Thursday, January 10, 2019

The 5 Most Important Books of the Bible

The most important words in the Bible
are the words of Jesus, the RED LETTER WORDS in some Bibles. The
words of Jesus are the words of Eternal life. Jesus said:”The words
I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63. There
are no other words that lead to eternal life. The words that Jesus
spoke were recorded in the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Those four books are the most important, as well as the book of Acts,
written by Luke, the author of the gospel of Luke.
Without Jesus, there is no hope of
salvation, not just believing in Him but in knowing, following and
obeying Him. He told us how to know Him, and His words were recorded
in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We can know ABOUT Jesus
by reading the gospels but we can only know HIM by OBEYING His words,
because if we OBEY His commandments He will disclose Himself to us;
He will reveal Himself to us, speak to us and we will KNOW Him for
Jesus explained to His disciples that
He would not always be with them, that He would be crucified, He
would die and be resurrected, after which He would ascend to heaven
but, that He would not leave them behind as orphans, with nobody to
guide and teach them. He promised the Holy Spirit, which was also
given on the day of Pentecost, that was recorded in detail by Luke in
the book of Acts, chapters 1 and 2. The book of Acts further gives
account of the things that the apostles did under guidance of the
Holy Spirit after receiving receiving Him, on the day of Pentecost.
The rest of the New Testament, the
epistles, writings of the apostles, were letters of encouragement
addressed to the believers who had believed in Jesus as result of
their preaching. The book of Revelation was a revelation of the Lord
Jesus, given to the apostle John.
The Old Testament law, the Torah and
the Prophets were fulfilled with the coming of Jesus. Jesus
said:”The Law and the Prophets were
proclaimed until John. Since that time, the
Gospel of the Kingdom of God is being preached, and
everyone is forcing his way into it.”Luke 16:16.
Those who believe in, accept, and
follow Jesus are NOT under the Law of Moses. They must obey the
commands of Jesus to have eternal life, His teachings, in the
gospels. The sermon on the mount, in Matthew chapters 5 to 7 are most
important, but they are not the only commands of Jesus.
We must note that salvation was from
the Jews, as Jesus said in John 4:22. Jesus came for the Jews as
their Messiah, but they rejected Him. Few accepted Him. He was
crucified by them, as result of their instigation. Because the Jews
rejected Jesus, salvation came to the gentiles. The Law of Moses and
the Prophets were directed at the Jews. They were supposed to keep
the Law of Moses, the Ten Commandments and the other laws given by
Moses, in the Old Testament. That includes the laws about Sabbath and
Tithing, they were for the Jews, under the Law. The Law could not
save. The Law brought death to offenders. “Anyone who has set aside
the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two
or three witnesses.”Hebrews 10:28. There was NO MERCY under the Law
of Moses.
Jesus came and preached the gospel of
the Kingdom of God to the Jews, for the Jews, and He Himself took the
sins of the world on Him. Even though He never sinned He was
punished, bruised, crucified, He the innocent, for the guilty, so
that if they REPENT of their evil, stop doing evil, be baptized in
water for the forgiveness of their sin, and OBEY Him, live for Him,
in OBEDIENCE to Him, they could receive PARDON and the HOPE of
eternal life. The Jews rejected this salvation and therefor it was
extended to the gentiles also, not for them to become Jews, but
followers and disciples of Jesus.
After His resurrection, before
ascending to heaven Jesus said to His disciples:”Go therefore and
make disciples of ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you; “Matthew 28:19,20. Those who
follow Jesus obey His gospel, His words, not the Law of Moses in the
Old Testament, they obey His commands.
Jesus brought GRACE, not to sin, but
for those who believe in Him, to repent, stop sinning, obey Jesus,
SIN NO MORE and live in obedience to Him. The person that keeps on
practicing sin and does not follow after Jesus will certainly end up
in hell, if he does not turn from his sin and follow Jesus. We have
to come under the discipline of Jesus and live in obedience to Him to
have eternal life.
Those of us who live in these latter
days have the benefit of Bibles, which the first believers did not
have. Most of them were illiterate, they could not even read. The
first believers did not have Bibles. They were taught the
commandments and teachings of Jesus, by the apostles. They obeyed the
gospel, repented, were baptized in water and received the Holy
Spirit, that Jesus promised to those who obey Him. They were led by
the Holy Spirit. They did not follow after men. They followed Jesus.
The Holy Spirit was promised to ALL
those whom Jesus calls to follow Him, so that they can be led by the
Holy Spirit as Peter also said on the day of Pentecost:”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. 39“For the promise is for you and your children and
for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to
Himself.”Acts 2:38.
We read in the book of Acts how the
born again, Holy Spirit filled apostles and believers were led by the
Holy Spirit. That was written down to serve for us as an example and
to direct and encourage us to follow their example of obedience to
Jesus, to be filled by the Holy Spirit and be guided by Him to do His
will, because without Jesus we can do nothing.
The Holy Spirit is CENTRAL to the life
of the born again Christian. Without following the Holy Spirit
guidance, we cannot bear fruit for the kingdom of God. The first
Christians did not have Bibles, they had the Holy Spirit and they
followed His guidance. Most, if not all professing Christians today
have Bibles but few have the Holy Spirit and even fewer follow His
guidance. Paul wrote in Romans 8:9 “But if anyone does not have the
Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” and in Romans 8:14
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of
God.” This indicates that very few professing Christians today,
belong to Jesus. Many believe in Jesus but they do not obey Him, and
do not have His Spirit. They believe they have eternal life, but they
are lost, they do not belong to Jesus.
Those five books, Matthew, Mark, Luke,
John and Acts are the most important books of the Bible. Without
obedience to Jesus and obedience to His words, there is no hope of
May Jesus bless you.

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