10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have actually gotten a few messages asking if I’m okay. Well, I didn’t start this series to post in it fifty times a day. I actually said in the introduction post that I’d space them out. I hadn’t been doing that. So I posted a bunch in the course of a week, then abruptly stopped. Not because I ran out of ideas, i simply had writer’s block. I’d been planning this topic since before I stopped, even telling someone in a comment that I would be covering this. But then every time I sat down to write, my mind would go blank. I hate writer’s block. I couldn’t even work on my novel.
Anyway, as the opening verse points out, we’re called to be joined together as one. Denominations are unscriptural I go to a Baptist church, but I do not consider myself a Baptist. Because I don’t go by what my pastor says, I go by what the Bible says. I am a Christian. Most people ask “Which denomination is correct?”. Which ever ones accept that Jesus is the Son of God and that He’s the only way into Heaven. There’s going to be little differences between different churches, but as long as the core is the same throughout, there is nothing wrong with going to a Baptist church or Methodist or Lutheran or [fill in the blank].
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.
Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.
Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.
So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 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.
Is Jesus saying that we’re still under the Law of Moses, the set of 613 laws given to the Israelites by Moses through God? Well, at least now we can ask for forgiveness instead of sacrificing a lamb.
But what about these verses?
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
So if we’re not bound by the Law of Moses, how are we saved?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
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.
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Ah, I see it now. So we’re not bound by the Law of Moses because salvation comes from faith. As previously covered, you have to believe in Jesus (that he was crucified, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead, and that He is the only begotten Son of God). Jesus came and made everything so much easier. Instead of remembering 613 laws that you COULD NOT break because you would never be fully forgiven, now you just have to remember that simple thing, and on top of that you can now be forgiven of sins.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
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.
What does “begotten” mean? This is perhaps one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible, after Genesis 1:1 and Psalms 23. Yet most people don’t even know what that one word means. I didn’t know until a minute ago (which led me to writing this post). In fact, the word is so overlooked that it’s removed from the NIV, the version a majority of Americans are using. Unfortunately.
According to Google, the word means, “A past participle of beget.” Click on “beget” and you get “(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.”
Okay, so that just means Jesus is his son. why do we need such a fancy word to explain that? Heck, the word “son” is the very next word after “begotten”. That’s redundant!
Now hold on a second, previous paragraph. That word wouldn’t be there unless there was a reason for it being there. Let’s look deeper. What is that word in Greek?
μονογενῆ (or monogenes). which means, “single of its kind“.
I think we can agree that there never has been and never will be anyone like Jesus. Therefore, He truly is God’s only begotten Son. The evil NIV tries to downplay Him by making the verse “one and only Son”, which devalues the original text. That’s why that one word is so important. By saying Jesus is God’s “one and only Son”, you’re putting doubt into people’s mind that Jesus is in fact God. Because if He’s His Son, and he was born 2,000 years ago, yet God is eternal, how can Jesus be God? Insert the word “begotten” and you have your answer.
One word makes a difference between understanding and being mislead.
5 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.
I keep hearing people saying that you don’t have to be baptized to be saved. All you have to do is “believe” and you’ll go to Heaven. Even this one guy at my church keeps arguing with the pastor about it. Claims it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you have to go be baptized to be saved.
“Jesus died for all sins. You’re saved already!”.
Well look at the verse I opened this with. Jesus says you can not enter the Kingdom of God without being baptized. What about this?
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
…wow, that seems pretty straightforward. He even puts it in a certain order. Believe…baptize….saved. I don’t know how you can take that out of context.
What about the sinner’s prayer? If that’s not biblical, why do millions do it and claim to be saved? Short answer: They’re not. Long answer.