How can we be saved? Isaiah 64.5 VOTD

“You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe your commandments. Look, you were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved?”

Isaiah 64.5

Israel was repeatedly disobedient, and for that God punished them. The first step in repentance is realizing that the holy God blesses the obedient.

What a wonderful question! Let everyone ask it. What other spiritual questions ought we to ask?

#salvation #obedience #VOTD

What to do: Acts 22.10 VOTD

“I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’ And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’”

Acts 22.10 NLT

Saul the persecutor saw the Lord Jesus on his way to find Christians in Damascus. When he realized who the Lord was, he asked an all-important question. Since God’s plan called for Christians to proclaim the gospel’s terms, even Christ respected it. A man would later tell Saul what to do to be saved.

The Lord did not criticize Saul’s question as some do today. There is something to be done to be saved. Who told Saul what to do to be saved, and what did he tell him?

#salvation #tell-it #VOTD

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10-27-2017 Fear Of Salvation

People are afraid of Jesus Christ when they don’t know, nor understand, the truth about Him. He walked on the sea and His disciples “supposed it was a ghost, and cried out ” (Mark 6:49-50 NKJV). At His resurrection, the women were told: “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). People who don’t know nor understand the truth about salvation are afraid to be baptized to be saved. God explained: “do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3 NKJV). No salvation is out of Christ. Fear not to obey.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#afraid, #jesus-christ, #salvation

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9-28-2017 Salvation Is Not Miraculous

Salvation is not a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit upon a sinner’s heart. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He stated: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). No one can be saved without hearing and obeying what Jesus said. Saul of Tarsus was making “havoc of the church” of Christ (Acts 8:3 NKJV) when Jesus appeared to him and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NKJV). Saul asked, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Jesus told him to “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). Jesus did not tell Saul what to do. Saul was not saved on the Damascus road. Saul had to believe, and be baptized to be saved! And so must you.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#miracle, #obedience, #salvation

Wait patiently for deliverance: Lamentations 3.26 VOTD

“It is good to wait patiently
for deliverance from the Lord.”

Lamentations 3.26

In the midst of profound mourning over Jerusalem’s destruction, Jeremiah sees a small light of hope in God’s goodness and eventual purpose of salvation.

What recommendations does Jeremiah give, in context, that fit our life in Christ today?

#salvation #patience #VOTD

Safely: 2 Timothy 4.17-18 VOTD

“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed for all the Gentiles to hear. And so I was delivered from the lion’s mouth! The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.”

2 Timothy 4.17-18

The Lord saved Paul so that he might save others. In this life the Lord stood by him. For the next, the Lord delivers from evil and conducts him safely.

The Lord protects us so that we can do his will, that of teaching others the Good News. As we are engaged in this, God is guaranteeing our entry into the heavenly kingdom.

#salvation #mission #VOTD

You Cannot Be Saved

You cannot be saved—No merit
Of man redeems from sin, no good
Of self nor any you think to inherit—
Obey the Lord for cleansing blood.

JRMatheny

#quatrains #poetry #salvation