Jesus Christ--the Savior Art Anderson--Founder
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, INT.
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"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1 God created man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7) God created man in his image and in his likeness; therefore, man has a body, soul and spirit. Man is God's only creation with a soul and since it has the breath of life, it will never cease to exist.
The first man, Adam was created a perfect man. But Adam disobeyed God and sinned by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Man has been in a fallen state before God ever since Adam fell out of favor with God.
But God made a way for man's redemption via his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, whom has been referred to as the second man Adam. Adam fell but Christ did not. He gave his life so that man could have eternal life and an everlasting relationship with God.
God created hell for the devil and his angels, but people that reject the salvation that Christ paid for with his life shall go there for eternality.
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
God sent His son into this world to offer the world salvation. The most popular verse (John 3:16) "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,"
makes this very clear. There are four things that a person must do to be saved:
1. We must realize that we are sinners, that is, that we have violated God's laws. John made this clear in 1 John 3:4: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." So, what is the "law" that the Bible speaks of? It is the law of God and most if not all sins are a violation of one of the The Commandments.
We must realize that we can do nothing to save ourselves. Good deeds, Being a good, moral, honest, etc., will not save us because all have all have violated God's commandments.
We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to this world to die for the sins of the people. (John 3:16)
Belief come by hearing to Word of God. "So then faith cometh
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17) "How then
shall they call on 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 without a preacher? (Rom. 10:14).
We must repent of our sins. The Bible makes it clear that without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sin. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance." 2 Cor. 7:10; "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise. . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:8.
God intended for salvation or being saved to be very simply. In the fact the thief on the cross that was
crucified when Jesus said: "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said
unto him, Verily I say into thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:42--43
Consider the Pharisee and the publican: "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus within himself, God, thank thee that I am not as others are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I process. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:11--14.
God does not discriminate. The wise preacher said: "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, not yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happened to them all." (Eccl. 9:11) TIME and CHANCE are the key words.
Time is of the essence. The preacher also said: "Remember thy Creator in the days of they youth." (Eccl. 12:1) God said that , "My spirit shall not always strive with man." (Gen. 6:3). "[N]ow is the acceptedtime; behold , now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2)
Salvation is faith and belief in Jesus Christ as the redemner of mankind from sin and an ark of safety from the judgment of God of a sinful world. It may be classified as a "religion," but it more of a relationship with Christ as our savior.
Back in my youth, old time preachers used to preach about a "know-soul" salvation. With salvation we have life--eternal life--and without salvation we are considered dead. When a disciple was faced with a decision of following Christ or burying his father, and Christ commanded they depart to the other side (Matt. 8:18) the disciple said: "Lord, suffer me first to go bury my father: "But said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury the dead." (Matt. 8: 21-22) Christ said: "I am come that they might have life." (John 10:10) Therefore, the unsaved are considered dead and those with salvation have life.
VISION OF DEATH
What I am going to write here is based upon accounts of death in the Bible, books written by people that have experienced what doctors say are near death experiences but individuals claim to have died and been revived.
First, the parable of the rich man. Christ said, "There was
a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and faired sumptuously every day. (Luke 16:19)And there was a
certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate,
full of sores; (Luke 16:20) And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and
was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom; the rich
man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his
eyes being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and
Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip
of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented
in this flame.' But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy
lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented,
"Then he said, 'I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest
send him to my father's house: For I have five brothers; that he may
testify unto them, lest they also they also come into this place
of torment,' Abraham saith unto him, ' They have Moses and
the prophets; let them hear them.'" Ref. (Luke 16:22-29).
This a real discourse on death and the judgment that follows.
The rich man was a Roman Emperor because only the Emperor
dressed in purple. From the description given, Lazarus probably suffered from boils.
There are several lessons to be learned from this parable: One, a
person's status in life does not qualify for the kingdom of Heaven;
secondly, a person cannot bargain themselves out of hell. "And as it is
appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Heb. 9:27)
Another lesson to be learned is that those in hell will remember
things of their families and life events.
Another lesson to be learned is that they will be able to see a least
a little of heaven and truly see what they missed by rejecting Christ.
Many people have died and been revived or almost died what doctors
call near death experiences. When the late Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court was a kid and larger boy shoved him into a swimming
pool and Douglas could not swim. The last thing that Douglas remembered
before becoming conscious was lying on the bottom of the pool without
pain and at perfect peace. The next thing he knew he was on the side of
the pool with people working to revive him. Ref. Go East, Young Man,
by William O. Douglas.