The Whole Counsel of God

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Dear online reader of this blog,

The Lord has put it on my heart to contact you, to give you (as far as I am able to) the whole counsel of God:

“27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27, King James Bible)

Unfortunately, many churches and believers today do not have (nor share) this counsel. As such, they are on the broad path that leads to destruction rather than the strait gate that leads to heaven:

“13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

(Matthew 7:13-14)

You might believe that there are many ways to come to God, but in reality there is only one. And there is no law of attraction or karma, as many people think, but rather good gifts sent from the Father, in hopes that we might turn to Him (through repentance from sin and faith in His Son Jesus) and be lovingly reconciled. As it is written:

“22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:22-31)

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

We are all sinners, meaning everyone on earth, including me, has broken God’s 10 commandments (and perfect law) in Exodus 20:1-18:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23, King James Bible).                                           

I’m saved from hell because I have faith in the Lord Jesus and He is helping me walk with Him day by day. I was wondering if you could have a look at a file I have written (which I can send you once we are connected) and send me your thoughts? I’m asking because I am not sure if you have come into a saving relationship with His beloved Son Jesus. I care about your heart and soul and want to see you in heaven one day. But you need to believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins and has washed them away in His blood

“and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” (Revelation 1:5)

The Lord Jesus used the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 to show us that God’s standard of thoughts and behaviour is perfect and unattainable by us alone. When we are judged by Him, He will compare us not to each other, as we might hope, but to His perfect standard:

“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:17-23)

“18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” (Luke 18:18-24)

These are the ten commandments from Exodus 20:1-18:

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me (first commandment).

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (second commandment)

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (third commandment)

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (fourth commandment)

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (fifth commandment)

13 Thou shalt not kill. (sixth commandment)…the Lord .Jesus says even hating someone in your heart makes you a murderer:

              21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

              22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother,           Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:21-22)

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. (7th commandment)…the Lord Jesus says even looking on a woman to lust after her is adultery in the heart:

              27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

              28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.(Matthew 5:27-28)

15 Thou shalt not steal. (eighth commandment). The value of the item stolen is immaterial. This commandment,  like all the others, is absolute.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (nineth commandment). There is no such thing as a little white lie. All types of falsehood break this commandment.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. (tenth commandment)…the Lord Jesus commands us to love our neighbours as ourselves:

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.(Matthew 22:36-39)

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first                       commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.(Mark 12:31)

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy               neighbour as thyself.(Luke 10:27)

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be              any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.(Romans 13:9)

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Galatians 5:14)

The Lord Jesus did not come to do away with the law and the prophets but to honour and fulfil them:

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17)

“The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” (Isaiah 42:21)

The Lord Jesus even calls us to love our enemies, do good to them and pray for them:

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48)

My questions:

* So would you be innocent or guilty of breaking one or more of God’s commandments?

* Would He therefore send you to Heaven or hell?

The Bible (God’s Living Word) teaches that we have all broken God’s laws therefore all deserve His wrath, and His judgement, and Hell. I know I broke them all.

Because God is 100% holy and righteous and would not be “good” if He ignored our sins, we have justly earned eternal punishment in hell, then the lake of fire:

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

That’s the bad news. But the good news is that there is a way to be reconciled to the Father eternally, through His Son Jesus Christ. Christ loves you and took your punishment for sin, and the punishment for the sins of the whole world, when He died a shameful and agonising death on the cross. His death paid 100% for everyone’s sins – past, present and future. And it perfectly satisfied God’s hatred of sin and His just punishment of the same. All you have to do to be covered by the blood of the Lamb (John 1:29, 36) and declared righteous (as the ancient Israelites escaped death and God’s judgement of the sinful Egyptians by putting the blood of sacrificed lambs on their doorposts during the Passover) is repent (turn from your sins and lack of faith in Him) and believe in Him with all your heart as your Lord and Saviour:

“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:37)

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

“that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

How important is the Word of God in the Bible? It is essential for our salvation – and for our ongoing sanctification once we are saved. We need to feed on it daily and eagerly, and obey what it says, like little children (allowing His Living Words to build us up in Him spiritually so He overcomes the fleshy, selfish, carnal parts of ourselves). As it is written:

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2)

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9)

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4

“If ye abide in me, and MY WORDS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)

I have previously sent out King James Bibles to people as this is the most faithful and accurate translation we have today. I believe people can get saved using more modern bible versions but these bibles’ doctrine is moving ever towards salvation by a combination of faith and works which is false, denies Christ’s finished work on the Cross, and results only in damnation in hell if followed whole-heartedly. The Bible, as per the 5 solas of the Protestant Reformation, is to be our sole standard for all matters of faith and practice. Just for completeness, I wanted to include what the 5 solas are. Each was intended to represent an important distinction compared with teachings claimed in Catholic doctrine:

  1. Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
  2. Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
  3. Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
  4. Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)
  5. Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)

The final thing I wanted you to know is that once you are saved (and I hope you will choose to be), there will most certainly be troubled times and tribulation following, that we might be refashioned into the image of the Father’s obedient and humble Son. The world, your flesh and the devil will tempt you and try to overcome your faith in Christ. But if we keep following Him like meek, trusting sheep day by day, trusting in Him as little children would, He will lead us as a Shepherd leads his sheep (and, at times, He will carry us) into Heaven. Unbelievers also suffer tribulation but God watches over them with wrath (if they do not repent and turn to Him) not mercy. As it is written:

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31).

“for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29)

Salvation is God’s Work alone and He gets all the glory. We are to be ambassadors and soldiers for Christ. There is a war on today for souls and we can choose to work for Christ in His vineyard (see Matthew 20:1-16) and be part of it. As per these passages:

“3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3)

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:” (Job 13:15)

“11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:11)

“22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through MUCH TRIBULATION enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)

“23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

“33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

“11 And they overcame him (the Devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

Once we are saved we are, as per Christ’s last commandment in the book of Matthew, called to make other disciples of the Lord Jesus:

“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

By the way, you can access the King James Bible for free online at https://www.biblegateway.com/

I highly recommend this translation as it is the most faithful to the original texts, as I said earlier in this letter.

May the Lord Jesus bless you and I hope to see you in heaven one day. 😘🙏 If you ever want to contact me you can do so at nchapman01ATyahoo.DOTCOM.au

Your friend in Christ,

Naomi Chapman