Am I a true believer?

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Am I A True Believer?

 

In this brief study we want to consider the important, soul-searching question: Am I a true believer? To help you answer this question, consider the following questions. Think about each one in an honest, personal way. Take time to look up the Bible verses that are given along with each question. Ask yourself: Who am I really trusting for my eternal salvation?

 

Do I see myself as a guilty, lost sinner who stands condemned before a holy and righteous God (Romans 3:10-19,23)?

Do I recognize that my own heart is deceitful and wicked and incurably sick (Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23)?

Do I see myself as deserving of death and hell (Romans 6:23)?

Do I realize that if God were to give me what I deserve and repay me for the way I have lived, then I would be totally destroyed (Psalm 130:3; compare Psalm 103:10)?

Do I recognize that there is absolutely nothing I can do to save myself (Titus 3:5)?

Do I understand that trying my best to perform good works will never gain me or earn me an entrance into heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9)? Do I realize that my church or my religious system cannot save my soul (Jeremiah 17:5)?

Am I convinced that my own righteousness and my own goodness falls far short of the righteousness that God requires and demands (Romans 3:10-12; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)?

Do I, in and of myself, have any personal credentials that are acceptable before God (Isaiah 64:6)?

Do I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Solution to my sin problem (Acts 4:12)?

Do I recognize Him as the only way to God (John 14:6), the only Door to salvation (John 10:9), the only Saviour for sinners (Matthew 1:21) and the only One who can give me eternal life (John 10:28; 17:3)?

Do I understand that Jesus Christ is the eternal God (John 1:1-3) who came into this world and became a man to save me (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 1:15; John 3:17)?

Am I convinced that He loved me even when I was a great sinner (Romans 5:8; John 3:16) and that He died and rose again to save my soul (Romans 4:25)?

Am I persuaded that the Lord Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that He died in my place as my perfect Substitute, dying in my stead and paying completely the full penalty for my sins (Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21)?

Am I trusting in Him and in Him alone to save me (Acts 16:31)?

Have I come to Him in simple, child-like faith (John 6:35,37; Matthew 11:28)?

Have I, by faith, personally received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour (John 1:12)?

Am I resting my entire self on who He is (John 8:24), on what He has done (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and on what He has said (John 6:47)?

Do I believe that He is able to completely save all those who come unto God through Him, including me (Hebrews 7:25)?

Do I believe the statement of Christ found in John 5:24?

Is John 3:16 true of me?

Have I ever shared with others that Jesus Christ is my Saviour (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 10:32)?

Am I able to say from my heart: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ Name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand—all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!” [Edward Mote]

Another helpful question that I can ask myself is this:

If I were to die today and stand before God and He should ask me, “Why should I allow you to enter My holy heaven?” what would my answer be?

If my answer in any way points to MYSELF (my own credentials, my own works, my own religious deeds, etc.) then I am not standing on solid ground. Here are some examples of people putting their trust in SELF:

  • “God should let me into His holy heaven because in my life I have done more good than bad.”
  • “God should let me into His holy heaven because I try to keep the ten commandments.”
  • “God should let me into His holy heaven because I’m a member of a certain church” etc. All such answers point to ME, but salvation is not of ME; salvation is of the LORD!

There is only one reason why I can enter God’s holy heaven. The appropriate response is this: “I will enter God’s holy heaven for one reason and one reason only. It is only because of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Apart from His work on the cross I could never be saved. Apart from His life which He has given to me as a free gift, I could never enter His holy heaven. He is my only hope. He is the only righteousness I have and He is all the righteousness I need. Thank You Lord for saving my soul and making me whole.” Notice how this answer points away from SELF and clearly points to the Saviour and to Him alone!

*     *     *     *     *     As you consider your relationship to the living God, consider the following:

The Greater Loss!

There was once a young minister who visited an aged Christian woman whose state of health made it evident that she was soon to pass from this earthly scene. The minister, who had some doubts about the total reliability of the Scriptures, said to her, “Just suppose that after all your praying and despite your faith your soul should be lost! What then?”

To this tactless remark the old lady replied, “Dear man, should such be the case, God’s would be the greater loss. I could only lose my soul. God would lose His honor. If God would be untrue to His Word He would cease to be God. The Lord Jesus promised that ‘him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.’ I rest my soul in His Word, which never fails.”

E. S. English

She Was Incredulous

An old Welsh lady when she lay dying was visited by her Pastor. He said to her, “Sister, are you sinking?

” She answered him not a word, but looked at him with an incredulous eye. He repeated the question, “Sister, are you sinking?” She looked at him again as if she couldn’t believe he would ask such a question. At last, rising a little in her bed, she said, “Sinking! Sinking! Did you ever know a sinner to sink through a rock? If I had been standing on the sand, I might sink; but, thank God, I am on the Rock of Ages and there is no sinking there.”

C. H. Spurgeon

Secure on the Rock!

“A wise man…built his house upon a rock…and it fell not” (Matt. 7:24-25)

There’s an old saying of Samuel Rutherford: “Believe in God’s love and power more than you believe in your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock that ebbs and flows, but your sea of feelings.” If we build our faith upon the certain Word and finished work of Christ, rather than upon our fickle feelings, we shall have the blessed assurance and sense of security we need. Then let the rains of sorrow, the floods of adversity, and the winds of doubt and difficulty come; they shall not be able to destroy the house of our salvation. Our spiritual life is eternally secure, founded upon the Rock of Christ’s promises (John 10:28-29) and the firm foundation of His immutable Word (Eph. 1:3-11).

“I believe hundreds of Christians have not got the assurance of salvation just because they are not willing to take God at His Word” —D. L. Moody.

 

 

The Bible is my “Strong Box” filled with my valuable documents:

 

First Document: My Great Gift (John 3:16).

 

Second Document: My Present Possession (John 5:24).

 

Third Document: My Life Insurance (John 11:25-26).

 

Fourth Document: My Accident Policy (Romans 8:28).

 

Fifth Document: My Fire Insurance (2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

Sixth Document: My Identification Papers (1 John 3:1-2).

 

Riches of inestimable worth!

 

 

 

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Can a person who Denys the deity of Jesus be saved?

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Can a person deny the deity of Jesus and still be saved?

By: Steve Shirley

A: No. The deity of Jesus (or believing Jesus is God) is one of the essentials of the Christian faith. This is one of the main things (if not THE main thing) that separates us from nearly every other cult and faith in the world. Nearly every cult or non-Christian faith will readily accept that Jesus existed, believing Jesus was a prophet, an angel, a good man, a good teacher, a very enlightened man, God’s son (a created being), etc… However, they will flatly deny Jesus’ deity, and consider it heresy to call Jesus God.

Why is it so crucial to believe Jesus is God?

First, this is how we become a Christian in the first place.

(Rom 10:9)(NASB) that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

(Rom 10:13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

If Jesus is not our Lord (God), then how can we confess Him or call upon Him in prayer? If Jesus is not our God, He cannot be our Savior; and if He is not our Savior, then our sins are not paid for, nor covered by His blood, and we cannot get to Heaven without this.

Secondly, if one denies the deity of Jesus, they are rejecting the Bible. The Bible teaches VERY clearly over and over that Jesus is God, and Jesus Himself affirmed His deity in a number of places in the gospels. I am not going to list the many proofs that show Jesus IS God here, but you can go here to see them.

In addition, the denial of Jesus’ deity means one is rejecting the trinity, or the triune nature of God: one God, manifest in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three have ALWAYS existed as God (not created and never simply men), and are all equal.

*** Note: Christians do not believe in three separate gods (tritheism), we do not believe God manifests Himself in three different ways (modalism), nor do we believe in many gods (pantheism).

For more on the importance of “The Trinity,” please go here.

If one rejects the deity of Jesus, and the triune nature of God, they are rejecting essentials of Christianity, and God’s Word. In fact, it makes both Jesus and the writers of the Bible liars, because they testified to this fact. If the Bible is a lie, then Christianity falls.

Friend, no mere man could live a perfect, sinless life as Jesus did (2 Cor 5:21)(1 Pet 2:22)(1 Jn 3:5)(Heb 4:15)(1 Pet 1:19), and make atonement for ALL the sins of this world. No mere man could raise Himself from the dead as Jesus did (Jn 2:19-22). Please do not go to judgment one day, and have to face the Judge of this world (Jesus: Jn 5:22,27, 2 Tim 4:1, 2 Cor 5:10), and tell Him ” I rejected who you truly are and never really knew you.” If we deny who Jesus is before men, He will deny us as well (Mt 10:32-33)(2 Tim 2:12). And, if one doesn’t truly know who Jesus is, they will hear the scariest words in the whole Bible, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Mt 7:23)(Mt 25:12)(Lk 13:27).

What is modalism?

By: Steve Shirley

A: Modalists reject the trinitarian view that most Christians hold. The Bible teaches that there is one God manifest in three distinct persons, who are co-equal and have existed eternally together. However, the modalist believes in one God manifest in three “modes.”

These modes have followed each other, and have never existed together, therefore, they are not all eternal. It is taught that the Father was God in the Old Testament. The Father existed until Jesus was born, then Jesus became God. After Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit became God.

As I understand it, most modalists seem to believe that it is actually Jesus who has become the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, although some believe the Father actually took on each of those modes.

Other names for modalism are “oneness” or Sabellianism. The main denomination that holds to this modalist view is the United Pentecostal Church. One distinctive feature about them is that they baptize in Jesus’ name ONLY, and believe one is lost if they aren’t.

 

Source     http://jesusalive.cc/ques36.htm

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Doctrine of Salvation

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Doctrine of Salvation

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Pt. 1:10-11).

I believe that salvation is accomplished entirely by the grace of God accessed by faith alone apart from any personal behavior or merit (Is. 64:6; Mt. 7:22-23; Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 2:5) on the basis of the finished work of Christ on the cross (1 Pt. 1:18-19). God has made sufficient provision for the salvation of all men (Ac. 17:30; 1 Tim. 2:4-6; 1 Jn. 2:2), yet the benefits of salvation may be received only by those who have been born again (Jn. 3:3; 1 Pt. 1:23) through the expression of personal faith in Christ alone (Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Ac. 16:30-31; Rom. 10:9-10; Heb. 11:6).

I believe that saving faith requires more than intellectual recognition (Jam. 2:19); it requires a clear understanding of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Ths. 2:13; 1 Jn. 5:9-13) and a volitional response of the heart to the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 24:25, 32; Jn. 3:36; 16:8; Rom. 1:5; Rev. 1:17) in which a sinner chooses to relinquish all misplaced reliances and depend exclusively on the finished work of Christ, the Son of God, on the cross (Heb. 6:1).

I believe that the details and plan of God’s salvation as it applies to individual people originates in the foreknowledge of God (1 Pt. 1:2) and has been initiated by God (Ac. 2:23; Eph. 3:10-11; 1 Pt. 1:20) for His own glory in love (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:7). Those who will be regenerated have always been known by God individually and personally as His children (Jn. 6:37; 10:26-27; Rom. 8:29) through the atoning work of Christ on the cross (Mt. 12:18; Ac. 2:23; Eph. 1:4; 1 Pt. 1:20; Rev. 13:8). On this basis, those who will be regenerated also have the assurance of being chosen by God for the privileges of union with Christ, being justified in a righteous standing before God, and being glorified, in the future, into the very image and likeness of Christ (Jn. 15:16; Rom. 8:29-30). Though not all will be saved, the offer of salvation is genuinely available to every man who will place his trust in Christ alone for deliverance (Jn. 3:16; Ac. 2:21; 10:43; 17:30; Rom. 10:13; Tit. 1:1-2; 1 Pt. 3:9).

I believe that God uses the glories of Creation (Ps. 19:1-6; Rom. 1:19-20) and the stirring of the conscience (Rom. 2:14-15) to appeal to all men everywhere in a general way, demonstrating His existence and man’s need for knowing Him personally (Jn. 12:32; Ac. 17:30). He specifically communicates to man through His Word (Ps. 19:7-14; Rom. 10:14; 1 Cor. 1:23-24; 1 Ths. 2:14; Heb,. 4:12) and the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:8-11; 1 Ths. 1:5-6) to persuade men to repent of their lost condition and believe on the Son of God for salvation. As a result, all men are without excuse (Rom. 1:20). Some freely choose to resist the convicting work of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 23:37; Jn. 5:40; Ac. 7:51; Heb. 3:7-1), while others respond willingly to God’s call by receiving the gospel (Ac. 17:4, 11-12; 28:24; Rom. 8:30; 1 Cor. 15:1-8). Apart from the divine drawing of men to Himself, sinful man is unable to believe the gospel and be saved (Rom. 3:11; Jn. 6:44, 65; 1 Jn. 4:19).

I believe that repentance is a change of mind, heart, and will that turns away from false reliances and a complacency towards personal sin and turns towards Christ alone as the only true God and Deliverer (1 Ths. 1:9; Heb. 6:1). True repentance is inseparable from saving faith and together constitutes conversion, the human response to God’s salvation (Ac. 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; 26:20; Rom.2:4; 2 Pt. 3:9). Biblical repentance must be distinguished from the false concepts of reformation, penance, mere emotional regret, or any other sense in which a person feels that they must somehow alter their behavior or make restitution in order to secure salvation. However, true repentance will always result in a change of disposition and behavior, though the degree of visible change may vary (Mt. 3:8; Ac. 26:28; 2 Cor. 7:11).

I believe that regeneration occurs at the moment of salvation and is entirely the work of God, supernaturally imparting spiritual life (Eph. 2:4-5; 1 Pt. 1:3). This instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit quickens a man’s previously dead spirit and renews the soul so that a he may genuinely know, love, and serve God (Rom. 6:13; 8:15-16; 1 Cor. 2:12; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). The new birth results in a new and permanent relationship with God that cannot be annulled (Jn. 3:3-16; 5:24; 10:28-29; 2 Tim. 2:13).

I believe that God graciously provides every believer with countless privileges secured and guaranteed by Christ’s redemptive work on the cross (Eph. 1:3; 2:7; 2 Pt. 1:3-4). These include forgiveness of sin (Ac. 10:43; 26:18; Rom. 3:25), redemption from the bondage of sin (Gal. 3:13; Heb. 9:15; Rev. 5:9), justification before God (Rom. 3:24-25; 5:18-19), reconciliation with God (Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:18; Col. 1:21-22), union with Christ (Rom. 6:2-10; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 2:20; 3:27), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; ), and future recognition as full and joint heirs with Christ as true sons of God (Rom. 8:15-17, 23; Gal. 4:4-7).

I believe that every born-again child of God will persevere in saving faith and be preserved by God eternally (Jn. 5:24; 10:27-30; Heb. 10:39). They will be recipients in this life of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18, 22-23) through the Word of God (Jn. 17:17), influencing and enabling them to progress in holiness and obedience as they yield to this ongoing, supernatural work (Gal. 5:25; Php. 2:12-13; Heb. 13:21). While personal responsiveness and behavior will determine the nature of reward at the future judgment seat (1 Cor. 3:13; 4:5), only the good will and sovereign power of God guarantees the ultimate salvation of every born again believer (Jn. 6:37-39; Rom. 8:31-39; Eph. 1:13-14; Php. 1:6; 1 Pt. 1:5; Jude 24).

I believe that a child of God should regularly respond in simple, obedient faith to the ongoing work of God in his life to experience personal and practical cleansing from sin committed and victory over temptations and sinful tendencies (Gal. 2:20; Php. 2:13;  1 Jn. 5:4). Altogether this may be called sanctification. Those believers who ignore or resist the transforming work of God will experience chastening consequences administered by God in love for them as His children (Heb. 12:4-11). While a sinner is saved positionally at the moment of regeneration (Lk. 23:43; Rom. 10:13; 2 Cor. 5:17), he is subsequently begins to be saved progressively from the influence and power of sin as he allows the Word of God to transform wrong patterns of thought and the Spirit of God to empower him to overcome wrong patterns of behavior so that he increasingly demonstrates genuine Christlikeness (Rom. 6-8; 12:1-2; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 4:22-24; 5:18; 1 Pt. 1:14-16; 2 Pt. 3:18; 1 Jn. 3:1). Ultimately, I believe that the believer will be completely saved in the future when he is glorified with Christ, whereby He will fully be delivered from the presence and possibility of sin eternally (Rom. 8:16-23, 30; Eph. 4:13; Php. 3:20-21; 1 Jn. 3:2).

Source:https://shepherdthoughts.com/baptistchurchny/the-doctrine-of-salvation/

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