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Wonderful Works of God: John Gideon Hartnett’s testimony

On December 13, 2015 John Gideon Hartnett shared his personal salvation testimony at the Church at Moonta (South Australia). This was part of several testimonies at the event entitled “The Wonderful Works of God” (Acts 2:11).

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Wonderful Works of God: Ben Hartnett’s testimony

On December 13, 2015 Ben Hartnett shared his personal salvation testimony at the Church at Moonta (South Australia). This was part of several testimonies at the event entitled “The Wonderful Works of God” (Acts 2:11).

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The great I AM born in a manger

burning-bushIn the book of Exodus chapter 3 we read about when God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out from under the oppression of the Pharaoh of Egypt.  The following is the English translation of the Hebrew text Exodus 3:13,14 (King James Version Easy-Reading (KJVER) Bible used. Bold are my emphases.)

13  And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them?
14  And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

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Who is the rock?

One of the most misunderstood passages of Scripture is the account when the Apostle Peter acknowledges Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Father through Holy Spirit reveals to Peter who Jesus is  (Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-20; John 6:66-71).

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This is the passage where Jesus speaks of building His church upon a rock, and where He gives to Peter the “keys to the kingdom.” The Papacy falsely claims this as proof of their claim to be the lawful head of Christ’s Church on Earth.  The Roman Church also claims a continuous succession of popes from Peter, who they claim as their first pope. In addition they assert that Jesus giving Peter the “keys” means that Peter, at that time, was given temporal authority over the whole Christian Church. Thus that same authority passed to all succeeding Bishops of Rome, popes, who claim to be Christ’s representative on Earth, or actually a substitute Christ.

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Did Old Testament believers have a concept of the afterlife?

The New Testament gives very specific details and revelation from God on the afterlife. Did Old Testament believers have any such notions?  There are some indications, though not so many.

18002011-BTH-Job-2-11-Job-and-his-comfortersThe book of Job is considered to be one of the oldest books in the Bible. Therefore from the earliest times on record we know that there was some knowledge of the afterlife.

Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins [heart] be consumed within me.

Job had the assurance that although he was going to die and be eaten by worms, he would receive a new body (“in my flesh”) and in that body he would see God face to face, i.e. in his conscious mind.

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The Spirit of Antichrist

This article is reproduced from the book ‘Will Islam Be Our Future? A Study of Biblical and Islamic Eschatology‘ by Joel Richardson. It is Chapter 12 entitled ‘The Antichrist Spirit of Islam.’ I have instead used KJVER for the Bible verses.

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While we have already discussed the actual person of the Antichrist, the Bible also talks of an antichrist spirit.  Apart from the one direct reference in the Bible to The Antichrist, there are four other times that the word is used in a more general sense by the Apostle John.  Each time it is in reference to a particular spirit.  This spirit is defined by its denial of some very specific aspects of Jesus’ nature and His relationship to God the Father.  Following are the verses that describe this “antichrist” spirit (emphases added):

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On Christian Liberty

by John Calvin (abridged)1,2

1. Christian Liberty is an appendix to justification. But there are some who, under pretext of this liberty, cast off all obedience to God, and precipitate themselves into the most unbridled licentiousness [state of indulging in excessive freedom]. Others despise this liberty, supposing it to be subversive of all moderation and morality. In spite of such difficulties arising from this doctrine, we must exert to understand it, in order to obtain internal peace of mind.

2. Christian liberty consists of three parts. The first part is, when seeking justification before God, we should be delivered from the righteousness of the law. Dismissing all thought of our own works to attain justification, let us turn our eyes solely on Christ.

While we are delivered from the claims of the law, before the tribunal of God through justification in Christ; the law, however, remains useful to believers. It continues to instruct, exhort and stimulate us to duty and holiness.