This week starts a series on the Christian life and the wonderful promises of scripture that are a benefit to us. Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief can improve personal wellbeing. This is great! How do we get it?
Well, the answer is neatly outlined in scripture in 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7. Let us spend this series of blogs following and expanding on this great passage, the basis of the Christian life, and good wellbeing.
Here is the passage!
1 Thessalonians 1:5 – For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 – And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
1 Thessalonians 1:7 – So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
In these verses the Apostle Paul reflects warmly on the acceptance of the gospel by the Thessalonians that he presented to them and their progression through the Christian life. The verses are neatly outlined by the following:
- Becoming a Christian Verse 5
- Security of salvation Verse 5
- Accepting God’s Word in daily life Verse 6
- Becoming imitators of Paul Verse 6
- Becoming examples to others Verse 7
Let us start today with salvation. This is the obvious starting point for the Christian life as Christ said to enter through the narrow gate to life and to avoid the wide gate to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). To those who proceed through this narrow gate all the benefits of Christianity are available but one must first enter!
How do we do this? The basis of salvation is to understand:
- Man sinned.
- God is just, requiring a punishment for sin.
- But out of love God sent His Son, Jesus Christ who by dying on the cross, provided forgiveness of sins in taking man’s deserved punishment.
- Therefore, by faith alone in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and belief in His resurrection, man can gain eternal life. So there you have it; it’s that simple! If you have not believed in Christ as your Savior please do so now. Please tell us about it and we will be happy, if you desire, to help you in your beginning journey as a Christian.
This forgiveness is by faith alone. No work is required. When you believe, confess it to somebody else so you’re able to articulate it. A person generally does not really know something until they can tell another person.
So there you have it; it’s that simple! If you have not believed in Christ as your Savior please do so now. Please tell us about it and we will be happy, if you desire, to help you in your beginning journey as a Christian.
What is the next step? Simply to believe it! We will talk about this more next week.