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Welcome again to another broadcast. I am Dreamwalker1960. I remind you once again that you can read this podcast at dreamwalker1960.com
Today I will take a different tacked. As I have established in the first lesson I did in these podcasts. The four part series “Who are the ‘lukewarm?’” Our salvation is not guaranteed. If this bothers you please refer to those podcast and review and study the Bible verses that are shown within that series. Due to the foundation I established in that series I have felt led to do the teaching we will be addressing now.
As I was studying 1 Thessalonians once again. It struck me just how distressed Paul was over those within Thessalonica that had come to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Why be so upset over them. Why worry?
This is why:
1 Thessalonians 3: 7 – So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith.
“Because you have remained strong in your faith.”
Why such worry over these people who accepted Jesus as their Savior? They’re saved. They are children of God. They are Christians. Their fine now. They are blessed for the rest of eternity.
Why did I make those statements? That is the mentality throughout those that live within what is called the Christian church on mass throughout the world, in most churches.
These people were saved. They were born again to the new spirit through the filling of the Holy Spirit into them. As established in 1 Thessalonians 4:8. Yet early in this chapter Paul says this:
3 – God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. 6 Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. 8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Why do we need to control our own body? As I have established we are an active member in the relationship we have with God though His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. If we do not do our part in the relationship then we will fall into the realm of the lukewarm and thus in time lose our salvation. Again if you wish to challenge this please listen to the first lesson in these podcasts.
We now come to the main topic of today’s podcast.
Jude 1:3 – Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now for the KJV of verse 3
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
That ye should earnestly contend – G1864 – epagonizomai – to struggle for [Strong’s]
a – struggle – to experience difficulty and make a very great effort in order to do something: [Cambridge Dictionary]
We are to make a great effort to keep our salvation. This fortifies that our salvation is not guaranteed and something that we must labor to keep. You just can’t say, “I have accepted Jesus as my Savior” then go about your life the same as you did before asking Jesus to be your Savior. To be honest odds are in favor you actually weren’t saved.
Why do I say this?
I was an expert at lying. I could tell the best most complex lies and you would actually belief that I was telling you the truth.
When I accepted Jesus as my Savior I was in a Pentecostal church during a revival. I actually felt a tickling sensation that started at the tip of my head and slowing proceeded throughout my body all the way to my toes. I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I know this without question or doubt.
One way I knew. After that I couldn’t tell the massive lies I use to tell. It just wasn’t even in me to try. There were other external confirmations. One, the person I knew myself to be before I hit puberty returned. The anger and temper that was in me was not totally gone but diminished to a level that it became extremely hard to provoke me.
I became a new person. If someone asks Jesus Christ to be their Savior and yet they go about acting exactly the same. What evidence is there of their change? There is none. Then are they truly saved? That is not for me to say. Paul did say this about his transformation:
1 Timothy 1: 15 – This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
Both Paul and I changed from one being to another. Then if you changed you were saved. At that point you should have been baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Not the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Jesus. Does this forfeit your salvation? No, however it does weaken you and open you up into falling into a lukewarm existence.
What are your priorities?
Do you seek after a house? Do you seek after wealth? Do you seek after worldly things, items, and people’s attention?
Do you seek after knowledge from the Bible? Do you seek to have a better relationship with God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ? Has your empathy increased or even come into being? Do you have the desire to find a way to serve God in some form or manner?
Do you see the differences in these two paragraphs?
My thirst for knowledge from the Bible amplified. My desire to know God better and to understand Him became something that drove me at times. Yes I had my ups and downs. Why this happened was because I was doing all this mainly on my own. I had no elders teaching me. I was all alone. I stumbled and I failed and then I got up again and tried again.
My entire reason I started these podcast was to help those that have become the lukewarm. For I was a lukewarm. I know without any doubt that I came extremely close to losing me salvation. I know that I was being pulled into the black pit of darkness I once dreamed about. In this pit as I fell and fell within it was that there were those that believed they were Christian, yet they were falling in the darkness as I was. Falling. Falling toward an ever moving mass within a dull reddish light below me that became barely visible only after I had been falling for some time. When I landed sometime later I was surrounded by naked people all miserable and aware that they had fallen for the lies given to them by the king of liars.
I never want anyone to experience that as a reality. For once it happens to someone, their best hope is to get passed the Great White Throne Judgement, but don’t get your hopes up as was stated here:
21“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Mathew 7:21-23
I am Dreamwalker1960. Yes I know this is a handle and not a real name. Why? Because I am not the focal point of my podcasts or my blog post. What is important is Jesus Christ and what He did for all of us upon the cross.
But why Dream walker? Well that has everything to do with this verse within the Bible:
Acts 2:17 – ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
Well since I was born in 1960 you can guess that I am an old man and I have dreamt dreams that I know came from God.
I was born again in 1984 and filled with the Holy Spirit. At that time I was called to minister to the youth of the middle and late 1980’s. However due to multiple things that took place I failed to follow through with this ministry.
As I grew in my faith I came to a point to start a new ministry. Making Christian based comic books. I even has the financial backing for this one lined up, but again falters and allowed this ministry to fail.
During these times I married, became a father, divorced and married once again.
Then as I moved further and further away from God. I entered into what I have dubbed as “my year of Job.” Here I was divorced once again, evicted from my home. Lost most of my personal possessions and strived to raise a ten year old boy and work all on my own.
During this I came to my rock bottom and had to make my choice. Acknowledge and serve God or deny Him and live of the world. I chose God and started the Dreamwalker1960 blog. Since then I have post well over 700 post. Most dealing with the Bible.
In time as I was doing this I came to understand the next level of my calling. To address my blog to what is called the “lukewarm” of Revelation 3:15 and 16.
Rev. 3:15 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Who are the Hot?
The hot are those that actively seek to have a relationship with God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who are the cold?
The cold are those that deny there even is a God and prefer to live their lives as they see fit.
Then the lukewarm is a combination of these two extremes
A person that believes in God and that His Son is the Lord Jesus. They even profess to be “Christian” yet they deny the teachings of the Bible and live their lives as if there is no God.
These are the lukewarm.
I will go a step further in this definition. I will say they are those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have turned their backs upon Him.
Now here many will say that once you are saved you cannot lose your salvation. That is why I have making my podcast and posting to this blog. For it is my ministry to show those that said the previous statement to come to an understanding within the Bible itself that will show that is not true.
I will break down the scripture to its base languages. First by using the New Living Translation for those that can’t handle Old English and then I will break down each verse and most words of these verse to their original language. That being Greek, Hebrew and in some instances Aramaic. I will do this with the Strong’s concordance.
For example: kingdom
In the Greek is 932 or G932, G – meaning Greek
In the Hebrew it is 4438 or H4438, H being Hebrew
Then at times I will delve even deeper by going to look at the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. When using this dictionary the men that worked on these books look at how the word was used when it was originally written down. Even to how the word was perceived to the culture that was not interested in seeking after God or the word of Jesus.
For those that wish to study a long will need the follow:
First and foremost if you have a NIV Bible —- THROW IT AWAY!! I am not joking, get rid of it.
I cannot implore this enough. Again something we will discuss in the next podcast.
At the very least if you cannot handle Old English get the New Living Translation (NTL)
However if you really wish to learn the Bible you need a King James Version. Not a New king James the KJV.
Why? The closer you are to the original source language the closer you are to truly understanding the Bible.
Along those lines you need a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. This will get you closer to a better understanding for as I mentioned before it gets you into the Hebrew, the Greek and even in some cases the Aramaic. These were the original languages used in the writing down of the Bible.
Why Hebrew? Many don’t understand why the Jewish people are so important. The Old Testament comes from the Tanakh which is the name of the entire Biblical teachings of the Jewish people. They are the first chosen of God and should be honored and respected.
Through God, Abraham is the father of the Jewish people. Jesus came from the Jewish People and through His Sacrifice upon the cross allowed sin to be removed from us, if we ask for it. The first Christians were Jewish. Today they are called Messianic Jews. Then the gentiles were invited into the fold. So if the Jews are the child of God, we Christians are His grandchildren.
Why Greek? The answer to this was shown in the Reformation started by Martin Luther. The Catholic Church which used and uses Latin had corrupted the Bible. So their versions of the Bible had become tainted with false teachings like for example “purgatory,” which can be found nowhere in the Bible. It was when Martin Luther started coming into contact with the original manuscripts that were written in Hebrew and Greek that his epiphany took place. You see Constantinople fell to the Muslims in 1453. It was in this city that the original manuscripts in these two languages were stored. The monks and priest that had kept them saw the coming fall of the Byzantine Empire and so fled with these documents into the west. It was in 1517 that Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses.” So you see how coming into contact with the true teachings, in their original language, is so very important and can change not only your life, but the world.
So it is here that we will leave off this podcast and I hope for you to listen to more of my podcasts as I release them.
God be with you.
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