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CERTAINTIES FOR TODAY   II

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”  2nd Corinthians 13:5

To what was Paul’s certainty of salvation attributed? First, it was assurance based upon an experience. Experience is knowledge gained by a practical and personal acquaintance with any matter. When Jacob spent one night with the Lord at Peniel, he experienced a transition that removed all doubt as to whom he met with (Genesis 32:30).  When Isaiah met God in a vision, he was ready to go anywhere at the Lord’s command (Isaiah 66:8) . When the Apostle  John on the Isle of Pathmos  faced the Son of God, he fell at his feet as dead (Revelation 1:17).  When Soul of Tarsus came face to face with Jesus Christ on the Damascus highway, he was certain of the eternal destiny of his soul (Acts 9:5-6).

Dear Friend, do you possess such knowledge of the Son of God? Do you a have basis for the certainty of your salvation? Can you say with all certainty ” I know whom I have believed..”?  Now many a man would say,” I sure don’t have an experience of any kind (as of the ones mentioned above), and not even close.”   True, every person is not saved the same way. We mean by that every person saved did not experience salvation the same way! Multitudes have found Christ by going through a storm in their lives; some through tragedy; some through sickness; the loss of loved ones; and so forth:

Yet there are also those who have found Christ, out of a happy experience of  seeking and searching for the true meaning and purpose of life. Not having peace in their lives, not being satisfied with  what they do, and wondering what life is all about!! they heard about Christ  who died for them, and after acknowledging their sin needs and repenting of it, they trusted Christ as their personal savior. After making peace with God, they experienced that peace of God which passes all understanding.

Every person saved has a unique experience of salvation, as far as the time, and the circumstances surrounding their salvation is concerned. But then all believers have a common salvation:  that is they are saved  by acknowledging themselves to be  sinners  under the judgment  of God,  and on the way to Hell. And they trusted Christ as their personal savior who died for them, by shedding His precious blood for the remission (forgiveness) of their  sins and rose again the third day for his justification! (1st Corinthians 15:3-4)

Conceivably a person could come to Christ without being certain that he is actually united  with him. Presumably, a person could think that he had come to Christ without really doing so. And presumably a person could truly come to Christ and know it.  So what we want to discover here is how (outside of every believers experience ) we know that we know Christ.  Now,all we have thought about our sinful condition, how we come to be sinners, and about the Christ who died for sinners;  and His redemptive work, all of these are doctrines, which could be ascertained objectively and were in a sense external to us.

Whereas our assurance of salvation can be gained only by our self-examination. We are  to search into our own souls to see if we have  this experience of  “... whereas I was blind, but now I see…”,  as we study the Word of God; while considering  what the evidences of a saved conditions are, asking ourselves whether we posses these qualifications.

To be continued……………………

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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)

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