January 25, 2009
True biblical salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus, but not just any faith can save. It must be of the right content and of the right quality to be accepted by God for eternal salvation.
* The content of faith that saves is to put one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as He is defined in the Bible.
* The quality of faith that saves is characterized as being confident, steadfast, and submissive. These are what separates a “conviction” from a mere “opinion” see Luke 17:5-6.
WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES
John 5:24 Trusting what God has to say about Jesus Christ gives us everlasting life.
John 10:27-30; Psalm 23 Several places in the Bible characterize us as sheep. In the history of mankind sheep have never been leaders but have always been lead by a shepherd. Our Chief Shepherd is Jesus Christ and He gives us the promise of eternal security.
John 3:16 God’s promise to us that believe is His gift of everlasting life.
WHAT GOD DOES FOR US
John 3:15; Hebrews 5:9; 9:12 Through believing in Christ God gives us eternal life, eternal redemption and eternal salvation. God does the work for us through Jesus Christ.
Titus 3:5 Through what is called “regeneration”, God infuses new life into the believer, or recreates the person by this divine act. It is God performing an “operation” Colossians 2:11-12.
Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; 4:18 Our assurance of being secure in Christ comes from the biblical fact that God promised to keep us for Himself.
Ephesians 1:13-14 Once we believe, God then seals us and indwells us with His Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 7:25 The meaning of the word “uttermost” means (completely, to the end, finally).
I Peter 1:3-5 These wonderful verses by Peter tell us that our security is based totally on what God has done for us, not anything that we did or can do about our future with Him.
Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14 Because of Christ’s work on the cross we are pardoned.
Psalms 103:12; Hebrews 10:17; I John 1:7 Through Christ our sins are out of reach, out of sight and mind, and have been blotted out.
Hebrews 7:25; Jude 1 Because of Christ’s ministry at the Father’s right hand, we are “preserved” ( safe, guarded, protected, saved).
I John 2:1 As our advocate He pleads our cause to the Father when we sin.
WHAT ABOUT SIN
I John 2:19 Can those born of God leave Christ? John indicates walking away from Christ is indication of never truly being saved, see Matthew 13:3-6.
I John 3:6 Can those born of God live a continuous sinful lifestyle? John says NO.
Romans 7:20-25; Galatians 5:16-17 The Bible is clear on the fact that we can and do commit sin. If we do not continue a Spirit filled walk on a daily basis, we can get caught up in major sin.
We must understand not to place any trust in our feelings, what we see or hear. Trust the Bible Proverbs 3:5-6.
I John 1:9; Matthew 18:21-22; Psalms 37:24 We will continue to have to deal with our short comings and our sin. II Corinthians 7:8-10 teaches us that we must “sorrow to repentance” about our sins to God in order to restore our fellowship with the one who keeps us secure.