Salvation In Jesus Christ Is By The Grace Of God-The Father Alone

But God, our Father is so unfathomable rich in His mercy and love; And it is exactly because of His great and intense love for us that the Father raised us back to life when He raised Jesus Christ from the dead; even though we were dead-buried under a mountain of our sins and rebellions. It was His very intention to give us the very life of Jesus Christ Himself; a brand new creation life through His resurrection. So now, we are made alive together in union with Christ-His Son, and as partakers Christ’s salvation.

It is only by God’s grace and unmerited favour that we have been saved! We did not deserve any of this at all, no matter who we are or what we do. We can never earn this by ourselves.

And since we are raised together with Jesus Christ on earth, the Father (not only let but) made us to sit together with our beloved King Jesus on the heavenly throne; as joint-heirs. Through Christ our Saviour, we are now of heavenly royal bloodline. The Father did this so that He can demonstrate convincingly and affirmingly to us that from now to all eternity to come, we will always be in (and will never again fall out of) His immeasurable wealth of grace and goodness in Christ Jesus. We stand as a living testimony of the certain love that was staked on the cross, His very own Son – Jesus the Messiah.

It is purely by the grace of God the Father alone that you are saved from destruction when you believed in Christ through faith. This gift of salvation is from the Father, and not earned, so no one can take credit for it except God Himself.

Salvation is not a reward, it is a free GIFT. This precious gift is something bestowed voluntarily to us by our Father, without the need of any compensation, condition or requirement. God fully paved and paid everything for this salvation; we have done nothing to deserved it, so obviously we have nothing to brag about.

For we are God’s masterpiece, a heavenly crafted art. We are created and recreated, in Jesus Christ; so we can fulfil our destiny of accomplishing the good things ordained by the Father who has prepared for us long ago; living the path of the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live for His glory.

 

a personal reflection of  Ephesians 2:4-10

 

 

 

Prayer For Deep Inner Peace

Dear Lord Jesus, I need to have a deeper sense of Your divine peace in me. Take away all my fears, doubts, and anxiousness and replace it with the inner peace that only You can give. Despite the turbulent circumstances around me, I will always walk in Your peace; because You are with me. Thank You that Your peace will stand guard and watch over my mind. Help me fill my thoughts with things that are true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Thank You that Your peace will guard my heart from destructive emotions and feelings in my life. Let Your peace rule and lead in my heart and my mind.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. Philippians 4:7 (VOICE)

Water Baptism Needed for Salvation?

I was baptised over 20 years ago. Unfortunately, it was not a full water immersion baptism like what Jesus too had, but a water sprinkling baptism. There was an understandable reason for the exception because of the many elderly folks baptizing then as well, but I must say I was rather disappointed. Fast forward, I felt short-changed and had always desired a ‘full’ baptism. And I finally did, when God opened doors that I can have a properly-full-water-immersed-baptism in 2009. I really enjoyed my time in the water (a little too much); that my pastor got a little worried and had to pull me up. Yes, I really took my time while I was under the water. And it was fantastic!

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)

You see, I knew I am saved… (even before my water baptism) by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. But I still desired to physically demonstrate and “act out” my spiritual standing and faith publicly, just as Christ publicly and physically demonstrated His love for me on the cross. Like what Romans 6:3-4 says; a believer’s identification and symbolic affirmation with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It was not out of the need to gain salvation (on my part, on my performance or the requirement), but as a fruit that has grown out of the seed of faith in Christ through God’s unmerited favour (not earned by me or my effort).

However, I am concern that there are alternate Christian believes that constituted the act of water baptism as a very critical need for salvation; in addition to the grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This creates unnecessary fear, uncertainty and confusion within the body of Christ, which needs to be addressed fundamentally.

 

Water Baptism + Faith in Jesus Christ = Eternal Salvation?

No, no and no…

 

Water Baptism Needed for Salvation?Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:8 (NIV)    

Only one thing is required; Faith in Jesus Christ = Eternal Salvation!

Remember the thief crucified on Calvary on Jesus’ right side, Luke 23:39-43, he didn’t have time to get baptised, (he was rather tied up :) ) But still, Jesus said he will be with Him in paradise. He got saved even without water baptism, didn’t he?

Every faithful believer would want to be water baptised, but not everyone baptised may turn out to be a true believer. Ultimately, water baptism has no direct connection to eternal life. It’s only through Jesus Christ alone, can we be assured of eternal salvation; Jesus is the Way, not baptism. It is not about outward rituals or appearance, rather it is an inward transformation through personal relationship with our Saviour.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

Once there is faith, there is grace from Jesus to offer salvation. Salvation offered by Christ is not cheap; it cost His life. But it is not difficult too; you only need to believe and profess your faith.

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16 (AMP)

whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Jesus Christ have eternal life – Eternal Salvation.

Nothing more, nothing less…

Take it from someone who was baptized twice. :)

 

 

Does Acts 2:38 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Mark 16:16 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does John 3:5 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Acts 22:16 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Galatians 3:27 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

 

 

When I Need to Stand Strong in Times of Weakness

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your grace and favour. You are more than enough for me. I pray that every day in my walk with You, I will grow stronger, wiser and yet stronger. I know it is Your strength and that will enable me to do what I otherwise could not; to face what impossibility and difficulty I am facing. Where I feel weak, I declare that I am strong because of You Lord Jesus. The Almighty Father, Creator of the universe, are on my side, behind me. Thank You for Your unlimited strength and power in me. Thank You for blessing me in my weakness, I cannot but You can.  Show Your power and strength in me today, Lord!

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP)

 

On The Sixth Day God Made You - His Family

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.     Genesis 1:26-27

In creation, we know God made everything from the heaven to the earth. He made everything in 5 days and on the 6th day, he made all sorts of animals on land and finally for His crown jewel; He made us, humans – in the likeness of God’s very own image and the only creature that carries the breadth of God. We are destined to reign over all other creatures.

God, our Father made us, to be like Him. We are the only one that carry His breath. He made us as His own; His family.

In all the 5 days, our Father declared His creation was good. But on the 6th day, after creating us, our Father said it was very good and rested on the 7th day, when all creation was completed.  And our Father blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. He probably use His rest day to enjoy His creation; to enjoy the company of His family – us.

Everyone of us is very precious. This is because each one of us carries the very image our Father. If you are feeling all alone and feeling defeated; when you think you are facing an adversity all by yourself. Know this -> You are not alone. You are destined to reign victorious. You are part of God the Father’s very own; you are part of a very powerful family. As God the Father rested to enjoy our company; we too should enjoy His company and be at rest.

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”   Exodus 33:14 (NIV)

 

Welcome home…

 

In Evils Days -> Sing & Make Music To The Lord

Everyone now have no doubts that we are all living in evil days; – major ones. This is especially so this year, 2014; and probably also the next, if you have read previously The Coming Of The Four Blood Moons. While the blood moons prophecies are squarely for Israel, it nevertheless has big repercussions throughout the world. We are not even into the fourth quarter of the year and we have witnessed much terrors from wars, calamities, terrorisms, religious military coups, plane crashes, to uncontrollable virus epidemics; tragedies enough to last a lifetime. These are evil days, indeed.

However, the Lord has been impressing on me with this portion of the Scriptures:   Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Ephesians 5:16-20 (NLT)

You see, God the Father has already prepared for us, in these evil days, for the evil days. Do not waste your life away worrying or being anxious. While we have no control over the dire situations, we have our God who has and can, for our sake. God–The Father’s Promises For Your Protection are already covering you in place. You just need to know that and let your faith rise up. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John14:27). Don’t live thoughtlessly like the world but be filled with His Holy Spirit.

The key in overcoming these evil days, is to – sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; making music to the Lord in your heart! Let the Holy Spirit lift up within you, empowering you to go forward in thanksgiving to the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. While the world worries on, we will sing praises to the Lord; while the world whimper in fear, we make music to the Lord, our God!

We are not drowning out the horrors with empty noise; pretending it’s not there. Like the good “hymn” says… It’s because our God is greater…

 

Sing Praises - 6+4 strings

I have always admired David that while he was still a shepherd boy, sing praise to God and making music with a 10 string lyre.   It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre. Psalms 92:1-3
In Evils Days -> Sing & Make Music To The Lord

I just gotten a set of 6 stringed guitar and a 4 stringed ukulele to learn on my own, that’s 10 strings too… Now, pray that God will also give me the talent to make music to the Lord. :)

Have a blessed weekend.

 

 

“The Saviour alone
Carried the cross
For all of my debts
He paid the cost
Salvation complete
Forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all”

Calvary

The lyrics to this song depict so beautifully the grace and mercy that we find at the foot of the cross of Christ – the day our Saviour paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Yet, ‘beauty’ was nowhere to be found on the day Jesus died.

The Bible tells us that the sky darkened as the Roman soldiers cast lots beneath the cross. That as Jesus suffered – bruised and bleeding on death’s door – the open wounds from His beating and the deep gashes from the crown on His head, were a horrific sight to behold.

In the midst of His suffering, it was on that cross and in that moment that Heaven and Earth collided — that Jesus committed His Spirit into the hands of His Heavenly Father and that the Kingdom of Heaven invaded our earthly kingdom on a hill called Calvary. We recognize the work of salvation that Jesus did on the cross, celebrate the gift of salvation and the miracle of His resurrection.