Salvation


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Many are teaching either a partial or completely false message of salvation. The true message of salvation is a balanced message. This message will aim to reveal the complete saving message not leaving out any critical aspect.

Many are teaching either a partial or completely false message of salvation. The true message of salvation is a balanced message. This message will aim to reveal the complete saving message not leaving out any critical aspect.

Anything less than a full salvation message will either place people in bondage or lead them to believe that they are saved when, in fact, they are really still in their sins.

Some people are preaching holiness, judgement and the wrath of God, without teaching the love, mercy and grace of God. While this type of preaching may get people saved, it also has the tendency of placing people in bondage believing in an angry God that is watching their every move, just waiting to stomp on them if they go out of line.

Others are preaching, what some are calling an "easy believism gospel". This type of preaching looks to get as many to confess Christ as possible, by making it easy to accept Christ, thus they omit "the hard stuff". This kind of salvation message most likely will not produce true disciples for Christ, as it is a "just add Jesus" message. Essentially, it asks the sinner to accept a trouble free, non-life changing, no-commitment required faith which tells them that they are essentially just bad kids in wrong relationship with their loving Father and that He just wants to fix their relationship with a little dose of Jesus. Often this message tells them nothing of their emnity with God, His holiness, and the fact that they are completely unacceptable to God without the blood atonement of Christ for the full remission of their sins.

God gives us an example of how to present a salvation message in an often quoted verse of scripture; John 3:16-21 MKJV For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. (18) He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (21) But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.

As we can see from these passages, Jesus did not just speak about the benefits of believing in Him. He spoke of the depravity of man, the fallen sin nature, about judgement and condemnation, and He bundled it with God's love, mercy and grace. We need to do the same. Anything less will mislead people and neglect the proper delivery of the complete truth of the gospel.

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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