A FEW OF THE
SALVATION PROMISES IN OUR SCRIPTURES
- Jeremiah 31:31-34 gives the
prophecy of the new covenant to Israel [through Jesus, the Messiah...and then Jesus, upon
His baptism, would open the promise to the gentiles (rest) of the
1:29: makes it clear that Jesus came to save us
from sin and its ultimate consequences.
3:16................................The First and Highest TRUTH!
"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in
him shall not perish but have eternal life." (Jesus
speaking) God's creation (including all humans) are loved by
God, BUT, whoever believes in Jesus
becomes an actual child of God (John says so in John
God sent Jesus as the perfect sacrifice in payment for the
past, present and future sins of ALL mankind...the
price has already been paid for you...the door is
non-exclusively, non-elitist open for anyone and everyone...Please choose
to step through to salvation in the belief and name of Jesus
Christ! As Martin Luther's life and actions attest
that there is personal sin for which one is even unaware, one probably can't truly
confess each and every sin. So, I don't see how salvation would have to depend on all sin
being confessed and pardoned. The debt of sin is ALREADY
- John 16:33
promises us, quoting Jesus, "In this world,
you will have troubles."
This world is fallen. We need the internal indwelling
power of the Holy Spirit!
promises us, quoting Jesus, "And surely I am with you always, to very
end of the age." Jesus is with the believer at all times &
"there", whatever the believer is doing
6:40................His Blood, the only WAY to eternal salvation!!
"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son
[Jesus] and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
(Jesus speaking) [No one knows, nor has God necessarily fully revealed in a way that man has
fully interpreted, all the potential powerful mechanisms God might soon or yet employ to help
all men "look to the Son". Remember: though the Word had always been there, the clues to
Protestantism, unapparent for over 1,000 years, were only revealed about 500 years ago. Yet the
Bible is clear that the blood of Christ is the only way a person can be saved; so, whatever it
might be that man has not understood, all routes (to heaven/life saved, everlasting...heaven)
must go through the blood of Jesus.]....................Warning!
"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord [Jesus] shall be
14:6........JESUS: Lord, "boss", divine authority!
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me." (Jesus speaking) [Same comment as #2 Warning! ; plus, though God/Jesus may yet
have many "unplayed" options for mankind; we Christians are still "under orders" to obey
THE GREAT COMMISSION FROM JESUS TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN HIM....MATT. 28:18-20
(said another way, Acts 1:7-8): Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and
on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples (make knowledgeable Christian
followers) of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (spread the gospel). And
surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age"]. [another
Get into the membership of a church which
actively fosters a personal ministry aspect of your life, which can provide leadership on how
to know and express your personal spiritual gifts as well as how to witness and exert your
Christian stewardship, training you to be "light" and "salt" to your family and to the people
you are in contact with. Active Church life is crucial to your Christian journey....crucial to
your being able to respond to the "boss", our Lord, the divine authority....crucial to entering
into full relationship with (and experiencing) God.
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who
sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."
(Jesus speaking) [Is this hope for hearers...but not necessarily "believers" or
Christians...who do believe, however, in God? If so, eternal salvation might be covered through
the work of Jesus at least so as not to be condemned to hell; but, the life on earth would be
void of the internal indwelling perfect guide/mentor provided to each Christian - the Holy
Spirit of God! What a hell of a life on earth without this key part of the Jesus follower's
position with the Trinity! See #2 above]....................Warning!
"I tell you the truth, he who believes (in Jesus) has everlasting
life." (Jesus speaking)........................................Warning!
"I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
[abides/remains in Jesus] has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (Jesus
"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are
in their grave will hear His voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live,
and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned." (Jesus speaking) [But note #2 and #5,
above.] [And, even so, might a mechanism be revealed for salvation at that point? Does this
verse, in addition, give hope to all people not just "believers" or "hearers", even
non-Christians, that through Jesus, there may be a way to salvation for those who have "done
good" not yet correctly interpreted by man's limited, non-God mind?] Warning! [Also see John 10:16, John 12:32 and Revelation
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up
at the last day." (Jesus speaking) [God pursues/draws (all?) people for a relationship with Him
on earth and eternity; a person must yield his own desires and accept and work on that
relationship ..."the elect"...; the knowledge of Jesus is then revealed, and the belief in
Jesus then guarantees
salvation.] (also see II Thessalonians 2:13 and, especially, Ephesians
"This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the
Father has enabled him." (Jesus speaking) [God draws us to him, "begins the good work in you";
then as Jesus knocks at our "door", it is up to our free will to open the door (or not open it)
and let him in.] [see #9] [see
The Elect] The famous 1940s Warner Sallman painting, "Christ at Heart's Door" depicts Jesus
knocking on the door with no exterior handle; the door to your heart must be opened to Jesus
from within by you! A similar depiction was rendered by William Holman Hunt ("The Light of the
World") in 1854.
13:5.........We are never left alone!
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with
what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake
- II Peter
3:9..............GOD Doesn't want ANYONE to PERISH!
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand
slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to
repentance." (The Apostle Simon Peter speaking) [See promise #5,
"As a holy people you [the Israelites] belong to the Lord your
God. Of all the people on earth the Lord your God chose you to be his own people." (They obeyed
God; gave blood sacrifices; that blood may be viewed by God as symbolic of the blood of the
Messiah...Jesus...and no one saved except through the blood of Jesus, possibly even symbolic
Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, indicates that, "And so all
Israel will be saved, as it is written:..." The Israelites and their descendants would appear
to be promised salvation by the grace of God (not by works or obedience to The Law); however,
in our own times, who would qualify as an "Israelite"? A slightly less restrictive promise is
in Psalm 34:22. (Therefore, Jews and other servants of The Lord should turn to Jesus to be safe
and sure; "Jews for Jesus" and other Jewish Christian organizations [messianic...Christian...Jewish history and at least 16 links] exist to
encourage Christian belief among Jews who are otherwise happy to remain Jewish; and there is
now a TV program, "Discovering The Jewish Jesus" that has very interesting information for
- I John
"And this is the testimony [from God]: God has given us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son." (The Apostle John speaking)..........Warning!
- John 10:27-30....eternal security...the
security of the true believer...Once saved, always
Even prior to Jesus' birth on earth, God indicated the sureness of His salvation to His chosen
people: after David sinned greatly, he did not beg to be re-saved; he prayed, "Restore to me
the joy of your salvation..." (Psalms 51:12)! If one of the foundational doctrines of
Protestant Christianity is true...salvation is justified by God's grace, alone...then getting
resaved over and over again through confession and repentance is a counter belief (the two
cannot be reconciled..."works" would be a requisite for salvation)! "My sheep
[the Jesus followers] listen to my voice; I know
them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one
can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all;
no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." (Jesus
[Once you are a true believer & truly saved, salvation is irrevocable; "once saved,
always saved: eternal salvation. On becoming saved", your name is written in "the Lamb's
book of life" (Philippians
4:3; Rev. 20:11-15) and
you are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14) until Christ comes
again (Ephesians 4:30) for His
Church. I am unaware of any Bible passage written since Jesus was on Earth referring to
removing a name from the Lamb's book of life. This sealing with the Spirit is a form of
pledge (2 Corinthians
1:21-22); who ever heard of a pledge...such as an engagement ring...that was taken
back & returned many times...whose giver could ever inspire confidence and security?
In fact, Revelation 3:5 reflects
Jesus' promise that a name will never be blotted out. Also see Matthew 28:19-20 and John 6:37 and Romans 8:35-39. Finally, note
Galatians 2:11-21 where
Paul rebukes Peter for erroneous teaching and indicates that justification for eternal
salvation is by the grace of God alone, through faith...that same God
who spoke as Jesus and gave the above promise. The Truth is that you cannot fully trust
One in whom you are never certain where you stand...your position is uncertain...with
that One. The knowledge of your Eternal Security makes real intimacy with the Triune God
possible now (while on earth), and the truth of this will set you free!
1:23 does not actually counter or contradict "once saved, always
- I John
"If you know that he (Jesus) is righteous, you know that everyone
who does what is right (through the un-acknowledged, unseen work of Jesus) has been born of
him." [Hope for all "righteous" people?] (The Apostle John speaking) (see #2,
- I John
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son
of God so that you might know that you have eternal life." (The Apostle John speaking) (see #2,
"That if you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord', and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved." (The Apostle Paul
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord (Jesus) will be
16:31........................Family members saved thru your
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and
thy house [family]." Also see Acts 11:14, Acts 16:31-33, I Peter 3:1-2, and I Corinth. 7:13-16.
[Your Jesus-belief can itself save family members who are otherwise as yet
- I Corinthians 7:14
(KJV)............................Unbelieving spouse saved thru your (believing spouse)
"For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his
[Christian believer] wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her [Christian
believer] believing husband: else were your children [by those two spouses together] unclean;
but now are they holy." Careful...in the preceding verse 12, Paul makes it clear that
he...Paul...says (not the Lord) what follows verse 12. [and see Acts
"Salvation is found in no one else, [No other God or person] for
there is no other name [than Jesus] under Heaven given to men by which we must [it's mandatory
that God save Christians...true Jesus
believers by his promise] be saved." [God speaking through
10:14-16.........................Salvation for "others"?
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me -
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep. I
have other sheep [thought to be the
Gentiles] that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to
my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd." (Jesus speaking). Gentiles were all
other humans than Jews. If Jesus arose from the dead and was seated at the right hand of The
Father and given authority over all the earth and for the carrying out of God's will on earth
through the Holy Spirit. And, if God has perfect foreknowledge of all that will happen, and
part of His will is permissive. Then, if a family's son dies as an unbeliever and this death is
the focal event which turns that unbelieving family to Jesus and to becoming true
believers...might this not be how Jesus might have used a bad event to achieve good? Might
Jesus consider this son to be "...other sheep who are not of this sheep pen."? Who can say that
Jesus absolutely does not cover such things through this verse? "Other sheep" might not be
restricted to "Gentiles". As believers take comfort in the doctrine of salvation by a decision
of belief by faith, we would be wise to avoid turning it into a doctrine of limitation. That
is, though "the way" to salvation is clear, we are arrogant indeed if we try to limit God who
has the power to save anyone He chooses (and, being the trinitarian God, then that exceptional
person comes to salvation through Jesus). (see #2, above)..........Warning!
[Paul quoted as testifying to a brief but entire review of God's
interest in salvation.]
28:20.....................Jesus is WITH believers!
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
[Not distant, but abiding in the relationship with you...even in you through the "person" of
the Holy Spirit]
- Hebrews 1:14...........Angels and salvation
"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who
will inherit salvation?" [Those who are saved have the additional advantage of angels of
protection and other types of ministering angels. When Satan originally rebelled from God, he
took one-third of the angels with him...fallen angels...according to Revelations 12:4. Read a
modern, biblically-based review of the truth about angels in Robert Lightner's book, Angels,
Satan, and Demons.].......................................Warning!
- I Thessalonians
4:16,17.........The Rapture of THE CHURCH
The Rapture (of those saved): At an instantaneous and unscheduled
time (which Jesus himself says is known only by God), Jesus will come for The Church (in the
sky); dead Christians (immediately followed by Christians still alive) will rise up to be with
Jesus (I Thessalonians 4:14-18) forever after. Christ, having been originally a "first-fruits"
perfect sacrifice for us, was the first in Christ to arise (The Resurrection). His believers
rise thereafter at The Rapture (I Corinthians 15:20-26, but more so, 15:51-54), their names
having been previously written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Each will stand before the Judgment
Seat of Christ for a replay of each life and assigning of rewards for what each has done
(Matthew 16:27). Back on earth, there will be the Great Tribulation period of seven years; then
the "2nd coming of Jesus."
"When the order is given and the Archangel calls and God's trumpet sounds, the Lord Himself
(Jesus) will come down from heaven, and the dead who are in Christ will rise first. Then we who
are still living and left behind will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in
the air, and so we'll always be with the Lord." [Rev. Charles Stanley says that this refers to
all Christian believers since the descending of the Holy Spirit onto the believers at
Pentecost. The Old and New Testament saints prior to Pentecost will be raised to heaven either
at the end of the great tribulation or the end of Christ's second coming and millennial reign
on earth. Where do believers who have died presently reside: "Absent from the body, present
with the Lord". And, a number of non-believers, either unchurched or from the apostate church (not
truly believers) of that period...additional Elect...will be saved who live during the
great tribulation period of 7 years. But, there is no verse in the Bible saying that, having
rejected the Gospel during your life on earth, there will be another chance to be a believer
after you die!]
God loves every person He creates, and He
counts every single one as valuable. The Rapture may be seen (1) as a parallel to the pre-Jesus Exodus
(the deliverance from enslavement) of the Jews from Egypt. And, (2) it might, similarly, be parallel to Last Supper just before Jesus died to provide the way to deliver mankind from the enslavement of sin.
God sent His Son to die for all past, present, and future sins of
all persons He created. This eternal salvation is freely offered
(and constantly available until you die) to every human. Don't take a chance on sudden
death (hundreds of thousands of humans die each day and a high percentage without
warning) catching you without guaranteed salvation. And, for all who will believe that He did this and who are
willing to believe in Jesus, He has guaranteed a complete eternal salvation (you and the forever-indwelling Holy Sprit in you). Be sure that you go up with Jesus at
"The Rapture" time by coming to belief in Him.] [Also see John 14:3 and Acts 1:9-11 and Matthew 24 and
- I Peter
3:8.............Neutralize some sin consequences?
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a
multitude of sins" And,
5:20.............Neutralize some sin consequences?
"...remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his
way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins."
and...after saved, if you tithe: (says
God through the prophet Malachi 3:8-10) "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me [God]. But you ask,
'How do we rob you?' In tithes and offerings. You [the Israelites] are under a curse - the
whole nation of you - because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse,
that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I
will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not
have room enough for it."
(God owns all; each person is only a borrower...and a steward,
and God requires us to give back 10% of the 100% he gave us...money, other valuable stuff...it
is His and He claims it; what if He reversed himself and gave you back next year ten times what
you give Him this year? Each of us experiences a self-imposed curse or limitation of our
blessings when we fail to tithe.) Give your tithe first (God is honored by "first fruits"
gifts), and give joyously, being honored and privileged to do so! When you give within your
church, you are giving to God; and it is not your personal responsibility to agree with what
you think is done with the money. Gifts and offerings are actually something in addition
In addition to your gifts to the local church or to any of its
direct, larger efforts, there are great numbers of other Christian efforts and charitable
efforts. Many worthy efforts are not listed by accountability organizations. But such
organizations can be a help to you as you try to be responsible that your gifts outside of, and
beyond, the church aren't wasted. In addition to looking up info about an organization with an
internet "search engine", you can check the over 850 organizations (in 39 categories) as
members of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). In South Carolina, one can
check out charities through the office of The Secretary of State, 803-734-1790 or toll free,
888-242-7484. According to The State newspaper of 26 Nov. 1998, page B9, South Carolina ranks
number 9 of all states in total charitable giving and number 2 in per capita
In the beginning God created everything and continues creating
and the sustaining of all even unto today. God has a sovereign plan for all; and He can "will"
that His plan work out in every respect. He allows (His permissive will) us to go against His
will in our human condition of "free will". And, being all-knowing, He knew we would do it. In
this manner, He seems to have predestined that all things work out as they work out AND that we
go through the process (each and every step with each and every question and uncertainty) with
ourselves not knowing any outcome ahead of time. God clearly knows in advance, has predestined,
who will chose Jesus & be saved (Acts 4:27-28; Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians
1:5). Salvation is a GIFT from our all-powerful God (Ephesians 2:8); and givers give gifts to
those whom THEY choose to give to! Matthew 7:13-14 indicates that the road to salvation is
narrow. God chooses who (The Elect) goes down that narrow "road". We often describe His
choosing as: on hearing of, and contemplating, the good news of Jesus Christ, "those that will"
accept salvation (The Elect)
are saved and "those that won't" accept salvation are not the elect...whosoever will vs.
whosoever won't. YOU have the choice and must make it (even as God already knows what you'll
do). You can't put the choice on hold, until you accept salvation; by not saying "yes", you
have declined it and said "no". Predestination does not mean that history is, therefore, like a
thoughtless wind-up doll. In fact, is not the fulfillment of prophecy confirmation of some of
the "historical predestination"?
6:3-5......BAPTISM: There are three biblically true Christian baptisms of a Jesus
"Baptism" is a topic whose understanding divides the Christian
body to my great distress! The word is derived from the Greek which means "your immersion".
Keeping the various Biblical baptisms straight is confusing:
- there is Jewish
baptism which John the Baptist performed & the disciples underwent (and, therefore,
disciples had to have the Holy Spirit incoming later);
- then the unique
water baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17) which was not for cleansing
or remission of sin & the experiential baptism of Jesus (Luke 12:50)as he was immersed in
God's mission that He died to atone, be buried, & then rise from the
- the Holy Spirit
baptism of true believers the past 2000 years by Jesus (Matthew 3:11) since His
- and the
church-administered ordinance-type water baptisms of the past 2000
Jesus' blood was shed on
the cross for the remission/forgiveness (Matthew 26:28) of sin for all
mankind!...period...it is finished. Christian literal water baptism performed by humans, though
symbolizing things that underpin eternal salvation, does not add to Jesus' shed blood to cause any
further forgiveness (remission) of sin. Only belief (and what flows from the consequences of
belief) is needed for salvation (John 5:24). According to Jesus, the works of God...what we
must do... is to believe in Jesus (John 6:29); and John says that the saving commands of God...what
we obey...are to believe in Jesus and love one another (I John 3:23-24), the "loving one another"
coming as part of sanctification. So, belief covers "works" and "obedience" (such as the "obey" in
When the word "baptism"
is used in the church arena, most Americans would think of Christian "water baptism"...Holy Spirit
baptism, however, is the "real deal" (see below)...the entry into membership in the church
universal, the Body of Christ. This incoming of the Spirit happens upon belief. And God, speaking
through Paul, assures us that there is just one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6) needed...my guess is that
Paul refers to Holy Spirit baptism. Here is an outline:
- Holy Spirit
baptism: Jesus does it as you come to belief in Him...it marks/seals one as "saved"
baptism: The "baptism" of the immersion in "The Way" & struggle & difficulties
of finding The Way...such experiences sharpen a "saved" believer.
baptism: it has us go through the symbolizing of (got wet or baptized?) what Jesus did
for us. Types:
Jewish water baptism.
water baptism of peoples in all the region of the Jordan River by
John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11 [for
repentance]; Acts 18:24-26; Acts 19:3 & 4).
the water baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17) [thought to be as a sort of identification with
the water baptisms of the Disciples
Christian ritual believer's water baptism (after [A] above).
Christian ritual water baptism: [essay...in-depth details...click here]
- prior to (A),
- without (A) ever
occurring (they "got wet")
36. Consequences of a father's lifestyle/sins:
(Exodus 20:5-6) The second of the 10 commandments tells of the
punishment for the sins of the fathers [about bad] is passed down to the 3rd
& 4th generations while the kindness of God goes to 1000s of descendants of those who love and
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