Monday, January 30, 2017


*  Romans 10:8-17 (SLV) - "...The Word of God has the power to change your heart and your testimony:  that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, Whosoever believes in Him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile: for the Lord shall accept all who call upon Him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  But how shall they call upon Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear unless someone tells them?  And how shall they tell them unless God sends them?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But not all will believe the gospel. For Isaiah said, Lord, who has believed our report?  Nevertheless, those who hear and believe, that which they hear must be the Word of God!"

The Word which has the power to change hearts and minds, is the Gospel message, the Good News that because God loves you, He sent His only begotten Son to die for your sins according to the promise of His Word; He allowed men to bury Him, but He would not allow His Son to remain in the borrowed grave; His Father raised Him from the dead, and has exalted Him above all creation (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:2-3; John 3:16; Dan. 9:26; Mark 15:43-46; Phil. 2:8-11; Acts 2:32-35; etc.)!

Many who hear the Gospel message reject it because it seems too good to be true!  They likely are members of one of the thousands of religions, all of which tell their members that they must cease doing what they define as sins, and must increase doing good works, if they ever hope to go to heaven, whatever heaven is to them.  After all, how could a person be worthy of going to be with their supreme being, if they don't follow the do's and don'ts of their belief system.  And yet, that is exactly what the Bible declares!  It says ALL are unworthy (Rom. 3:23)!  But praise the Lord, it also says that God promises the free gift of salvation to whosoever believes in His Son!  In fact, He will not accept those who try to gain His favor through good works!  In Ephesians 2:4-9 (SLV), the Apostle Paul wrote:

"But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has given us life together with Christ, by grace (unmerited favor) you are saved; and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  that in the ages to come, He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast."

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