Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What Is Salvation?


As the world around us including the christian church waxes and wanes, where knowledge and wisdom is flying out the politically correct door faster than ever before, it seems all too hard to keep ourselves and those around us focussed on the person of Christ Jesus.

We thank God daily for our faith and the knowledge He has gifted us with, the ability to understand and to obey His Word.  Continually around us we see decay and change.  It's difficult to focus some days yet we do.  In day by day Bible reading, prayer and supplication (asking) we seek to continually sit at His feet to do His will, to obey and to be pleasing to Him.  Not because we have to but because we want to.

Change and decay in all around I see,
help of the helpless O' abide with me.


Once we were apart of a community that prided itself on outward appearances in all manner of ways as a temperature gauge for our faith.  They would deny it yet their actions spoke clearer than their protestations.  Now we are surrounded with almost the opposite problem.  Outward doesn't matter and our lazy, sinful selves are indulged and even apologised for.  Just this past week I heard "aim lower", "ask God to forgive you for being too hard on yourself .."

If I'm confused and dismayed how much more those of little faith, yet faith indeed, and those who are "seekers" that is, they walk into church for the first time or are sometime comers just lurking at the corners of Christianity?

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hosea 4:6


God takes Himself very seriously.  He is love and He is truth.  There is judgement.  It matters what you believe.  It matters who you say Jesus Christ is.  We can't have it all ways as we seem to want it.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:13

Notice there because I did, Jesus didn't worry so much what others said about who He was, He said "but who do you say I Am".

So who do you say He is.  It matters.

It's so rare to have this taught and spelled out and to be led through His Word the Bible on this issue and all that comes from this central truth.  The sadness that is the watered down christian church, strong words yet we are just fodder to this depraved, fallen world.  

Jesus knew didn't He.  He said "I will never leave or forsake you".  Over the years of homeschooling and conservative faith we have oftentimes been criticised for isolating ourselves and our children so that "when they get into the real world they won't cope".  Firstly the real world is living one day at a time with the Creator Himself, the one true God.  Secondly, not living and knowing the truth would make it even harder to try to understand the world and its ways.  The best gift we can give our children, the best hope for resilience - that buzz word amongst child raising techniques today - is to have a living hope and belief in a real and loving God.


So what is salvation?  

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.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
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.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John3:3-21
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