Day 23 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13 Additional reading: Galatians...
"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action)." - 2 Timothy 3:16 (AMPC)
"Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him." - John 14:6-7 (AMPC)
"To you it was shown, that you might realize and have personal knowledge that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him." - Deuteronomy 4:35 (AMPC)
"So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One." - 1 John 5:7 (AMPC)
in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." - John 3:16 (AMPC)
"And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight. 10And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them, 11Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven." - Acts 1:9-11 (AMPC)
that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of the lost and sinful.
"Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God." - John 3:3-5 (AMPC)
in the Lordship of Christ, that He is the Lord of all and that He is the Good Shepherd of our souls.
"And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved." - Acts 4:12 (AMPC)
that Baptism in water by immersion is a symbol of a Christian’s identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
"And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38 (AMPC)
that through the Holy Spirit living in us we are able to live a Godly life. This experience is accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit Himself gives utterance.
"And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]." - Acts 2:4 (AMPC)
"And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak. 5For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit." - Acts 1:4-5 (AMPC)
in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
"But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]" - Galatians 5:22-25 (AMPC)
that Divine Healing is available to us NOW and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith.
"He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed." - 1 Peter 2:24 (AMPC)
"Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." - James 5:14-15 (AMPC)
in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost without Christ.
"Having [the same] hope in God which these themselves hold and look for, that there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous (the just and the unjust)." - Acts 24:15 (AMPC)