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We're short-lived, earthbound mortals, but God is an infinite, immortal, transcendent Being. We're pitiful sinners, but God is holy, "dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto" (1 Timothy 6:16). But we need to come into His presence to have eternal life. So the question is, How can we approach Him? How can we come into His presence?
Jesus said, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
People in the Bible were constantly asking Him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17), or "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25). You notice that they thought doing good deeds made them worthy. They hoped Jesus' answer would be something like, "Give alms to the poor," or "Don't steal"— something they were already doing.
But when they asked Jesus, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" Jesus answered, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent" (John 6:28–29). Years later, a similar conversation took place. A Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" and they answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:30–31).
The answer is just that simple: believe on Jesus.
Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
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.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas ... and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ ... for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
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.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
2 TIMOTHY 1:9
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 JOHN 5:12–13
GOD'S MERCY AND FORGIVENESS
Many scriptures proclaim the forgiveness and mercy of the Lord, but the passages that best show these attributes of God are Psalm 51 and 2 Samuel 12:9, 13.
In Psalm 51, King David's heart is laid bare. He had sinned grievously, committing adultery with Bathsheba, then arranging to have her husband killed so he could take her as his own, and God had called him on it. This psalm is filled with raw emotion and honest confession — but the most outstanding thing about it is the great faith David has in God's mercy.
According to the Law, adulterers and murderers were to be executed. There was no provision for these sins as there was for fornication or manslaughter (Deuteronomy 22:22–29; Numbers 35:16–25). But David cried out, trusting that God would forgive him — and God did (2 Samuel 12:9–13). For three thousand years, believers who have sinned have found refuge in this psalm, saying, "If God could forgive David, He can forgive me."
David began by praying, "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." But he finished by confidently requesting, "Make me to hear joy and gladness," and "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation" (Psalm 51:1–2, 8, 12).
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments.
Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
For I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 JOHN 1:9
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.
1 JOHN 3:1
FAITH AND WORKS
Paul says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith ... not of works" (Ephesians 2:8–9), but James asks, "Though a man say he hath faith, and have not works ... can faith save him?" (James 2:14). Paul says, "Faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness" (Romans 4:9), but James asks, "Was not Abraham our father justified by works?" and adds that "by works was faith made perfect" (James 2:21–22).
Many Christians therefore conclude that Paul and James contradict each other. But a closer look at the scriptures shows that Paul too preached the necessity of good works. You're saved by grace alone, but if you've truly received the Spirit of Christ, good works will be sure to follow.
Paul wrote that the same grace of God that saves you will also teach you to live a godly life. "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly" (Titus 2:11–12).
Peter and James preached the same Gospel as Paul. When referring to Jews and Gentiles, Peter (speaking for James as well) declared, "God ... put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. ... But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they" (Acts 15:8–9, 11).
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but shewed ... that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.
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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
[Jesus Christ] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 JOHN 2:6
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. ... But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
JAMES 1:22, 25
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The ancient Jews didn't see any division between the Father and the Spirit of God. They understood that the Holy Spirit was an extension of the one true God. The Holy Spirit knows everything that God knows. "The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 2:11). God is all-knowing, and so is the Holy Spirit. That's why the Spirit often gives you godly wisdom.
First John 4:8 says, "God is love," and the Holy Spirit is also known for love. When He dwells inside us, "the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts" (Romans 5:5).
And that was the wonderful promise Jesus made to His disciples — including you — that God His Father would send His Holy Spirit to live in your heart (Galatians 4:6), to make you His own son or daughter. When God's Spirit enters your being, you are filled with the life of God and receive eternal life. You are plugged into God.
The Holy Spirit in your heart also guarantees your full salvation, including the resurrection and transformation of your physical body. God says that the Spirit is a deposit to guarantee the full amount of the regeneration that is to come (Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30).
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. ... And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
ACTS 19:2, 6
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death ... that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
ROMANS 8:1–2, 4
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
For the kingdom of God is ... righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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Table of Contents
1 Salvation 8
2 God's Mercy and Forgiveness 12
3 Faith and Works 16
4 The Holy Spirit 20
5 Loving God 24
6 Seeking God 28
7 Prayer Principles 32
8 Praise and Worship 36
9 Reading God's Word 40
10 Understanding God's Ways 44
11 Seeking God's Will 48
12 Submitting to God 52
13 Trusting God 56
14 Faith and Believing 60
15 Victory over the Devil 64
16 Persistence 68
17 Character and Self-Control 72
18 Discipline and Chastisement 76
19 Comfort and Encouragement 80
20 God's Protection 84
21 Power versus Weakness 88
22 God's Supply 92
23 Giving to God 96
24 Wealth and Poverty 100
25 Diligence and Faithfulness 104
26 Contentment versus Greed 108
27 Happiness and Joy 112
28 Peace 116
29 Courage versus Fear 120
30 Patience and Long-Suffering 124
31 Hope versus Despair 128
32 Loving Others 132
33 Forgiving Others 136
34 Fellowship and Unity 140
35 Serving and Helping Others 144
36 Giving to Others 148
37 Witnessing for Christ 152
38 Enduring Persecution 156
39 Compromising 160
40 Dying to Self 164
41 Backsliding 168
42 Repentance 172
43 Guilt and Condemnation 176
44 Pride versus Humility 180
45 Self-Righteousness and Hypocrisy 184
46 Anger and Arguments 188
47 Wisdom 192
48 Sound Speech 196
49 Honesty and Integrity 200
50 Sexual Morality 204
51 Marriage 208
52 Raising Children 212
53 Healing 216
54 Hope of Heaven 220