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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
I pray that you have read the first of the series on “Looking for Evidence of Salvation” last week. The second half is published today for you to continue on meditating the Bible verses quoted. You may read it again and again. Please don’t leave the weekly here in the Upper Room, bring it and find time to read what is written in there.
In our present day where there are many fakes (peke), we need to find out whether things are true and real. Most especially on the thing that concerns our eternal destiny. It is maybe acceptable for some of us to use fake watches or fake jewellery but to have fake salvation is a serious matter. The consequence is where we are going and that will last forever without any hope of changing situations. While here on earth, it is better to check our salvation and be sure whether we truly believe or not.
In question # 7, many would say they do not know exactly the date and time where they are saved. That is not important! What is of greatest importance is for you to know that you are now a new creature in Christ because you are striving to live according to God’s Word and not to the dictates of the flesh, the world and the devil. So do not worry about dates but on your spiritual state.
“Siyasatin ang inyong sarili, kung kayo ay nasa pananampalataya; subukin and inyong sarili. Hindi ba ninyo nalalaman sa inyong sarili, kung paanong si JesuCristo ay nasa inyo, malibang kayo ay mga itinakuwil?” (2 Cor 13:5, Tagalog). “Sutaa ninyo ang inyong kaugalingon kong anaa ba kamo sa pagtoo; sulayi ang inyong kaugalingon. Kun, wala ba ninyo hisayri mahitungod sa inyong kaugalingon, nga si Jesucristo anaa kaninyo? gawas kong kamo mga sinalikway.” (2 Cor 13:5, Cebuano) – Bro Jose.
Looking for Evidence of Salvation (2/2)
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6. Do you believe that your salvation is by grace alone without works and that works are the fruit of salvation and not the way of salvation?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8–10).
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom. 11:6).
7. Do you believe that you have been born again and that you are a new creature in Jesus Christ? Do you know when this happened?
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17)?
8. Do you have the Spirit of God living in you crying Abba, Father? Since when have you experienced this?
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:15–16)?
9. Do you hear the Bible as God’s voice; does it speak to you as God’s voice? Do you accept God’s Word as true without reservation? Do you argue with the Bible?
“He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
10. Have you renounced the world as defined by 1 John 2:16 and do you consider yourself a pilgrim on the way to your heavenly home?
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the sou.” (1 Pet. 2:11).
11. Are you looking for Christ’s return?
“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:23).
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:9–10).
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8).
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Heb. 9:28).
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