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  • Pastor Ryan 10:18 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Can You Loose Your Salvation? 

    The further we read in John chapter 6 the more assured we should be of the expression: “once saved always saved.”

    Why do I think this?  Glad you asked.  There is a series of verses in chapter 6 that teach clearly that the decisive impulse in our coming to Christ comes not from ourselves, but from God.

    • vs. 37 – “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”  God gives his own to Jesus.
    • vs. 44 – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
    • vs. 63-65 – “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
    We also see this teaching in the larger context of the book of John (8:47; 10:26-27; 12:37-40)
    So it seems that everyone God draws does in fact come.  God’s drawing and calling is infallibly effective.  His drawing produces its desired effect.  He draws them and they come.
    Jesus says several times in John 6 that He will never loose any of those whom the Father has given Him.
    • vs. 37 – “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
    • vs. 39 – “this is the will of Him who sent me, that I should loose nothing of all that He has given me”

    So we see all who the Father draws come.  And all who the Father draws to Jesus are kept by Jesus.  Jesus looses none of those given to Him by the Father.

    Since these things are true, we should rest in the truth of God’s Word taught here and in Romans 8:38 which says: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Amen and amen!

    What God saves He will not loose.  Therefore be assured of your salvation today and rejoice in the great mercy, grace, and love which He has lavished on you!

    And if you haven’t come to Jesus, pray that God the Father will give you eyes to see Jesus for who He really is:  The Bread of Life.

    Come, eat, drink, and believe!  Come to the waters and drink from the fountain of life without cost!  Believe and make Jesus your life treasure today and be saved.

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  • Pastor Ryan 10:55 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Don’t Quit Your Job and Don’t Work to Earn Your Salvation 

    In my last post we looked at John 6:27 where Jesus says to the crowd following him: “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life.”
    We saw that no one can work to earn their salvation.  The only work you can do to gain salvation is to simply “believe” (John 6:29).
    So what did Jesus mean when he told the crowd in verse 27:  “Do not labor for the food that perishes”
    What does he mean by this and how does this apply to my day-to-day working at home and in the workplace?

    He knows the crowd is seeking Him because they want their bellies filled with more bread.  They worked to track Him down so that they could get some more of it.

    This does not mean stop working and quit your jobs.  There are so many references in the Bible honoring work.

    Eph. 4:28 – “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”

    2 Thess. 3:10-12 – “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”

    Do your work and bring home the bread.  The ordinary way of eating is to work.  Not beg off of others.  The Bible everywhere assumes that and teaches that.

    So what does he mean?  It doesn’t mean quit your job.  Do your work and bring home the pay check.  And when you do feed yourself and your family.

    So what changes for people who eat Jesus and feast on Him as the Bread of Life?

    A new chapter, Eternity, is added to your work life.

    Retirement is not the last chapter of your life.  Eternity is.

    This bread, Jesus, becomes your supreme treasure.  All other values go down as He goes up.  That is a huge change.

    In conversion your eyes are opened, you see Jesus for who He is, crucified son of God, bread from heaven, righteousness, etc….  Then you eat, you don’t work for him.  He comes into your life and he becomes your life and brings infinite happiness!

    You stay in your job.  1 Cor. 7:24 – “in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”

    Everything about the goal of that job changes.  Your primary purpose is no longer money, but working for the glory of Christ.  When times look good Christ gets the glory.  When times are tough, you work for His glory.  Your heart is set on making much of Him in your work.  He is dominant in your heart and mind.  Every aspect of your vocation becomes a way of magnifying Him.

    You are driven in your work for the glory of Christ.

    Col 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

    Everything done in the name of Jesus and for the glory of Jesus; whether caring for the home, or running a corporation, will be rewarded by God.

    You will no longer be driven by money, power, passion for retirement, because every day Jesus will be with you and your treasure.  He is the feast the truly satisfies your soul.

    He is so much better than a few years of aged retirement.

    This fact changes everything!

    So He’s not saying stop working to care for your family, but what He is saying is that believing in Him will be your treasure.  Believe in Him and make him your treasure today!

    No amount of working = eating.

     
  • Pastor Ryan 10:33 pm on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Should I Quit My Job and Earn My Salvation? 

    In John 6:27 Jesus says to the crowd following him: “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life.”

    At first glance and reading out of context one may think that Jesus is saying that to follow Him I should quit my job and start working for my salvation.

    But as my Hebrew professor in Seminary would always tell us, the 3 most important words in biblical interpretation are “context, context, context.”

    Clearly we know from the context of this passage and the rest of Scripture that Jesus is not teaching such a thing.

    So then, what did He mean when he said this?  How is it that I can labor for the food that endures to eternal life rather than the food that perishes.

    The crowd had the same question.  They asked in verse 28 – “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”

    Jesus answers them in verse 29:  Believe.

    That’s it.  Simply believe.  That is the work of God.

    The problem with this crowd is that they had no faith.  They did not believe.  They simply wanted more of that great bread and fish that Jesus created for them the day before.  They did not love Jesus for who He was, they loved Him because He was useful to them.  They were working for and seeking the bread that perishes when all the while Jesus was telling them that He is the bread of life.

    What about you?  What are you working for?  Are you striving for the bread that perishes thinking that it will satisfy you.

    Jesus said  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

    Ironically, when Jesus stopped giving out the miracle bread, the crowd of 15,000 or more left Him.  Only 11 remained.

    And no, don’t quit your job.  More about working your job for the glory of God in a later post….

     
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