Commentary By: Gordon King
These times are wicked and evil, full of corruption, chaos and confusion, instigated by the father of all lies, Satan! His is to spread deception throughout the world, and yes, even into the church of Christ!
I know that what I am about to say will not agree with some of you, however, I must speak what I know and believe to be the truth! I speak out of love and a desire to share the word of God. I am not here to soothe the itching ears of man, nor am I here to spread the doctrines of demons, on the contrary, I am here to shine a light on the truth of the word of God, and to reveal the darkness. Mine is not to fill the hearts of man with visions of prosperity and self-fulfillment, but to seek God’s truth and principles.
Lord God in heaven hear my prayers. Open our eyes to the truth of Your wisdom. Give us the vision and clarity needed to know the truth. Search our hearts and give us understanding of Your word. Lead us in the path of righteousness, and deliver us from evil. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen
Brothers and sisters in Christ, listen to the Lord your God, give heed to the Holy Spirit within you! Do not be deceived into believing lies, lies from the pit of hell! Discern the good from the bad, know the truth and do not follow doctrines of demons.
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Many will be led astray, yes, possibly even the elect!
” Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
The church has been deceived in many ways, many believing that there is more than one way to heaven, believing that we serve the same God as the Muslims, believing that salvation comes through believing and baptism in physical water, and believing that we must follow religious practices that have been passed down for generations, although there is no scriptural evidence for this. Just because you have been doing something for a long time, and just because your family may have done it for a long time does not make it right! Nor does it make it biblical. Some practices may be true to a point, but not universally true or not the whole truth.
2 Peter 2:1-3
“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”
As Christians we are to love God first, than love one another as Christ first loved us! These are the first two and greatest of all commandments which Jesus gave us. But this is not the only purpose for our being here, we are to also shine our light and expose the darkness in the world. As believers we must do more than one thing at a time! We need to learn how to multi-task.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Many people will disagree with me on this, even many Christians, yet this is the word of God. Take it up with Him!
We as Christians are also called to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, to lead the lost to salvation.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.“
Many Christians believe that Jesus tells us that we must be “baptized” in physical water in order to be saved. This is just not true! Jesus does tell us to believe and be baptized, however, there are many ways to be baptized, not only in “physical” water! What I believe with all of my heart, mind, and spirit is that what Jesus referring to is the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon believing in Christ! I don’t want to get into a long discussion here about this, but let us not forget about the criminal on the cross next to Christ.
‘Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
So if this one man was saved, then why is it that he did not have to be baptized in “physical” water? It doesn’t make any sense that Jesus would save this man without being baptized in “physical” water if we have to! And even when Jesus was alive before His crucifixion He saved many, and He did not tell them to get baptized in physical water first!
Jesus tells us that He is the “Living Water”, that whomever drinks of this water shall never thirst and this water will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life! This is what Jesus told the Samaritan woman. He was not referring to “physical” water here, but of “Spiritual” water.
‘Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” ‘
Not only did Jesus save her, but many others also who listened to the Samaritan woman and came to meet Jesus.
‘Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” ‘
Did these people get baptized in “physical” water? Not that we know of, and according to scripture Jesus did not tell them to get baptized in “physical” water either!
I believe that this baptism with “water” which Jesus is referring to is the Holy Spirit which He sends to live within us when we believe. This is the baptism of “water” which Jesus is referring to when He says “believe and is baptized”. It’s not “physical” water, but “Living” water, God Himself! It’s about the spirit, not the flesh. When we truly believe, then we are baptized with the Holy Spirit!
However, we are to be baptized in “physical” water afterwards as an outward sign of our devotion and love for God. We are saved by the grace of God only, not by any of our works lest anyone should boast! Baptism in “physical” water is a good “work”.
Many choose not to believe this, and so be it. Just make sure that if you are telling people that they must be baptized in “physical” water in order to be saved, that you know this for a fact and that it is the truth, or you will be misleading and teaching a false doctrine.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.“
Under the Old Covenant, believers in God did not have God living within them. They had to go to a place where they could meet with God, and worship God. However, all of that changed with the New Covenant! Under the New Covenant, when we believe in Jesus Christ as God, then He sends His Holy Spirit to live within us. We become new creations, and we are the temple of God! God is always with us, He never leaves us, and He always communes with us, as long as we allow it and are not living a life of sin. We will sin, but we must repent and ask God to forgive us, and He will.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
Many believers think that we as Christians must go to a “physical” church, a building where we meet with other believers to worship and praise God. They believe that this is a commandment from God Himself! I say that we don’t and it’s just not scriptural. I am not saying that going to church is a bad thing, or that we should not do it, don’t get me wrong here. I attend church every Sunday myself, because I want to worship and praise God along with hundreds of other believers. However, we must realize, that as new creations, as children of the Most High God of the universe, we have the Holy Spirit living within us! That we have been made temples of the Living God.
Not only have we been made temples of God, we are saints of God, and we have been made priests and kings!
“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.“
Yes, each and every believer in Jesus Christ is a priest of God. We have it within ourselves to preach and teach God’s word.
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
I believe that the term “church” has been taken out of context over the past two thousand years. Church was not meant to be a “physical” building, it was meant to mean the body of believers in Jesus Christ! This could be anywhere, at any time, at any place! When we fellowship with other believers, then we are in church. Church is where God is, it is fellowship with other believers, worshiping, and praising our Lord and Savior at any time and any place.
Just because tradition dictates what we believe, does not make it the truth. Just because we have done something for years does not make it the truth either!
God is Spirit, and the things of God are Spirit also. We must worship God in spirit and truth. This is whats important, not a physical building. The things of this world will pass away, but the things of God will remain forever!
“Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.“
The point is, it does not matter where we worship as long as we worship in spirit and truth! We should not only worship and praise God on Sunday mornings, but everyday of the year! We are to give Him thanks, worship, praise, honor, and glory everyday! How many believers only really do these things on Sunday when they go to church?
Another thing that really bugs me, and I know again that I am going to get flack for saying this, are Catholics praying to saints and worshiping Mary! All of us are saints, and all of us are made holy, righteous, and pure in the eyes of our Father in heaven through the blood of Jesus Christ! Where in God’s word does it tell us to do these things?! As a matter of fact the bible strictly prohibits us from them.
“And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
“(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)”
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.“
We all need to be aware and not be ignorant. We need to study the word of God in spirit and truth, and know what it is telling us. We cannot take one or two verses out of context and say that they mean something that they do not. We need to take a look at the entire word of God and receive truth, understanding and wisdom. We need to be conscious of the entire truth, not just bits and pieces, not twisting of the truth, nor misunderstanding of the truth.
We need to listen to the Holy Spirit within us and what He is telling us. We need to allow God to speak to our hearts, our minds, and our spirit. We must remember that God is spirit, that we need to focus on the spirit and not on the flesh else we be deceived.
Jesus Christ, the giver of peace, the giver of life, and the sustainer of all things. We have already been given the gift of eternal life, peace, comfort, authority, power, and discernment, we only need to know how to use them and receive them into our lives.
None of us are perfect, we are all on a learning journey through this life. We don’t all see things the same way, yet some of us do see things that others do not. Some things are revealed to some, that others cannot see. God reveals things to us when He is ready to do so. Be careful in judging a fellow believer if you are not absolutely certain, without a doubt that you are right. We all answer to our Creator!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!