These pages are dedicated to learning the basics about Christianity and the End Times.
Be it known that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Almighty God, has died for all men and women who have lived since Adam and Eve were created. For we have all sinned. Jesus Christ died and paid the penalty that we, by rights, should pay. Jesus was the only one who could pay for them because He didn't sin - even once.
D 1 What is "sin"? [ wu ]
Sin is the willful act going against the will of God. This can be from doing something that is against His will (called a sin of commission) or by not doing something that is His will (called a sin of omission).
D 2 Am I a "sinner"?
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a
sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood." (Romans 3:23-25a NIV)
D 3 What is meant by "Repent"? [ wu ]
Repent means to change ones direction. For the Christian, it means to turn away from sin and toward God. It means to actually change; not just the intent to change.
4 What does it mean to forgive? [ wu ]
Forgiveness is the act of the one wronged, offended or sinned against.
It means to grant pardon or remission of an offense – in spite of their slights, shortcomings, and errors. It means to cease blaming or feeling resentment against the one who caused the offense.
What is meant by the term "reconciliation"?
The process by which God and man are brought together again.
The initiative in reconciliation was taken by God. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
5 What is meant by the term "Remission"?
It means to be released or set free from sin. (Acts 2:38; Heb. 9:22)
The active nature of the word for remission in the Greek language indicates that forgiveness is more than a passive act on God's part. Through the death of His Son, God has taken the initiative to break the grip of sin and set man free for a new way of life in God's Spirit.
D 6 What does it mean to be "saved"? [ wu ]
If we die with our sins still to be paid for, (not forgiven for our sins) then we will be forever cut off from God. There is no way out. We would suffer the wrath of God forever.
If one is "saved" then his sins are forgiven. He is saved from having to be cut off from God. He is saved from having to suffer the wrath of God – because he would go to heaven and be with God forever.
D 7 What is meant by Salvation? [ wu ]
Salvation means to be rescued from sin and its punishment and set free to know, love and serve God. A person that is saved, has salvation.
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin . . .If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:34,36)
D 8 What is a Savior?
A savior is one who "saves" others – usually from something unpleasant. In the case of a Christian, the Savior is the one who saved us from having to be eternally cut off from God and suffering the wrath of God. That one is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
D 9 What is a Messiah?
The word Messiah comes from a Hebrew term that means "anointed one" – the one anointed by God and empowered by God's spirit to deliver His people and establish His kingdom.
In Jewish thought, the Messiah would be the king of the Jews, a political leader who would defeat their enemies and bring in a golden era of peace and prosperity.
In Christian thought, the term Messiah refers to Jesus Christ's role as a spiritual deliverer, setting His people free from sin and death.
D 10 Who is Christ?
The Greek counterpart to Messiah is "Christos", from which the word Christ comes. Messiah was one of the titles used by early Christians to describe who Jesus was.
Christ was a name for Jesus which showed that He was the long-awaited king and deliverer. This is why He is known as Jesus the Christ – or – Jesus Christ.
(John 20:31, Acts 5:42, Acts 9:2, I John 2:2, I John 5:1)
D 11 What is a "Christian"?
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ – one who follows His teachings. That is, they believe that He is the Son of God, that He was also a man, that He died on the cross and suffered and paid for each of the sins of the world.
12 What is "Baptism"? [ wu ]
Baptism means different things to different people.
D 13 What is meant by "Belonging to Christ"?
D 14 What is meant by "religion"?
It is a belief in and reverence for God or some supernatural power that is recognized as the creator and ruler of the universe. It has an organized system of doctrine with an approved pattern of behavior and a proper form of worship. The classic New Testament passage on religion is James 2:17 which says that faith divorced from deeds is as lifeless as a corpse.
D 15 What is the expected result of our sins?
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ or Lord." (Romans 86:23)
The death that Paul is speaking about here is eternal separation from God – and there's only one place that will qualify – Hell.
D 16 Who is God?
God is the creator and sustainer of the universe who has provided humankind with a revelation of Himself through the natural world and through His Son, Jesus Christ.
D 17 Who is God the Father?
He is a part of the Godhead we term "the trinity" (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost)). Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30)
D 18 Who is The Holy Spirit? (God the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit)?
The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead we term "the trinity". The Holy Spirit is the one who Jesus said He would send after He went up to heaven. (Acts 1:4-5)(John 15:26+)
The Holy Spirit is the one who does for us the same thing that Jesus did for His disciples. In other words, The Holy Spirit is a teacher and guide.
We receive the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus Christ as our savior. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit may come later.
Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead we term "the trinity". Jesus Christ is the part of God that came down to walk with His creations – us. So we can actually say that the creator of the universe came down to walk, talk and teach His creations.
The trinity is the Godhead that is the creator. The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But there is only one God. It's much the same way as a 3 leaf clover. The 3 leaves of the clover are seperate but they are no less than the other. The 3 leaves are what make it a one clover. Or moister. It comes in the form of water, ice and steam. The 3 forms are different because they are different phisically, but they are all the same in that they are all moisture.
Because of God's love for us, Jesus was the part of the Godhead that came to Earth in the form of a person. He went through the whole process of being born, learning how to live and growing up to serve His father in Heaven. Through His ministry, He taught His disciples how to live and how to understand what God meant in the old testament. At the end of His ministry, He was killed, was in the grave, but on the 3rd day He rose again – He defeated death, and then He ascended into Heaven.
The death was done to pay the penalty for our sins. We are guilty of sin and, by rights, should pay for them by eternal separation from God. His resurrection was because death had no hold over Him. He was pure – free from sin. That's why He could pay for our sins. It is because of this that it is believed that Jesus went to the place of those already dead during the 3 days in the grave. But, thank the Lord, death could not hold Him.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is when He came back to life again. When His disciples came to find Him on the third day, the cloths that He was wrapped in were left just as if He had disappeared in an instant. In other words, the cloths had just dropped from around His body onto the stone where they had laid Him.
22 What is faith?
D 23 What does it mean to be "born again"?
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again , not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
D 24 What is a "Born Again Believer"?
D 25 & 26 What must I do to be saved (from eternal damnation)? [ wu ]
Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in . . ." (Revelation 3:20)
27 What is the rapture?
28 What is meant by "speaking in tongues"?
29 What is the "Fruit of the Spirit"?
30 What are the Spiritual Gifts? (I Corinthians 12:11)
What are the "gifts of the Spirit" ?
Spiritual Gifts (I Corinthians 12:1-11)
31 What is a disciple?
A disciple is a student, learner, or pupil. In the Bible, it is most often used to refer to the follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus had many disciples. These were His followers.
32 What is an apostle?
33 What is an "Elder"? [ wu ]
34 Who is the "Son of God"?
35 Who are the "Sons of God"?
36 What is the Apocrypha?
37 What does it mean when the Bible calls us "heirs" of God?
38 What is "the promise" referred to?
38 What is a church?
39 What is "The Great Commission"?
Found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark (Luke, John and Acts also have a reference to it), this is the commissioning of the disciples (the eleven). It says "15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (Mark 16:15-18) [Matthew 28:16-20]