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I Did Not Realize, I am Gomer

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Ricky Berger speaks on "I Did Not Realize I am Gomer" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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The book of Hosea is an often overlooked Old Testament book categorized with the Minor Prophets. Hosea was instructed to take a wife of harlotry, which he did. Children were born into this marriage and, then there was unfaithfulness. After the unfaithfulness Hosea would then take this wife, Gomer, back to him. People often read the book of Hosea and say, “If I were Hosea, there is no way I would ever take Gomer back.” Here’s the problem: We’re not Hosea, we’re Gomer. Hosea attitude and expression of love and forgiveness towards Gomer is an example of God’s love for us. Gomer’s life of unfaithfulness is characteristic of our unfaithfulness to God (Isaiah 59:1-2). It’s not until we have a better understanding of God’s unconditional love for mankind that we can begin to appreciate it.

God created mankind (Genesis 1), only to see man sin and separate himself from God (Genesis 3). God’s love however, had a plan to man to receive forgiveness of sin and once again come into a relationship with Him. This plan was fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 5:17). All have sinned and, all need the Savior (Romans 3:23; 6:23). We need to return to God in faithful obedience (Luke 15). Accept God’s love in this obedience and share this love with all of the world (1 John 4).

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What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • God’s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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