Q1. I sometimes wonder if God has saved me. If He has saved me, how would I know?
A. You will come to realize, as you read God’s word the Bible, if you are, in fact, a child of God:
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16)
This means that both in doctrine (what you believe) and practice (how you live), you will fit more and more the Bible’s description of what a true believer is:
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (1John 2:3)
If you are saved, this means that God, in His love for you, elected you and decided to have Jesus Christ suffer eternal damnation on your behalf - for every sin you would ever commit. He then gave you a new soul and eternal life at some point in your lifetime. This salvation that God works can never be undone and man has no say in the matter. God saves whom He wants to save:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (Ephesians 1:4)
…I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (Romans 9:15)
If you are not saved, these are some of the statements that apply to you:
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD…. (Proverbs 15:9a)
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalms 1:6)
It is good to remember that if you are not saved at this very moment, God can still save you right up to the time of your death or up to His return. Talking to one of the thieves crucified with Him, Jesus said:
…Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)
Q2. But I am not wicked. How can these verses apply to me?
A. God says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
The Bible teaches that when God has saved a person He never again will see the person’s sins; that is, the saved are "perfect" in His sight. However, an unsaved person (we ALL begin unsaved) is guilty before God.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (Romans 3:10, 11)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
Q3. If I am such a wicked person in God’s sight, what will God do to me?
A. The Bible teaches that at the end of the world all the wicked will come under eternal punishment in a place called Hell.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:49, 50)
… the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2Thessalonians 1:7-9)
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (Revelation 14:11)
Q4. That is terrible! Why would God create Hell?
A. Hell is terrible, and it exists because God’s perfect justice demands payment for sin; and God originally created man to be accountable to Him for his actions.
For the wages of sin is death…. (Romans 6:23a)
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)
Q5. If I am saved, will I escape hell?
A. Yes. You will never face God’s judgment if God, in the person of Jesus Christ, became your substitute in bearing the punishment of eternal damnation for your sins. Amazing as it may seem, God Himself came to earth as Jesus Christ to bear the wrath of God, the Father, for all His people.
…God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (Romans 8:3)
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2Corinthians 5:21)
Q6. If I believe in Jesus Christ, am I saved?
A. Yes, provided God has caused you to believe (that is, have faith) in Him. Faith is a good work – thus believing is not something anyone can do for salvation, only God can do it. However, faith is seen as a real fruit in the lives of those whom God has already saved:
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. (Acts 13:48)
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. (John 6:28,29)
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith….(Galatians 5:22)
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee…. (Psalm 65:4a)
And I will put my spirit within you, and
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments,
and do them.
Q7. But how would I know if God has caused me to believe in Christ?
A. You will find you are happiest living according to the whole Bible.
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
…How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:2)
Q8. Why does God seem to command us to do good works for salvation (like "ask," "seek," "knock"), if there is no work that we can do for salvation?
A. Today, through the Bible, God still talks to man as He did to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden, man was able to keep God’s laws perfectly. Once man sinned, Christ, called the second Adam, had to come to stand between His eternally chosen people and God. He did this to obey God’s commands perfectly, on His people’s behalf. Not only that, but Christ is the ONLY ONE Whose works God will accept as payment for the sins of the people He wants saved. This is why if you have become saved, you cannot credit any work that you have done:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of thelaw, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [except Jesus’] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Q9. Will I see any changes in my life if God has saved me?
A. Yes. When God has saved you, you will humbly recognize that even though you rightfully deserved hell, Jesus Christ in His great mercy and love has done all the work required for your salvation. Consequently, you will live a life that praises and thanks Him for your salvation. You will grow to love God’s word more and more, and also find that you have a strong desire to share this wonderful message of salvation with any and all. This is the opposite of how you would be, if you were not saved.
…Saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Isaiah 66:2b)
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1Peter 2:1-3)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…. (Romans 12:2a)
We love our sins because we are sinners. If God saves you, you will find that you hate your sins. The Bible says every sin is against our most holy God.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight…. (Psalms 51:2-4a)
Q10. Can we know how near we are to the end of the world?
A. Yes! God’s judgment has already begun on the churches and it ends at Christ’s return. We are in the time of the great tribulation right now.
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be…For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. . (Matthew 24:21, 24)
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)
Why does God tell us about His
judgment on the churches?
it is God’s will to both remove His elect people from the churches, and to
further blind those that remain.
I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a
lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Thessalonians 2:11,12)
God have mercy on anyone during this time of great tribulation?
The Bible says: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed
with white robes, and palms in their hands; … These are they which came out
of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9,14)
Q13. Should I attend a Church? Would this be pleasing to God?
A. NO! The Bible teaches that in these days we should flee the churches, just like Lot. God’s judgment has begun, and God starts it at the "great house" (But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour, 2Timothy 2:20):
For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name.… (Jeremiah 25:29a)
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (Matthew 24:15-18)
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be full-filled. (Luke 21:20-22)
… the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2Thessalonians 2:3c, 4)
In these verses, "Jerusalem," "Judaea," and the "temple" refer to the "great house," the churches of the world. The eternal church consists of all those whom God has saved. These are they who will live with Him forever in Heaven. The "armies" are Satan (the Abomination of Desolation), as he comes with his false prophets and lying signs and wonders (dreams, visions, tongues, falling backwards, etc.). This is God’s judgment on the churches.
should, if possible, fellowship with other believers; but not in, or as, a
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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