Monday, November 16, 2009
How Can I Know For Sure That I Am Saved?
When Jesus Died on the Cross, God the Father unloaded His Anger, and Wrath— PUNISHMENT (Isa 53:4-12, Isa 52:13-14) upon an Innocent, and SINLESS (1 Pet 3:18) Jesus (God's Son). On the Cross, God treated Jesus as if He had personally committed every Sin— by every Person, in the History of the World— those people who would ever Turn to Him for Salvation (Matt 4:17). God the Father treated Jesus as if Jesus had lived OUR Sinful Life on this Earth— so that God could treat those who would Repent & Believe the Gospel as if we had lived His PERFECT LIFE! Sin has to be paid for— Justice has to be served, to satisfy God's Righteous & Holy Anger towards Sin (Rom 2:5-11, Eph 2:3, Eph 5:6). Jesus became the SUBSTITUTE (1 Thess 5:9-10, 2 Cor 5:21) for ALL people— those people who would Turn from their Sins & Believe the Gospel (Luke 13:3,5, Acts 20:21, 17:30-31..) HIS PROPHESIED: VIRGIN BIRTH (Prophecy in O.T.- Isa 7:14 / Fulfilled in N.T.- Matt 1:22-23), Jesus' Horrific DEATH (Prophecy in O.T.- Isa 53:12, Isa 52:14 / Fulfilled in N.T- Matt 27:50), Jesus' RESURRECTION from the Dead (Prophecy O.T.- Ps 16:10 / Fulfilled O.T.- Luke 24:6,31,34) was Prophesied HUNDREDS & THOUSANDS of Years in Advance. All Prophecies of Jesus were Fulfilled Perfectly!
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE FOR OUR SINS?
God used the Substitutionary Sacrificial Death of Jesus to Demonstrate (Rom 5:8) for ALL Time His Incredible Wealth of Kindness— and His Infinite Love for us. He did so by using the Backdrop of Evil (2 Cor 4:6)— which then allowed God to HIGHLIGHT to ALL His Goodness & Mercy (Ps 23:6). In Eph 2:7 it says, "So God can POINT TO US in ALL FUTURE AGES as EXAMPLES of the INCREDIBLE WEALTH of His GRACE and KINDNESS towards us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with CHRIST JESUS." God will Forever Receive GLORY & HONOR for all He has done for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rev 4:11, 5:12-13). Jesus, who is RIGHTEOUS, HOLY, and JUST, DIED for the UNJUST. (1 Pet 3:18). Christ became a "CURSE" for us (Gal 3:13) in order that we could become "the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus" (2 Cor 5:21). In other words, we did a Crime, and Jesus stepped in, and Paid our Fine. This is such Good News! (Mark:1:1, 1 Cor15:2-9)
THERE ARE 2 CHOICES WE MAKE TO HAVE OUR SINS PAID IN FULL:
1 - We can Pay for our OWN Sins by spending Eternity in Hell (Rev 21:7-8; Rev 20:11-15)
2 - We can Have JESUS CHRIST Pay For Our Sins.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Jesus, who is Infinitely Holy & Perfect took our Sins upon Himself, so God's Wrath & Punishment for our Sin can be Satisfied. God can then CANCEL THE RECORD OF THE CHARGES OF SIN that is presently being held against us (Col 2:14). He will Forgive us, and Cleanse us from ALL Unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He will ADOPT us as His Children (Gal 4:5-7)— and we become BORN AGAIN (John 3:3), into God's Family (1 John 3:9). As His Children, we are to Reflect the GLORIOUS IMAGE OF CHRIST in our Lives (2 Cor 3:18, 2 Cor 5:17, Matt 5:16), by living HOLY & Clean lives (1 Pet 1:14-15,16-17) for GOD'S GLORY (1 Cor 10:31, John 3:30)— out of a LOVE FOR JESUS (John 14:15, John 14:21, Luke 6:46). God will then make us CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST (Rom 8:17), and we will RULE & REIGN WITH CHRIST in God's Kingdom— FOREVER! (Rev 20:6, Rev 1:6, Matt 13:43) This was God's Plan long ago, to Adopt us into His Family (Eph 1:4-5).
WHAT DOES JESUS WANT US TO DO?
Repent— along with Have Faith & Believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15, Acts 17:30-31). Repentance is a Work of God in you— it is God giving you a desire to do what pleases Him (Phil 2:13)— which is to Turn from Sin, and Believe the Gospel. So if you are Hearing His voice today (John 10:3-17), and we hear His Voice through the Preaching of the Gospel (1 Cor 1:18-31)— Don't harden your Hearts (Heb 3:7-14). Turn from your Sin & Selfish Ways TODAY (2 Cor 6:2), Pick up your Cross Daily, & Follow Jesus (Luke 9:23-26). Read Your Bible everyday (Rom 10:17), and Obey God's Word because of your Love for Jesus (John 14:15,21,24), and because you now want to Glorify God in all you Say, Think,& Do (1 Cor 10:31)