Category Archives: Salvation

God’s Gift To Us

A gift is something given to someone without demanding payment for it.  If we buy a gift for someone and when we give it to them we asked them to reimburse us for it (money, time, effort, etc.), the gift would no longer be a gift, it would be a purchase.  It’s the same way with our salvation.  God’s salvation is a gift from Him to us, and there’s nothing we can do to earn it, buy it, our pay it back.  God, through the Apostle Paul, says,

“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—  not from works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9. HCSB).”

In this passage of Scripture, God answers and clarifies many questions about salvation.  Let’s break it down and take a look at what God is teaching us.

  1. “For you are saved by grace…” – God says that, in the context of salvation, the word, “grace”, means, and unmerited favor from God to us.  It is unmerited favor because there is nothing about us that makes us worthy of being saved from God’s wrath because of our sin nature.  Grace, however, is not at mere word.  In this context, grace is a Person, God’s One and Only Son, Jesus.  God demonstrated His unmerited favor towards us by sending Jesus to suffer and die as full payment for our sins, for the forgiveness of our sin-debt (Romans 5:8).  Jesus is God’s unmerited love and favor towards us – He is grace incarnate (John 3:16-18).
  2. “through faith,” – God says that faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross is how He saves us.  But, this is not just a mere certainty of the existence of something, but a faith that, by our love for Him, we are compelled to put our lives in Jesus’ hands, a faith that compels us to turn away from sin and rebellion against God and strive to live every day in immediate, radical, costly obedience to His commands (2 Corinthians 5:15, 17)
  3. “and this is not from yourselves;” – God says that there is nothing that we can do to salve ourselves.  In fact, God says that everything we do to merit our salvation, He considers as “filthy rags”, it is something that He will not accept because everything that needed to be done for the purpose of our salvation, has already been done by Jesus, on the cross. This is what God says about our efforts: But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV).” God does not accept anything unclean.
  4. “it is God’s gift” – God says that our salvation is free for us because Jesus has already paid for it on the cross.  God paid for our salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross.  
  5. “not from works,” – God says that there is nothing else that can be done for our salvation.  Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient for God and He proved that by raising Him from the dead on the third day after His death and burial.  God, through Titus said: But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love
    for mankind appeared, He saved us — not by works of righteousness that we had done… (Titus 3:5 HCSB).”
  6. “so that no one can boast.” – God took the responsibility of our salvation off of us, and put it upon Himself, so that He alone would get all the honor and glory.  This distinguishes the relationship between the created, us, and our Creator; between the Savior, and the saved.  

Then, once we decide to put all our faith and trust in Jesus, God assures us of our salvation.  Here’s what God says says about our assurance through the Apostle John:

“I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13).”

And if that wasn’t enough, Jesus Himself said:

“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one (John 10:27-30 HCSB).”

Are you sure of your salvation?  Do you want to be assured of your salvation?  Her’s how God says you can be:

1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive to live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

The One and Only Way

“He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

So many people have been fooled into thinking that there is more than one way to go to heaven.  Everyone wants to go to heaven.  The problem is they want to do it their way, which does not work for God.  We are His creation and we cannot dictate to Him how we want to get to heaven.  He has already established how He wants that to happen, and that’s the way it is, whether we like it or not.  We either do it His way, or we go to hell.  It’s just that simple and today’s verse explains it.

Here’s what today’s verse says:

  1. “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us,” –  “The One”, here, refers to Jesus, His only Son.  Jesus never sinned, even before the foundation of the world. He did not sin while on this earth, and has not sinned since He went back to be in heaven.  He was, is, and forever will be perfectly righteous.  We, on the other hand, are sinners by nature, with no exceptions (Romans 3: 10-18, 23). Our sin has condemned us to eternal death and separation from God without remedy (Romans 6:23).
  2. “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” –  However, God never stopped loving us.  He sent Jesus to take our sin as if it were His own sin, and pay the penalty for all our past, present, and future sins, so that all who believe in what Jesus did on the cross for us, would be reconciled back to God (2 Corinthians 5:18). When we put our complete faith and trust in what Jesus did on the cross, Jesus comes to reside in us. Then, when God looks at us, He no longer sees our sinful nature, but the glory of His Son living in us. He finds us not guilty.  At this moment we are given the right to become God’s children (John 1:12).

No-one else died on the cross with Jesus.  Jesus was the perfect lamb of God who was sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:21).  In Him alone is the way to God.  Jesus Himself said:

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).””

My dear friends, I beg you, with all the love within me, that if you’ve never placed your faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you for the forgiveness of your sins, you do it right now.  God has warned us that no-one knows the day, nor the hour, in which He will call us to His presence to give an account for our lives.  When this happens, it will be too late.  Please consider surrendering your life to Christ, right now.  

If you want to do this, here’s how God says to do it:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

Now, wouldn’t it be a great thing for your family, loved ones and friends to have the peace, joy, love and security you now have?! Go tell them, right now, why you chose to follow Jesus. Let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you.

God is Patient

“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

As human beings, we have chosen to reject God as our Supreme Master and Lord.  We have decided that we want to be the only masters of our own lives.  We have chosen to walk away from Him leaving Him out of our lives completely and breaking our relationship with Him.  However, whether we like it our not, because God is our Creator, He, and only He, is our Supreme Master.  As hard as we may try to deny the existence of God in order to escape His rule over us, it cannot be done.  What is created has no power over it’s creator, we cannot erase Him from existence.

God does not delay the day of His righteous judgement upon this sinful world because He is slack or irresponsible, as some might believe, but delays that day because His desire is for not a single person to die and go to hell.  So, as His disappointment and anger burn against our continued rebellion against Him, He patiently waits for us to repent, to stop living in disobedience to His commands and start living in immediate, radical, and costly obedience to His will, this is repentance.  God wants us back as quickly as possible.

Some believe that there is still plenty of time before the judgement day comes, but Jesus tells us something entirely different that ought to make us stop and think.  He says:

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:27).”

That day is going to come and go like lightning that strikes without warning.  As impossible as it is to predict where and when lightning is going to strike, it is equally impossible to predict the day or hour of Christ’s return.

“Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son —except the Father only (Matthew 24:36).”

God is patient, but His patience will come to an end and He will come back to judge the world for our rejection of Him as Lord and Savior.  Yes, Savior.  God has the right, power, and authority to destroy every one of us for our sin.  However, He chose to love us and save us from His own wrath.  He sent His one and only son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our rebellion, in our stead, so that we might be forgiven and be saved from His wrath.  Look at what He tells us:

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath (Romans 5:8-9).”

God wants all of us, with no exceptions to be reconciled with Him so that we can enjoy a personal relationship with Him and have eternal life with him in heaven.  Here’s what he says:

“That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us (2 Corinthians 5:19).”

Jesus Himself tells us that the only way to be reconciled to God is to believe in what He did on the cross, for us, and then turn from following our own ways, to follow Him:

“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand (John 10:27-29).”

If today were judgement day, where would you spend eternity?  If you really don’t know and want to be sure, here’s how God says you can be sure:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8), and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

Now, wouldn’t it be a great thing for your family, loved ones and friends to have the peace, joy, love and security you now have?! Go tell them, right now, why you chose to follow Jesus. Let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

A child of God

“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ HCSB)

As I share Jesus with people, there is one quote that many unbelievers like to use to justify not surrendering their lives to the Lordship of Christ, “I don’t need to do that because I believe we are all God’s children, and God would not punish His children.” So, when I ask them to share with me how they became “God’s children”, they reply, “We are all born children of God”.

There are so many people out there who believe this and are living in a false sense of security. They think that because they believe that they were born into this world being a child of God already, they will be spending eternity in heaven with God. However, this is not what the God they say they believe in, says.

In today’s Scripture, God, through the Apostle John, tells us the only way we can become true children of His:

  1.  “But to all who did receive Him,” – this portion of the verse tells us two things, 1) “But to all” means that every single person in the world is included. Jesus reiterates this in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”. God excludes no one from His abounding love – NO ONE (2 Peter 3:9)! 2) “who did receive Him” means those who receive and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives – those who surrender their lives to the Lordship of Christ. We must surrender our lordship over our lives, to Jesus’ Lordship over our lives. In Romans 10: 9, God says, “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.”
  2. “He gave them the right to be children of God,” – only those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior are given the right to become real children of God. We are not born with that right. God gives it to those who receive Jesus’ gift of salvation through faith in what He did on the cross for all of us.
  3.  “to those who believe in His name,” – it’s not just about the name, it’s about the person behind the name – Jesus, the Christ, God’s Anointed One who He sent to this world to suffer the consequences for the world’s rebellion and sin against Him so that the world may be saved through faith in Him, and Him alone.

Jesus said,

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God (John‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

God says,

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Sin has caused us to rebel against God. Jesus paid the consequences for our rebellion so that we can be reconciled with God:

“Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him (Romans‬ ‭5:9-11‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

It is only when we place all our faith in confidence in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross in such a way that we surrender our lives to His will, that we can become God’s children and inherit God’s kingdom, along with Jesus:

“All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “ Abba, Father! ” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him (Romans‬ ‭8:14-17‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Are you sure you’re God’s child? If not, would you like to be certain of it? Here’s how He says you can make certain of it:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you have any question, message me and let’s talk about it.

In Christ’s love,

Phil