Bible Ballistics: BBs #137 Lost OR Found???
Where is your confidence? What do you think will take you to heaven? Are you sure of what you are counting on to save you from hell for all eternity? Not a very light topic, but the one that God has placed on my heart today.
What confidence can we have in our future?
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Paul assures us here that we are absolutely secure “in Christ Jesus our Lord”, but what does that mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that you can say a prayer, walk an aisle, cry tears, or sign a card and have heaven assured to you! It does mean that IF I am “in Christ Jesus”—I have God’s assurance of a heavenly home! But how do I know I’m “in Jesus”? Good question! But, again let’s consider what can’t place us “in Jesus”: religion cant put you there, denominations can’t put you there, the preacher, the Sunday School Teacher, your parents or grandparents can’t put you there. Neither can baptism; confirmation, education or connections put you there. Then who or what can? ONLY GOD!!!
“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.” John 1:12-13
Being “born…of God”, by the grace of God through faith in His Son Jesus and His death for YOUR sin! The good news is, He’s still saving hearts and changing lives today the same way!
“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:” ! Cor. 15:1-4
The gospel=good news for all men—that Jesus died for our sin, that he purchased our salvation with HIS blood, that he was buried, and rose again the third day—all “according to the scriptures”!!! He died for you and me! He is calling to you, if you will but turn from your own way and believe in Jesus! Not simply mental ascent but true faith—a firm persuasion and confidence in Him, who is revealed by a change in your heart, mind and life. The blood never fails, but there is ‘vain’ faith as Paul mentions above—faith that is in word only, never in substance. Need more evidence?
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:13-14
God’s love is totally unconditional but His forgiveness is not, it is conditioned on our acceptance and faith in HIS Son Jesus. Conditioned on whether we have received Him and taken HIM as LORD of our lives. That means:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
I die to me and live by the powerful truth that “Christ liveth in me”. When I receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior—I receive His Holy Spirit as an indwelling presence to lead and guide my steps, my life!!!
“…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col. 1:27
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Christ Jesus in us and we in HIM!!! And even more assurance that when we belong to Jesus He is at work in our lives: If your lifestyle doesn’t reflect the work of Jesus living within you, then you might want to check out what you think ‘saved’ you? This question is of eternal import to you and me, to all those we love. It’s not a ‘hope so’ confidence but a ‘know so’!!! HOW? By examining ourselves to see if you are “in Jesus” and if Jesus is “in you”? The evidence is true: Romans 8:9-11
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
So??? Here’s our shot for today! Are you ‘LOST’ or ‘FOUND’ “in Him”? Jesus cares for you and so do I!!!