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What must I do

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  1. agedman

    agedman Well-Known Member
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    Is the message being complicated?

    Remember the jailer who came in the opened prison cell, “What must I do to be saved?”

    Paul said, “Believe...”

    Peter would said, “Repent and be baptized...”

    The Lord Jesus said, “You must be born again.”

    What might you say?
     
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    Spurgeon preaching from Isaiah 45:22 ("Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth"):

     
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    Here's what I would say.

    Yes, the message is being OVER-complicated. While simple enough for a child to understand there are some complexities that we understand better as we mature in Christ.

    • "What must I do to be saved?"
    • "What must we do, brothers?"
    • "How can a man be born when he is old? How can these thing be?"
    No works can save because God does everything that is considered a work.

    But we do have to respond to him in the manner in which His word says.

    Step I
    [1] Peter's word: "Repent". Also Jesus' first word, John the Baptist's first word, and Jesus says, "No, if you don't repent, you will perish. Repenting is not being saved, repentance does not save you - but it is the first step to receiving God's salvation that He draws us towards. You can't be saved if you don't understand the concept of your personal sin and its stench-like offense to God To turn towards God and his gift of salvation is to turn away from sin.

    Step 2
    [2] Paul's word: "Believe". Believe what? The devils believe and tremble! After Paul said that to he Philippian jailer, the Bible says that he explained what that meant to him and his family, but it does not give the exact words. We can read Paul's explanation of belief in Romans 10. Believe that Jesus was resurrected by God. Believe how? Believe it, he says, in your heart - taking it as making him Lord Jesus, he says. The devils believe it in their heads. To be saved you must believe it in your heart - where your treasure lies - and that makes him your Lord as you confess or in other words, concede your personal defeat. Concede that Jesus Christ is all in all. Concede that you are lost and hellbound and that Jesus Christ, raised by God, the Father, is the only one who can save you. To me, that's what confession means.

    Step 3 - God's Salvation
    [3] Jesus' words - "Born again". To me, just like you can't give birth to yourself, you can't make yourself born again. God does this. God does the work of salvation, sending Christ, resurrecting him, and then drawing us to him. We respond to God in the manner he states in his word. Then, God creates in us a new birth. We are now no longer the children of the devil, but God's children - and we are a new creation by his doing.

    Did I understand all of that when I was saved as a child? No. Does it help me in loving God more and obeying him more readily today. Yes. The more I see what God did for me in saving me the more I want to obey his will.
     
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    this one God, a Prince and a Saviour, hath exalted with His right hand, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins; Acts 5:31 ylt

    What must I do to inherit eternal life? Be saved, Enter the kingdom of God.

    When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matt 19:25,26

    Two verses later:
    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
     
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    When I hear this quote, "What must I do to be saved?" I can't help but remember a good friend.
    The man was a drunk by his own admission, a 'knucklehead', an abuser, a rough character.
    A hard life made him look much older than his 60-some years.

    He had enough... he started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

    He called a church whose number he picked randomly out of a phone book and asked the receptionist how to get saved.
    The pastor talked with him over the phone and he became a believer.

    He was received gladly at our church.
    Two months later he was baptized, a few months later he stopped smoking.

    Within a year he was regularly attending the Adult Sunday morning bible class.
    He asked to start an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting group at our church and lead it well until moving away about year ago.

    Currently he lives in down south, has begun another AA group there, and regularly attends church.

    When we come to the realization that we cannot do anything to save ourselves and need to depend upon Someone else to deliver us we call out to Him for help.

    What must I do?
    He only asks us to believe.

    Rob
     
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    "Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15).
    Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.
    No one gets saved believing there was this person called Jesus of Nazareth who rose from the dead, and no one gets saved being sorry for his sins, but not trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of them.
     
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    Christ said "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden..."

    The word "come" is one of expressiveness, an appeal that is not without both authority and demand. It is not some encouragement such as a grandmother or father might, with arms stretched out in welcome, encourage the toddler to come to them. Rather, it is a word of command, as one of authority might say to a soldier, a trainer might say to the trainee, the king might say to the ministers.

    However in the use in Matthew 11:28, it is a matter of condition and response.

    Christ is saying those that come will be given. That a gift is promised associated with that word come.

    Spurgeon heard that preacher on a cold wintery day say, "Look unto me..." (Isaiah 45:22) and from the depths of his heart he did look.

    There is that same authority and same majesty found in such a word as "come" that can be associated with "look."

    For one does not come, one does not look, and one is not labeled among the believers outside of that authority of the Christ.
     
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    Imo, there were two outstanding evangelists of the early 1900's.

    Both would charge the platform as if laying siege to very gates of hell. As they preached, without the assistance of great sound systems, the thousands could hear their voice proclaim the Scriptures. As the Scriptures were fervently presented, the Holy Spirit would work to bring those who were to believe to the knowledge of Christ, and often the impact was felt even throughout whole communities.

    But then I recall beginning toward the middle of the 1900's a certain settled opposition to the gospel began. At first it wasn't much, but it grew each year until what was once the protracted meetings of the evangelists that would last for weeks became a three day and then not at all.

    Where once men would gather and work through themes and studies of the Bible, now only a trickle of the elderly attended.

    Where once the mere fact that a preacher of the Scriptures was present would temper the language, folks grew bolder in that which was ungodly.

    Where once virtue and propriety were hallmarks of character, scorn and ridicule were met with laughter of agreement.

    There is no cry coming from the lost, "What must I do to be saved."

    The typical church offers no true refuge, no true standard of excellence, no true shunning of evil, but embrace the world and worldly in some bid to entice folks to join.

    Is there not a person who is willing to stand and proclaim?

    Is there not a person who from the tenderest age could be a Timothy, standing to answer the question, "What must I do to be saved?"

    Which person on the BB will hear the fervent preaching of a righteous man, hear the earnest contention for the faith in the teaching, and see that Christ reflected in the very living and life of those who would worship?

    The message has been lost to modernism and shallow emotionalism of worship, and no longer is it of such a standard that the unsaved cry out, "What must I do to be saved!"

    Oh, that God will again pour out upon the believers that which would drive a wedge so deep into the evil that those whom God will redeem will from the desperation of their own making cry, "What must I do to be saved."

    For where there is no contrast, nothing to establish what is Godly from what is offered as godly, there is no need to cry out, "What must I do to be saved."
     
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