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

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

Why are there different answers about how to be saved?

A Bible student looking for the truth and the atheist looking for contradictions may ask the same question when it comes to a major theme of the New Testament.

Why are there different answers when it comes to telling someone how to be saved?

The root of the question is obvious. Read the book of Acts and you find a plurality of situations: Some are told to believe. Some are told to repent and be baptized. Some are told to repent. Some are told to hear certain words before any other instructions were given. Some simply have “Jesus preached” to them.

So what’s the answer? Continue reading

#becoming-a-christian, #book-of-acts, #salvation

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