Posted by: missionventureministries | August 1, 2011

ARE YOU TRULY SAVED? – 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Bible is very clear about salvation. As we study the Scriptures we realize that it is a gift that cannot be  earned through works of the flesh.  We know that salvation can only be obtained through faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We should also realize that before anyone can truly receive this gift, one must first repent of his/her sins, as forgiveness comes through confession of the mouth and repentance of the heart. No one can be forgiven unless they first ask.    

The important thing to realize is that confession alone is NOT enough. Saying “thank you” and “I am sorry” and following a simple prayer is easy to do. Most people miss the crucially important thing in salvation which is REPENTANCE!  The prayer alone is not enough if the person continues living the life he/she lived prior to the confession. Christ died for our sins, but this does not give us the right to continue in sin. If we are continuing to live the lives we lived prior to our profession of “faith”, then we must re-examine ourselves for truly we have yet to receive the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus.  

Repentance brings about a change within. There is a recognizable difference in a person once he/she truly accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When we say yes to Jesus we automatically say no to the world. Jesus said that: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (the world)” – Matthew 6:24. Therefore, repentance represents the act of turning our back on our old sinful nature, the life we once lived, and begin living our life for the Lord.   

Paul told the Corinthians that: “flesh and blood (corruption) cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” – 1 Corinthians 15:50. And in 2 Corinthians 5:17 he writes: “Therefore if
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come.”

When we come before the Lord in true repentance, seeking His forgiveness, and accepting the gift of salvation, a change instantly begins from within. We suddenly have no desire to fulfill the lusts of our flesh as we once did prior to coming to Christ. Our desires begin to change from once desiring the things of the world or of our flesh, to the righteousness and things of God and the power of His Word.  When sin tries to creep back upon us, we are
instantly convicted by The Holy Spirit and the shame brings us back to the Father’s presence for restoration. We do not simply continue on as if sin means nothing. We start noticing daily change, as our minds are being transformed and renewed to the things of God. Therefore, the evidence of our salvation is a life transformed from old to new. We cannot continue to serve the old, and partake of the new. 

As we get familiarized more with the Bible we come to understand that: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The Bible tells us that there is no other way to salvation then through Jesus because He told us: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” – John 14:6.    

Now, we know that salvation cannot be earned but is a gift received by faith through REPENTANCE of sins, confession and belief on the Lord Jesus. We know that there is no other way to be reconciled to the Father except by going through the Son.  We know that Jesus took the weight of our sins to the cross, thus when we come to Him in total repentance, His blood cleanses us from all our sin and reconciles us back to our Father who forgives us because of the sacrifice of His Son. Thus when He sees us, He no longer sees the sin that once had us bound while we were servants to our flesh and the world, but He sees the righteousness of His Son!   

ARE YOU TRULY SAVED? – Think about it . . . REPENT and turn to God while there is still time.


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