A Time to Live

A Study of Salvation

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” That’s how it reads in the King James translation. Now, listen to the Message Bible: “ God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us — an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!”

God’s Holy Spirit, when we receive Christ into our lives, confirms who we are. A person feels the Holy Spirit, exactly like the wind blowing in his face. You can’t see the Holy Spirit, but you can, certainly, feel the Holy Spirit.

Immediately, upon receiving Christ into our heart, we know that we are a part of the family of God. I can’t tell you how we know it, but we just know it!

You see, there’s no such a thing as the universal Fatherhood of God, or the universal brotherhood of man. Not everybody is a member of God’s family by a long shot. When Jesus was here on earth, he told some of the church people, “You are of your father the devil!”

He made it very plain that not everyone who claimed the Lordship of Jesus will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who did the will of His Father in heaven. Talk is cheap. Actions are proof. Paul told the church, “Let everyone that names the name of Christ, depart from sin!

If we practice lying, if we practice deceiving, if we practice cheating, if we practice cursing, if we practice adultery, if we practice any other sex sin or blasphemy, we are not truly believers. We’re hypocrites, and we’re on our way to destruction, not heaven.

Anybody that knows the Bible knows that we’ve got to live right, or we can’t have any assurance that heaven is our home in the next life.

If Christ is our Lord and Savior, we have the witness of the Spirit within that Christ lives in our hearts, and our lives PROVE that Jesus is living inside of us.

You’ll notice that the scripture I gave you a moment ago says, “if so be that we suffer with Him”, or in the Message Bible, “ If we go through hard times with Him”.

In other words, if a believer is for real, he’s going to get flack! Jesus got flack; you and I, if we live this life like He did, are going to get flack. There’s no way I know of to be a total Christian, and not get ridiculed, maligned, and hated by the bulk of the world! Every single man or women that I know of that truly fears God is scorned by the world. It happens at school. It happens in the market place. It happens in government. It happens in the courts.

Religions that don’t have Jesus Christ get all bent out of shape at true believers. People that are secular despise true believers. Church people who are not really born-again, cannot stand true believers any more than church people that were in Jesus’ times. Church people turned Jesus over to the secular government to put Jesus to death.

Think about it. The only really good man that ever lived was put to death by the vast majority of the population. I would encourage everyone who isn’t a believer, don’t become a believer if you can’t handle pain and suffering. You’ll never make it. But, hear me, this light affliction for right now, is nothing compared to the glory that just ahead for every believer. Man, it’s worth it! It really is!!!


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