Quotes and Notes for the Day
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION V
( Concluding Remarks)
Writing to the Romans the apostle says, ” Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith in to this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” “There is therefore now no condemnation to them are in Christ; who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
” who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) “ Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8). “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” (Romans 16:20).
“of whom are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1st Corinthians 1:30) ” all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or the things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” (1st Corinthians 33:21)
Friends, is it possible that those to whom such language was addressed could doubt their safety, or need anything else to give them perfect assurance? By inspiration of the Holy Spirit the apostle Paul wrote the following words:
To the Corinthians, he says, “For we know (not suppose, nor hope, but know) that if our earthly house of tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house , not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2nd Corinthians 5:1) and also in 2nd Corinthians 5:18; he says, “ All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.”
To the Galatians he says, “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:6) ” And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,crying Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
To the Ephesians he says, ” He hath made us accepted in the beloved: in whom we have redemption through His blood.” (Ephesians 1:6-7) ” Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made night by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
To the Philippians he says, ” Being confident of this very thin, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) ” Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)
To the Colossians he says, ” Giving thanks unto the the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of of His dear Son.” (Colossians 1:12-13).
To the Thessalonians he says, ” Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God: and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us (mark the past tense) from the wrath to come.” (1st Thessalonians 1:9-10)
To Timothy he says, “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7) Speaking of the testimony of Christ he says, “…. who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began…..” (2nd Timothy 1:9)
To Titus he says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:5-7)
To the Hebrews he says, ” for both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11). “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28).
Having thus hurriedly passed through the epistle which the Holy Ghost dictated to paul, it only remains to glance at the testimony of the other inspired apostles.
to be continued…………………………………
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff