Monthly Archives: January 2015

Salvation

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. See the Book of Genesis. God created man on the 6th day and put them into the garden. God created a covenant between Himself and Adam who was given dominion over all things. The only real condition was that he could not eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. When Adam took the fruit from Eve and ate it, he broke that covenant. His singular act caused sin to be brought into the creation that was given man. Just a few of the results of that action was the perfection He created was now flawed. Not only that but Adam who became sin now passes on his sin nature to all mankind.

We now have to look at what all this means:

Throughout life we are all searching for that inner peace, or whatever you want to call it. What am I here for?… Sooner or later a person must decide where they stand with God. Everyone, will either accept or deny Him, we must decide which path we will take, and your decision effects your eternity. This is a very serious subject so I’m going to tell the truth about the way things are, with no sugar coating.

According to His word, The one thing we can be sure of is, we will all be judged. Agree or disagree, it doesn’t make any difference! God has declared that all people will stand before Him.

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

“For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” Romans 3:23

The afterlife has no “do-overs.” You have to get it correct now!

Lets look at what His word says.

Nobody is above God’s Law.

“As it is written:
There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God;
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Romans 3:10-12

Before you say that your a good person, look at the 10 commandments. If you’ve broken even one, according to God’s word; you’ve broken them all. Thats why nobody is worthy according to His perfect standards. James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

“Every man, woman, and child wants to do what’s right on
his or her terms. These are the steps to imprisoning the heart.
First the desire, then the deception, and finally the decision.”
Dr. Ravi Zacharias

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:17-20

The truth is that only through God, can we ever defeat sin.

“For the wages of Sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“BUT”

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in you
heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness. and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10: 9-10

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:13

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For
whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image
of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also justified;
and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“The New Covenant is a gift of love. It’s all about the Cross. Jesus had to die to fulfill the covenant. Read Hebrews chapters 9-10. He is reaching down to us with this free gift of eternal life. All we must do is recognize that we fall short of God’s glory and acknowledge that we need the Lord Jesus Christ to be our Saviour. We then walk in a personal relationship with God. I live to give God the glory. I am not seeking any glory for myself.” Bev an ex Mormon

Some people will tell you that it’s grace and works that are what save you. When we come under the blood of Christ. We aren’t earning our salvation by our works, but we are evidencing it.

Many times either in person or on TV I’ve heard someone say that
if my good deeds out weigh my bad deeds, then I’m sure I’m going to
heaven. A just God wouldn’t send anyone to Hell.

It’s because He is a just God, that judgment is preordained. Because of God’s perfect nature He can’t have sin in His presence. Thats why all people will be judged. Unless you acknowledge that you have sinned and accept the gift that Jesus provided for you, when He took your sins upon Himself on the cross.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

“If we truly, sincerely repent and stop waging war with God
by our defiance to His standards of right and wrong and humbly
come before Him seeking mercy, He will cleanse our soul by the
blood of Christ and give us a clean slate.” Author unknown to me

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3

There are many who speak only of the forgiveness of sin, but who say little or nothing about repentance. If there is nevertheless no forgiveness of sins without repentance, so also forgiveness of sins cannot be understood without repentance. Therefore, if forgiveness of sins is preached without repentance, it follows that the people imagine they have already received the forgiveness of sins, and thereby they become cocksure and fearless, which is then greater error and sin than all the error that preceded our time.î
Melanchthon

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.” Acts 17:30-31

As a wise man once said: “Our sin is great by God’s standard, But His Love is greater.”

“Take heart, Jesus did not remain in the grave, He had the power to overcome the grave and offers us a free gift of salvation so that we can choose to be with Him. Because Jesus covered the debt you an I owe in our sinning against God [Ephesians 2:8, 1 Peter 1:3-5]; all you and I need to do is honestly confess our sins and truly accept Jesus as our savior.

If you have not accepted God’s love for you, I suggest that your seriously consider doing so as His infinite wisdom and love is comforting and is always there for you. All you need to do is to honestly confess your sins and receive His Son Jesus into your life as your savior from your sins.” Victor E. Pearson

You may have heard the expression “are you saved?”
Or something of this nature. The term saved means to be free from judgment. For those who are under the blood of Christ will not go to the Great White Throne judgment. Belonging to a church, or having parents, or a spouse that are saved, calling yourself a Christian, or being baptized as a baby is not being saved. If you believe any of this protects you, It’s just not true.
Being saved only happens when you come to the Cross, and your under the Blood of Christ.

9. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:9-10

“My friend you can get saved anywhere, at any place, if the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart and mind to make that choice of eternity and if you are really ready to surrender to God with all your heart, your will, your heart and your life just the way you are completely to him. Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His own precious blood for the forgiveness of all your sins. All you have to do is open your heart and give yourself fully to him. Jesus alone is the Savior of all souls born into this world. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.” John D. Butler

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9-10

If after reading this information, you’d like to receive Jesus as
your Lord and Saviour all you need to do is ask him!

You can either pray the following words or use your own.
Just be sincere!

Father I know that I’m a sinner and that on my own I can do nothing.
I believe that your Son Jesus was born of a virgin, was crucified
for my sins, raised from the dead, and now sits at your right hand. Father please forgive me for the sins I’ve committed against you and receive me into the body of Christ. Jesus thank you for dieing for my sins, in my place. That because of the blood You shed, You have made a way for me. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

The next step is to find a Church that uses the Bible as their only
authority. This will help you in your walk with Jesus. You must be baptized, [Matthew 28:19] and the church will help you with that.
If you don’t have a bible get one, start with the book of Matthew
and read at least one chapter a day. After reading the new testament, then go to the old testament.

Remember that Christianity is a journey, and in that walk with Christ we must be obedient to His word. Saying a prayer is only the first step. Salvation is something only the individual can work out with God, it’s between the both of you. Not between the person and others and God. Being a Christian means being a disciple of Jesus, you must to be willing to follow in His ways. It’s not repentance if you say a prayer and then continue to serve the world. You do not have Salvation without repentance.
“unless you repent you will all likewise perish”. Luke 13:3b

1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, ìI know Him,î and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:1-6

“Just as God gave man the sign of the rainbow showing that we wouldn’t go through a flood again. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit as a sign showing us we wouldn’t go through judgment when we accept Christ as our Saviour.”
Patrick Hammett

Does Doctrine Matter?

Albert Mohler

Doctrine is, quite literally, the teaching of the church – what the church understands to be the substance of its faith. It is no substitute for personal experience. Evangelical Christians have given clear witness to the necessity of personal faith in Jesus Christ, but that personal faith is based in some specific understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what He accomplished on the cross. After all, we do not call persons to profess faith in faith, but faith in Christ.

There is no Christianity “in general.” Faith in some experience devoid of theological or biblical content – no matter how powerful – is not New Testament Christianity. Those called to Christianity in general may believe nothing in particular. But faith resides in particulars.

Some churches seem to think that doctrine is a concern for those of a certain intellectual bent, but unnecessary for most Christians. Interest in doctrine amounts to something like an intellectual hobby. Others steer clear of doctrine for fear of argument or division in the church. Both factors indicate a lack of respect for the Christian believer and an abdication of the teaching function of the church.

Those who sow disdain and disinterest in biblical doctrine will reap a harvest of rootless and fruitless Christians. Doctrine is not a challenge to experiential religion; it testifies to the content of that experience. The church is charged to call persons to Christ and to root them in a mature knowledge of Christian faith.

Taken from “Why Doctrine Matters” (used by permission).