Vital saving truth

Vital saving truth

Three Kinds of Faith

The Lord Jesus constantly drew attention to the fact that it is quite possible to look, sound and act like a ‘Christian’ without ever actually being one. He spoke of two trees that looked very similar but ultimately one was seen, by its fruit, to be diseased. He spoke of two houses that outwardly appeared the same. No one could tell them apart until the storm came and revealed one had a faulty foundation. He drew attention to two crops growing…

Have You Been Truly Converted?

To stress the imperative need of individual conversion, the Lord Jesus said: “Verily [assuredly] I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not [Lit: you will by no means] enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3). Not many of the pronouncements of the Lord begin with the word ‘assuredly’. Fewer still contain the double negative ‘by no means’. Undoubtedly the Lord meant His hearers to understand this; conversion is absolutely vital. Have…

The Two Ways – Which One Are You On?

You are travelling in one of two ways. Your own way, or God’s way. The way of lawlessness or the way of righteousness. The Bible says, “All we, like sheep, have gone astray, we have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isa 53:6). It all started in the Garden of Eden. Our first father Adam went astray from God in two aspects – first, as his supreme delight and, second, as his supreme authority. At the beginning, human beings,…

What is Repentance?

Referenced over 100 times in Scripture, repentance is undoubtedly a topic of vital biblical importance. God commands all men everywhere to repent,1 and the Lord Jesus declared there is no salvation without repentance.2 “Repent” was the first word uttered by both John the Baptist and the Lord as they commenced preaching publicly.3 When reviewing his whole lifetime of ministry, Paul spoke of having told the world to “repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”4  Repentance is also part of ‘the…

How to Find Peace with God

Inner peace. Illusive, fleeting, easily disturbed. How to obtain it? How to maintain it? Meditation, drugs, religion, yoga, romance? Endless options, mixed success. But there’s another kind of peace that you need. Objective rather than subjective; fixed rather than variable.; eternal rather than fleeting. Think about it this way. The opposite of peace is war. Ever since humanity first raised its fist to God in the garden of Eden by wilfully disobeying His law, the whole human race has been…

Do or Done – Which?

An examination of the world’s religions quickly reveals one stand-out fact. Whether Hinduism with its rituals, Islam with its pilgrimages, Roman Catholicism with its sacraments or evangelicalism with its “sinner’s prayer”, ultimately all religious want you to do something to get right with God. Your salvation, your forgiveness, your peace with God, is dependent on something that you do, or have done; something meritorious on your part; something thank-worthy that you have achieved. If you do your part, God will do His…

Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment (by George Cutting)

This article has been a blessing to thousands of people over many years. It deals with how a person can know for sure that they are saved and on their way to heaven. The author, George Cutting (1834-1934), gives wise scriptural counsel which has led many to a saving understanding of the gospel of Christ. May you find help from it too. “In which class are you travelling?” What a common question! Let me put it to you. You most…

God’s Way of Salvation (by Alexander Marshall)

This article by Alexander Marshall (1846-1928) has been a blessing to thousands of people over many years. In booklet form it has been published in more than 20 languages with over four million copies in print. It highlights around 30 questions, excuses and enquiries about the vital topic of God’s salvation and the way to heaven. In answering all of these common issues, Alexander Marshall gives wise scriptural counsel which has led many to a saving understanding of the gospel…

Around the Wicket Gate (by C.H. Spurgeon)

If you are struggling to be saved, C.H. Spurgeon’s Around the Wicket Gate is for you. Charles Haddon Spurgeon lived from 1834-1892 and is a well known author and preacher of the gospel. Awakening If we are sensible, we shall pray that our anxiety about our souls may never come to an end till we are really and truly saved. It would be an awful thing to go dreaming down to hell, and there to lift up our eyes with…

Light for Anxious Souls (by George Cutting)

George Cutting (1834-1934) was a faithful English evangelist and author, well known for writing the booklet Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment. His other lesser known work – but equally effective – is Light for Anxious Souls, which is reproduced below. This work will be a great help to anyone who is awake to both their condemnation before God and their danger of judgment, and who longs to be saved. Introduction If one thing more than another has weighed upon the heart of the…

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?

Arriving at a clear understanding of the true nature of salvation represents the first step in settling the question of eternal security. The Bible clearly teaches that at the very moment of genuine repentance and saving faith a sinner is: Converted – turned around (Acts 3:19) Reconciled – brought near (2 Cor 5:19) Sanctified – set apart for God (1 Cor 1:2) Regenerated – given new life (1 Pet 1:23) Redeemed– purchased or bought back (1 Pet 1:18) Adopted – placed in God’s family as…

You Can Know the Truth

It’s impossible to deny the existence of truth without at the same time affirming it. How come? Well, think about it: to say “truth does not exist” is to make a truth claim. So, what is truth? Truth is what corresponds to reality. Simply put, truth is “what is”, as defined by God. God is a God of truth; all truth is God’s truth; and no truth exists apart from Him. In His Word, the Bible, God has revealed His…

How Do You Know You Are Saved?

Ask people who claim to be saved how they know they are saved, and you’ll receive a wide variety of answers. Some say “I just know”. If that’s your answer, may I kindly ask you exactly how you know? Without a valid basis for this ‘inner-knowing’, all you are really saying is “I know because I know”! You wouldn’t speak like that about your bank balance, or your employment contract, or your house insurance – how much less about your eternal destiny. Let’s be clear, “I just…