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Introduction

Below are some verses that outline what the Bible says on points fundamental to the Christian life.  They are a foundation upon which to build a better understanding of what is meant by whosoever believeth. 

The role of the Bible.

The Bible is God's revelation to man.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (Timothy-2 3:16)

This is fundamental for Christians, for without this belief we have nothing upon which to build.  You can't trust tradition, just like you can't trust your own understanding. What we need is something solid and objective.  Nothing can be better than the Word of God. 

The apostle Paul's list is not the product of chance, and neither is it random.  The fact that the list starts with doctrine is in keeping with what we find elsewhere in the Bible, as for example in Acts, where Luke records the nature and activities of the early church, And they continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 3:42).  And this is where we as Christians must start. The first thing that brings us to salvation is doctrine.  We are told through the word of God that we are sinners in need of salvation.  We learn that reconciliation with God  is only possible through the completed work of His only begotten Son, Jesus (His life, death and resurrection), and that it is offered to us through the providence of a loving God (not through any merit of or in ourselves).  The Holy Spirit opens our understanding, making these things real to us, enabling us for the first time to see our real situation.  And it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we are able to accept God's offer, and it is through Him that we are born again.  It is scripture that helps us grow in knowledge, giving us a better understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live.  It is scripture that corrects us when we wander from the path.  It is scripture that guides us in a righteous life.  It is scripture that supports us when we are down, it is scripture that encourages us when we are feeling disconsolate, and it is scripture that tell us of the good things to come.

The scriptures are God's revelation to man.  They are a gold mine, no, better then a gold mine, they are pure gold.  Dig into it, and deposit your findings in the bank of heaven where they will be safe for all eternity.

Sin and its consequences

Sin and its consequences should not be under estimated.  If there is one thing common to every man and every woman, it is that they have all sinned. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God....[and]....There is none righteous, no, not one. (Romans 3:10&23).  The other thing that should be kept in mind, is the power of sin.  We, as humans, have no strength at all to resist sin.  Sin is rebellion against God: that is not doing what God wants us to do, and doing the things that He does not want us to do.  It is a double problem.  The trouble is, as humans we add our own perspective and value to sin, dividing them into little sins, big sins and mortal sins.  The truth is, sin is sin, and even the littlest sin is unacceptable to God.  God cannot tolerate any kind of sin.  And ALL sin must be punished.

From a human perspective, the trouble with punishing sin is our inability to take the punishment and survive, For the wages of sin is death; (Romans 6:23), and once you are dead there is no way of coming back to do it all over again in order to get it right.  Even if you could come back it would be of no use, for you would still be powerless to resist sin.  You would fail no matter how many times you returned.  But God is gracious and loving, and has made a way for people to escape.  He gave us His Son: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 6:23)

No matter what we do, we will all die: It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27), and as the scripture says, we then have to stand and be judged.  Could you stand in that judgment and pass the test?  

There is no way out of it:  We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ...[and]...everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God.  (Romans 14: 10&12).

The Lord Jesus shall be revealed form 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.  (Thessalonians-2 1:7-9)

From this we can see quite clearly that the Gospel message is much needed.  These is no one that is not in need of salvation, and with out it we are all in serious trouble.  Sin, is simply going against God, both in doing what He says we should not, and in not doing what He says we should.  It is so natural to man to sin that we don't even recognise it when we do it.  The consequences hardly bare thinking about.  We will all have to account for what we have done in our lives, whether it is good or bad.   Those that have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour will go to eternal punishment.  Hell is forever, not for a season.  Once you are there, there is no way out.  The simple message here is that you have to make your choice in this life, because once you die you can't change your mind. Where you end up when you die, is where you stay.

Salvation

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.  (John 3:16)

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  (Romans 10:13)

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (Romans 10:9)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance  (Peter-2 3:9)

Having read the previous section on sin and its consequences this part must come as quite a relief.  Though all of us deserve the punishment that awaits the unsaved, those who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour will escape the punishment.  There is no one that is excluded from this offer, for 'whosoever' means you.  Just as you are included when it comes to sin, so too, are you included in the offer of salvation.  All you need to do is follow the simple instructions contained in the above scriptures.

Jesus Christ

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (Matthew 1:22&23)

Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  ....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (John 1:1,&14 to16)

I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.  (John 10:10)

Christ died for the ungodly...But God commended His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:6&8)

He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.  (Corinthians-1 15:4)

 

Jesus Christ was the long awaited for messiah.  But, just as people refused to accept that in His own lifetime on earth, so too, do people refuse to accept it today.  But, just because we refuse to believe the truth, that does not stop it from being true.

Eternal Life

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (John 10:28)

Heaven

Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which the Lord hath prepared for them that love Him.  (Corinthians-1 2:9)

This is a great promise!  If you are born again and trust to the Lord Jesus for your salvation this is your future.  As the scriptures say, we can't even begin to imagine the great things God has prepared for us who are saved.

The Faithfulness of God towards the believer

...For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (Timothy-2 1:12 )

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  (John 10:28)

 

This is your assurance.  If you commit your ways and life to God, through His Son Jesus Christ.  He will support and keep you in the way: all the way to heaven.  Trust in Him and Him alone.

 

I hope these scriptures have been a help to you.  The best thing you can do is read the Bible.  There are on the pages Useful Publications, commentaries on the Bible to help you get a broader perspective more quickly.  It will also help you understand the scriptures in both the context in which each passage was written and in relation to the Bible as a whole.


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