Assurance of Salvation

John 3: 16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

– John 3: 36
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

1 John 5:12, 13 –
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.  These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.”

Ephesians 3: 11, 12
“According to the eternal purpose which he
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness
and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

1 John 3: 14 –
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother
abideth in death.”

– 1 John 3:19 – 21
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before him.  
For if our heart condemn us, God is
greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  
Beloved,
if our heart condemn us not, then have
we confidence toward God.”

Hebrews 10: 22 –
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Job 19: 25 – 27
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

– Psalm 4: 3
“But know that the LORD hath
set apart him that is godly for himself:
the LORD will hear when I call unto him.”

Romans 8: 16 –
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:”

Romans 8:38, 39
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

– 2 Timothy 1:12
“For the which cause I also suffer these things:
nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that
which I have committed unto him against that day.”

John 5: 24 –
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”

Ephesians 1: 7
“In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

– John 10: 27 – 30
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.”

Ephesians 1: 12 – 14
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Philippians 1: 6
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Ephesians 2: 8 – 9 –
“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.”

– John 6: 37
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

John 20: 31 –
“But these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing
ye might have life through his name.”

John 6: 39, 40
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Acts 2: 21
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call
on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

– John 1: 12
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

1 John 5: 18 –
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;
but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself,
and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

– 1 John 5: 1
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
and every one that loveth him that begat loveth
him also that is begotten of him.”

Hebrews 6: 17 – 20
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever…”

©2013 Mark Davis

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“Shake Well Before Using”

“Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, ‘Shake well before using’. That is what God has to do with some of His people.  He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.”
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Forgiveness

Forgiveness from God:

Psalm 32:1, 2
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto
whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in
whose spirit there is no guile.”

Psalm 51:1, 2
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy
lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of
thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.”

Hebrews 8:12
“For I will be merciful to their
unrighteousness, and their sins and
their iniquities will I remember no more.

Isaiah 43:25
“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy
transgressions for mine own sake,
and will not remember thy sins.”

Isaiah 55:7; — “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Proverbs 28:13
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.”

1 John 1:8, 9
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.  
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Psalm 103:2 – 5; — “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseasesWho redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

2 Peter 3: 9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering
to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.

Forgiveness of Each Other:

Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Mark 11:25 – 26; — “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:35
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall
be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:
for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

Proverbs 25:21, 22
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat;
and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head,
and the LORD shall reward thee.

Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you.

Luke 17:3, 4
“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass
against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and
seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent;
thou shalt forgive him.”

Matthew 18:21 – 22
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my
brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times:
but, Until seventy times seven.

©2013 Mark Davis

 

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"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:7 (KJV)

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"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

“Casting all your care upon Him;
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Bitterness

Ephesians 4: 31, 32
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour,
and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Matthew 5: 23, 24
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift
to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother
hath ought against thee
; Leave there thy gift before
the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy
brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

Romans 12: 14 – 17; –“Bless them which persecute you:
bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one
toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to
men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
honest in the sight of all men.”

1 Peter 2: 20 – 24
“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Hebrews 12: 14, 15
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man
fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

James 2: 8; – “But the tongue can no man tame;
it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

James 2: 10
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

James 2: 14, 15; – “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in
your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above,
but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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Until God opens the next door for you,
praise Him in the hallways!

– Unknown

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Personal Accountabilities

The Gavel and The Bible

The Gavel and The Bible

 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Romans 14:12

Many of us go about our days with no concern for an accountability for what we do.  If we drive through a red traffic light then we are subject to being stopped by a law enforcement officer, given a ticket of some sort and told to pay a fine or appear before the judge and then pay a fine, which is usually even more than before unless you can prove that you did not do the crime.

What would your actions be like if you knew that everything you do is being recorded – I mean EVERYTHING – and then at the end of the day you would be forced to stand in front of a judge to review every action that you did that day?  If there were anything during that day that was considered wrong, by the judge’s standards, you would then be assessed a fine for the offences.

Most of us would look at much of what we do as a “non-offence”.  The problem is that we are not the judge.  We don’t make the rules.  We are subject to someone else’s rules.

Whether we want to be accountable or not, we will be.

Then, who makes the rules?  God does!

How do we know what the rules are?

There are three different types of rules – all of which we are and will be accountable for.

1.     Self imposed rules.  These are rules that we know down deep in our beings what they are.  Among those might be: lying, stealing, murder. . . I think you get the idea.  How do we know these things are wrong?  They are called “conscience”.

2.     Socially imposed rules.  Most people would call these “laws”.  These may include some or all of the self-imposed rules.  These are concepts that are usually you doing something wrong to another person.  It may be anything from an offensive “gesture” to  something that is actually physical against another person or government.  Examples of these are traffic laws, tax laws and instituted social laws.  These rules would normally be enforced by the local government/organization.

3.     Spiritually imposed rules.  These are rules that are imposed on us by God.  They may include some or all of the aforesaid rules.  God doesn’t really care much about traffic laws but the government that is “ruling” above us (regardless where we live) is instituted by God (John 19:11; Romans 13:1; Daniel 2:21) , as such we are required by God (unless the law is against laws instituted by God so that we would be sinning against God’s law) to abide by those laws (Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14) .  These laws/rules would be found in the Bible or supported by statements or concepts introduced in the Bible.

So, now we are aware of our accountability for our actions (this even includes the thinking-about doing the actions - Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 5:8).

No, we aren’t going to be accountable to God – or most likely anyone else – at the end of the day, unless the end of the day signifies the end of your life.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27,  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.

There is no conditional statement there.  All men are required to die.  As such, all men will be judged after his/her death.

You might say that, “I’ve been saved by Jesus Christ so I am not subject to any judgement.”  That could not be further from the truth (Hebrews 9:27)!  ALL men must be judged.

There will be two different judgments; one for the people who have rejected God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:11-15) and one for those who have received the gift of salvation – only through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10, ).

If you would say that you haven’t accepted Jesus’ free gift of Salvation then please read no further here but read this article, then come back to this point and continue reading.

I picture our judgment as this*:

We are sitting in this huge room — all of us; everyone who has ever been born — and we can’t see any one wall around us.

In front of us is God sitting on His throne and Jesus (the righteous Judge) seated on God’s right hand side (Ephesians 1:20; 1 Peter 3:22).

To the side of God is positioned a “jumbo-tron” type monitor, or a video screen that is bigger than any theater screen ever made.

On that screen, God is showing us the record that He has of everything that we have ever done in our lives, each, one at a time.  It is eternity and this may take a very long time to show all of us.

One by one, God calls us up to stand before Jesus to give account of the things that we have done with our life — good or bad (Revelation 22:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 14:12)!

Everyone will be able to see our thoughts; the things that we did, that we thought were not being seen by anybody and everything that we did actually do (Ecclesiastes 12:14) .

There will be no partiality.  Jesus, being the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 5:22), will judge us all by the same standard of laws.

For any one of us that has done anything wrong in our whole existence, we will be judged harshly, in fact, the penalty is going to be to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire where the Devil and his (fallen) angels will be also (Revelation 20:10-15Matthew 25:41Revelation 21:8).

In this Lake of Fire, there will be people crying from pain, such that no mortal man has ever felt, and gnashing of teeth in torment.  This won’t be for just a few years, it is for all of eternity (Luke 13:28; Matthew 13:42).

On the other hand, there is Heaven.

We have all heard of Heaven.  It is where God/Jesus lives.  Jesus, when He was still living on earth, told us that He was going to His Father’s house where there are many mansions and that He was going to go there to prepare a place for us — those of us who received Jesus’ gift of salvation (John 14:2).

The way I see it; when we are judged, the good things that we did for Jesus and in His name and for His glory will make our mansion bigger or give us more “bling”, the bad things that we did or the times that we passed up to do or say something about and/or for Jesus will take away things from our mansions (2 Corinthians 5:10).

I imagine that some will end up in shacks and some may end up with rental properties . . . Well, maybe not so much, but I think you get the idea.

The whole idea of accountability takes on a whole new meaning.  God doesn’t want us to serve Him because we feel we have to, He wants us to serve Him because we want to serve Him.  Not out of a sense of servitude but more out of a sense of gratitude.

Revelation 22:12; — “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

*Having been a Christian for most of my life, I imagine the judgement to be the Judgment Seat of Christ more so than the Great White Throne Judgment where the un-saved will be judged.  Some of my depiction includes things that will be in the Great White Throne Judgment.   Regardless, there will be a judgment for all and we will all be accountable for our actions – good or bad!

©2013 Mark Davis

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