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A Guide for Young Christians

A Guide for Young Christians

John W. Robbins

When God saves us sinners, he causes us to believe certain propositions about himself and about ourselves—ideas that we formerly thought were not true. In an instant, God resurrects us from the spiritual death of unbelief and makes us understand and believe the truth about both Jesus Christ and ourselves. Scripture refers to this event by using several figures of speech: being born again, being born from above, enlightening the mind, being resurrected from the dead, and giving us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone. What this figurative language literally means (and if you do not know what figurative language literally means, you do not know what it means) is that God affects our minds directly, causing us to accept as true, ideas we formerly thought were not true. He gives truth—figuratively called “light” in Scripture—directly to our minds.

Four Great Certainties

Four Great Certainties

John W. Robbins

Life is filled with uncertainty. Floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes destroy our homes and cities; criminals take our lives, our property, our families, and our friends. The nightly news brings reports and rumors of war. We may lose our jobs, our homes, our health, or our businesses; people we trust may break their promises; friends may disappoint us. Things and people that we count on may let us down.

Everyone is trying to find something certain, someplace to stand. And there are some things that are certain. Here are four things that we should never doubt–four great certainties. In a world filled with uncertainty, there are some things that we can know for sure.

First Certainty: And as it is appointed for men to die once,

Second Certainty: but after this the judgment,

Third Certainty: so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.

Fourth Certainty: To those who eagerly wait for him he will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

–The Holy Bible

God’s Plan to Save His People

God’s Plan to Save His People

God Is Great and Good

There is only one living and true God, perfect, sovereign, holy, wise, eternal, invisible, almighty, unchangeable, just, merciful, everywhere present, and knowing all things. God exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Angels and men, and every other creature, owe God whatever service, worship, and obedience he requires of them.

“Behold the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the balance…. All nations before him are as nothing. And they are counted by him less than nothing and worthless…. It is he who sits above the circle of the Earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the Earth useless…. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and their young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

“All the inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as nothing; he does according to his will in the army of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the Earth. No one can restrain his hand or say to him, ëWhat have you done?í”

Are You Catholic?

Are You Catholic?

1. Do you believe that the grace of God in your heart is able to make you acceptable to God? _____Yes _____No

2. Does God justify a person by putting Christ’s righteousness into his heart? _____Yes _____No

If you answered yes to either of these questions, please read on.

Three Aspects of Salvation

Justification by faith is the heart of the Gospel. As sinners we are all condemned before God; we deserve whatever punishment he is pleased to give us. But Christ died for the sins of his people; they are justified, rather than condemned. How can God, who is just, forgive the guilty?

The Bible presents three aspects of God’s work of salvation:

1. God the Father planned the salvation of his people before time began.

2. God the Son came to Earth in Jesus Christ and accomplished salvation for his people by living a perfect life and dying an innocent death.

3. God the Holy Spirit gives the gifts Christ earned to his people.

Counterfeit Gospels

Counterfeit Gospels

Counterfeit money looks like genuine money; it has to, if it is going to fool anyone. Counterfeit gospels look like the real thing, and they fool many people.

Paul warns about false gospels in two of his letters to churches in Greece and Asia. In his second letter to the Christians in the Greek city of Corinth, he condemns preachers and evangelists who “preach another Jesus whom we have not preached…or a different gospel which you have not accepted.” And in his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul wrote, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ.”

Paul became angry at what some men were preaching, and he warned the Galatians: “But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

That warning should make preachers think twice about the gospel they preach, but many continue to preach false gospels. Many religious leaders are confused about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They think that the Gospel is “You must be born again.”

It isnít. Nor is it the Gospel, “You must be filled with (or baptized by) the Holy Spirit.”

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