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But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

-Romans 4:5

“Only Christ can comfort the brokenhearted and only those who believe the gospel of the grace of God can He comfort”

Written by Jamie Pantastico

On January 7, 2020

There is Power in the Word!

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Proclaim the Gospel

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

 

 

II Corinthians 1:3-5

“Only Christ can comfort the brokenhearted and only those who believe the gospel of the grace of God can He comfort”

 

 

#1 Purpose for Christians’ is to Share the Gospel

Until a person believes that they are a sinner and believe by faith alone that God sent His only Son, to shed His blood and die on the cross for their sins, was buried and rose from the dead three days later defeating sin, Satan, the law and death itself. They are not just separated from God they are enemies of God.

Those of us that believed the gospel (Ephesians 1:13), we are already members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) and either by death or rapture, we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

For the unbelieving brokenhearted world around us, they too have a message of hope which is the gospel of the grace of God. But they won’t know anything about it if we, the members of the body of Christ, don’t share this amazing message of hope with them.

 

Religion is Behavioral Modification Christianity on the Other Hand is Heart Transformation

 

THE GOSPEL

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

 

I Corinthians 15:1-4

The gospel of the grace of God is that at the cross Christ did everything God the Father demanded to pay the price for the sin of not just the people that donate the most money to charity, not for the higher educated people, not just for the clergy, not just for those that never miss Sunday service…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). In other words, Christ died for the ungodly…

‘For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.’

Romans 5:6

 

All a lost person has to do to appropriate the “free gift” of salvation is to believe by faith alone in the gospel. That’s the good news all of us that already believed should be sharing with this lost world.

 

‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 6:23

 

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

 

 

‘For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:10

 

The only reason the Lord leaves us here after we believe the gospel is to share the gospel.

‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’

I Corinthians 15:58 

‘and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, ‘

II Peter 3:15

 

For the unsaved heartbroken world, it starts with sharing the gospel with them and for the believers, our comfort in troubled times comes from putting our trust in God, knowing our position in Christ, prayer, and the power that comes from reading His Word.

 

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Jamie Pantastico

Mesa Bible Study

Faith, Sine Qua Non

“What is Not Properly Understood can “Not” be Properly Applied”

 

What Saith the Scripture?

Most problems in interpreting Bible passages arise from neglecting a passage’s context. The guiding principle of sound interpretation is to take a passage literally. Not maintaining this discipline, interpretation becomes loose and the passage can mean almost anything. The result is erroneous made up ridiculous interpretations. 

Secondly, is to read a passage in-time. The Bible is a progressive revelation. God’s plan of salvation for mankind wasn’t revealed all-at-once to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah or any of the other old testament prophets. Not even Peter and the eleven were given the full counsel of God. The Lord revealed to each of the aforementioned what they needed at their particular time in Biblical history. Interpretation that denies that Scripture is progressive is an erroneous interpretation. 

To be good bible students one must maintain a literal, grammatical and historical (in-time) hermeneutic. There has been much to much of mans theology governing Scripture when it is God’s Word alone that reigns over theology. 

Below are set of guides to help readers maintain a literal, grammatical and historical (in-time) interpretation of Scripture.

 

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Who's writing?

Identify the author of the book and passage.

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Who is the author writing too?

Who is the audience? Yes, all Scripture is for us but not all of Scripture is directed to us our salvation and doctrine (how to live our daily lives). To say all of Scripture is, is erroneous interpretation.

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When was the Book or Passage written?

This is necessary to identify the time and historical context.

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What were the circumstances when it was written? (what was going on)

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What was going on before and after it was written?

What happen before and after the particular Book or Passage you’re reading?

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What is the HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE VERSE?

Where does the Bible verse fit in Biblical history. Use the answers from the list of these questions to identify the “historical context”.

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Are there other passages that the Author has written to help expand on the verse your reading?

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Utilize the full counsel of God to illuminate the passage

All of Scripture fits perfectly.

 

The Good News

salvation

Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. You don’t have to do anything but believe by faith that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead 3 days later.

THE GOOD NEWS

SALVATION

Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE & FAITH IS BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS.

  1. God declares all mankind sinners and we all fall short of Glory of God. Romans 3:23
  2. The payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23
  3. But God…because he loved you so much sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place, for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. 1 Cor 15:1-42cor 5:21

All God asks is that you believe by faith alone in 1, 2, & 3. That you’re a sinner, separated from God but God sent his Son to die for your sins, was buried & rose again 3 days later.

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

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