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.
“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)
“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.
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
“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.”
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.
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
“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?
- To become a disciple of Christ — Matt 28:18-20
- To become the possession of, and have fellowship with, the Godhead — Matt 28:18-20
- To fulfill righteousness — Matt 3:15-17; Matt 28:18-20: Acts 10:48
- For forgiveness of sin — Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
- Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit– Acts 2:38
- To enter the church — Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor 12:13
- To undergo God’s grace — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the law system — Rom 6:1-7, 14
- To be freed from the domination of sin — Rom 6:1-7
- To obtain hope of eternal life — Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; Col 3:1-4
- To be united with Christ — Rom 6:3,5
- To receive the benefits of Christ’s death — Rom 6:3
- To enter newness of life — Rom 6:4
- To become a son of God — Gal 3:26-27
- To put on Christ — Gal 3:27
- To become an heir of Abraham — Gal 3:26-29
- To express faith in Christ — Gal 3:26-27
- To undergo spiritual circumcision — Col 2:11-12
- As the anti-type of Noah’s salvation — 1 Pt 3:20-21
- To obtain a good conscience — 1 Pt 3:21
by Scott Wiley
“[F]or the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort—for the sake of his good pleasure—is God.”
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?
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.
“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?
“Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV)
А ми, як співробітники, благаємо, щоб ви Божої благодаті не брали надармо. Бо каже: Приємного часу почув Я тебе, і поміг Я тобі в день спасіння! Ось тепер час приємний, ось тепер день спасіння! (2 коринтян 6:1-2 Ukrainian)
O Sovereign LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ awaken the senses you have given us so that we will not miss any communication that comes to us from your inspired word. Give us the desire for things that are righteous. Because we know you favor those with pure hearts. Help our relatives, friends and neighbors near and far to realize the brief span of our earthly life. Grant leaders in all the churches that belong to Christ, the necessary wisdom and courage to boldly proclaim the message of your grace that is for all people. Arouse a sense of urgency in those who teach and those who learn, so that everyone may have an opportunity to be saved today. We ask these things according to your eternal purpose for all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” (Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV)
The context of these verses are dramatic to say the least!
Free from Egypt, or so the children of Israel thought … at least that’s what they thought until Pharaoh decided to change his mind … again.
But freedom was in sight. Little did they know, right? But it was.
God’s grace would win the fight for them. Freedom was on the other side of the water. Not where they stood, but where God wanted them to stand. They only needed to go down into that water and come up on the other side by faith.
They didn’t argue did they? Why would you argue? And yet, people today want to do that very thing when it comes to the freedom God offers, by faith, on the other side of the water.
“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NKJV)
“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:3-7)
In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.
How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?
After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading