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Assurance of Salvation

With this post, I’m going to be starting a series on spiritual maturity.  As they could get rather lengthy, I will keep these lessons in outline format.  Now, as Christians we may know Christ as Savior, but where are we in our relationship with Him?  The aim of this series is to take a look at some areas in our lives that will draw us closer to Him with Bible verses for support.  If you are reading this, and you do not know Jesus as Savior, I would advise you read on also as these posts especially this one will help you know how you can rest assured you will go to heaven.

With all that being said, the first part of this series on spiritual maturation kicks off on the topic of salvation and assurance of salvation:

Step #1 ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

MEMORY VERSES: I John 5:11-13

1.   Salvation

A. Why do men need to be saved?

I) Romans 3:10, 23

II) John 3:3, 18, 36

B.  Since Adam, man has been born into sin

I) Romans 5:12

C.  Can man be saved through his own works?

I) Ephesians 2:8-9

II) Titus 3:5

III) Galatians 2:16

IV) John 14:6

D.  What is the price that God puts upon sin?

I) Romans 5:12

II) Romans 6:23

III) Revelation 20:14-15

IV) Revelation 21:8

E. What did God provide for us through His Son, Jesus?

I) John 3:16

II) John 5:24

III) John 10:9

F.  Who can be saved?

I) John 1:12-13

II) John 3:36

III) Romans 5:8-9

IV) Romans 10:13

G.  What must a person do to be saved?

I) Romans 10:9-10

II) Acts 2:21

III) Acts 16:31

IV) John 5:24

H. How do we know that God will save us if and when we call upon Him to come into our heart and cleanse us from all unrighteousness?

1) John 6:37

2) John 14:13-14

3) Romans 10:12-13

I. Have you ever personally asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and to save you from sin and hell and make you a child of God?

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2. What happened to you when you were saved?

A. Forgiven

I) Colossians 1:14

II) Romans 4:5-8

B. Justified

I) 2 Corinthians 5:21

II) Romans 4:5

III) Romans 5:9

C. Accepted by God

I) Ephesians 1:6

D. Sealed

I) Ephesians 1:13

II) 1 Corinthians 6:11

E. Complete

I) Colossians 2:9-10

F. Member of God’s family

I) John 1:12-13

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3. Does salvation mean we will never sin again?

A. Is our salvation dependent upon our ability to live upright and holy lives?

I) Hebrews 7:25

II) Jude 24-25

III) Romans 3:10, 23

IV) Ephesians 2:8

B. What should a believer do when he has fallen into sin?

I) Psalm 51:3

II) 1 John 1:9

III) Isaiah 55:7

IV) Proverbs 28:13

C. Will you be happy while living in disobedience to God’s Word?

I) Psalm 32:2-5

D. What will God do if we confess our sins?

I) 1 John 1:9

E. Once we are truly born again, is it possible to lose our salvation?

I) Romans 8:34-39

II) Jude 1:24

III) John 10:27-29

IV) Philippians 1:16

V) 1 John 5:11-12

Baptism

There are denominations that believe baptism is necessary for salvation. Actually, someone should be baptized after he puts his faith in Christ. So, is baptism a requirement for salvation? The answer is resoundingly NO. Faith in Jesus alone is sufficient for salvation. Christ’s finished work on the cross has paid your sin debt. Let’s take a look at what scripture has to say:

Acts 10:44-47
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

They got baptized after they were saved. How do we know they were saved? They were speaking in tongues — which is a gift from God to believers (1 Cor. 14) and they were exalting, or magnifying, God. Non-believers do not exalt God. Also, Peter said they had received the Holy Spirit, and it happened before baptism. (Note: speaking in tongues is simply a sign of salvation. It is not necessary that a Christian speak in tongues as a proof of salvation. Not all speak in tongues (1 Cor. 12:30)*.

” For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” – 1 Cor. 1:17

“CHRIST SENT ME NOT TO BAPTIZE!!!!!”

1 Cor. 15:1-4.
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what i preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which i also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the the third day according to the scriptures

Paul is saying they got saved when they believed in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the remission of sin. Baptism is only an outward symbol of what Christ did on the cross.

Let’s look at an example that appears to say baptism is necessary and examine it.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

Water here means the water of the womb referring to the natural birth process. Jesus said in John 3:3** that Nicodemus needed to be born “again.” He is speaking of a physical birth through his mother’s womb. Nicodemus responds with a statement about how he cannot enter again into his mother’s womb to be born. Then Jesus says that he must be born of water and the Spirit. Then in John 3:6 He says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The context discusses the contrast between the natural and the spiritual birth. Water, therefore, is interpreted to mean the birth process.

Let’s look at another verse referring to baptism and examine it.

Romans 6:4-5
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

Notice the word likeness? We’re not dying and getting buried. The figurative usage of baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We become “dead to sin” when we’re saved and we walk in newness of life.

BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF FAITH DEPICTING THE DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS!!! AND IT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT OF SALVATION, BUT A PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH!!!

To close, Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

GRACE IS THE GIFT OF GOD WHICH SAVES US THROUGH OUR FAITH!!! NOT WORKS (BAPTISM) !!!!

* “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (1 Cor. 12:30)
** ” Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

Thanks for reading. God bless.  Holla!

Why Christ is the Rock upon which the Church was Built

People misuse Matt. 16:18 which says, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” They say the verse states that Peter is the rock upon which the church is built.

First of all, when we look at the original Greek of Matthew 16:18 we see something that is not obvious in the English. “…thou art Peter (πέτρος, petros) and upon this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church…” In Greek, nouns have gender. It is similar to the English words actor and actress. The first is masculine and the second is feminine. Likewise, the Greek word “petros” is masculine; “petra” is feminine. Peter, the man, is appropriately referred to as Petros. But Jesus said that the rock he would build his church on was not the masculine “petros” but the feminine “petra.”

3 other times in the New Testament, is the Greek word petra used:

Matt. 27:60 “And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock(petra): and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

1 Cor. 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock(petra) that followed them: and that Rock(petra) was Christ.

1 Peter 2:8 “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock(petra) of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

In the 1st verse, it is referring to petra as a large immovable mass of rock in which a tomb was carved out. In the other two, it is referring to petra as Christ himself. In the last verse, it is Peter himself talking about Jesus. Peter himself is calling Jesus the rock…

Insight through means of Greek dictionaries and lexicons:

1. Source: Liddell, H. (1996). A lexicon : Abridged from Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English lexicon (636). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Petros: “πέτρος, a stone, distinguished from πέτρα
Petra: πέτρα , Ion. and Ep. πέτρη, , a rock, a ledge or shelf of rock, Od. 2. a rock, i.e. a rocky peak or ridge…Properly, πέτρα is a fixed rock, πέτρος a stone.”

2. Source: Vine, W., & Bruce, F. (1981; Published in electronic form by Logos Research Systems, 1996). Vine’s Expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words (2:302). Old Tappan NJ: Revell.
PETRA πέτρα , (4073)) denotes a mass of rock, as distinct from petros, a detached stone or boulder, or a stone that might be thrown or easily moved.

A stone is movable, unstable and this is exactly what we see with Peter, who doubted when he walked on water, who denied Jesus, and who was rebuked by Paul at Antioch. Examples of the instances of Peter’s instability evidenced in the scripture:

Matt. 14:29-30, “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”

Luke 22:57-58, “And he denied him, saying, Woman, i know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them, And Peter said, Man, I am not.”

Gal. 2:11,14 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 14. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

Jesus, who knew the heart of Peter, was not saying that Peter, the movable and unstable stone, would be the immovable rock upon which the Church would be built. Rather, it would be built upon Jesus and it was this truth that Peter had affirmed what he said to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” (Matt. 16:16). This is consistent with scripture elsewhere where the term rock is sometimes used in reference of God, but never of a man.

Deut. 32:4, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

2 Sam. 22:2-3, “And he said, the LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock; in him will i trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”

Psalm 18:31, “For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?”

Rom. 9:33, “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

So, time after time in the Bible, the rock was is being referred to is not Peter, but Jesus Christ himself. Thanks for reading peeps. God bless.  Holla!