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     The reason a believer would not have eternal confidence that they are going to heaven, subsequent to (following) their Salvation, is because no one has truly taught them how to understand Salvation.

See, there are a lot of ways to teach "Salvation", but there is only on True Way to teach it, and to understand it.

To begin with...... many have the idea that Salvation is..... "i heard the gospel, believed it,  and i trusted in Christ".

Ok, thats true........ but how did THAT make certain that you are going to heaven?.........So, THIS is what so many of you were not taught, after you were born again, and so many find themselves going along for the rest of their born again lives pulling daisies and asking themselves....."did i lose it, .....did i confess it back........did i lose it again.........did i confess it back.........did i lose it.........do i need to go back to the alter for the 17th time and get "re-saved"....do i need to do a penance....   do i need to find a priest and tell him all so that he can make me right with God, again..........and so on, and on and on, and on, and on, on on on .....>

So, lets just explain How God saved you, and then you can leave your salvation in His hands and out of yours, as you are incapable of saving yourself or keeping yourself saved.  

Philippians 1:6

Here we go..

 By the time you were 17 you had long passed the age of accountability where you had become a sinner.   So, this put you in a situation that we all face........"Ive sinned, and unforgiven sinners dont go to heaven to live in Joy and Harmony with God, for all eternity".  

So, immediately, we see the issue........The issue is not.. being good vs being bad, and the issue is not doing right or doing wrong...... The ISSUE is your SIN is going to keep you out of heaven.....Thats your issue, when you are LOST.

And that is the ONLY issue that can keep you and God apart........And it WILL for eternity, unless this "sin caused disconnect" is resolved...... and you can't do this for yourself.

Understand.......Salvation, is GOD dealing with your sin, FOR YOU, because He loves you.     "For God so loved the world, YOU, that He GAVE"......... John 3:16

Now, all that is the REASON for Salvation....... As Salvation is simply the means and effect by which God comes into your life and heart and spirit and resolves YOUR Sin issue for you.  And this is the "Grace of God", taking care of your SIN, for you....for FREE......as "Salvation is a GIFT".

The "Grace of God" is God Himself coming to YOU to solve YOUR Sin issue that is keeping you and God  SEPARATED.

People who die separated from God, will stay this way for eternity, and "hell" is where you begin that existence.

So, Salvation is God coming to you, to resolve for eternity, YOUR SIN ISSUE that has parted you from Him, and His family, and Heaven itself.

Sin is your curse and God is your Cure.  Sin is your soul sickness and the Blood of Jesus is the REMEDY.    You have a sin issue, as your sin is ON YOU and IN YOU and you are being held accountable for it,  John 3:36... and if you dont get this resolved, then as Jesus says.."you will DIE IN YOUR SIN".....and if that happens, you are going to go to hell, and not just there.....but eventually to the "lake of fire", and there is no getting out, there is no END.   Hell and the Lake of Fire will last for as long as God LIVES......And He's an Eternal Being.

Now, how is SIN resolved?........Its resolved by the application of SALVATION, that God Himself applies to you, so that your SIN, once and for all, is dealt with finally and forever.

Lets get right to it now.....

How does GOD resolve your SIN issue so that He can Accept you and for all eternity?.  As once this has happened, then "Salvation" has been applied, rendered, and given to you from God Himself, which is an eternal situation.

So, How does God resolve your sin, so that He can accept you, and not just for a few weeks....?

1. ) Simple.....He eternally replaces your sin with His Very Righteousness........"The Gift of Righteousness".  "The Atonement".

2.) He removes the Law's power to judge you any longer as a "sinner", (Romans 4:8) and from this point, you are never viewed by God ever again as a sinner, but only as a "joint heir with Christ" and in fact a "Son/Daughter of God", and exactly connected to God just like Jesus.

Now, i said i would keep this simple, but i had to write a bit of explanation, so that you could see what God had to take care of for you (your sin), so that by taking care of it for you (Jesus on The Cross), you could understand WHY Salvation has nothing to do with your behavior.....but Everything to do with God solving your sin issue FOR YOU, that disconnected you from Him.

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So, moving along.....

A little deeper....

God looks at us, before we are born again.....as  the "adamic fallen", the sinners, the unbelievers, the LOST< and He had the responsibility to offer the only WAY.. (John 14:6) that you could be accepted by Him, back into His family, and for all eternity.

How?

God knows that to accept you, for you to belong to Him.... you have to be like Him........ And how is that?.....>"God's name is HOLY".......... That is how.

He had to recreate you, (born again) so that you possess HIS VERY RIghteousness, as yours...   In other words, YOU have to become, literally "the righteousness of God, In Christ", before He can accept you as His own..    So, what did He have to do, to GET THIS to you?.........Well, God literally had to become like you.... He literally came to this earth as Jesus, and OFFERS<>< FREELY GIVES you His Righteousness AS A FREE GIFT FROM THE CROSS.......>"God became one of us".....and  He literally lived and met the requirements of His own LAW, and lived it perfectly, sinlessly....and then he took  this to a Cross, this sinless - law keeping - perfection..... and sacrificed it (Himself) as a Gift to you and me.    And Christ's sinlessness combined with the Sacrifice for the Sin of the World on a Cross, IS, Salvation as a finished "work of redemption"

And here is where it gets even more interesting...... This Act of God, His sinless LIFE combined with His sacrificial Death on a Cross, is a completed situation, that exists... Its a living gift....Its alive....Its Power.....Its Redemption.

It Exists for over 2000 years as a living OPPORTUNITY to have it.......... applied, for FREE.

Now.....A low rent and pretty lame analogy would be.......... There is a Billion Dollars in the bank......and its WAITING TO BE APPLIED, Given.....to "all who would come".

Salvation, is always there, waiting to be applied...waiting to be GIVEN.     = This unconditional love of God, this Amazing Grace, that is God Himself solving the sin issue for "all would who come".......Is always there, waiting to do it for anyone and everyone who would turn from themselves, turn to the Cross, kneel, and say......."I believe, i receive, and i trust"..

Faith : is Trust.

Faith is Trust.

And when anyone offers this FAITH, their TRUST to God, ....He Instantly applies the gift of Salvation unto them, upon them, and within them.....once and forever. = Born Again.

"Salvation".

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wrapping it up time....

""Salvation""......now simplified ........is........ God took the responsibility of your life, your eternal life, upon Himself.  And to do so  He completely resolved the issue of your sin, by becoming a man, and dying for your sin.  Which....is offering you not only the freedom from the judgment due you for your sin by taking it upon Himself on a Cross.....but He also replaces your unholiness with His very Righteousness...... He gives this to you as "the gift of Righteousness", and in this way, you become "the righteousness of God, IN Christ", that He can accept, and nothing else will He accept.

And how does He finally seal the deal?..........= He abolishes the law and establishes Grace in its place, so that only the BORN AGAIN are "no longer under the law, but under Grace", and by completing  this final act, by removing from you (the Law) that can no longer deem you or judge you to be a sinner......."where there is no Law, there is no Transgression".... Romans 4:8.........He has stopped the LAW from having the power to judge you to be (by Himself)  a sinner AFTER you are saved..

This had to be so, or the effect of becoming holy so that God could accept you, would be destroyed 20 mins after you were saved, when you did something wrong :)

So, God took care of it all.     He (became) took you sin upon Himself on the Cross .  He replaced your sin with His "Gift of Righteousness", and then to make certain the Law could not judge you ever again as a "sinner".  (Romans 4:8)  God abolished the Law, and replaced it with Grace, so that your eternal life would always be secured by what HE did for you.

"Salvation".

 

 

 

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Thank you for this. This is very encouraging to me. I have been struggling with this. Even  18 years after I got saved, I have found myself thinking "I really blew it this time." This takes care of lots of hidden fears that have been plaguing me for a while. I have heard much of this before but I keep forgetting. Maybe this time it will stick. ;) God really is an awesome God! 

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On 7/2/2018 at 5:04 PM, IainL said:

Thank you for this. This is very encouraging to me. I have been struggling with this. Even  18 years after I got saved, I have found myself thinking "I really blew it this time." This takes care of lots of hidden fears that have been plaguing me for a while. I have heard much of this before but I keep forgetting. Maybe this time it will stick. ;) God really is an awesome God! 

Hey IaniL,

 

Sorry to be late getting back to you regarding your response, and thank you for your comment.

And you are so right.     We serve an Awesome God....... And He's so smart.    And regarding Salvation, because it is so important, because IT ALONE determines where you are going to end up, for all eternity, .... God was careful to create the Atonment, Salvation, so that the responsibility for its success rests on Him, and none of it rests on you.

IainL...when you took Jesus.....= GOD TOOK YOU..<

Hallelujah !!!

Salvation, is......"God who began salvation in you, will be FAITHFUL to COMPLETE IT"......Philippians 1:6.

Salvation is God, Thru CHRIST, ... giving YOU THEIR Righteousness, that becomes yours.....that becomes YOU.

All the born again, are "The righteousness of God , IN Christ".

All the born again....." As Jesus IS, so are WE in this WORLD".

All the born again = "Joint HEIRS with Christ".

All the born again are  = "Seated in Heavenly places in Christ"

All the born again are "Children of the LIGHT", and "Jesus is the LIGHT of the world".

 

Now listen..... In this word of foolish christians, foolish preachers, and foolish theology, you will hear anything and everything taught wrong regarding "Salvation"......So, you lock it down and you seal it inside yourself, and always always always give God all the credit for saving you and keeping you saved.   "By GRACE you are saved and this is NONE OF YOU">.. None of your effort, none of your works, none of your lifestyle. ..... = "Salvation, is the GIFT OF GOD"

IainL,  there is this bible phrase....."The Joy of the Lord"......  and one of the ways to be overcome with God's joy, and to be so full of God's joy, is to realize that You can't mess up your Salvation.

Now you can mess up your life.   You can mess up your health.....You can mess up your testimony and your discipleship, and your ministry.....You can mess up your family.....Your children, ......and everything else in this life, but Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God, you can't mess up what God has DONE for you on the CROSS........  You can't touch that with a foolish choice or a bad decision, or a wrong lifestyle.

The blood of Jesus is immune to our behavior, it is not affected by our sometimes "dumb" or worse.

And  a True Christian must realize that they are free free freed from the responsibility of having to keep themselves saved........When you realize that your Eternal Security, is not on your back, but it is on the Cross, and it didnt fail......It SUCCEEDED.   And when Jesus from the Cross when dying ...said...."It is finished"....> He was telling you, me, and us all....."What i have done, you can have, and once you have it, it is FOREVER and ever and ever, amen"...  when all this settles in your soul and mind, then the Joy of the Lord becomes very intense, and thats a good thing, as it will keep you holy, and it will give you the power of the joy of the truth that will make it easier for you to share your faith, which is really, just sharing the wonder of God' love =  what He has done for us all thru Christ.

Thank God for that everyday.. !

 

 

 

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I am not OSAS and you can blow It. Why? its attitude and humility. Not one of us on their best day can be perfect. Now I don't go around woe is me woe is me. I have had strongholds in my life and that kept me on my knees for more time than I would want to admit, but I was always open with God every day. How can we hide? Could I just say K sara  K sara. Al is well when I know that all is not well. I thank My Lord He is compassionate and long suffering and I am finally set free. I still ask God to forgive me every morning so I know my sins are under the blood and. I don't have a haughty spirit. For this same reason Paul was given a Thorn in his side.  

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I'm not OSAS but I am OSASIRS.

If Really Saved - IRS - you are Foreknown, Predestined, Called, Justified, and Glorified in God's Eternal Plan Of Salvation - GEPOS.

Romans 8:1-39

What happens with those who are not really saved - NRS - is that the seed of God's Word produces a sprout that withers away without bearing fruit. The sin nature gets cultivated and flourishes rather than the spiritual nature because fleshly desires go unchecked.

You can't lose something you never had. Ultimately those who fall away become like those who demanded Christ be crucified - rejecting the means of their salvation - such apostates were NRS.

Hebrews 6:1-20

Apostasy should not be confused with backsliding, but the latter does lead to the former if not repented of.

I could go on...maybe I will later.

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