Monday, April 18, 2016

MODES??? by steve finnell

When it comes to Christianity there are no modes, there is just God's way. Under the new covenant God did not offer different modes in relation to salvation.

The new covenant was not in force until Jesus died. Hebrews 9:15-17...17 For a covenant is valid only after men are dead, for it is never in force  while the one who made it lives.(NASB)

The apostle Peter preached the terms for pardon under the new covenant on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD. Acts 2:22-41. Peter preached the same terms that Jesus preached after His death. (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.(NASB)


1. Believe: John 3:16 "For God so loves the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)

2. Repent: Acts 3:19 Therefore  repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order of times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;(NASB)

3. Confess: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;(NASB)

4. Water immersion: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)

Mankind today cannot be saved by terms of pardon that were used before the new covenant was in force.

Men today cannot be saved like the thief on the cross. The thief was not baptized. The thief did not believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.(Luke 23:32-42)

Men today cannot be saved like Moses. Moses did not believe that Jesus was the resurrected Son of God. Moses was not baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Moses did not confess Jesus as Lord.

Men today cannot be saved like the paralytic. His sins were forgiven because of the faith of friends.(Matthew 9:1-2)

Was the thief  saved? Yes. Was Moses saved? Yes. Was the paralytic sins forgiven? Yes.
All happened before the death of Jesus. The new covenant terms for pardon were not in force. The new covenant was only in force after the death of Jesus. 

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