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Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
- This morning I preached on hell and eternal judgment, which is the certain future of all men (Romans 3:23; Hebrews 9:27).
- The wicked in the congregation either slept, dozed, daydreamed, or don’t care. Of course, they must be greatly deceived.
- To think that everyone in this assembly is saved and going to heaven is unscriptural and shows willing ignorance.
- The righteous want to know what to do. A sermon about hell causes them to tremble and seek the Lord aggressively.
- If you know you deserve hell and fear God accordingly, then listen.
The Philippian Jailor (Acts 16:16-34).
- Paul and Silas were beaten and jailed for gospel preaching and casting out devils (16:16-24).
- The two of them prayed and sang at midnight loud enough to be heard by the prisoners (16:25).
- God sent an earthquake that shook the prison, opened the doors, and loosed all bands (16:26).
- Knowing the penalty for allowing prisoners to escape, the jailor prepared for suicide (16:27).
- Paul cried out for him to do himself no harm, as all the prisoners politely stayed put (16:28).
- This jailor rushed to them and acknowledged their persons and brought them out (16:29).
- Then the jailor, who had put them in stocks, asked, “What must I do to be saved?” (16:30).
- They said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (16:31).
- Then they preached to him and to all that were in his house from the word of the Lord (16:32).
- He took them and washed their stripes, and he and all his house were baptized at once (16:33).
- He took Paul and Silas into his house, prepared a meal for them, and believed with joy (16:34).
The Rest of the New Testament
- He that believeth [the gospel] and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:15-16).
- He that believeth on him is not condemned (John 3:18).
- He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life (John 3:36).
- But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 20:31).
- Confess with thy mouth and believe in thine heart; thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
- I have written to you that believe, that ye may know that ye have eternal life (I John 5:13).
- Believing the gospel record of Jesus Christ is a primary message of the Bible.
The Doctrinal Application
- We should be more interested in DOING our text rather than EXCUSING or EXPLAINING it.
- We want to rightly divide the Bible (II Tim 2:15). But we want to believe on Jesus Christ more.
- God has not called us to find unconverted elect everywhere or to always be worried about the five phases of salvation; He has called us to repent, believe on His Son Jesus, and live godly.
- God’s operation in predestinating, justifying, calling, and glorifying is sure (Romans 8:28-29).
- Which phases of salvation precede our belief on Jesus Christ?
- Election – God’s predestination of us to salvation before the world began (Acts 13:48).
- Justification – Christ’s payment to put away sins and secure righteousness (Ro 4:23-25).
- Regeneration – Spirit’s operation to quicken our dead souls to spiritual life (John 5:24).
- Which phases of salvation follow our belief on Jesus Christ?
- Conversion – educational process of learning truth and modifying conduct accordingly.
- Find confidence (assurance) of eternal life (I John 5:13; II Pet 1:5-11; Jas 2:24).
- Ignorance about the true means of righteousness (Romans 10:1-4; Gal 3:7-19).
- Delivered from hopelessness as the unbelieving world (I The 4:13; I Cor 15:19).
- The Holy Ghost and His peace and joy (Acts 2:38; Rom 14:17; Gal 5:22-23).
- Faith is the means of entrance into the kingdom of God (Luke 16:16 cp 7:29).
- And we are not talking about inviting Jesus into your heart or things like that.
- You believe in the present in order to be converted in the present and future.
- Glorification – the resurrection of the body and the granting of immortality in heaven.
- Deliverance from the second death is by the resurrection to life (John 5:28-29).
- Redemption of our bodies from the grave and death (Rom 8:23; I Cor 15:35-49).
- If you believe in the present, you shall be glorified in the future (I Thess 5:23).
- There is salvation that is nearer, our glorification; it follows faith (Rom 13:11).
How can you know that you have eternal life?
- Is it trusting in good deeds done in Christ’s name (Matthew 7:21-23 vs 25:37-39)?
- Is it trusting in the truth that this church believes? Or anything even close to this?
- Salvation is by grace, and any wandering thought of your works is deceitful and destructive.
- Humble yourself, confess your wretchedness, repent, and seek the Redeemer (Luke 18:9-14; 7:36-50; 23:42-43; Acts 17:30-31; 26:20).
- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (I John 5:13; 5:1; John 5:24; Acts 4:12; 13:48; I Corinthians 1:18,24; I Timothy 1:16; Romans 1:15-16).
- Begin obeying with baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 3:21).
- Continue obeying with good works (James 2:14-26; II Peter 1:5-11; Hebrews 6:9-12; Mark 10:28-31; I Timothy 6:11-12,17-19).
- We as individuals and as a church should crave to be as the Thessalonians (I Thess 1:1-10).