The nature of salvation itself has been obscured so much that it may take a reformation like in the days of Ezra to get back to the truth. Salvation is not a one time experience but a journey walking with God. People form philosophies around "eternal security" rather than turning to God who is eternally secure. The reason they do this is because fellowship with god requires holiness.
God desires to see us saved, and if we will agree with Him confess and forsake our sin, then saved we will be!
Ps. 89:7; Is. 25:7-8; 44:3; 55:7; Mt. 10: 28; 16:24-27; 24:13; Lk. 3:6; 9:57-62; 14:16, 33;
Jn. 3:17-21; 6:44; 12:32; A.A. 8:3-4; Ph. 2:12; Hb. 2:18; 10:26-31; I Ti. 2:4; II Ti. 4:10; I Pt. 3:9,15-18; Rv. 2:26
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"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."-Psalm 97:11
As we continue to look at the precepts of salvation, we come to some challenging passages. Holiness teaching teaches responsibility of the sinner as a basic principle of free will, so what of the verses which imply captivity to Satan?
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."-Luke 4:18-19
Here we considered the fallen nature of the earth itself. As Adam in the garden had casual work to do to steward the garden, after the fall he had to do so by the sweat of his brow and while avoiding thorns and thistles. The devil often uses the basic struggles of life to ensnare us. He doesn't open his prison freely (Isaiah 14:17), once we are captive, only Jesus can set us free.
Jesus said if you seek to lose your life you would gain it, he exhorted his disciples to deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Him. In doing so, He has set the captives free!
Lv. 25: Ps. 147:3; Is. 2:8, 20; 14:17; 58:6; 52:2,6; 56:1; Lk. 4:18-19; 7:47; Jn. 9:35
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This week we spoke of the wisdom of salvation, the benefits of holiness etc. God is reasonable as He said, Let us reason together. We who are saved are commanded to preach the Gospel to every creature but we don't have to preach the same way every time. Our eyes should be searching first of all for the brokenhearted, the contrite. At the same time we need to be ready to rebuke and warn the wicked of coming judgment.
There is a pharisetical spirit across America as many believe they know the Gospel and esteem it lightly. As they do not fear God they make a god more to their own liking. This is a terrible misunderstanding with eternal consequences.
Ps. 95:1; 103:2; Pr. 1:20-21; 8;1; 9:6; Is. 1:18-21; 2:5; 29:18-19,24; 32:1-4; 50:10
Mt. 21:31-32;Lk. 13:23-27; 19:28Jn. 3:12; 12:32; A.A. 15:7-9,11; 16:17, 31-32;
I Co.1:18-27; I Ti. 2:3-6; 6:7; Rv. 21:6
What is salvation? What did Israel consider salvation to be? What is spoken of it in the Old Testament?
We looked at all these things this week. This is the first installment of of a six-week series on Biblical salvation and Evangelism. I hope you can join us for each week feel free to leave questions in the comments below. We will try to address them as we go along.
Gn. 3:15; Dt. 18:13-15; Ps. 18:1-3; 50:13-17; 106:47-48; 116: 13-17; 132:16-17; 140:1-8; 141:8-10;
Is. 9:6-7; 11:1-5; 12:2-3; 59:17; Jr. 31:31-32; Ez. 36:26-27; Jh. 2:1-2; Ho. 14:4; Jl.2:32; Am.4:12; Ob.17; Mi. 5:2; Na. 1:15; Hk. 3:8-10; Zp. 3:17-20; Zc. 9:12; 12:10; Mk. 4:11; A.A. 3:18; Ga. 1:4; 3:16; Ep. 6:17;
Co. 1:26-27; I Ti. 3:16I Pt. 1:5, 9-10;Rv 4:5; 7:9-10;
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