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Salvation; who is saved exactly??


Salvation is quite a tricky subject to many, and i hope the following few paragraphs shall shed some light upon it …according to the scripture!

Salvation

Luke 13:23-24 “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

Jesus said that many will seek to enter salvation and will not be able to. There are many reasons for this, but it is not because God refused salvation to anyone. “The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men . . .” (Ti. 2:11) and God “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

There is effort involved in obtaining salvation. The effort is not for the purpose of earning salvation. That is a free gift (Rom. 5:15); but we do have to fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Faith in Jesus’ goodness is what saves us – not our own goodness – and Satan is constantly trying to destroy our faith. We have to earnestly contend for the faith. True salvation is not just mental assent, but a real heart-felt commitment.

Many people today think that going to church and associating with Christians will provide them with salvation. Some people think that they are Christians because their parents were. But salvation is having a personal relationship with the Lord. You cannot inherit salvation through the natural birth process. “You must be born again.” 

We can rest assured that all those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled (Mt. 5:6). “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

Nothing new!!


It’s all in the word…nothing is new!!

Matthew 16:21,

“From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”

 

Despite the abundant and clear prophecies about His death and resurrection, Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand or remember Jesus’ words until after His resurrection (Lk. 24:5-9). Luke records twice that Jesus’ sayings about His resurrection were hidden from the disciples. It is interesting to note, however, that the chief priests and Pharisees remembered Jesus’ prophecies about His resurrection (Mt. 27:63) when His disciples didn’t.

One of the great truths of the Bible is that Jesus died for our sins, not for His own. Jesus was totally sinless. This is one of the major differences between Christianity and the religions of the world. No other religious leader has ever claimed to be sinless, therefore no other religious leader is even in the same class with Jesus. Also, no other religious leader has ever given his life in sacrifice to atone for the sins of others. It wouldn’t have done any good if one had. Since the religious leaders were sinners themselves, their lives weren’t worth any more than any other sinner. But, since Jesus was the sinless Son of God, His life was worth more than all of humanity throughout the ages.

Every detail of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection was already prophesied in scripture before it happened. All the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection had fulfilled scripture. God’s Word is the ultimate authority and only through His Word can we receive faith to be born again. We must preach the Word, not experiences. Experiences are only useful to illustrate that God’s Word is true. Jesus is alive from the dead. His tomb is empty. Jesus provided us with the ultimate verification of His authority. He arose from the dead.

LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT


For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:27.. (also Luke 17:24)

This scripture and the parallel scripture makes it very clear that the second return of Jesus will be no secret to as account, it is especially clear that this statement about the lightning was made so that we wouldn’t be deceived by false Christs. Just as lightning is visible to everyone, so the second return of Jesus will be witnessed by the whole world. That’s the reason we don’t have to be fearful about missing His second coming and anxiously follow every report that Christ has come.

The above verses completely destroy the claims of many religions that claim that Jesus has secretly come back the second time. (Rastafarians, Bahai etc..)

Just as Jesus had warned His disciples not to be deceived by false Christs because His second coming would be visible to everyone, He also explains that until the very day of His coming, the world will continue on its present course. People will not discern the signs of His coming just as the people during Noah’s day didn’t realize their impending judgment. This corresponds exactly with Jesus’ prophecies about His coming being like the appearance of a thief in the night. Jesus is emphasizing that the unbelievers will not recognize that He is coming until it is too late. He is stressing that His coming will take the world by surprise.

The Lord is pointing out the urgent need to be ready for His return. In the same way that a thief comes when people are the least prepared, so our Lord will return in a time when people are not looking for Him. There will be a condition of apathy in the latter days that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if they don’t take heed to His words. He urges us to be watchful so we will be prepared.

So, don’t be deceived any more!

Jesus First!


Every time I reflect upon what salvation means for us, I can’t help but think about the cross. The Lord didn’t just save us out of pity or a sense of obligation as our Creator as someone may argue. He saved us because He loved us (John 3:16). It was the “good pleasure of his will” for us to become adopted sons (Eph.1:5). We are wanted and accepted by our Father! What a wonderful thing this is! Once you realize this and follow the perfect example of Jesus, that’s it. Don’t let religious leaders complicate this thing for you, it’s that simple. I strongly believe we are our own worst enemies. Some of us believers make it look like such a complex phenomenon thus discouraging the unbelievers. There are no more conditions to embracing this gift of salvation, just see what Jesus did and do it too.

Take a look at the case of Martha in (Luke 10:40). Serving was a good thing, but Martha had put it in the wrong place. Her problem was priorities — not what she was doing. Likewise with most religious leaders and many believers. It was a great honour to have Jesus in her home and to be able to hear His personal words to her household. Martha should have given this the same priority that Mary did. Martha complained that Mary wasn’t helping her out while Mary her sister was worshiping Jesus by anointing His feet with a costly perfume. Don’t take me wrong, both of them were right – but one had misplaced priorities. And it wasn’t Mary!

Just like Martha, many religious people today are occupied with things that keep them from hearing the words of Jesus. They care more about other things that; mind you, are right but are not exactly first priorities. It is easy to recognize and turn from things that are obviously sin, but even good things that we are involved in must be prioritized so that nothing takes the place of seeking first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33). Jesus, through the parable of the Good Samaritan, defined a neighbour as any fellow human being who crosses our path and is in need of our assistance. We cannot meet the needs of every single person in the world; but when confronted with an opportunity utilize it. The Levite and the Priest worked by the book. They were like Martha. They couldn’t see the situation at hand and give it priority. The Samaritan just like Mary saw what was of greater importance and dealt with it first. That is what seeking first the Kingdom of God is.

Standing out!



One of the most embarrassing things as a believer is missing that mark of distinction. Yes, I know that you’ve read books and heard preachers say nothing really changes physically when you are born again. But believe me ‘something’ I can’t put in words changes. People will see something different in you. If you are a Christian and never heard people say you’ve changed, you have every reason to start worrying. If you have Jesus and strongly believe in Him, He will definitely manifest in you. Not necessarily physically, though that will inevitably transpire in no time.

Transformation begins inside out. Your spirit will influence your mortal bodies. I know you may be thinking like I once thought, but watch this space. Ever heard of a saying that ‘we are a product of our thoughts’? Believe me – you are what you think! Once you realize what Romans 8:11 says, you will know what I mean. The mind stores up everything you choose to feed it on and the moment you program it to take in only what is in line with what you want (what the word of God says), it will only reproduce that. That is why it is so important to change your mindset. Change it to think of no impossibility; just imagine that the same spirit that overcame death through Jesus, is at work in your MORTAL body right now! That means what is within works to manifest itself outside for men to see.

You cannot be born again and still think like you used to. Whether you like it or not, your talking will change too and so will all your mannerisms. What used to make sense no longer will. That’s just the simple truth. How can you be the same knowing you have God’s ability within you? If you truly believe you are a manifestation of God’s glory, you’re your dressing will change! You are a ‘god’. You represent Him here on earth so you’ll want to reflect Him the best way possible. This is the reason why you should raise eyebrows if nobody has ever told you that you have changed! It means you are just saved but are not sure whether to leave your old ways or not. To see this truth and hence enter into it is indeed a wonderful thing.

Stand out brethren!

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