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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 8

V. Sanctification

A. Sanctification means “to set apart” or to separate from evil to a dedicated life of service to God.

B. Sanctification in the believer is three-fold.

1. At the moment of Salvation, we are sanctified positionally, by the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Hebrews 13:12 “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

At Salvation we are immediately set apart for service. Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

2. During the believers’ walk on earth, we are sanctified progressively by the Holy Spirit and the Word of Truth.

2 Timothy 2:21 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Hebrews 12:23 “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

1 Corinthians 15:44-46 “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” The word “saint” means “sanctified one.”

3. In Heaven we will be sanctified permanently.

Concerning our resurrection body: 1 Corinthians 15:44-49 says, “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 7

IV. Adoption

A. Defined – Adoption means “the placing as a son; the taking by one man of the son of another to be his son, so that son has the same position and all advantages of a son of birth.” (God has one only begotten son – Jesus Christ: John 1:1,14; 1:18; 3:16-18; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5-6; 5:5; 1 John 4:9).

Galatians 4:1-7 “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Romans 8:14-17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Ephesians 1:3-6 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

B. Adoption is the present condition of the saved who are now God’s children. 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

C. Adoption is also the future condition of the saved. The saved are God’s children forever. Romans 8:23 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 6

III. Redemption
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A. Redemption defined means to redeem or to purchase back. To pay a ransom. To rescue from loss.

Illustration #1. If you lost something that was yours and you had to buy it back, that would be redemption.

Illustration #2. If your child was kidnapped, and you paid a ransom to get him/her back, that would be redemption. Redemption is paying for something that is yours.

We are all God’s creations. Through sin we became the children of the devil. Matthew 13:38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”

1 John 3:8-10 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Acts 13:10 “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”

By the blood of Christ, the believer has been bought back, and becomes a child of God. Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

B. How we are redeemed – By the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was the payment for our sins to purchase us back to God.

Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”

1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

C. What we are redeemed from (presently):

1. All iniquity – Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

2. The curse of the law – Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

D. Future redemption of our bodies – Romans 8:23 “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Ephesians 1:14 “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

“Redeemed”

by Fanny Crosby

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;

Redeemed through His infinite mercy,

His child and forever I am.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 5

II. Justification takes place during our divine moment of Salvation

A. What is Justification – the judicial act of God’s grace whereby He declares the believing sinner “not guilty.” To be declared innocent. To be acquitted. God not only forgives us of the sin and lifts the penalty from us, but He forgets the crime and sees us as though we had never committed it.

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”

Psalm 79:9 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

2 Samuel 12:13 “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

Mark 2:5-11 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.”

Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”

Our Preacher is always sharing this layman’s definition of Justification: “Just as if I’d never sinned.” It brings it to reality in my mind.

B. How justification works – it works by imputing (putting to another’s account) – the believer’s sin to Christ and Christ’s righteousness to the believer.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

C. How we are justified:

1. By Faith – Romans 3:24-28 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Acts 13:39 “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

2. By the Blood of Jesus Christ – Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

3. By a Free Gift – (See Romans 3:24-28 above) – Romans 5:16-18 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

4. By the Name of the Lord Jesus – 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

5. By His Grace – Titus 3:7 “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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Thou art the Christ!

Anna:

Yes, how humbling. He knew me, yet He loved me. Thank you Jesus!

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Matthew 16:15-16. He saith unto them,  But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

This astonishing moment must have rocked Peter’s world, and the other disicples’ world, as well.  To my knowledge, this is the first time any of the disciples came right out and said, “You are the Son of God!  You are deity.  You are Yaweh, Messiah, Immanuel!  You are God!”

What a solemn moment. What a moment of personal realization for Peter.  He speaks up here as the mouthpiece of the other disciples. He says that which the Father has revealed to him. Whether or not he actually got the full import of his statement, we do not know. It is clear, though, that Peter and the others were beginning to realize just Who it was that they were following and serving.

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 4

So, a person MUST believe “in” Jesus Christ (who He is) and “on” Jesus Christ (what He has done) to be saved. That is the saving faith that God puts in us the moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

At this divine moment in a person’s life, the following takes place or begins to take place: Regeneration, Justification, Redemption, Adoption, Sanctification, Imputation, Propitiation, Reconciliation, Atonement, and Glorification.

Let us study these one by one:

I. Regeneration

A. What is regeneration? Regeneration means to “re-gene” or – an easier way to understand – being born again. This is not speaking in physical terms – John 3:4-6 “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” It is speaking in spiritual terms. John 3:5-8 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Regeneration means to have a new birth, a spiritual birth.

B. How does regeneration work?

The Holy Spirit impregnates the heart of an unbeliever with the see of God, which is the Word of God. Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” As a person believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he or she is born again by the Word of God as a new creation, “a babe in Christ.” 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 1 John 5:1 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

The agents that regenerate us are the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. This, therefore, is not a human effort to become a better person, but a miraculous, supernatural new birth whereby God creates an entirely new person in us. Man, at Salvation, becomes a new creature. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Galatians 6:15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” See again John 3:3-8 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

C. Who is this “new man” that God has created in us?

1. He is “created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

2. He is created. Colossians 3:10 “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”

3. He is incapable of sinning. 1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” God does not reform the old man, Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Rather, God creates an entirely new man in a person who believes the gospel. A perfect, new man in His image who is incapable of sinning. We then become partakers of the divine nature, which results in a changed life. 2 Peter 1:1-4 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Regeneration is not a reforming of the old man, but is God making a brand new man in us. Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Ezekiel 11:19 “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:” Ezekiel 36:26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

D. What does regeneration do?

1. Regeneration gives a New Birth. Like in a physical birth, it is an experience, not a process. It is a one-time event that places us into the family of God. 1 John 3:1-2 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

2. Regeneration gives a New Life, a unison with Christ through the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

3. Regeneration gives a New Nature. This is a divine nature, the attributes of which are imparted by the Spirit. 2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

NOTE: We have seen that regeneration is like creation. It is God making something out of nothing.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 3

Complete and Real Salvation must include the following:

A. Repentance

1. Repentance means “a change of mind; to think differently; to reconsider.” When an unbeliever has a change of mind wrought in them by God, so that they do no longer trust in their own works, religion, efforts, merit, etc., for their salvation, but trust completely in Christ only and His finished work on Calvary for their salvation; this is a change of mind that is repentance. Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”

2. Repentance at Salvation is not turning from all of our sins–for that would be works. No unbeliever has the power to turn from their sins. No unbeliever can possibly know all of their sins, so they can turn from them. Romans 7:14, “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Psalms 39:5, “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”

3. God repents, therefore repentance is not turning from our sins, for God has never sinned. Genesis 6:6, “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Exodus 32:14, “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” Judges 2:18, “And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.” 1 Samuel 15:35, “And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.” 2 Samuel 24:16, “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.”

4. Repentance is from ignorance of God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” See Acts 17:30, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” Now, read that verse in its context: Acts 17:22-31, “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

5. Repentance will result in a changed life. It should be noted that a changed life is not repentance, just the product of repentance. Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” Repentance is a change of mind and a man’s thinking will change his being. An evidence of repentance is a transformed life, but a transformed life is not repentance. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

6. Sorrow for sin will work true repentance in an unbeliever at true salvation. This often results in an immediate turning from some sins. Other sins seem to be struggles all life long. 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” This is the work of the Holy Ghost. John 16:8-9, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” What sin? The sin of rejecting Christ! NOTE: Turning from sin is a good work of someone who is already saved. Romans 8:13, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” This is the work of progressive sanctification in the believer. Sometimes sorrow for sins at Salvation is so great that it results in an immediate change in certain areas of that person’s life. That is a product of repentance. It is more correctly called sanctification.

B. Faith

1. Faith is a gift of God whereby He enables us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and to trust wholly and completely in Him for Salvation. Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

2. Faith is not mental assent nor the acknowledging of facts. The devils also believe and tremble (read James 2:19). For example, the faith given at Salvation is not saying that you believe in Jesus Christ like a person would believe in George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. The faith given at Salvation is perfect and complete trust, like a little girl who jumps into her father’s arms to protect her from an attacking dog. Her faith is completely in him. Another example is jumping out of an airplane. A person with a parachute puts 100% of his faith in the parachute to take him safely to his destination.

3. The agent that brings faith to us is the Word of God. Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Galatians 3:24-25, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Faith is “belief, trust, dependence, or confidence in someone else and their words.”

At salvation a person believes “in” Jesus Christ and “on” Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

By “in” Jesus Christ, we mean in who He is. He is Lord. Do not confuse this with “Lordship Salvation.” What we mean is that a person who denies that Jesus Chris is Lord cannot be saved. Jesus said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. He is the Son of God and God the Son. “Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him. The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, How is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.” (Matthew 22:42-46)

Here are a few other verses on the deity of Jesus Christ:

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”

1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

1 John 3:16 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

But, a person can believe “in” Jesus Christ and still go to Hell. They must also believe “on” Him. Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” By believing “on” the Lord Jesus Christ we mean dependance upon what He has done for us. When we believe the gospel, we are saved. The Gospel is all about what Christ has done for us, and not what we can do for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

So, a person MUST believe “in” Jesus Christ (who He is) and “on” Jesus Christ (what He has done) to be saved. That is the saving faith that God puts in us the moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

At this divine moment in a person’s life, the following takes place or begins to take place: Regeneration, Justification, Redemption, Adoption, Sanctification, Imputation, Propitiation, Reconciliation, Atonement, and Glorification.

We will study each of these one by one in the next posting.

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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