The Difference between Saved and Lost

August 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Salvation | 4 Comments
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The distinction between saved and lost, spiritually speaking, is the sharpest, most significant distinction in the world. The difference between “saved” people (those who have been truly born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, John 3; Ephesians 2:8-9) and those who have not been saved is more important than the differences between people of different political beliefs, different nationalities, different skin colors, different genders, and different ages. A person who is saved is truly a child of God. His or her name has been written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27), and he or she will one day go to Heaven to be with Jesus forever, because his or her sins have been forgiven. A person who is lost is an enemy of God, whose sins are unforgiven. This person, unless his or her condition changes before death or before Jesus comes back, must be punished by the just and living God, and he or she will go to a place of separation from God that the Bible calls hell, and ultimately to a place called the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15), which is a horrible place of eternal conscious torment. There is nothing of greater consequence for human beings than believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and trusting Him unto salvation.


April 1, 2010 at 10:09 am | Posted in II Corinthians, Salvation | 4 Comments
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Maybe you have doubts that Jesus really died for your sins and the sins of the whole world 2000 years ago, and that He was resurrected and lives today.

Maybe you’re thinking that good deeds will get you to Heaven if there even is a Heaven.

Maybe you have joined a church.

Maybe you have completed some holy sacraments.

Maybe you just don’t think we can ever really know what’s going to happen to us after we die.

But maybe – deep down – you have a sense that none of those things are right. Maybe God’s Holy Spirit is speaking to you now and He’s convicting you of sin. You know that God is too righteous and too holy to allow unrepentant sinners into Heaven.

Maybe you really realize that the only way to be saved from your sins is to repent and believe that Jesus died for your sins, and is alive today, and is wanting to save you.

Trusting Him and believing on Him is the one and only way to get right with God (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; John 14:6).

Maybe the Holy Ghost is not the only one speaking to you now.

Maybe all three of your enemies are gathered together in a troop: Satan, your flesh, and the world.

Maybe the devil is lying to you right now, telling you that this can’t be true, that you can’t be saved just by repenting and trusting Jesus, that it’s too easy, that you better try to live right first, and then come to Jesus.

Maybe your flesh is telling you that it will be too embarrassing. “People will laugh at you. People will call you a religious nut or a big phony. Look at all your sins. Do you think you can make up for all that just by confessing that Jesus is the Son of God, and by asking Him to forgive you and save you?”

Maybe the world is saying, “Besides, think what you’ll have to give up. Look at things in which you’ve already invested your life.”

Maybe this is your last chance, and you are tempted to scoff at this post. If today is an average day there will be approximately 60 murders in the world. On average, over 150,000 people die every day. On average, 1.8 people die every second. The offer of redemption – of salvation by grace – is a “limited time only” offer. Your heart could harden, you could die, or Jesus could come back.

Today – right now – is the day of salvation for you.

…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

II Corinthians 6:2

You Need To Know This

May 27, 2009 at 8:50 am | Posted in Salvation | 5 Comments
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Jesus Christ was crucified and died for the sins of the world. He was buried, and He rose again from the dead on the third day. He lives now and forever more, and He offers salvation from sin, and salvation from eternal judgment in hell, as a free gift to anyone who will repent and receive Him by faith as Savior, according to the Scriptures. This is what the Bible calls the “Gospel” message.

Defining “Impossible”

April 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Mark, Salvation | 7 Comments
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One day, the disciples of Jesus were shocked at His teaching in a way that they could not measure. They said,

Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Mark 10:26-27

One of the great privileges of being a true Christian is letting people know that no work of man is good enough to earn entrance into Heaven. Only the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ can save someone’s soul.

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