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Who Are The Nicolaitans
  
#1 Nicolaitism - This doctrine is akin to Balaamism. "Nicolaitanism"? "Nico" is from the Greek "nikao" which means "to conquer, to prevail, to overcome." This is the very word that is repeatedly rendered "overcometh. It is the same word translated "prevailed" in "The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book." "Laos," the other part of this word, means "people."


Who Are The Nicolaitans
  
#2 Therefore, "Nicolaitanism" means "ruler, or overcomer of the people." This is where the common ecclesiastical words, "clergy" and "laity." Jesus was no clergyman. He was a servant. He did not lord it "over God's heritage". He died for the Church "that He might sanctify and cleanse it." "We be brethren," not masters and slaves. "So we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and every one members one of another" - Romans 12:5.


Who Are The Nicolaitans
  
#3 Each individual saint is to be a "nico," or overcomer, not over another saint whom he pleases to call "laos," but over the world. Yes, the full overcomers also overcome this man-rule, which invites Balaam to come and preach for hire, and which, of course, ends in sacrificing to idols and committing spiritual fornication. They "are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among" them - I Cor. 5:2.


Who Are The Nicolaitans
  
#4 The Spirit of Christ is not "nico-las" (laos), or overcomer of other believers, but "nico-pass," or overcomer over all things which are opposed to Christ. The pastor of such a meeting must repent of his toleration of evil doctrine. This doctrine can be found in any meeting that does not respect the Headship of Christ, that tries to have control over the congregation and become the law they must live by.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#1 Duane is right, all of our sins were forgiven on the Cross. Scripture can rightly speak for itself: Many men In the Bible had difficult jobs to do but Jesus came to save men - Matt.1:21; Luke 19:10; 1 Tim.1:15. The value God put on human blood - Gen.9:5-6; Lev.17:10-11; Num. 35:30-31; Luke 22:20. What It meant for Jesus Christ to save you - 2 Cor.5:21. Jesus bore my sins - Is.53:6; 1 Pet.2.24; The text in 2 Cor. says something much deeper, that He was made sin for us. Gal. 3:13.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#2 We are delivered from the curse - Rom.8:1; John 5:24. We will never come into judgment, that question has been settled - Ps.42:7; Jonah 2:3; Mark 15:34. Jesus took all the wrath that was my due. The word offering" occurs in the book of Leviticus some 248 times - Lev.6:26; The word offereth Is different than the usual word offer, It literally means to sin - Lev.9:15. The book of Leviticus Is full of types.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#3 Christ's work Is varied, and His activities for us cover a huge field. It took all these types to show them. We learn many things here that are not specifically declared In the New Testament. Every offering that was offered In the will of God was a type of Christ - Lev.8:14-17. This Is the first time In recorded history that a sin offering was ever offered. In the burnt offering the offerer Is Identified with his offering, but in the sin offering the offering Is Identified with the sinner - Ps.40:12.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#4 Christ spoke of my guilt as If It was His guilt. Every sin, the Iniquity of us all, all heaped upon His beloved head, for the transgression of my people was he stricken.


Why Are We Disciplined
  
#1 1 Cor. 11:31,32 - For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

As long as we live in this body of humiliation, we will be fighting sin in the flesh. That is why the Word tells us to judge ourselves. Take a look at yourself and see if you have allowed the old man to rise up.


Why Are We Disciplined
  
#2 If you did, judge it right then and there, give it to Jesus and let Him take care of it for you. If you don't judge your own sin in the flesh, then Jesus will judge it for you, that is being chastened of the Lord or disciplined of the Lord. He does it for our own good and our spiritual growth. We are never chastened or disciplined because God is mad at us, He does it to teach us something. It is really a blessing instead of a hurtful thing.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#1 Why is it so hard to come in agreement on such a fundamental truth concerning our salvation? If we become a New Creation when we are born again, what happens to the old creation, the old man, the old Adamic nature we inherited from Adam. If I read my Bible right, we were crucified with Christ. Now if we see this through our natural mind, which by the way, can only see things through the confines of reason, says this can't be so because I am still sinning.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#2 If my old man is dead, I shouldn't still be sinning in the flesh, and If I am a New Creation, that is sinless, how come I am still sinning? When God created Adam, He created a human race. When Adam sinned, that race became corrupt and sinful, and it was passed down to all mankind from generation to generation. When Jesus died on the Cross, He took the entire human race with Him, its head (first Adam) and his body, all of sinful mankind.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#3 God replaced that race with a new sinless race called the New Creation with Jesus (2nd Adam) as its Head and all born again Christians as His body. Now within this corruptible earthen vessel, our body of flesh, lives this New Creation life and along side it is the provisionally dead old creation which was put to death. The catch is that we have to reckon the old "I" dead and the new "I" alive unto Christ. The new "I" is not touched by the acts of the old "I".


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#4 God sees only the new "I" because the old "I" died at the Cross with all penalties paid in full. That is how we are eternally saved, the new "I" is all wrapped up in Him and the old "I" is bound for the dust. The new "I" will live forever with Christ because the new "I" is Christ. The sins we commit in the old "I" do not effect the relationship between the new "I" and our God.


Once Saved Always Saved
  
#5 The hard part is believing God's grace would show us such favor that He would make such a wonderful provision to secure our place in Heaven forever.


Can Salvation Be Lost
  
Say what you will, I know what I believe and I know why I believe it and it has nothing to do with Satan. We must not put God in a box and tell Him what He can do or can't do. His grace is bigger than all of us. Get into the Spirit and thing like Jesus thinks, this isn't something you can reason out, you just have to receive it by faith.


Can Salvation Be Lost
  
#1 Heb. 6:4-9; 10:26-29 - Bro. Paul wrote to the Hebrews, or Jewish Christians, to reveal to them the redemption of Jesus Christ. Notice 2 words - in 6:4,9: "those" (V.4) & "you" (V.9). Paul is writing about those, and to you, these are 2 classes of people. The Jews as a nation rejected Christ and the Holy Spirit. They "were once enlightened, and tasted the heavenly Gift," (Christ). They "were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, & tasted the good Word of God."



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