Monday, June 1, 2015

Saved



I am a Bible-believing, evangelical Christian. The descriptive term “Bible-believing” means that I believe that every word of the Bible is God's word. Evangelical, to me, means that it is my commission, as put forth in God's Word, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who will receive it. I want also to identify what a Christian is. A Christian is one who, at one moment in time, has put his or her faith in who Jesus is (the Son of God) and what he has done: that he died on Calvary, shedding his precious blood to pay for our sins and that he was raised to life again for our justification (see Romans 4:25). In this moment of belief, that person receives the immeasurably wondrous gift of eternal life and will one day go to be with the Lord forever.
A Christian may go to church, but church attendance does not a Christian make. Hanging a cross on one's wall neither makes for a saved soul. Being of Anglo-Saxon heritage, having Christian parents, being baptized, or agreeing with some of the teachings of Jesus does not any more make a person saved than does believing oneself to be a “good person” by one's own standards, deserving of something good if it exists, after this life is done. In other words, a person may identify as a “Christian” and be mistaken. The only salvation for any person comes through faith in Jesus Christ and this gift comes by way of God's grace, his unmerited favor, and not by our works:

Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” -John 14:6

-Paul writes:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
-Ephesians 2:8-9

An elderly sister in Christ once told me that Christianity is really a very simple thing; people try to make it difficult, but it is really a very simple thing. My pastor, when I was struggling to grasp an accurate understanding of my own salvation, once prayed for me something along the lines of, “Lord, if Jade has put his faith in you, help him to understand that is all it takes.”
My purpose for clarifying these things is this: there are some genuine Christians who are not convinced that the security of their position in Christ is at all sure. Instead they believe that their security is conditional upon their own behavior -their obedience to God's expressed commands for Christian living. Thusly, they believe that Christians can in fact forfeit their salvation by disobedient behavior. This belief is seemingly supported by verses which are lifted from Scripture and from their proper context. This belief is Biblically inaccurate.

-the Apostle John:
Whoever believes in him is not condemned...” -John 3:18

-Jesus:
...and I will raise him up at the last day.” -John 6:44

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” -John 6:47

-the Apostle John:
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” -1 John 5:11-13

Have you put your faith in Jesus? If you have trusted in him for the forgiveness of your sins then be at peace. God has hold of you and you can rest most assured that he will not let go!

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-Romans 8:38-39 

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