16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Apollos preached the Scriptures not his opinions. May we all learn to do the same.
By the Scriptures, Apollos proved that Yeshau was the Messiah of Israel. What Scriptures did Apollos use?
How important are the Scriptures in our post-modern age? Are the Scriptures as powerful today as they were in the 1st century?
What is the rhema (word) of God? How can I receive this Word?
I pray that this message from God’s written Word will bless you and strengthen your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: His truth, His love, His mercy, His grace, and His judgments.
God bless you.
Malcom Young, ac/dc guitarist, was on a highway to hell. Millions of people lauded him and his brother Angus, yet “what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” – Jesus Christ.
Like all of us, Malcom was human. He was forced to retire from the rock-n-roll band in 2014 due to dementia. It breaks my heart to see the masses of people influenced through the music of this man and the lyrics of his songs, yet there is hope.
Hope is not found in a man, a cool rift from a guitar, or a lyric in a song. Hope is found in a Person. A Person so filled with love that He would willingly lay down His life for you and has.
Hope is found in Jesus Christ alone; because of Christ, no man or woman has to travel the highway to hell and end up in hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, eternal torment and physical suffering, unceasing emotions of regret and guilt, incessant anxiety and fear, and outer darkness.
A rock-n-roll star can sing about hell all he wants in stadiums and arenas on this earth, but he won’t be singing in hell; he will be weeping and begging for mercy, he will be tormented in flames, and he will wail because of the pain and suffering induced upon his immortal soul. He will find no mercy because it’s too late.
All of us must repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ before we take our last breath on this earth, or there is no more hope of salvation:
“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” – Hebrews 9:27.
Hell isn’t a sing along with Satan and his demons.
Hell is a place of punishment and eternal, conscious damnation.
The Lord Jesus Christ is a man’s or woman’s only hope in this life to escape the eternal consequences of our sinful lives.
The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven where He presently sits at the right hand of God the Father, and He will one day return to this earth, destroy the ungodly, and establish His righteous rule on it.
All who repent of their sins and believe in Him will receive eternal life and remain with Christ for all eternity.
I hope that Malcom repented of his sins and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ before he died, and I pray that you will do the same.
May the Lord Jesus Christ open your eyes to His goodness, love, and grace. May you know Him who is from the beginning.
God bless you, dear friend.
AI is Artificial Intelligence – robots or humanoids. The AI Church seeks to establish worship of AI.
Here is a link to the article about AI Religion: AI Church
This is a very sad prospect because it is false.
The book of Revelation tells the world its bleak and bright future. Before things get better in this world, things are going to get worse, and worse, and worse.
There is going to be a time called “The Great Tribulation Period” in which the Lord God of Israel will judge the earth for its ungodliness and unrepetance with plagues and the wrath of God.
During this period of time, the antichrist will arise. He is called the beast in Revelation 13, and he will be accompanied by his false prophet. All the world will worship the beast or antichrist:
Revelation 13:8 (NKJV) “8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
The Scriptures declare that the antichrist’s false prophet will make an image of the beast and the whole world will worship the beast and his image:
Revelation 13:11–17 (NKJV) “11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.”
This is the false prophet who will aid the beast (the antichrist) in setting up his false kingdom on earth.
“12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
All who do not repent and believe the Gospel of the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will worship the antichrist – it is written in the Holy Scriptures.
“13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.”
The antichrist’s false prophet will deceive the whole world into thinking the antichrist is actually God. He will do this through false signs and wonders. He will claim these signs and wonders are biblical, of the Holy Spirit, and ordained by the God of heaven. He will deceive all who do not repent and believe the Gospel of Christ.
“15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
Is this “image of the beast” artificial intelligence? I do not know; however, the Scriptures make clear that the false prophet is “granted power to give breath to the image of the beast.” The breath of the false prophet will cause the image of the beast to come alive. Does artificial intelligence have a role in all this? Again, I do not know.
“16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
One thing the Bible makes absolutely clear is that there is going to be a one world religion.
Though the AI Church is false, it is another sign of the truth of the Scriptures in regard to “Last Days” deception. We should always believe and entrust our minds and hearts to the written Word of God and to the God who wrote it – the LORD God of Israel – Jesus Christ. Am I saying that the AI Church is the one world religion? No, I’m not. However, it is a bearing in the wheel. It is another step in the direction the Lord Jesus has revealed the world will go. It is a part of the global scheme of Satan to deceive.
Anything that contradicts the biblical Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is anathema, accursed – condemned by the apostles of Christ:
Galatians 1:6–10 (NKJV) 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Please remember that there is only One Godhead, and HIS NAME (Not Names) is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the risen Lord Jesus Christ, dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. God became a man in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Because of God’s exceedingly rich mercy, He loved us and died on the cross in our place taking our sin and God’s wrath upon Himself for sin. He was buried. He rose again from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven where He presently sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will soon return to this earth and establish His kingdom upon it. In doing so, He will punish the ungodly for all their ungodliness against Him, and He will reward all those who have repented of their sins and believed in Him. Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. The AI Church is a lie. Worship God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, for there is no other God but Him. He has revealed Himself through His written Word – the Bible. If you read the Bible, the Author of the Bible will speak to your heart.
Dear friend, do not be deceived by the lies of Satan. Follow the God of the Bible and worship Him alone. God bless you.
Subtitle: AN INVITATION TO DINNER
Apollos served the Lord Jesus in Ephesus, Corinth, and Crete. His love for Christ is manifested in his bold presentation of the Gospel, from the Scriptures (the Old Testament), to unbelieving Jews in Corinth and elsewhere. May we possess the same boldness.
Moreover, Aquila and Priscilla took the time to disciple Apollos. In the ancient world, fellowship involved hospitality. Meals provided excellent opportunities for fellowship and discipleship. It is very probable this godly couple took Apollos into their home and shared meals together, and that through this, they equipped him with the fullness of the Gospel.
There is a great need in the body of Christ for “mature” believers to equip the unequipped through godly, caring discipleship from the dinner table.
May there be many more Aquilas and Priscillas in the the body of Christ. All you have to know is Jesus, His Word, and how to cook. This is a great syllabus for discipleship. Sadly, “mom and pop” discipleship ministries are few and the emphasis forgotten. Wake up “mature” believers! There are cities full of young men and women waiting for an invitation to dinner!
God bless you.
What is God’s design for the Church? What was Paul’s reason for living? Does the modern Church follow God’s design for His people? Why did Paul want to live?
May you be blessed by this message from the written Word of God.
Paul spent some time in fellowship with the believers in his home church and in Jerusalem. He had a heart for fellowship with God’s people. May we have a heart to be in fellowship with the Lord’s people as well. May we make fellowship a priority, for this is God’s design for believers and a chief result of believing the Gospel of Christ.
Moreover, Paul departed again on his third missionary journey strengthening all the disciples. We all need strength. God has designed believers to be strengthened in the faith in Christ and His Word through godly, loving, and mature leaders who are themselves bond slaves to Christ, filled with His Spirit, and students of His Word. May you, too, dear reader, be strengthened in the faith in Christ and in the rightly divided truth of the Bible.
I pray that you are in a fellowship where strengthening disciples in the faith in Christ is the priority and is accomplished through the preaching, teaching, and living of the written Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God bless you.
Paul was obedient. He remained in Corinth under constant threat for 18 months! What did he do? He taught the Word of God among the believers and seekers of Corinth.
The Lord Jesus Christ wants His Word to be taught. It is the Word of God that transforms lives.
May the Lord Jesus fill you with His Spirit, dear reader. God bless.
Paul desired to return to his home church in Antioch, so he said goodbye to the believers in Corinth and made his way, eastbound, aboard ship. In Chencrea, Paul shaved his head because of the Nazarite vow he had taken at some point in the past – perhaps while in Corinth. This vow symbolized Paul’s love and gratitude for Christ, and his dedication to Christ. The Lord Jesus had transformed Paul’s life, and Paul loved Jesus. May we love the Lord Jesus and thank Him from our hearts for His grace to us. May we love Jesus and show Him our love by keeping His commandments and seeking His will.
God bless you.
The axiom of a true apostle is to preach Christ. Paul preached Christ, and he rejoiced when Christ was preached. Paul defended the preaching of Christ and not himself. He could have dropped the Gospel for freedom from imprisonment. He didn’t. He was faithful to his calling. May you, dear reader, be encouraged by this message from God’s Word. God bless you.