:12: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Luke 16:15: And he said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. James 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. I John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. See also Luke 18:9-14

15. "There are hypocrites in the church"

Romans 2:1-3: Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to the truth against them, which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Romans 14:10-12: But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

16. "Not now"

Isaiah 55:6: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Zephaniah 1:14-15: The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. Luke 12:19-20: And I will say to my soul, soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Hebrews 3:15: While it is said, to day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. James 4:14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

17. "God seems to me to be unjust and cruel"

Romans 9:20: nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus? Romans 11:33: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Isaiah 55:8-9: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

18. " I cannot understand so many things in the Bible"

Romans 11:33: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! I Corinthians 13:11-12: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face-to-face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Acts 4:13: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.

19. "There is someone I cannot forgive"

Matthew 6:15: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

V. In Defense of the Truth

1. Truth about God: The Existence of God

Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Unchangeable Nature of God

Numbers 23:19: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do ? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Malachi 3:6: For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. James 1:17: 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.

God is Everywhere

Psalm 137:7-9: Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day Jerusalem; who said, Raise it, raise it, even to the foundation thereof. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Jeremiah 23:23-24: 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. Acts 17:27-28: That they should seek the LORD, if happily they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone 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

John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 1:18: No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

God Knows all Things

I Samuel 2:3: Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. Hebrews 4:13: Neither is their any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

God is the God of Wisdom

Psalm 104:24: O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. Romans 11:33: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

God is Good

Psalm 145:9: The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. Acts 14:17: Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

God is Merciful

Luke 6:36: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Ephesians 2:4-5: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

God is Patient

Psalm 103:8: The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Romans 2:4: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.

God is Righteous

Psalm 97:2: Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. Psalm 145:17: The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

God is All-Powerful

Matthew 19:26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

The Triune God

Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. II Corinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.

2. Truth about the Bible

Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away II Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. II Peter 1:21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

3. Truth about Christ, the Son of God

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 20:31: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. Romans 1:4: And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. I John 5:1,5: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him…who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

4. Truth about the Election

Romans 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 bretheren. Ephesians 1:3-5: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. II Timothy 1:9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

5. Truth about Reprobation

Romans 9:13, 17-18,22: As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated…For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will hardeneth…What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction. I Peter 2:8: And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

6. Truth about Creation

Psalm 33:6: By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Hebrews 11:3: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

7. Truth about Providence

Genesis 50:20: But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Psalm 145:15-16: The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Matthew 10:30: But the very hairs of you head are all numbered.

8. Truth about the Covenant of Grace

Genesis 17:7, 19: And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy see after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee…And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. Acts 2:39: for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Hebrews 10:16-17: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write t hem; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

9. Truth about Justification by Faith

Romans 3:24,28: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

10. Truth about the Church

Matthew 16:19: And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18:Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever y shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 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. John 20:23: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. Ephesians 4:4-6: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, on baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. I Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you our of darkness into his marvelous light.

11. Truth about Death

Ezekiel 18:4: Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 15:55-57: 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. II Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Philippians 1:23: For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.

12. Truth about Christ's Return

Matthew 24:14, 21-22,44: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened…Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. I John 2:18:22: Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that anichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time…Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Acts 1:11: Which also said, Ye man of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. I Thessalonians 5:2: For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. I Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from the heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

13. Truth about the Resurrection

John 5:28-29: Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Acts 24:15: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. I Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from the heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

14. Truth about the Final Judgment

Matthew 25:46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Romans 2:6-8: Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath. II Corinthians 5:10: 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. Revelation 20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

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