Salvation


The Only Work that Saves
by Ronald W Robey

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Many falsely believe that in John 3:5 Jesus is telling Nicodemus that one cannot enter into Heaven if one is not both water baptized, and born of the Spirit. (is the Spirit that weak that He cannot save without natural water?)

Water Baptism is not even what the Lord Jesus Christ had in mind when He spoke to Nicodemus. He was telling Nicodemus that being born by natural birth was not enough…one must also be born of the Spirit of God.

That birth can only take place when one places one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In John 3:5 Jesus was answering the question asked by Nicodemus, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

That Jesus was contrasting that which ushers forth the natural birth with that which ushers the spiritual birth is quite evident when one read both John 3:5 & John 3:6 together.

If Jeuss meant water baptism, then it would make no sense whatsoever for Him to again compare the natural with the spiritual in verse six.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

And then, Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

Verses 5 -6 reveal the ONLY way to be born again is by the Spirit of God.

The baptism that Jesus was to

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John said that he baptized people with water, but that Jesus Christ would baptize in an entirely different manner…Jesus Christ would baptize with fire (judgment) and Spirit…not water.

Just prior to His ascension, Jesus Christ told His apostles…

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (notice that Jesus did not say “Ye shall be baptized with water and the Holy Ghost”)

And in Acts 2, we see the baptism of the Holy Ghost when the Spirit fell upon the apostles in the Upper Room. People from all nations that were in Jerusalem witnessed this baptism of the Holy Ghost…and the apostle took the opportunity to preach Christ to them.

Toward the end of his sermon, the apostle told the crowd “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

So many in the modern Apostolic faith believe Peter to have meant water baptism. He did not.

The crowds had marveled at the tongues that were spoken. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 12 that tongues are a gift given by the Spirit. Tongues were the gift of the Holy Ghost that Peter was speaking of that day in the Upper Room. And the baptism was the baptism of the Holy Ghost itself.

The crowd had witnessed the effects of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and had heard the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter was telling them they could experience the same thing the apostles were experiencing.

How could they receive what the Apostles received? They needed to repent and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins, and they too would be given the gift of tongues that they had heard.

Nothing in the text of John 3, nor in the text of Acts 2 says that water baptism was needed in order to be saved.

And Acts 10 proves people can be saved without being water baptized. The crowd received the Holy Ghost prior to being commanded to be baptized in water.

Did you catch that? They were saved before being water baptized. Water baptism did not save them…their faith in the Christ that was preached saved them. The water baptism was simply an symbol of what had already taken place in their lives. Had Peter not commanded them to be baptized, they would have still been saved because of their faith in Christ Jesus.

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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I Glorify God on This Behalf
by Ronald W Robey

Seeing that Christ never called any of His followers “Christian” in the Gospels, is it wrong for me to identify myself as a Christian?

I don’t believe I am wrong.

Agrippa was almost persuaded by the apostle Paul to become a “Christian”.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

I see nothing in the New Testament epistles that says one should not be called a “Christian”. Matter of fact, I see a verse that seems to encourage the label.

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Those who want to persecute me for identifying myself as a Christian, have at it. I glorify God on this behalf.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

One can be a believer and still go to hell. Committing to being a “Christian” requires much more than just believing Christ…it also requires following Him.

Grace, Greater Than all our Sin
by Ronald W Robey
 
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
 
I am so thankful the Apostle Paul included this verse in his epistle to the Romans. This verse speaks to the overcoming power of Grace in the life of the saved in Christ.
 
“Sin shall not have dominion over you”. It will not have the lordship in your life.
 
There are many today who believe that if a Christian sins, he forfeits the gift of Salvation that was given by Grace alone, though Faith alone, in Christ alone. If this were even possible, then what the Apostle Paul wrote to those “called to be saints” in the verse above, is a flat-out lie.
 
If sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then sin has lordship over you. Yet, the Apostle Paul said to the saved, sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you.” (emphasis added ofr clarity)
 
“SHALL NOT” implies that something will not take place. And yet, Christians do sin. Christians occasionally do give in to the lusts of the flesh. If any man says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Therefore, that sin shall not have dominion over you must have a DEEPER meaning.
 
In Exodus 20, we read the original Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. In that set of Commandments, there are ten “shalt not’s” mentioned.
 
Now, we know that many people in the Bible killed, stole, committed adultery, had other gods, made graven images, coveted, et.al. The did the things that God said, “Thou shalt not…”.
 
And they were either put to death for their doing what God said not to do, or they were punished severely with sickness or by some other fashion.
 
The punishment they receved was for their doing that which God said was not to be done. Sin carried a punishment for the children of Israel.
 
But for the saved in Christ, the Aposlte stated, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under Law, but under Grace.”
 
The dominion, the lordship, of sin is the penalty that sin brings with it.
 
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Those who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus are not bound by the penalty of sin that the children of Israel were bound to. Christ Jesus took the penalty of sin upon Himself that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Contrary to the belief that one will lose one’s Salvation if one sins, the word of God assures us that Grace is greater than all our sins.
 
In his first epistle, the Apostle John assures us that, “If we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” An Advocate… an Attorney… one who stands in our defense. One who is your advocate doesn’t give up on you when you fail. Instead, he will plead your cause before the Judge.
 
If you hire an attorney, what is your reason for hiring him? Is it not because you trust him to either get you acquitted of a crime you have been charged with, or to get you a lesser punishment for committing that crime? You trust your attorney to move the court, the Judge and the Jury, to have leniency in your case.
 
So also, Jesus pleads our cause when we fail. He stands in our defense and tells the Father why we must be seen as “righteous”. We are seen as righteous because we have placed our trust in Him, and He, our Advocate… presents us as righteous.
 
For where sin did abound, Grace did much more abound.
 
Hallelujah! Amen!
 
 
 
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Baptist “Brider’s” teach that one can be saved and still not be a member of “the Lord’s Church”. They teach that, in order to be a member of “the Lord’s Church”, one must be baptized in a “proper Baptist Church”.
 
By “proper Baptist Church”, they mean; neither non Baptist’s, nor infants are a part of the Lord’s Church.
 
Yet, their doctrine totally contradicts Acts 2:47
 
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
 
Scripture does not say one must be baptized in water in order to be a part of the Lord’s Church. It gives as a prerequisite, “such as should be saved.”

None Are Lost
by Ronald W Robey

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

In John 10:26, Jesus told the Jews that had gathered around Him that they did not believe Him because they were not His sheep. The implication is, if you are one of Christ’s sheep, you will believe that He is the Christ. You will believe that He is the Anointed One that God sent to save His people from their sin.

In John 10:27, the condition is not that we hear the voice of the Shepherd. It is not that we follow Him. The condition is that we are His sheep. He said, “MY sheep hear My voice and they follow ME”

He didn’t say they might hear His voice. He said they will hear His voice. He didn’t say that they might follow Him. He said they will follow Him.

His sheep can never wander so far that they do not hear His voice. His sheep will always respond to His voice. His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him.

So many today that claim to be sheep, believe they can walk away and lose their Salvation. However Christ tells us that it is impossible to lose our Salvation.

The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep and not one of them is lost. If one amongst the saved walks away and never returns, it is because that one was never a sheep to begin with. He may have had an outward appearance of being a sheep, when in reality… he was not a sheep at all.

Christ’s sheep will HEAR His voice and His sheep will FOLLOW Him.

These Signs Shall Follow Them
by Ronald W Robey

Many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith teach that

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

…means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, or they clearly have not been filled with the Spirit of God.

My contention is that if Mark 16:17 means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, then likewise every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST also pick up venomous serpents as Mark 16:18 clearly states.

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

In the same vein, Jesus said “They (those that Believe) SHALL lay hands on the sick; and they (the sick) shall recover.

The word “sick” in Mark 16:18 is translated from the Greek “arrhostos”. (pronounced ar’-hroce-tos) It is speaking of those that are on their deathbeds. It is not the same word that is used in James 5:14.

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”

The word “sick” in the above verse is translated from the Greek “astheneo”. (pronounced as-then-eh’-o) It means “to be feeble; weak”.

James is speaking of an illness that is not “life-threatening,” while Jesus, in Mark 16:18 is speaking of a life-threatening sickness.

Just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL speak with new tongues; just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL pick up serpents; Jesus also said those that Believe SHALL lay hands on those with life-threatening sicknesses, and the sick SHALL recover. He did not say the sick “might recover,” He said “WILL recover”

Since those in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith use Mark 16:17’s “they shall speak with new tongues” as a litmus test to tell whether a person is “Spirit-filled” or not, shouldn’t “they shall lay hands on the sick” (those on their deathbeds; and they shall recover” also be a “litmus test for them?

After all, Jesus said, “They shall,” did He not?

Question: How many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith who use Mark 16:17 as a litmus test to tell whether someone is “Spirit-filled” or not, have laid hands on loved ones on deathbeds and seen them recover from their life-threatening illness? If there is any number of such people, I guarantee it is very low.

Fact is, pastors of all denominations may have prayed for one on a deathbed, with that sick person still succumbing to their infirmity. This does not prove that the pastor is not saved. Nor does it prove that he is not “Spirit-filled.”

The fact that many with deadly illnesses or diseases still die even though they were prayed for, proves

Jesus was not saying every Believer would speak in tongues; He was not saying that every Believer would cast out devils; He was not saying that every Believer would pick up serpents; He was not saying every Believer would heal someone on the deathbed.

He was simply saying these signs would be among Believers, not that every Believer would do these things.

Condemned
by Ronald W Robey

Many people with well intentions teach us that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for man to tithe his monetary income to the House of God. It is not. Malachi was speaking of an agricultural tithe, not a monetary tithe.

Malachi was living during the dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law tells us that God’s holy tithe was to be agricultural, not monetary. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

Had Malachi (or any other person living under the Mosaic Law) called for tithes of money to go to the House of God, they would have been telling people to transgress the Law. Sin is the transgressing of the Law. (see 1 John 3:4) Therefore, Malachi could not have told people to tithe money even if he wanted to.

While people may judge us as “sinners condemned” here on Earth because we do not tithe our monetary income, God does not judge us as “sinners condemned” at all.

Why not?

Because our Salvation and Righteousness is dependent upon one thing only,… faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says “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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Those who trust their works to escape condemnation will end up being condemned. You cannot serve two Masters. You cannot serve both Law and Grace. (see Galatians 2:21)

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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