Monday, January 27, 2014

Salvation

As it is, I am not writing this article to defend or promote our ministry, but rather our purpose is to share the Gospel truth. In a recent incident involving children physically attacking and verbally abusing two of the children in my family (Charis and Jaydeen), the Lord comforted us and said that we are not to turn a bad cheek when people insult or attack us unjustly. Despite their insults and actions, we must continue to love them. We should continue to love even those who hate us or persecute us because the Lord Jesus loves them too; He died for us that we may believe and hope in Him and be saved from hell fire (John 3:16).

Also, some time ago I read some disturbing remarks someone made against us, accusing us of being false while in all truthful conscience we obey the Lord by speaking the truth in love only. We do this whether in writing our articles or speaking to people when we witness to them. Brothers and sisters, I reiterate and I know that no matter how hard I try to convince you, some of you will not believe us. We are NOT LYING to you when we say that the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah, born of the Virgin Mary, sent us to share His visions and messages with you as warning and for your edification.  We act in obedience to the Lord and share for your good.

Why Does Mankind Need Salvation?

Biblically, salvation means deliverance from sin and its consequences. This is attained through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; 2 Peter 3:9).  The Lord longs to save His children and gather them to Himself (Matthew 23:37) and His plan of salvation for humankind began at creation immediately when Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:15).  God is merciful and gracious and longs for all His children to come to Him.  Contrary to what many people believe, God is a most loving and compassionate God:  The Lord is gracious and full of mercy towards us and does not delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). The Almighty God desires for us to repent and return to Him that we may be forgiven and redeemed (Isaiah 44:22; Zechariah 1:3-6; Joel 2:11-13).

In the New Testament, salvation deals with the substitutionary nature of our salvation (Hebrews 9:26; Ephesians 1:7). It came about as a result of God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7). This grace must be understood against the background that no human effort, however noble, could bring about salvation (Acts 4:12).

Furthermore, this salvation if accepted means deliverance from two evils: sin and spiritual death which is Hell (Galatians 1:4; Romans 5:6; John 3:16-18). Some time ago I received an email from a brother in the Netherlands. He questioned me asking why I always emphasized hell punishment and why the Lord rebukes in my articles. I told him quite frankly, that correction from the Lord means salvation and escaping God's judgments (Proverbs 3:12; Hebrews 12:6).

When John the Baptist started his ministry, he said, "Repent, for the kingdom of God is near!" (Matthew 3:2).  From the Scriptures we know very well that John the Baptist was sent by God ahead of the Lord to introduce Him to the world (John 1:6-7). As a witness of God, John encouraged repentance and forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4).  At the same time he warned his listeners that if their repentance is fruitless there would be consequences (Matthew 3:7-10).

While we find many religions in the world offering various ways of salvation, our salvation is rooted in the completed work of Christ on the cross (1 Timothy 1:15; John 3:17; 12:47). The Bible uses many different ways to explain and portray the salvation we received; this is to help us understand what God has done.

How We Received Salvation

In the first instance, God the Judge declares believers in Christ righteous and He finds them not guilty (Romans 3:26; 8:33).

Another instance is our deliverance from the slavery of sin. God has freed us from the bondage of sin (1 Peter 1:18-19). Through this salvation in Christ Jesus we received adoption as sons of God (Romans 8:15). Having been God's enemies through sin, through our salvation in Christ we are now His friends (Romans 5:10-11; John 15:15). We are awaiting the fulfillment of our salvation at either our physical death (2 Corinthians 5:8) or at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:5). For further understanding on this important teaching, kindly refer to our 'How To Be Saved from Hell’ article. In that article, we boldly point out that the reason we preach Christ is to prepare man for the hereafter judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

True Salvation

While it is good to attend church to fellowship with believers in the Presence of the Lord, church attendance should not be construed as salvation. Often times while witnessing, we meet people who say they are Christian and go to church but not born again. Salvation is not belonging to some church or body, neither is salvation merely our participation in church programs or taking of holy communion.  The Bible says we must be born again in order to enter heaven and escape God wrath (John 3:3; John 3:36). With true repentance from our sins and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God (John 1:12-13). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). In this we also receive a new heart and a new Spirit leading us to obey the Lord’s commands (Ezekiel 36:25-32). Salvation came through Christ and it is made secure only in relation to our obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 7:21).

Allow me to share this with you: Recently, a brother in the Lord asked us to inquire for him from the Lord if he is going to make it to Heaven.  The Lord answered and said: "My son J will only enter Heaven if he is obedient". The Lord went on to tell us that obedience is the key to Heaven and that our salvation is made secure through us obeying Him (Matthew 7:24-27). Like we acknowledged in our last article titled Developing Self-Discipline, salvation is God's free gift, but obedience is the key to enter Heaven.

Vision of Judgment Against Disobedience

Finally, I will share a very short vision Charis received from the Lord recently. This is therefore worth sharing as it might help save you. In this vision, she saw the Lord sitting on His Throne as Judge and dressed in dazzling white attire. She was allowed to hear how the Lord was delivering judgment on my wife and our 7 year old daughter. She heard the Lord saying to my wife that she was repeatedly warned not to be partial in her treatment of her children, and her disobedience has resulted in a punishment for her. She was warned to obey the Lord in order to avoid further severe punishment. After addressing my wife, the Lord turned to my daughter and told her that in this year (2014) she would turn 8 and that it is time for her to follow the ways of Charis and Jaydeen, by reading the Bible and living obediently and disciplined (Titus 1:6; Joshua 1:8).  Partiality in this case is taking sides with or favoring one child, while ignoring the correction another child gave by reporting the wrong.

The Lord told me to share this vision with you so that you must educate and prepare your children (including those who have turned 8, thus attaining the age of accountability) to do His will (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Deuteronomy 32:46; Genesis 18:19). I mention this as a reminder because in a separate message the Lord told us that children age 8 and above are hell ready. This might sound absurd to you, and again we are not here to convince you to believe the revelations the Lord gives us; we point you to the word of God. The Lord said that He gave parents the responsibility to teach their children His word (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4). I therefore encourage you to live your life in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ to complete your salvation.

Blessed Grace,
Brother Glenn