THE IDENTITY OF A BACKSLIDER

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Shelby G. Floyd

In the Old Testament book of Hosea, Israel was likened unto a backsliding heifer, because they had left the Lord and his word and had gone after idolatry, and the worldliness of the nations round about them. Hosea said,

“For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place” (Hosea 4:16).

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BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT

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Shelby G. Floyd

Everyone is born into the kingdom of nature by a natural birth—of and from the womb. Those who become Christians are born into the kingdom of God by a spiritual birth—of and from water and the Spirit: Jesus answered,

“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5).

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HAVE SELF-CONTROL

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

In his second letter the apostle Peter wrote, “Add to your faith… self-control” (2 Peter 1:6). Every Christian therefore is to learn self-control. Self-control or temperance is “to control the mind and body with all of the lusts.” Continue reading “HAVE SELF-CONTROL”

CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The book of 1 John was written about 85-90 A. D., at a time when false teachers were denying that Christ was divine and also that he had a fleshly body. John refutes both of these false ideas. There are some today who are still teaching these same false doctrines. Continue reading “CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD”

CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

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Shelby G. Floyd

In Ephesians 5:22-33, the apostle Paul sets forth the nature of the church and its relationship to Christ. He says in one place,

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:32).

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TEST THE SPIRITS

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Shelby G. Floyd

The author of the letter to the church at Ephesus is Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:1-3). This letter is a part of the Revelation which God gave to Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ gave to an Angel, and the Angel signified it to John, John wrote it down in a book and sent it to the churches (Revelation 1:1-2). A great blessing is pronounced upon those who read (aloud), hear and keep those things which are written in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 1:3). John received this wonderful disclosure while he was on the Isle of Patmos. He heard a great voice behind him as the voice of a trumpet, loud, distinct and clear. When he turned to see who was speaking, he saw seven Golden candlesticks; and in the midst of those Golden candlesticks he saw the glorified Christ, like unto the Son of Man, and he had in his right hand seven stars (Revelation 1:9-19). Continue reading “TEST THE SPIRITS”

A CONVERSION IN PHILIPPI

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Shelby G. Floyd

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On the second evangelistic journey Paul and Silas were shamefully treated in Philippi. They were severely flogged and committed to the jailor, who was commanded to keep them safely. This he did by putting them in the inner cell and fastening their feet in the stocks.

What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Paul and Silas were heroic in their faith. They were praying and singing unto God, when about midnight there was a great earthquake that shook the prison and released the prisoners. The jailor, rather than be humiliated by the Roman government was about to take his life, when Paul cried out, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” After falling down trembling, he brought Paul and Silas out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30)?

Believe in the Lord Jesus and You Will Be Saved
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and your household” (Acts 16:31). The jailor was a Gentile and had no or very little knowledge about Jesus. So how could he believe? It was necessary that the word of God be presented to him about Christ and his plan to save man. This they did (Acts 16:32).

Belief + Repentance + Baptism = Forgiveness
This teaching involved repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We know this is the case, because the jailor washed their stripes on their backs, and took them somewhere. Where did he take them? He took them to a place where there was water sufficient to baptize—and he and his family were immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible says, “Then immediately he and his family were baptized (Acts 16:33).

The Jailor Was Saved By Faith, But Not Faith Alone!
The jailor and everyone today are saved by faith, but not faith alone. After the jailor believed, he repented of his sins, evidenced by acts of kindness toward Paul and Silas. Then he took Paul and Silas, and he and his family were baptized to be saved. All of these actions are how he was saved by faith, and was summed up by this eyewitness statement of the author: “The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household” (Acts 16:34).

The Saved Are Filled With Joy after Baptism
Conversions recorded in Acts of Apostles, confirm that no one ever was joyful of their salvation until after they were baptized, predicated on their faith, repentance, and confession! Have you rejoiced because you were baptized into Christ, where all spiritual blessings are to be found (Ephesians 1:3, 7)? Have you been baptized in order to be saved (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21)?

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