Friday, January 27, 2012

SAFE!


Though it may look long and boring but I challenge you to read and open your mind as I did. You may not ask “How can I be saved?” now but eventually you will and our life manual or the bible answers this question.

This is the culmination of what I learned so far in church and books that I read.

“Can good works alone save me?” No. Read on if you disagree.

We do good works to glorify God as stated in

Mathew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven

Good works alone cannot save us.

James 2:8-11If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself ‘, you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said ‘You shall not commit adultery’, also said ‘You shall not murder’. If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have became a lawbreaker”

In short, if there are ten rules to follow and you only obeyed nine then that is equivalent to breaking all ten. Wow that is strict! As far as I know everyone has sinned (except Jesus and new born babies). After reading that it made me think; how then can we be saved?

The bible tells us in

Acts 2:38Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.

What is the importance of baptism you might ask? Well the bible answers this in

John 3:3-5 “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ‘How can someone be born when they are old? Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and Spirit”.
You might wonder where baptism comes in that passage or how it even relates to baptism. It only mentions the word “born again”. Read on dear friends.

Romans 6:3-4 “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”.

Or to be “born again”.

Lastly

Galatians 3:26-29 “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”.

Some of the promises of God are eternal life and salvation.

Well that is all for now, Cheers!