THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT AND THEY BOTH AGREE:

Posted: March 5, 2011 in Holy Spirit, Islam, Jesus Christ
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Mankind was created to enjoy God and to have fulfilment in serving God.  When sin entered and man died spiritually it did not mean he ceased from having that ability to experience the supernatural.  However communion from God was cut off and man became alienated from the life of God.  BUT man continues to have that sense that there is something beyond what we see here.

So spiritualist,  Moslems, Hindus,  Buddhist, Shinto’s ,  and even atheist will have some experience of spirituality.  Many are in contact with demons and such like.  Who will push an agenda and philosophy which is anti Christ or an anti gospel message.

 How do I know that the message I receive is the right one?  Why Christianity as appose to Judaism or Islam or Hinduism?

 The Bible goes into a lot of detail to explain the how  and why things are and work the way they do.  The Koran copies material from all over the place including the Bible.  But because they don’t understand what the Bible teaches they come out with a very garbled message, and that includes using words straight out of their historical context.  For example we have a conversation between pharaoh and Moses over crucifixion.  The word crucifixion is Latin, a language which Pharaoh would not have spoken and a crucifixion as a form of killing would have been unheard of for many centuries, However when Muhammad wrote the Koran he would not have known that.

 THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT AND THEY BOTH AGREE:

 John 8: 17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

 John 3: 33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

 1 cor 1: 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

 Rev 1: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

 2 Tim 3: 15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

 It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convince us by both his word and his spirit that this testimony is true. 

 GOD IS PRECISE IN HIS WORD:

 When we study scripture one of the things that will come out is that God is a very precise individual.  Nothing is said or done half hazard.  He is precise all the way through the Bible.  The Bible is like a mathematical formula; all things were done according to a structured program.  Even with mans fall and sin there is still this preciseness which does not appear in the Koran.  The law reveals mans dilemma and his need for an answer.  The cost of sin is the death of something, hence sacrifices.  God is not planning for what has happened now, but what will happen in the future and into eternity.  This is something you can see running all the way to the very last page of the New Testament. All the way through he is laying down a foundation of knowledge and understanding as to who he is and what he is and why things are the way they are.

 Scripture is laid forth and demands man to take a look at it and decide if we abide by the testimony God has given.  Now it is the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal all this, and to persuade man both of his unrighteousness, his sin and his salvation.  But also it is the work of the Holy Spirit to change a person into the likeness of the nature of God.

 GODS WORK DOES NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS.

 Feelings are common to all races religions and creeds.  Many religions will talk about warm loving feelings, highs and lows, euphoria’s, feelings of peace and tranquillity. But do any of these conform to what the testimony that God has given.  Faith in God does not depend on feelings.  Hebrews 11 never once mentions feelings.  It says they were persuaded.  The Bible appeals to the mind, it demands an intellectual answer.  DO WE BELIEVE THIS TESTIMONY OR NOT.

 Acts 17: 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

 They received the word , WHY?  Because they had warm feelings?  No, but  because they were open to read ,study and to be convinced by this message Paul brought.

 Remember that in most cases these people did not have a Bible as we have in our hands today.  Many were simply given a word from God and they believed it.  They were persuading enough to follow Gods direction.

 Heb 11: 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.

 Faith chooses to believe, but faith is not blind.  We don’t beat the air but we are given his word the Bible and the testimony and the question is do we believe it or not.  Moslems choose not to believe it, or if they did they would follow it.

 Consciousness of the prescience of a god is not unique to Christianity, in fact there can be many times that a Christian feels nothing.  We all go through illness or conflicts or even despair or even chastisement.

   But the thing that we hold onto is that faith is not a feeling. It is a choice to believe. And belief brings obedience to that testimony.  Faith may start of as a mere intellectual assent but it becomes an assurance that says this is what I believe and hold to. It is something deeper than a mere feeling.

 Heb 11: 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

 True faith will embrace the testimony of God, believes it and is persuaded by it. True faith will also see a person move on that faith.  Abraham moved from his home to a land he had never seen.  Faith moved him to look for a city prepared by God.  Faith says even though I do not see it know I am convinced it is real.  True Biblical faith acknowledges that what God says about mankind is true.  True faith even if everyone else says it wrong faith holds to what that testimony has to say.

 WHAT WE HAVE DOES IT CHANGE US:

 The work of the Holy Spirit is to conform the believer into the very  NATURE of God.  Gal 5  The fruits of the spirit is love joy peace patience goodness…”.  Is what we have the same as what the Bible teaches.  Moslems would deny the fundamental issue of  original sin.  A sin nature that from the moment we are born begins to form that rebellious nature that says

 ME, I WILL , I don’t care about others.  I WILL GO MY OWN WAY.

  God’s nature is no longer I, BUT THY WAY, THY WILL, THY PLEASURE.  We are being conform to love that which gives God pleasure.  We delight in obedience to God. Because of this we will always seek to live and obey  according to Gods will.  We may fail and we do many times, but we will hate it when we fail to please God.  When it comes down to a choice we always seek Gods will on any matter.

 That means obeying what his word teaches.  If Moslems believe they would dump the Koran and obey the scriptures.  But they don’t.  They fundamentally have a religion of works in the hope that the IF, BUT MAYBE, their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds.  They have no assurance of salvation as such.  All religions have this concept bar one. Christianity says no amount of good works can please God.  The debt has to be paid for by the death of the innocent.  Christ was that innocent Lamb of God who came lived a perfect life and died for our sins.  His atonement paid the debt.  Islam rejects this sacrifice which means no matter what feelings they may get, it is not in line with the testimony God has given.  Jesus does not send a person to hell because of what they feel but what they did with his word.

 John 5: 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 THE CLIP ROUND THE EAR!

 The Holy Spirit convinces us that we can’t save ourselves; NO amount of good works will make us acceptable to a thrice holy God.  He convicts us that we are as wicked as any natural born person alive and our only hope is in the finished work of Christ.  NO other religion has that experience or testimony.  Many religions will seek a testimony of how good they can become, the Holy Spirit will expose your heart for what is in it in order to change it.  God never leaves us where he finds us, he changes us.  The Holy Spirit has NOT come to make us comfortable and feeling  at one with the  world.  He will convict convince and push and shove to reveal what we are and when we are change, then the blessing and peace and love and warm feelings come, because he will also convince us when we are right with him.  When we fall, sin or mess things up the Holy Spirit is there to guide and assure and do whatever needs to be done.

 GOOD FEELINGS AND GOOD WORKS WONT WORK.

 Math 7: 21-23  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.

 Notice what it says many will call me lord.  So it is not in the name we use that is so important.  Many will use the right name of God in their prayers.  Many will say WE prophesied.  Well there are plenty of those around today.  They even cast out demons, Spiritualist will testify to cleansing or a house of a troubled spirit.

 Acts 19: 13-15  Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

 The sons of sceva received some warm cuddly experiences there and then when this one demon possessed guy beat them up.

 So many people can claim they did many many good works.  But even so good works is not what is important.  Many religions do great and marvellous good works.  Yet these all loose out WHY?  Because they did not do what JESUS asked them?

 Do Moslems do what Jesus asked them, DO Hindus, or Buddhist or even those who profess Christ.   So you see it is not in what we confess but do we do with what we confess?  We call upon God to save us because we have been convinced that we can’t save ourselves and unless God saves us we will be lost.

 Peace and joy comes because we are obedient to God, just as the loss of peace and joy can come because of the chastisement of God.  Feeling come and go, but Gods word does not.

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Comments
  1. I feel our focus should be more on the path forward it is not healthy or God’s way to focus on our inevidable demise. Afterall, He never promised we would live forever on earth but only if we follow the way the truth and the life would we find eternity with Him in the Spirit realm of Heaven. Perhaps we need to connect to the universal source of knowledge through deep meditation and ask God our Creator for the answers to all man’s problems before it is too late. Remember when we pray we speak to God and when we meditate He Speaks back to us, through the Holy Spirit and our inner entity. Order your advanced copy of my book today and get your own “Illumination of Conscience” as you work on discovering your own truth. For “there exist no real truth in the world only varying degrees of certainty” You will learn more about your soul, your body, your Creator, the universal source of knowledge and much more in my new book out this July by 5www.foldmedia.com it can be pre-ordered now for a $2.00 discount at the website http://www.thetruthbooksite.com The book is titled THE TRUTH “The Illumination of Conscience” by author Jeffrey Michael Simoneaux

    Thankyou for allowing me to reply and know that we can all walk in the way, the truth and the life as we were so designed.

    Peace, Love and Truth

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