When are we Saved?

We know beyond doubt that we are saved by Grace EPH 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, …note that we are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH …. How many times have I heard people saying “I am saved by grace and grace alone”.

When we are called by God, a process is put into action …the first step being an inexplicable urge within us to turn from your sinful, wicked ways (in many spheres this is known as Prevenient Grace); and it is the initial prompting of the Holy Spirit of God for us mere sinful mortals to ask for forgiveness and turn to Him; a process referred to as repentance; this happens after hearing or reading of the Kingdom and Jesus’ work on Calvary’s cross… we may respond immediately to this anomaly; or it may takes days, weeks or even months for us to respond…or we may never respond. ROM 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Jesus referred to this process in His parable of the Sower Matt 13:18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:

13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

13:20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

13:21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

13:22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

13:23 “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

From the above parable we can see various ways that the message (seed) is received and our subsequent responding to it by faith. We must ask ourselves the question “Were those that received the word by the wayside, or on stony ground, or among the thorns saved, and then subsequently lost their salvation?” How many times have I heard the argument “Oh he or she obviously was not saved in the first place” or “If they were truly saved they would never have done that”…

Jesus never ever said that ‘being saved’ would be easy and He tells us this in Matt 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

7:14 “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. That is correct dear reader THERE ARE FEW WHO FIND SALVATION.

We as believers get so hooked up on certain elements of doctrine that sometimes we are blinded to the truth…we are so frightened of this word ‘works’ that we believe that we can do nothing to enter into salvation it is solely by grace … well possibly we are wrong. Paul tells those at Philippi 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

John writes in his epistles of the importance of loving our brothers and he goes on to say 1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. The inference here is that there are some who did not continue to believe and no longer have eternal life…

Jude tells us categorically that we are justified by our works

Jude 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!

2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

2:22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?

2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.

2:24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Jesus tells all the believers Matt 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.24:13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Please note that these are true believing Christians Jesus is referring to, not some group of ‘Left behind’ Jews as some Dispensationalist preachers would have us believe in there false “Rapture’ doctrine.

Here Jesus is talking to the likes of you and me and He is saying “Keep the faith….keep going in spite of all tribulation…Love your God with all your heart mind and soul…love your neighbor as yourself …do unto others as you would have them do unto you…THEN YOU WILL BE SAVED….

Paul did exactly that until he breathed his last and fell asleep 2TM 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Jesus paid the price for our sins upon Calvary’s cross, this gift comes with a price (nowhere does it say that it is a FREE gift) Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart and soul and your fellow man as yourself…If you are not doing that, then I would suggest you start right away…remember well what happened to the man who never used his Talent?

Matt 25:30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?

God shows no Partiality to any Race

PSALM 117:1 Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!

Laud Him, all you peoples!

117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD!

Peter being a Hebrew, believed as most did in his day, that the Hebrews had a uniquely special place in God’s eye, and this was denied to the Gentiles.

When Jesus encountered the Pharisees, who had rebuked His Disciples, Jesus told them in no uncertain terms…Mark 7:8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

7:9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

Jesus then goes on to tell them 7:13 “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” 7:14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand:

7:15 “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.

7:16 “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Now even His own Disciples were confused by what He had said to the Pharisees, and the Parable which he had told them; so He explained to them 7:17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.

7:18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,

7:19 “because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”

In this explanation to His Disciple, Jesus has told them that ALL FOODS ARE CLEAN; and in one sentence ANNULED the Levitical Law…and in annulling this law proclaimed that there are no differences between Jew and Gentile.

Peter had to be given a vision by God on his rooftop in Joppa to make him realize this fact Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance

10:11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.

10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.

10:13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

10:14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

The story continues with Peter being prompted by The Holy Spirit and summoned by an angel to go to the Gentile Cornelius’s house; and after ministering to Cornelius, Peter’s eyes are opened Acts10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.

10:35 “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

In a nutshell Peter is saying ‘ALL FOODS ARE ‘KOSHER’, AND ALL MEN ARE EQUAL’

If the Holy Scriptures are so abundantly clear on this teaching, that God shows no partiality or special favors to any race, why do the vast majority of Professing Christians still believe that the Jews are His chosen people; and that He still has a special agenda for them? That they should be revered and honored by Christians? …Can we not see that we are going against God?… Is it not time that we take God’s word, and not man’s word?

Jesus did not simply ask us… He orders us! …MT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…