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?

The Week that changed the World

There is a very clear and accurate chronology of the events leading up to the Crucifixion, the entombment, and the resurrection, of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Found in the pages of the New and Old Testament

Sunday. Jesus rides into Jerusalem and is greeted by the crowds waving Palm branches. He immediately enters the Temple and thrashes those who were desecrating it Matt21:10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”21:11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Notice that Jesus was not hailed as the Messiah, but as a prophet, by the Jewish crowds.

Monday. After spending the night in Bethany, Jesus again walks to Jerusalem, on the way cursing the Fig tree Matt 21:18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city. He again goes into the Temple, and again drives out those who are defiling it MK 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.

11:13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

11:15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

Tuesday. Again they left Bethany in the morning on their way to the Temple and passed by the now ‘dead to its roots’ fig tree….This is when Jesus has his infamous altercation with the Scribes and Pharisees in Matt 23. Matt 26:1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,

26:2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

26:3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

26:4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.

26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Wednesday. Jesus supposedly sends them out to prepare the Passover on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread 26:17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” …but Holy Scripture teaches that the Feast of Unleavened Bread follows the day of Passover…They eat the Passover a day early, on preparation day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread simply because the Pharisees in those days had joined the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread to make it a eight days of feasting instead of seven…and the first day of unleavened bread was the day that all leaven had to be removed from the homes and a thorough ‘spring-cleaning’ took place and this could not take place on a high Sabbath i.e. Passover, so it was done the day before on preparation day. JN 19:31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

…Judas betrays Jesus and He is arrested that night in Gethsemane. Wednesday morning Jesus is tried and convicted and sent to be crucified…JESUS IS CRUCIFID IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK ON WEDNESDAY i.e. preparation day, the SAME DAY AS THE LAMBS WERE SLAUTERED

Thursday. At the start of Thursday (Passover high day Sabbath) Jesus is laid in the Tomb…1st full night and day …Remember well that the day of Thursday started at sunset on WEDNESDAY and ran to sunset the next day , Thursday the first full night and full day…

Friday. In the Tomb 2nd full night and day ( first day of Feast of Unleavened Bread also a Sabbath high day)…From Thursday 6PM to Friday 6 PM

Saturday. Normal Sabbath Day in the tomb; 3rd full night and day ; from Friday 6PM to Saturday 6PM…Remember well that After 6PM on Saturday the Sabbath is ended and it is now Sunday…Then, and only then, after three full days and three full nights comes the Resurrection after 6PM Saturday night…MT 12:40 “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.…

After three and a half days Jesus appears to Martha in the early hours of Sunday morning possibly around 6AM…He has been entombed Thursday, Friday and Saturday; then resurrected Sunday…Remember well what the Lord Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees quoting from the OT Matt 15:8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

And, are we not doing the same in this very day and age….Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

So there it is …and has been so for two thousand years… when John said that the Sabbath was a high day, Sabbath is actually plural in the original text as well. You see my dear reader there were actually THREE SABBATHS The first The Passover on the 14th of Nisan (the first month) followed by The Feast Of Unleavened bread on the 15th of Nisan and then followed the normal weekly Sabbath on the 16th day of Nisan.

MK 2:28 “Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbaths.”

JN 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”