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In (Matthew 16:19) Jesus gave Peter the key to heaven. What was that key?

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The definition of MERCY is PARDON. and it is YOU who has redefined the word-kathr4453

Kathryn
I get my definition from the example our Lord Jesus Christ used in (Luke 10:30-37). Read the story of "the Good Samaritan" and you will see the Lord clearly uses the story as an example of "Mercy".

Did the Good Samaritan pardon the man who was beaten and robbed? No, Jesus said he had mercy on the man.
---David on 10/18/14


I have often wondered why church folks don't render aid to people when they are in need. It's because you have redefined the Lords "Mercy".

---David on 10/17/14

No David, we call it LOVE. The definition of MERCY is PARDON. and it is YOU who has redefined the word. Because you have you re-define the very CROSS where in the OT the MERCY seat, covered in animal blood blood, now in Christ Blood is where SIN was first covered and now done away.

We show others MERCY because we first have received it. We don't USE Mercy as a way and ticket to Heaven like you do.

WE walk in the works God for-ordained before the foundation of the world that we should walk in.
---kathr4453 on 10/17/14


---- AND that Message of God's MERCY to every needy sinner is what we give.-kathr4453


---David on 10/17/14

What I find absolutely astounding David is that you would scoff at this truth and rather than embrace this truth you rebuked it????? with false accusations that Christians don't give to the poor and needy. How very twisted is that? This only shows you have never experienced the MERCY that God gives alone through Jesus Christ. I am very sad for you. As we all know, Mother Teresa too was a great humanitarian to the poor and needy, yet never shared the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus Christ ALONE to any of them. Her merciful deeds will NOT get her a ticket into heaven.
---kathr453 on 10/17/14


You see, In God's eyes we are ALL BROKE, destitute and needy sinners. And we are ALL in the place of receiving His Mercy AKA FORGIVNESS. AND that Message of God's MERCY to every needy sinner is what we give.-kathr4453

Kathryn
Oh, now I understand your problem with what I am saying. I was trying to figure out why you kept slandering me about the poor,... even after I corrected you.

You follow a "No Works" salvation doctrine, and if Mercy is an action, it is just more evidence, to show Gods Grace is not Unmerited.

I have often wondered why church folks don't render aid to people when they are in need. It's because you have redefined the Lords "Mercy".
---David on 10/17/14


David, you really did not answer my question. You put yourself in the place of someone who had two and gave one away. Having two is not someone flat out broke. It's someone having two giving to someone having NONE. I asked YOU to put yourself in the place of the someone who had NONE, and then asked you to put yourself in the place of the one receiving mercy.

You see, In God's eyes we are ALL BROKE, destitute and needy sinners. And we are ALL in the place of receiving His Mercy AKA FORGIVNESS. AND that Message of God's MERCY to every needy sinner is what we give.
---kathr4453 on 10/16/14




David, I believe you are confusing the word and actions of LOVE with Mercy.

Kathryn
Mercy is an act of love. And it's these very acts of mercy, which purify our hearts, so we can love our neighbor.

The POOR do give David.-kathr4453

Again,... I never said they didn't. And the only reason I addressed the poor, was because of your question, David, what if you were flat out broke and someone came to you for their needs, THEN WHAT-kathr4453 10/13/14

My answer was written in the context of your question. If someone poor doesn't give, it's because it takes greater faith to give, when you are poor. And if they don't give, it's because their faith has not reached that level yet.
---David on 10/16/14


The truth is David, the POOR are more loving, generous and merciful than the rich. If you don't believe me, you may want to revisit James. It's steeped full of how the rich oppress the poor, as true today as was then. Oh yes, there are always exceptions to the rule.
---kathr4453 on 10/16/14


David,
The poor are poor for many reasons. One is for making bad decisions in their lives. Others because the economy went down, made a lot of people rich and all the others poor. Some are born into poor families. So it is not totally a lack of faith. Maybe some, but for sure not all. When you put it the way you did, it is wrong. All over Africa, many have been poor for a long time, and their children die of starvation, or lack of water. They were not born there poor for lack of faith.
---Luke on 10/16/14


Kathryn, what keeps the poor from following this advice? It's a lack of faith. They do not give because they worry about tomorrow. They worry about tomorrow, because they do not trust God will take care of them, if they do what God commands them to do.---
---David on 10/14/14


David, here is where you said this. You do know what ever is not of faith "is sin". And you accuse the poor of not having faith, or lack of faith. That seems very judgmental. AND it appears you say, they remain poor because of this lack of advise you give that the more you give, the MORE God gives you to give... first start with $50 then $100.00 then $200.00. So is some of this money suppose to stick to their fingers and line their own pockets?
---kathr4453 on 10/15/14


David, I believe you are confusing the word and actions of LOVE with Mercy.


1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Also the Widow's Mite comes to mind about the POOR giving. Her penny was worth MORE to God than someone giving a million dollars. The POOR do give David. You have passed judgment on the poor here saying they don't have enough faith to give out of what they do or don't have???
---kathr4453 on 10/15/14




Kathryn
Where did I say the poor, are poor because of sin? You may have taken me out of context because of the editing I made in my post yesterday, due to it's length.

In the part that was edited, I stated it takes a great deal more faith for the poor to give money, than it does for the wealthy. It's easy for the wealthy to give $100, for they do not depend on it to pay their bills. But for the poor to give $100, they must give from money they need to buy food, clothes or shelter. To do this would take a greater faith than I believe I have.

I then quoted what Jesus said in (Mark 12:41-44)

Prosperity teacher? Dear Kathryn, you caused me to chuckle. In either case, it doesn't take money to show someone mercy.
---David on 10/15/14


Kathryn, what keeps the poor from following this advice? It's a lack of faith. They do not give because they worry about tomorrow. They worry about tomorrow, because they do not trust God will take care of them, if they do what God commands them to do.
---David on 10/14/14

David, THIS is why what you teach and believe is a lie. Please meditate on the following scripture.

James 2:5
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?.
---kathr4453 on 10/14/14


OK David, I see you are part of the prosperity false gospel too. But that is not shocking, because most Prosperity teaching is Kingdom NOW teaching, also believing the poor are poor because of their sin.

Got it. But I rebuke it!
---kathr4453 on 10/14/14


David, what if you were flat out broke and someone came to you for their needs, THEN WHAT-kathr4453

(Luke 3:11)"He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none, and he who has food, let him do likewise."

Kathryn, what keeps the poor from following this advice? It's a lack of faith. They do not give because they worry about tomorrow. They worry about tomorrow, because they do not trust God will take care of them, if they do what God commands them to do.

As Jesus said, "Faith is like a mustard seed". This seed grows, when we begin to trust that God will take care of us.
God commands me to do many things that do not involve money, like helping a stranded motorist.
---David on 10/14/14


David, what if YOU were the one in the end in need? You then are not in a position to show mercy, but only RECEIVE MERCY.

and really David, reality is we are all the ones in the end who are in need, showing great HUMILITY in receiving Mercy.

The problem is too, ..it's PRIDE that stands in the way of being on the receiving end with nothing to give back.

So do the receivers of gift certificates get into the kingdom, or only the ones showing their works by being the givers of gift certificates? It doesn't take any WORK at all to receive this mercy of a gift certificate, only a thank you.
---kathr4453 on 10/14/14


There are numerous ways to serve the Lord without gift certificates. and since the word Gift certificate is not in scripture or prepaid anything we saved for a moment, anyone even the unsaved can do. this does not get you into heaven or even prove you are a Christian.

Sacrificing out of what YOU don't have is an entirely different matter. David, what if you were flat out broke and someone came to you for their needs, THEN WHAT? Because you don't have any gift certificates on you, will you then fail to serve the Lord?
---kathr4453 on 10/13/14


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Rita
The gift certificates are much like a first aid kit to a corpsman in combat. He needs to carry a first aid kit, so that when his services are needed, he has the resources to render aid to those who need him.

When you give gift certificates to folks in need, they do not see it as charity, they see it for what it is,...a gift!

It's interesting to note, every one of these folks I have helped, had prayed for the Lords help. Perhaps the Lord uses me as his servant, because I am ready to serve.

The Lord, does not send his angels with backpacks full of food to those in need, he puts those commands to render aid, into the minds of those folks on earth, who call themselves the Lords servants.
---David on 10/13/14


// Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world://

David, the people talked about here were to inherit the kingdom that was already prepared for them from the foundation of the world. Those same people were the same ones who,
"for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.
That was already predestined from the foundation of the world. This were not lost people who did good deeds. Only those who are save produce good fruits, because of the Spirit who lives in them, that is why God gets the glory.
---Luke on 10/13/14


David, if God wanted you to buy a gift certificate He would either tell you for whom it was intended first or He'd definitely tell you to buy one and then name the recipient. What you suggest is to just buy one anyway (with no instruction from God) and wait for God to tell you to give it to a specific person.

Wait for God's instructions first and follow them to the letter but don't prompt God by doing something and THEN waiting for Him to say "That was O.K. so now give it to....." You might end up spending it yourself or giving it away inappropriately if you follow your own idea.
---Rita_H on 10/12/14


David, yes your verses reiterate what I said about getting personally involved.
---kathr4453 on 10/12/14


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(Matthew 25:32-36) All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.

Kathryn
According to Jesus, who will be shown mercy? As you can see, your argument is not against me, it's against his teachings.
---David on 10/12/14


Eph 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

David, THIS is how the Lord works through us. Unless the Lord FIRST told you to buy a gift certificate, it means nothing. And to define it as mercy is not correct. Mercy and forgivness go together. It has nothing to do with some heavenly lotto someone wins out of the blue.

I also believe the Lord wants us to be personally involved in others lives and needs as they see Christ in us. And through meeting others needs gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel.

So is this what your church teaches? Don't be surprised if your not getting greased to hand over your life savings to them.
---kathr453 on 10/12/14


David, what gift certificate did David buy and give away when God showed David mercy after committing adultery and being responsible for Bathsheba's husbands death.

What you may be talking about is KARMA.
---kathr4453 on 10/11/14


\\Cluny, please don't tell us you are the only one here who knows who Jesus is? \\

I simply asked you how you know that your Jesus is the real one.

Apparently you don't know yourself, or you would have answered my direct question.

\\Ot that the Orthodox is the only Chirch who knows the real Jesus?
---kathr4453 on 10/10/14\\

On the basis of comments by Lawrence, David, and others, I would have to say yes.

Only the Orthodox Church knows and proclaims the real Jesus.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/11/14


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David wrote: "Steven, Have you ever been able to change any of their minds?"

A few, but you need to remember that these pastors are being paid to preach whatever the headquarters allows them to preach according to the denominations doctrines. Now the government is in on the act. Because of the government's "faith initiative" churches will compromise the gospel and do whatever the government asks or they will defund the church and even strip it from its non-profit status. What will they ask? What the church can and cannot preach. It all boils down to money.
---Steveng on 10/10/14


Get a 50 dollar gift certificate from Walmart. Now listen for the command from the Holy Spirit, as to whom God wants you to show mercy. (You will know the command is from God, because you will feel guilt if you do not give it to the one God has chosen).

Now after you have given this gift, tell them it is not a gift from you, it's a gift from God.
Now ask yourself these questions:
"If these "good works" have not brought me Gods favor, why does God bless me with so much Joy, when he didn't before I showed mercy?"

Now buy a 100 dollar certificate and then a 200, and learn the meaning of "You shall reap what you sow".
---David on 10/11/14


John 14:6

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

When you've met the Father, you'll KNOW because the Holy Spirit bears witness as well. That moment is one you will never forget. That day your Heart does cry Abba FATHER, and the Holy Spirit bears witness that we are a son....so it's when you come to the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. Then you know you are already in the KINGDOM. ...the one that is within you.

So the problem Cluny may be many are in the wrong Kingdom, or think they have access into some imaginary kingdom. Everyone should know the Door to the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is the CROSS that has been made known to ALL men.
---kathr4453 on 10/11/14


Here are a few "ifs" for you:

Romans 11:20_23 "Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For IF God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity, but toward thee, goodness, IF thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, IF they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again."

Now, get to work you lazy bum, no freeloading!
---Nana on 10/11/14


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Cluny, please don't tell us you are the only one here who knows who Jesus is? Ot that the Orthodox is the only Chirch who knows the real Jesus?
---kathr4453 on 10/10/14


\\The TRUTH is IN JESUS CHRIST, not in your churches.
---kathr4453 on 10/10/14
\\

Which jesus?

The Jesus who is only man?

The Jesus who is the Father and Holy Spirit at the same time?

How do you know that YOU believe in the real Jesus?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/10/14


I hope this blog isn't about how my church is better than your church, and ONLY WE have the truth nonsense.

Cluny, faith is an individual thing, and a very personal thing. and God can save anyone never having stepped into or ever will step into any of your churches.

The TRUTH is IN JESUS CHRIST, not in your churches.
---kathr4453 on 10/10/14


\\No, and I tell them upfront that my instructions are straight from the bible\\

Wrong.

Mine are, and yours aren't, Steveng.

And you've yet to tell me what miracles you or others of your worldly denominational church have done.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/10/14


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Most of the time I show the pastors ( and the church committee) the difference between that denominations way of doing things and God's way.-Steveng

Steven
Have you ever been able to change any of their minds?
---David on 10/10/14


Luke
I am curious to know what you think makes an unbeliever into a believer, if it is not by doing what Jesus tells us to do?

I didn't believe the first time I confessed sin, but I started to believe after the obvious change it made in my life for days after.

I didn't believe the first time I listened to my conscience and gave aid to someone in need. But I started to believe after I listened to my conscience, because I was filled with joy, joy which is a reward, that only comes from God.

It was through personal experiences like these, that made me the believer I am today.
---David on 10/10/14


As for myself, I do perform services for the local denominational churches to create new services - by request. My skills in bringing together the necessary resources to, say for instance, create bible related ESL classes for the local immigrants.


---Steveng on 10/7/14

So you teach english to immigrants who have joined themselves to english speaking churches AND tell the Pastors of denominations what they teach is not biblical? Are the immigrants able to understand that these english speaking churches are wrong according to you?
And you say these pastors love what you are saying, OR do they just love your power-point presentations?

Too bad Jesus didn't have power-point when He tried to do the same.
---kathr4453 on 10/10/14


kathr4453 wrote: "So are these resources and classes for denominational churches denominational, meaning each class is designed for that particular denomination according to what that denomination believes?"

No, and I tell them upfront that my instructions are straight from the bible. I then show them verses from the bible and how I organize these classes (I have a powerpoint presentation, the pastors are usually very impressed). Most of the time I show the pastors ( and the church committee) the difference between that denominationals way of doing things and God's way.
---Steveng on 10/9/14


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Luke
In (Matthew 5:45) Jesus said God makes his sun to rise on the evil as well as the good. And sends rain on the just and unjust.
---David on 10/9/14


//The teachings of Jesus Christ are instructions, instructions when followed, make us wise. How do they make us wise? Because only when we follow his instructions, we will discover the Truth.//

David, this instructions are for believers only. Not unbelivers. Why would they follow Jesus instructions when they do not have faith in Him or even love Him? Then you say:

//If we do not have to do anything to gain the favor of God, why does God bless us, when we follow these instructions?//
Kathr was speaking of unbelievers who cannot gain favor by doing good deeds, like Steven. That does not get them into the kingdom of God. Because we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and His works. Have you discovered the truth in this?
---Luke on 10/9/14


Nana, The verse starts, "keeping this mind in you that was also in Christ Jesus who became obedient unto death, even death of a cross" Our outward walk showing mercy, forgiving comes out of our keeping the same mind in us as well. It's our dying to self first that anything we do is not of us, but Christ in us. Our flesh, old man cannot.

The NT apostles addressed mercy, love and forgivness, that we are to show one another, but funny, they put no conditions on it. We show it because we first received it. Not the other way around. Kingdom LAW does not apply here. There is no IF you will, THEN i will. The New Covenant begins with God saying "I will".
---kathr4453 on 10/9/14


Psalm 89:1

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.


How many here can do this? I don't see many. Many want to brag that they did something first to earn mercy, totally overshadowing God's unconditional love and mercy.

What does Jeremiah 9:24 say?

Also remember under the LAW some offenses required stoning without mercy.
---kathr463 on 10/9/14


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So Nana, i too sang of God's Mercy you felt the need to come and trample on. So if perhaps you felt your toes stepped upon, it's only because you stuck them out there in the first place.

I will SING of God's mercy till the day I die, and will rebuke anyone who wants to diminish that. My whole life is God's MERCY. I didn't have to earn it.
---kathr445 on 10/9/14


I did not say or implicate anywhere that "Jesus suffer learning to be obedient to others".
However, "he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY him". You blasted out your CAPS as I knew you would since my
blog entry was meant for you who wrongly said, "I'm not asked to check myself first, or see if I've been merciful to others first or anything like that."

Luke 6:36 "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."
Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."
2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves."

You are moving with airs, yet I see no substance in you.
---Nana on 10/8/14


As for myself, I do perform services for the local denominational churches to create new services - by request. My skills in bringing together the necessary resources to, say for instance, create bible related ESL classes for the local immigrants.


---Steveng on 10/7/14

So are these resources and classes for denominational churches denominational, meaning each class is designed for that particular denomination according to what that denomination believes?
---kathr4453 on 10/8/14


Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered,
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him,"
---- ---Nana on 10/7/14

ABSOLUTELY NANA. And this is where so many miss out. And we need not add YOUR verses to this to take away from it's true meaning and application. Jesus did not suffer learning to be merciful to others.

Jesus became OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH even death of a cross, and THIS is the mind we too are to have in us.
---kathr4453 on 10/8/14


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A reply to kathr4453 10/7/14 post:

You, like most everyone else on these blogs, assume way too much. We don't "hide away in our save (sic) home church." We meet daily as the bible says, we also go out and preach the gospel. In our area, there are many who are poor and needy.

As for myself, I do perform services for the local denominational churches to create new services - by request. My skills in bringing together the necessary resources to, say for instance, create bible related ESL classes for the local immigrants.

kathr4453 wrote: "...you are not showing one ounce of LOVE."

How do you know? I challenge anyone on these blogs to visit my area to prove you wrong.
---Steveng on 10/7/14


"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered,
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him,"
"and forgive us our..., as we"
"Blessed are the merciful"
Are you merciful? Make sure.
---Nana on 10/7/14


Kathryn
Some time ago, I sprained my ankle. I had read in a book, that an applied paste made from cayenne pepper and water, would have me walking without pain, in an hour. Sounded crazy, but I followed the instructions and discovered they were true.

When someone sprains their ankle, I give them the same instructions. And when it works, it makes me look wise.

The teachings of Jesus Christ are instructions, instructions when followed, make us wise. How do they make us wise? Because only when we follow his instructions, we will discover the Truth.

If we do not have to do anything to gain the favor of God, why does God bless us, when we follow these instructions? And haven't you discovered the truth in this?
---David on 10/8/14


Hebrews 4:14-
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


I love these verses. Absolutely no conditions except to "COME BOLDLY" that means "with confidence". I'm not asked to check myself first, or see if I've been merciful to others first or anything like that.
---kathr4453 on 10/7/14


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I suppose it depends on your definition of Mercy.kathr4453

Kathryn
I agree, that's very true. I too, prefer to get my understanding of words like "mercy" from the Bible. But I choose to believe Jesus gave us examples, to better understand words like "mercy".

Jesus told a story in (Luke 10:30-37). The story was about "The Good Samaritan", and was given as an example of Mercy.
Notice the questions asked in (Luke 10:25-29), which prompted Jesus to tell the "Good Samaritan" story.

This story also confirms Paul's teaching in (Romans 2:6-7) & (Romans 2:13).
---David on 10/7/14


Steveng, i will admit, there are millions of NICE people in this world. Some nicer than those who profess to be saved. But all their niceness, charity and love for others is not a key to heaven. The Hindu are probably the nicest and most loving of all.....who wouldn't even hurt a flea literally, ....so we see humans can in the flesh love.

The ONLY key to heaven is to have your sin FORGIVEN. And the only FORGIVENESS comes through Jesus death and resurrection life.

There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another. Jesus set the bar. Anything less is new age hippies. Peace Love dove was a great idea but not what God had in mind.
---kathr4453 on 10/7/14


Steveng, when you hide away in your little save home church, rather than getting into one of these churches you condemn, to lay down your own life to warn and preach the Gospel to the Lost, to be willing to SUFFER FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL, in these churches which is our home missions lets say, you are not showing one ounce of LOVE. So your idea of LOVE is based not on God's definition of LOVE, but your own. And those works Steveng, based on your own flesh is filthy rags in God's eyes.
---kathr4453 on 10/7/14


kathr4453 wrote: "Steveng, human love, or a supernatural love that only comes by being crucified with Christ and raised up a New Creature?"

Even non believers show love to others especially to their own children. The ten commandments of the OT is to show love - the first three to show love of God and the rest, love of others. These commandments are also revealed in the NT.

At the second resurrection after the thousand year reign of Christ where the other dead shall rise and be judged from the Book of Life "according to their works."
---Steveng on 10/6/14


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Maybe, David, you could ask what is the key to becoming merciful . . . so that you then can receive mercy?? (c:

I think we first need how God has mercy on us, changing us to become merciful. Then when we do merciful things, we are sowing what we will reap. But we are able to do this because of God's grace making us merciful.

So, a key to begin in this, is how God first changes us, by his grace. And Jesus sent our Apostle Paul to "turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God," we have in Acts 26:18. So, God has given His ministers power to change people from Satan's kingdom to being with God Himself in His own love so merciful and making us this way > 1 John 4:17.
---com7fy8 on 10/6/14


David, I suppose it depends on your definition of Mercy.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

---kathr4453 on 10/6/14


Your mercy so wondrous
You spend it on me,
Oh what is this love
You want me to see?

It has no conditions
Of which on my part,
I must work to Earn it
It's Grace you impart.


Kathryn
Very nice, you definitely have a gift for poetry.
I'm confused though, you say there is no condition for obtaining Gods mercy.

Confused, because Jesus taught in (Matthew 5:7), "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
So we must be merciful, to be shown mercy.
---David on 10/6/14


Steveng, human love, or a supernatural love that only comes by being crucified with Christ and raised up a New Creature?
---kathr4453 on 10/5/14


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Why do denominational christians make things more complicated that it really is?

What is the ultimate commandment that Jesus spoke of?

LOVE (as in the verb form).
---Steveng on 10/5/14


David, after I was saved, i wrote poems expressing the very truths I was learning along the way.

Here is part of one:

Your mercy so wonderous
You spend it on me,
Oh what is this love
You want me to see?

It has no conditions
Of which on my part,
I must work to Earn it
It's Grace you impart.

All fear leaves this love,
A peace now does land,
My heart fixed on Jesus
I REST in you hand.
---kathr4453 on 10/5/14


Kathryn
Could be the case too. Perhaps there is more to the keys, the Lord gave to Peter, than what I have been shown.

Many believer's have these moments when God blesses their lives with peace, joy and answered prayer,... but don't understand why.
My intent was to give them an answer to this question.

The Lord treats us just like we treat others, using the same measure we use. If we show mercy, God will show us mercy, if we forgive, God will forgive us. But if we hold back, and do not treat others with the mercy God expects of his servants, God will hold back the mercy we desire from him.
---David on 10/5/14


David, these verses also come to mind as well. A NT concept as well as an OT reality. I wonder too if this is also what Jesus meant.

James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
---kathr4453 on 10/4/14


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Kathryn
I forgot about (Matthew 18:15-19). It goes along nicely with what Jesus said in (Matthew 6:14-15), if read from the KJV.

Looks like in (Matthew 18:15-19), the Lord is telling us what to do if the trespasser is unwilling to admit to the trespass. If they do not acknowledge it as trespass, they would feel no need to ask for forgiveness.

I never noticed that before Kathryn, I thank you.
---David on 10/4/14


Firstly, Isaiah 22:20-22 is a good place to start re binding and loosing, something Jews understood the meaning of. One who has been given Authority over something. But Peter is not the only one who has this binding and loosing authority, as we see other scripture states . Matthew 18:15-19 is an example. Remember Ananias and wife?

Remember too, It's Jesus who LOOSES His WORD from Heaven and has given all the Body of Christ AUTHORITY to preach the Gospel.
---kathr4453 on 10/3/14


All the Apostles and we still today preach Christ crucified and risen to heaven. See First Corinthians 15. It is the gospel.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/3/14


The keys to the kingdom are truth, knowledge and understanding revealed by God. Peter didn't believe by faith that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God". He knew it.

"Blessed are you Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven".

Whoever heard Peter's message of Truth and heeded it would be bound in Heaven. They would be in the world but not of the world. They would know and recognize the voice of Truth when they heard it. Those who closed their eyes and ears to the Truth (John 15:22-27) would be lost.
---barb on 10/3/14


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Peter preached Christ Crucified and risen. He open that door the day of Pentecost. That is the ONLY way into Heaven.-kathr4453

Kathryn
I can see how you believe Peter used the key to "loose", in your explanation, but how do you think Peter used the key to "bind"?
---David on 10/3/14


Jesus gave Peter "the keys of the kingdom of heaven," not the keys to heaven. Peter used the keys Christ gave him to open the door to the Jews on the Day of Pentecost, to the Samaritans after the preaching of Philip and to the Gentiles RE Cornelius.

Peter preached Christ Crucified and risen. He open that door the day of Pentecost. That is the ONLY way into Heaven.
---kathr4453 on 10/2/14


Paul says, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18) So, the preaching of the cross could be a key.

And Paul says we need "faith working through love", in Galatians 5:6. And if we know "the love of Christ which passes knowledge", we can "be filled with all the fullness of God," we have in Ephesians 3:19.

So, if forgiving is a key, this can mean how God's love has us forgiving > "even as God in Christ forgave you," Paul says in Ephesians 4:32 > not only in order to get ourselves forgiven, but caring about the person we forgive > example > 2 Corinthians 2:6-11.
---com7fy8 on 10/2/14


I believe the best teacher is an example, and the one in ( Matthew 6:14-15) is a very clear example of binding and loosing.

In this example we can see that God holds his forgiveness for us in Heaven, if we hold our forgiveness for others on Earth.
But if we relent, and forgive others on Earth, God forgives us.

The same holds true of mercy. When we show mercy to those who are in need on Earth, our Father in Heaven will show us mercy by blessing us with what we need.

There are many things that bind us on Earth, but with the knowledge of that which binds, we have the key's to unlock Gods Heavenly blessings.
---David on 9/29/14


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"What was that key?" Faith.
Jesus has given the believer, through His Spirit, His faith, to be received and exercised in Him. Faith operating through love is the key that unlocks the unlimited resources of 'heaven', as the lofty state of mind that has been lifted above the sensual, to embrace the spiritual. Enabling His chosen to focus on the unseen, yet ever present and Eternal, Word. "For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." And "eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
---joseph on 9/28/14


You keep pimping for the Oneness/Modalist harlot on every blog, don't you, Lawrence?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/28/14


The key to heaven is simply LOVE (as in the verb form, 1 John 3:18).

Deuteronomy 11:1, 13, 22
Deuteronomy 19:9
Deuteronomy 30:16
Matthew 5:44
Matthew 22:37
John 13:34 (as in the eleventh commandment)
John 14:15
Romans 13:8
2 Corinthians 13:11
Galatians 5:22
James 2:8
1 John 4:7
1 John 5:2


Love, as in the verb form, is our ticket to heaven.
---Steveng on 9/28/14


Mark 16 v 16. Mat.16 v 19 was Fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2 v 38. Key 1 repent, key 2 water baptism, key 3 receiving the Holy Ghost.

Only the heresy of the trinity Rev.17 vs 4 5 6 comes up commandments n doctrines of men , sacraments even purgatory, comes from the author spiritual Darkness. NO parallel with The Word of God What so ever.

Glory to God The Father which who Is Jesus Christ.
---Lawrence on 9/28/14


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the key to heaven is gods word
---lloyd on 9/28/14


You misquoted the passage, David.

It's not the "key to heaven", but the "KeyS [plural] to the Kingdom of Heaven."

One interpretation is that the Keys to the Kingdom are the Holy Sacraments. All are concerned with binding and loosing.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/28/14


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---Leon on 9/28/14


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