This week we start the series on the Christian life and the wonderful promises of scripture and there benefits 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 next series of blogs following and expanding on this great passage, the basis of the Christian life, and so good wellbeing.
Here is the passage!
1Th 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.
1Th 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:
1Th 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia (KJV).
In these verses the Apostle Paul reflects warmly on the acceptance by the Thessalonians of the gospel that he presented to them and their progression through the Christian life. The verses are neatly outlined by the following:
Ø Becoming a Christian Verse 5
Ø Security of salvation Verse 5
Ø Accepting God’s Word in daily life Verse 6
Ø Becoming imitators of Paul Verse 6
Ø 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:
Ø Each person has done misdeeds (sin) which deserve judgment and punishment from a perfect and just God.
Ø However, God, being loving, sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the cross to take the punishment that we deserved.
Ø Consequently, we can be declared as perfect by God by accepting by faith the forgiveness that Christ provided by his death on the cross. This gracious provision of justification before God provides eternal life!
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 (Romans 10:9-10). 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.
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