IS THE GOSPEL DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND?The gospel plan salvation is not difficult to understand if you simply read it as God inspired it. Just read the Bible and believe it.The Scriptures only get hard to comprehend when men distort, pervert, and misrepresent the clear teachings of the Bible. Man's opinion can and does make if difficult for many to understand God's plan of salvation.IT IS NOT THAT DIFFICULT!Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.1. Who believes will be saved.2. Who is baptized will be saved.3. Who does not believe will be condemned.It is not difficult to understand.John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."1. If you do not believe Jesus is the Son of God you will die in your sins.There is nothing complicated about that statement.Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.1. Repent in order to have your sins forgiven.2. Be baptized in order to have your sins forgiven.3. After repentance and baptism you will receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit Himself.There is nothing unfathomable presented here.Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord to be saved.2. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to be saved.Nothing mysterious about that.Galatians 3:26 You are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,1. Through faith in Christ Jesus you can become a son of God.Nothing troublesome in that statement.Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.1. Men become clothed with Christ by being baptized into Him.There is nothing confusing about that.Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this not from from yourselves, it is a gift of God.1. We are saved because of God's grace. No man earns his salvation.2. We are saved through faith.3. The gift that God gives is salvation.There is nothing enigmatic found here.Acts 2:47 .....And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.1. The Lord and only the Lord adds to His church.Nothing inexplicable in that.Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'1. Saul was still in his sins until he was baptized in water.You do not need a degree in theology to understand that.John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.1. Whoever believes in Jesus can have eternal life. Salvation is available to all who hear the gospel.There is nothing difficult about that.1 Peter 3:20-21...were saved through water. 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also---not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1. Water baptism is essential to salvation.2. Water baptism saves you if you have good conscience toward God.3. Without the resurrection of Jesus no one could be saved.You do not need a masters in education to understand that verse of Scripture.Is the gospel difficult to understand? No it is not. The gospel plan of salvation is only made complicated when presented using man-made traditions.WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? 1. FAITH: John 3:162. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:383. CONFESSION: Romans 10:94. WATER BAPTISM: Mark 16:16JUST READ THE BIBLE AND BELIEVE IT.(Scripture from: THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE "NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1983) YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com
Thanks Steve Finnel. You're right. A 9'4 Sunset Gun will DEFINITELY help with water baptism. It also opens up the doors to Heaven. I liked the bit about " For God so loved the world he gave his one and only Sunset Gun". I'm not sure I'd give away a Sunset Gun to ANYONE, no matter how much I loved them. But I guess that's what makes Him a deity, and the rest of us mere mortals. I'm sure a lot of people spend a lot of time praying for a 9'4 Sunset Gun when they're out at backline on a 7'4 and the waves are the size of cathedrals. They might even speak in tongues a bit. I guess this is where repentence comes in? As in " I'm so so sorry I paddled out on a 7'4". Or maybe " Dear Lord, if you get me through this, I'll never paddle out on a small board again". I suppose this is the time where they are most likely to convert. To a 9'4 Sunset Gun. They shake off their old ways, study the gospel according to Bill Barnfield, and lead a better life - paddling into heavenly waves on holy craft. Is that what you meant? Faithfully. Hugh.
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