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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are you an organization? Is the SeekGod.ca website supported by a church?
A. No. This is our family website. That is, my husband and myself view this as a God given ministry. We do not ask for funding and support it fully, paying for it, and maintaining it. I do the research and writing, and take care of the website and emails. My husband, although my sounding board, has no call to write or research and do other than provide the computers, repairs and physical support.
Q. What denomination or church are you a member of?
A. We are not members of a church at this time. Please see the Introduction for information about my background and our beliefs, and the purpose of this website, which is our family website.
Q. Can I support your website?
A. Occasionally people close to us have aided this ministry financially and we have been very thankful and blessed by that support. While we have been blessed to take care of this website primarily as our ministry both physically and financially, we are torn in trying to make a difficult decision. That is, to allow those in Christ who feel led to provide support to us. It is something we are not quite sure how to handle, and ask that you please uphold us in prayer to start with. And the rest, we will keep before the Lord.
Q. Can you recommend a church in ****?
A. No, I don't recommend any churches in any particular area. What I do recommend is that those seeking fellowship test all to the Scriptures to make sure what is being taught and promoted is actually scripturally sound.
Q. You've written about many ministries and individuals. Are there any that you would recommend?
A. No. Again, it is recommended that all test teachings and teachers/leadership to the Scriptures--always. No one is above scrutiny, although there are many in various leadership who would misuse such Scripture as, for example: Touch not mine anointed-- (which was referring to Israel and Christ.) and apply "mine anointed" to their particular leader/prophet/apostle, etc. They try to dissuade Biblical obedience by suggesting that asking questions or disagreeing by using the Scriptures is forbidden and indeed means a curse on those who would dare venture in that arena.
1Chronicles 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Q. Aren't you judging others or judging Christians and violating such Scriptures as:
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
A. No. We do not judge hearts or motives, as only God can do that. Matthew 7:1 is probably one of the most misquoted and misused scriptures by those who either have elevated themselves as being above scrutiny or questions, or followers of such who believe to question or test to Scripture cannot be applied to their particular favorites.
The fact is, ripping Matthew 7:1 out of a teaching of Jesus is violating the Scriptures and the teaching. The teaching is in several verses, not just one.
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
When it is suggested that someone or something cannot be tested to Scripture it violates such Scriptures as:
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
We are called to discern between good and evil by applying the Scriptures. Hebrews 5:12-14
We are called to try the spirits. 1 John 4:1
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We are called to prove all things and prove what is acceptable to the Lord. Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
That involves making judgments.
We are told we will know false teachers by their fruit--and that comes from applying the Word of God to their claims. Matthew 7:16-20
We are warned about deceptions, doctrines of devils, false teachers and false prophets, unsound doctrine, heresies and many other things and we are called to reprove the fruitless deeds of darkness.
|(*vi)||Luke 21:8||(*xi)||Titus 1:9-11,13-14|
|(*vii)||2 Timothy 3:13-15||(*xii)||2 John 1:7-11|
|(*viii)||Hebrews 13:9||(*xiii)||2 Peter 2:1-3|
|(*ix)||Matthew 15:9||(*xiv)||1 Corinthians 11:19|
|(*x)||1 Timothy 4:1-5||(*xv)||Ephesians 5:11|
That means making decisions about our beliefs and understandings based on the Word of God. That means making "righteous judgments".
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Q. Why don't you just let God take care of "the Apostate Church and her adulterous children. If you teach truth, you won't have to explain the counterfeit".
A. First and foremost, the internet is filled with websites teaching heresy, teaching truth and other things. The internet itself is a veritable mission field, to reach the lost, and pull back those from the fire who have succumbed to false teachings.
Jude:2 Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ....
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.
When the unsaved see ungodly behaviors and assume that all things under the heading of Christian are in fact Biblically sound doctrine, there is a need to evaluate what is put out as Scripturally sound and what, if any, is unsound or heretical. When those new to the Lord are searching for doctrine and encouragement, they need to understand that just as there are sound believers there are also many warnings concerning false teaching and snares. We are called to reach out to help others.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Each person of the Body of Christ has a specific purpose in order to edify and encourage one another. To suggest that what we have been called to do is unnecessary or wrong, is simply not valid. Readers need not agree, but we know that this is what we have been called to.
1Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Q. When you 'judge' or are negative about another's teachings or beliefs, the end result is that "it takes about 12 positives to one negative", and "that communication is a basic psychological fact. We as fallen created beings react to lies, influences, and negative 'insults' daily. That is why we need to have the washing of the WORD and the renewing of our minds by His Spirit DAILY!!"
A. I would agree fully that we need to seek our Lord daily, spend time in prayer and reading His Word. The rest are empty and unscriptural words. Our defense for all persecution, attacks, insults, negative statements, is fully and completely Jesus Christ and the Word of God. This "basic psychological fact" is in fact based on the religion of psychology and the need to have everything positive, hence the religion of self-ism, self-esteem, self-focus and self-ishness.
We, who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified self.
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
|*1a||Galatians 5:22-26||*7a||Philippians 2:3-4|
|*2a||Romans 8:4-5,13||*8a||Galatians 5:16|
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|*4a||Colossians 3:5||*10a||Romans 13:14|
|*5a||John 15:5-6||*11a||Philippians 2:13|
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We are to mortify the members of our body. We are to esteem others before ourselves. We are called to esteem our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not our selves.
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Our protection comes from the Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit.(*12a)
Q. Why do you use the King James Bible?
A. I would say, Why not? I've used it since I was 14 years old. It's wonderful to read and it has brought many to their knees in repentance. From a practical standpoint for my website, unlike other versions, it has no copyright--it is freely given and freely received. In April 2006, the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) listed the ranking of Versions/Translations by actual sales in Christian retail stores in the United States during February 2006. The NIV was first, followed by NKJV, KJV, New Living Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible and others. Obviously, the KJB is a well used Bible, and while there are those who use other versions who disparage the KJB, there are many who find it a blessing.
Q. Are you part of the KJB Only Doctrine or group?
A. No. From my limited understanding of that thinking, the implication is that one cannot open a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a Strong's concordance, or any other source when studying the Scriptures. I do not hold to that view whatsoever, although I do find it unnecessary to read the myriad of books put out by many in leadership who wish to tell readers what doctrine is and what's important to know from the Bible. I do have legitimate concerns about various versions and the changing of verses and doctrines in particular ways, from eliminating various sins, to the Name of Jesus. I am not a claimed expert on these things... I merely have found the KJB to be more than adequate in studying and for growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also feel it is the best English translation. It reads beautifully.
For a few years we did use the NIV, along with many other Christians who thought that it was merely putting verses into 'modern language'. And we, like others, thought it might be easier for our children at that time. While researching Hebrew Roots many years ago it became apparent that there are those who wish to change the doctrine held within the Scriptures. That was a time when we determined to go back to the KJB, and we have no regrets in doing so. We love God's Word.
Q. Why did you write about Harry Potter, and not about all the other books and movies of similar content?
A. The main reason was because particular Christian leadership were promoting HP and some stated the gospel was in the books, and other reasons discussed in the series.
Q. Why did you write about Mel Gibson's, The Passion of Christ?
A. Because Christian leadership were promoting it as Biblically accurate, sound and holding the gospel and so on. It was in fact, Biblically and factually inaccurate, as discussed in the series. Many Christians promoted it without knowing a thing about it, merely relying on their or other leadership or a pastor's word that it is was good. We're called to prove all things, not follow blindly like sheep to the slaughter.
Q. C.S. Lewis was a Christian and his writings are Christian. Why have you written about him and Tolkien?
A. Since Lewis and his family have all stated that the stories were not about the gospel and Jesus Christ, it behooves us to not claim that they were. Christians seem to have this need to put Christ in where He is not found. There are heretical teachings and things contrary to the Scriptures in both Lewis and Tolkien's writings. Do Christians really need to glorify paganism and witchcraft in order to attempt to feel that some part of this world is AOK for Christians?
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1 John 2:15 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.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Q. Bible Codes are necessary to understand the 'hidden' meanings in the Scriptures aren't they?
A. No. First and foremost Bible codes are merely kabbalah's gematria which is the occult. God did not 'speak in secret' because He wants to have a relationship with mankind.
John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, where the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
Q. Isn't it necessary to find scholars who know Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic in order to explain and understand the Scriptures and the mysteries or hidden meanings in them?
A. No, that would mean God is a respecter of persons, which violates Scripture.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
1 Timothy 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The mysteries that are referred to in the Scriptures are the understandings given by the Holy Spirit about the things of God--which all have access to because of Christ dying for us and our receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. There are things that we will only understand when we go to be with our Lord. All mysteries that we need to know are freely given by God to ALL who belong to Him.
1John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.
1 Corinthians 2:7
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden
wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
God did not hide the things we need to know in order to serve Him, and in fact those things are in the Scriptures.
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Q. What are your views on 'Once Saved, Always Saved'?
A. That too often the wrong questions are being asked, and people argue and debate erroneously. There's an old saying which states that he who asks the questions controls the outcome. Many are asking that question because they or someone they know is living to the flesh. They want assurance that if they say they confess Christ or have in the past, that they will still go to heaven regardless how they behave or what they do.
I prefer to ask, " why, if a person claims to love Jesus Christ, aren't they serving Him, and growing in grace and knowledge of Him? Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments. He also said to pick up our cross daily or we are not worthy to serve Him."
The question that needs
to be asked: Why are people sowing to the flesh and worried about
whether they can still get into heaven? Rather than obeying the person
of Jesus Christ, they are bringing dishonor to Him by making the claim
they also love or live for Him or have in the past.
It's all very simple. It's about Christ. About serving Him. Loving Him. Obeying Him. It's not about sowing to the flesh. And in the end, Facing Christ will either be a joyous event or a shameful experience.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Romans 6:6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
The reality of behavior for those who belong to Jesus Christ is answered by Christ Himself and His apostles:
John14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
I suppose in the end, the question is...can someone who claims to know Christ deliberately and knowingly enter into the the things of the flesh and have fruit that shows their condition as being not of Christ...can that person actually belong to Christ in the first place?
2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Many Scriptures come to mind. While we at times will be tested and put through all manner of trials, some of which we will fail and some we will walk in faith and trust. In the end, God knows who are His. That's what really matters.
We're to be about our Lord's business, not wondering what we can get away with and still 'be saved'.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Q. What are your views about baptism being required for salvation?
A. We are saved by God's grace, not baptism. Baptism is merely a public declaration of having believed Christ, repented and of having a desire to serve Him.
Some argue that particular Scriptures show a requirement to be baptized as part of salvation, using Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. and also Mark 6:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.
All Scriptures must be viewed when considering particular doctrine.
John baptized in water and it was referred to as him preaching the baptism of repentance, before Christ began His ministry *16a (Mark 1:4, 8; John 3:36, 4:1-2 ) Jesus baptized no one with water.
Baptism was used after initial belief of Jesus Christ, which also involves having received the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:47 declares that those who have believed have already received the Holy Spirit before the physical act of baptism. In other words it was a public declaration and confirmed the intent to live for Christ.
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
There is record of many believing, repenting and then taking the step of being baptized. Notice that baptism is not often mentioned after a certain point of time.
The Jews required a sign. Baptism was a sign at that time in order to understand that both Jew and Gentile were of the same Body and had the same Spirit when they believed Jesus Christ. There is only one baptism.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
To require baptism as part of salvation is to add to God's grace and adds a need of a work. That defies the Scriptures in many ways.
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....13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.
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|*22||Romans 3:21-26||*29||Acts 16:30-32|
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To require baptism as equal to or a part of salvation, leaves many who have believed Christ, repented and are serving Him, without any recourse, but to believe they are not saved. And That also goes against far too many Scriptures.
Q. Some believe that we are not born in sin or we don't have a sin nature, but we can become sinful at some point. The argument is that Adam and Eve sinned, as did satan, but they were not created with a sin nature.
A. The argument is based on a moot point. Since Adam and Eve did sin, it really doesn't matter that they were originally made without sin, although we have that Scriptural record.
Their sin changed mankind. They were given a will and a choice to obey God or disobey, just as we have been given a will to obey or not obey God.
Romans 5:12 Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned:
(*31) God provided a sin sacrifice for ignorant sin. Leviticus 4:1-3
(*32) Everyone who is born is unclean or sinful. Job 14:1-4; 15:14 ; 25:4
H2931 - tame - foul in a religious sense, defiled, polluted [Strong's ]
There is none
righteous > meaning innocent, holy or right. Unrighteous > unjust,
Q. The Scriptures do not say that Jesus is God. Jesus is not God manifested in the flesh, therefore it is not a salvation issue to believe that He is God. What do you think?
A. Knowing who Jesus is, is paramount to understanding why He came, why He died for us and why He was raised from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father.
The argument commonly used for the above belief is based on a lack of understanding 1 John 4:2 "Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:"- the thinking is that it does not say Jesus is God, therefore He is not.
Since all Scriptures should be considered when discussing particular doctrine, what is being missed, and in some Bible versions are omitted or changed, is that 1 John 5 clearly shows that Jesus is God, and therefore to believe that He is God is necessary for salvation.
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him...
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one...
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God....
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
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Jesus will raise up all believers in the last day
(John 6:40), yet
God the Father quickens (gives life to) the dead and will raise us
(Romans 4:17; I Corinthians 6:14)
Christ is our sanctifier *52 (Ephesians 5:26), yet the Father sanctifies us *53 (Jude 1).
Jesus is the Good Shepherd *54 (John 10:11, 14-18); *54a (Ezekiel 34:11-12, Psalm 23) and He gives eternal life to His sheep, and none can pluck them out of His hand, *55 (John 10:27-30) v 30 I and my Father are one.
The Father alone can draw men to God
(John 6:44), yet Jesus said He
would draw all men
Jesus said that He would send the comforter to us *59 (John 16:7), but He also said the Father would send the comforter *60 (John 14:26).
The Old Testament refers to God as being salvation, *61 (Psalm 62:1-2) and Jesus is the only way that He has provided salvation to mankind. *62 (John 14:6-7; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 12:2; John 3:13-17)