Jesus Christ Prison Ministry

Goodness


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. 


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