My motive is to share the gift of life we have in Christ, knowing we are in the last days of the earth history, using the talent of poetry. Today justice is not served with the writers calling Jesus' name in their poems. The real gospel is with us that's why I am sharing poetic justice, sinfreeness is the cord answer to escape the coming disaster- Author- Bro. Dwayne Smith
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Let us get this clear one time this man is sinfree.
He standeth not in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful,
Having the science of salvation this man is skillful.
He mindful and thoughtful he been made free from being sinful, now he is grateful.
His delight is in the law of the Lord,
The doctrines of grace in his heart this man is lawful.
In the law doth he meditate day and night,
Even if is night his mind is bright the light shines as he abides in the law that converts the soul,
The sacrifice of a genuine God fearing child of God always pondering how to save souls.
Saved from sin that Christ may dwell in,
Justified that Christ may be inside,
Born again that you may live outside of sin separated from iniquity,
This is why Jesus died for we.
The sufferage for sin and the gift of Life, not Penalty for penalty, is justice we need not slavery.
God will never give us a law to keep knowing we don't have the ability.
Is time to stop blame God for your Adversity,
Take heed to the conviction and be converted presently.
We know it only have one Love Numerically,
Righteousness is Love simultaneously.
Forgiveness is a gift from God selectively,
Today when you hear His voice come quickly.
Notwithstanding The conditions one must repent and believe.
Divine initiation human response,
Justice is crying out what shall be your response?
Love is the Nature of God that come in and govern the repentant
Principles of perfect judgment.
As the light of Love Ignite the soul,
The graces of compassion patience and commitment we are the salt of the world.
It's very simple is either you are a sinner or you are sinfree,
For God sake stop claiming you know God but saying we can't stop sinning then you not free.
Where the Spirit of YHWH is there is liberty
And is the same Law of liberty God will be using to judge we.
The counsel is repent and be made sinfree presently.
Don't turn back like lot's wife lusted.
You can Look back in your Rear view but keep your values on virtue this is a new you after all God had bought you.
So who Do you owe allegiance to?
Is best you serve your Maker and be blessed times two, keep the new you.
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
When you can resist temptation you are a real man in this world.
Being different is Righteousness in you through faith,
The majority don't even know what is faith.
The revealed Truths is indeed Precious jewels in reality,
Whether or not you believe it can keep your sanity.
Considering sinners will be destroyed be ye transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove that good and acceptable perfect will of God.
Which is your reasonable service only then you can appreciate poetic justice an live in sinfreeness...
By Bro. Dwayne Smith
BAPTISM- THE TRUE MEANING
Paul in his epistle to the church in Rome in Romans chapter 6 explains that baptism is a symbol of Justification, being made sinfree or being dead to sin. He shows wonderfully the experience of being dead to sin is through Jesus Christ, whose death is to save from sin and give the experience of newness of life.
The act of being immersed into water cannot in any way cleanse a man from sin. It is always shown to be a spiritual washing, a cleansing from sin. Psalms 51:2 “For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.” Jeremiah 2:22. As spoken by Jeremiah the prophet your sins are not cleansed by your own washing. God is the one who cleanses us from all iniquity, giving us the born again experience (Ezekiel 36:25, Ephesian 6:25, 1 Peter 1:23)
However, the Catholics in their documentary, “Documentary: Protestantism's Big Justification Lie” presents baptism as the means by which a person is regenerated. It is craftily shown that the water “baptism is tool or instrument God uses to pour out his saving blood and the work Christ did to forgive sins on the cross, that baptism is the instrument of that regeneration.”
Is this biblical? Can one do the act of baptism and become regenerate or holy? Can being immersed into the water through the “sacrament of baptism” make you holy before God?
True history shows that the real issue of the reformation is the doctrine that sacrament makes the doer holy or just before God and this is what Martin Luther strongly fought against, justification by works. His issue was not whether or not justification was forensic or not; Melanchthon created that problem.
You see the Catholic church believed/s that sacrament makes the doer of them holy and sanctified; that these works make the doer holy. Sacraments such as Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Extreme Unction. “Signs are made to men for whom it is proper to learn the unknown from the known. So that strictly speaking, a sacrament is the sign of some sacred thing referring to man; so that a sacrament in the strict sense defined here is the sign of a holy thing insofar as it makes men holy.” An Aquinas Reader, pg. 481. Thomas Aquinas goes on to say “There are two aspects in the use of the sacraments: the worship of God and the sanctification of man.” Ibid, pg. 482. “So that in the sacraments of the New Law by which man is sanctified… “You are washed, you are sanctified,” we must make use of those things determined by divine institution.” Ibid, pg. 483. Quotation taken from Revelation 13 studies, The Thomistic Head by Nyron Medina. No wonder, we are told today in 2016 that “baptism is the tool or instrument God uses” as stated in this Catholic documentary.
This is not Biblical; there is no work (law or sacrament) that can be done to free us from sin, to change us, to make us right with God. “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.” Ephesians 2:8, 9. However, it is shown in this documentary that one has to do the sacrament of baptism to be regenerated. Baptism is here seen as a work done to gain the favor of God. What does Regeneration mean? Regeneration: “Greek-Paliggenesia (spiritual) rebirth, spiritual renovation, messianic restoration.” Strongs Bible Dictionary 1890. Since we are dealing with something that is spiritual (regeneration) how can the physical water baptism bring about this spiritual experience? It cannot! While it is true Paul shows in Ephesians 5:26 “with the washing” which is Loutron in the Greek; a bath, that is, (figuratively) baptism: - washing", the question still had to be answered how can something physical wroth in us something that is spiritual? Does the water have magical powers or is it the prayer of the priest? It is impossible!
The answer is found in Paul’s writing to the Church in Rome as mentioned before. He shows us what baptism is a symbol of; it rightfully symbolizes being dead to sin or sinfree, which justification really means. The merits of Christ’s death is the drawing power. (John 12:32,33) Now the merits of Christ’s death is suffrage for sin (Hebrews 13:12, 1 Peter 3; 18) and the gift of life (John 10:10, 11). So we will find these phrases, “buried with him by baptism into death”, “planted in the likeness of his death” and “newness of life” in Romans chapter 6. So what does the death of Christ and his resurrection do for us who believe? We are told that we become “dead to sin” (Romans 6:6). In other words he no longer lives his life sinful, that grace may abound, but that he is sinfree living by grace. How is this possible? Does the water that he is immersed into make him sinfree? No, Paul shows us what all these symbols mean. He said, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified”. The buried with him in baptism into death simply means the crucifixion of the old man ( the carnal mind with its idol values Roman 8:6, Proverbs 23:7) and the inactivation of the body of sin ( Romans 6:6,12). This process is called “justified from sin.” For he that is dead [to sin] is freed (Gr. DIKAIOO-Justified) from sins. Roman 6:7. It is evident that baptism is therefore a symbol of Justification, an act done by Christ or God himself, since it is through Christ’s merits we resurrect in newness of life.
My dear reader, be not deceived into thinking that justification i.e. freedom from sin or the making righteous or holy of a person, is done through some sacrament as the Catholics believe. It is God that justifieth Romans 8:33. The making of the man sinfree, which is the point of change, the regeneration, the spiritual new birth is done by God only. It is monogistic. This is what Abraham our father as pertaining to the flesh had found and this was many, many years before the reformation. “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” Romans 4:1-4. Be not deceived dear reader, Water baptism is only a symbol of Justification, thus being made sinfree. Let God Justify you, giving you the gift of the Holy Spirit in your heart in place of the carnal mind for sinfreeness today. Galatians 3:7-9, 14, Galatians 4:6, John 3:5,6, 1 John 3:9)
Sis. Karima Paris
"Be Ye Therefore Perfect..."
In our world today and especially within Christendom the terms “perfect” and “perfection” spark great controversy and arguments in the religious world. Now the bible, that contains the word of God, is the authority and guide within Christianity and so we must consult its pages to consider and see what it has to say regarding the terms “perfect” or “perfection”. The teaching or doctrine of perfection or one being perfect is taught by Christ himself as seen in scripture. “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48.
We are told in scripture that God the creator made man and all his creation (man) upright but they sort out many inventions Ecclesiastes 7: 29. Also Lucifer we are told was perfect in all his ways till iniquity was found in him Ezekiel 28:12-17. Noteworthy is the fact that verse 15 shows that Lucifer the covering Cherub, an Angel created by God, was created perfect and was perfect in all his ways till iniquity which is sin was found in him. So the problem in the world today is that God’s creation transgressed or sinned against him. What is Sin according to the bible? “Whosever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. Jesus Christ, we are told, came to save fallen man/humanity away from their sins. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JE’SUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21. We are further told that Christ was manifested to take away our sins 1 John 3:5. So as can be seen from the scriptures Christ’s purpose for coming to earth was to save man from sin, thus addressing the problem of mankind in the world, Sin.
There are those in our wold today in and out of Christendom who scoff at and completely reject the teaching or doctrine of perfection or one being made perfect. When told that yes we can be perfect and that in your abiding experience in the faith of Jesus Christ you are indeed perfect, you are met with rejection and citing of phrases such as, “Jesus is the only perfect man that ever walked this earth” and, “We cannot be perfect in this body, in this life’’ is another of the many reasons given why some claim that to be perfect or perfection is not possible. Question- just what does the bible, the word of God, teach as it relates to one being perfect or experiencing perfection? Let us explore the scriptures and hear what God himself has to say on this very important matter.
YHWH-God, the almighty, in calling Abraham appeared to him and told him to walk before him (God) and be perfect Genesis 17:1. Was God asking Abraham to become god with God or become Divine? No! For God is God alone. Isaiah 44:6&8, Isaiah 45:21, 22, Psalm 86:10. Was YHWH God, the almighty asking Abraham to be perfect in his flesh or body? Again the answer is NO. Brother Paul shows that it is not until at the coming of Christ and the resurrection that our bodies will be changed 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54. So clearly we are not called by God to Divinity perfection, which is to become god for that is impossible. Neither are we called to bodily perfection in this life as our flesh would not change until Christ comes.
Again Jesus said to his disciples, his followers ; “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.’’ Matthew 5:48. Let us now consider the word perfect as used in scripture to understand what is meant by Christ’s statement to be perfect and as he told Abraham to walk before him and be perfect. There are a number of Greek words that are translated perfect and synonyms of perfect in the English, here are a few examples. 1. Artios- (1 Timothy 3:17) Complete, sufficient, and completely qualified…one in which all the parts are complete or whole and what they are supposed to be, so that they might serve their destined purpose. 2. Katartizo- The fundamental meaning is to put a thing in its appropriate condition…to establish, to mend… To refit, repair, mend that which is broken… Metaphorically, of a person in error, to restore, set right (2 Corinthians 13:11). 3. Téleios-finished…wanting in nothing. Figuratively, in a moral sense, of persons. When used in a moral sense referring to God’s expectation of us, it means completely blameless (Matthew 5:48)” Akeraios- Without any mixture of deceit, without any defiling material (Philippians 2:15). Note that ‘Akeraios’ here is a synonym for “Téleios”. 4. Aptaistos (synonym of Téleios)- Not stumbling, without sin. 5. Amemptos (synonym of Téleios)- Without fault, Blameless. The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, Spiros Zodhiates Th.D, pages-259, 842, 1372, 111, 244, 132
From these examples of Spiros Zodhiates Th.D. we see clearly that the use of the word perfect or even perfection is used in the context of being made free from sin. So what was Jesus saying when he said “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”? He is actually calling his followers to an experience that is free from sin or as we say, sinfree perfection.
For man to experience sinfreeness he must repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ as shown in Mark 1:14 &15. Then Paul tells us in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is the power of God into salvation to everyone who believes it. Why is the gospel the power of God into salvation? Answer- because in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed to the believer. Romans 1:17. Now it is important to note and know that the God of all grace who calls men to him makes you the man or woman perfect 1 Peter 5:10. The grace of God brings salvation and teaches man how to live in this present world. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men; Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, and righteously, and godly in this present world.” Titus 2: 11 & 12. You see dear reader the bible presents to us the righteousness of God which comes by the faith of Jesus Christ into all and upon all them that believe Romans 3:22. This righteousness is God himself who comes to dwell in the mind of the man who now experiences sinfree perfection or being made free from sin. Jeremiah 23:5 & 6, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Romans 8:33.
We are made free from sin by the truths of Jesus Christ John 8: 34, 36 - 32. Paul in the sixth chapter of his epistle to the Romans beautifully outlines the experience of one made free from sin. Careful study of this chapter reveals that God forbids that man continues to sin and it also reveals the change that takes place when you are made free from sin and become servants of righteousness. Romans 6: 1-2, 6-7, 12-15, 17, 18, 22. Furthermore we see this transformative change of Justification explained by Paul again in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, which shows the past experience of sin and the new experience of sinfreeness. This, dear reader is perfection in Christ. With this new experience we are encouraged to walk in the light. This is because the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin if we confess our sins, since he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:5-7, 9.
All scripture we are told is given by inspiration of God and are profitable for: 1 .Doctrine. 2. Reproof. 3. Correction and, 4. Instruction in righteousness. Why? It is so that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17. We are told that the different gifts given to the church through its ministers; Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are for the perfecting of the saints: Till we all come in the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the son of God unto a perfect man. Ephesians 4: 11-13. This shows that the knowledge of Christ in one’s heart/mind makes him or her perfect. We are also told that the Law of the LORD-YHWH is perfect converting the soul. Psalm 19:7. Those who repent of their transgressions and believe or accept the gospel of Christ and have been justified do righteousness at all times and walk in the Law of the LORD- YHWH, seeking him with the whole heart, they do no iniquity. God makes man’s way perfect removing transgressions from us. Psalm 106:3 Psalm 119:1-3. 2 Samuel 22:33 and Psalm 103:12
Finally we are encouraged to put off the old conversation (behaviour), the old man which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts, putting away lying, Be angry and sin not, give no place to the devil, do not steal, letting no corrupt communication come from your mouth, and let all bitterness and wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking with malice be put away from you and you must not grieve the holy Spirit that seals you if you maintain your justification in sanctification. Ephesians 4: 22, 25-31. This we can only do if we have the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5, Ephesians 4:23-24. Notice that we are not called by God to become god, or to experience Divinity perfection, neither are we called to have our bodies changed now. What we do see from this study is that we are called to experience mind reform which is sinfree perfection or being made free from sin by being renewed in our minds Romans 12:2.
Jesus gave many examples when he forgive sins and healed people, telling them to go and sin no more John 8:11, John 5:14. Christ is coming back for a Church; his people who have been cleansed and are free from sin in their experience. In other words they are perfect and must be so for the second coming of Jesus Ephesians 5:26 & 27, Hebrews 9:28. Like Paul I wish for even your perfection and that you be perfect (made free from sin) and live in peace that God who is love may be with you 2 Corinthians 13: 9 & 11. In summary, God calling man to repent is his call to justify man making him perfect in his mind’s experience hence forth. Jesus is perfect and that is an undeniable truth. Can we be made perfect or sinfree today? Yes we can! Finally, finally my dear brethren, “These things write I unto you that you sin not, And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1. Amen.
Calvert K. Baptiste