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Are You Saved?

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

“There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”  1 Pet 3:21

 

Introduction

The terms “save” and “salvation”  are sometimes used by the Bible writers to convey the idea of a person being delivered from danger or destruction. Exo 14:13 Often, though, these terms refer to deliverance from sin.  Mt 1:21  Since death is caused by sin, people who are saved from sin have the hope of living forever.  John 3:16-17  To gain salvation, we must exercise faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  1 John 5:5-6

The Bible shows that we must have works or act of obedience to prove that our faith is alive.  John 2:24,26  However, this does not mean that we can earn salvation by our own efforts.  It is by grace we have been saved through faith and not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.  Eph 2:8 

Can We Lose Out On Salvation?

Yes, just as a person saved from drowning could fall or jump back into water, a person who has been saved from sin but fails to keep exercising faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness could lose out on salvation.  For this reason, the Bible urges God’s elect who have received salvation by grace to contend for the precious faith till the end.  Jude 3  It also warns those who have been saved to keep working out their salvation with fear and trembling.  Phil 2:12; Col 1:23 

 

Will Everyone Be Saved?

No, some people will not be saved.  2 Thess 2:9-10  When Jesus was asked, “are those being saved few?”  He replied, “exert yourselves   vigorously  to  get  in  through  the  narrow  door because  many, I tell you, will seek to get in but will not be able.”  Lk 13:22-24 

 

How Do You Get Saved?

We should believe in God’s Word just as it is.  If we believe in Jesus Christ without believing in His baptism by John the Baptist, can we still be saved from all our sins?  Can we become God’s children without believing  in  Jesus’  baptism?   Can  we  still  go to Heaven? Can we still become the royal family spiritually on this earth?  To these questions, I can clearly say, “NO”  without any hesitance.  God said in Gen 17 that if we do not believe in the baptism (physical circumcision) of Jesus Christ, we cannot be His people.

God’s covenant with Abraham is the same as today’s covenant that God saves those who believe in the baptism Jesus received and His blood on the cross.  This is not a religious doctrine.  This is not a doctrine we at NCCkl made up.  This Truth becomes even clearer when we faithfully preach and teach about it from the Bible.  Many people nowadays misunderstand this Truth because of their own thoughts and their own eschew denominational doctrine.  Therefore, we should not blindly believe in and follow such a doctrine saying, ‘Jesus has saved me anyway.’  We should rather set aside our thoughts and believe in God’s Word of Righteousness just as it is.  Mk 8:34

 

Today, whoever wants to be saved should believe in the Word of promise that God gave to Abraham. 

Every truth seeker should believe in the work of salvation as it was accomplished by Jesus Christ.  Our Savior came to this earth, took all our sins away by being baptized and shed His blood on the cross.  When we do not believe in this work of righteousness like this, we will never be saved. 

God explicitly said,  And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”  Gen 17:14  God said that He would save us through circumcision.  Likewise, God promised that those who have faith in the baptism Jesus received and His blood on the cross would become His children.

 

God gave his Word to Abraham and His descendants, saying, “my covenant will be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.”  God  said His covenant is in our flesh.  Then where do we have this sign that we receive the remission of sins and are saved?  We have this sign in our heart.  We have become God’s children by being circumcised spiritually when we believed in the baptism of Christ.  We have handed all our sins to Jesus by believing that the Lord bore all our sins through His baptism. We become sinless and righteous children of God by believing that Jesus carried all our sins to the cross, died there  and rose again to save us.  Only then we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Who seals our redemption for eternity.

 

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