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3Making sure of HeavenAccording to what theWord of God Says
4I often ask people, “If you could KNOW, with PROOF to your satisfaction, that you are on your way to Heaven, would you like to KNOW?”They usually answer, “YES, they do want to KNOW.”
5One way we can be SURE of salvation is to EXAMINE our faith compared to the Bible. You can also help your family and others to be sure with PROOF.They’ll appreciate that PROOF.
6The following QUIZ is to help people examine their own faith (and to help others) comparing answers to the Bible. (This Quiz is also on the back of the “Bible Map-God’s Plan of the Ages” tract.)
7Please take people through this quiz to help them Please take people through this quiz to help them. We'll see tips as we go through it.Best to show the questions and check or write down their answers without comments until you later show them the answers in the Scriptures.
8What is your eternal destiny? Please check or write down your best answers.Q. # 1. Do you believe all have sinned against God and need to be saved? YES____ NO____
9Q. # 2. Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life and are on your way to heaven?Doubt = No hope. Think = Some hope Know = 100% sure
10Q. # 3. Exactly what are you trusting for salvation (pay for sins, get you to heaven)?A. Human Efforts, as:“Living a good life” Y__ N__“Good works, deeds” Y__ N__“Church Membership” Y__ N__
11NOT a general answer like “Faith.” Faith in WHAT? B. OTHER (Trusting any thing else in addition to or in place of Human Efforts)?NOT a general answer like “Faith.” Faith in WHAT?B. OTHER _____________
12Q. # 4. What % of your trust for your salvation is in: A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____(Example: 50/50, 70/30, 100/0, etc.)B. OTHER ____
13We’ll show how most people answer ... Now check the answers to the 4 questions with the corresponding 4 sections of Scriptures (also on the back of the “Bible Map tract.”)We’ll show how most people answer ...
14Q. # 1 was: Do you believe all have sinned against God and need to be saved? Y ___ N ___ XAnswer #1. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
15Most people say “Think.” Q. # 2 was: Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life?XXMost people say “Think.”1st John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you – that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.”
16The next questions will help determine this. Q. # 2: Do you doubt __, think__, or know__ that you NOW have eternal life?XThe next questions will help determine this.Even if people say “know”, they may or may not be saved yet. It depends on WHAT they are trusting for their salvation.
17Q. # 3 was: Exactly WHAT are you trusting for salvation? Most people answer like this:A. Human Efforts, as:“Living a good life” Y__ N__“Good works, deeds” Y__ N__“Church Membership” Y__ N__XXX
18Many sayB. OTHER(Be specific) ____________ChristWhat % of your trust for your salvation is in:Common %’sA. HUMAN EFFORTS ____3070(Examp.: 50/50, 70/30, 100/0.)B. OTHER ____
19“Living a good life” Y__ N__ “Good works, deeds” Y__ N__“Church Membership” Y__ N__A “YES” in any of these answers indicates they ARE trusting their human efforts to help with their salvation.
20also ChristB. OTHER ____________OTHER is often “also Christ” which is a COMBINATION of good works AND Christ.This is a common answer until people understand God’s salvation BY GRACE.
21A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____B. OTHER (Christ) ____Any combination of % CONFIRMS they understand the question but they do not yet understand God’s terms for salvation BY GRACE.
2230A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____70B. OTHER (Christ) ____If we trust our “Human Efforts” for salvation 30%, we are rejecting Christ’s payment for our sins 30%. (Even 10% or even 1%.)
23(Please be gentle, may be SHOCK!) Q. # 3. Most people answer YES, they’re trusting Human Efforts to help earn salvation.(Please be gentle, may be SHOCK!)All our righteousness (human efforts to earn salvation) are as FILTHY RAGS. (Isa. 64:6)
24Q. Do you know WHY God sees our human efforts, for salvation as “filthy rags?” (Most do not know why.)Why did the Lord Jesus Christ die on the cross of Calvary?
25your past, present or future sins? 1st Cor. 15:3 declares, “Christ died for our sins.”Q. When Christ died on the cross, WHICH of your sins did He pay for,your past, present or future sins?
26Christ died about 2,000 years ago before we were born. 2,000 years ago, our sins were ALL future. So, He paid for ALL our sins, past, present AND FUTURE.
27When Christ died on the cross, WHICH of our sins did Christ NOT pay for?Christ was the “satisfactory payment” for the sins of the whole world. (1st John 2:2)
28The Bible says Christ died and paid for ALL of our sins. If we try to earn our salvation ANY %, we are rejecting Christ’s death payment for us by THAT %.
29Q. Should we REJECT His payment ANY % and try to earn our salvation Q. Should we REJECT His payment ANY % and try to earn our salvation? Y__ N__If anyone says YES, please go back over Question # 3 and those Scriptures again until they understand.
30Now, let’s see how God says we are saved: If, or when they understand and answer, “NO, we should NOT reject Christ’s payment ANY %”, then proceed.Now, let’s see how God says we are saved:
31Eph. 2:8, 9: “For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”God says “saved by grace.”It is clearly not of ourselves.
32A critical key to understand God’s terms for our salvation is to understand the Biblical relationship between GRACE and WORKS.
33The lack of understanding about God's Grace and our Human Works is a major cause for confusion and false teaching in most of the world's human religions.
34X Q. Do you know what GRACE means? Y__ N__ Most people do not. Please don’t take this for granted.When showing Eph. 2:8, 9 - ASK THEM, “Do you know what GRACE means?”
35WHY don’t most people know what GRACE means? Because it’s only commonly used today in one place.On an Insurance Policy, “30 day Grace Period” is 30 extra days we did not pay for.
36Salvation by GRACE means: 1. We can’t PAY for it, even partly, not even 1 %.2. We can’t EARN it, even partly, not even 1 %.3. And, we don’tDESERVE it.
37That would be JUSTICE, the opposite of GRACE. If we get what we DESERVE, we’d all get the Lake of Fire, because we’ve all sinned against God.That would be JUSTICE, the opposite of GRACE.
38WHICH do you want? JUSTICE is when we get what we DESERVE. MERCY is when we DON’T get what we DESERVE.GRACE is when we get what we DON’T DESERVE.WHICH do you want?
39“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”Salvation is the gift of God.And that GIFT is not earned by our good works.
40Facts about a GIFT…1. We can not work for a gift. We work for wages.2. We can not pay for a gift. It’s already paid for.3. How do we GET a GIFT? _______Take it.
41The ONLY way we can have Salvation is to TAKE God’s GIFT of Eternal Life by total trust in Christ, His death and shed blood as THE total payment for our sins.
42Many people think all roads lead to Heaven Many people think all roads lead to Heaven. What did Jesus say about that?
43He said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadsto destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat:
44Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life and FEW there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13, 14)
45WHAT is the “Broad Road” the majority of people are on that Jesus warned “leads to destruction?”
46Matt. 7:22, 23 tell us. Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done “many wonderful works?”
47“many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”The “Broad Road” is... “good works for salvation”
48How NARROW is the Biblical way to Heaven? In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am THE way,THE truth and THE life: no man cometh unto the Father BUT BY ME.”Very Narrow
49RELIGION is man’s human efforts to try to work himself UP to a to a right relationship to God.HOLY GODRELIGIONNOTWILLDOLOST SINNERS
50True Biblical Christianity is God reaching DOWN to lost sinners by His GRACE.True Biblical Christianity is the opposite.
51We are sinners, by nature and by choice and we deserve God’s WRATH. HOLYGODWRATHMANLOSTIN SINThat would be JUSTICE.
52God is Holy and our sin is an insult against Him. WRATHMANLOSTIN SINBut, God, in His love and mercy, offers GRACE.
53Salvation is God’s love GIFT, offered freely to us by His GRACE. Q. How do we get God’s GIFT of salvation? Accept it by faith ___ Or, Earn it by doing good works ___X
54Q. WHERE DO WORKS FIT INTO GOD’S PLAN? Eph. 2:8, 9 Not salvation.Eph. 2:10 says Good Worksshould FOLLOW our salvation.
55Good works should be the RESULT of our salvation. They can be a THANK YOU to God for our salvation, butthey can NOT help pay for it (not even partly, even 1%).
56Q. Can Human Efforts help earn your salvation? Yes___ No ___ Partly ___ XXXIf anyone says Yes or Partly,Please repeat this study from Isa. 64:6.A. Should be NO.
57The Bible, God’s Word said our salvation can only be by grace, through faith in Christ. The issue is not how much faith, but what is the OBJECT of our faith? WHAT are we trusting for salvation?
58Question #4 was: What % of your trust for salvation is in: A Question #4 was: What % of your trust for salvation is in: A. Human Efforts ___ B. OTHER ___3070Most people answer Q. # 4 that they are NOT trusting Christ ALONE (100%).
59Please notice the answer to this Q. in 1st John 5:11, 12 …Eternal Life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hathlife; and that hath not the Son hath not life.
60Exactly WHO must we have as Savior to have Eternal Life? The Son, Jesus Christ.What % of your trust for salvation should be placed in Human Efforts?___In Christ? ____100
61John 3:36 says: “He that believeth on the Son (Christ) hath (immediately possesses) everlasting life:”The OBJECT of our faith should be “the Son” (Christ).
62What did God say you will have if you believe ON (trust in) the Son (Christ)? “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:”Everlasting Life.
63the wrath of God What do you have without Christ? (“Nothing” is a common but wrong answer.)“He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”the wrath of God
64Eph. 2:8, said our salvation is the GIFT of God. Rom. 6:23 also says it is a GIFT. “For the wages of sin is death: but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
65If offered a GIFT, we either ACCEPT or REJECT it. Have you ACCEPTED or REJECTED the GIFT of eternal life Christ paid for you?
66If you have not yet ACCEPTED God’s GIFT of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ alone, OR, if you are not as absolutely SURE as you would like to be,
67What is your response to Christ right now? Do you realize the Lord Jesus Christ died for YOUR sins and rose again? YES ___ NO___XIF your answer was YES…
68Will you place ALL your trust (100%) in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation right now? YES __ NO__XIF your answer was YES…
69If your answer was “Everlasting Life” Q. Which do you now possess? Everlasting Life __ or God’s Wrath __XIf your answer was “Everlasting Life”How do you know?What is your PROOF?
70Our PROOF that we have eternal life is The Bible, God’s Word said, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:” (John 3:36)Our PROOF that we have eternal life isGod’s WORD.
71Now, one final Test Question: WHAT are you now trusting for your salvation?Your Human Efforts ___ Christ ___ or Both ___?XIf anyone says Human Efforts or Both please repeat this study from Isa. 64:6.
72Q. What would be wrong with trusting BOTH, Human Efforts AND Christ for our salvation? A. That would be like saying what Christ did is not sufficient.You’ve got it!
73If you answered Christ alone, you understand God’s Word and His salvation BY GRACE. If you are trusting Christ alone (100%), you have met God’s terms for your salvation and eternal life.
74ASSURANCE of salvation should be based on God’s Word, never on “feelings.” 1st John 5:13 confirmed this. “These things have I written (why?) that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.”
75Again, God demonstrated His Love and Grace by giving us the Bible, His written Word, as THE completely reliable basis for our faith and assurance.
77For God so loved the world (including you and me), that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
78God’s love for you and me should be the motivation for our life of worship and obedience to Him.
79Welcome to the Family of God. Congratulations for trusting the Lord Jesus Christ 100% for your salvation.And…Welcome to the Family of God.
80The next section is about “The Christian Walk The next section is about “The Christian Walk.” It will explain and illustrate Biblical truths to help your faith GROW in Christ for your JOY and God’s glory.
82After salvation, people often think their life will be a “bed of roses” with no life challenges ever again this side of Heaven.
831ST Peter 5:8 WARNS us, “Be sober, be vigilant (be on guard); because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:”
84Praise the Lord, the devil CAN NOT rob you of your salvation, but he CAN try to mess up your Christian walk and Christian life.And Satan has good reasons to TRY to do that!
851st Peter 5:9 tells us what to do about the devil’s fight against us: “ … resist in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
86The Holy Spirit living in us is greater than the devil. Why does God say we can and should “resist the devil?”Because 1st John 4:4 says, “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.”The Holy Spirit living in us is greater than the devil.
87Again, God demonstrated His Love and Grace by giving us the indwelling Holy Spirit the instant we are saved to help us in our Christian Life.
88The devil wants to drag as many unsaved people as possible off into Hell with him. One of his most effective ways is through his spiritual BATTLES with Christians.
89God has a “Chain of Operation” for evangelism. God wants to save the lost.JesusGod sent Jesus to die for their sins.Lost People
90GodJesus obeyed God and later, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the believers.JesusHoly SpiritLost People
91GodAmong other functions, the Holy Spirit authored the Bible through the 40 human writers.JesusHoly SpiritGod’s WordLost People
92GodThe job is to help lost people see or hear and understand the Bible, God’s Word,JesusHoly SpiritGod’s WordLost People
93So the Holy Spirit can bring them to 100% trust in Jesus, GodJesusHoly Spiritgiving them a right relationship to God.God’s WordLost People
94Believers God Whose job is it to share God’s Word with lost people? JesusHoly SpiritGod’s WordAngels?BelieversBelieversLost People
95The Holy Spirit does the work of conviction of sin and giving faith through the Bible, God’s Word. JesusHoly SpiritGod’s WordBelieversLost People
96lost people will stay lost. If believers do not do their vital part of exposing the lost to God’s Word,GodJesusHoly SpiritGod’s WordBelieverslost people will stay lost.Lost People
97Satan wants to rob God of His glory of saving the lost. Fought GodSatnJesusFought JesusHoly Spiritis powerfulGod’s Wordis protectedFights their life & witnessBelieversLost People
98BelieversSatnSatan attacks our Bible study, church attendance, witness and prayer life, our faith, entertainment, education, financial life, morals and marriages.
99BelieversSatnSatan wants to make us less useful to the Holy Spirit to help lost people hear and understandGod's Word and trust Christ 100% for their salvation.
100“Battle Map for the Christian Walk” 1. NATURAL ManThis chart shows the four categories of man. Everyone on Earth is in one of these four categories.2. BABY Christian3. VICTORIOUS Christian4. DEFEATED Christian
101NATURAL Man can not live the Christian life because he is spiritually dead. He is on the “BroadRoad” to the Lake of Fire.
102Salvation of the “Natural Man” involves: 1. Concern2. Repentance (change of mind)3. Understanding4. Faith
1031. God’s Grace includes Him putting Concern (conviction) into hearts of unsaved people. The writer of “Amazing Grace” understood this, Vs. 2, “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.”In John 6:44, Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me DRAW HIM.”
1042. As they respond to that concern, God brings them to their initial Repentance, a change of mind that they do need God,and this is a necessary step in right direction towards their salvation.
105X Many people who THINK they are saved may be stuck here … The Holy Spirit hasconvicted them. They have repented and had a change of mind - needing God.
106X However, they may not yet understand salvation by grace. They may still be trusting their own human efforts(at least partly) for their salvation.X
1073. By God’s Word, they can come to understand His terms for our salvation “by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.” (Eph. 2:8, 9)
1084. When they respond to the Holy Spirit and believe God’s Word, they can use the faith God gives them to trust Christ alone for their salvation.
109They’ve now taken the Narrow Road of Christ alone to “Spiritual BIRTH” and eternal life.
110Here are some Facts about “Spiritual Birth”… #1. Spiritual Birth is Required.In John 3:3 – 7, Jesus said we MUST be born again (born spiritually) to see and enter the kingdom of God.
111“For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” #2. Spiritual Birth is only BY FAITH (not human efforts).Gal. 3:26 confirms this:“For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus”
112#3. Once born again, we can never become UNBORN. John 5:24 has 3 promises:(1) We have everlasting life,(2) We shall not come into condemnation and(3) We have passed from death unto life.
113Relationship with GodFellowship with GodOur Spiritual Relationship and Fellowship with God are much like our Physical Relationship and Fellowship with parents.
114RelationshipIt is a PERMANENT Relationship. We can not become “unborn” and cease to exist.Our Relationship is established by our BIRTH. They are our parents and we are their child.
115FellowshipFellowship is established by OBEDIENCE. If we obey, there can be many benefits for our life.
116FellowshipIf we disobey our parents, they may take away our car keys and send us to bed without any supper.
117Disobedience can affect our Fellowship, but not our Relationship. They are still our parents, we are still their child, obedient or disobedient.
118RelationshipFellowshipWhen we choose to get right with our parents, the broken fellowship can be restored.
119Relationship is permanent. Only Fellowship is affected by disobedience Q: What’s the only ONE thing that can break Relationship with our parents (or God)?A. NOTHING
120Relationship with GodFellowship with GodOur eternal Relationship with God is forever and as SECURE and guaranteed as the promises of God who can not lie.Our daily Fellowship with God fluctuates based on our OBEDIENCE to God’s Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
121Relationship with GodHere, Christ becomes our SAVIOR. We trusted and committed our SOUL to Him for our salvation.
122Relationship with GodFellowship with GodHere, Christ becomes our LORD. We are to daily commit our BODY to Him for His best in all aspects of life.
123Our Position and our Walk are separate issues. Relationship with GodFellowship with GodRelationship is our POSITION.Fellowship is our WALK.Our Position and our Walk are separate issues.
124In Romans 12:1, (Paul wrote to the believers) “I beseech you therefore, brethren (already saved people)… that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
125Justification, Sanctification and Glorification. Question: What does it fully mean “to be saved?”Answer: There are three phases of our full salvation:Justification, Sanctification and Glorification.
1261. Justification: When we trust Christ 100% as our Savior, we are “Declared Righteous.” Christ’s righteousness is “imputed” (given) to us. His righteousness makes us perfect in God’s eyes. That’s our “Justification.”
1272nd Cor. 5:21 confirms this. “For He (God) has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin (Christ); that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
128God took all our sins (past, present & future) and placed them on Christ on the cross.
129This is our Justification This gets us to Heaven.This is our JustificationWhen we trust Christ 100% as our Savior, God credits us with the very righteousness of Christ.
130JUSTIFICATION is our salvation from the PENALTY of sin. When we trusted Christ 100%, we were saved from HELL and promised Eternal Life in HEAVEN with God.This is the past tense phase of our salvation.
131JUSTIFICATIONPOSITIONThis is our Position in Christ. We are complete in Him and Eph. 1:13 says we’re sealed with the Holy Spirit.This is a seal of our SECURITY in Christ.
132#2. SanctificationSanctification is the present tense phase of salvation, where God progressively cleans up our daily lives from the inside out.
133By obedience to God’s Word. Sanctification = “set apart” for God. We’re in the world, but not to be corrupted by it. John 17:15 teaches not isolated but insulated from the world.How set apart for God?By obedience to God’s Word.
134Many Scriptures confirm our Sanctification comes by our obedience to God’s Word. In John 17:17, Jesus prayed for the disciples (and us): “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
135Here’s a helpful tip for our victorious Christian walk … Most of God’s promises are “conditional promises.” Just like a contract, we must meet the terms before we can claim the promise.
136Meet the terms and claim the promise. Example of a Contract : To purchase a new car: Terms: 60 monthly $300 payments. Promise: Clear Title.Meet the terms and claim the promise.
137Meet the terms and claim the promise. One of God’s Promises: James 4:7 Terms: (2)A. Submit yourself to God. B. Resist the devil.Promise: He will flee from you.Meet the terms and claim the promise.
138Example (A True Story): Christian lady wanted to quit smoking Example (A True Story): Christian lady wanted to quit smoking. Read James 4:7Terms: A. Submit yourself to God. = Ask God in prayer to help you. B. Resist the devil. = Get cigarettes out of your life, your car and your home.Make some honest effort, believing God will help you.
139Later, she told me, “God gave me victory Later, she told me, “God gave me victory.” I said, “Please tell me about it.”She replied, “James 4:7-A said, Submit yourself to God, so I prayed andasked the Lord to help me.”
140“I even threw away a purse because it smelled like tobacco.” She continued, “Then, James 4:7- B says, Resist the devil, so, I threw away all cigarettes in my house and my car.”She met the terms of James 4:7 and God gave her the victory He promised.“I even threw away a purse because it smelled like tobacco.”
141It is salvation from the PRESENCE of sin forever. 3. Glorification is the 3rd phase of our salvation,It is salvation from the PRESENCE of sin forever.
142Glorification is the Future Tense phase of salvation, whereby we will never to be exposed to sin again.
143Glorification is promised the saved. (Rom. 8:30) When will this happen?When we get our new Glorified Body at the Rapture.
144Question again: What does it fully mean “to be saved?” Answer:1. We HAVE BEEN (past tense) saved (Justified)from the PENALTY of sin (Hell).
1452. We are BEING (present tense) SAVED (Sanctified, set apart) from the POWER of sin in our daily life.3. We WILL be (future tense) SAVED (Glorified)from PRESENCE of sin.WHEN?
146We are “saints” (our position) but are we always “saintly”? We who have been Justified (past tense) are guaranteed Glorification (future tense).We should, but may or may not have much Sanctification in our Christian walk and life.We are “saints” (our position) but are we always “saintly”?
147Much of the N. T. (Rom. - Jude) is to believers about our Fellowship (our walk, our progressive Sanctification, salvation from Power of Sin).Look at the context to see which phase of salvation the Scriptures refer to.
148Example: 1st John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”This is often taught to lost people to receive salvation.
149WHO is it talking to?See 1st John 2:1: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”It is written to saved people.
1501st John 1:9 is to SAVED people about their WALK. WHAT is it teaching about, Relationship or Fellowship?Look at context, the previous verses 1st John 1:3-7. FOUR times it says, “Fellowship.”1st John 1:9 is to SAVED people about their WALK.
151It’s normal for new Christians to start their Christian WALK as babies, spiritually immature,but it’s not normal to stay there.
152We LEARN to walk in Christ, by reading and obeying Bible - God’s Word.Maximum JOY comes as we grow from spiritual immaturity towards Christ likeness, God’s goal for all believers.
153VictoriousVictorious Christians have trusted Christ as Savior AND LORD. They’re learning & claiming God’s promises for victory over sin and Satan.
154DefeatedDefeatedDefeated Christians have trusted Christ as their Savior but they’re NOT trusting Him as LORD.
155They are SLAVES to their sinful desires and habits. DefeatedDefeatedThey are SLAVES to their sinful desires and habits.They’re missing God’s best joy & blessing in their lives.
156CarnalIn 1st Cor. 3:1-4, Paul told some Christians they were still CARNAL like immature babes in Christ.
157Carnal"Carnal Christians" are controlled by their fleshly desires rather than allowing Christ to be their LORD.
158Delayed DedicationA Delayed Dedication to Christ as LORD could salvage at least SOME wasted time and spiritual growth potential.
159Many Christians wait for years AFTER their salvation before they YIELD to the LORDSHIP of Christ for His best in their daily lives.
160When Christians are asked WHY they delayed trusting and YIELDING to Christ as their LORD, they usually say they were not taught. They did not understand the Bible’s teaching about the Victorious Christian Walk.Also, if they had known about this, they would NOT have waited so long and missed so much from God.
161Here’s an important question: What to do when we Christians sin?Let’s take a look at what this guy just went through.
162falls into the pit of rebellion about it. He’s living the walk,then let’ssay he loseshis temper and hefalls into the pit of rebellion about it.
163Now, he has a choice.He can continueto REBEL,or get right with God about the sin (or sins) God convicted him of.
164Let’s say he chooses to REBEL and tries to justify his sin.He may say,lose my temper, he stepped on my foot!”“I had a right to
165In his rebellion, his fellowship and walk with God are affected. Eventually, he swallows hispride and decides toobey God’s terms for forgiveness.
166He confesses (admits) to God his sins of anger, pride and rebellion andbelieves God’s promise of forgiveness in 1st John 1:9.
167Fellowship and walk with God is immediately restored. Upon our confession of sin to God, weshould believeGod’spromise offorgiveness.Fellowship and walk with God is immediately restored.
168The light of God’s Word illuminates our life revealing sin in our Christian walk. It’s cleansed as we confess it to God.This is not “liberty” tosin, then just confess it.
169God does forgive confessed sin in believer’s lives, but our on-going deliberate sin and rebellion invites His action.In Heb. 12:3-15, God promises chastisement for correction in our lives “that we might be partakers of His holiness.”
170God doesn’t punish Christians. He corrects us for our good. Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. If we rebel, He speaks louder for correction until we confess the sin to God, restoring our fellowship and Christian walk.
171How we live on Earth after our salvation will also affect us later, at least twice… # 1. When we see Christ upon His return to Earth, and# 2. At the event called the “Judgment Seat of Christ.”
172When we see Christ…1st John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, andnot be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
173How will we feel when we meet the one who suffered, bled and died for us? We should live NOW so we won't be ashamed (or as ashamed) when we see Him.
174Judgment Seat of Christ We should also live now in light of the promised “Judgment Seat of Christ.”Judgment Seat of ChristIn Heaven, after the Rapture.
175Judgment Seat of Christ Christians will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ.Judgment Seat of ChristIt will NOT be for salvation.Those who are not saved, WON’T even be there.
176Judgment Seat of Christ Rom. 14:10-12 informs all of us believers …“For we shall ALL stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ ... to give account of himself to God.”
177Judgment Seat of Christ “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss(of rewards): but he himself shall be saved;”Judgment Seat of ChristThere will be rewards given, and for others loss of rewards, but no loss of salvation.
178Judgment Seat of Christ We saved people should live daily in light of this event…Judgment Seat of Christwhen it will be revealed how we allowed Christ to work for His glory through our earthly life after our salvation.
179Where is your present life? 1. NATURAL (unsaved, works)2. BABY (saved, immature)3. VICTORIOUS (growing)4. DEFEATED (not victorious)Key is Obedience to the Word.
180One of the greatest JOYS for us believers is to see God’s Holy Spirit use us to help people understand and trust the death of Christ alone as the total payment for their sins and salvation.
181“Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Another GREAT JOY will be when you meet Christ and hear …“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
182If saved, do you realize YOU are God’s “PURCHASED POSSESSION?” YOU are God’s REDEEMEDchild, blood-bought back from the slave market of sin and precious to HIM.
183YOU are God’s purchased “PRIZED POSSESSION” 1st Pet. 2:9 says YOU are one of His CHOSEN, His blood-bought ROYALTY and HOLY unto Him.
184As God’s Chosen, Blood-Bought, Prized, Purchased Possession, Royalty and Holy unto Him …
185May God bless you so much, you will be overcome with joy, praise, worship and obedience to Him, as your Heavenly Father.
186End of this study… but not the end of your victory in… The Christian Walk