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Evidence Of Our Salvation

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Can the scripture be any clearer than what Paul quoted in our featured verse (1 Corinthians)?  Once the truth has been preached, exposed, proclaimed to us, and we have received it as the absolute truth.  We are then to abide in it and apply it. We should no longer be our former selves, but a new creation, “in which also you stand, by which also you are saved.”   This new life is evidence of our salvation. In this verse there is also a warning, “if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.”   Now does this speak of perfection, not getting off track?  No! Believing in vain would be the equivalent of not believing at all.  Head knowledge yes, but not receiving, applying, the truth in our heart first, and than in our walk.  The seed that fell on hard ground, “Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.” (Matthew 13:5) The seed needs good soil so the roots can run deep, so it is with God’s word.

Men, there are times we can be so weak in our faith, doubting our salvation, questioning the word of God, just as many men of the Bible did all through scripture.  The flesh is very weak (Mark 14:38).  “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  The enemy will be happy to fuel those doubts, that turn into fear, that stop us dead in our tracks if we allow it to happen.  The Bible warns us of this so that we will not be caught off guard, but instead be prepared for his attacks; (1 Peter 5:8) “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  He tells us in (James 4:7), “Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  In obedience, victory is assured!

Our starting point, which will produce evidence of our salvation;

Psalm 51:17; “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” We need to humbly come before God, and start at ground zero!

1 John 1:9; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We need to believe this promise, and every word in scripture to be true!

These are just a few examples that Gods children display in their walk imitating Him. (Ephs. 5:1)

He who hears the word of God as He speaks to us, is more evidence of our salvation!

John 8:47; He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

I John 4:6; We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

John 10:27; My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

Our obvious love for God’s children, is further evidence of our salvation.

I Thessalonians 4:9 “Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;”

I John 3:14; “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

Good works should also accompany our walk, more evidence of our salvation.

Ephesians 2:10; For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

James 2:26; “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

This I believe is the most powerful evidence of our salvation, and is on the top of my list:

Luke 10:27; And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  

Seekthe Adventure, Strength and Honor Papa Joe!