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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

An evil world

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” (Galatians 1:3-4 NKJV)

Grace and peace from God – quite the opposite from the world according to the traveling apostle.

One doesn’t have to agree with “Paul’s doctrine” to know the above truth. Watch the news! Corruption, massacres, rape, robberies, assaults and numerous other deadly sins are common occurrence every day. They are of the world – not the Father (1 John 2:15-17).

But aren’t there good people in the world? Absolutely!

Salt and light, long-suffering and love, mercy and gentleness, righteousness and reasoning, goodness and grace are the reasons why this floating globe hasn’t become a flaming match-head. But don’t confuse the light with the darkness. God sends light – the world always prefers darkness (John 1:1-9, 3:16-21).

Deliverance (another word for salvation) from this time of evil is the gospel’s goal. And in this case the will of the Father will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, in spite of the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

#evil, #salvation, #the-world

Touch but One or Two

If in this life I touch but one or two,
And see in heaven a soul that I had saved,
Let thanks be God’s that I, in faith, was true,
That for another the kingdom’s path was paved.

#quatrain #poetry #salvation

Permanent deliverance: Isaiah 51.8 VOTD

“But the vindication I provide will be permanent; the deliverance I give will last.”

Isaiah 51.8 b

The prophet repeats these phrases from verse 6, sandwiching the impermanent insults of men between them.

Name some things that God does for the people of Christ that can be called definitive.

#deliverance #salvation #VOTD