Return home: Luke 8.38-39 VOTD

“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.”

Luke 8.38-39

Whatever Jesus’ reason for not permitting the man cured of demon possession to accompany him, he gave him a great mission, so that the next time the Lord entered the region, he was well received.

Today, we can do both: go with Jesus and go out declaring what God has done for us.

#VOTD #salvation #mission

Can one give up salvation?

A doctrine of man known as the impossibility of apostasy is a doctrine that closely clings to other doctrines of man known as unconditional election and limited atonement. Unconditional election is a teaching that God’s choice of a person is in accordance with His sovereign will, and the person chosen has nothing at all to do with this matter. In other words, God choice “was not based upon any merit [including one’s personal response] shown by the object of his grace.” Limited atonement is the teaching that Jesus died only for some, not all. “Christ died indeed, for many people, but not all.” If unconditional election and limited atonement are actual Bible teachings, then the question “Can one lose his salvation?” has to be answered in the negative. God’s choice can’t be overcome by any action or desire of man. In other words, one is saved no matter what.

Are those two doctrines taught in Scripture? The answer is no. Consider the following: Unconditional election is wrong because Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; he who believes not shall be damned.” Note the conditions before salvation is attained: belief and baptism. Thus, unconditional election is not taught. Limited atonement is wrong because Jesus died to atone for the whole world; 1 John 2:2 speaks of Jesus as being the propitiation (atonement) for the sins “for the whole world.” Note also that it is God’s desire that ALL come to the knowledge of the truth, that none be lost (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). Thus, limited atonement is not a teaching of the New Testament.

Since these two man-made doctrines are not taught in Scripture, what about the question, “Can one lose his salvation?” The Hebrews writer said, “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt” (Hebrews 6:4-6, ESV).

As all three are tied together, unconditional election, limited atonement and impossibility of apostasy, they all fall together also. RT 

#calvinism, #salvation

VOTD: John 4.10 ‘If you only knew’

“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.'”

John 4.10 NLT

Jesus turns the attention of the Samaritan woman to spiritual realities and benefits.

In what ways do we fail to recognize the gift that God has for us?

#VOTD #life #salvation

20 reasons to be baptized

  1. To become a disciple of Christ — Matt 28:18-20
  2. To become the possession of, and have fellowship with, the Godhead — Matt 28:18-20
  3. To fulfill righteousness — Matt 3:15-17; Matt 28:18-20: Acts 10:48
  4. For forgiveness of sin — Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
  5. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit– Acts 2:38
  6. To enter the church — Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13
  7. To undergo God’s grace — Rom 6:1-7, 14
  8. To be freed from the law system — Rom 6:1-7, 14
  9. To be freed from the domination of sin — Rom 6:1-7
  10. To obtain hope of eternal life — Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; Col 3:1-4
  11. To be united with Christ — Rom 6:3,5
  12. To receive the benefits of Christ’s death — Rom 6:3
  13. To enter newness of life — Rom 6:4
  14. To become a son of God — Gal 3:26-27
  15. To put on Christ — Gal 3:27
  16. To become an heir of Abraham — Gal 3:26-29
  17. To express faith in Christ — Gal 3:26-27
  18. To undergo spiritual circumcision — Col 2:11-12
  19. As the anti-type of Noah’s salvation — 1 Pt 3:20-21
  20. To obtain a good conscience — 1 Pt 3:21

by Scott Wiley

#baptism #salvation #reasons

VOTD: Philippians 2.13 “The desire and the power”

“[F]or the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort—for the sake of his good pleasure—is God.”

Philippians 2.13

We can work out our salvation, v. 12, because God works in us.

If you feel something is missing, what can you do to let God work in you?

#desire, #god, #salvation

What does the Bible say about salvation

Referring to the name of Jesus, the Bible says, “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).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all” (Titus 2:11).

“He (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Behold now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

The Old Testament tells of salvation from various things, but our interest is in salvation from sin and eternal salvation in heaven. The Bible tells us, “Salvation is of the Lord” and that it is “an everlasting salvation” (Jonah 2:9 and Isaiah 45:17). After David had sinned he asked God to “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).

There are many important subjects and questions, but none that is more important than the Bible question, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

This question is also asked and answered in similar wording at Matthew 19:16; Acts 2:37; 9:6. In Matthew 19, while Jesus was on earth He told the man to keep the commandments, but after Jesus died, and His will came into effect, people were told to believe, repent, confess faith, and be baptized for the remission of sins. So we must also obey these instructions of Jesus and follow the examples in the book of Acts to be saved.

After Jesus death, resurrection, and ascension, He left the instructions to his disciples, and we read in the Book of Acts what was required for salvation and that Jesus said all must obey until the end of the world.

Without obedience to Jesus, no one can be saved. A person may have great knowledge about all things and live a good moral life, but these things will not provide salvation. Therefore, salvation only comes because of the death of Jesus and His blood that must be appropriated in our lives by our obedience to the gospel of Christ in becoming a Christian. Then with God’s blessings, we can live a faithful life here on earth and enjoy eternal salvation in heaven.

We understand then that our obedience to the answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is the most important thing we can do in this life.

  • Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

#obedience, #salvation

VOTD: 2 Peter 2.9

“So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.”

2 Peter 2.9 NLT

This verse is the conclusion to a brief history of God’s rescue of the godly. Start at verse 1.

What trials do you face in the midst of a carnal and rebellious world?

#salvation, #trials, #votd, #world