Chapter Eighteen

WILL YOU THEN BELIEVE?

The evidences of God are before your eyes in creation. The Bible is a divine demonstration that God has spoken to you. God has shown Himself to mankind in sending Messiah, His Son to this earth to die for our sins. God raised Him from the dead. Will you then believe?

Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

The assurance is there in the evidences. Is there a conviction in your heart? Do not let false teaching blind you to the truth. Do not let your sins keep you from coming to God.
Hebrews 11:6:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

The Eternal Good News

Lord Jesus the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). He paid the redemption price to buy you back out of the slavery of sin (Romans 3:24). The guilt of your sins He bore in His body on the cross, that you might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). You have been storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, but Jesus the Messiah made atonement, a propitiation in His blood (Romans 2:5; 3:25).

2 Corinthians 5:21:
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:20: . . . WE BEG YOU ON BEHALF OF CHRIST, BE RECONCILED TO GOD.

Salvation is Through Faith

The Hebrew prophet Habakkuk wrote:
". . . But the righteous will live by his faith (2:4).

This is quoted in Romans 1:16, 17:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "but the righteous man shall live by faith."

This greatest gift, redemption, justification, the forgiveness of your sins, a propitiation in His blood is through your faith in Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.

Romans 3:24, 25:
being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed.

Repent

Repent means to change your mind. This produces a turning from sin to doing the will of God. Do not let your sins keep you from eternal life.

Acts 17:30, 31:
"Therefore having over-looked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Confess Your Faith in Jesus the Messiah

Romans 10:10:
For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. (NKJB) (Matthew 10:32, 33)

Be Immersed Into Jesus the Messiah for the Forgiveness of Sins

How does the believer get into Jesus the Messiah?

Romans 6:3:
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

You need to be baptized into Messiah through your own faith.
Colossians 2:12:
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Notice that baptism is a burial under the water and then you will be raised up with Jesus the Messiah to walk in newness of life. Since baptism is through faith, infant baptism is not valid. Salvation is through faith, your own faith. When you are raised up, you then have the forgiveness of your sins. There must first be the baptism into death and the resurrection before you have the new life.

Romans 6:4:
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Colossians 2:13:
And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

The blood of Messiah was poured out ". . . for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28)." You need to be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins.

Acts 2:38:
And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

It is also promised that you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. You can read more about this in: John 3:5; John 7:37-39; Luke 11:13; Acts 5:32; Romans 5:5; Romans 8:1-26; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Ephesians 5:18.

'And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.' Acts 22:16.

You Will Meet Jesus the Messiah on the Day of Judgment

2 Corinthians 5:10:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (See also Matthew 25:31-46.)

Do You Want to Be in Heaven Or Hell Forever?

King David stated that he would dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6). The Hebrew prophet Daniel wrote:
Daniel 12:2:
"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

Isaiah, the Hebrew prophet wrote about the new heavens and the new earth (Isaiah 66:22). He also mentioned hell ". . .For their fire shall not be quenched; . . ." (Isaiah 66:24). Jesus quoted this verse when speaking about people being cast into hell (Mark 9:43-49). He also spoke about heaven and hell in Matthew 25:41, 46. Heaven is described for us in Revelation 21 and 22 and hell in Revelation 20:10-15. Surely you want to have eternal life in heaven with Jesus the Messiah.

Matthew 25:46:
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Romans 2:4-11:
. . . the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil.

Germaine Lockwood

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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