Monday, February 1, 2016

God Sets the Terms of Salvation, Not Us!

There are a lot of religious people sitting in hell. I know some of you might not appreciate or like that statement at all but it is true whether you believe hell exists or not! That's because religion won't save you only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will. That might seem narrow to some, but it is true none the less. People are so lost because of religion, not a relationship!

Atheists protest that they don't believe in God, but if you talk to them long enough, you will understand one thing. They do place their faith in religion. Their faith is in anything else, but God or Jesus Christ, whether it is Darwinism or some other ism, but when rubber meets the road, and adversity hits, they don't hold on to Darwin or cry out for the latest book by Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchensen. There is no evidence to support what they believe in, but they have a lot of faith to what they believe in, that makes atheism a religion. I'd rather believe in the God who is, over the god who isn't.

God is the One that defines the terms to salvation. We don't get to come to Him and say, "THIS is the way it's going to be!" Can you imagine that?

Many people today are scared simply because they think the terms are too hard. The Bible says to believe in Jesus Christ, is that too hard?  Jesus is the One who said to trust in Him alone. Believe in Him!

Salvation or the Gospel is sustained by God. It's God who calls us to faith. It is an eternal and lasting gospel. It has always been since before the creation. It was so God could show His grace. Since He knew man would blow it from the beginning, you would wonder why God wouldn't simply scrap the whole human kind thing, but He didn't. He didn't want to throw mankind away and start over. That is how valuable we are to God because we have been created in His image. That is why we need to share the Gospel message with people but the problem is that most people don't know how or even what to say to share it with others. We simply need to share it and let the Holy Spirit use what we say in a supernatural way.

John 10:27-30 ~ "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them , and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

You don't have to prop up the gospel. Just give it.

Hebrews 7:25 ~ "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ~ "Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

When you look at the list of those who can't get into heaven without Jesus Christ, who wouldn't want to sign up for this? The world is longing for good news and we have it for those of us that have been saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. It is not news we want to selfishly keep for ourselves.

Revelation 1:5 ~ "and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood."

This means that there is no sin except for one that can keep us from obtaining eternal life and having that assurance of heaven when we die. The one sin that is unforgivable is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? To not accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

Remember it is not our way, it is God's way and His terms that define how we will have eternal life and how to get to heaven when we die. The gospel message was given to ALL mankind.

Revelation 14:6 ~ "Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people."

A decision must be made each time someone hears the gospel and choices are made that have eternal consequences. God created us uniquely His - our worth. Jesus died to redeem us, not the angels who can't be redeemed. We are created in God's image. We are like spoiled children sometimes who push Him away. Don't ever doubt your self worth before God. God has instructions for your life. But most of us have no idea on just how valuable we are to God! Jesus died for you personally to set us free from sin and give us eternal life.

How could we simply not chose this?

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