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You're a new believer. What now? Once a believer accepts Jesus Christ into their heart, he/she is forgiven by God and the blood of Jesus washes all sin away; the person now has a clean slate. It's God's gift to humanity. The works of the Old Testament (Law) and/or philanthropy cannot save you. Only by putting your faith in the death, resurrection and the blood of Jesus can atone for your sins.

Ephesians 2
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

How do you now begin your new life in Jesus? You must understand that God has called the born again believers to Holiness, not impurity. After all, it was sin that destroyed the world, and required Jesus to come and pay the price to redeem us. Please don't be deceived by those who claim that failing to walk in God's holiness will not void your Salvation. It will.

1 Thessalonians 4
[7] For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

Ephesians 2
[1] I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

1 John 3
[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
[4] Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 Peter 2
[11] Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Romans 12
[1] beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4
[21] If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
[22]That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
[23]And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
[24]And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

[25]Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
[26]Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
[27] Neither give place to the devil.
[28]Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
[29]Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. [30]And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
[31]Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
[32]And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
 

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Now what ? They start their journey as a disciple of Jesus and have counted the cost of denying themselves, taking up their cross daily and following Him. They are no longer slaves to sin and have become slaves of Christ. He is their new Master. I can supply lots of scripture to support the above if needed.

hope this helps !!!
 

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Sure we can.

By continuing in the word the flesh is kept in check.

“…give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” (1 Timothy 4:13)

“Studying” often leads to errors…
One can indeed just merely read the Bible, like a newspaper, and that's as far as one will get out of it.
 

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Gosh you know it feels like we all argue about the silliest things sometimes.
 
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One can indeed just merely read the Bible, like a newspaper, and that's as far as one will get out of it.

Not so.

Much heresy arises out of so called “Bible Study”…

You yourself have over studied the Bible to the point of denying this scripture:

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)
 

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Yep . . .
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

- 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) View attachment 32859

The sense of “study” is this:

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved…” (2 Timothy 2:15)

This isn’t speaking of inordinate study of scripture.
 
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@Selah

Over and over again in scripture God tells us to READ AND HEAR AND OBEY.

READ AND HEAR AND OBEY.

“…Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD…” (1 Kings 22:19)

“…Hear ye the word of the LORD…” (2 Kings 7:1)

“And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.” (2 Kings 20:16)

“…hear the word of the LORD…” (2 Chronicles 18:18)

“Hear the word of the LORD…” (Isaiah 1:10)

“…hear the word of the LORD…” (Isaiah 28:14)

“Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word…” (Isaiah 66:5)

“Hear ye the word of the LORD…” (Jeremiah 2:4)

“…Hear the word of the LORD…” (Jeremiah 7:2)

“…hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.” (Ezekiel 3:17)

“Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you…” (Amos 3:1)

BUT HEREIN IS THE PROBLEM​


“The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:14-15)

Bible Study is never commanded by God and all the study books out there are garbage and just a tool to itch our vain inclinations. NO DOUBT SATAN HAS INSPIRED MANY OF THOSE STUDY BOOKS.

There are too many “scholars” studying the word than humble god fearing men hearing and obeying it!


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Not so.

Much heresy arises out of so called “Bible Study”…

You yourself have over studied the Bible to the point of denying this scripture:

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Apply Hebrews 10:26 with Jesus' forgiveness of Peter and the story of the prodigal son. When put in proper context, it's clear that Salvation is lost upon willful sin. However, there is still hope; the Father desires for the sinner to come home. Thank God for Jesus! Come home, backslider! Jesus loves you! He shed His blood for your sins!
 
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Apply Hebrews 10:26 with Jesus' forgiveness of Peter and the story of the prodigal son. When put in proper context, it's clear that Salvation is lost upon willful sin. However, there is still hope; the Father desires for the sinner to come home. Thank God for Jesus! Come home, backslider! Jesus loves you! He shed His blood for your sins!

Amen.
How many times did Israel  backslide & go after their own fleshly desires and reject God !

Hope only dies for a backslider who has rejected his relationship with God if & when that last breath is drawn in that backslidden state.

Steadfast UNTIL the end !
 
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Hope only dies for a backslider who has rejected his relationship with God
Yeah, sure…

Sin has nothing to do with it…

:hmhehm

Sounds like some hearts around here have been hardened by sin….

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13-14)
 
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Apply Hebrews 10:26 with Jesus' forgiveness of Peter and the story of the prodigal son.

You are not wise to use those two examples erroneously. Peter and the prodigal son are examples of men NOT SAVED YET.

You would disregard the warning against willfully sinning and the consequences thereof.

Not wise.
 

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You are not wise to use those two examples erroneously. Peter and the prodigal son are examples of men NOT SAVED YET.
Peter was indeed saved; you can deny that all you want. An unsaved person could have never been used by Jesus to heal people and cast out devils like He gave the disciples power to do because one devil cannot cast out another devil, lest satan's kingdom is divided.

Luke 9
[1] Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
[2] And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
You would disregard the warning against willfully sinning and the consequences thereof.

Not wise.
The parable of the prodigal son was used by Jesus to show how a man was once with his Dad and thought the grass was greener on the other side. Once reality set in, he humbled himself and repented before his Dad and God. Mercy, mercy, mercy. Thank God for Jesus!

Now, again, I do indeed warn the righteous to not return to sin again because they may never find their way back and wind up in hell. There is no once saved always saved (OSAS).

Ezekiel 3
[20] Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
[21] Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

Moreover, once satan has a person again, he/she is worse off than before just as Jesus said.

Matthew 12
[43] When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
[44] Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
[45] Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.