Bible Ballistics: Your Choice?????? Vol. 4 #13
How do we know the answer to any particular question? We have to dig out the answer. Well, there is a question that every one of us will answer one day. Will you bow before Jesus? The answer is ‘Yes’.
Philippians 2:8-11, “ And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
You see, the question isn’t really ‘will you bow?’ The question is when? Will you bow before Him now as your Lord and Savior or before Him as your judge when He comes in glory?
Revelation 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
How do we get our name written in the ‘book of life’? There’s only one way–through Jesus. John the apostle wrote in John 6:42-48 (take note of verse 44),
“And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life.”
God initiates salvation—He calls us to Himself through Jesus—the only way.
John 1:10-13, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
And in John 14:6 Jesus confirms this statement ….
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.“
Jesus also talks about this issue in Matthew 7:15-17,
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
The way of salvation is through Jesus, and He tells us here that it is a ‘narrow way’. He also points out for us, that it is the way of the ‘few’. We will never be in the majority. While America was founded by many who believed in Jesus, and who by the Word of God determined that ‘freedom’ was given to us by God: yet we have abandoned God and His ways. Even the church in America is quickly abandoning the ways of God and welcoming the ways of the world into the ‘church’. That is never what we were called to do.
Jesus called us to lift HIM up—nothing but Him and His sacrifice for our sins. We have only one confidence, and that is Jesus, His death burial and resurrection.
John 12:32-33, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.”
And with Paul, I declare,
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2. Only one message–one way—Jesus!!!
It cost Jesus His life to pay for our sin. We must recognize our sin and believe that only Jesus’ death paid for that sin, so that through His death I can have eternal life!
1 Corinthians 15:1-5, “ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:”
Paul tells us that the ‘good news’ is:
Jesus is the Gospel=the good news.
The Gospel =If we receive it – we are saved.
If we don’t receive it or pretend to =we are lost.
There is a vain faith—that which is ingenuous—imitation. Are you real?
We can only deliver what we have received–(Not what we have never received)
1st—Christ died FOR OUR SINS
**according to the scriptures**
2nd—Christ was buried—he really died
**for our sins** he didn’t just ‘swoon’
3rd—Christ was raised from the dead the 3rd day
**according to the scriptures**
And there were witnesses to his resurrection—
**IT’S A FACT NOT FICTION OR FABLE**
So the question remains. What have YOU done with Jesus?
Many of you who receive and follow Bible Ballistics are already believers in Jesus, and you must be asking, “Why are we talking about salvation again?” Well—one good reason is that the blood of Jesus is what writes our name in the book of life—‘only’ the blood. The blood of Jesus that ‘cleanseth us from all sin’.(see 1 John 1:7) Those who are lost need to hear the good news, and we who are saved need to be reminded to share the good news. So take this opportunity to “choose you this day”…
Have you bowed the knee?
Are there those in your circle who haven’t?
What will you choose?
Will you share what you have received?
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; ………. but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15