A Time to Live

A Study of Salvation

“ And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” That’s King James. Now, let’s listen to how it’s stated in the Message Bible, “the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement.

What is this talking about? It’s talking about those of us who are believers know that we have eternal life.

When I was a kid growing up in church, I did not have assurance that I was saved. If I had died as a young boy, I did not know for certain that I would have gone to heaven. Back in those days, some of the radio ministers, in particular, were emphasizing the fact that Jesus was coming back at any minute to this earth. I was somewhat frightened, because I believed in Jesus, but I wasn’t sure that I was ready to meet God.

In those days, I thought I was saved. I hoped I was saved. I trusted I was saved. But I did not know I was saved. But, then I ran across this scripture. For a young person the scripture was not all that easy to understand. “There are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood.”

As I meditated on that verse, the Holy Spirit began to make it very clear to me what that was talking about was that the “witness of the Spirit”, “and water baptism” and the “blood of Jesus washing away my sin” were all three the proof that I needed that I was truly ready to meet God. In other words, if I had an inner peace, and if I had made an open confession of my faith in Christ, and if my life was changed because of the application of the blood of Jesus, that gave me absolute proof that I would go to heaven when I died, or when Jesus came back to this earth.

So, having this knowledge of God’s Word, when I was a sophomore in high school, I sold out my soul, totally, to the Lordship of Jesus Christ! From that point on, not even one time, have I ever doubted my soul’s salvation. I can say without batting my eyes, I know I am saved!

This has brought tremendous peace to my soul. And ever since that happened I have wanted to share that experience with others. That’s the reason I’m talking to you about this right now. I’d like to see you have this peace that God has given to me. I’m talking to someone right now that has longed for assurance of your salvation for some time. I can tell you that it’s worth all the money in the world. It’s worth more than all the gold in the world. It’s a pearl of great price to have peace with God.

You may not have been able to grasp the ultimate truth of those words, “the spirit, the water, and the blood”. Some of the ablest theologians seem to have a stuggle understanding them, But you can understand about making Jesus the Lord of your life! It’s, simply stated, you crawl off, and He crawls on the throne of your soul. When that’s done, you will KNOW that you are saved beyond all shadow of a doubt.

The Apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”


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