How Close Can You Approach Heaven And Yet Be But Almost A Christian?

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How Close Can You Approach Heaven And Yet Be But Almost A Christian?

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2016

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV).

 

The majority of the people living on this planet earth from since the beginning of the world trying their best to get to know God by deeds, trying to please God whom they never knew by deeds, trying to worship God without having a need to build a relationship with Him but by deeds. God, the Creator of heaven and earth initiated to reach out to us sinners by sending His only Son dying on the cross to pay the penalty of those who believe in Him. God in Jesus Christ revealed His heart to us, sinners, that deeds could not save us, deeds could not make us righteous.

 

The moment we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart (Romans 10:9-10) that Jesus Christ is Lord, at that very moment Jesus takes our place and He died in our stead to pay the penalty of our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, the just for the unjust (1 Peter 3:18). Our salvation is not based on our righteousness because our righteousness in nothing but filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6); our salvation is based on His righteousness that He imparted unto us, which we received solely by faith. The Law cannot save us and the Law cannot make us righteous for it serves only as a tutor to bring us to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:24).

 

All the knowledge about salvation means nothing until we take action and that is to put our believing trust in Him that He is indeed the Lord. How does this knowledge serve us? Does this knowledge give us understanding that we are saved by grace through faith alone and none of our works? Now that we have knowledge about God and His salvation in Jesus, do we have the will to obey Him and His Word? What are we going to do with all the knowledge we have about salvation in Jesus? Do we have zeal in the knowledge that we have? Knowledge without zeal leads to fruitless speculation only, we are not going anywhere. Zeal without knowledge on the other hands is a blind devotion, but when knowledge joins zeal a true Christian is the result.

 

Acts 26:28 (NKJV) says, Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” King Agrippa received so much knowledge about salvation in Jesus Christ from Paul the Apostle and yet he was not willing to take action by making the knowledge he had about salvation a reality. King Agrippa has approached heaven so close and yet he remained an unbeliever by choice. Are you saved? Do you now have knowledge about salvation after reading this article? Are you willing to take action by confessing with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, so that you too may be saved?

 

The closer you get to heaven, the deeper you will fall if you reject Jesus the Savior of your soul. May the Holy Spirit speak to your heart, Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org