Is our intimacy with God forever determined in this life?

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True knowledge of who God is leads to becoming like him.  Complete knowledge of God leads to becoming like Him completely.

 1 John 3:2

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Greater knowledge of anyone leads to loving them more and

loving God leads to obeying God.

 John 14:15

 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Knowledge of God leads to loving God which leads to obeying God which is synonymous with becoming like God.

 Intimacy with God leads to obedience and obedience leads to greater intimacy.

 John 14:21

 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Greater intimacy leads to obedience which leads to eternal rewards.

 2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

ALL VERSES FROM: New King James Version (NKJV)

If all of this is true then it is plausible that the degree to which we become intimate with God in this life will determine the degree to which we are intimate with God for eternity, since intimacy, leads to obedience and obedience leads to eternal rewards.

If all of this is true, then is THIS life what determines our intimacy with God forever?

 

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What, if any, relationship is there between baptism and salvation?

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Is there ANY relationship between salvation and baptism, specifically AFTER salvation and not CAUSING salvation, I found this verse about baptism identifying someone with the death and resurrection of Christ (which is required belief for salvation):

Romans 6:3–5

3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

What would be the relationship between these verses and infant baptism?

Does not salvation constitute becoming IN Christ Jesus?

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Hell Worse…Heaven Better?

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It has been said that a moral little old lady would not suffer in Hell as much as an ax murderer who BOTH do not accept Christ as their Lord and Savior,

I thought I would share these passages of Scripture with you, New King James Version (NKJV)

What do you think?   Post your comments on this blog and feel free to share it with whomever you would like.

Your brother in Christ,

Tom

Matthew 11:23-24

Jesus said: 23 “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be[a] brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Matthew 23:14

Jesus said: 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

Romans 2:5

Paul said: 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Revelation 20:13

John said: 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

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Practical Bible Teaching?

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I just heard a pastor say how practical Biblical teaching is this: “this is what the Bible says, here is what it means and this is what you should do about it”.

Basically he said, “HOW we apply WHAT the word of God says and means is up to WHAT our Pastor tells us we should do.”

Something in my spirit didn’t receive this very well so here are my questions: (the context of my questions is in relationship to positive commandments)

While much of the word of God is very explicit on WHAT to do, (ie. don’t murder)  much of the word of God is not explicit. (ie. store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven)

Is it that pastor’s responsibility to spell out explicitly how people should apply the word of God when it comes to positive commandments?  Could this be considered legalistic?

Is this how God wants the body of Christ to work when it comes to application of WHAT the word of God says and means?

Is the power of the word of God in what man tells me I should do about it or what God tells me I should do about it?

Do spiritually immature people or ALL people need to be told WHAT they should do or how to apply the word of God when it comes to positive commandments?

Should ANYONE be told by someone else HOW they should apply or WHAT they should do about WHAT the word of God says?

In other words, is it up to man to connect the dots for other humans or is this God’s responsibility through the Holy Spirit?

If a pastor does not tell someone HOW they should apply WHAT the word of God says, are they less competent or effective?  Is their preaching not practical?

Should any man desire or take the responsibility for what another man does based upon what they tell another man what the word of God says and means?

In the sermon on the mount, Matt. 5-7,  Jesus spoke of many negative AND positive commandments.  He simply spoke BOTH of them and did not proceed with preaching application.

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