FLOODS OF FAITH PUBLISHING PRESENTS

How To Be Saved

FROM THE DESK OF REV. JOAN KREMPEL

 

Sixty years ago, the tragedy of Pearl Harbor opened the eyes, ears and hearts of thousands who flocked to the churches for consolation and faith to deal with their fears. Today, a new generation has suffered yet another tragedy with the same results. Many who have not entered a church in years, some never at all, are now seeking answers to their need to have the assurance that should they too be whisked into eternity in the blink of an eye, they would be prepared.

Fear has awakened many of you but a seedling of faith has sent you searching for that assurance. This column is to help you to understand what you seek, and to help you to find it. For this moment, just know that no one wants you saved more than Jesus Christ and God is drawing you toward Him. This is why you are seeking…

First of all, I refer you to the Gospel of St. John, the salvation gospel, for reading it will lead you into the truth you seek and to the cross of Calvary where the Savior opened his arms wide to draw all men unto himself. So great is the love that hung on that Cross that it reached out to every soul of every generation to come that would embrace it’s invitation to believe and be saved.

The Old Testament Saints walked with God and believed for the Messiah that was to come, and though they died and were buried before the promise was manifest, yet will they be resurrected and glorified because of their faith to believe it, and for their obedience to the Most High God of heaven and earth. It was a promise, just as the Rapture of the church is a promise, and the second coming of Christ to set up His kingdom on the earth is a promise. And the Word of God tells us that the promises of God are Yea and A-men. That means they can be relied on for, in time, they will be fulfilled. These promises cannot fail, for they were spoken by the same faith God who said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Jesus told Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Do not be confused by this term “born again” for it is not all that difficult to understand. That which is born of the flesh is flesh but that which is born of the spirit is spirit. It is the spirit of a man that is “born again” and revived through the work of the Holy Spirit who cleanses, refreshes, and lifts the heavy burdens of sin from us as we receive by faith the living Christ. This then is followed by water baptism as a testimony that we have died (the old nature), been buried (our past) and raised up (to a new life) in Christ Jesus. (John 2:3-6)

At the moment of salvation, our past is forgiven, the penalties for our sins having already been laid on the Cross of Christ. Salvation is a gift extended to us, but we cannot claim the gift until we open our own hearts, reach for it and receive it. Once we receive, the recorded accusations against us are erased and a new slate begins. At this time the Holy Spirit comes to live within the new believer, reviving and renewing the spirit of the new believer. He comes in with Grace, hoping for a vessel He can use to spread the sharing of God’s love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He does not force anyone to enter into a close relationship but he extends Himself available and faithful to those who want it and seek after it.

This miracle of redemption is so precious to God, the Word tells us, that all of heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents. Our blood does not change with the new birth. It doesn’t have to. The pure shed blood of Calvary covers us as we are made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. And when God looks at you and me, he does not see our tainted blood anymore, He sees the holiness of the shed blood of his Son and He sees the seal of the Holy Spirit upon us.

This blood of Jesus was not spilled against his will, it was shed with his permission, for He became our substitute, taking upon Himself the just punishment you and I deserved. You and I hung Him on that Cross with our own rebellions, our own hard hearts and deadly sins, for it was the will of God that one son of Adam should die for all and Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, was born and crucified for that purpose.

We owe Him everything for He gave us His all – even His life through the shedding of His life’s blood. Adam had lost the purity he was created with in the fall, and, as the children of Adam, we have inherited the sin nature of Adam’s disobedience that prompted that fall. As well, we inherited Adam’s tainted blood. But our personal repentance and the shed blood of Jesus Christ erases the sins committed through our old nature, giving us a new spirit and a new beginning as we accept the redemption that is offered through the holy and sinless blood of Jesus Christ.

While Jesus was on the earth He was a Prophet/Teacher/Preacher Son of God (sired by the Holy Ghost) and Son of Humanity (through his mother). When He ascended to the Father He became our Great High Priest and when He returns to earth the Crowned Prince of Heaven will sit on the throne of his earthly ancestor, King David as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This means he will be sovereign for eternity. While he was on earth, as Prophet/Teacher, he represented God to the people. In heaven, as our Great High Priest, he represents the people to God.

Now, we, as believers, continue His work as we represent God to the people through the Spirit of Christ that lives within us. And, while we represent the Savior to the people, the Savior, as High Priest, represents the believers to God.

He is our intercessor, our advocate, our priest, our bridegroom and our life. He is the only door to a heaven gained and His highly exalted name is the only conduit to the ears of the Father. He said, “I AM the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” The Crowned Prince has been given all authority in heaven and in earth, having grabbed the deed to earth and the keys to hell and death from Satan. He reclaimed our original inheritance just as he was tearing down the prison doors of hell to return to his own tomb for the resurrection that men still celebrate.

He had to descend into hell, covered with our sins, for that too was our just punishment. As our substitute he endured this disgrace and torment for us. On the third morning God said, “Enough, the debt is paid in full.” The Holy Spirit charged into hell, cleansed and revived the sin-laden Lamb of God who rose up and made a mighty show of his power over Satan and his cohorts. No prison could him, no enemy could prevent him, for he IS God incarnate, and, with the debt paid in full, he is the greatest gift to mankind ever offered by a loving Father.

The world will tell you there are two kinds of people – those who have and those who have not. I am here to tell you that there are indeed two kinds of people, those who have received Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord, and those who have denied and rejected him.

Neither ethnic, cultural, religious, nor geographical differences are pre-requisites to salvation, neither are any of these acceptable excuses for a rejection. In Romans 2: 9-11 we read, “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first and also of the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God.”

No matter how black your sins, no matter what you have done, God is ever ready and willing to forgive you and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. This is the age of Grace, God’s unmerited favor, and it is extended to all who will believe and come. If you cannot buy a New Testament in the country you live in, write to me by e-mail, send your name and address, and I will send you one.

All have been invited, yet it is a choice every person must make for himself. I cannot save your soul, and you cannot save yourself. Our own works cannot save us. These are as filthy rags to God. We can never earn our salvation nor can we purchase it with much giving. The Gospel of Jesus Christ should never be for sale for His great salvation is not for sale. It came to all men with a great price, already paid, so there is no cheap Grace. We are saved through the gift of His finished work, Jesus Christ crucified and glorified, for there is no other way whereby men might be saved. And that is the infallible Word of God.

To explain it all from the beginning I would have to write a book and you already have the only book you need – it is called the Holy Bible and it will teach you from the beginning of Genesis why we need a Savior and why we know that Jesus is the Son of God. In addition to the written Word, we have something today that the Old Testament Saints did not have, the living witness within us that our salvation is sealed unto the day of our total and final redemption when we finally see Jesus face to face.

This is the work of the Holy Spirit who lives within the believer and who will never leave us nor forsake us. You see, He is a real, living and divine being, the third person of the Holy Trinity, monitor of all activities in the heavens and in the earth, and the monitor of the hearts and souls of mere men.

Therefore I will let you enjoy the thrill of your own renewed understanding as you read and study the character of God and the compassion that is Jesus Christ for yourself and bask in the goodness and the greatness that is God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and all that are within them.

Just know this for now, Jesus told the Disciples that there is none good but God, and Paul admonishes: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Only God the Father, through Christ, can forgive our foolish past and remove our sins as far away as the east is from the west, and remember them no more.

When we find that our thoughts have turned toward God, and we feel convicted of our unworthiness and our sins, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that is drawing us to the Father for repentance and forgiveness and He is saying to us,

“Come and be cleansed, and be born again, with a new beginning in Christ Jesus. Come, and let me give you a new heart and a new spirit and let me come in with you and sup with you and dine with you. It is the will, and the fervent desire of the One who has already paid the penalties for your sins. He loves you more than you can ever know. Come quickly, for the Spirit of God will not always strive with the spirit of man.”

When the Spirit draws us, when that call is heard in our awakened heart, when the compelling is heavy upon us, a choice must be made. We can choose Christ or we can reject him. We can choose spiritual life or spiritual death. The choice is in the individual but be mindful that the decision is not just for today, it is for eternity. Tomorrow could be too late as none of us are guaranteed the next five minutes.

It will be the most important and the only lasting decision you will make in this lifetime. Indeed, this decision will abide with you forever and ever in the ageless eternity that awaits the souls of all men. For all those ages, you will remember the day you rejected Him, or the day you received Him. You will rejoice forever or you will lament. I urge you now, this moment, to choose life and to receive Jesus Christ…

Right now, at the computer, just bow your heart and submit to the tears that come for these are cleansing repentant tears that will wash away the heaviness of your sins and leave a clean heart within you for the Holy spirit to dwell in. Read aloud and unto the Lord the following sinner’s prayer as your own, but feel free to add any of your own words that you feel in your heart need to be said…

Come now, and let us seek the Father’s face and agree together for the salvation you are called to…He knows you have arrived at this moment and He is waiting…

“Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, I come to you in the name of your precious Son, Jesus, to confess that I am a sinner in need of your great salvation. According to your Word, if I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died on the cross that I might be saved, that He was buried and that He rose again that I might live with Him for eternity, that I would be saved. Father, I believe, and now I ask you to forgive me all my sins, past, present and future, and I ask that you cast them from me as far away as the east is from the west and remember them no more. I ask you to make me the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus and I ask Jesus to come into my heart and live as my Lord and my Savior.

According to your Word, Lord, I believe, I repent, and I receive your precious promise that I am now washed in His blood, I am cleansed by your Word, I am forgiven by your Grace, and I am saved forever more, through Christ Jesus, in whose name I pray. A-Men.”

Now let me be the second to welcome you into the eternal family of God for Christ was the first to welcome you. Listen and you will hear all of Heaven rejoicing over your salvation as the Holy Spirit fills you with new life and His own joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. Go forth now with God and He will go with you…

Now the first thing you want to do is tell someone what has happened to you. If your repentance was genuine, and your own heart will testify of it, you will want to share it with many. We are encouraged to do this for the words of our mouth are powerful. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and in so doing we are testifying that Jesus is Lord. The Word of God tells us that no man can call Jesus Lord except by the Holy Spirit. Your confession will put Satan on notice that he no longer has any claim to your soul for you are now a child of the King, adopted in the Beloved, and you will joyously declare it.

And please, share this wonderful moment with me through my guest book or send an e-mail to me so I can rejoice with you also…

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