“My Story. Is It Your Story Too?”

Posted: October 2, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Lordship Salvation, My Story, Salvation, Security, Spiritual Gifts

Can you identify yourself with my story?

Perhaps you have longed to go to heaven when you die and avoid hell. But maybe you’ve thought that you couldn’t be saved because you honestly don’t believe that you could meet all the impossible conditions you’ve heard from religious leaders such as: Follow Christ,” “Surrender to Him,” Be willing to obey Him,” “Commit yourself fully to Him,” “Turn from your sin,” “Be willing to sacrifice everything,” “Give everything up for the Kingdom,” “Deny yourself,” “Fulfill all the demands of discipleship,” or something else. 

Honestly, how could anyone know for sure if he/she had met all these conditions for salvation?  Is it any wonder that so few people are saved and have assurance of salvationMany people who call themselves “Christians” are trying to maintain their salvation by their good works?  My friend, from start to finish, Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9; Philippians 1:6).

I didn’t have assurance of my salvation until I was in my second year of college. At that time I came across a verse in the Scriptures that said, These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13). The word believe” stuck out in my mind. It is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel as the only condition for our salvation.

My friend, you can be saved the Scriptural way as I was many years ago. We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast. Good works should/will follow salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Without them we won’t be able to convince other people that we are true Christians (James 2:18-20). The good works that God want us to do are associated with the spiritual gifts that He has given to each Christian.  Would you like to learn more about them?  If so, ask.

Please don’t try to make the conditions for spiritual growth and maturity the conditions for your salvation.  If you do, you won’t have assurance of your salvation and you will confuse others who need and want to be saved. 

If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, we’re here to help you if you’re willing to believe the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:15-17).  It is the final authority.

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