Man in his sinful condition could never merit heaven anymore than he could create himself. It is only man's sinful pride that tells him something different.
If knowing Jesus is not intensely personal then you do not know Jesus at all. If knowing Jesus does not dis-annul all other things as a mean of getting to heaven, then you do not know Jesus at all. If knowing Jesus does not make the way to heaven cleknowing_jesusar, then you do not know Jesus at all. If knowing Jesus does not reveal empty religion for what it is - empty, then you do not know Jesus at all.
Because a believer has assurance of salvation he is kept from sinning, and when he does not sin he is given an assurance of salvation. Therein lies a victorious cycle that no believer can afford to be without.
Eternal Security: by a Fallen Disciple Who better to write about eternal security than a fallen disciple? After setting forth a string of reasons for the believer’s eternal security, such as protected by the power of God (1:5), Peter shifts his focus to the believer’s faith. “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now … Continue reading FOCUSED ON ETERNITY VI
The Enduring Word of Truth Peter points out the multiple reasons for the security of true believers in his first letter, which includes an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, fades not away, reserved in heaven, and protected by the power of God. In concluding the first chapter Peter closes with the truth that salvation is … Continue reading FOCUSED ON ETERNITY V
The Blood of Christ Assurance of salvation is a main reason why Peter wrote to his fellow brothers who were suffering persecution as aliens among the Gentiles. They needed to hear why they could be secure in their faith in Jesus Christ, even though sin remained in them, they were weak in the flesh, and … Continue reading FOCUSED ON ETERNITY IV
A Genuine Faith that is Imperishable In my last Blog, we looked at the first of four reasons the Christian can be assured of his eternal salvation, an imperishable inheritance. The second is the Christians’ proven faith. “In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various … Continue reading FOCUSED ON ETERNITY III
An Imperishable Inheritance Imagine a world without death, disease, pain, or suffering, where all is good and nothing ends, then think how contrary that is to our present condition. It is said, “Nothing lasts,” and “You can be sure of only two things, death, and taxes.” Only the bible can assure men of eternal salvation … Continue reading FOCUSED ON ETERNITY II
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1Peter 3-4 In the Christian … Continue reading Focused on Eternity
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” Romans 5:10. We were expecting our first child; I was seated in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, completely thrilled as I read the letter … Continue reading By Death and Life