Saturday Song: Bolland, “You’re in the Army Now”

Though this song was written and performed in the early eighties, it still brings back memories to us who lived through the Vietnam war years. In fact, the whole theme of the Domino Theory album is about that conflict and how it effected soldiers.

Listen to a live performance of this song here.

Believe it or not, all born-again Christians are in Christ’s army. Only our weaponry is different from worldly armies and jihadists. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV), “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

Nov10, soldier salutingNot only that but Paul likened our armor to the real thing. For example, we must wear our breastplates and helmets. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (KJV), he wrote, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

We also need to wear a belt to keep our armour together and for our scabbards. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:14 (KJV), “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

Additionally, Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) tells us how our only offensive weapon can defeat our satanic enemies. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Paul likewise admonished his protege in 1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV) to, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

How beautiful it is that we don’t kill our enemies but love them with the gospel. Imagine how peaceful this world would be if no religions urged their followers to avenge themselves on those who don’t believe the doctrines they do. But we’re stuck with the world we have.

I’ll be dealing with the topic of revenge on Monday. This is another subject where the Bible and the Quran differ.

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What Must We Do to Have Eternal Life?

apr20I’ve shown in past posts that surrendering our wills to Jesus is the only way we can spend eternity in Heaven. But what must we do to inherit eternal life?

Jesus gave the answer in John 3:15 (KJV) when he said of himself, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” The word “believe” means to have implicit trust in Jesus and his gift of salvation.

We must realize that we are hopeless sinners and ask the Lord for forgiveness of our rebellion against him. Then we must become Christ’s disciples, following and obeying everything he commands. As the Apostle Paul pointed out in Romans 6:23 (KJV), “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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But merely believing about Jesus isn’t enough. We must be a hundred percent devoted to following him and to do so every day. Look at what Paul wrote to his protege, Timothy. He said in 1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV), “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

We can also see the guarantee of our entrance into heaven in 1 John 5:11 (KJV). “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

And as it says in Jude 1:21 (KJV), “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

We can therefore put our full trust in Christ because he is God. Peter realized this when he said to Jesus in John 6:68 KJV), “Then Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.'”
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There was a time when I thought that just believing about God would get me into heaven. Then I learned at a vacation Bible school meeting that I must repent and place my trust totally in Jesus Christ. This is what I’ll emphasize in my upcoming book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Far too many people claim to be Christians but they haven’t yet placed their lives in his hands. My goal is to let as many people know about true salvation in Christ alone as I can through my writing.