Gifts do not require forgiveness?

By Stewart Topping … Ephesians 2:8-9 8. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, More »

Are we righteous before God?

By Stewart Topping … How do we get from being a sinner to being forgiven? We are told to believe in the More »

What is Spiritual Revival?

By Stewart Topping … When reading this Newsletter we are reminded  that all churches from the beginning of Christianity have had the same More »

What is True Salvation?

By Stewart Topping … 1 Cor 15:1-4 (NKJV)1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also More »

What Happened in the Garden?

By Stewart Topping … How do we get from being disobedient with God to being obedient? We are told to believe in the Death, Burial More »


Gifts do not require forgiveness?

By Stewart Topping …

Ephesians 2:8-9 8. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9. Not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

 But do we really understand the meaning of Eph 2:8.  I suppose if we did, we would have no doubts with our faith. Why then do we add things to a list of items required to be saved? Why do we cross the line and create bondage to the family of believers by adding works to a free gift?

Why do we accept what others say is the truth? Most of the people we listen to our school taught, but are they Jesus taught? There are so many distortions in the Church today that it is hard to know the actual truth. That’s why we must study and learn the truth. Don’t you think that we should be keepers of truth?  What is Grace?

1. A gift of God to humankind; the infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.

2. Complete freedom from sin; in Christianity, the condition of being free of sin.

3. Release from bondage of satan.

So God has extended favor, love, and mercy to mankind. But why would he do that unless he had a plan from the beginning. There’s nothing we could have done based on our sinful nature, it had to be of God.untitled.II

Romans 3:22-25 (KJV) 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

 As I read these verses by the apostle Paul, it says we are justified by that grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God has set a plan in motion by telling the Prophets in the Old Testament of future events. Then many years later Jesus is born and comes to fulfill God’s plan of redemption. Then because the Jewish Nation rejected that plan of God; The Apostle Paul brings God’s grace to the gentiles (you and me). So what do we do with this simple message; we attach all kinds of requirements. It does not matter what we add to the requirements of Salvation; it still is not correct.

Remember what it says in Eph 2:8-9; It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. You can’t pay for a gift that is free! There’s no requirement for salvation but to believe.

 Can you imagine?   When we get to heaven we can all debate the merits of our beliefs on how we got to heaven? We cannot take credit for salvation and getting right with God.  Come on now, maybe that is why so many Christian Church teach many ways to heaven.  It is the grace thru Jesus Christ that is God’s way of granting his pardon of sin for what Adam did in the Garden.

Now we need to understand that it is the sin nature we need to deal with of which Adam was held accountable for. Now we have received grace and we are free of sin not because someone says so or a Church tells you but because God said it. Jesus went to the cross and died for our sins and it is finished and we are forgiven forever if we believe GOD.

Colossians 2:13-14 (KJV) 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; How can you turn forgiveness in to un-forgiveness when you do something wrong?

 The apostle Paul ask the question: How can you turn forgiveness in to un-forgiveness when you do something wrong?

Does Jesus go back up on the cross for each and every sin we confess? Or do you say “thank you for dying for me and my sins 2000 years ago?” Why do you have to repent every time we do something wrong? Look back at the cross (in time) and say thank you Jesus for what you did. All my sins have been forgiven and forgotten. Only satan will remind you of your faults and he wants you be unsure of the grace God has provided and wants you to repent and put Jesus back on the cross.  This is what James says in being doubled minded.

Did Jesus die for our sins?  If he did then we must believe that we have been forgiven, and that our sin is gone. We start a new life in Jesus, being filled with Gods plan from the beginning, which is “THE HOLY SPIRIT”.

In conclusion, I hope you can see that your salvation is a free gift from God, something he planned for us, and to do nothing except accept the free gift because he already in the past has paid the price required for sin with his life.  The requirement is very simple; the shed blood from a perfect Lamb of God.

If you have been forgiven at the cross why then do you need to be forgiven ever again? Instead when you have done something wrong, thank Jesus for what he did on the cross for you.  We need to be in a state of thankfulness not repentance.   How many times do we put Jesus back on the cross to die for our sins? He rose from the dead and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Thess 5:18 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

It is the same power that raised Jesus from the ground after he was buried. Don’t you want it?

Are we righteous before God?

By Stewart Topping …

How do we get from being a sinner to being forgiven?

We are told to believe in the Death, Burial and resurrection of Jesus our Lord. (see 1 Cor. 15:1-4). A very simple measure by the Apostle Paul.  He said that the gospel where in you might be saved is the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus.

It might seem complicated, but please follow me; God has planned this out from the beginning and we need to understand his plan of redemption and forgiveness.

Now we know there is a sin debt because of what Adam has done, we know that Jesus paid the debt by giving his life on the cross.  The only thing we must do is to believe; to receive salvation and to have the debt paid.  Let me site an example; it’s like going to court and having someone else pay the fine (debt) for our judgment (transgression).

Now look at the events from the time that Adams sinned by disobeying God, to today where we find ourselves, now because of that disobedience we received the sin nature from Adam.  This nature caused by what Adam did has a debt.  Someone has to pay the debt for the disobedience of Adam.  Now when we study the Bible and see what Jesus has done by his death, burial and resurrection? We find that Jesus has cleaned us and cleaned the slate with his death.  That means that we can start over. untitled.II

Romans 3:21-22 (KJV) 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Somehow he clothes us with his salvation. Covers us with the robe of righteousness, we haven’t done anything to deserve it.  But I will believe God and when He said it; it is done. Notice the next verse proves that point; our righteousness of God is by faith in Jesus Christ and upon all that believe. We can receive the righteousness (being in right standing with God; debt paid) of God if we believe.  God has imputed his righteousness to us and on us when we believe. That means we are in right standing with God after the shed blood of Jesus.

Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,as a bridegroom Decker himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorned herself with her jewels.

Isaiah says that there is a covering of Salvation and righteousness. So then when God sees us he sees the covering on us.  His righteousness has covered our sins.

Romans 3:23-24 (KJV) 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Now this verse says that we are justified freely by Gods grace through redemption; we have been redeemed (or bought back, someone paid the debt) by God and He see’s us free of what Adam had done and since Jesus has paid the debt.

When we are justified; it means that we are clean and it is just as if we had not sinned at all.

Now the following verse will prove that we have forgiveness; it’s the redemption (bought back) through the shed blood of Jesus

Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

From the beginning, the book of Genesis,  God had a plan that we would be redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, not with silver and gold.

Remember that forgiveness is part of and included in redemption.  It is a one time event in your life.  If you are redeemed then you are forgiven.  Forgiveness is not required after every failed event in ones life.  If you have been redeemed then the price has been paid.  It doesn’t have to be paid again.  When Paul said give thanks always, I think he is reminding us that when we have a moral failure we are to give thanks for what has been done for us, we do not have to be redeemed again.

1 Peter 1:18-20 (KJV) 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Sometimes it is hard to understand why God does certain things; ever His ways are different than ours.  But all we have to do is believe, trust his word.  Now faith comes from believe God at His word.  We were not there the day Jesus went to the cross but we must believe it took place and  believe we are saved through faith.

Hebrews 11:1-3 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Just Believe and you will notice the change!

What is Spiritual Revival?

By Stewart Topping …

When reading this Newsletter we are reminded  that all churches from the beginning of Christianity have had the same problem with carnality that we have today. We must also realize that good leaders have learned how to teach and train the saints not just entertain the Body of Christ.

Christianity is very weak today because it lack the meat of the word.  We will talk a little about how we as Christian can get revived by the word of God. The unsaved need to be raised from the dead not revived.

What Can We Do?

Revivals have been going on for a long time in the Churches.  Most Churches have revival services where they hire an evangelist to bring revival to the unsaved in the community, but the saints need to revived from carnality.  More time needs to be spent training and teaching the Body of Christ.  Revival is for the saints not the unsaved that do not desire the milk of the word. They need to be built up.

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”  Heb 5:12-14 (NKJV)

Why would someone with an empty tank get a refill without knowing that they are in a empty condition?  They may not even know they need to be refilled.  Our leaders don’t offer the teaching to help them understand.  We need to create the desire for the proper fuel that they need, which is the milk of the word, not teach history and cute stories. I will agree prophecy is important because it teaches the plan of God and His faithfulness to it.

We must acknowledge it ..

]One of the problems with Carnal Christians is they don’t want to acknowledge it.  Maybe they are embarrassed.  Sitting in a Church for years and years and not knowing God’s will.  We could blame it on the Pastor or teacher since they don’t teach the basic elements of God.  I have talked to a lot of Christians that believe in that works are part of their salvation.

The Church often teaches the history of the Nation of Israel, or even what Jesus taught, Jesus was a minister to the circumcised, and taught the Children of Israel about the Law and the coming earthly Kingdom.  We don’t live in the dispensation of the law, we live in the dispensation of Grace.  Jesus said it is finished when he died on the cross, which means that the end of the Law has come because the Law has been fulfilled by the sacrifice of the perfect lamb. God started something new call the Body of Christ.

Those that are saved by Grace do not live by the Law.  We did not receive our salvation by living by the law, we received it by grace.  Grace is free and does not require works to obtain it.

We must live by the Spirit …

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal 5:18 (NKJV)

This verse is a choice in how you want to live your life, either we live by the law or by the Holy Spirit which lives within us.  We can’t live by both together.

Teaching the promises of God without the principles does not build faith in God.  Why is it that we don’t teach the doctrine of God that the Apostle Paul’s wrote in his epistles to the Body of Christ?  Even though the leaders of the Body of Christ are responsible for feeding the Saints we as Christians have to be reminded of our own responsibility to study and to allow the holy spirit to teach us.

Check out this verse;

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him”  1 John 2:27 (NKJV)

If those that read God’s word and lead others do not know how to rightfully divide the word, the rest of the Church is in trouble.

We must study …

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (KJV)

The responsibly of a leader in the Church is to teach and train the Body of Christ but that is not an excuse for the Christian.  It is clear that we as Christians are responsible to be approved unto God by Studying His word.

Remember reading the word is not studying.  

No one can be held responsible but ourselves.  We have the Holy Spirit and all the truth within us, He will teach us, but we must recognize it and respond.

My Sheep Hear My Voice

By Stewart Topping …

Lets look at some scriptures.  Remember to check me out.  This verse is very clear; my sheep are believers and Jesus is saying I know them and they follow me. Well, because we have the Holy Spirit within us we have the truth, the word, the living God and the power of his resurrection to help and guide us each and every day of our lives.

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

We have studied Salvation, Grace, Obedience, Forgiveness and Works; along with why we should study the word (Bible).  Why this week do we study hearing;  it is the relationship we have with God though Jesus in Prayer.  Prayer is just talking with God about our everyday lives; our family, our Job, our health and every thing we can think of that affects our lives.  Look at this verse, remember that we didn’t bring anything into the world and we will take nothing out of it.  We need to always be content with what we have at any time.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (KJV) 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

This verse brings something very important to mind;  the ravens are taken care of, God feeds them and how much more will he take care of us.  This is part of relationship that we have with Him; that is trusting Him with everything that we have and need.

Luke 12:24-26 (KJV) 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

This next verse sums up everything in our study; be careful for nothing.  Sometimes we have so much worry about everyday life.  Here is where prayer comes in; if you pray then you believe he exists.  If we make our request known to God we then receive thepeace of God.  It all started when we accepted God as our Saviour, knowing that He died, was buried and the rose from the grave by the power of God.

Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

What is life all about; yes it’s family, yes it getting married, but it is knowing that there is a God and that He loves us and that he will take care of us.

Don’t forget to thank Him for what you have.  Today it may not be enough but tomorrow we trust God will supply all our needs.

Remember that this verse is a must to believe:

Hebrews 11: 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

You must believe that God exists in order to trust God today and to leave the worrying to Him, He can handle it we can’t!

Have a great day in Jesus.

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