Word of the Day
There are so many things in this world that are designed to “uplift us” because they sound good, feel good, taste good and look good, but are straight from the pits of hell. Sadly, untold millions are falling for these every day, including many who are active church members. They cannot separate emotions from faith and since we are such emotional creatures, they hold emotions close and see everything through the spectrum of their emotions.
We are emotional creatures and it is very difficult to recognize just how powerful emotions run in all of our lives. But God says that we are to live by faith, not by sight(Rom. 1:17; 3:28). But the flesh rejects that simply because to humans, seeing is believing. We all understand what it means to hear something incredible, almost impossible, and say something like we will believe when we see it.
It is only in the Kingdom of God that believing is seeing(John 20:29; I Peter 1:8). Emotions demand seeing, but faith receives(Gal.3:2). So, this thing called “salvation”, is it by faith, or is it just emotional? And whichever it is, what does one have to do with the other, if anything?
We see so many folks “walk down the aisle, take the preacher’s hand, make a ‘profession of faith’, get baptized, ‘join the church’ “, and then you can’t find them with a search warrant simply because they don’t have a salvation testimony. They simply joined the church.
Then there are those who do the same thing, get active in church, even become a leader in the congregation, but their testimony is just like those who disappear after baptism. I had a deacon once whose testimony consisted of “I thank God I don’t drink, gamble and chase women like I once did”. Wow! what a testimony! Phony, but exciting!
What is the difference between these two? Absolutely nothing, except one decided to “stay in Church”. Neither of the two have a clue of what “salvation by grace through faith” means(Eph.2:8,9) Both of them are operating on the basis of emotions. They did what they did simply because it made them “feel good” and it salved their conscience. Sad to say, most churches today are filled with these people.
So, is salvation really real, or is it nothing more than deciding to “walk down the aisle”? Jesus said that “No man cometh to Me, except the Father which sent Me draw him…”(John 6:44). Jonah said that “…Salvation is of the LORD…”(Jonah 2:9). Salvation is a “…gift of God…”(Eph.2:8,9). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His mercy He saved us…”(Titus 3:5). Absolutely every Scripture that deals with the fact of salvation declares that it is by faith alone that we are saved.
Again, we are emotional creatures, and almost everything we do will affect our emotions, even a sour pickle. So being genuinely born-again will affect our emotions, all the way from the shedding of tears to the shouting for joy. And every person may react in different ways. Paul was stricken blind(Acts 9:8). Peter was ashamed of himself(John 21:3), so he went back to his old way of life.
Salvation is by faith, and by faith only! Nothing that I can do, deserve or even desire, will ever add anything to God’s precious gift. Now if it is by faith only, then there must be that understanding on my part that it is by His grace, and His grace only, that I can be saved. So if I receive salvation on this basis, and on this basis only, what then?
First of all, my life will be dramatically changed. It’s not salvation BY works, but it is a salvation THAT works. And it will demonstrated by a life that is filled with, and by God from that day forward. And that person whose life is so changed will make many, many mistakes(sin) in his life, but because salvation is not of him, but of God, that man is saved forever(you can be born-again, but how do you get UNBORN, praise God).
God has placed you “in Christ”(Romans 6) and Christ is in Heaven, so you are already in Heaven(Eph.1:3; 2:6). So if you are already in Heaven, just how do you get out? If you are “in Christ” just how do you get out? If you are “in Christ” and “in Heaven”, then the only way you can get out of Heaven and away from God, is for God to kick His own Son out, along with you. And just when is He going to kick His own Son out of Heaven???