Salvation


November 23, 2015: 9:48 pm: Salvation

1 Peter 3:13-22
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid and don’t worry. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! 18 Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. 19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is an appeal to God from a clean conscience. 22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As Christians, we should always be prepared to give an answer for our hope. Witnessing should always be done with gentleness and respect. Respect the other persons beliefs but always be prepared to explain why you believe the way you do. Never fear doing so, because this is your testimony. Explain the way you were and the way you are now because of Christ in you. Never argue and never force your beliefs onto someone else. But always be prepared to show kindness and respect for all people. Today it is more crucial than ever to know the Word to defend your relationship with Christ. People today focus on “religion” but not on Christ. Many are “spiritual” but do not have a relationship with Him. There are two kinds of people in the world; those who are going to heaven and those who are not. Knowing the way to be saved, does not save you, you must make it your own by believing and accepting the work of Christ. Do not let your knowledge of His love for this world go unstated. Be prepared through knowing the Word and prayer to explain why you are going to heaven.

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July 17, 2014: 8:38 pm: Salvation

32 A psalm of David.

1 Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me!
All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996

Forgiveness has always been a part of God’s loving nature. He wants to forgive sin. God knows the best path for all of His creatures and He is waiting to direct and guide anyone who is willing to let Him. When the knowledge of His grace becomes real in our lives, we experience great joy. It is by faith we believe that God could have possibly loved us so much that He sent us a way of escape from sin. God has made a Way. In the Book of John, Jesus said to us, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God is patiently waiting for you to understand and believe in Him. He knows there is great joy for those that do. Anyone who believes in Him will receive absolution from sin. Then evidence of our faith will show in our life lived for Christ. But God is not going to wait forever. There will come a day when time will end. David had the knowledge of God’s judgment on the world at the great flood. He knew that God would not tolerate sin forever. But today, there is still time to repent. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, why not be ready to face eternity with God’s grace instead of His judgment!

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March 12, 2014: 7:18 pm: Salvation

Galatians 2:16-21 

16 And yet we Jewish Christians know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ-and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.” 17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

By nature we presume to seek salvation by our works. It seems contrary to our flesh to believe we cannot. We want the control. If we could save ourselves by our own work and effort, we could take the credit because it is under our control and our power. We would be putting ourselves on the throne and this is the nature of mankind, to be in control. But the Word of God states it is offensive to Him for us to believe we can. Faith accepts God’s Word in a trusting, childlike manner. Salvation is a free gift, we can do nothing to earn it, it is a completely free gift from God and all we have to do is accept it. Further more, we need to understand that it is just as impossible to maintain our relationship with God through works. We maintain it by listening to and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit. This may involve works, but it is not because of works. It is living in complete submission to His will. And we know His will by His Word. Put yourself aside and think as if you have put on the life of Jesus Christ like you are putting on clothing. Let Christ live freely through you by the power of His Spirit.

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January 24, 2014: 6:50 pm: Salvation

Isaiah 43:10-13, 57:15 

1.0 “But you are my witnesses, 0 Israel!” says the Lord. “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. 11 I am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. 12 First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it-I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God, “says the Lord. 13 “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.” 15 The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many people today are looking for immortality. They want to stay alive as long they can and be remembered long after they die. It’s too bad they do not realize that we are already immortal. Our spirit and soul will live on after this body we live in dies and leaves this world. What most people do not realize is that where the spirit goes is decided by us in this world. Immortality begins when we are born and goes on forever. The decision we make in this life about Who Jesus Christ is will determine our forever. Was He fully God and fully human or just some lunatic? After we die, there will be no more deciding, forever begins. We have this guarantee from an eternal God. As we are immortal, God is eternal. He had no beginning and has no end. He is and always will be. From eternity to eternity God is God and there is no other. Our minds cannot comprehend this truth. What we need to know is that this great God loves us puny humans so much, He sent a plan of escape from this world of sin by sending His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Now your forever is your decision. Will you decide to accept His gift of love by believing that He died for your sin and give your life to Him? Will you spend forever with Him or without Him?

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January 17, 2014: 11:41 pm: Salvation

1 Peter 3:13-22

13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid and don’t worry. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! 18 Christ also suffered when he died for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners that he might bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. 19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And this is a picture of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is an appeal to God from a clean conscience. 22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a Christians, we should always be prepared to give an answer for our hope. Witnessing should always be done with gentleness and respect. Respect the other persons beliefs but always be prepared to explain why you believe the way you do. Never fear doing so, because this is your testimony. Explain the way you were and the way you are now because of Christ in you. Never argue and never force your beliefs onto someone else. But always be prepared to show kindness and respect for all people. Today it is more crucial than ever to know the Word to defend your relationship with Christ. The focus is on “religion” but not on Christ. Many are “spiritual” but do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are two kinds of people in the world; those who are going to heaven and those who are not. Knowing the way to be saved, does not save you, you must make it your own by believing and accepting the work of the cross of Christ. Do not let you knowledge of His love for this world go unstated. Be prepared through knowing the Word and prayer to explain why you are going to heaven.

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January 15, 2014: 7:56 pm: Salvation

Psalm 14:1-3

1 Only fools say in their hearts, There is no God. They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; no one does good!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God.
3 But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

As a consequence of sin, death and a corrupt nature entered the human race. We were created by God for God and meant to live in fellowship with Him forever. But as result of sin, we have all turned from the only source of Life and have chosen to live without God. Romans 3:23 tells us that, “For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Though each one of us in our own way has betrayed God, He did not abandon us. There is hope for us. As God promised, He sent the One who would rescue us. His name is Jesus. The only Son of God became one of us and took the penalty for our sin when He died on the Cross. Because God is holy and just, He cannot look on sin. But because Jesus Christ became a man while never giving up His deity, He never sinned. There was no corruption in Him, therefore He could be the perfect atonement for our sin. He stepped in and took the penalty for our sin. Every sin you ever committed or ever will commit can be covered by the Blood of Christ. So when you go before the Father, He sees you through the Blood and you are without sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16,17)

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January 8, 2014: 6:03 pm: Salvation

Psalms 1

1  Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.
2  But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law.
3  They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
4  But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5  They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly
6. For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christianity is not a set of rules you follow to make you closer to God, it is based on a relationship with a Living God. Relationship always comes first and is most important. Once a relationship is developed with Christ, service will follow. Once we are in service to our God, then we also walk in obedience. None of this would happen without the love God has for us. He draws us to Him because He loves us. The very essence of Christianity is relationship with Him because of His love. Without relationship, you cannot know or understand the message of Christ to this world. Jesus Christ did not come to make us obey the law, He came to fulfill the law and thereby make us right with God. It takes faith to believe that His love is unconditional and that salvation is free and does not require anything of us except to believe. But without faith, there is no relationship, there is no salvation. Once we are made right with God, service for Him is a result of that relationship. We want to obey Him because of His love for us. And once we have a relationship with God, He gives us the power and desire to live in obedience to Him. This is the key to true fulfillment and true joy and peace.

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December 6, 2013: 9:09 pm: Salvation

Acts 17:27-31

27 “His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him-though he is not far from anyone of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. 30 God overlooked people’s former ignorance about these things, but now he commands everyone everywhere to turn away from idols and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Only because of God do we exist. In God we have our being. Without Him we have nothing. Even the air we breathe is from Him. Without God’s providence no one would have life. Too many do not realize this and as God has told us, “He has set a day for judging the world.” That day will come and all those who did not receive the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus will stand before Him and will be judged for their sins against Him. Those of us who do recognize and have received salvation will not stand before Him for judgment of sin. Although, we will have to go before Him and give an explanation of how we used the gifts He gave us, it is not a judgment of our sin. Christ took that judgment for us and only because of Him will we be saved from it. This is why Christians can have peace in this world of problems because we know Who holds the future and Who give us existence. It is Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior and He is the Lover of our soul.

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December 3, 2013: 8:44 pm: Grace, Salvation

1 John 2:1-6

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. 2 He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 3 And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By obeying his commandments. 4 If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

To love God means more than just being enthusiastic about Him. Our lives must show that He is our God. Loving God means doing the work He gives us and applying His instructions to every aspect of our lives. Once we have received His instructions, we must be diligent in carrying them out. Those who love God are led by God. Because we have Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins, we can move into the work of God. All of us have sins from our past that will make us feel unworthy for doing the work of God. But don’t let those sins, that are forgiven and forgotten, prevent you from moving forward into the work that God has called you. It would be like telling God that He doesn’t know what He is doing by putting you into this work. Everything that God does is perfect. You need to show that you love God by hearing His voice and then doing the work He has instructed you to do. Rahab did not allow her past to keep her from the new role that God had given to her. Joshua 2 tells us that she was a prostitute, but that she had a heart open to God. The only thing she knew about God was all the things He had done for the nation of Israel. She did not let her very sinful past prevent her from doing the work God had called her. Your sins have been taken away; do not let them keep you from obeying God’s commandments. Those who obey God’s Word really do love Him.

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November 21, 2013: 8:16 pm: Salvation

1 Timothy 1:12-17

12 How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus. 15 This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I was the worst of them all. 16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This is a very important verse of Scripture because it affirms that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He didn’t come to be the greatest teacher the world has ever known, although He was. He didn’t come to set the best moral example, but He did. He came into the world to save sinners. When you give your testimony make sure that you don’t tell people how wonderful you are or all you have accomplished. Tell them you were a sinner and that Christ saved you. That is what is important. When Paul says he was the chief of sinners, he is speaking the truth. He was the chief of sinners; he blasphemed the Lord Jesus. But, Paul says, I’ve been saved. The Lord Jesus came to save sinners, and if you say, I don’t think Christ can save me I’m the worst, you are wrong. Paul is the chief of sinners, and the chief of sinners has already been saved. So you will be able to be saved if you want to be. The decision rests with you. All you need do is turn to Christ, and He’ll do the rest.
J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System,(Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1981 by J. Vernon
McGee.

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