Jesus Christ Prison Ministry


Once we believe that God is and that His Word is sure and certain, we now have an obligation, “but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:12,13. We learned that faith produces obedience. Romans 1:5. All true Christians will live in obedience to Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior.
Many Christians believe in Jesus Christ only as their Savior. They think that all they must do is name the Name of Christ and they will be saved in their sins. To back their claim they will cite Acts 4:12; “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” They will also cite Acts 2:21, “And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”
Peter tells us that ignorant and unstable people distort the writings of Paul and the other scriptures to their own destruction - 2 Peter 3:16. How is this so? By taking selected texts and separating them from the balancing texts. The Bible is like a jigsaw puzzle; two or three pieces do not make the whole picture. If you want the complete picture, you must put all the pieces together.
The same is true of the Bible. If a teacher, preacher, minister, church or denomination only give you selected verses to support their positions, but leave off the balancing texts which give the whole picture, have nothing to do with them. They are leading you to destruction.
The balancing texts to Acts 4:12 and Acts 2:21 are, “when God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” Acts 3:26. “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19. This second step is just as vital for eternal life as the first. We must believe Jesus when He tells us that the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous will live. We must believe Jesus so much that we would rather pluck out our eyes or cut off our hands than to be cast into hell as a sinner.
Jesus asks us to “Follow Me”. Matthew 9:9. We are to follow His example of righteousness through His power. “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13.   Do you believe you can do all things through Jesus? Or has your church taught you that you can only do some things?
Jesus tells us that we are to produce fruits, works, deeds, and actions that are in keeping with our belief in Him. Matthew 7:16-20. We, in this second step, are to do (work) all the goodness we know to do. We spent enough time living for the world and the things of the world. It is time to enter through the narrow gate that leads to life. “Men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 9:13.   “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10.
“Our people must devote themselves to doing what is good.” Titus 3:14. Doing what is good? What a novel idea. Yet how hard it is for us to do the good we know we should. Those little smiles to brighten the lives of those around us. Simple courtesies that help to make life pleasant. The words of encouragement to strengthen the weary of heart. What a different world this would be if we “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12.   If each of us made a decision each day to practice our belief and live the example of Jesus, what happiness we could bring to ourselves and to those around us. 

Himself, then through His disciples and on down to every true believer in Christ who is obedient to His Laws, that spiritual Kingdom of God is filling the whole earth today.  As it filled the whole earth, it demolished the pagan systems and their governments that came from the Roman Empire.  That Rock, Jesus Christ and the Christian movement of today, is still accomplishing that work.
The Jews of Christ’s day understood the interpretation of Daniel chapter 2.  God gave the interpretation to Daniel that the Jews might know and understand when their Messiah would come.  However, they were looking for a Messiah that would conquer the Romans.  They had followed the prophecy through history and recognized the Roman Empire as the legs of iron. 
Even by the time of the first coming of Christ, the ten kingdoms of Europe could be discerned.  Therefore, the Jewish Christians, within a few years after the death of Christ, realized that He was the fulfillment of the “Rock” and that they were the fulfillment of that prophecy in taking the Spiritual Kingdom of God to the entire world.  They understood that when it was finally to have been taken to the whole world, Christ would culminate His Kingdom by coming a second time and crushing all the kingdoms of the world to set up His everlasting Kingdom.
This is a 2,600 year old prophecy, still in existence today.  God’s word can be trusted.  Every particular of this prophecy has come true.  It began in 605 BC and continues, unbroken, down to our day, and will continue beyond until fulfilled.  Nothing outside of the Bible can match this prophecy.
This prophecy has helped me to believe God.  I believe His Word, the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  They have never fallen short or proven false. 
There will come a day when Jesus, the Rock, will come a second time.  He will come and put an end to all the governments of the world.  He will come and raise His people to everlasting life and take them back to Heaven with Him.  These prophecies will be explored in greater detail in upcoming chapters. 
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”  “That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”  2 Peter 3:10, 12, 13.

Related Texts

Genesis 4:7                                         Matthew 9:35-38

Leviticus 19:11-18                               Romans 15:14

Psalm 5:4, 5                                        Galatians 5:22

Psalm 15:1, 2                                      Hebrews 6:5