Bible Verses

Is Biblical Election True?

posted Jul 28, 2018, 6:30 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

Many today believe that when you get saved, God elected you for Salvation. And many verses are referenced for this to defend the idea that God saves by election. God can do what He pleases to do and He can definitely elect some for Salvation... But what are the context in the verses used to defend General Election for Salvation?

Romans 3:10-12  - 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

What is the background for these verses. Verse 1 of this chapter gives us a good understanding of the subject being discussed. It's about the Law that the Jewish people holds on to. That they think they are righteous when they obey some of it...

John 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

The earlier verse gives us again the subject being discussed concerning this verse. Verse 23-24 says that a certain group of Jewish people at the temple surrounded Jesus asking how long will Jesus make them doubt. These people, after seeing what Jesus did and after hearing what Jesus said just refused to believe the Truth. They are so close to God yet not close enough because of their choice to refuse God's Truth.

John Chapter 17 - Prayer of Jesus 

Verse 12 and 18 gives us an idea who are the subject in Jesus's prayer. It is the 12 Disciples. And verse 20 tells us that every person who would put their faith in Jesus would have to confirm it by their word after they have believe in faith about Jesus Christ.

Gift of life given... And choices made...

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The background in this verse is, Jesus came to the house of Zacchaeus, who was already saved. And Jesus again was being watched by the Jewish leaders. See in verse 7. What's the purpose of this story? It pictures that Jesus came for sinners and Jesus was showing that to those who were watching Him. And those who feel righteous by their own choice (the watchers) or by following the Law, could die without hope. Is Zacchaeus's salvation by election? Could be, because God used his situation for an illustration to those who were cunningly watching.

John Chapter 4 - The story of the Samaritan lady

If we look at the story of the Samaritan lady, we can see that there was a process of revelation of the person Jesus Christ to the lady. And in the process, the lady's mind was enlightened and accepted the Truth about Jesus. Her acceptance needed faith and she acted upon the faith by making the right choice to receive Jesus Christ in her life.

Matthew Chapter 19 - The story of the young rich man

Verse 22 of this chapter tells us that the young rich man made his choice to refuse God's gift of Salvation...

If God saves by election, then what is the purpose of Salvation by Faith? Why would God give men faith to act upon the Truth that He has about Jesus Christ? God gives man the ability to reason... And with that ability, there's also the capacity to make choices. And when a man refuse God's salvation, then God is not to be blamed for his/her eternal damnation...

Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The greatest question is, is their Election in the Bible? Yes there is... That is clearly seen from the old and new testament. And there are special reasons for this, which only God truly knows...

Obedience is Proof to Show Love

posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:23 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 12:29 AM ]

If children wants to be blessed, they simply need to observe what the Bible teaches... And if they obey, only good will come unto them. For punishment is only for the disobedient.

Ephesians 6:1-3 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

But why do youngsters think they know better? Well, too many factors. But peers and lack of activity that help them grow in the Lord is one of the biggest. Sometimes, it's also the examples they see from their parents. Regardless though, children need to be reminded of the benefits that comes in obeying.

They also need to know what kind of "Love" a parent has to his/her children. Good to always remind them of these...
  1. Is there anyone that will work for you to feed and protect you until you reach adulthood? No one.
  2. Will there be anyone who is willing to die for you? Unlikely, but your parent would.
  3. Will your Dad/Mom tell you to do something that could hurt you? To kill, to steal or to engage in immoral acts? There are a few that would do this, but 98%, the answer would be no.
  4. Will your parents give you work more than you could do? Unlikely...
  5. Will your parents prefer that you'll be out in the school? Never! Finishing school is always a step to the future.
  6. Will your parents prefer that you enter a relationship while in school? No, because that is only a distraction and a risk to your future.
  7. Will your parents want to see you not know Jesus. No. That will be their biggest loss in life. To see their children burn in hell forever!
And there's so much more. But logic will give you the obvious answer to children and parent related questions.

Children... You can show your love to your parents by obeying them. It's the same way you can show your love to God and Jesus as well...

Walk in Newness of Life

posted Feb 6, 2018, 5:09 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 5:14 AM ]

Romans 6:1-12 (Topic: Walk in Newness of Life)

To understand these verses, we need to go back to the previous chapter. And the previous chapter, talks about Jesus who died, buried and rose again to give eternal life (in Heaven) to anyone who would believe Him by Faith. Meaning, we believe that there’s no other way to get to Heaven other than Jesus Christ for the sacrifice He had done for many.

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

When someone accepts Jesus as his/her Savior by trusting and then repenting of his sins and to depart from it and follow Jesus's way of life, then that person is saved by Grace. So we see the term grace used in Romans 6:1-12.

The thief beside Jesus was saved by Grace by Jesus Christ, for the thief believed Jesus as his last hope before his death. He knew Jesus is God for he defended Jesus from the other thief’s insult. So when he said to Jesus “remember me…”, he has already trusted Jesus by Faith which is salvation by Grace and not of works where merit system is applied.

Luke 23:39-43 - And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

So, apostle Paul in Verse 1 of Roman 6, gives an rhetorical question that if we have truly believe and trust Christ Jesus, should we continue in sin? Of course no. Or else our faith on Him is fake.

And Verse 2 says, that if we follow Jesus now being forgiven of our sins, how can we live and love sin again?

In Verses 3-6, it talks about how that after someone trusted and obeyed Jesus, that someone have also died like Jesus, only that he/she died in his/her sins and lives a new life pleasing Jesus Christ.

Verse 7, talks again about being dead in sin when we trust Jesus and being freed from sin as well.

Verse 8, talks about the hope of anyone who trust and obey Jesus, that they will also be where Jesus is, which is in Heaven.

Verses 9-10, talks about the death and resurrection of Jesus how that He died once to offer Himself a perfect sacrifice for all mankind and that He lives again to give hope to anyone who trust and obey Him.

Verses 11-12, pictures how we die in our sins after we follow Jesus and how we live forever with Him, either now or in the next life. And how we should at all cost deny or reject sin in our life even in our last breath because we want to please Jesus Christ in our life.

Who is Jesus in Quran?

posted May 3, 2016, 1:53 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated May 3, 2016, 1:55 AM ]

Jesus is the Good News, the Word, the Messiah, the Life to come, Sinless, born of a virgin...

Quran, 3:45-47 - "Behold," the angels told Mary, "God has given you the glad news of the coming birth of a son whom He calls His Word, whose name will be Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, who will be a man of honor in this life and the life to come, and who will be one of the ones nearest to God.

He will speak to the people while in his cradle and preach to them when he will be a man. He will be one of the righteous ones.

(Mary) said, "How can there be a son for me when no mortal has touched me?" The angel replied, "That is how God creates whatever He wants. When He decides to do something He just orders it to exist and it comes into existence."

Click HERE to read more about Jesus in Quran...

Are you Superstitious?

posted Jul 4, 2015, 5:15 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Jul 4, 2015, 5:16 AM ]

Superstition only brings damnation. But repentance of sin and Faith in Christ Jesus brings life everlasting...

When the message of Christ Jesus is preached, there will always be mockers and observers. But happy and blessed those few who will believe.
Have you believed in Christ Jesus?

Acts 17:22-34 KJV* Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. [23] For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD . Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

[24] God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; [25] Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

[26] And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; [27] That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

[28] For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. [29] Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

[30] And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: [31] Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men , in that he hath raised him from the dead.

[32] And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter . [33] So Paul departed from among them.

[34] Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

A king with a hardened heart ...

posted Jul 4, 2015, 4:04 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Jul 4, 2015, 5:15 AM ]

Paul the follower of Jesus Christ and not of the customs of religions have defended himself against his false accusers and while doing that he also shared the Hope that is in Christ Jesus to King Agrippa and to all the people that were in the hearing.

Which King Agrippa having heard almost believed but because of his hardened heart, ignored the only Hope he can receive to save his soul from the burning hell.

Is your heart also hardened today? I hope not...

Acts 26:13-19, 22-23, 27-28 KJV* At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

[14] And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. [15] And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

[16] But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; [17] Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. [19] Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

[22] Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: [23] That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

[27] King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. [28] Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Christ's Love Casts Out Fear

posted May 27, 2015, 10:13 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated May 27, 2015, 10:14 AM ]

When we have Christ and His Love, we have the Perfect Love that casts out fear... But it all starts when we Believe and Trust in Christ.

1 John 4:15-16 KJV* Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Hearing and Doing

posted May 27, 2015, 10:11 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated May 27, 2015, 10:14 AM ]

Are you of God's? Do you hear and do?

John 8:47 KJV* He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Luke 6:47-49 KJV* Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

O God, thou art my God

posted Aug 22, 2014, 12:46 AM by Joseph Tee

Psalm 63:1-7 KJV* O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul, wait thou only upon God

posted Aug 22, 2014, 12:41 AM by Joseph Tee

Psalm 62:5-8 KJV* My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

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