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Saturday, January 12 2013

The Law Of Salvation

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things"

The purpose of the Church of God ("church" means people; see Can You See The Church? and Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?) is to provide the means and the process by which humans can become natural-born citizens of the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and the Fact finder below). The word "king" originated from the same word as "kin" i.e. family. The Kingdom of God will be, in effect, the Kin-dom of God, inhabited by God's children, and ruled by God the Father. The English word "patriotism" means faithful to the father - and the Kingdom of God is going to be a very Patriotic Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God to understand the Messiah's preparation of the Kingdom for the Father) will begin on the day of Christ's return (see The Two Signs Of Christ's Return):

Heaven

"5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof [see The Seals Of Prophecy]: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)

"11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15 KJV)

When the Messiah's work has been completed (see the Fact Finder question below), God the Father is coming to Earth.

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death [see also Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?]." (Revelation 21:1-8 KJV)

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death"

But notice carefully who and what won't exist in the Kingdom of God, as stated in the verses above, "the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars." The Law of the Kingdom of God will be based upon the Ten Commandments. There will be no one who does wrong, toward God, or toward anyone. The Messiah summed that up with His "Two Great Commandments" teaching.

Earth

"22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40 KJV)

The First Great Commandment, "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind," is obeyed by means of the First to the Fourth of the Ten Commandments.

"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God [see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath]: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:2-8 KJV)

The Second Great Commandment, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," is obeyed by means of the Fifth to the Tenth of the Ten Commandments.

"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:12-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the history and prophecy of the Church of God a process of salvation, not merely an end in itself?
See the entire series: The Church In The Garden, The Church In The Wilderness, The Church Today, The Church In The End Time, The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished


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This Day In History, January 12

475: Basiliscus became the Byzantine Emperor during a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.

1519: Maximilian I, King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, died. The actual official title of the "Holy Roman Empire" was Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica - "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1539: The Treaty of Toledo was signed by King Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

1598: Pope Clement VIII seized the duchy of Ferrara on the death of Alfonso (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1806: The French evacuated from Vienna.

1816: France decreed that the Bonaparte family should be excluded from the country forever.

1820: Britain's Royal Astronomical Society was founded.

1848: The revolution against Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, began.

1879: The Zulu War began between the British of the Cape Colony and the natives of Zululand.

1897: Isaac Pitman died at age 84. The English educator was the inventor of the "Pitman Shorthand" system that was named after him.

1908: A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

1920: 29,000 Jews were reported killed in the 1919 Ukraine pogroms.

1928: Ruth Snyder, the first woman to die in the electric chair, was executed in New York.

1938: Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.

1950: A Swedish tanker struck the British submarine Truculent during the submarine's trials in the Thames River. Only 15 of the 70 men on the submarine survived.

1967: James Bedford, 73, became the first human deliberately frozen with the hope of restoring him to life at some point in the future (it will happen, but the freezing was completely unnecessary - see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).

1967: The Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches announced the "first step toward restoring full unity" after the separation 400 years before in the time of King Henry VIII.

1970: Biafra surrendered, thereby ending the Nigerian civil war.

1977: Anti-French demonstrations took place in Israel after France released Abu Daoud, who was responsible for leading the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.

1990: Romania banned the Communist Party, the first former Warsaw Pact member to do so.

2004: The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.

2010: An earthquake in Haiti killed over 300,000 people and destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince.





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