"MOREOVER, brethern, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand:
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 that he was buried,  and that he rose again the third day  
according to the scriptures:

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
For since by the man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive."     1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 20-22.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,
The just shall live by faith.
 Romans 1:16-17       

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all
and upon them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God;To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:
that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus
Romans 3:22-26

BROUGHT DEATH                                      BRINGS LIFE

FROM THE EARTH,                                             FROM HEAVEN
   FLESHLY, CARNAL                                      MAN / GOD, SPIRITUAL

IN YOU        IS SIN       YOU WILL               YOU MUST      BELIEVE         IN JESUS
SIN   TO   DIE    or   DIE    TO     SIN     

UNTIL             UNTO         CONDEMNATION                  TO SINS            REIGN                PUT TO
     DEATH            ETERNAL                     BY JESUS         ETERNAL            BY THE  
          PUNISHMENT                                          LIFE                       CROSS

One day recently, I was just thinking about God, who he is and what he's done
and how Satan and his influence on man are in complete opposition.
God, is good. Satan, is evil. God is light. Lucifer is darkness. God is merciful.
Satan the devil is cruel.
God is life.
John 14:6, John 11:25, John 6:40.
And of Satan Jesus says in
John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal,
and to kill, and destroy: I (JESUS) have come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly."
Everything God is, Satan cannot be. It's impossible for Satan to have
lasting qualities of God.
Oh, I know the bible says that Satan transforms himself into an
angel of light.
II Corinthians 11:14-15
And because of his influence upon fallen man according to verse 15
"Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as
the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to theirs works."
Like a shiny lure he uses others to draw men after himself and away from God.
But in the end it's just a terrible trap that has no good outcome.

In the beginning after the fall in the garden, the bible tells us what
Satan and this world system of things uses to pull us away from the things of God.
The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth
the will of God abideth forever."
 I John 2:15-17

The thing we as people need to realize is that this whole world system
is under the influence of Satan. What holds us like a magnet to this system
is the sin nature within us. The sin nature within us has us locked into the
world system of things.

The bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: "
 Romans 5:12

To open their eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from
the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
and an inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Acts 26:18

Who gave himself for our sins that he might  deliver us from this
present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father;
Galations 1:4

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:8-10
Friends, I hope that this page and the following pages here at
Swordgraphics will encourage you to seek after the things of God.
For Christians, this site is foundational in your walk with the Lord.

For those that haven't heard or accepted the call to repentance
(turning from sin and unto the Lord)I would ask along with
to ask the Lord to open up the eyes of your understanding
so that you might see the hope that Christians share in JESUS.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give
unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power,"
Ephesians 1:17-19

It's God's will that everyone should be saved, but only through Christ,
and what he did on the Cross. For us. For you. And for me.

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy
that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is long suffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9

Friends. God is calling everyone to repentance. Through the prophets of old,
through the preaching of John the Baptist, through the Lord Jesus himself,
and us today. The message was and is the same.
"Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand."

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Romans 5:8-9

In sin, or man, we die.In Christ, and him alone is hope. The hope of eternal life.

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural;
and after that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly,
such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the
image of the heavenly.

Now this I say brethern, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
I Corinthians 15:45-50

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ."  
I Corinthians 15:57
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