Salvation was not a reward for good behavior. The best picture of this is in the Old Testament—where all the best pictures are. When you brought a lamb to sacrifice for your sins, the priest would put it on the altar. Then, you would reach your hand out and put it on the head of the lamb, and you would begin to confess your sinfulness.
As you confessed, the priest would take a knife and cut the throat of the lamb, and the blood would drain out. Your hand symbolized your sinfulness being transferred onto the innocent lamb. You died for me.
And there is nothing I can do to save myself. I am transferring my guilt onto your head.
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You are my blessed assurance. God has already past tense completed the purchase of our salvation. When we claim that as our own in faith, it becomes ours. As I got in my car to come to church, a grand piano fell on my head—just like the cartoons! I got up, all accordion-like, and it took me a few minutes to collect myself.
But man, did it hurt! Have you experienced the grace of God? Then how can you say you understand and believe the gospel and not love him? How can you say you love God while enjoying those things that put him on the cross? God has started composing our lives into a beautiful song that glorifies him.
And what he has started, he will finish. At creation, God spoke something into nothing. He started with nothing and created everything. He spoke a light that did not exist into absolute darkness. When God saved you, he took a righteousness that did not exist in you and spoke it into being. The same powers that spoke the universe into existence began to create righteousness in us. The darkness in our souls is no more able to resist the transforming power of God than the night is able to resist the sunrise. Which means that all we have to do is yield ourselves to Jesus to let him do his work through us.
Christianity is not about us doing anything for God but letting Christ do everything through us. For more, be sure to listen to the entire message here. Thank you for a wonderful article, Pastor Greear! It was truly a blessing to read. I find that many Christians do not fully understand the elements of salvation and you are correct in that this understanding is not only crucial for the saved, but crucial for the saved to teach to others.
As a Sunday school teacher for adults, it can be very discouraging to see that many cannot explain the gospel. Even those who have been in church for decades. However, in my position, I also see this as an opportunity to fill in knowledge gaps and even share articles such as yours with my class. We learn to read and reread scripture. We become a stronger Christian. Jesus talks about salvation. Jesus says,. My disciple. For which of you intending to build a tower,.
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I belong to Christ. But those who do what Christ tells them to will learn to. That is the way to know. Anyone who says he is a Christian should live. Isaiah NKJV instructs us,. Call upon Him while He is Near. Let the wicked forsake his way,. Let him return to the Lord. And He will have mercy on him and. Being born again and making Jesus your Savior happens in one day. Making Jesus your Lord is something we need to do intentionally and continually.
Jesus explains it this way in Matthew and also in Mark and a third time in Luke Matthew says,. Mark says And he summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Luke says And he was saying to them all, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
All three verses say the same thing:. What does picking up your cross and following Jesus -. The Cross represents. It is the willingness to follow Jesus in your decisions and in your actions. It is a commitment to stay close to Jesus. True Christians are seeking to obey God.
They do not live in sin. If you rebelliously refuse to repent and obey the Bible,. They sin because they have never really known him. Oh, dear children,. But if you keep on sinning,. But the Son of God. Are you following Jesus? Are you hearing God convicting you of sin? Do you excuse sin or make a practice of sinning? Are you seeking to please God. If you are not sure that you are saved,. I hear you convicting me of sin. I know you want me to give my life to you. Today I am confessing that I have sinned and I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins.
I accept Jesus….. I give you my life to you. I WILL follow you. You might also like to visit our Salvation Prayer page. I rejoice with all of you who said that prayer! I'd love you to send me a note from my contact page and tell me that you prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. If you have family who are not saved, make sure that they truly know the truth of what the Bible says about salvation. Encourage those you love…. As the Bible says, "Even the demons believe that.
Beware of the NEW Jesus. Note that many preachers and teachers are beginning to fall away from the true salvation message. Many call it the new grace message. Those who teach this message essentially say that it really doesn't matter if we continue to sin.
They imply that today God really isn't all that upset about people sinning. They focus on teaching about the love of God and try to avoid all the multitude of verses that talk about God expecting us to try to obey him. The above words are a total twisting of the message of Jesus. Many even say that all the words of Jesus are not for us today because Jesus was just preaching to unsaved Jews and we are saved Gentiles and Jews.
They use grace as an excuse to sin and tell people they don't have to stop living a sinful lifestyle. BUT their words are not true We must all be careful not to allow the wonderful grace of God to draw us to the conclusion that we can ignore all the commands of God that teach us to grow spiritually and that tell us to seek to turn away from sin. I've had friends who have listened to the false grace message and as a result they have totally turned from the true Gospel. From my observation, once the false grace message gets hold of a person, it is hard for anyone to help that person see the truth again.
If you confront people who teach the false grace message,. This "falling away" was predicted in the Bible in many places:. Jude AMP:. Beloved, my whole concern was to write to you in regard to our common salvation. For certain men have crept in stealthily gaining entrance secretly by a side door. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly impious, profane persons who pervert the grace the spiritual blessing and favor of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One.
Seek the Lord. After you die,. What happens to those who never hear? In the United States and in many countries around the world, there are ample opportunities to read a Bible and learn about the truth of Jesus Christ. In Romans chapter one it tells us that the eternal future of those people is based on the knowledge they had.
That does not apply. Seek the Lord while he may be found. Jump to the top of Explaining Salvation. Info on New Pages. Daily Inspiration.
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