Not of this World

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. John 8:23

Why did they deny Jesus and want him dead? Because they were living for the world and not for God. As Jesus said if they really knew God then they would have known Jesus is the Messiah. But as Jesus said they didn’t understand the scriptures and cared more about their own man made rules and rituals.

Sounds very familiar today? How many religions and denominations claim to be preaching the gospel of Jesus, yet if they met him, they wouldn’t even know him. They have become consumed and blinded by the world.

(1 John 4:5) “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”

Prosperity Gospel is a classic example of this, ask God for riches, promotions, perfect health. Everything that will sustain you in this world, but none of these things will help you gain the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus came down from heaven dwelt among the lowly and poor, he is the King of kings but was viewed as just a Carpenter to the worldly. Jesus didn’t need million dollar churches, private jets, book deals, to spread his gospel. He lived his gospel because he is the truth, life, and the way.

(2 Corinthians 4:4) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The world is blinded by the false gospel, until we hear and believe the true gospel of Jesus Christ we will remain blinded.  The truth of Jesus shall set you free.

Jesus, the image of the living God, is the light of the world. Run to him and you will be saved from the darkeness. Nothing else in this world can save you except Jesus.

 (John 16:33) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

But there is good news, Jesus has overcome the world and has delivered us from death.  Don’t be deceived by the world, there pleasure is temporary and there time is running out.

Live in the world but don’t be of the world, for this world is temporary but  Christ is forever. In Jesus name Amen

3 thoughts on “Not of this World

  1. Steve Finnell

    NEW TESTAMENT DENOMINATIONS? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Are denominations acceptable under the new covenant? There were no denominations of the church of Christ that were acceptable to the Lord for the first one hundred years of the church. Why do men believe that God finds the hundreds, if not thousands, of the contemporary so-called churches of Christ to be pleasing to God? Did Jesus die for a divided church?

    FIRST CENTURY DENOMINATIONS

    The First Church of Knowing Only The Baptism of John: Acts 19:1-7 ……2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 When they heard this they baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus…….

    When these twelve men heard the truth and they repented of their false misunderstanding. They canceled their membership in “The First Church of Knowing Only the Baptism of John”.

    These twelve men realized that John’s baptism was not a baptism into Christ. (Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.)

    These twelve men understood that they could not receive the Holy Spirit unless the received the water baptism of the new covenant. (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)

    You will notice, not one of the twelve told the apostle Paul that they did not need Christians baptism, because the thief of the cross was not baptized and he was in paradise with Jesus. They understood that they were living under the new covenant.

    Repentance is required for those living in error. It was mandatory for the twelve and it is necessary for those involved in the errors of modern- day denominationalism.

    The Resurrection Is Over Christian Church: 1 Timothy 2:17-18 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.

    Denominations are established because they deviate from the truth. It was true in the first century and it is true today.

    The Jerusalem Judaizers for Christ: Galatians 2:11-21 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision, 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews…………

    The apostle Paul confronted the apostle Peter because he was practicing the denominational doctrines of The Jerusalem Judaizers for Christ. Peter was perverting the truth of the gospel. Peter needed to repent. The apostle Paul did not say, it does not matter what doctrine you teach and practice as long as you are sincere.

    Men, today, who are preaching doctrines different from Biblical teaching, need to repent. There was only one church established on the Day of Pentecost. There was only one way preached, telling men how to be saved.

    WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
    1. FAITH: John 3:16
    2. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
    3. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
    4. WATER BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27.

    JESUS PRAYED FOR UNITY

    John 17:20-21″I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

    Can there be unity when different denominations teach various ways to become saved?

    THERE IS ONLY ONE BODY OF CHRIST!

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