Things New & Old

Ancient truths revealed in the Scriptures are often forgotten, disbelieved or distorted, and therefore lost in the passage of time. Such ancient truths when rediscovered and relearned are 'new' additions to the treasury of ancient truths. Christ showed many new things to the disciples, things prophesied by the prophets of old but hijacked and perverted by the elders and their traditions, but which Christ reclaimed and returned to His people.

There are things both new and old here. "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things"
2Ti 2:7.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Your faith in Christ, and the faith of Christ...


Your faith in Christ, and the faith of Christ...

You are saved by the faith of Christ, and your faith in Christ is a manifestation of that salvation by the faith of Christ...
 
Screen shot on 'pistis' above is taken from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4102&t=KJV.

Believe (verb) and faith (noun) basically mean the same thing??? Popular and deceiving notions die hard!!

The devil wants God's children to major on their faith in Christ, but neglect the faith of Christ, i.e. His fidelity and faithfulness!

A brother commenting on an article on Eph 2:8 said, "By saying "the verse does not say “through believing” (a verb) but “through faith” (a noun)," the article is misleading because both faith and believing come from the same Greek root word 'pistis'. These English words 'faith' and 'believing' basically mean the same thing."

That of course is speaking ignorantly. The verb believe and the noun faith DO NOT basically mean the same thing. To say so is basically ignorant of the way pistis is used in the NT.

Please note that pistis as used in the NT has two basic but DISTINCT meanings as shown in the screen shot above.

Believing as a result of the conviction of the truth concerning anything, and the character of fidelity and faithfulness of one who can be relied on are OBVIOUSLY not basically the same!

In the King James' NT you don't find the word 'faithfulness.' The reason is very simple. The word 'pistis' when translated as noun 'faith' - in certain context speaks of the character of fidelity or faithfulness of the person who can be relied on. The concept of character of fidelity and faithfulness in the NT is conveyed through the noun 'faith.'

Now, look at Eph 2:8... and consider carefully.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith...."

Ask yourself, and put your hand to your tender heart.
Did God save you by His grace (the manner of saving you) through your act of believing in him, or through the fidelity and faithfulness of Jesus Christ?

There are only two choices... so pretty easy to make. Choose one, and live with it!!! And may the Lord bless you! Believe the truth, and not the lie you have been taught!!!

I praise the Lord for the fidelity and faithfulness of Christ... the BASIS and the GROUND on my salvation by God's free grace!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bible Conference : Salvation by Grace - Singapore (Aug 2-3)




Subject : Salvation By Grace
Date : Aug 2-3 (Saturday/Sunday)
Venue : Bayview Hotel, Emerald Room (Level 4).
30 Bencoolen Street, S18962.

August 2nd Saturday
- 9.00am :
Why Grace - Seven Reasons for Unconditional Grace
- Why is God's grace unconditional in nature? We examine man's situation and why salvation by grace must be unconditional.

- 11.00am:
Design of Grace - the Phases & Components of Grace
- The Bible must be rightly divided, and grace is a most important example of the divisions that must be made. Find out what Scripture really says about salvation and how to rightly divide major terms associated with grace.

- 2.00pm
Timing Errors on Grace - Regeneration, Conversion and the Purpose of the Gospel
- Regeneration & conversion - there can be confusion on what happens and when with God's scheme of grace. In this message we will sort out the Bible timing of key aspects of grace.

August 3rd Sunday
- 9.00am
Historical Errors on Grace - Calvinism, Arminianism and other views
- Confusion over the meaning of God's grace in salvation is not new. We will review the history of key movements and individuals to clarify long standing errors regarding salvation by grace.

- 11.00am:
False Graces - Contemporary Errors
- There are many perversions of grace in our day. We wil examine Scripture to identify passages which are used and abused to mislead men regarding the truth of grace.

- 2.00pm
Assurance of Grace
- How can I know that I am a recipient of God's grace? Come hear certain and sure evidences from the Bible by which you can KNOW that you are a child of God and heaven is your home!

These meetings are opened to all, and are FREE.
All are invited. Please share this news with your friends.

THE SPEAKER
Our speaker this time is Brother Newell Eastland - a resident and native of Greenville, South Carolina. Brother Newell was raised as a conservative Presbyterian. He has been a student of Scripture for 40 years. He was converted to the true doctrines of grace while a ministerial student at Bob Jones University. He was one of the founding members of the Church of Greenville in 1980. He leads congregational singing in the first assembly on Sundays. He has preached in other churches in several states and fills in often when the pastor, brother Jonathan Crosby, has been away from services. He has a 35-year career in IT covering a broad range of areas. His wife, son, and two married children with their spouses are all members of the Church of Greenville.

For further information, please contact me at singpenang@gmail.com or these contact in Singapore
- Titus Chan 65-93983652
- Josiah Lau 65-90914941 ;
- Ruth Chan 65-82770107 .

Bible Conference: Prophecy: Fulfilled, Blundered, Ignored - KL July 29/30 (Tue - Wed)



Subject : Prophecy - Fulfilled, Blundered, Ignored.
Date : July 29/30 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Venue : First Baptist Church (Chinese Congregation)
Subang (Jln SS17/1D)

July 29th Tuesday
- 9.00am : Why Prophecy? - The Importance and
Background of Bible Prophecy
- 11.00am : Prophecy 101 - Daniel 2 & 7 The Four World
Empires
- 2.00pm : The 70s Tie-in - The Seventy Weeks of Daniel
& The Destruction of Jerusalem (1)
- 3.30pm : The 70s Tie-in - The Seventy Weeks of Daniel
& The Destruction of Jerusalem (2)

July 30th Wednesday
- 9.00am : Premillennialism and Israel.
- 11.00am : Perilous Times - The Ignored End Time
Prophecy

These meetings are opened to all, and are FREE.
Light refreshment and lunch will be provided.

All are invited. Please share this with your friends.

THE SPEAKER
Our speaker this time is Brother Newell Eastland - a resident and native of Greenville, South Carolina. Brother Newell was raised as a conservative Presbyterian. He has been a student of Scripture for 40 years. He was converted to the true doctrines of grace while a ministerial student at Bob Jones University. He was one of the founding members of the Church of Greenville in 1980. He leads congregational singing in the first assembly on Sundays. He has preached in other churches in several states and fills in often when the pastor, brother Jonathan Crosby, has been away from services. He has a 35-year career in IT covering a broad range of areas. His wife, son, and two married children with their spouses are all members of the Church of Greenville.

For more information please contact Dr Khaw Eng Sun @ 012-3055029, or Adam Wells @ 012-3102231.

My email is singpenang@gmail.com