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How To Achieve The Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

According to Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”.

Okay, now what does this mean, some of you may be asking? When it says SPIRIT, just WHAT type of “spirit” is the passage talking about? I’m glad you asked! The “Spirit” being referenced/referred to in the above bible passage is talking about the HOLY SPIRIT! Now…..for those of you unsure who or what the HOLY SPIRIT is, let me tell you: it is the SPIRIT OF GOD! That’s why it’s called “Holy”.

Okay, some of you might still be confused so I’ll try to explain it a bit better. Look at the “scientific properties” of WATER, for instance (also known as H20). It is the SAME ELEMENT but has 3 different properties (solid/frozen, boiling/steam, and liquid). So it is with God the Heavenly Father and Jesus. It’s the SAME GOD but it’s the same God represented in THREE DIFFERENT FORMS, if that makes any sense?

BEFORE Jesus appeared on the Earth in his FLESHLY incarnate form (by means of a virgin birth) he appeared during the times of the Old Testament in his PRE-FLESH-INCARNATE-FORMS (also known as “Christophanies” – Google it). He was the “King of Salem” that brought out bread and wine to refresh Abram after he won the battle against foreign kings, He shut the mouths of the Lions in the Lions Den, He with the “Son of Man” who was with Daniel’s 3 friends in the Fiery Furnace of Nubuchadnezzar, He was the “Angel of the Lord” besides Joshua at the Battle of Jericho, He was the one who parted the Red Sea, He was the “Burning Bush Not Consumed” that Moses saw, you get the picture…..

Therefore, during the Old Testament times, there was no need for the Holy Spirit because Jesus was there (in PRE-FLESH-INCARNATE form). And during the times of the New Testament times WHILE Jesus was on the Earth, there was no need for the Holy Spirit because Jesus was THERE in fleshly, incarnate form!

In fact, Jesus explained this in further detail to his disciples in John 16:7 when he said the following:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you”

And in Luke 24:49, Jesus is JUST ABOUT to ascend back up to heaven….But not before he leads his disciples up into Bethany and lays his hands on them to bless them:

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”

However, it wasn’t until AFTER Jesus left the Earth for good (following his Ascension to Heaven), that the disciples RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT/HOLY GHOST:

And please remember: The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit that testifies of HIM and His Word! It’s the Spirit that’ll let you KNOW things like: “Yes, this is of God” or “No, this is NOT of God!”

In other words, it’s a Spirit of JOY/SPIRITUAL COMFORT and/of SPIRITUAL CONVICTION/DISCERNMENT! (Note: It is called The Holy Ghost AND The Holy Spirit, depending on what bible version you’re reading).

ACTS 2:1-13:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine”.

Okay, so in a nutshell, the disciples and many others are sitting around in a room, waiting for the “gift” of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. And this was about 40 days AFTER Jesus ascended back up to heaven through the clouds to be on the right hand side of God the Heavenly Father.

And suddenly, a WHIRLWIND comes into the room and the disciples start SPEAKING on inspiration from the Holy Spirit! And there were Jews from ALL AROUND gathered there at Jerusalem! There were Greek Jews, Arabian Jews, Asian Jews, etc. And they each spoke their own languages (INCLUDING the disciples of Jesus gathered there at Jerusalem!)

So try to imagine for a moment what CONFUSION that must’ve caused them when they HEARD the disciples speaking, but yet, HEARING THEIR OWN LANGUAGE being spoken! In other words, when Peter was up there on podium speaking Galilean (his native language), the Asian Jews didn’t hear Galilean, they heard their own ASIAN LANGUAGE being spoken. The Greek Jews heard Peter speaking in GREEK, the Arab Jews heard Peter speaking in Arabic or Farsi. You get the picture?

And some of the “diaspora Jews” there thought that fact was SO outrageous, that the disciples “must be drunk with new wine”. Even though that might seem like an “innocent” accusation by TODAY’S STANDARDS, back THEN in ancient biblical standards, that was one of THE WORST things you could say or accuse about a person, ESPECIALLY a disciple or one of high-religious-ranking! So imagine how Peter must’ve felt, standing in front of the all those people, being accused of such things!

Yet, in Acts 2:14-21, Peter gives this BOLD RESPONSE:

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

By then, the Jews that had accused Peter and the other disciples of being “drunk with new wine” had realized their mistake and were amazed at the BOLDNESS of Peter in the declaration and sat up and took notice!

But anyways, there’s the whole story and backstory concerning the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost. So now that you know WHAT and WHOM the Holy Spirit is, we’re gonna go back to the passage in Galatians:

Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”.

In THIS instance, “fruit” doesn’t mean LITERAL fruit. It means SPIRITUAL FRUIT. Or in other words, what types of RESULTS are you getting from your spiritual walk in Christ? Are people getting saved? Are people being given information between right and wrong? Do most people consider you a patient, kind person? You get the idea.

But to further break down the process of the “fruits of the Spirit”, I’m going to personally define each one and then give you hints and tips on how to personally BECOME the epitome of each one on the list! 😉

Remember, the Galatians 5:22-23 passage goes directly in line with Matthew 17:16-20, which states:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”

Remember the passage in Matthew 21:18-20 where Jesus is hungry and happens across a fig tree that has leaves on it and LOOKS LIKE it has fruit on it but doesn’t have any fruit on it, so Jesus CURSES THE FIG TREE? That is a foreshadowing of all the “fake Christians” that Matthew 7:21-23 says do the following:

“Not every one that saith unto me, ‘Lord, Lord‘, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?‘ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity“.

Okay, here’s how to NOT be one of those “fake Christians” who end up ETERNALLY CURSED just like the fig tree that LOOKED like it had fruit from the outside but was ROTTEN from the inside: EMPLOY AND EMBODY *THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT* (AKA THE *GOOD FRUITS*)….

Galatians 5: 22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

Love – an intense feeling of deep affection. (We can ALL love our friends and family. That’s easy. Even our enemies do the same. But how well do we LOVE Jesus? How well do we love OTHER HUMAN BEINGS that are NOT our friends and family? That’s what Jesus means when he says in Matthew 22:37-40Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.)

Joy – a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. (Do you obey the Lord because you feel like you begrudgingly HAVE to? Or do you obey the Lord Jesus Christ because you WANT to, out of SHEER LOVE and RESPECT for the Savior? Do you feel JOY while obeying his commandments? Do you feel JOY in his Spirit? If not, you’re doing something wrong and you better pray to Jesus quick to find out what the something IS!)

Peace – freedom from war/disturbance, remaining calm, feeling tranquil/content/relaxed. (Do you feel at peace with your day to day life? If so, why not? Is there something you’re doing wrong in your walk with Christ? If so, FIX IT! And if you DO feel “at peace” with your day to day life in Christ, that’s a good sign, it means you’re on the path that Jesus WANTS you on, in life. If you feel “peace” about a move, a job change, a marriage, it means that Jesus is behind it. Note: If you DON’T feel peace about something, or don’t feel “at peace” WITH Jesus, there’s something wrong! Better examine it while you still have a chance!)

Longsuffering – having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people. (Do you CAVE at the first sign of pressure? Do you immediately get into an argument if someone hurts you? Or do you try to reanalyze and reassess the situation……..maybe they didn’t mean to hurt you? Maybe they were having a bad day?)

Gentleness – the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered. (Think of children, pets, and old people. Do you hold the door open for old people or help them put things in their shopping basket? Are you gentle and patient with pets and children when they act up? Are you gentle with your spouse if you disagree with them about something?) 

Goodness – the quality of being morally good or virtuous (Please remember that Jesus AND the bible define virtue and “moral good” as those people who SUBMIT to Jesus and his biblical laws! For a person can’t be a “good person” without Christ!)

FAITH – complete trust or confidence in something or someone, even if not seen (Hebrews 11:6 says: “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”).

Meekness – being submissive, humble and agreeable (but not sinning when doing so – i.e. being “submissive” to God’s Word, not blaming Jesus or others for what’s wrong in your life or in your job, etc.)

Temperance – self-control, abstinence from alcoholic drink and/or “all non-sinful things in moderation?” (i.e. eating a “moderate” amount of food instead of over-eating, only watching an hour of TV every night instead of longer, only being on the computer for an hour each night, instead of all night, etc.?)

Self-Application Study Guide Questions:

1). Have you ever failed to show “LOVE” to someone? Who? Why? How? What can you do from now on to make sure it doesn’t happen again? How have you felt before when someone else refused to show “love” to you in a given situation?

2). Who or what do you find your “JOY” in? Why? Would Jesus approve of the said thing or person you find “joy” in? Why or why not? What stories from the bible (if any) give you joy? Why? How can you INCORPORATE some of that joy into your OWN life? Do you feel JOY at the mere mention of Jesus and/or salvation? If not, why not? Are you jealous of other Christians who seem to have much “joy” in their lives, despite all the calamities they face? If so, that’s a good sign for there IS such a thing as “righteous envy” and Jesus can take that “righteous envy” of yours and use it for HIS GLORY! So fret not!

3). Do you feel a sense of PEACE in your life, concerning Jesus and and the gospel? Why or why not? If not, whom or what is holding you back from feeling that sense of peace in Jesus in your life? What steps can you take to recapture that peace in Jesus that was stolen from your life from said thing or person? Note: If someone has stolen your “peace in Jesus”, then that means you’re doing something wrong! That either means you’re either caving in to the pressures of persecution, you happen to be dating or married to a non-Christian or you’ve allowed someone to slowly creep in and rob you of your faith! The only way to have PEACE IN JESUS is to REPENT OF ALL SIN *TO* JESUS and get back on the “battlefield of life!”

4). Remember the parable of the sower? What happens when persecution hits ya? Do you get scared and give up and go running for the hills? Do you back off from your faith and/or your preaching a bit, hoping that the persecution will die down soon? Do you stress and buckle underneath all the pressure you’re under from school, home, work, etc.? Or do you face whatever “trials” come your way head-on, KNOWING that Jesus is with you? If you tend to run away from trials and tribulations, WHY? And what steps can you do to change that from now on? Did you know that even the demons themselves tremble and believe in Jesus? So why don’t YOU?

Longsuffering simply means the ability to remain calm NO. MATTER. WHAT. In other words, a group of people might be spiritually persecuting you. Do you give up and go running away (i.e. change jobs?) Or do you face the persecution head-on, knowing that no matter what, Jesus is with you and they (the persecutors) won’t win? Please remember that our faith is tested by FIRE (i.e. trials and tribulations). So if you can’t stand in spiritual battle NOW, how ever will you be able to stand in spiritual battle later, when the “heat of persecution” INTENSIFIES?

5). Gentleness – How many of us have gotten occasionally impatient with small children, pets or old people? Our young children are acting up, our pet is acting up and not minding us, the old person ahead of us in line at the checkout is taking FOR-EVEEERRRR to pay……Nearly all of us, at some point or another, if we’re being completely honest. But the “fruit” of gentleness just means we need to be PATIENT and GENTLE at ALL TIMES (even during the times when we’re about to LOSE patience). That’s why Jesus says to anger but NOT to sin IN our anger. Trust me, it’s an acquired learning exercise. What types of situations have you been impatient with a young child, a pet or an old person? Why? How? What types of situations in the future can you utilize to be PATIENT and GENTLE with small children, pets and old people?

6). Goodness – Funny how almost every single human on the planet would (in their own mind) define themselves as a “good person”. Because hey, no-one really likes admitting their own failures and shortcomings, am I right? It makes them feel so……..small……like such a “terrible” human being with flaws……..with………sin……….with…….oh my gosh….(gasp!) IMPERFECTIONS! However, the bible (and Jesus) define a good person by how well they RECEIVE the gospel AND apply it to their LIFE!

Have you ever been unkind to someone? Why? How? Did being unkind TO that someone help or hurt the situation? Did you feel guilty at all afterwards, on the inside? Why or why not? We must be “GOOD” (that means be KIND) to ALL people, according to the bible! It’s a part of “loving our neighbor as ourselves”. Noah was defined in the bible as a good man, a righteous man who always tried to OBEY the Lord. And no doubt OBEYING the Lord (on Noah’s part) very likely meant loving OTHER PEOPLE as he loved the Lord and HIMSELF!

7). **FAITH**Hebrews 11:6 says: “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”.

For those people who have actually SEEN Jesus during a Near-Death Experience, faith is nearly automatic! But for those who have NOT seen Jesus during an N.D.E., faith is a little more hard to come by, I know. How much faith in Jesus (if any) do you have? Why? If not alot, why is that? Do you think the universe came to be by mere accident? Do you think that colored illustrated books just produce, write, illustrate and publish themselves?

There is SO MUCH EVIDENCE for Jesus and his existence (outside of N.D.E.’s AND outside of Christian sources, even) that it’s not even funny! In the Old Testament, Saul is told that Jesus prefers FAITH over sacrifice! Also, it was Abraham’s FAITH that was accounted to him for all righteousness! If you don’t have faith or alot of faith, you can always PRAY TO HAVE FAITH! 😉

Your key always opens up the lock to your house/apt., your microwave always turns on when you hit the power button, the TV remote always turns off when you turn it off. Therefore, if you have faith in inanimate things, why don’t you have more faith in Jesus, the one true LIVING GOD? What steps can you take to increase your faith? The bible says that faith comes by hearing and that hearing comes by READING THE WORD (The Bible itself!) So what steps can you take to increase your reading of the bible daily?

8). Meekness – How submissive to Jesus and God’s Written Word (the bible) are you? Do you find yourself “questioning certain parts” or “disagreeing with others?” Do you find yourself “questioning God” or certain biblical characters on a continual basis? If so, why? And/or do you find yourself feeling “superior” to other Christians for all your biblical-based bible knowledge or principles? Why? How?

Do you occasionally find yourself questioning Jesus’s orders? (i.e. “But Jesus………this doesn’t make any sense to me! Why should I print an Op-Ed letter to you when that seems totally crazy to me? I don’t get it. Until I understand why, I’m not doing it!”) Are you “meek” (submissive and humble) towards Jesus, the bible and others? If not, why? What steps can you take to learn to be more meek and humble? Jesus says the meek and the humble SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH (i.e. New Jerusalem talked about in Revelation 21-22!)

9). Temperance – Do you have “modesty?” “Self-control?” If not, why? Whom or what are you addicted to? Why? How? How does this “addiction” play into the fact that the “fruit” of the Spirit REQUIRES us to have “self-control”? Can you see how said “addiction” is taking you AWAY from Jesus and the gospel of Salvation?

If the serving on the package says 1 cup, do you eat 5 cups serving instead? If so, why? The bible condemns drunkenness. Do you ever get drunk? If so, WHY? In my mind, this does NOT just apply to “addictions” like alcohol, drugs, sex, videogames, partying, food and the like. It also means WITH OUR WORDS! Are we able to “self-control” our WORDS? Are we able to “self-control” our ANGER and our ACTIONS?

How many times have you lost “self-control” over something or someone? Why? How? Do you see HOW and WHERE the LACK of “self-control” came from? What steps can you take to overcome said LACK of self-control? With time, prayer, patience and training, YOU can train yourself to have more “self-control” and “self-restraint”.

I hope this has helped someone today know how to apply the 9 FRUITFUL GIFTS of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost to their lives! Thanks and have a great evening! 😉

 

 

 

 

We Must Be BORN AGAIN!

Many a “Christian” can read or quote bible verses, go to “church” every week and carry the mere “label” of “Christian”, but if they don’t truly APPLY what they read in the bible to their OWN LIVES, then they’re only a “nominal Christian”, at best.

There was quite a controversy awhile back when an atheist guy pegged many of today’s “Christians” as “cafeteria Christians” in an article. But sadly, that guy is right. Many “Christians” today think they “want the lettuce without the tomato” or the “onion without no ketchup” on their “hamburger of righteousness”. In other words, they pick and choose which parts of the bible they want to adhere to and which parts they don’t.

In fact, many of today’s “Christians” don’t read the Old Testament AT ALL! They find it to be “boring”, “outdated”, “Jewish ONLY”, etc.! But what many of them don’t realize (and what many Jews themselves out there don’t realize, as well) is that the bible (Old AND New Testaments) is ONE COMPLETE TESTAMENT of Almighty God! You can’t have the Old without the New and you can’t have the New without the Old! They are SYNONYMOUS with one another!

In fact, did you know that Jesus Christ made PRE-FLESH appearances in the OLD TESTAMENT? These are known as CHRISTOPHANIES! Here are just a FEW examples of such:

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“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” — [Daniel 3:25]

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Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.

Then Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied,Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so” — [Joshua 5:13-15]

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“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh.

And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed

 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” — [Genesis 32: 24-28, Genesis 32:30]

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And that’s just THREE examples! There’s many, many more but for the sake of time and space, I must narrow it down to those three………

But the point I want to make is that is that NOT ONLY is the bible (the ENTIRE bible, front to back) a COMPLETE TESTAMENT of God/Jesus Christ Almighty but also that we must adhere to ALL of it, not just certain parts of it!

There’s many “Christians” out there today, for example, whom DON’T believe in either the FIRST book of the bible (Genesis) or the very LAST book of the bible (Revelation). And AS SOON AS you take out ONE book of the bible, you’d then have to take out ALL books of the bible, since it’s either ALL true or it isn’t, right folks?

And I submit to you today that the bible (front to back) is 100% true! I’ve actually physically SEEN Jesus Christ during a Near Death Experience! And once you’ve SEEN him during an NDE and KNOW him to be 100% real beyond all reasonable doubt, there is no UN-SEEING him!

Nicodemus was a member of the high Jewish council, back in biblical times. And he asked Jesus Christ how to be “Saved”. And here was Jesus’s response to Nicodemus’s question:

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“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”[John 3:3]

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” — [John 3: 4-6]

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In other words, Jesus Christ is saying in that passage that we MUST be born again as “spirit-filled” believers in HIM! But the only way we can do that is through being “born again”. And the only way we can be “born again” is through WATER AND THE SPIRIT! Translation? Baptism!

In other words, getting saved is by GRACE through FAITH + OBEDIENCE! Now, before others start touting me as saying, “You’re preaching a works-based Salvation”, that’s not what I’m saying AT ALL! What I’m saying is that we’re Saved in the name of Jesus by grace through faith AND obedience!

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“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity — [Matthew 7: 21-23]

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Translation? You can “believe” in Jesus Christ all you want to, until the cows come home! But if you don’t also OBEY Jesus Christ and his commands in the bible, you’re not truly BORN AGAIN! And you WON’T be Saved in the name of Jesus Christ UNTIL you get truly BORN AGAIN, are you HEARING me on this, people?

Lets examine another passage, here……

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Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” — [Matthew 5: 17-18]

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Look around you, folks! Has ALL been fulfilled yet, according to the bible? Or is there much, much MORE yet to be fulfilled (according to the book of Daniel, book of Revelation, Ezekiel, etc.?) Hint: ALL won’t be fulfilled until the times of Revelation chapters 21-22!

So that brings to mind my next point. What is baptism and why is it a required mark of obedience to our Lord & King [Jesus Christ Almighty?] Answer: It is the public declaration of faith, the ceremonial “washing away” of sins and the “old life”, the “spiritual cleansing/rebirth” into the “new life” with Christ, and the means by which we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit/The Spirit of Truth (which will help guide us into ALL righteousness and will tell us the things that are of God/Jesus Christ and that are NOT of God/Jesus Christ……the spirit of spiritual discernment….).

And for those who try to claim that baptism is NOT a required mark of obedience to our lord & King Jesus Christ Almighty, please prayerfully consider the following bible passages:

  1. Luke 3:16

  2. Matthew 3:13-17

  3. Mark 1: 9-11

  4. Luke 3: 21-22

  5. John 1: 29-33

  6. Mark 1: 4-5

  7. Mark 16:16

  8. Acts 2:38

  9. Acts 8: 35-38

  10. Acts 16: 31-33

  11. Romans 6: 3-6

  12. 1 Corinthians 12:13

  13. Galatians 3:27

  14. 1 Peter 3:21

Because SADLY, many “Christians” are going around today, thinking that, “All I have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and live a good life and I’m saved, easy as pie!” But it’s NOT that simple, folks! In fact, Jesus Christ describes it as a NARROW WALK!

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Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereatBecause strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” — [Matthew 7: 13-14]

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The Christians that think that baptism isn’t required at all for a mark of obedience to our Lord & King Jesus Christ Almighty reminds me of the people that Jesus describes as walking on a “broad path” in the above passage. Because non-believers ALSO think that baptism’s not required [as a mark of obedience to Jesus Christ Almighty] to get to the Lord’s kingdom [what THEY oftentimes refer to as “heaven”]. Do you get where I’m going with this, people?

Ofcourse, for those who are INCAPABLE of getting to a body of water [those in a coma, in EXTREME medical conditions, or other conditions which PREVENT a person from being baptized — such as the thief on the cross, for instance], the Lord Jesus will make an exception.

But in ALL other cases where a person is physically ABLE to get baptized in a body of water — or bathtub/tub full of water — and chooses NOT to? The Lord will hold that person accountable on the Day of Judgement! The non-baptized Christians will be like the people in the Matthew 7:22ish passage, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

But instead of PRAISING the willfully disobedient unbaptized Christian, Jesus Christ will INSTEAD say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” – [Matthew 7:23b] 

Okay, let us backtrack once more to Jesus’s response to Nicodemus, who wanted to know how to “get Saved” in the name of Christ:

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” — [John 3: 5-6]

Now, there’s still some Christians out there which CLAIM that one can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit WITHOUT water baptism…..But unfortunately, there’s no scriptural basis for that [outside of the thief on the cross who got saved but that’s a whole different story altogether as the thief on the cross wasn’t ABLE to get to a body of water for baptism!]

Not to mention that Jesus Christ HIMSELF was baptized in the River Jordan, while all his disciples were full-water-immersion baptized as well! So clearly, if baptism were NOT required in any way, shape or form, A) Jesus Christ HIMSELF wouldn’t have done it and commanded others to do so and B) Jesus Christ wouldn’t have baptized me HIMSELF during my NDE when I was around 2 years old or so!

I really don’t know how it’s even possible for people to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth WITHOUT a full-water immersion baptism. Yes, there’s plenty of “Catholics”, “Lutherans”, “Episcopalians”, etc. that get baptized “with a sprinkling” but THAT’S NOT BIBLICAL!

In fact, just look at how many “Catholics”, “Lutherans”, “Methodists” etc. SUPPORT the abominable sins of abortion, divorce, remarriage and the gay/trans movement today! That’s because they WEREN’T properly baptized with the BIBLICAL model of baptism (full-water immersion) and DON’T have the Holy Spirit (the TRUE, BIBLICAL HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH) residing in their souls/churches. Because if they DID, they’d KNOW the ABOMINABLE HELLISHNESS of the gay/trans movement, abortion, divorce, remarriage, etc.

Mormons are a different case. They USE full-water-immersion baptism but they do it IMPROPERLY. Since the Holy Spirit is NOT in the Mormon church, the “Spirit” that unsuspecting people can baptized INTO in the Mormon church is NOT the Holy Spirit of the bible but rather, another “Spirit”, altogether! A dark, Satanic one, that is!

The Mormon church is based on LIES! Joseph Smith had over 99 FAILED prophecies! 99! Jesus Christ Almighty? Hasn’t had one failed prophecy, YET! Just goes to show ya the difference between God’s Eternal Truth contained in Jesus Christ Almighty and the Devil’s Eternal LIES (found in the FALSE, UNBIBLICAL prophet Joseph Smith).

And I’m not even gonna touch on OTHER false religions out there that GO AGAINST Jesus Christ Almighty and his Eternal Truths found in the bible (Old AND New Testaments!)

But you got two choices and two choices, ONLY: Are you gonna FULLY submit to Jesus Christ and obey ALL his commands in the bible, including baptism/being born again of water AND of spirit? Or are you gonna follow a DIFFERENT religion, no religion, Satan’s religion, or a NON-BIBLICAL “Christian tradition”?

Because today, I submit to you that the ONLY TRUE religion on Earth is MESSIANIC CHRISTIANITY! One that adheres to both Old AND New Testaments! One that celebrates the Lord’s TRUE, 7th day (blessed, consecrated/sanctified) BIBLICAL SABBATH (Saturday) and that celebrates the TRUE BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS (such as Passover, Tabernacles, Trumpets, etc.)

One that partakes of BIBLICAL baptism (full-water-immersion baptism in the name of Jesus Christ Almighty! Because one truly wants to, not because they “have to”!) One that embraces the Lord’s truth found in the bible and rejects ALL outside sources that attempt to “tamper” with it! One that DOES AWAY WITH ALL THINGS PAGAN (Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.)

Because lets face it, Jews are missing the complete truth of God (as they practically do away with the New Testament and Old Testament, COMPLETELY!) They have replaced TRUTH with TRADITIONS OF MAN (the Talmud). Just like today’s “Christians” are ALSO missing half the truth (they do away with the Old Testament, as if it no longer matters!) So Christians (as a whole) only have HALF THE TRUTH of GOD!

But “BIBLICAL Christians?” They have the full 100% BIBLICAL, UNALTERED ETERNAL TRUTH OF GOD, and Satan HATES THAT! He absolutely, positively can not STAND the fact that “BIBLICAL Christians” have the full eternal truth of God in their minds, hearts, bodies and spirits! So he spiritually fights against THEM the most!

For example, he’ll send “unbiblical Christians” to try to make them DOUBT that the Lord wants them ONLY CELEBRATING the BIBLICAL 7TH DAY SABBATH and BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS! He’ll also occasionally send “old school” Jews in their path, calling them a “spiritual charlatan” for celebrating the “Jewish feasts”, and “how DARE THEY celebrate in feasts that old school Jews consider sacred”, etc.!

[Hint: They’re not so much “Jewish feasts” so much as they are BIBLICAL FEASTS for ALL the Lord’s people to observe, not just SOME!]

But WHEN, as a BIBLICAL Christian, you get that sense of, “is it REALLY wrong for me to celebrate in the biblical 7th-day Sabbath and the bible’s BIBLICAL holidays?”, KNOW THIS: Satan and his demons are silently declaring WAR on you, trying ever-so-hard to take you away from the Lord’s eternal truth! But don’t let them win, folks! Pray in the name of Almighty Yeshua that you’ll be able to stand in these last days!

And for those of you out there that think that Jesus Christ and his disciples DIDN’T partake of the 7th-day biblical Sabbath and 7 biblical holidays + 2 Minor biblical holidays? Here’s proof [while the John 5:1 feast is still up to biblical interpretation by most bible scholars]:

  • Luke 13:10 [7th Day Saturday Sabbath]
  • Matthew 26:17 [Passover/Unleavened Bread]
  • Luke 2: 41-42 [Passover]
  • John 7:1-2 & Acts 18:21 [Tabernacles]
  • Acts 2:1 [Pentecost]
  • Acts 27:9 [Day of Atonement]
  • Luke 22: 1-7 [Unleavened Bread]
  • John 7-9 [Last Great Day]
  • John 10: 22-23 [Chanukah]
  • John 5:1 [Purim?]

So therefore, if Jesus Christ and his own disciples celebrated the “Jewish feasts”, that can only mean that we ourselves are to follow their example! 

Jesus Christ is PERSONALLY REVEALED in every and every one of the “feasts”, listed up above. But yet, Jesus Christ is actually MOCKED in today’s PAGANIZED CHRISTIAN HOLIDAYS. Christmas reduces Jesus Christ to nothing more than a “helpless babe in a manger”, while Easter equates Jesus with Ishtar, the Babylonian/Persian fertility “goddess”. 

So in closing, REMEMBER:

A). We must be BORN AGAIN by WATER AND SPIRIT (Baptism – not ONLY of the body, but of the mind, heart, body AND spirit!)

B). Today’s PAGANIZED “Christian holidays” MOCK Jesus Christ, while the JEWISH/BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS actually REVEAL AND CELEBRATE Jesus Christ! 

You can follow traditions of man……….OR………you can follow the TRUE, BIBLICAL JEWISH TRADITIONS of Jesus Christ and his disciples THEMSELVES! The choice is up to YOU! But don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

Because you really DON’T want to be one of of those people whom Jesus Christ says to someday, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” — Matthew 7:23b

And lets face it. Placing PAGAN TRADITIONS over the BIBLE’S TRADITIONS truly IS “working iniquity” in one’s mind, heart, body and spirit, IS IT NOT? 

I pray that all souls who read this will become BORN AGAIN by water and spirit and will PUT AWAY all things/traditions Pagan and EMBRACE the Jewishness of Jesus Christ and disciples and EMBRACE God’s traditions (7th-day Sabbath, biblical holidays), instead of man’s “traditions” (false man-made Sunday Sabbath, Christmas, Easter, etc.) Amen.