It Is Clear

It Is Clear

“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece-throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 NLT

In the verse above it is clear who really gets the gospel message and are truly saved. First of all they are God’s elect or chosen. This is a work done by the Holy Spirit. It does not originate with man. When the Holy Spirit is speaking to someone being saved He gives them full assurance that what he/she is hearing is the truth. The Spirit demonstrates this not only with words but also with power:

“And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.” Mark 16:20 NLT

“God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” Hebrews 2:4 NIV

Those who are truly saved receive the message with joy, and don’t let it go in spite of persecution that comes because of believing in God’s word. This is in contrast to the many who are called but are not chosen:

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 KJV

“The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:19-23 NLT

Jesus makes it very clear who is really saved. If we want a relationship with Almighty God we can repent while there is yet time. God will forgive us for all of our sins. All we have to do is ask him. All we have to do is confess to Him that we have not lived up to His righteous standard, and repent from our hearts. Let him know that you do want to live for Him and ask Him to guide you. The benefits of doing this are staggering! Jesus will give you a new life. He will help you build your life the way God wants it to be; a life filled with love, joy, peace, and many good things. More than that the moment you repent you now have eternal life. That’s right! When you breathe your last breath on earth you will be with God in heaven forever, never again to experience any more pain or sorrow. Repent to God. Accept Jesus’ sacrifice for your sins. He loves you so much and doesn’t want anyone to perish. He will forgive you no matter what you have done. Just bring it to Him in prayer. And don’t worry, He will show you what to do next.

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