THE GOSPEL by Pastor Kent Kirchmeyer
Did you know that there is not a single reference in the Bible where anyone was told to pray "the sinners prayer" in order to be saved!
Jesus said in John 6:47 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." He also said in John 3:14-18 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Jesus said "believe on me"! He did not say pray and ask or pray and promise to live a better life. Jesus said "believe"! That is to say, rest in me, trust me, place your confidence in me, and I will save all them that do. Jesus Christ paid for all your sin, past, present and future! And he died on that cross for all our sin! He was buried in a tomb and he rose up out of that grave to prove it! He made full and final payment for all our sins! Now will you place all your trust in his payment? Will you believe completly and fully in HIM?
To believe on Him is to have absolute confidence in Him. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:18 that it is "... impossible for God to lie ...". In Numbers 23:19 we are told "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Jesus Christ will do what He has promised!
NOW THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU BELIEVE HIM? Will you put your TRUST in Him? He never lies. He will never promise to do something and then fail to keep His promise. I believe Him. I am resting in His word. I have absolute confidence in His promise. I trust Him to do what He said He would do! I DO NOT DOUBT HIM! THAT MY FRIENDS IS SAVING FAITH. Faith is not doubt! Faith is not wondering if He will keep His word. Faith is being absolutly sure that He will. Remember, Jesus Christ can not lie. He promised to save all those that trust in Him. Saving faith is NOT PRAYING THE "SINNERS PRAYER", no matter how many times you prayed it or how sincere you were when you did. It is NOT GOING TO THE ALTER AND BEGGING GOD TO SAVE YOU. Saving faith is NOT ASKING JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART AND TELLING GOD YOU ARE SORRY FOR ALL YOUR SIN! Saving faith is NOT PROMISING GOD YOU WILL REPENT OF ALL YOUR SIN AND LIVE A BETTER LIFE! Saving faith is not BEING BAPTIZED or JOINING A CHURCH. Saving faith is believing in, trusting in, resting upon and having absolute confidence in the promises of Jesus Christ. I WANT TO REPEAT THIS, FAITH IS NOT DOUBT! ARE YOU A BELIEVER? DO YOU TRUST HIM? ARE YOU RESTING IN HIS PROMISE? DO YOU HAVE COMPLETE AND TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN HIS WORD? If you do, then you are a believer! If you don't, then you are a skeptic, a doubter and not a believer.
"Therefore being justified by FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:11
Romans 4:1-25 tells us,
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have BELIEVED in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16