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Are You Deceived?
This world, lives day by day, under the great deception or lies of Satan. The only way this deception can be broken is by people submitting, individually, to God’s will and purposes for their lives.If people are willing to recognise that they are sinners, in need of salvation and are willing to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and ask for His forgiveness, then the snare of sin can be broken. Salvation brings forgiveness and only the precious blood, shed by Jesus, on the Cross of Calvary, is sufficient for anyone to obtain forgiveness of sins and their eternal salvation in Christ.
Many people, from many walks of life, throughout nearly two thousand years, have claimed that they were going to Heaven. The big deception is that Satan has deceived people into believing that they were going to Heaven by whatever means, or leader, or religious organisation, they decided or accepted as their proposed way to Heaven. However, God’s Word is very specific. It tells us in Acts chapter 4 verse 12 that there is no other name through which man can be saved except through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is the only name, under Heaven, whereby man can be saved.
One of the great problems for all mankind is the great deception that Satan has woven into man’s thinking. Man, himself , has cooperated to a large degree with Satan. That mankind can be their own saviour. There are some willingly and many not knowing the implications of this decision.
Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 9 tells us that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. By itself it is incurably sick. Only Jesus and His shed blood can destroy the effects of sin in a person’s life. They must recognise that they are sinners requiring a saviour. Only Jesus, is their appointed redeemer to the honour and glory of the Father. Man is a very proud creature and usually believes that he or she is good enough to go to Heaven without outside redemption. They strive to live a moral life even helping their fellow man in many situations. They have even gone to church regularly and performed many civic functions and services and given money to church and charitable projects and have been willing to give liberally to organisations that benefit people and even work to help others in his or her community. They even help out in foreign countries. They do consider their works to be righteous or at least worthy of brownie points in their endeavour to reach the eternal heavenly goal. However, all our attempts at our own righteousness are as filthy rags in God’s sight
Isaiah proclaimed this to an unrepentant Israel, in Isaiah chapter 50 verse 6.The God of the Universe is a Holy and righteous God and no amount of even selfless acts by mankind will ever equate to the standard of righteousness required by God to enter His presence for eternity.
In Isaiah chapter 6 verse 3 we read that God is holy, holy, holy. There is no unrighteousness in Him.
In 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 16 we are told to be holy as He is holy. How can we be holy like God? We can be by being washed in His shed blood so that our sins are taken away and by desiring to live a holy life with commitment to God and His ways and thereby being a blessing to all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Also to those that deny the Lord or as yet have not received Christ as their own personal Lord and Saviour.
All those people who have willingly repented and have not just gone through some church formula but have asked the Lord for forgiveness of their sins have been recreated spiritually as new creations in Christ. The former things have passed away for these people and their old former fallen nature has been crucified with Christ and they have been given a new nature. No longer do they live according to the ways of the world, the flesh and the devil. Their whole nature is changed and Christ in them, through His resurrection power, and the indwelling presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit, has given them the hope of glory and the assurance through obedience to God's will and purposes; the gift of eternal life. No longer are they natural creations destined for hell but are now recreated spirits that have been given entry to the Kingdom of God for eternity.
When Jesus came to earth to give salvation to mankind we read in John chapter 1 verses 11 to 13 that some people received His wonderful gospel of forgiveness and reconciliation but many didn't. He came to Israel and there were many wonderful new creations that were born again through the Spirit of God but the bulk of the people, unfortunately, did not receive the Lord. However as many as did receive Him Jesus gave them the right or authority to become children of God; to as many as believed in Him. They were not born of the flesh or by man's ability or will power but were born again by the Spirit of God. All of creation now had the opportunity to be delivered from the bondage of corruption and enjoy the glorious liberty available to all who become children of God.
Anyone, who has repented of their sins and has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, have now become a new creation. You are different from all who are unsaved. You are now a child of the living God. As a new creation old desires and passions have passed away. All your thoughts and goals have become new because you are a new creation in Christ. You are more than just a plain old Christian because you are now a child of God. We read about this in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17
This is part of a podcast You Are New Creations!
by John Macdonald