Grace

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.-John 3:14-18

While Verse 16 is the most famous verse in the Bible, the entire passage is important. God once condemned the World (see Genesis 6) and destroyed with a flood of water. He could have condemned the entire world and every generation in this same manner.

God instead offered man a way to Salvation if they would believe on Jesus Christ and accept Him as their personal Saviour (Revelations 3:20). All of the promises of grace and mercy found in the Bible are dependent on accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.-Isaiah 44:22 Even in the Old Testament, there are numerous scriptures extolling God’s mercy. How much more should we who are covered by the Blood of Christ proclaim the greatness of his grace and mercy!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.-1 John 1:9

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.-1 John 2: 10

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.-1 John 4:10

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.-Hebrews 8:12

On the “Really Bad Sins”

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.-Psalm 16:10

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.-1 Timothy 1:13-16

The man who wrote the first passage committed adultery with one of his officers wives and then had that officer killed. His name was David, yet he had confidence in God’s grace and mercy though he, of his own merit was unworthy of it.

The second man persecuted and killed dozens of Christians in and about Judea and even travelled to Damascus to carry out his hatred. This same man became a hero of the Faith and the greatest Christian leader of his age. Consider the lives of Paul and David and ask whether your sin is really too big for God to forgive.

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: -Isaiah 59:1

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.-John 6:37

On Backsliding:

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.-Hosea 14:4

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. -Isaiah 1:18

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. -Revelations 3:18-20

God has throughout scripture sought to bring his wayward children home whether Israel, or sinners or backsliders. Even though Simon Peter denied Him, Jesus welcomed Him back (John 21:15-19).

The Bible tells us plainly, 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. -2 Peter 3:9 . It’s a human desire to never forgive the “dirty so and so” who does us wrong, but it’s God’s pleasure to show us mercy if only we’ll ask Him.

God’s grace is abundant. He loves you so much. Whether you’re a backslider, a non-Christian, or a Christian struggling with a sin, I’d urge in the name of Jesus to take hold of God’s everlasting mercy!

Giving

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.-Eccl. 11:1 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.-Prov. 19:17

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.-2. Cor. 9:6,7

If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.-Deut. 15:7,8

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?-1 John 3:17

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.-Matt 5:42

And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.-Lk. 21:1-4

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -Lk. 6:38

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.-Matt. 25:31-46

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.-Malachi 3:8-11

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.-James 1:27

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?-James 2:15,16

Sex

On Fornication:

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.-1. Corinthians 6:18

The Bible is clear that premarital sex is wrong. While media and pop culture may say otherwise, it shall pass away, yet “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18)

There are many reasons for this, Paul’s 1st Century observation has been borne out by painful 20th century evidence as 1 in 4 Americans now have a sexually transmitted disease after the 1960s “Sexual Revolution”.

Most of America’s horrific 40 million abortions were results of fornication. King David, the man after God’s own heart became a murderer in order to cover up his sin. (1 Samuel 11). Fornication breeds more sins with a greater and greater depth of depravity.

The Bible declares, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. “-Genesis 2:24. When we have sex with anyone other than our spouse, we are robbing them, for God intended us to keep ourselves for our spouse and our spouse alone.

There’s another reason for this. A wise man named Agur wrote 1 chapter in the book of Proverbs, in this chapter he declares, “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not…and the way of a man with a maid.”-Proverbs 30:18,19

God intended the marital relationship to be a private place between husband and wife, a place where they experienced each other in ways that no one else ever would. It’s a wonder and a thing that those who are celibate or single “know not.”

Our culture encourages us to be voyeuristic and to behold more and more explicit material. This ruins the mystery of human sexuality. In times past, movies were cleaner. “Gone With the Wind” is a classic movie that’s rated G, yet discussed sexuality discreetly and respectfully. It didn’t flash it upon the screen. It left the mystery in it. When we commit fornication, we destroy the mystery, and do damage to our future intimate world with our own spouse.

On Homosexuality: ” Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”-Lev. 18:21

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,” -1. Corinthians 6:9

In Corinthians, the words “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves” with mankind refers to homosexuals and boys who allowed homosexuals to abuse them.

In the Old and New testament, the bible is clear that homosexual conduct is against God’s will. Is God merely arbitrary or intolerant? Every commandment in the Bible is given for our good. So if God gave us the commandment, he had a reason.

We see several evidences from secular scholars as to why homosexuality is wrong. Public acceptance of homosexuality is a sign of societal decay and decline and no society that has accepted it has survived very long.

In addition, the homosexual lifestyle is an unsatisfied life full of pain. Suicide rates are markedly higher among homosexuals than among heterosexuals. While Homosexual activists write this off as a result of heterosexual intolerance this is even the case in such liberal places as San Fransisco.

In addition, while homosexuals are clamoring for the right to marry, this avoids the painful truth that there is rarely any satisfaction in homosexual relationships. It’s not unheard for some homosexuals to have 100s of partners in the course of their lifetime.

In addition, if turned out there is a gene that predisposes a person to develop homosexual tendencies, this would correlate with the fact that homosexual inclinations are one of many symptoms of childhood sexual assault (which doesn’t necessarily include physical contact, and is not always remembered, especially if it occurred in early childhood). Thus, if we do ever find a “gay gene” it would only explain why some childhood sexual assault victims develop homosexual tendencies and some don’t.  Nor would such a discovery make homosexual tendencies normal any more than genes predisposing you to develop cancer makes having cancer a healthy condition.

Examining the way the homosexual lifestyle plays out, the high occurrence of depression, STDs, and dissatisfaction, we understand why the Bible spoke so firmly against it. Jesus tells us, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

Today, Jesus offers something better than gay pride. He offers you grace, forgiveness, and freedom from the power of sin and death.  Christ has healed the wounds of many former homosexuals, who are now free from the sin that once enslaved them, and he can do this for you, too.

Now, it’s true that some don’t find full freedom until Heaven. If you’re struggling here on Earth, remember, it is no more a sin simply to have same sex attractions than it is for a married man to be attracted to other women. Temptation only becomes sin when we act upon it. Like with any other sin we struggle with, if you stumble and fall, repent, dust yourself off, and get going with the Lord again.

On Pornography:

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. -Matthew 5:27, 28 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. -Philippians 4:8

Pornography is written to incite us to lust and it is lust that leads to sexual sin. Looking out his window at the bathing wife of one of his mighty men of valour, David didn’t intend to commit adultery and murder, while bringing God’s judgment on his house, but he did. So too many men stumble into pornography and find themselves driven deeper and deeper into the depths of human depravity.

Adultery

I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. -Matt. 5:32

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Malachi 3:13-16

Adultery is one of the most serious sins that anyone could committ. In today’s modern church, we may view adultery as a “normal sin” aand homosexuality as perversion but Paul listed the adulterer and the homosexual together, telling us that neither would enter the Kingdom of God.

Next to our covenant with God, no promise is more sacred than that made between man and wife. As shown in Malachi, the amount of adultery and “treachery” by the men of Israel stopped God from accepting their sacrifices. “Men of God” who believe they can serve both God and the lust of the flesh would do well to read what the Bible has to say.

Sex in Marriage

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. -Hebrews 13:4

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.-1 Corinthians 7:3-5

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. -Proverbs 5: 18

God has no problem with marital sex. In fact it is His plan and pleases him. As much as the Bible roundly condemns sexual immorality of all sorts, God has blessed the marriage bed. God’s perfect will for those of us who are married is to continue in love one towards our spouse, this the Bible declares “honourable in all” and “undefiled”.

If We Fail…

You may be reading this and feeling convicted or perhaps condemned. The Word has a way of showing forth our sins. There is good news. There is grace and victory through Jesus. To learn more, see, The Bible On Grace.

Following Christ

Requirements:

Mattew 10:34-38 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn `a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”

Mark 8:33 Then [Jesus] called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Luke 14:25-27 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Promises:

Mark 10:28-30 Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.

John 10:24-28 The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

Examples (positive):

Mark 1:16-20 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

Examples (negative):

Matthew 8:19-22 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'”
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth

Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Related teachings to consider:

Mattew 12:46-50 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mattew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

John 15:20 Remember the words I spoke to you: `No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

Fear

There are several types of Fear: the Fear of the Lord, things we ought to be afraid of, and things we ought not to be afraid of. When we finish discussing these things, we will look at what you can do to overcome the Spirit of Fear in your life.

I Fear of the LORD
Deut 10:12-22
A. Fear God-means to respect and honor him, to realize and confess how awesome and holy and righteous God is and how insignificant and sinful and wretched we are without Christ in comparison to His glory.
B. This Fear of the Lord is what drives us into the embrace of His grace.
C. For the Christian, this means recognizing that we are nothing (powerless) w/o God and not taking His grace for granted; again, revering and honoring God.

Romans 7:24-8:3
A While we possess a sin nature, God sent his son to rescue (free) us from our sinful nature. Because of this, there is no more condemnation for Christians.
B Condemnatory thoughts are from Satan, not God. The devil condemns, but God convicts us so we will come to him in repentance. To test a thought, ask yourself what is the end? Does it inflict “sorrow unto death” or “sorrow unto repentance”?

II What you should be afraid of.
Matthew 4:5-7
A) Do not put the Lord your God to the Test–if you are standing in the middle of oncoming traffic, you should be afraid of getting hit by a car!

B) Sin is like crossing the street when the light is green w/o a cross walk during rush hour. Even when forgiven, sin will often still have temporal consequences on this Earth.

III What you should not be afraid of

Psalm 27:1-3
A When God is with you, you need fear no more!
B) If you are afraid, most likely you either a) Don’t think God is with you (willing to help) or b) don’t believe that God is strong enough to help you.

Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man is a snare–Trusting God is the opposite of being afraid!
Isaiah 51:7-8 don’t fear men’s insults, they will be destroyed
Luke 12:4-7 don’t fear those who can destroy your body but can’t harm your soul

1 John 4:15-18 & 2 Timothy 1:7
A) Fear is a satanic strong hold
B) Fear robs you of your freedom in Christ and keeps you from bearing fruit.

IV Prescription:
Rebuke Satan with scripture and hand your fears over to the Lord in Prayer Example:
Acts 4:13-31–Sanhedrin orders Peter and John to stop preaching the gospel and threatens them.
A. It’s natural to be afraid in those circumstances. How do the Apostles handle the situation?

1) They say no to the Sanhedrins’ orders–they do not give in to fear!
2) They tell the Church what happened to them
3) They pray with the church,
What they pray:
a) They praise/worship God
b) They relate their circumstances to scripture
c) They tell God what is happening to them while acknowledging that God willed it to happen
d) They petition God for help-“enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”
4) God responded!
a) The meeting place was shaken
b) They were filled with the Holy Spirit
c) They spoke the word of God boldly
God granted their petition, and he will answer ours too– John 14:14-Jesus promises us that we may ask him for anything in his name and he will do it! (provided the request is righteous)

Biblical Authority

  Commandments on:

Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Consequenses of:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
James 1:22-25
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
John 12:48-50
[Jesus said] 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
Defenses of:
2 Corinthians 4:2-5
2 We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake
Luke 1:1-4
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled [1] among us,2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2Peter 3:15-16
15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Defining:
2 Timothy 3:14-16
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.