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How To Find The Right Fashion For Church Modesty

In describing the mode of dress appropriate for people in the church, the apostle Paul exhorts them (women) to dress modestly with decency and propriety then goes on to contrast immodest dress with the good deeds which are appropriate for those who profess to be true worshipers of God. Much more valuable than pricey outfits and famous name brands are the good works that flow from a life committed to the Lord.

likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10

  • While the Bible only specifically addresses the need for women to dress modestly, the same teaching would apply to men in principle. Both men and women should bring glory to God in their manner of dress. Modesty in the way we dress is not just for the church; it is to be the standard for all Christians at all times.
  • The key to understanding what constitutes modesty in dress is to examine the attitudes and intents of the heart. Those whose hearts are inclined toward God will make every effort to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately. Those whose hearts are inclined toward self will dress in a manner designed to draw attention to themselves with little or no regard for the consequences to themselves or others.

For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16

A godly woman endeavors to do everything with a God-ward perspective. She knows that God wants His people to be concerned for His glory and the spiritual state of their brothers and sisters in Christ. If a woman professes to be a Christian yet she dresses in a way that will unduly draw attention to her body, she is a poor witness of the One who bought her soul by dying for her on the cross.

  • She is forgetting that her body has been redeemed by Christ and is now the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). She is telling the world that she determines her own worth on a purely physical basis and that her attractiveness depends on how much of her body she reveals to them. Further, by intentionally dressing in an immodest fashion

  • displaying her body for men to lust after, she encourages her brothers in Christ to sin, something condemned by God (Matthew 5:27-29) mentions a woman dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent here, the woman’s heart condition is displayed by her manner of dress.1024px-Ilhan_Omar,_official_portrait,_116th_Congress_(square) (1)
The Scripture says that we are to dress modestly, but what exactly does that mean in modern society? Does a woman have to be covered from head to toe? There are cults and religions in the world that demand this of women. If a woman’s heart is inclined toward godliness, she will wear clothing that is neither provocative nor revealing in public. Her clothing choices will not signal pride or ostentation and will not reflect negatively even if everyone else may be dressing immodestly,

she resists the temptation to follow everyone. She avoids clothing designed to draw attention to her body and causes men to lust, for she is godly and this attention only cheapens her. We dress appropriately and do not advertise ourselves as sex objects, like prostitutes might dress. Certain fashions and styles are meant to inflame lust and communicate a readiness to immorality (Proverbs 7:10). The idea of men to sin against God because of her dress is abhorrent because she seeks to honor, love God and wants others to do the same.

Definition of Lust:

The dictionary definition of lust is “1) intense or unrestrained sexual craving or 2) an overwhelming desire or craving.”

  • The Bible speaks of lust in several ways. Exodus 20:14, 17, “Do not commit adultery. . . Do not covet your neighbors house. Do not covet your neighbors wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns,” or Matthew 5:28, “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.Job 31:11-12  sums up lust quite nicely:

Job 31:11-12 For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase. Lust puts the body like an object to self-gratify. It makes a person not human, we were created by God in God’s image, but for your carnal pleasure.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15

Definition of Modest:

The Greek word translated modest is kosmios, which occurs twice in the New Testament, once as “modest” in this passage (1 Timothy 2:9-10) and once as “of good behavior” in 1 Timothy 3:2. It came to mean “well-arranged, seemly, and modest.”

King David walked upon the roof:

Consider for a moment 2 Samuel 11. King David is walking on the roof of the king’s house and he sees Bathsheba washing her-self, evidently unclothed to some degree. The Bible says she was very beautiful to look upon. David sent for her and committed adultery with her. If Bathsheba had been completely covered in a godly manner,

 

would she have had the same effect on David? The answer is easy. It is a fact our dress can tempt individuals in ways they would not otherwise be tempted another thing some might say is, It’s the person lusting who is sinning, not me or, Evil is in the eye of the beholder. That is not true, and it shows a low regard for the souls of others.

And it came to pass in an evening-tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 2 Samuel 11:2

What does the Bible say about Clothing?

Clothing has played a major role in the history of God’s interactions with man and is featured prominently from Genesis to Revelation. Outward attire sometimes symbolizes inward realities, clothing often has spiritual significance. The word clothes are Greek-katastole the meaning of the word was “to send or to let down or lower.

 Paul addressed an issue 1 Timothy 2:9-10 where the women in the church were trying to outdo each other in how they dressed, and the flashier the better. They were losing sight of the things that should adorn a godly woman humility, sobriety, godliness, and good works. The words “dress modestly” is not used here in the context of specific garments, but rather to be clad in a modest covering. It should not be used to prove a prohibition against wearing pants (also see 1 Peter 3:3-4).

The first clothing Garden of Eden. Their eyes were opened (Genesis 3:6-7), which means they had a new awareness of nakedness. Clothing has symbolized the need to cover our sin and shame, God, in His mercy, killed for them and made garments of skins (Genesis 3:21). The fact that blood had to be shed in order to cover Adam and Eve’s shame is a foreshadowing of the later sacrifice of Christ. Our inability to cover our own sin necessitated God’s Son coming to earth to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves (Philippians 2:6-8; Titus 3:5)

Throughout human history, clothing styles and colors have been indicators of a persons status, wealth, position, and gender. The Bible examples of clothing used to communicate different things. Royal robes were worn 1 Kings 22:30, Sackcloth to morn, repent, or political tragedy (Joel 1:8), (Jonah 3:5), ( 2 Kings 19:1 )
Prostitutes had a certain dress and easily recognized by their clothing (Genesis 38:14-15; Proverbs 7:10). Leather belts were a sign of poverty or asceticism (2 Kings 1:8; Mark 1:6) Throughout the Bible white clothing symbolized purity (Matthew 17:2), (Revelation 3:18; 4:4; 6:11 ) in visions (Daniel 7:9; Mark 9:2) and angels (Matthew 28:3; John 20:12).
Clothing is good, bodies covered, both for protection and for modesty. God pronounced judgments upon those who uncovered the nakedness of others improperly (Exodus 20:26; Leviticus 18:6; Isaiah 47:3). In Scripture, nakedness is almost always associated with sexual sin and/or shame. God considers our earthly attire significant as well.

How Fashion Should be seen by Christians:

The fashion industry does not set the standard for beauty. That standard is set by God alone and is unchanging. In fact, beauty has nothing really to do with clothing or a fashion or purse. First Peter 3:3-4 says, Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold, jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Fashion should never become an idol in our lives. The fashion industry and its products should not be something we worship. The vicissitudes of the fashion world reflect the fleeting nature of the world in general: The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:17).

It isn’t wrong to wear nice things or be fashionable or operate in the world of fashion as long as it can be done modestly it shouldn’t be flashy fashion. Jesus said, Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes (Luke 12:22-23). It isn’t wrong to be fashionable as long as we keep things in perspective and the fashions we choose do not contradict biblical standards. Fashions that are immodest, selfishly draw attention to oneself or blur the lines of gender are off-limits. Like leggings they create fashion, so no need for skirts or you make them shorter, the leggings make there own modesty, have to think these things.

Fashion Tells Us – Love Your Curves

 High Heel’s are immodest because: 
They point the calf muscle for a “seductive” look and heels symbolize “seductive” in our culture. Heels have your legs for the rear to stick out more and magazines show women with revealing pants, skirts designed to accompany women’s shoes, to give that height and angled legs. It’s hard to wear plain modest clothing with a pair of high heel stilettos and feel to be dressing pleasing the Lord. Heel’s angle the leg and bring attention to oneself, which is considered immodest you are dressed to please God and not people.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age (Titus 2:11-12).

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Whether or not to wear a bikini is a question many women struggle with, but for a Christian woman, the issue is clear. The Bible tells us that God calls women to modesty, which means to not draw attention to themselves: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,

but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Timothy 2:9-10). God also calls us to purity: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). The question is whether or not wearing a bikini is consistent with modesty and purity the answer is no, also going to the beach where you will see others needs to be thought about.

Example: While wearing yoga pants I stopped at the store, coming home from training would be a problem. In the store, there was a man looking at a butt-ox of a near women shopping. He was very fixed in what he was looking at I have since stopped wearing yoga pants in public.

Another issue to consider is that God calls all people to control their thought lives, so as women, help our brothers by dressing modestly: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-29). When we dress immodestly, it can lead them to commit the sin of lust and displeases God.

A lot of women think/say freedom through Christ means we can wear what is comfortable, or attractive or practical. Men will battle in their minds sometimes when they see a contour of a women’s body through clothing. Please understand that men are visual which is different from women and each person is responsible for their own actions. In this instance, women are responsible for dressing modestly men are responsible for their eyes and thoughts.

A further consideration is that our bodies, like our minds and hearts, belong to God and are to be used for His glory, not our own. Romans 12:1 tells us, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship.” When we offer our bodies to God living sacrifices, we are saying, in effect, My body is yours, Lord. Use it for your glory. It’s hard to imagine a bikini-clad body being used for God’s glory.

Of course, wearing a bikini in a private location, like a fenced-in back yard, is probably acceptable, providing there is no visual access to the yard by the neighbors but even then there could be a risk, men will find a way. According to the verses above, we have the responsibility not to put the males around us in a position that they might lust or have impure thoughts. Matthew 18:7).

How we should dress:

The Bible does speak to how we are to dress and how to view the role of adornment in our lives. Here are a few passages we can look to for guidance: I believe From scripture and definitions, clothing Jesus wore and examples. Women should be wearing dresses/pants and pants for (men) to foot level. The clothing also had sleeves that would be to the wrist level but cannot confirm sleeves length by scripture, but they wore garments and coats. A coat alone was considered nakedness and shoulders covered and shirts/blouses should be to the neck without chest/shoulders showing John 19:23 showing and a collar as Jobs, as Priests example. coat definition RSV marg., “a long garment with sleeves“) They wore layers and cloths should arrange mostly loose-fitting. Definitions below the bottom of the page.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

  • The “coat” (kethoneth), of wool, cotton, or linen, was worn by both sexes. It was a closely-fitting garment, resembling in use and form our shirt ( John 19:23 ). It was kept close to the body by a girdle ( John 21:7 ). A person wearing this “coat” alone was described as naked ( 1 Samuel 19:24; Isaiah 20:2; 2 Kings 6:30; John 21:7); deprived of it he would be absolutely naked.
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. John 19:23
  • Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. John 21:7

  • We see in Isaiah 47:2-3 the leg showing is called nakedness justifying the need for long pants and dresses to the feet.

Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. Isaiah 47:2-3

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And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. Jeremiah 13:22

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Rev 1:13

  • Which seems to say closed neckline or collar is appropriate.

Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Isaiah 3:16

by the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat. Job 30:18

It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments. Psalm 133:2

and not cross-dressing:

Deuteronomy 22:5 deals with the issue of cross-dressing/transvestism (men/women dressing clothing and vice versa). The Hebrew word translated abomination means “a disgusting thing, abominable, in the ritual sense (of unclean food, idols, mixed marriages), in the ethical sense of wickedness.” Also, this is not a command that a woman should not wear pants/slacks as some use this passage to teach. The meaning here is that this cross-dressing and transvestism is done in order to deceive or to present oneself as something that he/she is not. This speaks to a woman changing her dress and appearance so as to appear to be a man and a man changing his dress and appearance so as to appear to be a woman.

Our dynamic behind this is the leaving of what is natural and taking on that which is in God’s Word called unnatural (Romans 1:24-27). Paul tells the Corinthian church that the way a woman/man wears there hair is a reflection of God’s order, and therefore a woman who cuts her hair to appear as a man or a man who wears his hair long to appear as a woman brings shame to them (1 Corinthians 11:3-15).  Dress in a way that people can tell who you are there should be no confusion or ambiguity as to what your gender. The issue here is the motive and attitude of the heart that is evidenced in the choice to rebel against God’s standard for obedience.

Deuteronomy 22:5
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
  • and this can sometimes be seen in the worship ministry performer’s lack of modest dress, many services are disrupted during worship. Because their fashions have caused distractions, moving the attention far from praising God.
Exodus 20:26
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Should Christian women wear makeup or Jewelry?

In examining the propriety of wearing makeup or jewelry, we start with 1 Samuel 16:7b: The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. This does not mean that the externals are unimportant, visual signals and the appearance we choose for ourselves can express rebellion, piety, carelessness, meticulousness, etc.

But appearances can be deceiving, deeper issues of the heart. Outward appearance is done for man to see, and we should be careful about that, and be for God but, God is more concerned with what is happening in the heart. In the context of rules for public worship, Paul says, I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God 1 Timothy 2:9-10,

There is a standard of dress that is right for a woman in a worship service. Paul gives no specifics, but a woman’s clothing is to be modest and decent and respectable. Wearing anything that is immodest, indecent, or disreputable is wrong. Drawing the line between modest and immodest can be subjective but each believer should be discerning enough to avoid giving offense.

also, there is a proper adornment for women who worship God and an improper adornment. The proper adornment for a godly woman is simply good deeds. Tabitha adorned herself beautifully by always doing good and helping the poor (Acts 9:36). The improper adornment for a godly woman is that which puffs her up with pride or draws attention to her outward appearance: the examples are elaborate hairstyles, gold and pearls, and expensive clothing.

The focus of a worship service is to be the Lord, not the latest fashion, the biggest diamond, or the chicest hairdo. Wearing a $3,000 dress or carrying a Gucci handbag to church or flashing gaudy jewelry does nothing to truly adorn the woman of God, simplicity is better. She would be much better off and the poor much better served if she sold the dress and gave the money to a Christian charity or gave it to someone sharing the gospel better time spent serving someone in need.

A public worship service should not be a fashion show. It’s that overindulgence and excess are improper in church guard against pride and be careful not to distract others (or ourselves) from what is truly important: the worship and glory of God and the service of others. Again in 1 Timothy 2:9-10, we have a contrast, this time between flashy externals and less-noticeable deeds.

EXAMPLE: In first-century Roman culture, women would customarily braid or twist their hair high onto their heads, often decorating their locks with jewels, gold adornments, and more to garner attention. The ornate displays indeed drew a public response, but the apostles point is that to flaunt one’s beauty for selfish adoration is not in line with the humility of Christ.

Jesus says in Matthew 23:12, Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. and Peter emphasizes the contrast between humility and modesty the outward, fleeting beauty and the inward, lasting beauty of a woman. A truly beautiful woman has a gentle and quiet spirit. She may not be noticed much in this world, but God sees the heart. To flaunt one’s beauty for selfish adoration is not in line with the humility of Christ, service should extend in your daily life. Christians should not be motivated by vanity in the use of perfume or cologne as well, scripture has good and bad examples of cologne use and we should be sensitive to people with allergies.

God’s judgment upon the women of Jerusalem:

This is God’s judgment on the prideful women in Jerusalem, Isaiah wrote God would take away the things that caused pride and they would be shamed. Their easy life was over there luxury would now be humiliation.
Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well-set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Isaiah 3:16-24

Here is an example for a church bulletin:pexels-photo-753277 (1)

  • Dear sisters,

  • On behalf of and for the benefit of men who are seeking to live in accordance with thewill of God and to keep themselves pure and holy, to the end that you do not encourage them to lust, and for your own eternal welfare, please do not call undue attention to yourself or expose yourself by wearing immodest apparel. Godly men do not want to see your thighs (or more) in clothing that is too short, your cleavage in tops that are too low, your navels in tops that are too short, your undergarments in clothing that is too thin, nor the curves and characteristics of your bodies in clothing that is too tight. Please look in the mirror at yourself (front and back) and bend over and see if your cleavage will show exposing yourself to others and ask yourself if your attire is becoming one professing godliness. You may need to make some changes.

Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28
What happens when Christian dresses immodestly? Christians need to realize we are a holy people (1 Peter 1:15-16). As children of God, we are to set our minds on the things above, not on things on the earth. We must guard ourselves and not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). Let’s say others know that an individual is a member of the church, and they hear that person stand and defend the plan of salvation,
If that person is then seen dressed in provocative clothing or publicly engaging in practices that even much of the world views as sensual, how is the world going to view the church? Listen to the description of what Christ thinks about His church, our choices affect the church.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish Ephesians 5:25-27

How Does Modesty Apply To Children?

Another false idea relates to our children. A parent might think, But my daughter is just a child! Certainly, she isn’t the object of lust. Well, she may not be to the parent, but what about a person her age? What about a pedophile? It happens very quickly that our little girls turn into little women.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Important

This is when Dad needs to step up to the spiritual headship that God gave him it’s up to the parent to teach their children at a young age and teenage. Some people have the idea that when a girl dresses immodestly, she is intentionally dressing to entice men. While that may be true of some women, it is not true for all of them. God has made us different.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Men (more visual) like a camera he can pull that file any time, in that mind and women are wired differently with regard to sexual desires, and many times, especially with young girls, women do not truly understand the effect their clothing has on those of the opposite sex. This is why fathers must take the spiritual lead with reference to what is worn by their wives and tell their wives you shouldn’t wear that and daughters/sons.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8

In conclusion:

We don’t want to be policemen about it, but if someone persists in not conforming. With clothing like leggings, yoga pants, shorts, stretch pants, tight clothes, too short, too thin, too little, too revealing a woman/man is not dressing properly in the church then something should be said by a church member or whoever would do those things after having heard about modesty and not conforming to God’s law.
Christians should strive to maintain a godly perspective on how they present themselves to the world, demonstrating God’s glory with their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and caring about the spiritual state of their brothers and sisters in Christ (Romans 15:1-2). Rather than focusing on outward appearances, an inward focus on developing Christlike behavior is more profitable.
Christians must make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).
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Definitions of Dress:

Dress Materials Used: The earliest and simplest an apron of fig-leaves sewed together ( Genesis 3:7 ); then skins of animals ( 3:21 ). The Hebrews were early acquainted with the art of weaving hair into cloth ( Exodus 26:7; 35:6 ), which formed the sackcloth of mourners. This was the material of John the Baptist’s robe ( Matthew 3:4 ).

Wool was also woven into garments ( Leviticus; Deuteronomy 22:11; Ezekiel 34:3; Job 31:20; Proverbs 27:26 ). The Israelite’s probably learned the art of weaving linen when they were in Egypt ( 1 Chronicles 4:21 ). Fine linen was used in the vestments of the high priest ( Exodus 28:5 ), as well as by the rich ( Genesis 41:42; Proverbs 31;22; Luke 16:19 ). The use of mixed material, as wool and flax, was forbidden ( Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 22:11 ).

Form. The robes of men and women were not very much different in form from each other.

(a) The “coat” (kethoneth), of wool, cotton, or linen, was worn by both sexes. It was a closely-fitting garment, resembling in use and form our shirt ( John 19:23 ). It was kept close to the body by a girdle ( John 21:7 ). A person wearing this “coat” alone was described as naked ( 1 Samuel 19:24; Isaiah 20:2; 2 Kings 6:30; John 21:7); deprived of it he would be absolutely naked.
(b) A linen cloth or wrapper (sadin) of fine linen, used somewhat as a night-shirt ( Mark 14:51. It is mentioned and rendered there “sheet.”
(c) An upper tunic (meil), longer than the “coat” ( 1 Samuel 2;19 ; 24:4; 28:14 ). In 1 Samuel 28:14 it is the mantle in which Samuel was enveloped; in 1 Samuel 24:4 it is the “robe” under which Saul slept. The disciples were forbidden to wear two “coats” ( Matthew 10:10; Luke 9:3).
(d) The usual outer garment consisted of a piece of woolen cloth like a Scotch plaid, either wrapped around the body or thrown over the shoulders like a shawl, with the ends hanging down in front, or it might be thrown over the head so as to conceal the face (Esther 6:12 ). It was confined to the waist by a girdle, and the fold formed by the overlapping of the robe served as a pocket (Haggai 2:12).
Female dress: The “coat” was common to both sexes. But peculiar to females were (1) the “veil” or “wimple,” a kind of shawl ( Ruth 3:15; rendered “mantle,” RSV, Isaiah 3:22 ); (2) the “mantle,” also a species of shawl ( Isaiah 3:22); (3) a “veil,” a covering ( Genesis 24:65 ).
(4) a “stomacher,” Part of dress covering stomach and breast area ( Isaiah 3:24 ). The outer garment terminated in an ample fringe or border, which concealed the feet ( Jeremiah 13:22 ).
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“The Gospel” The Most Terrifying Truth of Scripture….

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SALVATION MANY THINK THEY ARE SAVED AND ARE NOT.

This is an outline to help share or be saved, but God may have you do differently depending on His leading. It is imperative that we need to be led and directed by the Holy Spirit, as to when to speak, what to speak, and how to say it and most importantly live the message.

GOSPEL OUTLINE

Please pray before starting.

I would like to share some Good News with you and it starts with God.

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

God is the Creator He made everything there is, the Bible says in

Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him.

1)We think in are minds God revolves around us that’s not what the Bible says, the Bible says the heavens the earth and us were here to, glorify and please Him. As the Divine Creator, He has the right to do what He wants that is His prerogative.
  • The 1st point is as the Creator He creates for His pleasure and purpose to do whatever He wants with His creation. If you want to know what your purpose for life is it’s to, glorify Him to please Him so then everything belongs to the Lord.

Example: There was a young preacher going to a country church and in the sermon, he preached how God created everything. All things belong to Him and we are merely managers and stewards, there was a very wealthy farmer listening to the sermon that day thinking he would educate the young preacher.

So he invited him home after the service for lunch and why his wife prepared the meal he gave him a tour of the farm, lands, equipment, and barns.

He said to the young preacher, young man do you really believe all this belongs to God look what I have accumulated. Don’t you agree this belongs to me and the young preacher said to him this statement, ask me in a hundred years from now?

The point was well made the farmer understood it, were just merely caretakers and what we have doesn’t really belong to us it belongs to God. Because He is the Creator of everything, therefore, it belongs to Him, He has the right of ownership.
  • The second point is since It belongs to Him He can do whatever He wants with It that’s the right of any inventor, creator or maker.

Example: There’s a beautiful bookcase I own and made out of solid cherry, let us suppose at the conclusion of making one of these bookcases. I decided I could do better I wasn’t pleased with it,

So I’m going to destroy what was made and start over and my friend walks up as I get ready to douse it with kerosene. Then I lit the match my friend says wait a minute, you can’t do this to this bookcase it’s too beautiful to give it to me.

Should I stop immediately and help you load my bookcase in the back of your pickup truck, no I don’t have to do that why! because it’s mine I made it. I have the prerogative as a maker to do whatever I want to do with it, you see God as the Creator has the same prerogative with whatever He made.

Because everything He, made is for Him that’s the beginning of the Good News because everything has a purpose and that purpose is what God gives it because He made it.

GOD IS HOLY

2) He is our Creator that is holy, He made everything for Himself we belong to Him and He can do whatever He wants with us. He wants us to be holy because He is holy, He demands it from all His creation.

  • 1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
  • Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
  • and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1 

This says God is holy and we are not holy, there is a separation between us and God.

  • What do we mean when we say God is holy?

He is good and pure! we think that about holiness but the meaning is that God is all together different from you and me. He is the Creator we’re His creation He’s going to be different not only from us but from His angels He made. He is so all together in a different class or category nothing is like Him in all the universe.

You can’t just say God is like this and point to it or like him or her. Because it is not true but there is a part of us like God because we were created in His Image there is a likeness some similitude. But that doesn’t mean God is like us He is an absolutely perfect being completely satisfied in Himself.

 

He needs nothing you can see how He is, holy and different from anybody else, He has no needs He doesn’t need us or His creation He doesn’t need the angels to praise Him. He is the Great God Who is totally happy with Himself and can do it without sin.

What does this have to do with you and me, He has commanded you to be, holy also to be like Him, He will measure us by this standard, perfection. The standard is not the Ten Commandments or you going to church or being religious the standard is you to be just like God, holy. The Bible says:

You shall be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16B

 

That is the commandment He has given to all His, creation also remember He is the Creator He, has the privilege to do that. He can make that, command of us and be, perfectly right of that demand.

  • Are you holy like God?

You and I stand before Him that is the criteria He will judge us. Not that we did good things or being moral, law-abiding or obeyed the Ten Commandments. When you stand before God the one question will be this!

  • Were you like God? That’s the only way you can get into heaven.

because it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16 

GOD IS JUST

3) The Good News is that God is our Creator and He is holy.

  • The third point of our story is God is just the Bible says: Who keeps loving kindness for thousands, Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;
Yes, He does but we have to stop there and clarify. If you know anything about the Good News of Jesus Christ you know that is part of the story but that is towards the end of the story and if you get your facts out of sequence the conclusion can be different.The Bible also says:
Exodus 34:7 yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.

He can’t wink at your sin because He is just, or ignore it He does forgive but doesn’t clear the guilty or just excuse your sin because He is just. When this verse occurred Moses was asking God to show him His glory. He said show me more of this divine excellence,

This holiness about You that is so different from anybody I’ve ever known shows me more of it. If God doe’s He is declaring this about Himself that He does forgive but He also doesn’t clear the guilty In other words He doesn’t excuse your sin. The book of Psalms says:

For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness. Psalm 96:13B 

Why because He is just, a lot of people misunderstand this about the God of the Bible. A lot of people think the Old Testament God is just waiting to be wrathful and vengeful just waiting to get them. Then we come to the New Testament and God Has had some miraculous change.

He’s gotten kinder and gentler we see Jesus loving and merciful. That’s actually not true God does not change the Bible says He is unchangeable. That is part of His holiness, His separation Him being different all together, the New Testament says:

For the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23A

You sin against Him you will have to pay it can’t be any other way God is absolutely Just let me illustrate this:

Example: Let’s say you leave your home and go on a short trip and when you return someone has broken into your home. They have done unspeakable things to your wife and children, stolen your valuable possessions and killed your family. Within hours of the crime,

The alleged perpetrator is arrested and on the day of arraignment your thinking of the unspeakable things he has done. The judge reads the accusations against him and asks him how do you plead?. The man confesses and says I did it, I am guilty the judge then proceeds with the evidence presented.

There’s eye witness testimony from neighbors that saw him running from your home at the hour it happened. Then there is the DNA evidence this guy is the man he is guilty he confessed.

But the judge says this to him you know I am a Christian and want to be like my God merciful, kind and forgiving. So, therefore, I drop the charges against you, your free to go.

Tell me how would you feel? What do you think your reaction would be? I know what it would be every ounce of what is right every sense of justice in you would cry foul this is wrong this can’t be happening. Now not only is the alleged criminal who confessed to the crime guilty but the judge is guilty.

Because he did not serve justice well he did not uphold the law. He, therefore, would be unholy because he is not just. Friend! God is holy and therefore He is just and He has to punish sin including yours.

GOD IS MERCIFUL

4) He is merciful and desires to forgive sin.

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.

God is forgiving He forgave King David of murder and adultery.

Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Therefore, repent and live.

God is just but He wants to forgive you and is perfect, He doe’s both. God is pleading with you Saying I am just, perfect and holy but I must administer justice. In Gods’s, heart He wants to forgive you to live not to die, God likes being merciful not administering justice.

Is there a conflict-ion in God is He mixed up and doesn’t know what to do half wrath and half kind. Are the two fighting each other depending on the day, He’s either wrathful or kind to you. Not at all, He is perfect in all ways there is no war in God.

It is are dilemma hard for us to comprehend how God could be both merciful and just or forgiving yet upholding law and order.

Example: There was a good friend lieutenant Greg he was a friend of General Stacey. It came down to General Stacey having to sign an order of execution. There was a struggle within him he cared for him this was a good friend for a long time.

He has been a great lieutenant who followed orders till now. Inside of him, he wanted to grant clemency but there was the side of him that had to be a General who carried out justice. For the cause of the greater good, he sided with justice and signed the execution order.

But here’s a point of this story he was a mortal with flaws like you and me. But he had the ability to have two different fighting emotions and senses within him. But he still sided with the greater cause of good God doe’s not have a competition between these two attributes mercy and justice.

God will Judge sin God will find it in the greater good of His glory and His universe creation to dispense justice against you but at the same time, He pleads and gives you hope if you will turn. Why die He takes no pleasure in your death turn and live so you can receive His mercy.

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

  • So the decision God’s justice or mercy comes to you my friend how will you choose?

MAN IS A SINNER

5) Man is a sinner and cannot save himself.

Romans 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;

The color of your skin, ethnicity or religion makes no difference as far as sin goes we are all sinners and cannot save ourselves.

Romans 3:10-12 as it is written, There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.

We don’t do good as the scripture say’s because we aren’t good are very nature has a flaw, Where doe’s it come from you ask! The answer is: In the garden where God made Man and Woman are first parents! Adam and Eve. Something happened they rebelled they chose not to live according to there Creators Design.

They chose for themselves the result was there nature changed. They were considered fallen and every one of there decedents has received there very fallen and sinful nature. Right up to this very day you and I have that very nature and it is natural to us. Are very nature is not to obey God and not to submit to the Creators will.

We do not want to live for His, purposes but are own we are selfish in nature. Are old nature through sin is to live now for ourselves.

but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. Romans 2:8 

Sin is coming short of His glory which is perfect in nature.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

The good or religious deeds that we do are for ourselves it is flawed because it’s not for God’s glory. Everything we do must be for His glory. So there’s a problem we need to change our nature. Another point is we are sinners and can’t save ourselves. We can’t change are nature we can change are behavior many times but we can’t change who we are.

because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20

The more we try the more we break His laws. Sometimes we keep them but there for ourselves are own sake or glory.

Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

We have to understand we are hopeless theirs nothing we can do to save ourselves. We can be the most religious person even a Pastor or a Bible teacher. There has to be a moment when you understand your hopelessness with no hope in this world. Somebody Who designed you has to intervene to save you.

WHO CHRIST IS

6) He is the Infinite God-Man! He is our hope! He is the answer for us. He is God Himself and He provided an answer for our sin. Jesus Christ is our only hope, people say Who is He! He was a great world philosopher a religious leader like Mohammad.

Some think He Was nothing more but this contradicts His own teachings. This would be true if He were only a man but He claimed to be Deity God Himself. If He was a mighty leader claiming to be God and He wasn’t. Then He would be a con-artist, liar nothing like a leader should be. The Bible says that He was God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Who is the Word? It is Jesus Christ. This scripture talks about the beginning of creation. He was there at creation. He was there even before that.

John 1:2-3 He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being.

He pre-existed even before His earthly birth in Bethlehem. He is the Second Person of the Triune God. He is the Son of God. God offered for us His only begotten Son as a remedy to are sin problem. So if He is the Infinite God-Man!

  • What are you going to do with that information? If He is your Creator and the Infinite God-Man. How do we identify with Him with what He has done?

WHAT CHRIST DID

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Romans 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

The Apostle Paul says it is a free gift. Then how do we get this free gift when He is a God of justice? How can that be when we earlier said God will not ignore sin. In the scripture it says ( being justified )

What does it mean to be justified?

It means God accepts you as perfectly clean your complete in His presence. The scripture also says in the words ( in Christ Jesus ) in Christ both mercy and justice have been satisfied God will freely forgive you and accept you because of what Christ did. What did He do?

Romans 3:25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

The word propitiation what does it mean: God gave a substitution sacrifice on your behalf. In other words, you should be punished for your sins. But instead, God gave us His Son and put Him on a cross to die a shameful death and suffer what you and I deserve God’s wrath.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a stable that was the beginning of our solution. No, you have to go to Jerusalem to the hill an old rugged cross where God literally slays and judges His perfect innocent Son for your sake. We see that Jesus was sinless and perfect in every way.

When He was put on the cross God placed every one of your sins every thought, attitude in rebellion against God. God placed them on His Son, though innocent and dispensed, holy justice on Him. He treated Him as if He committed those sins and dealt with Him as a lawbreaker instead of us. So then God could declare us innocent that is what propitiation means.

Here is an example: Let’s say you anger your husband and he’s been difficult. You try to figure out some solutions. You go to the store to buy a gift to have them forget about the anger so you propitiate it. Jesus was the substitute sacrifice where God’s anger has been completely put away and His justice is satisfied.

Romans 3:25B This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

His justice was satisfied now He can be perfectly just and legal to be merciful to you. His mercy, truth, and justice have come together in Jesus. He is the answer to God’s mercy and justice. what, He asks you to do is put your faith ( trust ) in Him.

WHAT IS FAITH

8) Simply put faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Trusting in Jesus Christ is not trusting in someone else your pastor or church and most importantly certainly not yourself. Your confidence is completely in Jesus Christ for eternal life, eternal life is not just life after death it has to do with it but there is more.

  • When the Bible speaks of eternal life it speaks of not just duration of time but the quality of life. Eternal life is the life of Jesus as the Bible says, so what happens when you trust in Him, His very life is infused into you.
  • He comes to live within you and that has radical implications on how you live from now on once saved day to day. Trusting in Christ is more than just intellectual ascent and human belief there’s a committal of something to the Person of Jesus Christ.
  • Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Example: For example, if you’re trusting me you’re having to commit something to me otherwise you just believe I am trustworthy.

To Trust in Christ means you have committed something into His care and into His keeping. What is that! it’s you, it’s just not for the forgiveness of sins or life after death and heaven, it’s with your life now. The Bible says

For in it ( the Gospel ) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; ( beginning to end ) as it is written, but the righteous man shall live by faith. Romans 1:17 

Meaning: That justification being right with God is being revealed from faith to faith.

  • I’m not just forgiven by faith I live by it, my life now is fueled by a trusting in Christ for something and again more than just life after death. I’m trusting Him with my life now, you see He made some promises to you and me.
He said if we will trust Him with our entire being that He would take my life your life and turn everything to are good. He would conform us to the image of His Own Person, He would do things with us that is just impossible for us to comprehend even now. He could make are life count eternally forever to His glory and to are good.
  • So when a Man or a Woman trusts in Jesus there not just trusting for a place in heaven. There trusting that God will take something of there life and make something beautiful out of it.
  • Are you trusting Christ with your life or have you just made a commitment to Him made a decision for Him. You’re doing your best to keep the commandments and do what you think God requires of you. Listen the Bible says
Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
  • It is faith in a Person that saves a believing soul, not faith in a particular philosophy or a code of rules. It’s not what you do, it’s what He has done and you’re committing your whole life now and forever even after death.
If I really believe He is Who He said He is and He can do what He promised and that He is the Supreme God the only True God. If I really believe in Him If I really trust in Him then i’ll see Him be as He said He is.
  • Faith knows that no matter what the situation, in our lives or someone else’s, that the Lord is working in it.
He is the Supreme Person of your life it will make you willing to lose your life for His sake because His life is much more valuable than yours.

 

WHAT REPENTANCE IS

9) Let’s discuss repentance which is deeply connected to the word faith which we just talked about.

Basically there like two sides of a coin with no genuine faith without genuine repentance. But unfortunately today the word repentance is absent from are vocabulary more used in the past than today but it really is important.

You can’t have genuine salvation without this repentance and so what does repentance mean let me begin by explaining what it isn’t. It isn’t just feeling sorry or guilty many people believe they have truly repented of there sin because they felt bad.

They were in a church they heard the Gospel they believe they have turned to Christ believed upon Him and repented of there sins. But the Bible warns us there are two kinds of sorrow that can motivate a profession of faith. One is a Godly sorrow the other is a worldly sorrow the Bible says in:

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

So God creates a lasting change but worldly sorrow alleviates the conscious and leaves you in your sin. So just feeling bad, feeling remorse or feeling guilt about sin, wrong actions, mistakes, and failures is not necessarily genuine repentance.

So what is it! well, genuine repentance is the turning and hating of sin, turning from sin, hating your sin turning toward Christ. It involves three components of your personality, mind, heart, and will. Let’s deal with the mind, genuine sorrow that produces Godly genuine repentance first affects the mind.

The mind hears the truth and where the mind had been blind to the truth did not agree with it. There’s now an acknowledgment an agreement with it not only doe’s the mind agree with it but it affects the heart and brings a change.

Where you once loved your sin, relished it, protected it, defended it, genuine repentance no longer defends or protects or relishes it. But really now dislikes it wants to be free from it, there’s disdain, there’s a dislike for sin and unless that’s really there in your life you may have felt sorry or guilty but you’ve not truly repented.

Now when the intellect the mind and the heart come together in genuine repentance the third component has to follow and it’s your will. There’s a change in actions you no longer live the way you once lived,

You no longer embrace that world view there’s been a 180-degree turn from your sin. Let me summarize what I believe is genuine repentance:

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A) An acknowledgment and agreement that God has not been first place in your life.

Listen to what the Bible says:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Please stop and don’t jump to a conclusion, if we confess sounds like saying that God i’m sorry your right, I’m wrong I messed up. But the word confess there is not really dealing with just verbal exclamation, but rather with an inward agreement.

The word literally means: To say the same thing as God.

There’s an agreement with God whereas before there wasn’t, you believed you were justified, you believe you were okay. But now you agree with God that He is right and you are wrong.

B) There is a reception you literally receive Jesus Christ as the (Lord) director of your life the controller.

The Bible says:

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9

Notice how Jesus is described as the Lord, Jesus asked this question:

Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?

In other words, Jesus wants you to pay attention that if you are to be His followers you have to submit to His authority.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

What does it mean to deny yourself here is exactly what Jesus meant:

It means you deny yourself the right to trust in yourself, you now place all of your confidence on how to live your life in Christ Jesus. He does become the director of your life, that is one genuine evidence that you repented. But there’s one more:

C) Be willing to obey whatever Jesus directs you to do.

If He’s truly the director then there has to be obedience, listen To what the Apostle John who followed Jesus said:

John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Where did this come from? well, he was quoting directly from the Lord Master Jesus Christ. John new well that many people can confess to be believers followers of Christ.

But if their life doe’s not change and the course of there life doe’s not redirect and follow Him in obedience. Then Godly sorrow really hasn’t taken place, John went on to say in His first Epistle.

Here’s the grand evidence:

1 John 2:3-5 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God Has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

 

So the question today has genuine repentance occurred in your life or have you just made a decision. So you joined a church and now you go to church on Sunday morning if that or has the whole direction of your life truly changed.

Is there something internally driving you to hate even when you still sin today, create a misery and a turning to Christ in repentance in change. Friend without that there is no genuine repentance, may God grant you by the Holy Spirit repentance.

GOD’S GRACE

10) Everything that has been shared up to this point is an explanation of the grace of God.

You see salvation is just that it’s a grace, grace means it’s a gift, you don’t earn it you didn’t deserve it, in fact, you couldn’t if you tried. All the religious efforts of God’s greatest champions couldn’t have saved them they were given the same gift of grace. The Bible says:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8

God gifts you with salvation you don’t save yourself. The Bible says:

Ephesians 2:9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Going to church we are living in a sad day when people believe there saved because they do those things. Jesus completely showed us a more radical way He explained to a very religious man of His own day a preacher. That it was not his religion that was going to save him.

Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus *said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old?

He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and 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. Do not be amazed that I said to you, You must be born again. John 3:3-7

Jesus was equating this new birth with physical birth and just like when you were born you didn’t help your Mother in that process. You caused her probably great difficulty there’s really nothing you and I do in the new birth process.
It’s an act of God, an act of the Holy Spirit It’s a supernatural thing can I say it this way it’s a miracle, God has to perform a miracle on you. Jesus again to that same preacher Nicodemus said It’s a mystery, it’s just like the wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but you can not tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit the question is then how do I get God to do this for me. My friend you don’t have to worry about getting God to do this for you He wants to do it. Why did He send His Son to die for sinners?, Why would the love that He had in His heart compel Him to rescue you people like you and me?.
  • No, the question is not doe’s God want to save me, the question is do you want to be saved? and if you do I believe God will. Is there anything for you to do? well, we already answered that faith and repentance.

WHAT MUST I DO

11) One day the Apostle Paul had been preaching in a city called Philippi and He and his partner Silas were arrested and put into prison. Do to a great miracle an earthquake occurred and freed them all from the prison and the jailer bowed before the feet of Paul asking him.

What he must do to be saved? and so I’m sure you have the same question and we talked about it already. Just like the Philippian jailer, Paul had told him to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, faith, trust Him, repent turn from your sins let me give you an example of what that looks like or could look like in your life.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Acknowledge and agree God has not been first place in your life. The Bible says:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Confession here doesn’t mean saying i’m sorry as we covered under the title repentance, no it means to acknowledge and agree with God what He say’s about your sin. It’s to feel in your heart exactly the way God feels about your present situation.

It’s to agree with Him that He has the right to do whatever He wants to do. He can save you whether He wants to save you or not you are completely at His mercy.

The Bible then says to receive Jesus Christ as the director ( Lord ) of your life. He becomes the most important Person with the authority to direct your life. The Bible says:

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No in the day which was written if a man stood up publicly and said I want to be a follower of Jesus it was instant persecution and problems. He could lose his job, his income, his own family would often disown him and many people were arrested thrown in prison, and paid the ultimate price with there life.

No confession here in Romans 10 verse 9 means your willing to place yourself under the leadership of Christ. Your submitting to Him and pledging your allegiance to His life to do the very third thing.

Your willing to obey Him in whatever He instructs you to do that’s what a Christian is a person who has given his life to Christ because they trust Him to do with them what is best. Jesus one day said to those who profess that He was the Lord, He said.

  • Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I Say?

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

Consider the cost to be My disciple?

Luke 14:25-27  Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

Love for Jesus has to be the first priority so that even love for your own family can only be compared to hatred. Love Jesus so much more than anything else and be ready to leave everything behind even our own lives For Him otherwise we can’t be his disciple.

  • Luke 14:28-33  For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,
  • All who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter

The one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. People do not consider what they are doing. I urge you to consider the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. Are you prepared to forsake everything if necessary even your physical life for Jesus? Do you understand how great His Love and Mercy Is?

He subjected Himself to the death you were condemned to die and took the punishment on Himself in your stead. That the path to eternity might be paved for you In His presence. Do you comprehend that gift? will you lose everything for Christ and forsake all you have.
Discipleship is costly you can confess to be a Christian, you can say Jesus is Lord but if you’re not doing what He commanded you to do. Well then see you don’t have true saving faith, you’re not trusting Him you’re not committing your life to His instruction and commandments. But if you will do that Jesus gave you a guarantee He said this.
John 15:10  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
The apostle John gave us the true test of whether or not a man has been born again he said:

 

1 John 2:3-5 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His Word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.

Well, my friend, I hope that God has given you insight into what He does require of you. Simply put He requires you to follow Him in childlike faith, trusting Him alone for life.

God invites you to a change in your sin status from a position of alienation to a state of forgiveness. Therefore take heed how you hear, one’s response to the Gospel in this life is the biggest decision you will make because at your death there will be no opportunity to embrace the truth that was given in the Gospel.

John 7:37B If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

Let’s pray God will do that supernatural work and give you understanding and responsive hearts even now and that you will be born again and know the love of Christ.

Longing for God’s love through Jesus Christ, I went down before God on my knees to ask with begging Him to make my life new and change it.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

info It’s a comforting that we can trust God, the Spirit of God to do the work through the word of God in the lives of those with whom we share the Gospel.

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BY Durham Association and Chavez