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  WHAT IS A BIBLE CHRISTIAN ?. V

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In The Gospel of John 15:19 Jesus said, ” If ye were of the world the world will love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”   Yes, the WORLD and the WORD are two contradictory systems that can NEVER be aligned, mixed or combined in spiritual fellowship together. One can not hang on both systems at the same time; for “… no man can serve two masters..” (Matthew 6:24).

Is it possible for the bible Christian to fall in love with the world and lose his/her testimony?  Certainly, it is is not only possible but it has happened.  1. Lot’s wife:    ” Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:12).  While Lot’s wife was leaving Sodom, she looked back and continued to to admire and desire its wicked culture.  2. Demas:    In the book of Philemon 24, the Apostle Paul mentioned of  his fellow servants  and laborers  in the work.  In that list Demas was one of them. But when he wrote to Timothy  in 2nd Timothy 4:10 he said, “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.”    Something happened and Demas was caught up with the things of the world and has succumbed to the influence of the world and lost his desire to serve the Lord, and left the ministry altogether.

In summarizing, we find three basic truths established in the word of God about the Bible Christian:

1.THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN IS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CALLED OUT OF THE WORLD.  In the Gospel of John 15:19  Jesus said, “if ye were of the world, the world would  love his own, but because you are not of the world,but  I have chosen you out the world, therefore the world hates you. ”  And again in John 17:6 He said, “ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest to me out of the world: thine they were thou gavest them to me; and thy have kept thy word.”     The Bible Christian in the past was in the world, and not only in the world but he was also of the world.

2.THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN IS SOMEONE WHO IS NOT OF THE WORLD.   In the Gospel of John 17 verses 14 and 16 our Lord made this point in His intercessory prayer; ” I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them,  because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”   verse 16, “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out, but thou shouldst keep them from the evil. thy are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through the truth, thy word is truth.”  Our Lord said, that believers are not of the world in the same way that He is not of the world!

3.THE BIBLE CHRISTIAN IS SOMEONE WHO IS GEOGRAPHICALLY IN THIS WORLD:   In the Gospel of John 17:15 Jesus said, ” I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest  keep them from the evil.”  Yes, he is not of it!  For he is called out of it!! but he is still in it!!  And while being in this world the Bible Christian has two missions: namely to be the salt and light of the world.

i). His first first mission involves being  “the salt of the earth”.   In Matthew 5:13 Jesus said, ” Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor wherewith shall it be salted. It is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under the foot of men.”

ii).His second mission involves being “light in the dark world”:   In Matthew 5:14-16 we read, “ ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on the hill can not be hid. Neither men do light candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The Bible Christian being in the world is like  a ship in the sea:  the ship is in the sea, but the sea is not in the ship. He is like a bottle in the smoke: the bottle is in the smoke, but the smoke is not in the bottle.  This is beautifully summed up in these stanzas:

All the water in the world however hard it tried

could never sink a ship unless it got inside.

All the evil in the world the wickedness and sin

could never sink your soul’s fair craft unless you let it in. !!!

yes, all the evil in this world, and the Devil included with his great influence and power can not sin the believer’s ship unless  the door is open to let them in.  The Bible Christian is not ruined by living in the world, but by the world living in him.    Friend,  it has been said many times that love always is a decision  made by an individual. And if that is true then we are responsible for where  we decided  to place our affection, and we are also responsible for that decision. We read in Colossians 3:1-3″ If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, not on things on the earth.  Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.”

WHAT IS A BIBLE CHRISTIAN?   A Bible Christian is simply an individual who is preparing for another world! ! 

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Dear reader,  this article   “what Is a Bible Christian?”  is a message taken from the magazine ” Fundamentalist Digest”, abridged and formatted (modified) to fit our  weekly column. For the complete message (article) please write to:   ” Fundamentalist Digest”,  Dr. Don Jasmin,  P.O. Box 489,  West Branch,  MI 48661.   Tel:  989-873-4778.

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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