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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What Are You Trusting?


By: Jim McCarthy mwtb.org
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Believing in God: In order to go to heaven, what must you believe? The Bible teaches that merely acknowledging certain facts about God means little: "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19).   See also: Matthew 7:21-23
Being Baptized: How does baptism help you to get to heaven? Nowhere does the Bible teach that it makes a person right with God. In fact, Paul wrote: "Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel" (1 Corinthians 1:17).   See also: Luke 23:40-43; Acts 10:44-48
Going to Church: How does going to church or being a member of a particular church help you attain salvation? The Bible teaches that the church is not a place, but God's people—the Body of Christ: "[The Father] … gave Him [the Son] to be head over all things to the church, which is His body" (Ephesians 1:22,23).   See also: 1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Colossians 1:18
Receiving the Sacraments: How does receiving the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, contribute to your salvation? The Bible does not speak of a series of rituals necessary for salvation. The biblical purpose of taking bread and wine is simply a reminder of Jesus, as He said: "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:19).   See also: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Praying: In what way does praying help you to attain eternal life? Jesus taught that repeating prayers over and over is of no value: "When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words" (Matthew 6:7).   See also: Matthew 7:21-23
Keeping the Commandments: Are you able to keep the Ten Commandments to God's standard? The Bible teaches that anyone who does not keep the Commandments perfectly will be judged unworthy of heaven: "Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).   See also: Galatians 3:10-12; Romans 3:20,23,28; 7:7-12
Loving Your Neighbor: Do you love your neighbor with the kind of love that God requires? Jesus taught: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39).   See also: Luke 10:25-37; 1 John 3:16-18; James 1:27
Doing Good Works: How many good works do you have to do to earn eternal life? The Scriptures teach that even the best that we do is tainted with sin and unworthy of God: "All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).   See also: Romans 3:12,23; 4:4,5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; John 6:28,29
Dying With No Unconfessed Sin: Does your soul's condition at the moment of death affect your eternal destiny? Jesus said that those who belong to Him would never be condemned to hell: "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:28).   See also: Romans 5:8-10; 8:33,34; 1 John 5:11-13
Anything Else: What else must you do to be saved? Jesus taught that the only way to a right relationship with God was through Him: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).   See also: Acts 4:12; John 8:24; Matthew 7:13-20
Trusting Jesus As Savior: The Bible teaches that those who are trusting Jesus to save them will spend eternity in heaven: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).   See also: John 5:24; Romans 10:9,10; Acts 16:30,31
          What are you trusting to get into heaven? As we have seen, none of those things listed inside can get you there. Salvation is a gift of God which cannot be earned (Ephesians 2:8,9). How can you receive this gift? "Salvation is offered on the basis of what Jesus has already done. On the cross He took the guilt of our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty of our sins for us, dying in our place (1 Peter 3:18). His resurrection is proof that His sacrifice was acceptable to God as the just payment for our sins (Romans 4:25).
          God's instructions are "Repent, and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15). To repent is to change your mind—to agree with God that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. To believe the gospel is to place your faith in (completely trust) Jesus as your Savior. mwtb.org

Adapted from the Personal Evangelism Kit by Jim McCarthy.

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