Author: Buen Consejo

1, 8, 3, 1 Which are you?

January 25th, 2012 | Buen Consejo | for http://www.baptist.org 1, 8, 3, 1…  which are you?  What is this about?  Read on and see –>>    In the scriptures, in Matthew 26:36-46, we read about 13 people that I want to address.  Jesus and 11 of his disciples when to a place called Gethsemane.  At this time Judas was off betraying his Lord for some money.  Jesus brought Peter and the two sons of Zebedee closer and gave them an assignment to watch with him.  Jesus went on a little further and prayed to the Father.    Here is our break down: 1 person is off betraying.  8 people are given no assignment. 3 are given an assignment and struggle with it.  1 goes on to the presence of God and perseveres.    In our churches, Bible study groups, cell groups or gatherings we find within Christianity this same break down. Which are you?    The bad 1.  Are you the one off running your mouth? Judging, condemning, running others down with your words?  Is there sin in your life that turns others away from the Lord? Are you giving non-Christians ammo to destroy confidence in Christ?  I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “Lord protect me….. from thy followers!”    The 8.  Are you just a pew-filler?  Are you one of those Christians that attends church or Bible...

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Salvation under the old testament law?

  December 12th, 2011 | Buen Consejo| for http://www.baptist.org  Under the law securing an eternity with the Lord and not spending eternity burning in the lake of fire was set up differently than it is now under grace. A confusion enters here: Someone asked Jesus (while under the law):  Matthew 19:16, 17  “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”  You might say, this was a trick question. He did not ask what is needed to have eternal life. He asked, “what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” That is where confusion starts.   It might seem well founded, if you don’t know enough about the scriptures. Simple requirement under the law: Leviticus 18:4, 5  “Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.”   These are the “works” to do. But the works or deeds of the law are not going to get you to heaven. (I’m still talking old...

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Redemption, Remission, Forgiveness. What’s the Difference?

Buen Consejo | October 24, 2011 | for http://www.baptist.org   What is the difference between Redemption, Remission and Forgiveness?  Did you even know that they are different?  Which one saves you?? Can you have one of the other two and still be lost? Many people say that if you ask God to forgive your sins, you’ll be saved. That is not how it works. Forgiveness only restores the relationship that wasthere before.  If some neighborhood kid breaks your window with a baseball, then comes to knock on the door to apologize, you might forgive him.  But that will not make him your son. That will not fix the window. If a lost sinner asks God to forgive him, his life will improve. He will not become God’s child or have his sin washed away.   Remission means to be covered up or retained to not spread, increase or be in the way. But it is still there. Like a cancer in remission is still a cancer.   Redemption means to actually buy something and go pick it up.  That is what saves you. Jesus Christ died for  your sins to purchase you and own you. He will also one day come and pick us up. Let’s look at some scriptural evidences-  First came preparation. Luke 1:77  “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,” ...

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Once Saved, Always Saved? Salvation or Probation?

September 30, 2011 | Buen Consejo | for  http://www.baptist.org Eternally Secure? Or Eternally Insecure? Our new birth relationship with God is not that of just a servant, but, firstly, that of a son.  An example of the eternal security difference is shown here:  2 Samuel 7:14,15   “I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:   But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.”  John 1:12  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”    We are saved by faith in Jesus, by grace.  Not of ourselves. Ephesians 2:8, 9  “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.” So, What happens when a Christian sins, or continues in sin?  Romans 6:1, 2  “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”   We should not continue in sin and it is within our new nature not to.  But, we will. Or is...

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Faith? Works? The Paul / James Agreement.

 September 23, 2011 | Buen Consejo | for  http://www.baptist.org Faith or Works? Romans 4 says Abraham was justified by faith without works. Yet James 2 says Abraham was justified by works. Both refer to the same incident. They are both right and they both agree. How can that be? Now, this issue of James’ verses has many theological britches on a knot.  It is so simple that people miss it.  Firstly, in order to not miss what the scriptures teach, one must not approach reading with fears and religious prejudiced.  Between the Catholics making people fear unless they have...

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