Monday, January 28, 2013

God is Not Mad at You; God Loves You


  
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:9



The Bible makes it clear what we must do to be saved: confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. That's it. That's the Good News of Jesus Christ. Salvation is free. You do not earn it. You cannot earn it. Your attempts to earn it are filthy rags.


When you stand at the judgement throne at the end of your life. The accuser, Satan, will be there accusing you of all your sins. Each one of your sins is enough to earn you damnation.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Have you ever told a lie? You deserve to go to Hell. Ever thought an unkind word? You deserve it. Ever called someone "stupid," "crazy," etc.? You deserve it. The payment for sin is death. Now here's the Good News: if you are saved, Jesus paid the death penalty for you. So as Satan stands before the judgement throne accusing you for all your sins, Jesus stands next to you calmly replying, "I have paid." Jesus paid it all!

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

John 10:28-29

When a person is saved, they are saved forever. Don't believe it? Of course not. You are human and that doesn't make sense. But, God says it's so (see John 10:28-29). Jesus paid for all sins - past, present, and future.

Do I believe that a person who is saved WILL be in heaven? The Bible says so. There is no middle ground. I believe all of the Bible. Not just what makes sense to my limited, human understanding.


I believe it. And once you can get past the point of thinking that God is mad at you, you will understand that "peace that passes understanding." When you are safe in a loving relationship - do you take advantage of that unconditional love? If a person does, that is a sign they were never saved in the first place. A true believer cannot continue to be in opposition to God's law. The Holy Spirit will not allow a child of God to be in sin and at peace. That is why Jesus left us the Holy Spirit.

Your name can be written - in permanent ink - in the Lamb's Book of Life, right now! Legalism and living in constant fear doesn't work so well. Why not give grace a chance?



6 comments:

  1. It can also be removed.

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    1. What makes you think that?

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  2. By leaving the FOC? Is that what removes your name from the book of life? Why must you be tormentors of peace? All you do is attempt to cast doubt in these people. Haven't you hurt them enough? We are supposed to be confident in our savior and salvation.

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  3. I admit this is a bit too intimidating for me, but I like to listen to different voices.

    Thanks you for sharing this.

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  4. We can be removed through our own disobedience. The point of those "security" scriptures is 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."

    If we fall, we can not accuse God of being unfaithful. It was our own lack of diligence.

    I Cor. 10:1-12

    Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

    Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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  5. The posts are great because it gets at the root of the FOC problem. Grace was not preached or was not understood and without grace there is no salvation.

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