What of those who Received?

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FAITH in God comes from hearing about Him, His good news of salvation. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans wrote the following:

Romans 1:16 New Living Translation
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile.

Romans 10:14 New Living Translation
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

Romans 10:17 New Living Translation
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

BELIEVING that Jesus is the Son of the Living God who died and rose from the dead. These may be read from the Gospel of John and Mark:

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John 8:24 New Living Translation
That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

Mark 16:16 New Living Translation
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

More of this believing from the Gospel of John:

  1. John 3:36 New Living Translation
    And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
  2. John 3:18 New Living Translation“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
  3. John 5:24 New Living Translation“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
  4. John 6:47 New Living Translation
    “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.

    1. John 6:27
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      But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

REPENT of your sins! Turn away from what you are doing and turn to God. Stop committing sin! From the Acts of the Apostles, we can clearly see:

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Acts 2:38 New Living Translation
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19 New Living Translation
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.

  1. repent and turn to God for your sins to be wiped away
  2. with your sins wiped away comes times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord

Acts 17:30 New Living Translation
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.

From the Gospel of Luke: Luke 15:10 New Living Translation
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

From the Gospel of Luke: Luke 15:7 New Living Translation
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Sad to say, this is the case of many:

Acts 8:16 New Living Translation
The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

What now of those who received Christ but is not yet baptized?

CONFESS that Jesus is your Lord. Say that He is Lord and that He died and rose from the dead!

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From the Letter of Paul to the Romans: Romans 10:9 New Living Translation
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

From the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 10:32-33 New Living Translation
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

From the Gospel of Luke: Luke 12:9 New Living Translation
But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.

BE BAPTIZED! It’s been written in the scriptures above. This is a requirement for the forgiveness of sins and to salvation. While you may have question, and I myself have one, we still cannot change the truth that this requirement is written and is preached by the Apostles of our Lord. The best thing to do here is to simply OBEY.

LIVE faithfully in Christ! Live your new life in Him who saved you and rescued you from sure death.

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How? By imitating God as revealed by the works of our Lord Jesus!

We start with what Jesus, our Lord commanded us:

  • LOVE

1 John 3:23 New Living Translation
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.

Ephesians 5:2 New Living Translation
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

  • BE HOLY

Romans 12:1 New Living Translation
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New Living Translation
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 7:23 New Living Translation
God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

  • LIVE A NEW LIFE in fellowship with the Lord

Colossians 2:6 New Living Translation
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 New Living Translation
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Romans 6:4 New Living Translation
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

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This new life is no longer sinful. This new life is no longer the same as the old one.

1 John 3:8 New Living Translation
But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

Do you still lie? Are you still a liar?

John 8:44 New Living Translation
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Psalm 101:7 New Living Translation
I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.

Your house of God may not be His house at all if you can obviously see and hear deceivers.

We ought to pause and reflect and ask ourselves:

  1. What has changed in me?
  2. What is new in me now?
  3. Have I been converted?
  4. Am I really a new creation?

The change is always for the better. What may be new should also be something good or better. We ought to have become converted. The conversion is always for the better person – not the same as the old one – which is sinful.

Revelation 21:8 New Living Translation
“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars–their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Take heed! 2 Timothy 3:12 New Living Translation
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

You received Christ. You believed in God. You repented of your sins. You confessed the Lord. Now aim to be baptized.And stay with Him. Remain in Him. Do not even forget Him. See Psalm 50:22 and let this verse warn you.

We really ought to LOVE God back for He loved us first. We really ought to fear Him for He is mighty and is worthy of our reverent praise. You decide. Today. Now.

To God be the glory.

Written 11/23/2016 by Mar Marilag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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