Sunday, December 18, 2016
A MATTER OF FAITH: SALVATION
December 25th is the day we pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Son of God. It is not His actual date of birth however we can honor Him by blessing others. Today is also a good day for many to allow the spirit man that is in them to be born -again.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Those words are tough to the unbeliever. They are not the politically correct churches declare these days but Jesus speaks truth because He is the truth. His words are infused with love, if He did not love you He would not have come to tell you.
You cannot go to heaven if you did not accept the full identity of Jesus while you are here on this earth. You must believe that He is the Son of God and also the son of man. (Mark 15:39, Luke 22:69-70)
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
What does it mean to be saved? You must understand that the world could not have been created without God. No bangs, no evolution, only His word. Then you must come to an understanding of self how your shortcomings are in need of help- a Savior. You can believe in the Son of God but not admit to yourself that you need Him to help you; you can believe Jesus is the Son of God but not allow Him to exercise Lordship of your life. To be “saved” means that the troubles of this world cannot be victorious in your life, you are an overcomer because of what Jesus did.
Walking down the aisle of a church and repeating words someone has instructed you to say does not make you a Christian, nor does raising your hand and filling out an information card. To be a follower of Christ requires belief and acceptance of truths that the world, including some churches, will tell you are not true such Jesus being the only way. Inviting Jesus to be Lord of your life is personal, very personal.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
The realities of God are all around us; it takes a lot of effort to not believe. The big bang theory was just a theory that has been dis-proven; fingerprints, the human body, including the steps involved in a baby being born are just a few of the elements that disprove a bang. Evolution was just a theory that was also dis-proven; the fact that monkeys/ apes stopped evolving is proof enough for me. Other religions have gods that are dead or can be rebuilt but cannot present the benefits provided by the Creator through salvation such as healing.
Life is the basis of faith; the more we understand about the human body, as well as the many different types of plants and animals the easier it is to believe that HE IS. And it is in understanding the totality of living beings the easier it is to believe in a Higher Power.
The Bible speaks of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. Salvation is an act of faith that begins with knowing in your soul that there is a power greater than yourself and that you cannot live peacefully without the help of this power. No church can teach you how to believe but the Spirit of God can reveal these truths to you and often uses man to do so.
By definition a savior is one who rescues; Jesus is Savior the One who can rescue you from the penalties of sin. Some people think they can save themselves, correct their own mistakes, until they are faced with a situation that proves otherwise. We all need Father God to help us daily.
How do we establish a relationship with God knowing that we are such imperfect beings? Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” If you believe that Jesus: is the only begotten Son of Father God; He was born of a virgin; He was crucified for the sins of others; He spent three days and three nights in a tomb; and then Father God raised Him from the dead, then you can have the benefits of salvation. What you believe you confess.
A CONFESSION LIKE THIS:
I believe Jesus is the Son of God and the son of man. I believe that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, lived on earth as a man, was ridiculed, disrespected, rejected by many, bruised, wounded, endured 39 stripes and lived and was then nailed to the cross and hung to die. I believe Jesus was buried and spent three days and three nights in hell. I believe Jesus took back what Satan had taken from man and returned to earth being raised from the dead by God the Father. I believe Jesus spent some time on earth after being raised from the dead before publicly being ascending into heaven. I believe that Jesus my Lord and Savior is sitting on the right hand of Father God waiting for the day Father tells Him to return to earth.
I forgive those who have committed wrongs against me and ask and receive the Forgiveness of Father God.(Mark 11:25) I accept Jesus as Lord and ask Him to be Lord of my life. I yield myself to His will therefore I am saved and receive the benefits thereof. AMEN