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Put All Your Faith In Jesus
By David J. Stewart
Jesus Christ is the ONLY Way to Heaven!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “For ye are all the children of God by FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST” (Galatians 3:26). The Bible is clear concerning this matter—All people are to believe upon Jesus Christ. The main purpose for which Christ came into the world was to save sinners—“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be SAVED” (John 3:17). We are so blessed to have been made the object of God’s great love, “But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). What a wonderful God!
It is joyful to know that God loves us. God is not out to get us; but rather, He wants to prepare for us a place in Heaven, that where He is, we may be also (John 14:1-3). God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2nd Peter 3:9). God wants us to believe on His Son, Jesus Christ. To believe on the Son is to believe on the Father because Jesus and the Father are One. There is NO condemnation to those who are resting upon Jesus Christ for salvation... “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). The only safe place to be is in the everlasting arms of Christ the Lord.
Those who do not believe on Christ are already condemned—“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). We MUST put our faith in Christ Jesus, there are NO other options. It’s Jesus or Hell! Specifically, we must place our faith in the Gospel. The Holy Bible defines “the Gospel” as Christ's death on the cross for our sins, His burial and bodily resurrection three days later. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Much heresy has crept into the churches these days; such as, inviting Jesus into your life to be saved, or asking Jesus into your heart, or following Christ, or surrendering your life to Christ, or making Jesus your “Lord” to be saved, et cetera. None of these are the Gospel by which we are saved, to those who believe.
My friend, what will you do with Jesus? The Bible tells us why some people won’t come to Christ—“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were EVIL. For every one that doeth EVIL hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19-20). We have no excuse if we miss Heaven. God has made salvation very simple and accessible to anyone. Eternal life is a free gift, paid for by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and His blood sacrifice. Salvation is received, not achieved. Repentance is a simple change of mind. When a person changes their mind, acknowledging that they are a guilty sinner in the eyes of a holy God, and they believe the Gospel, they are saved. It's that simple!
Thieves and Robbers Try to Sneak into Heaven Without Jesus
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by THE DOOR into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). God says you are “a thief and a robber” if you are trying to enter Heaven through a side door or an underground tunnel. You’re a thief because you're illegally trying to make an entrance. Jesus paid for our sins because we CANNOT pay for our own sins. The ticket into Heaven has been paid for—all you have to do is accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Since you cannot pay for your own ticket into Heaven, you don’t have any other choice if you want to enter into Heaven’s pearly gates. It’s Jesus or Hell folks, I cannot stress this enough! John 10:9 says, “I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Jesus is the Door into Heaven. Listen to John 11:25-26—“Jesus said unto her, I AM THE RESURRECTION, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Believest thou this? Do you believe the Words which Jesus spoke? Salvation is entirely a matter of faith, not works.
“Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Mary CANNOT save you! The Pope CANNOT save you! The priest CANNOT forgive your sins! Only Jesus CAN save you and forgive your sins!!!
The Bible never tells anyone to “turn from sins” to be saved. Most pastors today fail to properly understand and teach the Gospel. The Devil has duped them with a false meaning of then word “repentance.” Instead of Biblically teaching that repentance is simply “a change of mind” that compels a man to believe the Gospel, preachers instead are errantly teaching that a man cannot believe the Gospel unless he forsakes intentional sinful behavior. This is a false plan of salvation based upon works (human effort). Reformation is not a prerequisite to saving faith. There are no conditions of salvation except to admit that one is a guilty sinner in the eyes of a holy God.
The Simplicity That Is In Christ
I thank God for doctrinally sound pastors. One of the best sermons I've heard on the subject of salvation is by Dr. Ralph Yankee Arnold, titled, “Caught Between Grace And Works.” (MP3). Also, please listen to the excellent MP3 sermon by Dr. Hank Lindstrom (1940-2008), “How Permanent Is Your Salvation?” These sermons helped me to see the plan of salvation more clearly, and I am confident they will do the same for you. The great need of the hour is doctrinally sound PREACHING PREACHERS!!! Thank God for such faithful men, whom God is using to proclaim “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). There is so much heresy creeping into our fundamental churches by the hour. The problem is that many sincere pastors, who are good men, are being deceived by the mainstream preachers in the media whom they listen to. Beware of R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Jon Piper (and many other Lordship Salvationists) who are all Calvinists. Beware of Calvinism!!! Listen to Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold's helpful sermon, Calvinism And Grace Are Not Compatible!
Jesus said, “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). What a wondrous Savior! Being saved is so simple—all we must do is BELIEVE—“Just enough” faith to call upon the name of the Lord, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be SAVED” (Romans 10:13). The word “call” means to believe. It does NOT means that you have to audibly speak to be saved. Salvation is of the heart, not the mouth! The mouth can do nothing to save you. You must believe in your heart that Christ raised up from the dead, trusting Jesus alone for salvation. Do you believe Jesus arose after being crucified on the cross for your sins and buried? Some folks think Jesus is still dead. Let me tell you my friend, Christ is alive and well, and lives within the heart of every Christian believer. I encourage you to put all your faith in Jesus Christ if you have never done so. TRUST JESUS NOW!
You don't have to “invite Jesus into your life” to be saved. That is a false Gospel. Neither do you have to “ask Jesus into your heart.” That also is a false Gospel. There's nothing in the Bible about “surrendering your life to serve Christ” to be saved. These are all false teachings which are popular in the churches today. The Gospel is not merely “trusting Jesus.” Nor is it “following Christ.” Nor is it “making a commitment to Christ.” Salvation is not mending your ways, forsaking the world, turning from sin or being willing to turn from sin. None of these constitute THE GOSPEL. The Bible defines the Gospel:
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
If you realize that you are a guilty sinner in God's holy eyes, and you believe the Gospel, you are saved immediately, securely and eternally. It's that simple! You have to know that you are a guilty sinner, otherwise why would you need a Savior? A person can repent (change their mind) without believing, but no one can believe without repenting. The way of salvation is to BELIEVE on the Son of God. Jesus was asked what “works” a man can do to obtain eternal life. This was the Lord's answer in John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” What a precious Savior!!!
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