FIRST MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
The first serious certainty standing out is:
ONE MUST KNOW THE DANGER OF CONDEMNATION.
Before a person will be saved, he must see that he is in danger of the Judgment of God. The Bible tells us, "He that believeth on him (Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18) This condemnation is described as "death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:14-15) To escape from this condemnation one must realize the danger. Jesus said, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) [Cf. Rom. 3:10, 23] Without Jesus as your Savior, you are subject to the wrath of God. The Bible plainly states, "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." (John 3:36) There is coming a day of judgment. In Hebrews 9:27 we read, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 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." One should prepare to face this judgment: either without Jesus Christ unto condemnation, or with Jesus Christ and eternal life.
The second serious certainty standing out is:ONE MUST KNOW THERE IS A MEANS OF ESCAPE.
God has provided the way to escape from this condemnation. He "commendeth (displayed on the cross) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8) God's will is for everyone to be saved. The Bible states that God, "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (I Tim 2:4-5) God wants you to be saved. Peter wrote, " 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." (2 Pet. 3:9) God wants you to escape from the condemnation of unbelief.
The third serious certainty standing out is:
ONE MUST SEE JESUS AS THE MEANS OF SALVATION.
The Bible plainly reads, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (I Tim. 2:5-6) The book of Hebrews adds "we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." (Heb. 2:9) Paul told the Galatians, "when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Gal. 4:4-5) God sent Jesus to provide the way for you and I to be saved. And people will be saved, "if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. 4:24-5:1) You see, Jesus is the means by whom we are saved.
The fourth serious certainty standing out is:
ONE MUST TURN TO JESUS.
Turning to Jesus means repentance. Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3) Peter adds, "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." (2 Pet. 3:9) The word repentance means to turn from unbelief to faith, to turn from trusting your own merit and good works to trusting what Jesus accomplished in His death for your sins and His resurrection for your deliverance. [CF also, Luke 24:47, Acts 17:30-31, Rom. 4:24-5:1]
The fifth serious certainty standing out is:ONE MUST TRUST IN JESUS.
As long as a person is trusting in his own goodness, good works, or self, he can not be saved. He must turn, repent from his sin, and trust in JESUS and Jesus only. When a person trusts Jesus, he believes on him as his own Savior. The Bible reads, "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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16) The book of Romans states, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Rom 10:9-11) Getting saved is not a matter of good works. "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." (Eph. 2:8, Rom.5: 1) This is why that when the Jailer asked Paul, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Paul "said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:30-31) [Cf. Rom. 5:1, Acts 2:36, Acts 10:36]
The sixth serious certainty standing out is:
ONE MUST CONFESS JESUS PUBLICLY.
The book of Romans states, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Rom 10:9-11) Jesus stated, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." (Mat. 10:32-33) God's will is that "every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:11)
Note: What comes out of the mouth, comes from the heart. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34-37, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
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Lesson assembled by John Turrentine ThD.