– The Doctrine of Christ: there is only one way

There are many deceptions swirling around us in the world today, but only one powerful life saving truth. Unfortunately, some of the deceptions are slight twists of the truth that seem harmless enough. There are others that are a toxic brew of worldly philosophies mixed with scripture. Some counterfeits present themselves as being the enlightened way to follow, and try and convince people that times have changed and that we know better today and “don’t need those outdated Bible stories”. There are even counterfeit Christianity’s that deny Christ.

“For the time will come when people will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people’s own desires. They will refuse to listen to the truth and will turn to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ISV

The ultimate in deception that is being taught today is that there is a higher power in the universe and we each pick our own path to channel that. They offer the false notion that all paths in life lead to salvation.

The scriptures however, teach that the way is straight and narrow. There is one and only one way to travel on this journey and that way is through faith in Jesus Christ by accepting him as Lord and Savior.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

This is the Doctrine that Christ taught, that there is one single way to come back to live with God, the Father of our spirits. Christ is “the way” in a literal sense because of his life death and resurrection.

Don’t give up on this journey my friends. It must become perilous right now toward the end in these last days. But if anything is true, it is that God loves us and sent his son to die for us to bring us salvation. Here is one such testimony from someone that was there.

“For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:16-19 NIV

If you are feeling discouraged, take out this one offensive weapon – the scriptures. Paul the apostle uses an interesting analogy in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. It is there that Paul instructs us to put on the figurative Armor of God. Most of the implements Paul instructs us to put on are protective and defensive in nature. One of them however is an offensive weapon. The one offensive weapon is the sword which he describes as the “word of God”, because it is truly “quick and powerful”.

“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

We read in Genesis at the start of the Old Testament that God spoke and the world was created. The power of His being is ultimate and His spoken word is enough to cause the elements to come together or to be scattered.

This power even extends to the words of God as contained in our scriptures. As we read them, their inspired words can be utilized to bring hope and power into our lives.

– Have you experienced the Gift of the Holy Ghost?

The New Testament Greek word that was eventually translated into “Holy Ghost” in the English language has as its meaning “Breath” or “Wind”. This conveys the idea of the fluid nature of the third member of the Godhead. Just as it is hard to detect where the wind is coming from, so it is with the Holy Ghost.

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8

The Holy Ghost is truly a “gift” from God to guide us in all ways. The Holy Ghost also enables a person to be a “new creature” in Christ (see 2 Cor 5:17) to bring about a mighty change in their countenance.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” – Acts 2:38

Paul laid his hands on people, and they received the Holy Ghost. This laying on of hands is significant and the ordinance cannot be performed in any other way. The physical ordinance is required in strict adherence as the scriptures instruct. Done under the right authority, this becomes an outward sign that the heavens will honor.

“And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” – Acts 19:6
Holy Ghost reveals things:

The Holy Ghost reveals things to us as a teacher. One of the most important things that a Christian can do is to seek out this power. It is essential to be lead in our lives in everything we do to keep us on the straight and narrow path. We can know the truth of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost.

“But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26

The most important truth that the Holy Ghost can teach and testify of is that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God.

“no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor 12:3).

Are you experiencing this guidance and comfort in your life? Why be alone any more? Accept Christ and be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost.

– A is for Adam, B is for Baptism, C is for Covenant

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” – Mark 16:15, 16

This verse contains the last charge that Christ gave to his apostles as he told them to go forth and preach. He gave them as part of that charge what they were to accomplish by their preaching. The warning given is harsh and states that people (all the posterity of Adam) who hear the gospel message and reject it will be damned. Damnation in this context means that they cannot live with God eternally. Those that do believe are asked to show their belief by submitting to the ordinance of baptism and are those that will be saved.

Baptism is for Identification:

The New Testament writings of Paul talk about being baptized into one “body” (see 1 Corinthians 12:13). That has reference to the “body of believers”, or the “body of Christ”. Baptism is for the purpose of identification with Christ through which we become a part of the church. It is your invisible badge that you wear.

This event of baptism is really just the beginning of a journey. It is the making of a covenant (promise) to God that for your part you will take the name of Christ upon you, which means you will be an example to the world of someone living the true Christian life by traveling on the strait and narrow path. We are thus separated out from society and made “one in Christ” in this special group.

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:27

Repentance and the Holy Ghost:

Baptism is meant to be symbolic. One of its symbolisms is that of being washed clean. It is not however the physical act of the water baptism that is cleansing the person. It is the power of the Holy Ghost that sanctifies us and cleanses us.

We are sanctified by the Holy Ghost through the power of God. Redemption comes through the atoning blood of Christ that allows this cleansing to take place. The sanctification by the Holy Ghost is what makes us pure and spotless before God.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” – Acts 2:38

You can’t fool God

Many Christians are well aware of and have experienced a water baptism. This physical baptism in water does not accomplish the actual sanctification of a person. This is only half of the process. In order for the process to be complete, one must experience a baptism of the Spirit. This is also referred to as baptism by fire.

The day of Pentecost in the ancient church was an extreme case of the baptism by fire happening where the Holy Ghost descended and actual fire and a rushing noise was experienced. Through the baptism of fire, sin is burned out of the repentant sinner. This is related to the person being born again and becoming a new person in Christ.

The insincere cannot fool God. They may have the water baptism, but will not receive the baptism of the spirit. The baptism by fire is the experience resulting from receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

I invite you to read about baptism and to seek out one in authority to administer this ordinance. Don’t stop there, because the physical act is the outward sign. The true effect of it will be a baptism of the spirit.