“In the beginning (Gen. 1:1), a certain man went from
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Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves [Luke 10:30]
and the thorns grew up and choked him [Luke 8:7].
And he met the Queen of Sheba, and she gave him a
thousand talents of gold and one hundred changes
of raiment [1 Kings 10:10]. And he got in a chariot
and drove furiously [ 2 Kings 9:20], and while he was
driving under a tree his hair caught among the limbs
[2 Samuel 18:9], and he hung there for three days
and three nights [Jonah 1:17]. And the ravens
brought him food to eat and water to drink
[1 Kings 17:6], and one night while he was hanging
his wife came along and cut off his hair [Judges 16:19]
and he fell on stony ground [Luke 8:6] and it rained
forty days and forty nights [Genesis 7:14], and he hid
himself in a cave [1 Kings 19:9] and he met a man
who said, ‘Come in and have supper with me.’
[Luke 11:37] And he said, ‘I have married a wife
and cannot come now.’ [Luke 14:20] So the man
went into the highways and byways and compelled
him to come in and have supper with him.
[Luke 14:23] And he went on to Jerusalem
[2 Kings 12:17] and sitting high up in a window
was Jezebel [2 Kings 9:30] and when she saw him
she laughed [Genesis 18:12]. And he said,
‘Throw her down,’ [2 Kings 9:33] and they threw
her down until seventy times seven [Matthew 18:22]
and of the fragments they picked up twelve baskets
f ull. [Matthew 14:20] Now, whose wife is she going
to be in the resurrection? [Matthew 22:28]
Amen!” (Rev. 22:11)
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What is wrong with this story?
Every word came from the Bible!
What do the above passages teach?
I believe you would agree with me
that they teach absolutely nothing!
But why not?
It is an illustration of what it means to take
statements out of context.
This is so often done when it comes to teaching
salvation from the Bible.
A bunch of unrelated pa ssages are taken out
of context and the meaning is distorted so as
to teach what God did not intend to teach.
Does the Bible speak of faith? Certainly!
Does it mention prayer? Yes!
Does it teach honesty & sincerity? Most definitely!
Does it command repentance? Confession?
Baptism? Trust? Hope? The Holy Spirit? Belief?
All of these are taught, yet we cannot ignore the
context in which each is used to mix and match
to teach error in regard to salvation.
Yet there is division in teaching on salvation.
The order is important.
We cannot get the ‘cart before the horse’.
What did the apostle Paul mean in Romans 6:17-18
about a "form of doctrine" that was delivered,
and which was obeyed?
Is there a consistent "form of doctrine" to
be preached in regard to how the sinner is to
"call upon the name of the Lord",
and that the lost must obey "from the heart"?
If so, is that not found in the examples of those
to whom had the gospel proclaimed in the book of Acts?
What form of doctrine do we find proclaimed there
as to how people were to
"call upon the name of the Lord"?
A study of the book of Acts reveals that there is a
pattern or plan by which man ‘obeys the gospel’.
Seed produces after its kind (Luke 8:11).
In the spiritual sense, the word from God is a spiritual seed;
if the same word (seed) is proclaimed today
that was proclaimed then, it will produce the same
fruit today as it did then.
When one obeyed from the heart the same
doctrine as obeyed by others, what was the result?
Were not the apostles consistent in what they taught?
1 Corinthians 4:17 gives us the answer.
This same apostle warned of a perverted gospel -
After Jesus had become the author of man's salvation -
He gave commands for both Jew and Gentile to obey.
When people heard these commands for
the first time (as preached by Peter in Acts 2)
they believed his words and asked in
Acts 2:37, "...what shall we do"?
Their question is proof of their belief that Jesus was
their long awaited Messiah as prophesied by
the prophets of old.
What answer did Peter give?
What 'seed' did he sow?
What commands did Peter give for them to obey?
What 'form of doctrine' was delivered and obeyed?
Their response begins in Acts 2:41, where we find
approximately 3,000 obeyed, the 'form of doctrine'
At what point was their "calling upon the name
of the Lord", completed?
As others did so, we read in verse 47,
"...and the Lord added to the church daily such as
should be saved."
Thus we see how salvation by grace through faith occurs.
This pattern is repeated in the conversion of all others
who are recorded for us in the book of Acts.
In these examples, we see the prayer of Jesus in
John 17:20-21 fulfilled as He prayed,
"Neither pray I for these alone (the apostles),
but for them which shall believe on me through their
word; that they all may be one: as thou, Father,
art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that
the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
Unity among the saved is a powerful drawing
power for the sinner. What is implied as to the
effects upon the lost when such unity does not abound?
Let us take the words of the old hymn "Only Trust Him"
seriously where the chorus reads:
"Come believing and repenting, and confess Him now...
Be immersed into His kingdom, Come accept Him now."