Wednesday, 1 December 2021

SALVATION

 



 

Salvation means being saved from the power of sin and from eternal death in hell. Salvation is a free gift we are freed from everything that could prevent us from enjoying eternal life.

 

What must we do to be saved?

 

We have all sinned against God Almighty with our words, thoughts, deeds and intents of the heart.

 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:23 KJV

 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

Romans 6:23 KJV

 

We need to ask forgiveness, repent, believe and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

Romans 10:9-10 KJV

 

Then we are born again (A spiritual change from sinfulness to righteousness).

 

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

John 3:3 KJV

 

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

 

When possible, baptism full immersion as a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ. God Almighty Himself and the angels are watching as well.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned

Mark 16:16 KJV

 

Those who have been born again are now justified by faith of Jesus Christ.

 

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 5:1 KJV

 

This is only the beginning of our journey with Jesus Christ. We are all a work in progress, which leads to sanctification, to make holy, set apart.

 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV

 

Pray, read the Holy Bible daily being led by the Holy Spirit, ask God Almighty to help you obey what you read.

 

All Glory to God Almighty

 

With Blessing in Christ,

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com/

 

Monday, 1 November 2021

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD SHARE THE GOSPEL

 



We have been commanded to preach the gospel to all creation. Jesus said,

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 KJV

 

Hell exists, if Hell didn’t exist we would have a legitimate excuse not to tell people about it, but we have God’s word to tell us what awaits guilty sinners. How cold-hearted would we be to not warn of its reality! Jesus said,

But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Luke 12:5 KJV

 

We strive to love our neighbours as much as we love ourselves. A firefighter rescuing people from a burning building may be fearful and prefer to be home with his family, but he ignores his fears and denies himself. Like him, our thoughts are not on ourselves but on the fate of the perishing.

And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jude 22-23 KJV

 

Obedience is evidence of salvation. We are not saved by our obedience; we are obedient because we are saved. The Bible says that Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him.

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Hebrews 5:9 KJV

 

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Luke 6:46 KJV

 

To remain in silence is a sin. As soon as the Holy Spirit was given, the apostles began to preach the gospel. God had granted everlasting life to dying humanity! They could not stay in the Upper Room because God’s love provoked them to reach out to the lost.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 KJV

 

Evangelism deepens our walk with God. Nothing teaches a fisherman like fishing. Interacting with the lost results in greater confidence and faith in God.

Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Philemon 5-6 KJV

 

It causes us to search the Scriptures. Wanting to know how to answer every man will send us to God’s word.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

 

It deepens our gratitude for the cross as we continually preach the cross, it will deepen our understanding of what God did for us in

Christ. We will find ourselves practicing what we preach, so we will be frequently thinking about the cross.

 

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2 KJV

 

It deepens our prayer life. We reveal our love for the lost by pondering their fate, and as a result we cannot help but cry out to God for them. Our fears and sense of inadequacy will also drive us to our knees the safest place for a Christian.

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Romans 10:1 KJV

 

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV

 

Paul showed his love for God and for sinners by his obedience to the Great Commission.

Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:33-11:1 KJV

 

Blessings in Christ

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com


Thursday, 21 October 2021

WOULD YOU LIKE A ‘TRICK OR A TREAT’?

 



 

No one likes to be tricked! But did you know that there is someone who wants to trick you? The devil is a liar.

 

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

John 8:44(KJV)

 

 

He wants you to believe that you don't need to think about where you will go when you die. But the truth is that "It is appointed unto every man once to die and after the judgement. You never know when to face God. It could be this very day! Are you ready to meet Him?

 

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Hebrews 9:27(KJV)

 

 

The devil also wants you to believe that you will go to heaven as long as you are a good person. This is also a trick! The truth is that " There is none righteous"!

 

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:10(KJV)

 

The Bible tells us that if we have broken even one of God's commandments, we are guilty of breaking all His laws.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

James 2:10(KJV)

 

 

God's standard is perfection and no human has ever met up to that requirement. For all have sinned.

 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:23(KJV)

 

This is where the treat comes in! Even though God cannot allow sin in His presence and we can never measure up to His standard and He was willing to take the punishment that we deserved. For He (God) hath made (Jesus) to be sin for us.

 

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.

2 Corinthians 5:21(KJV)

 

Jesus, God's perfect son, took your sins upon Himself. He allowed Himself to be crucified. God judged your sin through the death of His Son.

 

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.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:16-17(KJV)

 

Jesus died and three days He rose again from the grave, proving that He is God and that He has the power to save from sin. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.

 

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 11:25(KJV)

 

 

The Bible says:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:9(KJV)

 

Wouldn’t you rather reject the tricks the devil is trying to play on you or accept the free gift of eternal salvation that Jesus offers to you instead?

 

You simply need to:

1. Admit you are a sinner. Tell God that you have broken His commandments.

2. Believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. He died to take the punishment of your sins and rose again to give you eternal life with Him.

3. Call on Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins and give you the eternal life that He offers freely.

 

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13(KJV)

 

With Blessing in Christ,

 

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com


Friday, 1 October 2021

CHRISTIAN BAPTISM

 


Christian baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord after salvation; although baptism is closely associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved.

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luke 23:39-43 KJV

 

People who are baptized first believe, repent, and are already saved. Baptism is not for infants how can an infant understand they have sinned, repent and in need of a Saviour. When possible, water baptism full immersion is a public demonstration of our faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. A new believer in Jesus Christ should desire to be baptized.

And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:36-39 KJV

 

Jesus Christ Himself who is without sin set the example for us by being fully immersed in water by John the Baptist.

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Mark 1:9-10 KJV

 

Believers of the gospel in the Holy Bible were baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV

 

Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. When you repent, believe and trust in Jesus and what He done for you through His precious blood to save you from your sins you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Born again) who leads you by the truth of God's word, the Holy Bible.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:3 KJV

 

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:16 KJV

 

 

With Blessing in Christ,

David & Gay

https://onewaytograce.com/

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

BELIEVING AND TRUSTING IN JESUS CHRIST

                                                                            


In a world where we have so much access to the truth of God's word through the Holy Bible, internet, books, and other media, so many people still find it so hard to believe and trust in Jesus Christ. Many need to see in order to believe. With all this knowledge finding the reason for existence and the answers to where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Still eludes many, when all the answers are in God’s word. That is why God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who is God the Word manifest in the flesh.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1 KJV

 

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 KJV

 

God also sent holy men, prophets, and apostles to proclaim the truth and to put the Bible's 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament are written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,500 years. These authors lived in different places and different times with different cultures.  They had many different occupations and lifestyles but the focus of what they have written is the same to reveal God's heart and will for mankind. Together 66 books made into one Holy Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the manual for life itself.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:40 KJV

 

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:21 KJV

 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

 

Everything has instructions or manuals like cars, TV’s, mobile phones, even our food etc. How to take? How to use? How to assemble? So, it makes sense to follow the greatest and truest words of all not from man but from our Creator, the Lord God Almighty.

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

John 20:31

 

Can we see the wind? No, but we can see the effects and feel the wind on our skin, just as we can see the effects and feel the changes in our own lives.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John 20:29 KJV

 

Making the right choice (freewill to believe) is up to the individual. To believe, repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone as our Lord and Saviour.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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 3:15-18 KJV

 

We have made our choice by God's mercy and grace, to believe and trust in God’s word through His Son Jesus Christ, led by the Holy Spirit.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:16,17 KJV

 

This free gift of salvation is available for all who repent, believe, and trust in Jesus Christ alone, there is nothing more important than your eternal destiny, Heaven or Hell. No one is guaranteed tomorrow today is the day of Salvation.

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV

 

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13 KJV

 

Blessings in Christ.

 

David and Gay

https://onewaytograce.com

 

Sunday, 1 August 2021

DO PETS OR ANIMALS GO TO HEAVEN?

 



 

Many of us have felt the heartache that comes from losing a family pet or animal. They become part of the family and its painful when we have to say goodbye. We begin to wonder where are they now? Will we ever see them again? Do pets or animals go to heaven when they die?

There are animals in heaven. The Bible tells us that Elijah was taken to heaven by chariot of fire and horses.

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Kings 2:11 KJV

 Animals are mentioned in scripture with regards to New Earth

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 65:25 KJV

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Revelation 5:13 KJV

 The Bible also says there are animals in the Millennium, a thousand-year earthly reign of Jesus Christ and His saints.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV

The Bible is silent whether pets or animals go to heaven. We really don’t know if pets or animals will go to heaven but knowing the benevolence (kindness) of God, how much people love their pets and how the Bible says:

 

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 37:4 KJV

 We wouldn’t be a surprised that when you get to heaven God says remember that dog you loved, here it is. It’s great to lean on the side of the benevolent side of God and giving our hearts desires.

You can look at a puppy and how beautiful and appealing it is and it just expresses the kindness of God. The breath of life is in them, they got emotions and personality, you can look into its eyes and see its thinking. When the dog dies, something leaves the body, there’s life in a dog and God is the Creator and only He knows.

The Bible was not written for animals, the Bible was written for you and me. People are the ones separated from God because of sin.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 5:12 KJV

We are the ones in need of salvation and we are the ones that need to repent of our sins before God and believe that Jesus died on the cross, buried and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of our sins and put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9,10 KJV

If you have questions whether your pets or animals go to heaven, you need to answer the basic questions first.

What’s going to happen to you when you die? Are you sure you’re going to heaven? 

 

Blessings in Christ.

 


Thursday, 1 July 2021

FALSE CONVERTS

 



 

 Perhaps one of the largest group of unsaved “religious” people in the world are those who sit in the pews of our churches. Those referred to as false converts are not what are often called “traditional Christians” (Christmas and Easter Christians”) or “nominal Christians.” Rather, these are people who profess to be born again, but have never found a place of biblical repentance. They don’t have “the things that accompany salvation.” There’s no fruit in their lives to say that they have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. They sit among the Church but they are not part of the Church.

 

 

Background

Something certainly is tragically wrong; the contemporary Church has forsaken biblical evangelism. Modern Christianity has failed to use God’s Law (Ten Commandments) to bring the knowledge of sin, and has therefore filled the Church with false converts.

 

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:20 KJV

 

These false converts have named the name of Christ, but have never departed from iniquity (“lawlessness”-transgression of the Ten Commandments).

It is a neglect of the Law that has resulted in our churches being filled with tares among the wheat, foolish virgins among the wise, bad fish among the good, and goats among the sheep. This is why so many profess Christ and have no assurance of salvation. They have no assurance because they are not saved. This is why so many profess to have the love of God in their hearts, and at the same time couldn’t care less that the world is going to Hell. Every Christian should be horrified beyond words that any human being could be cast into Hell.

 

 

Who Is God?

Idolatry is the fertile soil from which a false profession grows. The Scripture tell us that,

 

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6 KJV


So few fear God because so few pulpits preach the fear of God. Rarely do sinners hear that God is angry with the wicked every day, that if they are friends with this world they are enemies of God, and that His wrath abides on them. Every time they sin, they are storing up His wrath that will come upon them on the Day of Judgement.

Rather, they hear the unbiblical gospel of “God has a wonderful plan for your life” or simply that God wants them to prosper. Instead of being told to repent because they have offended a holy God, they are told that God will solve their problems.

 

Who Is Jesus?

To the false convert, the Saviour is the One who died for his sins. However, you will find that there is a shallow understanding of the sacrifice of the Father. This is because he has no knowledge of God’s Law.

 

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Galatians 3:24 KJV

 

It’s only when he sees his terrible sin (that he is a terrible Law-breaker) and that he deserves consequent damnation that he will understand the unspeakable sacrifice that the Father made in Christ Jesus. The Law makes grace abound. It makes Jesus precious to him.

 

Scriptures

A false convert may believe that the Scriptures are God’s word, but he usually doesn’t see them as his life’s sustenance. He doesn’t desire the sincere milk of the word that he may grow, because he hasn’t tasted of the goodness of the Lord. “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” Because he doesn’t soak himself in the word, he is ignorant about subjects such as holiness of God, the Law of God and its functions and the reality of true and false conversion.

 

Heaven and Hell

A false convert usually lacks any depth of sound doctrine. He couldn’t explain the basics of how we are justified or sanctified. This is because, without the Law, God seems unjust to condemn sinners (most of whom he sees as reasonably good people) to eternity in Hell. More than likely he will believe that everyone goes to Heaven, except people like Adolf Hitler. Hell is a place for those he thinks are worthy of punishment.

 

Sin and Salvation

A false convert thinks lightly of sin, he doesn’t really understand the effects of sin. He is truly a “worker of iniquity”

 

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:23 KJV

 

 

Who sees nothing wrong with fibs, not keeping his word, taking things that belong to other people, and giving himself to sexual lust. His reasoning is, “Who doesn’t do that?” and God understands. You may even hear blasphemy slip from his lips.

The false convert has often been through the motions of modern “conversion” (responded to an altar call, prayed a sinner’s prayer etc.) and has consequently been given assurance by the preacher that he is saved.

 

Conclusion:

Use the moral Law (like a mirror) to show him his true state before a holy God. However, once you have shown the seriousness of sin, explain that seeing sin in its true light has been what has been lacking in his life. This will help him understand why he has never truly repented. Why should he repent if his sin isn’t too bad? Ignorance of the Law has left him seeing himself as a basically good person. Without the light of the Law, he has never seen the character of a holy God, known the fear of God, or understand the sacrifice of the cross.

 

With Blessing in Christ,

David & Gay

https://www.onewaytograce.com/