|Vol. 2, No. 2||Page 9||February 2000|
Are All Believers Saved? #2
When Christ made known the terms of salvation, he told his disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16) Let us notice some examples of believers who were saved.
“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. . . . But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:5, 12). These believers were obedient to the command of Christ to be baptized.
Another example from the New Testament is that of Simon, who, as a believer, obeyed the Lord’s command. “Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip” (Acts 8:13).
The Queen’s treasurer, when returning from Jerusalem, was joined by Philip who “preached unto him Jesus,” which resulted in this man asking to be baptized. “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” The treasurer confessed his faith in Christ and was baptized “and went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:35-39)
The Apostle John said, by inspiration, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Our Lord did not say that one becomes a child of God by faith alone, but one who does believe in Christ has power to become God’s child. His faith makes his heart receptive to further commands of Jesus to repent, to be baptized for the remission of sins and to enjoy the blessing of forgiveness (Acts 3:19; 2:38; Ephesians 1:3).
We would like to see you become a Christian. You can by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 8:24), by repenting of your sins (Luke 13:3), by confessing your faith in Christ as God’s Son, (Romans 10:9,10) and finally by being baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38). Will you let us assist you in becoming a child of God today?
A LOVE that can never be fathomed;
A LIFE that can never die;
A RIGHTEOUSNESS that can never be tarnished;
A PEACE that can never be understood;
A REST that can never be disturbed;
A JOY that can never be diminished;
A HOPE that can never be disappointed;
A GLORY that can never be clouded;
A HAPPINESS that can never be interrupted;
A LIGHT that can never be darkened;
A STRENGTH that can never be enfeebled;
A BEAUTY that can never be marred;
A PURITY that can never be defiled;
A WISDOM that can never be baffled;
RESOURCES that can never be exhausted.
--The Southwesterner, Austin, Texas
Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder - if the Savior spent a day or two with you,
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you go?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?