litmus test of salvation

A litmus test is a test that relies on a single indicator.

Surely using such a test regarding our salvation is too simple … I mean isn’t salvation a complex thing?

I think not.

Salvation is only available to mankind because according to God’s plan, purpose and will; Christ Jesus IN His earthly life, His crucifixion, His burial, His resurrection AND His ascension to the right hand of the Father made the one and only way of reconciliation to the Father a reality.

And we can only receive His precious gift of salvation through faith …

‘For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.’ Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

But that’s not the litmus test.

From God’s perspective, there is a pretty simple litmus test.

Either our name is in the Lamb’s book of life or it isn’t.  

‘But nothing unclean will ever enter it (New Jerusalem), nor anyone who does what is detestable of false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.’  Revelation 21:27 (ESV)

(Note: Please realize our names are not in the Lamb’s book of life simply or solely because we RSVP’d to an invitation or altar call for Jesus but because God wrote our names in His book before we ever took our first breath … even before the very foundations of the world.  We can choose Jesus because God first chose us!) 

Unfortunately, the book of life is not available via Google, our local library or the church … for our perusal and to confirm the presence of our names.

So what’s a believer to do?

to be continued …

Hope you’ll come back to read the next post …

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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