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Judgment by the standard
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Paul writing to Timothy tells that God would have all men to be saved (I Tim.2:4). Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

 If mankind is going to be judged by the word, then everyone should follow the same word. There will not be a book for each “group”. In all the teaching found in the New Testament one does not find people being taught different ideas. They were simply told to follow and obey the Law of Christ. This is the same thing man is shown in the Bible to do today.

Everyone sees the need for standards in life, the mechanic knows there are standard size parts, the seamstress knows the number of inches in a yard and understands the need for a standard of measure. It should be seen that there must be a standard in religion. Some say that with the population of the world being so great, surely not everyone can follow the same way. Remember, God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:10,11; Acts 10:34,35). Every person who is saved will be saved by following the standard God has given to man – His word.

Men have tried to invent their own plan for salvation. This is not right for several reasons. God has already provided the plan to follow and has given examples of those who followed it. In the book of Acts one sees that people heard the word; they believed, were willing to repent of their sins, confessed that Jesus is the Son of God and were baptized for the remission of their sins.

Second, God has told man that His will must be obeyed. “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). It is important for all to know that God’s will is the most important thing.

given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16,17). Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (II Peter 1:20,21). God gave His word to man and all need to obey that word.

God’s desire is that man be saved. God spoke directly to man as in the days of Adam, Abraham, Noah, and others. God then gave the Law of Moses the first written word to man, and then the Law of Christ.

In each time period God provided the knowledge man needed and still needs to be saved. It is up to man to follow God’s word, but remember the Bible is the standard to follow.

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