For the legalistic, religious, Pharisees. May you come to the end of your self and finally see. What’s the cut off point for showing this “evidence” of salvation? You gotta show evidence within 5 minutes? 5 hours? 1 week? 1 month? 1 year? 2 years?
What’s the cut off point? The evidence of your salvation is CHRIST! HE IS OUR EVIDENCE. Absolutely nothing to do with you at all. If you’re looking to yourself for evidence then you are NOT saved. Look to CHRIST for your evidence.
If you believe in Him you are saved. Period. If you’re trusting yourself even 1% then you’re not saved. You’re saved by FULLY trusting Christ not partially trusting Him.
I think for me one of the main verse that seals the deal is Colossians 2:11 in that that once you’re circumcised how do you then become Un-circumcised?
When we’re born again it’s a spiritual operation of God and not a human operation of ourselves with human hands. So how can a human now un-do a SPIRITUAL operation???
COLOSSIANS 2:11 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision MADE WITHOUT HANDS, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST:
2 TIMOTHY 2:11 11 IT IS A FAITHFUL SAYING: For if we be dead with him, we SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF. This is a FAITHFUL saying.
Do we believe it’s a faithful saying or do we doubt and believe this is a lie? It’s not about YOU keeping yourself. It’s about HIM keeping HIMSELF in you! If it was about YOU keeping yourself then ya of course you could lose your salvation.
But it’s about CHRIST keeping you because your life is now hid with Christ: COLOSSIANS 3:3 3 For ye are dead, and your life is HID with Christ in God. So even if you deny Him that doesn’t matter because HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF inside of you! If the Holy Spirit were to leave you He would be denying His very self which He cannot do!
ROMANS 8:38,39 38 FOR I AM PERSUADED, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from the love of God, WHICH IS IN CHRIST Jesus our Lord.
Paul was persuaded of not losing his salvation why aren’t we? Nothing can separate you NOT EVEN YOURSELF! If you’re not persuaded it’s because you’re trusting yourself and trusting the evidence of your fruit instead of just trusting HIM.
Only when we truly trust Him will our fruit be real fruit. That’s a works salvation if we have to trust in our works or fruit to persevere till the end. That’s no longer GRACE then, it now becomes a DEBT. We’re trying to pay a debt he already paid and that we’d never be able to pay anyways! our faith will only be reckoned as righteousness IF we don’t work.
But to those who worketh NOT, rather simply BELIEVE is it counted as righteousness. We need to trust HIS GRACE and not ourselves. ROMANS 4:4,5 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that WORKETH NOT, but BELIEVETH on him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Again it’s no longer grace if we have to work or persevere on our own human effort. It’s now reckoned as a debt and we’re no longer trusting Him anymore for salvation but we’re trusting the evidence of our fruit instead. In that case we’re not truly saved! God’s grace perseveres for us all we have to do is BELIEVE it does. If it’s truly by grace then it’s NO MORE OF WORKS.
Otherwise is not even called grace: ROMANS 11:6 6 And if BY GRACE, then is it NO MORE OF WORKS: OTHERWISE GRACE IS NO MORE GRACE. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
JOHN 10:28,29 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. 29 My Father, which gave them me, IS GREATER THAN ALL; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND. ****according to this verse WHO is able to pluck you from His hand?
Are you able to pluck yourself or is no one INCLUDING YOURSELF able to? Not even yourself is able to. No one means NO ONE! Thank you for this very biblically sound message brother Gregg and God bless everyone else out here. ETERNAL LIFE MATTERS.???