Without Exception!

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/14 by howtobesaved

By J.C. O’ Hair

“The Scripture hath concluded All under sin.” Galatians 3:2

“The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23

Is there any way to escape this sentence of death? Read, and believe, the last statement of Rom. 6:23: “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The salvation of your soul would be worth a lifetime of striving, and working, to obtain: but it cannot be obtained in that way. That would nullify the grace of God, and the work of Jesus Christ.

God gave His only begotten Son that we might have everlasting life. John 3:16. And God’s Son “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world.” Gal. 1:4. “We (believers) have redemption through (Christ’s) blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7.

Salvation by grace excludes human work and merit, and depends entirely upon the free gift of God’s love and mercy, which is received through faith in the work of of our Jesus Christ. Romans 4:24-25.

The fact of salvation by grace excludes the law, ceremonies and good works as factors in salvation during this dispensation. Galatians 2:21

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

We are living in the “dispensation of the grace of God.” Ephesians 3:2 and Colossians 1:25. “We are not under the law, but under grace. “Romans 6:14.

God has displayed His grace in every dispensation but the dispensation in which we live is unique in that no work or ceremony is required or accepted for salvation. It is all of grace, God’s grace. Salvation is bestowed freely by grace, without works, on all those who receive and trust in the crucified, risen, glorified Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 4:5 and Titus 3:5.

“Believe on (have FAITH in-rely upon) THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shalt be saved .” Acts 16:31.

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In modern Bible versions, salvation is a process…

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/12 by howtobesaved

A TESTIMONY FROM A WOMAN
CONVERTED OUT OF CATHOLICISM

When I compared these versions, I did notice how these other Bibles lined up with the Roman Catholic Bible. No wonder I was still in confusion! In these modern Bibles, salvation is shown as a “process” which requires good works. All this is brought out by the straining of the tenses in the modern Bibles. Let me show you exactly what I mean.

When you read the following, please notice the straining
of the tenses:

Luke 13:23 (new versions), “Are there few who are being saved?”
KJV, “…be saved.”

II Cor. 2:15 (new versions), “are being saved.”
KJV, “are saved.”

I Cor. 1:18 (new versions), “those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved”
KJV, …are saved.”

Acts 15:19 (new versions) “are turning to God.”
KJV, “turned.”

Luke 15:32 (new versions), “your brother was dead and has begun to live.”
KJV, “is alive.”

Acts 2:47 (new versions), “were being saved.”
KJV, “should be saved.”

2 Cor. 4:3 (new versions), “are perishing.”
KJV, “are lost.”

http://www.1timothy4-13.com/files/bible/salvation.html

Gospel…….. who’s got the Gospel?

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/09 by howtobesaved

One True Gospel

You may wonder how we can say that our gospel is the true gospel. We know it is, because it works. Many other “gospels” are being preached, but they fall short of meeting the needs of the sinner’s heart. Other gospels always call upon man to do something, or be something, that is impossible for them by nature.

Do this and live, the law demands,
But gives me neither feet nor hands.
A better word the gospel brings,
It bids me fly and gives me wings.

Believing the true gospel, the record God has given of His Son, results in God justifying the ungodly sinner. God declares us righteous and the debt of our sin which is spiritual separation from Him is canceled, and we are acquitted from all guilt. Our conscience is purged by the blood of Jesus Christ and we have peace facing God. We may now come boldly to the throne of grace as sons, not servants. We have the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts as to our right relationship to God. This same Spirit prays in us constantly according to the will of God. As He prays in us, we are filled with hope and joy. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts and this love pours out of our hearts completely. Each moment, His love flows and continues to flood our hearts. The result is an unshakable conviction that Jesus Loves Me, as we are. This is truly good news!!

The Secret Key to the Bible

In order to understand the true gospel, we must have a proper view of the Bible; we must rightly divide the Word of God. We all know that the Bible is divided by separating the Old Testament from the New. In both sections we have the history of different peoples, in other times, in various covenant relationships with God. Because of this, distinct laws, practices and rituals appear to be in conflict. We must be sure when we read scripture we are reading the parts addressed to us, for this time period. Otherwise, we will find ourselves reading another’s mail and we will be confused. In the Old Testament, as God spoke through holy prophets of old, He promised to visit man on earth. Israel looked for the Messiah–Immanuel, or “God with us.”

The promised arrival of Immanuel was announced by angels, when Jesus (Jehovah’s salvation) was born at Bethlehem. When he began his ministry Israel was under the law God had given to Moses. Jesus announced the good news that He was the promised Christ and would end the Law and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. All Jesus’ promises, preaching and commandments were to be in effect if His Kingdom was established. His disciples were told to preach, practice and pray for the kingdom to come. Isaiah the prophet foresaw the kingdom age and that all things on earth would change. Men would build houses, inhabit them and eat the fruit of their own vineyards. Weeping, crying and trouble would no longer be experienced. A wolf and a lamb would feed together and the lion would eat straw like a bullock. There would be no more war, a child would die 300 years old, and there would be no hurt or destruction in all the holy kingdom of God. Unlimited power in prayer was to be a part of the kingdom reign: And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. This was to be the long promised times of refreshing, from the presence of the LORD. (Isa.65:17-25)

Calvary’s cross was Israel’s answer to the offer of their Messiah, Jesus the Christ. God gave Israel a second chance to receive His King after the resurrection. Peter cried to the nation after Jesus ascended, Repent . . . . and the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you. (Acts 3:19-20) Stephen not only believed Peter’s message, his zeal caused his arrest. Before the ruling council he delivered a stinging rebuke to the nation. They responded by stoning Stephen and the day of Israel’s visitation came to a close. Turning away from a blinded people Jesus Christ chose a proud Pharisee and blasphemer, Saul of Tarsus, to be His special ambassador.

When Jesus met Saul on the Damascus road, Saul fell before Him and knew He was God, and the promised Messiah. Saul went into the synagogues to proclaim that Israel had crucified their King. His message fell on deaf ears and Jesus announced to Saul that a new age, or dispensation, had begun. Israel’s rejection would now make it possible to offer salvation to the Gentiles. Israel nailed more than their Messiah to the cross; they also nailed the Mosaic Law with all its rituals and sacrifices. The law, a schoolmaster given to Israel to bring them to Christ, ended at that time. The immediate hope of the Kingdom was set aside. The Great Day of Atonement had been fulfilled and left their Law dead, as a hope of righteousness. The true Lamb of God had been sacrificed for the whole human race. Israel sewed up the great veil in the Temple, and continued their search for righteousness. Meanwhile, deep in the Arabian desert, Jesus unfolded a new gospel to Saul. He would return to Jerusalem as the Apostle Paul. His distinctive message would be salvation by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the first chapter of Galatians, Paul writes that his unique gospel, was the only gospel of God. So emphatic was he, that he declared anyone preaching another gospel was under the curse of God. This terrible curse even included angels from heaven. Let the implications of this statement reach your heart–there was another gospel being preached in Paul’s day. Paul said this gospel was proclaimed as the true gospel, yet was opposed to the gospel of grace, revealed to him by Jesus Christ.

Paul says the gospel he preached was not of human nature (Gal.1:11). It was not passed on to him from another man (verse 12). He was not taught (the emphasis being on systematic teaching) this gospel (verse 12). According to Paul, his gospel was received by direct revelation (to take the lid off, implying a previous hiding) by the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul states that he did not learn his gospel from the apostles, nor was it confirmed by them. The Jewish apostles opposed the preaching of Paul’s gospel. For fourteen years they rejected his gospel and refused to accept him as a true Apostle.

Do not miss this key to the scriptures: Rightly Dividing The Word. Paul’s gospel was not the gospel preached by the eleven Jewish apostles. His gospel was uncovered, or revealed to his heart. The lid had been taken off this new gospel and he was enabled to see it, by the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel Paul saw, announced salvation by the grace of God, not by Kingdom rules. Paul saw the mystery of salvation for all mankind, not Jewish exaltation to earthly power. It had nothing to do with water baptism, but with the baptism of the Spirit into the body of Jesus Christ, not the baptism of Jesus Christ into the Spirit, as at Pentecost. Paul’s gospel introduced the dispensation of the age of grace and ended the dispensation of the Mosaic Law and the offer of the Kingdom. It announced the blessed hope of the soon coming of Jesus our Bridegroom, not the Messianic hope of Israel’s King.

View the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as though you had never read any other portion of the Bible. Get the viewpoint of the writer and the times: the only gospel the eleven knew, was the gospel of the Kingdom. Though they watched Jesus die, they did not comprehend the true meaning of the cross. After His resurrection they still did not know the mystery of the cross, for they asked the Lord if He would at that time restore the Kingdom to Israel. The baptism of the Holy Ghost by Jesus at Pentecost, filled His witnesses with power. They went forth at Pentecost to testify to the fact of the resurrection of Christ, not to the meaning of His death, burial and resurrection. Their preaching was witnessed by the gift of speaking in other languages and by miracles and signs. As new understanding was given to Paul, he experienced a transition period in his ministry. He passed from the preaching of the kingdom message to the gospel of grace, and ceased the many things he once practiced. Paul told the Corinthians that he was not sent to baptize in water, but to preach the gospel. Paul’s gospel had nothing to do with water baptism, an Old Testament and Kingdom ritual. This is why he could thank God that he had baptized no more.

The Mystery Of The Cross

The distinctive message of Paul’s gospel is the key that unlocks the Scriptures. Paul’s gospel is as misunderstood and rejected today as he was in the first century. His gospel alone is the gospel of the good news of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ. It reveals how that Christ died for (in the stead of, in the place of, because of) our sins according to the scriptures. It tells us that he was buried and rose again, according to the scriptures.

When Paul preached his gospel the only scriptures in existence, were what we know as the Old Testament. Paul, as a master of the scriptures, saw the only true interpretation of the Cross of Calvary is in the Old Testament passages that deal with atonement. The meaning of Calvary focused and he saw the crimson thread of the substitutionary atonement, from Genesis through Malachi. From Eden’s gate to the Temple sacrifices, the drama of Calvary was foreshadowed. The great expositions of Paul on the meaning of Calvary came from Leviticus 16, Exodus 12, Genesis 22, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, and other key passages. Jesus had given Israel clues to His true mission. He told them to read the story of Jonah and know what would happen at His death. He told them Abraham rejoiced to see His (Jesus’) day, when the ram of God was caught in the thicket by his horns. Jesus told them to meditate on the brazen serpent lifted up to a dying people, and they would know what Calvary would mean. It is the Old Testament scriptures that tell the story of how God, in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, stepped into the sinner’s place and stead and bore the wrath that was due him. Because he was a true substitute, He tasted the death that belonged to the sinner and descended into the darkness that awaited him. Jesus Christ satisfied God for all that was charged to the sinner, and was raised to be accepted in glory in the sinner’s stead. This is the true gospel that saves the sinner from his sins and seperation from God. This gospel alone places him in Jesus Christ at the right hand of God! This is the true gospel that gives peace with God and absolute assurance of salvation. This is the gospel that fixes our eyes on Christ our righteousness, not our filthy rags of dead works.

Religion talks about Calvary, but few preachers have any comprehension of what really happened there. They prattle on about Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Easter morning and the rest of the religious rags of tradition. Few know of Wednesday’s crucifixion or the fulfillment of Passover and its Lamb. The churches never speak of the three days and nights Jesus spent in the heart of the earth. Paul said he descended to the lower parts of the earth, or as in Romans 10:7, the “abussos” or bottomless pit. He did not spend three days and nights in the pit, but in the lower parts of the earth, known as Hades. His visit to the pit was only to leave the sins of the world that He bore away at the Cross of Calvary. This is where He took them and from which they will never return to doom and damn the believing sinner. Before the day of His death had ended, Jesus crossed the great gulf that seperated the rich man and Abraham, and met the believing thief in Paradise.

At His resurrection He emptied Paradise of the Old Testament saints, and took them with Him as proof of His victory over sin, death and Hell. There is so little preaching of Jesus’ ascension to His Father and our Father, His God and our God. It is Paul who tells us that Jesus, as the High Priest of heaven, sprinkled His eternal and incorruptible blood on the mercy seat of heaven for the eternal redemption of all who would believe. (See: John 20 and Hebrews 9:11-14) No wonder Paul was the most hated man of his time. Paul’s true gospel ends man’s pride and his pitiful efforts to establish his own righteousness in the sight of God. Righteousness cannot be obtained by obeying the golden rule, practicing the beatitudes, reciting the Lord’s prayer or the Apostle’s creed. Man cannot be saved by doing penance at the command of some earthly priest or preacher, or repeating meaningless creeds and learning dead dogmas. Paul’s gospel rends the veil between man and God from top to bottom. It leaves nothing between the sinner and God but the torn veil of Jesus’ body and the altar of heaven sprinkled with a better blood than Abel’s. There, God the Father welcomes all who will, to enter boldly!

Make sure you are rightly dividing the word of God. Make sure you are hearing the true gospel. Believe in your heart the record God gave of His Son. Here it is: God made Jesus Christ a substitute in judgment for you and in return, gives you the riches of His grace. This is a free translation of this blessed gospel as found in II Cor.5:21:

Thou Lord Jesus art my righteousness
And I am thy sin;
Thou hast taken what was mine
And given me what was Thine;
What Thou wast not, Thou didst become,
That I might become what I was not.

The godly One substituted for the ungodly and God is satisfied for eternity with the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ! God will freely impute His own righteousness, to the believing sinner. This is the only true gospel and it is the good news we are spreading by the Jesus Loves Me Ministry. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and check out what we offer. Our heart’s desire is that in all things, Jesus Christ shall have the preeminence. May you see no man, save Jesus only–the proof of God’s love and incredible grace!

http://www.jesuslovesme.org/newWeb/pages/oneTrue.html

What you probably won’t hear in your church…

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/08 by howtobesaved

The Revelation of the Mystery given to the Apostle Paul, which is to be found from Romans to Philemon.
The Gospel of Grace (we are saved by faith alone + nothing – nothing).
That we are currently living in the Dispensation of God’s Grace.
That we must follow the Apostle Paul, he is our pattern.
That there is only one Baptism (not with water, but with the Spirit).
We are permanently sealed with the Holy Spirit until our day of redemption.
Our salvation is eternally secure.
The Lord Jesus Christ preached according to the Revelation of the Mystery given to the Apostle Paul.

What great love!
What great mercy!
What great kindness!
WHAT A GREAT SAVIOUR WE HAVE!!
We don’t have to do anything to be saved, other than trust in Him, that we are in need of a Saviour and that He is our Saviour and that He died, was buried and resurrected on the 3rd day. He did it all.

When denominationalism tells you your salvation requires works in order for you to be saved – they’re reading Israel’s mail. Israel’s salvation is conditional and they have to endure to the end in order to be saved.

Selah.

How do I deal with Sin?

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/08 by howtobesaved

How to Deal With Sin as a Christian

While we believers tarry in this wicked world for the glorious appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ, we are on a mission. The Lord has given us instructions to preach the Gospel of Grace, and to bring glory and honor to our Savior’s name in all that we do and say. We need to be cautious, for we are “ambassadors for [the risen] Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). We Christians need to be reminded that our lives are on parade for the lost world to see, everyday: indeed, we are AMBASSADORS, reflecting our Homeland, the Heavenlies where Christ is!

Romans 6:6-13 KJV reads: “6 Knowing this, that our old man [old sin nature] is crucified with Him [Christ], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. 10 For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Now, according to the verses above, you as a believer have the choice of living righteously, or living carnally. Yes, committing sin is fun, but you will be misrepresenting the Lord and bringing shame to His name. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:30, you would “grieve the Holy Spirit,” and make Him sad. Our sin nature is warring against our new nature in Christ; our sinful spirit is contrary to the indwelling Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:16-26).

God would prefer us not to sin, but He knows that we still sin even after salvation. Sin is going to creep into our lives, and in order to deal with sin, we need to first identify what sin is. If you have a hard time distinguishing between what is and what is not a sin (like most of our world), think of it like this: a sin is anything that is willful disobedience to God, which brings reproach and dishonor to Him. Would God approve of the action? If not, it is a sin.

While it is necessary to interact with lost people on a daily basis, we need to make every effort to be around God’s people (the believers) more often than around everyone else. Keeping company with the lost world for extended periods of time will eventually lead to your living a worldly lifestyle (1 Corinthians 15:33-34).

As soon as we recognize sin in our lives, we need to address it, and straighten up. If we continue to ignore that sin, it will eventually mushroom into something great, and then we begin to backslide (start to live a life of complete carnality, or gutter living). The devil begins to rob you of your testimony. I have seen it, and it is quite sad: professing Christians living no different (sometimes worse) than the lost. But, we as believers have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us overcome our shortcomings, as long as we are willing to submit to God (Galatians 2:20-21).

On the basis of Romans 4:7-8 and Ephesians 4:32, we Christians are already forgiven for Christ’s sake, so do not ask for forgiveness for your sins; God has already dealt with our eternal consequence of sin at Calvary, but we still have to deal with our daily sins. Genuine Christians are never in danger of eternal Hellfire; however, Satan can still tempt us and cause us to stumble in our Christian walk. Yes, even after salvation, we sin! So, in the Dispensation of Grace, what do we do when we stumble in sin?

A believer will feel repentance (change in thinking) once they sin. Then, they feel conviction—this is a positive sign that the Holy Spirit is indwelling you! Tell God you are sorry where you have made Him sad, and try to learn from your mistakes, but do not live a life of continual regret: “oh, if I only I did this…if only I did not do that.” Feeling like that will not solve anything; you need to look forward to the future, how you make the most of the future. I feel it important to mention—GRACE AND FORGIVENESS ARE NOT LICENSES TO SIN!

Lastly, it is important to make these additional comments. If you are a Christian, saved by grace through faith plus nothing, your body is a “temple of the Holy Spirit,” so please do not desecrate that temple by disrespecting your body (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). Memorize Scripture verses; so that you can defend yourself when the devil entices you with sin. When you stumble in sin as a Christian, God will be there to help you, and He forgives you.

When we live a life according to the directions God gave us through Paul, we have no room for boasting. Everything Jesus Christ has done for us should constrain (compel) us to represent Him in all that we do and bring Him all the glory and praise that He rightly deserves (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 20). Remember, 1 Corinthians 6:20 tells us that we Christians have been “bought with a price,” and it cost Jesus Christ everything He had… as a Christian, never forget that you are still serving the risen Lord, so make Him proud. He has never let you down, so why do you want to let Him down?

http://am1490.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=sin&action=display&thread=88&page=1

Religion vs SoundDoctrine

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/07 by howtobesaved

Religion tells you to accept Christ.
Sound doctrine says you are accepted in Christ. (Ephesians 1:6)

Religion tells you to seek God’s will.
Sound doctrine says God has already revealed His will to you. (Ephesians 1:9-10).

Religion tells you to invite Jesus into your heart.
Sound doctrine says that Christ may live in your heart by faith, but He doesn not get there by invitation, only by your belief of the gospel. (Ephesians 3:14-17).

Religion tells you, you can only get forgiveness each time you confess your sins.
Sound doctrine says God has already forgiven your sins. (Ephesians 1:7).

Religion tells you God won’t forgive you if you hold a grudge.
Sound doctrine says you are able to forgive others if you choose, and should, because God has already forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32).

Religion tells you Jesus is your shepherd and that you are his sheep.
Sound doctrine says He is your Saviour and you are his Saint. (2 Timolthy 1:10).

Religion tells you to join their church or denomination and become a member, which is normally done by water baptism. And if you don’t attend they say you are “backslidden”, otherwise known as “losing your salvation”.
Sound doctrine says you don’t go to church, you are the church, you are the Body of Christ, members of His body. (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Religion tells you to keep the 10 commandments.
Sound doctrine says you cannot keep the commandment 100%. (James 2:10). We are not under the law, we are dead to the law. (Romans 6:14, Romans 10:4, Romans 7:4, Romans 7:6).

Religion tells you to make Jesus Lord.
Sound doctrine says God already made Jesus Lord. (Acts 2:36).

Religion tells you to carry your cross.
Sound doctrine says you need only carry your sword and shield. (Ephesians 6:11-18). We don’t have a cross.

Religion tells you to follow Jesus.
Sound doctrine says that Jesus told us to follow the Apostle Paul. (1 Corinthians 4:16).

Religions tells you “WWJD”?
Sound doctrine says we are not concerned about what Jesus would do, but rather what He did for us on the Cross. (2 Corinthians 5:16)

Religion tells you that Jesus is your example and that you should follow in His footsteps.
Sound doctrine says the Apostle Paul is our pattern. (1 Timothy 1:16).

Religions tells you to “Go ye” under the Great Commission.
Sound doctrine says the commission to you given by God is to be found in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

Religion tells you to be fishers of men.
Sound doctrine says you’re an Ambassador for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Religion tells you are in the New Testament.
Sound doctrine says that the New Testament was for Israel. (Jeremiah 31:31).

Religion tells you to follow the four synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Sound doctrine says that these belong to the Old Testament and that the New Testament couldn’t have begun until after Jesus died. (Hebrews 9:15-18, Galatians 4:4).

Religion also tells you to follow the Epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, Jude, John, which are actually the New Testament.
Sound doctrine says James, Peter, John were ministers of the circumcision (Israel). (Galatians 2:9). The Book of Hebrews was written for the Hebrews, and if you try to follow it, you will run into doctinal trouble. (Hebrews 10:26-27).

The Book of James was written to Israel. (James 1:1).
Peter also wrote to Israel in their diaspora. (1 Peter 1:1).

Religion tells you not to work on the Lord’s Day – Sunday.
Sound doctrine says the Lord’s Day is what Revelation is about. (Revelation 1:9-10).

Religion tells you that God changed the Sabbath to Sunday.
Sound doctrine says that certain days don’t make any difference in the here and now. (Colossians 2:16). The Sabbath, which means seven, was given to Israel to keep, not the Body of Christ.

Religion tells you to follow Jesus and be baptised by water.
Sound doctrine says we are given righteousness by faith, not by being baptised in water. (Romans 3:22).

Religion tells you that baptism is the first step in obedience in salvation.
Sound doctrine says that water baptism was for Israel. (Mark 1:4, Mark 16:16)).

Religion tells you that God speaks to you through circumstances.
Sound doctrine says God’s words are written in a Book which is known as the Bible and it’s complete. (Colossians 1:25-26).

Pastor or Bishop?

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/05/07 by howtobesaved

Pastor: A shepherd, herdsman, overseer of a flock of sheep. (Israel).
Bishop: An overseer. (Body of Christ).

“To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons” Philippians 1:1b

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach” 1 Timothy 3:2

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” 1 Timothy 3:6

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre” Titus 1:7

NO Sheep/Flock = No Pastors/Shepherds