"To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins" —Luke 1:77
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The most important question you will ever be asked in your entire life—DO YOU KNOW 100% SURE IF YOU DIED RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD GO TO HEAVEN? Have you ever been asked this question before? Have you ever given this question any thought? There are many “If’s” in life but this is NOT a matter to be taken lightly. Your soul’s destiny is at stake!
Many folks are in the dark concerning their soul’s salvation. They’ve heard umpteen religious teachings all their life but aren’t really sure of anything. They’ve never really settled down to business on this matter. Friend, I would like to guide you in the following chapters into many of these Scriptures—with a sincere desire that you may come to the glorious knowledge of the truth and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior. I use the term “relationship” carefully, because Judas also had a relationship with the Lord, but still went to Hell in his sins. By “relationship” I mean that you have received Christ's death, burial and resurrection (the Gospel) as payment for your sins, and now you are God's child.
I thank God for all the millions of Gospel tracts which get passed out each year in this nation; however, it has always concerned me that too many are vague and lacking any real substance. Nothing can replace a personal soul-winner. Howbeit, many people have been led to the Lord Jesus Christ by a simple and short Gospel tract. A simple tract is helpful because many people will not take the time to read a long brochure. Further, salvation is not a difficult matter and God only requires a child-like faith to be saved.
Nevertheless, there are some people who need more than a simple tract. It is not unreasonable for a person to have many questions and concerns. I wish I had found a book such as this when I first began to seek the
Lord as a teenager. I have written
the following chapters in an attempt to “lay it all out on the table” in
hopes of giving you a more complete understanding of God’s wonderful plan of
salvation. This just may be the
world’s longest Gospel tract. I
pray that God’s Holy Spirit will speak to your heart as I speak to your mind
in the pages ahead.
There are many uncertainties in this life, but your soul’s salvation does NOT need to be one of them. You can KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are saved and on your way to heaven. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life…” (1st John 5:13). We all know that we have to die, but we don’t know when. Why not take out a fire insurance policy with God and make ready your soul for the day when you die and pass from this life into the next?
The honest truth is that God has provided a simple and easy way for all mankind to be saved. God does NOT want one single sinner to perish into Hell. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that ALL should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9). What a wonderful truth! The promise mentioned is the return of Christ as prophesied in the Bible. There were “scoffers” and “doubters” in those days (just as there are today) who make light of the Bible and laugh at the Scriptural teaching that Jesus Christ will someday return for His own.
These scoffers are known as “liberals” or “modernists.” The apostle Paul here assures these folks that God is not a liar and does
indeed keep His promises. The
reason for the Lord’s delay is simply because He is “LONGSUFFERING
to us-ward, not willing that
should perish, but that ALL should come to
repentance.” It is you my dear friend whom God is waiting
for! God does not want you to
perish! You have no idea how much
God loves you, what He has made available to you and how very much He wants you
to get saved. Again, it is my
humble prayer that the Holy Spirit of God will speak to your heart in the
extremely important pages ahead.
The only accurate way to interpret the Bible is to interpret the Bible with the Bible. The Bible speaks for itself! May I say, there will always be areas of doctrine that puzzle us. Someone wisely said that BIBLE is an acronym which means: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I like that. Every answer brings ten more questions. We're either going to trust God or else put Him on trial in our minds. I choose to trust God.
We are challenged in 2nd Timothy 2:15 to “STUDY to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.” This is how we learn the Bible, i.e., by dividing it (cross-referencing). When we compare one Scripture with other Scriptures, we obtain true doctrine. This is where many people get into big trouble—by failing to “rightly divide” the Word of Truth.
For example, we are told in Mark 16:16 that “Whosoever believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” The casual reader might mistakenly conclude that water baptism is essential for salvation. This would make water baptism a sacrament. This is not correct however because we are told elsewhere in the Bible that Paul was not sent to baptize, but rather to preach the Gospel. “For Christ sent me NOT TO BAPTIZE, but to preach the gospel” (1st Corinthians 1:17). Paul never would have made such a statement if water baptism were necessary for salvation. This is just one of thousands of examples of why it’s important to know your Bible well. It is my earnest belief that every Christian should have a thorough understanding of the Bible.
I’ve written this book because I feel it is very much needed. I’ve met many people who thought they were saved, but in fact were NOT. There is an abundance of false teaching and false religion all around us in society. The Devil is a master counterfeiter! Many false religions have birthed from sincere misunderstandings (false teachings) from the Bible.
2nd Peter 3:16-17 warns us about tampering with the Bible. Those who do so, do it “...unto their own DESTRUCTION.” Peter was wise to admit that he simply did NOT understand some of Paul’s writings. Honesty is always the best policy. There’s nothing wrong or demeaning about saying “I don’t know.” Many people are blinded by arrogance and are too proud to admit their ignorance on certain matters. May I say, there are many things which I do not understand. I do not pretend to understand everything in the Bible.
On the contrary, I have many questions for Jesus when I get to Heaven. We are encouraged in 1st Corinthians 13:12 concerning this matter... “For NOW WE SEE THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY; but then face to face NOW I KNOW IN PART; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” What a wonderful truth—Someday we will know God just as much as He knows us. Until then, we must be content to “know in part.”
This book is all about salvation. I am going to share with you many of the practical truths which God has used to burn my heart over the years. I think of these truths often. I can proclaim with Jacob, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the TRUTH, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant” (Genesis 32:10). God is wonderful to me and His truths are precious indeed. I fervently pray that the truths in this book will be a blessing to every reader. These are NOT my truths, they are God’s truths. I’m simply sharing them with you, gladly, as God has taught them to me from His Word.
There is NO greater matter in life than the destiny of a man’s soul. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?” (Matthew 16:26). The important thing is that you know your name is written in Heaven in the Lamb’s book of life. If you are not saved, nothing else matters! All the knowledge and wealth in the universe will do you no good if you die in your sins and go to Hell forever. As a Christian, Jesus Christ lives within my heart (and I live in His heart). If you are saved, Jesus lives within you (and you in Him). If you are NOT saved, Jesus Christ wants to save you.
I have included several chapters addressing the “assurance” of one’s salvation. I have personally known quite a few Believers who couldn’t find peace concerning their soul’s salvation. There is no reason to fear and doubt. The Bible teaches that we can KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt that we are saved. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1st John 5:13).
When I was younger, I was always afraid to go down into the basement when the lights were out because I didn’t know what might be lurking in the dark. I used to anxiously swing my arm feeling for the pull-string for the ceiling light. I was afraid of the unknown. This is the same reason why a person doubts their salvation, i.e., they are ignorant concerning the Scriptures. They fear, “what if?” What if I’m not really saved? What if I go to Hell? People often fear that which they do not understand.
It is my heart’s desire to help you gain a greater understanding of God’s plan of salvation in the chapters that follow. I believe you will find this book helpful. I’ve endeavored to keep the chapters brief, yet long enough to say what needs to be said. Whether you're saved, unsaved or not sure you're saved—there is something in this book for you. It is my sincere prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will speak to your heart in the pages ahead as I speak to your mind, may God Bless you.A sinner saved by God’s loving and merciful grace,
David J. Stewart
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