One Exchange, No Returns!

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Have you ever heard someone say ” I wanna see people get saved and stay saved”?TrueGift

I really have an issue with the  “stay saved” part – I think there is nothing more detrimental to healing than feeling “less than” in the eyes of God, others, or ourselves.

Many of us may have had a man/woman who may have introduced us to the love of God, taught us about the Word, and baptized us which is wonderful and all part of His plan – – but they did not save us, Jesus did.

John 14:6

King James Version (KJV)

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Ephesians 2:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Since no one but Jesus can save us, how can anyone  “keep us saved”, including ourselves? God did not walk this earth healing, loving, teaching, and finally sacrificing Himself on the cross just to setup a revolving door to salvation and righteousness. God knows who we are, He made us:

Psalm 139:14-16

New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

When Christ walked the earth, he came knowing that we were not perfect and could never fulfill the law of the Old Testament. He knew He would have to be the perfect sacrifice so that man could have access to salvation, righteousness, and open heavens.

I am also confident that even after we have accepted Him as our Savior, He knew we might be less than perfect 100% of the time – but if we fail after knowing Him, do the gates of Heaven close? If we sin, will he disown us? If we fall, must we be baptized again and again? If that is true, I might as well live in a baptismal!

No, God is pretty clear about Salvation, it is a GIFT that we receive through His grace, mercy, and unmerited favor – and since He is our salvation, I look to His Word to help me:

John 10:28-29

New International Version (NIV)

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand

Romans 8:38-39

New International Version (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 5:13

New International Version (NIV)

Concluding Affirmations

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

May God bless you and protect you through all of your days!

Bob

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