The only kind of salvation God Offer’s is ( eternal salvation)? Adding to that it is also a ( know so ) salvation ). It all has to do with life. Actually life truly begins with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal savior. He is life and that life is eternal. I realize that there might be many people that will not say they know they are going to heaven when they die but, the knowledge of knowing heaven will be your home comes through the study of God’s word and learning what salvation is all about. You can know for a fact but you must study and become mature as a believer to have that assurance.
I often relate eternal security to your physical birth. Did you know you where here the day you were born? Your knowledge of even birth came with maturity. Many people that have ( know so ) salvation might gain that security earlier than others and, I know of people that will say that it was such a change in them the moment they were saved that they knew or had assurance that very moment.
Many people also never take the time to study scripture and allow the spirit within them to help them to came to a spiritual understanding on their own, to know him on an individual level. Instead we just allow our pastor or Sunday School teachers to do our studying which cannot bring us to the place of security. It helps educate and enhance our knowledge but, reaching deeper on our own is what it takes to have that kind of assurance.
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The word ( predestined ) is only mentioned in two places in scripture? There are people that believe that God pre- determines where all people will spend eternity. That means that we, as individuals don’t actually have a choice . God has already decided our destiny.
The Bible tells us that ( whosoever will ) ( Romans 10:13 ) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
That, in itself is self explanatory. God is no respecter of person, we also see that in scripture. ( Romans 2:11 ) For there is no respect of persons with God. WE are all sinners, we all deserve hell because of who and what we are. It is simply God’s grace and love for us that affords us salvation.
The first place we’ll look for this word is in ( Ephesians 1:5 ) Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
I mention this place first because, here he is actually speaking of the Church and the fact that we, as members of that body have been adopted into God’s family. It makes the statement that ( it’s according to the good pleasure of his will ). God seen fit to allow that body ( the Church ) to become a part of his family. As far as that body ( the Church ) is concerned, any person can become a member of it simply by asking Jesus Christ to become their savior, allowing him to take abode up in their heart. That body, ( the Church ) is predestined to go to heaven. One day God will lift that body out of this sin cursed world and bring it home to be with him for ever.
I often put it this way; There’s a bus leaving the front of this building in one hour, every person on that bus will have a free meal at a certain fast food place. if you want to go, be on that bus. There is no other stipulation, whosoever wants to go eat, get on the bus. It’s leaving in one hour, you must be on that bus to get the free meal. Actually you don’t have to do anything else but, you have to be on that bus.
The universal Church as we call it is just like that picture. The Bible tells us to ( confess with our mouth, believe in our heart. ( Romans 10:9-10 ). It also teaches us to be baptized, that’s a ordinance given in scripture. However, those things are there to benefit the people around you, to show those people a picture of the inward change that has happened to you. If we put it this way; I can see the fact, along with everyone else that you got on the bus. Salvation is a work God does in your heart. God’s desire is for you to show that inward change by the actions you make but, b the believing in you heart is the saving factor and not the confession. It’s a great thing to confeSs, it makes you accountable to what you say, it’s a great thing to be baptized and to join a local Church, again, it makes you accountable to people but, those things are not salvation. The fact that you ask Jesus into your heart and become a member of the body of Christ ( the Church universal ) is the saving factor.
The other place we see the word ( predestined is in ( Romans 8: 28-29 ) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. ( 29 ) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Once we are a member of that ( universal Church ) then God, by his spirit begins to transform us day by day by the washing of his word. ( Ephesians 5:26 ) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
You can read more about that but, here I like to point out that salvation is in all three tenses; past, present and future. You have been saved ( past tense ) from the penalty of sin, that happened the day of you salvation. You are being saved ( present tense ) from the practice of sin. Each day you live, if God has his way, old sinful habits will fall away from you. We will never reach perfection on this earth but, we spiritually should be always listening to his spirit within our hearts as he speaks and seeks to guide us toward that goal. In all probability, there are sins within us that we can’t even recognize, at least until they are pointed out by a pastor in a message or, read in scripture. When these things are learned we should be willing to or have a spiritual mind to seek to be like Christ, ever seeking that goal. Then we have ( future tense ). That’s when we are actually standing in his presence. We will lay aside this veil of flesh and be conformed completely to his image. We are, as members of the Church, the body of Christ ( predestined ) to be at that place, all in time.
I totally realize this is a very simple way of stating this but, you can also study and see what you can. I’m just a simple man with a great passion to help people understand God’s will for their lives. If I can create a desire within you to study deeper then I done what I’m called to do.