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What Doth the Scriptures Say About Salvation?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-211I’m in a book study with several other women, and one of the ladies shared a conversation she had with another lady friend of hers — she said to her that she wanted truth no matter how much it hurt, if her doctrines were wrong she wanted truth more than anything. I hope this too is your desire – that you desire truth no matter what, and that you want to follow Christ and His Holy Word.

 

Tuesday in class one of the teenage students asked me some questions starting with “Lynn our pastor preached about choices – he said that when it comes to our Salvation it can’t be a work –there is nothing that we can do, because God has done everything for our Salvation to be complete. And if I have to make a choice then it is a work because it is something I did. – Lynn I have been really thinking about what he said and I think I understand it and yet I am not sure.”  We spoke back and forth for a while and soon she said “I got it – you mean that I don’t even have to accept it because God gave it to me and if I think I have to accept it – then it is a work – something that I had to do to get my salvation, in other words God did it all?” I said “Yes.” 

 

Then all of a sudden she said “Then when am I saved?” I asked her what does the Bible say about that?” As she was thinking about it, another student looked at me as if she was thinking very hard and said very softly, “You are saved when you believe” I said “You’ve got it” then the first student said “Oh I understand now, believing comes before I can pray, it comes before I could even ask God into my heart, but how can I ask Him into my heart if He had already given me the new heart to believe, so really asking Him into my heart isn’t scriptural then is it?” I told her that I have never found a scripture anywhere where it tells us to ask God into our hearts. I know of Jeremiah 24:7 where it says God gives us a new heart so that we can know Him as our God – so we will be His people, but nowhere have I found that we are to ask Him to come into our hearts.

 

The next day in class another student and I were talking about this too and I used the example by giving her my Bible and she reached out to accept it. I asked her “What are you doing?” Her reply was “I have to accept it”. I said “Wrong,” I then just dropped the Bible on her lap so quickly that she didn’t have time to even reach for it. She sat there and just looked at me and said “Lynn I understand it, God gives salvation to us before we even know it and it causes us to believe and at that moment we are saved – right?” I told her that was correct. Salvation is the act of God upon the remnant out of a creation of all kinds of people – He God chose – called – elected and predestinated them to be His own. God has showed us over and over in the Scriptures, that He has always had a remnant – all through the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and all the way to the end of the world – that this remnant was a chosen group and that He is the one who did the choosing. Jeremiah 24:7.

 

In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God’s word says: “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. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

Let’s examine what this verse is saying – A new heart also will I give you – first off you don’t and didn’t ask for it or for God to come into your old heart. God gives it – All the action is done by and initiated by Godit’s that simple. And a new spirit will I put within you – those of you who know about salvation know that if the Spirit of the living God lives within you – you are already SAVED! He puts the new spirit in you – tell me where does it say you need to ask Him to come into your heart, or that you have to say a certain prayer or that you have any part in your salvation? And I will take away a stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. Don’t you wonder why God did this? It is so that you can know Him and be His child. The action again was and is all God’s. And I will put my spirit within you – for what purpose does God give us His Spirit? = Salvation = and causes you to walk in my statues – notice HE does the CAUSING you are to walk in His ways, (Causes = makes to happen, brings about – triggers you to do – produces His will in you – He initiates your actions – God is the cause of your walking in Him)

 

And you shall keep my judgments and do them. Again God is causing us to keep His judgments and to do them; we can do nothing outside of Christ!

 

Please think about what God’s Word says, not what I am saying but by taking the whole counsel of God together we will find truth and the truth will set us free, and if free – free indeed.

Boast not in ourselves but only in the Lord.

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn

Whose Work Is Our Salvation Anyway?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-161If it takes our efforts to make sure of our salvation, why would God say it is by His Grace? Why would He say in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it?” If God did not or could not do every aspect of our salvation, then He would not be the Strongest, Strong God, the Faithful Covenant Keeping God would he? God is not weak, nor does He need man to do anything for his salvation. If God grants us grace then it is a done deal!! Every facet, portion, part, and piece of our salvation is the gracious work of a Sovereign God, the Creator of this universe, and of all humankind. He has taken care of every aspect of the work of salvation and He will present us to Himself holy.

The scriptures say that “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrew 12:2) Tell me where in our Bible does it say, that we took the shame of the cross Jesus bore? If He is the author and finisher, where does it say He needs our work in between author and finisher? Why in the world would God need His creatures that He created, to help Him in our salvation? Moreover, why in the world would we say we have to accept His gift and take the glory away from Him? He gives it like dropping it in our laps. That’s grace!

Our having to accept His gift is such a large error being taught in the churches of our day and what it does is it takes away God’s glory. The creatures in control of his salvation and God having to wait on the sideline with His hands tied waiting on man’s decision. What happen to the more than 200 years of teaching, that it is grace through faith and it is the work of Christ on the cross, that saves a sinner elected before the foundation of the world to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8 – 9) I really get on a bandwagon here because this is so important in the doctrines of Christianity and so many people of our day are willing to be taught rotten, dreadful, appalling and outrageous error. It makes a person wonder if those who believe they must do something to have salvation, if they are saved or not. It is not the work of man because all credit will go to Christ and not one person will be able to stand in His presence and say “It was my choice” that will be a sure fire ticket to Hell!

Let us put on our thinking caps people and when you grasp the doctrine of election you won’t let others talk you out of the truth to believe their lies again. Because that is what happens to so many people, in our day and age. Stand firm on the TRUTH of God!
Lynn

Our Will Verses God’s Will

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-171Humans make salvation an issue of our will, but salvation is a matter of the heart. Not the heart that pumps blood to our bodies, but the mind – the thinking part of man is what God changes. Remember Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

How do we know God? Is it not through our thinking minds? What will we know with our minds? Is it not That God is LORD, and that we shall be His people, and He shall be our God? When we know this in our minds, we shall return to Him with our whole mind. Not with head knowledge but with a knowledge that believes unto salvation.

If we are God’s children (who are God’s elect) then 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 applies to us. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”

Stay close to the Lord and have a good day, remember His goodness and mercy is with you each and every step you take today and for all your tomorrows.
Lynn