“Another Litmus Test” or “This Will Reveal Something To Yourself” or “I May Be Able To Read People But He Sees And Knows Everything Everything And Everyone At All Times”

“”For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish”                                                                                                                                                (Psalm 1:6)

“”…the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are His…”                                                                                                                    (2 Timothy 2:19)

“I never knew you”  (Matthew 25:12)

 

There are many different ways to “examine yourself ” to see whether or not you are in the faith. Both Paul and Peter exhort us to “Examine ourselves”, To work out [our]own salvation with fear and trembling.” and  to “make [our] calling and election sure (or to prove it] respectively). John uses his first epistle to show us ways or tests to prove our salvation. With all of these exhortation one should “take heed”. Having said this, let me answer a probable objection that some of my readers may have.

It is said or rather has been said and will continue to be said by some church “leaders” that one should not “question their salvation because this offends the Lord”   Their “encouragement” is dangerous and unscriptural as the above texts show.  When one examines, tests, or seeks to prove their standing with God does not put God or His promises in question. These tests question ourselvse and whether we have truly believed or do truly believe because to have truly believed is to believe still. This is important because many preachers, for too many years, have presented a false Gospel to their hearers.

The false Gospel that has been preached has been called “easy believeism” or even better stated, “cheap grace”, by D. Bonhoeffer.  Paul termed it, “another Gospel” which means a false Gospel; a false Gospel of any type and not another accepted Gospel. This false Gospel has within it a measure of truth. This Gospel is presented without mentioning sin, law, repentance, or the nature and heart of the Gospel, which is submission. There is no mentioning of being sorrowful or mourning for one’s rebellion against the One Who loved [us] and gave Himself for [us]. There is no mention that salvation is a return to a life of loving obedience full of gratefulness and thankfulness.

What has been offered and will continue to be offered is simply a way of evading hell by simply believing some facts or simply saying a prayer and raising one’s hand. I am not a fan of the raising of the hand thing, however, I know preachers that use it, but are very clear on what that prayer and the raising of the hand means. It is made clear that if you say this prayer you are showing your love and gratefulness and willing submission to Christ as both Lord and Saviour and it must always be both, Lord and Saviour and in that order.

Let me explain why Christ must be both Lord and Saviour and why it must be in that order: Some speak of the Gospel, as an invitatation and an offer which one can accept of reject. The Gospel, however, is far more than an invitatation or offer, the Gospel is a command. The Scriptures state clearly that God commands every (hu)man everywhere to repent and believe and again, in that order, which is a main point of salvation. By parable Lord Jesus shows the Gospel as compelling or as mandatory.

A king sends out his servants to invite many to a dinner. All of the invited make excuse and reject the invitatation. The king then sends A Servant to compel others to attend. In this parable the Servant (singular) is the Holy Spirit and the servants, plural, are the prophets of God. This parable shows the irresistable drawing of the chosen or the elect. The above parable is actually a combination of (2) two parables.

In our Lord’s dissertation on being the Bread of Life, He states clearly and dogmatically, that no one comes to the Father, lest the Father draws them. The word draw means to drag or to compel.

When Christs speaks of Himself as the Good Sheperd, He states that those of His flock will  hear His Voice and will recognize Him by His compelling voice and will come to Him. Some would call this robotic or that this compelling Voice cancels free will. This is not true. The compelling voice is recognized as being the voice of love, care and attention. The irresistable voice is not resisted because it is the voice of familiar, familial love, attraction, purpose and an ordained destiny.

However, on the other hand, maybe God does cancel our free will. Foreknowledge also, somewhat must cancel out free will andit is written , “There is no other [N]ame given under heaven whereby we MUST be saved.” It is further written, “God is not willing that any [of us- see previous verse] should persish but that [all of us] should come to repentance.” In Scripture sinners are called servants of sin…does not that, too, cancel free will? It is said of Satan that, “he takes captive as he wills.”  It is also said that the devil blinds the minds of them that believe not. Does that not, too, cancel free will?  hmmm? Therefore, methinks that if we are going to have free will (in spiritual matters) cancelled out; isn’t it better to have a loving God cancel it rather than a hateful Devil?  Besides this, does not your boss, in many ways, kill your free will?  Doesn’t illness and weather kill your free will? Doesn’t the need for money kill your free will?

Christ must be presented as Lord and Saviour, because it is Scriptual, logical, and common sens-ical. The Scriptures present our Lord and Saviour in that order. Logic tells us that for one to repent and believe, & in that order, one must understand that to be saved by Christ one must be happy and willing to submit and subject themselves to His terms and conditions.

His terms and conditions are these: Stop, turn around and do things My Way and submit to My Ways forever. Repentance, one would think, comes after believing.  However, one cannot repent and believe unless they reverse their world view, lifestyle and life through repentance. To believe is to obey lovingly, and willingly. Therefore, one cannot believe, lovingly and willfully, until they stop their rebellion against God’s Ways and subject themselves, happily and willingly, to His love and His acceptance.

To be clear: for a person to be saved, said person must repent and believe in, on, and before the Lord. The Lord Jesus will be Saviour to those who repent and believe.

Does a person have all these thoughts when they come to Christ? If so, it would look like this……

“Okay, first I receive you as Lord err, rather you receive me as your servant…{To self: Let me think about this…]  Okay, Yes, I receive you as my Lord and you receive me as your servant. Since I received you as my Lord, I will seek to obey you and to do what is right. [To self: okay, so far so goood] Now that I have received you as my Lord and promised to be obedient, you will now be my Saviour????? Yeah, is that right? Did I get it right?”

Reader, this is why Salvation is a work of God.  While the above is accurate, Salvation is the work of God, Alone. While no one itemizes their salvation in the above manner, the terms are known and accepted by the one crying out to God for His forgiveness and Salvation. As the one crying out to God knows God’s terms; this is proven to be a work of God, Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

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