The Gospel That Saves
Acts 16:30 ” And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
What do you believe will get you into Heaven?
Why do you believe that?
There are many voices in the world, many religions, and many ways. But there is only one book that God ever wrote , The Holy Bible.
Do you believe the Bible?
You may have been told many things, such as :
Turn over a new leaf.
Keep the commandments.
Be good, and don’t hurt anybody.
Give Jesus your heart.
Repent and be baptized.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
If your good deeds are more than your bad deeds, you will make it into Heaven.
No one can know they have eternal life.
And, many others.
Do unto others like you would do unto yourself.
What does the Bible say?
1. Every living person ever born will spend eternity in Heaven, or Hell.
Matthew 25:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
2. You MUST be born Again or you will go to Hell.
In John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Have you been born Again. If you died today, would you know 100 % for sure that you would go to Heaven? Yes! , No , or Not sure?
3. Every person that sins only one time is guilty of breaking the laws of God and deserves Hell. God is absolutely perfect and Holy in ALL His ways, He will always judge and punish sin. To God, who is totally pure and Holy, sin is like a person being close to a dead stinking body, He can not stand it.
SIN IS A BARRIER BETWEEN MAN AND GOD
God can not and never will let one sin go unpunished, or be in His presence.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
You can be a good person if you keep ALL the commandments All your life and never sin. This is impossible. Only Jesus was sinless. You and I inherited a fallen, proud rebellious nature that makes us sin. We got it from our father’s bloodline passed down from Adam and Eve. God did not plan things this way. Adam and Eve bought sin into the world when they disobeyed God and ate the fruit they were forbidden by God to eat. Have you ever broken God’s law, just one time? Then you are a law breaker, just like us all.
Check you life out by comparing how you have lived and broken God’s laws every day.
1.You shall have no other gods before Me.
2.You shall not make idols nor bow down to them.
3.You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5.Honor your father and your mother.
6.You shall not murder.
7.You shall not commit adultery.
8.You shall not steal.
9.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10.You shall not covet.
Have you ever told a lie?
Have you ever stolen any thing?
Have you ever prayed to an idol or the virgin Mary? This is Idolatry.
Jesus said that if you have lusted after a member of the opposite sex, and you are not married to them, this is adultery. Have you ever lusted like that, even once.
Have you ever disobeyed your parents?
Have you loved God with ALL your heart, every moment of your life. You can see, God is so much more Holy that we are, and we can never measure up to His standards.
The law was not given to help you get to Heaven but, to show you are a sinner, a law breaker and that you need a Savior, Jesus.
Romans3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The law shows us we are sinners. It can in no way cleanse us from sin.
Have you broken the ten commandments in your life?
What does the bible say you are ?
It says you and I are transgressors, law breakers, sinners.
Hell! God’s Final Punishment for unforgiven sin.
Hell, the final doom of all who are not born again, who refuse to trust Christ’s sacrifice made for them on the cross.
Hell is a horrible place , with flames where real people are tormented, forever:
Luke 16:19-24 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
Just doing one sin makes you guilty of this terrible doom after you die, just faith in one blood sacrifice made by Jesus forgives you forever!
No one has to go to Hell.
Hell was made for the devil and his angels.
Revelation 21:8 shows is where all sin will be eventually punished. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” The Lake of Fire !!
(Other verses on Hell: Mark 9:43-47)
SEPARATION FROM GOD
The result of sin is clear: Your sins have made a barrier between you and your God.
Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
SIN CREATES A BARRIER THAT SEPARATES MAN FROM GOD
God is both holy (spiritually clean) and infinite. Therefore, He is infinitely holy! Consequently, even the smallest sin is infinitely offensive to Him. Thus, the Bible teaches that even the smallest sin is enough to eternally separate man from God. God cannot allow sin in His presence, ever!
MAN’S EFFORTS ARE USELESS!
Man has always sought a way to cross the barrier that separates him from God. He has tried to break through it by baptism, good works, loving your neighbor, sacraments, joining some particular church or denomination, etc. But the Bible teaches that no work of sinful man can ever tear down the barrier of sin that separates Holy God from sinful man.
The Bible says: But we are like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 ” But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
To attempt to wash away your sins through your own works is as hopeless as trying to wash a dirty face using a dirty greasy rag! There is absolutely nothing that man can do to erase his sins and cross the barrier that separates him from God. (Also see Haggai 2:12-14; Luke 18:10-14; Romans 3:20; 3:27-38; 4:5; Galatians 3:10-11, 21)
THE GOSPEL THAT SAVES
The word “Gospel” means “Good News.”
Since we can never come into God’s presence in our sins, God sent Jesus to die for our sins, and then raised Him from the dead on the third day. Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that he rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Many people truly believe that Jesus died and rose again from the dead, but what does the Bible mean when it says that Jesus died “for our sins?” How did his death tear down the barrier between God and man?
THE GOSPEL IS THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS AND ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.
THUS, JESUS TORE DOWN THE BARRIER OF SIN BY DYING FOR OUR SINS AND RISING AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.
Many people truly believe that Jesus died and rose again from the dead, but what does the Bible mean when it says that Jesus died “for our sins?” How did his death tear down the barrier between God and man?
GOD MUST PUNISH THOSE WHO BEAR THE GUILT OF SIN
The Bible tells us that since God is holy and just, He must punish those who bear the guilt of sin.
” Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ” Romans 1:18
God’s justice requires that those who bear the guilt of sin must suffer God’s just punishment. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:10.) How Christ freed us from God’s wrath through His own death can be explained in three steps.
STEP 1: IMPUTED GUILT:
Christ took our sins upon Himself by legal declaration. The first step in the redemption of mankind was for Jesus Christ to bear the sins of the world in His body on the cross. When Jesus hung on the cross, God took all the sins of the world (past, present and future) and placed (“imputed”) them onto Christ. And the Lord has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity [sin] of us all. Isaiah 53:6
1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,. “
For He [God the Father] made Him Who knew no sin [Jesus] to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
IN THE COURT OF HEAVEN, JESUS WAS DECLARED GUILTY OF THE SINS OF THE WORLD
Jesus bore the sins of the world in his body on the cross.
Since God must punish those declared guilty of sin, whom would God now have to punish?
STEP 2: SUBSTITUTION CHRIST DIED IN OUR PLACE
Since God must punish those who bear the guilt of sin, He poured out His wrath upon Jesus in our place. Jesus became our “substitute.” He was punished for our sins, and died in our place. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him. Isaiah 53:5 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying . . . “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
God punished His own Son, Jesus, in our place.
STEP 3: SATISFACTION (PROPITIATION)
CHRIST’S DEATH PAID IN FULL FOR OUR SINS, THEREBY SATISFYING GOD’S ANGER AND JUSTICE.
Since Jesus died in our place for our sins, God’s justice was satisfied. Jesus paid for all man’s sins, so any man who chooses to accept that payment will never have to experience the eternal wrath of God which must come upon all man’s sins. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When thou [God the Father] shall make His [Jesus’] soul an offering for sin . . . He shall see the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.
Isaiah 53:10-11 When Jesus therefore received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed his head and gave up His Spirit. John 19:30 The phrase “It is finished” was actually an expression used in Rome in the time of Christ when a debt had been paid in full. When Jesus shouted this just before He died, He was indicating that He had made a perfect, complete and final payment for sin. (Also see Colossians 2:13-14).
THUS, JESUS HAS TORN DOWN THE BARRIER BETWEEN GOD AND MAN BY PAYING FOR OUR SINS THROUGH HIS OWN DEATH ON THE CROSS. How can Jesus’ death be so valuable that it can pay not only for all of your sins, but for all the sins of all men of all ages? It is because . .
JESUS IS GOD
Jesus is God! He is eternally equal in every way with the Father! He simply became man so He could die for our sins, but He never stopped being God! And Thomas answered and said to Him: “My Lord and my God.” Jesus said to him: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:28-29 (Also see John 1:1, John 8:58-59 (c.f. Exodus 3:13-14); John 10:30; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Colossians 2:2, 2:9; Hebrews 1:8). Those who deny the divinity of Jesus will receive eternal condemnation.
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
John 8:23-24 (Also see John 11:25-27, 20:31; Acts 9:20; 16:30-31; 1st John 5:13)
WHY DID GOD BECOME A MAN?
We have learned that because God is infinitely Holy, even the smallest sin is infinitely offensive to Him. As a result, an infinite payment must be made for the sins of each and every person. Now there are two ways by which an infinite payment can be offered: a finite person could suffer God’s wrath for an infinite period of time, or an infinite person could suffer God’s wrath for a finite period of time. Both yield an infinite payment for sin.
1. Man, who is finite, would therefore have to suffer God’s wrath for infinity if he were to pay for his own sins. That is why hell is eternal.
2. Jesus Christ, the infinite God in human form, would have to suffer God’s wrath for a finite amount of time. Since He is God, the suffering He endured on the cross was a sacrifice of infinite value. Therefore, His death made available the infinite payment necessary to pay for the sins of all men throughout all ages. An infinite payment must be made for every man’s sins. God allows each person to decide which payment plan he prefers . . . Jesus Christ or eternity in hell.
FAITH: MAN’S RESPONSE TO CHRIST
Jesus did all the work necessary to save man from his sins. However, before we can experience the benefits that God has provided through Christ’s death on the cross, God requires that we believe (trust) in Jesus, and what He has accomplished through His death. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed on Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (In fact, there are over 160 verses in the New Testament which declare that the only condition for receiving eternal life is faith in Jesus Christ. Among them are John 1:7, 1:12, 3:18, 5:24, 6:29, etc.)
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21
GRACE: A FREE GIFT
The word “grace” means something which is given freely . . . without cost or obligation. For example, if your best friend offered you a gift and you tried to pay him for it, could you still call it a gift? Of course not. It becomes a debt which he owes you the moment he accepts your money! Your friend would probably be insulted, withdraw the gift and say: “I’m not giving this to you because I have to. It is a gift. Do you accept my gift or not?”
A GIFT: THE MOMENT YOU OFFER SOMETHING IN EXCHANGE FOR IT, IT IS NO LONGER A GIFT. IT BECOMES A DEBT!
Now to him who works, his wages are not counted as grace, but as a debt. Romans 4:4
Only when you had put your money back in your pocket and stretched forth your empty hand would he renew his offer and extend the gift to you. The same is true with God’s offer of eternal life. People try to purchase eternal life by obeying the Ten Commandments, living a good life, going to church, or some other religious work. But God will not make Himself a debtor to any man! He does not “owe” eternal life to anyone. He will offer it only as a gift!
IT MUST BE FREE
When man attempts to gain eternal life through his own works, he is no longer accepting God’s offer of eternal life as a free gift, that is, by “Grace.” But if it is on the basis of works, then it is no longer grace. Romans 11:6b Yet it is only by His “grace” that God will save us! For by grace are you saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works that anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Therefore, Scripture teaches that God withdraws the offer of eternal life from anyone who tries to earn it through their works, thus degrading God by seeking to make Him a debtor to sinful man. For you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4
GOD OFFERS ETERNAL LIFE AS A FREE GIFT.
WE MUST EITHER ACCEPT IT AS A FREE GIFT, OR NOT AT ALL.
Therefore, to attempt to gain eternal life through the works of the law is to reject the only way in which God offers eternal life, that is, by His grace. And when a man rejects God’s gracious offer of eternal life, he is freely choosing to face eternal condemnation.
REPENTANCE IS PROBABLY THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ALL ARE COMMANDED TO REPENT:
Mark 1:15 “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
WHAT SAVING REPENTANCE IS:
I have heard a simple definition. It means to turn around and be willing to go God’s way, and not your way.
Saving repentance is to stop trusting in gaining eternal life through religion, religious rituals, or obedience to God’s laws. The word “repent” comes from the Greek word which means “to change one’s mind.” Those who believe that eternal life can be earned through good works are commanded in Scripture to change their mind or “repent.” They are told to stop trusting in their works, and come to God on the basis of grace through faith alone.
The Bible says the foundations of Life in Christ is Repentance from dead works:
Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”
You “change your mind” and stop believing your good efforts, your good works can help you.
In Matthew 3:7-9 some religious men believed that they were going to heaven because they were descendents of Abraham, the father of the Jewish people. God Himself had chosen the Jewish people and established their religion. These men believed that because they were the right religion that they would go to heaven. John the Baptist told them that they must repent. That is, they must stop trusting in their religion to get them to heaven. Luke 13:1-5 tells of a tower in Jerusalem that collapsed and killed 18 people. The Jewish mind searched for an answer for this tragedy. They realized that only God can know the secret thoughts and deeds of another man. Perhaps then, they reasoned, those 18 persons on whom the tower of Siloam fell were actually the 18 worst sinners in all Jerusalem. God could have gathered them together at the appointed time and place to execute his righteous judgment. This however would mean that only the very worst sinners are worthy of God’s judgment. The rest of Jerusalem (those who had not been killed by the falling tower) had apparently led good enough lives that they were not under God’s judgment. To believe this sort of reasoning, however, is to believe that salvation is earned by the works of the law. Jesus warned those who believed this way that they were facing eternal condemnation. He commanded them to repent – – to abandon all hope of securing a right standing before God by the works of the law, and trust in God alone for their salvation. In Hebrews 9:9-14 the Bible calls sacraments or religious rituals through which men try to reach God “dead works.” Again, a few chapters earlier, the same author tells us in Hebrews 6:1 that the “foundation” of the Christian faith is “repentance from dead works and faith towards God.” That is to say, one must stop trusting in “dead works” (i.e. religious rituals, sacraments, etc.) before he can exercise a genuine saving faith in God.
The Biblical command is clear. If a man believes that his religion will get him into heaven, he must repent, (Matthew 3:7-9). If he believes that obeying the laws of God are necessary to get him into heaven, he must repent (Luke 13:1-5). And if he believes that he must perform some religious ritual or sacrament to be saved, he must repent, and stop trusting in any of those things to save him (Hebrews 6:1). Every person must accept eternal life as a free gift! Faith in Jesus will not save you if, while believing that Jesus died for your sins, you also believe that you must be baptized, go to church, or obey the Ten Commandments to “help” get you into heaven. You cannot simply add Jesus to a long list of other things that you must do or be to get to heaven. You must utterly reject all of those other things as having no saving value whatsoever and trust in Jesus Christ alone.
Is Salvation Through:
Religion Water baptism ,Attending church ,Living a good life ,Loving Your Neighbor ,Obeying the Ten Commandments Sacraments?
No thanks! I don’t need any of those things to be saved!
IF FAITH IS THE HAND THAT ACCEPTS SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, REPENTANCE IS THE HAND THAT REJECTS SALVATION BY ANY OTHER MEANS.
Saving faith does not simply affirm that Jesus’ death is “necessary,” it must affirm that His death is enough! That it is sufficient all by itself to pay for your sins apart from any human effort or good work, and that it is a free gift available only through faith, and apart from any human effort or good work. (See Galatians 2:21, 3:10-14, 5:1-4; Romans 4:4-5, 4:14). What was your answer to “why God should let you into heaven?” If you said you must be baptized, live a good life, or anything else other than simply trusting in Jesus, you must repent. You must stop trusting in any religious things you have done in the past or might do in the future, and trust on Christ alone.
TO SUMMARIZE THEN:
Since sin separates man from God, and since Jesus paid for our sins at the cross, man can have a relationship with God only through Jesus Christ. Jesus said unto him: “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
Salvation: (being declared “not guilty” of all your sins and being assured of eternal life in heaven)
Salvation is given to anyone who believes that Jesus is God and turns, (repents) from their dead works. Some of them are listed below.
Religion, Water baptism, Attending church ,Living a good life, Loving Your Neighbor, Obeying the Ten Commandments The Sacraments, Praying to Mary or the Saints.
A. That Jesus is God,
B. That He died for our sins,
C. That he rose again from the dead.
ETERNAL LIFE IS GIVEN FREELY TO ANYONE WHO PUTS THEIR FAITH, THEIR TRUST, ALL, IN JESUS CHRIST, ONCE AND FOR ALL.
Have you ever believed that living up to some standard of goodness or performing some religious ordinance was necessary to go to heaven?
Are you still trusting in those things to save you?
Do you understand what Jesus did at the cross for you?
Could you explain it in your own words right now?
Has anyone ever explained it to you in this way before?
Right now, in the best way you know how, are you trusting with all your heart in what Jesus has done on the cross for you as being all you will ever need to take away your sins and assure you a place in heaven? Do you accept Him as your personal Savior right now?
YES or NO? The Bible says in Romans 10:9 “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.” and in verse 13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
One way you can show your faith in Christ is to pray to Him. You can pray yourself in your own words. Just talk to Him like you would anyone else. If you need help, Here is a suggested prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I deserve Hell. I know you paid for all my sins with your blood on the cross. Please forgive me of all my sins and be my Savior forever, right now, come into my heart and take me to Heaven when I die. Thank you. Amen”
You can know right now, have assurance , that you are forgiven.
If you have placed your faith in Christ alone, and you were to die tonight, do you know for certain that you would go to heaven? Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you: ..How certain of this was Jesus?
He that hears My Word . . . Have you heard the Words of Christ in this booklet?
and believes on Him that sent Me . . . Do you believe that God sent Jesus to die in your place?
has everlasting life . . . Does this say that you will receive it later, or that you already have it?
and shall not come into condemnation . . . Does the Bible say “might” not, or “Shall” not come into condemnation?
but has passed from death into life. At what moment does one pass from death unto life?
How certain of this was Jesus? Have you heard the words of Christ in the pages of this booklet? Do you believe that God sent Jesus to die in your place?
Does this say that you will receive it later, or that you already have it? Does the Bible say “might not” or “shall not?” At what moment does one pass from death into life?
According to this verse, how can you be sure that you have truly been saved?
You can be sure that you have truly been saved if your life begins to change, showing that God has really come into your life.
You can be sure that you have truly been saved if you bear the fruit of good works.
You can be sure that you have truly been saved if many years from now you are still walking with Christ.
You can be sure that you have truly been saved if you heard the gospel and believed it.
(See also 1st John 5:10-13).
If you fall into sin tomorrow or next month, is it possible for you to lose your gift of eternal life?
The Bible says: Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever (past , present, future), sat down on the right hand of God;…14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. ” Hebrews 10:10-12, 14
According to the Bible, for which of your sins did Jesus pay when He died?
Your past sins.
Your past and present sins.
All your sins forever: past, present and future.
According to this verse, how often are you sanctified (made holy) by the death of Jesus Christ?
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once every time you confess your latest sins and ask for forgiveness.
Once for all.
A NECESSARY CONCLUSION OF OUR LORD’S DEATH
One does not lose the gift of eternal life because of sin. That’s the very reason that Christ died . . . to pay for your sins! It is because He died for all sins forever – past, present and future—that He is able once and for all to declare you not guilty . . . not only of our past sins, but of all your sins: past, present and future! To refuse to believe this is to refuse to believe the very gospel itself!
You may have been baptized as a baby, you may have been sprinkled, but did you know this is a teaching that men made up, to be religious, and is found nowhere in the Bible?! In order to be saved, you must realize you are a lost sinner, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. A baby can not do this.
You are to be baptized as soon as you can. One man , the Phillipian jailer in Acts 16 was baptized at midnight! Baptism does nothing to help you into Heaven. It is a simply a testimony of your faith that you believe JESUS DIED, WAS BURIED AND AROSE FROM THE DEAD. You are dunked in deep water and raised out of it to show a burial and a resurrection. It is a public testimony of your faith in Christ, and a step of obedience . Did you trust Jesus to forgive you and save you? Then you should not be ashamed to obey Him and be baptized as soon as possible.
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” these people trusted Jesus, and were baptized the same day.
Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
A NECESSARY CONCLUSION OF GRACE
If after you had trusted Christ you were required to keep the laws of God to “stay saved” . . . , that is not Saved by Grace, or what the Bible teaches.
Therefore, if someone flatly denies the Bible’s teaching on the eternal security of the believer, how is he actually trying to reach God, by grace, or by the works of the law?
Can anyone be justified (saved) in this way? Yes Anyone!
How does the Bible say that a man is justified? (See Romans 3:28 for help).
In another passage of the Bible, Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
In the above verse, what type of life did Jesus say he gives?
Temporary Conditional or Eternal Life
If it is truly eternal as Jesus said, could it ever be lost? “Never!”
Could you honestly say that eternal life was by grace (a free gift)? OR Would that imply that your salvation ultimately depended upon the works of the law?
In the above verse (John 10:27-29), whom did Jesus say was greater than all?
He said “My Father”.
How great would someone have to be to take himself out of God’s grip?
Are you greater than God the Father? No one is!
In light of this verse, if you have believed the gospel of salvation, is it even possible for you to do something that would result in God’s eternal condemnation? NO . (For additional passages on eternal security see: Romans 8:3739; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37-40; Hebrews 13:5).
SHALL WE CONTINUE TO SIN THEN? Although no sin can ever deprive a believer of the eternal life that was freely bestowed upon him once and for all, sin nevertheless has grave consequences both in this life and in the life to come. Firstly, there are natural consequences of sin. A person who drinks to excess may kill himself or an innocent victim in an automobile accident. One who engages in immoral activity may contract AIDS and die. Knowing Christ as Savior will save one from hell, but it will not save one from the natural consequences of sinful or foolish living. (See Galatians 6:7-8;
Secondly, there are eternal consequences for sin. Receiving a free ticket to a sports event guarantees one entrance into the stadium, but it does not guarantee one a front row seat. Similarly, receiving the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ guarantees a person entrance into God’s eternal kingdom, but in no way guarantees one an exalted position in that kingdom! Our position in heaven and the rewards associated with that position are totally dependent upon the holy life and godly works which we manifest in this lifetime (1st Corinthians 3:11-17; 9:24-27; 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11). While the pleasures of sin in this life may at times appear more important than some distant hope of future rewards in heaven, Scripture teaches that those who barter away their “inheritance” (their future rewards in heaven) for the pleasures of sin will one day weep uncontrollably when they see the unspeakable rewards which they forfeited when they pursued their own sinful pleasures in this lifetime. (Hebrews 12:14-17; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 25:14-30).
A person who is truly born again, and indwelt with the Holy Spirit can fall into sin, but hates it and will not “practice’ it. they want to get away from sin. There is a “Change” in their life. Everything is new!
2 Corinthiqns 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” We know we have passed from death to life, If we want God’s Word, Love the other Brothers in Christ, and try to stay away from and not “practice” sin.
GET ROOTED IN YOUR FAITH
In the coming days Satan will begin an assault on you in an attempt to undermine your faith in Christ. (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:16; Matthew 13:3-23). Some of his specific goals are:
1. To plant seeds of doubt and despair in order to rob you of the joy and assurance of your eternal life.
2. To lead you astray in order to keep you from growing in the knowledge of the truth, and
3. To keep you from sharing your faith in Christ with others. Here are some tips on how to stand firm against his attack.
THE SHIELD OF FAITH: EPHESIANS 6:10-17 1. Since the gospel is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, Satan will immediately begin his attack by trying to confuse you about the truth of the gospel. To withstand the assault you are about to face, you must become firmly rooted in the truth of the gospel. To do this, determine right now that you will read this booklet once a day for an entire month. Don’t stop after ten or fifteen days even if you have memorized it! And above all, don’t let Satan discourage you by telling you that you “don’t have time,” or that you have “more important things to do.” This is a classic lie of Satan. Don’t believe it. (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, 8:21-22; Luke 10:38-42, 12:16-31, 14:16-20; Ephesians 5:16).
Build your faith on the Word of God.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17
2. Don’t try to gain assurance of your relationship with Christ or grow in spiritual truth through “mystical feelings” or “quiet little voices” inside your head. What we “feel” in our heart is no more reliable a guide to spiritual truth than it is to truths concerning mathematics or geography. Would you try to drive hundreds of miles of back country roads in the fog without a road map simply by trusting your “feelings?” Of course not! And yet this is how many people foolishly try to live their Christian lives!
3. In order for us to grow in spiritual truth, God has given us a source of truth that is sure and steadfast. It is called the Bible. Try to read your Bible every day. Start by reading the Book of Galatians. It is St. Paul’s defense of the gospel and the doctrine of grace. Read one chapter each day until you have read the entire book (six chapters) five times. This will take one month. In the next month, read through the entire book once a day. This will firmly establish you in some of the most basic and important doctrines of the Christian faith, providing the kind of foundation that is essential for sound Christian growth.
4. Once you have become rooted in your understanding of the gospel, find a good Baptist church that preaches the Bible and evangelizes it’s community. To do this, ask the pastor how one gets to heaven. If he says it is through living a good life, obeying the Ten Commandments, baptism, confession, church membership, or some other incorrect answer—turn around and look for another church. If the pastor doesn’t even know the gospel, the most basic belief of the Christian faith, then he doesn’t even know the first thing about Christianity! Why would you want to go to a church where the pastor doesn’t even know how to get to heaven? Find a good church!
THANK GOD DAILY
According to the Bible, many wonderful things happened to you the moment you understood the gospel and trusted in Christ alone as your Savior. You received a pardon for all your past, present and future sins. (Romans 5:1)
You received eternal life as a free gift. (John 5:24, 10:28) You are assured of going to heaven. (John 14:1-3) You became a child of God. (John 1:12) You have a friend who understands what you are going through, and is there to help you in time of need. (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16; Psalm 68:5) In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus cleansed ten lepers, and nine of them went their merry way without so much as stopping to thank Him! So that you don’t follow the example of the nine ungrateful lepers, you can show your thanks to God for what He has done for you by living your life in a manner that is pleasing to Him, obeying His commandments and walking according to His Word. (Luke 7:4043; 1st John 4:19, John 14:21).
SHARE THE GOSPEL
Imagine that one day you are walking down a sidewalk, and a piano that was being hoisted into a tenth story apartment breaks loose, and is falling toward you without your knowledge. All of a sudden, someone you have never met runs over to you and pushes you out of the way to save you, only to be crushed himself by the falling piano. As he lies dying, his trembling hand takes a letter from his pocket, and he asks you to take it and deliver it for him. Would you? Of course you would! Jesus, who died to save you, has left such a letter with you. That letter is called The Gospel. “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,’” Mark 16:15. (Also see Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-15). Are you willing to take the letter that Jesus has left with you and try to do as He has asked? If you are, simply ask a friend or an acquaintance: “Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?” If they say “no,” simply ask “May I?” Most people will be eager to find out how they can know this for sure. If they are interested, simply sit down and take time to share this little booklet with them. They will be eternally grateful!
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