The Reverend John Baldwin has been an inspiration to me in my writing. Just yesterday, he preached on a sermon called “Absolute Truth” which was taken from 1 John 5:18-21. I wrote a piece on that sermon, but today I want to expound on it a little more.
Reverend Baldwin said, The “Truth about True Salvation is Knowing Jesus.” This is very true and yet people come to church, sit in a pew, listen, and then go out back into the world. They may have loved ones who are lost without a Savior and yet people tend to not open their mouths and share the Gospel with the one’s they say they love. They want the pastor’s to do what they have been called to do themselves once they accepted Jesus as their own Savior. If one has received this free gift of eternal life, why is it that few are shouting it from the housetops?
There are many people who have been attending church for years and yet they have never confessed that Jesus is Lord . They have never made a commitment to Christ Jesus, never prayed and asked for forgiveness, or never have ever had a true relationship with Jesus. Attending church is what their grandparent’s, parent’s, and themselves have done for years.
My wife, Diane, has been saying this for years, “You cannot go to Heaven on your grandparents coattails.” I agree and there is one thing that I surely know for sure and that is one cannot get into heaven on their grandparents or parents coattails! We all have to stand before the Lord on Judgement Day and answer to our Heavenly Father as to what we did in life. We will be judged for all of our actions and the way we lived our life. If one is a “True Follower” of Christ, our sins and wrong doings will be forgiven, but those who have never made a commitment or have rejected salvation through Christ Jesus, they will be sentenced to hell for eternity.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10:9-10). And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised (2 Corinthians 5:15). Listen, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him and he with Me Revelation 3:20).
As I mentioned before, you cannot get into heaven on your parents or grandparents coattails. You cannot get into heaven because of their relationship with Christ Jesus. You have to do it yourself by praying this simple prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You. I want forgiveness for my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, then your next step is to get into a Bible believing church. Buy a Bible and start to read it starting with the Gospel of John. Start praying to our Heavenly Father, like you would talk to your Mom or Dad. After all, He is our Abba Father. I pray that if you do not truly know Him, that you will come to “Really” know Him today. May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).
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