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My Assurance is Being “In Christ Jesus-2

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power– Including death!!    Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Can you  without any hesitation say that you experience Eternal Salvation right now? Do you have full assurance that Jesus has saved you and He is continuing to save you? If today were your last moments to live  can you say without pause and with complete assurance that you are saved?

The Bible teaches us that we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.      Psa 31:14-16 Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment. Thus we can have complete assurance that we have Salvation NOW!!!! Praise God!!!!!1 John 5:11-13

We have Assurance that we don’t have to save ourselves.

We have made salvation woefully complicated.  We have brought our own ideas and opinions to the discussion.  When I choose to trust Jesus with my Life, then Jesus and Jesus alone will save me!  He is my Savior.  “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us.  We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings.  I can’t add anything to the equation of Salvation no matter what I do.  “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross.                    1 Corinthians 1:30-31.  Luke 2:10-11.  Hebrews 4:1-8.

Jesus wants us to enjoy Salvation now!!

We have “Assurance that Jesus alone is reconciling us to Him”. 

Now all thing are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19.  Jesus wants to heal us completely from the virus of sin.  Reconciliation is a change from enmity to friendship and is brought about my God alone.  “In Christ” we become a new creation.  This is possible only through the compelling love of Jesus.  He will draw us to Him with an everlasting love.  His transforming, reconciling love is through His Holy Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18.  Are you baptized by the Holy Spirit?  John 1:29, 33,  Luke 3:16,  Acts 1:5,2; 1-4,  Ephesians 5:18, 6:18,  Luke 11:13,  Galatians 5:22-23.

 

The truth is that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us giving us His victory:  This is “being in Christ Jesus”.  Colossians 1:27.

 

We have Assurance that Jesus is writing “His laws” (plural) in our minds.

Yes, laws, plural.  His laws of love and liberty.  By completely healing us,  Jesus will remove selfishness from our minds and will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Praise God:  Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17.  (More on the concepts about the laws of love and liberty in future studies)

 

When we are “in Christ Jesus”  He will manifest Himself in and through us. 

It’s Christ alone who heals us!  It’s Christ alone who restores His image in us!  This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”.  It’s all about Jesus.  We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us by The Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:1-5, 11.

  We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  Psa 31:14-15, 1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

God’s Character: Our Assurance Of Salvation

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

God’s Character: Our Assurance

   God’s nature doesn’t necessitate His forgiveness of sin, as if that were His job.  Nor is forgiveness the suspension of God’s justice, as if His justice were severe and harsh.  Doubts about our eternal security are rooted in a misconception of God’s character—in our failure to grasp the wondrous blend of His justice and mercy, as revealed by God to Moses in Exodus 34:6,7.  It was this harmony of God’s attributes that Israel’s prophets and psalmists praised, as can be seen in Joel 2:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Jonah 4:2; Psalms 85:10, 86:15; 103:8; 145:8.   God intended that the society of His covenant people reflect His divine character by placing justice and mercy on equal terms (see Exodus. 22:25-27).

No psalm reflects more accurately the tension repentant believers feel about their standing before God than does Psalm 130:1-8 .  Here the psalmist cries “out of the depths” to the God of Israel.  And here he receives assurance:

 

If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with

you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared… O Israel, put your

hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full

redemption.  He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalms 130:3,4,7,8.

 

A troubled conscience can hear no greater assurance than these inspired words of comfort.  Many believers have divorced mercy from justice.  But in the biblical revelation of God’s nature—for example, in Exodus 34:6,7 and Psalm 85:10—“God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy.  Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love.”  This insight does not mean that mercy destroys justice; instead, it means that both are the fruits of God’s holy love.  Such a harmony of God’s attributes exceeds all human comprehension!  God doesn’t bestow His mercy on repentant sinners reluctantly but with delight and with “full redemption” Isa. 55:7,  Ps. 130:7.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon unfolds this mercy in its great variety:

“Here is mercy that receives sinners, mercy that restores backsliders, mercy that keeps believers.  Here is mercy that pardons sin, that introduces to the enjoyment of all gospel privileges, and that blesses the praying soul far beyond its expectations.  With the Lord there is mercy, and he loves to display it, he is ready to impart it, he has determined to exalt and to glorify it”.

 

Leslie C. Allen explains the basis of Christian assurance of salvation as follows; “For the Christian this grace is grounded not only in a heart of love but in its disclosure through the death of Jesus as the objective basis of divine deliverance.”  Jesus demonstrated this holy love and mercy of His Father in His own life and death.  He showed that God does not demand justice without mercy, or no one would be saved (see Ps. 143.2).  He assured every repentant believer that His self-sacrifice was an all-sufficient ransom for all humankind (Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6).

GOD IS LOVE ALL THE TIME!! 1 John 4:8,15,16

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Yes Jesus Loves Me The Bible Tells Me So—Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

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       We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 

The Bible Tells Me So

     Children sing “Jesus loves me, this I know. . .” Then we become adults, and our tune changes.  We lose our childlike confidence and change the lyrics to “Jesus loves me?  I don’t know.”  Why the doubt?  Why the sense of dread and foreboding when we contemplate our readiness for Christ’s return?  Is the Christian entitled to the assurance of salvation?  Can we know for sure that we are saved?

 

I believe that it is the privilege of every born-again child of God to possess “the firm assurance of personal salvation here and now!”

 

Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

 

God alone can give us absolute assurance of salvation.  Jesus, the Son of God, brought the comforting news that the Father accepts everyone who comes to Jesus and believes in Him.  He said:

 

“All that the father gives me will come to me, and whoever

comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down

from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who

sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I

shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them

up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who

looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day:  John 6:37-40.

 Jesus Wants To Save You No Matter What Your Past Has Been!!!

God the Father and the Son are perfectly one in their will and acts to save believers from evil and death and even from themselves.  The reassuring news is that God has taken the initiative for our redemption.  He did not wait till we asked for help.  As the Father drew Israel with His everlasting loving kindness (see Jeremiah. 31:3), so He now draws all people and enables them to come to Jesus (see John 6:44, 65).  Jesus likewise promised: “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself”  John 12:32.  He draws them each time the gospel of the crucified and risen Savior is proclaimed. So, all the glory and honor due those who have provided salvation belong to the divine Father and Son.  No one obtains salvation because of personal achievement or merit.  From start to finish it is the gift of the gracious God—as Paul said: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”  Rom. 6:23.

 

We owe everything to grace, free grace, sovereign grace.  Grace in the covenant ordained our adoption.  Grace in the savior effected our redemption, our regeneration, and our adoption to heirship with Christ.  Let this grace be revealed to others.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!! 1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Treasures From The Vine—My Father Is The Husbandman

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

And my father is the husbandman. – John 15:1

A vine must have a husbandman to plant and watch over it, to receive and rejoice in its fruit.  Jesus says: “My Father is the husbandman.”  Jesus was “the vine of God’s planting.”  All He was and did, He owed to the Father; in all things He only sought the Father’s will and glory.  He had become man to show us what a creature ought to be to its Creator.  He took our place, and the spirit of His life before the Father was ever what He seeks to make ours:  “Of Him, and through him, and to him, are all things” (Romans 11:36).  He became the true Vine, that we might be true branches.  Both in regard to Christ and ourselves the words teach us the two lessons of absolute dependence and perfect confidence.

My Father is the husbandman. – Christ ever lived in the spirit of what He once said:  “The Son can do nothing of himself” (John 5:19).  As dependent as a vine is on a husbandman for the place where it is to grow, for its fencing in and watering and pruning, Christ felt Himself entirely dependent on the Father every day for the wisdom and the strength to do the Father’s will.  As He said in the previous chapter (John 14:10):  “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.”  This absolute dependence had as its blessed counterpart the most blessed confidence that He had nothing to fear: The Father could not disappoint Him.  With such a Husbandman as His Father, He could enter death and the grave.  He could trust God to raise Him up.  All that Christ is and has, He has, not in Himself, but from the Father.

 

Treasures From The Vine— The Purpose Of The Branch

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Every branch in me that bears not fruit

He takes away. – John 15:2

Here we have one of the chief words of the parable – branch.  A vine needs branches:  Without branches it can do nothing, can bear no fruit.  As important as it is to know about the Vine and the Husbandman, it is to realize what the branch is.  Before we listen to what Christ has to say about it, let us first of all take in what a branch is and what it teaches us of our life in Christ.  A branch is simply a bit of wood, brought forth by the vine for the one purpose of serving it in bearing its fruit.  It is of the same nature as the vine, and it has one life and one spirit with it.  Just think a moment of the lessons this suggests.

There is the lesson of entire consecration The branch has but one object for which it exists, one purpose to which it is entirely given up, to bear the fruit the vine wishes to bring forth.  And so the believer has but one reason for being a branch – but one reason for his existence on earth – that the heavenly Vine may through him bring forth His fruit.  Happy the soul that knows this, that has consented to it, and that says, “I have been redeemed and I live for one thing.  As exclusively as the natural branch exists only to bring forth fruit, I too; as exclusively as the heavenly Vine exists to bring forth fruit, I too.  As I have been planted by God into Christ, I have wholly given myself to bear the fruit the Vine desires to bring forth.”

 

He Is Able To Do Beyond All That We Ask or Think Ephesians 3:20-21

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Exciting Thoughts on Ephesians 3:20

 

GOD IS ABLE TO PROVIDE HYPER ABUNDANCE FOR YOU!!

 1. He is able to do or work, for He is neither idle, nor inactive, nor dead!

2. He is able to do what we ask, for He hears and answers prayer!

3. He is able to do what we ask or think, for He reads our thoughts, and sometimes we imagine things for which we dare not and therefore do not ask.

4. He is able to do all that we ask or think, for He knows it all and can perform it all!

5. He is able to do more…. Than (hyper, beyond) all that we ask or think, for His expectations are higher than ours.

6. He is able to do much more, or more abundantly, than all that we ask or think, for He does not give His grace by calculated measure.

7. He is able to do very much more, far more abundantly, than all that we ask or think, for He is the only God of super-abundance.. There are no limits to what God can do!!

 

What a God!!!! Paul is excited about Him!! His soul and heart seem to be bursting with a desire to praise, and to thank, and to glorify, the God who has creative power and has made such things possible for us!!

 

And our hearts will be also when we begin to grasp the magnitude of God’s everlasting love and what God has done for each one of us!!

PRAISE GOD FOR HIS STEADFAST NEVER-FAILING LOVE!!

Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 94:18

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation

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For the love of Christ compels us…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    2 Corinthians 5:14,17

Jesus Just Wants To be Friends With You!!  John 15:14-15

 

 

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

  Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14

 The Gospel Is Jesus!!

 “Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation”!  How is this true?    

“For God so loved”  FirstHe GaveHe Forgave. John 3:16-17, 15:9,17, 17:20-26, 1 John 4:410,Romans 5:6-11, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-15, 5:43-48, Psalms 94:18, 1John 4:13-21,John 17:2-3,23, Romans 8:32,35-39

 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                          Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The Heart Of The Gospel

Selfishness is at the very core of sin and in the end will destroy you! It is a virus that has infected all humanity! Romans 3:23,6:23, Matthew 25:41

 

Selfishness —Self-seeking—-displaced love, liberty, peace and life.                                                Romans 6:12,18-20, 1Corinthians 13:5

 

The result of self-seeking (Sin) is separation from God, absence of peace and a gross misjudgment of God’s character of Love.  Fear, guilt and separation control the sinner’s life. Romans 5:1-11 Justification means being “set right” or “put right.”

 

Sinners no longer trust God for their welfare. Fear causes self-seekers to take matters into their own hands—to trust in themselves. Thus the survival of the fittest emerges! 2 Timothy 3:1-5,4:10,Titus 3:3-8,Galatians 2:20

 

Removing the selfishness from our minds, Jesus will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty.                           John 17:14,15, 2Corinthians 3:18, 5:12-21.

 

When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.        John 17:3

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!                    1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

Jesus Is Looking For Friends!!

So it is—At the very heart of the Gospel is Jesus–Just Looking For Friends– Loving us and healing our broken relationship with His Steadfast Love–Love that is everlasting!!

Psalms 94:18    Jeremiah 31:3   Romans 3:26

 Jesus Just Wants To Be Your Friend!!

John 15:14-15

Will You Be His Friend?

Revelation 3:20


This is truly the Everlasting Gospel.   Revelation 14:6

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   Psa 31:14,15,16,  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

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Why Did God Set A Limit To His Creative Activity?

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What would lead God to set a limit to His creative activity and mark the occasion by hallowing the seventh day?

Clearly by ceasing His creation, the Creator stoops to the level of His creatures because God’s heart desire is to be with His creation. The relation marker becomes clear! This is true because God is love! And God’s love “does not seek its own” 1Corinthians 13:5 “is not self-seeking” 1Corinthians 13:5, or “never seeks its own advantage” 1Corinthians 13:5.

Indeed, the reason why He refrains from further activity on the seventh day is that He has found the object of His love and has no need for any further works!

This is a staggering thought. On the one hand, God’s love thus magnifies human value, showing forth in bold print the worth of human beings to God! On the other hand, the seventh day thus understood brings God’s love into focus at Creation, placing love at the front and center of God’s character and activity from the very beginning.

In the New Testament John makes love the centerpiece of his description of God. “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:8. Love is God’s defining attribute from the beginning. From first to last love is the wellspring from which all other actions radiate and around all else unites.

What is most important about God at Creation is that God is love. God ceases from working on the seventh to enjoy the company of the person God has created. It is as if we hear God speaking, “I am ceasing on the seventh day not only that you may acknowledge and love me, but in order to make it known that I recognize and love you.

I pray that the lost meaning of The Sabbath will come alive in your life right now and cause you to have an intimate relationship with God.

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Wayne

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future.

1 John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3,

It is just that simple!

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Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

The Viewpoint—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers 

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”


 

 

 

Now thanks be to God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.

The viewpoint of a worker for God must not be as near the highest as he can get, it must be the highest. Be careful to maintain strenuously God’s point of view, it has to be done every day, bit by bit; don’t think on the finite. No outside power can touch the viewpoint.

The viewpoint to maintain is that we are here for one purpose only, viz., to be captives in the train of Christ’s triumphs. We are not in God’s showroom, we are here to exhibit one thing – the absolute captivity of our lives to Jesus Christ. How small the other points of view are – I am standing alone battling for Jesus; I have to maintain the cause of Christ and hold this fort for Him. Paul says – I am in the train of a conqueror, and it does not matter what the difficulties are, I am always led in triumph. Is this idea being worked out practically in us? Paul’s secret joy was that God took him, a red-handed rebel against Jesus Christ, and made him a captive, and now that is all he is here for. Paul’s joy was to be a captive of the Lord, he had no other interest in heaven or in earth. It is a shameful thing for a Christian to talk about getting the victory. The Victor ought to have got us so completely that it is His victory all the time, and we are more than conquerors through Him.

“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.” We are enwheeled with the odour of Jesus, and wherever we go we are a wonderful refreshment to God.

    2 Corinthians 2:14

Christ’s Righteousness- Three False Gospels

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation Now!!

1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

by Steve Wohlberg

In the book of Galatians, Paul warned his converts:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:7-9).

These stirring words should convince any clear-thinking Christian that it is quite possible for Satan, his angels, and his agents to so “pervert the gospel of Christ” that those who think they believe the “Good News” are actually being deceived by the Devil. Ominously, this actually happened to Paul’s own converts in Galatia, and they were in danger of being “accursed.” We should watch out that this doesn’t happen to us.

Here are three popular perversions we should avoid:

1.The “I’m Good Enough To Be Saved” False Gospel. Sadly, millions of professed Christians have accepted this perversion of the “Good News.” They think that just because they aren’t as bad as other men, they’re automatically going to heaven. Jesus Christ warned about this delusion in His “parable to those who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9). In his prayer, the proud Pharisee boasted, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and give tithes of all that I possess” (verses 11,12). Such self-complacency won’t lead to Pearly Gates, but to the lake of fire. By contrast, the lowly tax collector “would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!'” (verse 13). Jesus is clear that the tax collector was “justified” by God, not the Pharisee (see verse 14).

Paul clarified in his Galatian letter that the only way any sinner can be legally “justified,” which means to be declared “not guilty” before a holy God, is by “faith in Christ and not by the works of the law” (Galatians 2:16). In other words, being “good” won’t save us. Neither will performing good deeds. Neither will keeping the law. Not a chance. Only the true gospel of Jesus Christ can save us. We must have personal faith in Jesus Christ alone.

2.The “I Can Keep Living in Sin” False Gospel. This error is comparable to a ditch on the other side of the road, and it is very popular. Millions assume that because they are not saved by “the works of the law,” that this means that they can nominally accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and then do as they please, even to the point of willfully practicing known sin. “Only Jesus is perfect,” they may claim (which is true), but then they mistakenly conclude that it is therefore okay for Christians to do wicked things. In the same book of Galatians, Paul also warned,

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21, emphasis added).

Did you catch that? Under the general heading of “the works of the flesh,” Paul listed “adultery,” “fornication,” “sorcery,” “hatred,” getting drunk, and spreading strife. “Well,” many who practice these sins will rationalize, “once again, no one is perfect, what can you expect?” My response is that Jesus Christ expects these evil sins to be sliced out of both the heart and life of every true Christian. If they are not, what does Paul say? Take note: “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” To believe otherwise is to believe a false gospel.

3.The “I Don’t Need to Keep the Law” False Gospel. This last deception is insidiously subtle. Because the New Testament is clear that sinners are not justified or saved “by the works of the law,” many have therefore mistakenly concluded that the Ten Commandments have passed away, and don’t need to be kept. But if you look closely at Paul’s works-of-the-flesh list quoted above, and then compare it with Exodus 20:3-17, you will see that Paul is actually listing specific violations of God’s Law. “Adultery” breaks the 7th commandment, “idolatry” violates the 2nd, and “murder” breaks the 6th. Next Paul lists nine “fruits of the Spirit,” such as “love,” “joy,” and “peace,” and concludes by saying, “Against such there is no law.” What does that mean? It means that the law of God is not against these good fruits, but it is still against the evil ones! Thus God’s law still exists, and should be obeyed. We can be sure this is Paul’s intent because in another letter he quoted the 5th commandment, stating, “Honor thy father and thy mother,” and then he commands Christian children to “obey” it! (See Ephesians 6:1-3)

So what is the true gospel after all? We don’t need to speculate, for the answer is in the Holy Bible. Paul wrote,

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, emphasis added).

There it is, clear and simple, straight from Paul’s inspired pen. “Christ died for our sins … He was buried … He rose from the dead.” That is the gospel. But what is “sin” anyway? Again, we don’t need to guess, for John told us clearly when he wrote, “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So how should we respond to the Good News that our loving Savior died on a cruel cross to pay the complete penalty for our sins of breaking the Ten Commandments? The biblical answer is that we must “repent” (see Acts 2:38) – which means turning away from the sins of breaking God’s law – and believe the gospel. Then Jesus Himself says to us, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15), which is a direct quote from the 2nd commandment (see Exodus 20:6).

If we heed this inspired counsel, we will avoid the “I’m Good Enough to Be Saved” false gospel, the “I Can Keep Living In Sin” false gospel, the “I Don’t Need to Keep the Law” false gospel, and escape deception. Then we will be following “the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:5) in these last days.

Steve Wohlberg is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media. With B.A. and M-Div. degrees in Theology, he has been a guest on over 500 radio and television shows, produced numerous TV series, hosted the nationally syndicated radio show World News and the Bible (2004-2006), and has authored 21 books. An international speaker, Steve has conducted Bible seminars in Russia, South Africa, Canada, Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, and in cities throughout the U.S. 1-800-78-BIBLE.

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The Constraint Of The Call—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For February 2nd

 

“Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

1 Corinthians 9:16

Beware of stopping your ears to the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching. Paul is referring to the pangs produced in him by the constraint to preach the Gospel. Never apply what Paul says in this connection to souls coming in contact with God for salvation. There is nothing easier than getting saved because it is God’s sovereign work – Come unto Me and I will save you. Our Lord never lays down the conditions of discipleship as the conditions of salvation. We are condemned to salvation through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Discipleship has an option with it – “IF any man. . . ‘

Paul’s words have to do with being made a servant of Jesus Christ, and our permission is never asked as to what we will do or where we will go. God makes us broken bread and poured-out wine to please Himself. To be “separated unto the gospel” means to hear the call of God; and when a man begins to overhear that call, then begins agony that is worthy of the name. Every ambition is nipped in the bud, every desire of life quenched, every outlook completely extinguished and blotted out, saving one thing only – “separated unto the gospel.” Woe be to the soul who tries to put his foot in any other direction when once that call has come to him. This College exists for you, and you – to see whether God has a man or woman here who cares about proclaiming His Gospel; to see whether God grips you. And be ware of competitors when God does grip you.