Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Salvation is yours

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10, 
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Philippians 1:28
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

1 Thessalonians 5:8-9

But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Thessalonians 2:13
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
(remember here Paul is talking to the Jews and they had known the Scripture all their lives. Many of us have heard it as well yet not known it well)
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Titus 2:11 (this verse speaks to us of the Lord Jesus Christ our salvation)
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
Hebrews 1:14 (do not mistake the meaning of this verse. ministering spirits refers to angels which are of God not someone who has died for none come back as angels.)
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
My Comments: Though many of these verses were written by Paul to others who followed The Way (as it was called at one time), I have included them as I feel reading them may help some understand salvation. Yet the main thing one needs to know is there is no salvation without Christ Jesus, Acts 4:11/12 Says it all, “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED , by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus was sent by the Father to obtain salvation for us sinners. No one else is between us and our Abba Father for intersession. Only Jesus came and only His sacrifice was acceptable to Abba Father. Jesus' body and blood was shed one time and only once for our salvation. Sin must be punished and Christ Jesus took the punishment for you and for me and for the whole world for all time. All that remains is for people to accept His sacrifice for our salvation.

Sounds simple and it is yet many choose not to accept what is freely given. They think they must do “good works” or “be good enough” or just do not choose to believe. My heart breaks for all who will not be in Heaven one day because they made the choice to go their own way or do it their way. Jesus says He is the way. There are not many roads to salvation and Heaven. There is only one, Christ Jesus.

People need the Lord Jesus and the salvation He obtained for them when He laid down His life for them. He calls to them. He gave people His Word so they would know the truth and not follow after false teachings nor lean on their own understanding which is flawed. Following His way leads to Heaven and life everlasting. Following our own or different ways leads to destruction and death eternal. I hope and pray you have chosen salvation. Beloved if you have not then please read the Word of God and reach out to Him who came to redeem you and I and all humankind. Put your trust in Him who has paid the price for your salvation. The choice is yours as it was mine. I chose Jesus, salvation and Heaven.

Abba Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to show us the way for us to live forever with You as sons and daughters in Heaven and on the New Earth. We know there is no other name by which we may be saved but by Jesus the Christ. Help us to remain strong Lord in a world fraught with snares and falsehoods. Keep our feet planted firmly in Your Word and on Your promises, Lord our Savior.

For those who are newly in Your family I pray the Holy Spirit with strength and give guidance and a strong desire to remain in Your Word and very presence. Bring mentors like Paul into their lives to help them in their understanding and protect Your sheep sweet Jesus. Help them to find other true believers who have truly obtained salvation so they may grow in the fellowship of the Lord Jesus. Keep their eyes on You and let the roots of the seed that is planted in their hearts grow in firm ground watered by Your Word. Show them the Joy of Your Salvation that they may dwell in the House of the Lord forever. In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit, I pray, Amen.

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