1 Corinthians 15
1 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God to one who will believe that Jesus is Lord and His Gospel of Grace. Romans 10:17
God the Holy Spirit convicts us. He brings us to a place of faith in Christ and to a saving knowledge of the grace of God that is revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
God has chosen us before the foundation of the world! Eph.1:4.
HE COMES LOOKING FOR US! HE GIVES FAITH TO US. WE DID THE SINNING AND HE CHASED US DOWN FOR THE SAVING AND WE YIELDED AND DIRECTED OURSELVES TO HIS WAY. WE EXERCISED FREE WILL! WE SAID "YES LORD" John 15:16; 1Pet.1:2; John 17:24..
Faith comes from God. Eph.2:8
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—"
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. "
IN ADAM WE DIE. IN CHRIST WE LIVE!
IF WE BELIEVE!
The Judgment Of GOD Was Upon Us As Lost Sinners!
All have sinned. Sin Must Be FORGIVEN
"For the wages of sin is death.... (Romans 6:23)
GOD LOVES US * HE KNOWS ALL ABOUT OUR LIVES*
*IN HIS GREAT LOVE HE HAS PROVIDED US*
THE SACRIFICE OF THE SON OF GOD* OUR SAVIOR*THAT DELIVERED US*
FROM DEATH* AND PAID FOR* WITH HIS BLOOD*
*THE JUDGMENT OF OUR SINS* (Romans 3:25; 5:9)
AND THE PENALTY* ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD*
*CALLED THE SECOND DEATH*
*HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD GUARANTEES US LIFE FROM ABOVE*
*AND ETERNITY WITH HIM*
John 3:16*** Ephesians 2:8-9***"
EVIDENCE OF SALVATION OR NOT
THE PRACTICE OF SIN IS NOT THE CALLING CARD OF A TRUE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN. HAVING NO FAITHFUL WORKS AND LIVING AS BEFORE SALVATION WITHOUT ANY FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT IS SOME EVIDENCE OF A FALSE CONVERSION. WE MUST EXAMINE OURSELVES UNDER BOTH THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. AND THOUGH GOD KNOWS ALL WHO ARE HIS, IT IS PRUDENT TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT OUR REALITY AND MATCH IT TO GOD'S WORD.
AND, DO WE LOVE GOD & THE BRETHREN? WITHOUT LOVE OUR SALVATION IS IN QUESTION.