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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:


Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin


The Assurance of Salvation


 

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To have assurance of a future with God in heaven all you have to do is believe in His Son.

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.”

 You have to be His child and the Word of God says in John 1:12

“as many as received Him to them gave He right to become the sons of God,

 even to them that believe on His name.”

 I Corinthians 15:3&4 tells us what Jesus did for us.

  He died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day.

 Other Scriptures to read are Isaiah 53:1-12, 1 Peter 2:24,

Matthew 26:28&29, Hebrews chapter 10:1-25 and John 3:16&30.


    In John 3:14-16&30 and John 5:24 God says

if we believe we have eternal life and simply put, if it ends it wouldn’t be eternal;

but to emphasize His promise God also says those who believe shall not perish.

 God also says in Romans 8:1 that

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”


    The Bible says that God cannot lie; it is in His innate character (Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18&19).

 He uses many words to make the promise of eternal life easy for us to understand:

Romans 10:13 (call), John 1:12 (believe & receive), John 3:14&15 (look – Numbers 21:5-9),

Revelation 22:17 (take) and Revelation 3:20 (open the door).

 Romans 6:23 says eternal life is a gift through Jesus Christ.

 Revelation 22:17 says “And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” 

It is a gift, all we need to do is take it.  It cost Jesus everything.  It costs us nothing.


    It is not a result of our doing works.  We cannot get it or keep it by doing good deeds.

God is just.  If it were by works it would not be just and we would have something to brag about.

 Ephesians 2:8&9 says

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

not of works, lest anyone should boast."

 Galatians 3:1-6 teaches us that not only can we not earn it by doing good works,

 but we can't keep it that way either.

 It says "did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith…are you so foolish,

 having begun in the Spirit are you now being perfected by the flesh." 

I Corinthians 1:29-31 says,

"that no man should boast before God…

that Christ is made unto us sanctification and redemption and…let him who boasts, boast in the Lord."

 If we could earn salvation Jesus would not have had to die (Galatians 2:21).


    Other passages which give us assurance of salvation are:

1.     John 6:25-40 especially verse 37

which tells us that "him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out,"

that is, you don't have to beg or earn it. 

If you believe and come He will not reject you but welcome you, receive you and make you His child.

 You only have to ask Him.    


2.     2 Timothy 1:12 says

"I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able

to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day." 

Jude24&25 say

"To him who is able to keep you from falling

and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

 – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,

 through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever more! Amen."



3.     Philippians 1:6 says

 "For I am confident of this very thing,

that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."


4.     Remember the thief on the cross.

 All he said to Jesus was "Remember me when You come in your kingdom."

 Jesus saw his heart and honored his faith.

 He said, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:42&43).



5.    When Jesus died He finished the work God gave Him to do. 

John 4:34 says, "My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me and to finish His work."

On the cross, just before He died, He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30).

 The phrase "It is finished" means paid in full. 

It is a legal term that refers to what was written over the list of crimes

 someone was being punished for when his punishment was completely finished, when he was set free.

 It signifies that his debt or punishment was "paid in full."

 When we accept Jesus' death on the cross for us, our sin debt is paid in full.  No one can change this.


6.     Two wonderful verses, John 3:16 and John 3:28-40

 both say that when you believe you will not perish. 

John 10:28 says never perish.

 God's Word is true.  We just have to trust what God says.  Never means never.


7.     God says many times in the New Testament that He imputes or credits Christ's righteousness to us

when we put our faith in Jesus, that is, He credits or gives to us Jesus' righteousness. 

Ephesians 1:6 says we are accepted in Christ.

 See also Philippians 3:9 and Romans 4:3&22.


8.     God's Word says in Psalm 103:12 that

"as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

 He also says in Jeremiah 31:34 that "He will remember our sins no more."


9.    Hebrews 10:10-14 teaches us that

Jesus death on the cross was sufficient to pay for all sin for all time – past, present and future.

 Jesus died "once for all."  Jesus' work (being complete and perfect) never needs to be repeated.

 This passage teaches that "he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy."

 Maturity and purity in our lives is a process but He has perfected us forever.

 Because of this we are to "draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:22).

 "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:25).



10.    Ephesians 1:13&14 says the Holy Spirit seals us. 

God seals us with the Holy Spirit as with a signet ring, putting on us an irreversible seal, not able to be broken.

 It's like a king sealing an irreversible law with his signet ring.



    Many Christians doubt their salvation.

 These and many other verses show us God is both Savior and Keeper. 

We are, according to Ephesians 6 in a battle with Satan.

  He is our enemy and "as a roaring lion seeks to devour us" (I Peter 5:8).

  I believe that causing us to doubt our salvation is one of his greatest fiery darts used to defeat us. 

I believe that the various parts of the armor of God referred to here are the Scripture verses

which teach us what God promises and the power He gives us to have victory;

for example, His righteousness.  It is not ours but His.

 Philippians 3:9 says

"and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law,

but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith."

 When Satan tries to convince you that you are "too bad to go to heaven,"

respond that you are righteous "in Christ" and claim His righteousness.


    To use the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God)

 you need to memorize or at least know where to find this and other Scriptures.

 To use these weapons we need to know that His Word is truth (John 17:17). 

Remember, you have to trust God's Word. 

Study God's Word and keep on studying it because the more you know the stronger you will become.

 You must trust these verse and others like them to have assurance.

 His Word is truth and "the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).

 You must fill your mind with it until it changes you.

  The Word of God says

 to "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials," like doubting God.

 Ephesians 6 says to use that sword and then it says to stand; don't quit and run (retreat).

 God has given us everything we need for life and godliness

"thorough the true knowledge of Him Who called us" (2 Peter 1:3). 

Just keep on believing.


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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"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."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b

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Come, everyone who thirst, come to the waters...

            ~  Isaiah 55:1a


Jesus said unto her,

"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

           ~ John 4:13,14


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God's Simple Plan of Salvation in Various Languages:

How Do I Become a Christian - Receive Jesus as My Savior


Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?


Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?


The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.


The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.


The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.


Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.


There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3


As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.


May God bless you as you follow Him.


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