Tag: Salvation

14
Jan

15 – Why Faith and Salvation Are The Best Things Since Sliced Bread

What is faith? Are you saved? Kenn shares his faith in an honest monologue with you. And an intimate conversation with a single woman that has survived rape, molestation and homelessness.  Bible reading on the book of Exodus.  Have you decided to follow Christ?  Special musical guests, Min. McCoy and Voice United. Thank you for listening to the Speak Life Podcast.  

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I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that God sent his son to die for my sins according to the Scriptures and that he was buries, raised on the third day and he appeared to Cephas, His twelve disciples and then to 500 plus people as written in 1 Cor 15: 1-6.

The Good News is that God provided that way for man to be freed from the penalty of sin. The bad news is not all will be saved, only those who put their faith in Jesus will go to heaven according to Act 4:12.

It’s the best news anyone will ever hear and what they do with this news will determine where he/she will spend eternity. God is calling you to choose life. Call on the name of the Lord and be saved. (Romans 10:13)

When talking about faith I often get a question about what color was Jesus, or how can I trust a Bible written by the King of England? A bible that 200 years ago was used to support slavery by racists. The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in 1947, verified the accuracy of transmission of the Old Testament. These manuscripts dated as far back as 400 BC, and were virtually identical to the Masoretic Text dating to around 1000 AD. The evidence for the New Testament is far stronger than authors like Plato, Aristotle, or Socrates, yet no one dreams of questioning their authenticity. Bible people, places, etc. previously declared to be myths such as Sodom & Gomorrah, the Tower of Babel, evidence of the Exodus, the ‘falling outward’ Walls of Jericho, the Hittites, King David, and Pontius Pilate all verified as accurate.

I first heard about God from my grandmother. She had the Lajos (Louis) Jambor Jesus painting in her “parlor”. The fact that this was a white dude with brown hair didn’t matter to me. I can say that with conviction because in the 70’s when I became “conscious” and folks started talking about Black Jesus., it didn’t change how I felt that he died for me.

Then as I hit my teens and the Black Power movement grew, I had my afro, dashiki and embraced the things we learned from Alex Haley’s Roots.

I didn’t know that the Bible could be anything other than the King James version with the Shakespearean English until later. Then I learned there were other translations of the old Hebrew Masoretic text and Greek and Aramaic. But still I believed it was the inspired words of God. I knew it was a Holy Book although I could explain it. I went to Bible college and learned enough to know I don’t know the answers to too much.

I could tell you about all the times I was physical rescued, saved from harm by a supernatural force but the explanation doesn’t equal the incident. I could try to debate or argue my points but I am not that good. I could share with you that I have heard the voice of God and felt His presence. And the power of the Holy Spirit but you can’t bleive what I say.

It always comes down to faith. Not matter how much education you have. No matter how much you can reason or rationalize. It all comes down to faith.

To live by faith means that you continue on trusting God because your faith is in HIM and not in your comforts, your health, your needs, your emotions, or your intellect. To live by faith means that you trust the Lord in all circumstances. In this, God is glorified.

 

Do you think that the God of Glory who died on the cross and rose from the dead is going to leave you or forsake you? He cannot. Therefore, your faith in Him is well placed. But remember, His perfecting of your faith sometimes requires you to actually live by it. Keep your eyes on Him and remember that His love and commitment to you was proven on the cross. That will make it easier to endure the times of perfecting your faith.

First, we must hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, KJV). One is not a Christian because his parents are. Faith cannot be inherited (Ezekiel 18:20). Each person must believe in Jesus Christ for himself. Christianity is a religion of teaching (Matthew 28:19-20). Unless one has heard the Gospel and learned that Jesus Christ died for his sins, was buried, and arose from the dead, he cannot be saved (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The apostle Paul wrote: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) One must first hear the Gospel before he can believe it.

 

Second, one must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). Jesus said: “…except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). The jailor at Philippi asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They told him to “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house” (Acts 16:30-31). Jesus also said: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). One comes to believe in Jesus Christ when he hears the Gospel taught. Faith comes only by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). This is the reason it is so important that the Gospel be preached to the whole world (Mark 16:15).

Remember, the Bible says we are saved by grace through faith… God sees our heart. We are not saved by simply saying some special words in a formal prayer. We are saved when we reach out by faith, admitting our sin, believing on Christ and confess Him as our Lord and Savior. Saving faith produces a forever changed life. If you have prayed this prayer, we rejoice with you. Heaven itself is even rejoicing with you!

 

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who

repents.”

– Luke 15:10 NKJV