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|What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by jiggaz(m): 5:29pm On Sep 07, 2018|
Believers, there is a teaching that is prevalent in many places of worship today that says that a believer in Christ can perish in hell or lose his salvation if he does not do certain things by human effort. Paul says in Philippians 3, "...beware of dogs..." that teach this horrid mixture of law and grace. Christ says in John 3:16-17:
"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 that the world through Him might be saved."
Also see our Saviour's words in John 10:25-28: "Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,"
Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Then you are His sheep. You hear His voice. He knows you. You follow Him. You have eternal life. You will never perish and no one will snatch you out of His hand. His sheep are all who believe Him.
Imagine an oncologist dad refusing to treat or care for his own beloved child who has terminal cancer...because his child has cancer; even punishing his child for having and being unable to stop having cancer. But this is how many see our loving God Who sent His own Son to save us from the cancer that is sin. Matthew 1:21 says: "And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world for its sins but to save the world from those very sins and shortcomings that many are trying so hard to make atonement or restitution for by their own effort. Bear in mind Romans 3:20- "For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands..." so trying to be good with God by obeying the law is an effort in futility.
If we could save ourselves from our sins and obey the law in order to be righteous and thus saved, then Jesus would not have needed to die for our sins.
Again, we see what it takes to be saved (Believe Jesus) in Acts 16:30-31: "And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”"
It is no coincidence that this verse 31 is also very popular. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" is all it takes to be saved. But what does "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" mean?
The issue of "losing your salvation" stems from not understanding what it means to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." Many in the church think that all it entails is knowing that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross, attaching His name to prayers, determining to live a holy life by obeying the Ten Commandments, paying tithes religiously and doing good things in order to "please God, enjoy His blessings and make heaven." THIS IS NOT CHRISTIANITY. This is not what it means to believe Jesus.
Notice that Jesus does no saving from sins in this equation? Those here feel that their salvation is a reward for their own obedience and not a gift that comes through the obedience of Christ. This belief contradicts Romans 5:19 (which says it is by Christ's obedience that we are made righteous) and Ephesians 2:8-9 which says: "8 God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."
Romans 10:9-10 sheds light on what it means to be saved by believing Jesus- "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
Many of us have no problem with saying that Jesus is Lord (Jehovah.) We acknowledge and confess Him as "Jehovah Rapha-The Lord Who Heals," "Jehovah Nissi -the LORD is my Banner," "Jehovah Jireh - the Lord will Provide" and so on. We rely on Him to help us when we are lacking and have shortcomings in these areas - healing, assurance of victory, lack, etc- as His Names mean for us. We believe and confess His provision in these areas that we are yet to see physically. But somehow, we hesitate when it comes to the most crucial One for us today: Jehovah Tsidkenu- The Lord our Righteousness.
When it comes to attaining righteousness, of which we have none ("As it has been written: "There is none righteous, not even one;" instead of depending on the Lord for Righteousness as we do every other thing, we turn to the arm of flesh that will fail and try to be righteous on our own by attempting to obey the Ten Commandments and doing good things to earn God's favour, aka self-righteousness!
Believers, we are living the reality of Jeremiah's prophecy where the Lord Himself said in Jeremiah 23:6-
"Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
See Romans 10:10 above; only when we acknowledge and confess Christ as "THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" do we have salvation; including salvation from hell, acts of sin, sickness, curse, oppression, depression and every ill that is as a result of Adam's disobedience.
Romans 5:19 says "For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous."
2 Corinthians 5:21 says: "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
In Christ, the Lord is our Righteousness. This is the whole essence of the gospel of Christ- justification (righteousness) by faith. We can never be made righteous in God's sight through our works. Isaiah 64:6 calls our own righteousnesses "menstrual rags." Romans 3:20 says "For no on can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are." Yet many of us in the church still try. Trying to get right with God by human effort at obeying the law or doing things like paying tithes to ginger God to protect and bless is to reject Christ as one's Righteousness and thus reject salvation in Christ. The result of doing this can be seen in Galatians 5:4-
"For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace."
Believers, let's not be found here. Trying to obey the law in order to make heaven is to reject God's abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that Christ died that we might have. This is unbelief. "Christians" here were never saved to begin with because they do not believe that the Lord is their righteousness. Their righteousness depends on their ability to keep the law. No wonder such feel that they can lose their salvation. It is not of Christ. It is of the flesh (human effort) and the arm of flesh will fail. They were never saved since they still rely on their own "filthy rags" righteousnesses for salvation. Believers. let's not be found here.
Do you still have sins and shortcomings that you have been trying to overcome by your own effort, even fear and worry which are also sins? By God's grace, stop trying to stop sinning by your own puny arm of flesh that will fail and start believing that the Lord is your Righteousness, much like how a sick person believes that to her, He is Jehovah Rapha. Ask Him to help you believe right. He will save you, FREELY, and not because you sowed seed, paid tithe or obeyed the law. (Romans 8:32.)
We are not made righteous and thus saved by our own obedience. We are made righteous by Christ's obedience according to Romans 5:19: "By one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous."
To believe Jesus is to believe that God's acceptance of us and our acquittal from judgment here on earth and throughout eternity is not based on our works but on the finished work of Christ, as it is written in Romans 3:
"26...and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus. 27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law."
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|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by orisa37: 7:36pm On Sep 07, 2018|
That He is 1, God "Of Light"(Christ).
2, "A Good Icon"(Christ) of God.
3, "God's Life"(Christ).
4, God "The Faith"(Christ).
5, God "The Hope"(Christ).
6, "God of Peace"(Christ).
7, "God in Love"(Christ).
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:37am On Oct 14, 2018|
WE made our comment on the 20th comment box and we are actually on the 2nd comment box!
What happened here?!
It's obvious some children of perdition have been here,
and a great war has taken place, but the great and mighty hand of the Lord has wiped them all off just like the children of Egypt who got drowned in the red sea.
To God be the glory....
What it means to believe in Jesus Christ Is that, it is much more than just believing, but after believing, God wants us to come to know Him personally. And He has bridged the gap between us by sending His Son to remove the barrier of sin and become that “bridge.” To believe in Christ is to commit our lives by faith to Christ, to trust Him personally as our Lord and Savior.
JESUS IS LORD FOREVER AND EVER
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|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by Uchehot: 5:41am On Oct 14, 2018|
Jesus is alive,
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by domino4211(m): 5:41am On Oct 14, 2018|
Nice write up op..
God will surely bless you
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by BennyMM(f): 5:43am On Oct 14, 2018|
He is All above all
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by Nobody: 5:44am On Oct 14, 2018|
Jesus is Lord's of earth
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by domino4211(m): 5:48am On Oct 14, 2018|
MANNABBQGRILLS:You love Jesus but you are supporting Buhari..bloody hypocrite,you cant serve Jesus and serve mammon at the same time...spits on your head
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:49am On Oct 14, 2018|
domino4211:GOD LOVES YOU Domino.
Thanks for the spit and saliva (they did more than that to our Lord and SAVIOUR: Jesus Christ).
Hugs and Kisses
JESUS LOVES YOU SO MUCH Domino.
Have a blessed week ahead!
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|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by modestrichards: 5:51am On Oct 14, 2018|
Message to my soul. God bless you
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by criuze(m): 5:52am On Oct 14, 2018|
Please help understand where he said' go and sin more'
|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:52am On Oct 14, 2018|
modestrichards:God bless your good soul.
Expect a miracle from God before or by 2pm on Wednesday this week.
It is well with your soul.
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|Re: What Does It Mean To Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ? - Olamide Obire by deebrain(m): 5:56am On Oct 14, 2018|
Jesus Christ is 150% God Almighty.
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