Friday, February 1, 2013

True Salvation

How can we truly be saved? First the Holy Spirit will work in us to help us: -

(a) BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus. Believe here is a verb. It is active. Believe in His words and His promises and acting on them. "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved" Acts 16.31

(b) RECEIVE our Lord Jesus, take Him, His commandments, His promises into our lives. We are recipients of Y'shua (Jesus). Act and accept our position as recipients ie our position as children of God! (John1:12)

(c) REPENT -Turn from sin and unbelief to God (we can only do this through Christ. He is the way "I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6)

(d) Only through obedience to Christ, there is eternal salvation, there is salvation from God's wrath at judgement day (Hebrews 5:9)

(e) Childlike belief in of God. "Truly i say to you unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). Believing all "impossibilities" like young children do. Trusting easily like all young children do.Leaning and depending on God like children to their parents.

(f) Denying self and others and making God our treasure above all. With our being in the world, interacting with people who hurt us,who praise us and being exposed to many things of the world, the culture of the world, focusing on doing what God wants may be difficult. Focusing and doing what He commands gives us however some fixed unwavering STABLE grounding and guide on how we should decide, how we should act, what we should say, who we should Fear ( or rather NOT fear). The world gives no such stability. Changes all the time. Denying self and making God our treasure gives us this stability (and much joy). It is proof that we are truly saved from the "world" and delivered into God's kingdom.

Luke 14:33
In the same way, therefore, every one of you who does not say good-bye to all his possession cannot be My disciple.

Matthew 10:37
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Mark 8: 34-35
Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, "If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross , and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it."

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