“The Voice”

Posted: February 26, 2015 in Christian Life, Church, Holocaust, Israel, Replacement Theology, Tribulation

Throughout human history there have been people with great oratorical skills. They have dynamic personalities and dramatic voices. They can stir people up and move them to action. Sometimes it’s for a good cause. On other occasions it is for sinister purposes. We’ve seen a lot of this in our day.

Most of us can talk. Our speech can be destructive or edifying. If you’re a Christian, Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6; See 1 Peter 3:15). Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10). Remember, we will be held accountable for the words we use (Matthew 12:36) and the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5).

John The Baptist

Sorry. He wasn’t the first Baptist and he didn’t found the First Baptist Church. The Church that is the “Body of Christ” didn’t come into existence until the Day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2). By the way, don’t confuse Israel with the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). The Bible doesn’t teach that the Church has replaced Israel. This is called “Replacement Theology.”* It is a very dangerous teaching that will result in a greater holocaust for the Israelite people (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). John the Baptist (not the Apostle John) was the forerunner of Christ and his coming was predicted in the Old Testament (Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3). When asked as to who he was, he claimed that he was not the Messiah that was promised to the Jews (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53), nor Elijah the prophet (Isaiah 18:24, 38; Matthew 17:3, 10-12), nor the Prophet who would come and be like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Voice. John the Baptist referred to himself simply as the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John 1:23). He saw himself as an insignificant one who was allowed to announce to the Jewish nation the arrival of their Messiah and King (John 1:27; 3:30). Problem – Too many people want to draw attention to themselves rather than be a humble servant of the Lord. Believers are told not to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think (Romans 12:3). The Apostle Paul wrote, “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8; See 1 Corinthians 4:7; Proverbs 8:13).

You And Me

Witness. Just as John the Baptist bore witness to the Person and work of Christ, so God wants all whom He saves to bear a witness to others concerning Christ’s offer of salvation to everyone (Acts 1:8; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). We don’t believe the Scriptures teach “Limited Atonement” (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2) or “Baptismal Regeneration.”** Water baptism (immersion) identifies us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4). If you’re a Christian, have you been immersed? It displays your obedience to God (Matthew 28:19, 20), serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:38), and enables you to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

Service. If you’re a Christian, will you let God use your body and your voice for His glory (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yourself teachable and willing to change? Are you maturing in the faith and sharing what you know with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you glorifying Him by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Or are you grieving and/or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is God well pleased with your conduct (2 Corinthians 5:9)? If not, confess your sins to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on (1 John 1:9).

Help

We’re here to help those who sincerely want to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then grow spiritually in the sphere of grace (2 Peter 3:18).  He is the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life (John 14:6) to believers. God’s Word is truthful and totally reliable in everything it says (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It can set people free (John 8:32). You can be liberated from your bondage to the devil (Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-17), your own sin nature (1 John 1:8; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 7:15-25), and the present world system in which we all live (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). We can be reached at 805-238-3549. Visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” if you want to receive future articles as they come out. Please help us get the Word out to others in need. If this article has helped you, pass it on to someone else.

*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

**Baptismal Regeneration http://www.gotquestions.org/baptismal-regeneration.html

 

 

 

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