Today's Christian thought: Wednesday September 17th, 2003
In John chapter 3, verse 3, Jesus said to Nicodemus: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
In Acts chapter 16, verse 30, the jailer said to Paul, Timothy and Silas: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
So, what is it that one must do to be Saved? How does one receive from the Lord Jesus Christ absolute assurance that one is Saved and has received Salvation? How does one have God's assurance of spending eternity with Him in paradise instead of eternal damnation in the lake of fire with satan?
First let's look at Scripture and then I think you'll know without any commentary on my part or the part of others how salvation is attained. But always remember this, there is only eternal joy and bliss with the Lord in paradise, or eternal pain, suffering and damnation with satan in the lake of fire. There is no purgatory or any other place.
"That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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 His Son into the world not 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 3:15-18)
In Acts 16, in reply to the jailer's question, Paul said: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
In Romans chapter ten, Paul says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, 'Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.'
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9-13)
That's it, read the Scripture, read more if you want, but, above is enough to understand God's plan of salvation. A plan that is so fair that any and all can claim it for themselves - the strongest weightlifter, the quadriplegic on a bed, the brilliant student with four PhD's, and the 40 year old that still plays with blocks on his parents' floor. While God has made it fair and achievable for all, He also made it mandatory for any that want to go to heaven. Remember back in John 3:3 when Jesus told Nicodemus "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
No amount of good work will get you into heaven and no amount of bad things will block your path. What opens the gates or slams them shut is what you do with God's plan of salvation. But mark the Lord's words carefully, for He was not joking when He said: "... Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God!"
May the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, help all to understand that salvation is each man, woman, and child's own responsibility, no one can achieve it or claim it for you. You must go to the Lord yourself, for the default is not salvation, but damnation.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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