FOREWORD: This is being printed with a sincere prayer that it may strengthen and establish the believer; and that it may enlighten the thousands of perplexed and bewildered souls who are earnestly seeking, amidst the maze of men's traditions, to find the one true doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With true Sincerity we pray that God may grant the reader grace to accept truth as it is in Christ Jesus.
We certainly do not want to miss heaven. Let us therefore heed the prophet's words: "Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jer. 6:16).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving a true history of the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of mankind, and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding the heavens and the earth and the destiny of man. Furthermore, there is no salvation outside of that which is contained within its pages.
There is only ONE GOD: the creator of the heavens and the earth and of all mankind, manifested to mankind as FATHER (Creator), SON (Savior), and HOLY GHOST (indwelling Spirit) (Rom. 8:11).
God is a Spirit (John 4:24), the Eternal One, the Creator of all things; and, of course, of all men, thus making Him their Father (through creation).
HE is the FIRST and the LAST and beside Him there is no God (Isa. 44:6).
There was no god formed BEFORE Him, neither shall there be AFTER Him (Isa. 43:10).
Jesus is the SON of God according to the flesh (Rom 1:3), and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matt. 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matt. 16:16), the Creator of all things (Col. 1:16,17); God with us (Matt. 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-
Since it took shedding of blood for the remission of sins of the world (Heb 9:22), God as the Father, being a SPIRIT, had no blood to shed; so He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Heb. 10:5), that He might fulfill the prophecy of Isa. 43:11; "Beside ME there is no SAVIOR"; and caused the angels to sing, "For there is born this day in the city of David, a SAVIOUR, which is CHRIST, THE LORD" (Luke 2:11).
THE HOLY GHOST
The Holy Ghost is not the third person in the Godhead, but rather the manifestation of the Spirit of God (the Creator), and of the resurrected Christ, coming to dwell in the hearts and lives of all men who will be obedient to the gospel, as the Comforter, Sustainer, and Keeper (John 14:16-
So there are not three GODS, but three MANIFESTATIONS of the ONE God.
Sin is the transgression of the law or commandments of God (1 John 3:4), the guilt of which has fallen upon all men from the sin of Adam until this present time, the wages and results of which culminate in eternal death (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Christ; by repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the continuance of a godly life (Acts 2:36-
Water Baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation; and not, as some teach, "Just an outward form of an inward cleansing." Without proper baptism it is impossible to enter into the Kingdom of God (God's true Church, the Bride of Christ), and, therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership.
MANNER OF BAPTISM
Water Baptism can be administered only by immersion (Col. 2:12). Note the following: Jesus mentioned being "BORN (to bring forth) of the water" (John 3:5); Paul said, "We are BURIED with Him (Lord Jesus Christ) by baptism (Rom. 6:4); Jesus "Came up OUT of the water" (Mark 1:10); Philip and the Eunuch "Went down INTO the water," and "Came up OUT of the water" (Acts 8:38-
Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection was a type of our salvation. "REPENT (death to sin), and be BAPTIZED (burial) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST" (resurrection).
Sprinkling, or pouring, or infant baptism of any kind, cannot be substantiated by the Word of God, but are only traditions handed down to us by our forefathers from the dark ages.
FORMULA FOR WATER BAPTISM
The name in which baptism is administered is as important as immersion. This name is LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Jesus' last command to His disciples was, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them (all nations) in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. 28:19). You will notice He said NAME, not NAMES. As we have previously explained, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names, but TITLES of positions held by God. We see quickly that this is true as we hear the angel announce, "She shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His NAME JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).
This name the Apostles understood to be LORD JESUS CHRIST, and from the first day that the church of God was established on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:36-
Are you looking for SALVATION? "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Without this NAME, water baptism is void!
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5); that spiritual baptism necessary to put anyone into the kingdom of God (God's true church; the bride of Christ), and is evidenced by speaking in OTHER TONGUES (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance.
It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28, 29) and Isaiah (Isa. 28:11); foretold by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:11); purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:26); and first outpoured on the day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-
TONGUES (languages) have two classifications as follows:
Speaking in OTHER TONGUES (languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance.
The GIFT OF TONGUES (languages) as mentioned in 1 Corinthians.
(1) Speaking in OTHER TONGUES as the Spirit of God gives utterance is the manifestation God has given as a definite, undisputable supernatural WITNESS or SIGN of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
It was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah as "the rest and the refreshing (Isa. 28:11, 12); foretold by Jesus as a SIGN that would follow every believer of the gospel (Mark 16:16, 17); and poured first upon the Jews at Pentecost (Acts 2:4); then the Gentiles at Casesarea, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Joel, that it should be poured out upon ALL FLESH (Joel 2:28, 29: Acts 2:15-
(2) The GIFT OF TONGUES, or unknown tongues, mentioned by Paul in 1 Cor. 12:1, 10, and concerning which he gives regulation in 1 Cor. 14:1-
It is especially distinguished from speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of gives utterance in that this gift at a moment's moving of the Holy Spirit is given a Divine fluency, to utter a message that must be interpreted when it takes place in public worship; "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful." It can be misused (1 Cor. 13:1), and therefore needs proper regulation (1 Cor. 14:23-
This is entirely different and separate from that which God gives as an witness of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Paul said, "Forbid not to speak with tongues (1 Cor. 14:39), and "I thank my God I speak with tongues more that ye all" (1 Cor. 14:18). Who dares to teach or preach to the contrary?
After we are saved from sin, we are commanded to "Go and sin no more" (John 8:11).
We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Tit. 2:12); and warned that without holiness to man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).
We must present ourselves holy unto God (Rom. 12:1), cleanse ourselves from ALL filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Cor. 7:1), and separate ourselves from ALL worldliness (James 4:4).
If the righteous are scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Pet. 4:18).
No man can do this by his own power, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8).
God has manifested Himself to mankind through the ages by miraculous HEALINGS, and has made special provisions under the dispensation of grave to heal all who will come to Him with faith and obedience. DIVINE HEALING was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, being especially specified by His stripes (Isa. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24).
Jesus went everywhere healing all that were sick (Matt. 4:23-
There is no sickness or disease too hard for God. You, your children, or your friends, can be healed by the power of God.
"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed" (James 5:14-
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in bodily form as He went away (Acts 1:11), to catch away a holy people (His bride, His church) who have accepted redemption through His blood, by birth of water and of the Spirit, and who are found faithful when He comes.
"For the LORD HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout and with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then WE which are alive and remain SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).
WILL YOU BE READY?
SIGNS OF HIS COMING
The SIGNS OF HIS COMING are everywhere. The days of perils are here indeed; with forms of godliness, void of the power of God; society and politics corrupted; men's hearts filled with pride, blasphemies, unholiness, and love of evil and pleasure (2 Tim. 3:1-
Wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, storms, floods, distress of nations with perplexity, and men's hearts failing them for fear, are sounding the solemn alarm that Jesus' coming is at hand (Matt. 24:6; Luke 21:25-
"PREPARE (TODAY) TO MEET THY GOD" (Amos 4:12).
There will be a resurrection of all the dead, both just and unjust.
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28, 29).
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them . . ." (Rev. 20:12, 13).
Please read, in connection, Daniel 12:2 and 1 Corinthians 15:13-
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the JUDGMENT" (Heb 9:27). It is for this reason there is a resurrection. "For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether good of bad" (2 Cor. 5:10).
The eternal destiny of every soul shall be meted out by a just God who knows the secrets of the hearts of men. "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 his left. Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then shall he also say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: and these shall go away into EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT; but the righteous into LIFE ETERNAL" (Matt. 25:32-