First the Question: The LORD Jesus Christ reduced the Ten Commandments to two commandments. Matthew 22:37-39. True or False?
Please take a moment to respond at the LLM Question of the Day
And now the answer to the LLM Question of 11-1-2011
Question: In the Gospel of John, and the First Epistle of John, we find the word BELIEVE over 100 times, the word LOVE over 100 times, and the word LIFE more than 75 times. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! In the Gospel of John we find the word BELIEVE one hundred times. In John’s Gospel and in His First Epistle we find the word LOVE in various forms about one hundred times. In these two Books we find LIFE or LIVE about seventy five times. Note 1 John 4:9, “in this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.” Note 1 John 4:10, “not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Then 1 John 4:19, “we love Him, because He first loved us.” Now, out of the 728 responses we received to this question, 90% of you got it right! Praise God! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, pt. 27 of 30
Is Christianity A Creed Or A Life
A Modernist pastor had this statement printed on a signboard in front of his church building, “In this Church we do not ask that you subscribe to a creed: we ask that you live a life.”
It is easy to see his answer to the question, “is Christianity a creed or a life?” That pastor should have acknowledged that he was only a make believe Christian and not a Bible Christian. Of course we are all agreed that there is not enough of what is called “practical Christianity” in this world, but the church member is very, very ignorant who says “what we believe is unimportant: the all important thing is what we do.” Just one answer from the LORD Jesus should cause them to revise this statement. When the very religious people asked the LORD Jesus what they could do to work the works of God (John 6:28), the Savior replied, “this is the work of God that ye believe in Him Whom He hath sent.”
A creed is a BELIEF. Eternal Life is the free gift of God through the LORD Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23). The LORD Jesus said, “if ye BELIEVE not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24). The LORD Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that BELIEVETH in Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47, John 3:36, John 11:25-26). Note carefully John 3:36, “but he that BELIEVETH not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“This is the record: That God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life: he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 4:10-12). He that BELIEVETH NOT this record hath made God a liar. (1 John 4:10). According to the Bible, “no creed - no life.” Certainly no person can live the life until that person receives the life. God gives life to believers. John wrote his Record, “that ye might BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that BELIEVING ye might have life through His name.” (John 20:31). In 1 Timothy 1:16 the Apostle John wrote of those who would BELIEVE in Christ to life everlasting. In Galatians 3:21-22 we learn that members of the human race could not find life by living a life or by religious doings; only by Faith in Christ. Christianity is both a creed and a life. It has been said that Christianity is life, love, and Heaven. In the Gospel of John all through the Book we find…
BELIEVE, LIFE, and LOVE
In the Gospel of John we find the word BELIEVE one hundred times. In John’s Gospel and in His First Epistle we find the word LOVE in various forms about one hundred times. In these two Books we find LIFE or LIVE about seventy five times. Note 1 John 4:9, “in this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.” Note 1 John 4:10, “not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Then 1 John 4:19, “we love Him, because He first loved us.”
In the Gospel of John we are told many times that eternal life is because of our creed or BELIEF. The words of Christ in John 5:24 are clearly and definitely spoken; that, by BELIEVING, sinners pass out of death into life. In John’s First Epistle BELIEVERS are instructed how to know that they have passed out of death into life, “because we love.” (1 John 3:14). “These things have I, written unto you that BELIEVE on the Name of the Son of God, that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13).
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)